Friday, April 29, 2011

Artsy Addict's First Blog Hop

Hi everyone, welcome to my little spot in Marion Smith's 1st ever Artsy Addict Technique Blog Hop! I am both thrilled and honored to be a part of this blog hop.  If you are here, you should have come from Lily Marquez blog! If you came from somewhere else and want to follow the Artsy blog hop, the start point is Angela's blog! Angela worked hard to put the blog hop together!

There are great techniques being shared and loads of great people to meet and there are even some giveaways!  See below what I'm giving away!

This is my project! 
My multi media canvas is inspired by my love of hills, water, flowers, birds, butterflies and bird cages. You can watch the full video.

For the blog portion, I am focusing on the birdcage. The cage is made of MDF and is sold by Kaisercraft.  I used gold Rub'n Buff which I bought at Michael's. I then used/poured Gold Detail Embossing powder which I heat set.  It comes out nice and shimmery! Later in the project, I decided to dry brush some black acrylic paint to age it a little.

(FYI - I have uploaded a new version with slightly better audio 05/01/2011/15:09) Finally, I was able to upload it!  Thanks for your patience and for taking the time to visit, read, watch and leave a comment!



You know that scrubbie from Ranger?  Well it is great for more than getting ink off your hands!  It does a great job of cleaning off your brushes (just use it from the top of the bristles towards the bottom).  You can even use it to clean ink or glue off your brayer! And it lasts and lasts!

To be eligible to win the following prize, you must be a follower of this blog and leave a comment at the bottom of this blog entry! You have until 1pm EST May 2nd to enter. I'll draw the prize later that Monday!

Your next stop is the Purple Lily Studio!

Monday, April 25, 2011

What a Great Week

Busy weeks can be great weeks!  With most of my prep work done for my Group of 6 Layout class on Friday night, I was able to just have fun on Wednesday with Charlene!  We just scrapped and enjoyed each other's company, went out and had Thai for lunch and had dinner at Beef o'Brady's. The Thai food at Spice was just great, the burger at Beefs, not so great!! In fact, it was the worst burger I've had in a very long time! Oh well, it probably was just a fluke and I'll give them another chance in the coming months! Oh BTW, I worked on an ATC for a swap.  The twist was that I couldn't use any paper. Here is what it looks like.  I'll explain how I made this in more detail on Friday, during the Artsy Addict Technique Blog Hop. Stay Tuned!

Thursday I accompanied Hubby to his work and enjoyed the company of some of the wonderful people that I have met over the last couple of years! It was really wonderful to speak with some of the Deans, fellow scrapbooker and prof Sharlene B, the very personable and kind Barry and the two lovely ladies who I went to Canada with just a few weeks ago, Andrea and Brandis! 

As I mentionned earlier, Friday was my group of six layout class and I had a great time.  I really enjoy meeting with these wonderful and dedicated teachers and coming up with ideas for layouts for them to do each month!

As for Saturday I picked up my friend Charlene and went to Simply Scrapbooks in Kittering, OH where I met up with Tina, Gina and Melissa to take a couple of classes with Kimber McGray!  You can see the cards we made on Kimber's blog, here! We had a great time and went home with some really pretty cards!

L to R: Melissa, Kimber, Tina and Gina

Kimber and Charlene at Simply Scrapbooks
One more thrill this week, my great friend Kate I is expecting!  After 11 years of marriage, she and her hubby Larry were finally blessed!  I am so totally excited for her!  Kate I hope that Larry waits on you hand and foot and that baby treats his mom well over the next few months.  Well after that too, LOL!

This week was my buddy, April's birthday!  Happy birthday, April, you look awesome!

I was speaking with two people on A Little Scrap of Heaven today and they became new subscribers to the blog!  Hi to Becca and Rachel!

A la prochaine, mes amis!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Coupons for the Week of 24-30 April, 2011

Click here for your 50% off one regular priced item AC Moore coupon!

Sorry, no new online coupon again for this week.  Instead, they sent coupons via snail mail a few weeks ago.  So do make sure that you register to get their coupons in the mail! Archivers seems to work in cycles, snail mail coupons for a while and then a bunch of emailed ones.  Here is the link to their latest ad, which is really about their contest!  You can win a trip to The MAll of the Americas during Scrapfest!  Note however that give up control of your project the minute you send it in and can use it at their discretion from then on in, including as the basis for them to create projects for classes in their stores! As long as you are OK with that, have fun!

This is a new addition to the lineup. Here is their latest coupon.

MICHAEL'S  I'll update as soon as I can get their coupons.  Did not get their email again this week! I think Michael's boycots me because I post their links, LOL! LEt's try this and see what happens! Click on this image and then print it.

Hope you enjoy your week!

Here is the link to the web version of the email sent by HL this week which includes a 40% one regular priced product. Here is the link to the weekly specials, which include 30% off all Cuttlebug items.

I'm waiting for a new email.  Perhaps tomorrow, since today is Easter?