When the opportunity arises to meet someone you really admire, go for it!  I heard that Donna Downey was coming to New Jersey (which oddly sounds far away, with me being in New York, but traveling between these two states can sometimes mean hours and hours of driving) and I signed up for the Saturday 5-hour class.  As it turns out, the class was held in a hotel less than an hour away… it can't get better than that!

I'd taken a class with Donna a zillion years ago (okay, 10-12 years ago) at a Creating Keepsakes event (CKU).  I remembered her lively spirit and it was wonderful to see her again, still the same unaffected person. I was loving life before class even started as Donna was just exactly as she seems on her blog and in her videos… totally real, funny, a bit (hmmmmm) bold, and just a regular person up for making some art and having fun.

Another super component to my day ~ I was taking the class with my pals Jessica Sporn and Diane Mascolo. Nothing better than getting inky/painty hands with pals while being so inspired!  That's me and Jessica above with Donna in the middle.

We learned loads of techniques and tips that I'll be sharing here in the coming days. Kim at Eclectic Paperie is carrying all of Donna's new stamps and I am definitely going to be having fun playing with them.  They are larger than most I've ever seen, which means great opportunities for propotion in our art journals.

As it turned out there was an opening for Donna's Sunday class so I was able to take that as well. All I can say is if you have the chance to take her class, go for it!

Thanks, always, for the visit.



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  2. Michelle Webb on December 19, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Ooo Marjie, I’m well jel! Jealous that is, I’d love to meet Donna, and take one of her classes. She cracks me up when I watch her videos. I bet you had a great time. Michelle x

  3. Wanda Hentges on December 19, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Fun!!!!!!!!!!! It would be wonderful if she showed up in my neck of the woods.

  4. linda on December 18, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    So glad you enjoyed her class. It’s always fun to meet up with someone you admire!

  5. Shelly Schmidt on December 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Oh I took a class with Donna last July….LOVED it! We had so much fun. I cannot wait to see what you made and learned : ) Lucky you!

  6. Lynne Moncrieff on December 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    I’d say that was fun with a capital F!!!
    Now we eagerly await your creations Marjie.
    P.S. I am positive my lovely friend Penny (Bennington) attended one of Donna’s workshops earlier in the year.

  7. Kaz on December 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    How cool!! Look forward to seeing what you did Marjie xx

  8. Carolyn Dube on December 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    How cool that you didn’t have much of a drive! Her classes are such fun! Can’t wait to see where you take her ideas!!

  9. Alexa Noble on December 18, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I did a class earlier this year when DD came to the UK and it was fab! Glad you had such a good time and look forward to following your tips! X

  10. Shahrul Niza on December 18, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Oh WOW!! Lucky you!!. Must be fun to be in her class and to work with Jessica. Donna is bold to be sure, FUN FUN FUN. Can’t wait to see what you’re working on next. HUGS.

  11. Anita Houston on December 17, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    FUN!!! Great pic and I can’t wait to see your makes!

  12. Renee Zarate on December 17, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Ohhhhh! You lucky girl!!!! Looks like you had a great time.

  13. Artful Scrapbooking on December 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Wow Marjie, you lucky gal! I bet Donna’s classes are all kinds of awesomeness!! Sounds like you had a blast…thanks for sharing! xo Evie

  14. Jessica Sporn on December 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I LOVED being in that class with you!! Thanks for the shout out, and looking forward to hearing all about Sunday’s class!

  15. Julie Case on December 17, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Looks like you had a great time! I have one of Donna’s books and love it. I would definitely sign up for her class, should she ever wander down this way. I can’t wait to see what you share!

  16. Redanne on December 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Oh you lucky girl, I watch her videos every week and she is very inspiring. One of the first large stamps I bought was hers, a giant dress form about 12″ tall and it is gorgeous – too nice to use so it hangs on my wall! Can’t wait to see what inspiration you take from DDs classes. I also love to see the paint brushes that hang on her studio wall – one of them is yours……. Hugs, Anne x

  17. Terry on December 17, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Wish there were classes closer to me!!! Wow, you have been at this paper inky thing for a time! You have no idea how I wish I had started this years ago, but at least I am doing it!! Hugs!

  18. Vivian Keh on December 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I was just reading about her last night and watching her videos! So glad you had a chance to workshop with her – yayyy! Hope she makes it out west – I’d love to take one, too!

  19. kathy/NorthCarolina on December 17, 2012 at 5:54 am

    Glad you had fun with your inky buddies! We don’t get a lot of “celebrity” classes here in NC. But I have my blogs, and I learn so much there. Off to bake bread..cheerio!

  20. Claudine C on December 17, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Congrats on being able to go to that class Marjie. Donna is such an inspiration to us all. I can’t wait to see what all you learned.

  21. Julie Tucker-Wolek on December 17, 2012 at 4:14 am

    How fun!! Donna is just a great girl!! I loveeeeeee the photo of the three of you!!!

  22. Corrine on December 17, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Looks like you both had a good time. Can’t wait to see some work with her new stamps. Have to see what that’s about. xox

  23. chris on December 17, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Lucky you! and by the look of those smiles it was a great day! Chrisx