Workshops with Finnabair and Giveaway Winner

I had the opportunity to take several classes taught by Ania Dabrowska AKA Finnabair at Little Bird Creations in Manhattan this week.  What a treat!


These are the covers I made in the journal class.


Can you say 3D?!?! Love all the grungy texture.


Here is one of the 2-page spreads from the inside.  Those colors come from a powder pigment called Primary Elements by Luminarte.  We mixed them with water which is just one of the many ways you can apply them. I can't tell you how much I love them… in fact I think everyone in class felt the same way.  Needless to say several of the pigment jars had to come home with me.  Rude not to!


Here we are after the large layout class.  Finn is a fabulous teacher — generous in sharing her tips and techniques and great at keeping the class moving.  You can find out about upcoming classes for both Finn and  Little Bird Studios (a wonderful studio space run by Michele Luxenberg) by clicking the links to their sites that I included up top.


It was also great spending time with people I'd first met online… there were quite a few people I ‘know' from Facebook and Yahoo and Meet-up groups, and a few I've taken classes with in person before. The internet makes the world a lot smaller!

And the winner from my StencilGirl giveaway (see this post) of MaryBeth Shaw's book, Flavor for Mixed Media is:

<<<Comment #22 – Alison/ craftyrog says: Congratulations on your new opportunity to teach Marjie…bet you can’t wait! Thanks for the chance to win Mary Beth’s book…it looks amazing! Your first project looks great, off to check it out now. Alison xx>>>

Congratulations, Alison!  I know you're in the U.K. but I need your full mailing address. Please email me with the info.

Thanks for the visit!



  1. linda on July 16, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    How fortunate! I would love to take one of her classes. Your projects are beautiful.

  2. Karenliz on July 15, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Love your journal cover. So jealous! I love her techniques. You can keep looking at her creations and find more and more in all those layers.

  3. Maria McGuire on July 14, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Your journal is beautiful. Sounds like a FUN FUN time!

  4. Shahrul Niza on July 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Wonderful covers!!. Isn’t that amazing texture, like a real garden!!. Definitely more is More :). What a treat to meet blog friends and learn in the same class, one of the many advantages living in the east :).

  5. Silvia on July 14, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Just an amazing project. Seems you’ve had a great time at the workshop.
    Congrats to Alison :)

  6. Kay Wallace on July 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Both the inside and the outside is so, well, “tangible,” Marjie! It truly must have been an amazing class, and what fun to take it with both new and “old” friends! Congrats to Alison on winning Mary Beth’s fab book! She will love it!

  7. Linda, the funkie junkie on July 14, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Oh how cool! I love Finnabair’s work. What a wonderful opportunity. Your journal came out amazing! Really super piece of work.


  8. Claudine Criner on July 14, 2013 at 10:05 am

    What an awesome opportunity Marjie. I love Finnabair, her style is really cool. Your canvas came out gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. Eileen on July 14, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Your work is even more beautiful in person! The only thing better than taking a class with Finn, was having online pals like you right there with me. Until our next artventure…..

  10. Kate on July 13, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    I love your pages! How exciting that you got to meet Finn! Very cool! Looks like you had fun.

  11. valerie-Jael on July 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Looks like you had a great time, you lucky girl, I am totally envious!!! Lovely work you made there, too. Have a good weekend, Hugs,

  12. Lynne on July 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I hope it is my lovely friend Alison who is the winner because she will love this book, I just know it!
    The class certainly looks amazing as is the texture achieved. The pigment powder does seem to be a wonderful product to play with.
    Glad you had such fun!

  13. Redanne on July 13, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Marjie, what wonderful projects, love the dimension on the first one! I am lucky to be booked on a Finnabair class in November – really looking forward to it – even more now that I have seen your wonderful projects! Congrats to Alison. Hugs, Anne x

  14. Trace metcalfe on July 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    What a gorgeous make and wonderful opportunity! Hugs trace x

  15. samara on July 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Marjie this art is beyond beautiful. 3D is exactly what I was thinking, even with the textures in the orange and yellows of the first piece even though ever so subtle. I LOVEA the metal embellies…so courageously stellar. Just fascinating work Marjie…Beautiful. Lovies, Samara

  16. Gill on July 13, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Congratulations to Alison!

  17. Helen Tilbury on July 13, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Looks like you had an amazing time, learnt some fabulous new techniques & did some incredible work!!

  18. Alison/craftytrog on July 13, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Woo hoo! Apart from winning that fabulous book (thanks Marjie!), I’m also taking a Finnabair class next month! Your projects look fabulous my friend!
    Alison xx

  19. Krafty Kurt on July 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

    The mustache makes the man.

  20. Jeeves on July 13, 2013 at 9:39 am


  21. Corrine on July 13, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Oh lot of fantastic texture going on there, sounds like an amazing class. Glad you made so many wonderful connections. xox

  22. Michelle on July 13, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Love what you created, especially the covers. :)

  23. Gigi on July 13, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Marjie, how lucky you are to be able to take that workshop. Your creation is wonderful, just like all of your work. I love Ania’s work too. Very “outside the box”. It gave me lots of ideas. Thanks for the post.

  24. Julie Tucker-Wolek on July 13, 2013 at 12:37 am

    Absolutely gorgeous!! LOVING the colors and those 3D bits!!!!

  25. Laura Spano on July 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I love it, of course, but if anyone is reading this comment, please know you cannot see the beautiful depth and dimension and shimmer in Marjie’s piece in the photograph. It is pretty here, but absolutely stunning in person. Great job on your pieces. And I had a great time seeing you (in person again!) Still coming down from my Finnabair high…. and the house is still trying to get me to clean it, lol.

  26. Brenda Brown on July 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Wow fabulous work with Finn, I am doing 2 days with her at the end of August and so looking forward to it. I hope my work looks as good as yours does.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  27. Annie G on July 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Fantastic Marjie x so glad you had fun and what a piece you have created. I am taking a workshop with Anna in August and then again in November can’t wait.

    Have a great weekend

    Annie x

  28. sara j on July 12, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I love what you have created Marjie…. your scrapebook spread is goregous…beautiful, subtle color and layers….luck you to take a class from Finn; I would love to have that experience, but for now I’ll experience it through your sharing. Thanks.

  29. Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries on July 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Must have been a great workshop Marjie…the result looks amazing!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  30. Caroline D. on July 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    ooops…. Forgot to say Congrats to Alison!

  31. Caroline D. on July 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    The class you attended looks like it was awesome! I know you said it was… but it really looks like it WAS! lol You created some amazing pieces! I’m in love the with the Primary Elements too… and all the rest by Luminarte… have you tried the Silks? Amazing colors! I chuckled a bit when you said it’d be rude to not come home with a few jars…. I felt the same way! haha Enjoy your new goodies and thanks for sharing your gorgeous creations!

  32. Rita on July 12, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Absolutely Stunning pieces Marjie. Annie and I are doing a Finnabair workshop on the 24th August and I am so excited. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxx

  33. Donna on July 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Looks like it was an amazing creative fun time!

  34. Astrid on July 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Wonderful work Marjie!! I see Seth A. was there too! It’s always such a treat to meet up with online and FB friends! I was lucky enough to do classes with Anna in Ireland last year and will do so again at the end of the Summer when she will come to the UK. I totally agree, she is a fab teacher! Oh and congrats to Alison my teamie at the Artistic Stamper!

  35. Caroline on July 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Wow, how exciting for you!! Manhattan…. So jealous?!
    Your creations are just gorgeous, love the 3d & colours! :))

  36. kathy/NorthCarolina on July 12, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Such beautiful creations, Marjie! I love seeing your art! Have a great weekend!

  37. Lori on July 12, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Very cool Marjie! Love that style…you did a spectacular job with it!

  38. Carolyn Dube on July 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Wow! The texture, the composition! Wow! What an amazing day you had arting!