Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Little Tag Fun

Hey Everyone!

Things in New England have been so snowy and beautiful this winter.  Most people in this area often complain and moan about this type weather....whining they have 'had enough'....I say LET IT SNOW!  With all of this snow, we have had a few snow days off from school so I have been able to head into the studio for some extra down time.  I have been working on a ton of projects and I wanted to share one with you today!

I began a short time ago looking for a more portable method to my art-journaling.  I began carrying manila tags with me in my bag, and I would doodle with black Faber Castell Pitt pens and later watercolor them in.  Once day when I was creating a mixed-media canvas I pulled a tag through some excess ink....and next thing you know I am creating some mixed-media tags to go with my 'art-journaling tags. 

Here are some tags.  I used manila tags from AVERY, and did all the techniques I would do on the canvases. 

All of the products for this project were products I already had on my shelf...often times when we create it is just a matter of stepping out of our comfort zones and using products we don't normally reach for and making something awesome! I used Dylusions Ink Sprays, stencils, did some doodling, used pigment inks, gleatos on book text, and my favorite Light Modeling Paste!  Many of the techniques are fussy....but the results are so yummy!
Look closely at the center of the sunshine; I used a stencil
with the Liquitex Light Modeling paste and an old circle
stencil. It adds such texture!
I made this supper yummy ribbon by using some seam binding, water, and again using Dylusions Ink Sprays with a different purpose.  Love when products have multiple uses.  I love that about Ranger Products!

I hope you try some of these techniques and let me know what you think!
If you are local and would like to take this class with me I am teaching it at this coming Sunday, March 2, click----------> (HERE)  for more information.
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See you again soon.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014


Well hello there!  Its been awhile.  Time flies so quickly; why is that?

What do you think of my 'new year new me' look?  I think the new appearance of my blog is refreshing.  A little bit outside of my box, but think I like it....well actually a lot. 

So, I would like to begin by saying welcome!   I'm not sure if this is your first time visiting...if it is...feel free to follow my blog over on the right hand side of this page.  :)  That way you can keep up to date with my class dates, products for sale, and know when I post a new technique or project.  If you have visited my blog in the past, thank you for taking a peek again.

As many of you know I am in the midst of my student teaching.  I have just over five weeks left with for my business education end of it, and then another 8 weeks for special education.  My graduation date is May 22nd, and I can't believe how quickly the time has flown by since I began this journey.  I have begun applying for jobs for next fall. {keep your fingers crossed}

We have had a number of substantial snow storms this winter here in Rhode Island, with another today.  School was cancelled so I tucked myself away into the studio and created a few projects, here is a card I did. 

This beautiful card was made with a new stamp I received created by Catherine Scanlon Designs.  It is a little on the bigger size, and when I looked at it I was like WHOA!  So many ideas ended up popping into my head, I just couldn't wait to get 'inky' with it!  Well, today the snow day enabled me to do just that!
To begin, I stamped the whole stamp using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  This made the background so elegant.  It is subtle, but soooo much better than nothing!  love it! for the main focal flower I stamped the image with black Archival ink and colored the image using Distress Stains and Perfect Pearls.  They came out so pretty!  love how variegated the petals are all on their own. 
For the ribbon, I simply used seam binding and again, the Distress Stains and the Perfect Pearls.  Here is a tip:  when dying the binding, use a heat tool to dry it, keeping it wrinkled; it creates a beautiful aged looking ribbon. 
To top off the look of the flower, I used Distress Stickles on it to give it a vintage look.
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Have a great day!

Saturday, February 01, 2014

August Card Class

Hello Everyone!
     Summer has been really unpredictable with the weather we have been having! Even with school I have found time to do some fun things with the girls!  I hope your enjoying your summer as well.
     With Art Journaling being the all the craze these days, and from what I have heard you ladies saying, I have added a Art Journaling class to the August schedule!!!  **I can hear all the roaring and excitement! :)**  It will be a beginners class, so all skill levels are welcomed.
Here are all the details for the upcoming August Classes.

Click here for more information on both of these classes------>> click

Space is limited so please sign up ASAP.  When these two dates fill up I will add a Saturday date if necessary. 

Thanks so much and I look forward to creating with you soon!!
Hugs, kathie