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Saturday's class . . .

Well, here I am up and ready to watch a wedding.  I love all the festivities and most of all the dresses.  If you follow my blog, you probably guessed that I didn't set my alarm.  I think I have an internal alarm and was up at 2:45 a.m. to kit and watch the goings-on.

This Saturday (May 30) is another one of my bookbinding classes.  It is sold out (thank you!).  Here's what you need to bring if you're attending class:

  • Basic supplies:  cutter; scissors; ruler; pencil; piercer; Crop-a-dile; sandpaper; adhesives (both wet and dry adhesives)
  • Brown, black and red inks with ink applicator
  • When bookbinding, I like to use a good wet adhesive like a bookbinding adhesive.  We will be using quite a bit so bring a full bottle!
  • Bookbinding needle (this is a needle with a large eye)
  • I used several large background stamps such as music, writing, numbers, etc.  If you have some that you don't mind sharing, it will make the stamping portion of class move along a bit faster.
  • Mini-stapler
  • Edge distresser
  • Small scallop scissors
  • Your LUNCH:  There are plenty of restaurants near For Keeps Sake.  We will take 20-30 minutes for lunch (we have lots to do in class today!) so if you'd like to bring your lunch, you may use our fridge and microwave.  There is a St. Louis Bread Co right up the street and are able to make a lunch early in the morning.  There is a really good Chinese restaurant next door to For Keeps Sake.

Off to the wedding!  See you Saturday at 10:30 am.

Journey 1 

WOYWW . . .

So many things going on this week. 

I teach therefore I kit

for tonight's class


For Keeps Sake

and then also working on some *secret* projects with this


and this

and this


What's on your workdesk today?

I have to share this . . .

I discovered Luthien's work on the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog.  Her work, her thought processes in making her art and her attention to detail blew me away.  Now I'm a follower of her blog.

She is an altered artist who is also a jewelry maker.  Her jewelry itself is art.  I've purchased a piece from her and it is one of my favorites.  With Mother's Day just around the corner, I felt the need to share.  Bill, are you reading this? (probably not)

Here's the piece she has on her blog today:

Vines of Lorien - wire sculpture necklace collage 

Go see her work here: http://www.alteredalchemy.com/  It's worth the visit - I promise!

Noteworthy . . .

Have you seen For Keeps Sake's latest post?  Click here for Monday Musings. Hope you can join me over @ For Keeps Sake's blog every Monday and Wednesday!

I have two classes this week @ For Keeps Sake:

  • Wednesday, April 27 @ 6 pm:  Vintage Vinyl.  If interested in taking this class that will alter a vintage record, please call (314) 487-8131.  I think there are a few spots left.  If you are taking this class please BYO:  Basics + circle cutter (if you have one.  I'll have mine.); your favorite brown ink for distressing edges; fussy cut scissors (your faves as we're doing some fussy cuts); silver or platinum Stickles.

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  • Saturday, April 30 @ 10:30 am: Journal Bookbinding class.  This class is full.  You are welcome to put your name on the waitlist.  I may come up with something special for the waitlist people - you never know!  Supplies needed for this class will be posted on Thursday right here.


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Simon Says . . .

Stamp & Show challenge this week is all about BUTTONS. Right now, my obsession is button cards.  So I decided to make my own:

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Some of my favorite buttons are from Jenni Bowlin.  I began with a background from  Tattered Angels Regal Embossed Chip Tiles. After adding Pumice Stone Distress Ink and Antique Linen Distress Ink to the edges, I grabbed a bottle of Bisque Liquid Pearls and added those around the center.  Love those little bottles of Liquid Pearls! You can add so much dimension.  Occassionally when adding them to a project, you may get a little peak that forms instead of a rounded top.  You can settle that peak down by gently smacking (sounds like an oxymoron!) the card on your desktop.  

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Next, I added cording to the Jennie Bowlin buttons and attached them to a Melissa Frances die-cut.

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After adding the button card to the Tattered Angels Chip Tile, I finished it off with a Prima flower and a Jennie Bowlin pin on top of the ribbon.

Planning on using this in an upcoming mini-book!

Now it's time to run over to the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog and check out the fabulous designs my Team Mates have cooked up for you this week.

If you follow along with us, you know that each week our generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp Superstore, gives away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner.  All you have to do is enter something on the Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge blog and you are automatically eligible to win!



or you may be chosen as one of the top 3 designers for the week!

Hope you can play along with

Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog.