Friday, June 14, 2013

Accordion Book of Techniques Play Date

What do you get when a handful of ladies agree to be your guinea pigs for a day?
You get a lot of fun, and really dirty, and for this play date, a little light headed.
We had pizza delivered (and pineapple upside down cake for dessert), so we did at least take a short break from the fun.
We played with inks and Distress Paints and Distress Stains, plus stencils and pattern making tools...and so...much...more!
I think there are about 20 ladies signed up for this class at Stampfest in 2 weeks, but there's still space available for a few case you're going to be in Orlando.
And best of all, I know which techniques will knock your socks off, and which ones were too messy to even consider.

I'm packing kits this weekend for the drive down to FL.  Hope there's enough room left in the car for me!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Inspiration Board Guinea Pig Class

There's nothing like a group of ladies willing to play around with too many supplies...narrowing down the choices to find the perfect embellishment to make a teacher know when she's found a winner of a class.

And if you spread your adhesive over the top of your vintage papers as well as underneath, you're going to create a resist whether that was your intention or not.

Marilyn drove up from Myrtle Beach to play and was such a good sport.  We'd had a play date a few months ago down there, but being a guinea pig is totally different from being another creative spirit at a beach house for a weekend of play.

I didn't intend to give them Distress pads, but at the last minute I decided to see what would happen since I always have someone show up in my classes with those, even though I ask them to bring dye-based pads.

And while I'm supposed to be clever, I never thought to turn things on a diagonal.  Leave it to Michele to surprise me every time.

And just when you think you know how it's going to play out, you find you're wrong!
Just because my samples were done in pastel colors didn't make these girls want to play with that color palette.  Although some did...

Everyone did agree they loved Tim's tissue paper.  And loved experimenting with different colorants.
And they loved the little Masonite frames from Coffee Break Designs.
And I already knew they loved washi tape, but wow, I didn't know just how much!  The rub-ons were a true experiment for each one...but the selection of papers was a smashing success, as were the old b&w photos.
Old foreign postage stamps were another love it/hate it bit of ephemera in their kits.  And I thought everyone loved those.  Shows what I know.
Old maps of Europe and topography maps were a win-win for everyone.  Which is good because I've already packed those in my kits.

If you're planning to be at Stampfest/Orlando in 2 weeks, I hope you've signed up for this class.  Or if you're joining me for a bit of fun at Stampaway in August. 

Come back tomorrow to see glimpses of my accordion book of tags, a technique class that's filling up fast for Stampfest.  It'll be another bit of chaos with great results.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

My step-father came to my house to celebrate his 81st birthday with dinner out, birthday cake & ice cream, and dominoes until 1:15am.  He's earned the right to party as he sees fit and I'm thrilled to be included in his plans.

We attended a family reunion on Sunday at my mother's church.  Grandson Jackson was sleepy when he arrived, but after lunch, lemonade and dessert,  (blueberry cobbler, chocolate cupcakes with sprinkles, cake with chocolate frosting, banana pudding & strawberry cake), he was going full-speed ahead.

Great Grandma had a chance to cuddle with baby Luke, as did Mimi Linda. 

All in all, not a bad weekend.