Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pam was extremely busy at the store today. The Impression Obsession and Notions order arrived today, along with other little goodies from Ecstasy Crafts and JudiKins. There will be lots for you to look over at Art 'n Soul tomorrow . . . it will be one of those "get there and buy it now before it disappears" day.

One of Marj's cards featuring Dreamweaver Stencils is featured on the Dreamweaver Stencils' blog today.

by Marj Marion
Click on this link for Marj's how-to:

Also on the Dreamweaver Stencils' blog, another joint venture in sten-zangling by Lynell and Wayne Harlow.

by Lynell & Wayne Harlow, Dreamweaver Stencils

by Lynell & Wayne Harlow, Dreamweaver Stencils

by Lynell & Wayne Harlow, Dreamweaver Stencils

Click on this link for the blog posting discussing each of these beautiful cards, as well as photos of two of the cards Wayne taught at Art 'n Soul last month:

On the Penny Black blog, they are doing a collaboration with Inchie Arts by featuring art techniques using Penny Black stamps and the Inchie Arts' Art Squares.

by Jill Foster for Penny Black
Click on this link for Jill's how-to including a video tutorial:  http://pennyblackinc.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/collaboration-with-inchie-arts-day-2/

While 'watching' a television program with my husband this evening, I worked on this 'stendoodle™' using an ornament die from Spellbinders; stencils from Memory Box; Micron pen (.05 in black); Tombow colored marker pens; a red glitter pen; double-sided adhesive, peel-off sentiment and Microfine Silk Glitter from Elizabeth Craft Designs; and 3 adhesive- and flat-backed pearls in purple; and ribbon from May Arts.

by Debbie Gaetz
6" square card (140 lb. cold press watercolor paper)
Double-sided adhesive cut to 5-7/8" square

  1. On mixed-media paper, I traced the Spellbinder ornament die with a black Micron pen; trace the outside and inside lines of the die piece.
  2. I made 'columns' at different angles inside the ornament, and entangled those. The remaining areas I used stencil designs and also left a couple of open spaces at the top of the ornament.
  3. Color the outside trim with the red marker. Color the various entangle designs and spaces with a slightly darker shade of red and various colors of green and purple. The red 'paths' in the circles stencil from a Memory Box die were colored with a red glitter pen.
  4. Cut the ornament along the outside edge.
  5. Adhere one side of the adhesive sheet to the front card base. Be careful to always use the release sheet to handle the adhesive side to avoid 'finger marks' on the adhesive.
  6. Adhere the ornament cut-out where you want it on the adhesive. Place a release sheet on top of the entire card top to make sure the ornament surface is totally adhered to the card top.
  7. I used 3 shades of green Microfine Silk Glitter. Using a wax paper sheet to collect the excess glitter, I spread the top portion of the card with the lightest color, tapped the card on the wax paper sheet and put the excess glitter back into the jar.
  8. Repeat for the next darker shade of green; and then repeat again for the darkest shade of green.
  9. With your fingers, rub over the entire glittered surface to burnish the micro fine silk glitter into the adhesive. Brush off the excess. No more glitter will fall off of the card.
  10. Apply the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from an Elizabeth Craft Designs' peel off sticker sheet (gold).
  11. Make a small bow with the ribbon and adhere to the top part of the ornament with a pop dot.
  12. Use 3 flat-backed pearls in 3 sizes. Place the largest size at the top of the ornament above the bow. Place the next two sizes down a the bottom of the ornament.

This was a very fun and easy card to make.

Finally, this is an awesome piece of hand-drawn art from our friend, Sherry Barello. Her zentangling talents are superior and she posted a nice surprise today in honor of Thanksgiving. 

by Sherry Barello
Sherry, thank you for allowing me to share this beautiful piece of art. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Perhaps you're like me . . . giving strong consideration to using flannel sheets on the bed. I know we're not as cold as other parts of the country that are experiencing below-freezing temperatures that are much lower than our freezing temps, but I'm still feeling really cold outside. So be sure to stop in at Art 'n Soul to warm up! Dianne will be there all day tomorrow (Tuesday).

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