Wednesday, August 26, 2009


The title of this post seems so final...but it's not! It's just announcing that my girl is now gone away to college :) We took her up on Monday after a ton of shopping, packing, shopping and last minute goodbyes and now SHE'S ALL GROWN UP :_( Well, almost, anyhow :)
She is very busy as she has decided to play in the marching band at school and so she is at Band camp working 10 hours a day to be able to perform Friday at a Welcome picnic and through the season at all the home football games! Her room (a space about 12' x 5') is all set and squared away...funny thing is she had to call me the next morning to find where I had put her flat iron to straighten her hair!! I decided that's the best way to get your college kid to call you....hide stuff when you go to visit ;)
Here's a card I made using my copics and some Basic Grey Euphoria paper. This image is a froggy Ketto image from Stamping Bella. I don't have the image, it came with a WISH RAK but I certainly think I need it, don't you?! The colors of the card came out a bit differently in the picture than IRL...they are much more rich and dynamic, but I wanted to share it anyway :) I made one for my sister Kelly's birthday and one for a graduation card :) I also made a card for my sister Kristy's birthday, but it was ALL GLITTERY and the card would not photograph right, boo hoo...too much shininess!! Happy August birthdays to them though!!
This is a picture that my DH took on his week long SOLO canoe trip in the Adirondacks. Isn't it beautiful. He came home safe and sound with only a big long rip in his leg. He's recovering though, poor thing!! :)
That's it for me today :) Be blessed! God is here with you! Everyday!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Oh? Did I forget to mention....

...that I was COPIC CERTIFIED while I was away at CHA?! I know, right? Yes, I met Marianne Walker of fame and I took the 6 hour class with her to officially become a Copic Certified Designer. (OOOoooOOOO). I can't believe it took me this long to mention it, can you? Well, with recovering from the long trip, the computer being on vacation itself for several days and the camera going bye bye everytime my girl leaves the house, it took this long to get the dang picture on the camera, then my laptop and jump drive and now the desk computer! Who says it's all fun and games ?!

And now you are wondering what the heck one does once one is Copic certified, aren't color, of course!! LOL!! Oh, but don't JUST color, but you color really really well! You color and you blend and you color and you blend....all for the good of mankind ;) Well, more like for the good of crafterkind. may remember that my journey with Copic markers began in the post where I won a Copic Set B of 36 markers from Gina K. To be honest, that is still the only set I own...and I thought that was the only set I would ever need. HA! Now that I know more than just how to put alcohol ink to paper, I definitely NEED more Copic markers! So I think that is all I will be getting at Christmas this year. Sigh. I'm so glad God gave me talents to use Copic markers with; He is so good, isn't He?

Monday, August 10, 2009

More projects from CHA's show

Here are some more projects we made for the CHA Supershow classes sponsered by Ye Olde Outhouse. This is the alcohol ink vase we made using a clear glass lidded jar. We used three of my fav Ranger alcohol ink colors, Ginger, Red Pepper and Copper Mixative, covered the vase and added CHF's Silhouette Blooms and sentiments to the sides. In the final project, we completed it with brown gingham ribbon tied around the top of the jar. Also, although I don't have pictures of them, we made two double sided, Cricut cut, 6-layer, Cuttlebugged, sanded, textured flowers on floral sticks to add to the vase. Chock full of technique, I tell ya!!

There is always more to teach! I love techniques! The next card is an adapted card from Gina K's Stamp TV gallery. With permission from the woman who designed the Gina K card and using CHF stamps, I put together this project to teach the wood graining technique using a Scor Pal. This little guy from Cornish Heritage Farm's Kim Hughes U R A Hoot set was VERY popular with the class! Remember the post with the grad card I made using the same idea several weeks before CHA? (in my summer of pictures post!)

And finally for today, this set of projects was called County Blues. Deby and I again taught use of alcohol inks on this (originally white) candle holder and on a CASED card from an SCS'er (also with permission) used Nesties for the circles and Core'dination paper to rip layers to make a Mountain and Sea card. The "mountains" were more mountain-y on the actual class model card with a different CHF image! This heat embossed flower image is actually a retired CHF stamp. We used CHF's Nature's Silhouette II stamp set with the Boxwood and Bayleaf stamps on the actual workshop card!

See, frog faithfuls...I HAVE been BUSY!
Whew....more excitement to come....stay tuned!

Off to shop today for college stuff at Target! Stay cool!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Yes, I'm back! And yes, I've been back since Tuesday night...

...but I'm just now feeling alive again :) I wish I could share pics of the Ye Olde Outhouse booth right this minute, but the truth is they are in Betty's camera and I am waiting patiently to see them! My friend Deby, who was my faithful right hand co teacher has a few on her blog, The Sofa Lady...check it out!
I can however share the pictures of the projects that we taught in our CHA Supershow classes....they were well attended for the most part and it was a BLAST teaching the "students" techniques. All of our projects used Cornish Heritage Farm stamps, because I adore them and they worked perfectly to complement my projects to reflect Betty's arts and craft store.
This first one, Country Home, was originally a scrapbook page, then a card, then finally, CHA ok'd it as a picture on a plaque. We mounted this 8.5 x 5.5" scene onto a wooden board painted black, and put curled wire through holes on the top of both sides to hang it up. We used woodgraining, masking, Scor pal-ing, and paper tearing techniques....lots of fun!

This next card, we called the "Secret card". It was originally "rejected"....we actually made it as a second project to the vase we altered using alcohol inks. This card uses the technique I used to make this blue card in a previous post. I just love the technique and wanted to show the alcohol ink process on photo paper so I threw it into the class as a "bonus" project.

This next project is a post it noteholder that I learned to make on Splitcoast Stampers. I wanted to show off the Core'dinations paper and how you can sand the core color to the surface after cuttlebugging was a very popular project!

I'll share more tomorrow! I pray you are well and blessed! God is faithful to meet your needs today! I have missed all of you! Especially my SBS sisters! Love ya!