Bali Fish: Recycled Hexie Quilt

March 4th, 2015

Recycled Hexie Quilts: Using Vintage Hexagons in Today’s Quilts

Anyone who knows me knows my love of vintage quilts and textiles…and for repurposing those vintage pieces that might otherwise be discarded or forgotten. One of our greatest champions for both vintage and repurposing is Mary W. Kerr, author of A Quilt Block Challenge: Vintage Revisited, A Quilted Memory, Dare to Dance, Cutting Edge Art Quilts and now her latest, Recycled Hexie Quilts: Using Vintage Hexagons in Today’s Quilts, which we featured in today’s Artistic Artifacts enewsletter.

Mary, an American Quilt Society certified appraiser and an award winning quilter (visit her website to learn more), excels at merging her love of all things vintage with the freedom of expression of art quilts. I have been happy to have participated in serveral of Mary’s projects, and even had some of my quilts published in her books. While at the 26th Annual Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival February 26-March 1 at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA, we were thrilled to have one of Mary’s quilts in our booth: Bali Fish, pictured below. What a wonderful example of how our batik panels can be combined with other fabrics, designs and traditions!

Bali Fish by Mary Kerr, machine quilted by Shannon Shirley

From Recycled Hexie Quilts: “Bali Fish combines a contemporary batik fish panel with fragments of a mosaic top from the last quarter of the nineteenth century. This partial top was gifted to me in segments, as there was extensive damage in several areas of the textile. After the piece was quilted, I added eyelash trim for a pop of color and to soften the transition between the panel and mosaic top.”

Bali Fish was beautifully machine quilted by Shannon Shirley (see detail below).

Detail, Bali Fish by Mary Kerr, machine quilted by Shannon Shirley

MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media Exhibit Coming this May!

February 25th, 2015

I’m really pleased to formally announce an upcoming collaboration with Del Ray Artisans Gallery: MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media. This juried exhibit will take place May 1-31, 2015 at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA. Download the Call for Entry PDF »

Combine two or more mediums and shake up your imagination! Mixed media compositions can convey visuals that are quirky, abstract, political, environmental and social. Use paint, wood, fabric, metal, found objects, items from nature and more to create:

Del Ray Artisans Gallery logo

  • Altered Books
  • Art Quilts
  • Assemblages
  • Collages
  • Dolls
  • Fiber Art
  • Jewelry
  • Sculpture
  • Shadowboxes
  • and beyond!

My MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media Co-Curator is Karen Schmitz, a contemporary painter, mixed media and monotype artist. As a former Del Ray Artisans Gallery Director, she has curated numerous exhibits and events. The MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media juror is Rosalie Lamanna, owner of Beads Ltd in Alexandria and a very talented quilter, jewelry artist and much more.

This show is open to any area artist who is interested (some shows at the Gallery are for members only), and we hope to see a lot of submissions from Artistic Artifacts customers and friends, especially from our wonderful Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs) members! Artists may submit up to three (3) pieces of work for consideration. The (non-refundable) entry fee is $5 per piece for Del Ray Artisans Members
and $10 per piece for Non-Members.

Visit the Del Ray Artisans Artwork Presentation and Submission Guidelines page for useful guidelines to ensure that your work is neatly finshed and properly prepared for display. Your art must be ready to hang or display with wire and screw eyes, mounting and/or display stand, framed, matted, or with edges finished. If your work is well-executed but poorly presented, it risks rejection as unprofessional.

This exhibit will also be featuring the MIX Marketplace, where participating artists can sell Art-to-Go (selected artworks that can be purchased and taken home immediately by the buyer). Visit the Del Ray Artisans Art-to-Go Marketplace page for details on what type of art is accepted for Art-to-Go, and presentation requirements. The following fees apply:

  • For art priced at $1–$30, the fee is $2 for 5 pieces (10 item limit)
  • For art priced at $31–$70, the fee is $1 each (5 item limit)
  • For art priced at $71 and over, the fee is $2 each (5 item limit)

Start brainstorming your submissions for this exciting exhibit opportunity!

Del Ray Artisans is a nonprofit organization (founded in 1992) with the mission of promoting art for the benefit of artists and the community. It strives to support new and emerging artists and artisans; to develop and foster community based arts activities, events and organizations; to develop and promote the arts as a resource for community outreach and to make more available and accessible to the general public the full range of creative expression and artistic endeavors in the visual, performing and applied arts.

Fabric Woven Wire Basket

February 18th, 2015

I get asked many times how I created this fabric bowl that has been on display at the store for a couple of years.

Fabric Woven Wire Basket by Judy Gula

This began as an experiment that I thought I would duplicate, in order to sell the final creations. Yes, I purchased many wire baskets in preparation for this retail launch. LOL!

I have gotten as far as the sample!

This project draws on my love of upcycling as well as my experience as a weaver.

To begin, I took what I felt was ugly painted fabric and stamped on it with the same paint color, purple with bubble wrap. Then I tore strips, approximately 1" wide or so. I did not sew these torn strips together, but left them different lengths.

I wove them in plain weave loosely: over, under, over, under the metal that formed the wire basket. (You can see the vertical wire structure of the bowl in another photo below.) As I reached the end of one strip, I added couple hand stitches to attach the next strip length. I found doing so easier than beginning and working with a very long length of fabric.

After weaving for approximately 2 ", I scrunched the fabric close together to hide the metal of the basket (see photo below).

Pushing the fabric strips closer together
Adding feet to the bowl

Working in this manner, I kept going until I reached the top. At the top of the basket I whip-stitched (so to speak) around the top with another strip of torn fabric.

I also added feet, created with some wooden beads that were painted to coordinate, by wrapping and twisting jewelry wire.

In the above photo as well as below you can see the bits of sheer fabric and beads I added to embellish the bowl both inside and out. (Disclaimer: This is a purely decorative piece. I would not use it for food!) The purple roses were added to the finished bowl quite a bit later…they seemed to belong together!

Embellished fabric woven wire bowl by Judy Gula

Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour, Day 6

February 6th, 2015

Updated 2/11/15: we are extending our commenting period until this Friday, February 13 to be eligible to win. And we are now awarding TWO copies of Julie’s book!

Several weeks ago we wrote a review of the wonderful new book by Julie B. Booth, and today it’s my turn with her Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour, running from February 1 to the 14th.

Detail, fabric created in Julie B. Booth class at Artistic ArtifactsDuring these two weeks there are 14 opportunities to win a copy of Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects…comment on this posting below to be entered into today’s drawing!

For my turn on the tour, I wanted to give you a bit of the flavor of the techniques you will learn from Julie…whether that is in person in a class (as I describe below), or by self-study through her book, which contains thorough instructions and illustrations to guide you.

While Julie rightfully has fans around the country, we are lucky to have her live near us in Virginia, so we were able to host her for the first of what we hope will be many workshops at Artistic Artifacts.

Detail, fabric created in Julie B. Booth class at Artistic ArtifactsUsually I miss out on the fun of classes: too busy with administrative work, on the road vending at an event…some reason or another. Luckily this time I was able to make the opportunity to be a student in Julie’s new workshop, Fabric Printing at Home: A Kitchen Sampler. What a great way to spend 2 days! (We are repeating this class on April 18-19 — I personally can highly recommend you registering for it!)

Ready to begin! Julie B. Booth teaching class at Artistic Artifacts

Julie B. Booth teaching fabric printing at Artistic ArtifactsAbove, we are ready to GO! Julie is walking us through the plan for our first day, where we concentrated on printing fabrics.

For each printing technique Julie discussed, we first had a demonstration from her, and then time for us to practice and refine.

While we all couldn’t wait to get to carving up the vegetables (more on that below!), we began the class spending time hand-painting background fabrics. Julie’s book points out that while you can certainly use commercial solid-color fabric to print on, why not add a personal touch by painting your own?

One fun tip/technique we learned from her involved getting a second hand-painted background: you simply place an unpainted swatch of fabric atop a freshly painted fabric, then brayer the back of the top, unpainted fabric. It picks up the extra color, giving you a lighter version as well as some wonderful texture from the brayer.

Here are a few of my fabrics created on the first day of class:

Printed fabric created by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Above, plastic wrap prints. Below, using a printing plate of recycled cardboard with hot glue squiggles.

Printed fabric created by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Printed fabric created by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Above, an aluminum baking pan used as a stencil and then a stamp. Below, recycled cardboard cut away plus corn on the cob. (I think this is my very favorite!)

Printed fabric created by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

As mentioned above, we all couldn’t wait to get to the veggies! Below, some of the vegetables I carved and used in class.

Carved vegetables used as stamps to print fabric
Printed fabric created by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Above, my carved vegetables print. Below, my classmate Betty’s carved carrots print.

Carrot and vegetable print created by Bette Rudgers

Julie Booth demonstrating stitchingWe all enjoyed our first day in class! Everyone was commenting on the fun of learning how to use so many creative — and inexpensive — materials and techniques for surface design.

The next day we all arrived in the morning to our dried and ready fabric stash. The second day of the workshop focused working with your printed fabrics to create your own design of a of a small art quilt or fabric sampler, embellishing our fabric designs with hand stitching. Right, Julie demonstrates hand-stitching.

Two of the reference texts Julie bought for class use were Patchwork Folk Art by Jane T. Bolton, and Mark Making by Tilleke Schwarz. Personally, I’m loving the embroidery resurgence we are seeing nowadays!

Students at Artistic Artifacts creating their stitched samplers
Students at Artistic Artifacts creating their stitched samplers
Students at Artistic Artifacts creating their stitched samplers

While I loved the fabrics I created, when it came down to stitching I decided to focus on my Starfish, in progress below.

Stitched Starfish by Judy Gula in progress

I straight stitched with black embroidery floss to further define the starfish. My love of black and white printed fabrics is well known, and I love the contrast they give this. I am thinking that I might add an actual starfish to this … hmm, maybe?

Julie Booth student stitching awayAs you can see from the results of this class, Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects is chock full of amazingly creative printing ideas that are easy to do, resulting in fun for all ages and levels of expertise. Visit Day 2 of Julie’s Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour posting to view a several more photos of the beautiful fabrics that were created in our class!

To enter today’s drawing for a free copy of Julie’s book, please leave your response to the following question in the comments section below.

What is your favorite fabric paint? Reasons why?

Visit Susan Purney Mark’s blog tomorrow (Saturday, February 7) for the next turn in this fun blog tour!

Thank you, Julie!

Your Opinions About Classes & Retreats…Plus Check this Space on Friday!

February 4th, 2015

Earlier this week on the Artistic Artifacts Facebook page we included my friend Liz Kettle’s provocative blog post, The Death of a Teaching Industry?

When enough people don’t sign up for a class it has to be canceled… two people can’t support the effort of the teacher and a class with only two students lacks the dynamic energy that makes classes so much fun and deepen the learning experience… We teachers, store owners and event organizers talk about the “why” all the time: not enough advertising? bad economy? boring classes? too much free stuff on YouTube? Do the classes look too hard? Do the classes look too easy?…

Liz lives in Colorado and teaches there frequently; she usually teaches at each of the three Art & Soul venues…we’ve even been fortunate enough to get her on our schedule once a year or so. She asks specific questions and requests honest feedback, and since this is a topic that is frequently discussed here at Artistic Artifacts, I too am very interested in reading everyone’s opinions.

Please visit the Textile Evolution blog to read the entire post and then add your comments so that all of us in the industry can learn and serve you better.

My Guest Artist Post Coming This Friday!

Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects by Julie B. BoothWhile I usually post on Wednesdays, I’d like to ask you to please check this space again on Friday, February 6. That’s when it’s my turn with Julie Booth’s Fabric Printing at Home Blog Tour, running from February 1 to the 14. Julie asked 13 other fiber artists to contribute, and I was so pleased to be included!

Each day another free copy of her wonderful new book Fabric Printing at Home: Quick and Easy Fabric Design Using Fresh Produce and Found Objects will be given away: a total of 14 copies! All that is necessary to enter your name into each day’s random drawing is leave a comment on that day’s contributor’s blog. Visit Julie’s blog at www.threadbornblog.com each day for a link to the guest fiber artist postings.

In order of daily appearance, the guest artists are Lisa Chin, Lynn Krawczyk, Jane Davila, Carol R. Eaton, me, Susan Purney Mark, Teri Lucas, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen, Deborah Boschert, Lynda Heines, Cheryl Sleboda, Terri Stegmiller and Jackie Lams.

Each day of the Tour, Julie is sharing thoughts on some of her favorite tools and materials, providing surface design tips, or playing around with some Valentine’s Day-themed projects using techniques from her book. Make certain to leave a comment on Julie’s blog each day too, because she is giving away a bonus “door prize” (she’s given away a linoleum carving tool set and a brayer, for instance) via random draw!

Remember, post a comment on each guest artist’s blog for the chance to win a copy of Julie’s book. For instance, on Friday, you comment on MY post for that day’s opportunity to win one of the 14 copies of the book. And for the chance at any of the various door prizes leave a comment on Julie’s blog.

Finishing a Quilt with a Touch of Beading

January 28th, 2015

Batik Tambal quilt kit sold by Artistic Artifacts

When quilting with our Hand Drawn Batik Panels, the finished product can be very simple, or can be embellished in a variety of ways. We always try to provide both options in our samples.

We have a few quilt kits left in orange and red flowers for this Batik Panel by the very talented Hari Agung. Very simple, but an elegant finished product.

But to make this panel “mine,” I felt that somehow it required a few hand dyed vintage doilies and beads.

Judy Gula yellow flower batik panel quilt

Pictured above, I had previously completed the quilt to including the binding and the vintage doilies but, until now, have not had time to add the beads. (Remember me previously writing about how my word for this year would be FINISH? Well, here we are…)

I began with the yellow vintage doilies as flowers.

Below, a detail of the section I began working on:

Yellow floral batik quilt section before beading

I gather my favorite beading tools:

Judy Gula's favorites for beading

For beading techniques, we recommend the book: First-Time Beading on Fabric: Learning to Bead in Nine Easy Lessons by Liz Kettle; it is our go-to reference manual for beading on fabric. If you already have beading experience, don’t let the First Time in the title fool you — there is something for everyone in this book!

Creating a hydrangea-type flower by beading

Above, my idea was to use a variety of beads and stitching to create a Hydrangea-type flower. I used the beading to extend beyond the doily and batik flower.

Yellow beads in the center of a doily create a flower

And sometimes, all that is needed is to just keep it simple! Above, I added beads just to the center of my vintage doily “flower.”

I’m enjoying finishing this project. Friends thought my quilt was beautiful as is, but I knew it needed a bit of beading to truly consider it mine!

December Fabric, Printed Fabric Bee

January 14th, 2015

The December theme for the Printed Fabric Bee was Old World Maps, which was selected by Lisa Chin. What a cool idea!

While I came up with a few visions of my Old World Map, at first I just could not get them executed.

Intentional Printing by Lynn KrawczykGenerally in my art I am not a planner…and for sure I don’t usually overthink things. But with Lynn Krawczyk, the author of Intentional Printing, as a member of the group, I should think about it a little, right?

When I looked at maps for inspiration and thought, the elements that kept drawing my eye and intriquing me were the lines that indicated the flow of the oceans.

And when I looked at the World Map 5 paper by Cavallini & Co. carried in the shop, those lines again caught my attention. So, it was official. I had thought, and I was going to go with my inspiration: create fabric with the feel of the ocean current lines that are part of vintage maps.

I actually did a test on white muslin to test my idea out:

Judy Gula map fabric test on white muslin

The fabric speaks to me, currents and water… You see that, right?

Then I think, what if I create the pattern on a color…maybe one that looks like really old parchment paper, as a vintage map would be printed on?

Judy Gula supplies for creating map-inspired fabricSo here we go! My tools:

My first Layer is using the Geologic stamp, which I wanted to show. I turn the stamp pad upside down and apply the ink selectively over the stamp, trying not to cover it completely (below).

Judy Gula first stamped layer, creating map-inspired fabric

Below, I have added another layer of texture using a teal iridescent Paintstik and one of the Doodles rubbing plates.

Judy Gula second layer with rubbing texture, creating map-inspired fabric

Rubbing plates are difficult to photograph; they are made of a shiny black plastic. This Doodles set has some really amazing patterns in it (below); I think you can immediately see which I used to play with the Geologic stamp.

Textures in the Doodles Rubbing Plates by Cedar Canyon Textiles

Below, I created another layer of “bubbles” using a blue iridescent Paintstik and another of the Doodles rubbing plates.

Judy Gula final layer with rubbing texture, creating map-inspired fabric

And the fabric is finished!

I hope that my finished fabric says currents, water, bubbles, movement to you! Which do you prefer, the old-gold fabric or my test white muslin?

Remember, anyone has the opportunity to win a 6" × 6" swatch collection of fabrics by leaving a comment on either the Printed Fabric Bee blog or on Lisa’s blog (you have until tomorrow, January 15 to do so).

Visit these websites to learn how each member made her fabric:

Creating Quilt Labels (Finishing Quilt Projects)

January 7th, 2015

Happy New Year! I watch the social media flurry as so many artists pick one word to focus on for the year, and I applaud those who can do that! Myself, I can never carve my to-do list down to where one word will do the trick. I will say that I am focusing on Finish what you start. (See, multiple words, LOL!) Okay, so my word for this year is FINISH.

Judy Gula art quilt label

Normally I am rushing to finish a piece that I can take on the road with me to include in the Artistic Artifacts/Batik Tambal booth, and for that usage there’s no requirement for a sleeve or a label. But that is a false sense of completion. So I spent many days over the holiday break sewing sleeves and labels onto many of the quilts that are used as samples in our shop and at shows. And I am not done yet!

I do have a question for you about labels, and would love your feedback in the comments space below, or on our Facebook page, or through our new Meetup group: What do you put on your label?

We recently had a discussion at the shop about to merits of putting the year/date of completion on the quilt. For those of us who have sold our work, is this a bad thing? Can the date be too old? Personally I put the date on the label, because sometimes a show requires that the piece be completed within a specific time.

Judy Gula art quilt label

What else do you put on labels? I put my full name, address, phone number and email address, all in the hopes that if my quilt needs to find me that information is available. Sometimes I also add the materials and techniques used to create the quilt or if the work has appeared in a special exhibit or publication.

I am frequently asked how I create labels for my quilts. Using Microsoft Word or a page layout software, you can, like me, create a rectangle label template using your logo, name, address, phone, email and website. Mine are templated to be 6 labels per 8½" x 11" sheet. I then enter any specific information about the quilt, such as title or materials/techniques. Finally, I print the labels on EQ Printables Premium Cotton Lawn Inkjet Fabric following the manufacturers instructions.

As you can see in these photographs, after cutting my labels out, I stitch 2" strips of coordinating fabric around the label log-cabin style. I then fold those coordinating strips back, giving me a 1" finished edge, and handstitch the entire label to the quilt backing fabric.

Judy Gula's newly applied art quilt labels and sleeves

Above are photos of labels and sleeves on two of my art quilts! FINISHED!

And here’s another finished piece, previously featured on this blog as it was in process. Below you see that I have added some machine quilting, and applied the binding. (No, not the label. YET!) I am very happy with this quilt… love the border with the mixture of fabrics.
Jaka batik panel quilt with free-form strip piecing by Judy Gula

Have you, or would you like to create a quilt using one of our beautiful Hand Drawn Batik Panels? We would love to see what you create! Please email a photo with your full name, the title of quilt, and any information you’d like to share for us to post on our website in the gallery section.

Happy New Year!

December 30th, 2014

Happy New Year 2015!

We hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and wishing you all the best for 2015! Do you have any artistic resolutions for the New Year?

There are a wealth of ideas out there, but here’s a TinkerLab post from a couple years ago that you might enjoy: Five New Year’s Resolutions that Fuel Creativity.
(TinkerLab, a blog by Rachelle Doorley, was originally designed as a source of inspiration for parents, teachers, and caregivers in search of creative activities for children…it has since grown into a creative hub that includes art-making prompts and creative inspiration.)

If your resolution includes learning a new technique, we have a number of classes already set for 2015, including several in January…the perfect cure for post-holiday middle of winter doldrums! Take a look at our website for the latest, and plan to check it regularly as we continue to add to the schedule.

In 2014 we began our How Do I Use This? program, inviting you to join us as we began with instruction in how to use a product or explore a technique, finishing up with plenty of time for your own hands-on experimentation and playtime. Due to popular demand, with the coming new year we will be beginning a daytime How Do I Use This? program in addition to continuing our Thursday evening sessions. If evenings have not worked with your schedule, you will now be able to join us each month on a Tuesday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

If one of our resolutions is building your community, join us for JAMs (Judy’s Altered Minds) — you will find a large, like-minded group who share their creative efforts in a fun and supportive atmosphere. The January meeting will take place on Sunday the 18th: hope to see you! In addition to our usual ATC exchange, we will be having our quarterly art paper-doll exchange (winter-themed), led by Bette Rudgers. If you don’t live close enough to Artistic Artifacts to join JAMs, we encourage you to look for your own local options. MeetUp is a great resource!

Remember, Artistic Artifacts will be closed for New Year’s December 31–January 2, reopening on Saturday, January 3 (closing at 2:00 pm). We hope you too have been able to take some time off during this festive season to visit with family and friends!

Mixed Media Collage Cards

December 17th, 2014

Despite all that was on my “to do” list, for some reason on my day off I wanted to make cards. Most of these weren’t even holiday themed, so this impulse was not particularly helpful, but for some reason I just had to do it. (Ever had that happen to you?)

These are little mixed media collages, 4 x 6 inches. I was testing a set of blank mixed media surface cards by Strathmore, using Dylusions Ink Sprays and stencils. I created backgrounds on cards, set aside to dry. Then I stamped over the inks with Stewart Gill Paints in a different color.

Pictured here, I actually painted on the section of the polymer stamp that I wanted to use, Suess Tulips from Kari McKnight Holbrook. These are a large 8 x10 inches, so for the cards I was creating I did not need to use the entire surface. Note to self, when using water-based inks, they will run and create “mud” when you try to paint over them: they mix too much!

Stewart Gill paints applied directly to a large polymer stamp
Stewart Gill paints applied directly to a large polymer stamp
Stewart Gill paints applied directly to a large polymer stamp

Then I found my collection of retro sewing patterns and began cutting out and pasting figures and text from the cover packages.

Collaged mixed media card by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Collaged mixed media card by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Collaged mixed media card by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Selecting strips to weave from the scrap pile

For another type of card, I thought of a way to use up all those narrow strips you end up with from straightening ragged edge fabrics, or pieces trimmed off when wonky piecing. Everyone has that pile of scraps like this one, that feel too good to toss out.

First I created colored backgrounds with Stewart Gill Paints and stencils, as I wanted a clearer background, consisting of one color and pattern. While the cards were drying I took scraps of Australian Aborigine designed fabrics and wove them together in a plain weave (over under one fabric, over under the next). Below is the first row:

Aborigine designed fabric strips ready for weaving

I included the selvages in my weaving. I love the pop of white, snips of text and the color circle graphics being part of the mix.

In progress woven fabric strips

Once the weaving was complete, I used painter’s tape to carefully tape edges the edges, then gently took the woven fabric to the ironing board and laid it right side down on one of my non-stick teflon craft sheets, then applied a layer of Mistyfuse sheer fusible. Using the craft sheet to protect my iron, I gave the weaving a swipe of heat. The fusible held the fabric together so that I could then cut smaller pieces. These smaller segments were then fused to the card using Mistyfuse (with the craft sheet protecting the card from any residue on my iron).

Taping the edges of the woven fabric to keep it together before fusing

Finished woven fabric strip collaged cards by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Finally, I did get at least a few winter themed cards done, which will be my holiday cards to family. (So that’s one thing off my list after all!) I used fabric scraps, backed with Mistyfuse as described above, and finished off by using my wooden print block in the shape of a snow flake. Those cards are pictured in the bottom row of this assortment:

Completed mixed media collage cards by Judy Gula of Artistic Artifacts

Wishing you all the best for the upcoming holiday season (and getting things checked off YOUR to-do list)!