Friday, August 28, 2015

Art 'n Soul's INSPIRATION STATION continues featuring the new "Handwritten Quotes" stamp set by Dina Wakley for Ranger. The cards are on display at the store, so please be sure to look at them "up close and personal".

Today's INSPIRATION STATION card features a lovely card from Dianne using Magenta's Nuance.

by Dianne Johnson
  • Dina Wakley Media Stamps from Ranger (Handwritten Quotes MDR 44475)
  • Magenta's Nuance - turquoise; cerulean blue; bright yellow; royal blue
  • VersaFine in Onyx Black
  • Tim Holtz Watercolor card stock
  • So Silk card stock in Fair Blue
  • Sequins
 You may also view Dianne's card on her blog, Backporch:

Tomorrow at Art 'n Soul, Sandy Allnock will be spending the day conducting two classes. You might call the store first thing in the morning (360.357.6820) to see if there is a space for the watercoloring class that starts at 10:30 a.m.

by Sandi Allnock
Saturday, August 29, 10:30am – 1:00pm
Join certified Copic Instructor Sandy Allnock for a relaxing coloring class! Use your Copics on a series of ATCs with some darling Lawn Fawn stamps from the
May/June release…then turn them into a little reference pack to save for your
crafting inspiration! Bring copics and a desire to play with color!

Then there's the afternoon journal class . . . wow! I had signed up for this class and have been waiting for the date to arrive. Alas, a friend's funeral service pre-empts. I know there are a couple of seats available . . . again, please call the store first thing in the morning (360.357.6820).

by Sandi Allnock
Saturday, August 29, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Join Certified Copic Instructor Sandy Allnock to create an encouraging page of color in your art journal using Copic Markers and doodling techniques! You may bring your own journal, or bring multimedia paper that you can later “tip in” to your journal. Bring a selection of bright colored Copic markers, both lights and darks, and spend some relaxing time learning how to assemble an image from stamps, stencils, and Copic markers! Class fee includes one Copic multiliner pen for you to take home. Please note that this is an intermediate to advanced class.

During both classes, there will be a Lawn Fawn Trunk Show at Art 'n Soul that features the new releases that are not available anywhere else right now. There are dies and stamps . . . please come in early for the best selection.

Kazuko Kocho's daughter is a budding artist. I share this photo of a recent colored pencil work by Emma. As some of you may know, Kazuko has taught at Art 'n Soul and she has an open invitation to return, soon we hope!

by Emma Kocho of Carlsbad, California
We sell the Prismacolor colored pencils at Art 'n Soul. Through our distributor, we can also order colors you're wanting to add or to start out with. Any one of our fabulous staff is more than happy to work with you.

On the Penny Black blog, they're offering a $25 gift certificate if you leave a comment on their blog posting today (Friday) and also like their Facebook Page. What drew me to the posting are two cards using stamps from their latest holiday release . . .

by Birgit Edblom for Penny Black

by Heather Telford for Penny Black
Here's the link to the Penny Black posting:

If you want to see a dramatic looking Christmas card by Heather, take a look at these two cards that she made with last year's Penny Black Christmas release stamps . . .

by Heather Telford

by Heather Telford
Click on this link for the posting:

This is one of the most beautiful cards I have ever seen on the PoppyStamps' blog. Olga has used 6 PoppyStamps' dies for a special birthday card! I have some of the dies and I'm going to seriously consider purchasing those that she used which are not in my personal stash!

by Olga Direktorenko for PoppyStamps
Here is the link to the blog posting that also includes a video by Olga:

Shelby Thomas has made a video showing her technique for making this lovely card using Distress Inks and Perfect Pearls on the Memory Box blog. It's a very similar technique that is frequently demonstrated at Art 'n Soul.

by Shelby Thomas for Memory Box
Click on this link for the video and details from Shelby:

Helene has been making more magic for the Magenta blog. Oh my! Look at at these gorgeous cards and go to the blog posting for the details. You'll want to get your Nuance watercolors out. Our recent Magenta delivery included more of their Nuance powdered watercolor dyes. Go get 'em!

by Helene Metivier of Magenta

by Helene Metivier of Magenta

by Helene Metivier of Magenta
Click on this link for Helene's details:

Also from the Magenta blog, Carole Dion's card featuring Magenta's Nuance and one of the new stencil designs. I love the happiness from the bright color!

by Carole Dion, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link for the nice step-out on Carole's posting:

On the IMAGINE Crafts' blog, Penny Ward has made an awesome "Girl Power" card using the Creative Mediums, Pico Embellishment, Radiant Neon ink and StazOn opaque ink.

by Penny Ward, Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
Click on this link for the tutorial sheet:

It's time to turn in, even though I've been sleeping forever it seems. We're supposed to enjoy rain this weekend; it's been quite elusive this summer and everything is so parched. It's also heightened the fire danger level to maximum in Washington State and much of our state's natural lands are burning up. So if you have nothing to do between artistic projects, please do a rain dance for us.

Night Night!

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