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May 2009

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Okay - so it snowed again a couple of times after I got the last newsletter out - but I'm sure that it's really going to stay spring someday.


April Snow April Snow April Snow


Rachel Fry out in Colorado emailed in her order and said they thought spring had come, too. They were even more wrong than I was. They had feet of snow - we just had 8".

Re-usable Shopping Bags
Just $12.95

May Special $10.00



Image on bag is not included

Here is our new re-usable, paintable shopping bag (P1493 -$12.95). I have had a lot of folks ask me to get them in, but I had to wait until I found just the right bag.

In the picture you can see that the bag is about 4" shorter than a regular brown paper bag. It is the same size as a regular plastic bag (but it's good for the environment and will last for years).

We have washed and dried this bag both before and after painting. It looks good after drying in the drier. Any change in size will come back as you put things into the bag and carry it. It holds the paint just fine after washing.

When you paint on the bag, I suggest that you use your Fiber Blenders (C369/C371). It smoothes the lines out and makes it look much better. You can, also, brush paint on the bag and use other techniques. They all work well.

What I have found that works best for me (with my limited memory) is to unload the bags, fold them, put them all in one bag and immediately put them back in your vehicle. These bags are nice and soft and will fold down easily. If you don't use A versatile, durable tote bag made of hemp & cotton canvas. The hemp fabric makes this bag both UV and mildew resistant and is perfect for grocery shopping! For all of you smokers out there, this is not the same stuff (Cannabis is a different strain) so don't buy up all of our bags please!

Fun Fact: Hemp is the oldest fiber used by man & has 8 times the tensile strength of cotton.

These will be great sellers at craft shows. They can be done in any designs. At first I was thinking just fruits, vegetable, cornucopia, or anything that is connected to food. (Shown on the bag is T4647) Then I thought it through better. Some folks like butterflies - they would like their bags with butterflies on them. So bags with different butterfly designs should sell well. You might want to do dragonflies, unicorns, frogs, mushrooms, pigs, cows or anything that is considered a collectable design. Why have bags that look like everyone else's when you can have bags that are uniquely yours?

You don't have to use just them when you're grocery shopping. You need bags no matter what you're shopping for whether it's books, hardware, clothes, what have you.

If you need a few plastic bags to use in your waste baskets put them inside your re-usable bag. The re-usable bag has better handles.

These would make great gifts. How about two or three of these as a wedding gift (to start the newly weds off to a 'green' life together). How about birthday, holiday, anniversary gifts? A painted bag will be perfect for any occasion.

Starting with the simple step of bringing your own reusable cloth bag to shop may seem trivial, but it creates a "mindset." Like anything, the more people who take this simple step, the more it becomes the natural and right thing to do.

Note: Image on bag is not included this is a plain white bag ready to be painted as you desire.

Monthly Special

The monthly Special for May 2009 is (MSMAY09)


A special price to kick off the P1493 - Re-usable Shopping Bags. The regular retail price is $12.95.

For the month of May you can buy them for $10.00 each.



I hope you all buy - paint - and enjoy this new item.

We painted on these bags at the Spring Workshop and everyone liked them and liked working on them.



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.

New item for the month of May

C470 - Brush Set 2 -$10.00.


I have been asked by several people to get some more brushes in the Line - so here they are. Now you can have two (2) slanted brushes and a detail brush to add to your working supplies.



They tried these at the Spring Workshop and Everyone really liked the way they worked.


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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.

New for May 2009

Click here to see All the Quilt Blocks

Butterfly & Flower Quilt Block

Butterfly & Flowers Quilt 05

Wild Animal Quilt Block

Wild Animal Quilt 05

Wild Deer Quilt Block

Wild Deer Quilt 05

Click here to see All the Completed Quilt Block Sets

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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Transfer News

This month we have 3 New Transfers


T4792 - Fruits

I was trying to think of transfers for the new (P1493) Re-usable Shopping Bags and I thought this one would fit the bag just fine. You can paint it just out-line and fill-in or you can do shading and highlighting. The fruit looks good either way.

Transfer #T4792

T4792 - Fruits

Transfer #T4793

T4793 - Daily Flowers

T4793 - Daily Flowers

Easy outline and fill in designs.

I've been looking for some good transfers for the Flour Sack Towels. This caught my eye since many of you like to do flowers.


T4794 - Daily Poodles

This is a great transfer to do on the Flour Sack Towels, on a shirt (all of them scattered all over the shirt) or even on the new Re-usable Shopping Bags. These are very easy and fast to do.

These can be easily done with 'Outline and Fill-in'.

Transfer #T4794 - Daily Poodles

T4794 - Daily Poodles

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We Had a Great Spring Seminar

Workshop Workshop Workshop
Workshop Workshop Workshop

Special Thanks to all that attended this years Spring Seminar on May 2nd.


Class News

No Classes in May due to Spring Seminar event see you there.


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

T4405 T4672 T4718 T4719      


T4348 T4523 T4720 T4725 T4726 T4727  

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

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


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


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.


What Our Friends Are Doing

Show us some of Your Work


We would love to show our readers what you've done with Cameo Paints. Send us or some of your pictures and be sure to tell us about them and yourself.

See some of our past reader submissions in the Gallery

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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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