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Beautiful creatures . . .

Several years ago, Bill and Buck were walking along Grant's Trail when they stopped by a photographer who was taking photos of these beauties. The photog was nice enough to give Bill a few of the photos he took. (Sorry, but I don't have his name to give him credit.)

Baby Owls

I love that they are nestled into this hollow.

Baby Owls 2



Paint to tint Gesso


Ken Oliver's Workshop

A couple of weeks ago Ken Oliver held a workshop at For Keeps Sake. We made tags using various materials, paints, modeling paste, Spellbinder embossing folders and dies. At first, the background technique we used was a bit scary (for me). I'm not a random person and this was pretty random and free-flowing. 

Once Ken got us started and showed us some good tricks, it worked out so well that I ended up loving it and will definitely do it again.

Here are my completed tags.

KO's Class 1

The brown paper is from C&T Publishing.

We embossed it with Spellbinders embossing folders.

KO's Class 2

The next layer is Spellbinder's copper metal.

We first painted with JAX then embossed and sanded.

KO's Class 3

Then we cut up our background sheets and used those.

The original sheet began as a 12x12 cardstock.

We used modeling paste, stencils, fabric and paints to create

one-of-a-kind backgrounds. Each person's was unique and beautiful.

KO's Class 4

The last step was to layer ephemera on top of the background.

KO's Class 5_edited-1

Look at how beautiful the back of the tags are

because of the Spellbinders embossing folders.

KO's Class 6

KO's Class 7

Learned so much that day with Ken.

So good to be able to work in a unique-to-me way.

Our Graphic 45 Yearly Calendar of Events . . .

Remember this:

Year in Review 1

There are 4 of us who have been working on a page a month

dedicated to something special we've done during that month.

March found us taking a tour of Busch Stadium,

home of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Year In Review 2

Lots of layering!

Fun fact:

Did you know . . .

Augie Busch wanted to name the stadium Budweiser after the beer he produced,

but was told that he couldn't name a stadium after a beer.

So he called it Busch Stadium

and a few months afterwards came out with Busch Beer.

Gotta love that!


Free meet-up Thursday, April 17 . . .

There are a group of us that would like to learn/practice how to create simple backgrounds on 12x12 scrapbook pages. You've probably seen them on Pinterest. There's one photo on the page, layered background and then lots of texture added with modeling paste, gesso, stencils, stamps and sprays.

We're meeting tomorrow (Thursday, April 17) to practice this technique. It's free! Just BYO supplies including any or all of those mentioned above. Please be sure to bring paper towels, rags and something to clean your stencils with.

PS: If you have a favorite inspiration Pinterest layout, please bring a print out.

See you at 10:30 am!

Loved this workshop . . .

with Ken Oliver from Spellbinders. We cut copper, embossed copper, worked with some new materials, altered with paste and paint and generally had a great time and learned so much.

Here we are working with our copper plates.

We called it *Copper-Nado* because, yes, the copper was flyin'!

(not in a bad way - we were just busy)


The copper was painted with a JAX solution to patina.

Then embossed with Spellbinder embossing plates

after which we sanded to bring out the embossing.

We used a new-to-us material and embossed that to create even more texture.

Ken's Class

I could have finished my project in class but chose not to

as I have all sorts of things I'd like to add once I get home.

I'll post once they're finished.

Let the layering begin!

PS: Hoping Ken comes back to For Keeps Sake soon!

Tuesday at CYI . . .

Create Your Imagination will begin Tuesday, April 8 at 6 pm.  This month we're creating an adorable mini direct from the Teresa Collins booth at CHA-Winter. You'll be amazed at how quick and simple this is to put together.  There is a small fee and sign-ups required.

If you've signed up, please BYO:

  • Scissors
  • Cutter
  • Dry adhesive (tape runner)
  • Pop-ups
  • Mini-stapler
  • Sanding block or sand paper

See you then!