Saturday, April 4, 2015

This week flew by so fast; I feel like it should be Tuesday instead of Friday!

I was able to spend some time at the store this afternoon. I walked in to find Marj providing her usual very-helpful customer service to Jane Townsend who had lost a die and needed to order a replacement. After lots of browsing through the catalog and then a brief description, Marj knew immediately what die Jan was looking to replace. You can see the joy expressed by both of them . . . from "I found it" to "you're the best"!

Marj Marion & Jane Townsend
"enjoying the moment of discovery"

Speaking of Marj, there are still a couple of spots left in her "Fabulous Spring Florals" class at Art 'n Soul on Sunday, April 19, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

by Marj Marion for "Fabulous Spring Florals" Class
at Art 'n Soul on Sunday, April 19

Sunday, April 19, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Rain or shine, spring is here and it's time to bring on the flowers! Join Marj for a creative afternoon focusing on great stamps, mylar stencils, ink pads, Flower Soft, folders and, of course, a few dies as we create beautiful cards with a floral theme. These can be used for Birthdays, Thinking of You, Hello and other occasions. Enjoy learning (or getting refreshed!) about various coloring techniques. Bring your Basic Kit and a small trimmer.

There are a few spots left in Cindy's class. I love using alcohol inks and this class will certainly color up your world!

by Cindy Sharp for "Painting with Alcohol Inks" Class
at Art 'n Soul on Saturday, April 18

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.

And then her other class, "Inktense Fabric and Mixed Media", at Art 'n Soul on Sunday, April 26, also has a couple of openings. 

by Cindy Sharp for 
Sunday, April 26, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
In this class we will expand our knowledge of Inktense pencils to fabric and
mixed media. We will also learn about the Inktense Blocks. You will paint on
some cotton and silk fabric, lace and canvas. This technique class will allow
you to really get to know the pencils and colors. Art Quilters, Art Journalers
and mixed media followers will love it. Learn about the Grate and Shake tool.
Colorful fabric cards and postcards are very popular. By adding a dyed piece
to an art journal it becomes a fun embellishment. Time permitting, we will
discuss how to embellish the creation with thread painting and stamping.
Inktense 101 is recommended or prior Inktense experience is needed. A wait
list will be available for another Inktense 101 class. You will go home with a
variety of samples for future reference. Bring a variety of watercolor brushes,
round and short handled, size 4 or smaller or size 8 with a good tip (if you are experienced in using it), a flat 3/4" or 1" watercolor brush, a waterbrush, a small stencil brush or small fabric brush, an apron or paint clothes, and your basic kit. A set of 12 Inktense pencils is highly recommended.

I discovered more shaker card samples that had not been shown on the blog yet; they're from the Shaker Play Day last month that we're still shaking with excitement about at Art 'n Soul. In the first two cards, I love the birds and butterflies. In the third card, there is a small "happy birthday" cut-out in the shaker mix.

by Pam Nelson

by Pam Nelson

by Pam Nelson

On the weekly email from Art 'n Soul, the weekly technique section outlines how to do a shaker card by Dianne. She also expands the information on her blog . . . 

by Dianne Johnson
Click on this link to Dianne's blog:

I am so excited about a project I saw on the Magenta blog today. It's an envelope book that Bianca made for her stencils. I think it's a very artistic way to manage your stencil/template supply and I certainly have enough Magenta templates to organize and undertake this project.

by Bianca van Noort, Design Team Magenta

by Bianca van Noort, Design Team Magenta

by Bianca van Noort, Design Team Magenta

Click on this link for Bianca's posting:

On the Memory Box blog, Marnie Bushmole has created the cutest and most colorful Easter card. I love how she 'cracked' the eggs open to release those cute little bunnies.

by Marnie Bushmole for Memory Box
Click on this link for the detailed how-to:

I then 'hopped' over to the Poppy Stamps blog to discover I have missed some of their postings lately. So, to catch up with the cards I personally liked . . .

by Marybeth Lopez for Poppy Stamps
Click on this link to see how Marybeth combined the two sizes of poppy dies to make a California Poppy, and dry embossed a Poppy Stamps' stencil for the background:

The winner of last month's Poppy Stamps' challenge "Through My Window" was Diana Nguyen using a very clever window design.

by Diana Nguyen
March Poppy Stamps' Challenge
"Through My Window"
Click on this link for the posting:

On the IMAGINE Crafts' blog on April 1, Debi showed how Crafty Paws allows her 'best friend' Brandi to get into rubber stamping.

Brandi and her finished stamping project . . .
"Seattle rain turning into treats!"
Click here for the full posting because it's dog-gone clever:

Seriously, Heike has shown how the new StazOn Studio Glaze colors a plain porcelain bunny into an adorable Easter Bunny on the IMAGINE Crafts' blog.

by Heike Linnek
Artist-in-Residence for IMAGINE Crafts
Click on this link for Heike's Project Sheet with all of the details:

I just opened the front door so I could walk out to see the full moon in the evening sky -- it's so brilliant the moon appears like a gigantic diamond! I actually had glare similar to looking at bright headlights on a car at night. And what should appear on the front porch? The order from The Paper Cut which includes acetate sheets, some die-cut A2 cards that are perfect for shaker cards, as well as the various 8-1/2" x 11" card stock, vellums and text weight papers we normally carry. I'll have them to the store by Monday, if not before.

Carolyn will be at the store all day tomorrow . . . she'll be delighted to help you find what you're looking for, as well as sign you up for one of our fabulous classes coming up at Art 'n Soul.

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