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October 2009 posts

Dude, there is some seriously awesome messy stuff happening in the Technique-a-Palooza classroom! The student work is *amazing* and inspiring and so creative! Check it out: taniamclauchlan: Alex Michiardi: Paperspices: effie's blue castle: Moogieof4: I love seeing everyone's different interpretations of the techniques. 1. Acrylic on Gesso, 2. ink marbling, 3. inky stamping gone wild, 4. TAP Color Wash 1, 5. complicated love, 6. tag was brayered over glimmer mist lace, 7. oilpastels gesso carving , 8. ink brayered over scrap1, 9. Minialbum_teknikutmaning_v.44, 10. Gesso Stenciling, 11. PA220024, 12. gesso stenciled on cardstock, 13. PA190003, 14. assorted inky goodness1, 15.... Read more →


What's a girl to do on a rainy day but go internet window shopping!?! Here are some things that caught my eye... PoGo instant printer. It's $49.99 and the prints are 2x3. One of my favorite sizes to scrap with! It can print wirelessly from any bluetooth camera phone. Or you can hook up your camera! Now, the quality of the prints isn't top notch or anything, but they have adhesive on the back (how great for scrapping and art journaling on the go!) but sadly the printer does not work with the iphone. Sigh. For $60, you can buy... Read more →


Despite the fact that I am *still* coughing away (ugh), I feel entirely happy. Life is good. And I wanted to spread a little sunshine-y happy your way! So, how about some blogs that might make you smile today!? I have a lovely group of students in my Technique-a-Palooza class (including 1 who joined today!) and while I don't have all of their blog addresses, here are a few for you to peruse. I have listed the artist's name (with a link to their blog) and am showing a piece of their art below their name: Amanda: Tiziana: Maïtten: Beth:... Read more →


Still sick, if you can believe it. Ick. So, briefly: 1. My online class, Technique-a-Palooza: Paint and Ink, is full of the loveliest people! And so talented! I'm loving seeing all the different creations. Here's a quick sampling of the students' work so far: 1. Gesso carving and oil pastels, 2. mica shimmer mist on gesso tag, 3. impressions in Gesso, 4. chalk on gesso tag, 5. Glue resist and watercolour paint tag, 6. IMG_1557, 7. Glue resist and watercolors, 8. Ink Splat masking and stamped with distress ink, 9. 015, 10. water soluble crayon, 11. 012, 12. Paint splatters,... Read more →


It's no secret that I've got a scrappy crush on Wilna Furstenberg. She's definitely in my fave five. So, I was thrilled when she invited me (and a few other girls) to be a tester for her Tuesday Tutorial on Ali Edwards' blog! It's an album made from a Starbucks cup. I went mostly digital with album. Here is my version: You can see all the versions here. Or visit the other girls blogs: Laura Vegas Wendy Bretz Jenny Bamford Perkins I made a little video on how I altered the downloads to suit my album. At first, I was... Read more →


The internet is such a lovely thing! I love how easy it is to let your fingers do the walking and find all sorts of cool stuff to put in your shopping cart. Just a warning: I started this post back in August, so some of these items may be sold out (sorry), but I'm sure the sellers have lots of other lovely things to share! Greeting Cards made with wire and paper. So cool! Buy them here. I am masking tape mad! Vintage masking tapes can be purchases from this seller. Click on the "masking tape" section to see... Read more →


The big October reveal was last night and I thought it would be fun to share my process for working with my Label Tulip kit while I share my layouts. STEP ONE: Unpack the kit. I unpack my kit. If I bought an add-on kit or anything like that, I unpack it too. I put all of the embellishments into a shoebox. That way when I open packages or try things out, nothing gets lost. The paper goes in one big pile. Once I start to cut work on the kit, leftover scraps of paper will go in the shoebox... Read more →


So, I had all these lovely background samples sitting around and I couldn't resist creating a few quick projects with them! Even though Technique-a-Palooza isn't a project class, I've decided to include some instructions on how to make a few of these little projects. I just can't help myself! And this layout... ...came together in less than 20 minutes!! Um...I've never scrapped that fast in my life! But, I took some of the samples I had made for the class and just cut them up and pulled them together! See my little key below: Man. This is serious motivation for... Read more →


I am covered in ink. I'm finishing up the ink samples and videos for my online class, Technique-a-Palooza, which starts on Friday. Take a peek: Preparing for this class has really forced me to stop and think about how I create. And it turns out, I'm a layers kind of girl. I often use a combination of several techniques at once. So, it has been very interesting to break things down into simple teachable steps. Finally, you can see a collection of all of the Tulip Girls' sneaks on the Label Tulip blog here. Thanks for stopping by! Read more →


I'm feeling the rush of time today. October seems to be disappearing before my very eyes. But, I'm pleased to be welcoming the rush of crisp cool weather (Fall is my favorite season) and I'm happy to be unpacking the sweaters and scarves for the season. Today, I've got three quick thing to share: 1. Prima is having a giveaway! You can win this: by leaving a comment on the Prima blog. It's a kit, which will include step-by-step directions to make a mini album. The giveaway is only open to U.S. residents, but Prima will be doing an international... Read more →