Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Info on Classes

I was just asked about my classes ... Where/when.  I teach in my studio, here in my home.  I haven't taught any in a couple of months (taking a break from creating designs, and focusing on learning new skills and being the student).  I'll be going to England with Wendy Vecchi (owner/designer of Studio 490, and Signature Designer for Ranger) in July, so I'm not sure if I'll be holding any classes until after I return.  When I do plan a class, I post the class information here on the blog, and also send email invites.  If you'd like to get on my email list, send your information to stefrick@verizon.net (name, email addy, interests, what level do you work at ... Beginner, intermediate, expert?). That's the best way to find out what's going on in "Mrs. Rodgers' Neighborhood."

Now, for the type of classes I teach, and how they run ... I prepare and supply everything.  You just need to bring your own adhesive and a refill.  Some ladies also bring their own scissors and/or bone folder, so they don't have to wait for the shared tools.  I also make a color sheet describing each technique, supplies used to make sample, and step-step instructions to make more at home!  My classes rarely have more than 6 students.  I prefer small classes ... Students have more room, and I can give more attention when needed.  Classes are usually from 6:30-9pm.  I have a daytime job now, so I need everyone to be out by 9pm so I can relax a little before going to bed.

Techniques Class:  make 3 cards while learning new techniques $20.

Make Your Own Embellishments Class:  no need to buy cute embellishments that you get home and find they don't match well with your project.  I show you different techniques to make your own!  No specific project will be made, just embellishments for you to take home.  $20-$25 (depending on supplies cost).

Scrapbooking Techniques:  Learn different and creative tricks and techniques to use in your scrapbooking.  No specific project will be made, just samples of techniques for you to take home.  $20-$25 (depending on supplies cost).

Jewelry Class:  working on this.  I have lots of tip & techniques up my sleeves.  Gotta work out the details.)

So, if you're interested, send me an email at stefrick@verizon.net and I'll put on my mailing list.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Make-Art-Challenge-Blog: Archival Reinkers

Tanya & I were busy again in the studio, and today we worked on some cards for the Make-Art-Challenge-Blog with Wendy Vecchi.  I won last month's challenge ... let's see if I can do it again!  You can check out the blog by clicking here, and get in on the fun.  If you sign up on Bloglovin', you'll get a notification each month for the new challenge.  This month's prize is Wendy Vecchi products from Stamper's Anonymous!

The challenge is to use the Archival reinkers, so what better way than to do Wendy's alcohol/reinker technique?  We each started out with 8 pieces of Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper.  We played with all of Wendy's colors and created all kinds of backgrounds.  I finished first, and Tanya still had 3 more to make.

We started to make cards, and I spent the rest of the morning working on this one, where Tanya got 3 done!  We decided I'm quicker at backgrounds, and she's quicker at embellishing.  lol

This particular piece is probably the one that looks the least like her famed technique, because I only used one color, Dandelion.  You can see a little of the layers on the left side.

I used an old set by Wendy called Just Sew Artsy LCS028.  The saying is from another old set, Seriously Art LCS034.  The saying in stamped on one of the other backgrounds I made with the reinkers ... I believe Dandelion, Leaf Green and Red Geranium.  I stitched it onto my card, but the scalloped stitches are from a stamp.

Below, are the 3 cards Tanya made:

I'm trying to get her to start posting what she makes on Pinterest so she can enter these challenges too.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April 2015 Tim Tag

Happy Easter!  Tanya is here for a few days visiting my son, so after our family dinner with the Curleys at Legal Seafood, Tanya & I decided to make the latest Tim Tag!  Every month Tim creates a tag chock full of techniques, and he gives step by step instruction with pics so you can try all the techniques.

This month's tag is so gorgeous, we pretty much copied it exactly.  We used the same stamps & colors as Tim, but we had to get creative with the sayings since I still haven't received my script or block words yet.  You can see Tim's tag, with all the instructions here on his blog.

Here's a close up of the beautiful watercolor coloring on the flowers.

I got a new Brother sewing machine for Christmas that I could dedicate just to paper crafts, and we took it for the first test drive tonight!  Somehow, I ended up with a small zig zag stitch, but we loved it some much, Tanya did it on hers as well.  It was a little tricky around the corners, and a little tense, but it came out great!

Here's Tanya's tag ...

Her background came out with larger bursts of color, and I think it looks magnificent with the pink flowers!

Beautiful coloring on her flowers!

She's giving this tag to her cousin, so she chose "forever family", cause Chantal can't get rid of her!  haha

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Winner for Masking Challenge

I entered this card into the Masking challenge at A Blog Named Hero (sponsored by Simon Says Stamp), and I just found out I won!  I'll be receiving a generous $25 Gift Certificate to www.simonsaysstamp.com

I really enjoyed making this card.  It was the first time I tried using Frisket Masking Fluid.  I chose a small, simple stamp design to try it out (Dina Wakley stamps by Ranger), and I just love how it turned out!  You'll be sure to see more cards like these in my future!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spectrum Noir Coloring

This week, on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog, the theme is Anything Goes.  The sponsor this week is Spectrum Noir, so they're challenging us to use any Spectrum Noir products if we have them.  I received a nice set of the markers from my sister, Marisa, for Christmas, so any time I've seen them on sale, I've been adding to my new collection.  I'm not much of a colorist (or colorer?), which is why I love watercolors so much ... they're so forgiving and beautiful.  Anyway, I decided to take the challenge, and I dug up a very old Stampin' Up! set called Summer by the Sea.  I wanted soft, pastel colors for this, and realized with all the sets I've been purchasing, I don't really have many soft colors.  lol  I tried them out using the colors I have.  For the flowers, grass and butterflies, I wanted to have a messy look, where I wanted a more neater look for the girl.  I used two colors for the girl's dress and then blended with the colorless Blender.  Same with the grass.

I'm glad I took this challenge, because it got me to actually try using my new Spectrum Noir markers, and I also realized what colors I now need to add to my collection.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Boys Will be Boys

Just a quick post to show the new pages I just finished!  This was a page kit (Quick Quotes, I believe), and it came out so adorable, I just had to share.  My nephew & his little family are living in Italy right now, and his wife, Debbie, is always posting greats pics of the family.  I just loved these photos, and they were perfect for this layout!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March Make ART Challenge

QUICK UPDATE:  I found out this morning (3/28/15) that I won this challenge!  So exciting!  I received a $25 gift certificate for www.simonsaysstamp.com, and it's already spent!  lol

There's a new challenge on the Make ART Challenge Blog for fans of the lovely Wendy Vecchi.  This challenge is to use Wendy's stencils, and I couldn't decide which to use, so I used four!  The tiny text, sentiment & butterfly are all stamps.  The tree, top/bottom borders, outline of butterfly, and sentiment are all using Ranger's Archival Inks.  The background, butterfly, & honeycomb are all Distress inks/markers.  I glued the butterfly onto Wendy's Clearly For Art and shaped it using my heat gun.  I also added some tiny dots with Ranger's Black Enamel Accents, and some squiggly lines with a black gel pen.  The random winner of this challenge gets a $25 gift certificate to http://simonsaysstamp.com.
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