Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Free classes at Powdersville Community Church

The SECOND Monday of every 

month ....

will be a FREE Art Impressions Watercolor PLAY DAY with me.  I will start off with the basics of using Art Impressions stamps and Marvy markers to create water color pieces suitable for framing.  You will learn how to pull color out of the images, shading and blending, using multiple stamps to create a scene, and removing color from the paper.

The classes are free and we meet at Powdersville

Community Church at Exit 40 off I85.
I hope as a member of the design team for 
Art Impressions that I can assist you in 
learning this fun and satisfying technique.
For more information on this method check

Every Thursday 10am until.. Free
using Copic Markers

You will need to bring:
....COPIC markers... 
... COPIC SOLAR WHITE cardstock
... MEMENTO pad... preferably TUXEDO BLACK.

Hope to see you soon..."Ya'll Come"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tweet Talk

 Hope you all had a good Father's Day spending time with family.  Unfortunately all our kids live a distance from us.  One lives in Rock Hill, SC and the other two live in Texas.  That's what we get for living 20 years in the "great state".  Sunday was a double holiday for us as we celebrated 46 years of marriage.  Spent it quietly going to church and with friends. Consequently I did not get a lot of Copic work done but I do have one image to share with you.

Penny Black "Tweet Talk"  40-022
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers:
E0000, E00, R01 (skin)
E30, E31 (chair)
Y02, Y04 (bird)
Y11, Y21, Y23 (hair)
R81, R83, R85 (dress)
C0, C2, C3

Have a Great Day!  

Saturday, June 19, 2010

My Space

The Very Beginning
My first stamping work space was a shared room with my husband's home office.  I had a very small computer desk plus two drawers for stamping supplies.  More than enough storage room for my new hobby. That was the beginning of a fast paced journey.  In just a couple of years I went from that small space to converting our formal living room (15' x 25') into my growing need for storage, space AND organization.  It filled up quickly.  In 2007 we decided to sell our home and move into a 37 foot Fusion RV Toy Hauler to accommodate David's new consulting business and not knowing where this new business would take us..  The Toy Hauler model was my gave me 8' x 12' space to condense my home studio into a "portable" studio.  This required a lot of thought and preparation but also some drastic reduction decisions. (Heavens No...did not go on a diet!!) Through the experience I believe I have scaled down and used the space I have most efficiently even as my collection has grown..

My work Space
One of my best investments in this surgical reduction of my space was a desk purchased from Stamps and More by Eleanor which is made by The Best Scrapbook Shelf Company.  The top surface is extra wide...enough that two people could work facing each other.  This gave me 28" x 52" of surface space plus I choose to have twenty 1" drawers on each side.  On the right side I have all my word/verse stamps separated in categories and on the left side are all my Penny Black, Hero Arts, PSX wood mounted stamps in categories of flowers, leaves, trees, etc.  Currently on the top of my desk I have The Best Scrapbook Shelf cubes which hold a supply of basic car dstock and stamping supplies.  I keep my Genesis 12"  paper cutter on a table to my left.along with my card size Scor-it stored under the Genesis. Everyone's space and needs are different but as basic needs for all rubber stamp artists. That will have to wait for another post as my posting time is gone.  Got to get to the store.  Have a great day and check back soon!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

English Countryside Watercolor

I have been working on my next batch of water color samples to send into Art Impressions. Finished the watercoloring last night....these are not done with Copic markers but with Marvy markers and water using either a palette and a brush or direct to rubber stamping. They aren't due until July 10th. Sure feels good to have them done. I still need to mat them and make them into a card....but that's the easy part. Also, Eleanor, Micki and myself got our heads together yesterday and scheduled some classes. I will post them here later.

But, the first Wednesday of the month will be doing water color "The Art Impressions Way". If you have ever wanted to get your paint brush wet and play with water color....come to the store the first Wednesday of the month for a FREE me. If you have Marvy markers, water color paper, Heritage Sepia ink pad, and any Art Impressions stamps or stamp sets you would like to use....bring them. Otherwise you can pick from my collection of stamps.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Father's Day Clemson Sports Fan

Card #3 is in honor of all the Clemson fans that are fathers. Eleanor was kind to write "Tigers" on his bag. I had fun coloring this and could be used for other than Father's Day....also colors could be changed for any favorite school.

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
Stamp: Art Impressions K-1204 "Sports Fan"
Father F-2651
Copic Markers:
E000, E01, E04, E07, E31
V01, V09, V12, V15
YR01, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR16, YR18, YR24
C00, W1, W2

Father's Day #2
Art Impressions M-1205 "Tool Man"
Copic Markers:
Face: E00, E02, W03 (5 o'clock shadow)
Wood: E53, E55
Shoes: E55, YR04
Jeans: B60, B63, B66
Tools: W1, W2
Paint: R05

The next 3 (yes THREE - I've been busy!) are in honor of Father's day. These call come unmounted and are by Art Impressions.
Art Impressions K-1200, Exec.
Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers
Skin and Briefcase: E000, E01, E35, E37
Shirt and Tie: B21, B23
Suit and Shadows: C0, C1, C3

This is an old Penny Black stamp....but they have a new one without the background, just the girl, the rabbit and the carrots.
Penny Black stamp 587K "For Goodness Sake"
Memento Tuxedo Black
Copic Markers:
E01, E53, E000, E51, E50
B00, B93, B95, B91, B97
BG45, BG49
G20, G21
R85, R83, R02
Y11, Y23
YR00, YR02
W0, W1, W2

Monday, June 7, 2010

Using Stampscapes with photos

Tonight I would like to share some work
that my friend, Roxanna King has done. This first
picture is a photograph that she took of a sunset,
printed on photo paper.

Using Archival Black Ink she stamped:
Stampscapes 049G Lakeside cove,lg.
Stampscapes 178E Oack Tree branch, medium
Stampscapes 267F Pines and Rocks
Stampscapes 067B Grass and Reeds

Let air dry or heat set.
Awesome picture, thanks Roxanna!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Design Team

It's official. Art Impressions has my picture and bio listing me as a member of their design team. I still can't believe it. Whole new adventure for this grandma. Got to have my samples done by tomorrow....might be a long night Sunday if I don't get crackin'

It was good spending time with my friend Dorothy at the store today. She is a member of our Altered Book Club...very creative.....and a real nut! Thanks, Dorothy. Also want to thank Sam for coming in with his mom Micki...takes a lot of courage to hang around a bunch of "old" ladies but you brightened my day, Sam.

We got two orders of Copic Markers in the store this past Thursday and another order coming next Thursday. We also have a reinker station now. If you don't have appointments or responsiblities holding you back come in Thursday, get the best pick at the best price for Copics and spend the day playing with other Copic addicts in the classroom. We have fun! Stamps and More by Eleanor, Piedmont, SC. If you can't come on Thursday, there is always Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday. I'll be there most of the time.

I will have another posting soon with a picture scan.