Monday, December 31, 2007

RamsHead -Salt Pond Bay, St. John

SaltPond Bay RamsHead, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

A Happy New Year to all who visit the creative lenna blog! I am so glad to have you with me on my journey. If you follow my work here regularily, you know it's been quite a while since I posted . . . I must say I have enjoyed my time away with my family. Steven and I are having great fun discovering the charms of simple pleasures like playing one of our favorite childhood games, Monopoly! Because of our vacation & the time we enjoyed together, we have also proposed to take 2 days off a month, as a "vacation date". No computer for Steven or I, no work; just time spent together however we choose! Yesterday was the first of these "vacation dates" and we visited the New Britain Museum of American Art. Wonderful! I saw one of my great Uncle's paintings there, always a thrill. We watched Forest Gump on TV, played Monopoly, read books (I'm reading Elinor Lipman), cooked dinner and talked. I am looking forward to this!

I did want to drop by though and say hi, and also share a photo I took while Steven & I were in St. John, US Virgin Islands. As you can see, it is quite beautiful there. If you click on the photo, it will take you to my flickr photo sharing account where you can view many more pictures as a slideshow or singly, as you choose. Steven & I took probably 200-300 photos between us, but don't worry - I did not upload them all! We hope to use many of them in artwork in the months to come. I also kept a diary of sorts while we were there and I may choose some photos and upload them along with my entries in the weeks to come.

I have recently updated my creative swaps blog and I welcome you to visit:

We wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! Yours creatively, Lenna

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Journal Quilt #28: Dec. 16, 2007

_Dec16.2007, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

Journal Quilt - ice & snow. This is the 28th journal quilt I've made this this year! When our flight didn't leave on time today I snuck this in! [note: we did get away the next day] This journal quilt started with a photo I took of a boulder in our back yard (see photo below, previous post) all icy. I printed the photo on matte paper and then sewed it to fabric. The Iridescent Glass Spheres I added are from Alpha Stamps - I just love these!

This is my journal entry for the back of the quilt (added 12-26-07)

December 16th, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 28 *

*Ice and Snow*

For this journal Quilt I used a photo I had taken of a boulder in our back yard that had been covered with ice during a recent storm. I printed the photo out using matte photo paper and considered doing an image transfer to fabric, but decided instead to use the print just as it was on paper so I could capture all the details of the ice on the rock. I added a square of batting behind a piece of muslin and then stitched all the layers together – batting, muslin & photo printed on paper – by stitching around the edge with a zigzag stitch. Next, I used a straight stitch to follow the lines of some of the branches in the photo and further ‘quilt’ the piece. Lastly, I added 2 sizes of Iridescent Glass Spheres from
Alpha Stamps by using quick-drying Goop glue. The way these glass spheres sparkle reminded me of the ice!

The ice storm that fell the day before I made this journal quilt delayed our trip to the U.S, Virgin Islands by a day, and the icy conditions made me worry a bit, but everything turned out OK. We got off the next day for our trip and when we returned it was an unnatural 50 degrees outside (for Connecticut in December!) and all the ice in our driveway had melted. : ) Merry Christmas!

snow & ice & vacation!

12.07.07 010, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

Steven & I were supposed to leave this morning on our vacation, but yesterday morning they canceled today's flight because of a 2nd storm (within a few days) hurling itself across the country. This photo was taken before these storms hit Connecticut, but you get the idea . . . . snow & ice, oh my!

Hopefully we will be off to warmer weather and relaxation tomorrow . . . . our gift to ourselves. Any comments left here will be saved and published upon our return! Thanks.

Wishing you a creative and fun-filled holiday time during the next few weeks . . . yours creatively, Lenna

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Featured artist!

About 2 weeks ago I received an email from Nina PateƱa, a Design Team member for Queen Kat Design stamps - which are all clear stamps and meant to be used with clear acrylic blocks. Queen Kat and Nina host a related blog called Queen Kat's Blogger's Club and were looking to feature me on their blog.
Nina wrote, "We think your blog rocks (in fact, we think you rock!) and we’d love to feature you as one of our Bloggers of the Week/Day in the QK Bloggers Club!"

How lovely! I answered their questions via email and just 2 weeks later my interview/feature article is up! Go HERE to read it - what fun! : ) Thank you both, Queen Kat & Nina. These two are on the look-out for more featured bloggers as they 'aim to bring stampers and scrappers together in one blog'. Do you know of someone who should be featured? Do you want to be featured? Check out the QKD Bloggers Club!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

I've been TAGGED!

I have been tagged by Wanda!

Here are the simple rules to being tagged:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.

Here are my random/weird facts:

1. Most of you probably don't know (unless you've been reading here for a while) that I had heart surgery when I was 6 years old. My grandfather often came to visit me during the 6 weeks I was in the hospital and later told my mother, “Lenna is so bored that she put a crayon between her toes and is drawing pictures that way!” I had Patent Ductus Arteriosus, a heart valve problem that was fixed with some complications at the time; but I have lived a healthy life since then.

2. Did you know that my great uncle was a famous American Impressionist at the turn of the Century? His name is William Glackens, and I am named after his daughter, Lenna Glackens (pictured to your left). William Glackens married Edith Dimock, who was also an artist and the sister of my grandfather noted above. I have a whole page devoted to William Glackens on my website.

3. I have never created an "Inchie" before, but have now signed myself up for TWO inchie swaps hosted by Frieda Oxenham!!

4. My studio is still only partially unpacked, with lots of boxes all about, even though we moved in September- 3 months ago. We did not OWN our home until the middle of November, but still . . . you would think I could have unpacked a few more things! It has not stopped me from creating, just gets a bit frustrating at times. (which means I will attend to it soon - I hopE!)

5. I am seriously considering taking a job outside of my art and my teaching only because the extra money would certainly help with any expenses of our new home.

6. Every year I visit beautiful Wolfe Island, in Ontario, Canada - the largest of the Thousand Islands. I had a dog named Coda for 5 years, and he now lives on this Island with Farmer John Posthumous. This farmer adopted Coda after I could not keep him anymore. Last summer Steven & I saw Coda (in John's truck) for the first time in 2 years. His granddaughter told me they are inseparable (John is in his late 70's or 80's) and Coda seemed to recognize me, but was obviously farmer John's dog now. I felt settled after seeing Coda like that.

7. I met my husband when I was only 15 years old, but did not marry him until I was 48! Did we have a very long courtship? No . . . our first marriages ended when the same thing happened to both of us: our spouses cheated on us and left. It all worked out for the best though! Steven and I were good friends for many years; Steven even watched my children grow up and used to draw silly pictures for them. At that time I never thought of Steven romantically . . . . Steven on the other hand, freely admits now that he has always had a crush on me! : ) We are very happy to be together and still very much in love.

I am tagging:

Carla Kurt -

Frieda Oxenham -

Debby Harriettha -

Eva Nyberg -

Maggie Hannigan -

Vicci Henderson -

Cat Dodt-Ellis -

Thursday, December 6, 2007

TipTop journal exchange ~ for Angie

I am in an exchange of journal page spreads, called TipTop Journals. Last summer, Frieda Oxenham and Debby Harriettha invited me to join them, and I said (without hesitation) - 'Yes!' There are 10 of us all together and each month we create a journal spread for a different partner, on her chosen theme. Here is what I created for Angie Hall Haviland - click on the photo:

We all are using the same size, and in most cases, the exact same blank journal with removable pages; this makes it very easy to create for each other. Angie had a 'free choice' theme, so I tried to think of what colors she might like and what I thought was important to her. I picked pink & gold for the colors and chose a theme of family, friends & love. Here's the left page - click on any photo for a close-up view:

and the right page:

I used both Angelina "film" and a bit of Angelia fibers, pre-printed words, pink flower petals used for paper making, itty bitty gold stars & gold star glitter, little bits of abalone shell and various handmade papers. The image of the man & woman on the left page (above) is from Vintage Image Madness - I love it! On the bottom of the left page and on the top of the right page are images from Tracy Roos 'Christmas Angels' ~ available through Alpha Stamps.

In my typical fashion, I did not really know what I was going to do when I started. I had a germ of an idea and I started gathering things that I thought might work for this page spread. As usual, I thought of other things or added items after I began . . . one thing usually leads to another when I create! I had never worked with Angelina film before. I tried ironing it, crumpling it up and finally got the most interesting results with my heat gun. This film is what is adding most of the irridescence you see to this spread. All in all, I am happy with how this piece came out and hope Angie enjoys it!

Monday, December 3, 2007

FBRR - fabric book rr!

Here is Sara's page for the Fabric Book RR I have been involved with for almost a year, hosted by Dawn Sellers. This is my very LAST fabric page to contribute; this is for Sara Davis' garden & flower themed book. Sara had ribbons flowing out of her cover, so I felt I need to add ribbons to my page for her; they are from Alpha Stamps (scroll down).
The flower images are fabric and from the 'Iris' sheet and the bugs are paper collage images glued on from the 'Butterfly' sheet; all Alpha Stamps.

Below is one of my pages stacked with all the rest, inside Sara's wild, ribbon festooned cover! Sara, your book left town today - and is on it's way back home to YOU!

Brass pendant

A brass pendant I made from Alpha Stamps 'Pendant Kit'. I love these kits Leslie puts together!

I had fun earlier with the ribbon sachet kit . . . . so I had to try this kit too. The brass pendant kit comes with a college sheet, transparency frames (which cover the image nicely), 3 brass label holders and 8 yards of yummy ribbon. I made this pendant reversable; using 2 images, 2 transparencies & 2 brass frames, so that when it flips over while you are wearing it there is something lovely to see on both sides... Below is the other side - click on any photo for much greater detail.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Just for fun!

A mosaic of my art & life as of late. You can create one yourself with your own photos here. Have fun!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

A journal quilt!

nov28 journal quilt, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

Amazing, a journal quilt done just for me & steven!! I have not created one for myself since August 8th. We put our home on the market 5 days later, August 13th - and that was it for me, until now. It felt soooooo good to create this piece! Here is what I wrote for the journal part which is printed onto fabric & attached to the back:

November 28th, 2007 * Journal Quilt Number 27 *

*We have found our home*

This is the first time since the summer, August 8th to be exact, that I have created one of my Journal quilts . . . I find it hard to believe that much time has gone by . . . . almost 4 months! Wow. I found I did not have the energy to put into creating these while I was packing and moving, buying & selling houses and living out of boxes. So I dropped my challenge for the time being.

In January '07, I originally set out to create mini quilts with a journal entry once a week! I did quite well with that challenge until we decided to sell our home. I will see how many more quilties I can create before the year is over. My original goal was to create 50 Journal quilts and now I think 30 might be more likely! I will take all the journal quilts I have made in 2007 for this personal challenge and put them together so they will all be on display together. I want to mount them so that you will be able to look at the front and read the back of the quiltie – the journal entry as well.

My friend Frieda Oxenham sent me this fabric when we moved. She said it reminded her of Steven & I and our move to a new home. I have purposefully left this fabric out in my studio so it would CALL ME to work with it, which it did! I used watercolor crayons to change the black & white fabric to something more colorful and I added transparencies from ARTchix Studio. It really felt wonderful to do this quiltie. This is the first piece I have done for myself for a long time, thank you Frieda!

Posted on Wednesday Stamper 11-30-07

new home & studio update

I have been wanting to organize, upload & share photos of our new home & my new studio for a while . . . . but something else always seemed to take precedence! Then, when we kept not being able to close on the house because the owner wasn't ready, I began to wonder IF we would ever close and be able to stay in this new home we had found & loved.
Well, it all worked out and on the third try (3x's a charm!) we closed on the 13th of November. We put our former house on the market on the 13th of August, moved on the 13th of September (we sold in 2 days!) and we closed on the 13th of November -- all too wierd I think, but okay with me as everything worked out in the end. I have created some new albums of our new home & studio so if you are at all interested you can go to my flickr photo sharing account & see them. That links show all the sets of photos I have in various albums so you can pick & choose what you might like to view. I hope you enjoy! lenna

Monday, November 26, 2007

Creative ART Swaps!

Jo~Ann Reichert's bag for our swap 11/07
Just in case you didn't know, I host creative art swaps throughout the year. I am crazy enough (or in love with this activity enough) to post ALL the swap art that my participants send in for each swap! I had 2 swaps due recently, one October 26th and one November 15th with about 25 participants in each swap. This has kept me quite busy this fall! The last swap I wrapped up was a 1 for 1 fabric bag swap with an amazing amount of beautiful art produced for this swap (see example left). You can view all of the entries via a cool slide show I created when the swap was complete, or if you want to read more about how the artists created their bags, then follow this link to my swaps blog. The earlier swap due in October was a fabric ATC swap with a Mother Goose Theme, based on images found at Alpha Stamps. Again, the participants really impressed me with their creations! You can view all of the artwork from that swap by visiting this link. I hope you enjoy!
See Susanne Wiebe's Humpty Dumpty ATC for our Mother Gooose swap below!

I have just posted 4 new swaps due in 2008: A Valentines Ornament Swap, Creative Bags, 'Alpha Stamps Tallulah's' Vintage Card/Postcard swap, and a Quilties swap with a Shades of White theme, mmmm! You can read more about the swaps by going here: Scroll down once you are there -the swaps are about 1/2 way full already so if you are interested in joining you'll need to write me and see if there is any space left . . . all details on the swaps blog!

At this time of year with Thanksgiving just passed, those of us in the US are most likely to be remembering what they are thankful for; organizing these swaps is one thing I am very thankful for! I love seeing the swap artwork up close, I love being able to orchestrate these exchanges and inspire people to create, and I love coming up with creative ideas for swaps; it keeps me on my toes. I enjoy that I have the time right now to do this in an organized fashion & that I make it happen. I love hearing from participants how much fun they had creating for the swap or how they loved the swaps they received! So, I want to say thank you to all of those who participate in my swaps. I love keeping in touch with you this way & seeing what you create - thank you!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

ABR RR - Altered Books Revisited RR

Here's a page spread I did earlier this week for an Altered Book RR I've been hosting for the past few months. This is Cynthia Weed's wild book titled, "I could have married . . . ." : ) fun stuff!

The premise of this ABR RR: there are six of us who had shared art via round robins in the past; we wanted to revisit working in altered books. Our exchange is almost over now with just one more book to alter and send home to it's owner. Despite my busy-ness of buying/selling our homes, packing and moving, subsequently being short on time over the last few months, I have really enjoyed being part of this exchange; as always, it has in a way forced me to be creative! Thanks to Cynthia, Ann, Pilar, Shauna and Linda for playing with me, I am grateful for you and the art you have shared with me. To see more, please go to the ABR RR Blog that I created just for this exchange.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Pay it Forward update : )

I have been a bit busy lately and have not let you know yet, that I did receive my 'Pay it Forward' gift from Sandy Babb. Wow! It is a spectacular pop up card, with it's construction being much like the pop-up ATCs she created for my Alpha Stamps mother Goose swap. Thank you so much, Sandy! This little angel card is beautifully stitched on the outside and inside it is a pop-up, with a very sweet message about how I was an angel for hosting the swap.

: ^ ) Sandy won first place prize for her most creative ATCs and was awarded a Mother Goose Tote Bag from Alpha Stamps, who sponsored the swap.

It was during the swap while visiting Sandy's blog that I saw her intriguing challenge. If you signed up on her blog she would send you a small handmade gift, if you in turn posted about the giving challenge on YOUR blog. You would then make and send a small gift to the first three people who signed up on your blog ~ Pay it forward! I was quite busy at the time but wanted to do this none-the-less, so I signed up! My participants just had to wait a bit to have their gifts sent out. Jan, my first volunteer, has received her gift from me and already posted it on her blog - what fun! Maggie in Canada and Eva in Sweden are waiting for their gifts to arrive; they were sent on Tuesday. Eva said "I'm waiting by the mailbox to meet the postmen... so exciting... Eva" hee heee! Thanks Sandy, for this fun idea.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Vintage Image Madness Collaborative 2008 Calendar

Just last night I got an email message from my friend Casie at Vintage Image Madness, that the collaborative calendar that she had been working on, was done! (click on the scan for a closer look). Casie asked me, as well as Tally Oliveau, Cindy McMath, Cathy Johnson, Lise Kirk, Frieda Oxenham, Kim Tedrow, Janet Heritage, Lisa Martin, Susan Metcalfe, Doreen Cosenza and Megan Hull to create a 4x4 piece of artwork using images from Vintage Image Madness. What a gorgeous calendar if I do say so myself!! It is a limited edition printing of only 100 calendars and you can purchase the calendar on Casie's Etsy site for only $10.00! The calendar measures 4.75 inches by 5.5 inches and comes packaged in a CD calendar case. The case can be turned inside out to form a desktop stand to hold and display the calendar. The calendar has been professionally printed for outstanding color and wonderful reproduction. We hope you enjoy!

You can see a close up of my February page by clicking here.

TipTop Journals - Lenna for Paula Dion!

I was a little late in getting this artwork for Paula Dion finished, but I completed my pages and got them in the mail today, only 1 day overdue, phew! (Click on any photo for a close-up). Paula and I are both in a group of mixed media artists gathered together by Frieda Oxenham and Debby Harriettha called TipTop Journals. On the 15th of every month, Frieda gives us a partner with whom we exchange pages by the 14th of the following month. We are all working in the same size blank journal (8x8) and so we simply take pages from our own blank journal to create on for our partner. Then we mail JUST the pages, not a whole journal, which has been really great!

Paula's Theme was Cowgirls & Prairie Doves (ladies of the night - Saloon Girls). To tell the truth, I had never worked on this particular theme before and I had no images on hand to inspire me. So I went to Google images and looked up various phrases - Cowgirls, Women of the West, Prairie Doves (soiled doves!) cowboys & cowgirls, etc. and found a number of good images. Then I started gathering a few fabrics I thought might work for the background; I knew I definitely wanted to use denim for Paula's spread of pages on a Cowgirl theme.

I originally thought I might work with the images I found right on top of a piece of old denim jeans. But when I went to play with the denim, I decided it might be too bulky to attach to the blank page. It was then that I got the idea to color COPY it. I laid a section of an old pair of Steven's blue jeans on top of the copier bed - inserted a sheet of fabric that was already prepared to go through my printer/copier and much thinner and flatter than denim - and pressed COPY! I was really happy how it came out, as when you look at a scan or photograph of my pages I bet you will think you are looking at a pair of real blue jeans. I did fool the eye a bit by removing the actual belt loops from Steven's jeans & gluing them directly on where they are located on the photo copy! I also took the real "Original" twill tape out of the real jeans & glued it on the copied pair of jeans as well.

On the left side of the page I use a transparency, which got a little muddled (I glued it on) but I decided it was OK after all. I added some small studs, a chain from a bracelet, some lace (one of paula's wishes!) bingo chips, alphabet letters that spell out "COW GIRLS", and a piece of 'rope' that ends in a tag with matching leftover printed denim fabric attached. This was really oh so much fun, Paula, ThANK You! Get ready to lasso your postmaster - the pages are on their way!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Find Moments

Lenna-011, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

This is one of the Quilties I created as an example during the class I taught at Sew Inspired on November 3rd. It features a beautiful Alpha Stamps fabric image from The Balcony sheet, plus metal roses and German Scrap trim from artchix studio. i love the words that I printed onto plain twill tape with my own printer - so appropriate! A few days ago I uploaded a couple of photos of my class, but it took me untill now to finish the quilties I started making while leading Carol, Donna & Rena throught the fabric page making process! Finishing these little fabric pieces today reminded me that I have to get back to my journal quilt challenge!! I am really thinking about it now, so I would bet I will be getting back to that soon. In the meantime, if you would like to see more of my quilties please follow the link to my flickr photo sharing page. I have 4 new fabric pages uploaded there. Thanks and enjoy : ) lenna

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Alpha Stamps Design Team Member Project

Lenna-Christmas07.01, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

Well, I often do things in a big way and I also often obsess about things - getting them right, so maybe it will not surprise you that I took on such a big project for my Alpha Stamps Design Team Holiday project! I took a blank book with about 15 sets of pages and created a Gift List/Card List for the Holidays that perhaps I will even use!!

You'll see the Cover here, and if you follow the link to my flickr account you'll see a lovely slide show of all the pages I created. I do admit it was a ton of work, but something I wanted to do and something I enjoyed doing, plus I got to use A LOT of lovely images, papers, and other goodies from Alpha Stamps, yum! The slide show is quite nice, but if you are looking for links to specific products, look at the pages individually. I hope you enjoy! Creatively yours, Lenna

Ribbon Sachets!

_LennaRibbonSachet1, originally uploaded by creativelenna.

As a design Team Member (DTM) for Alpha Stamps I get to try many of their products. The "Ribbon Sachet Kit" is something I ordered from Alpha Stamps via my allowance - my pay in product, so to speak for creating samples for the company. WOW! I love this kit! It is chock full of beautiful ribbons and comes with a delicious smelling rose & lavender 'Victorian Shadows' aromatic sachet blend. Mmmm! It's lovely! And you can put these sachets together easily without any sewing - glue strips & dots (that are very sticky & work well) are included in the kit. I will show you a few variations I made and I still have ribbons, images and sachet mix left over! Click on the images for more detail . . . . The main square portion is a folded wide ribbon which holds a teaspoon or so of the custom sachet blend in the middle of it. Wonderful!

It's hard to 'capture' what these little ribbon sachets look like in a scan . . . here's another try with a photo, below:

I used the irridescent glass spheres from Alpha Stamps around the round pendant image onthe right, and on top of the white trim on the left - I love these things!

Friday, November 9, 2007

catching up

One of my Quilties I did in class as an example -
Alpha stamps M is for Magpie image:
I have been quite busy lately between the Mother Goose swap I just sent out, sponsored by Alpha Stamps and 2 different weekends 2 weeks apart where I was teaching an all day long workshop. Phew! Time is simply flying by. We have been in our new home almost 2 months now, although we were a bit afraid ro unpack everything as we have been renting from the owner until he was ready to close. We have had a couple of closing dates come and go since we moved, but it looks like we will finally CLOSE the deal and own our new home, which we absolutely LOVE, as of Tuesday afternoon the 13th of November, 2007.

Steven says this is just a coincidence, but I think it is pretty unusual that we put our 37 Cliff Drive home on the market on August 13th (it sold in 2 days), we moved out of that home and into this one on September 13th, AND we will be closing on our new home here on November 13th!! You might say 13 is our lucky number. We also just figured out we will be having 13 guests for Thanksgiving dinner! : ) pretty amazing.

Last weekend's class: Quilties, was held at Sew Inspired, in Simsbury CT --
Below: Carol van Gerve stitching one of her pages - what a lovely classroom!

Some of carol's wonderful work:

Below: Donna & Rena: We made a mess, got creative & had fun!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

meet my Pay it Forward Volunteers!

How this got started: Through a fabric Mother Goose ATC swap I hosted, sponsored by Alpha Stamps, I met Sandy Babb, who pens a blog called Quill Cottage. It was through Sandy's Blog that I recently learned about a giving challenge called Pay it Forward. Sandy may still have a spot open on her blog; go and check out her original Pay it Forward post here and see! I thought about it and decided I would love to do this and could make the time to create the gifts, so I added the post to my blog (see below). In just a few days I have 3 lovely volunteers! To each of them I will send a small handcrafted gift, made by me. In return, they will post this same giving challenge on their own blogs.
My first volunteer is Jan from California. I do not think I know Jan from classes or email conversation, but she does follow my creative lenna blog- it's listed as one of her favorites! : ) Jan is a quick worker - she has already posted the Pay it Forward giving challenge on her Blog, StampQn Art , has gotten her first volunteer AND created a gift for her - wow! check it out!

My next volunteer is Maggie from Canada. I originally met Maggie in a yahoo group. She later took an on line class with me, and has participated in some of my swaps at Creative Swaps. I met Maggie in person this summer when I was vacationing near Kingston, Ontario. She was there in Kingston for a fiber course. Maggie took the ferry over to Wolfe Island after her workshop, we met her at the ferry dock and she delivered her ATCs for the Garden swap to me in person! We had a glass of wine and sat and next to the St. Lawrence River and talked with my husband Steven, like we were all old friends. : ) I have a few pictures here of that summer evening, scroll down below my garden ATCs at the top of the post. Maggie has a Blog called Creative Gleanings which I follow, as she is a talented quilter and does lots of wonderful things with fabric. I have a page of hers in a collaborative fabric book we worked on together! She will post the Pay it Forward giving challenge on her blog & you can follow it there!

My third volunteer is Eva from Sweden! I recently met Eva through an on line class I taught on Eva is a very talented fiber, mixed media, and digital scrapbooking artist - check out her blog, Eva Scrap. A lot of the pages she created in my mini art quilt book class can be seen here on her flickr page - I love what she did! So it is really fun for me to have Eva sign up for this. She will post Pay it Forward on her blog, and I will make a small gift & send it to her - what fun!

Thank you all for participating : ) I will let you know when I send your gifts out!

creatively yours, lenna
*Update November 9th: I have one gift made (sent out today) and 2 more gifts in the works! Sorry to my participants for the delay. I have been quite busy this past week with a swap to swap & send out, a couple of classes I was teaching and a large Design Team project I was making. I have not forgotten! I will let you know when ALL the Pay it Forward gifts have been sent : )) Thanks for signing up!
*November 13th - ALL the gifts have been sent, enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pay it Forward!

I was visiting Sandy Babb’s Blog – Quill Cottage when I saw an interesting post entitled Pay It Forward. I was so intrigued by this idea; what did that mean? I even went to check out the post where Sandy had first seen this challenge; The Feathered Nest. Well, I love creating, especially when it brings a smile to someone's face, and so I decided to sign up in response to Sandy’s post!

Pay It Forward – This is how it works: I will make three small handcrafted items, one for each of the first three people who would also like to do this challenge and announce it on their blogs, thus paying it forward. The first three comments left on this post, expressing an interest to volunteer to take this challenge, will continue the deed of kindness and receive a gift from me!

~ November 1st: I have my 3 volunteers, thank you!!

To participate:

1. Comment on this post, expressing your wish to participate in ‘Pay it Forward’. I will contact the first three responders for your mailing address so I can send you your giftie. Make sure I have your email! If I can't contact you, I won't be able to include you : (

2. The first 3 to comment here who I can contact, will receive a little handmade gift from ME!

3. The first three who comment here will post this message on their own blog, and offer three more small gifts, handmade by them. You will be making one gift for each of the first three people who comment on your post, who in turn will go ahead and announce this idea on their blog and then make gifts for the first three people that sign up with them!

~ On & on the cycle continues . . . . . everyone has fun - plus there is beautiful art to enjoy & display in your home and cool mail to anticipate and open!

I hope that you will join me in spreading a little handmade love! Now to get busy & make 3 Little gifts! : )

Creatively Yours : ) Lenna

Friday, October 26, 2007

2008 Vintage Image Madness calendar submission!

My friend Casie Metcalf who runs the on-line shop Vintage Image Madness is hosting a collaborative project! Earlier this summer when sending out her monthly shop newsletter, Casie wrote:
"I'd like to announce my first collaborative project on the Vintage Image Madness website! I'm very excited about this idea and hope that you will be too. I'd like to design a 2008 desk calendar using vintage images from my site that will be packaged in the blank CD cases.
In order to participate in this project, you will create one (or more if you so desire) piece of artwork sized 4 x 4 inches square. The backs don't need to be decorated but should contain your name and email address. Each piece chosen for the calendar will be featured and the designer will receive a calendar as a thank you for participating. Do not design a page with any specific month in mind. Please mail your finished piece and signed released to me - please email me for my snail mail addy and an emailed copy of the release. Questions? Please email me."

Casie wrote to me recently and asked me (begged me?!) if I could submit something as she needed a few more pieces to complete the calendar. I had been busy with moving earlier this summer and had not paid attention to her call. This is what I came up with - all of the images were downloaded at a very reasonable price from Vintage Image Madness.

The piece above was done on a card stock 4x4 square with watercolor crayons adding color and a text stamp for interest. The 2nd piece (blue) was a piece of scrap silk that I had painted with dye-na-flow attached with batting to a 4x4 card. The beauty of images you pay for once & download to print whenever you like was really apparent to me on this piece. I splattered too much metallic ink on the faces of the couple. What to do? I ran upstairs and reprinted the image, cut the couple out and laid it over my "mistake" - another creative recovery for me, thanks to the re-printable nature of these sheets! thanks Casie, I had fun and I hope to see one of these on your 2008 calendar!!!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Slide Show of my ATC class at Artfest4theSouL!

I really had a fun day on Saturday October 20th, traveling to Cromwell CT to teach an all-day workshop at ARtFest for the SouL. My workshop that day was the ATC Book with Fabric cover that I had published on the Cover of Expression Magazine in their May/June 2005 issue. I had a small class of 3 students, but I must say that did not seem to matter. I think we all had a wonderful time! It had been a while since I had taught an "in person" class, but I got back in the groove quickly that day and received rave accolades on my organization of class materials and generosity in sharing from Sharon, Laura & Elizabeth; thank you all!! In this slide show you will see all the individual pages (ATCs) we made together that would later become our book pages, as well as the finished books we put together. We all finished our project too - something I know some of you did not know if we could do at the beginning of the class!

I must extend hearty congratulations to Sallianne McLelland, Ellen Purtill-Legare, Lauren LaFlamme and Iris Carde for putting on a really top notch event right in my home state of CT, to benefit breast cancer patients. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about the whole weekend from my students! : ) yours creatively, Lenna

p.s. click on "View all images" for larger photos.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Joyful Creativity Award!

My friend Carla Kurt gave me a blog award last week! She wrote me and told me to take a peek at her blog, which I actually frequent quite often just to see what she has been creating. She is a talented painter and mixed media artist; I love her style. On her blog, look for the October 9th - Awards post. I was so surprised and quite touched. This has never happened to me before, to be given a blog award! Carla wrote,

"I moved to Connecticut a little over four years ago, and making friends has been a slow process. One day, I came across Lenna Andrew's blog through an Inspire Me Thursday challenge, and discovered that she lived a few minutes from my home! We emailed back and forth a bit, and finally met for coffee. Since then, we've become friends and art buddies, a doubly special thing for me. Lenna's blog, Creative Lenna, is a rich and colorful chronicle of her art and life. I always enjoy seeing the gorgeous mixed media pieces she creates and reading about the various swaps she does with artists all over the world. I marvel at the beauty she creates, and the real joy each piece conveys. I am happy to call her a friend, and to give her the Joyful Creativity Award."

Thank you, Carla! Your art is a joy to me, as well as your friendship. I am so glad you will be coming over tomorrow to see our new home. I have finally started unpacking my studio!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

100th Post and a journal spread!

It's hard to believe this is my 100th post to this online art blog I started just this past January. Because of our moving and all I have not been posting as much lately, but I figure --that's just how it is! I don't have that banner you may have seen on other blogs up here (BWO: blogging without obligation) but I do think it has a very good message. SO, I do try not to worry when I'm not posting as much - like lately!

But I do have something to share with you tonight. I am in a Journal exchange as I mentioned in an earlier post called "TipTop Journals". We all started with the same size journal (8x8) and we are creating a spread of pages (2 facing pages) for a different partner each month. She in return will create a spread for me on my theme. Each month we send just our pages! What I like about this is that it only cost me $1.62 to send the pages I did for Debby to her, and she lives in Canada! Plus, I will receive pages on a monthly basis and fill up my journal as we move through this 10 month exchange! It seems like a great plan to me.

Debby's theme is Sepia & White and so that is what I was thinking of when creating these pages. You can click on any photo for a more detailed view. I reached for old embroidered linens of my Nonie's, old music & book text, some Renior paintings from wrapping paper, fabric, handmade paper and vintage lace. I glued and sewed onto the base pages and finished them by using some sewing themed 7Gypsies rub-ons I got from Alpha Stamps. I usually work with a lot more color, and most of my art supplies are still in boxes . . . so this was a challenge!! But I am glad I rose to the occasion and Debby loved the photos I shared, so I am a happy camper! I hope you enjoy.