Monday, October 27, 2008

25th of each month...

...we make Christmas card for 2 hours. These are the four cards that Christine, Chrissie, Fizz and Norah made last Saturday...and here they are making them.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I decorated this photoframe...

...and submitted it as one of my pieces when I applied to Ranger U. Norah (on left)saw it displayed in the shop,liked it and came in to learn how it was done. The friend whose birthday she was making it for came into the shop just before this photo was taken and distraction tactics were called for!!!!!

Christine (middle) was making a trifold Christmas card and Lorraine on right an iris folded golf card for her son's birthday this Thursday.
Tuesday morning is a class when people drop in and do their own thing or ask how something is done.
A man free zone with a coffee when the world is put to rights!!!

Gotta go now - kidz club at 5.30 - I know I'm the oldest kid there!!! LOL!
Bye Sue

Photos by phone

Just have time to try to publish these two photos I took on my phone at the shop yesterday.
Yes!! it worked!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

a cocktail or two!!!

We had a cocktail or two at Long Ridge!!!! and the rest of the day we were very happy.....

Putting my feet up today

Yes, I am going to relax today, just a bit of ironing to catch up on and then do something for me - just me!

The photo is of Tanya and myself relaxing on the New Jersey shore at Long Ridge - such a beautiful place.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I have really mucky fingers...

...because I have been working on the December workshop project, "and now for something completely different". This was all sketched out before I went to Ranger but just did not have enough time to make it before I went. It involves different techniques. I have used dabbers, spray inks, stickles, etc and have just stopped as I realised my eyes were not working too well anymore. I would give a preview but as it is all in pieces at the moment you will have to wait a while. Bearing in mind that this is Saturday evening you can see what a roaring social life I have!!!!! ...not!

Back to last Wednesday and the November "love Laura Ashley" workshop. Didn't you know I forgot to take the camera so there are no photos of Lin, Diane, Frances and Norah who played along with me. We made a scrapbook page and two cards, along with a Bind-It-All album to which I added tags with lots of different techniques to the pockets and stamped the blank pages using the stamps, mica powders, stickles...messy but did you expect anything else! Anyone that knows me comes across me in the supermarket with a glittery face and painty hands. Michelle from Trimcraft gave me the basic album after I watched her demonstrate it.
The Bind-It-All is great. It is my new favourite toy. I am working on an 8 x 8 Christmas album for the kidz club so that I can use it again! I can see it featuring in many more projects!!!
I am tired and stiff so I am off to bed now. More ramblings tomorrow.
Bye, Sue

Friday, October 17, 2008

Some of the wonderful people I met at Ranger U

Lindy from Norway and Tanya from Belgium who I spent many happy hours with outside Ranger HQ.

The very talented Michael from jack and cat curio who does amazing things with beeswax who sat between myself and Aimee here. He didn't seem to mind being the only man among 23 females.

Jackie (on the left) was great fun. She sat opposite me and so we shared products as well as lots of laughs. She is sooo funny! Her sister Patti (right) helped with just about everything from fetching water, helping when we were stuck and generally just being there for everyone. They are holding a book they have written and which they gave to Lindy, Tanya and myself. So pleased to have met them and enjoyed their company. Mind you, Jackie had to be watched very carefully (like a 5 year old!!) when anything involved water so you can imagine sitting opposite her wielding a hammer!!!!!
Enough for now....more tomorrow.
Bye, Sue

More of Ranger U

On the right are the three amazingly talented people, Tim, Claudine and Suze, who introduced us to so many lovely techniques (75 in all over the three days!!!) yes you did see right -75!
The paper hats they are wearing were made by a group of us on Saturday evening back at the hotel to celebrate our "graduation" on Sunday. We decorated them secretly on Sunday and all donned them when the certificates were given out. As you can see we made a few extra!!!

This is me with the wonderful Suze Weinberg who took the Friday morning class - we made lovely display boards using her products. When I have taken a photo of it I will put the picture on here.
I gave her a fan brought from Spain and on her blog she called the photo a fan from a fan. Sorry Suze, I lifted the photos from your blog!

Below is Claudine Hellmuth who showed us her new line in paints and we spent Friday afternoon playing!! and making an album of tags complete with a decorated cover.


Welcome to my first blog.

I am now back in the land of the living following my creative adventure in New Jersey where I was invited to participate in Ranger U education program. 24 selected people from around the world were lucky enough to be chosen to go to Ranger Industries HQ, take a tour around the factory where the paints, inks, stickles, etc are made and take part in three days of classes led by the amazing Tim Holtz, wonderful Suze Weinberg and talented Claudine Hellmuth. Such a fabulous experience!!! More later.....