Friday, January 18, 2013

CHA was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G...

phew...
we had a W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L...
time at CHA...

I got to see LOTS of favorite friends from all over the world...
some hadn't been at CHA for several years...
so that was very cool to connect again...

CHA is almost like a family reunion...

the only NOT fun thing was the weather...
what gives there?
Illinois was warmer...
seriously???
who can I report this to?
I'd like to file complaint...

anyway...

the days there are full...
VERY full...

we were up before 4am...
and got to bed about 11pm...

I helped in tim's "distress workshop" on Friday & 
in addition to playing 
with all the yummy distress products, 
tim incorporated my embossing paste into the class...

so the lucky 80 attendees got to test drive the paste...

OMG!
they were as excited about the pastes as I am...
that was soooooo cool!

I filmed a few videos showing some ideas
 for the pastes and I'll link one at the end of the post...
along with one for the new distress paints...

I thought I'd share a few photos of some 
FAVORITE little CHA arts...

here's an art journal page from the new art parts etched journal...
lots of distress stains for the background & distress inks for the leaves stenciling...
the flower is CFArt & uses the white embossing paste with my new layered flower stencil...

I LOVE the new stamped saying...


next is a fun piece I made for tim,
 using his new mini blueprint stamps & some oldies too...
the yummy background colors are his new distress paints...

I can not tell you how much fun they are &
 how much I love them...
totally different than any paint I've ever used...

they work on paper
cardstock
grungeboard & grungepaper
art parts
glass
metal and even...



they have a beautiful matte finish...
they react with water when wet, 
but are waterproof when dry...
pure MAGIC!

I demoed them at CHA & the more I played...
the more I discovered...
I'll be posting more about them soon...

the butterfly is also on my CFArt...
so it is dimensional & very sturdy...

I used 2 screw eyes for the body...
in a fun way to create a frame...



more embossing paste for the next sample...
I stamped into the paste while it was wet,
just mist your stamp with water before stamping into wet paste...

the distress paints are AWESOME over the pastes...
they create a beautiful matte finish & the paste provides cool texture...
LOVE that Blossom Bucket flower...
LOTS...


I adore this new mini couple...
all wood mounted stamps need a name for the catalog...

meet Fred & Ethel...

the saying fits me perfectly...

SHOPPING really is...
my favorite exercise!

agree?


the Ranger challenge for this CHA was to use Dyan's ink sprays...

here are the challenge RULES...

we each got an 11 x 14 canvas...
black, white and one color ink spray to work with...

I got the beautiful london blue...

we were to use NO other colors...
only the 3 we were sent...

NOTHING (yikes!) was to hang off the canvas...
and the canvas would be displayed vertically...

I seriously can not remember the last time I did NOT use any distress inks on a project...

so this was indeed a huge challenge for me...

I asked the guys at the factory to laser cut some giant sized art parts, so they would be proportionate to the large canvas size...

I combined the london blue ink spray with some white spray to create several shades of the blue for the flower layers & some of the words...

I added my new Blossom Bucket butterfly, the new flower center  & accented the giant scallop trim pieces with the new Blossom Bucket silver berries...

I used my stencil to create the striped borders...
and Dyan's stencils in the background...

here's my canvas...
it's sort of graphic looking...




I'll be sharing lots of tutorials in the coming weeks...
using both the pastes and the distress paints...

but here are 2 videos from CHA...

I only had one major DUH moment...
insert blush...

where I forgot the name of the CFA...
YIKES!!!

I hope it makes you laugh...
this one shows the gold embossing paste
it's already here & shipping!

first is the 


and second...


on the home front...

 the day I got back,
 we met with the contractor...
the painter...
picked out the wainscot & trim & new lighting...
Rick scheduled the movers to completely empty out the house on February 1st...
(PRAY FOR ME!)

today we look for paint...
this is the hardest part...

and a new kitchen window...

I don't do well with a mess or chaos...
so again...
PRAY FOR ME!
or maybe you should pray for Rick...
lol...

time to run...
are there any blog friends who would like to try some embossing paste?
I have extra here...

talk to me!

have a GREAT weekend & take time to...

make art!
wendy




62 comments:

Tammy B said...

me! i want to try some embossing paste! btw, i thought you were very clever to have some giant sized art parts cut! your canvas turned out cool

Helen said...

Me, me, me!! I'd love to try embossing paste as I have a big thing about stencils right now and texture in my journal...
Love the samples and am off right now to watch the videos. Thanks Wendy.

Wilma said...

Oooh yes I would love to try the embossing paste!
What a beautiful samples you made, love them all and the videos are great. Thank you so much for sharing and the inspiration.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Oh me please Ido love the paste and I am a texture junkie. Would love to test it out. Loved the videos and updates from CHA from everyone. Tracy x x

Stampnms said...

Thanks for taking the cold weather with you. It was 80* yesterday. Sorry. Come back for Carson & we'll try to do better. We'd love to have you demo the paste & show off the new art parts.

jan said...

Thanks for sharing the videos Wendy! What fun! I am ready to play along, when the embossing pastes arrive! (Tee hee)

betjunroe said...

Glad you had a great time at CHA Wendy. Love all the new products you have been showing and can't wait for them to hit the shelves! I would love to have some of that yummy paste to play with. The tutorials have really whet my appetite for these products. Bette

Gabrielle said...

What a fabulous round up of your exploits at CHA! Love your new projects and the challenge from Ranger was a toughie but your interpretation was brilliant! EP are just the best and the metallic ones sound super exciting! Off to shout CFA at the video to help you remember...!!!

isisimaginings.com said...

Your CHA projects are so gorgeous, I love everything about them. So glad you had a wonderful - if hectically busy - time.
Your new embossing paste is on my wishlist, it looks terrific & I've read nothing but good things about it. Not only that, the one I'm using at the moment is NOT good & I NEED a great paste! (I'm not going to mention how much I want the metallic ones).

Lori said...

Love the samples for CHA...LOVE them!
That big canvas is so cool! And I saw my new favorite background stamp on the first journaling page..lol.. now you can breathe a bit, eh? Except for the moving stuff part.

Kim said...

Love the CHA wrap up, Wendy! Stunning projects..all of your new goodies are hitting our shelves next week - can't wait to play! And I will pray for your house renovations...you are a brave woman!! XXOO

Peg Robinson said...

Hi Wendy,
Great new products. The metallics are awesome. Fred and Ethel were my grand parents names. I have to have them. I hope the reno is quick. I know what you mean about the mess. Hugs

Phazereyes said...

I love your canvas for Dylusions! I would love, love, love to play with your new pastes! One way or another, I will get my hands on a jar for myself :-) ! I love the shine the gold paste gives to projects. I get so excited about texture, lol. You rock and thank you for a chance to win some.

Anita Houston said...

Saying prayers for this remodel...you are gonna need them! I loved loved loved your samples at CHA, and your demos were fantabulous! It was thrilling to say the least! Your canvas was awesome, and I had no idea ONLY 3 colors were to be used...HELLO! I cannot wait to get the new goods, especially those Metallic Pastes...SO EXCITED about those! And those little people on the stamps are fabulous...so many ideas for them! KUDOS to you and the most wonderful show you put on!

Elaine said...

Loving your canvas you did for CHA. Would love to try your embossing paste - looks great to create texture and depth. Hope your house decoration goes well!!

Tona said...

You are one brave woman having so much work done on the house all at once. We had our floors done & it only took 4 days but the noise & the mess in those 4 days was enough to drive me crazy...and a little crabby :)
I would so love to try your embossing paste. Thanks for the chance.

Marilyn said...

Love all of your art work and thanks for giving one of us lucky ducks a chance to try out this new paste. I love texture and this paste seems like just the thing!!

Kathy Eddy said...

Prayers going out to both you and Rick. LOL Love all the wonderful projects with all the new stuff and would LOVE some of the new pastes!

Vic said...

I love your canvas! I need embossing paste, I love the look of it with the Distress Paints.

Sharon Y said...

Oh yes! I would like to try out some embossing paste! I'm in in love with the butterfly piece. And your Ranger challenge piece is fantastic. Thanks Wendy for the inspiration. Holy smokes, good luck with the remodel!

SusanK said...

I don't know how you manage to do all you do...thank heavens for Rick! Lots of goodness from CHA - can't wait for things to be in my LSS. While the reno project will be stressful, think how much more enjoyable your home will be when it's completed! Have fun and can't wait to see before and after pics!

JPScraps said...

Love the canvas and good luck on the remodel!

Sandra said...

CHA sounds amazing - Would love to try out your paste!
thanks for the videos!
Sandra ltb

Dorothy said...

Still wish I was there! Sounds like so much fun!!
The gold paste looks so wonderful!!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Really would love to have some of your texture paste! CHA sounds great! going to check out the video - just in case! Chris

Lynn Hardy said...

Your new texture paste looks really useful and I'd love to try it out. Hels Sheridan has been raving about it on her blog and I really want to play now! I like your Dylusions canvas too. Good luck with the work at home.

finnella03 said...

I so love your videos and inspiration, can't wait to play with the new pieces, my God-daugther has already requested the mirror for her birthday. But would love to play with the new embossing pastes!
I will get my Dad saying the prayers for you, he's a priest!

finnella03 said...

I so love your videos and inspiration, can't wait to play with the new pieces, my God-daugther has already requested the mirror for her birthday. But would love to play with the new embossing pastes!
I will get my Dad saying the prayers for you, he's a priest!

Karen Noonan said...

I really want to try me some embossing paste, I live in Australia, so we have to wait ages for new goodies and I am impatient!!!!!!!

marci said...

I would LOVE to try the embossing paste - love the canvas you made! Best of luck on the remodel. I think it's a great idea to empty the house. Wish we would have done that for ours - would have made life so much simpler.

Theresa said...

I would LOVE LOVE LOVE some paste!! I keep drooling on the pics of your creations with those gorgeous backgrounds! I just know that brick wall stencil would look so awesome with some paste!!! EEK!!! (saw you in the Tim video demoing distress paints! Looked like fun!). Hope I win!!!!!! YIPPEE!!!

Theresa said...

Be delighted to play with some embossing paste. thanks as always for sharing.

Joanne said...

My lovely friend Hels Sheridan has used your embossing paste and also sent me a tag with a 490 embossed flower on it. I love the effect so much that I have included the paste on my shopping list although, to date, I haven't found any to buy here in the UK.
x

Athanasia said...

Me, me, me!! I'd love to try embossing paste with my stencils!
I'm off to watch the videos. Thank you Wendy!

Redanne said...

Oh Wendy, I feel for you with the remodel.....we are having a small one but not moving out - ouch! Would love to win your modelling paste, we can't get it yet here.....loved the video using it. Thanks for showing Tim's new paints too.

Roseanne said...

I would love to try some new paste!! The black and white are so wonderful...I can only imagine using the gold!!

Goodluck with the renovations/house makeover...a clean house canvas is making art on a larger scale. :)

Wanda H said...

Love your samples and the challenge piece -way cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do hope it doesn't take long to get the house stuff done - I'd be in a panic too!!!

Roseanne said...

I would love to try some new paste!! The black and white are so wonderful...I can only imagine using the gold!!

Goodluck with the renovations/house makeover...a clean house canvas is making art on a larger scale. :)

Disco Queen said...

Hi Wendy, Wow! I would so love to try some of your embossing pastes. I have a whole collection of different pastes at home which I use regularly & adore. However, I have heard such amazing things about yours from various bloggers + your video using it on clearly for art was truly amazing! With love & admiration, Theresa

Crafting Newbie said...

Me, Me, Me! ;-) I would love to try some of your new embossing pastes. The gold is just Devine. I am just getting into art journalling & stencilling & love anything textured.

Jean Dunning said...

I can't wait to try that new embossing paste! No one stocks it in my area yet, hope that it soon becomes a regular product in everyone's studio.:)

jan said...

Just spotted lovely you in Tim's video on distress acrylics! :)

Myrto said...

Yeah - I would LOVe to try it! Thanks Wendi!

Debby said...

I would adore some new embossing pastes in the new colors. I have been having fun using the pastes in my art journal. They do not cause the pages to stick together like some other products. I love them. I cannot wait to get some new products!

Shannon said...

I have been wanting to get some of the paste to try and I just haven't been able to yet. I'd love a chance to try it out. Sounds like CHA was great, glad you had a good time.

Mo said...

I'm praying for Rick - I remember that I needed lot's of patience during our recent remodel.Thanks for all the CHA info. Love to hear it. The paste has to be tried now - especially the gold. Love how it looks wth stamping.We're in our 3rd week of freezing here in Seattle. It's getting really old.

michelle said...

I would love to use some embossing paste. .. that would make my whole year better!

I love your canvas with just the three colors pure talent shows through!

Renee said...

Hi Wendy! I loved watching you demo things at CHA, it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing your talent. That paste looks awesome.

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jan said...

Spotted you in Tim's video!! What fun!!

Primitive Seasons said...

Wooo Hooo....extra paste! Please send it may way, as I haven't tried it yet. Love that Make Art piece Wendy.....so creative. Love ya!

Mary

Inky Fingers said...

I am dyeing to try your embossing paste. I have stencils, tools, paper and stains ready. Had to raid the local stores for spray bottles for the distress inks. I think I will love them even more.

Barbara said...

Oh my yes! I would love to try the embossing paste! It sounds like a fun product and I love the textured look you can create with it! I love the art work you created using it! Wow!

Suzan VonEssen said...

Wow, sounds like a great show! I was soo excited when I was watching one of Tim's videos (you looked great in it btw) that he mentioned you used the new Distress Paint on your embossing paste. And now here you are showing us how you did - lovely!! Thanks so much n good luck with the project!!!

pixiedust61 said...

So many wonderful products at CHA. First of all I loved your canvas! I agree it was very graphic in style, I love that. I also really love your new stencil. I am really obsessed with stencils lately, always happy to see a few new must haves. That gold embossing paste is gorgeous. Luv it!

Linda Kay said...

Of course I'd love to try the paste!
Texture, texture and more texture is what I love!

sue said...

I would love to try your paste!

Stephanie Rodgers said...

I could definitely use some! I had an event this past weekend called a shoebox swap. You design a project and make supplies for every participant to make your project (they all do the same). My project was a fishing scrapbook page where I schmeared embossing paste over the bottom 3 inches of the page (on craft colored paper). Then, when dry, lightly sponged some blue & green over it. I'll have to post on my blog. Anyway, I need more now! lol

stampyra said...

I am loving everything I've seen about your new embossing paste. I am looking forward to trying it out. JIL

Larissa Heskett said...

Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!U,no excited for all the new stuff!! Thanks for sharing and yes I'd love to try the paste!! I have played with the black and love it!! :). Have a fabulous week!!

Linda R said...

WAVING ...
JUMPING UP AND DOWN ...
HERE I AM ....

PICK ME ...
wink wink

love love love need embossing paste
thanks for sharing.
good luck Rick.

Lyndal said...

FAB to hear of your adventures at CHA Wendy :)
We NEED more retailers stocking your Embossing Paste in Australia!!!