Monday, October 19, 2009
Well here is the sketch for Oct. 19, 2009! I don't know if I'm going to be able to make this week's challenge or not -- right now I'm heading out for lunch with my hubby to celebrate our 47th Anniversary! OMG that makes me sooooooooooo old........Older than dirt.....but he is one year older........
So to you, sweetheart - I dedicate this card that I will be creating...... later.
Art loves autumn - the colours, the smell, the season, the fact that it is hunting season. He has diligently gone hunting every year since he was old enough to carry a rifle. He hasn't shot anything for over 30 years, he just loves tromping though the woods - and loves it so much that he even takes our little (mischievous) Missie. Our little Shih Tzu that is like the energizer bunny.
I must tell you, I had such a wonderful weekend - starting on the 14th. I travelled to Abbotsford to spend a weekend with my very best long-time friend in the world. From there we left and went to visit "Haroldine" at Be Creative in Pitt Meadows - back to Abbotsford to enjoy the last restful evening for the next couple of days. BECAUSE we were off to do some classes at BC's Creative Expo Friday and Saturday.
Up at (my) the crack of dawn on Friday to drive to Langley........ The first class was with Trisha Ladouceur -- Vintage Cards. It was good - but not quite challenging enough -- just a lot of cutting, tearing, distressing, paper to paper kind of thing. ....... The next class was with (oh, be still my heart) CATHIE ALLAN. I've been wanting to do a class of Cathie's for 5 - 6 years......... Oh, it was amazing. Cathie ALWAYS starts with WHITE paper and brings the white paper to the colour palette of her photos. It was amazing! The next class was another Cathie Allan class -- and totally different from the first!
Driving back to Abbotsford at 9:30 in the pouring rain, my friend and I were absolutely brain frazzled. So much to learn -- and just when you think you know almost everything -- something new is added. My poor little brain was saturated.
Saturday - up at the crack of dawn again........ to a class with Vickie Boutin. Techniques galore -- masking, masking resist, masking for the sake of masking, masking for dummies -- you name it, we masked it! Lots of paper to cut -- lots of cards to make -- all in a 3 hour class - hardly time to put glue to paper. We had an hour to kill between classes - and ran down to the vendor's retreat...... Yes, I spent, not money, but plastic. Had some neat items that will not show up at our LSS for 5 months or so.
The last class (which ended up being 4 hours) was amazing!! I love books and boxes, I love creating books. I love embellishing books, I just love handmade books. The class was with Trisha Ladouceur again. This class was absolutely amazing! The papers we were given to use, were to die for! Heidi Swapp -- please bring that collection back! Four hours and we just got an smattering of what the finished product should be. We were challenged to the limit -- but what a beautiful end product! Trisha, was marvelous! I would recommend taking her classes to anyone who wants a challenge. Cathie Allan, did not disappoint! Vickie Boutin showed us a lot! My hat is off to these ladies - who by the way, shouted their lungs out all weekend - just to be heard above the boistrous din of the heat exchanger, construction and all the surrounding classroom babble.
Will I go again - In a heartbeat! (but I do hope the location will change) Last year was wonderful - Vancouver Convention Centre -- staying at the Pan Pacific and literally "inhaling" the weekend events. The downside of this year, location, location, location -- a hockey arena -- curtained classrooms -- and one concession stand (that is another story).
Pictures of what I created this past weekend?? Well, it will be at least two weeks before I get them all completed - and when I do, this will be the first place I will show them.
at 12:49 p.m.