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Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Day with Tim!

Well, it has come and gone! The 2 classes I took with Tim Holtz..... what a BLAST!!!!
I know you have heard it a million times before, but the man is incredible! Both classes that I took were fantastic. A non-stop creative marathon! If you ever, ever, ever, ever get a chance to take a class with Tim, leap at the opportunity!!! He is positive, patient, funny, well-prepared, generous beyond words, and extremely approachable, helpful, and encouraging!
Here is a run down of the day:
Sherre (my art buddy and partner in crime) and I took off at 7:30am to head to class. We arrived early and got a little coffee and bagel. We were allowed to check in for class and grab our seats early. Got both got great "front row" seats! ;)
The classroom was big enough for all 50 student with room to spare. Thanks to Scrapbook Territory for holding the classes in such a wonderful space!!!!
Our first class was : Idea-ology Intrigue - A class of working with Tim's Idea-ology line of products. We completed 6 (yes, 6!!!) projects!!! We were all given complete kits for each project and we worked through all of them in the 3 hour allotment with 1 minute to spare! :)
Class supplies and set up:
Complete kits for each project.
Tim's class samples on display.
Tim displaying the project we were going to work on next:
Here are the creations that I made during this class. Aren't they all wonderful??!! I do LOVE the Memory Glass Collage piece. The Grunge Paper Flower/Ornate Plate is pretty darn skippy as well!! :) Ok, they are all great!!! :)
Birdhouse Pin made with Box Corner for roof.
(Remember, you can click on the individual pics for a close up view!)
((Sidebar comment for those of you who attended class: I could NOT get that pretty black ribbon to tie into a straight "blankity-blank" bow, so I opted for the pink bird charm! LOL!! I think it looks cute! ))
Simple, yet gorgeous Sprocket pendant.

Memory Glass Collage pendant

Grunge Paper Flower and Ornate Plate pendant.

Ornate Plate and Keyhole pendant.

Whew!!! We all needed a good leg stretch, lunch, and little "pick-me-up" break between classes:

After lunch, it was on to the next class: Generation Grunge! If you have ever wondered what you can do with Grunge Board and/or Grunge Paper, this class is for YOU! :)
Here is a terrific sample of Grunge Flowers that Tim had displayed: Aren't they beautiful?????
((**You really must click on this pic to see the detail!! Fab!!**))
Here is Tim's sample of what we were to make in class: A fantastic Grunge Board Memory Book:
Here is our class set up and project kit:
This class was VERY intense and the 4 hours FLEW by!!! We were able to get our base book done and several embellishments completed. I don't think anyone was able to finish (or even start) decorating their books. The whole point of the class, however, was to show us WHAT you can do with Grunge Board/Paper .... and we learned tons of different techniques!!!! Thanks, Tim!!!!!!!!!!
Here I am working away on my book!! Our workspaces were QUITE messy during this class! LOL!!! :)

Sherre concentrating on peeling the excess paper off of one of her pages.
We were QUITE worn out towards the end of class (in a good way! :) Scrapbook Territory had the answer.................
You want an instant "pick-me-up"?? Forget the caffeine.....go for the sugar!!

Here are my pages and embellishments that I created in class. I'm looking forward to completing my book and I'll post my final version when I do! :)

It was an absolutely unforgettable day! I just cannot recommend Tim enough as a teacher. He is fantastic.
Behind every great teacher is his support system. James Brown may have been the hardest working man in Show Biz, but I can tell you that Mario is the hardest working man in "Mixed Media"!! THANK YOU, MARIO, FOR YOUR UNWAVERING SUPPORT!!! This man was running around like crazy all day helping students, assisting Tim, and basically doing whatever needed to be done!! I'm sure Tim could not do any of his classes without Mario!

Here we are at the end of the day! Exhausted and happy beyond belief! What an awesome day!!!!!!!!

Does this guy ever take a bad photo? I don't think so. He may be the most photogenic person I've ever met!!!! :)
On a personal note: Tim mentioned in class that he designs his products with other "crafters" in mind. (I must say he does live up to that promise.....!!) I found it curious that he would refer to himself as a crafter. To me he has the heart and soul of a true artist. He's openly generous with his creativity and talent. He holds nothing back and makes it quite clear that his creations, inventions, and ideas are free for us to share with each other......... he is a true inspiration.

Friday, April 17, 2009

One More Grungy Tag Before Tim Holtz Classes!! :)

Here is my last post before I take 2 Tim Holtz classes! I'm sooooooooooooo excited to meet him in person AND take 2 fun classes from him! WooHooooooo! You can check out the class samples here:
My friend (Sherre) and I are taking the Generation Grunge and the Idea-ology Intrigue classes! :)
This tag is distressed with lots of ink. The yellow images in the background are a small tree image. The focal image, saying (and the tree) are all from I Brake for Stamps. I found some flowers, fibers, and the key in my stash to add as finishing touches. :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Another Distressy/Grungy Tag! :)

Not so much Grungy as "Distressy". All inks are Distress inks. Who knew that I had colors that coordinated so well with the flower and the inks?!! LOL. I guess that if you have enough "stuff" in your storage area, you never know what you might find!!! :)


The background is the focal image stamped. I inked the stamp and then spritzed the rubber with water. Made a nice diffused, distressy background. (You can see a little of the background through the flower as well) Edges are distressed with ink and a little brad and fiber embellishment!

Image is from the Time to Stamp collection at I Brake for Stamps

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Off for a Long Weekend!!

Enjoy your holiday!! Will be back soon!
aka The Artful Mama
In the meantime, here is a lovely quote for you to ponder:
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Get your Grunge On!!

My art buddy, Sherre, and I are attending 2 Tim Holtz classes on April 18 at Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley, CA. (will we see YOU there?????)
Thought I better start working with some "Grungy" themes to prepare for class! :) (wow, tough homework! LOL!!)
Here is my first tag.
Chipboard flowers, manilla tag, oodles of Distress inks and images by I Brake for Stamps. Oh, and a smidge of Distress Stickles in the middle of the flowers.
Had fun with the colors!!
Should have a couple more creations to post within the next couple of days! :)
You can click on the photo for a more detailed view!