Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Whew...where is the summer going?

I've been crazy busy with private classes, some orders for custom gift card holders and birthday cards and some classes to expand my own skills. The private classes have been a ball and we've created some things that are outside the usual. Take a peek.
The frames were created with a glue backed copper sheet. We put some elements under the copper, heated it and once we had it adhered to the frame and burnished we went to work with ink, rub ons and other embellishments.

The journal is covered with a beautiful handmade paper from Mexico. The glob is stamped on a scrap of that fabulous paper. The photo doesn't 'do the texture justice. It looks and feels like a very smooth leather and has gorgeous color variations.
The Hawaiian shirt is actually a birthday card for my Priest bother-in law who is a surfer in his spare time!
The supplies for the clip boards have arrived! Tom is busy at work cutting the blanks. Keep an eye out for photos of samples and dates to create these on my September calendar. Think of the possibilities a kitchen themed clipboard as a recipe holder, a pink sparkly clipboard for a special little girl returning to school or just something fun and unique for yourself.
Also coming up will be a coaster making class. We'll take tumbled marble tiles, stamp and ink them and turn them into fabulous coaster sets, just in time to get your holiday gift giving stash started!
In September and October I'm going to try something new. We'll have some open studio nights and weekends. You can make any items you see on the slide show OR you can just come and play OR we can work on a particular technique you've been wanting to master. I will need you to sign up at least 2 days in advance for these "events" so I'll be prepared for you. In general the Studio time will be $10/hour and will include all supplies necessary to complete whatever you have selected. (Coasters and Clipboards will be slightly more) Maybe this is just the ticket to get a jump on Christmas cards? How about filling out your stash of birthday cards? Or, create some amazing custom frames that will absolutely WOW the recipients. (The metal for the frames is available in Copper as in the photos above or in Brushed Stainless Steel).
The "Free Class Deal" is still in effect. Remember every fifth class is free. Now, it's time for you to get back to school!