It's almost the end of the year and I'm feeling very relective. After some turn of events this weekend, I felt that it was important for me to share with you the reasons why I teach classes.

-My educational background is in art education. It's something that I have wanted to do for almost 20 years.
-I had an amazing opportunity during the 10 years my family owned a retail store where I was able to learn techniques and understand the development of thousands of art materials. I made many friends who generously shared their knowledge with me and now I enjoy sharing that knowledge with my students.
-I am a nurturer and love to share by nature.
-I genuinely LOVE to see the artistic side of my students develop and grow. So often we don't allow ourselves to open our minds and try new things. It takes brave people to do this and I feel very blessed to connect with people who are ready to start their creative journey.
-Teaching classes is how I make a living. I am not a wealthy house wife who does this for fun. It's my job and I take it serious. By taking my classes you get an art education and you also support my family. I very much appreciate that you spend your hard earned money taking my classes. I honor and respect all of you.

I don't teach because it's a popularity contest or that I'm trying to say that I am some kind of expert. I don't own the right to teach any particular technique or series. I fully realize that I don't teach like most other instructors. I feel that it's important to give you creative freedom to make your projects your own. Anyone can copy, a true artist learns best by copying and then goes on to develop their own style.

For those of you who continue to take my classes and enjoy my teaching style, I want to say THANK YOU. Thank you for allowing me to do what I love, thank you for being open minded, and thank you for being brave in your creative journey. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and may you be blessed in all aspects of your life. I hope to see you again next year.

By the way, I am looking for testimonials from my students on my classes. If you want to write one for me, shoot me a message.
I was just scrolling through my last posts and realized that I have sold all of the pieces I took pictures of! I had a GREAT time at the Peace Market. Thanks to those of you who came down to shop.

This Friday I am teaching "Fridays with Carrie" at Stamp Antonio. We will be making an Advent Calendar. Class is from 10:30-12:30. Call 210-764-7900 to register.

Saturday I have Soldered Ornaments at Stamp Antonio. Class is from 2:00-5:00. Give them a call to register. This class is for folks who have soldering experience. Forget the glass, we are soldering mica. Fun and a little more challenging than glass but well worth it. Come and see for yourself!

Sunday I have Totally Tim Tags at Scrapbook 911. There are two classes, one from 10:30-1:30 and another from 2:00-5:00. Call 210-492-1984 to register.

Art Journal Club

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

I really love Art Journal Club class. The folks who have been taking this class have been making the most gorgeous art! I'll have to ask them to send me pictures, because it's really incredible. Art Journal Club meets every 3rd Saturday of the month at Stamp Antonio. This is a technique based class that focuses on a particular medium or technique. This month we are learning resist techniques will creating a 6"x6" collage. Each students art will vary depending on how they want to personalize the piece.

photos of upcoming classes

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For class days & times scroll down to the next post
Friday with Carrie - Charm Bracelet

Christmas Altoid Tin with Mini Accordion Book

November Classes

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

See what happens when you go on vacation? You get behind on EVERYTHING! It was still worth it ;)

November Classes:
  • Fridays With Carrie- Charm Bracelet Friday November 12 from 10:30am-12:30pm at Stamp Antonio
  • Advanced Dreamweavers Brass Stencil Techniques Saturday November 13 from 10:30am-12:30pm at Stamp Antonio
  • Christmas Altoid Tin with Mini Accordion Book Saturday November 13 from 2:30-5:30pm at Scrapbook 911
  • Totally Tim Studio Day Sunday November 14 from 10:00am-4:00pm at Scrapbook 911
  • Art Journal Club- Resists Saturday November 20 from 10:30am-1:30pm at Stamp Antonio
  • Bookbinding Saturdays- Beaded Spine Book Saturday November 20 from 2:00-5:00pm at Stamp Antonio
  • Totally Tim Tags Sunday November 21 TWO SESSIONS 10:30am-1:30pm and 2:00-4:00pm at Scrapbook911

I will also be VENDING at the annual Peace Market at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center November 26 & 27. That's the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Buy local and handmade this holiday season. Support local artists not big corporations! I really love this event, hope to see you there!

Coming this weekend...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hey there!

I'm on a much needed vacation, taking a moment to let you know what's happening this weekend as I forgot to take some pictures before I left. Hope everyone is having a great week, hope to see you this weekend...

It's the 3rd Saturday of the month, do you know what that means? It means I teach back to back classes at Stamp Antonio. In the morning we have Art Journal Club. Even though I forgot to take pictures, you won't want to miss this month! We will be working on image transfer. We will create our usual 6"x6" collage board, while exploring two transfer techniques (including one on canvas!). Feel free to bring your own color copies of your own images to use in class. Of course as always I will provide some for you to use.

In the afternoon, we have Books Arts Saturday. This month we will be doing a Stab Binding. You will be able to totally customize this book with the paper of your choice. I used some Halloween scrapbook paper for my sample. The stitch is super easy, and depending on time, we will cover several variations. Bring a ribbon needle, scissors, ruler, paper trimmer, pencil, a hole punching tool (Crop-a-Dile, Japanese screw punch, or Home Pro Tool) if you have one.

What's coming up

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Hey there!

This friday, I have "Fridays with Carrie" at Stamp Antonio. We will be doing a "Wicked Collage" using Tim Holtz products. I got the inspiration from Tim's Curio Cabinets that will be out sometime in the next month. You know, I am not the most patient person so I couldn't wait and made my own faux cabinet of sorts. I have to say that I REALLY LOVE this project. It turned out great and I hope you will be able to join us in class. I am making kits for those who can't make a weekday class.

Saturday morning I have a Holiday Grunge Book class at Scrapbook 911. I really love this book too. I thought the binding I came up with is quiet clever. I easily adapted this project into a brag book for my dad for father's day. He still carries it around to show off the grand babies. I keep forgetting to take a picture of this project. I'll try to do it this afternoon.

After class Saturday, the family and I are off for a little R & R. We haven't taken a trip since Lillie was 5 months old, so I think it's about time! Thanks to each and every one of you who continue to take my classes. You allow me to do what I love for a living and you encourage me creatively to continue to come up with new projects for us to do. Although I don't have a lot of time to respond, I do appreciate your feedback and comments. Drop me a note and say "hello"!

Totally Tim Tags - October

Friday, October 1, 2010

Totally Tim Tags at Scrapbook 911 this Sunday October 2nd. Two sessions- 10:30-1:30 and 2:00-5:00pm. This is the class I co-teach with Jennie. We both do one tag a month. Supply list can be found here. This month we are featuring Sticky Back Canvas from Claudine Hellmuth. I have two different technqiues to show you. Can't wait, see you Sunday!

Fridays with Carrie

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday's with Carrie for the month of October will be a "Wicked Collage". Class will be at Stamp Antonio, Friday October 8th from 10:30am-12:30pm.

New Workshop Series!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I am starting two new monthly workshops. Both will fall on the 3rd Saturday of the month (which happens to be THIS Saturday) at Stamp Antonio. I am very excited about both series, thanks to Rebecca Cohen for pushing me to do them.

First up is
Art Journal Club (AJC)-
You don't need to be an artist to enjoy this series of workshops! Collage is unlike any other artistic medium because you don't have to start from scratch, you borrow materials to make your art. Join Carrie as we play with different techniques and mediums on a journey to help you find your creative voice. Each month we will focus on a technique and a theme. You will be given a handout to spur ideas, give suggestions, and prompt spontaneous creativity. We will be creating collage "pages" that can be added to an "art journal" as a way to keep your pages organized. During our first club meeting in September, we will be creating covers for our pages and focusing on the basic elements of collage. Pages will be 6"x6". Although we always love to have you join us, students are not required to attend each month, sign up for one or all of these classes! Please bring a basic tool kit of scissors, adhesive, and always feel free to bring collage imagery (photos, clippings from a magazine...) to work with.

Next is
Book Arts Saturdays (BAS)-
Join us for a different project the third Saturday of every month. Projects will all focus primarily on the binding, and not so much on decorative embellishments and design. Class size will be limited due to the nature of these workshops. Supply list for this series: bone folder, bookbinding or embroidery needles, heavy duty awl, scissors, pencil, ruler, and PATIENCE!

Hope to see you there!

new website

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Welcome to the new website! I have changed over to this blog format. I hope you find it inspiring and easy to navigate. Drop me a line, say "hello", and let me know what you think. I am still adding classes and gallery images so keep checking back.

another re-do

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I was going to write about how I really want to keep this blog going, and how it's been forever since I posted, but honestly I'm kind of sick of it. No apologies, as Yoda says "there is no try, only do or do not". I don't have any time to be creative anymore, but somehow manage to squeeze in a few late night hours every so often. I wish I could do more, but I know that my kids are little for such a very short amount of time and before I know it my house will be quiet once again and I'll have plenty of time on my hands. Until then, bear with me.

These days I work at a scrapbook store, I still teach classes, I make scrapbook page layout kits, I do a few arts & craft shows, and I'm always looking for design work. I hope to post some of my latest things I've been working on. I can't seem to have my camera around and/or the time to blog. It'll happen though, I feel it.
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