I was recently honored to be invited to do a Guest Artist Blog post for Altered Pages in Arizona. Their blog is full of yummy inspiration, she has a fabulous mixed media on-line store and also a store front now in Phoenix! You MUST check them out!!
Here's the link to my blog post and fun little canvas tutorial I did featuring ALL Art Anthology!
I know, I know...I rarely blog. I am definitely much more active on Facebook so if we are not already friends, go ahead and send me a friend request...I love being able to see your smiling faces : )
I have a lot to catch you up on so I will spread it out over a few posts while I have some time before my crazy travel schedule picks up again.
So going back a bit...CHA in Anaheim, CA was awesome again. It's probably my favorite week of the year where I get to reconnect with so many friends and store owners but get to see all of the new yummy products being introduced for the year. I have to say, it recharges my mojo and and give me so much inspiration! Just a few of my favorite people that I got to see...
My bestie and Yoda, Robin Beam...
The extremely sparkley and fabulous Suze Weinberg...
The very cool and talented, lovely Dyan Reaveley...
My wonderful and beautiful friend Sally Lynn MacDonald...
The nicest guy in the industry, the inspiring Ken Oliver...
Another one of my besties and partner in crime at the show, Owner of Art Anthology, Stayce DeWid and the extremely funny Roxanne Dondanville (LOVE these girls!!)...
This year was even more special because my husband Mike joined me for the first time so he got to experience the full amount of craziness that goes along with the show...I think he now appreciates all that is involved and why I sleep for days when I get home! LOL
Stayce and I put him right to work mixing paints, setting up the booth...then we dressed him up and gave him and Stayce's husband Jimmy the titles of "Eye Candy" for the booth! (lol) They both did great and we were happy to have some muscle around to help with it all! Plus, Mike made a new buddy!
The booth looked great and we had another amazing response to Art Anthology!
I did a lot of demos at the booth with the new paint lines of Stone Effects and Metal Effects and Craft Test Dummies even came and did a video where I got to show all of the paints including my paint line of Dimensional Crystals!
Stayce and I also co-taught an Art Anthology Class during CHA which was a blast!
Mostly, it was so much fun to have someone to travel with for once and this was actually the first time Mike and I had been away without the kids since they were born! (Thanks for taking them Mom!)
Mike stayed long enough to take part in the Art Anthology company dinner before flying home to relieve Mom from the kids while I stayed to teach at 2 stores in California and hang out with Stayce for a few more days.
A few months late, but there is the highlights of our CHA adventure!
Just a quick note to let you know I just started updating my Spring schedule on the right sidebar of my blog... SO excited to hit the road for the first Southern trip starting March 1st!
Classes will be announced very soon at all locations. I've been working like a madwoman to get in some of the new products just introduced at CHA so it's been a tight turn around time trying to figure out all of the shipping dates, etc for the new goodies I plan to use. Planning on having the new class list out to all of the stores by the end of the weekend so they can choose their classes and get the details out to you all : )
Only a few hours left to get in on the EARLY BIRD RATE for my next on-line workshop starting tonight. All of the details on how it all works is in the On-Line Class tab above and to register, just go in to the Studio Store. This workshop is taught completely in video so it's like having a private class in the privacy of your own home : )
Not only will you learn and be able to make the original version of this project but I've bumped it up a bit (or a lot) for the on-line version so there is a lot of new product incorporated and LOADS of techniques that I never had the time to do in the "in store" class setting!
I've been working hard on getting my on-line workshops up and running by the end of the year and they are just about ready to go LIVE!!! AAgh...as many of you might know, this is a big step for me as I consider myself to be a bit techy-challenged. LOL Although I do have to admit I have been kind of proud of all that I have learned in the process...thanks to a lot of help from friends. Still, there is always more to learn and improve on but I am excited to announce that they should begin going up on my website within the next week.
In the meantime, to get some of the excitement going and to also incorporate the on-line workshops in to my Christmas kit sale I have decided to throw an additional promotion in to the mix in addition to the current FREE SHIPPING on all kits now through Christmas.
My very first on-line workshop will be the Mixed Media Christmas book that I currently have the kit for in my Studio Store. Now through Christmas, if you purchase 3 kits (with at least one of them being the CHristmas book) you will receive access to the on-line class for FREE when it goes live!!! This class includes 9 instructional demo videos where I walk you through each step close up and personal with a ton of techniques featuring Viva Decor, Art Anthology and Ranger plus an 11 page pdf of written instructions.
I've been doing more organizing in my studio and found FOUR more Canvas Beach Book Kits! I have taken it off "sold out" status in my studio store above...first 4 to order gets them and then they are totally GONE!
UPDATE: The kits are now completely sold out and I will no longer be teaching this in stores...but you can now purchase the online class here....
NOTE: this is now an ON-LINE CLASS ONLY AND DOES NOT INCLUDE A KIT...it is taught completely using several detailed videos. I've even included lots of bonus techniques and alternative supply ideas that I never had time to include in the live in store class setting!
I'm so excited to be heading up to Quebec for my first time to teach at SCRAPBOOK CENTRALE for the weekend of September 7-8. Natalie picked all 4 of my favorite and best selling classes...which just makes me giddy to have them all in one weekend!
I'll be teaching Imagine the Possibilities and my Butterfly Pennant on Saturday (both of which you can see in the videos here if you scroll down). Sunday is going to be AWESOME! A FULL DAY OF TECHNIQUES!!
The morning will be the Viva Diva class and then my all time favorite class, Ink Boot Camp which is jam packed with techniques and so many different products to learn about...I'll warn you, it may possibly go a little later than 5:00 because I keep adding to this class, not to mention, the more excited I get, the more I keep talking!! LOL
This is going to be an amazing kick off to the busy Fall teaching season and I absolutely can't wait!!!
Just uploaded a quick little video showing and explaining my Canvas Butterfly Pennant Class. if you can't make it to a live class at your local store, kits are available in my Studio Store in the tab above : )