Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Impression Obsession has outdone themselves. Because of that, Susie has declared Impression Obsession 'open catalog' immediately. Take a look at their new die offerings in this just-released catalog that also includes best-sellers from previous releases. Click on the links . . .

And then there are the new stamps from Impression Obsession from this new catalog!

So look through the catalogs and start putting your 'pink sheet order' together. Drool bibs might be available at Art 'n Soul if you need them as you put your order together . . . you won't be alone because Susie, Deb, Dianne and myself are wondering how we're going to 'group' finance our own personal purchases. Isn't it exciting?

Have you signed up for the colored pencil classes by Peggy Jo Ackley with Pink Ink Stamp Company (formerly Karen Lockhart Stamps)? Peggy Jo is coming to Art 'n Soul at the end of this month to continue the beautiful art traditions in colored pencils that we've always enjoyed and learned from Karen. If you've never learned the art of colored pencil techniques, this is the class to take because it is a whole new world. Although we enjoy many different art mediums to use at Art 'n Soul, colored pencil continues as the #1 love of Susie's.

Sat, July 27, 10:30am-12:30pm, Peggy Jo Ackley – Intro Colored Pencil Class!” $35
Peggy Jo Ackley of Pink Ink Stamp Company (Formerly Lockhart Stamps) will teach her step-by-step process of using colored pencils to produce result that you will love.  Using her layering techniques you will see just how easy it can be.  Bring a friend and sign up soon for a fun class with great results!  Seating is limited.

And then there's the art of combining colored pencil techniques with doodling! This class has always been popular, too, when Karen visited Art 'n Soul . . . and now we have the joy of continuing that fun class with Peggy Jo!

Sat, July 27, 1:30-3:30pm, Peggy Jo Ackley – Oodles of Doodles” $35
Peggy Jo Ackley of Pink Ink Stamp Company (Formerly Lockhart Stamps) will If you want to learn more about colored pencils and decorative stamps, this is the class for you!  Take your coloring work to the next level by adding patterns and designs to your stamped images.  Peggy has been a designer in the paper and textile market and will share many tips for great patterns.  You will leave the class buzzing with ideas!

Call Art 'n Soul to sign up at 360.357.6820 . . . or, better yet, please stop in!

Linda Beveridge brought these cute little squares to Monday's Art Squares Club meeting at Art 'n Soul. I just had to share them with you because they're so sweet. The bird die  and overlay are from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The background circle is the strip die from Lifestyle Crafts.

by Linda Beveridge

Here are some wonderful sample cards from Marj Marion & Dianne Johnson that are displayed at Art 'n Soul.

by Marj Marion
IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Memento Inks
Impression Obsession Rose Washi Tape Stamp (D8869)
Magenta Corners Stamp (32.081.J)
Art Word Stamp:  Just for Fun Stamps
Way of Life Stamp:  100 Proof Press
Border Stamp:  Lost Coast Stamps

by Dianne Johnson
Magenta word stamp:  07.703.H
Magenta leaf stamp:  0661.H
Memento Inks:  Grape Jelly & Lulu Lavender

Hero Hues Gems Floral
So Silk purple paper

by Dianne Johnson
Large Butterfly 0659.O
Leaf 0661.H
Sending you 07.806.K
TOMBOW Markers 636,606
MEMENTO Inks:  Grape Jelly & Lulu Lavender
HERO HUES Pearls & Gems Floral
SO SILK purple paper
JUDIKINS Lapis embossing powder

by Dianne Johnson
Leaf 0661.H
Congratulations 07.665.I
MEMENTO Ink:  Grey Flannel
Silver embossing powder
Black glossy paper
STARDREAM silver paper

From the Authentique blog, our own John Petersen from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko is featured with a dynamic paper folding project. I think John should come to Art 'n Soul to teach this, don't you?

Up, Up and Away with Seasons: Summer

by John Petersen for Authentique
"For some reason, whenever I think of summer one of the first things that come to mind is hot air balloons.  Maybe that's because of living in the Northwest and we have so many hot air balloon festivals during the summer to enjoy on a nice evening.  The day before I received the "Seasons: Summer" paper I was on Pinterest and saw this amazing pattern for creating hot air balloons from the Paper Matrix blog and was fascinated by all the creations that are found on there.  When the "Seasons: Summer" paper arrived the next day I went back to my pin to create my own balloon!

Now a little bit of a side note (warning?  lol) about creating this balloon- this is not for the faint of hearted!  I will tell you that you need ALOT of patience and some time to create your own balloon- I think that it took me a couple of hours to create the first one from beginning to end but I'm sure that now I know what I'm doing the others would go much quicker.  The longest part is cutting out the pattern pieces, they are a little tedious I'll admit.  And have lots of paper clips handy before you start putting this together!  All that being said, this thing is so darned cute and I know that I would definitely make more of them!

To begin with, print out the balloon shape pattern from the Paper Matrix blog.  Once I downloaded the pattern (there's one for the balloon (pieces shown above) and one for the basket.  I ended up enlarging the image to 250% on copier and printed it on 11 x 17 inch sized paper for making this out of 12 x 12 sheets- your printer/copier may be different so this is only a suggestion.  After printing out the pattern I traced the pattern onto a sheet of "Summer One" paper, then flipped the pattern over and traced the upside down pattern onto a sheet of "Summer Two" paper.  After cutting out the traced patterns, I edged the "Summer One" paper using an InkBlusher™ and Memento™ dye based inks from Imagine Crafts®/Tsukineko® in Bahama Breeze and the "Summer Two" paper with Teal Zeal.

This is the beginning of weaving the two sheets of paper together- yes, it does look like an octopus fight gone wrong!  They have step-by-step instructions, along with a video tutorial and pictures on the Paper Matrix blog which were very helpful.  What I learned was that it's easiest to have the two sheets of paper offset a little bit to start the weaving with.  After you have the papers lined up (and before you start the actual weaving) pop a hole through the very middle of the papers and secure your thread on the inside of the balloon for hanging your ballon up!  I forgot to do this and had a mild melt down trying to do this after I completed the balloon and thought "Um, how the heck am I supposed to hang this?!?"  

After you have a couple of rows of the paper woven (that's all you'll get while it's flat) you're going to start shaping the actual ballon.  After struggling for a bit with trying to do this I had an "ah ha" moment and put a tennis ball on the inside to start rolling the paper into the right shape.  I found that only doing a couple of rows of weaving at a time, securing it into place with paper clips and then moving onto the next section worked the best.  Again, follow the instructions on the Paper Matrix blog and you'll understand.

Here's a close-up of my finished balloon!  Note that I modified how I hung the basket from the pattern- I clipped off the paper part on the pattern and replaced it with gold cording instead, I thought that it looked better.  I also added coordinating ribbon for the bottom of the balloon's opening because I had to hide a little bit of unevenness at the bottom.

Please note that the Paper Matrix blog has more than one balloon pattern on their blog- the one used here is the "Mobile #001 Balloon" pattern from the link above in my blog posting and it only takes 2 sheets of paper to create the balloon.  The other balloons on their blog use 3 sheets of paper with a little more paper weaving involved- I'll admit that I thought it would be easier to weave 2 sheets of paper instead of 3 to start out with!"

More Christmas Cheer from the Memory Box blog . . .

Holly Holiday...

by Pam Sparks for Memory Box
"Merry Christmas and to all a good night! Here we are at the end of the Merry and Bright Blog Blitz.
It's been so fun to introduce this new collection from Memory Box! Thanks for joining in and commenting to win.  Laura will announce the winners in tomorrow's post.

My card today uses the NEW Holly Holiday Frame die set, Peace Script die, Holiday Hats dies, Mini Holly Leaves die, Deers in the Field stamp and "to all a good night" stamp.

Memory Box Kraft, Cranberry and Dill note cards and card-stock...a couple red gems and it was done.  This is an A-6 size card.
I love the beautiful embossing on this NEW Holly Holiday Frame die... I used a dauber to add gold Delicata ink to the embossing while the die cut was still in the die. (it's hard to see, sorry about to enlarge might help)

It was fun to work up a Christmas card with a masculine feel...
by Pam Sparks for Memory Box
A close up of the NEW Peace Script and NEW Mini Holly Leaves dies...


Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to comment for a chance to win the NEW Holly Holiday Frame set!!!  Good luck!  There will be happy winners tomorrow!"

From Penny Black's Facebook posting . . .

by Heather Telford for Penny Black
"Swoon! Look at this vintage collage by Heather...

Details and complete list of stamps used on Heather's blog:"

See you tomorrow. I'll leave you with this thought . . .

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