Archive for February, 2010

An Eiffel Tower of Tape!

Written by on February 26, 2010 in Art Journaling, Classes, Cool Products, keepanartjournal with 4 Comments

The Eiffel Tower in Red White and Blue

The Eiffel Tower in Red White and Blue

Remember I said I would let you know when the second shipment of tape arrived? Well – it got here on Saturday. Again less than a week after I ordered. This company is located in Los Angeles and is Ginko papers. I guess that tape people know their product and they know what people are using it for. The tape was in an extra sleeve of plastic to keep it dry as well as wrapped in a bubble wrap tube so it would not get dented and my future art will not have dings in the tape. The Eiffel Tower tape comes in many color combinations and I was very happy to get it in red. The set also included a plain white and a blue with white script on it. I bought 3 three-packs from this company in colors that I like and as you can see, they are different patterns, not just the Eiffel Tower.

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The Sketchbook Project – Remember?

Way back at the beginning of this blog I had a video showing the Sketchbook Project and then I kind of  left you dangling and went off to NANOWRIMO  land and then December land and never brought back the fruits of the Sketchbook Project.  So here is a link to show you the photo gallery of my Sketchbook Pages that now reside in the Art Co-op Gallery.

More Portraiture – PanPastel

Written by on February 23, 2010 in Cool Products, keepanartjournal with 1 Comment

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First Tape Shipment Arrived!

First Tape Shipment Arrived!

Tape Mania!

When I finally caught my breath from my February adventure (which included a class called Addicted to Tape) I decided I would work my way through Kelly Kilmer’s tape article for a little shopping therapy. I wish Kelly would get some kind of commission or free tape but really she does it out of the generosity of her heart.

I started with a company I had tentatively used before TAPESWELL. This is an outstanding company. I ordered the tape on Tuesday and I had it in my hands before noon on Friday. The tape was beautifully packaged in extra plastic bags for protection from the winter and the packing material is a strong tissue that I expect will end up on a journal page.

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Cloud Details – Pan Pastels

Written by on February 18, 2010 in Classes, Cool Products, keepanartjournal with 0 Comments

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Tree Details – Pan Pastel

Written by on February 16, 2010 in Cool Products, keepanartjournal with 0 Comments

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Art Adventure with Kelly II

Written by on February 13, 2010 in Altered Books, Art Journaling, Classes, keepanartjournal with 1 Comment

I think I left off on the art class adventure report at the evening class called Favorite Things. In this class we made a book out of small paint canvases. As usual I had a ball making the book and then pooped out before getting to the part about adding the favorite things.

Front Cover

Front Cover

The cover material, small canvas board, was fun to paint as well as stamp. I had to wait a few extra minutes for drying, but the effect was worth it.
Inside front cover

Inside front cover

The paper for inside the cover was cozily tucked in with other fabulous paper at the store Frenzy Stamper, in a paper shelf right behind my chair. Such a nice rich color to tone down the (slightly) strident green cover.
Inside back cover

Inside back cover

Usually I like to make my own paper designs, but some killer paper out there in the world is just begging for a home… On the inside of my book, where other people were painting pages and gluing in their favorite things, I decided to test out as many of the interesting stamps as I could. The ones I really, really liked were from the instructor’s personal stash and not available. Sigh.
Stamped pages

Stamped pages

P2070022 The other feature of this nice little book is the fold out pages. I meant to make them asymmetric with larger and smaller folded portions, but ended up with them all tidily the same. This book seems to be tough enough that I will be able to stuff it in a backpack or purse – maybe on my next adventure.

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Landscape Pan Pastel

Written by on February 9, 2010 in Cool Products, keepanartjournal with 1 Comment

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Using Up the Odd Bits-Fiber Art by Lorri Flint

Written by on February 7, 2010 in Fiber Arts with 0 Comments

Whenever I finish up an art piece, I always have bits and pieces leftover.  After all the time I've put into creating the piece, the leftover scraps seem so precious…I can't throw them away and yet, I'm usually low on creative ideas at this point.  The juicy little bits get put in a plastic bag and tossed into a box with other leftover bits…never to be seen again.

I'm trying to declutter and use up some of my older fabrics and leftover pieces.  My posts will feature the projects I have made with my little bits and pieces.  Hopefully, you will be inspired to use up your bits and I hope you will share your results with the rest of us so we get inspired too!

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Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale

ADebbie Bick and Kelly Kilmer at Frenzy Stamper, Scottsdale, AZ

Debbie Bick and Kelly Kilmer at Frenzy Stamper, Scottsdale, AZ


I have never been in a store like Frenzy Stamper before. I thought it was because I’ve been in Colorado for the last 20 years, but several women assured me there are NO other stores like Frenzy Stamper. If you are fortunate enough to live within a day’s drive of Scottsdale – a shopping trip at Frenzy Stamper is well worth the drive. I think maybe it is because owner, Debbie Bick, buys for her store only what she would buy for herself. i.e. everything you and I wish we had enough time, money and room for, ourselves. Follow the link to look at the FZ’s take on our classes.
Another Taped Page

Another Taped Page

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