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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Working with Stampbord...

A month ago I taught a class showing how to use Stampbord with a scratch tool. Although it was just a basic class it obviously struck a cord with one of our Design Team because ever since Sally West has been producing beautiful pieces of work.

Here are just a few examples of Sally work using an Egyptian theme.

Then there are the cat pieces

Don't forget to let us see your work using stampbord. E-mail your images and we will put them in the gallery on the website.

Stampbord is a wonderful medium for stampers and has many possibilities. It is sold in various size packs (coming to the website soon). The scratching tool is sold seperately.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Gayles In The Shadows Class

finished yesterday. We all had a great time and even Karen and myself managed to learn a thing or two.

How often do you buy stamps from a shop because they look nice and then when you get them home you have no idea what to do with them? Well Gayle took this class with the intention of teaching us how to water colour using different mediums and I think she succeeded because all of us improved as the evening went on and I'm sure, like me, everyone will be practising at home.

Click on New York and Paris to find the stamps on the website.

Gayle used Adirondack Felt Dye Ink Pads, Water Colour Pencils and Marvy Pens to colour the images.

Here are the examples Gayle used. Unfortunately I can't photograph them tonight as we are all at the Scrap Attack, but I will try and do some close ups soon.

Another example Gayle used was the Legs stamp which is now out of stock.

Watch out tomorrow for more inspiration.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

More Mothers Day Cards

were brought in today by Eilean and lovely they are too. Another two great examples to inspire you.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

First day back in the shop

and we had the first of the two Gayle Bond Classes this evening. But, as we have another one tomorrow and I can't show you the cards until Friday I thought I'd show you some of Gayles Mothers Day Cards.

The cards will be in the shop from Thursday if you want to take a better look. Unfortunately the photos aren't as good since I lost my camera but am hoping to get a new one soon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

All Mine..................

The week before we went away we held our February Crop. The class this time was "All Mine" made using the scrummy Two Scoops papers by Basic grey.

Karen decided to make a book on her teenage daughter (my niece Kerry)and I thought this was a fantastic way to keep a record to pass on. In this case karen will keep the book until Kerry has teenagers of her own so that she can look back and see what she got up to.

Here are a selection of photos showing parts of karens book. You will be able to see the complete project on the gallery soon.

Have you ever wondered what your mother would have put in a book about your teenage years. I know I was a horrible teenager so perhaps it's for the best. Still, wouldn't it be fun to know.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Mindblowing inspiration

Now you all know how much I admire Tim Holtzs' work and I'm sure there are a lot of people out there that "don't get it". Karen was one of them until we took part in Tims class at CHA. He made creating very easy and was quick to point out that there are no constraints, no rules and that the best creations are spontanious.

For those of you who still don't get it here are a few examples from the Ranger stand at CHA.

Tim Holtz also challenged a group of very talented artists to help him make the display. Each of them received a colour to work with from the Ranger range and here are some of the results. Hats off to all the artists. Each canvas was inspiring.

So for all you budding artists, have a go at using Crackle Paint, Alcohol Inks, Distress Ink Pads and Paint Dabbers. You don't need to think about it and you get some great results.

Don't forget, if you want to play but need a bit of support watch out for the classes using these products, coming soon.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Home at last

Yep we've been up over 24 hours now and both of us are sooooooooooooooooooo tired. Having a good nights sleep tonight ready to get cracking tomorrow. Still haven't unpacked but there's plenty of time.

Watch the blog and the website for loads of new stuff plus more of the DT layouts and projects.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

We found Boo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enough with the scrapbooking, now we need loads of photos to scrap when we get home and what better place to get them than Disney.

We got up late this morning (it was nice to have a lie in). First stop Millies to see if Julies camera had turned up unfortunately for her it was not Millies that we visited yesterday but Mimis. We only noticed this after Julie had been in and asked if they had found the camera. So next stop Mimis to see if the camera had been found. It was worth a shot but no luck so..............

Next stop Disney. There's nothing like a fairytale to cheer you up and we had a fantastic day. Here are a few photos:

and then of course Julie found Boo. She has been searching ever since the first film came out and finding Boo made up for loosing the camera.

And of course there were the cakes. Yummy

And the out of this world window displays.

You know, even at our age Disney is still just a magical.

Well we fly home tomorrow so we won't have time to post again until we get back to the UK. Thank you to everyone who watched our journey on the blog and a big thank you to all those who visited Mum and jeannie in the shop. We're looking forward to starting on all the new and exciting classes and projects we've got planned.

See you all soon xxx