Saturday, July 28, 2012

USTREAM follow up - Karen's "Barbie" Canvas

Okay -- I had so much fun creating for the sake of creating this week!!
On USTREAM last night I showed the "gals" a canvas I prepped that had a PaperClay figure if a woman dried and ready to go.   I "decoupaged" papers on her (had the background already done....  and then ...  cause I was going through a little bit of Anna Dabrowska withdrawl, I collaged her skirt in Anna's style.   Here's a closeup of it:

 And here is the USTREAM vid of me doing it.

Video streaming by Ustream
After the cameras stopped recording, I started the body.

I used Flower Soft for the sweater - hate using that stuff but love the effect so I suffered through it. LOL.  Added bits of lace to trim it  - Perfect!!  I was so happy how it came together!

Next came the face.
I am such a novice at faces but I am pretty happy how this turned out.
I molded the face with the clay before it dried so I had the shape of it predetermined for me (including a little sunken area for each eye creating a ridge for her nose.)   That helped a lot.

From there it was all about the shading.  I painted her with a combination of Acrylic Paints and Gellatos.  There's a little Luminarte Silks there in there too.

Here's another view - you can sort of see the dimension
I loved the girl but didn't love the background - AT FIRST
Today I had a group in the studio playing and they can attest that the background changed multiple times.   IN FACT...   I added the bubble wrap and splatter effects AFTER they left today. I just couldn't let it go -- But I am MUCH happier now. :)  Hehe

Here is what she looks like ... for now *wink*

I'm thinking I need to frame her a bit more -- I'll let you know what I do when I do it.
So - whatcha think of Barbie?  hehe

Hope you have a creative day

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pam Carriker stamps have arrived!

I am so happy to debut Pam Carriker's new stamp line by Stampington here at the studio.   This is what Stampington had to say about the line...   couldn't say it better myself ! *smile*

Awaken your muse with our newest collection of cling mount stamps by Pam Carriker – reflections of her own hand drawings and carved images originally featured in Somerset Studio! Transform these distinctive portraits, reminiscent of a Shakespearean cast of characters, in your next paper crafting, art journaling, and mixed-media creations with a dab of paint, intricate lettering or personal musings, and the addition of any materials of your choosing. Lovers of handmade, make your mark with Pam Carriker's debut stamp line to infuse your own signature style.

Here are the stamps we have in stock:

I'm thinking I need to play VERY soon!
Have a creative day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

What a week! *Anna Dabrowska Workshop Pictures*

I am back from CHA filled with ideas and an empty pocket book.  hehehehe   
I love attending CHA (the Crafty and Hobby Trade Show) so that I can see all the new products and meet up with some friends that I've made in the industry.  There's never a dull moment!  I'll be posting about the products I ordered periodically over the next few weeks.  Don't want to overload the senses! *smile*

I flew back to KW on Thursday night with Anna Dabrowska as she hosted a workshop with us at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre on Friday.  WHAT A FANTASTIC day!

Thank you to all who participated.  It was a wonderful experience to get to know Anna and her grungy mixed media style -- I absolutely LOVED watching you all create some truly inspired journals!   Here are a few pictures taken at the event for you to enjoy!
Anna Dabrowska - Prima Workshop

Have a creative day everyone!  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Off to the Prima Workshop!

Well, I am home from CHA and off again!   This time just down the road to the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre where I will be hosting a Prima Workshop with the talented Polish designer Anna Dabrowska!!   So excited.

The studio is closed while we are at this event.  We will be re-opening Tuesday at 11am.  

Also, there will be no Ustream tonight as I will be taking Anna to see the falls!! *wink*

Have a creative day everyone!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

It's CHA time!!

and I'm off to launch my new stamp sets with myStamp BOX this morning.   Here they are....
Family Trees ... that will also coordinate with the Lovely Houses stamp set....
Decorative Strips ...   backgroud goodness -- what more can I say - FUN!
and Christmas Blocks!  Yes, reverse images of my festive sketches.   I see lots of possibilities with these too!!

Can't wait to play!  These will be uploaded to the online store in the next 24 hours.   HAVE FUN everyone!!!    I'll post pics from the show as soon as I can!

Have a creative day -- don't forget, the studio is OPEN this week Tues - Thursday 11 - 5 and then we are closed Friday and Saturday for the Prima Workshop!!

DROP BY THE CANADIAN SCRAPBOOKER BLOG to see my post there today too!!   and a peek at one of my booth samples!!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Looking ahead to CropFest!

Have you heard?
I have teamed up with the great people of ScrapFest for a weekend cropping event they're calling "CropFest".  The first event will be held in Cambridge at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre November 2 and 3, 2012 - Here are the details...

You all wondered what I was doing/thinking a couple of years ago when I announced that I was pairing down my retreats and crops ...well this is it!! :)  With my studio and design commitments, I didn't have the time to dedicate to all those "little registration and planning details" that are oh so important for a fabulous event but I KNEW that Lisa and the gang from ScrapFest would be able to host a professional event that I'd be proud of being a part of and, more importantly, that YOU would enjoy!  I am so excited!

A special note to all those people who ask Lisa about me teaching at her event.... Here you go!!!  You get your chance!  hehe  I will be teaching 3 classes at CropFest and I hope you can attend one or all with me at the event!  Class Registration will be open to attendees first at a special attendee rate but anyone can register for a class after September 19th.  Event registration opens Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Here are the classes I'll be teaching *smile*

Christmas Card Workshop***
Christmas Card WorkshopInstructor: Karen Ellis
Date: Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (1 Hour)
Location: Yorkshire Room
Focus: Design and Technique
Skill level: All levels

Pixel Perfect Watercolour Layout Workshop
Pixel Perfect Watercolour Layout WorkshopInstructor: Karen Ellis
Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (1.5 Hours)
Location: Yorkshire Room
Focus: Design and Technique
Skill level: All levels

The Textural Art Journal Workshop
The Textural Art Journal WorkshopInstructor: Karen Ellis
Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2012
Time: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (2 Hours)
Location: Yorkshire Room
Focus: Design and Technique
Skill level: All levels

***The image and card class description will be updated soon...  I am waiting on my new stamps to arrive at CHA this week so I can create the sample for you!  Also VERY exciting!

See you at CROPFEST!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

No Ustream tonight

Sorry everyone -- There is a storm here tonight and I have intermittent internet access so I don't think I should risk it.   I will try to do something special at CHA for you all instead.

Hope you have a creative evening..   sorry!! :(

Aren't these fun?

The girls had a great time decorating their masks yesterday...   I LOVE how they turned out.  Each one so unique to each girl - FABULOUS!  I'm so happy they could come and create with me this week.

And we had a great night journaling too!!   Gotta love creative days!

Today I am getting ready for Anna Dabrowska's class next week ...  and for CHA.  I leave Sunday morning BUT Jen will be here so the studio will be OPEN!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A little Mask Making

The girls were in the studio on Tuesday creating the base of their masks with Rigid Wrap.  They turned out GREAT!  Today is decorating day and I'll looking forward to seeing what they come up with!

Art Journaling tonight too!!   Lots of new journalers are going to play with inks and paints!   Love that!

Have a creative day everyone!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This Week at the Studio

Happy Tuesday Everyone!
The sun is out ...  it's not too hot and I am getting ready for a busy week in the studio!
Here's what's happening this week:
  • Today - a special requested studio class (Mask Making with some tweens)
  • Wednesday - Do More of What Makes You Happy Canvas Class 1-4pm   THIS CLASS IS OPEN.  if you'd like to join us please contact the studio.   For class details, CLICK HERE to be taken to the studio workshop page
  • Thursday - After 4 PM we will be ART JOURNALING!   We changed the Art Journal Night this month as I will be at CHA next week and not here to play.  SPACE IS VERY LIMITED - contact the studio for more information
  • Friday - USTREAM broadcasting at 6:30 pm  (
  • Saturday - Packing for CHA and getting things ready for Jen to be here...  AND for Anna Dabrowska's Arrival!!  She is coming straight here after CHA for her class.   So exciting.
Speaking of Anna's Class -   I am currently SOLD OUT.  We have 30 people booked and ready to have some inky fun with Anna at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference center July 20th.  

I have just been told there there is a possibility that I can snag a couple of extra kits so I can open up some more space in the class.   If I can, I will be opening up the wait list that is already in place.  If you'd like to put yourself on that list.  Please contact me by Wednesday at 5pm EST  I will know by Thursday if I am able to procure the kits!  I'm crossing my fingers!

Have a creative day everyone!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

USTREAM follow up - Ruffle Necklace and Shrink Charms

Hello Everyone!
thank you so much for joining me last night on USTREAM.  I love creating these broadcasts and LOVE that you join me!

Last night I created this Ruffled Necklace using some scrap muslin, my "striped stem" stamp set from myStamp BOX and some Lumiere paints (and my sewing machine)
And then I created some Shrink embellishments to dangle from another chain with this necklace and for a flower clip shown here:
I think this might just be attached to the necklace...  or perhaps be in my hair.  hummm....  *wink*

Because of technical difficulties, last night's broadcast was recorded in 2 parts.  Here they are.  HAVE FUN!

Making a Ruffle Necklace Part 1
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Making a Ruffle Necklace Part 2 (including Shrink Plastic Charms)
Video streaming by Ustream Products used in this broadcast:

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Monday, July 02, 2012

Anna Dabrowska is Coming!!

I am so excited to welcome guest artist Anna Dabrowska, to Waterloo Region this month!

Anna will be here on Friday July 20th for a day-long workshop featuring Prima products and some of the fabulous textural techniques she is known for. Anna is from Poland and is on the design team for several different companies.  She will be touring North America this summer on behalf of Prima. We are extremely thrilled that she will be visiting us! 

In her class you will create a fabulous textural mixed media album including the covers and 6 inside pages!  It looks soooooo delicious!! *wink*

If you would like to join us, please register asap to avoid disappointment.

Cambridge Hotel & Conference Centre
700 Hespeler Rd
Cambridge, ON N3H 5L8

This is the same hotel we hosted Mixed Minded in May.  It's right off the 401 at Hespeler Rd making it an easy destination for our out of town guests.

The class will be held in a conference room on the main floor.  There will be signs provided for you.  The room will open at 11am for our Noon start.