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Newsletter February 2010

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Monthly Quilt Blocks Feb 2010

Butterfly & Flower Quilt Block

Baby Stuffed Animals 02

Butterfly & Flower Quilt Block

Bouquet of Flowers 02

Wild Animal Quilt Block

Ginger's Dragon 01


Click here to see All the Completed Quilt Block Sets

Transfer News

I will be bringing out Transfer Paks for the next few months instead of individual transfers. That gives you four (4) transfers a month instead of three (3) like I was doing last year.

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Well, I had to make some changes this month.

First - I can't get the C459 - White Ultra Fine Line Pen. That means that the kits that have that pen in them have to be changed. And while I was figuring out the changes on the kits, I discovered that I had figured all the kits (last year) using the $7.50 prices for the C350 - Paint Racks. This means that anyone ordering kits last month got a heck of a deal (especially the K000).

So - you have new 'kit pages' again this month.

As you order new paints, you will notice that the dots on the back (the paint dots that say the number and name of the paints) has been flipped so they will read right when you have the paints stored the way you should have them stored (which is up-side down). You should still use one of your Dual Point Pens to write the number on the bottom so you can read them quickly when you are trying to find a certain number paint.

I will be purging the 'regular mailing' of the newsletter next month (March 2010) so if you haven't gotten an order in this past year - be sure to do that to stay on the mailing list.

The 'email newsletters' go out until I get something back saying you don't want them anymore, or the email comes back as no longer viable (working).

At the workshop in January, I discovered that people didn't really read the directions for the GDQ-01 - the Momma dragon warming up her egg and not paying attention to where all the fire was going.

First of all, when you are doing the trees in the back-ground you want to do them all in 138, then you want to put little licks of flames coming out all in the trees and up the tree trunks. Remember that fire goes up - so don't put in little feather strokes of fire on the branches aimed down. All flames should go up! After you put the ashes on the ground, from the grass fires, you can put in little licks of flames all in the ashy areas to show that the grass is still on fire. These are done in little feather strokes, just like you put in stalks of grass, but always going up.

You might want to outline the egg right at the beginning, just so you don't lose it as you're painting.

This month's GDQ is the GDQ-02 - the water dragon looking in the light house window. I did the rocks with our brushes and they turned out really well. You can do them with the tip if you want to, but it's faster to do them with a brush. Then I did the water with lots of colors (including the new 304) and a brush, also. I just streaked in some sky. You don't have to put the sky in - but I thought it looked more finished that way.

When I was working on the 'sunrise picture' that's in the Aquatic Birds Pak, T5052, I used a water-wash for the sky.

When you do a water-wash you literally mix a little paint into a lot of water. This gives you a nice watery pastel look. I mixed the paints up in our nifty little paint palettes (plastic lids) and then, making sure the shirt was very, very flat, I used my 1 1/2" house painting brush to put the colors in, starting at the bottom and working up. I used 110 - 104 - 103 - 102 - 194. It all melded together great and once I mixed the paint washes, it only took a few minutes to do. Then you need to let it dry completely before you move it because the paint will run and look very odd if you lift it up and move it around before it's dry.

The water is done with Sparkle Paints and they are colors that will match the colors in the sky. I did 191 near the shore as the shadows of the foliage - then I did the water in 135- 141- 133- 171- 304.

The silhouettes are done with 116. This makes them show up really boldly. I did all the 116 first and let it dry - then did the rest of the picture.

I put this on the back of a shirt. If you want to put it on a shirt - you might want to cut the little pieces out at the top before you iron it on. I think it will look better. If you are going to do this on white Perma-press or Candlelight material to frame, then you should leave those bits in and it will look like you are looking out at the scene through the trees that are closer to you and seeing the hanging moss from them in the picture.

304 - Powder Blue Sparkle: This paint is the newest one in the Line. When I was trying to figure out how I was going to paint this month's designs, I found that I needed a medium blue in the blue sparkles. I told John what I wanted and he went down and figured out how to make it. (He's great!)


Class News

My Workshop will be February 18. It starts at 11:00 AM and ends around 3:00 PM.

Bring a sack lunch or eat before you get here. You can actually leave whenever you need to.

Here at Ginger's Cameo Home Office and Facility – February 18 - 11:00AM

I hope a lot of you plan to come. We have a good time and learn new things. Be sure to let me know if you are coming so I have enough goodie bags made up for everyone to work from.

The registration fee for the Class is $10.00. This is to help pay for your goodie bag. It's always worth more than that and includes things that you will need for the classes.

Holiday Transfers

Don't forget all the transfers that we have for up-coming holidays:

(These are all great craft show and gift designs. They will go on any number of items to paint and sell or give away or to use for yourself.)

St. Patrick's Day











Be sure to visit our accessories page and see all the tools and pens to make fabric painting easier.

With our accessories you to can make professional looking designs and pictures come to life on clothing, table cloths, linens, or most any material.

I thought I would give you some ideas on using our accessories:

I have had some questions on having empty bottles for sale [C557 - (5) -$3.00].

Tips and Bottles

One use for them is to make your own colors. Using colors that are already in the Line, you can mix the colors that you want to use on a particular design. Sometimes folks want to match the color décor of a dining room or bedroom. Maybe you want to do something on a particular color of clothing and need just the right color to work with. If you use an empty bottle to mix your color you will be able to use that color another time in the future.

I suggest that as you are mixing the color, you be sure to write your formula down so you can re-mix it when you run out.

You will need to order C557 + C556 (Decorator Tips - (10) for $3.25) + C558 (Nozzles and Caps - (10) for $3.30). Since you get five (5) bottles to a package, you need to order two (2) sets of bottles to go with the other two (2), since they come in packages of ten(10).

Another use for these items is to divide your existing paints into more than one (1) bottle. This is especially good for those of you that teach painting classes. You can buy one (1) bottle of paint and divide it into two (2) or three (3) bottles so that more folks in your class can use the same colors.

This works well if you're having classes with kids. They always seem to want to use the same colors as their friends are using.

For those of you that are running classes with the 'Quilt of the Month' quilt blocks, where your students are all doing the same design, this is especially good.

Of course, the best way to run the monthly quilt block classes, are to have them buy their own paints so they can continue painting at home. If they buy all the colors that they need for the first quilt block - then add the colors as they need them for the blocks as they come out - that makes your sales higher and gives them the opportunity to buy other things to paint in between the class times. This way they can gradually build up their paint stock and as their paint colors increase, they will want to do more things with them.

Be sure that you sell them (or give them) T4673-Paint Dots and have them iron it off onto something that they can carry with them. That way they can tell what colors they have and how many more they have to go to have the full Line. Make sure that you tell them to only fill in the dots with the colors that they own. When they have all the colors filled in they will have the whole Line and they can use the finished design to figure out what colors are called for in a particular design and figure out whether they want to change the colors to something else. This design fits on a P322Mini Flag, or just about anything else, even one of the P1492-Large Tote Bags. (If they put it on a tote bag, they can put the things that they need for the class in the tote bag to carry with them to class and know exactly what colors they need to order for the next class.)

There are un-numbered dots to fill in with colors that you mix up on your own (like I talked about in the previous section).

Another item that a lot of folks don't understand about is C548 - Sandpaper Blotters (5) for $3.75.

These are medium grit sandpaper.


These are the best things to paint on. You put one under what you are painting (or in between the front and back of a t-shirt or sweatshirt) and the Sandpaper Blotter holds the item still so that you can paint it and it keeps the paint from going through to what ever you are painting on (or to the other side of a shirt).

For those of you that have been painting for a long time and are used to using the hoops - this works much better. You don't have to worry about smearing the paint when you move your material on the hoop and you don't have to let the paint dry before you move to the next section.

I know there are those of you that have to paint lying down and you need to have the hoop to hold the item that you are painting, but even in those cases, putting a Sandpaper Blotter on your hoop works better than using a blotter pad. Just cut the Sandpaper Blotter to the same dimensions as a C366 - 10" round Blotter. The grit holds the item very still for you to paint without having to stretch it out when you put it in the hoop.

The Blotter Pads [C451 -(2) approx. 10"x12"-$1.75 and C452 -(2) approx. 12"x20"-$3.25] are good for doing washes and using a brush [C460 - Fabric Brush Set (3) or C470 - Fabric Brush Set 2 (3)] to paint with. It holds the material for these techniques and keeps the paint from going through to what you are painting on top of or through to the other side of a shirt.

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Monthly Quilt Clubs

I am having so much fun with the new Quilt Blocks of the Month. It’s fun trying to explain new techniques in writing.

On the Wild Deer Quilt blocks – right off the bat, I explained something wrong in the newsletter. When you're doing "One Stoke Fabric Painting" I should have said that you fill each corner of the brush with a different color. When you order the WDQ-01 I have a 'how to' page in there with pictures. I think that will explain it a little better.

If any of you have suggestions on how to write up directions on this be sure to get them to me.

Remember that you can order the Monthly Quilt Blocks during the month that they come out and you can order any back ones that have already come out. So – if you decide this month that you want to do one of the new quilts– you can order this month's and last month's blocks. If in June you decide that you really would like to do all the quilts – you can order the blocks for June -and all the ones that came out earlier in the year.

The Wild Animal Quilt, also, has extra tips in the directions for the first block of the year. Christy Lee painted and charted this quilt and put in the extra tips to make it easier for you to paint the designs.

The Quilt Blocks of the Month seem to be going over well for this year. I never know how you all will like them until I get them out there. Be sure to order the first block of the series to get the extra directions that are for the whole series.

An explanation of the Quilt Block Clubs:

We have a lot of instructors out in the field that have pretty much quit instructing and others who are new and don't quite know how to get started. I thought this would help both sides. The quilt blocks come out once a month. I thought this would give you a built-in class session, or sessions, that you could do each month. Each set teaches different things. At the end of the classes the students don't have to sew and quilt these into a quilt, they can put two (2) together and have a two-sided throw pillow. They can use each one individually and put a plain quilt block on the back and make a throw pillow. They can sew all the blocks together at the end of the year, put a piece of blanket material on the back and use yarn to tie it together as a throw for the back of the couch or for use in the car for trips. You could also frame the finished product with a wooden hoop or a regular frame. (You can pick up lots of frames in yard sales.) Just use your imagination on what to use the finished products for. The transfers are all great for putting on a shirt, also. You can use the quilt block to learn on - then put the transfers on shirts or pillowcases.

I know that some of you are not into quilting, but you like the sets of transfers.

Here are some things that you could do:

Instead of quilts you can make throw pillows with a different design on each side. That would give you six (6) different throw pillows. If you want to make twelve different throw pillows - or six - or nine -you just need to order extra sets of blank quilt blocks (P601-$5.25) to use for the back..

Instead of using the transfers on quilt blocks you can put the designs on shirts, flour sack towels (P327), mini flags (P322), tablecloths (P1220, P1221, P1222, P1223), a Wallhanging (P324), dresser scarves (P326), placemats (P1289), tote bags (P1492), pillow cases (P1595), pants, skirts, jackets. There are just so many different ways to use the transfers.

I like to put several designs on a single shirt. I buy men's shirts at yard sales and then I make it into a theme shirt. I might make a unicorn shirt, or a shirt of flower faces. I have a Christmas shirt with many different designs on it. How about a snowman outfit on a sweat suit?

There are just sooo many ways to use the Quilt Paks it boggles the mind.

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Paint News

107 Paints to choose from, or make it easy on yourself and get them all in the Ideal Kit. The ballpoint tip nozzle can easily be removed for brush painting. Formulated for fabric painting, these paints are also excellent for painting on other materials (wood, etc.). This is premium quality fabric paint with the following features:

  • Permanent, won't come off in the wash
  • Blends Well for shading or fading colors together
  • Machine Wash & Dry
  • Stays Soft and flexable, Won't Crack or Peel
  • Best of all it is Non-Toxic
  • Safe, won't harm children or animals
  • Makes a great gift for children who love to color and paint!

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Classes Being Held by Our Friends in Other Locations

You've seen my mention of the latchkey group here in Michigan. Their teacher, Vivien Gunderson, sent me some pictures, but asked me not to put any of the kids faces out in the world, just to keep them safer. So here you are - what some of the Michigan Latchkey Kids have painted (handkerchiefs -mostly for gifts).


Rene McDonough, in Venice, FL wanted to do the Christmas Quilt for her daughter, but her daughter didn't want Blue Birds on her quilt so Rene painted in her own colors - and changed out one of the blocks for the Christmas Basket (T4235).

The birds in this picture are done with 301-302 & 303. Striking!!

Rene QuiltRene Quilt


All the instructor/dealers that I put in this section have a lot to teach and would like to teach all they know to you. So contact them and get started now.

Our Newest Teacher! (Search for your location below!)

You can now contact Lisa Kinsley in Blanchester, OH for classes and supplies.

She just got started and would love to hear from you call 513-535-3175 or email her at harleymama123160@yahoo.com.

We have a new craft store carrying our products. See us at 'Crafty Folks' right on the Alaskan Highway in Taylor, British Columbia. They will be running workshops at the store so you can learn right there how to use the products and they

I know I have others in British Columbia that order from me - this store might be just what you’re looking for to pick up your products near you instead of waiting for them to come by Post.

We have a lot of dealer/instructors that have their own web sites now and more coming on-line all the time. When you're on the Web just put Ginger's Cameo in your search line and see how many you come up with. After you find them all - just check out the one nearest you and order. (You have to have your tax license # to get your discount from us to re-sell to others.)

We're also on EBay and Amazon.

We're getting better known all the time thanks to all of you out there. Keep up the good work!!!!

Ohio - Lisa Kinsley is still giving her wonderful classes in Blanchester. Give her a call if you want to learn lots of new things. (513-535-3175) or email harleymama123160@yahoo.com


Missouri - Christy Lee is still giving her wonderful classes in Camdenton. Give her a call if you want to learn lots of new things. (573-346-5730)


Oklahoma - Helen Heitger has started building up her classes around Nowata. If you're interested just let her know. (918-818-0085)


Arkansas - Jean Prince is ready to hold classes for you around Little Rock. Let her know if you're interested in learning. (501-351-7539)


Arkansas - Pauline Laughlin is 95 years old and still going strong. She does a lot of craft shows and is always happy to teach folks how to paint. She's an internationally known quilter and painter. If you need some lessons or you just need supplies from somewhere around Rogers, just give her a call. (479-636-6396)


Brooklyn, Michigan - Lori Bartlett has started having classes at her house on the second Sunday of the month in the afternoon. She takes the techniques that she learns here and passes them on to her friends. It has been working out very well for her as she starts to make money in her new business - "Rae's Country Corner". Contact her on her cell phone at 517-392-7477 if you're interested in attending. email lrsb@raescountrycorner.com


Blue Earth, Wisconsin – Sharon Pausewang will be glad to teach you how to use your paints. If you would be interested in taking classes with her contact her at (507-525-1037).


Millersport, Ohio – Phyl Phillips is there for you. If you would like to take classes with her contact her at (740-928-3117).


Linden, Michigan – Halleen Fisk has lots to teach you. I try not to keep her so busy that she doesn’t have time to have classes. If you would like to take classes with her contact her at (810-735-0100).


Florida - Rene McDonough gives classes twice a week in the Venice Area. Call her if you are interested in taking classes with her. (941-497-4242)


Florida - Sandy Wadelton is giving classes in the Leesburg Area. Call her if you are interested in taking classes with her. (352-787-4950)


Colorado - Rachel Fry has a good group going in Grand Junction. Give her a call if you are interested in joining them. (970-242-6091)


Alberta, Canada - Beverly Craig - This is a very nice lady, which has been helping people to learn about Cameo for a while. If you are in that area, you can give her a call at 403-224-3565. She will be glad to share her expertise with you and fill any orders that you have. She works with a wide variety of folks and would love to work with more.


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Final Words

I’ve been trying to hold down the price on shipping – but now I’m starting to lose money on it and prices are going up at the Post Office starting May 14th. (Prices at other shipping places have already gone up.) The increases they are talking about, on top of what I was already losing, means that starting May 1st, 2007 my shipping prices are going to go up.

Remember that shipping is figured on your retail total before your discount.

If you think I should give you a lower shipping amount on your order because it is a small order, you can call and we might be able to adjust it some. No promises though. I’m not in the business of making money on shipping, but sometimes the small orders are what off-set the big orders.

Well, I guess that's all for this month. Keep that those suggestions coming. I need every one of them. See you at a meeting.

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