Tag: Corris Little

Paris Inspired Altered Canvas

June 3, 2011 at 8:00 amCategory:Altered Projects

This is one of my most favorite projects. I am just so thrilled with how it turned out. Sometimes I think that when I know who is receiving the art, it makes a difference in how I create. This canvas was guaranteed a great home-I made it for our annual Girls’ Getaway Art Weekend with my dearest NYC friends. We played a game where we ended up with a mystery crafty creation. At the end of the game I was so excited that this canvas went to Corris! She LOVED it!

There are so many elements and techniques on this canvas. It was inspired by Christy Tomlinson right after I finished her She Art Workshop online. I was (and continue to be) so inspired to use canvas as the foundation of my creations. I had this Eiffel Tower chipboard in my stash and using it led me onto this Paris Inspired journey! 

Cool SMOOCH Background Technique

April 18, 2011 at 8:00 amCategory:CARDS | Heidi's Art Studio

Today I wanted to share with you some fun projects but also the awesome crafty time that we have at my classes in New York City! Several times a month I teach classes on scrapbooking, card making, altered goodies, jewelry…TONS! Sometimes, I even have amazing Guest Teachers that come to teach at The Mecca (my art studio). Artists like Eileen Bellomo, Michele Luxenberg, Jennifer Bonet, Corris Little, Heather Franz, Pat Tillery and Kahena Coles. Interested in coming to classes (and perhaps even teaching) check out my meetup site for more information. 

Spa Workshop with Corris!

March 6, 2011 at 4:34 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

I love all things crafty! My dear friend, Corris, loves making soap and other bath products. I always love learning from her because 1. I know it’s going to be a good time and 2. the things we make are always goodies to make us feel wonderful. This workshop was NO exception!

On the Spa Menu:
* Beautifully scented roll-on perfume (aromatherapy)
* Nourishing body mask (revitalizes and moisturizes)
* Savon de Marseille soap (heals and detoxifies)

Kahena got put the soap into the kettle. We used a nice product called Melt-n-Pour. It is a simple way to make your own soaps. You simply melt the soap, add your scents/colors/etc. and pour it into a mold. It will eventually harden and make great soaps!
We are getting the ingredients ready! Looks like the first layer is already in our mold. We used Jasmine Tea to make an earthy crust on the soap. Corris used a loaf pan for the soap. This is my favorite way to do soap. I love taking it out of the loaf and then slicing it. I just love the look of it!
Ahh…an added bonus! Rosie brought these sweet cupcakes. They were yummy!
Eileen and Kahena were  getting the oils ready for the next step of our creations.
I am adding the clay. Corris knows this is one of my FAVORITE things to add to soap. I love the color, texture and smell-very organic!
Kahena, Eileen and I worked as a team to mix together the ingredients.
Jeannine was ready to cut the soap with Corris’ fancy cutter. Yes, I loved that cutter so much that I had to have one! (it’s in my crafty closet)
Corris (our awesome teacher) and NeNe pose with the delicious soaps!
Here is a shot of the bath goodness that we created! YES–after everyone left yesterday, I immediately jumped into the shower JUST to use that soap!

Altered Canvas for Corris

November 8, 2010 at 5:57 pmCategory:Altered Projects

Corris (you have already heard a lot about her and how amazing she is) celebrated her birthday in September. I spent so much time thinking of something perfect to make for her. This picture of us is one of my favorite-it was taken this summer at the Botanical Gardens in Wave Hill in the Bronx. As the weather gets COLD here in New York City, this picture takes me back to much warmer days. THIS day in particular was SO hot!

I painted this canvas with cheapy paints from a craft store. Just painted and layered colors. Fun stuff. I then distressed some paper from my FAVORITE monthly scrapbooking kit club, Swirlydoos. Their kit is loaded every month with the newest and more gorgeous flowers and embellishments from Prima and other HOT companies. I almost tackle the mailman every month when I know it is arriving.

This is a close up of some of the embellishments. Corris LOVES pink so this color palette really spoke to me. I knew she would just love, love, love it!  Don’t you love the butterfly, oh and the flower? Ok, I adore them both!

More beautiful flowers–don’t forget to catch a glimpse of that lace trim. The little friend “banner” was something from my stash. It is amazing how something can look sort of ordinary in the packaging but is then the perfect little treasure for a project.

I LOVE my paints! I painted that swirl a fresh, summer green. I added some Prima Pearls to give it lots of sparkle and texture. Well, Corris cried (several times I think) so I know this piece of art was a hit. Happy Birthday, my friend!

Beautiful Birthday Memories

November 2, 2010 at 3:58 pmCategory:Scrapbooking

I have learned to really reflect on important people and moments in my life. I asked Marty many times recently how I am able to stay strong during the most traumatic time of my life. Prior to the end of September, my life was in such a good place. I was in such a stable place as far as my personal and professional life. I have an amazingly supportive husband, family and circle of friends. I am finally at a school that makes sense for my educational beliefs-I have found my home where I hope to grow roots. I am able to express myself freely through my art.

The past month has felt like someone was ripping my heart out and stomping all over it. There have been moments where I can’t catch my breath and looking forward feels impossible. My birthday is coming up and I am dreading it. I questioned why and know that it’s because I don’t know what will happen between now and November 19th. Day to day things seem to change.

What remains constant and stronger than ever are the positive people that I have in my circle. My family has bonded in ways that we never imagined. I always knew we were close but this month has brought us closer than ever. My friends has reached out as extended family. My school has held me up and let’s be honest, I am still quite a stranger to them. And, Marty, he has been through this ten years ago with his own father. He has been my shoulder to cry on, my solid ground and the person to remind me that I am loved unconditionally.

Recently, Corris came over and we scrapbooked. We laughed and gabbed more than actually crafted but she knew that was what I needed. I worked on these pages. They are from Marty’s birthday in 2008. The gals from my crafting world surprised him with a dinner as a way to thank him for all he does for our Stampin’ Up! team. I look at those pictures and realize how far we have come. We have been through so much since then, our circle of friends. We came together because we had art in common and now I rely on them as family.

About the pages themselves, those gorgeous supplies are from Swirlydoos-my ALL TIME favorite monthly scrapbooking kit club. Those of you that craft with me either in person or on my UStream Show know how much I RAVE about Swirlydoos. So much that some of you signed up with Krissy to get her monthly kits. By the way, if you do…tell her I sent you and you (and I) get a FANTASTIC discount!

On this part of the page, I used Glimmer Mist with a Misting Screen to distress that paper doily. It is funny to me that when Glimmer Mist first appeared in the crafty world, I complained about it. Eileen & I were ready to BOYCOTT it FOREVER after trying it together one Sunday afternoon. NOW…well counting how many colors I have would take…FOREVER! I use it to distress and color everything…yes, even the pomeranians have had a free dye job!

The moral of this post–treasure those around you. Even when things are at their worst, look at all of the positive in your life. It is those people and places that are keeping me grounded & helping me look at the positive moments with my Dad and Pop. It’s hard but I know that they want only what is best for me.

Road Trip Layout

November 1, 2010 at 9:52 pmCategory:Scrapbooking

I have learned so much over the past month since finding out about my dad’s brain cancer. I have learned new medical information, things about the people I know, what is important in life and how to take care of myself in a way that I never imagined. There have been moments of wanting to sit on the floor, rock back and forth and sob. (Trust me, I have done that.)

On a more positive note, I have learned what my heart and soul needs to stay strong. I always relied on my art and creativity as an outlet, a therapy more or less. I haven’t ventured into my art studio (THE MECCA) much over the last month. When I found myself there I felt a sense of calm. I spent time creating and getting my ugly emotions in check. I also found myself going back to scrapbooking. I didn’t realize how much I was enjoying scrapbooking until the other day when I finished this layout. I guess that part of my art takes me back to pictures of beautiful moments in my life. They help my mind go back to times that were more peaceful–before September 27th when we got the initial news from Dad’s tests.

I also realized how much writing helps me. I spent the early part of October writing about Dad’s progress in this terrible journey. I wrote about the effects on our family and friends. I reflected on the people that reached out to us in so many ways. Those same people find themselves on the pages of my art. Once Dad left New York City, I stopped writing my updates and I miss expressing myself through my words.

Tonight, it hit me that I need to spend more time on my blog…writing about my art, the memories and Dad’s journey. So, here it is–my first official art blogging since my life completely changed…

This layout is from a beautiful night when Corris and I went to see Marty play trumpet with a big band. We headed up to a beautiful lake in the Catskills Mountains in New York. The stunning backdrop was a perfect night to enjoy music. I look at that night as the turning point in my relationship with Corris. We had many conversations that night…some deep about life, some in which we laughed about silly things. I am so thankful for my friendship with Corris, especially at this difficult time in my life. She has been my rock in so many ways.

This is the title from that page. The ROAD TRIP wording is an old chipboard piece that was in my stash. I covered that with Stickles…BLING!
I know what you are thinking…where’s Corris? Well, we took one picture of ourselves that night & it will always be one of my favorite of us. It made its way onto another page that I will post on another day. I loved sharing this night…Marty’s playing was at its best. It was like he played right to me…

This is a bunch of fun embellishments on the right side of the layout. The funky blue ‘thing’ was a sprig that I picked up at Michaels in their holiday section. They have all of these cool sparkly things that would look great on any page or altered project!

Thanks for everything-your love, support and prayers have kept me going. My advice to you–when things feel unbearable, find what makes you feel peaceful. It might be art, music, a good cup of coffee, stiff drink (not too many) or a nap…but allow yourself to do those things. Trust me, it helps. Hope you enjoy my recent art and I HOPE to hear from you. Please take a moment and leave a comment on my blog. (Pass my blog along to your friends and family…you never know who it might help.)

Happy Birthday Corris

September 16, 2010 at 8:00 amCategory:CARDS

One of my best friends in the world, Corris, celebrated her birthday on the 13th. She LOVES pink and adores cupcakes (who doesn’t) so I made this card for her. It features a kit from Swirlydoos as well as a super cute stamp from Hero Arts. I wanted to give a fun, cute look with an elegant style. Glitter, cupcakes, pink, art and flowers…PERFECT for any birthday.

Vintage Holiday Card

September 4, 2010 at 12:00 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

This is another card that I made for my HOLIDAY CARD CLASS. My pal, Corris, was at that class and she LOVES pink! I made this card with her in mind. I knew she would love pink being the focus color of this Christmas card. I thought it was pretty fun and rather untraditional. I am not a big fan of the expected red & green combo for Christmas. I try to change it up a bit from time to time. I hope you enjoyed this card–leave a comment. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Soapsicles with Corris

June 27, 2010 at 12:28 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

The Gotham City Stampers Meetup Group loves when Corris teaches soap classes at The Mecca. Today we made soapsicles that were beyond cute. Corris used a brand new recipe and some new products to create these yummy soaps. This is Corris’ new soap mold–bright pink, of course! She taught us an easy way to make soap called Melt & Pour.  It’s as simple as that–melt the soap, add your special goodies (like fragrance and color) and pour it into a mold. PERFECT for quick, personal gifts!

This was Rosie’s first soapy experience. The soapy “initiation” is that the newbies do most of the work. Corris handed over the knife and Rosie started chopping away.

Rosie got our soap block cut up and ready for melting.

Corris has a special soap kettle that melts the soap. I have done Melt & Pour soap and have melted it in my microwave. It’s really that easy–you don’t need too many supplies to make beautiful soaps.

Corris bought special fragrance for our soap! Our striped soapsicles even smelled like Neapolitan Ice Cream. Marty came into the room and said how hungry we were making him.  The yummy smell and color were added into our melted soap.

We poured our soap into the mold and added sticks. We worked together to get the mold ready. Corris recommends popping the soaps into the freezer to help speed up the process. We had to do this between layers so that the different colors didn’t “bleed” into each other. We wanted nice, clear layers of color.

Rosie showed off one of her creations! She started off the day saying she didn’t think she would make soap at home. She left asking Corris for good websites where she can buy supplies. It is addicting and SO much fun!

We used a special shrink wrap to cover our soap. I plan to add some ribbon and little flowers-these creations will go to my nieces, Reghan and Delayne. Shhh…don’t tell them!

Pottery at MAKE Scrapbook Pages

April 3, 2010 at 12:00 pmCategory:***Heidi's Artsy Posts***

Our Stampin’ Up! Team, The Gotham City Stampers, enjoys many events and outings together. We LOVE our GIRLS NIGHT OUT events! Corris set up this fun night of painting pottery at MAKE in New York City. This fun night was followed by a wonderful Italian Dinner at the restaurant next door–the name of that great place is slipping my mind at the moment.

Here is a picture of all of us showing off some of our creations. OH, the laughs that night were MANY!

As for the project, here is a close up of some Prima Flowers that I blinged up with some Stickles and crystal embellishment.

This was a funky chipboard alphabet (quite big, too)! It needed more so I added a clear glaze and distress stickles! I roughed it up with some sanding.