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Prima Art Venture 2015 – Edmonton (Part 2)

…thanks for coming back and checking out my post on the Prima classes I took!  So….let’s get down to business…

I arrived…and that’s a real accomplishment in itself sometimes.  I’m not a morning person.  But Zeb kept me amused.  He couldn’t wait to get started, in fact!

Our first class was with first-time instructor Adrienne Ford.  We started out just painting and spraying the heck out of our sheet of paper!  Yes, I had to use my fingers for the painting.  If you know me, you know I don’t like to get my fingers dirty.  But I tried to not let it bother me.  I think I might finally be coming one with the dirty fingers!  Lol!

We were using Prima Mica Powders mixed with gesso (after putting a coat of clear gel medium over the entire page).  I really like the Mica Powders!  The colors are so lovely!  So bright and bold!  I think I gotta get me some now!

Here is my finished page:

I just love how it turned out!  See what I mean about the Micas?  I love the rich colors!  And yes….I even used some gold glitter!  I think it would have been a bit drab without that glitter.  It just gives it that bit of sparkle!  The fillagrees at the bottom and top are metal.  I really love them!  
The last class of the first day was Frank Garcia’s Christmas Album.  How beautiful it is!  It looks so hard to do, but in reality…it’s quite easy.  But boy, does Frank ever boogie in his class.  Not much of a breather between steps.  I do love his classes, though.  He makes what ends up being simple to do, look so stunning!  If you ever have a chance to take a class of his…do so!  You won’t be disappointed.  And you get so much product in your class kit!

Well, because of the “boxes-stuck-at-customs” debacle (see previous blog post), we ended up finished Frank’s class at midnight.  Wow!  What a long, but totally fun, day!  Now to the hotel for some much-needed sleep.  It will be an early day tomorrow…
Back at it!  And Zeb is right there with me…
Our first class today was with the lovely Sharon Laakkonen!  Zeb wanted to get started right away!  Zeb….that little over-achiever!  Lol!  In her class, we were making this lovely framed scrapbook/mixed media page!  Yes, it included the frame!

I decided to use a picture of my son at Yellowstone Park when he was younger.  Maybe I should have thought that through.  Afterwards, I didn’t think he would like it because it had flowers and a bow on it.  But surprisingly he loved it!  He said he didn’t care about the flowers and bow.  And to top that off…I can hang it up in our home!  Yay!  I have such a sweetie for a son.  Anyway…I love this page!  We did some stenciling with beads on it, and lots of layering of papers (which I am still trying to master).  We even added some gold touches to the leaves with Mica Powder.  Gorgeous!  Thank you so much for such a lovely project, Sharon!
Next up was the Telephone class…I was so excited for this!  It was also taught by Sharon Laakkonen.  We got to use the brand new Prima Lumies!  So awesome!  What a great idea to light up your project!  I need to buy me some more of those!  I decided to use a picture of me on my first day of school.  This piece is now on my mantle at home.  It’s so pretty!

The next class was with Adrienne Ford (again).  We did this gorgeous wall plaque!  It was using Prima’s new Enchanted Aviaries Paintables.  They are fantastic!  We colored the teacup with Color Bloom sprays.  Just dip your paint brush in them and color.  We added some texture paste and stenciling, then a LOT of flowers!  Lots of spraying, too!  I am just in “awe” of how it turned out!  Wow!….Wow!  And those little dangles just added that extra little bling.

After that technique-filled class, we went on to Frank again to finish up our Christmas Album.  Let’s just say…I’ll finish it at home.  It was a very long day.  Four classes instead of three!  But I loved every minute of it!  Prima Art Venture is the total bomb-diggity!  For sure!
Have you been to a Prima Art Venture???  Let me know about it in the comments below….
Thank you so much Prima (and Denny) for all you do for these wonderful events!

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Prima Art Venture 2015 – Edmonton!

Well, I attended my second Prima Art Venture this year!  This time I took my new little mascot with me…Zeb the Zebra.

It started off with a bit of a problem…I went to pre-register on the Friday night (the night before the Art Venture).  I was told that they didn’t have the goody bags yet, and they are starting the continental breakfast at 11:30 am with classes starting at 1 pm instead of classes starting at 8:30 am.  The reason was that all the boxes were stuck at customs!  What???!!!  Whoah!

Ok…so I arrived the next morning for the continental breakfast, and we started at 1 pm.

Then half way through the class we had to stop because they only had enough supplies to start the class.  The boxes hadn’t arrived still.  So we were told to come back at 4 pm.  We came back, and had to leave til 6:30 pm.  Came back then and had to come back again at 7:30 pm.  The boxes finally arrived!

By then, many people were angry.  I just thought to myself…oh well, shit happens, right?  One lady left after the first class, and got a refund for the rest.  Oh well, to each his own.  So we finished the first class, and went on to the next class.  During that class, Denny (the event coordinator) came in and gave each of us a choice…either we can get $300 in Prima product shipped to us at no charge, or we can go to Prima Art Venture in Anaheim in January for free.  Wow!  That was sooooo unbelievably generous!  I never expected that!  I was saying to someone earlier that if they just give us a Kit-of-the-month box I would be happy.  So this deal was amazing!

I just have to say that Prima Marketing is the best company ever!  They went above and beyond for us attendees!  Denny said that they (him and Prima) just wanted us to be happy.  Was I ever happy!  I had the best time!


To Be Continued…to find out about the classes I took at Prima Art Venture, check out my next post!

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A Little Bit of Shopping!

So this past week I’ve been travelling with hubby. First we went to Calgary. When we checked in to our hotel, we were suddenly upgraded to a King Loft suite! Whoah! It was so amazing! I’m not really sure why we were upgraded, but….who cares!
This is a picture of our room once we come in the door:
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Please excuse the blurry pictures.  They were taken with my iPad Mini….it doesn’t take very clear pictures.
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When I walk into the room and turn around, there is a staircase up to the bedroom.  Under the staircase is the bar.
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Here we have a large King size bed!  It has a  large flat screen TV to watch from bed.  When I turn around…
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…there is a balcony/room that looks down into the atrium.  Nice place to read a book!
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And this is the ensuite!  It was such a lovely room!  I’m just sad that we only stayed there one night.  🙁
I did a bit of shopping while in Calgary.  I stopped at Paper Pastimes.  A friend of mine works there.  It’s a great place.  The have an amazing amount of dies and stamps!  They specialize in that.  If you are in Calgary, check them out!
I then went to a place called Fabric Depot.  I am working on a reupholstering project, and I needed some foam.  I could not believe this place when I walked in the door!  It didn’t look like much from the outside, but inside….
They had thousands upon thousands of appliques!  Tons of tassels!  An entire room for zippers!  Rooms full of trims, braids, and ribbon!  Mega amounts of fabric!  They are one of the largest fabric stores in North America!  It’s a fabric heaven!  So if you are ever looking for fabric, trims, appliques, etc….you must check them out.
I also went to Michaels (surprise, surprise).  I am thinking of getting a Fuji Instax camera.  I thought that if I have that when I attend scrap related events, I can just snap a pic and have the person right their name and info on the back.  That way I can keep track of all my new crafty friends!  It’s pricey, though.  I’m still trying to decide.
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What do you all think about the Instax Camera?  Do you have one?  Let me know in the comments.
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