Friday, July 8, 2011

Creating Outside the Book at Gee Gee's

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The next book selection for Book Club is Mixed and Stitched by Jen Osborn.  Pick it up because we will begin using it for our Gee Gee's Book Club, next cycle, which starts in September.


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Kat and Elena


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Kristal and Cynthia


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Nanci made this pendant using Little Windows Brilliant Resin by Fran Valera. 

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Elena tried her had at Little Windows and came up with some unique ideas.  She added charms, buttons, wire-words and wings.


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Nanci said, "People don't usually get to see me this pissed off."

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We thought it was an amazing piece of art that was truly inspired by an authentic emotion.



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Nanci also designed and created this beautiful storybook photo album using the Graphics 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper Collection.


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Nanci and Lola


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Lola created this summer, beach days album as a gift.  Someone is a lucky person.  It is completely full of pictures from happy events.




The following pictures are of artwork by Pam.  These are items that she created at the recent Cloth Paper Scissors event, CREATE.

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"Awe, she loves you Elena!"

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GG 060711 (13)Another little item with eyes.  "I call them critters," says Pam. 

Both of Pam's critters are hand-painted and delightful.  I forgot to ask, but I don't think they live under the bed with the 100...ooops, 99 kittens.

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This was a class that Pam took at CREATE, taught by Pam Carriker.  In her book, Art at the Speed of Life, she calls it the Ten-Minute Journal.  Instructions are provided on pages 24-25.GG 060711 (16)GG 060711 (19)GG 060711 (20)GG 060711 (21)

Pam painted this background art on fabric.  We all have ideas on some uses for this beautiful fabric.

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Pam and Terri


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This is the tiniest art journal I've ever seen.  It's approximately 3"x4".

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Terri has turned this tiny art journal into a wonderful project that she carries in her purse.  Whenever the mood suits her, she takes it out and creates a page.  Fabulous idea!



This month's kit included Teresa Collins Documented 8-piece set, Documented Die-Cut Charms, a 12" transparency, the scalloped covers and pre-punched page protectors.


If you were not at the meeting, we discussed the following:

1. Starting a Canvas Swap.  Each person will start their canvas, bring it to the meeting and pass it to another person.  That person will add to the canvas.  The next month someone else will add to the canvas.  Here's what we know so far:

  • Starts in September
  • Canvas must be 5"x7" or larger
  • For protection to your canvas, bring it in a shopping bag with your name on it.
  • Put a note with your canvas describing some of your likes and dislikes. For example, if you hate the color purple, then add that to your note.

2.  We are going to do a tag swap.  Elena will provide the tags.  The tags are about you.  Here's what we know:

  • Starts in September
  • Bring a picture of you times 14 (14 of the same picture).
  • Bring a note that includes your name and some fun facts about you.  Make 14 notes.

3.  Christmas is around the corner.  We are going to do a White Elephant Swap.  It must be something you created and would want to have yourself.  Keep it in mind when you making art.  More discussion in future meetings.

Gentle Reminder of items you may want to bring next month:

  • Projects you've been working on
  • Little Windows Resin Art Projects
  • Tool kit, including scissors, glue,  a pen or pencil.
  • Canvas for the Canvas Swap - (Starts in September) Ladies who have committed to the canvas swap so far are:
    • Kat Baker
    • Cynthia Ellis
    • Elena Etcheverry
    • Lola Finklestein
    • Nanci Ishii
    • Terri Kinjo
    • Kristal Lemke
    • Pam Rothberg
  • A snack to share
  • Camera
Things to remember:
  • August will be the 3rd month of a 4-month cycle and the meeting is Thursday, August 4th. 
  • We will be meeting at Gee Gee's.
  • We are doing a dress-form swap that will be due in September, which is the last month of our cycle.  Ladies who have committed to the swap are:

    • Kat Baker
    • Cynthia Ellis
    • Elena Etcheverry
    • Ally Evers
    • Sheila Goldsberry
    • Nanci Ishii
    • Terri Kinjo
    • Kristal Lemke
    • Cheryl Lindsay
    • Danette Munn
    • Glenna Ruoff
    • Pam Rothberg



  1. This looks like a really great club!

  2. that was fun! I love how creative you ladies are. Thanks for all the great pics Kat. I love the recap of our meetings. its like getting to do it again! for the tags. you do not need to bring 14 pics with you or any facts. This is what you will do at home and then bring to swap at the end of the cycle.

    i know it was confusing. I can see that look on your face right now Kat :) love you!