Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What a Fabulous Surprise!

I was surfing blog posts this morning and came across one that my friend, Nat Kalbach, did for her challenge series the "Second Floor Challenge".   A post that features my "Enjoy your Latte" stamp set with myStamp BOX!   How cool is that?

Love the post Nat!   Here's a link to her post:  Nat's Post

Just a note to my Art Journalers....  No meeting tonight -- I have tickets to Stratford!  YAY!  My favourite Gilbert and Sullivan play is on, Pirates of Penzance, and I can't wait.  See you next month in the NEW STUDIO!   Hurray!!  I'll be emailing you all.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What's in YOUR Art House?

So this is the finished project I created on USTREAM last night.  So nice to have you join me on such a beautiful summer evening.   Fabulous to be back streaming again !!

What's in YOUR Art House?

As you know, I am moving the studio to Cambridge next month.  I'm heading to a much larger space and I've been planning out display ideas and how to decorate.  If you read this site often, you'll also know that I participated in Donna Downey's Altered Brush Project .  Donna's invitation to create something for her new studio (and the fun I had doing it) sparked my decision to see if you all would like to do something for my new space.  No, not a paintbrush!  *smile*  I'd like you to create YOUR ART HOUSE on a 6x12 regular stretched canvas.

That's it.  That's the only direction I am going to give to you.
  • Needs to be on a 6x12 canvas 
  • Needs to have a HOUSE on it
Your houses can be collaged, paper pieced, painted, incorporate metal art, clay, felt, fabric, even crochet or knitting. Show me what inspires you at your Art House!

I have more 6x12 canvases arriving here next week.  There are about a dozen of you who already have your canvases (cause I spilled the beans earlier to people in the studio).  If you'd like to purchase your canvas here with me, you can.  They are $7.25 ea.   Once you bring your completed Art House back to me, I will refund the cost of your canvas (only applies if you got it here - bring your receipt)

I will hang your creation with all the other canvases I receive in the new studio in a collection around this canvas I created last night.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

Without further ado...  Here is last night's USTREAM recording.  Enjoy!!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Video streaming by Ustream

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Rolled Paper BEADS - VIDEO for the Canadian Scrapbooker

The Fall 2012 has started to arrive to all subscriber's homes and will soon be at a Newsstand near you (if you're in Canada that is *wink*!  Time for me to post the video I created as a supplement to my Rolled Paper Jewelry article I wrote for the Canadian Scrapbooker.

AND PLEASE...  send photos of your beads and bead projects created with rolled paper to Karen at  I'd love to share your work!!!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Arrived from Poland - NEW 7 Dots Studio!

Yes, it's here!  The two new lines from 7 Dots Studio.  
This is the paper line that Anna Dabrowska, the lovely and talented lady who came to teach a Prima Class for us last month, designs for.  Gorgeous!!  So excited to have it here!

The lines are called Domestic Goddess

Jen will be in the studio on Tuesday ...  that is when all online orders will be packed and shipped.  I will be there on Thursday.   See you soon!  Miss you all but am enjoying my time off ---  getting inspired to create again!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, August 17, 2012

KISSing with MyStamp Box

Greetings from Ottawa!  Before the kid woke this morning, I was surfing the web and stumbled upon a post created by myStamp Box!

Today on their blog, the design team was tasked to KISS - Keep It Simple Stampers.  Pretty much keep it to stamps and ink *smile*  Two of the featured cards used my stamp sets: Special Teas and Stripey Stems.  Here they are:

Card Designed by Jaine Drake
Card Designed by Carolyn Lontin

To view the other cards, click here to go to the myStamp Box blog.

Hope you have a creative day!  I'll be exploring our Nation's Capitol for some fun and inspiration!
Yes, the studio is CLOSED this week.  Jen will be there Tuesday to re-open it for our regular studio hours.   

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Little Birdie Told Me To!

.... create a silly little bird canvas with some acrylic paints and my Whimsical Houses Template from Crafter's Workshop on USTREAM last night.

Here's what I created:
I need to add a bit of twine to the space between the beak and the house..  but you get the idea.

Pretty silly, huh?   You betcha!  LOL   thanks for joining me last night gals.   Here is the video recording of it if you'd like to see too!

Video streaming by Ustream

The studio will be CLOSED next week as I am heading to Calgary to teach for Carol at Paper Pastimes!  Can't wait to meet some Alberta crafty people!


The studio will re-open Tuesday July 21 for regular studio hours

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Petaloo Arrived

A part of my CHA Petaloo Order arrived in the studio today.  I just updated the online store to reflect it.  CLICK HERE to view what arrived.

LOVING the Colour Me Crazy flowers - I can't wait to paint, spritz and glaze these babies!  *smile*

Have a creative day!!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Painting up some fun.....

Had some time to play ...   this is for something special --  but you'll just have to wait to see! *wink*
See my new background stamp in there....  and my Whimsical House Template from Crafter's Workshop.....

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Donna Downey's Stencils have arrived!

Product that I ordered at the CHA trade show is starting to arrive.  I will post some of the items periodically so you can see!

Most of the Prima Marketing order arrived this week including some fun stencils designed by Donna Downey.  Love the florals!  I can see these being used on so many projects!  Fabulous for Scrapbookers, Canvas Makers AND Art Journalers...  don't you think?

The stencils are a fun blue colour so you'll be sure to find them easily in your stash.  Well, they are blue until (if you're anything like me) you start to use them!  Then they'll be rainbow shade like the rest of my collection!  HEHEHE

I brought in 12x12 and 6x6 sizes but here are the direct links to the online store for each design in the 12x12 size.  Have fun shopping!!
I am closed for the long weekend now -- Online orders will be packed and shipped on Tuesday when we return to the studio.


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Fun with the YMCA kids!!

Every year I host a specialty day camp with the YMCA.
It's so much fun to get to know a different group of creative kids!!   We've been doing an Art Camp this year where we did some sculpture (like Segal with plaster Strips) some Pointillism too..  had some colour mixing fun and there are still two more days to go.  I thought I'd share some of their art here too!  Didn't they do great? *smile*

Tomorrow is Picasso inspired -- better go get ready for it! *smile*
Have a creative day!