Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fall Handmade U - Day One Class with Stephanie Ackerman

After the fun of our Nosh dinner and eating cupcakes while shopping Vendor night, we woke up ready for DAY 1!!

We decided as a group we wanted to wear our Handmade U T-Shirts on Friday.  I love being comfy when working on projects, so the tees are just the thing!  Each year I try to pick a different color to go along with the vintage feedsack print that I use in the new logo.

The Art Room:

The gals looking through the VERY generous class kit that Stephanie Ackerman provided.  WOW.

 (from l to r, Shelly, Mollie, Michelle and Debi)

I made mini pumpkin with each student's name on them instead of place cards.  The mason jars inspired by Candy Corn were great to hold all our pens, markers, and scissors.

The Handmade U Totes that my mom made!  So cute!

Stephanie taught us how to do some stamp carving.  So much fun!


This is my first carving, we started by using erasers.

 Next we did some doodling and saw how to use black pen, markers, and stitching can make three similar looks in different mediums. So cool.  These are Stephanie's samples...she is SO TALENTED!

Just a few markers Stephanie brought for us to them.

Stephanie showing us how she doodled on a heavy piece of canvas and filled in the colors with her markers.  So cool.


Stephanie's class kit included a white pen.  She had us address kraft envelopes to ourselves and use our white pens to create fun doodles.  I will say a white pen on kraft paper makes any doodling look great!

This is Mollie's handiwork on a navy cardstock.  Everyone had a very fun style!  We took breaks to walk around and see what everyone was up to.  Provided a lot of inspiration seeing different ideas.

We took a lunch break to #1 Trade our Swaps!  So much fun...will share later....  #2.  Ate Chicken Caesar Salads..  #3.  Went to Mangelsen's Craft Store!!  Lots of good stuff to find there!

When we came back it was time for more doodling, stitching, stamp carving, a little of it all!

Oh and SNACKS!  We had pumpkin bread and our candied apples.  YUM!


Thanks for such a wonderful class Stephanie!!

Stephanie has such a generous spirit about her.  She is so talented, and easily shares tips and tricks that make creating - fun and stress-free!

I hope to have Stephanie back for more at Handmade U in future semesters!

Up tomorrow is a fun class with Lexi Grenzer!

After our class we headed to a private dining room downtown in the Old Market to enjoy Roja Fajitas and chips and Guacamole!!  So tasty.  Thanks to my husband for all his support of Handmade U!  I was happy he could join us for dinner.

Stay tuned for the Swaps, Day 2 and Class Photos ;)


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