Friday, March 20, 2015

Please be sure to scroll past the 2015 Northwest Paper Chase Information for today's blog post! Thank you.

This is Art 'n Soul's 'take 'n make' for the Northwest Paper Chase this year; the theme is "Games" and we chose the game of marbles. In the 'take 'n make' kit, each Paper Chaser who spends $10 (pre-tax, post discounts) will receive this kit to take home . . . 5 puzzle pieces to a Marble Puzzle, a real glass marble, and the 6x6 paper from Authentique (one of the 2015 NWPC sponsors). As marbles roll, we hope they'll "roll" their script around the page to describe their experience at Art 'n Soul; there's even room for a photo above the stamped sentiment and they can place the marble puzzle pieces anywhere they want.

Art 'n Soul's game is 'marbles.' In each take-'n-make pak, there are 5 pieces to a puzzle. If anyone finds that at least 3 of their 5 puzzle pieces actually fit together like they should, that person earns a free 6x6 paper pad from Authentique, one of the NWPC sponsors. Here's a photo of the marble puzzle . . .

And with a minimum $20 pre-tax, post-discount purchase with the NWPC Passport, chasers receive this charm. Does anyone remember rolling their glass marbles along anything they could find to use as a track?
Art 'n Soul's 2015 Northwest Paper Chase Collectible Charm

The days are kind of gray these days, but there's loads of color at Art 'n Soul. All you have to do is look around at all of the amazing sample cards, class boards, papers, ribbons, inks, embellishments, and everything else you see at the store. And we have an amazing staff that's extraordinarily talented and skilled who will help you coordinate all of those colorful products to make the best art project. How? Just ask!

On the Magenta blog, Bianca has created a beautiful birthday card using a template, stamps and Dylusion color sprays.

by Bianca van Noort, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link for Bianca's posting to see what she used:

On the Memory Box blog, Pam has made a "light and airy" card using two butterfly dies and a border die, both from their new collection. The posting is really a sneak peek for an upcoming class she's teaching in Iowa! I'm so glad that she let the 'card out of the bag' so we could see it.

by Pam Sparks for Memory Box
Click on this link for her posting:

On the Penny Black blog, they mentioned that Birgit Edblom had an exclusive inspiration for Facebook Friday. I couldn't find it on Facebook, so I went to Birgit's blog. This particular 'exclusive' shows 3 cards she made using the January Distress Ink Color, Cracked Pistachio, that I know many of you have purchased at Art 'n Soul.

by Birgit Edblom

by Birgit Edblom

by Birgit Edblom
Click on this link to Birgit's blog and her posting:

You'll want to change the language to "English" by clicking on "English" under Translate in the column to the right.

While at the Penny Black Facebook page, I did find this treasure among their card sample postings:

by Birgit Edblom for Penny Black
Brigitte used the new Penny Black dies:
Geometrics & Flower Frolic

On the Elizabeth Craft Designs' Facebook posting, Selma Stevenson has created the most beautiful tag using their tag, frame edges, Susan's Garden dies and a new embossing folder.

by Selma Stevenson for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Click on this link to Selma's blog for all of the details:

On the Penny Black blog again, Jill Foster has another card design using a watercolor technique.

by Jill Foster for Penny Black
Click on this link to the Project Sheet with all of the instructions:

On the Art 'n Soul weekly email, the technique of the week featured a card from Marj Marion. She used Impression Obsession's Brush Stroke No. 3 stamp with wonderful effect. The photo file I had wasn't in high resolution so I wasn't able to enlarge the size for you.

by Marj Marion

"Swoosh Stamping" by Marj Marion
"We have some great paint swoosh stamps from Impression Obsession at the store now.
Here is an idea from Marj, for using them on cards. We all know that we "could" make an artful "swoosh" with real paint and a paintbrush, but………will we????!!  And does it always turn out the way you had hoped?
Sometimes, it's easier and quicker to have an artistic paint swoosh stamp design to grab and go for a quick, artsy card. You can keep it pretty simple, maybe even a one layer card, or go for more details, more layers, and more stamping and embellishments…..your choice.
In the card shown here, Marj inked the I.O. Brushstroke 3, D132288. You can use Distress Markers or Distress Ink Pads, and mist the stamp with Pearly water (water mixed with Perfect Pearls Pearl), and stamp on Watercolor Paper.
Marj then added other images, and flicked dots of matching inky paint water. Here are the additional stamps Marj used:  Butterfly I.0106, and Rosie's Roadshow:  Take one in Every Color. 
Come in to the shop to check out this card and another one, on which she used the stamps: Magenta "Life is Art", 07.700.G, Dragonflies 07.0280.G. 
Details on inks are on the cards at the store. These cards are absolutely beautiful in person!  Check them out, and buy a swoosh stamp to try this out for yourself! There are several different ones, and all will create beautiful watercolor painted looking images."

Cindy Sharp's Alcohol Inks' classes on April 18 and April 19 are going to be ultra-fun and ultra-educational. Check this out . . . and then please stop into the store or call us (360.357.6820) to sign up because this class is going to be extremely popular. We haven't had an alcohol ink class at Art 'n Soul for quite some time.

Saturday, April 18, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm,
When was the last time you used your alcohol inks?  Have you never used
alcohol inks? Cindy will teach you that alcohol inks are a lot of fun, and will first provide a quick basic refresher course. Next she will teach you resist
techniques that give great special effects. Students will take home a tag
sampler that will be a wonderful resource for future reference. This a technique class. Alcohol inks can be used on a lot of things, card backgrounds, art journals or mixed media projects. You will be surprised at what mediums Cindy uses for the special effects. Bring your basic class kit. Also bring an old toothbrush and wear old clothes or an apron. Be aware that this is a smelly class. We will try and keep the air flowing.

Saturday, April 18, 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
The afternoon class will continue to explore the ways alcohol inks can be used. You must have taken the morning class or have permission from the instructor.
This class will allow the student to try their hand at landscape and flower 
painting. You will also get to try Yupo Paper. Cindy will teach you the new techniques. She will have you using some surprise tools that you might not
have thought about before. Bring your basic class kit, an old toothbrush, old
clothes or an apron, a variety of brushes size 4 or smaller, and a flat 3/4" or
1" brush. Keeping in mind that we are working on landscape and flowers bring some colored alcohol markers (Copic, Spectrum Noir or Sharpie) that you may want to use to define or refine your painting. Again, this is a smelly class but loads of fun.

It's almost the midnight hour. A weekend weather forecast of rain is a great excuse to spend some 'dry and colorful' time at Art 'n Soul! In the meantime, here is some humor I found today. We'd love it if you came to Art 'n Soul with procraftinating in mind!

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