Goodness, I have had a whirlwind couple of weeks! I have been running non-stop and it isn’t going to stop anytime soon! I have some BIG things coming up to tell you about tomorrow, but first, today, a little catching up…
Really quick today I wanted to answer a couple of questions I got from the last two tutorials. On the Call Me notebook, I used Dylusions Black Marble to color the chipboard letters. Several readers asked why I chose the Dylusions over Distress Stain. Honestly, there really wasn’t a specific reason why, it is just what I grabbed as I was working. I think the Dylusions Spray Inks are really great inks. I like the coverage I get with just a few quick mists. I know there are probably some specific things in the make up of the inks that make them different, but I don’t usually work that way, I just grab and go.
I did a color comparison for those of you interested in the difference in coverage and color. As you can see, the letter on the left was colored with Black Soot Distress Stain using the dabber top on the bottle.
The letter on the right was misted with Dylusions Black Marble Spray Ink. Color and coverage are very equal. If you planned on doing any water effects you would definitely choose the stain, since Distress products are all water reactive.
The letter in the middle was misted with Distress Stain. I LOVE misting with Distress Stains and have a mister bottle of each color. The color does look a little lighter. A second coat would even it out. My bottle for Black Soot used to be a Perfect Pearls Mist bottle. When I empty them out, I use them for stains. There was a bit of sparkle left in it which makes my Black Soot Distress Stain mist a little sparkly. I see that as a bonus! 😉
The white specks you see on the other are some random paint specks off of my craft sheet. I am terrible about cleaning it and did these letters while also painting.
The second question of the week was in regards to the Satin Damask tutorial this week. In the tutorial, I used Ranger’s Adirondack Snow Cap Paint Dabber. Several of you asked about using Picket Fence Distress Paint instead. Why did I use the paint dabber? This tag was part of the classes I recently taught at The Scrapbooking Studio in Moline, IL. When I teach, I take all of the inks, paints, mists, etc that we will be using in class. Since this is the only store class I taught this year, I didn’t invest in new colors, instead I made the class projects using what I already had in my class supply, which included Snow Cap dabbers.
Several of you asked if you could substitute Picket Fence Distress Paint instead. I wanted to test it before saying yes, so above you will see a comparison of the two. For the most part, they look very similar. Distress Paints bond will with surfaces. I did the examples exactly the same. The Distress Paint adhered more to the embossing and didn’t wipe off as well, making the color under the embossing more muted. It is very pretty like that since it is s bit softer looking. So yes, you can use the other paint, the final look may be slightly different, but still so pretty!
Ok, so I mentioned that I taught recently in Moline, IL. I was super excited that one of my very best friends in the whole wide world got to come along, the fabulous Richele Christensen. She flew from California to my house and then we hit the road together to drive to Moline, which is about 5 hours from where I live. She taught two classes and I taugh two. It was such a fun weekend. The ladies in the classes at The Scrapbooking Studio are always so sweet and Amy and her staff spoil us all with lunch buffets and treats.
Cindyann brought treats for Richele and I to take home too, including her amazing cinnamon rolls. OMG, they are so good. I am glad I got a few because David went crazy for them when I got home.
I always forget to take photos of my classes, but I did snap a few in one of Richele’s classes. The things that girl does with Configurations boxes… she is so amazing!
After classes were done, we hopped across the river into Iowa to do a little junking. We hit up the Antique Archeology store. It was so fun to see it. David and I are fans and don’t miss an episode. I didn’t tell him we were going. Instead, I sent him a photo text of the little car outside. He knew right away where I was. I kept sending pictures until he told me to stop because I was making him jealous! I picked up a piece of sheet music (I love vintage sheet music art) and t-shirts for David and Emma.
Next we headed to The Junk Asylum in Eldridge, Iowa. It was packed with goodness. I picked up two vintage tool boxes (my latest infatuation), a metal pencil case, an enamelware dish with a lid, and a honeybee honey pot, all for just $27! I felt like I hit the mother load! If you ever find yourself in Eldridge, be sure to check out this store, great prices and a great selection!
After getting Richele off to the airport, I was on my way to the International Quilt Festival in Houston. On the way, I had this “gentleman” sitting behind me. I am not sure why, but that is where his hand was the whole flight. He tugged and pushed, and pulled on my seat the whole way. Since I was napping, his hand was touching my hair. Every time he adjusted his grip, he grabbed my hair. Once while I was asleep he pulled it hard and I jolted awake and yelled “OUCH! You pulled my hair!” Nope, nothing, no apology or nothing. While we were at the baggage claim I gave him the stink eye, but I don’t think he noticed or cared. sigh.
So quilt festival… simply amazing. I could not believe how HUGE the show floor was and how packed with customers it was. We showed so many people how easy it is to use Sizzix in their quilting. It was awesome seeing their excitement over it all! I posted tons of pictures from the Sizzix booth on our Instagram. You can find that here: http://instagram.com/sizzix.
I have sewed since junior high school. I have made clothes, home decor, and even figure skating dresses and costumes when my daughter Anna was a skater. I have never quilted though. Well, I made a patchwork like quilt once that I thought I could just wing it with instead of learning really how to quilt. I am the kind of crafter that likes to just see something and teach myself. Except I didn’t learn first, I just winged it and it was sad and pitiful… so anyway, at the quilt festival, they had a massive exhibition of over 1500 pieces of fabric art. There are no words for how amazing it was. Add in all of the samples on the sales floor, I left feeling so inspired. Not just to learn to quilt, but to also find ways to integrate the shapes and patterns into my paper art.
Speaking of learning to quilt, I got an email from Craftsy advertising their new FREE quilting class! I signed up. I will be using Sizzix dies of course, but I AM going to be a quilter to when I attend the show next year!
Ok, finally home again we headed down to pick up a new member of our family, Cracker Jack. He is a Boston Terrier. When our other Chunky Monkey passed in July we weren’t sure we would ever have another dog, he was a pretty awesome pup. Emma predicted it would be a year before she would be over his death. Instead, within about a month she and I both had puppy fever. I found a breeder with black and white Bostons online not too far from us. When her next litter was born, we went to see them. Jack crawled right up on Emma’s lap, kissed her, and then curled up and fell asleep. She and I took that as a sign that he was meant to be our boy.
So this week, we brought Jack home. He is a cuddle boy. He loves snuggling. He is also so playful, he is a jumper and does the silliest things. It has only been a few days since he has been home, but I am certain that he loves us. We certainly love him already. I have been sharing photos and videos of Jack like mad on Instagram. If you want to see more, you can find me at: http://instagram.com/tammytutterow.
I will be back tomorrow with the scoop on new online classes I have coming up! So much to share!