Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hey everyone! October 19 is coming up sooner than you think. That's the day that Karen Block is teaching how to make these stunning, but very easy-to-make, flat beaded bracelets at Art 'n Soul. You'll have a range of bead colors to work with; the ones shown are only examples and they're at the store. There are a few spots open . . . the last time we had a bead class at Art 'n Soul, it was extremely popular. Sign up now by stopping into the store or calling us at 360.357.6820.

by Karen Block

From Millsrepco, this cute card from Emily Cates . . .

"Fall Basket from Impression Obsession

by Emily Cates for Millsrepco
Stamps: Impression Obsession CL492
Ink: Memento Morocco, Potter's Clay, Peanut Brittle, Toffee Crunch, Rich Cocoa, Pistachio
Accessories: Impression Obsession Dies: Basket DIE039-T, Small Leaves DIE095-D, Grass Border DIE060-I, Sm. Grass Border DIE096-D, Banners DIE123-P, Bow DIE063-I"

From Dreamweaver Stencil Designs' blog . . .

by Kristi Parker for Dreamweaver Stencil Designs
"Today I am sharing a new stencil design ....we are calling it Vintage Decor (LX7022). You won't be able to find it for another week or so, because our retailers are just now finding out about it too. I have to admit I really enjoyed doing this card in an Autumn colorway and with Art Institute glitter.

I started by paste-embossing the Vintage Stencil with Dreamweaver Glossy Green Embossing Paste (DGGP). After removing the stencil and while the image was still wet I sprinkled the leaves with Bavarian Forest, a microfine Art Glitter. Next I sprinkled the pod or flower portion with Bordello, another microfine Art Glitter. I set this aside and let it dry...then the real fun began.

I had some citron colored Swarovski crystals and glued them onto the dots...oooooo, so sparkly! Gem tack Glue from Beacon is my fave for attaching crystals.  But it also came in handy for the next part of this design. I squirted dollops of the Gem Tack glue onto the leaves and used a toothpick to move the glue to within a 1/16th of an inch of the design and then sprinkled on Art Glitter's Nutmeg colored glitter. Then repeated on the central leaves using Art Glitter Chartreuse colored glitter....and finally the flower or pod was done with Pumpkin colored glitter. Adding this glue and glitter embellishing really added triple dimension to the piece. It did take awhile for the glue to dry...maybe two or three hours, but the results were so smashing that it was worth the wait. I tied up a scrumptious May Arts ribbon for a finishing accent and there it is a new design to share."

That's it for tonight . . . tomorrow, the Art 'n Soul Journal Club meets from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the store. We urge you to stop in and see what they're doing because their art journals are amazing. The Art Journal Club 'regulars' are very generous with their knowledge and encouragement, so please don't feel inhibited or afraid. It's something you might find yourself enjoying the experience of learning and trying out. It's been a few months since I've been able to attend and tomorrow I, unfortunately, have to miss it again due to a funeral service.

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