Saturday, December 22, 2012

Simple Paint Stamped Cards

Hello everyone!  I apologize for not posting anything for the last month.  Things have been ultra busy lately, and I haven't been able to catch up with myself.  I am sure many of you are feeling the same way with Christmas and the New Year coming up.  I have a video to share with you on making some simple paint stamped cards.  I love making this type card, it is really relaxing to me, and I use them as quickly as I can make them!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial.  Please be sure to let me know if you use it, and post a link to any pictures you have of your cards.  I love looking at other crafty creations.  I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy new year!  See you in 2013, wooo!

Have a joyful and creative day ~ Pam

Friday, November 16, 2012

Limited Time Five Dollar Classes, WOOO HOOO!!!

You aren't going to believe how many classes are available for $5.00 each for 1 month of access!  Check it out! 

Take a Class at The Art Studio for $5

For one week only, you’ll get the deal of a lifetime. You can take as many classes at The Art Studio @ SNR as you like for only $5 each.  It’s our way of thanking you for being a part of our awesome community and a great opportunity for us to show you how incredibly talented our instructors are.

Class content may include PDFs, videos, slides, templates, sketches and/or cutting files, depending on how the instructor has set up their classroom. You’ll also have full access to the instructor, either via a private group or e-mail. This also depends on how the instructor has set up their classroom. Full details are listed in each class description, so you’ll know what you can expect when taking the class. 
You can purchase each class at the $5 price between November 17, 2012 and November 23, 2012. Please note that you’ll only have access to class content for one month rather than lifetime access as you would with the regular class fee. At the end of the month, if you want to, you can renew the class at a deeply discounted price. If you purchase the renewal, your access to class content and materials will never expire.
There are no promo codes to enter. Please note that there are a few classes that aren’t eligible for the $5 price and they will be clearly marked. 
So make it an awesome week and come play with us at The Art Studio @ SNR!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Check out this fun badge! Post it for a chance to win!

Hello everyone!  
Check out the two badges here!  If you want a chance to win a drive by prize, post The Art Studio badge on your blog, link it back to the front page of The Art Studio, and then let us know you did so on The Art Studio blog, or just send an email to let the admin know your blog is sporting The Art Studio badge and a link, and you just might be a lucky winner!  Several winners will be drawn each month, so make sure you are in the running by following the directions.  You can read a bout it a bit more on The Art Studio Blog here.
Good luck, and can't wait to see your blog sporting The Art Studio badge soon!  
Have a joyful and creative week ~ Pam

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Free Sneak Peek!!!

Check this out!!!  This weekend only ~

We’re blowing open the doors for a good cause! We want everyone to know what an awesome magazine Scrapbook News 
and Review Magazine is and the best way to do it is to show you.

For one weekend only, you can have UNRESTRICTED ACCESS to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and there are two 
issues available for you to enjoy.

Check out how big it is. There are literally hundreds of layouts, cards, mixed media and altered art projects as well as 
scrapbook and card sketches, product reviews, Featured Artist and Digital Designer Spotlights...too much to list.

Head on over and see for yourself. Keep in mind that this double issue doesn’t have any public submissions. All content was
 created by our talented staffers because we want you to see how much you get when it’s just us. Can you imagine how large
 it is is when we have other crafters joining in on the fun???

So, how does it work?

Go here ~ 
Scrapbook News and Review Magazine

Login or register for an account.
Go to Subscribe on the top menu.
Click on One Time Only, click on subscribe


Got it?  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I would be happy to help!  Now zip on over and check out the magazine if you don't already have a subscription!  Have a joyful and creative day ~ Pam

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

WOOOO HOOOO!!! A Challenge!!!

Hello everybody!  I hope you have been able to join us in our grand reopening at The Art Studio!  You may have seen this, but if not, I wanted to make sure you saw it today!  I hope you play along, you can create any type artwork using our faboo logo colors, and upload your creation as described below.  I really look forward to seeing what you make!

Grand Opening - First Challenge & Prize
The Art Studio's Logo Challenge
Back to topTo celebrate the Grand Opening of The Art Studio, we thought it would be fun to create artwork inspired by the colors of our logo. The turquoise, white and black were the perfect jumping off point for a variety of projects from layouts to cards and everything in between.

For awesome artwork, check out our blog to see how our instructors used our logo's colors.

How to Participate: Join us in The Art Studio's Challenge Group . You must register on our site to submit your artwork. Please feel free to leave love and praise for others while you're there. 

The Prize: Faber-Castell goodies, including gelatos, watercolor pencils and other mixed media items.

The Fine Print: All entries must be submitted by Sunday, November 11, 2012. You must have your name (or username ) clearly visible so we can contact you for more information. Please note that any prizes not claimed within 30 days will go to another randomly selected artists.
Please Note: If it doesn't allow you to upload to the challenge's album (some browsers have restrictions), then please feel free to start your own album.

You can add as many as you like. Just have fun, create and let us see! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Check It Out!!!

Hello everyone!  Hope you are having a beautiful Sunday.

If you aren't signed up for the newsletter from The Art Studio, you missed the info below.  We are having a FUN TIME for two weeks YEAH!  I will have a contest on my blog in celebration too, stay posted for details.  I can give you a hint, if you are a follower or leave a comment in this thread you will up your chances in the contest I am holding on my blog!  So get started now, become a follower, and leave me a comment. Then head over to The Art Studio blog  and the Scrapbook News and Review blog to check out the fun!  Can't wait to see you there!

Sneak peek of a bitsy bit of fun that someone just might find in their mailbox, along with several other fun goodies to be revealed later ~

OK, here is the news ~

The Art Studio's Grand Opening Kick Off
What We'll Be Doing Over the Next Two Weeks
The next two weeks are going to be all about fun, fun, fun. We've got prizes galore, including gift certificates to online stores, lots and lots of paper crafting products (including mixed media goodies such as pastes and mediums), subscriptions to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and free classes -- just to name a few!

Some of the activities we'll have to keep your mojo revved to the fullest are challenges, a Facebook party, craft room tours, scavenger hunts, our Pin It to Win It on Pinterest challenge as well as a cool carnival at the end. 

Every day we'll post new stuff to our blog that will keep you in the know as well as send out e-mails every few days. You can also follow along our on Facebook page or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date. 

Be sure to hop on over to the magazine to see the current issue. And a big hug, welcome and thank you to those who purchased a subscription last night and today. Wow! Very cool. I told you it was awesome. I'm glad you agree!

The first prize will be available tomorrow night on both The Art Studio's blog and Scrapbook News and Review's blog, which if you didn't know, is chock full of awesome stuff. We have a team dedicated to just the blog and man do they come up with some amazing stuff. If your creativity is in need of a kick start, check it out. There's a lot going on, including sketches, color palettes, inspiration pieces and more. 

As is our tradition, we always start off every party with a $100 gift certificate to your favorite paper crafting online store. And yep, it has to be a paper crafting store because we're all about pumping some moolah into the industry.

So now that I've talked your head off, get ready for an awesome adventure with The Art Studio @ SNR and Scrapbook News and Review Magazine (we've been in business for almost 5 years now! Woohoo!)

Thanks for being a part of our community,

Kate Koch
Scrapbook News and Review

There you have it!  Please zip over and say hello.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  I would be happy to help.  I wish you all a joyful and creative day ~ Pam

Friday, November 2, 2012

Class starts tomorrow!

I hope you can join me, my Beginner's Guide to Fabric Class starts tomorrow at the Art Studio.

  I have BOATLOADS of info for you in the class, this will be a great reference tool for anyone who would like to incorporate more fabric into their projects.  Beginner's Guide To Fabric Class  You don't have to be a beginner to find value in this class, I promise there is something for everyone.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I would be happy to help.  Our exciting Grand Opening activities at The Art Studio are just starting, so please stop in and say hello.  We all look forward to seeing you there!
I wish you a joyful and creative day ~ Pam

Monday, October 22, 2012

So Excited!!!

The Grand Reopening at The Art Studio is happening any minute!  To tide you over until I can post more details, please stop by the The Art Studio blog and take a peek of Halloween inspiration. I have some vintagey Halloween cards posted and quick basic directions on how to make them.  I hope you will stop by and say hello!  As a little teaser, I am sharing some pics of the wee little mini books I make.  More details later so stay tuned!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Christmas in October :) and More!

Hello everybody!  I hope you are enjoying a beautiful fall weekend.  It was lovely here in lower Michigan, the fall colors are really peaking right now.  We celebrated Cara's birthday with a family dinner, and since she is such a Christmas fan, I decided to make her some snowman cupcakes, and wrapped her present in a Christmas style box.  Here are a few photos from our dinner tonight, focusing on the snowmen cupcakes and the cutie grandkiddies of course.

First, a photo of Cara and her snowman cupcakes (doesn't Hollyn look enthralled with the cupcakes?  he he).  Of course Jay's hair is poofing like crazy.  I wonder if he will ever decide to cut it, oh my   ~ 

Cooper gets right to work on his cupcake ~

 Kaya has to check out all sides of the cupcakes while she nibbles away ~ 

Hollyn is definitely enjoying her cupcake!

A close up shot of one of the snowmen cupcakes (thank you Cara!) ~

I have been working on gifts, as I mentioned before.  I have lots of little zippered bags done or almost done. Here is one of the fun little snowmen zippered bags, using some fabric I have been hoarding for years because it is one of my favs.  I promised to start making things out of favorite fabrics instead of just saving them forever.  I am happy to say, I didn't even wince when I cut up part of my stash for this project!  This is a Deb Strain by Moda fabric from the It's Snowing line, doncha love it???  ~

I also made Holly a trick or treat bag.  I made one for Cooper and Kaya several years ago, so it was definitely time to make one for sweet Hollyn too.  I used some more fabric from my stash, a fun Halloween print, and some of my beloved Bali or Batik fabric.  I have to say I did wince a weeeeee little bit when cutting up the Batik fabric, but since it was for Hollyn, it was just a teensy wince and then I got to work.  ~ 

I have also made a few Halloween cards recently, here are a few ~

You will see a lot more at TAS very soon. We have exciting stuff happening over at The Art Studio  beginning verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry soon!  Stay tuned for details, there will be contests, a blog hop, chances for prizes and all sorts of fun stuff.  I will have a wee contest on my blog to celebrate too, so check back for details.  

I wish you all a joyful and creative day ~ Pam 

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Sewing Time! YAY!

Hello everyone!
My word, I spent some time this weekend sewing several projects.  I really should have been working on the buffet I hope to refinish into a kitchen island, but I couldn't help myself.  It seems like all I ever do is work, work, work, and I had a project that I promised to donate, so I went to town.  I still have several other things to finish, first a wee little trick or treat bag for Miss Hollyn, and some cute little zippered pouches.  I am donating a few, and trying to do some for stocking stuffers and gifts too (shhhhhh, don't tell!).  I need to have my donations done by Friday, so hopefully I will get a bit more sewing time one evening this week.  Not sure how I am going to squeeze it in, but I am going to try.  Anyway, here are the 4 bags I made this w/e ~

a closer peek, I totally LOVE this printed duck fabric and how these darling totes turned out ~

 Some of my favorite canvas/duck fabric that I have made several other totes out of.  This is a messenger style bag, with an internal pocket, and a zippered pocket in the flap  ~

bit more of a close up, these bags were a giant patootie pain to make, the pattern was super duper vague, I completely winged it on most of the design.  I also broke 3 sewing machine needles due to the thickness of the fabrics, and fusibles, yikes  ~

But they are finished so YAY!  I am going to donate one of the paisley totes and one of the save the planet messenger bags to a raffle that will be held at Notre Dame after the Biology Club there hosts a 5K walk on campus to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness in 2 weeks.  One of the organizers is an ambassador at Memorial, and she is just a great, kind, and caring person who helps out with a variety of other projects in addition to juggling her full class load and other responsibilities.  Her birthday is the day of the walk, so this is my way of helping out and saying happy birthday at the same time!  If you would like to participate (and maybe win one of these lovely bags or some other great item) mark October 28th on your calendar, and show up at Notre Dame and follow the signs.  Registration is from 12 - 1 pm, and the walk begins at 1:30.  There are guest speakers from 1 - 1:30 too.  Registration is $15.00, t shirts are $11.00, and you can purchase fun neon sunglasses for $2.00.  Each of these items earns you a ticket for the raffle.  I know there are other raffle items too, but I don't know what they are right now.  Stay tuned, I will try to find out for you.  :)  I plan to walk with those in my family who can attend, hopefully some of you are able to attend too.  Let's enjoy a beautiful day outside and help a worthwhile cause too!   

The Art Studio has some exciting stuff coming up very soon!  I can't wait to share it.  Hopefully I can in just a few days. 

Well, I need to gather my stuff together for the week.  I have a crazy chaotic week coming up, so I need to get ready for it. I wish you a joyful and creative week ~ Pam

Monday, September 17, 2012

Playing With Fabric Again!

 Hellllllo there!  How the heck are you all doing today?  Fab?  Super fab?  I hope so!  I have been playing with fabric again, and loving every second!  :)   First I have a super quick little business card holder I zipped together for a convention I am attending this week.  I used some fun Bali or Batik fabric (I am such a hoarder, it is time to USE this lovely fabric!!!)  ~

Next I have been adding smidges of stuff to some fabric mini books I made ( hope to offer classes in the Spring of 2013).  Here are a few sneak peeks ~

I have also been making boatloads of fabric art journals, but don't have any sneaks to share.  I will soon!  My Beginner's Guide to Fabric Class should hopefully happen soon at the Art Studio.  We are having a Grand Opening Bash before long, details to follow as they become available.  

I am also working on some projects for the house.  

Remember how I have mentioned my high tech plastic $50.00 tables we are using for an island?  After almost a year, I decided it was time to get my rear into gear and upcycle something cool into an island.  We purchased an old pretty sturdy antique buffet several years ago at an antique store.  We never got around to using it, partially because it needed refinishing, and partly because we found something else to use instead (at our old house).  It has sat in dust in the barn for a few years so we finally hauled it out to our house and I am going to strip it and then paint it.  Then we hope to put either a butcher block top or some other sort of solid top on the piece and use it as an island/workstation.  I am over the top excited about this project!  Here are some pictures of the piece now ~

can't WAIT to show you what it looks like when it is finished!  I also picked up some wood cupboard doors at the Restore store (all proceeds from the store go to Habitat for Humanity) and I am going to turn them into some cool signs using paint and vintage images.  You can see the various cupboard doors on top of the antique buffet above. Stay tuned for updates!  

Well friends, that is it for me today, I need to get things ready for a conference I am attending for work.  I get to present at the conference, I am pretty excited about it. :) 

I hope you all enjoy a joyful and creative day!  ~ Pam

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Holy Smokes, It Is SEPTEMBER! Better Eat Some Watermelon Sherbet!

How did this happen?  I am so not ready for September, but here it is.  This year has zipped by so quickly I can't believe it.  I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Labor Day yesterday!  We had a great day, the kiddos and grandkiddos came over and we swam and swam and swam, then ate and ate and ate.  My daughter went skiing for the first time in several years and was happy to see she can still get up on skis.  I had no doubts, but she thought she was getting old  as she is almost thirty, but she is a baby yet, right?  ;)  My son jumped on every raft we owned, soaking everybody in the process.  He is definitely still a baby.  :) I made some delich ribs, and a fun dessert.  I used to make this every summer, for at least one holiday, and sometimes just because.  My daughter has asked me to make it several times this year, but I haven't had the ingredients or the time to pick them up.  Working really long days, with a stinko commute has left me unmotivated to head to the store during any free time.  I love where we live as it is very peaceful and beautiful, but trust me it is not really close to many stores.  The photo above is a result of a 9 pm Monday shopping expedition to Meijers, a grocerystore chain that is about 20 minutes from work, and 35 - 40 minutes from my home.  I needed to pick up something for a treat for some coworkers, but after working all day (we had orientation for our new volunteers), everything was closed.  I decided I could whip together some white, milk, and dark chocolate covered strawberries so I did.  It was definitely a looooooong day, but hopefully worth it to the coworkers the next morning at 7 am. 

Anyway, here is the fun and yummy watermelon sherbet dessert, and how I made it.  It is pretty easy peasy, as long as you can get to a store to pick everything up.  :)

First, soften a quart or two of lime sherbet, then spread it in a large bowl.  Be sure to put some plastic wrap inside the bowl first, so you can get it out of the bowl later.  :)  Freeze til firm.  Whatever yo do, don't swing the bowl around while you are on the way to the freezer, and shlump sherbet all over your floor.  That is a mess, trust me!  If for some strange reason you do shlump sherbet all over your floor and the remainder is a sad and not enough bit of sherbet to look like a watermelon rind, in a pinch you can tint pineapple sherbet green.  Still tastes yummy.    OK, on to the next step.

Next mix several quarts of softened raspberry sherbert together till smooth.

Time to pour in a generous amount of semisweet chocolate chips!  

Stir till mixed, then spoon mixture into frozen lime sherbet in your bowl.  Do this gently, you don't want to mix the colors, you just want to add the raspberry sherbet with chips to the bowl.

Freeze several hours til firm, or overnight is best.

Slice that frozen sherbet just like watermelon slices!  You can flip it onto a platter if that is easier for you to slice and remove from the bowl.

 Would you take a look at that fun and refreshing dessert?  Yummy!

It helps to have an appreciative audience gobbling up the watermelon dessert!

Mimi, this is gooood!

Since I was in a making food treats kind of mood last week I thought I would try out a recipe for rolo cookies.  Holy smokes they were DELICH!  Super simple to make too.  I can't remember where I found the recipe, I think it may have been on pinterest.  Basically you take a boxed chocolate cake ( I used triple chocolate, it had chocolate chips in the mix), add some canola oil and a few eggs, mix till sticky, drop on a cookie sheet, plop an unwrapped rolo in the center, plop more batter on top, squish together a bit with your spoon, then bake.  When cool, sprinkle with a bit of powdered sugar.  YUM!  

Well, that is enough about sweets and desserts, I am getting way too hungry thinking about it.  As a side note, I should have an update on my Beginner's Guide to Fabric Class soon, I will keep you posted.  Can't WAIT to host that class, there is a ton of info included that you can have as a reference for years to come. 

I wish you all a joyful and creative week!  Happy crafting (& cooking!) ~ Pam

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Our Vintage Photo Shoot, US 12 HWy Yard Sale Finds, and Salsa

Hello there!  I have a variety of things to talk about today.  Kind of an odd combo, but that is OK.  First, I made some totally delich salsa last week, using tomatoes and pepers from our garden.  I promised to hsare the recipe, and have some pics too.  Next, my hubs and I spent a little time this weekend to go to some yard sales along US HWY 12, something held every August.  I scored some great vintagey goodness, among other things.  Photos to follow.  Most importantly though, we had our family photo shoot on Saturday, one I have looked forward to for sooooo long.  We did a vintage hollywood glam theme, and thankfully my family was pretty darn cooperative, even if it wasn't their favorite way to spend a Saturday.  I have some pics to share.  I would like to say thank you to Lindsey Marie Photography, she did a MARVELOUS job of being patient with our requests.  Thank you Lindsey!!!  I have a few pics to share, and can't wait to share more as they become available. This is gonna be a FUN album when I get a chance to scrap these pics!  Without further ado, here are a few pics from our photo shoot ~ 

On our boat, love love love these peeps.  xxoxox 

The girls and I on the boat.  Aren't they darling?  Love them all to pieces.

My beautiful family, I am so blessed.  The guys were cooperative, even though the shirts weren't their favs!  Thanks guys! 

Being silly

This little girl is a total fish.  She loves the water, and jumps in every chance she gets!

My handsome hubs and I outside the pool house.  

Walking down to our boat dock.  It is pretty quiet where we live, so we took the opportunity to hog the whole road.  heh heh heh

Next are a few pictures of my US 12 HWY yard sale treasures, these will be upcycled into fun snowman accessories, and on my fabric flowers, and the antique glass will be used to store some beads and things like that.  I picked up lots more glass, but that isn't as exciting as this stuff :) ~

close up shot of some of the fun vintagey earrings that I will cut up and use on other projects, plus some old silver that I will turn into pendants

These patterns are from the 50's, aren't they funny?  I will use the pics and the tissue for altered art projects.

love love love my new skinny Fiskars mat!  It was only $2.00 and is a size I don't already have.  I LOVE Fiskars self healing mats.  Of course I couldn't pass this deal up.  :)

OK, now to the salsa recipe I promised.  Here it is, feel free to modify it to your liking ~

14 cups peeled, cored, chopped tomatoes 1 cups seeded, chopped green, red, or orange peppers
3 cups chopped onion 1 cup  1/2seeded, finely chopped jalapeño peppers
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, 6 - 8 cloves roasted garlic, smashed, 1/4 cup bottled lemon or lime juice
1 tablespoons salt 1 tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoon kosher salt  ground cumin to taste (optional, I used 1/2 teaspoon)
3 tablespoons oregano leaves 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
Combine all ingredients except cumin, oregano and
cilantro in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring
frequently, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add
spices and simmer for another 20 minutes, stirring
This recipe works best with paste tomatoes. Slicing
tomatoes require a much longer cooking time to achieve a
desirable consistency.

Want to know the most important ingredient besides tomatoes and peppers?  Roasted garlic!  It sounds like a lot, but it is delich, and so mild.  I also ground about half of my jalapenos in a mini food processor before adding them to the salsa.  You can leave as many or few of the seeds as you want.  The more seeds you leave in the processing, the hotter your salsa.  This stuff was delich, hope you enjoy.  Feel free to make a smaller batch.  :)  Here is  a photo of some cutie grandkids enjoying some salsa and other dips ~ 

Coop loved the salsa!  Isn't his hair cute?  This was after working up an appetite during the photo shoot. 

Here is a pic of the salsa simmering away on the stove.

Here is one last photo.  This is of my son's crazy hair, thank goodness it didn't look like this during the photo shoot!  He is growing it out for Halloween, my word he is a goof! 

Thanks for reading my long post today!  I will be doing a wee fabric flower giveaway next week, be sure to stop back and say hello. I wish you all a joyful and creative week ~ Pam

Blog Archive

How did I come up with Pam's Eclectic Stuff?

Pam- that is me. :)

eclectic --adj.- selecting what seems best of various styles or ideas
*Since I like a huge variety of arts and mediums, this seemed perfect, we will talk about the best of various styles or ideas.

stuff- The noun stuff has 7 senses -
1. material, stuff -- (the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread")2. whatchamacallit, stuff, whatsis, sundry, sundries -- (miscellaneous unspecified artifacts; "the trunk was full of stuff")3. stuff, clobber -- (informal terms for personal possessions; "did you take all your clobber?")4. stuff, stuff and nonsense, hooey, poppycock -- (senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff")5. stuff -- (unspecified qualities required to do or be something; "the stuff of heros"; "you don't have the stuff to be a United States Marine")6. stuff -- (information in some unspecified form; "it was stuff I had heard before"; "there's good stuff in that book")7. stuff -- (a critically important or characteristic component; "suspense is the very stuff of narrative")

*What more needs to be said? I really thought about using Pam's Eclectic Sundries, but I thought that might be tough to remember. :) Stuff is easy and conveys a variety of meanings. I like the definition- miscellaneous unspecified artifacts. I also liked whatchamacallit, but that is a lot of typing. :)

So there you have it!