"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Christmas is Coming...

Make plans to join us for this Wonderful Event...

Stop by and see our NEW Christmas Class Projects, NEW Holiday Paper Collections, and enjoy a FREE Make & Take from 10am-3pm! Prize Drawings and Yummy Refreshments will be available all day too!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

New Fall Classes

I'm busy creating classes for the Christmas classes for the LBH Preview on Nov. 2 (next Saturday) and I haven't even shared the fall classes here yet!

This is the Halloween double layout, "Fright Night," I created using the gorgeous Halloween collection from Teresa Collins.

Crepe paper rosettes

A scary skeleton using Clearly for Art

And lots of washi tape!

 My spooky Mixed Media "Beware" canvas has been very popular. Everyone has had fun with all the paints and "lotions and potions" used on this project. I love that every canvas has come out just a bit different, but all great!

I also designed a new set of tags for our popular blocks and base set. These are non-seasonal and can be on display at any time. I used beautiful burlap fabrics and lace instead of the usual patterned papers. I love the simplicity of them.

Lace, pearls, twine and metal - a perfect combination!
These classes are all being currently taught at The Little Blue House, so if you are local, stop by to visit or call to reserve your seat!

After next weekend, I will be able to share the Christmas projects - right now they are all WIPs!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mixed Media Mania "Spooktacular" Tag Canvas Class

Come join me next Tuesday, Oct. 22nd, at The Little Blue House for my newest Mixed Media Mania class.  This month we will be getting messy while we play with many "lotions and potions" to create these spooky Halloween tags to be mounted on a 6" x 12" canvas.

We'll explore some fun techniques using the new Art Anthologies paints and special effects paste, a different twist on alcohol ink backgrounds and some real and "faux" metal effects.  

Two sessions will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22:

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Call or stop by The Little Blue House (817-431-7930) to reserve your spot! Cost is $30.00.
(Check the MMM page on the LBH blog for the list of supplies to bring.)

Hope to see you then!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Art Journaling 101

Come join me at a new Art Journaling class at The Little Blue House!
The inner artist in you will love coming out to play at this fun workshop! Come explore the world of Art Journaling and you will enjoy learning lots of artsy techniques using all the latest and greatest lotions & potions!

When:  Wednesday Oct 16th
Time: 10am-1pm or 6pm-9pm
Cost: $20
Instructors: Susan Tidwell & Lynette Chiles
You will be required to have a Dylusions Art Journal (large one) for this workshop. If you sign up for the workshop, you will receive a 25% discount on your art journal if purchased at the Little Blue House
Dyan's "perfect" journal - a blank journal that features matte white heavy cardstock, ideal for the application of Dylusions Ink Sprays and techniques using water, inks, paints and mediums. The journal cover is made from sturdy chipboard and filled with 64 unlined pages for endless paper crafting creativity.

What to Bring:
*Dylusions Art Journal
*White Gesso
*Heat Resistant Craft Mat
*Heat Tool
1 in. Bristle Brush

*all available at the LBH
You may call or stop by the LBH to reserve your spot. Please let us know if we should hold a Dylusions Journal for you!
I hope to see you there! Lynette and I have lots of information and fun ideas to share with you. Be prepared to get messy and have FUN!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

It's been a long time!

Almost a month to be exact! This has been such a busy several weeks - where to start?

I spent a wonderful weekend with my artsy girlfriends in Atlanta (one of the girls moved there a few years ago and we've kept in touch - she invited us all to her house for art time!).  We arrived on a Thursday and everyone left Monday late afternoon, except for me! I had to stay until Tuesday since I travel non-rev and flights were booked until then. (I didn't mind though!)

Karen treated us all royally. She drove us around town to several favorite spots - we visited the most wonderful stamp store (Impressive Ideas I think was the name - in Roswell), then Archivers and, of course, a few quick stops to local Hobby Lobby and Michael's stores, along with a few antique malls and shops. 

She had many gifties for us - totes made by her sister from Tim Holtz fabrics, an entire shopping bag for each of us filled with all kinds of odds and ends and goodies - and several projects for us to work on.

Handmade tote from TH fabric

Here are some of the fun things we created.

Tiny pincushion from a vintage mold

"Ghoulie spoolie" I'd seen on Pinterest and took supplies for all to make

Paper mache witch's hat

And our "big" project was this fun chipboard house which we each decorated with papers we brought. Three of us did a Halloween house; one was a spring house; one was Christmas and one Thanksgiving.  This was sold by Stampin Up several years ago and they took it off the market since it was very difficult for most consumers to make. Karen scarfed them up at a great deal on clearance and shared how to make them with us.  It took all of one long day for us to do and none of us are novices!  I still might put a little fence around the base of mine, but I've run out of time to fuss with it now. The windows have vellum in them and a little tealight sits inside to light up at night.

Love the bats coming out of the chimney

There was an abundance of laughter, reminiscing, girl talk and just the relaxing with good friends.
A fantastic time was had by all and we've vowed to make it an annual affair!

On my way home I stopped in Austin for a few days to visit this little guy. And then he also came the next weekend for us to babysit while his parents went to Chicago for a wedding. We love every opportunity to spend time with him. He's at such a darling age now - talking in short phrases and really cute!

Once home, I hit the ground running!  The LBH Fall Open House was held the Saturday while I was gone, revealing all the new fall and Halloween class projects.  So we started prepping kits in full force and teaching new projects. And now we are planning and designing Christmas for the Holiday Open House in early November!

Hopefully I will be able to blog more regularly now. I'll be back soon to share the projects I created for fall classes.