It’s creative playtime for adults in these classes!

mug for blogIt’s been nearly two years since I’ve taught classes in our studio/shop. I enjoyed the break but recently felt that urge to jump back in. I’m happy to say a terrific opportunity just opened up and I’m taking it.

I’ve joined the Brighton Art Guild, a group full of so many talented artists, and a perk of membership is the availability to use their classroom alongside other teachers from the Guild.

I’ve been able to prepare for a couple of classes quickly and you’ll find them listed here: Linda’s Shop.

It’s quick and easy to purchase a class and you’ll also see the dates, times, and supply list. All of these classes are currently taught upstairs (there is no elevator) in the CoBACH Center. You’ll also find a link to the Brighton Art Guild; be sure to check out the great classes from other instructors.

My first offerings are Art Journal Adventure, which is a four-week series. We’ll play with paints, inks, stencils, gesso – all sorts of fun stuff. It begins Tuesday, July 24. It can be messy so be sure to bring an apron or wear an old journal 4

Scrap your Stash is a very popular offering because it uses stuff you already have in your stash! We make one 12X12 layout using your papers and embellishments. 20150314_225852It sometimes is an original layout, at other times Pinterest-inspired. The point is I show you how to make your stash work for you. We alter paper and learn to create many of our own embellies for these designer-style pages that usually use only one or two photos. The first Scrap your Stash class runs 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 30. There is a Scrap your Stash Marathon scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 as well.

Join me in some creative playtime and help spread some happy scraps! Look up class offerings with dates and times at Linda’s Shop and Follow me on Facebook by liking my page for the latest updates.



Stamping a milk resist …

I rushed home from work for dinner tonight and had to make it out again in time for our Cracker Jack Stampers meeting tonight. It’s Rachel’s day off so she cooked. As most of you know, we love to experiment with new recipes in our house and Rachel tried one tonight from Rachael Ray. It was really good! A lot of prep but once we all helped with the prep the cooking time was pretty quick, which was good because I did demo tonight at club and had to get there early to get set up.

I was showing the group the milk resist stamping technique from Lisa Bebi I’ve been playing with recently. It’s a technique I tagged years ago in an old Somerset Studio magazine with every intention of trying it when I had time. Well, fast forward several years later and I’m thumbing through the old magazines for inspiration and I find the article again. I thought it would be perfect for the Cracker Jack Stampers because we like to learn techniques we haven’t tried.

I packed up my sweetened condensed milk, skim milk, stamps, tags, inks and water bottles and headed out. The demo was a success. Everyone was really pleased with the outcome and I’m sure most of the gang will be trying this one at home.

If you’d like to give it a try here’s the basics: mix sweetened condensed milk with skim milk (50/50) in a flat bottom container. Dip your stamp and stamp onto a tag or heavy-weight paper. Heat set (it smells so good!); this is your resist. Add several ink colors – I like using a wrinkle-free distress technique with Ranger’s Distress Inks. Gently wipe inks from resist stamped area. It leaves a very soft look and makes a wonderful background for tags or card matting.

You can find Rachel’s Hungarian Portabella Paprikash recipe under Healthy Eating here on But trust me – prep time takes more than 20 minutes.

Enjoy the meal and the stamping!