Monday, April 9, 2012

We hope that your Easter Celebration yesterday was shared with family and friends, and the spirit of renewal brings you new energy and enthusiasm. I found myself sleeping in and then taking a long afternoon nap. Today, I had to call a dentist that I will see first thing tomorrow morning . . . I have an untold upper molar story and it's going to end as soon as they can take it; in the meantime, it's one way to go on an unexpected diet!

Saturday morning, Patti Ritterhouse shared two cards she had made using the Elizabeth Craft Glitter Ritz and Peel-offs, and colored the glittered images with her Copic markers. They're just gorgeous and we're so appreciative that Patti took the time to show us! I hope Els at Elizabeth Craft Designs is looking! Isn't it fun to see and share all of the beautiful things you can make from the products and tools that you can purchase from Art 'n Soul?

by Patti Ritterhouse

by Patti Ritterhouse

At the March Inchies Club meeting, these Inchies were shared among the members. There is a lot of work that goes into making these by all of the members, and especially by Sue White!

by Sue White

by Sue White

by Sue White

by Gloria Jean Walker

by Marj Marion

by Linda Beveridge

by Sam Lee

by Nancy Bishop

by Debbie Gaetz
We hope that you'll be inspired and want to join in on the fun at Art 'n Soul's monthly Inchie Club meeting. They meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. It's free . . . it's fun . . . it's friends sharing their Inchie work with each other. At this month's meeting (Wednesday, April 25), we are asking everyone to bring an Inchie for Sandra Gallo, a fellow Inchie Club charter member, that we will make a collage out of and give to her. She hasn't been able to make it to Inchies the last few months because of her cancer treatments and I know this collage will be received with a lot of love and gratitude. If you don't know Sandra that well, she loves cats, teapots, collector spoons, calligraphy and flowers.

From Millsrepco, I thought this was a good tip to share . . .

Finding Colors that match

Finding Colors that match
The first problem I had was that my patterned paper did not have an exact color match with any Copic colors on my hand-drawn chart. I found that it was very close to BG72, but it needed to be a hair brighter, not lighter, simply more vibrant. To accomplish this, I chose another color that was very close to the paper tone, G12. G12 is a brighter, light green. As a base to the BG72 it would help pull down the grayness, but still retain the greenish cast that I needed.

When you are having trouble finding an exact color match, try the closed color, and see what it needs to change it. If it is too dull, layer a more vibrant tone. If your color needs more yellow, don't reach for a bright yellow, try a base of a subtle, but close yellow. Many times it will take two or even three colors blended to make the right mix.

From Marianne Designs . . . look at the beautiful flowers you can make with Marianne Designs' Craftables! I don't know when we'll be ordering from Ecstasy again but I think I'm going to have to write up a pink sheet order for a couple of these!

Making flowers with CR1201

Making flowers with CR1202

Making flowers with CR1203

Making flowers with CR1204

From Cheery Lynn Designs' blog . . . Kianel is quite nice and quite the character. When I met him at CHA, he was telling me how many takes it took him to do the Wittle Wickers and Wittle Weavers die video because he kept messing up the tongue-twisting die names. He says you say wittle wickers and wittle weavers 27 times in a row! I would love to have watched that video shoot.

Vintage boxes - Kianel -- dated April 4, 2012

Hi there my dear Cheery Lynn designs friends!
Kianel here with you today showing you a box i started at the scrap show we had in Paris this week end and for which i had the incredible opportunity to meet the "Doily Lama" himself!!!

Mike and i demonstrated the Cheery Lynn Designs dies there and i started this little box to show the possibilities of the frames and the corners. I finished it at home so here it is:

You know how i love to use dies for other purposes than what they are designed for and this time i played with my lace corners again. Do you remember this flower made out of Lace corner D?

As this one sold out after the 1st day of demonstration, i thought i would try to play with another one so i chose lace corner E this time and made a flower out of it:

I used the one which is on the top of the picture, which really is alike lace:
Lace Corner Deco E 

The base of the box is made with cardstock. I then used an XL square stackers to open 2 of the sides. To decorate those opened sides, i chose to use the french lattice small.

On the lid i decorated all the sides with the Wedding garter border.

I also decorated each side of the box with dies. On the left side, i used the exotic butterfly small #2 and the angel wings small # 2, that i placed on a fanciful flourish.

On the right side, i created the flower using one of the dies in the Lace corner Dset. This flower is decorated with the Victorian Romance Flourish that i cut to size my box. I finished with a small exotic butterfly die and the small angel wingscoordinated die.

The big red flower is made out of one of the dies from the lace corner E set that i cut 5 times and flipped each in 4 as an accordeon. I then glued all the centers together and added  a smaller flower in the center that i made using the miniature rose die and the medium rose die.

I then added leaves from the pine branches die and the Victorian Romance Flourish to which i added two pieces of the same die in another color.

I also would like to share another project that i made during the show for a lady who was selling ready made boxes and asked us to decorate one of them.
I never got a chance to finish the box but this is what i made using dies from the Easter collection:

I used the little spring basket which i backed up with 3D pads to give some volume.
I inked the little rabbit and placed it there too.
I then inked a fanciful flourish that i cut into several pieces and placed in the basket.
And finished with flowers made using miniature rose and medium rose dies.

On the front side of the box, i used the Dancing doily lace border.
I made a stencil out of the italian flourish die and inked the left side of the box using it for my background.
The lace egg six is cut twice and placed on a cardstock cut with the egg stackers.
I also used  the pine branches die that i inked with distress and one of the gorgeousexotic butterfly small #2 dies.

I would like to thank Mike and Cheery Lynn for such a great time and for those marvellous dies they  design! Don't forget thta from now on, you'll find our weekly challenge on its own blog with a chance to win a 20$ shopping spree! Take care and see you in a week, love from France, Kianel.

When I think of all of the fun and creativity we've been enjoying with the Cheery Lynn dies, I always think of Gail Hesseholt and Marilyn Dawson. They were the dedicated customers who recommended and encouraged Art 'n Soul to try the Cheery Lynn dies! So we have Gail and Marilyn to especially thank for bringing Cheery Lynn to our attention. And we owe thousands of thank you's to  Marj Marion for making all of the beautiful cards and other projects with the Cheery Lynn dies that we have learned about and admired so much.

More tomorrow . . . I have to turn in early to build up my courage for tomorrow morning. I don't mind saying I'm a phobic dental wuss!

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