Archive for March, 2010

2 More Days!

It’s only 2 days to the grand opening of Ramona’s new shop!  Things are really taking shape!  Here’s a quick preview!

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Ramona working to get everything ready

I guess you know where I’ll be this weekend!

 

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Gamsol Class

It’s just a few short days until the grand opening of Ramona’s store!  Busy doesn’t even begin to describe the flurry of activities she’s involved with getting ready.  I’m so excited for her and it is so wonderful to be there with her to see her dream come true.

Among the many final touches, is displaying samples for upcoming classes Ramona will be holding at the shop.  I’m proud and honored that she has asked me to teach a technique class called “Colored Pencil Blending with Gamsol”.  It’s one of my favorite techniques and I cannot wait to share it with others.

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This is my sample board for class.  Students will have the opportunity to experiment with blending techniques and then work on coloring several different images using what they have learned.  My supplies are on order and my class is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21st. 

22 days to class but only 3 days until Ramona’s grand opening!

Crafts 2000

My weekend road trip excursion included a 38 mile trip to the craft oasis known as “Crafts 2000”.

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I was in search of discount prices on colored pencils, blending stumps and dauber top bottles for my upcoming class.  The prices were indeed lower than Michael’s and Hobby Lobby but considering both of those stores offer 40% off coupons, that is still the better route to go.  For the most part, the prices were competitive but not as discounted as I had hoped. 

I did find some really good buys at Crafts 2000 and their clearance stuff had some amazing treasures.  I picked up 3 sets of See D’s stamps for $1.00 each, a selection of chipboard letters and shapes for $1.00 per package and a selection of stickers ranging from 10 cents to 50 cents per package.  They also had packages of Core’dinations paper for $1.99.  All in all it was a worthwhile trip.  There were some things I probably shouldn’t have passed up that would have been great for classes, but since I was on more of an investigative trip, I really hadn’t put my thoughts together in that regard.

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We had a fun time scoping things out.  And just so you know, my son passed on the grass skirt, opting instead for some items with which to make candy.

My New Venture!

My paperwork is on its way and I am awaiting the word that I’m officially an Angel!  The Angel Company is a direct sales company that offers an impressive assortment of products for rubber stampers, scrapbookers and paper crafters.  They specialize in high quality unmounted rubber stamps. 

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I’m very much looking forward to the arrival of my starter kit!  Here are a few of the stamp sets that I chose.

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Butterfly Swirls

 

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Happy Day

 

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Mini Occasions

 

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Tickled Pink

There’s even more coming and I can’t wait until my shipment arrives!   Catalogs anyone? 

So Excited!

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Here is a tiny little glimpse into my friend Ramona’s new store!  I worked with her yesterday to help get things ready.  There is still lots to be done.  The shelves are empty but soon they will be filled with all sorts of treasures.  Her store will feature stamping, scrapbooking, mixed media supplies and classes.  She will also be selling gently used stamps and tools on consignment.

The grand opening is April 2nd and 3rd!  I am SO excited for her!  She has been working towards this for so long!  Email me for details or watch her blog at http://www.ramonabonita.blogspot.com/.

Ink Or Dye

Our March meeting was filled with fun and laughter.  We’re all very excited about the April 2nd grand opening of Ramona’s new store.  We cannot wait!

Our card swap theme this month was “Use a Quote”.

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My quote was “Dreams come a size too big so we can grow into them.”  The flash on my camera washed it out, but my card features an elegant technique we did last year called “Bargello”.

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I received Marian’s card.  Her quote was “I have sometimes thought a woman’s nature is like a great house full of rooms.”  Marian is known for her shaker cards and this one is another beautiful example!

Our ATC swap theme was “If I Won the Lottery”.

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Of course, my celebration over winning the lottery would not be complete without a trip to Savannah.  (Or a permanent move there for that matter!)  And what trip to Savannah isn’t complete without a toasting of martinis at Conrad Aiken’s grave in Bonaventure Cemetary!

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The ATC I received was again from Marian who created a beautiful shoreline.  She used an actual lottery ticket and vellum to create the soft background.  So creative!

Ramona led our project this month which was a slider card.  The directions were a bit confusing at first, but with her guidance we are all now masters.  I can’t wait to make more of these.

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My original intent was to get my Mothers Day cards made.  I chose to use one of the acrylic stamp sets I haven’t tried before.  It was supposed to be flowers and swirls but instead turned out to look more like paint splotches. Not exactly what I had in mind, so I will be recreating my slider cards with different images.  And this stamp set will be moving from the “Flower” box over to the “Background and Designs” box!

Things I Can’t Live Without

Just like any crafter, I have a list of my favorite things.  Here are a few items that are “must haves” in my craft room.

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There are lots of adhesives on the market and I know other people swear by other brands, but Scotch Double-Sided tape is my favorite.  I have a desktop dispenser and I find it is SO easy to use.  It holds extremely well.  And for scrapbookers, the best news is that it is indeed photo safe.

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Having fought with other brands of tacky glue, I was delighted to find this treasure.  It dries unbelievably quickly and holds so well.  It is has great consistency and fine tip that enables much better control of glue placement.

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QuicKutz QuickStick Pen is the perfect tool for placing embellishments!  It has a mildly sticky putty that enables you to pick up small items, place them exactly where you want them and then easily releases itself from the embellishment.  No more jewels sticking to glue covered fingers!  And that’s tough to top!

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