It was an amazing....

weekend!  Where do I begin?!  Actually it started two weeks ago when I was asked if I would like to do some samples for a big wholesale event here in Edmonton.  I was so honored to be asked, and I immediately said yes.  But never did I  think that Tim Holtz would want some of them in his booth!  My configuration box sat there beside his configuration tray and my layout next to his!!

How cool was that?!  There was something that I used in my configuration box that inspired him, so you might see it as one of his products in the future(can you believe that? Amazing!)  I was over the top about that, but the weekend just got better and better.  Our first class Saturday Morning was with Tim Holtz and I have to tell you, he is an amazing instructor.  Best class, ever!   I learned so much more about his products and techniques, I can hardly wait to pull out all my stuff and try everything.
Pat, Roxanne and I had so much fun all weekend, I don't think we ever stopped laughing. We had classes with BoBunny, Copic, Graphic45(loved this class), Little Yellow Bicycle, We R Memory Keepers, and best of all, the two classes with Tim Holtz.  Lindsey and Julie of Cosmo Cricket left us in their booth doing Make-n-Takes while they were doing an interview, and let's just say we don't follow rules very good!  Especially loved talking to Margie Romney of Girl's Paperie and Cathy from Fancy Pants.
And if that's not enough, Tim, Mario, Margie Romney (Girl's Paperie), Fran & Mona (Bazzill) joined our group for dinner and then went over to Urban Scrapbook to surprise our staff and croppers!  It was so much fun to sit down and talk to these incredibly talented and creative people about our hobby.  I have so much respect for these people; for all the hard work and time they put into their companies, to give us the best product they can.

Here are some of my projects that I did for this event:

I used Tim Holtz Wild West stamps on this layout; the wild west words, the gun, and the cowboy on the horse (on the acrylic).  The paper was from BoBunny's line "Timepiece".

I did another butterfly bouquet, (these are so easy to make and make a great gift) and a layout, using Making Memories new line "Dilly Dally".  I'm not sure when this line will be in the stores, but it is a fun Spring one.

This shadow box is from Maya Road.  There are some chipboard squares included, which you can do lots of different things with.  It's hard to tell here in the photos, but I slanted the inside ones so the squares are higher towards the middle.  I made a handle from grunge board, using my Tim Holtz die and painted it with crackle paint.  That's my daughter and her cousin Kayla (Pat's daughter).

This layout is made with the new "Fiesta" line from We R Memory Keepers.  It's the perfect collection for those of you with Mexico photos!  I didn't have any, so I used photos from Pat's vacation.  This paper makes the best looking rosette flowers!  Some of the papers are flocked, like the red background one here, and are so vibrant. That orange flower is from Making Memories.

This mini album is from My Mind's Eye Lush collection.  It went perfect with BoBunny's new collection, Ad Lib.  The brown frame is from Little Yellow Bicycle's Twig line.  I've used Pat's photos again here!  The buttons, resin flowers, journalings spots, stickers, and ribbons are all from BoBunny, My Mind's Eye, Making Memories, Bazzill, and Little Yellow Bicycle.  The wire rings are from 7Gypsies, which I tinted with blue alcohol ink.

This next project was my favorite!  It all started with a vintage circus peanut bag that I had bought a few years ago. When I saw Graphic45's "Le Cirque" paper, I knew I had to do something with that bag!  This was so much fun to create!  I found a couple of vintage circus photos online, used 7gypsies, Tim Holtz, Graphic45, Making Memories, and Maya Road embellishments.  I hate cutting up that one wonderful paper that is always a full scene from Graphic45's collections.  So I adhered it to the back of my tray and made it look like it was a poster hidden underneath paper ripped away.  Even though no one can see it if it's put on the wall, I know it's there!

I know this is a long post, but I had lots to tell and show, hope I didn't bore you!  I just want to thank Trudy ( our wholesaler) and all her staff for putting on a fabulous weekend, we had such a great time!


Heather Prins said...

you are amazing and inspire me everyday!!

Miranda said...

Jan - your creativity is amazing and inspiring - I only wish to have an inkling of your talent and make amazing layered layouts, etc.!

Jody said...

Holy frickin' moly Jan! You are so talented in so many ways! You inspire me everyday with your positive attitude and your outstanding talents - Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Plume said...

I love your work Jan! I will be coming back. I love your style!

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