Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shading Bamboo

Greetings all!  I am excited to start off this blog message with some great news for Stamp To Cope (STC)... We have been asked to display sets of our cards in the Berea Art Gallery.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to raise awareness of our organization and get the word out to Breast Cancer Survivors who visit the gallery.  In addition, anyone who donates to STC can take a card home with them.  Over the next weeks, I will be looking into display options and getting themed card sets completed. With the holidays just around the corner, this could be quite a spring board for us.

Another awareness project in the works is a request from the Berea Woman's Club for me to create invitations for the welcome baskets put out by the local Welcome Wagon organization. STC will be able to put our "hand made by" information, including website on each invite.  It is estimated that we could reach 200 new households with this effort.

These two wonderful opportunities inspired me to focus this week on trying something new...drawing and using a variety of color options. For the bamboo, I tried my hand at drawing my own version using a pencil to surface method and then going over the drawing with ink.  I then used only one shade of green but used a light or heavy hand for depth of color. I used a paint brush with a small tip to give me more control of the color. The shadow around the bamboo was made with a brown aqua crayon and then I inked a bright color around the edges.  Give using a variety of coloring options in one project a try...it was messy but lots of fun.

Have a great week! Blessings, Jeannette

Monday, July 18, 2011

Project Samples

Here are two samples of the projects from the Learnshop.  The Mouse is an example of layering, ribbon, paper embossing, and white crayon resist...Day 1

The Leaves include the techniques from Day 1 but add heat embossing, bleaching (in the leaves), and adding a focal accessory which was paper embossed. 

We had a GREAT time!  J

Learnshop Update

Hello everyone!  I am so happy to share an update of the Stamp to Cope, Inc. Art of Stamping learnshop held last week as part of the Berea Festival of Learnshops.  What a wonderful and exciting event.  This was the first time Berea Tourism tried anything of this type and it was a huge success.  Stamp to Cope, Inc. was so blessed to be a part of this great event.  Thank you to everyone who helped make it all come together for us.

Our workshop consisted of two full days of stamping techniques starting from the very basics all the way through to some advanced techniques.  Day 1 we reviewed the basic tools, indexed and mounted stamps, practiced basic inking, and created 5 projects. Some of the techniques we covered included layering, ribbons, white crayon resist, and masking.  Day 2 we incorporated what we learned on Day 1 (that constructivist educator in me) and added bleaching, embossing, and emboss resist.  We ended with a card sketch challenge and some magnificent cards were the result.

What a great way to share the art of stamping and Stamp to Cope's mission.  We have been asked to grow with the program for next year and I am so excited.  There are plans to bring in the local medical teams and spread the word further and earlier.  If you were unable to make it this year, maybe you will be able to join us in 2012.  Blessings, Jeannette

Monday, July 11, 2011

Learnshop Week

Happy Monday everyone!  The time has come for the much anticipated Stamp to Cope, Inc. sponsored Berea Festival Learnshop.  As you can see from the picture I have posted today, getting ready for a action packed two days has been my focus.   Here are the details....

The Art of Rubber Stamping  will be part of the Berea Festival Learnshops. The learnshop is a two-day immersion into the creative art and craft of stamping. Participants will learn scrapbook and card stamping techniques and create stunning take away projects. Stamping is a creative and versatile outlet for any skill level.
 All proceeds from the learnshop are being donated to Stamp to Cope, Inc, a 501c3 breast cancer support organization.  

The learnshop is scheduled for July 13 and 14 from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Berea College Gear-up Building, 439 Walnut Meadow Road. 

Registration fee, which includes a set of 28 rubber stamps and acrylic block, canvas tote, art supplies, take away projects, and techniques, is $200.

Berea Learnshops will allow any breast cancer survivors to attend my stamping workshop for free 

Register today using the link provided  

Hope to see you there!  I will tweet and blog during the event.  Stay tuned for updates.
Blessings, Jeannette

Monday, July 4, 2011

Proud to be an American!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  I hope you and your loved ones are able to take time today to celebrate!.  I made this card for my very patriotic son as he celebrates a July birthday. I used a circle die cut to create the card base and sponged blue ink on the front while it was still in the die.  I then used a star shaped die for the center piece and stamped on the flag stamp distributed by The Angel Company.  I  colored the flag stamp using colored glitter pens so the flag sparkles when the card is moved.  As I took the picture of the card for this blog, it seemed to flutter when the flash reflected off the sparkles...it gave me goose bumps.  I am so proud to be an American and I sincerely appreciate the sacrifices made by those who founded our nation! God Bless America!!!  Blessings, Jeannette