Thursday, March 15, 2012

Tomorrow is Play Day at Art 'n Soul. Bring whatever you'd like to work on and enjoy the company and creativity of others while you 'art' away anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. And it's free!

SEI's small order arrived today but I didn't have time to bring it to the store because I had to take some sample colors to Puyallup for the new house. Turns out the hardwood flooring we ordered wasn't what the builder uses and the sub-contractor was somehow unaware; I was given 4 new choices last night and none of us are in agreement on the choices so far. Tomorrow afternoon, we'll meet with the flooring subcontractor and work to straighten it all out so the new choice can be ordered quickly to meet the builder's schedule. I met the gentleman who is laying the tile; his name is Vladimir and he's worried that we're building too big of a house, especially the kitchen area. If he only knew that we have downsized the house from the original plan.

Back to SEI . . . here's the 6x6 paper pad that will be taken to the store in the morning, and the 12x12 papers. I hope you like 'em!

SEI had a discount on several papers and I chose these two-sided 12x12 papers for the store. I'm happy to pass along the savings to you at .50 each, plus sales tax. I tried to take the pics so you could see the finish on the one side of the paper.

This is one sheet, showing each side. Both
sides are pearlized.

Back to last week's Journal Club meeting, here are more photos of what they're up to . . .

More beautiful 'original' artwork from Tamara's Art Journal . . .

Isn't this a beautiful Journal cover? I couldn't tell
if the tree is an Impression Obsession stamp, or if it's a
drawing by Tamara inspired by the stamp. Either way,
I love how she made the leaves coming off of the large
tree the same a the full tree. The birdcage is 3-dimensional
and glossed . . . very cool. And I hope you noticed her Illluminata
lettering in the A and J. The cover coloring is so beautiful.

I wish I could tell you how truly beautiful this is.

This is Gloria Jean Walker's working journal. Her collage work, as well as her free-hand drawing and coloring is exquisite.

Cindy Sharp was starting to work on this page. She has hand drawn the image. Now she's deciding what medium she wants to use to color it with. Can't wait to see this next month.

Judy Daugherty's journals are always a feast for the eyes and mind. I love this page that works with the next page, a special one dedicated to her granddaughter! Judy's lettering dates back to her college days; she says she has never regretted taking that calligraphy class because the foundation of what she learned has stayed with her even to this day.

Sam Lee continues to work on the backgrounds for her journal pages. What I love about Sam is her affinity for bright, cheery colors and no fear, whatsoever, to put real color into her work.

If you're looking for Easter card ideas, look at these from Outlines' Rubber Stamp . . .

  Cards by Jenny Gropp
"All of these cards feature paper from Kaisercraft’s English Rose paper pad."

I-1162 Spring Basket
Sentiment from H-1019 Sketchy Bunny

"Stamp the image using Memento Tuxedo Black on Neenah Classic Crest Natural White card stock.

Cut the image out using a Spellbinder’s Grand Oval Nestie.

Leave the image in the Nestie frame and then add piercing around the edge, using the die as a guide for placement.
 Cut the card base using a folded piece of ivory card stock and cut a polka dot layer using the same die to layer over the card front.

These pieces were cut using Spellbinder’s Grand Scalloped Nesties.
Add a soft blue background using Copics, fading the edges out using the Blender pen.

Copics:0 Blender
BG 0000, 10
Color the image using Copic Markers, as shown.
Copics:0 Blender
BG 10
V 20, 25
Y 00, 21, 26
R 81, 85
G 40, 43
E 000, 00, 02, 41, 42, 44
After doing the coloring with Copics, I applied a soft layer of yellow chalk using the Mini Pick Up Tool and a pom-pom.

I used the light yellow color from the Jewel Tones Pebbles Chalk Set.
Add the image panel to the card front with foam tape adding dimension.
To create the sentiment I used a Memento Tuxedo Black Marker and inked up only the sentiment portion of the Sketchy Bunny image.
 Use a Spellbinder’s Banner die to cut out the sentiment.
Add a green mat to the sentiment and gently bend the banner.

Use Dimensional Silicone under the bend in the banner to help keep it bent and propped up in place.

Add a bow to cover up the beginning edge of the sentiment.

I used Ultimate Glue to adhere the bow
As a finishing touch, I used Viva Yellow Pearl pen on the flowers as shown here.
Coat more flowers using the Viva Salmon Pearl Pen.
Add a little clear gloss over the flower using the Glass Effects Gel Pen.
I used the Clear Glass Effects Gel Pen over portions of the bow.
Here is the finished card."
F-933 Bunny Tail
Sentiment from H-1015 Sketchy Cross
 Stamp the bunny image on Neenah Classic Crest Natural White

Adhere the printed-paper above and below the image.

Position the Nestie to show the two layers of pink paper.

Tape the Nestie in place and then cut it out.    
 Stamp the bunny a second time and cut it out for layering.

You can see here the circle layer with the added paper layers
 I again added piercing to both the circle image panel and also the scalloped circle that will serve as the card base.

I added the piercings again while the paper was still in the dies using the edge as a guide.
 Add an additional circle layer to the card base.

I used a polka dot CB folder to add some texture.

The card base was made with Spellbinder’s Grand Large Scalloped Circles and the Grand Circle Dies.
 Using Copic Markers I added a subtle background behind the bunny.

Copics:0 Blender
YR 000, 0000
 Use the marker to ink up just the sentiment.
 Finish coloring the image using Copic Markers. The second bunny is popped up over the original using foam tape.

0 blender
Y 11, 21, 26
G 20, 24
R 30, 32
V 20, 24
C 1
 Cut the sentiment in to a long strip.

Add piercings along the top and bottom edges of the strip.

Adhere the strip to the lower half of the card, cut the edges off to match the card base.
 Add all the layers on to the card front.

The bunny panel was popped up with foam tape.

Add a bow to the top of the card using Ultimate Glue.
 Many times I will use a set of reverse tweezers to clamp the bow in place for a few minutes while the glue sets.
 I used the Glass Effects Pen to add a clear pearl embellishment over the center of each flower.
 Use the Viva Cream Pearl Pen to make the bunny tail.
 Here is the finished card."
H-1019 Sketchy Bunny
B-789 Happy Easter Sq. Sm.
"Use the marker to ink up only the sentiment.

All of these pieces were cut out with Spellbinder’s Dies and piercings were added around the edges.

 Using Spellbinders dies (Long Rectangles and Deckled Edge Long Rectangles) create the layers as shown.
 Create the card base as shown here, using patterned paper from the pad to completely cover the front of the card.

Wrap the ribbon around the card front and add a bow.

The rectangle panel is popped up using foam tape.
Add a soft background behind the bunny.

R 00, 0000
 Finish coloring the image with Copic Markers.

R 00, 12, 14
0 Blender
C 1

Add the bunny panel to the card front.

Use foam tape to apply the sentiment to the card front.
Using Picksey Pick Ups and Glossy Accents add a bit of sparkle along the swirled lines of the image.

I used Light Peach Crystals, size 5
Add a pearl in each of the flower centers. I

 used the Viva Cream Pearl Pen.

While the pearl is still wet, push a Light Peach crystal in to the center of the pearl.
 Add a pearly finish to the bunny tail to complete the card."

From Magenta's blog . . .
by Kim Pominville
by Sophie Pallet
by Véronique Côté

From Outlines Rubber Stamp's blog again, a Design Team Member's response to the "Make It Square" challenge . . .

by Sue Kment
"This week our challenge is to make a square card.  Pretty easy for me as most of my cards are square! This week I made a girly creation  as well as a more manly version!  I wanted to use some of my new MME Kraft paper and also some of my Swarovski crystals this week."

by Sue Kment
  • "I kept this very simple to show off the sentiment and as well!  I added some pretty Viva Decor  pearl pen in black around the sentiment.
  • I used several different sizes of the crystals  16,12,9 and 7."

Card details:
Stamps: Happiest of Birthdays Sq Lg  &  Happiest of Birthdays Sq Lg
Paper: Basic Black and MME Kraft Funday Everyday Fun
Patterned Paper: Girl Card- Melon Mambo and misc retired DP from SU!
Ink: Memento Black
Die Cuts: Nestability -Fluer de Lis 

From Memory Box . . .

In Spring Nature Sings

by Suzz
"A clean and simple spring card to share today.  I started with the beautiful Dogwood Wreath D1849 stamped on white cardstock. I then colored using watercolor pencils and an waterbrush. 
Cut out the wreath. Die Cut butterflies. Accent with green jewels. Attach to wreath.  Cut circle from white cardstock to fit behind wreath.  Stamp Sentiment Spring Sings B1337 using black ink in center of circle.
Die cut Tessatina border 98302 from white cardstock. Cut panel for front of card and emboss with embossing folder.
Assemble card. Quick and easy!
Have a lovely day!"

We've found another new source for embossing folders that are designed in Australia. They're unbelievably gorgeous and we can't wait to get them here for you to enjoy. Keep a close watch in about another week.

One of our customers, Sue Burkley, lost her home to a devastating fire over a week ago. It was a total loss, including all of her crafting supplies. Due to extenuating circumstances, there was no insurance. Sue Moffat and I are teaching a class together on Wednesday, March  28, in the afternoon. We are donating all of the class fees to Sue B. to aid her in rebuilding her supplies. We hope that you will help by signing up for the class if you haven't already . . . "Four Times the Fun" using a Hero Arts' background stamp four different ways with differing techniques. The class fee is $25 per person.

It's close to the midnight hour and time for me to think about settling down for the night. A couple of quick ideas to lay out first. I hear Jay Leno calling  . . .

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