Give the gift of classes!

Monday, December 7, 2015

I know this time of year is busy.  You are running around shopping for everyone on your list...but what's on your list?  Here's a way to get some of your holiday shopping done while at the same time get a chance to win something for yourself!  Craftsy has now made it possible for you to give a class as a gift!  If you haven't looked through the Craftsy classes before, they have everything from cooking, painting, photography, and of course PAPER ARTS!  You can even give my class "40 Techniques Every Stamper Should Know" as a gift or put it in on your wish list!

Need more reasons to take or gift a class?  Here are just a few...
  • Show off new skills after just a few hours.
  • Learn in the comfort of your favorite chair and your favorite sweatpants.
  • Enjoy online learning that fits your schedule.
  • Easily overcome "uh-oh" moments by rewatching any part of your class anytime.
  • Watch anytime, anywhere, forever.
  • Watch whenever you need inspiration or want to enjoy a few minutes of fun. Go as slow or as fast as you want and take as long as you want.
  • Ask your instructor questions to get the personalized attention your projects deserve.
Click HERE to purchase a gift card for your loved one today and be entered to win another class of your choice!   Chance to win ends 12/12/2015 so don't wait!  

Craftsy Black Friday

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Craftsy has a great Black Friday sale happening.  

Go check it out by clicking HERE

Maker Faire

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I will be a part of the Mini Maker Faire on Saturday October 18 from 11-4 at the main library, downtown San Antonio.  If you are in the area, I hope you can drop by and say hello!


Thursday, October 1, 2015

You know they say that the only constant in life is change.  I have some (good) changes to share with you today.  I feel lucky to have been a part of the Roadhouse Arts crew for the past year.  The ladies behind the scenes are all amazing and talented, I have loved being an instructor in their space.  At this time, they have decided to make separate studios in the same area.  You can read all about the news here.

Starting in January I will be a resident instructor at The Makery (where Roadhouse is currently located).  Francesca has been working hard at getting the new website and workshop listings ready.  I hope you will hop over and check it out.  I will now be reunited in teaching with my sister, Laura Dehart.  This hasn't happened since our days at Stamp Antonio.  I know many of you will remember her and know how excited I am about it.  All of the instructors at The Makery are top-notch.  I hope you will come and spend the day taking some workshops with us.  Francesca's vision includes creating a community of like minded artsy souls and we want you to be a part of it.  Bulverde is just a short trip up the road from me here in San Antonio.  It actually takes me less time to get there than to the other side of San Antonio.  Make the drive, you'll be glad you did.

Here are some samples of the new workshops I have coming up at the Makery next year...

The Makery is already taking registrations for these workshops.  You may sign up anytime online. 

Thanks for checking in with me and letting me share my news.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

Good day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Great news!  Craftsy extended their awesome sale!  Get some coffee, stay in your pajamas and take a class!

and have a GREAT day!!

Who doesn't love a SALE??

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Awesome news folks!

Craftsy is have a big, GIANT sale this weekend!  
If you've wanted to try my online stamping class but haven't signed up, now would be a great time!'s not just my class that's on sale, it's ALL of the Craftsy classes!!

Can I just admit to you all that since working with Craftsy I have totally binge watched a TON of videos!  I'm in LOVE!  I still have a long wish list of others I want to do too.  I think you should join me this holiday weekend, in our jammies, and learn something new.  

What's the last video I watched?  It was this one...

Have you seen any of the classes yet?  Drop me a line, let me know what you think!

Pausing for reflection...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Wow, summer sure did fly by!  I know I can't be the only one who is thinking "how is it already September?".  Summers have a way of passing by in a blink, but for me this summer was particularly fast paced.  Even though the kids started school a week ago, and my own classes started up yesterday I am finding the desire to take a moment and look back.

June was spent getting ready for Craftsy.  My producer, editor and I laughed many times at how many times "Carrie's homework" came up on the script.  It was a massive amount of work, but of course well worth it!  Look at the stack of cards that are featured on the video...

That doesn't even include the awesome samples that were shown of my good friends Norma Gomez and Dana Tatar!  Needless to say, "40 Techniques Every Stamper Should Know" is jam packed with techniques galore!  I really love sharing ideas and techniques and the video really shows that!  I found it really hard to narrow down which techniques we were going to feature.  I could easily do 40 more techniques!  

When I wasn't preparing for Craftsy, I was getting ready for DISNEYWORLD!  We took a trip with my family (my parents along with my sister's family) to Florida.  Disney is already magical all by itself, but to do it with together was even more special.  My folks have talked about doing this since the kids were born and we finally made it happen.

When we got back from Disney it was crunch time for Craftsy.  I had to prepare the step outs, talk through the script, figure out timing, and other details that are important for making a great video.  Then it was GO time!  Craftsy is based out of Denver, CO  which I LOVED!  I was there during my birthday which made it even more fun.  Here are some behind the scene pictures from my adventure...

It was such a cool experience!  Then I came back home to the real world (one without drivers and really yummy meals that I didn't have to prepare) and realized that there were only a few weeks of summer left.  I crammed those weeks full of trips to several rivers, the beach, amusement parks, and playdates with friends.

Thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane.  I hope your summer was filled with happy memories too!  Bring on fall (and the cooler weather!)!

New online video!

Monday, August 24, 2015

I am so excited to finally share with you some news that I have been keeping secret!  I made a video for Craftsy over the summer and it finally launched TODAY!  The video is "40 Techniques Every Stamper Should Know" and covers a multitude of techniques I have learned in my almost 20 years of stamping.  

In my class, you'll discover innovative, artistic ways to enhance your stamping skills no matter your experience! You'll learn the best methods for using stamps and inks, coloring with a variety of media, and stretching your stamps with masking and partial stamping. Then, create trendy textured backgrounds with effects such as chalkboard, foiling and watercolor.

I'll begin by showing you tips on how to get clear, beautiful stamp impressions every time. Then, you'll learn a unique shadow technique to create charming, dimensional designs.
Next, you'll discover tricks for stretching your stamps and making diverse, delightful backgrounds. I'll show you how to "kiss" multiple stamps for a wide variety of playful patterns. Then, you'll put your masking techniques to use to make stunning scenes simple!

Leave a trail of pretty paper projects! You'll see how stamps can transform textured and colored paper and how to add amazing accents with vellum and book paper. I'll also show you how patterned paper can create incredible color effects with your stamps – without using markers or pens.

Now that your paper is perfection, you'll learn how to make extraordinary designs with different types of ink. I'll help you create images that pop off the page using pigmented, glue and solvent inks and a vibrant alcohol–resist technique. Soon you'll be able to add trendy, wow–worthy effects like watercolor, chalkboard, foil and so much more!
To increase the vibrancy of your stamp designs, I'll teach you how colored pencils can add bold, dynamic depth to your paper creations. For a softer, dreamy watercolor effect, you'll learn a trick with markers. Then, use gel pigment sticks to unlock new possibilities for projects with eye–catching dimension and radiant color.

Next, we'll turn up the heat with simple tricks for stunning effects. I'll help you use a supply in your kitchen to add a vintage effect to your stamped impressions, and even achieve a "sealing wax" effect with embossing powder. Plus, you'll discover how to transform velvet with a burning technique using your favorite red rubber stamps.

Lastly, I'll help inspire your inner paper artist by showing examples that combine all of the techniques into fabulous card projects. Then, you'll learn to embellish with my favorite fun and elegant appliqués for perfect finishing touches that are truly your own!
Join me in 40 Techniques Every Stamper Should Know and expand your stamping skills for innovative, impressive designs you can incorporate into all your future projects.

I can't wait help you make amazing stamping projects and expand your creative possibilities. See you in class!

Catching up and checking in...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hi friends,

I can't believe it's been so long since I posted!  As they say, time flies!

I wrapped up another semester with all A's, earning a spot on the Dean's List.  I'm proud of all my efforts.  This semester I finally hit a place where I have moved beyond thinking "why the hell am I doing this to myself" and feeling really glad that I went back to school.  By this time next year I will be all finished (finally!!!).  Besides course work, I work for the head of the Art Department and have had some really cool experiences and opportunities this past semester.  This summer I have even worked on setting up our new silkscreen studio for the fall.  I already know that the fall and spring will be nothing short of incredible.  Oh and I'm now the Vice President of our Art Honor Society.  What was I thinking?  Did I forget I have a life outside of school?

I have some upcoming classes at Roadhouse Arts.  Hope you will come and take some classes with me!  Sign up on their website:

The Fabulous Fabric Book!

Carrie Avery - Mixed Media Workshops at Roadhouse ArtsIn this workshop we will explore mixed media techniques on fabric.  NO SEWING REQUIRED!  We will dye, paint, collage, and apply image transfer techniques on fabric while creating a canvas book.  The book will be sewn using a simple stitch that can be used on a wide variety of bookbinding projects.  Come prepared to get messy and have fun!  All techniques can be adapted to the students own personal color palette to ensure that the project will reflect each student’s own style and preferences.
It is recommended that students bring an apron and wear clothing appropriate for painting and mixed media work.  All other materials will be provided.
1 session 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
Dates: Friday 7/10/2015,  Sunday 12/13, 2015

Fire and Ice: Using Metal Solder with Resin

2 sessions 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Fire-and-Ice-PendantIn this two-day, two-part workshop we'll combine resin and solder to make an embellished metal tin and wearable book necklace. On day one, we'll dive into the uses and application of two-part resins.  We'll make several pieces and learn about the many techniques suitable for resin. On day two, after the resin has set overnight, we'll learn a flooded solder technique using lead free solder wire and small butane torches to create textured metal for incorporation in our pieces. All materials will be provided - just come and have fun!
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
Dates:  Thursday and Friday, August 20 & 21, 2015


Little Bitty Glass Journal

Glass-Book-2In this workshop we will construct an itty bitty glass soldered journal. It will be bound with a multi-needle Coptic stitch, which can be used to make a multitude of book styles. This great little piece of art will be constructed with covers that have a window showing through to the inside of the book. Instruction includes soldering with a soldering iron and a butane torch. Join us for a day of fun!
1 session 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
 September 27, 2015

Sacred Heart Art Book

Students are encouraged to bring an X-acto knife with a NEW blade as well as an apron to class.  All other materials will be provided.Carrie Avery - Mixed Media Workshops at Roadhouse ArtsIn this workshop we will transform an old hard back book into a work of art.  We will “alter” the book by cutting, painting, burning, and collaging it thus transforming it into something new and giving it a new life.  Techniques covered in this two day workshop include metal repoussé, creating antique finishes with acrylic paint, altering and distressing books, working with and incorporating unique materials into mixed media collage work, and so much more!

2 sessions 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
Saturday and Sunday, 11/7-8,2015

Art Prints and Journals with Gelli Plates

In the process, we'll learn a wealth of information to use on all our mixed media projects, including:This full day workshop will introduce us to the printmaking process of making monoprints on paper and fabric. We'll layer them to make a one-of-a-kind art print, and make papers and prints suitable for all kinds of paper arts projects, including transforming a store-bought notebook into a personal and unique art journal.

    • - How to use gels and mediums with acrylic paints
    • - The basics of art journaling
    • - How to create texture on a Gelli plate with a variety of objects
    • - How to combine multiple techniques in one print
    • - How to do a simple bookbinding stitch
You won't want to miss this fun day of mixed media play!
1 Session - 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
No Prerequisites - Beginners Welcome!
Dates: Thursday, July 9, 2015,  Sunday, October 4, 2015

I am also thrilled to be teaching at Art Xcapes in Austin, Texas this fall.  
Art-Xscape is an intimate, mixed-media art retreat in Austin, TX, the Live Music Capitol of the world.  Art-Xscape 2015 will be held October 8-11, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, TX!

Visit their website:

Making Artist Prints with Gelli Plates

Sunday, October 11, 2015

In this workshop students will learn the printmaking process of making monoprints and layering them to create one of a kind art prints.  While making prints, students will also learn about various products such as acrylic paints, gels, and mediums.  We will be creating prints and papers suitable for various paper arts, as well as creating a simple canvas covered art journal.

Fire and Ice – Using Metal Solder with Ice Resin

Friday – Saturday, October 9-10, 2015

In this workshop we will cover how to use my most favorite combination of materials- resin and solder. This is a two day and two part workshop. On the first day we will cover the use and application of a two part resin. We will make several pieces and learn about the many applications of resin. The resin will need to set overnight. On Saturday we will return and learn the flooded solder technique. This involves using lead free solder wire and small butane torches. By the end of this workshop you will have made and assembled a metal tin and a book necklace. All materials will be provided.

If you've read to the end of this post, then first pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself.  That was no easy feat!  Besides all of this artsy yumminess, I have yet ANOTHER endeavor that I am currently engrossed in.  This one is secret for a few more weeks.  Let me just say that I'm super, SUPER excited about it and will share more details as soon as I am able.  

Art-Xscape Retreat

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hi friends,

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be teaching at a retreat in Austin, TX in October!  I will be among some really fantastic teachers.  I hope you will check out their website and join us in October!

Come play with me this weekend!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

This weekend at Roadhouse Arts:

Fire and Ice: Using Metal Solder with Resin

Instructor: Carrie Avery
Fire-and-Ice-PendantIn this two-day, two-part workshop we'll combine resin and solder to make an embellished metal tin and wearable book necklace. On day one, we'll dive into the uses and application of two-part resins.  We'll make several pieces and learn about the many techniques suitable for resin. On day two, after the resin has set overnight, we'll learn a flooded solder technique using lead free solder wire and small butane torches to create textured metal for incorporation in our pieces. All materials will be provided - just come and have fun!
2 sessions 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
No prerequisite – beginners welcome!
Workshop Fee: $129
Materials Fee: $35
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 11 & 12, 2015
Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2015



little metal book

Monday, March 9, 2015

Hi friends,

I've been making these little metal books for the last 6 months or so.  I love them so.  It's one of those things where it becomes hard to let go of things that you make.  I made several for the Peace Market and they sold instantly. I made a few more as special orders for Christmas presents.  This one I just couldn't let go.  They are small- about 2" x 3" of copper, solder, resin, and watercolor paper goodness.  .  I'm about to make a new batch of them.

It's spring break for the kiddos and I.  It has been raining steady for the last few days (a rather rare occasion in south Texas).  Perfect for getting over my illness but not so good for wanting to get out and play for the break.  I need to work and get stuff done around the house but I also really really need a break.  We are going to go stare at the waves at the beach for a few days.  Every part of me longs to do nothing at all, at least for a little while.  I feel my busy schedule taking a toll on my sanity.  So, staring at the sea wins.

Hopefully all of this rain helps my little garden grow big.  The kids accidently let the chickens in over the weekend and they had a hay day digging up the dirt, eating tiny beets, and generally making havoc over the whole area.  It made me want to cry.  The downside of being a gardener.  Hopefully some of it will come back.  If not, there's always more seeds...

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