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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fun Time at the CK Convention!

It was another wonderful time had at the CK Convention! We arrived around 10:00 and had a little bit of time before our first class to quickly take a peek at the vendors before heading to our 11:00 class. This year we took three classes instead of two. There are so many to choose from that it is hard to decide which ones to take.
Here we are at are first class, Floral Extravaganza sponsored by Heartfelt Creations, learning how to roll the flower petals with a stylist to give them dimension.

We ate lunch and did a bit more shopping before our second class which was at 3:10. It was called Sweet Memories Acrylic Album and was sponsored by the Button Farm. I had not worked with acrylic before and thought this would be a great way to learn how to work with it. It turned out to be fun and acrylic isn't that hard to work with after all.

We saved the best class for last. It was called Mixing, Matching and Scrapping and was sponsored by Faber Castell  USA & Buzz Chics, LLC. It was a mixed media class! I was a bit scared as I have not used things like gesso, gel medium,glaze, gelatos etc. But it was a blast.

We learned several different techniques and you really could do things however you wanted. We had such fun stuff to work with and were given one of everything we used in class to take home. I loved the gelatos they are so much fun to play with! They mix well with water and give a sheen to your project.
This is what we received for the class:

After the class it was almost 8:00 and we were tired. So we went to our hotel checked in, got something to eat for dinner and headed back to our room to look over what we had done in our classes and the few things we had purchased and to plan what vendors we wanted to visit in the morning. We found out that there tends to be less people shopping on Sat and plus it is easier to shop without carrying around tools for your classes which is why we take all of the classes on Friday. I think we were shopped out by 11:30 and ready to head home. Now I just have to find a place for all my new goodies.

If anyone is interested in seeing what we did any of the classes leave me a comment on which one(s) you would like to see and I will try to take photos of them and get them posted.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Who's Going To Seattle CK Convention??

Warning! This post is a little random.

I am so excited to be going to the CK Convention again for the second time. I will be going with a friend and we are so looking forward to a Girls Weekend.

So I was just wandering if anyone from around here (Silverdale) or close by with be going too and if so are you taking any classes? We are taking three classes on Friday and the rest of the time we will be shopping!!

And because I didn't want to leave you without any pictures I thought I would share some of the beautiful fall colors I have been enjoying when I walk our dog.

This is our neighbors tree. When the sun is shining this tree glows just like the sun itself and is gorgeous.

I love these vibrant red leaves too.  

This neighbor hood that we walk through sometimes has lots of fall colors. I have been soaking in all the beautiful sun and fall colors that I can because soon, very soon it will all be gray and gloomy for waaay too long.

All the crisp leaves on the ground and sidewalks make the walk so much more fun. I also love the smell of the leaves and the crunch they make under your feet and to watch them gently fall from the tree and swirl their way down to the ground.

And I just want to wish all our veterans a wonderful Veterans Day tomorrow and to thank all those who have served and who are serving our country now. Thank you for keeping this great nation free!

God Bless America!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Wine Gift Tags

I love these Wine Gift Tags. They really help to dress up any bottle of wine, champagne, sparkling cider, sports drinks or even bottles of water. As long as the neck of the bottle fits through the 1 1/2"  hole of the tag it will work.

 I made the base of the tag with kraft cardstock and the leaves are kraft cardstock also. I inked the leaves with Vintage Photo distress ink then spritzed them with Perfect Pearls so they shimmer.

For the sentiment I stamped it in Concord Distress ink on kraft cardstock and trimmed the one end to look like a banner then inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink. I adhered the sentiment banner with pop up dots and added a button tied with white floss.

Here you can see the shimmer of the Perfect Pearls.

And here too you can see how the Perfect Pearls gleams in the light.

I backed the kraft tag with purple cardstock and added a punched scalloped border at the bottom.

 I will have these Wine Tags in our Etsy shop, Jenneresa soon. I have a variety of other sentiments and if you are looking for a different sentiment just let me know what you would like.

I am thinking on making some with snowflakes for winter and Christmas. With all the parties going on during the holidays it would be nice to have some of these tags on hand.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Card From a Sketch

This morning as I was taking a lap around the internet I came across a sketch for a card that caught my eye. I needed a sympathy card and I knew what colors and papers I wanted to use and that I wanted to use fall leaves. So when I saw this card sketch over at Sketch Support with Allison Davis ( ) I knew it would be perfect.

Here is how it turned out:

Here is a close up of the rosette and leaf:

The rosette is made with Tim Holtz rosette mini die. The leaf is made from water color paper and I used three different colors of distress inks as watercolors by just pressing each of the ink pads on my craft mat and spritzing with water. I then pressed the paper in the three different colors until I was happy with they way it looked and I used a paint brush to fill in a few places. I then spritzed the paper with Perfect Pearls mixed with water. I then inked the edges of the leaf with Walnut Stain distress ink before ahereing it to the rosette.

I love the look of banners and had fun picking out the papers for them. The banners were all made from scraps from making other fall cards. I decided to go with pattern paper as a mat.

For the sentiment I chose vanilla paper that I stamped with a flourish stamp using Versa Mark ink. I then went over the paper with Antique Linen distress ink. I distressed the edges then inked them with Walnut Stain distress ink. I also used Walnut Stain to stamp the sentiment too. I used pop up dots to adhere it to the card.

I then glued the rosette onto the sentiment. I thought the card still looked like it needed a little something else so I added the jute bow in the corner and inked the outside edge of the card with Walnut Stain and called it good.

I do not like making sympathy cards so I was wondering if any of you find it hard too?