Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New 'Stuff" & Doing the Puyallup . . . Fair!

New from Tim Holtz and Ranger Products, just in time for fall:

Tim Holtz Limited Edition
Autumn Distress Ink Set

A limited edition collection of Distress Inks in harvest hues is now available. Like the changing of the seasons, this Autumn set is only available for a limited time, so collect them now before they're gone.
Made from the unique Distress Ink dye formula, these fade-resistant, non-toxic and acid free ink pads will add a timeless nostalgic flair to your Halloween and Thanksgiving craft projects.
The Autumn Set comes with 3 rich harvest colors:
Seedless Preserves, Gathered Twigs, & Ripe Persimmon.
They are conveniently packaged in a stacked set with a top label identifying all 3 colors.
Each ink pad includes a QR code for smart phone users. This links to a video of Tim Holtz personally showcasing and demonstrating these special inks.

This is a limited production, so stores are limited to a very small quantity that they can order. Our Art 'n Soul staff is so swift, the order was put in and it will be first come, first serve on whatever small amount is delivered to us. I can't wait!

The Art Quest palettes arrived today, all 5 categories.

The "Metallic" tray is missing from the pics . . . it was blurry due to the
height-challenged theory. 

Don't forget that Dianne has scheduled a beginner's stamping class on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. It's an excellent class for the beginning stamper or 'wanna-be' stamper, as well as an excellent refresher class for the experienced stamper.

"Are you new to stamping and cardmaking, and would like to take the mystery out of the process?  Do you wonder how all of the different types of ink are used?  Are you curious about the different types of stamps, and how they are used; what sizes should you cut your paper; or what is heat embossing, and how is it done?  These questions and many more will be answered in Basics 101.  You will get to practice stamping with many different ink types, cut paper to size, heat emboss images, and even make a background with distress inks.  You will receive a handout with all of the information covered in class, and will also take with you samples of your own stamping and embossing, as well as a completed card.  Bring your basic kit, and be ready for some fun!"

by Dianne Johnson

Dianne made another new sample card.

by Dianne Johnson

Magenta Stamp 07588J; Inkadinkado Morphic Patterns 60-30172;
Sizzix Fall Set Embossing Folder 656469; Spellbinders Blossom 4 Dies;
Inchie Arts Inchie Squares; Elizabeth Craft Be Creative Sheets & Transparent Glitter Ritz;
Copics R22, R24, Y19, Y38 & B12; Graphic 45 Botanicabella Collection's Ode to a Butterfly;
Candi Dots

Dianne very cleverly punched out 3 one-inch squares from the Be Creative Sheet; she adhered
one side to an Inchie Square. The remaining sticky surface was covered with the
Transparent Glitter Ritz, stamped and colored. Lucky for us, Dianne will be demonstrating this
technique at Art 'n Soul's Christmas Party on Sunday, October 23.

Today was a day at the Puyallup Fair with a few of the Art 'n Soul folks, i.e., Sandra G., Nancy B., Laurie Gaudette and myself. We had a wonderful day ooohing and ahhhing over student artists' works, visiting the Pig Palace to see 2-day old and 12-day old piglets, enjoying Fair Burgers, sampling Seattle Fudge yummies, and Fair Scones.

Just inside the Gold Gate, we had to pose next to the topiary of a draft horse.

The winning pumpkin . . . all 927 pounds. Over the years, this same grower has
entered an even bigger one, over 1,000 pounds worth! WOW! Wonder what's
in his soil?

Sandra & Nancy having a great time going
through the County Grange food displays.

We all marveled at the American Bald Eagle displayed in the center.
If I weren't so height-challenged, you might have enjoyed a better view of it.

These little guys are only 2 days old, and they squealed the
entire time the owner held them.

This litter is the 12-day old piglets. Don't you
love how the one lies on top of two others to enjoy lunch?
I had to laugh at the variety of colorings they were born with.

We really enjoyed the manuevers of the draft horse teams
in the Arena as they went through their paces and
drills. It was amazing to see the tight turns made by this
team of 6 horses . . . real beauty at work!

There is a 10th Grade student at Rogers High School in Puyallup who entered this colored pencil 'masterpiece.' I say 'masterpiece' because if you look closely, you'll see that all of these colors represent dots of colors.

by Aaron McGraw
10th Grade - Rogers High School, Puyallup

by Aaron McGraw

(I'm tempted to ask Aaron to teach a class at Art 'n Soul. I cannot begin to imagine how long this took to complete.)

I'll have more postings of the amazing student artworks, as well as other examples of crafts at the Fair.

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home."
Twyla Tharp

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