This week . . .

Waiting for supplies to be delivered for upcoming workshops.

In the meantime, I'm working on this album:

G45 City Scapes

We received a Graphic 45 City Scapes kit in a class at Scrapbook Expo.

We = Timi, Judy, Nancy N & me.

We wanted to do more with it so we're changing it up quite a bit.

The we is Timi and me.

Actually, I'm copying a lot from Timi.

She always has great ideas.


Class schedule for September and beyond . . .

My class schedule for September can be found here:

http://art-from-the-heart.typepad.com/art_from_the_heart_class_/

The Heritage 12x12 workshop features a travel theme.

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

Wednesday, September 14 @ 6 pm

Sep 2016 Heritage

Graphic 45 Workshop change: 

We will be completing two tag classes on September 16.

10:30 am: October Tags

1:30 pm: November Tags

 

Also looking forward to teaching a

Prima Marketing Christmas Book

with

Peppermint Twist

(Prima's newest vintage-look Christmas line).

December 10 @ Checkered Cottage, Kirkwood MO.

I've secured additional supplies so there are a few spots left.

Working on the mini-book now!

 

And for those of you in Indiana . . . 

I will be at

Mary's Scrap Den, Evansville Indiana

the evening of October 21

with a stitched Christmas mini-book featuring 

Prima's Peppermint Twist

and at

The Doodlebug Inc in Jasper Indiana

October 22 during the day

with another Prima mini-book and Peppermint Twist

(totally different from the book at Mary's Scrap Den)

All details to follow very soon.

In the meantime, please save the dates!


Graphic 45 Mini Safari Adventure Zoo Book . . .

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Thought I'd give you a look at the cover.

It's an 8.25x8.25 mini-book that will hold tons of photos.

We'll be using

Graphic 45's Safari Adventure papers and embellishments

as well as

chipboard designed by

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

and

Prima Marketing Paints.

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We'll create this mini from scratch using

chipboard, Graphic 45 fabric and a Hidden Hinge binding system created by Kathy Orta King.

I will be teaching this at

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

We'll start class on Friday evening August 12

then continue the class

Saturday, August 13.

Very Limited Seating Available!

Call Checkered Cottage for reservations.

 


Coming Soon . . .

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You asked and I'm obliged to announce

A Zoo Book

with the beautiful

Graphic 45 Safari Adventure

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I will be teaching this at

Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

It's a two day class:

Friday, August 12:  6 pm to 9 pm

and

Saturday, August 13: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

We will create a book from scratch

working with chipboard, special tapes and such

and binding with Graphic 45 fabric and papers.

Then on Saturday, we'll build the inside pages

with pockets, flips and many places for photos.

Our St. Louis Zoo was just named

the 3rd best zoo in the U.S. and the 4th best in the world!

So let's celebrate with this mini-book.

Sample coming soon!

(I promise. I've been working on a special assignment for Graphic 45.)

Cost of this two-day class is $65

Very Limited Seating!

Sign up at Checkered Cottage - Kirkwood MO

314-909-7233


Here mini, mini . . .

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Lately I've found a few extra days to work on some mini-albums.

Having collected many patterns for mini's

I chose to use

Laura Denison's Simple Favorites: 3 Pocket Album.

I found this album to be so intriguing with its many pockets

going every which way

and plenty of room for tags and photo mats.

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I chose both Graphic 45 and K&Co papers for my book

with some Bo Bunny thrown in for good measure.

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Look at all that real estate!

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Love the blues and browns with some pink thrown in.

It's vintage and bright.

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Pockets, pockets everywhere!

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And for the cover, I used Laura's idea of fabric on the spine.

Worked like a charm,

especially with Frank Garcia's Artisan Tape by Prima Marketing.

(Love that stuff)


We're making changes . . .

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Timi Taylor and I own and operate

For Keeps Sake Events.

We produce weekend crops in the Midwest area

as well as 

produce weekend events for paper craft artists whose work inspires us.

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We are changing up our crops a bit

and adding more fun things to our weekends

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because

we know you love to shop,

we know you love to get free gifts

and

we want you to know how much we appreciate

each and every one of you.

Jump over to our site and enjoy the ride!

For Keeps Sake Events


Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Gypsy Wagon . . .

How cute is this!

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I have adored Gypsy wagons ever since I saw my first one.

I was 18 years old and traveling with my cousin and Grandparents through Northern Spain.

We passed a Gypsy wagon on a country road and I was in love.

The Gypsy life . . . carefree, traveling and seeing Europe on your own terms in a tiny house.

This 18 year old saw it as a somewhat romantic way to travel.

Now, the 66 year old in me wants a 5 star hotel room with room service!

(ok, it doesn't have to be 5 stars)

In any case, once I saw this Gypsy Wagon from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

memories came flooding back and I was in love with this project.

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Of course, the perfect pairing for this project is

Canvas Corps' 7 Gypsies collections!

I mixed several collections, both old and new

and set out to decorate the wagon

as well as all the miniature furniture, banners, stars & moon and shutters from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

To paint the wagon, I used

Tattered Angels Naturally Aged Kits.

I chose the Weathered Bronze kit for painting most of the wagon

including the wood and the tint on the shutters.

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I added strokes of Glimmer Glaze to the roof

making the wood look a bit old with a dash of patina.

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Inside the wagon is a bed and table & chairs,

all from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.

I've created a tutorial so you can easily see the steps I took to create this project.

Find it here:

 Gypsy Cart/Wagon PDF

Contact Gina to get your very own

Gypsy Wagon and have a great time decorating!

 

 

 


This gal is amazing . . .

I'm talking about talented

Karen Higgins of Karen's Vintage Graphics

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I met Karen years ago at For Keeps Sake Scrapbook.

Karen designs her own images and vintage look papers, envelopes, inserts and more!

This weekend, I took her papers to our CKC Crop with me and decorated a Graphic 45 mini album.

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The detail in her designs blows me away!

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I don't know why a company hasn't picked up her designs yet.

Here's some of the papers I used from

Karen's Vintage Graphic Etsy Store

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I did very little to decorate as the designs speak volumes.

You should see what Karen creates. She is amazing.

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I wish you could see some of the books Karen has created.

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I'll never forget this tiny book Karen brought in for me to see.

She threaded teeny beads into a pattern and added that into a page.

Remarkable!

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Clean images with beautiful backgrounds!

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The detail!

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The flowers!

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This may be my favorite:

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Give me a beautiful building and I'm in love!

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Aren't these envelopes gorgeous!

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Visit Karen's Etsy store if you'd like some of your own Vintage Graphics

from this very talented lady.

 


Prima Education Days in Indiana . . .

This past weekend I had the privilege of teaching at two wonderful Indiana stores.

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Friday night was spent with new and old friends at

Mary's Scrapden

We started with a Carte Blanche blank slate.

Added beautiful Prima papers (everyone chose their own)

and then painted

4x6 Paintables with Oil Pastels.

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Each one was finished off with 

Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foil Sheets.

They all turned out beautiful and unique to each artist!

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Not to be missed, are Prima's beautiful gold doilies!

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Next I traveled about an hour up the state to

Doodlebug Inc

for two Prima projects:

First up, a 6x6 Memory Hardware mini-book.

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Can you tell it was a very cold, windy day?

But we had fun inside this beautiful store chock-full of great goodies!

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We decorated the books using a couple of cool techniques

and many chipboard shapes from

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

The paper is from Frank Garcia's Collection: Vintage Emporium

as were the flowers.

Mel and Hannah make everyone feel right at home

and did I mention they ship for one (very low) price?

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Hannah and Mel have one little section with

really cool jewelry and purses.

Yep, bought a couple. Did you see the price on that purse? $9.99!

OK, on to altered art.

For the 2nd workshop at Doodlebug

we began with Prima's Watercolor 12x12 Panel.

A blank canvas was painted using

Oil Pastels.

Not saying this because but . . . 

these are the best oil pastels I've ever used.

They mix easily with water,

are creamy,

come in a ton of colors

and one pack of 24 colors is only around $20.

I think the gals that used them this weekend would agree!

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We also tried the beautiful

Artisan Powders

and the

Opal Magic Paints and found out they are definitely magic!

We painted with Art Alchemy paints

and finished off projects with detailed

Prima Trims.

Once the base canvas was painted, we layered it with

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various Prima stamps and Birdy Nest stencils.

Using Art Extravagance Texture Paste - Crackle Mediums were a big hit!

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Of course, we also added Adhesive Rub-Ons and Rub-On Foils.

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Each canvas is beautiful and unique to the creator.

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Mel and Hannah had prize giveaways in each class:

Gotta love Comfort Craft Tools!

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Thank you Indiana! I had a great time visiting and teaching for

Prima Marketing.


7 Gypsies Travel Mini-Book . . .

I used to fancy myself a bit of a gypsy.

With over 30 years experience in the travel industry 

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I can't get enough of travel mini-books.

Here I used 7 Gypsies: Gypsy Moments and Wanderlust 8x8 paper pads

There are things to do with paper that are a  must for me:

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{1}  Ink all raw edges

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{2} Add pockets whenever possible

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{3} Layer with chipboard and Crafty Foam Tape - even stickers!

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{4} Use black Crafty Foam Tape or black chipboard or ink the edges of the chipboard with black.

Why? It creates less of a glaring lift than white would create.

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{5} Fussy cut where you can to create layers and tags

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{6} Odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye than even numbers

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{7} Use magnets to create flip pages

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{8} Create interest with double pockets

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{9} If the packaging is pretty, save it and use it for backgrounds.

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{10} Drag colors from one side of the page to another.

The right side paper already had a blue toned design

so I added a blue toned tag to the pocket on the left page. 

It helps to draw the eye from one page to another.

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Thanks for browsing my travel book.