Sisterhood begins Sunday, February 11


Be sure to double check the January 5 posts regarding “bring to class” and “toolbox”.  In addition, if you like bring some vellum, mulberry, hand-made, or other special paper to sew into each signature, as shown in the photos below.  I will bring some vintage sheet music to share.  Also, bring to class your mini wall calendar that will be used as journal images (or whatever other image set you have selected). And, if you like, bring last year’s journal for show and tell … or anything else you would like to share.  I’ll have the front door of the store open at 11:30a so we can start at noon.





This & That plus Sistehood Class Plan

Happy New Year to the Sisterhood … I’m getting excited for our next journaling session to begin … only 23 more days!!!  See you Sunday, January 28th at noon.

This & That #1:  I know that Patsy has called you asking of your journal theme and color palette.  I’ll pull a few goodies from my studio to share with you as well.  Most of you have decided, no worries, the others still have 23 days.

This & That #2:  If you have not already paid, payment is due by January 15th.  Call me if that is a problem (970) 203-5051.

I’ve provided an outline of the class plan below, just as an FYI.  There are only two requirements for the first class.

  1. Bring 15 sheets of cardstock cut to 6 by 12 inches.  When we sew it together in class, it will make a 6  by 6 inch book. I will provide all the materials to sew and bind the book.
  2. Start collecting the “Cherri Journaling Toolbox”.  Click on the link below to jump back to an earlier blog post. Remember UHU glue stick is always a requirement.

SISTERHOOD CLASS PLAN (does not apply to Little Sisters, yours will be posted later this month)


  1. BUILD book
  2. DECLARE design theme & colors




  1. Begin sharing with sisters
  2. Tickets throughout
  3. Flourish design throughout
  4. Numbers throughout


  1. Scraps … strips challenge
  2. Scraps … ATC challenge
  3. Labels for shared items
  4. Continue sharing with sisters


  1. Something METAL
  2. Something already made
  3. Signature page
  4. Continue sharing with sisters


  1. Sister ideas, suggestions, requests
  2. Continue sharing with sisters


  1. Distress Oxide Inks
  2. Color a la Cremes, water soluble oil pastels
  3. New Dylusions paint colors, “wash technique by Sue T”
  4. Distress Collage Medium, Vintage
  5. … to be determined



TOOLBOX – Cherri’s Favorite Art Journaling Toolbox

Sisterhood Journal – Toolbox Recommendations (Bring what you can, but I usually have tools to share.)

1. Scissors (small/sharp/fine detail cutting)
2. Pencil/pen/paper pad for homework notes
3. Ruler
4. Bone folder
5. Paper clips and/or mini binder clips
6. Paper cutter/trimmer (6 or 12”)
7. ¼ inch hand-held hole punch
8. Paper piercer (awl, aka pokie thing)
9. ADHESIVES (including: UHU glue stick, Skor tape, tacky white glue with fine tip point, glue dots, pop-up dots)
10. Glue book (old magazine/catalog)
11. Small rag/plastic cup to wet for wiping fingers, baby wipes, dish towel/rag to dry hands and/or clean stamps.
12. Distress ink pads (color coordinated to your current project), and blender handles and pads (or make-up sponge)
13. Black permanent ink pad (Versafine, Archival, Momento)
14. FAVORITE TOOLS might include … deckled and postoid scissors, stylus & pad, sand paper/nail file, corner rounder punch, exacto knife, #2 round paint brush, rubber gloves, water mister, stickles.
15. ___________  Plus your own favorites …

Sisterhood & Little Sisters Journaling 2018

“A Scrappy Tag Book” (inspired by Somerset Studio’s Jul/Aug 2017 issue)

Overview ….  Session 1, we will build our journal book by sewing 5 signatures together and then binding them with a scrap of muslin fabric. Session 2, we will create background color on 12 tags using Distress Oxide Inks and mount them into the book to sturdy the cover and fronts of each signature.  Sessions 3 through 6, we will ART JOURNAL.

There are two challenges.  FIRST is to use images from a mini wall calendar (approximately 8×8 inches or smaller).  They can be found at most stores selling wall calendars; I bot mine at Barnes & Noble.  I also used a book postcards from the same artist (Alphfonse Mucha).  Resources are shown below.

The SECOND challenge during weeks 3 to 6 will be to share a stamp, die cut or anything that goes with the others’ journals based on their theme and color.  In other words, if there are twelve sisters, each will share a little something with the other eleven.

BEGIN by collecting cardstock to go into your journal.  15 pieces of 6 x 12 inch CARDSTOCK (not text weight paper) will each be folded in half  horizontally to create the book size of 6 by 6 inches.  Each signature will have three of the 6×12 inch pieces (3 sheets x 5 signatures = 15 pieces of 6×12 inch cardstock).  Signatures can all be from the same line of paper, or like mine, they can all be different.  I used one of line of Graphic 45 for a signature, and two different lines of G45 for two other signatures.  The last two signature cardstocks were all mixed up with colors that went together.

The SISTERHOOD DATES are Sundays, from 12:00 to 3:30p at Artsy Stamps & Papercrafts in Loveland, CO.  Cost is $60 for all six sessions, students provide their own supplies.

  1. January 28
  2. February 11
  3. February 25
  4. March 11
  5. March 25
  6. April 8.

The LITTLE SISTERS DATES are Sundays, from 12:00 to 3:30p at Artsy Stamps & Papercrafts in Loveland, CO.  Cost is $40 for all FOUR sessions, students provide their own supplies. Little Sisters are doing three signatures only which requires 9 pieces of 12×6″cardstock to begin.

  1. February 18
  2. March 4
  3. March 18
  4. April 15

Additional resources are ….



See you in the New Year!!!

Mar 26 – Class Plan and Homework


Please bring to class …

  1. Small round paint brush (#2 if you have)
  2. Glue book
  3. Paper towels
  4. Baby wipes
  5. Rags
  6. Neutral cardstock … off white, tan, or light colored in your color palette
  7. Distress reinkers in your color palette, if you have …I’ll bring stuff to share

Technique 1 – twinkling H2O’s:

  • mist color pots
  • lightly stir color
  • clean off brush on pot edge, then in water, dab brush dry on towel
  • dip in color, test on scrap
  • color and shade as desired

Technique 2 – paint glaze

  • mix paint and gel medium, equal parts
  • scrape on paper with plastic card

Technique 3 – reinker to craft sheet

  • lightly drag reinker glass tip on craft sheet, do not squeeze
  • mist with water
  • lightly scratch stir
  • blot paper flat into color pools
  • drag edges in left over color

Technque 4 – distress crayons

  • mist small spot on craft sheet
  • dip small round brush into water
  • dab onto end of crayon to pick up color
  • repeat to achieve shade desired

Technique 5 – rusty hinge

  • dab on yellow
  • dab on rust … leaving half yellow showing
  • dab on rush … leave half of yellow and rush showing
  • blend slightly

Technique 6 – double stamping

  • using precision stamp press
  • place paper, align stamp, ink stamp
  • press to paper, reink & repeat!


MAR 12 – Class Plan and Homework


  1. New Background Technique:  Stamp, restamp & stamp again
    1. Using stamp with significant “solid rubber”, ink stamp well.
    2. Stamp once, then without reinking, restamp twice moving the stamp slightly to right and left.
    3. Repeat “three stamp step” until paper is mostly covered
    4. Using blender tool, softly color any unstamped background area.
    5. Blend slightly more color on outer edges.
  2. Embossing Folder Techniques:
    1. Example 1 Try new embossing folder spray; creates sharper & more distinct embossing.
    2. Example 2 Smudge ink onto embossed paper, adding highlights and low-lights.  Embellish with “art alchemy acrylic paint”.
  3. New Product:  TommyArt
    1. Begin with embossed paper.
    2. Apply “chalk color” paint using blending tool (use only a dab of paint, measured with stir stick).  Dry slightly.
    3. Apply “wax or timbrilla” product using a small rag. Let dry slightly.
    4. Using a clear small rag, polish wax.  Enjoy!
  4. Old Technique Revisited: Ink Pad on Craft Sheet (group together)
    1. With distress ink pad directly to craft sheet, smudge three this spots, not touching.  Can be same color or different colors.
    2. Mist inked craft sheet.
    3. Drag paper across misted ink.  Blot until craft sheet is dry.
    4. Dry paper, repeat with another color.
    5. Also try technique with reinkers for more pigmented colors (touch reinker lightly to craft sheet and drag to draw a squiggly “S”.  Mist reinker, spread randomly with stir stick. Drag and blot paper into ink.
    6. Dry and iron.
  5. Cherri’s Stained Glass Technique:
    1. Use a stamp with “strong outlined image and holes to color inside” (similar to coloring book).
    2. Stamp with permanent ink, let dry over night.
    3. Color with pencils.
    4. Use black soot distress ink pads with 2 inch square of Cut & Dry felt, smudge over colored pencils.
    5. Use post-it-note to cover spaces where no black soot smudge is wanted.
  6. New Paper Engineering:   Use “on the edge” die cuts for 3/4, half &  quarter size width pages
  7. Individual help with journal design.
  8. Also To Do:  Use Cherri’s alphabets, hole drill press & big shot/die cuts/embossing folders.
  9. Use a technique or a couple items from home you haven’t used in a while.
  10. Stop at 3p so you can shop with your 10% class discount.


HOMEWORK between Mar 12 and Mar 26

  1. Continue working on Journal design.
  2. Create more journal pages.
  3. Collect ideas for next alphabet letters.
  4. Find two more unused/seldom used items from home to include in your journal.