• Decor,  Wall Art

    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…

  • Fabric Crafts,  Mini Books

    Stitching a Sentimental Journey …

    For some time I’ve wanted to try my hand at a fabric book. Wasn’t sure how I would go about it so I visited Monarch Quilts in Genoa and Jane gave me some pointers on how I could age fabric and print photos for the book as well. I bought my supplies and took it all home to play. Well, long story short – nearly three months later the book is finally finished enough for class and class is scheduled! I am so in love with this book. There’s plenty more I think I might add down the road but the basics are here and it’s a good start for…

  • Mini Books,  Ramblings

    Art Glitter Design Team 2012 Audition …

    My goal this year is to work at my business. I call myself a mixed-media instructor because I find myself working with such a variety of materials anymore that I cannot, in all honesty, call myself a scrapbook instructor anymore, especially since I tend to teach mostly mini book projects. In order to work at my business my projects really need to get noticed and applying for positions on a few key design teams such as Art Glitter is pretty much essential. I discovered I could work Art Glitter into my world several years ago when owner, Barbara Trombley, visited my local scrapbook store which I managed at the time.…

  • Mini Books,  Ramblings

    Delving into submissions …

    It’s something I thought I would never get around to doing but I went and did it recently – I submitted for design teams. Oh, not a lot; just a few. I checked out http://designteamcalls.com and a couple of companies caught my eye, one of them being Heartfelt Creations. They were looking for designers who dabble in vintage, shabby chic, clean and simple, elegant, and mixed styles, to create cards, layouts, and altered art projects and I thought – that’s right up my alley – well, not the clean-and-simple! The company has some very intriguing stamps and dies and I’m really hoping for the opportunity to play with them (check…

  • Paper Crafts,  Scrapbook Crafts

    Makings of a one-pic-wonder …

    Yes, I REALLY do like scrapbook pages with one photo. I’m not against lots of photos on a page, but I find I can capture a memory with one favorite photo that talks to ME and that’s what scrapbooking is all about for me. My pages talk to me, they’re my memories. I can’t speak for anyone else, only me and so I scrap for myself. Yes, I’m working on books for my kids, but they’ll be filled with my memories of those times – they’ll have to fill in with their own memories if they like. Recently I found myself so uninspired that every time I went to my…

  • Paper Crafts,  Tags

    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 –…

  • Paper Crafts,  Tags

    Are you ready to Ramble?

    Ranger Ramblings: Part II is finally ready for teaching! I had a really great time experimenting with techniques I hadn’t tried before. I also used the Ranger Distress Stains for the first time and absolutely love them! The colors are so much more intense than Distress inks. I practiced some different techniques with embossing powders I hadn’t done before and am really pleased with the results. It’s just so much fun to sit and play with techniques I’d been wanting to but never got around to. I tend to collect techniques, tutorials and You Tube videos for future play dates. I have folders full of printouts, and loads of sites…

  • Paper Crafts,  Tags

    Breaking into YouTube

    So, today started off a little shaky. I accidentally set off the fire alarm at work this morning. It was so very loud, and of course it was the first day of the boss’ vacation. The firemen were very understanding … But, even that little embarrassing incident couldn’t cloud my enthusiasm to get home and get through dinner so I could post my very first video! I filmed it one day last week and it took a couple more days to figure out editing and then about a week of playing around in the computer to figure out narration – whew! I think I finally got it last night but…