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    Little birdy sings double-glitter praise …

    Welcome to the Art Glitter/Dreamweaver Stencil Cross promotion month. We have paired up with this wonderful company to show you how our glitter can be used with these beautiful and detailed stencils. All of our designers will be using the Double Glitter Technique! Make sure and check out Dreamweaver Designers every Thursday! You can find all their designers  at http://dreamweaverstencils.blogspot.com/ Play along all month with this fun challenge. Make sure and LINK to the Dreamweaver site to be eligible for 1-of-4 prize packages featuring stencils and glitter! You may even get your creation featured on Art Glitter’s Blog! Hope everyone will play along with this fun challenge. If you don’t…

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    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 –…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Using minimal supplies to create one-of-a-kind gifts…

    This old-fashioned looking tag came about because of a special gift I received from my friend Robin at Cracker Jack Stampers the other night. Robin made us all beautiful gift tags and adorable little wrapped packages of chocolate – love chocolate! The gift inspired me to create hand-made tags to add to the home-made peanut brittle I make and give each Christmas. The peanut brittle has become a cooking tradition for me and something I really enjoy making and giving. So using some basic stamping supplies and a stack of manila shipping tags I set out to create a collection of individually-designed tags. I also proceeded to make one giant…

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    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…

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    Another chapter ends …

    Well, it’s true. Scrap Tales, the wonderful scrapbook store where I have worked for nearly nine years is closing its doors for good. The news just saddens us all who love this store. I started working there as a part-time employee and moved into manager/creative director shortly afterward. Working in the industry has been a real joy which has enabled me to build my skills and my love for mixed-media. I’ve met some wonderful people in the industry and have made great friends through my position at the store. Scrap Tales provided me with a platform for teaching – something I never, ever thought I would do – only to discover…