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With one thing and another over the past 9 months, my paper crafts class has acquired a truly lovely group of ladies who like to spend as much time chatting with one another as they do crafting… kindred spirits, one and all!

In our July session, I wanted to try something a little less structured; something that involved personal creativity.  I had already seen, again and again, little sparks of creativity that excited me as their teacher.  The ladies, however, kept referring to these sparks as “mistakes”.  The fact that others in the class looked on, sympathized about the “mistake” and then incorporated it into their own project didn’t seem to faze them in their determination to call it a “mistake”.  What’s a teacher to do?!

I was so pleased when I came across the stamped sentiment that so perfectly stated what I had been trying to demonstrate in class.  I hope everyone takes it to heart.

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With a less structured project, prone to depending on happenstance, I hoped they would get a sense of that sentiment.  It worked!!  We had always been a gregarious group but now you could feel the electricity in the air.

So much so that I was encouraged by them to add a “makeup” class at the end of the month so we could let some of those that had missed out on the fun have their shot.  Interestingly, even those that had already done the techniques for this project joined in for the second try.  I will show the results of that makeup class in my next blog.

This post is a view of the second piece that we made in that first class in July.  We had made a second sheet of the stained glass effect just as Vivien Keh (contadinak.com) did in her YouTube video tutorial and used it to make this second tag.

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Blessings and hugs, ya’ll…!!!  Do let me hear from you…

 

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Watercolor Tag

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I have been having a wonderful time teaching a paper crafting class at my local senior center for the last many months. Three weeks out of each month we get together to learn about the art of paper crafting.  Only one of my students, Ann, had any experience in this area so I have been giving basic instruction about different types of inks, cutting equipment, dies, paper, embossing, etc.  Up to now, we have made a card during each session and my ladies have really enjoyed the classes.WatercolorTag2

It seemed like a good time to introduce some new elements.  I had seen a wonderful set of tags and the accompanying tutorial from Vivien Keh (contadinak.com) on the Sizzix Blog and decided this would be a great way to introduce the concept of mixed media to my class. This tag is the result of my personal efforts during that class.  Click on any individual photo to enlarge and see more detail.

We all used the same colors of ink, the same die cut flowers and the same stamps yet each persons work was so delightfully individual.  We had a ball making our own paper with the various mixed media techniques; almost like finger painting when we were kids!WatercolorTag3

I used Distress Reinkers in Peeled Paint, Broken Glass, Fired Brick and Rusty Hinge along with the Black Soot Distress Ink Pad and Ranger’s Perfect Pearls powder in Perfect Bronze. Paper was Canson Mix Media 98#.  Die cuts were made with Tim Holtz Alterations dies from Sizzix; #656938 Tag & Bookplate, #656640 Tattered Florals.  Stamps, fibers and flower centers were elements from my stash.  Water was a key element in giving the under water and/or watercolor effect you see here.

How is your summer going? Let me hear from you!!  It is always a delight.

Blessings and Hugs, ya’ll…

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Mellow Hello

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Some time back, six months ago to be exact, I got a wonderful birthday present from the DH.  He likes to give wonderful (and reasonably priced) gifts but just doesn’t have a clue about what that might be for me at any one time.  I decided a long time ago that my pride could handle giving him some specific direction on what I really wanted.

Enter the beautiful set of Spellbinder’s Edge Dies.  There are three in the set; you are seeing two of them here.  I had been coveting these for a long time.  There are several styles and I wanted one that would be of universal use to me.  This was my choice. Continue reading

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Lavender & Lace… The Shabby Tea Room #222

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The Shabby Tea Room has a challenge this week that just fits with something I have been working on lately.  This will be my submission for Challenge #222.

I am subscribed to two great blogs from ladies in Eastern Europe.  Having seen examples of many creations on their websites, I see that they have a style that I really like a lot.  One could just call it “Shabby Chic” or “Vintage” but there is something more that distinguishes their overall style; something a bit intangible that puts them in a category all their own.  And I have been trying to capture it for some of my own creations. Continue reading

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A Ladies Diary Birthday Tag

 

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This is a birthday tag I made for my oldest daughter’s birthday.  I have said that the Graphic 45 paper collections are my favorite and among their collections is this gorgeous one called A Ladies Diary.  If you click on the images here, you will get a larger view.

My daughter seems to like these tag-type cards because she keeps them hanging up as permanent decorations!  There is a Valentine’s Day tag that I will cover in another post that hangs next to this one in her kitchen window.

I’m glad they are there to remind her that I love her whenever she notices them.

She has always been a loyal and thoughtful daughter and has given me two terrific grandchildren and one all-boy great-grandson. Such riches!

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What We’ve Been Dealing With…

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This is what we’ve all been dealing with for the last several months! It is a Christmas card, yes; but it still reflects what many of us are still looking at when we open the curtains looking for spring! I had to put this out there to give my brother, Joe, a little poke.

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Spring, Anyone?

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OK…  It has been awhile!! My favorite little camera had been giving me fits and, when I finally complained about it to my DH, he discovered that the motor that powers the ‘focus’ function had gone kaput; the poor little thing was dead.

This fact, then, was followed by the need to find out how to download photos from my cell phone which, according to the DH, actually takes pictures at a higher resolution.

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School Days – The Beginnings

My great-grandson, Aiden, is two now and has just started Nursery School.  His momma is so happy for him to have that time with playmates (and to have that time for a breather for her).  I can relate…  I spent a lot of time with Aiden’s daddy when he was the same age and they are very much alike.  Always going and always doing… who knows where or what!

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His mother did share the fact that his initial response to the whole “school” thing was not entirely positive.  Being the gregarious boy that he is, I doubt that will last long.  By now he is probably running to the classroom door and leaving his mamma in his wake!

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Back to School

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I have a special request from my granddaughter, Jade, to send cards to her more often. She says they remind her that I love her and am thinking about her.  She is such a sweetheart and I am happy to fill her request!

So, here is my latest effort.  (It is probably time for me to change the name of my blog to something like “Cards for Jade” because that is what most of my content is these days.) Continue reading

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Origami Trinket Box

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This is a box I created after watching a tutorial by The Gentleman Crafter.  Jim always has such interesting projects!  I’ve actually made several of these because they are so simple to make and really highlight a beautifully patterned paper.  You may notice this is a variation of another box I made shown here.      Continue reading

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