The greatest buzz in the world for me... (with video and Tim Holtz)
... is the one I get when teaching. I simply love it.
And this weekend was especially fabulous because I was teaching lots of classes and such for Hero Arts at a rep show (for store owners) and getting to spend time with some of my favorite people.
And yesterday, I taught a class with Tim Holtz. Yes, many of you women out there are likely extremely jealous of this - I know. And, yes, you can argue that he is amazingly talented and easy on the eyes and charismatic. But what many people don't ever get the chance to know is that he is loyal, generous, appreciative, supportive, thoughtful, caring, giving and oozes integrity. He works in this industry with the same approach I do - focusing on "you get what you give." So for me, THAT is why I liked doing this class with him. It is because of these reasons that I personally feel most honored to call him a friend and get to work with him.
So... the class was 6 hours with 100+. We did a back and forth class where we took turns teaching. Tim was set up with his presentation on one side of the ballroom... and me at the other. He would do a tag with certain (new!) Hero Arts stamps and Ranger products, and then I would use the same goodies to do a tag. At the end of class, the students had two canvases that mirrored each other - one in my style and one in Tim's. We both went somewhat extreme in our looks to really show the versatility of our products. He called my canvas "a bag of Skittles" since is was super colorful. I called his a "dark cloud" since it was his extreme grungy look. :) There was a lot of fun teasing back and forth, of course. Several people said they loved that we were like "a bickering brother and sister" and that pretty much sums it up. We are very opposite in styles and such, but a lot alike in values.
Over on Tim's blog, he shared some peeks at his canvas. So, I wanted to share some peeks at mine here. What is really cool about these canvases is that they are overflowing with hidden techniques and tips and such. A great learning/teaching tool for these store owners.
Todd Mullins, the VP over at Hero Arts, did a video of the weekend. In it, she gives a GREAT peek into the class I did with Tim - you will get a kick out of it. It is towards the middle, so keep watching. :)
Oh, and stay tuned. I shared video at the beginning of class that I put together for Tim. He loved it and I think you will, too. I will share it here soon. :)
OK... off to catch up here at home. Love to all. (Especially Tim and Mario and Carol - thank you for everything. Love you all tons.)