A little birdie told me

My Art Journal sessions are broken up into four weeks. Each four-week session is themed. These cute little birds are from Art Journal-Fly Away where we worked with creatures that had wings.

These background pages started out with just a few stripes of acrylic paint colors and some water. Pretty darn boring! But we learned to work it into a beautiful background to display our winged birds on.

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DecoArt acrylic paints spritzed with water.

Combining other mixed–media products with stamps, stencils and more, we were able to create the most beautiful backgrounds.

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Die-but bird added to background.

It’s just so much fun and very relaxing to just sit and play with no end-game in sight. Your page may never be done or it can feel complete in a quick 10 minutes.

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Die-cut birds stacked atop each other create a colorful scene.

Art Journaling requires no art background, just a willingness to express yourself while playing with paper and paints.

Spreading the word …

Linda_Neff_mini_mug_shotHowdy! Just wanted to pop in here and give you some updates on what’s happening and what’s to come.

I received word last night that another cottage has opened up for the weekend of my Mixed-media Mini Book Mystery Retreat. This means there is space for 4 more students for the weekend of Feb. 15-17 at Sunset Shores in Clare. I need to know of interest by Friday (Feb. 1) and payment can be made to me via cash, check, or credit (through Etsy). Email me at lneffscraps@gmail.com. Participants will be the first to create two new mini books on my teaching schedule for this year!

Here’s the Retreat info:

Join me for a fun-filled instructional weekend retreat at Sunset Shores Cottages nestled along the edge of Stevenson Lake in Clare, Mi. This retreat is all about mini books and mixed-media and it’s happening soon! This Mixed-media Mini Book Mystery Retreat is slated for Feb. 15, 16 & 17, 2013.

Attendees have an opportunity to create two eclectic and vintage-style mini books, plus a third mystery project over the weekend. It’s an intense weekend of painting, inking and experimenting with new-to-you techniques and I promise everyone a very exciting, creative weekend. Space is limited to 12.

You’ll be housed among four cozy, adorable cottages (three to a cottage) and will enjoy learning and working in the spacious craft room and taking delicious home-cooked meals in the dining room with views overlooking the lake.

Your creative mystery weekend includes lodging, meals, beverages, and guest thank you bags, along with materials and personalized instruction to create three projects. Cost of the weekend is $285.

My very first retreat weekend adventure was held here last August and we had so much fun and the students really enjoyed their projects. I hope you’ll join us this year for another great weekend of crafting!

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Adding stores to my teaching area:

I’ve been busy adding new stores to my teaching area and am happy to announce it now includes Scrapbook Peddler in Saginaw, The Paper Hollow in Sterling Heights, Altered Art Addicts in Jackson and Inspiration Station in Ovid.

There are several mini books and card classes on the agenda and I’m in the process of finishing up a new Tempting Techniques Tag Reference Book (former Ranger Ramblings). Classes are beginning in February with my Retreat at Sunset Shores, and March in the stores. Some are scheduled into May with more to come!

Check out the link to my Class Calendar and Schedule for information and register for these classes currently scheduled at your favorite store.

And, if you haven’t already, please ‘like’ my Facebook page for additional class updates and crafty information.

Sunset Shores Winter & Spring openings:

I’m passing along some information from my friend Vivian who owns and operates Cottages at Sunset Shores in Clare, Mi. When looking for a nice tranquil and serene place to escape to for a scrapbooking weekend, quilt retreat or just a few days away with the girlfriends, check out Sunset Shores in Clare.

A short two-hour car ride from the Howell/Brighton area makes it the perfect place – far enough away the family won’t bother you, but close enough in case of an emergency.

The cottages are available year-round, weekday and/or weekend. Lots of festivities take place in and around the Mt. Pleasant and Clare area throughout the year and these cottages are a great getaway. Soaring Eagle Casino is 20 minutes down the road and there are quite a few top-notch golf courses as well. Great fishing on Stevenson and surrounding lakes, and the lake is perfect for kayaking, canoeing and swimming.

I’ve stayed here mid-week with my sisters for a few days just to sit around and chat and share a bottle of wine and Dennis and I spend at least one week of vacation here during June. We like to stay in the cottages any time we can sneak away for a day or two; it’s just very peaceful. Love sitting on the deck overlooking the lake and reading a good book.

In addition to mid-week openings this time of year Vivian also has the following retreat weekends (includes meals & lodging) available. Visit Sunset Shores for more info and call her at (989) 386-7030 to book your reservation.

Availability:

  • Feb.1-3
  • Feb. 8-10
  • March 1-3
  • March 22-24
  • April 4-7
  • May 3-5
  • May 10-12

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!