Thursday, June 28, 2012

Spellbinders has a release of new embossing folders and dies coming up. The song from the James Bond movie, "Live and Let Die" seems so appropriate for Art 'n Soul . . . so let the die-ing continue. Take a look at this sneak peek . . .

Winter Wishes
Embossing Folders
Ships first of July

Holiday Magic
Embossing Folders
Ships first of July

Kickn' Rubber
Embossing Folders
Ships in August

Framed Ovals
Embossing Folders
Ships in August

 Venetian Accents
Shipping in August

Venetian Motifs
Shipping in August

Asian Accents
Shipping in August

Asian Motifs
Shipping in August
 Grand Decorative Circles One
Approximate Die Templates Sizes:
1: 4 ¾”
2: 5 ¾”
3: 6 ¼”
4: 7 7/8

Vintage Lace Motifs
Shipping late July

Back to Basic Tags
Shipping in August

Basic Lattice
Shiping in August
Fancy Lattice
Shipping in August
Botantical Swirls
Shipping in August

Scalloped Labels 1
Shipping in August


Blossom 5

Hearts and Flowers
Shipping in August
Ribbon Banners Large
Shipping in August

Sweet Folk Art

Diamond Strips and Accents
Shipping in August

Octagon Strips and Accents
Shipping in August

Puzzle Effects
Shipping in August

Home Spun
Ships in August

Jeweled Flowers and Flourishes
Shipping in August

French Frills
Shipping in August

Botanical Swirls and Accents
Shipping in August


Spiral Blossom 4

Labels 26

Marvelous Squares
After August 15

Exquisite Circles
After August 15
Matt A
A2 Card Creator Dies
Shipping in August
Matt B
Shipping in August
Polka Dots
Shipping in August
Les Papillions
Shipping in August
Dear Old Dad
Shipping in August
Fancy Frame Tags 1
Shipping in August

Snow Flake
Shipping after July 1
Create-A-Flake 4
Shipping After July 1
Frosty Forms
After July 1

Heirloom Ornament
After July 1
Fall Foliage
July 1
Pumpkin Circles
July 1
Pumpkin Accents
July 1
Spider Web
After July 16

After July 16 

Holiday Tree
After July 1
Labels Set
Labels Set

Another "pink sheet" in the making, don't you think?

Karen Lockhart is finally returning to Art 'n Soul in August. If you haven't signed up for her classes, you should do it soon because her classes always fill up. The first class is a refresher on her fabulous colored pencil techniques; the second class includes 'doodling' . . . what we call zentangling!

Friday, July 27, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Karen Lockhart, owner of Lockhart Stamp Company –“INTRO/REFRESHER TO COLORED PENCILS”, $35
It’s always fun when Karen Lockhart of the Lockhart Stamp Company comes to Art n’ Soul.  Her fun-filled classes are filled with helpful tips and techniques for using colored pencils with her images.  Whether you are new to colored pencils or want a refresher, this is the class for you.  Seating is limited so sign up soon.  (Note:  This class is a pre-requisite for her other classes, so if you have never taken Karen’s Intro class, you will need this before signing up for the next class).

Friday, July 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Karen Lockhart, owner of Lockhart Stamp Company –“OODLES OF DOODLES AND COLORED PENCILS”, $35
So, you have taken one or more of Karen Lockhart’s classes and you want to learn more…This is the class for you.  With a fine line black pen, you will learn to add patterns to stamped images, followed by color that develop into amazing creations.  In class you will create a worksheet of designs, and a large collection of images to experiment with.  Oodles of Doodles will take you to new levels of colored pencil work.

From Els at Elizabeth Craft Designs . . .
"Judi Kauffman has been playing with Shimmer Sheetz (Gemstones Fire Opal) and the Sizzix "Bow, Create-a-Flower" die again! This time, she put together a medium-size loop and a large loop* to create a character she's named Bow Bird. Maybe he should be called "Beau Bird" - he sure is handsome! (*there is a third, smaller, size loop on the die)
by Judi Kauffman

If you can't find a triangle brad to use for the beak, she says to use the flattest round brad you can find to connect the two loops and then top it with a small piece of mat board or heavy card stock cut to size. The eyes are 7 mm Lure Eye stickers from Stanislaus Imports. Judi said that you can use any embossing folder to add texture to the head and body. Plan the placement of the embossing, or let it be random like her sample.

Before connecting the embossed Shimmer Sheetz shapes, she altered them with Tim Holtz's Alcohol Inks and did a bit of sanding to bring out the silver core of the Shimmer Sheetz and tone down the shine just a tad. Her caution flag: If you are making a bird for a child, don't use pins for the legs - paper cutouts would be a safe choice!

Judi's inspiration: The feather she found on her living room floor after dusting with an old-fashioned feather duster. Since Judi often works in series, we're guessing that Bow Bird is going to end up with a few friends some time soon. She says she has two feather boas and some bags of craft store feathers in addition to the duster - plenty for tails and wings or to make crests for the birds' heads!"

From Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko's Facebook posting today . . .

From Stamp to Epoxy Embellishment (by Elizabeth Allan)
"I love the look of epoxy and the high gloss finish it lends to projects.  While making this gift tag, I infused the layers with multiple coats of embossing powder to capture that lacquer effect.

This project went together fabulously quick since Penny Black’s Round and Round is a perfect match with Spellbinders Standard Circles!  A few added fussy cuts and paper piercings gave the pieces a laser cut design.

  • Stamp Round and Round on white cardstock with Opera Pink VersaColor.  Heat emboss with clear powder.  Trim the outside edge with scissors and fussy cut the diamonds with a craft knife.  Paper pierce the small dots. 
  • Pounce a Frost VersaMark ink pad directly onto the design to coat the image.   Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, tap off the excess and heat set.  Repeat this step two more times or until the desired thickness of melted embossing powder has been reached
  • Die cut circles from white cardstock to match the center and middle layers.  Follow the same procedure above to create the next two layers.  The middle layer is stamped in Orchid VersaColor and the top layer in Opera Pink. 
  • Layer the pieces with dimensional foam and accent with a gem.  This crystal gem was colored with a Copic marker (RV 17) to coordinate with the project.
Tip/Hint:  This project can also be adapted to create holiday tree ornaments or jewelry.

If you would like to be "tagged" with more inspiration, be sure to visit the Penny Black Blog "here".


Penny Black Stamps: Round and Round 30-112
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001
Copic: RV17
Dimensional Foam Tape
Mark Richards: Crystal Sticker Element
Spellbinders: Standard Circles Small (S4-116)
Tsukineko: Opera Pink VersaColor, Orchid VersaColor, VersaMark Frost Dazzle Watermark, Clear Embossing Powder

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