Monday, December 7, 2009

Altered Photo Ornaments Wine & Cheese Craft Party

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than a Altered Photo Ornament Wine & Cheese Craft Party?!! Anne Quinlan showed us how to turn our photographs into altered art!
First, Anne showed us various techniques to distress photos and add pigment. We used dental tools and sandpaper! Laurel did a great job on her photo! I loved the colors she used and the white marker details for embellishment!
The next step was creating the cardboard structure for our photos and adding the holes for the ribbon to hang our ornament

Here are some of the finished ornaments! I love how they all turned out! Laura used a wonderful illustration that she brought in...
Sue used one of her amazing flower photographs. She often has great pictures to choose from that she takes herself!

I went with a picture that Anne had brought. As did Jennifer. They both turned out great!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Open House

To show our thanks for the great response that our classes have been getting, we held a Wine & Cheese Craft Party Open House this past Wednesday! Despite the heavy rain and crappy weather, we had a great turnout and lots of fun!This free event was also a fundraiser for Eliana Maria Stapp. Eliana is an 11 month old little girl who was born with Tetrology of Falot a group of 4 heart defects complicated with 2 other heart defects. Her talented mother, Astrid, played the harp for our event. She showed us her strength and wonderful spirit as she told us about her amazing daughter.The theme of the evening was "wine charms". We had three of our popular instructors teach their own techniques to create a wine charm. Anne Quinlan showed collage techniques using chipboard, papers, and markers. Chrissy Gemmill taught a metal stamping technique and incorporated beads.
Shrink art was used to create the wine charms that Courtney Prahl showed us how to make.
In between our crafting there was lots of eating, drinking and socializing! Here is Courtney with Margaret and Astrid.
Even I got a chance to take a break from my picture taking to have a fun time with Christina!
Here are some of the finished wine charms! We had a great time and thank you to everyone who came out and for your support that you showed Astrid and her daughter Eliana!