Monday, December 27, 2010

As Promised, Part 1

In earlier postings, I wrote that I would have pictures of my Scrappy Paper Quilting soon. Here are some of the photos of various things, sheets that I used to create other projects and some of the projects themselves. In the Frenzy Stamper class, we will be making a composition book with tabs, a postcard, a folder, a greeting card and a mailing envelope. Participants can also make additional sheets of paper if time allows to allow for more project creating later. More details are in the margin. Call the store to sign up, or email me at because I can save you a spot. I will send a confirmation when I receive an email.
Somehow, some of the  photos got left off the original posting titled: As Promised, so I have created a Part 1 and a Part 2. Hopefully this will work this time! I apologize for not figuring this out with the original posting.

As Promised, Part 2

Above: Mailing Envelope

Above: Postcards

Above: Greeting Card

Above: Composition Book with Tabs

Above: File Folder


Fabric Stashing

I don't usually plug people's stores, but if you're fabric stasher like me, here ya go. I get nothing for providing these links. They have no idea I am passing them along.
1. Anyone still looking for the perfect pattern fabric that I was selling back in the summer? Scroll down the page. Kelly provided a link which had another link, and when I entered one of my favorite fabric designers, well...I'm sorry, actually no, I'm not!
2. I came across this site for the day after Christmas and was amazed at all they had to offer, fabric and other supplies mixed media artists need. A lot of their fabric is regularly 10-15% off regular retail prices, there's free shipping on $35 or more., and after the page comes up, there are coupon codes for discounts up to an additional 25%, good for about a week. I found fabrics that look like lined paper, graph paper, safety pins, typing, sewing machines, buses, coffee cups and crazy ridiculous other stuff too unbelievable to pass up. I'll be curious to know if you love this place as much as I do. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Scrappy Paper Quilting Class Scheduled

I have scheduled my Scrappy Paper Quilting Class at Frenzy Stamper. See details about the class in the left margin of this blog. I can't wait! Update: The samples for the projects we will be making are at the store, and photos to give you an idea of what we will be doing are in the posting above titled" As Promised.
I will be bringing additional projects to share and sell the day of the class. I hope to see YOU there.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


I'll be teaching at Art Unraveled again this year! My class will be the Double Double that I have tried out locally with great on the links, and get more info. on this blog in the sidebar.
Also, I will be teaching classes on my newest feature article in Sew Somerset with my quilted paper projects. Update: In case you haven't seen the article yet, photos of the projects and more are above in the posting titled: As Promised. I just got my samples back from Stampington that were used for the photographs for the magazine, so I am excited to start the classes for them!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On Newsstands Now

A while back I wrote about a feature article that I did for Sew Somerset. Well, it is on newstands now across the US and beyond, including Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale AZ. It was scheduled for release on December 1, but some stores have it now. My article is about sewing on paper, which I call Scrappy Paper Quilting because it looks like a quilt when it is done. It has a variety of projects you can make with the paper once you get it made. So much fun!! I hope to teach a class on this sometime in the next year. and  have a proposal in that I am waiting to hear back about soon.  If you get a chance to see the article, I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanks, Ladies!

We had another fun Double Double class at Frenzy Stamper last Saturday. Ten machines all humming at once is music to my ears. Sorry it has taken me so long to post about it, but there have been about a million things going on at once in my zip code. Debbie put some pictures up on her blog. Thanks for coming, Everyone! I hope we cross paths again soon.  
I don't have any more classes scheduled for now, but I hope to, soon!  I am working on new ideas  have had in my idea book for a while.
If you are in the Phoenix area, you need to check out Kelly Kilmer's classes this weekend at Frenzy Stamper. They always seem to be as much of a party as a class. They are just a few days away, and I can't wait!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Just a Few Spots Left

OK, Kids! This is the last call. I will be teaching my Double Double book next Saturday at Frenzy Stamper. 3 spines, 4 signatures, like 2 books in one. Load of easy fun making it. More details are available on the side bar of this blog, in the store, and via the link provided. The last I knew, there were only 5 spots still available, and I have been contacted via email about 3 of those 5 in the last two weeks, so they may be gone as well by the time this is being read, leaving just 2 remaining spots. This will be the last time this class is offered this year, at least. If you want to take it, be sure to call Debbie at 480-946-0007 before it is too late! : ) This has been one of my most popular classes ever, partially because all it requires is the ability to sew an almost straight line, and nearly all the supplies are included in the cost, and participants get  personalized labels with their own names on them to sew in the book. If you do not have a sewing machine of your own, I can bring one for you, as long as you tell Debbie when you register. This has always been an exciting class. If you have any questions about it, please email me at

Saturday, October 23, 2010

It Was a Grand Time

Today was the 31 Layers of Scary Fun class at Frenzy Stamper. I know it is a little corny to admit, but I was honestly so excited for this class, that I couldn't even sleep well last night. It was like waking up every few hours on Christmas Eve "back in the day." Anyway, the class exceeded my expectations, in so many ways. Everyone's books turned out so Halloween freaking cool. They all had license to make it "their own" and they did, even though they were working out of nearly identical kits I put together. Amongst our group was an uber-talented third grader that not only behaved like an adult, she kept up with the adults on the art making, too, EVEN ON THE SEWING MACHINE. Seriously. We got all our painting done, took a lunch break, went back to our creating, took a little break for ice cream and fresh cotton candy, and came back to play some more. It was almost like being a kid again, and reminded me why I love to do these classes so much. My kind of day!
I didn't take my camera, but I think Debbie took at least one picture of us happily playing the day away which she might put up on her blog later, like when the store reopens on Tuesday.
I have 7 kits left over. I was asked to list these somehow for sale, in case anyone wants to buy one to make what they will/want with them. Obviously, I won't be there to provide all the how to's or what to's like I did and demoed in class, but all the 31 pages (including: scrapbook papers, Braille paper, canvas, handsewn quilted papers, screen, lace, canvas pages, textured paper, etc.) and covers (Hambly transparency and Scrabble board), are precut, and there are binding rings, fabric pocket materials, embellishments (including various stickers, ribbons, rick rack, metal twisties, bottle caps, metal washers, brads, tickets, cardstock images and collage pix, Scrabble letters for Halloween words, filmstrip transparency, halloween brads, window screen and rusted fabric tabs), more ribbons and decor, fabric and net pockets, Halloween tarot cards with fortunes and a whole lot of happiness in each decorated trick or treat bag plain fun stuff that you can combine with your own Halloween photos, recipes, memories, evidence, spells, journaling and what have you to make your own fabulous book. It took a lot of time to put this all together, and I would rather get the kits to good homes than allow them to sit around for another year. The price of the class was $45., but I will sell these do it yourself kits for $25. which INCLUDES the price of first class shipping in the US. You can get a good idea of what the books we made look like in the post below. If you are interested, just contact me at Please be sure to put "class kit" in the subject line. After you get your kit, if you have a questions about what any of the parts may have been used for, you can email again and ask away.
Update 11-26:  4 have been sold, and 3 remain up for grabs. Thanks for all the positive feedback on the class and the kits.
Special thanks to Debbie, and all the participants. If any of you put your books on your blog or somewhere public where we can see them, please leave a link in the comment section for us to see! It was a great Saturday!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Class update

There are about 6 spaces left in the 31 layers class I blogged about in my last post. Frenzy Stamper will be closed for a week, so you can't sign up by calling there or going in, but you can email me @ or by signing up through the Frenzy website This will be an easy and fun class, so don't miss out!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

31 Layers and Layers of Just Plain Scary

So much fun it will be scary, that is. These are some sneak peeks of the Halloween book I will be teaching October 23rd at Frenzy Stamper from 10-5, with a break for lunch. There will be 31 sheets all put together, each with its own layers to make a Halloween book. Think tarot cards, transparencies, pockets, Braille paper, premade pieces of my new quilted papers, screen, gutter guard, lace, silk, other misc. papers, ribbons, clips, brads, metal washers, smashed bottle caps, collage sheets, all kinds of paint, doodads, whatnots, and MORE that all add up to fun, fun, fun, and yes, more fun.You can use it for photos, memories, journaling, spells, tricks, chants, recipes, treats, whatever, you get the idea, right?  There will only be 13 spots in class, and when they are full, that's all she wrote, as they say.
You can call Debbie at the store 480.946.0007,  or go in to sign up.
The required supply list is
fabric scissors,
2 small sponge brushes,
and heavy duty adhesive such as  Perfect Paper Adhesive,  Crafter's Pick: The Ultimate, or E6000. A small container will be plenty.
I will bringing everything else which will be included in the class price of $45.
hole punch for pages, either one hole or 2 hole
sewing machine You can bring your own sewing machine with bobbins and needles, or use one of three that I will be taking for student use, but you might have to wait for a turn with 13 people in class. Bring empty bobbins if you want to use some of my Halloween color threads.
Leave me a comment if you have any questions. I'm so looking forward to it!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

AU Shopping Extravaganza

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my booth at Art Unraveled for the Shopping Extravaganza! Jeane and I had a blast meeting and talking to everyone. We consider the day a HUGE success and are already talking about next time.  My studio is ecstatic about having more room to breathe. Your nod of approval for my art really means a lot, and I am happy everything that was sold has a new home. I plan to restock my etsy shop as time allows, and Jeane and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible again.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

AU 2010

I just wanted to take a minute, and from the bottom of my heart, shout out a ginormous THANK YOU to all my students yesterday in the Sew Scrappy Journal and Fused Clutch classes at Art Unraveled. You were all so amazing, and your work gorgeous, each piece different, yet so beautiful. The attendees of Meet the Artist were told that they would learn so much from not only their teachers but one another, and this was definitely the case for me. People were sharing ideas and thinking outside the box with colors, techniques, design, and on and on and on. Several students told me they had not made anything in weeks, months, even a year, in one case, and they were so appreciative of getting to a space where they could they could "take their artist out to play," as I call it.  I was touched by that.
Thanks also, to my daughter Jeane my class helper, that shared her expertise in the first class and helped by offering her expertise along the way. I really couldn't ask for better help.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sewing on Paper

I've been sewing a lot on paper lately. In early June, I sent off a submission to Sew Somerset and once again crossed my fingers. I was sewing on all kinds of different papers and objects made of paper. Paper to fabric, paper to paper, paper to all sorts of things. That is all I can tell you besides a clue that gives away just a little part of it below. I took photos, but I am saving them until later to publish here, because I got a little email today that in part read as follows, and I want to keep the rest a surprise:


Congratulations! The following submission has been selected to be featured as a technique-based article in Sew Somerset which will hit newsstands December 1, 2010:
Cards, Notebooks & Idea folder

In some cases, we may need to move an article to ensure that there is enough room to show artwork at its best, or possibly even reconsider an article for a future issue. If your article is moved, you will be notified.

Best regards,

Beth Livesay
Stampington & Company
Managing Editor

I will have a few of my sewing on paper projects for sale at the Art Unraveled Shopping Extravaganza right around the corner. I am just about done with everything I need to do to be able to teach my classes and sell journals, fabrics, sewn paper projects, charms, and a variety of other things, as well attend a few classes.
Working on submission ideas, deadlines and getting ready for Art Unraveled have pretty much taken all of my studio time this summer, but I have a friend flying in from MA a few days early, and together we are gonna play the rest of my summer away until AU and the regular day job kick in. I'm looking forward to this little art break.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Play it again!

Sometimes once is just not enough. And sometimes neither is twice or three times, so due to popular demand, we're gonna play it again. This week I was asked to do the Double Double class again at Frenzy Stamper, so that's what we're gonna do. You can see the pictures and description here:
The class will be on Saturday, November 6 from 10-5 with an hour for lunch. All you need to bring is your sewing machine with bobbins and machine needles, scissors, and thread. I bring the rest. It's that simple, and all you need to be able to do is sew in an almost straight line. I give bonus points for crooked! Come play with us!
If you do not own a sewing machine, I have some loaners, just email me for more info.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Get Your Free Digital Magazine!

Earlier this week, I posted information about the digital magazine in which my work for the Sew Somerset Sew Scrappy journal from June 2009 is found:  Facebook 7500 Celebration Issue. I have since located a link where you should be able to go download your own free copy! Sorry I didn't have this information before. Stampington just published it this week to celebrate getting 7500 fans on Facebook. I admit I don't go on Facebook every day like I used to, so I had no idea this was coming until I got the scoop from one of my followers.

Some of my favorite mixed media artists are in this publication. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Well, Thanks, Caitlin!

I opened my email this afternoon to find the following message from Stampington. Needless to say, "pretty happy" doesn't really begin to cover it. If you are one of the 7500 who can get your hands on this digital edition, my work is on pages 12-17. I am honored to have been chosen to be among the other 21 artists whose work fills the 75 pages of this publication! The featured pages of my work are the ones that went with the magazine which had my Sew Scrappy Journal on the cover, which is also one of the classes I will be teaching at Art Unraveled in August. So, well, thanks Caitlin and Stampington. You made a good day even sweeter!

Dear Jane Eileen,

Congratulations!  Your artwork that was previously featured in the Summer 2009 issue of Sew Somerset has been chosen to be included in our Facebook 7,500 Celebration Issue! We have offered this free digital magazine to all of our Facebook members who helped us reach our goal of 7,500 fans.  
We are proud to share your art and be able to link other artists to your website!  We hope you enjoy this special issue!


Caitlin Hawekotte
Marketing Assistant
Stampington & Company

Monday, June 28, 2010

Thanks, Girls!!!

I just wanted to say a public thank you to the "students" in my in-studio class yesterday! You were all so amazing, and I loved every one of the journals you made. I would love to see them again after they are full of whatever you put on the pages. You made a "summer cold" day so much fun!
If anyone is interested, you can see Jeane's finished book here. Yes, she's my firstborn, but I would think she was amazing, even if yesterday was the first time she was ever in my class.
I'm sorry I don't have pictures of everyone's work who took the Double Double class. It is just so interesting to see all the different combinations people come up with using the same directions and boxes of supplies. You just make me smile! Thanks, Girls!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fabric, Anyone? Part 2

I don't have any available fabric left for sale that I recently posted about. Thank you to everyone who emailed me privately about it. And thank you to the friend who pointed out that it should be more than $9.oo. considering taxes. I know. I was trying to help out a few friends who had asked where they could get some since they do not live in LA.
I might be able to find more. In the meantime, google away if you still are interested.

Monday, June 21, 2010


I have known about this for a little while but was waiting for the right time to make the announcement. I will now be teaching two classes at Art Unraveled. My "art mom," Marylin Huskamp and her daughter-in-law, Tracie Lyn Huskamp, will not be attending this year. I was fortunate enough to be asked to substitute for them. I have taken on their class called Fused Mini Clutch. I am so excited and grateful for this opportunity. Linda, the goddess of AU, has posted the clutch I made along with the one Marylin made so students can see both of our work. Mine is the pink one above and also on the AU site, and Marylin's is the green one. I know these ladies will be sadly missed at the retreat by many people, including me, but I look forward to next time.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


I had a bunch of partly finished journals, ones that only had covers and no pages, ones that needed labels, ones that I started in classes and only did part way with fabric to use for demos, and one that is part of a new big idea I have. Today, I just got to where I had to drop everything and get them all done. I need things for my Art Unraveled Artist's Table on Shopping Extravaganza Day, so on this Sunday with no other obligations, I set off to finish as many as I could, and I made some serious headway. Above are the newest batch, all of which will be for sale in August. Afterward, I will likely list any leftovers in my etsy shop. If feels good to be done with them. I have created an insanely long to do list for myself in the studio. So for this little job: Check!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Retail Therapy Complete

Earlier this week, my daughter, Jeane, and I went over to hang out with my art daughter, Kelly, play in our journals, and do retail therapy in LA and the surrounding areas. I know we were in Pasadena, Glendale, Hollywood, and LA, but beyond that, I just sat in the back seat and went with the flow as Kelly took us all the places we needed to go. I couldn't keep track and didn't have to worry because I knew we were in good hands. There were some crazy and fun things that happened on the trip including arriving at out hotel to be told our reservation had been moved to another hotel because they were completely full there. When I asked to speak with the manager of the hotel because I couldn't believe what I was being told, not only did we get a room, we got one on the top floor that included free breakfast each morning and fabulous munchies and beverages at night and free cold bottled water around the clock, access to a computer and free internet service, fax machine, big screen TV, and all the kinds of stuff the big boys pay for. And upon returning home, I was delighted to find an email with a refund for half of our hotel bill. I guess it pays to just be polite and explain nicely about your side of the hotel situation. And then there was the earthquake. It only lasted a few minutes, but when you are on the 15th floor and the curtain pull is seriously swaying, the conversation does get interesting. I just kept thinking about how there are people trained to design buildings for these types of scenarios, and I was hoping a top notch one had had a hand in the building we were in. Again, luckily, it only lasted a few minutes. Anyway, above is a bunch of pictures that I got while there. In no particular order, they are of Jeane and me opening surprises from Kelly, all of us trying out the over-sized furniture in the hotel with me holding my nose because of the smell of the fresh paint on the tote bag, the chihuahua that met us at the door of Mood fabrics, flowers we saw on a walk, part of the aftermath of the retail therapy, the "appetizer" for one of our meals, and the store we found in the fabric part of the fashion district ironically called Journal Fabric. I honestly have no idea how they came up with that name and just kinda think they had no idea where most all of the fabric I got there was really headed. When I asked for half yards of some pieces, the guy looked at me like I had no idea how little that was and then he actually pulled that much off and pointed it out. I politely told him that was the correct amount I wanted. He just looked at me and then I just told him I wasn't making a dress, and that it was for an art project. Then he smiled and nodded his head. What I really wanted to say was, "Didn't you see the sign on the store when you came in to work this morning, Pal?" but I refrained. Ahhh, LA!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Kelly Loves Pink (and orange).

I thought I had everything I needed and was headed for the cutting table. (story of my life) That's when the screaming started. I turned around not only to see the fabric of the day for me in blues and greens, but one in pinks and oranges saying, "Kelly, Kelly, Kelly!" The question was not whether to buy it or not, but how much. I got all that was left on the bolt. It has now become Kelly's purse. Kelly likes big purses with long handles, and hopefully these are long enough. I put in pockets so she can carry pens and brushes or sunglasses or whatever she wants and made it big enough for her to carry books in. Kelly loves books, too. The fabric still screams, "Kelly!" It wants to go to CA in a big way.
Soon, fabric, soon. Catch some sleep. S0mething tells me you're gonna be busy when you get your job in Hollywood.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

What Fun!

Just want to say thanks to all the ladies who took the Double Double class today at Frenzy Stamper! We had several students with no fabric journal experience and they all turned out amazing. Every. Single. One! Debbie has the photos on her blog. Fun times!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Party Continues til June 30!

I have a confession. I usually like my birthday to last 3 days (long funny story), but this year, we're gonna celebrate 'til the 30th.
Melissa, the seller of the tags I mentioned in the previous blog, loves US all so much she is offering 10% off on orders from her website through June 30th. She saw my blog post and wrote to tell me she has even more coolio stuff there than in her etsy shop. What??? Guess who's doing more retail therapy tonight.
Be sure to use the coupon code below, Double check that you spell it like she has it here since it is a tad different than the spelling of my name.
Code: janeelieen10
I don't even know her, and she is joining our party! What's not to love about a girl like this? Here is her website. Thanks, Melissa
Now, back to the cupcakes!

Call Me Lucky! Wanna Come to my Party?

I am one of the luckiest moms around. As a birthday present, my daughter Jeane bought me my art daughter Kelly's new online class called Memories and Reflections which has a boatload of cool ideas, prompts, and all things amazing including how to make not one, but two amazing books. Now that's my idea of a party that's gonna last a long time. Above is a sneak peak. I hope Kelly doesn't mind me showing you. I don't think she will 'cause now you know how to get in on the party, too! We could have virtual cupcakes and all kinds of fun. Right?
Now, see those little round numbers? I have no idea where Kelly got hers, but lookee here what I found the other day cruising through etsy doing some online therapy! I don't know the seller, just that she has a TON of stinkin' amazing stuff, the prices are great and the shipping extremely reasonable, especially when you buy additional items. I got my items super fast.
So thanks, Jeane and Kelly! You girls are the bestestest.
P.S. Jeane says don't be goin' there and getting ALL the good stuff before she gets a chance. Save some for her. K?
Update: See the second post of this day for a discount at the website of the person who owns the shop mentioned in the lookee here part above. Note: See the post above for a discount from this seller, good through June 30th.