Hope your week is going well. Mine is… um… not so much, but I am inspired to create and get my emotions out in ink and paper. It’s helping. Yesterday, I stopped in to my local scrapbooking store, Anchor Paper Express, to drop of my sample board for my upcoming class (see information at the end of this post) and to, of course, pick up a few goodies. Their selection is impressive there- lots of samplings of the latest releases and old favorites, big companies and small companies and even paper by the pound. Yeah, it’s cool there. (And no, they don’t pay me to say that. Promise.) I picked up my first ever Penny Black stamp set, Wonderful Day Hedgy Hedgehog. I was anxious to sit down an play last night, so here’s what I came up with:
I wanted to create a little scene, so I stamped three of the stamps and then colored them all with the same few colors (from my beloved 48 ct Prismacolor colored pencils set). Add a little distressing with Old Paper and Tea Dye Distress Ink + these fabulous patterns from the Basic Grey Sweet Threads 6 by 6 pad, and you have my card. I love how many colors there are on this card!
Supplies: Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Patterned Paper – Basic Grey (Sweet Threads Collection 6 by 6 pad), Stamps – Penny Black (Wonderful Day) and Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #10), Ink- Tsukineko (Memento Black) and Ranger (Distress Ink in Tea Dye and Old Paper), Colored Pencils – Prismacolor (48 Count Set), White Pen – Uni-Ball Signo White, Border Punch – Fiskars (Scalloped Sentiment), Corner Rounder – We R Memory Keepers.
Also, I wanted to share a spread from my art journal (I bought my journal from Donna Downey) that I made today. You know I’ve been really open and honest lately, and with my sadness that I’ve shared and hinted at to my online friends, I don’t want you to think that anyone is sick or in trouble around here. It’s all matters of the heart. I’ve been going through a rough time this week, but I know I will be okay. Love is hard, and sometimes you just know when you’re not right for the person you’re dating anymore. I reached this point with my boyfriend of almost a year this week, and it was a mutual thing where we decided that we just weren’t meant to be. Yeah, it’s really hard. And sad. And frustrating. But I know I’ll make it through and that I’ll heal with time. I just wanted to share…
Supplies: Art Journal – Donna Downey, Cardstock – Papertrey Ink (Stamper’s Select White), Patterned Paper – Basic Grey (Sweet Threads collection 6 by 6 pad), Ink- Ranger (JBS Chewing Gum, Distress Ink in Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar), Pen – Uni-ball Signo.
I’m still coming to terms with everything and taking my time to be sad and not fake happiness. I’ve done that before, and all it does is cause me more confusion. This is right, and everything will be okay. I know. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, prayers and hugs sent. It means so much.
Okay, enough sad stuff! I wanted to give you the details on the class I’m teaching next month at my local scrapbook store. Here’s the little teaser I made up using pictures of the actual cards we will be making.
If you are in the area and want to attend, here is the class information:
Class title: No-Stress Distress Inks
Date & Time: June 4th, 2011, 1:00-3:00 pm
Description: Join Britta at the University Express Store as she guides you through Ranger Distress Inks from the basics to some more intermediate techniques. Distress Inks aren’t always for a “grungy” look! In this class we will create 5 cards showcasing 5 different techniques using these amazing inks. Whether you’re a Distress Ink fan or are even a little weary of getting inky, this class will have you creating new, exciting cards in no time that’ll make your friends say “Wow! How did you do that?”
How to sign up: Stop in or call the University Anchor Paper Express store at (651)783-5955
I’m also thinking about making the print-outs I give to my students (+a supply list) available online after the class. Would you like that? Let me know!
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to get some scrapping done tonight for a little bit of creative release. Isn’t our hobby great? I love that I can craft when I’m happy, sad or anything really… and no matter what, I always feel better. :)