Archive for September, 2011

Just A Little Peek At What Is Being Taught At “The Carnivals”.

Monday, September 26th, 2011

I just wanted to share with you just a photo of what I am teaching our lovely participants in a new class that is being offered at “The Great Canadian Scrapbooker Carnivals“. This wonderful class has you spending 20 or so minutes with each of 4 wonderful ladies. Each of us will share with you techniques that you will love.  Take home the tags and turn the ideas into cards, scrapbook pages or any paper project your creative heart wants to apply it too.

Last weekend we were in Calgary and I know that the event was embraced by all. A weekend full of classes, shopping, sharing, cropping, make’n takes, demo’s … oh! it goes on and on. This weekend will have us doing a repeat performance in Edmonton. So, if you live in Edmonton or anywhere within driving distance, come play. You will not be disappointed for Katharina Doyle and Jackie Ludlage of Canada’s premier, scrapbooking magazine, “Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine” have put together an amazing event.

So without further ado, here is what I will be sharing with you in the “Technique Taster”. I just wish I could show you Jackie Ludlage’s, Christy Riopel’s & Susan Weckesser’s tags. The technique’s they will share with you are not only beautiful but timeless as well.

This is the actual tag we will be making in the class. I did add ribbon and fibres when I got home (could not stop myself) but there is a ton of technique here I am sure you will love.

The stamps for this tag were from Frog’s Whiskers Ink and Magenta, two wonderful, all Canadian companies. The ink is of course, all from “Clearsnap”. I have used “Smooch” in several ways here to show off it’s multi-taskability and trust me … you are going to love its versatility. Yes, “Smooch” is wonderful to simply paint in detail but I am going to show you how to do “water-color techniques” and a “sparkle marble, technique” that will have you collecting every single color of this magical medium.

I came home from the event and created a few “jump-off’s”. These tags were created with exactly the same techniques that you will learn in the “Technique Taster” class. Magenta was at the event and I simply “had to have” some of their brand new Christmas images. I have used some of these new additions and of course some of their images that have been around awhile. Isn’t it great that this “all Canadian” company does not discontinue their stamps. Our projects will always stay currant when the stamps stay currant.

Now if I have you attention and you would love to play with your stamps and ink to this extent, do come visit “The Great Canadian Scrapbooking Carnival” in Edmonton. Pack your basic supplies and anything that is recommended for the classes you are partaking in and “come on down” and fill “you creative appetite” to the brim. I am truly looking forward to seeing each and every one of you!

With smiles, wonderful stamps and “Clearsnap” ink,
Cathie.

Finally … Another Post.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

So summer came … and apparently summer is leaving. I am going to miss it, much, much although I spent a lot of it looking at it from my window in my studio. Several factors made this happen. First our summer was not a particularly warm one, lots of rain and cool days but mostly because I sorta overbooked myself this fall. All is good, things are falling into place but my blog suffered because I just could not get here. BUT the good news is … I finally made it. The better news is I have “super blogging angels” that are helping me to become “much more agile” at this “blogging thing”. Jayme, Jackie, Jennifer and my son, Tanner …. without your patience and support these posts would be stalled for a very long time. I appreciate ALL of you more than I can express.

I am heading to Scrapfest in the “Mall of America” in Minneapolis for 3 days of sharing ideas with loads of folks thru demo’s and classes and “make & takes”. I am told it will be very busy and I am truly excited to go and share “stampingly fun ideas” with lots of stamp enthusiasts.

I thought I would give you a glimpse or two of  the samples I will be bringing with me to this “9th annual”, Scrapfest.

I had a lot of fun creating this “Vintage Ladies” tag book using Clearsnap’s, Fluid chalk, pigment and Smooch ink. did you know that “Smooch” ink was a nulti-suface ink? that is how I altered the “Graphic 45” metal brads to match each tag. I also used it to paint my Sizzix, die-cut frames. All that shimmer and “Smooch” multi-tasks too. These “Vintage Ladies” are brought to you by “Graphic 45” in a wonderful cling set you are sure to enjoy. Everything in this project started out as white “Superstock”  and with the power of the stamp pad and fabulous stamps … presto chango …. “not so white” anymore.

Here is another tag idea where I laid a base down of Clearsnap’s, gold, pigment ink and used creamy brown, Fluid Chalk to soften the gold. Pool, Smooch was used to antique the background and add even more depth.   I then stamped the key and keyhole with chestnut roan, Fluid Chalk over the entire tag and as it dried it faded into the fabulous background …. I loved that. The ribbons began as white ribbon and off white lace. The 1/8″ ribbon was painted with the pool, Smooch, the wider ribbon was altered with the all new “Mix’d Media Inx” in black and the lace was altered with robin’s egg, pigment ink. Why hunt for the right color ribbon or lace when you can custom color it with great stamp pads and ink that just love to move from surface to surface. The pool, smooch also added detail to the key and the keyhole that I used as an embellishment in the forefront of the tag. All these images are from our friends at “Graphic 45” and are contained in their “Key to My Heart” cling set.

Yes, I did a scrapbook page too and the demo’s, oh … the demo’s … wait, wait until you see what I will be demoing. AND you WILL have to wait (tee hee). If I show it all to you now it will spoil the surprise for my next post. This time I hope you will not have to wait so long. I do come back from Minneapolis next Monday but then I leave for Calgary and “The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival” where I will be teaching loads of “new stuff” in my two classes and “more new” in our new “Technique Taster” class both in Edmonton and Calgary.  If you live in the Oshawa area I will be there in October for the Scrapfest.  Then over the Halloween weekend I will be in Comox on beautiful, Vancouver Island to teach “a whole bunch of classes” at a wonderful event hosted by Diane Baldwin at Scrapbook Central. Haroldine Wingfield and Deanna Pannell will be there sharing their original “burnished velvet” techniques combined with new ideas for tape and glitter, too. The creativity of these two gals is endlessly shiny.  Hopefully when I get back I can give you a taste of what is to come and what recently “went”. Until then, on your mark, get set, STAMP.

With smiles and probably way too many ink fumes,

Cathie.