Monday, October 8, 2012

A Day With Dy!

Good Evening Everyone!

Hope you all had an awesome day!  I can honestly say I had a blast!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE to learn new things and today I did!

This post is pretty picture intense so hang in there.....

As you may know, I've been Dylusioning with the Queen of Dylusion, Dyan Reaveley today!  The class started at noon and ran until 5...each minute better than the next!  Dyan is an amazingly awesome teacher.  Sharing so many cool techniques and a ton of laughs along the way!  I don't think I have had this much fun in a long time!  Can you tell I'm just over the moon?  LOL!

When I arrived at the shop, Whimsodoodle, I was like a pig in mud!  Good Lawd, Good Lawd, Good Lawd!  This place has TONS and Tons of the latest and greatest!  So many cool papers, gadgets, Dylusions Stamps, Inks,  and Journals...If Ranger made it, they had it!  I don't think I have ever walked into a shop and seen a more complete selection of Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies and Dylusions stamps ever!  Yep, Let's just say I was walking on the thin line of bankruptcy!  LOL!  If you ever get a chance to visit St. Petersburg, Florida...Don't walk....Run to this fabulous store!

So anyway you got that I loved the store right?  I had spotted the wall of Idea-ology the night before on my rainy night walk and went directly there as I wanted Tim's new lanterns!  Now guess what lovely redheaded Brit I ran into???...You guessed it Lady Dy!  Poor thing, I hope her foot is OK!  :)


Guess what we got?  YES!!!  Dyan's New Creative Journal!  I was so proud of mine that I took a picture of it!  LOL  Y'all, the paper in this journal is TO DIE FOR!  I mean primo excellento!  Got me -o?  Grab one friends, grab one!  Heck grab several.  Now I'm not just saying that because I love Dyan, This is journal is plain old awesome!  One Of My New Favorite Things!


Now, it didn't stay this pristine for more than five minutes as we started spraying, and folding pages.  But you know, that is where my creative journey begins to give this journal some character!

Here is one of the many things we created in it today...



Here are some class pictures.....




Yes, That would be my arm in the bottom left of the photo!  LOL!







Can't say I wan't paying attention!  After I ripped the wrong part of the page!  LOL!


Can't say I wan't paying attention!  After I ripped the wrong part of the page!  LOL!  Oh well!  As Dyan says, there are no mistakes!  We were making art!  Oh yeah, the stickers I inherited on my shirt were from the Jimmy John's sandwiches we had for lunch.  They say....I Love Jimmy!  Perfect! LOL!


Can I say...Toupee anyone?  :)




This Picture is one of My Favorites!!!





I just want to end with this...If you have a chance to take a class from the amazing lady...simply, treat yourself!  You will walk away at the end of the day with not only a project, but the amazing gift of learning from a true artist!

Thanks for taking a peek at my pictures.  I appreciate it!  Better sign off for now and get some rest for another full day of learning with the Queen!

Have an awesome night y'all!

Jim
The Gentleman Crafter

42 comments:

  1. LOVE, LOVE this post!!! Of course you know I love Dyan and all her Dylusional-ness! It's so fun seeing you have fun!! Can't wait until tomorrow's post to see what else you've created.

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  2. You get to do it again? Awesome, I love your art in your journal, the colors are so vibrant. Jim, has anyone ever told you bald is beautiful, my husband is bald and I think it's sexxxxy! Now stop being so hard on your poor head!!!
    Thanks again for taking us on your trip, have more fun tomorrow.

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  3. Dyan looks like a character. I would love to meet her. You didn't show a picture of how inky your fingers got. Quit with the disparaging comments about yourself. You are a handsome man and hair is so over rated!

    You are breaking me down about not trying the Dylusions.... I may have to break down and get some soon. I have a few ideas!

    Have a great day tomorrow. Get lots of rest and stay out of the rain! Oh, and get me a lantern. LOL.

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  4. jealous...jealous...jealous!!!! Sounds like you had so much fun!!! I would love to get my hands on one of those journals!!!Hopefully they will be available soon. More fun tomorrow???!!!! Can't wait to see what you do....had to be there with you in spirit so got out my sprays and stamps today and worked in my journal!!!
    Have a great time with the Queen!

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  5. Can't believe you get to do this again tomorrow! Lucky you!!

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  6. Looks like so much fun...can't believe that you drove right past Gainesville FL - thats where I work...you didn't even need to stop, you could just have slowed down and I could have just run next to the car and jumped in... this way I could go and see Dyan too. Oh well at least you get to breath the same air as the Queen!!! Have fun tomorrow and don't forget to beep and wave on your way back past Gainesville. BALD stands for Bad Ass Lady Dy...see now its not so bad to be bald.

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  7. Love Dyan! Love your describing of a Dylusional day as well!
    Bye, Diane

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  8. I was lucky enough to get in one of Dyan's classes in Chicago this summer. She was fantastic and I would do it again in a minute.

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  9. Looks like you are having the time of your life! And you get to do it again - yahoo! I would take a class from Lady Dy in a heart beat. Thanks for showing us your adventure. And just saying . . . you are perfect just the way you are.

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  10. wow i soooo need to do one of her cllasses. Glad you had a blast, looking forward to seing your pages

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  11. Loved this post. Love Dyan and dylusion aswell. Just ordered my journal yesterday. Can't wait to read your next post. Oh by the,way.....can you ask Dyan when she will come and teach in Holland? Have fun today!

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  12. Loved this post. Love Dyan and dylusion aswell. Just ordered my journal yesterday. Can't wait to read your next post. Oh by the,way.....can you ask Dyan when she will come and teach in Holland? Have fun today!

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  13. Loved this post. Love Dyan and dylusion aswell. Just ordered my journal yesterday. Can't wait to read your next post. Oh by the,way.....can you ask Dyan when she will come and teach in Holland? Have fun today!

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  14. OK...now you've gone and done it....convinced me to try the dylutions line. And if you even think about getting a rug...I will point and laugh. Rugs are stupid, I haven't seen one yet that looks real. My hubby will even shave his whole head for me, cuz I love me some bald men. !!! Jean Luc Picard, yeah baby. But most of all my hubby. So STOP already with the bald comments. Embrace it, accentuate it...spray some of dy's red spray on it and turn it into an accent !!! Have fun !!!

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  15. Glad you had such a great time with Dy - she really is great to spend time with. Hope you have another fabby day today - looking forward to seeing what you do!!! Enjoy xx

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  16. Oh you look like you're having a fabulous day and I bet it's a bit warmer where you are then the brisk breezes of Yorkshire where I am this morning! Having done Dyan's classes in the past I know how amazing she is and you all look like you are having a blast! Hope today is just as much fun and more than yesterday - I'm sure it will be!

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  17. I will see you soon, Jim! Don't forget to save me a seat!

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  18. Looks like you had a great time with Dy yesterday - and there's more to come! Lucky you!

    Ditto what Shari, Peanut, Sharon Y and Freegbird said - you look great and you can't improve on perfection, so why try?! You already have more admirers than you can shake a stick at so what's a little hair between friends?!

    Hope you have a fantastic day again today and please show us those inky fingers!

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  19. YEA, how fun! I'm coming down to WhimSoDoodle after work tonight, about 5:30, hope you will still be there, I'd love to meet you! I'll bring my Halloween Panoramic made with Tim's lantern so you can see it in person. Hope you have a fun day getting inky with Dyan!!

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  20. Great post Jim, looks like you had a blast. I'm hoping to do one of Dyan's classes in the new year (birthday prezzie to self if no one else buys it for me after heavy hints!)

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  21. Best post ever Jim, I so know your having a blast, thats the same class I took and learned a ton!! I can't wait to see your hands after all your classes!! she is a great teacher and a funny one at that!! After class is over save the kitchen roll sections that you blotted with, they make great added texture and backgrounds!!

    Enjoy your journey!! Lisa

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  22. This was such an awesome post, Jim!! Never apologize for a picture laden post...I love the feeling that I am there with you crafting. Cant wait to see more!!

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  23. I can tell you had a great time. The "happy" just oozes out of the post. Love your project...those leaves are divine. On a side note, please don't get a toupee. You are a great looking guy just the way you are(yes, I am happily married!) and toupees never look natural. Enjoy day two!

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  24. Loss of hair is not even a freckle on the face of life. You are so talented and witty and seem like a kind, caring person. Those inside qualities are what matter in life. I never even notice your hair as I am too busy looking at the wonders that you create. Delighted you are having such an amazing time. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

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  25. Hey Jim, I feel like I know you know. That class seems so great. The project that you made is gorgeous. You are having so much fun I can tell by your post. Hair does not make the man. Let nature run its course. Look at it as a work of ART!

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  26. I can't imagine being in a class with both you and Dyan. I know I'd NEVER get a thing done...trying to soak up and absorb as much as you both could teach and share. You're having so much fun...I'm Peeled Paint with envy!

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  27. Looks like you had an AMAZING day!!! I know we arent supposed to feel this way... but I am jealous. There. I said it. LOL I am. But I am so happy for you. Thanks for taking time to share your day with us! I will definitely take your advice and attend one of her classes if she ever gets close to NC. The store seems to have an awesome classroom space too. Enjoy!

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  28. Looks like you certainly had a wonderful time learning and creating, but then again which one of us wouldn't have!!!!! The classroom looks amazing and really well stocked. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to tomorrow. Enjoy!

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  29. Fabulous photo's! Loved seeing Dyan being her usual charming self. That woman is amazing! Oh, if only I could find one of her creative journals :)
    Thank you for sharing your experiences today!

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  30. I can feel your excitement from here! Wish I was there . Thanks for sharing your fun!

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  31. I just love your ART Jim. And I would sooo love to be able to share a class with Dyan!!! She is truly amazing and so inspirational .... I have her Journal on order and now can NOT wait to receive it (due to you fab description of it). And that store... sounds like a bit of heaven to me... thanks for sharing your day with Dyan with us, Jim!!!

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  32. Jim,
    It looks like you had the most wonderful time. Wish I could have been there with you.
    Seeing your journal gave me some ideas of where to start with mine.
    Thanks for sharing your fun day with us.

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  33. So glad you are having a wonderful tyme. Enjoy the rest of your class.

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  34. You are sooo funny as well as having such great talent! Jim, you do realize that one day you will be rubbing elbows with Tim and Dyan regularly right? You look like you have such rapt attention during class, it made me smile and laugh while I read your days snyposis. Can't wait to see what you have learned and made today!

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  35. you are like a child in a candy store..only difference is that..you can say "CHARGE IT" LOL...So are you ready for a usream to teach us all that you learned?? (I'm still trying..hehehe)

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  36. I really never thought anything would lure me back to Florida, but oh my, that staore is devine. You look like a kid in a candy store. How wonderful.

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  37. Can you suggest to Dyan that Australia is a really great place to visit (Sydney of course), and I'll be one of the first to sign up for her class?

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  38. That looks like such a blast!!!!!!! Enjoy! And it looks like Jimmy's got a crush on teacher!!! :) Must be fall in the air!

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  39. Jealous of you Jim, would love to take a class from Dyan. Cannot wait to see all the great projects you will create with your new knowledge.

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  40. It's awesome to see these pics! I'm excited looking at the photos... thanks for sharing your speciasl time with us! Her work and your work is amazing, it inspires me, never thought I would try this !!

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  41. OK you've convinced me just gotta get that fave journal of yours and try an find a class when I am next back in the UK. Fabulous pages, so what you tore the wrong one art is all about mistakes ... said from someone who has yet to start one!!!

    Hugs Shirley x x

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