Monday, August 30, 2010
This month we will be creating something inspired by Cathe Holden's Wire Nest Pendant. It is a bird's nest made with wire and beads that you can create for a necklace or to decorate cards, decor items and mixed media projects. It's an introduction to wire for when we get into making jewelry, etc (as I know that's something of interest for many of you). PLEASE BRING needle nosed or round nosed pliers. And don't worry -- this is not difficult at all - it will introduce you to the world of wire wrapping without needing to be precise or perfect. Looking forward to it.
I will be running a technique of the month club this Wednesday, and if there is enough interest, next Wednesday as well (after the long weekend).
If you'd like to join us, please let me know which day works best for you. The class will run, as usual - 7pm - about 8:30 and is $10 (plus HST). All are welcome!! contact Karen to reserve your space
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Sue has been behind a camera for more than 25 years, working professionally as a ...photographer for the last ten years. She writes the "Hands On Photography" section and keeps a photography blog for the Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine and also taught at this year's Kitchener Scrapfest. I can't wait to have her join us at the studio. The workshop held at The Art House Studio will be similar to Sue's Scrapfest class. She will take the beginner/intermediate SLR camera user through photography basics, getting you out of the "automatic setting". This 5 hour class will include approximately 3 hours of instruction, time for Lunch (which will be provided) and a chance to take your new found photography skills "on the road". The Art House Studio is located across the street from the Grand River and Park Trails - the perfect setting for a photographic excursion. Let's hope the weather cooperates!
Saturday September 18, 201011am-4pm
Workshop Price: $65 (plus HST) due upon registration
Contact the Studio for more information and to register519 954 6620
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I am thrilled to have IN STOCK some paper and embellies from Canadian Company - Harmonie. I have created classes with their product before but I am IN LOVE with this season's releases.
Here is the owner of the company, Stephan, to show you what I have here in the studio!!
Take it away Stephan... and see you in the studio Soon for some Harmonie Therapy!! Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
6 Sets Polymer and Foam Coordinating Sets
I am super excited to be getting these 6 new stamp sets from Claudine Hellmuth in the studio. They will ship sometime in September so stay tuned to when they actually arrive.
Here's a great video I found on youTube of Claudine Demonstrating her new stamps at CHA that I thought I'd share with you. Claudine does a great job showing you what these stamps are all about.
You'll be hearing a lot more about these when they arrive in the studio. I am planning some classes and samples for you all to see and do. ENJOY!!!
Monday, August 23, 2010
These products are acrylic based and are compatible with all surfaces and each other. Try on wood, plastic, acetate, acrylic, metal, canvas, grungeboard, clay...you get it...on anything! All products clean up in water. Yumm Yumm!!
I have samples in the studio, so please drop on by during studio retail hours to have a peek for yourself!!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Today is my big release day!!
What's coming to the Art House Studio.... well....
Stay tuned all week for my official peeks. Some of the product has already arrived and I will let you know as the rest does on our Website and will also post it on the "Available at the Studio" Page.
This is Aimee.. She works with Graphic 45 AND if you know me, you know how much I love this company!! Currently at the studio we have the Halloween in Wonderland Papers shown in this video (We also have On the Boardwalk, A Proper Gentleman, and Romantique Collection Packs and selected papers). The 8x8 Christmas Past Collection Pack and the entire Steampunk Debutant Line will be in the studio soon. Also coming to the studio... the envelope albums in their "staples" line. Yummoooooooo....
Thanks for taking us through the booth, Aimee!! Enjoy everyone.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The new issue of the Canadian Scrapbooker - and it looks Spook-tacular! .."Batty" even! :) Can't wait to get reading!
When the Summer Issue hit the stands, I posted that everyone who purchased a copy of that issue from me would be entered into a draw for a FREE ISSUE of the Fall Magazine. Well... I put everyones name in a hat and drew....
Congratulations Lori. I'll be emailing you in a moment to let you know you won. I have your issue here in the studio waiting for you to pick up. ENJOY!!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Our 7th annual Nottawasaga Resort Weekend Retreat will be held on Feb 25 - 27, 2011. Registration is now open for the event. The Theme? Asian -- lets just say it will be "Zensational"! *smile*
This retreat is the perfect getaway for scrappers and cardmakers - paper crafters of all kinds. Hope you can join us!
Details are Here ... but please feel free to contact Karen (that's me) at the studio for more information. Save $25 off the posted price if you register before November 25th.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I created this on Friday in the studio. I fell in love with this woman's image when I saw it on the GraphicsFairy blog. She looked so feminine, perhaps even a little vulnerable -- anyway, I just had to use the image in a piece and this is what I came up with.
It's not done. I would like to add some words, a word or a saying to the top right of this piece (under the fleur de lies) but I'm not sure what I'd like it to say. Can you help?
The working idea at right now is to add the words: "Embrace the Beauty Within" but I'm open to suggestions. Hope you like.
On another note -- I did get a chance to pop into my family reunion last night after the canvas class. It was wonderful to see the family and meet new members I really only know through Facebook. Fabulous! My dad's cousin came right over to tell me that she bid and won on my canvas (pictured below in an earlier post). That's fabulous, Janis - I hope you enjoy it!
Cheers all... hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Each canvas was as unique as the woman creating it.
I showed them all how to use Light Molding Paste to create the initial texture on our canvas, stamp in it, etch in it... then ... the BIG thing -- blending paints right on the canvas!! YAY Way to go girls. I know that took guts. You did a great job!!
From there we used some of Claudine Hellmuth's Matte Medium to adhere the papers chosen for the canvas. And when I say papers... I mean paperS! Scrapbook paper, napkins (decorated and someone even used their McDonalds napkin too), tissue paper, dress patterns, paper bags - you name it, it was used. How FANTASTIC!!
The girls used some Golden Bead Gel to add some additional texture to their pieces. It goes on white but will dry clear... PLEASE send me final pics ladies. Love to see them cause their stunning!
Proof's in the puddin.....
Thanks for a GREAT day ladies!! You're very inspiring!!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Check out what Donna did with the She Set!! You can find this and other Donna Creations on her blog . You should check it out. I know you'll be inspired :)
Okay... that's it!!
Can't spill the beans again. Don't worry, lots to come!! Ekkk! So exciting!!
Saturday, August 07, 2010
These are the 4 cards that will be available to take in the studio this month. Let me know if and when you 'd like to come in to create them and I'll start up a class time. You are welcome to come in any time we're open as long as another class, crop or workshop isn't happening at the time. Have a group who would like to come in to the studio after hours... we can do that too. Just ask.
Cards are $20 -- Create all or your selection of them ... and make multiple cards! You are welcome to create as many cards as you'd like in the 2.5 hour workshop.
Looking forward to seeing you.
Call 519 954 6620 to register or email
Friday, August 06, 2010
We have a reunion every few years in different parts of the country to incorporate family that has settled in other regions. Anyway, it's been a tradition to hold an auction at the reunions - the proceeds go towards funding the next reunion. Pretty cool actually. I volunteered to create something for this auction. Insert my "family" canvas:
I hope they like it.
The flower is embossed grungeboard (can't image why I thought of doing that? *wink*) and a quilled flower I created using the New Cuttlebug quilled flower kits. OMG, I'm in heaven. I see many more of these in my future.
Anyway, I had fun creating this little beauty. I hope it fetches a couple bucks at the auction. I'll be late arriving at the reunion as I have a canvas class here in the studio earlier that day BUT... maybe I'm glad I'm not there while people bid on my artwork. That's a little nerve wracking. just sayin.... *smile*
Hope you're having a creative day!!!
Thursday, August 05, 2010
I showed the girls that if you added Distress Ink right on the flat side of the embossing folder and then embossed the paper you'd get a cool inked effect.
And Here is a little piece I created with Yellow, Tiger Lily and Gold UTEE.
It's all good. Finer images can be embossed with fine embossing powders too. Take time to play with it!! Here's a tip: Do not press your embossing ink onto the embossed card to ink it. You just want to add the ink to the top of the embossed image. I like to apply it lightly in a circular motion just to "kiss" the edges. ...Did I say lightly? *smile*
Now, Tim Holtz's new embossing folders by Sizzix are, I believe, a little deeper than other brands out there. Try running your Grungepaper through it!!!!
OMG -- LOVE that. Now picture embossing your Grungepaper before making Grunge Roses and layered flowers. Eeeekkkk.... Guess what I'll be doing in the studio this week! LOL
I have Tim Holtz's current folders in the studio now for $12.50/pkg. Each package contains two embossing folders. Come and check them out and PLAY