Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Here is my upcoming class schedule:

 Saturday January 19 - All About Watercolor Markers at Stamp Antonio 10:30-12:30
I am starting a new series at Stamp Antonio called "All About...".  In this new series I will present a different topic each month and make projects that explore the different uses and techniques within that topic.  This month we will start with watercolor markers.  I will show you several unique ways to use markers with your stamped projects.  

Saturday January 19 - Bookbinding: Mixed Media Album at Stamp Antonio 2:00-5:00
In this workshop we will create custom covers and bind a mixed media style book using a variety of pages: canvas, tags, paper and acetate, while exploring the different media that can be used to alter and adorn these types of pages.  Approximate size 7.5" x 9.75".

Saturday January 26 - Bookbinding: Sewing Over Tapes at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard 
I have been invited to teach at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard.  They bring in a guest artist every month, and I'm thrilled to be going this month.  The project I chose is one of my favorite books.  
Learn the art of making books. In this workshop, you will create custom covers and learn how to sew paper pages together to create a unique, one of a kind handmade book.  This class is great for both beginners and seasoned paper artists.

Saturday February 2 - Terrific Tags with Paper Wings Productions at Scrapbooks N More in New Braunfels 2:00 - 4:00
Sunday February 3 - Terrific Tags with Paper Wings Productions at Stamp Salado 2:00 - 4:00
I will be on the road with Paper Wings Productions.  I am offering a Terrific Tags workshop in New Braunfels and Salado.  In this workshop, we will be creating 10 unique tags.  Learn how to create vibrant, colorful backgrounds that make creating gorgeous collage style stamping a breeze.  We will cover several great techniques including image transfer on sticky back canvas, using white to highlight one dimension stamping, stamping over gesso, and so much more!  We hope you will join us for this fun, fast paced workshop, chock-full of techniques.

More soon!

Happy New Year

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hello blog friends!

Happy New Year!  I have enjoyed some much needed time off and during that time off my mind was racing with all kinds of ideas for the new year.  I will have my upcoming classes posted soon, so I hope you will check back.  

Today I am participating in my first ever blog hop with my design team for my company Paper Wings Productions.  To celebrate our new design team, we are all creating projects with a "friendship" theme.  You can win a $25 store credit at Paper Wings Productions, all you have to do is visit all of the links in the blog hop.  Leave a comment at each site and then head over to the Aviary, Paper Wings Productions' blog and let us know you completed the hop.  You can win extra chance to win by liking our Facebook page and sharing the hop with your friends.  

My project starts with a book page.  I have TONS of book pages as I upcycle a lot of Reader's Digest Books and create new books and albums.  This almost always means that I remove all of the pages from the book.  I'm always looking for ways to use up the pages.  I started off with applying a layer of gesso over the book page.  I do this technique often, as you can see in my layout in the current Stamper's Sampler.  

After the gesso dried, I stamped the picture frame from the Snapshot Framer set with black Versafine ink.  I took a light blue marker and went around the inside and the outside of the frame.  Then I stamped "sending you" from the Winter Mix It Up set in the frame and the "love" from the Snapshot Framer set at the bottom.

I inked a chipboard heart with embossing ink and embossed with Holly Berry Red Gold Embossing Powder.  Next, I stamped the dragonfly wings from the Mini Wings Set on a book page and cut out.  I layered the book page on top of decorative paper and then onto a kraft colored card.  I stamped one of the borders on the Snapshot Framer set around the edge of the card.  

I hope you are enjoying the hop.  Be sure to visit all the sites and leave a comment to be eligible for the prize!

Amber Rasmussen -
Carrie Avery YOU ARE HERE
Norma Gomez - GO HERE NEXT
Shay -
Dana Tatar -

Once you've visited all the sites, be sure and visit

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