This Friday (Black Friday) I am teaching an ATC (artist trading cards) class at Jerry’s Artarama in Tempe.  The miniature pieces of art are quick and easy to make.  They can be matted and framed.  You can put them on your wall or gift them.  They also make great gift tags.

If you are free, and in the Phoenix area, please come.  There is still room 2:30pm – 4:30pm.

Call to sign up: 480-775-6787.

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An exciting day, the mail lady brought me two little surprises:

1. The newest issue of SEW Somerset where I contributed art work.

2. A real snail mail letter, a little piece of art itself, from a friend.

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I bought a Loteria game from my local Rancho Market – a Hispanic grocery store.  I love the images on the cards and game boards, because they are very simple and almost vintage looking.  I decorated some matchboxes with them, and that was OK but it didn’t completely satisfy me.  Last night I tried to make greeting cards, and these are the results.wpid-img_20141003_084502.jpg

On a recent trip to Portland I picked up a little tiny flower that I later learned is Fuchsia.  I tucked it between pages of my journal.  As I picked up the journal the other day to record a thought that came to me, the fuchsia flower fell out.  At that moment I also had a couple of Speedball rubber blocks for stamp carving sitting out at my table.  That was convenient.  So I carved out a fuchsia stamp and completely forgot what I was going to write in my journal.

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A friend asked if I have any new work that may fit a theme ‘The little black dress’.  I was honest, I didn’t have anything along those lines, but I never want to disappoint people.  Especially if what they ask for gives me a creative challenge.  I told her I can come up with something.  And yesterday I ended up creating 15 cards, each one different, each one stitched.

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In the last couple of months I’ve attended a monthly ATC swap at the local craft store.  It’s been a fun experience to trade your creations for other artist creations.

Tonight is the night of the monthly craft swap, and out of 4 themes I picked one: Cute but Evil.  Here is what I made to trade.

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