Thursday, November 29, 2007

I'm Dreaming of a Bandanna Christmas, Part One

Bandanna Greetings...you sick of this yet? I'm not...hehehe! Part one of the Christmas Class was last night. Considering everyone left with a basic "kung fu" grip of the white pen in their hand, wanting to doodle and "bandanna" anything not nailed down, I think it was a success. Every one's got their homework (finish embellishing, then "glass and tape"), soldering will be going strong next Tuesday before I leave for vacation-Tim's Holiday Hideaway! The victims, er...students were, from left, Teresa, Michelle, Bonnie, Pattie and Debbie. See? They're still smiling, and that's before I got the pizza!

Everyone decided on the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique as their background, followed by a flurry of stamping and doodling.
Debbie did an awesome job of creating monochromatic, primary sets of papers...I just loved them...hence the photo.

While some decided to make gifts for others, I'm so glad that some, such as Patti, decided to do her name for a change. I'm my own worse enemy on things like that (except when it comes to my jewelry!)-god forbid we make something for ourselves, right? So, yay to those that did, but yay for those that are getting some presents under their belts.

Here's a nice before and after of "pre- and post-" doodling as completed by Michelle. She, as do I, loves hearts...most if not all of these are from Hero Arts and are perfect for these types of backgrounds.

Some of my other all-time favorite images are the flourished created by artist Leigh Hannan and some of her designs licensed into stamps by the wonderful Mitra Friant of Impression Obsession. Teresa made some great color combinations. One of the reasons I love to teach these techniques is I learn, too! One combination that Teresa made, I'm dying to do: Broken China and Vintage Photo; it looked like a swirl of water and sand...the best!
For those that have never taken a class with me, my exuberance will show when I see something I like and I think it should be shared. I don't get excited just because I'm teaching...if I love something, I say it. If I don't like something, I won't come out and say it, but I may gently recommend some ideas...in the end, if you understand the technique and like what YOU'VE made, that's all that counts, right?
Well, back to work. I'm home today getting some things done. I had to take the Oliver monster to the vet because of some itchy skin thing...fun, fun, fun. He was giving a shot of cortisone and he should be fine. I was just glad it wasn't mites or other legged things....ick! He tolerated it, as usual! Their office just loves him. He's quite the celebrity because of his famous disappearing needle trick, but, that's for another day.
Also, big furry hugs to one of my best buds, Tammy, who lost her beloved Shar-pei, Bufford suddenly yesterday. I wish I could have just blinked myself (ala Jeannie or Samantha) to Ohio to be there (I'm thinking of you, Tammy!) to give real, rather than internet and phone hugs! As she said, be sure to give hugs to your furry friends today!
Enjoy the day,


Wendy said...

I am so jealous...The samples & sneak peeks look very cool. I'll be waiting to see the finished products!
And pizza too...YUM! From that REALLY good place?? Did I say...lucky chicks??
Don't worry about me...I'll be fine.

Mrs. H said...

Thanks Robin, I had a great time bandana-ing. Can't wait for part deux. I promise I'll do my homework!
P.S. Thanks for the before & after photos!

Anonymous said...

Robin; i love the idea of sharing crafting for the holidays, or for any time of year. i had the book club over to make ornaments last year and they asked to do it again! this time we are going to do some beady fun. you are right. it is the social aspect coupled with sharing - what the holidays are made for !...love it.
ellen h.

Kriss said...

Awh...there's the Ranger girls. Hi Bonnie! Hi Teresa! Hi Michelle! Hi Pattie! Hi Debbie!

Jean said...

Such beautiful work! and yes, big hugs to yur friend Tammy!


Rachel Greig said...

I am seriously loving the look of this technique - I'll have to give it a go! Looks like you're all having so much fun. And hugs to Tammy xxx

Margot Potter said...

How fun! I miss Robin Beam!

Hope your kitty gets better soon.


Patti said...

Thanks for a fun night, and a very generous gift! Love this technique!! Can't wait to finish.

Tammy L. Browning-Smith, J.D., LL.M said...

I wish I could be there too! Thanks Robin - we sure do miss the little wrinkly wonder! Kiss my kitty babes and remember - you have Bufford the Reindeer. I can't wait to see the other part of the bandana technique!!! YEAH!
You're the best!
Love, Tammy