Ranger University Day 3

Apr 30, 2012

Day 3 start­ed out with Dyan Reave­ley and her awe­some funky, quirky adorable self. Her art jour­nal­ing has tak­en the craft indus­try by STORM and has me quite intrigued. Dyan will be in TEXAS at The Crafty Scrap­per Thurs­day, May 10th & Fri­day, May 11th and it’s all the buzz. Dur­ing Dyan’s seg­ment we played with all her Dylu­sions Ink Sprays, Per­fect Pearls and or course her stamp sets. For this vin­tage, keep it clean, cream & black with a mut­ed pop of col­or, kin­da girl… I was INSPIRED! I was inspired with her col­ors, style and tech­niques. After lunch it was time for Tim Holtz to teach us all the super cool tech­niques using his Dis­tress line.  You can pick out Tim’s unique vin­tage grungy style any­where. I like that you can do vin­tage grunge...

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Ranger University Day 2

Apr 29, 2012

This morn­ing we start­ed our day with Clau­dine Hell­muth. Clau­dine is such a sweet and very fun­ny lady. She was quite enter­tain­ing and filled our heads with so many tech­niques and ideas my head was spin­ning by the time we stopped for lunch which was some awe­some square piz­za. Dur­ing Claudine’s class we paint­ed, trans­ferred, glazed and tint­ed. The hands on expe­ri­ence you get with each instruc­tor here at Ranger is unbe­liev­able. They give you so much infor­ma­tion that hon­est­ly by the end of the day my brain hurt and once again was swirling with ideas. Dur­ing Claudine’s class Ron­da and I laughed at the dif­fer­ence in our work area. She ALWAYS had a lit­tle mess here and there and I ALWAYS had mine cleaned up after each tech­nique. So typ­i­cal. After Clau­dine fin­ished...

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Ranger University Day 1

Apr 28, 2012

There are no words to describe how awe­some it is to be so for­tu­nate to attend Ranger U. Today was incred­i­ble from start to fin­ish. I’ve played with all the prod­ucts we used today and learned so much new infor­ma­tion. I can­not wait to get home to play and try out all the ideas I have swirling inside my head. Each per­son had a per­son­al bas­ket of sup­plies and tools and we had a stack of Tim Holtz and Dylu­sions stamp sets to share. We got an amaz­ing tour of the ware­house which was super inter­est­ing to see how each prod­uct was put togeth­er from start to fin­ish. When we got to the area where they assem­bled the ink pads we each got to take a new pack of the new SPRING Dis­tress Ink...

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New York City

Apr 27, 2012

Okay let me just start out say­ing the five years I’ve wait­ed and want­ed so bad­ly to vis­it Tin­sel Trad­ing Com­pa­ny was so WORTH it!!! This store did not dis­ap­point me one bit, every sin­gle square inch of this place is filled with amaz­ing vin­tage and gor­geous gift items. The sto­ry of how the store came to be is a won­der­ful sto­ry and if you are as inter­est­ed in know­ing as I was chat­ting away with Mar­cia Cep­pos… you can read all about it HERE. It’s a great sto­ry of how her grand­fa­ther got start­ed. Once we left Tin­sel Trad­ing Com­pa­ny we head­ed out for a great sight see­ing walk­ing tour mapped out for us by Mar­cia. She basi­cal­ly had us walk one huge square that once fin­ished had us right back to Penn...

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And the Adventure begins…

Apr 26, 2012

The fun start­ed before we even took off… the lady that sat next to us was most amused that is for sure. When she got off the plane she told us we were real­ly fun­ny and quite enjoy­able… I think I saw her run as she exit­ed the plane lit­tle did she know this was only the first half of our flight, we weren’t get­ting off so she was safe. After we left St. Louis it was straight to Newark, NJ. Our dri­ver Steve was awe­some… real­ly fun­ny. Once we got to the Mar­riott we head­ed out to get some food. As Car­olyn and I walked across to Apple­bee’s I stopped dead in my tracks to take a pho­to of the Ranger Ind. mail­box… oh how I have wait­ed so long to see this...

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The Traveling Apron

Apr 25, 2012

The won­der­ful jour­ney of my much loved apron has now begun. Sat­ur­day, it debuted at The Crafty Scrap­per and now will trav­el to all the places this indus­try takes me. It’s next stop is New York City (LOL, typ­ing New York City always makes me think of the Pace Picante Sauce com­mer­cials) then on to Ranger Uni­ver­si­ty in NJ. Car­olyn and I leave tomor­row and we are beyond excit­ed! Last year, my trav­els were hault­ed rather quick­ly due to ter­ri­ble weath­er… all flights to NJ and sur­round­ing areas were can­celled and I had to go home. I know there are worse things in life to have hap­pen but I real­ly was so sad and I’m super glad I was giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend this year. It’s going to be three days filled with noth­ing but...

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Encaustic 101

Apr 24, 2012

I fin­ished my first encaus­tic col­lage piece and can­not wait to start anoth­er one. I plan on teach­ing this can­vas at The Crafty Scrap­per either in May or June. Car­olyn and I just need to work out a date… once we decide on a date and time I will let you all know ASAP. In this class you will cre­ate an encaus­tic col­lage piece mix­ing new and vin­tage embell­ish­ments. Now, I’m off to fin­ish up some laun­dry and pack for tomor­row’s adven­ture. Car­olyn and I are going on a fun trip. I will post pho­tos on Face­book and update you on our trav­els here on my blog....

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What a day…

Apr 23, 2012

Car­olyn with her fin­ished can­vas Sat­ur­day, I had a won­der­ful time with a great group of ladies at The Crafty Scrap­per. These ladies were all find­ing courage to try new tech­niques. Some need­ed more courage than oth­ers but each jumped right in and embraced their cre­ative jour­ney. No names will be giv­en but some had nev­er done any type of mixed media class and let’s just say this class was pret­ty advanced and I was SO PROUD of her when her can­vas was com­plet­ed. Some feared the thought of free­hand paint­ing well maybe more than some actu­al­ly, maybe quite a few but they ALL did it and they ALL looked amaz­ing. And one in class I dis­cov­ered did not like get­ting her hands dirty. LOL, as long as I have known this love­ly per­son...

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Apr 20, 2012

I love the word “if”. I find it to be one of the most thought pro­vok­ing words and thought it worked per­fect­ly for this tag. If I had not final­ly giv­en in to my deep desire of play­ing with wax I would have nev­er found out just how much I tru­ly love this art form. I start­ed this tag with one I blend­ed ink and dabbed mist here and there as well as stamped the lady from “Soci­ety Lady” stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink. Then using a Clover iron melt­ed three dif­fer­ent shades of green on top of the tag. Using the hot iron I spread the wax over the entire tag as well as swept some areas of the wax away show­ing the ink, mist and stamped areas. Once the base...

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Fun Encaustic Background

Apr 19, 2012

This back­ground is super fun to cre­ate and sur­pris­ing­ly easy. All you need are 5 col­ored crayons, 1 white cray­on, 1 mini 3″ x 3″ can­vas, paper tow­els, nat­ur­al bees wax, a non-stick craft mat, a spat­u­la, an iron (Clover quilt­ing iron) and a heat gun. Place the tip of each cray­on, one col­or at a time, onto the tip of the hot iron and melt onto the non-stick craft mat. To clean the tip of my iron after each cray­on I rub it clean on top of sev­er­al lay­ers of paper tow­els. Make each melt­ed blob dif­fer­ent thick­ness­es. Once the melt­ed crayons are cooled and the wax has hard­ened lift them from the non-stick craft mat using a small spat­u­la. Break the wax blobs into dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes. Place each wax piece onto...

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Late Night Creative Play

Apr 18, 2012

I was play­ing late into the night with Bees Wax and thought I would give you a keep­ing it real pho­to of my work area. Maybe this is why I love junk shops and thrift stores so much… the messier the bet­ter. You’ll find all kinds of things in this pho­to… fin­ished projects, dried flow­ers, lace, but­tons, sheet music, bees wax etc… all the things I love. Encaus­tic art is were I want to remain. I love the smell of melt­ing wax, I love how it swirls, bub­bles and flows. It’s been quite a jour­ney get­ting to this place but this place feels nat­ur­al, effort­less and makes me so hap­py. This piece is still in the works. I love how dried flow­ers look under­neath lay­ers nat­ur­al bees wax. I’m not sure how this piece...

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In The Works

Apr 17, 2012

Yes­ter­day, I played with wax and must admit Encaus­tic art makes my heart hap­py. This can­vas piece is still in the works but I love how it is turn­ing out. The soft white and hues of cream make me swoon. The tiny doily is made by my mom. It was just too per­fect not to use in this piece.  I’m think­ing this might be a fun class to teach at “The Crafty Scrap­per”, in the near future. What are your thoughts? I love how dif­fer­ent these two mini can­vas pieces are yet the col­ors are the same. It was so much fun exper­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent tools and embell­ish­ments… doilies, dried flow­ers and small feath­ers are per­fect addi­tions for encaus­tic work. This one is one is my favorite. The pho­to is of my grand­moth­er and mom...

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An Artist Cannot Fail ~ Encaustic

Apr 16, 2012

I’ve been intrigued with encaus­tic art for a long time, so this week I pulled out my Heat Tool, Iron and Melt­ing Pot along with some Bees Wax, Crayons, Balz­er Designs Sten­cils and Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Stamp Sets. I hope you enjoy this weeks install­ment of my “An Artist Can­not Fail” blog series and give this fun medi­um a try. There is some­thing so fun about melt­ing crayons… maybe it’s the doing some­thing you weren’t sup­posed to do as a child thing… the thought of strik­ing a match or play­ing with a lighter to melt a cray­on scared me to death. The only melt­ed cray­on I ever found was one my lit­tle sis­ter might have dropped in the car. Texas sum­mers are instant death for crayons. On the ATC above I first applied a lay­er of...

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Modern meets Vintage

Apr 13, 2012

When I saw Julie Fei-Fan Balz­er’s blog post HERE I was super intrigued with the col­or com­bi­na­tions she used with my Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion stamp sets. Julie’s pieces have a mod­ern meets vin­tage feel that blends togeth­er beau­ti­ful­ly. So I thought I would give it try and see what hap­pened. I got­ta say, I have real­ly enjoyed this week of play­ing and exper­i­ment­ing with new prod­ucts and dif­fer­ent tech­niques. To get start­ed, I first sprayed Maya Mist onto my tag and dried it with a heat tool. Next I stamped the tag with the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Per­fumery stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink. Once I had the back­ground as I liked it. I stamped the lady from the Anti­quat­ed Col­lec­tion Soci­ety Lady stamp set. To give the tag dimen­sion I traced leaves around the tags...

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Just Playing

Apr 12, 2012

I’ve found a new love… melt­ing wax. The tag you see is a lit­tle sneak of what I will share with you Mon­day, for the sec­ond install­ment of my  “An Artist Can­not Fail” blog series. I’m real­ly hav­ing fun exper­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent medi­ums that I’ve want­ed to try for so long. I have lots of paper­craft­ing respon­si­bil­i­ties so it’s hard to take time to just play and exper­i­ment with dif­fer­ent medi­ums and tech­niques. I love encaus­tic art and have a strong desire to learn and exper­i­ment more in this area. I can see a new addic­tion com­ing to my stu­dio real soon. So what are you wait­ing for… exper­i­ment....

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I’m a Grandmother

Apr 11, 2012

Well a grand­moth­er for only a few days. Gosh did I ever have fun tex­ting my sis­ter, “I’m going to be a grand­moth­er” she has nev­er called me back so fast ever. Tex­ting Ter­ri she was going to be an “Aunt” was pret­ty fun too. Our tex­ting ses­sion went like this… Me: You are going to be an Aunt Ter­ri: To what? Me: A baby Ter­ri: This is a joke right? Me: No (tech­ni­cal­ly it is a baby… right?) Ter­ri: Answer your phone So back to Ans­ley, she is tak­ing care of Luke for her Child Devel­op­ment class and I think this is the best expe­ri­ence ever for a teenag­er! Ans­ley has had to take Luke to work with her (Big thanks to her boss, Can­dy) and has to take care of Luke’s each...

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Apr 10, 2012

I always get asked “What are you going to do with these”? when I’m dig­ging in flea mar­kets and such for lit­tle trea­sures to use in projects and such. So I thought I would give you a lit­tle insight into my head. Warn­ing: Enter at your own risk! It’s a scary place inside this head of mine. I love adding to my ever grow­ing, tar­nished, slight­ly scratched and dent­ed thim­ble col­lec­tion. Oh how I love tar­nished, slight­ly scratched and dent­ed every­thing as well as tat­tered, torn and frayed. So here goes… 15 sec­onds inside my head. Accent for a shad­ow box Charm for a neck­lace or bracelet Tiny pot for vin­tage flow­ers Cute minia­ture cup­cake GASP… smashed flat… an embell­ish­ment for a her­itage themed mini album or lay­out Base for a minia­ture orna­ment You all...

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An Artist Cannot Fail…

Apr 9, 2012

While kit­ting for my class “Art Requires Courage” I was think­ing how true these words are, espe­cial­ly to me. Step­ping out of my com­fort zone of all things vin­tage like but­tons, pearls, old papers and trims and into the world of sten­cils, mists, paints and ink takes courage. I know I can do all things vin­tage. This style is as com­fort­able as wear­ing a pair of TOMS but break­ing out of the cre­ative box is hard and scary. I’m deter­mined to give it a go because I have ideas and I’m deter­mined. Even if break­ing out of the box does not feel nat­ur­al or I make so many mis­takes I fill up a trash can, I’m deter­mined. So, this being said, each Mon­day I am going to post an “Art Requires Courage” project. This...

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Art Requires Courage ~ Canvas Class

Apr 6, 2012

I’m so look­ing for­ward to teach­ing my “Art Requires Courage” can­vas class Sat­ur­day, April 21st. Class starts at 10:00 a.m. and will take approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours to com­plete. Car­olyn told me I have just 4 slots left so if you want to join me and learn some fun mixed media tech­niques please call Car­olyn at The Crafty Scrap­per 972.923.3151. The cost for the class is $45.00. In this mixed media class you will alter an 8″ x 10″ can­vas using an eclec­tic mix­ture of ele­ments such as chick­en wire, vin­tage papers, stamped images, tex­tiles, paint and glit­ter. I will show you how to cre­ate a faux stamped met­al accent as well as a faux tin type pho­to­graph using a vin­tage spoon. We will alter silk leaves to look as though they have been air dried and accent your can­vas...

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Everything Has A Story

Apr 5, 2012

When I see items in thrift stores, flea mar­kets or antique shops I always won­der who owned the things I come across. I won­der things like how many peo­ple ate a meal with this fork or spoon, who stitched every sin­gle stitch by hand on this stained sam­pler, how many dish­es did this tat­tered dish tow­el dry, or how many times were these rhine­stone ear­rings worn to a dance or par­ty, who are the peo­ple in these old pho­tos and where are their fam­i­ly mem­bers today? I could go on and on and on with all the ques­tions that run through my head. Every item I come across has a sto­ry and I wish I knew all their sto­ries. You see for me it is the sto­ry that inspires my art. It is the...

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Felted Flower

Apr 4, 2012

I have been hav­ing so much fun nee­dle felt­ing. Pret­ty much each night while Alan and I are watch­ing a movie or TV show I’m felt­ing. I find it very relax­ing. The flower shown in the pho­to above is going to be placed onto a tote bag I think. I post­ed a step by step tuto­r­i­al to recre­ate the flower in my Tips, Tech­niques and Tuto­ri­als online work­shop. If you are reg­is­tered for this work­shop make sure you check it out. If you are not reg­is­tered for this online work­shop it is nev­er too late. You can reg­is­ter any­time and have access to all the tuto­ri­als I’ve post­ed over the past sev­er­al years.  You can read more about this online work­shop HERE. To me it is so fun to take a piece of wool...

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