What a pleasure to teach on Sunday at Absolutely Everything! Here's a shot of me and Kate, the store owner. Kate and I were trying to figure out the first time I attended a class there (Beth Cote's Altered Books, anyone?) and we think it was probably 1999. Kate's store (a bit north of Boston) is fabulous and if you get the chance, don't hesitate to go. It's a 4-hour drive for me and I'm already trying to figure out when I can go back… they truly stock absolutely everything. Click any photo to enlarge.
My class focused on Ranger's Distress Stains & Dylusions Ink Sprays, and the afternoon flew by with everyone creating individual works of art. This class was heavy on techniques, and we worked on small surfaces (ATC size pages) so we could try a whole lot in the available time. Here are the class sample photos:
It's always such fun to see how each person's choices result in totally unique creations even though they're all using the same products and techniques.
The group was very comfortable with each other and there was lots of laughter and ogling of one another's creations.
Kay Wallace (front left) is a long time online friend and it was wonderful to meet her in person.
Marilyn Mae Thurber rocked out on the faux suede we made with Ranger's Perfect Pearls and black card stock.
Callie (front right) drove 2 hours each way for the class… color me flattered!
Marcia, Mary, and Nicole working away… creativity abounds! Marcia works at AE and knows a lot about all the products.
Tammy was so much fun and do you not LOVE what she did with Seth Apter's StencilGirl stencil below? That's Studio 490 Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) over Dylusions Ink Sprays. Soooo cool. And when it dried some of the pink and purple Dylusions came up into the white letters… gorgeous!
Ann brought beautiful Paper Artsy stamps with her and made so many neat ATCs.
And the night before class, I got to have dinner with Kim Schofield from eclectic Paperie. I was on Kim's Design Team the first half of this year and it was great to finally meet in person. We'd hoped to have some classes up in New Hampshire but that didn't pan out this time. Maybe next year.
So that's it for my road trip. I put 430 miles on the car, saw old friends and made new ones, and had a wonderful time while at it. Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'll be back on Thursday with a Stencil Test Drive featuring one of Jessica Sporn's new designs.