Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A few little tidbits for Art 'n Soul fans . . . we now have a small stash of InkaGold at the store, Tim Holtz core' dination Distress papers and new 110# ultra-smooth card stock from core' dinations in 8.5" x 11" and 6" square are now at the store, and the weekly Magenta order arrived yesterday.

One of the 12x12 papers from core' dinations is a flocked swiss-dot pattern . . . different colored dots and base paper. For this example, I chose the kraft paper with white dots. When I saw this paper, I immediately thought of zentangling. So, this is my first experiment!

by Debbie Gaetz
I used the dots on the paper as the base for the zentangle pattern using the IMAGINE Crafts' Pico Embellisher in Wedding White. I did one side of the pattern and allowed it to dry before turning the paper and making the second line. Using the backside of the dot paper, I die cut with the new Memory Box "Surely Stitched Circle" (99074). The heart on the center circle is from an old Magenta peel-off (no longer available). The base card is a 6-inch square fold using the Conqueror in Diamond White (118#). The 5-1/2" square swiss dot paper was framed with a red card stock cut to 5-5/8" square. This card will be at Art 'n Soul by the end of the week.

Over on the Inchie Arts' blog, Lisa Lee has made her first Valentine heart using Silks' which we've always loved at Art 'n Soul. The heart stamp is a new design from RubberMoon.

by Lisa Lee, Inchie Arts LLC
Click on this link for Lisa's step-by-step instructions and to see the finished Valentine's card:

From the IMAGINE Crafts' Facebook page, this is artistry by Nami Nakamura of DeNami Design Rubber Stamps. This is what she said:
"My focus for 2015 was to do more art for fun. Most of you know, we suffered a devastating loss in the Superbowl. I have never followed a sports team as much as I have these past few years. have never used my art to express my emotions, so I did it this time in the post game aftermath. 
It was a cool thing to "get it out" in this way! 
Just thought I would share it with you. It was from my heart."

by Nami Nakamura

From the Graphic 45 blog, Nadya Tana Lifa has put together a terrific how-to:  "How to Create a Card with Many Layers." She's used the newly-released Artisan Style paper collection that will be coming to Art 'n Soul this month.

Click on this link for Nadya's how-to:

On Dina Kowal's blog, she is using one of her new stamp designs for Impression Obsession. I love the theme of this card given the weather we've not been enjoying this week.

by Dina Kowal for Impression Obsession
Click on this link for her blog posting:

I love this watercolor brush technique shown on the Penny Black blog. It seems so quick and easy to obtain the artistic watercolor look we all aspire to.

by Angela Kennedy for Penny Black
Click on this link to the blog posting that includes a video tutorial:

While I was at the store on Saturday, Germaine Benson from North Cove drove all the way to Art 'n Soul and worked on her card club exchange project. The theme was "anything goes" and she decided to make a shoe card for everyone.

by Germaine Benson, North Cove WA

by Germaine Benson, North Cove WA
Germaine hand-cut each shoe. The little tab to the left of the heel and the back of the shoe were both folds. If you'll notice, the top edge of the shoe was trimmed with ribbon, and she added some type of flourish at the top of the shoe. Germaine showed a lot of creativity in her shoe designs, and we are so happy she chose Art 'n Soul as the place to work on her special project!

It was so nice to see Janice Shineman in the store yesterday. Both Janice and her husband endured that nasty flu virus going around, and she was housebound for a couple of weeks. She said she had cabin fever and had to get out . . . we were delighted and quite complimented that Janice made Art 'n Soul one of her escape stops!

No puppy or kitty photos tonight. It's been a not-so-productive day; I think I napped most of the afternoon . . . frustrating. So it's off to bed to dream about a better and more active tomorrow. Nighty night!

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