Saturday, March 19, 2011

Collecting Seashells

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Key Largo Retreat - Last Day


The last day of the retreat was spent making charms that Eileen and myself taught the ladies to do. Eileen showed how to work with the Tim Holtz acrylic charms and also a cool tip with bottle cap charms. You glue ballchain to the inside of the bottle cap rim and it just gives it a really nice finish. I taught the ladies how to make some charms using melting pots and UTEE with memory frames shown below. 






In between making charms everyone had these wonderful artist printer trays to decorate. I never had a chance to work on mine at all because I was assembling the charms onto necklaces for those that wanted them. I now have it almost finished but I am waiting for a few items that are in the mail back to me. Once I get it done (along with the other projects from this week) I will be sure and post them.


Of course later that evening we all piled into the Marlin which is a restaurant just down the street from Elena's. We were thoroughly exhausted from doing a 4 day marathon of constant art so needless to say everyone let their hair down.

Yes there was alcohol involved. Beer, wine, and Sangria. 

YEP.... a conga line even broke out towards the end. 

You may ask why Gina has dollar bills stuffed in her top? The answer would normally be "what happens in the Keys, stays in the Keys" but it was actually not what you think. She was dancing around with the tip jar collecting money for the DJ/Singer, Carlo, who you can see just behind her. He did a wonderful job of entertaining us for so long that he actually lost his voice. 

Gina and Marita do some swinging. 

Yes... there was even singing!

Look at all the food that was put out for us. They just kept bringing it even after Elena said we had had enough. 

Here is the whole gang on the last night of our wonderful time together. The next 2 days everyone left to go back to their respective lives. I for one miss all the noise and chaos even though it was a little overwhelming for me. Until next year ladies!!!

A Proliferation Of Pastels

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Key Largo Retreat - Day 4

Today was an all day marathon at the Paper Niche taking a class from Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman. She is a fiery Venezuelan with a passion for doing arts & crafts and her attitude was very infectious. We left the house at 7:30am and took a 2 hour drive to get to the store. We worked all day except to take breaks for lunch and dinner and didn't leave the store until about 9:30 that evening.


Here is a little slide show for you to see the sample book that Beatriz created. Mine is still somewhere in the mail on it's way here. (I didn't get any one page complete and didn't even start the cover.)



The paint trays are filled with something that Beatriz called "paint soup". It is a mixture of paint, water, glossy Mod Podge, Glimmer Mist and glitter. We used it to color the canvas pages of the book by quickly dipping them in the trays. A very ingenious way to color the pages because they don't become saturated with water which takes forever to dry.



Everyone is busily creating pages in a quiet frenzy. 

Someone saw my camera sitting out and took a quick picture of me working. (I think it might have been Sue but I can't remember.) 

Here's a photo of Beatriz showing us how she made the tags for the 2nd page. 

After dipping numerous pages in paint soup and spritzing Glimmer Mist over stencils we were all members of the "blue hand group". (Lillian only has one blue finger because her gloves had a hole in them.) 

Lillian and Sarah both get birthday gifts from the group. (We all made them a tag which Elena displayed in a 7 Gypsies receipt holder.)  Lillian's birthday was the March 5th before most everyone got there and Sarah's was on the day she flew back home which was March 14th. (Sarah had her big "four-ohhh" while away from home.) 





 At the end of the evening Beatriz showed us how she made these beautiful "metal" scrapbook pages. You start by gluing down chipboard pieces to create a collage and then cover it with air conditioning tape. The black hands come from smearing black acrylic paint over it and then wiping it off. (Below are some samples we saw in the store.)





  Beatriz gave this one to Elena as a gift and also gave another one away in a raffle. (I am definitely going to try this one.) 

Children In The Garden

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Key Largo Retreat - Day 3

The next morning we got to spend with Julie Nutting learning how to make her fabulous glamour girls. (Even Ingrid, the other teacher, got to try her hand at this.) After lunch we went back to learning more of Ingrid's "over the edge" techniques.

This gypsy was commissioned by Sue from Julie.

A sample that Julie brought for us to ogle at. 

Julie brought this tropical lady as a gift for Elena. 


Daisy Cooper and her adorable Glamour Girl. She is so good at adding all the little extra details. 

Eileen Bellomo and her Glamour Girl with an attitude. 

Gina Goodling, Sue Young and Marita Kovalik.

Ingrid Dijker's Glamour Girl. (It seems no one got a photo of her holding her masterpiece.)

Jacquie Valdespino and her beautiful girl. 

Jennifer Rogers-Daniels and her princess. (Jen always takes a good photo.) 

Lillian Mederak and her gorgeous gal. (Seriously Lillian.... she is not that bad!)

Linda Davis and her wonderful creation. 

Sarah Walker and her fabulous gal with the red lips. 

Teri Flemal and her hip little chick. 

Tracy Kaufman and her fantastic lady. 

And last but not least.....me. Valerie Brincheck with my lovely lady.