Sunday, August 29, 2010

Creative Escape 2010

Another great Creative Escape behind us ...

I'm resting up today from a very busy and fun filled three days.

Thursday was the Technique Boutique. All afternoon the attendees get to visit with the teachers at the trunk show, and go table to table collecting handouts, and making projects that they'll need for some of the classes. These projects are ones that take a little more time or explanation than what regular class time allows.

I worked at the table making organza and tulle flowers for Heidi Swapp's class.

Friday morning we arrived in our classroom for the AV set up at 7 am .... we set up and organized the classroom .... watched as the attendees lined up outside each of the classrooms for when the party began at 8 am sharp! All day Saturday is another round of classes.

This year I had the great pleasure of working with Claudine Hellmuth.

What a sweetheart, she's funny and knows more about paint than anyone I've ever met.

In class, she taught nine painting techniques which were then mounted on a canvas for display.

The Scrapbooks Etc store, on location at the hotel, was constantly packed with people and products to buy.

Everyone seemed very happy with the mix of teachers, classes, food, and hotel ..... if you've never been, you should definitely consider it for next year .... I'll see you there!

Have a great week ....

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hello ....

I just wanted to say "hi" to anyone reading this.

Life has been fast paced recently and I haven't had much time to spend in "my room". I call it my room because I always feel odd calling it a studio since I don't really consider myself an "artist". My room is where I go when I need a bit of sanity though, and today I plan on spending some time in there.

I taught a beginner Copic class at Frenzy Stamper yesterday. Thanks to all the ladies that took part in it. I love this class, watching the addiction to these things take over ... makes me so happy to see others partaking in my pleasure!

Getting excited about Creative Escape this coming week. Being a volunteer, I get to experience the excitement these ladies feel as they go through all the planned activities, classes, sharing the event with their best buds ... its great fun and motivation!

The day to day buzy-ness at work everyday remains constant. I thank God everyday for allowing us to weather the economic storms of the last few years easier than so many others out there.

Yes, we all have our real life things keeping us busy .... kids heading back to school, grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning, repairing, maintaining ..... and speaking of all that, I'd best get busy or I'll use up the little bit of time I might have today to spend in "my room".

Have a great week!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A quick glance ...

.... into a most delightful week.

I arrived in Wisconsin late Sunday afternoon, after an uneventful flight, just in time for brats for dinner.

First thing we did was head down to Terri's basement to figure out what projects we were going to start on. Cheryl from Ten Seconds Studio asked both of us to make a canvas for the fundraiser she does in October benefiting breast cancer research. Of course we accepted and that was our first task to accomplish. Keep watching 10SS blog for details on the fundraiser ... here's just a teeny piece of our canvases in their beginning stages.

Canvases complete ... now for our woodburning projects. These were to keep us busy on the ferry ride across Lake Michigan.

Tuesday Morning we packed up our bags, our wood burnt pieces and we were off to Ludington, Michigan to visit Dawn and David.

We colored all the way across the lake .....

Dawn and David met us at the dock and we headed straight to the local brewery in downtown where we had dinner on the patio and a few great local beers.
If you're ever traveling to Ludington, Michigan be sure to stay at the Viking Arms Inn ... Dawn and David are the best of hosts. Dawn had a bag of local goodies (i.e. fudge, chocolate, honey, postcards, maple syrup to mention a few) waiting for each of us .... and I must add that they've got some of the most comfortable beds for their guests!
Next morning we were up early ready to hit the town. We spent the day strolling the little shops downtown and checking out the locals ....

and the self portraits on the beach ....

Thanks Dawn and David for such a fabulous time!
Next morning it was time to get back on the ferry and return to Appleton. We had things to color, but we were more interested in napping on that leg of the trip, so the colored pencils stayed packed away .... until we got home .....
Then it was back to the basement .... the woodburners and colored pencils came out again ...
Here's a few pictures of what we did ....
And meet the girls ......

Good times with great friends!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Creative Escape 2010

Wow, it's less than a month away ... and rumor has it there are a few spaces that opened up due to last minute cancellations. This event is usually sold out very early on, so if you've been looking for something special to wrap up your summer with .... this is your chance to jump in ....

here's a few details .... don't wait .... just do it!

Don't miss the ultimate scrapbook indulgence hosted by Bazzill Basics Paper and Heidi Swapp, in Arizona, Aug. 26 – 28, 2010.
Bring a friend and enjoy:
* Ten classes taught by some of the industry’s greatest teachers.
* Products from fabulous scrapbooking sponsors who love the legacy of scrapbooking.
* A chance to trade projects and goodies with CE friends in the beautifully decorated Provo Craft Swap Room.
* A place for inspiration and ideas with the girls in the wild and crazy House of 3 Crop Room.
* Delicious gourmet meals and decadent surprises.
* A chance to participate in fundraising-fun with teachers past and present and the ScrapMap Cruise team… all supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
For more information, visit Register now!

See you there .... I'll be with Claudine!!

Just got back from a fabulous week with Terri, and Dawn and David in Michigan .... what a blast ... sorting through the 750 pictures that all of us took ... I'll find a few good ones and be posting them soon.