A couple weeks ago my daughter and I packed up the car and drove to Marybeth's studio!
In January, I read that she and Seth were teaching a workshop in St. Louis in May.
I started stalking Seth's blog to find out how to register. I even set up a calendar entry to remind me each week - that's the project manager in me. hehehe. I didn't need to see a description - I already knew I wanted it in. I told my daughter about it and we saved the date, claiming we had a spot. We got in! Mary Beth, Seth, and Julie (artist who shares studio space with Mary Beth) provided a warm, inviting and creative environment for the students. I had a surprise in that I got to meet my facebook friend Mary - mixed media artist and also Stencilgirl designer!
We had a fabulous time! While in the area, we saw some local sites and also visited Sherry Salant's gallery store and picked up a few beautiful prints. Had fun visiting with her and Bob - one of many fabulous artists featured at the store.
I had the awesome opportunity to attend another Michael Strong class! The class was only one stop during a fabulous outing I had with my friend Susan.
[Note: Susan wrote the base of this post and I made a few updates - Thanks Susan!]
We had planned a crafty day with stamp stores, a stamp class, dinner and a movie. First stop was Stamp Your Heart Out in Claremont, CA. Claremont is a beautiful small town at the foothills of the mountains. Great store with lots and lots of stamps and ideas. We also visited an adorable chocolate shop.
After our romp in that store, we went to another small town, Monrovia, to take Mike's class at Scrap & Yap. An appropriate name as we sat and gabbed while we stamped. We had a great time making the cards. Mike is so creative and such a nice person. He supplied everything we needed for these adorable cards. He even had pre-punched the little snowflakes! And then, we drove all around the foothills looking for a Michael's because Susan wanted a certain snowflake punch - unlike any she already has :o) [Susan said that :o)].
After that, we drove further into the foothills looking for Joann's. No punch, but we did find the paper Mike used in class for the "elegant" snow card. Perfect! Not a total bust! Please note: We had a Garmin GPS in the trunk, but chose not to get it out - it was more fun trying to figure out where we were going from goolemaps on my phone and reading street signs. :o)
Finally, we headed back to the valley for dinner. By then it was 6:30 PM and we were hungry! Never made it to a show. Did you think we would after being on a stamping safari all day? Nah! We had a margarita instead! :o) LOL Life is all about trade-offs! :)
Susan got me home about 10:00 PM. Now that's what we call a full day of work and play!
Had a great time yesterday at the convention!! I went with my daughter Allison and my ATC Sister Susan. I also met my Michael Strong Yahoo Group Sister Jacquie at the convention. It's so cool to meet people I stamp with "on line!" We had the wonderful opportunity to meet Judi of Judi-Kins and Mary Jo. We saw Tim Holz in action, as well as many other wonderful demos. We spent a just a little money (I put that in, in case my husband reads this post). :o) Allison won a door prize of a cute Christmas stamp set. She was so excited. I think my daughter is becoming a stamper... After the show we connected with Warren and Dee and had a fabulous time visiting with them.
Had an absolutely wonderful time with an absolutely wonderful group of talented artists!! We stamped, we laughed, we colored, we stamped, we giggled, we stamped, and we were just inspired by each other!! You can see from the mess we made, on just one corner of a table, how much fun we had. :o) This is the first chance I've had since I got back to get the post together to share.
People came from all over the country to spend the weekend together, and to learn from Kevin and Ken. Kevin is the artist, designer and owner of Stampscapes images. Ken (Pesho) has mastered scenic stamping in a way that no one has. Not only are they talented, they are willing to share and teach others.
For the next two weeks I'll be Out Of my Blog Office. I'm visiting with my daughter in Southern California. It's so much warmer than IL right now. :o) I brought a few stamped images and some limited art supplies. I'll share a card now and then, but will not have supplies photos like I usually do. I'll be sure to list all supplies though!
Today, I spent the day with my friend from IL, Susan! Susan and I met at the Dick Blick ATC Live Trade Group June meeting. We sat next to each other and she shared with that she was going to be traveling to CA in July and living there for a while. I said me too! The traveling to CA part. It was so funny -- we were both going to the same area. We made a promise to keep in touch and that we would get together when I was out here visiting. And here we are! We went on a field trip to Claremont to visit Stamp Your Heart Out.
We spent over an hour in the store! Not that it's that big, but we were enjoying looking at every stamp, every example, every die cut, every embellishment, etc.... :o) Neither one of us had been in an actual stamp "store" in so long, we were just enjoying every moment :oD (insert big smile). After we soaked it all in, and picked up a few items, we walked around the downtown and went into all the quaint shops and boutiques. It is such a lovely area - we really enjoyed our field trip! If you are ever in the LA area, I highly recommend visiting the town of Claremont, and most definitely visiting their stamp store.
Cheryl's class featured the technique of metal embossing. This was a
new technique for me - for Marge and Terry too. We were challenged and
laughing at ourselves. You can read more about metal embossing on Cheryl's blog.
I finished the base of the book on the cruise. I kept thinking
about what I wanted to capture - what pictures and what
embellishments I wanted to include. I was trying to figure out how I was going to get my whole cruise adventure into my album. It
just was not going to fit.... and then, I heard Marge say she was going
to use her album for her creative journey. I thought that was a great
idea! Thanks Marge!! I decided to capture the classes, the learnings, the fun, the teachers, and my new crafting buds! I could not get all my new crafting buds in the album. I also wanted to capture the Art101 class I attended and watching
a professional artist, Tim Yanke, in action.
narrowed my pictures down to 40, to 25, to the 12 I printed, and
finally to the 10 I put in the book. whew! That is one of the reasons
it took me so long to get this post up.
notice my le boo boo? I put the alphabet up-side-down on my back
cover...I was bummed at first, but quickly switched to embracing my right to artistic creativity and the uniqueness of my albumn. :o)
I have a few more projects to finish. As I finish them, I'll post them. To see all the projects from the cruise, select the category Travel.
If you ever get (take) the opportunity to go on a crafting cruise, go!! It is sooooo much fun!!
As with Dee's other projects, you could choose the theme and colors of your acrylic tag project. She
gave us lots of examples and beautifully coordinated ribbon pieces to compliment our tags. I absolutely love Dee's animal stamp designs so I knew right away which one I wanted to do! I have the Vertical Inspiration - Jungle and Junior Jungle sets at home. I also used a couple stamps from the Circus stamp set.
The expression on their little faces makes me think they are really paying attention to me as I'm looking at the tag. :o)
I also liked this project because we were creating a scene on each tag. The project involved stippling. I really like the large stipple brushes from SI. When you have a large area, you NEED a large brush! Using the Blending Blox ink pads really liven up your background.
There's going to have to be really special occasion for me to give this tag away....really, really special....
Today I'm sharing Sandi's Class Projects. We Started with the Star Studded Greetings Accordion card. What I really enjoyed about this project is that each person created her own design on the stars - no two
cards were alike! In our kit we received star templates, a base card, a variety of colors of CS for our stars, and the important T strip to bring everything together. Some people cut patterns from the colored paper and glued it onto their stars. I decided to use one of the black artist pens we got in our goodie bags to draw patterns on the stars. I liked the black contrast against the various colors - plus I'm a doodler. I doodle a lot. If you look in my work notebook, you'll see lots of doodles - trees, flowers, swirls in the margins. Some pages have more doodles than notes. :o)
The assembly was pretty straight forward. The only tricky part is making sure you attach your large
so they are not lower than the bottom of your card. Also be sure to attach your stars on the flat part of the T strip - not the in the fold!! That happened to a couple ladies. We live, we glue, we learn how to fix.
The next project was the Flower Pop-Up card. Again, each one was unique. We each created our own "flower garden" - colors, sizes, and shapes. I like to outline in black (outlining goes with doodling), so I drew my flowers, stems, and leaves first and then cut around them. Others cut freehand, and even tore their flowers for a really different look! In our packet we had a nice selection of Thank You rub on stickers.
The outside of the card was a cut out flower and leaves. I added highlights on the black border with a silver glitter pen . All the directions for these two cards are in Sandi's new book, Pop-Up Cards. It is a different type of card making book, one that allows your own
creativity to flow. The book has big pictures, a
patterns section, drawings and tips boxes.
For this project Dee sewed two Coffin Cards together. In our package we received an white embossed Skeleton on black CS [this stamp is really kool because you can cut apart the limbs and position them], coffin shaped patterned paper, fibers, embellishments, and Crack N' Peel sticker paper. There were a variety of stamps to choose from on all the tables. We colored and stamped, and color and stamped, and colored and visited, and then cut out. I layout out my pages to create a fun, upbeat theme. I saved the last page to write my message. Not sure yet if I'm giving away ANY of my projects. :o)
This next project was quick, easy, and fun! I used Blending Blox to create an ocean background on a checkbook cover. Stamped seaweed and fish from Dee's stamp stash in the classroom. Of course you have to stamp the back cover in Dee's class. Leave no CS untouched!
of the things I love about attending a class is that the instructor gives you a
package! Dee gave us pre-cut cardstock, which was scored
and all color coordinated. We could choose the project we wanted to create.
Some picked pink, others selected yellow. I chose orange to go with Dee’s
Playfully Posh Halloween stamp sets.
After assembling our Zig Zag cards, we embellished them with markers,
stamps and pens. We used Marvy Brush Markers
and Blending Blox to color the stamps. One of the reasons I said I would share
more later this week is I have been finishing up my projects. :o) We received so many projects in class and in
our goodie bags, and I have to admit there was some socializing going on in
class – most of us did not finish all our projects. Deirdre gave me a package of purple bubble
stickers, which I used to finish off my card at home. I was sharing that
I didn’t stamp enough to fill up my card. She picked them up for me when she
was on shore. What a sweetie!!
The cruise was outstanding!!!!!! I had such a wonderful time with Marge and Terry, and Dee, Warren, Pam, Cheryl, Ken, Sandi and Rosanne, and many new and beautiful people I met and will continue friendships with – especially the best dinner table ever!! – Charles and Deirdre, Rowena and JoAnn.
There were so many wonderful moments, I cannot capture all of them here, but I have chosen a few to share. Please visit my Dee's Alaskan Cruise Album to see pictures – scroll down to it on the side bar.
Here are some highlights starting Friday, September 12th…
• FRIDAY: Terry and I hooked up at the airport and shared a taxi to the pier. We met Marge on board in our room. We were early enough to attend a ship tour to learn all the kool terms - like aft, forward, port and starboard. Marge taught us a trick to help us remember the sides of the ship - remember that port and left have the same number of letters. The official launch began with a pool side party with a live band. There was lots of dancing and fun.
• SATURDAY: We were at sea all day – which was great for the Dee stampin’ gang because we had the Welcoming Program and classes. Rubber Stamp Madness was a sponsor of the trip. Dee, Sandi, and Cheryl gave a sneak peak at the workshops and they also gave us a generous good bag!! The goodie bags were filled with stamps, tools, projects, crafting magazines, a CD, and more! Also included, were blank ATC cards and adhesive for a little competition to be held during the week. We were supposed to work on them in our spare time – who had spare time?!?! :o) Over 80 people attending the Welcoming Program and we had over 50 crafters attending the workshops. Marge, Terry and I had signed up for the same workshops. We started with Cheryl’s Acrylic Mini Book class – it was a new technique for all of us! I now have a new way to embellish that I just love! Needless to say, I bought some of those tools and templates to make my projects pop! You can visit Cheryl’s Blog to see what kool stuff she does. Due to the room set up – we had two rooms of students - Cheryl’s assistant, who also happens to be he husband, Ken helped us out quite a bit. Cheryl was so funny running back and forth and working the rooms. It’s a good thing she has such a great sense of humor and a lot of energy!
• SUNDAY: I woke up really early – we gained an hour and it through many of us off -especially those that came from the Eastern Time zone. I attended the interdenominational service. Father Forget shared with us that on the Wednesday before he was minding his own business in Nebraska, and was notified that due to an illness, he would be replacing someone on this cruise and was told to be in Seattle on Friday. Can you imagine?! What a surprise – a nice surprise. It was a very nice service. Since this was a day of walking, we wanted to have a good breakfast (THE food --– it was ALL GOOD! –I don’t want to say too much about it…I’ll just say I will be working it all off my hips for the next month). We set out on a walking tour of Sitka. Charles and Deirdre joined Marge, Terry, and me. Despite the pouring rain, we enjoyed the day – the museums, the park, the stop in a local pub to dry off and have a snack, and of course a stop for souvenirs. Would you believe the shop had a scrap booking section? :o) We all spent money – for our relatives, and ourselves. Sunday night, we attended Sandi’s Dimensional Cards Class. How fun!! There were no stamps involved, just lots of creativity and no two cards were alike. Sandi has a fabulous new book, Pop-Up Cards. She was gracious enough to sign for anyone who wanted her too – of course everyone who purchased a book, wanted her to sign. She is as lovely in person as you see her to be on DIY!! Rosanne, her assistant in the class, was full of ideas and ran around the room with tools we needed. What a sweetheart!
• MONDAY: Marge, Terry, and I attended Dee’s Bold Black & Whites class! It was great listening to her, taking notes, seeing all her fabulous examples, and watching her work the room encouraging the students. She brought so many of her stamp sets! I included some of Dee’s examples in the photo album, as well as photos of her demonstrating. If you ever have an opportunity to attend her class, GO!! She and Pam, her assistant, made sure we had all the stamps, embellishments, and supplies we needed. I made Halloween themed cards. Monday was also the day we sailed by the Hubbard Glacier – what a site!! We went to the upper level of the ship to see the beautiful site. In the afternoon, I watched Tim Yanke, an artist whose work is sold through Park West Art Dealers, paint live and talk about his style and the many different mediums he uses. He uses micro powders! That night our wonderful instructors hosted a lovely get together where we socialized and took pictures before dinner. After dinner Deirdre, Terry, and I “performed” in the Karaoke show. We sang “It’s Raining Men.” What a hoot. :o) Deirdre talked us into it. Charles had performed on Sunday night, and couldn’t resist getting up on the stage again this night to do another solo. We were all jamin’!
• TUESDAY: We stopped in Juneau. More walking, photo taking, and shopping. Yes, we found a crafting store. The cashier told us that Tim Holz and his crew had been by a few months earlier. Of course, we bought a few local stamps. It was cloudy, but no rain! On the ship I attended an Art 101 class which was very interesting and educational for me! After dinner we went to open crafting where we continued to work on our class projects, our ATC cards, and the goodie bag projects we received. The instructors set out their tools so we could borrow them. We were all gigglin’ and having fun. Many of the ladies had been on Dee’s stamp cruises before. For Terry, Marge, and me - this was our first crafting cruise ever! We had all been on a cruise before, but not like this!
• WEDNESDAY: The ship stopped in Ketchikan. At first we thought, why are we are stopping for such a short time? When we saw how the big, or should I say small, the town was, we had plenty of time to catch the sites, including finding art stamps in the local office supply store. :o) I also picked up some Alaska stickers for scrappin’ this trip. That afternoon Marge, Terry, and I attended Dee’s Variety of Veritable Verticals Class. WHAT FUN!!! She gave us a whole bunch a lot of examples. We got to use many of her stamp sets to build a tag album. I just love her animal sets!!
• THURSDAY: We started winding down. We attended the disembarkation seminar, which was informative and quite funny. We went to the crafting “garage sale.” Dee, Cheryl, and Sandi did not want to take anything back, so they had good prices for items. At the end of the sale, the ATC contest winners were announced. There were six winning cards. Warren and Ken were the judges. They told us the cards were all laid out for them and they did not look at any names. Marge won 1st place, I won second, and Deirdre won 4th. Three women from our dinner table!!! We were so excited. The prizes were items that the instructors had donated. Marge selected a folder of Dee’s ATC size stamp sets, I selected a cup that Cheryl had made (I’m thinking about her every morning as I drink my coffee), and Deirdre selected an extra goodie bag with lots more goodies in it. We were gigglin’ once again… That night, we had another lovely dinner with our table buds… reminiscing about our week and taking pictures of Rowena and JoAnn’s interesting and lovely earrings. During dinner, we had docked in Victoria…yep at night…we were surprised we were stopping at night, but we went with the flow. There were a group of us that went on a night adventure together – Marge, Terry, Charles, Deirdre, JoAnn, Warren, Dee, and me. We hopped in the van of man waving his arms and offering to take us on a roaming tour of the city for just $10 each. He promised to have us back in one hour, in plenty of time to leave. He was actually quite funny. He drove us around the city telling us about the history and some the challenges they have with homeless people, and he kept talking about real estate. I think he was trying to sell us a condo. He stopped a couple times and we took some dark pictures. :o) It was a nice, quick little tour. Terry, Marge, Charles, Deirdre and I ended the evening listening to the Ship's live band play Motown – a few us did a little dancing.
• FRIDAY: Time to get off the boat. Ahhhh, what a lovely time…
All of the instructors were fabulous –- with creative ideas, their willingness to teach us how to do what they do, AND they are just three beautiful women!!
Here some photos.... I’ll share more projects and more some details over the next week, or so....
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