So, holy cow - I shared my books that I made in my previous post with Donna and she linked from her blog to mine.. hello to everyone who linked over and thanks so much for stopping by! Thank you for all the nice emails too. I am still going down the list to respond to many of them. So much fun...
During the retreat we had 3 optional classes - learning all about melting pots with Cindy Lyles aka Starlitstudio, making a cute card box with Katrina "Kookie" Kopp, and making recycled paper with me. It's so much fun to learn from each other and even more fun to be all sitting down together in a class in the same room. I love the internet, but man, in person is better than anything.
Here is Kookie teaching us how to make the card box...
After getting home I realized that I don't have a picture of the finished box, you can see what it looks like in the next picture - Cindy is tying her ribbon around her box. It can hold the standard size cards that most of us stampers create: 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" Perfect for when you are giving cards for a gift!
I don't have the instructions for the boxes to share - maybe you might get lucky and take a class from Kookie yourself one day...
Then Cindy's class had us all mesmerized with the melting pots. I know I have seen these at local craft store, looked at them, and wondered if I needed one or not?
After watching all the cool things that Cindy showed us, I think I defintely will
want need one!
She showed us how to make molds of buttons or other objects and then pour the hot embossing poweder into it to cast our own creations. She also showed us how to use the molds to press Sculpey clay into and then bake the clay righ in an empty melting pot (SOLD - right there, I mean seriously I can bake my Sculpey clay in this thing? Awesome.)
She poured the melted embossing power into little pools to create little river rocks and then spread Perfect Pearls on them to add a beautiful pearlescent shine. Cindy poured more right onto a rubber stamp to create a textured piece, she made clear epoxy shapes, and we all just sat and watched - I think with our mouths wide open - I think we could have watched all day. Wow.
After Cindy's demonstration she let everyone just play with all of the materials she brought. I have so much on my shopping list now, it's rediculous. But it sure will be fun!
I am going to share my paper class with you a little later. I have an actual video that I am going to work on getting online, so we will see how that works. Have a great weekend!