We’re having record high temperatures for December
and lots of rain instead of snow.
The gigantic blue tarp remains over the structure of my new studio to protect it
while it waits for periodic sunny weather.
At least the construction crew are enjoying being home with their families for the holidays.
And I’m wishing you the same,
a very merry and blessed Christmas with those you love!
Don’t forget to keep your name on the “nice” list throughout the new year! 🙂
My creative friend Eileen Hull has been showcasing some exciting news
over on her blog!
Eileen has teamed up with Crafitti Direct to produce her
new line of clear stamp designs.
In preparation for their introduction at CHA in January,
Eileen allowed me to take her first 3 stamp sets (shown below) for a test drive.
On my drive home from Eileen’s home, I was already happily planning my project,
a little holiday journal cover that would combine stamps from each of her sets.
And of course, it would also be in her favorite color scheme.
Below are the stamps I chose to use:
Since I’m primarily a painter, that’s how I approached this project.
The cover and spine are made from flexible 140-lb hot-press Fabriano watercolor paper
painted loosely with acrylics in Eileen’s colors as background for
the stamped cover elements.
For the cover elements, I stamped the barn wood, flower wreath and leaf hinges
on smooth Bristol paper, cutting them to the shapes that fit my project.
For the spine, I stamped Eileen’s “grill” pattern directly on front and back
of the fold, using black Staz-On ink for all.
The barn wood inset is painted with a light wash of
Now my little holiday travel journal is ready for some watercolor paper signatures.
With the tree branches around my house bending under lots of snow,
it’s just the day for sewing in the pages.
I hope you are enjoying winter wherever you are!
After 8 months of proofing architectural drawings and enduring endless county paperwork requirements and delays,
we’ve happily (finally) started actual construction of my new painting studio.
So far we’ve accomplished de-construction, removing the attics and roof above the garage and family room,
and then started construction with laying the 40+foot-long support beams, the 20+foot long floor joists,
and the pressure-treated supports for the back balcony.
It may not sound like much progress, but it’s very exciting to have finally started.
I’m hoping to show you photos as building progresses, although initially they won’t be very glamorous.
The construction is expected to take 3 months, but of course, having to start this late in the year,
we’ve already been stalled by our first snow this season.
I hope you’ll stay tuned as my small studio becomes a big reality,
maybe by this spring.
With large windows and plenty of space, I’ll have room again to make my large-scale paintings
and also for holding classes here in northern Virginia..
But first, we have to get through this icy standstill in northern Virginia.
packed with plenty of hands-on crafty goodness as usual
and with wonderful guest contributors.
It’s always fun to add my doodles (for example, above and below)
to my sweet friend Amy’s mix, but the real crafting effort takes place
in over 100 ezine pages of DIY ideas and instructions …
… like Amy’s little felt houses made using Brenda Walton’s
and an excerpt from Jenny and Aaron’s new mixed media book
and so much more, including sewing and painting and good ole cutting and pasting!
There’s something for everyone under the tree. 🙂
The Inspired Ideas for Christmas 2013 is sure to add a little JOY to your holiday!
This fat little book was so much fun to make, using Eileen Hull’s
versatile XL Square Box Scoreboard die for Sizzix,
as another sample for our class on Saturday afternoon, December 7th,
at Angela’s Happy Stamper in Reston.
Within its small frame, there are plenty of pages to make lots of holiday lists,
like a gift list, a wish list, and that naughty and nice list.
It can hold tags and pockets, too!
In class, Eileen and I are teaming up show you how to create the box and then
how to use the same die to create a chunky book and a shaker ornament.
The inside liner of this book,
a series of holiday words doodled in outline for you to color in,
will be part of the class kit, along with instruction sheets
and handwritten tags for embellishing your projects
for the holidays.
Come join Eileen and me for a crafty afternoon Saturday, December 7th,