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April 2005- Issue 44


Gentle Thoughts


This gorgeous card was created by
Sharon Hohman of The Stamp Garden, Port Alberni, BC



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This issue it dedicated to my Mom, who passed away April 12, 2004.
Miss you every day!

I love this photo as she was so suspicious of me taking it, but she looked so cute with this armload of lilacs!


Hi Everyone!

This is just a note to let you know that we're undergoing some changes with the acrylic blocks. You will be able to order them directly through me soon, so you'll be able to combine them with other orders. Please let me know if you'd like to be notified when they're available! I expect them within 3 weeks and they will immediately be placed on the website!
Thanks for your patience!

Here is what's in this months newsletter:

Make sure you see the Altiod Tin Swap down at the bottom of the newsletter!!

Quietfire Retreat
Suzanne's Calendar New byhand Products
What came in the Mail! | Altoid Tin Swap
New rubber | Stolen Moments
4th Anniversary Celebration


Please drop into my other website: It changes every month!

While you nourish your creative spirit by reading this newsletter, don't forget your creative body needs nourishment inside and out!
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Books to Inspire

Check out “The Card Gallery”, which offers 20 different projects plus a number of finishing ideas for the inside of your card. The focus of the projects is on Card crafting with beautiful metallic threads, tiny glass marbles and rubber stamp images. There are some great basic designs here for those days when your muse is stumped!

Canadian author, Sharon M. Reinhart, is a craft designer, teacher and demonstrator who works in a variety of mediums. However, her first love is papercrafting!

"The Card Gallery" is available through
Grace Publications.

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Check out a wedding project...

designed by me, with instructions available here on the Save-On-Crafts website:


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Site Siting

This is a bit of a departure from my usual Site Siting ....

Recently I was contacted by a friend, Gene Furbee....

In Gene's own words:

"...the link that I will be asking you to follow is . This is a website that my son Chris has created as a way to educate and bring together people who have a desire to contribute to the increased awareness of a disease called "Huntingtons Disease" You will learn about his story when you go to the website. In particular make sure you click on the two places on his home page for NEWS and PROJECTS to view two videos. The video under PROJECTS is a sample reel of a film he has been working on for the past 9 years about the disease, with the intention of raising awareness of the nature of Huntington's. Huntingtons is the disease that claimed the life of Woody Guthrie, a folk hero to hundreds of thousands.

I have watched Chris struggle to work with the hours and hours of footage that he shot. Because of the extremely emotional nature of the material he has been unable to personally bring the film to completion. However, that has not prevented him from using a short sample reel to educate others about the disease. Over the past 5 years he has been invited each year to speak to the medical students and faculty at the University of Calfornia at San Francisco and at Stanford University where he has brought home to them the message of a slow deterioration that strips a person of all of their human dignity over a period as long as 20 years as it did in his mothers case....

In Chris' family the onset of the illness has tended to manifest at around age 40. He will be 39 this April. As each year passes he wonders.......when? "

For those who would like to make a financial contribution to the completion of this film, you can do so by making your cheque or money order payable to the "Northern California Chapter HDSA". and sending it to
Attention: Penny Riley HDSA Northern California Chapter 3940 Industrial Blvd Suite 100 D West Sacremento,Ca. 95691

Be sure to write in the memo section of your cheque that it is for Chris Furbee's Film
so that it is earmarked for this project. You may also contact Penny Riley at 1-916-372-1894 or if you wish to do a credit card transaction.

Thanks for reading this.

Suzanne's Schedule


April 23 Sat Victoria BC Mini Mica Memories Stampers! to register email or (250) 384-6784
April 30 Surrey BC Journal in a Slipcase Bookmakers of Vancouver
April 30 Port Alberni BC A Day with the Arts Studio Tours Handbound books will be available at Lori Wilson's Glass Studio.
Mon May 2 Gabriola Island, BC Fibre Artist's Journal Gabriola Spinner and Weavers Guild
Sat May 14 Victoria BC Journal in a Slipcase Island Blue Print
Sun May 15 Victoria BC Altering On - Niches and Drawers Island Blue Print
Sun May 29 Calgary AB Awesome Altered Books for Select Imports at the Canadian Craft & Hobby Industry Show
Sat & Sun
June 11 & 12
Port Alberni BC Copper Book Retreat Contact for details
Sat & Sun
Lasqueti Island, BC The Altered Book Project  
Friday Aug 12
7 - 10 pm
Richmond BC Artwerx Vendor Evening Artwerx
Best Western Richmond Hotel.
Sept 24,25 Red Deer AB The Altered Word

Lettering Arts Guild of Red Deer
To register, please contact Christine -

Oct 21 Abbotsford BC tba Endeavour Educational Services
Oct 22 Abbotsford BC tba Endeavour Educational Services
Nov 4 Edmonton AB Mini Mica Memories Edmonton Calligraphic Society
Nov 5 Edmonton AB Italic Bootcamp Edmonton Calligraphic Society
Nov 6 Edmonton AB Versed in Versals Edmonton Calligraphic Society

4th Anniversary Celebration!

Here is the result of the draw for the winner of the postcards submissions!

And the winner is
Gabrielle Madsen

from here in Port Alberni!

Gabrielle wins $50 worth of Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamps!

A HUGE thanks to everyone who submitted their wonderful creations.
You have to go see them on
Subscriber's Gallery Page.




Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria

Sussex Place, 1001 Douglas Street Victoria, BC

Exhibition runs April 7-13, 2005

Quietfire Retreat

June 11 & 12, 2005
in the beautiful Alberni Valley!

Have a fabulously relaxing weekend in the Alberni Valley, meet some new friends, pamper yourself, go shopping and make a copper covered book filled with inspiration!

This retreat is more than half full! Don't wait too long!

This weekend will include
Copper Book Workshop including book materials
A goodie bag
Catered breakfasts & lunches, all day coffee, tea and snackies on the days of the workshop
Spa evening
(oh, so relaxing and fun)
Field trips & Shopping Opportunities
(other than Quietfire Design!)
Fabulous Scenery
(if it doesn't rain...)
And you'll be just over an hour away from the incredible Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The Spa evening at the hotel will include facials, snacks and the possibility of libations! I am trying to arrange massages, as well, but move over, I'm first in line! (kidding!) I'm sure this will be a fun and relaxing evening!
Accommodation will be a the Coast Hospitality Inn in Port Alberni, only a few blocks from the workshop location. A block of rooms have been reserved for the Quietfire Retreat and the event price is $90CAD/room. Participants will be required to book their own rooms and make their way to Port Alberni. Let me know if you're planning to fly in - we will arrange a pick-up, if possible!
Approximate cost of the retreat
CAD/person (approx. $145USD).
Your $90 CAD ($72 USD) deposit holds your spot and becomes nonrefundable after May 1, 2005 (unless your spot can be filled). You may use your Visa, PayPal or cheque made out to Suzanne Cannon. Please email me if your cheque is on the way!

If you're interested in coming to play, please email me at and please put Retreat in your Subject Line! Thanks!
It's going to be a fabulous weekend!
Hope to see you in June 2005!

Here are some amazing examples of what students have created in the Copper Book class. You can see more in the Class Photos section of my website.


What Came in the Mail!

Once in a while I get something totally unexpected in the mail. Here are a few beauties that I'd like to share with you. Thank you so much to the artists!

Card by Sharon Hohman


ATC by Ramona Weyde-Ferch


A note about the byhand shopping cart....

PayPal no longer requires buyers to sign up for PayPal accounts before making payments. Once the payment is complete, you can decide whether to save your information and sign up to PayPal for future purchases.

New Rubber is here!

There are 23 new images or sets of images!

Start your shopping here!

Thanks to Kim Diett of Halifax N.S. for this quote - she receives a free rubber stamp!

Thanks to Nancy Quinn of Surrey, BC for this quote - she received a free stamp!


Thanks to Cathy H. for this quote - she receives a free rubber stamp!

New Goodies!

Black book corners!

little corners now in nickel


Fabulous double-sided tape!

Kraft card ATCs!


Oblique Nib holder


Sale, Double-ended markers!


Copper Tape

approx. 6"x9" Cutting Mat
- these mats are perfect for taking to workshops and for using when working in Altered Books

3 x 18" O'Lipfa Ruler
I was so happy when I saw these! I've had a big one for many years, but this size is perfect for taking to workshops and doing those smaller jobs.

45mm Fiskars Rotary Cutter

This classic and easy-to-grip tool is perfect for cutting cloth, felt, paper, and bookboard. There are no small washers, so blade changing is easy. The gray, soft plastic handle is contoured for comfort and control.




What a fabulous tool! You have to have one in every size!

ahem, you can see I've used this one quite a bit! Some of the original lettering for my rubber stamps was done with the Parallel Pens.

The nib of the Parallel Pen consists of two parallel metal plates between which the ink flows smoothly and evenly with no gaps or skips even in the largest sizes. The hairlines are so fine! The basic pen comes complete with one nib, two long lasting ink cartridges, a convertor for flushing ink from the pen, and a nib cleaner.

You can also produce color-blended letters by touching ink from one pen to a second pen loaded with another color. You can refill the cartridges with your own ink using the byhand pipettes!

Available in four sizes


new buttons & charms

for waxing unwaxed thread. Pull the thread quickly through the slots, so the friction melts a thin layer of wax on the thread. It reduces tangling and the thread bites on itself preventing slipping.



Kai Scissors
Makes cutting rubber like butter- it's incredible! I've tried lots of scissors on rubber, but these beat them all. If you have unmounted rubber, you need these!

Stolen Moments

Working with Wax
seems to be the hot topic this month! Here we have two write-ups, one by
Carolyn Adams from Alberta
and the other from Cindy Sailor of Texas.
Thank you very much for sharing your techniques and ideas, ladies!

Carolyn Adams tell us about Encaustic Art!

Heating the wax

I use beeswax, it has a low flashpoint (that means it'll catch on fire!) so be careful not to overheat it, 200 degrees is enough. People use small crockpots but I use one of those mug warmer things because I had one, and it works.

Applying the wax

You can brush the liquified wax onto your project with a cheap 1" natural bristle brush from the hardware store (nylon bristles melt) then smooth it out with a no-holes travel iron or a quilting/tacking iron or even a heat tool. You can even hold the wax block against the soleplate of the iron to drip wax directly onto your project then smooth it with the iron, that's the easiest way of all!

Adding inclusions

Add layers of papers and light 3D objects just as you would to a regular collage, embedding them in the wax, and add colour with very small amounts of wax crayon dripped on and spread around. Some people use a small electric skillet for melting the wax and they dip things into it using tweezers before adding to their project. You can use lots of things for a wax collage - decorator napkins, lace, all kinds of paper including dress pattern tissue, doilies, coins, transparencies, buttons, magazine clippings, metal charms, keys, fabric, etc. Wax makes most papers more transparent, so watch out for dark printing on the back of magazine photos. Larger projects are usually done on something with more support than cardstock - small primed artist's canvases (cheap at dollar stores), pieces of game boards, primed canvas fabric on masonite/wood panels, etc. The magazine photos in my encaustic samples for the technique swap were done with beeswax. I didn't melt the wax first but put a small chunk of beeswax on the card and melted it with the iron, then added the picture and ironed the wax over it. The wax acts as both adhesive and sealer.
You can use a vegetable peeler to shave pieces off a large chunk of wax, but the easiest way is to freeze it then hammer it to pieces in a bag. If you get too much wax on your project which is easy to do using a brush, or if you don't like what you've done, heat it up again to remove everything and start over. The papers can be reused and you can drip the extra wax back into your crockpot or onto foil so you don't waste it. When you're finished, buff the surface with a soft tissue to bring out the shine.

Cindy Sailor tells us about her Beeswax/Paraffin Collage

Beeswax/Paraffin Collage
Credit: After reading a version of beeswax and paraffin collage by Virginia Spiegel in "cloth, paper, scissors" magazine, I began to experiment with the process. My directions are quite a bit different from hers, if you're interested, you might also want to look up her detailed instructions. (Summer 2005 issue)

My experiments have resulted in the following method of creating this wax collage. First, select the papers and do all of the decorating - rubberstamping, painting, drawing, any written words - all decoration must be done prior to the waxing.

Allow everything to dry, then tear (or cut) the pieces to fit your intended style. I usually do a quick layout of how I intend the collage area to be done, although this is just a general guide, the final piece is usually quite different.

To wax the collage pieces: Have some newspapers or other protection for the area you're working. You'll also need newspapers later. Heat a mixture of beeswax and paraffin wax. I use a small pyrex dish sitting on a small coffee warmer. You could use an electric skillet, or any glass or metal pan sitting on a hot plate. It doesn't matter so much which method you use to heat the wax, but it does matter that you are careful! Wax can overheat and could even catch on fire. BE CAREFUL. Keep this away from children, pets etc. Melt 3 parts beeswax to 1 part paraffin wax. (the reason you need the paraffin is that beeswax is just too soft, it will not give you the same hard finish when you're finished) It may take 10-15 minutes to melt the wax. Don't go off and leave it, keep an eye on it. Once your wax is melted, one at a time pick up your pieces of collage and dip them completely into the wax. They soak up the wax quickly and I pull them out almost immediately
(I use tweezers to keep from burning my fingers - ha!ha! you know what I do for my primary art? I melt glass beads over an open flame torch - I burn my fingers all the time... Wonder why I care about the hot wax? Probably because I don't like the feel of waxy fingers!!)

The wax causes the paper to get a really wonderful translucent look and the colors are wonderful. Using a nice thick pile of newspaper (or other absorbent paper) carefully set the piece down. Quickly do the second and third and subsequent pieces, setting them into the position you've decided on. (if you want to use a "background" paper, you would set it down first, then your waxed pieces can be layered on top of the background) At this point you could be finished, but I decided that there was still far too much wax on the piece for my taste. So I took the whole thing to the ironing board.
Placing my small collage on a fresh section of newspaper, I cover it with 2-3 more sheets of newspaper and then iron on top of the stack. Much of the wax will be re-melted into the newsprint. Take a look each time you iron to see if it's gotten to a place where you like it. ( I considered using my embossing heat gun, but I really wanted to press the melted wax into the newsprint. ) Yes, it is possible to melt too much wax out of the piece. I am still experimenting, but sometimes I have melted so much wax out that I wound up having to glue some of the pieces back together. I am using the wax for the appearance, not for it's adhesive properties. I don't mind having to use glue to get the pieces into their final positions.


Altoid Tin Swap

Here is another byhandartists swap that we had recently. Each participant used an Altoid tin to create their artwork. It was fun to be able to use 3D items without worrying about bulk! Here is what we did - we hope you enjoy them and they inspire you to decorate your own tins.
Thanks to Nancy Quinn for hostessing this very cool swap!
And a huge thanks to Tricia True for photographing all the tins!



Suzanne Cannon
Port Alberni, BC

Each tin was sanded and coated with two coats of Modern Options Iron Paint and allowed to dry between coats. This took several days. The rusting solution was then spritzed on and the tins were allowed to rust for several days. Then they were lightly sprayed with a sealant. Paper items were glued on with Aleene's tacky glue and the 3D elements were glued on with E6000.

Ramona Weyde-Ferch

Instructions are for the tin above. Outside: photo from a magazine cut into shape and glued on the top.Then i glued the yellow vellum with two-side-tape and stamped on it "sweet gold" with black memories ink. the charm is made of polymer clay (fimo). i rolled it and stamped on it with a rubberstamp from ink and the dog & baked it. Once cooled I wrapped it in wire and beads and the tiny bell and glued it on top of everything. Inside: i cut a beeswax plate (usually used for making candles) in shape of the box and glued it inside. the collage: i stamped on a tissue with memories ink and ink and the dog rubberstamp. i removed all layers without ink and decoupaged it on a wrapping paper with this writing on it. (that's how the shine through effect came). then I cut it into size and glued it inside.


Tricia True

The tins are sprayed with black primer.The paper on the top is rice paper stamped with a solid stamp and clear embossing powder. Then spray the paper with Adirondack color wash. Cut the paper to fit the top of the Altoid Tin. Stamp an image under the "window" in the paper. Hopefully if it works well you will be able to see the image through the window after you mount it on the tin. The foam in the bottom is sticky back foam like the kids use for projects. The puzzle is colored with Alcohol inks and stamped randomly with stamps and Memories inks.


Judi Delgado
Los Angeles, CA

Most of my tins were on the same base - I throw them into the coals after we barbeque! They get all dusky and gritty looking and I love that patina. I tried doing paint on several, but didn't like it as well. On all of them, I layered torn papers of various sorts,using gel medium as a fixative. I then added photos and bits and pieces of embellishments for depth. I glued twill ribbon around the edges of most; they all had dictionary meanings stamped on them.


Karen Kraglund


Kaye Jorgensen
Sunshine Coast, BC

My altoid was the theme of 'Found Objects", and I used 15-20 different objects.


Nancy Quinn
Surrey, BC



I basecoated the tins with a special-effect paint that gives a black iridescent look to it. I used a clock stamp (cannot remember supplier) and placed that in a 1" bezel. This was glued to the top of the tin along with some chain from a flea market grab bag...a quote "Like Sands through the hourglass", an image of an hourglass....and the TIME typewriter keys are from the technique w/ the washers, polyclay and hand-stamped letters. Inside the tin are various quotes relating to TIME and a small handmade booklet with images and quotes. I used blue paint to 'antique' the inside of the tin before randomly rubberstamping floral images.


Sandy Sommerfeld
Kelowna, BC

The collection!

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The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.

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