Saturday, September 29, 2012

A little bird told me.....

During the Ustream show last night, I did a demo of my paper applique technique. This project used a Tim Holtz District Market burlap panel (See below for how I altered it). We had a blast during class while the bird jokes and play on words "flew" around the chat. Here is the finished panel. The papers used were a variety of Graphic 45 papers.

Here is how I altered the panel before the show.

Cover the panel lightly with white gesso. Next, tone down the white with a coat of Walnut Stain Distress ink. Cover the surface with a mix of Antique Gold and African Bronze Guilder's Paste.
Sand lightly with a sanding block and add another coat of Walnut Stain (forgot to photograph this step).

Today, we will be trying out the New Livestream. During this Field Trip class we will be making another panel with a Macaw....

See you on Livestream.  CLICK HERE to go straight to my Livestream Channel......


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Schedule Adjustment

Needed to adjust the schedule this weekend, check it out on the side bar schedule. Due to a combo of factors.....planets aligning differently than expected so to speak.....on Friday night I will do a paper applique demo. (Some of you saw the example that you can't say you saw....shhhhh!) We have a project using this technique in late October that will include kits and patterns but this will give you a demo of how I created it.

On Saturday, we will do a Livestream test run to see if it is a viable option for the regular classes. I will post further info on how to get there, sign in etc. on the blog tomorrow. It also looks like I will be able to upload my archived Ustream videos onto my New Livestream account. Yowza! How cool is that! Did a test load earlier today and it worked. It is faster and easier to load too! Vimeo is taking about 6 hours per video to upload right now, so this may be the perfect solution.

This adjustment will also give me a bit of breathing room to get the Garden Gate 2 pattern edited and up without rushing. It WILL be available on Saturday. The class will start on my regular class on Wednesday.

Can I just say that all of you are the best. Your support and kind worlds truly warm my heart to bursting!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

They did it AGAIN!! AAUGGHHHH!!!

Once again, Ustream wiped out all of the older videos......and as I heard from a half dozen of you, while you were watching them!!  **POOF** This time there was no warning other than I knew they would be doing so eventually since they hadn't deleted any since February. Fortunately, my friend and right hand, Joy (aka Zelda on Ustream) has been diligently downloading them and will be posting them up on the Vimeo site where I am uploading the archived video's. She will be posting them as fast as she is able (Trust me, she will post them SIGNIFICANTLY faster than I have been doing with the older ones!) So, rest easy and once again be patient while we get these videos available once again.

Hmmm....... I just got a notice the other day regarding the new version of Livestream. No ads, unlimited storage and at a very reasonable price. The $999 a MONTH that Ustream wants me to pay for the same service....ummmm.....reasonable?......not so much. Maybe it is time to make a bit of a move. Anyone up for a test run? I keep you posted as to when and how to get there.

Still working on the Garden Gate 2 pattern. (My special needs son is having a rough patch and I am spending lots of time on the phone and it has me running behind) The pattern should be up on Wednesday. The last of the kits, with the exception of the Traditional Christmas, will go out today. the Kaisercraft Turtle Dove paper for the Traditional Christmas version is scheduled to arrive by the end of the week and the kits are ready with the exception of the paper so they will go out at the end of the week.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Holy Smokerdoodles!

The first batch of the Traditional  Christmas Garden Gate 2 kits sold out in about 15 minutes! The remainder will go up at 7pm PDT tonight. These will be the last of the kits for this project.

Also the giveaway for the True Scraps 4 ends today. Make sure to sign up. Some of you have had problems with finding the first part video to watch. Scroll down to just above the Instructors list where it says "Watch instructor video HERE". After watching the video, sign up for  "More Info" and the bottom and leave me a comment. No purchase necessary to win. The early Bird special price for the whole enchilada is expiring soon however......

Have an awesome Sunday.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gingerbread Garden Gate

Here is a quick shot of the gingerbread Garden Gate 2 - Christmas Version. We will work on the Halloween Version during the Ustream class.

This version still has a few more embellishments to be added. The first half of the kits are going up at 7 pm PDT tonight and the other half in the morning at 10 am PDT.  I had hoped to have the pattern available by tomorrow, but it now looks more like it will be available closer to the weekend.

Monday, September 17, 2012

True Scrap 4

Look, up in the sky! 

Is that a bird? 

A plane? 


It's TRUE SCRAP 4, coming Oct. 19-20!

True Scrap 4 is the galaxy's ONLY online, live scrapbooking and papercrafting experience. With 15 A- list instructors, five virtual make-and-takes, and a ton of fun, you won't want to miss it. Instructors (like me!) bring classes on everything from photography to design to inspiration right to your computer – live! You log in from home and interact in our state-of-the-art webroom, chatting, learning, and interacting in real time. And it's all recorded so you can go back and watch again and again.

Sound cool? I think so! And here's something even cooler: You can WIN a FREE spot in True Scrap 4, valued at $147, plus some other great prizes. Here's how to enter:

1.  Click here to view more details and watch the sneak peek instructor video.
2.  Sign up for the “More Info” email list at the bottom of the page. 
3.  Come back here and leave me a comment letting me know you've done steps 1 & 2.

Contest closes on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Winners will be notified by Wed., Sept. 25, 2012, and all prizes must be claimed by Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

I am so excited to be part of this event, which is sponsored by Two Peas in a Bucket. Here's the full list of instructors who will be appearing LIVE at this event:

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer 
Erin Bassett 
Monica Bradford 
Kelli Crowe
Laura Denison  (HEY! That's me!)
Jennifer Gallacher
Nic Howard 
Noell Hyman 
Katrina Kennedy 
Nichol Magouirk 
Gretchen Schmidt 
Katrina Simeck 
Jessica Sprague 
Heidi Swapp 
Jennifer Wilson

Ready to sign up? You can get $20 off your registration by clicking here now! Get ready for a fantastic weekend!


Garden Gate 2 kits

My website person is moving to moving today and so I won't have the kits up in time for the morning set. Sooooo, the first batch will go up at 7pm PDT tomorrow and the second set will go up at 10am on WEDNESDAY instead. I have the Christmas version almost ready for a sneak peek......

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Autumn Garden Gate

Here is a peek at the new Autumn Garden Gate project. I will have a sneak peek of the Gingerbread Christmas version on Monday. There will also be a Halloween version. 

These 3 versions of the Garden Gate 2 kits will go up on Tuesday, September 18 in two batches. Half will go up at 10am PDT and the other half at 7pm Pacific. There is a limited number of the 3 versions. The pattern should be available on Wednesday. 

The Autumn version features the Bo Bunny Apple Cider, The Gingerbread Christmas version features Bo Bunny Mistletoe, and the Halloween version features Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor. All three include a mini album that fits inside through the back of the project. The album uses my new Double Dutch binding system.

Enjoy the last of your weekend!


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Christmas Trunk

Here's a quick peek at the Trunk Full of Memories - White Album Christmas Version....

Have an awesome week!


Saturday, September 8, 2012


Here is the outside of the Trunk Full of Memories - White Album Halloween Version. Hope to have inside shots and the Christmas version to show you soon!

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, September 7, 2012

"White Album" Supply Lists

I am really excited to be working on the sample of the anticipated "White Album" project. (Photos soon!!)
In answer to a couple of common questions:

Will there be a new pattern or supplementary pattern?
This technique fill project will use my Trunk Full of Memories pattern. I will be demonstrating and posting here on my blog the few changes/additions to the current pattern. We won't be constructing the Trunk during the class, only the changes and embellishments. The original Ustream class on the  construction of the trunk is available in the Ustream archives (click the link at the top of this page)

Will there be instructions for the techniques?
I won't be writing up the techniques, but I will be demonstrating them on both the Ustream class and on Youtube videos.

I have compiled a list of the items I will be using in addition to supplies needed for the trunk and standard scrapping tools and materials (scissors, craft knife, glue, adhesive, etc).You can substitute alternatives if you don't have (or don't want to purchase) any of the items shown....I am just giving you a heads up on what I will use during the Ustream class and Youtube videos. I may add items as I work on the samples.

For the Halloween Version:

For the Christmas Version:

I still have a few kits available over on my website. The kits include all the paper and embellishments but not the items shown above (except for the die cuts which WILL be included)