Saturday, October 24, 2009

Spectacular Saturday!

This is a glimpse of what Ellie and I co-taught at our local stamp store's Extravaganza event. Each participant left with 4 projects which they completed at 4 separate tables. We called our project an Art Folio. Each student transformed a plain file folder using paint, stamps and ink.

I managed to get lots of pics of Ellie in action but it was impossible for me to get shots of myself. Here our students are applying clear embossing powder to an image that was stamped using acrylic paint! No time to wait with this due to the quick drying time of paint on paper.

Although each person used the same ink colors and technique, each folio had it's own personality. Some folios had a heavier application of color while others were lighter. Both styles looked great!

Smiles like Marjorie's are what you hope for at the end of the day. I love the touches of blue she dabbed in between her images. They became little islands. Click on the image to enlarge and see what I mean.

This was our first team of players. We had a total of 4 groups. Whew!

Look at Karen stamp away!

I like how Ellie is trying to make a point at the head of the table. And look at Gail apply ink onto her plain tag. The tags took on an ethereal appearance with the technique Ellie taught.

Here we are close to the end of the day. It was great team-teaching with Ellie. We'll be going another round in April '10! I can't even believe we're entering double digits! 2010?!

The above photos show a Spectacular Saturday from 2 weekends ago called "Extravaganza." It's held twice a year at Stampin' From the Heart in Los Angeles. Due to family illnesses and work overload I've been unable to keep up with my blogging. I refuse to shut down my little speck of the corner though and will post as often as I can.
Many thanks to those who left comments on my past two posts regarding my one year blog anniversary. Guess what? Each one of you who posted back then are winners in my giveaway!!! So BT, Bea, Jolene, Soul, Lisa, Marianne and Sherry will all be receiving a little piece of art and other little goodies. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Foggy Artventure

Meet my little foggy artventure. How'd you like to walk across this in the woods at night? I've been stuck in a little fog lately which kind of explains where I've been.

Oprah calls them "A-HA" moments. Christina calls it "Full Circle."
I thought too soon. Just when I thought I'd pretty much reached full circle, there was a break. How naive to think that I was there already. Oh well, I still like the poem. Read on.........
Full Circle
In the end we have to accept
what we are
and where we dwell,
a life of our own making.
There is no precise moment
when we realize this,
it just comes into us
pushing and ebbing
in our blood,
like a primal ocean
bathing our very center
a naked moment of acceptance.
Christina Trevino
Remember that give-away I was going to have for my blog anniversary? Well, now's your chance to get in. Just drop me a comment letting me know if you've come full circle. AND because it's taken me a while to update my blog, all those who left comments on my last post are also in the game. I've already placed your names in the drawing. I'll be drawing 5 names and I'll post them on Thursday! The give-aways will include art pieces I've worked on, ephemera bits, stamps and or paper. Don't just sit there staring at the monitor, go leave a comment!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Creepy and Fun Artventures

Don't be 'fraid. Come on out and help me celebrate my blog's first birthday in a couple days! I can't believe it either. Some of you have been with me since day one. Some of you followed me through other's blogs. Big THANK YOU for taking time to check in on me and dropping me comments throughout the year.

The days are shorter and finally it seems that the weather MAY be getting cooler as well. Another calendar page gets turned - PRESTO, it's October! What happened to September? Who cares! October celebrates Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year. AAAND, October celebrates my blog's first birthday! I can't believe it. It'll be "One" in a couple days. Stay tuned for a Stampmaiden giveaway!