Art Inspiration

Jul 30, 2013

Art Night

Hi Ladies,

As some of you know over the past several months I have been taking all kinds of classes and learning lots of new techniques using paints, stains, inks, stencils, Twinkling H2O's, Copic Markers, and the list goes on and on.... I have had so much fun learning all this new stuff that it got me to thinking that it might be fun to get together once a month for a Art night.

What I am thinking is that:

On a designated night each month we would get together for a couple hours and learn from each other.

Those of us that are comfortable in doing so could share new or even old ideas that we have learned. (But to make this work we would all hopefully take a turn).

A schedule of what is being taught would be provided ahead of time so that you would know what we are doing in advance.

The instructor for the night would pick the technique, make up kits for each and provide the product she is using for her class.

A set materials fee will be collected each month going to the instructor to offset the cost of the materials being used.

What I need you to do is think about this and let me know if you would be interested in attending. Also let me know what night would be the best, I am working on a place or places where we could hold this so that it would be convent for all.

Please e-mail me your feedback.

Jul 24, 2013

Fairy Luminary

Ladies, here is a sneak peek of the project we will be doing at our August art gathering. Thanks to Lori and Doris for helping me with the idea!

If you want to see more about it, go here.

Materials to bring if you have them: detail scissors, inks or paint, detail brush, wire cutters, pliers, 3 in 1 glue or similar, special items you want to add to your jar such as flowers, a figure, fossil like I did or rock to put your tea light on, glitter...we will have the basics, you bring any unique things you especially want.

Hope to see you at Lori's!

Jul 17, 2013

Around the World and Back Again

Three of us took up the challenge to travel the world and record our "journeys" on playing cards. Thanks Doris and Janice for joining me on the adventure! We have some delightfully creative interpretations of travel to share with you. What I ended up doing was swapping out the cards so we each have 4 from each other and 2 of our own to make a better mix.














We hope you have enjoyed traveling with us!

Jul 16, 2013

Vacation Swap

Hi Maura So sorry I only got six of the vacation deck cards done and was really not please with them at all; So please forgive Promise to better next swap Donna

Jul 15, 2013

Summer Art Gathering


Please Join Us for a "Good Old Summertime" Art Gathering

Hosted by: Maura Hibbitts & Lori Stachnik

Where: Lori Stachnik's Home

318 Maple Avenue Ext

Amsterdam, New York

Date: Friday, August 9, 2013

Time: 4:00 pm

Project: Mason Jar Fairy Luminary - we are going to use a small mason jar, tea light , Resin fairy which you can fancy up, wire to hang it, and we will have such things as beads, papers, ribbons, moss, stones, etc. to add to your jar to make it unique. You will take home a sweet little light you can hang in your garden to enjoy the rest of the summer.

Supplies: glue such as 3 in 1, scissors, paint/ink/stain/glitter if you want to fancy your fairy up, any small unique items you personally want to add to your luminary (if I think of more after I do our sample, I will let you know)

Dinner: Backyard Barbecue with Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Salads and Dessert

Cost: $20.00 per person

Limited to the first 12 responses

RSVP: Email if you will be attending.

We can't wait to see you all!

Maura will be bringing the altered clocks for our next "show and tell" - see the information here.


Jul 13, 2013

Can you guess what I am making

Here's another hint of what I am working on

Just for fun I thought I would start posting a couple of pictures of something I am working on to see if you can guess what the end results will be. I will continue to post a pictures until the project is finished's the first.

I will tell you I stared with the Kaiser Craft Advent Calendar Box, painted it black and added some of the dividers for the drawers.

Jul 12, 2013

Altered Clock Create and Show

I have ordered a dozen of these Tim Holtz assemblage clocks for us to alter and share at an upcoming gathering. I will have them available for you at the summer gathering in August (details soon on that - keep August 9th open). I have been able to purchase them for $8 each (clock + shipping). Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing and altering one for a showing. I think we can have a lot of fun with this and hope you will join in the fun! Any questions, email me at


Jul 3, 2013

Results of the Tim Inspired Tags

  Doris's Tag ... Swaped with Fran
 Jennifer's Tag ... Swapped with Doris
Fran's  Tag ... Swapped with Jennifer 

Travelogue Art Swap reminder

I just finished my altered playing cards for the travel swap and thought you might like to checkout the post here for some inspiration. Remember these are due to me by July 15 and it is a 10 for 10 swap. Email me at with any questions. Hope you can play along!