Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Didn't we have a loverly time…..

the day we went to Boston…even though it rained and poured the whole time we were there!!


The gorgeous Mario, always a ready smile.


And so fabulous to have one of my bezzies joining the team…aka the gorgeous Dina Wakely.



And of course, the cheeky chappie himself, the lovely Tim Holtz.


 Love love love this pic of the three of us


 We were attending a retailer event and it was so fab to catch up with a lot of familiar faces, including my Jewish Mamma Betty.


And also good friends in the industry…the lovely Eileen Hull brought her vintage camper with her and was conducting interviews so of course we had to go have a peek.


 I'm not sure whats with the face but it was raining cats and dogs, lol


They might regret inviting us as we weren't very well behaved, just look what we did to the visitors log, lol. Ooops sorry to all on the Paper Trail..


Then it was time for us all to get to work. Dina kicked off first on the Friday night. Although Dina is a long time teacher in the industry, this was her debut class for Ranger and what a fabulous job she did.


The next day kicked off at some ungodly hour as Tim and I took on 80 students,, him in one room and me in another.




















 All too soon the day was over and we began the big clean up…Yes your eyes are not deceiving you, that is Dina cleaning mats. Mind you they were Tim's lol.

A big thank you to all the Store owners who attended our classes, you were fabulous…even you…yes YOU.!!!


Unfortunately this is what I brought away from Boston, an infected spider bite, lol. But thanks to the fabulous treatment of one Dr O'Malley I am dosed up to the hilt with antibiotics and will live to see another day!!!

As the day ended we loaded up the car and started the 5 hr drive back to Ranger Headquarters where we will, of course, be getting up to all kinds of shenanigans!!! ahem sorry working extremely hard of course.


Heres my desk


And the view from my desk..look at all those drawers!!


They tell me they're having a meeting, but they look to be having too much fun for that.!! lol.

Okay think its time for a cuppa…

Enjoy xx

Friday, March 28, 2014

Its my turn...

 ...to be the guest artist in the fabulous LIFE BOOK 2014….. 

My main lesson is not till November, but I have a bonus lesson for you that will be released on Monday 31st March.

If you're not sure what LIFE BOOK 2014 is all about here's a quick recap for you.




 
 
“Life Book, a celebration and honouring of YOU”is a year-long mixed media art classorganised by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts.
 
Tam is joined by 22 incredible art teachers who are all gearing up to share their mixed media techniques, tips and tricks with YOU! Themed around self-development and healing, you’ll be creating several loose mixed media art journal pages per month which by the end of the year you will bind into a glorious journal (a Life Book)! You will have a wonderful keepsake that you can treasure for the rest of your life!


In a nutshell, this is the Incredible Life Book offer:
◙ 10 In depth Mixed Media Art Lessons by Tam
◙ 22 In depth Mixed Media Art Lessons by Spectacular Guest Teachers
◙ 20 (Smaller) Bonus Activities like: extra PDF prompts & step by steps/ artist interviews/ ATC swaps/ give aways/ audio meditations/ writing prompts etc  by Tam & Guest Teachers
 

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!
Class Began: January 1st 2014
Registration closes: Sept 30th 2014
All content can be downloaded so you have time to catch up if you’re a late starter! :)

Click HERE to learn more and to enrol.

My bonus lesson is a simple cheery journal page, which incorporates your written thoughts into floral fancies. Of course I will be using my luscious Dylusions products! My lesson comes in the form of a video in my usual professional manner (ahem !!!), and even includes an appearance from the Queen!!!
And you get to see me make up free as I filmed the video the same day I was doing the bare faced for Cancer!!! So be warned.!!! 





So if you this has caught your interest, what are you waiting for. Hightail it over HERE and enrol… You know you want to!!!!

I popped into Art from the Heart Headquarters earlier today, just in time to pick up the latest copy of Art Journaling. And guess who made the back cover.??

Yes its mine and the lovely Dina's studios. cool eh !!


So it's now 5am and I need to get my ass in gear as I leave for the airport in an hour. Yup I am flying back across the pond today.
For those of you attending the Collins retailer show, I'll see you tonight.
Enjoy xx

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just a quick check in...

I have spent this afternoon at the sleep clinic being fitted with apparatus for an extensive sleep study tonight. Oooooh I know how to live me!!!

So I am sat in bed, suitably stuffed from Mr BoD"s homemade spaghetti bolognaise and waiting for all my wiring to be connected up and having a quick skeggy around the web.

Which is exactly what has been happening on the Ranger blog.

Go look at today's post  for some fabbo inspiration, including the winner of the Dylusions Friday/Prizeday.

And also check out this Ranger post, where everyone added their competition entries. Some absolutely wonderful entries if I may say so.

Tomorrow I will be talking more about Life Book 2014, as next weeks bonus lesson is from yours truly. So if you were wanting info or thinking of signing up, wait till then , lol.

I'll leave you with a shot of my latest purchase. An original painting from the ever so talented Mitsib.


Just how fabulous is that???

I absolutely adore her work and this is the second piece of art I have from her. Go check out her blog to see stunning artwork and watch some of her videos creating them.

Ok now ready for the big switch on, lol

Enjoy xx

Monday, March 24, 2014

Woop woop…I have an end cap..!!

No that isn't an infectious disease, lol.


This little beauty was spotted, photographed and sent to me...



It's a display in a Joannes store in the US.

Its a hard to get end cap

And its all Dylusions !!!!!!

How fabuloso.

This end cap is available in 80 Joannes stores across the US.

This means that for all of you who aren't lucky enough to have a fabulous local store near you, you will be able to track down my product here.

As you can see from the photo, some of the product is already selling fast, so you are already loving it.

Can you tell I am sooooooooo frikkin excited to see it.

Let me know if you spot one near you. In fact take a picture of yourself stood near one of the displays and I will pick a random name and send you a prize…Hows about that..???

In other great news I am FINALLY starting to feel more like my old self again. It's only taken 9 weeks,  but you know what they say slowly slowly catchee monkey !! 
I do feel though, that I fell asleep in January and now it's nearly April!!! A quarter of the year has passed me by in a daze. So now it's time to pull my socks up and crank back into gear again!!!

Saturday sees me flying back to the States to attend the Collins retailer event in Framingham, with my lovely colleagues Tim Holtz, Dina Wakely and the rest of the Ranger Crew. Then after a week at Ranger Headquarters getting my butt re motivated ( i.e. firmly kicked lol ) its onto Boiling Springs, North Carolina to teach at the lovely Mary Ruths

If you want to catch me teaching in the UK I have vacancies on 4 classes at Art from the Heart, Harrogate.


Sat 19th April - Tryptic Canvas with Dyan 10-4pm

This is the canvas that  Dyan taught at CHA in January. We have had so many requests for it so she has finally agreed to reteach it for us.. A set of 3 tall canvas's decorated with paints inks, gesso, texture, stencils and a touch of Dylusional magic.

Book HERE


Tues 22nd April - Couture Hats on Cards & Tags with Dyan - 10-3pm

One of Dyan's new year releases were the couture hat stamps. 6 designs of heads and hats, perfectly sized for your cards and tags. Whether you prefer traditional or quirky, you will find something to suit you.
Book HERE





Sat 7th June- Mixed Media Technique Book 10-4pm

Come and create a stunning book of techniques.  Learn how to use various mixed media  products to make gorgeous backgrounds. After constructing the book we will be adding stamped images, colouring and doodling to add the final touches to a fabulous reference guide.
Book HERE






Sat 28th June- Flowers in Bloom - 10-3pm

Come and join Dyan in creating stunning floral displays for your cards, tags and journal pages. Using stamped images from the Fancy Floral set. Guaranteed to make your creativity bloom.
Book HERE





So who fancies a tutorial from me ???

Was that a YES.!!!

OK I will start one tomorrow and get it on here for you.

Don't forget to send me your photos of you at Joannes.

Enjoy xx





Saturday, March 15, 2014


So I would love to start this blog by telling you how well I am but, but thats just not going to happen, so we will quickly skip over that bit.

Instead I will tell you all about the fabulous day we are having here at Art from the Heart headquarters. It is one of our quarterly preview days. The day when we showcase all the classes coming up in the next few months. All the tutors have worked like mad to get all the samples ready. We celebrate by holding taster workshops, drinking tea and eating delicious cupcakes all day long.

Heres some of todays highlights…

The lovely Father Andrew


willing students


Teresa's "to die for" cupcakes


Samples galore














Sandra eagerly awaiting her class to file in.


The sample they made in my class.


Sandras class


I was also the lucky recipient of people bearing gifts, gotta love birthdays !


And wait till you see what the lovely Liz brought me. She never ceases to amaze me with the things she finds.


Have you ever seen a journal as big as this??? its wider than my hand. !!


Surprisingly in the middle of this accounts ledger is this drawing. Why on earth it is there is beyond me, but I'm so glad it is.


Hmmmm wonder if it will work on Johnny Depp.!!!!

I'll keep you informed..

Enjoy xx

Quote of the Century


"You are an extraordinary woman.


How can you expect anything ordinary to happen to you"


Louisa May Alcott