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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 10

Last day and I'm caught up on samples except for the products I don't have. Six tags to do and 19 done.

The first technique of day 10 was supposed to use rock candy stickles, which I either don't have or can't find. I have some products packed up for my next two Captured Moments classes, and some products still at the store for my last class. I might have this bottle packed, but I might not have one. My mind just isn't what it used to me. Since a key purpose of this class is to try new things I made a modification. I used rock candy crackle paint and then added some picket fence stickles.

Love this one. The perfect pearls just shimmer over the distress inks. I'll definitely be using this one. And last but not least, this is a version of wrinkle free that has perfect pearls with the ink. You can't beat that.

Believe it or not, just as I was finishing this on line class I received an email that another I registered for was starting. What was I thinking??? This one is 28 sketches in 28 days. Yikes. But I'm sure I'll learn a lot.

OK, I'm caught up with my Captured Moments classes, my recipe club pages, my kit club kits, and I'm almost caught up with old card kits. Now I need to focus on my Michael's classes, my art journal for Artist Anonymous class, and I'm going to jump into the past kit club packets I bought from Leslie. I love it!

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 9

Day 9 brings only one technique and it's a common one. Perfect Distress Mist. Again, I just don't have enough mini misters to really have fun with this but it's a cheap thing to get more of. I have lot of Pearl Ex and Perfect Pearls. Ranger like to say that they have resins in their formula and at this point, so does Pearl Ex. But I have lots of the old fashioned Pearl Ex and I'm going to find some ways to use it up. Use up the old stuff to make room, either to breathe or for new stuff.

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 8

Dabbers, Sticky Back canvas and crackle paint, oh my. I love all things Claudine Helmuth. I took an on line class with her and took a class at Stampassion with her product and I've learned to love this stuff. So here is the paint dabber resist sample.

Then on to crackle paint. I've seen Tim say that if the crackle paint dries out add water. A couple of weeks ago when I found some on sale at Michael's, I pulled out the stash and checked them all, adding water to them. In the class, Tim said if you have one that's dried out, take a picture and send it to Ranger for a refund. I gave it one more college try to deal with the tattered rose bottle and while it wasn't great, it's good enough. The base of this is that tattered rose. It's a little lumpy but it's getting to be the right consistency and the end result is fine.

Finally, I cut some chip board leaves and used the rock candy crackle paint then colored them with distress ink and the blending tool. I love this and it's a great way to use scraps of chip board. I say a great post on Tim's blog (can't find it now) where he used chip board die cuts and I'm looking forward to making some samples. This was a great start. More to follow.....

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 7

Day 7 was fun! Three things I loved and I used things I've own and never used before. This nostalgic batik technique was so fun. I pulled out a craft iron I bought when Stampassion closed (for $3) and never used. After embossing with clear embossing powder I ironed the image with paper between under the iron and it lifted the embossing powder. So cool. I love this effect.

The rusted enamel technique is also fun but I wasn't thrilled with the sample. I wish I had spread the colors better but frankly I was getting tired so I used what I had. It shows the technique and I learned how to make it better. This makes a great background.

I only own three bottles of distress embossing powder and would you believe I have two bottles of walnut stain. Again, at least it's a color I can use a lot of. This product is so amazing. Once you emboss it you can rub away the resist crystals and you get a sandpaper finish. Love it.

A good day.

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 5 (and no Day 6)

Well for Day 5 I pulled out the Kraft Resist which I love and I definitely learned how to use it better than I have been. Tim shows the paper with distress stains which I don't own, yet, and particularly with picket fence stain.
Since I don't own any stains, I used the white paint dabbers to coat the kraft resist and then used distress inks on top. Not the greatest sample there ever was (I taped it down upside down) but I'm going to play with this wonderful paper more. I already have some cards make for Michael's classes with this paper and now I can make some improvements on them.

Day 6 is three techniques with distress markers. I'm not sure if I'll get a couple to try or use my regular dye base markers for the samples. Since I use Copics, I don't think I want to invest in Distress Markers as well but there is no denying that distress inks react to water wonderfully and the Copics definitely don't do that. Then again, I still have Marvy makers and Stampin' Up! markers so I'll play and see what develops.

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 4

On day four, I only got two of the three techniques done because somewhere in this studio is cut and dry felt, but do you think I can find it? The sad thing is I know I just moved it from the paper shelves to ....... somewhere. So I'll keep looking or buy more. Anyone else ever bought something they can't remember the location of? At least it's something I can use more of.

Anyway, I completed the Watercoloring with reinkers, an easy and fun technique, and Layered Misting. I see why Tim Holtz has so many misters. I only had four and my biggest frustration was limiting myself to those colors.

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 3

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 3 features one of my favorite technique-Alcohol Ink Agates. Why don't I think to use this one more often, it's so easy and always stunning. The only thing I don't like about this sample is that I don't like the clear stamps anywhere near as much as I like good old red rubber stamps. The Stampers Anonymous sets are pricy so I've tried getting the sets at Michael's and their competitors because I can get them on sale. But this class showed me that my favorites are still the original style of stamps. Uh oh.

Technique 2 is Archival Resist. As a Copic lover, I lean to Memento inks and don't have any Archival other than black and brown. Truthfully I don't have much more in the Memento so this was limited by the available colors. My favorite part is a small section in the upper right corner, hard to see, where I used Angel Pink Memento and it really showed the resist. Michael's has the Memento colors in sets so I'm putting the lighter colors on my wish list.

The final technique is one I'll definitely be using again because I combined stamping and embossing folders. I think I have a few of those, lol. Again, a great technique to show at Michael's since we sell TH embossing folders and distress inks.

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 2

Day 1 of Creative Chemistry was an introduction and so no samples of that day. Day 2 is Blended Distress/Spritz & Flick, Brushless Watercolor, and Wrinkle Free Distress techniques, all of which I've done before. It's nice to have a sample card with instructions because it's a great memory prompt when I'm searching for an idea to use on a card. This is particularly nice since I can use these products at Michael's when I do my Card Tricks class. Look for cards like this in the future.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Finished Scrapbook Pages

I've been on a mission to organize my photos and get some added to the many scrapbook pages I've created with no photos, both from Captured Moments Kit Club kits or page express pages or Michael's layouts. Thanks to Robin at CVS for helping scan tons of my old slides. It's been a trip down memory lane, no pun intended.

Shout out to Tara and Tiffany at Captured Moments that designed most of these pages. My own pages are noted.

The first page is a deconstructed page from Memory Lane that I redesigned with more color and patterned paper. Scrapbooking has changed so much since those original pages with lots of plain paper showing. My cute baby coloring eggs.

The second page was made with the items in a grab bag given to each participant at the December 2011 Captured Moments crop "attic treasures". Love the Kraft Resist paper from Tim Holtz. See Creative Chemistry 101. In any case, this sewing themed background and vintage look lent themselves to this vintage photo of my grandfather, who was a tailor, outside the shop he worked at. The other photo is my mom's family at their cousin Grace's wedding. My mom was an attendant in the wedding. Tiffany helped me design the original layout which was altered slightly when I added the photo.

Here are two page express layouts which I kicked up with matching embellishments and titles. Darcy was my first cat, when I was single. She was the best cat I ever had and lived to be almost 20.
Goldy was brought to our family by way of a bad date. This fellow's dog was going to a pound as part of the fallout from divorce. We agreed to take her until he found a place that let him have a dog. The fellow left, which turned out to be a great thing, and the dog stayed, another great thing. She was a so wonderful but I swear there is still dog hair in this house a few years after she died.
This is a Tiffany design with a favorite photo of the clan. This family shoot was a Christmas present for my parents and that was a great idea. The photos came out great and we're enjoying them years later.

More to follow. Lots of Creative Chemistry stuff to post first.

Creative Chemistry 101

Tim Holtz offered his first on line course called "Chemistry 101". This has been great because I can watch the videos whenever I want and I can refer to them as I try to make the samples. Some of my favorite projects over the years are these technique books which describe a technique and show the finished effect.

I have one with USArtquest products from Frankie Fioretti and one with Claudine Helmuth products taught by Melanie Phillips at Stampassion. This one will be hanging right next to them when I finish.

I already have lots of Tim Holtz products so many of the tags were made with supplies I already have. Of course all of Tim's tags, demos, postings, etc. make me want/need to get other things. In fact I'm convinced the purpose of the 12 tags of Christmas, now 12 tags of 2012, is to get me to buy more of his product. That said, I have most of my samples done and will be posting them here and on Tim's class gallery.

This has been fun and I had some seriously inky fingers.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

April Card Class at Captured Moments

For the April card class at Captured Moments, I decided to use all Magenta stamps. Magenta is one of my favorite companies from long ago. I've taken classes with Natalie at Stampassion and always stop at their booth when I'm at an expo. I have my stamps organized by genre except for my favorite companies and my Magenta stamps are mostly together. I have a section of stamps for backgrounds and I use a lot of Magenta stamps for that purpose.

I've purchased Magenta papers in 8 1/2 x 11 and 12x2 sized and I'm accumulated lots of their stickers. Like most crafting hoarders I don't want to part with them because I probably can't get them again. My new philosophy is to use them and enjoy them. There's always something new coming along I'll want as well.

The first card uses a stamp I picked at Stampassion and I fashioned this card after a sample I saw there. The bottom is a pretty pink textured patterned paper by SEI that I picked up at the sale rack at Michael's. The paper ribbon is silver metallic Stampin' Up! paper punched with a Martha Stewarts punch. The layers are old Stampin' Up! mellow moss and lovely lilac papers (yes I'm using them up). The base card is a gold metallic Recollections card from Michael's. Stamped in black versafine ink and colored with Prismacolor pencils.

The second card features a stamp I picked up at the Springfield show last year. Because the one flower is the solid color of ink I always envisioned it with black and red. I used Memento ink because I planned to color with Copics. I used a bright orange/red and then a deep red and outlined with a cool gray. The main image is edges with silver photo corners then layered on black, silver metallic, and mounted to a deep red Recollections card.

The third time is all about blues. I love a monochromatic card. The base card is blue which is has blue Smooch spritzed. Two different Magenta papers are layered on black. The stamped image is one I bought at the Syracuse show last summer stamped with blue Mememto ink on a light blue paper, also layered on black. There's some blue and grey Copic coloring here, but minimally. I think the image is beautiful in a simple format. I used a bird sticker (black) that I also picked up at the Springfield show. This card is a version of a card I saw on Splitcoaststampers so props to this designer.

This is my favorite of the four. I loved this stamp when I saw it and bought it in Springfield. Then I realized it had French writing which I couldn't understand. When I went to the Syracuse show I asked Natalie's husband what the stamp said and he told me it was only bird chatter. So if I've sent an unpleasant message, forgive me. This is all one stamp which I stamped twice on cream paper with versafine sepia ink. I colored the frame on both copies, then cut out the frame of one and mounted it on the other. I finished coloring the whole image on the bottom layer then cut out the leaves with an craft knife. There is a Magenta paper behind the open images and then it's mounted on another Magenta paper. More layers and some bling in the flower centers.

The class is $12 for four cards. You can register for the class by calling Captured Moments at (518) 356-7985 or email them at . You can also email me at

March Sketched Out pages for Michael's

Here are two double page layouts for March's Sketched Out class. They feature two different SEI kits, both of which are so pretty. The first all about cats and since we just lost a cat, it seemed perfect. This will have photos of Lucky.

This kit is called Poppy and the papers are so rich the photos can't do it justice. They have a foil component that shimmers and they are just beautiful. I haven't picked which pictures I'll use but I'm reorganizing my pictures so anything's possible.

Sign up for class at Michael's in Latham. $25 for two hours and a both spread are completed. The only supplies you need are adhesives.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

March card class at Captured Moments

I'm so excited to be getting ready for my first month's card class at Captured Moments this Saturday. I had so many cards I wanted to make that I decided to do four cards from one company. Of course I chose DeNami for my first month. I've got me some DeNami stamps to use!

So here they are:
This card uses pink and brown colors, a favorite combo of mine. It's a card I saw at the DeNami booth last August when they were here for hurricane week. Mimi is a DeNami diva and she's enjoying a box of chocolates. This uses two different spellbinders die sets, Copic markers, a pearl pen, and some buttons. There are lots of options for a chocolate phrase inside. I have a LOT of chocolate phrase stamps.

What I love as much as pink and brown? Blue and brown. This is a simple card colored with Copics, with some ribbon and a button added. This has a phrase for 'snips and snails and puppy dog tails' but it could say congratulations or welcome. Love the patterned paper.
Next up: purple and green. The photo doesn't show it well but there is gold smooch on the leaves. You can see the purple smooch outlined on the flower. I love these stamps from last year's summer release.

Last but not least, party time. I resisted this set a long time but when I got the 'let's do lunch' and 'girls night out' sets I knew I needed a drink (or three). Again, simple stamping and coloring with Copics and then topped with rock candy stickles.

The class is $12 for four cards and includes envelopes. If you can't make it to class you can get a kit of precut, prepunched, prestamped pieces to color and assemble yourself. To register, call Captured Moments at (518) 356-7985 or email me at