Friday, November 21, 2014

Inspiration on the road!

So I was going to post a little project I had designed while I was away on a visit to the family. However, on a stop to rest our legs at the Berea KY Arts and Craft center, I ran across the most fascinating artists polymer cane work!  Artists James C. Rich and Diana Smith Thomas's work bewitched me.  I don't know them and have never met them but I looked and looked and looked at their beautiful work, and made an agonizingly difficult decision of which pieces to purchase.  I finally settled  on this beautiful delicate pink pair.   If you want to see more you can visit their web site at or you can visit their facebook page at

I love love love finding new polymer clay artists, and their beautiful work, and I am THRILLED that it was SO available and SO visible at a wonderful travellers rest spot!  Maybe we as artists need to find more unexpected places to show our work:)

Friday, November 14, 2014

What a long strange trip it's been!

Wow!  What can I say?  My bestie Jen Crossley and I have crossed over 7 thousand miles together since September 15th!  (Not counting her flight over from Oz!!)  We did over 2,800 of them in the car!

Here is the catch up scoop!

We started off with 4 days at The Country Living fair in Columbus, Ohio.  Setting up a 10 x 10 booth, manning it for 3 full days, then tearing it down!  Sad to say, the crowds were really really down this year.  But we had a great time with our pals Shari Replogle, and Paula Marquis.  We loved seeing our friends Lisa Ohmer, Jenni Bowlin, Jeannie & Dallas Carter! 

We had only hours to tear the booth down, and then pack for the rest of our events.  We tore through the house like mad women, and packed up suitcases.

We had NO sleep at all, and then before we knew it, we were on the plane to Dallas Texas for the CREATE retreat! Aunt Annies Pretzels and copious amounts of coffee were the rocket fuel that propelled us that day!

 Dallas Create was a fantastic hit!  The students were awesome, and worked hard to make beautiful art- here is just a portion of my Gelli-Print Joy class, hard at it!

I  was informed this week- quite sadly, that the CREATE retreats are no more.  The suits at F&W have had their beans counted, and, as per normal, we artists have fallen short of some magical mystical math equation.  It was such a wonderful ride!  I am proud to say I taught for each and every Create Retreat except for the very first, very small one in Chicago.  It was a pleasure and an honor to work with the Interweave staff, particularly Maggie Reinholtz, Sally Slack, Jenn Mason, and Jeannine Stein. 

t was a royal treat and downright blessing to spend so much time up close and personal with so many wonderful artist-students.

I do have to say the Dallas hotel was really "out there."  It was the Night Hotel, very artsy, and very dark!  Even in the brightest part of the day, it was dark and illuminated by neon and blue/green/red chandeliers!  

 The best part is getting to pal around with your buds!  Natalie Kalbach and I shared our deep fear and loathing of bugs, and fondness for our mutual friends Joe Rotella and Joe Morgan!
Weird! it was all a bit much trying to eat your eggs in the morning to the 2 inch diamonte studded hot pink and gold chairs lit with blue neon- but it WAS heaps of fun!

Jen and I will NEVER forget that all the beds were lit from underneath!

Our roomie Jen Cushman looked quite fetching lit from the floor!

After teaching, we spent an amazing day with our dear friend Magdalena Muldoon!   How much fun it was to tool around the beautiful city with someone who lives there and loves it!

Before we knew it, we were heading home- pretty pie-eyed and exhausted, but cheerful and looking forward to our next event!

Dingy me, I was lucky enough to write an article for Cloth Paper Scissors (which will come out in January) and in our haste packing for Dallas- it went to Dallas with us!  So as soon as we landed, we had to turn around and go to the post office to ship the article and all it's step outs and finished pieces!  Here's a sneak peek!

Well, that's it for tonight, I'm turning into a pumpkin!
Stay tuned- same bat time, same bat channel, for more of the exploits of Jen and Kari!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Come and Play- Comment to Win!

Hello my darlings!  I have been on the road NON-STOP for 5 weeks now, and am struggling to keep up with the e-world.  Seems half the time, my smart phone and smarter tablet refuse to play nicely with the hotel wi-fi's. But I really really wanted you to know about this uber cool prize package!  And of course I want you to know about the awesome Art Journaling Retreat happening in November!
All this yummy arty goodness could be yours just for playing along!  You must comment on THIS page to win-  reply to this question "What would YOU like to see/make/or do at your dream art retreat?"   This drawing will end on Sunday night Oct 19, 2014 at midnight EST- and winners will be announced Monday Oct 20, 2014.

I have to tell you- if you would like to have lots of one on one time with instructors- come to The CREATE Art Journal Retreat in Austin in November!
If you would like to find new ways to use your current products- come to The CREATE Art Journal Retreat in Austin in November!
If you would like to have minimal supplies to bring, but tons of supplies to try out and play with supplied for you-  come to The CREATE Art Journal Retreat in Austin in November!

The very talented Jodi Ohl, Jen Crossley and Jeannine Stein will be there to play with me, and help to make this a once in a lifetime retreat experience- make sure you check it out.  It is one for the books, one not to be missed!

Make sure to click the blog hop button up above and to stop by each blog and comment to try for all the different prize packs!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Special Art Retreat coming to Austin Texas!!

  Hello Everyone!  I'm posting from the road, so please forgive the weirdness-

But this news is soooo exciting!  A brand new, exclusive retreat!  If you have ever been a bit nervous about attending a big retreat- this charming 'boutique' retreat is for you!  Smaller in attendance size only- with all the bells and whistles of a bigger retreat!  National and International Instructors, Wonderful classes, plenty of one-on-one instruction, and loads of goodies- this is sure to be a can't miss event!  People are sure to be talking about this retreat for years to come- make sure that you are on the inside circle!  This is one of those ground floor events that change the face of things to come...

I am proud to be participating in this NEW retreat upcoming VERY soon,  November 2-5 in Austin, Texas brought to you by the editors of Cloth Paper Scissors and the event team at F&W Media, who host retreats such as Create in NJ, Chicago, Dallas, and Seattle.    The uber talented Jodi Ohl, my best bud Australian artist Jen Crossley, and the editor of Cloth Paper Scissors, Jeannine Stein will join me to give you 2 1/2 days of classes, treats, inspiration and more during this  inspiring event.  

***Did I mention that all the wonderful food and lodging at the beautiful resort are included?***


to learn new, exciting techniques from some of the best artist-instructors in the country, in a beautiful, relaxed environment. The Retreat at Balcones Springs near Austin, Texas, is the backdrop for two and a half days of classes focused on painting, collage, image transfers, bookbinding, and other techniques that will take your art journaling to a new level.

Instructors Kari McKnight Holbrook and Jodi Ohl will introduce you to new ways of working with a variety of journaling styles and materials that will add dimension, color and depth to your art journals. With Jen Crossley you'll learn how to make a beautiful metal journal necklace, perfect for making notes or sketches anywhere. On the last day you'll take the pages you've been working on and bind them into a gorgeous book, with easy instructions from Cloth Paper Scissors Editorial Director, author and book artist Jeannine Stein.  In addition, you'll be treated to fun activities, presentations, and other surprises, while being inspired by the peaceful surroundings. We hope you'll join us for this amazing opportunity. Sign up now, registration is limited!

I'll be focusing on teaching you all about different types of paints, and how to mix colors with confidence!  Next we'll move on to how to create beautiful art, even with previous art disasters!  Rescue techniques for even the ugliest duckling!  Please consider joining us, as this is sure to be a once in a lifetime event!

Monday, July 21, 2014

CREATE Chicago Here I come! New Stamp patterns!

Hey gang!  I'm so excited that the next CREATE Mixed Media Retreat is just around the corner!
Chicago (actually Lisle, a suburb of Chicago)  August 13-17, 2014

 If you’ve never attended a mixed-media event before, CREATE is a good place to start.  I took my friend Shelly to her first CREATE in NJ a couple weeks ago, and she is going gangbusters!  Her art has grown tremendously, and she's found a rekindled passion for working creatively! Not to mention she's met a whole TON of new art friends!  
This is my 4th year of teaching at CREATE Chicago and I am looking forward to it. Come join the party! Teachers travel in from all over the world to teach classes on bookbinding, art journaling, mixed-media sewing, jewelry making, collage and more. Visit the site to learn more and register quick, space is limited!

This year at CREATE, I am introducing a couple new stamp patterns, (and will have them with me at vendors night!)- I know you are going to love:  So hot they are not even up in my etsy store yet!  Both are the 8.5 x 11 size and they make BEAUTIFUL backgrounds!  

The first is "Vitamin C" it is based loosely on what Vitamin C looks like under a microscope!
The second is loosely based on what a certain wood cellulose fiber looks like, and I call it- "Natures Crochet."
Hope to see you there!

CREATE in NJ report

Halloooo!  (My favorite greeting to shout to my bud Jen Crossley on skype!)

Well, it's been a mind-blowingly busy week or two!  A WONDERFUL trip to NJ to teach at the CREATE Retreat there.  Was so happy to take my friend Shelly Grim with me!  The 12 hour car ride just flew by, we didn't even turn the radio on once!  Matter of fact, we actually reached Somerset before we realized it, and got to spend an extra day resting up and running last minute errands on the dreaded jug handles of NJ!  Just so happened, another good friend of ours, Barbie was in town for work, and we got to have a lovely dinner out with her!

My students were wonderful, and they created some wonderful wonderful art!  Friendships were begun, and healthy lifelong addictions were started!  (Not saying who Shelly Grim, but someone came home with a brand new Bernina!)

Many of you said you wanted a visual record of the gallery samples-

Here is the link where to go to purchase the webinar, with supplies explained & where to get them, step outs of the process, and over 75 inspiration photos all detailed for you:)

I've already have several contact me and say they really appreciate being able to look at the step by steps at their leisure:)

Since I got home, I have been dealing with a painful torn and a- braised cornea.  I've had to limit computer time- reading with one eye makes me nauseous:(  A quick ER trip and it seems to be healing but too slowly for my taste!  I want to turn this train around and fast!  Been happily painting away with one good eye-(just not outlining, because my depth perception is off!)  I am getting ready for my local class on Saturday at Red Letter Journals.  It will be a bittersweet class, as our beloved local store is closing the next day!  We want to go out with a bang!  (Plus there will be fabulous sales for my students!)  There are still a few spaces left if anyone is interested- easy sign up on my etsy store.

 I've been working on step outs for this workshop, and trying to relax.  But today all my bank cards were frozen due to suspicious activity.  Sigh...  Off to the bank to work this out...

Winner Winner!

Hey Gang!  Happy to report that Kit Cochran from WA was the winner of my blog giveaway!  Kit if you are out there- please contact me with your snail mail details!  Kit will be receiving a copy of my Cloth Paper Scissors Workshop video!  If you didn't win, but would like a copy- here's a link for a digital download for instant satisfaction!  If you're like me and want a hard copy, here's a link for the hard copy!

Thanks for playing!