It’s class time – come join me!

It’s Marathon time! Gather your scrapbook supplies, some bits and pieces from your stash along with lots of your pretty papers and join us in this next Scrap your Stash Marathon set for Sunday, Oct. 20.

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You’ll learn to use papers and embellishments you already have in your stash. Dig deep and bring those buttons, numbers, washi tapes, threads, lace and more to use in your layouts. I can help show you how to incorporate those things you’ve been holding onto into your page layouts.

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Bring a couple border punches and see how to use them to create pretty paper edges on your layouts. Use Ranger’s Distress Inks and edge distressing tool to create a worn, vintage look.

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I’ll show you how to make flowers from your scraps! Or bring all those pretty packaged flowers you’ve been saving for a special layout and use them up!

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So gather your supplies and invite your friends to join us for a full day of scrapbooking classes. You have the opportunity to complete four beautiful layouts from the supplies you bring with you. It’s a fun-filled day with crafty people! Class runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

Register in my online store where you’ll also find the supply list (click ‘view more’). Photos can be any size – mine always vary in size depending on my mood. Additional photo can always be added to these layouts as well.

Peace & Love, Hippie-Style

And if scrapbooking isn’t your thing, how about art journals? My next Adventures in Art Journal begins Monday, Oct. 28 and continues each Monday through Nov. 18. Classes run 6-8 p.m. at the CoBACH Center in Brighton.

This series (No. 10!) is all about Peace & Love, Hippie-Style. When I sat down to play with my paints and stamps it just happened. That old hippie in me came out! The colors, the style; it just happened.

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I really hope you’ll join me and let your inner hippie out too! Feel the freedom to play – just play! You’ll use paints, stamps, markers, bits-n-pieces of this-n-that creating lively, colorful pages that will just make your heart feel good. This series ends with a twist and you won’t know till the very end just what that twist is – it’s a secret!

So go buy your mixed-media paper or journal, toss your paints, brushes, markers and gesso in a bag and get ready for class. Register for this Peace & Love series in my online store where you’ll also find a supply list (click ‘view more.’)

I’d love to have you join me for class. Let me know if you have any questions. Come have fun with us! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Free time & demo for Art Journal students

I’ve set up two hours of free play time for my students who have taken my Adventures in Art Journal. Bring your previous pages to work on or finish, products you might have questions on, or a demo you’d like to see. I’ll be there at the CoBACH Center at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 and we can stay until 8 p.m. Let me know if you’ll be there.

New cd class features Prima papers …

Hi everyone! Wanted to share my latest cd class with you all.

It took several tries but it finally came together and the Prima Nature Garden collection of papers and embellishments were the perfect choice for this project. This class is coming up Saturday at Scrapbook Peddler in Saginaw. There are a few openings remaining and you can register by calling the store at (989) 497-2767.

This new cd class uses a mix of beautiful papers from the Prima Nature Garden Collection and a coordinating Prima flower spray along with Prima’s Vintage Trinkets. You’ll cover each of the 10 pages with the Nature Garden Collection and along the way use a variety of techniques – including brushing with melted beeswax and creating porcelain-looking flowers by dipping them in melted UTEE. We’ll have lots of fun in this one!

Class size is limited to 13

Here’s what you need to bring:

Non-stick craft sheet
Heat tool
Tweezers
Clear-dry glue (I recommend Designer Dries Clear with the fine tip from Art Glitter)
Detail scissors
Ranger’s gold paint dabber or gold leafing pen
Crop-a-dile (if you have one)
Tape runner
Edge distresser
Mini mister
Antique Linen Distress Ink with applicator

Hope to see you there!

It’s clearly a cover-up …

I’ve spent the better part of the day playing with rubber stamps, inks, paints and Globecraft Memories to create this cute little piece of wall art. Globecraft Memories makes these great bubbles and frames that protect dimensional memorabilia but I created dimensional art to display in mine. Here’s how:

Supplies: Globecraft Memories globeframe, Ranger Paint Dabbers in Aqua, Butterscotch, Espresso, Willow and Gold; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso, Inkessentials Glue N’ Seal (matte finish), 5X7-inch canvas panel, Studio 490 stamp (LCS048) A Form of Art, Crafty Secrets stamp (SS15) Material Girl, Ranger Archival Inks in Coffee and Sepia, Ranger Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Walnut Stain, Designer Dries Clear (Art Institute Glitter), embossing folder, envelope punch, wire, dimensional foam dots, needle and six mini buttons.

Prepare the background canvas by painting with Aqua, Butterscotch and Willow paints; spritz with water and blot randomly with paper towel; let dry or heat set. Brush the painted piece randomly with Gesso, ink script stamp with Sepia Archival Ink and stamp into wet Gesso. Be sure to immediately wash your stamp before Gesso dries.

              

Emboss Globecraft Memories outer frame with embossing folder. Paint with Willow, randomly brush on gold paint and let dry briefly. Go over with Espresso paint and rub into design; wipe off with damp paper towel then rub with gold paint and wipe away gently. Paint smaller decorative frame with same paints and techniques; Set aside to dry.

Stamp images on white cardstock with Coffee Archival Ink; heat set. Cut all images out using detail scissors. Hand write or stamp jewelry tag with phrase. Using ink applicator, ink all pieces with Antique Linen Distress Ink and edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

      

Emboss punched envelope with embossing folder and ink with Antique Linen Distress Ink then edge with Walnut Stain Distress Ink; fold and wrap with ribbon. Wrap stamped thread spool with thread and weave a needle through. Adhere six mini buttons onto stamped and inked rectangle.

Lay out finished images onto background (I used a vintage postcard) until you’re happy with the arrangement. Attach dimensional foam pop dots to back of some of the images to layer and stack. Fit into Globecraft Memories bubble and frame, glue frame pieces to bubble and bubble to background with Designer Dries Clear and use binder clips or clothespins to secure till glue sets.

     

I stamped a quote with Coffee Archival Ink onto tissue paper, tore it out and adhered to the canvas with Ranger’s Glue N’ Seal. Punch two holes in top and add wire to hang. Tuck a little secret note into the envelope, edge the canvas lightly with gold paint and hang to enjoy!

Playing by design …

So my kits are packed and ready to go! I’m excited for Ranger Ramblings: Part II. The teaching format for this workshop is a little different from Ramblings: Part I.

The inspiration for change came from Wendy Vecchi, artist extraordinaire, instructor and all-around nice person. While sitting in her classes at Scrap Tales a few years back I paid attention to the fact she allowed students plenty of time for play and experimentation. It felt like a wonderful, extravagant luxury, something I realized I might need to incorporate into my workshops (which always seem to be crammed full, tend to run over and sometimes feel rushed!).

Well, take note – in Ramblings: Part II there’s still plenty of technique and product knowledge abound, but ‘play-by-design’ time has wiggled its way in ( gosh, I hope!). There’s also an inspiration packet included for each student to utilize during that play-by-design time or to take with. Those are Wendy Vecchi stamps used to decorate the students’ workshop kit and inspiration packet – what do you think; you like?

I think it will be a great workshop and I’m looking forward to hearing feedback from students. Well, wish me luck … I’m off to Scrapbook Peddler Sunday and Capture-A-Memory later in the month; Scrapbooks Galore & More in April.