Monday, June 18, 2018

Dads and Grads 2018!!!

Happy Father's Day 2018
Greetings all!

Hope this post finds everyone enjoying the end of school and end of Spring season! A HUGE shout out to all the Dads and Grads who are celebrating in 2018.  I wanted to share two cards I created in honor of the festivities and encourage you to try out these ideas.

The first card, "I love you a latte", used a basic layering technique with a dark roast color based card stock folded to fit into a regular business size envelope. The accent layer used white card stock where I randomly stamped coffee beans to create a background and tied a ribbon around it before adhering it to the card base. The real fun began when I stamped the focal point coffee cup onto water colored paper and painted it using COFFEE...yes, you read that correctly...I used real COFFEE to create a backwash and paint the image! As a bonus, painting with the coffee gave the card an awesome scent when opened. The trick is to pour small amounts of left over coffee into a shallow pallet and let dry out. I used a small inexpensive plastic painter's pallet. Once it drys out, it can be used just like water colors. Give it a try!

Graduation Invitation Cards
The second card was a super quick and creative alternative to the extremely expensive graduation invitation and announcement packages offered by schools and universities. The card stock and ink can be changed to match any school/university colors giving the opportunity to really personalize. On the inside, I made a pocket for a wallet sized senior picture and inserted the graduation ceremony information. Mass producing was a snap using a stamp positioning tool. A bonus to keeping flat layers (no pop ups), no extra postage. Congratulations to all 2018 graduates!

Before I sign off, a quick Stamp to Cope update.....
- March and April presentations and tote bag distributions
- May participated in graduations and local Mother's Day event distributing STC information
- June participated in graduations and began enrolling students in our Learnshop Classes

Be sure to get the word out about the 2018 Berea Festival of Learnshops and my courses. This is our major fundraiser of the year.  For more information, click on the links below....

Mixed Media Art Journeling  and
Alcohol Markers and Colored Pencil Techniques

As always, thank you all so very much for your continued love and support!
Blessings always,

Jeannette

Monday, February 19, 2018

You Make My Heart Squeak!

Hello my wonderful blog buddies!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, loving, caring, and compassionate Valentine's Day. February brings quite a bit of work travel for me but I wanted to stop in and let you know you "make my heart squeak!"

These little cuties were made for the hard working and dedicated faculty and staff who joined me for a training week at the office. The project was quick and easy using a Fun Stamper's Journey Heart die cut from white cardstock, an old, but favorite, stamp (anyone remember The Angel Company), glitter brush pens from Crafter's Companion, and a Sweetarts lollipop. Bringing a little love and sugar to long workshop days seems to add to the fun.

Enjoy your week, stay warm, and think Spring ;)! Love Jeannette

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Year, New Goals!

Happy 2018!!!!!

Greetings everyone and Happy New Year!

With the new year comes the chance to set new goals!  One of mine will be to become more engaged with the blog space!  Today marks the anniversary of my first blog post attempt and it has reminded me to reconnect!

Before starting out with additional 2018 plans, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for a great 2017 and share these cute pictures from STC's visit to Simmons Elementary School for their end of year day of art.

We worked with 133 students from K - 3 making personalized wrapping paper using a variety of rubber stamp images.  They had an inky, stampy, messing, and joyous day! Look at some of the beautiful examples of the creations! After the event, I received the most lovely and heart warming cards of thanks. Some of the cards were from children I had worked with in previous years and they remembered their card making lessons :). Such a fabulous sharing activity to end the year.


So what is next you ask?....  We have completed our application for the 2018 Berea Festival of Learnshops, participated in various fun-raising activities with local non-profits, renewed our alliance with the Art Therapy community, and have begun official program planning for 2018.  More to come once the list of activities and appearances is complete. 

Thanks again for your patience as this blog took a back seat in 2017. New focus, renewed commitment to embracing the blog! :).  Have a great January and STAY WARM!!!

Love always,
Jeannette