Quickly, I'd like to say thank you to all the new followers! Welcome! I appreciate you immensely!
Last weekend I was honored to be asked by Carolyn Ross of The Crafty Scrapper to come demo for the store at the Scrapbook Expo held in Grapevine, Texas, at the Gaylord Texan Hotel. I have done a few make and takes for a few people at a time, but NEVER a full on "DEMO". I was a little nervous to say the least, but then a rescuer showed up to relieve my nervousness...Jim, The Gentleman Crafter!
Oh that Jim made me laugh and laugh! We had the best time tag teaming! And after about, oh I'd say 5 minutes, I felt at home, lost all shyness, told my life story to Jim and the fabulous Cesar, and even sang a little! YUP! I was comfortable! I was home! was in my element! I love improvisation! It was like I was teaching school again before the days of having to read from a basil reader, when you could have teachable moments and thematic units...when I loved my job...before testing, lobbyist, politicians, and the like took over public school. Whoa! I can't go there! Anyway....Jim and I really helped people, and they were genuinely happy and willing to learn, and they loved it (Really, they just loved Jim!). We even learned a little along the way! It's amazing that when you have time to just "stand" and play and thoroughly love what you are doing, how much you CAN do and experiment with and what you can learn yourself! I LOVE to demo!!!! And, I never want to demo without Jim! ;0) Thank you Carolyn for giving me the opportunity! I hope I did your store justice.
|Even when no one was around, we just taught each other or just played! FUN!!!|
|Who is that wearing Jim's hat?|
|It's Carolyn! That hat made the rounds! She is adorable!!!|
Now, the important part...what did we demo? Carolyn wanted us to answer questions and show what Tim's new Distress Paints from Ranger, Wendy's new Embossing Pastes and Stencils from Stamper's Anonymous, and Dyan's new Dylusions Ink Sprays and Stamps from Ranger, could all do and how they can all work together. WOW! A big job with the best products arounds...no problem!
|Here are all my demo pieces, with individual pics to follow and a tutorial as well. I was definitely in an Easter/Spring mood.|
|These two and the one below are only items I made with just the Distress Paints. The coaster also has a Crafter's Workshop Honeycomb Stencil used with the paints. Everyone really loved that you can alter the paint while still wet.|
|This tag is also only Distress Paints and then a white and black pen was used to doodle on it.|
|This tag has all the new Dylusions new Ink Sprays on it...very cosmic looking. It also has a little of Wendy's Embossing Paste in the center from a Dyan circle stencil.|
|I used a Crafters Workshop stencil and Wendy's Black Embossing Paste with this. When dry I added Distress Paints and blended with water. I love the effect. The Black Paste is wonderful as well!|
|Another sell out using Claudine's Home and Fence Stencil images and Wendy's White Paste. The blue background is Distress Paint as is the Honey Comb and ABC Stencils and the house is painted with it as well. I journaled with a Sharpie.|
|Here is my favorite of the show, the one I took the most time with, and the one I made a little tutorial for. I learned a HUGE technique with this as well...glad I did, because I was literally fretting about ruining it.|
|I added some stamped Maya Road flowers using the White Dylusions to stamp! Yummy! Next came some doodling! I love this tag, and she was quite popular in teaching the technique!|
|The wonderful Shelley Hamilton, another Crafty Scrapper gal who is super talented!|
|This is Tammy from Colorado. She visited my demo table and asked for advise and we became fast friends! She made this gorgeous project and that FABULOUS palm tree with fuzzy coconuts.|
To sum it all up...Distress Paints, Wendy's Pastes and Stencils, and Dyan's Stamps and Stencils are fabulous by themselves! That is a given! But together, they are a force to be reckoned with Crafters! They are like Peanut Butter and Jelly...better when mixed together in my opinion. A creative menage a trois if you will! Am I allowed to say that? Yikes!
It was an absolute pleasure and blast to demo for The Crafty Scrapper! I will be doing it again next month and I can't wait! I'm on creative cloud 9! Hugs to Jim and Carolyn...and Nolan, Cesar, and the Crafty Scrapper Gals too!
Tim Holtz Distress Paints from Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Stains from Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Inks from Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinkers from Ranger
Tim Holtz Distress Markers from Ranger
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Art Embossing Paste by Dreamweaver Stencils from Stamper's Anonymous
Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Art Stencils from Stamper's Anonymous
Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Ink Spray from Ranger
Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Stamps from Ranger
Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Stencils from Ranger
Claudine Hellmuth Studio Stencils by The Crafter's Workshop from Ranger
Balzer Designs Stencils from The Crafter's Workshop
The Crafter's Workshop Stencils
Maya Road Stamps
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Ranger Inkssentials Water Brush Detailer
Ranger Inkssentials Water Mister
Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
Uniball Signo Ink Pen in White
Sharpie Permanent Black Fine Marker
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!