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Monthly Archives: April 2008

You should try them! They are so fun, just a 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ canvas to work on. I recently joined an ATC club at the lss that makes cards every month to a different theme. We get together and trade them, how cool is that? This month’s theme was to “lift” an ATC design from somewhere. I’ve loved looking through Bernie Berlin’s book “Artist Trading Card Workshop” since CHA and found a blurb on using telephone book pages on ATC’s. Well, one of Claudine Hellmuth’s creations caught my eye and I made the ATC below. All stamps are by My Paper Moon with the telephone book page from some trip that I was on somewhere! Thanks for looking.

Colored pencils are a staple in an artist’s stash, allowing color to fill voids in creations, nice vibrant color. I recently worked with Staedtler’s Ergosoft Coloring Pencils for a ScrapFriends review, mostly for use on scrapbooking layouts. This exercise took me back to my childhood and a tin of Faber Castell pencils that were my prized possession. So prized in fact, that they’ve traveled with me throughout my life to remain one of the very few items that I still have from my younger days and I always know where they are! Yes, I know the tin says Koh-i-noor, but the pencils inside are Fabers. I was poor, so I used anything that I could get!

Anyway, I worked on a Prima Paintables using the Staedtler pencils and Gamsol, odorless mineral spirits. Gamsol works to blend the pencil strokes creating a smoother color distribution. A comparison is how a blender works with watercolor pencils or watercolor crayons. Gamsol plus a paper blending stump serves as the blending tool and from then on, behaves like you’re working with watercolor tools. There is no scent or color to Gamsol, but it does evaporate.

You can purchase odorless mineral spirits at art stores and I believe Michael’s, plus some rubber stamp companies carry it too. I purchased mine at Inky Antics at one of the Stampfest expos a couple years ago. It’s in a small plastic bottle with a dabber top. The paper stump is touched to the dabber top and soaks up the liquid. The stump is then used to blend the colored pencil lines together as desired. I’ll be doing a how-to soon for ScrapFriends on this technique step-by-step, so stay tuned for the link.

Here’s my favorite project from that review – a sort of tribute page to my mom, ok, a real tribute page to her! I think of her often and I’m very lucky to have some great pictures of us together. Here’s to you mom!


You know, I never would have thought that I would have actually enjoyed this show. It’s on after Dancing with the Stars though and so the channel is on there anyway. Well, I’ve caught two or three of the last episodes fast forwarding through some of it to catch the crucial interactions between the Bachelor, Matt, and various ladies in the show.

Here’s the show’s premise, super cute hunky Investment Banker boy from London comes to America to find the ideal woman for him – 24 (I think) contestants are up to the task. I haven’t looked at how they audition for the show, but anyhow, each week, some of them are sent home after the “rose” ceremony. At the end of each show, Matt offers a rose to the women he wants to stay. Needless to say the other women are crushed to be sent packing.

Anyway, it’s down to 4 now and Matt gets to go to each of their respective home towns to meet “the family”. One of the contestants is Lorenzo Lamas’ daughter and the previews for the whole show this week look hysterical. A practical joke is played on Matt (you know those Brit senses of humor) and one of the moms comes onto him! OMG, it looks SO funny. Needless to say, I may just watch this whole episode.

What the pure funny part of this is my brain thinking “gosh, wouldn’t it be wild if someone was scrapbooking this whole courtship thing???” Am I a die hard or what?? How could you better explain to the family or future generations how you met? I guess they can look at the DVD episodes down the road, but a scrapbook would just be the icing on the cake IMO. 🙂

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I just love new products and especially ones that are so fun! Enter Peek-a-boo albums by Tinkering Ink. They are 7 page albums consisting of 4 chipboard pages with windows and 3 solid acrylic pages. Way cool and currently available in 2 sizes: 6 1/2″ x 4″ and 6 1/2″ square.

For my projects in the ScrapFriends review, I mixed the 2 album types up so that I had 2 album with some pages of each size. It makes for an interesting read for sure! On the Flowers and Quotes book, I made a shaker box out of the window in the last page. There is also one on the front page of the Beach book. These albums are perfect for that feature!





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Origami Owl anyone?