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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Upcoming Classes at Michaels.

I only have one class left for September, this coming Friday 30 (5-7pm). In Altered Canvas Trio, you decoupage images from any stack you like to three coordinated 5 inch square canvases embellished with other papers, borders, quote blocks and charms or buttons. You can make these free standing, wall hanging, or sitting on an easel.

In October I am offering:

  • Spotted Canary School Beginners' Scrapbooking, Fridays 7, 14, 21, 28 (12.30-2.30pm)

  • Paper Bag Mini Albums Friday 7 (3-5pm) & Sunday 9 (2-4pm)

  • Texture Wow Friday 14 (2-4pm)

  • Altered Canvas Trio Friday 21 (3-5pm) & Sunday 23 (2-4pm)

  • Using Your Cricut Wednesday 19 (6.30-8.30)

  • Tim Holtz Halloween Banner Sunday 23 (4.30-6.30pm)

All these classes are $25. But come to the October Open House Sunday 8 for savings.

In the lead up to Halloween, I am helping kids (8 up) make duct tape Gladiator costumes as part of Spookductular. These classes are only $15:

  • Sunday 2 (1-3pm)
  • Saturday 15 (1-3pm)
  • Saturday 29 (1-3pm)
I hope I see you at my Michaels in Hawthorne.

And don't forget Operation Christmas Cards for our troops. You can bring cards to Michaels.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Sketch for you

I call this one "Long Story" because there is so much space for journaling/captions and there are so many photos - maybe for a big family event. I'd make the background paper count with texture or images and use a strong unifiying color for the mats.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dream Doll progress

The only sewing I took with me to Good Vibrations was the Dream dolls that I'm beading. They are based on Kabuki or Noh masks.
One, which was pretty much done before, is going to have a kimono type of garment with an obi sash.

The other will be dressed in Shinto pleated wrap pants. I've decided the encrusted beading is too pretty to cover.

And I did the back the same - sequins, beads and mother of pearl shells pieces.

I haven't been paying too much attention to these dolls recently. But I think they will be very pretty once they are done.



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Double page layout sketch

I plan to use this to do a "Young and Old" layout honoring James' Grandpa Jack - I have just received a ton of gorgeous old sepia tone photos of his ancestors on his mother's side.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Magic Wands in San Diego

I am hosting a magic wand making funshop at Good Vibrations Unschooling Conference on Thursday September 8th, at 4:00pm. It's going to be terrific fun.

I will be supplying dowel, ribbons,yarns, marker, glues, many different kinds of foam shapes (including glittery stars, butterflies and crowns), some inks, beads, rhinestones and wire. Also possible: cutting assorted shapes from papers and cardstocks.
Another use for wands is your holiday decorating. 
The cardstock toppers are double sided.

The possibilities for different kinds of wands are endless. You might want a very pretty fairy type wand with gauze and sprarkles, or you might prefer something more like a Hogwarts wand with a carved tip and handle. You can create dimension using string and paper decoupage before painting.

If you would like to make a more serious wand with a crystal tip (I usually wire the crystal) please bring your own crystal. I have some assorted wire. I also have a limited amount of essential oils for annointing.
Here's "Journey" - her removable staff is a crystal tipped wand, with charms.

I am planning on using hot glue, as well as glue dots (especially these from, so little hands might need older person help. I will have enough dowels for about 100 people to make wands.