Today I leave for Art-Is-You in Connecticut…. I'm so looking forward to the creativity, laughter, and learning.  One of the many nice customs at AIY is that people often bring ‘trades' – they can be anything – just a little ice breaker and a different way to share contact information with others than with a business card (you put your email/blog address/etc on the back of the trade).  Some people offer supplies as trades (leftover fibers, trims, etc.), some offer handmade art – there's no right or wrong (kind of like the whole retreat!) and some don't bring any, which is fine too.


I ended up with about 50 using some favorite stencils and Tim Holtz's Sizzix ticket die with Dylusions Ink Sprays and Ranger Distress & Archival Inks.


Isn't that jigsaw puzzle stencil cool?  It's from StencilGirl Products.



I added a variety of sentiment stamps.


Jet black archival ink around the edges finishes them off.


I'm taking four classes with three different teachers. Love having my creative batteries charged.

Next year I will be one of the instructors… so excited!  Save the dates if you can.


Thanks very much for the visit.


Linking to Creative Every Day.



  1. Corrine on October 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Love these! Fun tags…rubber stamp inks are so much fun to play with. xox

  2. valerie-Jael on October 15, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Lovely tickets! Hope you had fun at your classes. Valerie

  3. Claudine Criner on October 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

    These are wonderful Marjie! Congrats on being an instructor there next year, have fun this year!!

  4. Silvia on October 10, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Great pieces. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun and creativity. Enjoy :)

  5. linda on October 9, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    What a great idea these are! Much more fun than a business card. Have a great weekend, Marjie!

  6. Kay Wallace on October 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I cannot even begin to think of such a huge undertaking, but, if I am to attend AIY in October 2014, I need to be thinking about that now! A year away, but am so excited! Travel safely, my friend. Enjoy being a student this year, for next year, you TEACH!

  7. Anne R on October 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Wow Marjie, everyone who receives one of these beauties is going to be delighted! Hope you all have a lovely time. Hugs, Anne x

  8. Annie G on October 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Fabulous, colourful makes Marjie :-) have fun x

  9. Judy Shea on October 9, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    These are fantastic. Save one for me. See you soon.. travel safe.

  10. Karenliz on October 9, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Very cool, love the way they came out. I can’t do the workshops this year but I will definately be there next year. I will be there Sunday for the trunk show!

  11. lynne on October 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

    This is such a lovely idea and who wouldn’t wish for one of those.
    Gorgeous colours and use of stencils.
    Have the most amazing time and tell us all about it.

  12. susan on October 9, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Have fun!!!

  13. Julie Tucker-Wolek on October 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Wow wow wowwwwwwwww! These are gorgeous!! You always create with the MOST GORGEOUS colors!!!!

  14. Christine Rickert on October 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Marjie- thanks for explaining the custom of sharing little tokens at these art events. Always learn something new and think how I can incorporate that in my life. I loved the ticket swap Stephen hosted at ATT. Love your tickets too. So colorful! Will keep Sept. In mind. Have a great time!

    • Marjie Kemper on October 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

      My pleasure. You never know when you write a post whether info is relevant or helpful, so I appreciate your comment all the more. Hope to see you next time!

  15. Sandra Mouwen on October 9, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Wow what a great trades! And what wonderful news that your an instructor there next year! Have fun! Hugs, Sandra

  16. Jane on October 9, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Tickets are a great idea… and the colors beautiful!

  17. Lucy Edmondson on October 9, 2013 at 6:27 am

    What a cool idea! Love that jigsaw puzzle stencil!

    Lucy x

  18. Astrid on October 9, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Love your fun tickets and what a fab idea! The retreat sounds like so much fun and I bet you’ll have a great time! I look forward to seeing what wonderful ideas you’ll come back with!!

  19. Brenda Brown on October 9, 2013 at 3:10 am

    A wonderful idea Marjie, how lovely to trade your own art and to receive something back and these are perfect little pieces which anyone will adore having. Enjoy your special time away, have fun and come back refreshed and raring to go.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  20. Buttons on October 9, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Great way to create lots of trades in a short amount of time. Hope you have a fantastic time away. Jenny x