Sunday, April 27, 2008

This fun, distressed tile was created with Embossing Paste and Crackle Paint. It will be part of my Decorative Elements Paste Embossing Class. Every project in that class incorporates my favorite products (Ranger Distress Products) with embossing paste.
Yesterday was a long, but fun day. My husband was playing in a sand volleyball tournament, so the kids and I were on our own for the day. We went to watch my very talented cousin compete in an invitational track meet. Maria (above with my two kids) is now a freshman and gets to compete for her highschool. In past years she has competed at the annual Hershey meet in Pennsylvania, and we are looking forward to seeing where her talent takes her in the future. It is really fun to watch her race. She is still healing up from a recent injury, but still ran a very good race, missing first place in the 100m race by only four hundredths of a second. Congratulations Maria!

After sitting in the sun for a fair amount of the day, my kids were exhausted. I didn't even realize until we got home, that Hannah and I were looking a little bit pink. I guess we aren't used to sunshine, LOL.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Wild Thing!

Can you tell he's been playing with Daddy? He gets that wild look in his eye when Daddy gets him all hyper. How could anyone look at this face and not love it. He is such a blessing in my life, and I thank God for him all the time.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Are You Sure It's April???

So, I woke up this morning and opened the door to head to Portland and teach classes, and look what greeted me. Maybe to some of you this isn't that unusual, but in Oregon, in April...What in the world? This is crazy! Anyway, I headed to The Peddler's Pack with beautiful snow falling for a GREAT day of classes. These ladies are enjoying the Texture Tiles Sampler Class...they look very focused, don't they. You can't tell very well from the picture how big that pile of class instructions is, but in a four hour class there is alot to tell. Now this is what I LOVE to see!!! A happy, smiling face, and inky, messy fingers. Aren't they beautiful!?! Yes, I mean the faces, and the projects. What a great bunch of ladies! If you scroll up to the top of these class photos, look for the lovely lady in the red shirt...that's Michele. Bless her heart, Michele stayed between classes and helped me clean up from the first class and get things out for the next. I owe her big time. Thanks Michele, and thanks to each of you ladies, it was a joy to spend the day with you.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Ir-resist-able Art Backgrounds

The Paper Inspired Retreat is coming up quickly. One of the classes that I will be teaching at that retreat is Ir-resist-able Art Backgrounds. In that class we will be using Ranger Color Wash along with lots of other great stuff including(but not limited to) Leafing Pens, Heidi Swapp Masks, the Palette Gluepad, and Perfect Pearls. So today I got out my Ranger Color Wash dyes to play around with. As soon as I got this background piece finished I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use with it. Stampin' Cat Studio loaned me a new stamp set from Kodomo Inc. to try out, and the designs are just beautiful. After cutting up my background piece to make this card, I still have lots of beautiful paper left to make more projects. I love how the stamp that I decided to use matches their beautiful ribbon that I just happened to have. Clearly I love that particular design.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Finally, some new photos

I am so excited that Ranger Memory Glass and Memory Glass Frames are available again. I made this neat little necklace using the 1" Frames and Clear Glass. I so wish you could see this in person. The depth created by embossing on different layers of glass is so beautiful. The background stamp is a new one from Kodomo Inc. It was the perfect addition to this piece.
I finally got around to creating another Hexagon book. This one is actually quite similar to the first one, except that I fixed my previous problems of the hinges being to loose. This one can actually be hung up, tossed around, opened and closed without falling apart. I used silk ribbon for the hinges this time, and used three interlocking "hinges" for more stability.
I painted the silk ribbon with the metallic paint dabbers, making them a perfect match for the painted backgrounds. It also ended up being a great match for the nails. I will definately try this again. The ribbon is still flexible when dry and will hold it's shape a little bit. It definately changes the texture of the silk, but I was pleased with the result. It was exactly what I needed in this case. Oh, and isn't that a cute little flower image? It's from my new favorite stamp set, Nottinghill, by 7 Gypsies. Every single image in the set is a winner. I LOVE it.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I can't believe that it's been a week since I last posted. My deepest apologies. I have been hard at work, and I actually have something to show for it. I will share some photos sometime tomorrow. I hear the sun is actually supposed to come out, so I should be able to take some decent photos.
My week has been good, but I am exhausted. My kids have apparently decided that 6am is a great time to wake up. Now I know that some of you probably wake up that early on a regular basis, so you don't have much sympathy for me. But I don't, and it's amazing how much of a difference an additional 45 minutes of good sleep makes. Maybe tomorrow they will sleep in. That would be perfect...sleeping in, and the promise of some sunshine. I just know it, tomorrow is going to be a great day!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Hexagons and Prototypes

Hi there everyone! My friend Lauren has created an amazing project that I would love to share with you. If you've been visiting my blog for awhile, you probably remember the Hexagon book that I created using nails as the hinges.

To revisit that blog entry click here:

Well Lauren contacted me to ask if she could expand on that idea to create a project made with Prang DAS Air-Hardening Modeling Clay. I've been waiting to see the results, and now they are here. I've got a link to Laurens' blog in the left colum, go visit her blog to get the whole scoop on this beautiful project.