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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New anthropomorphic graphics, and a reminder!


Howdy,

Well here's another selection of graphics I've cleaned up for you.  Most of them are anthropomorphic, which I love, and can be used in many applications.  Please remember to shoot me piccy's of crafts you make using them, as I love to know I'm doing this for your crafting pleasure.


Just to give you an idea of how I clean
graphics, here's a before, and below is the after.
The image was cut off on the top and the bottom,
and blurry, not to mention dark.


Here I recreated the handle, took the hearts away
off the bottom, brightened it, removed the
background, and sharpened it.
I might go back and recreate the cut off bottom
part, too, but for now it's okay like it is.




Here's another example of what I do to graphics.


I've taken away the background, and removed the words
and heart from the shaker on the left.  I also removed the
name that was written on the spoon, in pencil.  If I was to
"erase" the name on the original, it might smear other
parts of the image, so I just remove it in my
Photoshop version.


















Now the reminder:
I've still got a few seats available for my June class.  We're playing with paper dolls and it's gonna be lot's of fun.  Click here for more info.

I hope you all had a wondrous holiday weekend, and now it's our turn to suffer the weather.  We can climb as high as 120 degrees here in the desert southwest.  I used to love the heat....the hotter the better....but now that I'm an old lady, it just exacerbates my chronic inflammation and hot flashes.  I don't like it anymore, but it's home.  I'd much rather be spending my summer's in England, but I just haven't won the lottery yet, nor do I have any rich relatives, so I'll just stick around and sweat it out because it's only for 3-4 months and all the rest of the time it's gorgeous here.....and the last reason; it may be hot and dry here in the desert, but at least we don't have to shovel the heat!!!!!

Hugs,
Meri


Sunday, May 26, 2013

My most humble thanks


For everyone who ever has
for anyone who currently is
and for all those who will...................

Thank you, most humbly, from the bottom of my heart for your service
and our freedom!
You will always be remembered.

God Bless

Monday, May 20, 2013

New June Class at ImagiMeri's Creations! Playin' with Paper Dolls!



Howdy,

OMGosh it's been so busy here lately, but I'm here to announce the next class.  I mentioned recently that I might try to squeeze another class in before the November holiday class, so here it is.....

We'll be making paper doll greeting cards and layouts!  That's right, we're playing with paper dolls!

Details:

Date:  Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time:  10:00 a.m. till we get tired and or bored!
Where:  ImagiMeri's Creations Studio, Gilbert, Arizona
Cost:  $30

What's gonna happen?  We will create one paper doll greeting card fairly quickly and then with any time remaining we'll make more.

We will create something like this:
Card was made with various paper doll
parts and assembly is easy.
I will provide many, many paper doll parts of various styles and colors (i.e. heads, arms, legs, torso's, etc.) or even whole figures in which you can create cards like this:

Just an example of where your imagination
can go.
This class will show you how to use your left over scraps of paper and fabric.  Depending on the time remaining after completion of the first card, you will have ample opportunity to create more cards or even 12" x 12" scrapbook layouts, like this:

Example, not to be recreated in class



You will learn enough basic steps to begin and then find your inner creative force and let your imagination fly and create more complex pieces like this:
Example, not to be recreated in class
Or this:
Example, not to be recreated in class


So get back with me as soon as possible, as seating is limited.  Either leave a comment here to be included or email me at meriw@cox.net.  Once my class is full, I will then email you all with further instructions and information on what supplies to bring.

I hope to hear from you soon,
Meri

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day


JUST KIDDING!

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY EVERYONE!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Okay.......I lied, and other fairytales!


Well Hello there.....long time no blog!

I'm here to admit that I'm a failure, yes, yes I am.  I couldn't bring myself to make a video for my doll class and instead will just be writing up directions for it.  I had every intention of doing this, and was actually excited about it, until my dear sweet hubby (who was supposed to film me) decided that he needed a script and direction on where to zoom in, zoom out, etc.  I'm a kind of off the cuff girl, so this wasn't working with my spontaneous mojo.  If I can find one of my friends out here who is knowledgeable and willing to work in my "off the cuff" kinda style, I'll happily make a video, and please don't judge my amazing hubby harshly, I don't begrudge him his need for order anymore than I begrudge my lack of it when doing "freestyle" entertainment!
For those of you wishing to have written directions, please email me at "meriw@cox.net" and I will be happy to send you the directions once I have them finished.

I have also been quite busy with many projects, of which I will share with you, and the first one is an art doll exchange I'm participating in.  Back in January, I participated in a local event called ArtZona, where lovely, talented artists from all over the country came for a weekend of crafting/creating and snarky women talk.  It was a blast.  Those of us who actually live here in Arizona, decided to create a local group called "Arizona Showgirls."  We will be taking many field trips to local events, shops, museums, etc., and just generally bond over all things creative.  There are 8 of us and although we've been on a couple of trips, we also decided to have our own art doll collaboration.  Each of us created a doll of some sort (head, body, limbs maybe, and storage container) and these dolls will be circulated amongst each of us to add our stamp of creativity to it.  I guess this would be the same as a "round robin" for a journal.  Anyhoo, my first doll to work on was from my good friend Sharon, who most recently participated in my "upcycled light bulb doll" class.  She started a doll by using a paintbrush and adding porcelain legs and arms, as well as a molded PaperClay head.  All by itself it was wondrous and there isn't much more you could do to improve it, however, that just made it more of a challenge.

Here is the gorgeous box she created for it.  She used
an old cigar box and glued this wonderful botanical/
fruit paper (from a retail bag) on top and on the inside.

When you open up the box.........there she is.  Sharon rusted the
metal band around the brush, cut off part of the handle and
then created the face and head out of PaperClay.

There is also a small booklet included so
that each artist can mention what they
did to the doll....kind of like a history
of it's creative journey.

When I first saw her doll, I immediately knew what I wanted to do to her, and luckily enough I was the first person to work on her.  I told Sharon what I had in mind (in case she would be offended) and to my delight she told me to go for it!

I gave her doll boobies and wings!!!!
I used amber beads for the boobs and used some
copper rounds and pretty little aqua crystals as
"pasties/nipples" and strung them on twisted
copper wire which I then wrapped around the brush.

For the wings, I used both copper and brass
mesh (which Sharon supplied), twisted copper
wire, turquoise glass beads, clear glass heart
beads as well as copper rounds and swarovski
crystals for the decor.  I used the copper mesh to
create cutouts for the upper parts of the wings,
and I punched about 24 "leaves" out of the
brass mesh to create what kind of looks like
feathers on the lower half.

If you click on the photo's you might get a better look at the wings.  I'm very pleased with the outcome, but can't wait to see what else will be done to this doll by the other artists.  I'm also excited to see what becomes of the doll I started, but we don't meet again till next week for the next exchange.

In other news, I'm letting you all know that our dear friend E, of "Creative Breathing" is doing fine and still recuperating from her recent knee surgery.  Having had over 13 knee surgeries myself, I know how debilitating they can be and that in turn creates frustration which can add to our depression.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers, but know that she's doing just fine  She'll be horrified to know that I said this, when she reads it, but she's one of my dearest friends and I've received many emails asking about her, I felt it was necessary to let you all know.  She's an amazing lady, and will be back to crafting and blogging regularly when she feels up to it.

Last but not least, I am announcing my next class.........tah dah!!!!  A few of the ladies in my last class said they didn't want to wait until November for my next class, so I've decided to have a class in June for creating paperdoll greeting cards and layouts.  I used to teach this class at a local scrapbook store called "Mystic Paper," which has sadly gone out of business, and I actually still have the directions and images all set to go for this class.  I will be back in just a couple of days with all the specific details, such as date, time, etc., so please come back for that information.

Thank you for your patience, and I'll be back real soon with information on the June class.

Hugs,
Meri



Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Upcycled lightbulb doll class, Part One


Hi Folks,

Sorry this posting is late, but Blogger is giving me fits, and I'm just about to pull my hair out!!!!  I've tried for the past two days, but somethings wreaking havoc with the image placement, so I'm not a happy camper.  Anyhoo, here I am trying again, so without further ado......

This is Sharon Van Dussen,  of "Katydid" whom I met at ArtZona,
back in January. She's an exceptional artist/crafter and I love that she
comes over weekly to spend time with me while she's finishing projects for
challenges or swaps that she's in.  She does not currently have a blog,
but I'm workin' on this, so be patient..........she's hilarious fun.

This is Sharon's doll in progress.  She did not finish as of the
end of the class.

Sharon holding her doll

Close-up

This picture is what she sent me yesterday, after finishing
her doll......she's adorable.

Here we have Sherrie of "Big Toe Studios" and Melissa
who is co-owner of "Scrapbook Barn" and of the blog
"Distressed Dainties."  The two ladies are obviously
sharing doll making tips.........either that, or they are cursing
me out for having them hand sew.

This is Sherrie's doll in progress

A close-up

Here's the lovely Sherrie who is a joy to craft
with and is willing to try just about anything.

Close-up........Sherrie and her doll 

Here's Melissa (Scrapbook Barn) and (Distressed Dainties)
and she was working on her doll which she told me was
being modeled after me.....how sweet is that?

Melissa and her doll (ME)
I actually think she did an amazing job, and it
does look like me.........minus all the weight!

Close-up

This is the lovely Loretta of "Short and Sweet" who bravely
took this class even though she hates to hand sew.  She thinks
I helped her with her doll, but I really didn't, she did an amazing
job all on her own. Please check out Loretta's blog as she's done
a lovely post about the class, too.  She even got better images
than me, so head over there.

Loretta's doll in the works.

Loretta and her doll

A lovely close-up

This is the only picture I got of my little
sister Jen of "DogMa-Jen"
She whizzed through making her doll and it
turned into Marie Antionette.  She was quick,
efficient and then outta there to go spend time
with her hubby.  Her doll was amazing!

The doll in the navy blue dress (left) is the one I
made during the class.  Both of these dolls
are heading soon to my good friend Kim
of "Musings from Kim K"

This is Emma for her oldest daughter in
high school.

This is Josie, for her adorable little one who is
turning 7 soon.

This class was so much fun and I can't wait to have the next event.  I told all the ladies what's coming up in November, but I might try to sneak one more class in between........maybe June.  Stay tuned!

I'm also working on the video tutorial for this class which will be available for a fee of $10 for the link, to those of you interested.  I will post all the information soon.

Have a great week,
Meri