Ken Oliver Class at Paper Dreams

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Paper Dreams Store, Kennesaw, Georgia

This weekend I had the privilege of attending a Color Burst Technique class by none other than the inventor himself, Ken Oliver of Ken Oliver Crafts!  What a treat!

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Ken is a great teacher, personable and approachable.  He shares a real time view of what he is doing on a tv so you can see exactly how he performs a technique.  He also moves around the class offering tips and looking over everyone’s progress.

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Paper Dreams Store in Kennesaw, Georgia

The class was held at Paper Dreams in Kennesaw, Georgia.  Paper Dreams is a lovely store with a nice selection of paper, stamps and supplies.  They emphasize classes with a busy schedule and plenty of various activities in which to participate. The owner, Stephanie is helpful and knowledgeable.

Even my Mom attended class!  85 years old and still crafting!!!

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Pay at visit to Stephanie and the other ladies at Paper Dreams  and look through the goodies or take a class.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

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RubberMoon Stamps

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Featuring Dave Brethauer | DB4263K – Wishing Tree – Rubber Art Stamp

RubberMoon Stamps!!  Awesome images from some pretty awesome artists/designers!  Based in the United States, RubberMoon Stamps’ website offers stamps, The MoonMail Club (check it out!), and some really great instructional videos.  As you can see by the above sample, it’s not hard to want to add some of their stamps to your collection!

Take some time, visit their site and enjoy scrolling through the large collection of images.

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Sweet Collage Bird by Miriam Elder

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Shared with permission from Miriam Elder

Don’t you just love this collage bird!  He looks as if he could just hop off the page!

Created by Miriam Elder (from Scotland originally but now residing in England), this piece was crafted with lots of interesting layers.  The canvas base is sheet music overlaid with colored tissue paper that bled as she glued it down.  Miriam used PVA Glue which did a great job of keeping everything from wrinkling as she glued down the layers.

She traced the bird shape (using an original photo as a guide) and then filled it in with collage materials, in this case, torn and cut magazine pages.  When the bird shape is applied over the background, it all comes together as a beautiful piece of art! Thanks to Miriam for sharing this with us!

Does this give you some ideas and inspiration?  Maybe I need to look over those old magazines before I throw them out……

 

Mixed Media Flower Birthday Card

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Needed a Birthday Card for my lovely daughter! I created a background on heavy cardstock using stencils, Gelatos, embossing powder, die cuts and a script stamp.

Once my background was finished and dry (I let it dry overnight between two pieces of parchment paper), I die cut the flower out of the background.

Then I colored a piece of paper to coordinate (I use pages torn from an old dictionary) and glued it to the back, allowing it to peek through the opening created by the die.

Finally, I layered with a dark red cardstock onto white cardstock to finish. Done!