Thursday, July 26, 2012

All of yesterday was spent in the Portland area. Susie and I left Olympia around 10:45 a.m. and headed south. We wanted to find an art store in their new location. Between GPS and our not! sense of direction, we ended up calling the store. We were within 'errand' range and finally arrived. Turns out this particular location has lots of goodies but focuses on children's art; their other location focuses on fine art supplies . . . we learned our lesson and loved the neighborhood.

Across the street was a great find! Vine Gogh!
This is a wine and art bar . . . you paint the picture of the day
with acrylic paints and they serve wine to you. Very much like the
experience Marj had in a similar studio in Seattle. It was the
sign that caught my eye . . . VINE GOGH! Love it!
We then had to make our way from southeast Portland to southwest Portland to find our way to Paper Parachute in Hillsboro. It's probably the most convoluted route to Highway 26 westbound . . . it is an accident waiting to happen. However, there was a major construction project on Cornelius Pass Road that we turn off of to PP's location, and we ended up seeing far too much of Hillsboro than we ever thought possible to find Paper Parachute for the Christmas in July afternoon. An hour later, we found it . . . we knew it was "right over there" but it was getting "there" through all of the obstacles. We made 6 cards and 2 gift tags . . . and the best part of the day . . . we saw Mary who now lives in Vancouver!

We brought back stamps and papers for the store. More on that later. But here's a look at one of the new Paper Parachute Christmas stamps. The image on the right is the one we used for one of the cards.

From Cheery Lynn's blog . . .

Holly Poinsettia Card

I wanted to make one last Christmas card before July is over and I think this is stunning.  I created the card base and all the panels except the two in the center using my Scalloped Square XL Stackers and the coordinating Silver Square Stackersdies.  On the base of the card I created a three petal holly using the medium size leaf from the Holly Leaves die. 

Using the new Holly Leaves die , I have also created a wonderful poinsettia; just look at the veining on the petals.  I die cut 5 of each size leaf from red card stock and 5 of the largest size from green card stock.  Starting  with a small circle of card stock as a base, I just layered my leaves to form the flower then added the green leaves as the last step.  The beautiful paper is from Authentique.  Finished size is 5.5 inches."

from Els at Elizaeth Craft Designs . . .
by Els for Elizabeth Craft Designs
"I received my new designs in Pine yesterday and finally can start using them. Just got a change to color the pumpkin (Peel Off nr 2538). I wanted to share this with you but didn't get a change to make it into a card yet but will share that one with you later on. For the coloring I used the Tombow markers but you can use any color medium you have at hand of course.. . . just colored with the markers but I blend several colors together and when you want to blend water based markers always use watercolor paper."

"Judi Kauffman decided that she needed some "diamond" earrings to go with an outfit she wore over the weekend, so she combined four of her favorite things - Shimmer Sheetz (Gemstones Peridot), Glitter Dots (Silver) for the diamonds, the Sizzix Bow/Create-a-Flower die, and a brand new M-Bossabilities folder from Spellbinders Paper Arts called Retro Mod (ES-010). Same as in the past, she die cut theshapes, embossed them, sanded just a bit, and added a Glitter Dot to each square within the embossed pattern before assembling the earrings. They took her about fifteen minutes to complete.
Judi said, 'I really love making and wearing earrings like these. No one can believe how lightweight they are - a lot of sparkle, very little work!'"
by Judi Kauffman

From Penny Black's blog . . .

"Our “Social Butterfly” stamp set has become a Designer favorite. It’s so much fun to work with. I challenged myself to create a Clean & Simple set of cards along with a collage pair. I was surprised at how differently my card sets turned out!
My collage cards were inspired by the divine Heather Telford. She recently posted a tutorial video on how she creates her amazing collages. You can view her video HERE.
by Heather Telford
My Clean & Simple set includs a black-emobossed and trimmed butterfly mounted with foam tape. The colorful backgrounds were done with “Flower Flourish“."


Music Collage by Heather

"Heather Telford is an amazing collage artist. Today she’s sharing her latest effort using our Music Background stamp along with a floral. Love her masking technique for the torn edge effect!"
by Heather Telford
"Music Background, Gratitude, Bliss, Mix & Match Grand Canyon. Heather masked the edges of a white panel with torn post-its and sponged the centre of the panel with Wheat Versamagic Chalk ink. She then stamped the music background and flowers with Memento Lady Bug and Rich Cocoa."

More tomorrow  . . . hopefully I'll have the time to unravel my info to share with you about Marj's beautiful tags and cards from the birthday party!

My ending thought for you today . . .
Art gives the soul dimension!

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