Thursday, February 20, 2014

If you don't know about the new Elizabeth Craft Designs' blog, here it is! In the first link, it will take you to the new blog site and today's posting which includes a u-tube instructional video by Els. The photo shows all of the supplies she uses.

Be sure to click on the "black" screen to start the instructional video. Many of you are quite familiar or are experienced in coloring the clear Glitter Silk; however, it is still a great video to view -- I appreciated the reminder of a few of the techniques, especially laying the peel-off onto the adhesive release sheet.

This next link shows how Els made this beautiful card using the new Elizabeth Craft Designs' Shimmer Sheetz color . . . Australian Opal.

by Els for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Click on this link to see the step-by-step instructions:

We're excited that Els will be at Art 'n Soul on Saturday, June 14, to teach two classes. She is sending pics of the cards for each class and I'll post those as soon as I have them. Hopefully we'll have the exact details for the classes as well.

From the IMAGINE Crafts blog, a 'wow' card from Artist-in-Residence Maureen Cronin using the new Radiant Neon inks!

by Maureen Cronin
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko

Click on this link to go to the blog for the details on how Maureen made this card:

A beautiful card by Dina Kowal shows off the Impression Obsession hydrangea stamp and matching die.

by Dina Kowal for Impression Obsession
Click on this link to the Millsrepco blog to see how Dina made this card:

From the Poppy Stamps blog, a beautiful butterfly card using two of the latest stencil designs from Memory Box:

by Sherry Hester for Poppy Stamps
Click on this link for more information:

There are a lot of talented souls who support Art 'n Soul. Graphic 45 is looking for people to audition for their next Design Team. Here's the call . . . perhaps you have an interest!

We Want You!

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It's that time of year! Announcing our 2014 Graphic 45 Design Team Call! What are the benefits of joining this exciting team?
What are we looking for?

Graphic 45 paper and products are unique and vintage inspired, so we are looking for a variety of team members that can produce high quality cards, layouts, altered art, DIY items, videos, and home decor projects that show off our papers and embellishments.

Our team is education-based, so we will need you to have good photography skills, the ability to create tutorials with instructions and size images for blog and website use.

This call is open to international and domestic applicants.

How do I apply to be on the team?

Our design team search will consist of two rounds. Please read the entire contents of both rounds as there is quite a bit of information. 
We cannot wait to see your submissions, G45ers! It's such a wonderful time of year. Most of all, have fun!

From the Magenta blog, this wonderful mixed media project from Ellie Knol. The laser-cut wooden birdcages and birds are part of Magenta's new release and I have ordered some of them for the store.

by Ellie Knol, Design Team Magenta
Click on this link to read the specifics on Ellie's project:

I love the background for this card designed by Donna Sledvik for Memory Box. On the Memory Box blog, Donna shares how she made the background design using one of the new Memory Box stencils more than once.

 by Donna Sledvik for Memory Box
This is the link to go to for the details:

Get your creative engines going tomorrow at Art 'n Soul. It's Play Day and we're playing with the We R Memory Keepers' Envelope Punch Board. All day!
It's free to join in. If you really want to play, please bring your envelope punch board if you have one; if you don't, we do have a few still available for purchase at the store. You'll also want to bring a supply of paper, a paper trimmer if you have one, basic kit to include a bone folder, adhesive (Scor Tape is recommended), and something to take notes with if you want to write down all of the neat tips and techniques that you're going to learn about.
  • Marj is going to show lots of ides, including a small pie box or cookie box;
  • Sharon is going to share lots of ideas she's had fun with, including envelope liners and bows;
  • Dianne is going to show how to make a cute box for card sets and the candy bar boxes designed by Marj;
  • Sue Moffat may be there to share how she made a cute little box that is the perfect size for a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
The store opens at 10:00 a.m. and Marj plans to be there from about 10:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. We haven't had such an exciting day planned like this for quite a while . . . we're looking forward to seeing all of you there!

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