Monday, March 18, 2013

Sally Jean's Jackalope Journal Book

or "How to Mount your Rabbit".

March 13, 2013 I once again set off for Cheryl Simpson's beautiful home and Sally Jean's Jackalope Journal Book.  My car was packed the night before 'cause I was ready!

Sally Jean always remarks how her students trust her so much and know they will learn new things.  Once again, when we signed up for the class, we had no idea exactly what the project would look like.  We are always happily surprised when we arrive and see the finish project waiting for us.  This was no exception.  We all were thrilled to see what we would be creating this day.

Sally Jean's Jackalope Book
We learned some really kool techniques which I don't share with you on my blog.  That is what we take Sally Jean's classes for and all her students are very protective of Sally's creative ideas that no other teacher seems to come up with (I know, don't end a sentence with a preposition. . .)
Pam with her book
Close up of Pam's Book
We were only told to bring little books about 6 inches tall and our soldering gear along with our cookie sheet.  Sally Jean had our little kits ready for us and they were little but all we needed.  She supplies wire, flux, a torch (which we used for the first time with a new technique) and the Cordless Dremel 8200 and anything else specific to this project that we might need like wire, tape, etc.

Rita Reade brought a book that she chose to cover with paper first and then work with that theme.  So you don't need a vintage book to have fun!

Lovely Rita Reade of Vintage Market Place
Rainbow Springs
Rita's Book up close
There were a lot of demonstrations this time around and once again Sally Jean went over making soldering balls.  (By the time I finished with my balls I was getting pretty good).  This only proved that we really should practice some of these techniques before applying them to our final project.
Michelle Hurtt of Glitter Fest fame
Gathered around the teacher
Oops, didn't get her name. . .
Unknown Artist from above's work in progress
Here are more of the gals who gathered at Cheryl's for Sally Jean's class and their Jackalope Journals in progress.
Karle holding her Jackalope
Not everyone had a 6" book to work with
Lou Ann at her work station
Tiffany Smith with her blue Jackalope
Lunch was in Cheryl's beautiful backyard where we got to reacquaint ourselves with old friends and learn about new friends and their interests.  When we arrived there was fresh fruit cut up for us and an apple coffee cake.  After lunch for our afternoon pick me up there was Cheryl's "Next Best Thing To Robert Redford" (at least that is what it was called in the 70's!). 
Earrings purchased from Cheryl
I also purchased one of Cheryl's earrings she had made and a wonderful little vintage photo   album that, of course, I have no idea what I will do with. . .

4" x 5" Vintage Photo Album
Interior of Vintage Photo Album
Like always, I am disappointed with myself that I didn't also sign up for Sally Jean's two day Bug Class that my good friend Robin took.  I am hoping that she will post photos of her project and Sally's on her website.
My work in progress
I had this great book to use - just the right size.  I don't know if you can see my "balls" around my jackalope. By the time I finished with them, I was getting good at them.  Still a lot more "balls" to add to my bustier that holds my jackalope.  Plus, I have to complete my collage work for the top piece of glass and re-tape my bottom two pieces of glass and then attach the glass with this great method Sally Jean taught us!

Can't wait for Sally Jean to return and see what new ideas she has in store for us.  Great Class and Great Artists!
Sally Jean looks great and I am just plain tired!

The top banner on my book says, "Whisper" and then under that it says, "Who are you?"  The next straight banner asks, "What it's name".  And the last straight banner states, "Delighted to see you sir."
Silly Sally's Jackalope Book
Silly Sally's Jackalope
out of it's bustier
I now see a big mistake I made. . .  Oh, well.  Next book.  Once again not being carefully enough.  When will I learn?!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Score with Charity Wings Raffle at CHA and Ice Resin

This year I was unable to go to CHA 2013.  I registered but when the time came, I had other commitments and was very sad to miss this event and being with my friends.

But, I did participate from afar through Elena Lai Etcheverry and her Charity Wings three day event at CHA. I purchased raffle tickets to support her charity and "yea" once again won three great prizes for three of her vendors supporting her cause.  

One of the vendors was Flora Crafts and a huge box came filled with decorative  and wire, styrofoam, mesh and straw wreaths.  A bundle of stuff.

Floral Craft Burlap Ribbon

Floral Craft Colorful Mesh Runners

I also got some great small stamps from a company called Fun Stampers Journey.  Plus, they included some delicious greeting cards they had already made.

Fun Stampers Journey Stamps

Fun Stampers Journey Valentine Cards

But, the best raffle prize was from Ice Resin and Jen Cushman and Susan Lenart Kazmer and their products.  They did a huge demo at Elena's both which I saw.

EXPLORE, CREATE, Resinate by Jen Chushman

Last week the first of the products arrived.  There was Jen's book "Explore, Create, Resinate", and Susan Lenart Kazmer's book "Making Connections".  Plus, there was a heart that was made at Elena's booth along with a chain ready to wear. 

Making Connections by Susan Lenart Kazmer
 In and of its self that would have been enough.  But, "NO" Susan and Jen went overboard.  A couple of days later another small box arrived containing the products pictured below including:

Ice Resin - the products

Iced Enamels Relique.  Colors - Ivory, Chartreuse and Rasberry
5 packages of Susan's ART MECHANIQUE Silhoettes 
4 packages of Susan's ART MECHANIQUE Bezels, large and small

WOW.  Jen's book tells me how to use the Ice Resin Product that is listed under Susan Lenart Lazmer's name.  I can't wait for my weekly "playday" to show all my artist friends theses products and for us to play.  

Thank you Ice Resin, Flora Crafts and Fun Stampers Journey for my prizes and "Thank You" Elena for theses wonderful raffle prizes.