Friday, February 16, 2018

President's Day Sale...

Cause any and every holiday is a chance for arts and crafts...

50% off my entire line of Spellbinders products (dies, stamps, embossing folders) and 50% off all wood mounted rubber stamps in my online shop. No code needed. You know the fine print...while supplies last, no rain checks, yada yada yada.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Baked Texture: A Day in the Life

I want to share my gratitude - and an update - about your response to my new Baked Texture embossing powders from Emerald Creek.

I cannot be more thrilled with the enthusiasm and excitement that you all have shown since I announced the opening of pre-orders in late December 2017. 

In the following segment of Make it Artsy, released in August 2016, I put out into the universe my goal to "bring embossing back" and, thanks to you, EP posts are popping up everywhere.

These powders can be used in the traditional way - stamping with an embossing pad. But they were designed for so much more, including mixed media techniques, surface texture, and faux encaustics. 

Given the enthusiastic response to Baked Texture, Kim at Emerald Creek has literally been working day and night to fill orders. These powders are artisan blends and take time to create, jar, label and ship. Many powders are customer dyed. They are packaged by weight, so every jar is individually weighed. And all this is done the old fashioned way - by hand.

(thanks @nicolewrightdesigns for this shot)

Once they get to me, I am a one man band and I organize and package orders from my own online shop for shipping. That is the easy part. Walking all the packages to and waiting in line at a NYC post office...well, not the glamorous side of the biz. Thank goodness for iTunes and ear buds.

This is all done with love and excitement and appreciation and happiness. 

As a result of the enthusiastic response, we are behind in shipping - even working as fast as we can. Those of you who are (im)patiently waiting for your order, please know I want to get it into your creative hands as soon as I possibly can. I received a shipment of powders on Tuesday evening and many orders went out yesterday and today. The next shipment is due to me tomorrow and more orders will go out then. After that, I will be sending out any outstanding orders the first week in March and we expect to be caught up.

This of you who haven't yet ordered Baked Texture, you can get it directly from my online shop or visit Emerald Creek's website for a listing of US and International vendors (in the process of being updated frequently).

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Workshop Update

Why do I love teaching art workshops so much? I get to travel all over the world, hanging out with creative peeps, make art, and learn a ton. Oh...and I get paid. The question is why WOULDN'T I love to teach workshops!

My teaching schedule is about to amp up and I would love for you to join me for some creative fun. You can check out my workshop page for all the details and/or read the highlights below.


The Ink Pad
New York, New York
February 2 - Radiant Rust - workshop full

Betty's Creative Studio 
Greensboro, North Carolina
February 6 - 52 Card Pickup - workshop full
February 7 - Mixed Media Mashup - workshop full

Donna Downey Studio
Huntersville, North Carolina
February 9-11 - Table of Contents - 2 seats left


Mabel Dodge Luhan House
Taos, New Mexico    
March 3 - Deck of Enchantment - 5 seats left
email me at for info and to register

The Queen's Ink 
Savage, Maryland 
March 9 - Radiant Rust - workshop full
March 10 - Abstraction Reaction - workshop full
March 11 - Get Baked! - workshop full


The Ink Pad
New York, New York
April 13 - Mixed Media Revolution - workshop full

Pratt Institute
New York, New York
April 28 - Creating an Artist Folio - registration open


Lexington, Kentucky
May 9-12 - Library of Memories - registration open

Everything Scrapbook & Stamps
Lake Worth, Florida
May 19 - save the date
May 20 - save the date

Quilt & Surface Design Symposium 
Columbus, Ohio
May 28-June 1 - Table of Contents - registration open


Quilt & Surface Design Symposium 
Columbus, Ohio
June 2-3 - For Your Eyes Only - registration open

Idyllwild Arts 
Idyllwild, California
June 15 - 52 Card Pickup - registration open
June 16-17 - A Book of Moments - registration open 

Visions of Australia
Hornsby, New South Wales Australia
June 30-July 1 - A Book of Moments 
email me at for info
registration open


Fibre Arts Australia
Ballarat, Victoria Australia
July 5-9 - Table of Contents - workshop full

Fibre Arts Australia
Lismore, New South Wales Australia
July 12-16 - Table of Contents - registration open


PaperCraft Clubhouse
Westbrook, Connecticut
August 11 - save the date

August 12 - save the date

Clipper Street Scrapbook Company
Langley, British Columbia Canada
August 17 - save the date
August 18 - save the date
August 19 - save the date


Burritt's Rapids Community Hall
Burritt's Rapids, Ontario Canada
The Exquisite Corpse
A 5-day retreat with Holly Dean
September 3-7 - registration opens 2/15
email me at for info

Shake Rag Alley
Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Table of Contents
September 21-23 - registration open


A Work of Heart
San Jose, California
October  7 - save the date
October  8 - save the date

The Art is You Movement
Masterclass Series
Ogden, Utah
A 5-day retreat with Sharon Payne Bolton
October 10-14 - save the date
Registration Opens May 30

Artistic Artifacts
Alexandria, Virginia
November  16 - save the date
November  17 - save the date
November  18 - save the date