What a pleasure to teach on Sunday at Absolutely Everything!  Here's a shot of me and Kate, the store owner.  Kate and I were trying to figure out the first time I attended a class there (Beth Cote's Altered Books, anyone?) and we think it was probably 1999.  Kate's store (a bit north of Boston) is fabulous and if you get the chance, don't hesitate to go.  It's a 4-hour drive for me and I'm already trying to figure out when I can go back… they truly stock absolutely everything. Click any photo to enlarge.


My class focused on Ranger's Distress Stains & Dylusions Ink Sprays, and the afternoon flew by with everyone creating individual works of art. This class was heavy on techniques, and we worked on small surfaces (ATC size pages) so we could try a whole lot in the available time. Here are the class sample photos:




It's always such fun to see how each person's choices result in totally unique creations even though they're all using the same products and techniques.


The group was very comfortable with each other and there was lots of laughter and ogling of one another's creations.


Kay  Wallace (front left) is a long time online friend and it was wonderful to meet her in person.


Marilyn Mae Thurber rocked out on the faux suede we made with Ranger's Perfect Pearls and black card stock.


Callie (front right) drove 2 hours each way for the class… color me flattered!


Marcia, Mary, and Nicole working away… creativity abounds! Marcia works at AE and knows a lot about all the products.


Tammy was so much fun and do you not LOVE what she did with Seth Apter's StencilGirl stencil below?  That's Studio 490 Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) over Dylusions Ink Sprays.  Soooo cool.  And when it dried some of the pink and purple Dylusions came up into the white letters… gorgeous!


Ann brought beautiful Paper Artsy stamps with her and made so many neat ATCs.


And the night before class, I got to have dinner with Kim Schofield from eclectic Paperie.  I was on Kim's Design Team the first half of this year and it was great to finally meet in person.  We'd hoped to have some classes up in New Hampshire but that didn't pan out this time.  Maybe next year.


So that's it for my road trip.  I put 430 miles on the car, saw old friends and made new ones, and had a wonderful time while at it.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll be back on Thursday with a Stencil Test Drive featuring one of Jessica Sporn's new designs.



  1. Helen Tilbury on September 30, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Looks like a great time was had by all – young & old alike – well done!!

  2. Kay Wallace on September 28, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    It was my pleasure to meet you, too, Marjie!! Lots of energy in your class at AE in Topsfield!! Kate runs an amazing shop (aka, my second home!). I learned from you how to use products I already have and were hesitant to use! I learned from you how to use things I already have in *new* ways! I have learned from you not to be fearful! Thank you so much!

    • Marjie Kemper on September 29, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Thank you Kay. If I lived up there it would be my home away from home, too. What fantastic store!

  3. Ann Gove on September 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Marjie…Thanks for helping me step out of the box and ENJOY it! I usually don’t like to get my hands dirty while I’m crafting and I was plenty dirty when I left your class. But it was worth every moment of scrubbing. The results of the various techniques were beautiful.You are a wonderful instructor and it was a pleasure to meet you.

    • Marjie Kemper on September 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Thank you so much, Ann. It was a pleasure to meet you and you GO girl on the dirty hands!

  4. Silvia on September 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Seems like you’ve had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing the photos.

  5. Helen Markee on September 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Marjie, A giant thanks for a fantastic class! learned a lot!! Finally got all the ink off my hands!! Hope to see you soon again up in New England!

  6. linda on September 25, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Looks like you had a marvelous time! Thanks for sharing with us. I was a big Beth Cote fan in the beginning as well. Never missed her when she was on Carol Duvall and I think I even have some of her books!

  7. Judy Shea on September 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Beth Cote? Where is she now.. I remember her and she really inspired me in the beginning.
    Your class looks fun and happy with great students.

  8. Claudine Criner on September 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for sharing with us, it looks like you had a marvelous time!

  9. valerie-Jael on September 25, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Looooooks great, you had a fun time with those ladies. Valerie

  10. Dorothy McCarthy on September 25, 2013 at 8:22 am

    How fun!!!

  11. Jessica Sporn on September 25, 2013 at 7:48 am

    What great pictures! Looks like an amazing class. Wish I could have been there!

  12. Brenda Brown on September 25, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Looks like one glorious day of inking and stamping and great fun too. One day!!!!
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  13. Donna on September 25, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Sounds fabulous! If only I lived closer.
    Looks like a great class with lots to learn and have some fun also!

  14. Gigi Black on September 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Your class looks like it was a huge success, and fun too. How great to learn new techniques!!!

  15. Julie Tucker-Wolek on September 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Looks like an amazing time!! I loveeeeeee all the photos!!!!!

  16. Terry on September 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Class projects looks amazing and judging from the group of smiles, all enjoyed while learning! It is always nice to meet the people we know! Hugs!