Saturday, March 14, 2015

Today was Pi Day . . . pi=3.1415...

I happened to be at the store this afternoon and enjoyed meeting some of the Northwest Paper Chasers. A group of 5 Chasers from the Kitsap Peninsula, considered the 'lucky' group, came up lucky again . . . sort of. They all sat at the back table to see if any of their puzzle pieces fit together. Two of the ladies had 2 puzzle pieces that fit together . . . I was so excited for them that they each earned a 6x6 paper pad from Authentique! And, at their suggestion, I will bring a photo of the Marble Puzzle and the finished Take 'n Make to the store instead of only viewing it online.

Jeanne` Broxton from Poulsbo, WA

Sheri Burger from Port Orchard, WA
Why do they call themselves the lucky group? Last year, every one of them won a prize from the 2014 Northwest Paper Chase after it was all over.

Memory Box has a new "Look Book" showing beautiful sample cards using their new dies. It's really worth taking the time to look through it. Of course, you may be tempted to jot down a few Memory Box dies that you'll want to add to your treasured stash!

The Memory Box papers that were ordered should be here soon; they contacted me a few days back to say the order was ready to ship. This order will bring a new supply of their colored patterned paper; I asked about the solid color papers and they replied that they are not offering those any longer.

A few sample cards for you to view at Art 'n Soul . . .

by Pam Nelson
Magenta Clouds stamp (0703.Q) stamped in 2 rows on
Conqueror Diamond White card stock with VersaMark. Colored
with PanPastels Pearlescent Blue with accents of dark blue and pink.
Magenta Branch stamp (0677.N) stamped with VersaMark; colored
with PanPastel dark green, pearlescent green, yellow-green and
blended with colorless blender.
Poppies made with PoppyStamps Large Iceland Poppy die (#1182)
and Small Iceland Poppy die (#1176).
White Wave Embossed Metallic paper colored with PanPastels
regular and pearlescent red, yellow, orange, green -- color separate
sections of one piece of cardstock and then cut the pieces for the stem,
stamens, and petals from the appropriate color. Assemble and
attach to the card stock.
Note: all pieces need to be sprayed with a fixative before assembling
to "set" the PanPastels.

by Dianne Johnson
(close up trying to show the shimmer)

Magenta stamps:  Imagine (07.901.F); Water Drops (42.233.O)
Magenta Template:  Small Birch Forest (TM 56)
Distress Inks:  Broken China; Faded Jeans; Rusty Hinge; Mowed Lawn
Perfect Pearls "Pearl"
VersaMark Ink
Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
17# vellum & Tim Holtz Distressed Watercolor Card Stock
So Silk Card Stock in Blue
Black Micron Pen; Wink of Stella Pen in Clear

These Rosie's Roadshow cards just tickle me. I love how the various stamp art and sentiments interact with each other so easily and for so many occasions or reasons. We invite you to please come in and put your own whimsical combinations together for a card you'll want to send.

by Pam Nelson
Memory Box Surely Stitched Square die 99076

by Pam Nelson
Rosie's Roadshow Stamps:  Fiona; Large Balloon; Medium Balloon;
Balloon; Lumpy Grass
Magenta Cloud stamp (0703.Q)
Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Layers die 30009
Glossy Accents (on balloons)

by Rosie's Roadshow
Do you know how many friends that I want to send this to?

by Rosie's Roadshow

by Rosie's Roadshow
Do you know how many girlfriends I want to send this to?

From the Magenta blog, these are two postings that I really really like. I love the colors and the textures.

by Carole Dion, Design Team Magenta
Carole used mostly Gesso to create the terrific dimensional layering you see; click on this link to go to her blog posting:

And then Josee` Gingras made this beautiful canvas art using Magenta stamps and templates . . .

by Josee` Gingras, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link for her how-to:

On Dianne's blog, which was also part of Art 'n Soul's weekly email, she shared the technique taught by Lisa Lee with Inchie Arts. Dianne used the new black Art Squares from Inchie Arts and the result is stunning!

by Dianne Johnson
Click on this link to go to Dianne's blog for the tutorial:

From the Dina Wakley blog, this is a very quick post by her showing one of her new stamps introduced by Ranger at CHA this year. I really L-O-V-E this tag! That silhouette stamp is a future "must" for my stamp stash.

by Dina Wakley
Here's the link to the blog posting:

St. Patrick's Day decor is becoming more popular these days; I notice lots of displays at the stores that I've not noticed before. Here's a great decor piece from Heike Lennik for IMAGINE Crafts using their new StazOn Studio Glaze™ and Amplify!™ on canvas.

by Heike Lennik
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
Click on this link for Heike's step-by-step how-to:

I know I said that I would post pics tonight of the new Graphic 45 paper collections that were taken to the store today. But, I haven't even taken the pics yet and I must retire for the day. I'll take photos now and then I'll edit them tomorrow for the posting.

See you back here!

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