Putting techniques into play …

Our theme for tonight’s Cracker Jack Stampers meeting was glitter. I never really used glitter much until I took a class from Barbara Trombley of Art Glitter and discovered how I could incorporate glitter into my style of distress and vintage.

So, if you’re like a lot of my artsy friends, we’ve been following Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas and today’s tag was so over the top with STUFF that I decided to take his lead and really incorporate tons of technique and embellishments. It was a lot of fun to create and I tried techniques I’ve been wanting experiment with for a long time.

I started with a plain manila tag and did a milk resist. It’s a technique by Lisa Bebi that was featured in Somerset Studio Nov/Dec 2006. It always sounded interesting to me so I saved that magazine all these years. After the milk resist the tag was colored with Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage Distress Ink, spritzed with home made Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls shimmer mist, then treated with spritz-n-flick several times and set with a heat tool. A background image was stamped with the music stamp from Tim Holtz’ Christmas Minis 2 in Pumice Distress Ink.

I adhered a scallop edge from a paper doily inked with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Inks then spritzed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist and heat set. The medallion is cut from vintage sheet music held together with Tim Holtz Tissue Tape using the large medallion die from Tim Holtz. The medallion and the ‘wish’ ticket are both inked with Victorian Velvet and Bundled Sage Distress Inks and spritzed with the Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist and heat set.

I painted the tips of the medallion with Art Institute Dries Clear glue and dipped them in a gold glitter. I used the fine tip attachment on the Dries Clear to edge the ‘wish’ ticket and sprinkled on the glitter. The tag edges were distressed with the Tim Holtz Tonic Distresser then inked with the same colors and edged with the Gold Adirondack Paint Dabber (a Wendy Vecchi trick). Rubbed the gold paint into the ‘believe’ metal tag and wiped off, added Stickles Icicle Glitter Glue to the fence pieces that were aged with a rusting technique from Michael Jack Putman.

I loved making this tag – it was a great opportunity to use a variety of techniques I’ve been saving up for when I had time to play.

Note: Sue Kalis – your number was randomly kicked out for the prize! Please send me your mailing information (lneffscraps@gmail.com) so I can send you your stamp set! Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

Focusing on the positive…

If there was ever a time when everything falls apart it was in class this past weekend and, as an instructor, that’s the one place you never want it to happen.

I’ll admit, the majority of my classes usually go extremely well and I consider myself very fortunate. It doesn’t just happen, though. There’s a lot of time put into designing my projects, keeping track of all the products used and writing easy-to-follow instructions with color photos for all the students. I package kits and pack extra supplies. The store owners receive a complete list of products that will be used in class and they receive a sample for display.

Techniques are the focus of all my classes. I love teaching technique so have learned to incorporate them into projects that can be completed in an allotted amount of class time. I’ve been getting much better at estimating class times and classes have been finishing on time – until this past weekend.

Boy, my estimates were way off and everything that could go wrong did! Students were very understanding and still commented about how much fun they had and that they loved their project, but underestimating the time to complete the project combined with confusing instructions was frustrating for students as well as myself.

On my journey home I churned the day’s events over-and-over again in my mind, working through all the kinks – I do make an effort to learn from my mistakes. These mistakes needed to be corrected because I’m teaching this class again in a couple of weeks and I’m positive it will be a good time for all!

Just a note …

Been working on some card-making this week among other projects. I buy lots of stamps for cards I want to make but never seem to get around to doing it. Well, I spent yesterday afternoon in my room creating cards. I’ve never considered myself a card maker so it takes me three times as long to finish one – much longer than building a scrapbook page or mini book!

I have this Hero Arts cling stamp – Daisy Label – which is a framed stamp with journal lines running through the center. I wanted to use only the frame so chose not to ink the inside areas of the stamp. The frame is stamped with Ranger Archival ink because it is waterproof once heat set so I was able to watercolor the flower and spritz the entire stamped area with shimmer mist made from mixing Ranger’s Perfect Pearls and water in a mini mister. Added the stamped sentiment, a couple of mats and adhered it all to the card. And … I have a card! One day I hope to be inspired to write something in them and actually pop them in the mail to someone special.

Are we having great weather or what this week! Rachel and her dogs came to visit today. We planned on kayaking so left Bella and Molly with grandma and we drifted on Appleton Lake for a couple of hours. How nice. Finished the day off with dinner outdoors then went to the Yum Yum Tree for dessert! Grandma loves the Yum Yum Tree and we love having an excuse to go there.

Class scheduling is going well through September and October. I’m working on class samples and have classes scheduled at Scrapbook Peddler, Scrapbooks Galore & More and Capture a Memory so far. Check the calendar regularly on my blog for updates.