Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, thank you's,  'forget-me-not' occasions . . . whatever you're celebrating, suggest and/or give a Gift Certificate from Art 'n Soul. Our certificates not only provide the recipient with a fantastic shopping experience at Art 'n Soul, the certificate itself is a little piece of art by Dianne. Her designs might also inspire you to design your own gift certificates for a 'weekend of babysitting' or 'breakfast in bed'! I know Dianne would be thrilled to show you what to do and the materials to use.

At the store, the Maryuma ribbons from Magenta are out in beautiful colors for spring and summer. They gave us a terrific price and we're passing the savings on; be sure to take advantage of the terrific price savings!

From Graphic 45, a very nice card using papers from the Spring Garden collection.

"And now it's time for a fun and fabulous card tutorial by Clare. She has created this enchanting Secret Garden card that is perfect for this sunny season! This would be the perfect card to send to a loved one "just because." Bring a smile to the face of a dear friend or family member with this bright and cheerful card and tutorial by Clare! 

by Clare Charvill for Graphic 45


I seem to be going through a purple phase at the moment and adore the new patterns and solids that came out with this collection and the violets on the 12 x 12 Beautiful Blooms paper, so decided to combine them both into this pretty little card for all occasions. 

To make: 

Start with a 6 x 6 black card blank.  
To start gather together the following pieces:Pic 1 
6 x 6 Patterns and Solids - plain lavender paper.  Trim 1/8" off all edges 
lavender check paper trim to 5 5\8"  square 
Black card - 5 3/4" square 
Two black strips of card 3/4" wide and about 4" long 
Two strips of lavender check paper 1/2" wide and about 4" long
Two violet sprays fussy cut from 12 x 12 Beautiful Blooms paper
A small green square and larger lavender square Chipboard pieces from Chipboard 2
Sentiment cut apart from Springtime 12 x 12 paper 


12 x 12 Secret Garden Beautiful Blooms 
12 x 12 Springtime paper 
Chipboard pieces from Secret Garden Chipboard 2 
Other Supplies
Black 6 x 6 card blank  
Black card 
Foam Tape 
Purple/Lavender Glitter
Glossy Accents 
Tacky Glue 
Vintage photo Distress Ink

Ink the edges of your plain lavender paper and stick down to your card leaving 1/8" black border around all edges 

Take your lavender check paper, ink the edges and make a mark 2 1/2" along both edges from one corner.  With the checked side facing you fold the corner towards the middle of your paper up to your marks and crease.  Fold back, add some double sided tape as shown, remove the backing papers and stick the folded corner in place.

Next take your black and checked strips of card & paper.  Ink the edges of the paper strips and stick to the black ones with an equal black border showing along both edges.  Stick one vertically and one horizontally so that the edges tuck under the folded corner.  Trim the outer edges to fit your card.

Now add your chipboard pieces.  I used a small green one on the vertical border strip and the larger lavender one on the horizontal strip. 

Take your cut apart with the violets on. Attach some double sided tape on the reverse side of the top right hand corner and a little tacky glue on the back of the bottom left hand corner.  Stick at an angle on your card as shown above.

Now take your two fussy cut sprays of violets.  Attach some 3d Foam pads to the back of the ends of the sprays and a little tacky glue to the underside of the bottom of the sprays.  Attach to your card over the folded edge of the checked paper and edge of the sentiment.

Add a little glossy accents to some of the flowers and sprinkle lavender glitter over the top. Tap off and leave to dry.

G45 June DT Project 2 Secret Garden Card Pic 7 Clare Charvill
To finish off the inside make a border of black card and checked paper and mount on a piece of cream card cut at 5 3/4" square."

The 'real' class sample for John Petersen's June 29 Beaded Bezel class is at the store and it's stunning. You will make a two-sided pendant from Shimmer Sheetz!, StazOn ink and beautiful beads.

by John Creighton Petersen for June 29 Beaded Bezel Class at Art 'n Soul

Please sign up for John's class soon! You may either stop in or call the store at 360.357.6528.

Did you know John is a member of Authentique Paper's Design Team? I've posted a few of his postings for their blog here. This is a posting for a charming little book that features coloring directly onto Authentique's papers with Copic markers.

"Chipboard Mini Album Home Decor & Adding Color to "Remembrance" with Copics

Authentique Paper and Want2Scrap are teaming up this week to bring you tons of inspiration using

Authentique Paper and Want2Scrap products!

After you check out the projects here on the Authentique Paper blog, be sure to head on over to the Want2Scrap blog to find out what the talented members of their Design Team have in store for you today!

Hello Angie Blom here with my project for the Authentique / Want2Scrap hop.

I was not sure if I wanted to keep this beautiful mini album an album or some home decor.
I just love the holes on this chipboard album it was alot of fun to add some paint and make
it my own. Using some of the lovely papers from the Rememberance collection I
transformed them into this beautiful pink shade using my copic markers..
It was quite easy to colour in and the papers are so wonderfully thick they can handle
copic markers very well. It also gave me some great colour using a variety of pink shades.

 I also added some Petaloo florals,  May Arts ribbon and Want2Scrap pearls to this creation.

here is an informative video on how to color on these beautiful papers.

Authentique Paper "Rememberance Collection"
Want2Scrap- chipboard album, pearls
petaloo flowers,
ribbon May Arts
Hampton Arts stamp
other: paint, mists, textured paste, distressinks 
Be sure to check back every day this week for more project inspiration! We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters (please leave unique comments!) 

Also, make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over at Want2Scrap all week long for prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way! Don't forget to stop by the Want2Scrap Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!"

From Els at Elizabeth Craft Designs . . .

by Els for Elizabeth Craft Designs

I had so much fun working with the new dies! For this card I used Flowerset nr 3 ( nr 725), the Curvy Leaves (nr 730) and added the Bees (nr 710). I used all kind off different materials like Shimmer Sheetz, Silk Microfine glitter on tape, Velvet Adhesive sheets and card stock. Endless possibilities!"

Don't forget . . . 

by Emily Cates, Millsrepco
Hero Arts Catalog Party
at Art 'n Soul on May 25 from 1:30 to 3:30
Make 'n Take (shown above) AND Prizes!
FREE -- but we ask that you please sign up so Emily
knows how many make 'n take kits she needs to prepare for.

This card is beautiful and you can make it at Art 'n Soul
on Saturday, May 25, from 1:30 to 3:30!

Helene Metivier has been at Art 'n Soul since last week, and there has been a lot of 'art' going on! It's been wonderful. Her ability to make beautiful out of simple and easy is amazing. I'll have lots of photos to share with you from the classes and this afternoon's free play.

Special note:  Barbara Hojem, you left too early before I remembered to take a photo of your beautiful work this afternoon. Darn it! If you happen to come by the store on Saturday, please bring it in so I can take a photo.

Tomorrow, if the hi-tech karma is one with me (lol!), I'll have an Artist-in-Residence posting for Imagine Crafts®/Tsukineko®. 

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