Thursday, September 30, 2010
She will be here in the studio afternoons working away at whatever I tell her to. Ohhhhh the power! (Don't worry, I'll be nice. At least for a while - hehe) I hope you get the chance to drop on by, say hi and meet her soon.
Amy's not the only thing new in the studio.
Guess what came in? STAMPOTIQUE wood mounted stamps. OMG the images are so fun Check these out!!!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Hope you had a creative weekend. I'll be in the studio tomorrow hosting some creative friends AND getting to know my new co-op student, Amy. Yes, you heard correctly. The Art House Studio now has a co-op student on weekday afternoons. I'm looking forward to working with Amy and getting some more fun things happening in the studio. I hope you pop in this week to meet her.
On a sad note, our crafting community lost a very special person yesterday. Laurie "Elmo" C. lost her battle with cancer. Laurie was one of the most joyful people I have ever met and will be very fondly remembered by everyone who knew her. To all her family and friends, you are in my thoughts and prayers today. RIP Laurie.
Hug your loved ones, tell them you love them and LOVE LIFE everyone!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Also in this week.... Somerset Memories and Stamper's Sampler!
I opened up the Somerset Memories Mag -- cause I had to be nosey :) - and what do my eyes spy? A few pages dedicated to Donna Downey's Canvas Pages/Album. How timely!!
They look like SUPER issues!!!
See you soon!!!!!! ....back to my cards :)
I will be in the studio today creating some birthday cards (that are long overdue but not forgotten) for the Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group and of course cards for next month's card workshop. Time to crack the creative whip! hehe. I'll post some creations soon.
Have a creative day everyone!!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
So here it is: A project using the fabulous Halloween in Wonderland paper line by Graphic 45. Yes, my infatuation with Graphic 45 continues.
I took the delicious graphics from the papers, collaged them using Claudine's Studio Matte Medium (yes, I use this by the gallon *smile*) and then cut some more. Using pop dots, I 3D'd the images. LOVE it.
I've been dying to use the Bay Window MDF Board Set from Kaiser Craft and this was the perfect project for it. Love how the Brass Charms (Top Hat, Tea Kettle and Rabbit - .50ea in case you were wondering hehe) show well in front of it.
Drop on by and see for yourself. I'll be in the studio working today (even though it's not my regular retail hours) you're welcome to drop by - call after 3 to make sure I'm still there :)
Enjoy your day everyone!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
These pictures don't do Isabella justice. I love the texture in the canvas created by layering some Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutant paper with Claudine Hellmuth's Matte Medium, her acrylic Studio Paints and a little on Viva Decor's clear Croco Crackle Medium. A thin layer so the cracks are smaller and then highlighted by rubbing paint in the cracks. Yummmmm... Tim Holtz gears add the perfect metal embellishment. Speaking of metal... I embossed some metal sheets to frame the outside of the MDF canvas. mmm mmm good. *smile*
Saturday, September 18, 2010
- The Bird House (that I picked up this summer at the Dollar Store) was painted with Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Paints (green, purple, and tan)
- The Roof is thatched with Viva Decor's "Modeling Grass"
- I used Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Matte Medium to adhere a collage of 7 Gypsies Conservatory Paper to the "body" of the house. Making sure to punch a whole with a circle cutter large enough to adhere over the hole.
- A thin layer of Transparent "Croco" Crackle Medium by Viva Decor and let dry overnight.
- I used Viva Decor's Pearl Pens to fill the middle of some old Prima Flowers I had in my tickle trunk and adhered them with 3 in 1 Glue to the House.
- I used another Viva Decor Pearl Pen to make the stems and leaves for the flowers.
- I took a white satin-like ribbon and coloured it with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink and tied it around the base.
- Legs were painted with Studio Paint and adhere to the bottom of the house with 3 in 1 Glue. (I have the small spindles for sale in my vintage area in the studio)
- A Tim Holtz Bird Charm was added to the house with a pop dot.
- I printed my logo on my ink jet printer and cut it out.
- Then I applied the logo to the canvas using Claudine's Studio Matte Medium.
- I painted (with Claudine's Green Studio Paint) and inked the flag with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink
- I attached the sticky side to the back of the 7 Gypsies Paper and cut it out in flag shape (triangle) then I gave it a water spritz and shaped the flag with my fingers. Once dry, this will hold it's shape.
- Using a Paper Piercer, I poked holes in the end of the "flag" at attached it to a small dowel with some 24 Gauge Brown Wire.
I don't know... did I miss anything? Hope you like. *smile* I love how this showcases some of the new products I have in the studio and shows you yet more ways you can use Claudine's Studio Line.
Have a great day everyone!
Friday, September 17, 2010
I don't know about you... but I have a feeling that my computer will love getting cozy inside that Delicious tote bag (shown at bottom) and ... I'm loving the Camera Bags (SLR and Point and Shoot). OH OH!!! Those foam stamps! OMG!!! Look out ink!! Here I come!!!!!!! And only $8.75? Yippee!!!!! Can't wait to play!
If you love Donna's stuff as much as I - you'll want to come check it out.
As always... I ship! LOL
Have a great day everyone!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
If you've been reading my blog -- you've already been introduced to Carmi (left) and Nancy, a photographer, jewelry and encaustic gal whose work I admire (I have one of Nancy's art pieces on display in the studio) is on the right. We had a fantastic day chatting about art and even ScrapFest because they will be there with some fun Dove of the East Product. You must go check it out!!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Well...I painted and stamped these four aprons on Friday and added the ruffle, yoyos and ribbon to them today. We needed new aprons to wear in the booth at ScrapFest next month and, with Donna Downey coming in the spring, I thought I would create a set of aprons for me and my helpers that embody the spirit of the occasion! Aren't they cute? *smile*
Now... before you start thinking that I, the NON SEWER, created something with a sewing machine..... believe me I didn't. I did use a needle and thread to do a quick running stitch through the fabric to make the ruffles BUT THEN I glued it to the pre-made canvas apron. Yep. Have I told you how much I love my 3 in 1 Glue? And have I mentioned it's waterproof and washable? LOL So, yes, this fabric project is non-sewer friendly! LOL
Hope you like and that you come see them in person at ScrapFest in Oshawa Oct 15th.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
This person who didn't want to be identified (hehe) used the Scrolls Work Stamps I have for sale here in the studio to stamp on an old shirt. Did I say how much I LOVE IT? That's right ladies. Stamp on your old clothes to make something new and special!! This is stamped using Archival Ink. I was washed and dried and nope... didn't fade. just sayin....
Are you getting any ideas? I know I am! *smile*
Thursday, September 09, 2010
Time certainly flies when you're getting your kid back to school. My "kid" started high school this week (which freaks me out!!) Lots of papers to be signed, money to be sent (so much for public education - LOL) If you have kids in school now - I know you feel my pain. But I wouldn't have it any other way!!!!!
HOWEVER!!!!! TODAY I AM GOING TO CREATE SOMETHING!!!!
My inner creative person is REALLY wanting to come out. I'm not sure what that will be yet .. I have a few things I would like to create. We'll just see where the day takes me.
Last night I hosted 4 more gals for the Technique of the Month Club. I'm so happy that the jewelry set we created has gone over so well. Definitely look for more jewelry stuff in the studio soon. I've been making my own necklaces and would LOVE to share how to do it. In fact, I haven't been without a necklace since my hair was cut -- co-inkydink? I think not :) hehe.
Anyway, without further ado. Here are the four fabulous ladies (donning their newly created jewelry ensemble). Thanks for a great evening gals. Enjoy your treasures!!
ooooooH!! How could I forget -- Did you notice in the comment section in last week's TOMC post that the designer that inspired this month's technique (Cathe Holden) found my website and posted a lovely comment!!! Thanks Cathe! You were certainly a part of this class -- even if it was only in spirit! Thanks for all the lovely inspiration on your blog!!
Before I sign off for the day -- I have to post my Zentangle. THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS and my lovely friend Wendy (who was here last night) really wanted me to post an image of what I started yesterday evening. I'll repeat. This is a work in progress. I'll post an updated image as do it until I'm done. Let's see where this takes me.
For those who don't know what a Zentangle is, here's a site that will answer your questions. Right now, I just want to play. I am creating my Zentangle with India Ink and Calligraphy Nibs as I'd like to get more practice using the tool and experiment a little. I'm getting the Zentangle Basics Book here in the studio to get those creative juices inspired with a little structure ... hummm... inspired with structure? LOL (I'm shaking my head at myself! *smile* hehe) My Zentangle is a page in my Art Journal. What a great place to try new things.
Happy Creating everyone! I'm off to get messy!
OKAY -- I had it out and had to add to it..... Now -- I really MUST do a sample or two. BUT BOY does it feel great to play!!
Saturday, September 04, 2010
The Studio is closed today (Saturday) and will re-open for our Regular Studio Hours:
TUESDAY THRU THURSDAY 11 to 5
FRIDAY 11 to 8
SATURDAY 11 to 4
See you next week when the kiddies go back to school........ Have a great weekend!
Thursday, September 02, 2010
I invite you to drop on by the studio to take a peek.
I will ship these to those who live out of town and must have the play stamps. Just contact me at the studio - exact shipping fees apply.
Here's a closer view....
Samples to come - PROMISE!
Oh, And did I mention that Character Constructions stamps are also on the cover of the current issue of Stampington's Stamper's Sampler!!!
And have I told you I'm excited? *big smile*