Monthly Archives: August 2011

Grab Bag Postcards

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Grab Bag Post Card--Celebration

Grab Bag post card, "Celebration"

Well, I apparently was not done playing with all the goodies in the grab bag that I got at Linda’s yard sale recently. Because today, I made two post cards that I just love mostly since they feature the pretty piece of bird paper that was included in the bag. And I seem to have gotten a little carried away because I pulled out the glitter!!!!! to spice up the birds a bit. By the way, the dried flowers and leaves in the bottom left corners are from a packet included in the grab bag, too. And I still have lots left. It really doesn’t take much to make me happy.

Grab Bag Post Card -- Destiny

Grab Bag post card, "Destiny"

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Art Journal Class

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Becoming Brave Art Journal

I am interested in having another Art Journal Class at my home, perhaps in September or October (or both), as the summer has managed to slip past me. My idea is to do a journal called Becoming Brave (based on articles I saw in a two magazines recently). I don’t know about you, but my doubts and fears sometimes paralyze me and render me unable to move forward with what I want to do. So I thought it might be fun to explore that a little through the Art Journal process. We will build a very basic journal, paint some pages and then decorate at least a few of them to get started. If you are interested, please let me know.

To be held at my home, in late December from 1-4:30 p.m. Cost $35.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

What fears do I have that are holding me back?

What I would like to be able to do if I didn’t have this fear?

If I could pick an animal guide to inspire me, what would it be?

Now I’ve begun collecting some images (from magazines, photos or anything really) that I might want to use in my journal. And I’ll be experimenting with journal bindings to find the easiest one. I’m very excited, because usually I can’t think of anything to write about in my journals, I just like making them. It seems that Becoming Brave is a topic that gets my pen flowing because I already have 3 journal entries written, but (ha ha) I don’t have a journal yet. Go figure.

Grab Bag Wonders

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Artist Trading Card

ATC from Linda's grab bag

Well, I went to Linda and Ellie’s garage sale last week because I don’t have enough stamps, paper and other supplies and needed someone else’s stuff, too. I found some nice treasures there (isn’t there a saying about that?) and the other night decided to open up a Grab Bag that Linda had made up. Lots of goodies covered my table. I instantly, not exaggerating, made 2 ATCs and thought you’d like to see them.

Artist Trading Card

Another Grab Bag ATC

Taking an ATC Journey

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Journey Artist Trading Card, goldWhen I was a kid we always took our family vacations in August. So, I thought Journeys might be a good topic for this month’s Artist Trading Cards. There’s a lot going on in these 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 little masterpieces, layers of this and that and something else. And to me that’s the essence of travel. Join me for ATC Night on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A., (310-391-0466 for directions). We start right at 6:30 p.m. till 8 or so. Cost is $10, all materials are supplied. I hope to see you there. And as for the T in ATC, if you want to Trade with others in the group, please bring at least 10 cards (this includes one for me and one for Karen’s collection at the store). Any design of your choosing is OK. What’s an ATC? you may ask. See the Page at right for the answer to that question.

Steam Punk Post Cards

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Blue Steam Punk Post CardWhat is Steam Punk? I’m not sure but gears and mechanical things are usually involved and it looks old-fashioned and kinda funky, if those two things can be in the same sentence. I finally figured out a way to use a neat set of Steam Punk stamps we got at the latest Extravaganza. These post cards marry Steam Punk with Old World, and I kinda like the effect. It’s very different for me, and I hope you will take the plunge, too. Join me for Post Card Night on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 at Stampin’ From the Heart, 11720 Washington Place, L.A. (310-391-0466 for directions). We start right at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 or so. Cost is $10, all materials are supplied.