Monday, December 31, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012
We haven't been able to get together as often as we'd like, but this week 3 of us gathered at April's for a few hours. We really missed seeing Mary and Pinky! And Lyla too! We have been working on the round robin calendars but decided to wait until they are finished and will photograph them then and show you. They are coming along great! Wonderful months to enjoy next year. Karen was working on a month for April, you can glimpse her efforts in progress above.
April was working on some Christmas tags. She is using some paint chips that she collected from the paint store. Many uses for those freebies!
April has also been working on some hand drawn designs on card stock ornaments. She said they are pretty slow going but they sure are pretty!
Above are some of the little ornamental gift tubes that Jan made. She posted a tutorial on them a couple of weeks ago, they are ready to fill and pass out for Christmas.
We probably won't be getting together until after Christmas but hopefully one of us will post something for you all to peek at. In the mean time, all of us wish all of you the most
Be well, stay safe, and keep in touch.
Friday, December 7, 2012
I think these people had the head start on Zentangle. I just found this to be so beautiful. It is a bride from India on her wedding day. They decorate their hands like this with henna. It is a dye that eventually wears off. Some people dye their hair with it or do temporary tatoos with it. I just thought this was so neat and wanted to share it with you.
We weren't able to get together this week as April's schedule was different, Jan's car wasn't ready, Karen was having some problems with her dental work, Pinky went with her husband for a medical appt. in Longview, and I stayed home and worked on some calendar pages for Jan and Karen. I have Lyla's to do and will be done.
Have fun getting ready for Christmas!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Hello, since we didn't get together this week due to Thanksgiving, I thought I'd share this project I have been working on. I got the idea from the magazine Stampers Sampler, the current edition, page 64. I will explain how I made them. The photo above shows several stages at once in the process.
1. take an empty toilet paper roll, paint the inside with your color choice, I used red. I also painted an inch or so of the outside top and bottom so no plain cardboard shows after the decorative paper is
2. Glue decorative paper around the outside of the roll, then glue one end closed.
3. Glue a holiday scene on the front, over the decorative paper, making sure they are in the correct position, with the closed end at the bottom. (I found free Christmas scene downloads from Lisa Brawner's blog, http://www.alteredartfun.blogspot.com/ . (mouse over the link, I see it doesn't show on our blog because of the dark background) She is very generously allowing free downloads of the images she has gathered. Thanks Lisa! Your images are great!)
4. Glue other ephemera of your choice to the holder. I used old lace and stamps and bows.
5. I used a hole punch to make holes on each side of the top of the roll to attach a hanging string. I might use ribbon or wire in my next ones. I will fill these with candy or some small gift and give them away. They could be used as tree ornaments or hung from a door knob or anywhere.
I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial. Now I better get back to decorating my rolls. I knew I was saving those rolls for something!!
Hope you all had a thankful Thanksgiving and are buying handmade gifts for Christmas, if you aren't making your own.
Friday, November 16, 2012
We started the Birthday Bash at Stephanie's Cabin in Astoria.
Below is one of the post cards that Lyla made for Pinky.,,very cool.
Next is the sisters, Pinky and Mary, with Pinky holding one of the gifts Mary gave her.
It is always fun to celebrate birthdays in this group.
We drew names for Christmas earlier at Stephanie's and stashed those away in our memories...good luck with that...
We won't meet next week as it is Thanksgiving, so by the way...Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
See you in two weeks.
Monday, November 5, 2012
With our switch to Thursdays, we get to have time with April during her work week. We are all so happy about that.
We met at April's this week and did our first trade on our calendars. I hope I can keep these straight as I tell you who did what...
Karen couldn't be with us today as she had a previous appointment, but looking forward on Pinky's Birthday Bash to have everyone together again. We are thinking the Thursdays will work out great unless April has her schedule changed.
Below are the pages we all did for each other.
April did the following two for Lyla in Redmond, Oregon. In the first one, she used some of the lettering skills she has learned in some of her online art classes. April...you might have to do one of these for each of us...Her second is a fun Christmas page.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Due to a blunder on my part, no pictures were taken at our last time together at Karen's. I simply worked on envelopes made of old calendar pages and forgot to take pictures. Jan rode her bike, so didn't have her camera on her either, so...no photos of the day. We all worked away on projects...Jan on her rug, Pinky and Karen on cards. Karen made us yummy coffee and great homemade muffins. What a nice way to start the morning, especially since I didn't eat my breakfast. You might say this was not a together day for me. We did have a good time with non stop talking and laughing...as usual. What a great group of friends.
We did decide to do calendars again this year. We each get a calendar and have some blank pages in it. We rotate the calendars around to each other every two weeks, each one doing 2-3 pages. They turn out so neat. I am looking at mine from last year right now and love it! Jan did the page and it is for Halloween...Boo!
Below are some items Pinky and I made in a class we took on Friday at the Picture Attic in Long Beach, WA. Most are favors you can use by a place setting or party. They were very fun to work on.
All of these would make really cute favors for a tea or holiday dinner or party...very fun!
Next week we will be at Pinky's. It was originally supposed to be at my house, but my husband is sick with the flue, so we switched...no germs at Pink's.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
We all went to the Vernonia Quilt Fair. It was a lot of fun, the quilts were beautiful, the lunch was delicious. We had hoped to find more garage sales but there were only a couple. Still, we had a blast together, as always!
I thought I would show a few more photos of the masking fluid workshop we had earlier this week. Above is Mary's cat, she is still applying the fluid using a toothpick.
Now the painting is finished and dried and she is beginning to remove the masking fluid. It is very easy to remove, just rolls right off.
After all the dried masking fluid is removed, she drew around all the white areas that were left behind with a fine black marker to enhance the white. Notice the little mouse in the kitty paws?
Hope you enjoyed the almost tutorial. Thanks to April for sharing the technique with us! I loved it!
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
What a great day it was! April had promised us that we would have a workshop on a new painting technique that she has learned. She thought we would all get done and then move on to other projects. We all had so much fun with this one that we all made at least two pictures.
We used a product that is like a rubber cement type texture and dries to be totally removable. The process kind of reminds me of a batik process because you are putting on the product, letting it dry, painting around it, removing it when all is dry, and outlining the white parts that are left. It is a very interesting finished picture and very fun to do. I know I didn't explain this like April would and maybe she will come on here and add some notes to make it clear. Anyway...very fun!
On This first picture below are Lyla's flags that we just received from Redmond. She did such a wonderful job on them. L-R went to Mary, Jan, Pinky, April, April, and Karen. I can't wait to add mine (Fox) to my string upstairs in the craft room. Thank you, Lyla!
I think we were all happy with our results.
Friday we are all going to meet at April's and go to the Vernonia Quilt Show, have lunch and look at quilts, visit the craft room and try not to buy toooo much, and hit some garage sales in Vernonia. Yes...most of us are addicted to garage sales. We even drug Karen into it! We are hooked!
Due to April's new job, she won't get to be with us as much. That will seem so strange. She is hoping to join us once in awhile on inservice days at school and maybe be able to join us in the afternoon once in awhile.
Not sure what we are doing next week yet...Jan has to be gone and April will be working, but hopefully Karen, Pinky, and I will be able to get together...sooooo see you next week!