Friday, June 27, 2008

Linda's Card Class 062108

Wow, it was so much fun and so many techniques to take this class. Linda designs the best cards and has them for all skill levels. I invited a group of friends so we had a nice day. See the slideshow for the cards that we made.

062108 Card Class

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


These are make and takes from The Beaded Stamper. I am showing both sides of the items. Left to right are two moo cards, a piece made on a mouse trap (Yes, it was new!) and a slide mailer. The next row is a CD book and a fan. It was great fun to be there and enjoy everyone's company. There was much sharing and I was the happy winner of a DVD by Judy Belcher. I also won an assortment of goodies.

Lampwork beads

Are you willing to play with fire? I used a torch and made these beads in a class taught by Cliff Curtis. I wasn't expecting him as that wasn't the instructor I signed up with but he was very knowledgable and fun. Gayle was his assistant. I've known Cliff and his wife for years.

Charm bracelet

When we went to the castle there was a charm swap and here is a photo of the bracelet from that swap.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mark and the goose

Our goose follows my husband all over the property. It tries to get ahead of Mark and lead the way whenever possible. If he enters a vehicle, the goose walks next to the vehicle. Wherever he is in the house, the goose is outside that area of the house! My filming is amateur so I hope you enjoy the video clip!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Castle hosted a fun day for us. We arrived on Sunday at 12:30 pm on Oakland University's campus and followed the signs to Meadow Brook Hall. This was originally the home of the Dodge family. There are over 110 rooms in the place! Anyhow, we had a tour and then were served wine and other gourmet treats. Awaiting each of us at our tables were an array of goodies in our bags from various vendors. What FUN! We each began making our project using items supplied. It was fun to meet so many other ladies. Here is a group photo of most of us and a photo of what I made.

June Weekend at Puff's

On Friday, June 6, Sherry, Linda & I went to Puff's. Sherry had a detour due to a barn that was in the road. Apparently, there was a tornado! Anyhow, we had a bit of rain but made the three hour trek. We arrived at 10 pm and stayed up chatting and sharing new treasures with each other until midnight. In the morning we went to Pat Catan's (a store that has many crafting products) for about an hour...ran into another lady that was going to meet us at Puff's and then to Kroger for Sherry to get her angel food cakes.

We did a round robin with our tags. We painted them ourselves and then passed one to each person. We decorated both sides.

Puff also had her latest purchases from our last excursion on the couch so I took a photo of that.

Cynthia made a really cool theater.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Weekend of June 7 & 8, 2007

I'm headed to Puff's house in Sandusky, OH to art with friends. I drive there on Friday night and stay over so I'll not miss a thing on Saturday. We will be doing a round robin with tags so it should be fun! I can't wait to see what I end up with.

On Sunday we are trekking off to Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI to The Castle. I can't wait to post what we'll make there!!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Weekend with Claudine Hellmuth

Spent May 23 -25, 2008 with Claudine Hellmuth at Art in the Loft in Alpena, Michigan. The workshop space was fabulous! They provided a light breakfast each morning and coordinated ordering lunch for us each day. Lots of lighting and three people were there to assist us with anything we might need. Claudine Hellmuth taught us many collage techniques. The first day we mixed our own paint colors and used paint chips as our guide for the color. Then we did a round robin tag swap and had to match the color of the tags we were given. It was fun!

This is a peeled paint collage. My friend, Rianne Smarius, from The Netherlands said if they plan to drink, they ride their bikes as a ticket is so expensive. I made this collage in her honor.

On Saturday we worked on making backgrounds with the peeled paint, peeling paper, and textured paint. We also learned about composition and learned to do transfers with gel
medium, Magic Cover contact paper from Target.

This is an example of peeling paper. I glued the image with gel medium and then used masking tape to peel off certain areas.

On the right is textured paint. It's not showing up well in the photo but it is in the lower right corner.

On Sunday Claudine did a beeswax demo. She showed how to do a transfer on beeswax. I bought her new DVD and feel it was worth every cent! It has so many ideas and I have been doing beeswax for awhile myself and still learned quite a bit. She also showed us how to make poppets. My roommate, Puff, and I went back to our room and made quite a few of them.