Linda, my friend and co-worker gave me this beautiful Christmas Cactus for my b-day late last fall. Much to my surprise it is crazy with beautiful blooms - in late February! I haven't a clue as to whether this is normal or not - anyone know anything about Christmas Cactuses? -
Yesterday I took three classes (matchbox, portfolio and altered book) from Janelle Smith of Seven Gypsies. The classes were at Treasured Memories and More in Sparks - thanks Debbie and Sharon for bring Janelle to Reno. What a wonderful day! My only regret is that I had to leave early because I was worried about getting home in a snowstorm (prudent of me, since I passed by a car that had flipped over) ...I wish I could have stayed longer and worked on my altered book and of course, shopped!
Anyhow, I was so inspired that today I worked on three Round Robin Art Journals that have stacked up at my house over the past week.I have NEVER worked in an art journal before - so Yikes! The journals are for a group I'm in of art girls in California, so the theme was the Bay area. We took Rosie to Dillion Beach this past fall on her annual beach vacation, so that was the subject of my art journal(s)....
There will be seven journals to work in total - so four more to go. I understand some Round Robins specify a size, but I think each one in our group will be different. One of the participants wanted each journaler a place where she could write a few words when the book comes back to her...so thus the "note" space in the first photo.
I'll be doing one last CHA post this week and picking the winner of the Making Memories stash...
This chipboard stickers from Basic Grey are part of their new Sugared collection. Look out for Flamingos- Glitz had some lovely pink flamingos on black paper...
I'm a BIG fan of purple - here's Doodlebug's purple collection. There are some very cool flocked, glittered and embossed papers to match, but they didn't photograph well.
Here's a very cute card found in the Doodlebug booth
My favorite paper at CHA - Elsie's new puppy paper with Elsie herself striking a pose. I swear when I asked to take her photo in front of this awesome new must-have collection, she wound her self up and viola - the always cute and smiling Elsie! I will be doing a class with this new paper - watch for it!
Another one for Amy - Hambly's new rub-ons - note the COLORS
Here's the new whiz-bang tool from Making Memories - it's called The Slice. It's coming out this spring/summer and will retail around $149.00. It is a die cutter for paper that's pretty cool because you place it on top of your paper, select the diecut, apply a slight amount of pressure, press the button and you have your diecut letter or object. The fonts and objects come on SD cards - very easy to loose - LOL! But I think I like it because it's small and doesn't involve my computer having to talk to anything....
Here's Quickutz new 12" plate for the Revolution. And they've got 12" dies too, including the very trendy vine die.
I was too late to sign up for Tim's (as in Divo Tim Holtz) class but one of his students was nice enough to share the project with me. The first picture is the mirror and frame from IKEA which served as the base. The second photo is the finished project. how cool is that!
And here's a photo of one of the ArtGirlz - she wins the award for best outfit at CHA!
Well, that's it for tonight. Packing for yet another trip - three different cities in 10 days, not my usual style. I use to travel for work quite a bit and made a conscientious effort to stop. This week has reminded me of those days - paying bills and watering plants on the run and missing your own pillow.
I'll be posting a final set of CHA photos this coming Tuesday or Wednesday - thanks for looking and don't forget to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for the Making Memories gift! My nephew, away at college, will select the winner!
I was at CHA for two days, took four classes and walked a million miles. Over the next three days or so I'll be sharing my photos and thoughts with you and you'll get a chance to win some Making Memories goodies direct from CHA when you leave a comment. So let's get started with photos of odds and ends that I thought were cool and groovy... beginning with birds...I love birds and this paper from Tinkering Ink is a must have!
Then this bird chipboard by Scenic Route...
Then this layout in Melissa Francis' booth. Her new Thankful line is soooo beautiful. I'm not normally a fan of girly-girl stuff but I love her paper! Melissa was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and is undergoing treatment. One of the names of the paper in the Thankful line is called Overwhelmed - because that is how she has felt at times during her chemo treatments.
Now for some artsy pics...here's a photo of artist Sherril Kahn, using Jacquard Neopaque paint mixed with Herbal Essences hair gel (see bottle on left side of photo) for extra body on her collage. Sherril's husband was there and told me any hair gel from the dollar store would do! They live near Napa so I'm going to see if she has any classes scheduled.
I love this Simply Swank soldering kit - it makes the most beautiful charms. Everything's included - have any of you ever made these charms or had soldering experience? They make it look so easy! I'd love to take a class by Sally Alexander some day - I do believe she is the soldering queen.
Here's a couple of photos of Kathy Murillo and her new Crafty Chica line distributed by Duncan. Duncan is also distributing a collection of collage papers and collage glue by Traci Bautista. One of the glues has glitter in it and was all the talk.
Here's a photo of a mirror I made at a Luminere sponsored Make and Take - a 30-plus minute Make and Take! It was great fun. - we used lumina air drying polymer clay and Luminere products which are rich in pigment. A picture of the finished frame and more about how it was made in an upcoming post.
7gypsies never fails to please and these new clear stamps are to die for. I also liked their new paper lines, St. Augustine, Hudson Valley and Nottinghill. I'm also including a photo of one side of their booth, so you can see how the vendors set-up at the CHA.
And last but not least for tonight, a photo of Maya Road's chipboard keychains. I'm posting these for Amy because she is absolutely in love with the mini version of this chipboard! Tune back in tomorrow - I'll be posting more photos, including a new Elsie release that I must have NOW!
Wait - one more thing - Quickutz cool new font called Mary Jane. Quickutz also release a new "accessory" for the Revolution and when you see it you won't be able to live without it - more about that tomorrow...
CHA was great! I got to spend a lot of time at new booths since Silvia and Esteban had the big players covered.
I'll be posting a full report soon, but just thought I'd give you a little glimpse - this photo shows art girlz stamps and ...geez... I don't know what they're called....Artgirlz' cute little metal arms and legs... attached with brads...so easy and fun! More tonight on the "little" guys at CHA.
Thank you Deena, Patty and Nancy (L to R) for taking the Valentines Day Book class....it is so gratifying to see you all standing there at the end of a 2-1/2 hour weeknight class, with a finished project and a big smile on your face! The books look beautiful - great job and thanks for your patience with the gold paint. I guess the moral of the story is when in doubt, paint everything -LOL!
This is the layout I made using Concroption's February kit, which features My Mind's Eye Bohemia line. I love the pink and brown paper. Bocce is my senior kitty with serious heart disease and kidney challenges. She gets sub-q fluids each day plus her meds. I've been snapping lots of pics of her with my new camera because, as her vet reminds me on our biweekly visits, everyday with her is a gift. The rhinestones are Hero Arts and the flowers are Prima. The journaling card, which I modified with the heart, is Jenni Bowlin and is also included in the February kit. The letters are by Creative Imagination but hard telling what year - they were in my stash. My New Year's resolution is to use something from my stash in every project! I also have a 12 x 12 box that I put paper, etc. in that I know I'm never going to use .... when the box is full I donate to the Foster Kid's Scrapbook Project here - does anyone else have any suggestions for organizations in need of scrapping materials?