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Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky-Back Canvas

Love this product.  We used it in my tag class Saturday.  Here's a sampling of what you can do:

Sticky back 

Printed with an HP INK JET

Yep, an ink jet printer.  Nothing fancy. 

In fact, my printer is quite old and the ink was running low!

As soon as I took it out of my printer, it was dry. 

No smears or smudges.

The antique quality it gives photos and free-ware is amazing.

Last time I looked there were a few packages of 8.5x11 and 1 package of 12x12

available at

For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.

PS: Canvas tints well with Distress Inks!

Kit people . . .

and you know who you are . . .

Had a few people who couldn't make it to class yesterday but still wanted the kits and directions.  As usual, the directions are printed out for you and in your Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tag Class.  Here's the colored photos of the tags we did yesterday:

Santa TAg 

Don't like silver letters?  Color them with alcohol inks!

Bird tag 

Good joojoo and bad joojoo:

The black shiny embossed swirly on the right side of the tag is good joo joo.

The bottom is not quite right - bad joo joo.

Make sure if you're doing this technique that you let your paint get tacky.

Gently take off paint until the shiny embossed image shows through.

The complete directions are in your kits!

Deer tag 

And I'm so excited that next month's class will be on the same date as the

Ted & Michelle show.

That's Mr & Mrs Stampers' Anonymous!

They'll be at For Keeps Sake and . . .

if you're in my class you'll be surrounded by a full array of

Stampers' Anonymous stamps!


what a way to do a stamp class - with a store within a store of

the best stamps in the industry!

Woo Hoo!


Getting my kits ready for tomorrow's tag class and noticed . . .

I used a few more supplies than what I originally told you.  IF you have on hand:

AUG Tag Class 


  • Black Staz-On
  • Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry stamp set (the one with the bird as shown above)
  • A small snowflake stamp (I used the one on Tim's mini-Christmas set)
  • Clear Stickles - any clear will do.
  • Either a holly branch or some sort of Christmas tree branch stamp (see upper right corner)
  • Wendy's (Studio 490) "bird poop stamp" from her Ticket To Art stamp set
  • Music and/or writing background stamp: Either Tim's or Wendy's (Studio 490)

Thanks so much.  Totally forgot I was using these.  I'll have them if you don't . . . but I know how some of you like your own supplies.

See ya tomorrow.  These techniques are really different than any we've done before!

Tim Holtz Christmas Tags tomorrow . . .

We'll be working on Tim's 2008  tags  #4, 5 & 6.  To see what you'll need to bring, click on this link:


These tags are fabulous and full of techniques! And will take some time to complete.  Class begins at 10:30 am and ends when we're finished!  Please BYO lunch or snack as I'm sure it will go past lunch-time!  We will take a 30 minute lunch break during class. For those of you new to our store, there's a great Chinese restaurant right next door to us or McDonald's, St. Louis Bread Co & McAllister's up the street.  St. Louis Bread Co will make sandwiches in the early morning to go and we have a fridge in our classroom which you may use.  Please BYO drink if you need one.

This class taught with permission from Tim Holtz LLC.  Thanks Tim!

Graphic 45 Cigar Box Pics

Little Women 3 

Little Women 4 

Little Women 5 

Little Women 1


Tuesday, October 13

10:30 am - 4 pm


Project includes all supplies,

antique frozen Charlotte doll


cigar box.

Important note:

Frozen Charlotte dolls will differ in size and theme.

Cigar boxes differ in size and material.

You will choose your frozen Charlotte and cigar box day of class.


BYO: Lunch + Basic Supplies + wet glue (other than a glue stick) + sand paper


Do you know why this woman is smiling?

Mona Lisa 

Because I finally finished a project that's been months in the making:

Collecting these little beauties from all over the world.

All I can say right now is . . .

Frozen Charlottes (only bigger)

hand painted and made in Japan for the USA.

Antiques just the same - from the 1920's and '30's.

Cigar boxes.

Graphic 45.

Ahhhh. Contentment!

Frozen Chars USA-Japan 

More tomorrow after I show Nancy N & Timi.

Have to get a class date picked out, priced and in the store.

Visit For Keeps Sake after lunch for all the details.

More photos tomorrow.

Made an Eiffel Tower this morning . . .

Started foolin' around with this Creative Imaginations Eiffel Tower.  Decided I could make one that stands up.  Then thought if I used the right materials, I could hang earrings from it.  So here's what I ended up with:

Eiffel Tower 

(That's me leaning the camera - not the Eiffel Tower!)

Eiffel Tower 2 

Eiffel Tower 3 

Here's what I used to make this earring holder:

  • 3 Creative Imaginations Eiffel Towers
  • 1 piece Bazzill chipboard (for base) cut 9"x9"
  • 1 piece of Graphic 45 to cover base
  • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Black Soot; Mahogany
  • Ranger's Van Dyke Brown
  • Ranger's Embossing Ink
  • Ranger's Black Embossing Powder
  • Black Magic Mesh
  • Various stamps of Paris scenes, etc.
  • 1 EK round crystal for top (the light at the top of the Eiffel Tower)

  • Just a note: As I finished stamping, embossing and inking each side, I sprayed with Super Seal from Creative Imaginations.  That stuff is worth every penny!

I'll have the sample and materials at For Keeps Sake this afternoon (after lunch).  Come by and take a look.  Photos of this sample are welcome!

Just posted 2 Lunch Bunch classes @ For Keeps Sake

For those of you new to my Lunch Bunch classes, these are all-day classes that include lunch at Quizno's (just up the street from For Keeps Sake).  We have a lot of fun in these creative sessions where you finish a project in a day.

Here's what I have planned for October:

Monday, October 5: 10:30 am - 5 pm:  FAMILY Album

Family Album 1 

Family Album 2 


Thursday, October 22:  10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cards in the morning


Jewelry in the afternoon.

I am most excited about this class.  I have been trying to get these little frozen Charlottes (frozen because their arms and legs do not move) from Germany and finally, they've arrived! Frozen Charlottes are sweet china (bisque) dolls that were popular childhood toys more than a century ago.  Commonly called "penny dolls", frozen Charlottes grew in popularity thanks to their cost - one cent - allowing children to collect a number of dolls with which to play.  They are sometimes referred to as "bathing dolls" because they were occasionally made with a glazed china front and a stoneware back, allowing them to float in the bath water. (More history about these little beauties will be given in class.)

These are from a "dig" in Germany - from a defunct doll factory in Thuringen, Germany.  Can you tell I'm excited about getting these!

Here's how they came to me:

Frozen charlottes 

I love that they're still a bit dirty and roughed up from the dig! 

Makes them more authentic.

And here's what I've done with them:

Froz char jewelry 

We'll make 3 pieces of jewelry in the afternoon

(all 3 are different designs

with 2 including the antique frozen Charlottes)

and greeting cards in the morning.

Lunch at Quizno's in between.

Hope you can join me!

For reservations call

For Keeps Sake Scrapbook

(314) 487-8131

Check back late today when . . .

hopefully will be posting 2 more upcoming classes: a mini-book and jewelry.  Don't call the store yet.  They don't know anything about them.  Just finishing them up, need to get the pricing complete, dates chosen and samples in the store. 

A Lunch Bunch or two may be in your future!  Antiques anyone?

It's a beautiful morning . . .

Across the street and just to the left of Grant's Trail, we saw this:

See that light brown speck in the left upper corner?

Deer A 

Here she is, eating apples from our apple tree that Bill put out for them:

Deer 1 

What we didn't see 'til later and unfortunately, what we couldn't get a good picture of

was her baby fawn that she had with her.  Looking around to protect her baby!

Deer 2 

Deer 3