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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday Color Way Challenge - purple and yellow

Well am so excited. The Dreamweaver Design Team got new summer images to play with and then we had this color challenge. I am really super charged on the new designs, but I actually did a take two with this challenge. I used the Large Damask LX 7001 on both. Using yellow paste and yellow glitter. I also used the Wrought Iron LG 684, Spring LM 293 and the Small Bike LL 592.

I know many are "surprised" I used glitter.....NOT! I pretty much stuck to paste and dusted with glitter on all areas. I did use the double glitter technique on the word Spring! Good luck on the challenge. Can't wait until we can give you peeks of the new stuff...I know...such a teaser!!!

Happy Creating


Thursday, June 23, 2011

OOPS....I am soooo late

WOW....better late than never!  I can't believe I am so late.  Thought today was WEDNESDAY!!  Time flies!  I have been working on VBS all week and having a lot of fun with crafts and kids.  So here is my FREE theme week for Dreamweaver!

This and the above photo are made with a stencil and Pewter!  I have found a very new love in working with metal!

This photo shows the bare trees on black metal.  We later added color using alcohol inks!  This is one of the best classes I have ever attended.  Thank you again Lynell and Magdalena for such great projects and all the goodies.  Will try to be on time next week!  eep!!!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Dreamweaver Thursday! Sketch Challenge

Hello from Chicago!!!  As I sit here with fellow design team member Laura Drahozal I think of the GREAT time we have had in Chicago doing a very fun workshop and Demo!  We had two fun filled days of stencils, metal and foil, OH MY!  Huge shout out to Magdalena Muldoon for coming from Dallas to teach us so many wonderful techniques with wonderful MercArt products.  The card I ended up making is a take on the challenge.
Lynell Harlow, Owner of Dreamweaver Stencils giving me a look as she holds the card!

Up Close And Personal!

Of course I can't do anything as directed so I turned my card vertical and did a small design rather than 1/2 of the card.  Other than that, I am proud of me for getting this one close!

I started with the Mustard Colored Aluminum.  I embossed the lizard (LM2004) using the Cuttlebug then added more depth and detail with  the metal tools.  The Mosaic Background (LJ901)was added.  Then the entire image was lightly sanded.  It was amazing to then flatten out the background and see the lines from where the stencil had been.  More sanding/taking off of color was done with the fiberglass brush to really expose the aluminum.  Then more working with the metal/metal tools, to make the image puff out.  The word was added with Gold Embossing Paste! (LS89)

We all had so much fun and it was also great to go to The Cottage Stamper in St. Charles, Illinois and do some demos and hang out with Nancy!

Hope to hear from some of you gals that took the classes and were at the demonstration at The Cottage Stamper!  See you next time!

Happy Creating,

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thank you Jill Berry! This is from her blog!

Copyrights, and some of my feelings

Posted on June 6, 2011 - Filed Under Uncategorized

This last week has been a bit rough. I found out a student from one of my classes took the project from the class and entered it in a show on the best of design.

This was a kit that I made, based on an original piece of art, a book, that is now owned by the Denver Public Library. The entire structure was designed and manufactured by me. She says she did not know this was the wrong thing to do. If that is the case, we need a whole lot more educating going on for both teachers and students on the copyright issue.

Here is my analogy. I go to music camp, and take a class from Sting. He has just written a new song, and he teaches it to the class. We sing our hearts out and learn about phrasing, poetry and pitch. After camp I apply for American Idol, a show they are doing on original songs. I get up on the stage and belt out the song I just learned from Sting. Sting would not like this. His lawyers might like it though.

Simply put, you cannot put your name on someone else’s work.

Two fine wordsmiths I know have written brilliant articles on this subject.

Quinn McDonald—Creation and the Kit and RicĂ« Freeman-Zachary—You Already Know the Answer. I do not need to repeat any of their words, but I will speak from the heart.

This week has been painful. I do not like to burn bridges, worry about teaching, stealing, or losing friends. This is not a situation I wish on any teacher or student that I know. If teachers have to worry about this kind of behavior, they will not teach you anything that burns deep for them. As a matter of fact, it has made me rethink how I will move forward as a teacher. This student asked why I taught the class to begin with if I did not want this to happen. Really?

There are many gray areas in the arena of art copyright, many. We all have to do the best we can with what we know, and strive to know more.

Thank you for your support.

also check out
http://www.createmixedmedia.com/blogs/the-creative-life/you-already-know-the-answer and http://quinncreative.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/creation-and-the-kit/ for more on the subject.  GREAT women with wonderful things to say!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


It is amazing how time flies by.  I am just losing time as I am working on so many projects.  Our entire Southern Missouri area is still just trying to wrap our brains around the tornado that took so much from sooo many.  I want to information for Nikki Sivils and what she is doing to help out in a great way!
If you can't read this, you can go to Nikki's Blog or Facebook page to check it out!
This week we had a color way challenge for Dreamweaver!  We were to use Lavender and Gray.  I opted for silver!!

I is difficult to see but it is a punch out from Kanban and then I stenciled over the top of it and added some glitter!  I love the look!  I am hoping to get back into the swing of things and add more details soon. 

I am so overwhelmed by all going on in Joplin that I am just not on top of my game.  I am working on a fundraiser in the art/craft community and will post more details on this as is comes!  As more people are identified I have found out of people that i did not know personally, but knew my close family and friends.  Some I had met and some I had not but it just continues to devastate our area.  Healing is beginning but there are many scars left.

Thanks so all....Kristi