Saturday, May 19, 2012

It's been a challenging week and the weekend is just beginning. I've transferred 87 gb from one photo file off of my laptop onto an external portable drive; backed up my entire system; and then downloaded 300+ more photos. And while all of this was happening, we also enjoyed the first part of the Magenta classes taught by our dear friend Helene Metivier from Montreal. Today (yesterday by the time you read this), we set up the Magenta booth for the Puyallup Heirloom Rubber Stamp Show that begins tomorrow morning (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m. and starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday in The Pavilion at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

I'm sorry I haven't had more time to post to the blog . . . I think we've made tremendous progress and I should be back to regular postings. I have a bounty of news, photos, etc., to share with you because we've had a lot going on at Art 'n Soul!

Yesterday (Thursday), Helene taught 2 Magenta classes . . . the first class focused on watercoloring techniques using Tsukineko inks, Tombow markers and embossing powders. I'll have photos from the students' work who attended this class in tomorrow's posting. The coloring techniques produced beautiful results, and resulted in an extremely wide range of colors and designs. The second class used Magenta's sanded wood block frames that were colored with alcohol inks, stamped with Tsukineko's black StazOn ink, and then colored in with Prismacolor pencils.

Helene will be teaching another class on Monday (May 21) in the afternoon and evening featuring acrylic tiles. They are such an artistic addition to any card or project you want to make; we were looking at one larger piece that Helene had worked on and thought it would make a beautiful tea-light candle holder. There are still a few openings in both the afternoon and evening sessions. The cost is $30 . . . call the store asap to sign up for one of the coveted spots in Helene's class at 360.357.6820. Take a look at these samples and you'll understand why I say that you will be disappointed if you don't come to the class!
by Helene Metivier for Magenta

by Helene Metivier for Magenta

by Helene Metivier for Magenta

by Helene Metivier for Magenta

Jeanie Coen loves the new dies that have been arriving on a regular basis at Art 'n Soul. Jeanie likes to make her own personalized envelopes and they are treasures by themselves. She came into the store to show us one of her latest delights . . .

Jeanie's work is always beautiful and we were thrilled she
took the time to show us this personalized envelope
made from Graphic 45 paper, Cheery Lynn dies and
crocheted ribbon from Webster's Pages.

by Jeanie Coen
a close-up . . . Jeanie used the lace corner dies as leaves to the flowers.

More new designs 'show' from Cheery Lynn . . . (this was taken from their blog posting earlier in the week).

Peacock Frame

"Yesterday Cheery Lynn Designs released their new dies for May.  This fabulous Peacock is one of the new dies.  I added a bit of Salmon Viva Decor Pearl pen to the flowers on the die.  Also the pearls in the corner are Viva Decor as well.  To create the flower, I die cut various stamens from the Build a Flower set, adding some Olive Branches as I thought they matched the paper pretty nicely.

To finish the inside of the card, I added Anastasia border then die cut 4 corners from the Lace Corner Deco J set, added them to a square black panel adding a circle from my Silver Circle Stacker.  I created another stamen flower, adding two more olive branches.

The paper is from the SEI Vanilla Sunshine 8.5 x 11 inch paper pack.  Finished size is 5.5 inches square.  Be sure to visit the challenge blog and join in on this week's Bling it Up challenge for a chance to win a $20 shopping spree at Cheery Lynn."

I'm so excited for tomorrow . . . hope to see you at Art 'n Soul and the stamp show! If you do come to the show, after you've been to see us at the Magenta booth, stop by the Some-Assembly-Required and Local King Rubber Stamp booths to see what they're up to because both of these companies will be teaching at Art 'n Soul in June, July and August! We will have their products available at Art 'n Soul for their classes!

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