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Thanks for the Memories eP

2014 October 23
by Micki

Good morning friends!  A very good morning indeed!  KC Royals won game two of the World Series last night – yay!!!!!

As you probably already know, eclectic Paperie is closing and with it the end of the eP blog and design team.  To say that my heart is heavy would be an understatement.   Daisy and I were “Stampin’ Sisters” (Stampin’ Up!) when Daisy and Joy started eclectic Paperie.  Daisy has encouraged and believed in me from the beginning and fulfilled my dream of attending CHA, not once but twice.  And in July 2010 she asked me to be part of the very first eP design team – the e-Team.  And because of eclectic Paperie, my art evolved.  I stretched and attempted projects I would not have dreamed of attempting before.  And then Kim took over and continued Daisy’s dream of growing eP.  And once again I was blessed when Kim asked me to continue on the new eP design team.

Words can not express my gratitude to Daisy and Kim for their faith in me because I am a nobody.  What I mean is that I am not a well known name in this wonderful community.  I am not very active in any of the communities, such as Splitcoast Stampers and as for blogging, well, I’m not the best.  Working full time, a house that needs constant attention, my precious granddaughters, health issues – life in general doesn’t leave much time so I choose to use that time making art instead of on the web.  Does that make sense?  And then, there is always that self doubt about not being good enough. So for both Daisy and Kim to believe in me, to encourage and support me, that my friends is priceless.  eclectic Paperie has been my family.  The amazing and talented fellow artists I come to know and count as my friends.  I have learned so much from these amazing ladies, who cheered, encouraged and offered their shoulders when I needed it.

Yes, my heart is heavy that eclectic Paperie is closing BUT I completely understand the why behind it.  Running a business is hard work and when art becomes work, it takes the fun out of it.  That is when you can find time to make art.  The good news is that each of these wonderful artists will continue to inspire and create beautiful art on their personal blogs:

Adriana Templeton

Bonnie Irvine

Broni Holcombe

Julia Aston

Karen Crossen

Mary-Ann Maldonado

Micki Harper  ~ Me

Sherry Cheever

Sue Carrington

Sue Lelli 

Toni Burrows

Steph Acherman

Debbie Sherman

Monica Edwards

Kim Schofield (owner)

To close the eP blog at the end of the month, each of the current DT members is posting some of their favorite eP projects.  Go check it out ~ a wonderful look back.  I shared my favorite projects HERE.

And don’t forget that there is still lots of product on the eP shelves.  You can save 30% off your entire order (excluding clearance items and eKits)!  Use code EP30 when checking out!!!!!

To eclectic Paperie, all my fellow design team members, to you…… Thank YOU for everything!


Until next time…..xoxo

Arts and Crafts Show Recovery

2014 October 21
by Micki

Hi Friends,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was great but very busy!  I left Friday for the Clarinda, Iowa annual art and craft show.  A great show and very well organized.  Over 400 vendors and I’m sure the attendance exceeded last year’s crowd of 4000.  Amazing.  I did great and am starting to streamline my booth set up and tear down!  The only negative is that Clarinda has horrible cell phone reception and being inside a gym made it even worse.  I’m thinking next year I’ll have to get a Hot Spot so I can do the credit/debit cards without having to run outside. 

I have noticed that it takes me longer each year to recover.  My body felt like it was run over by a train by the time I made it home Saturday night, lol.    I did manage to snap a few pictures:

My wooden whimsical houses were a hit and I sold all but maybe two.  The altered rat/mouse trap magnets also sold, which surprised me.  And the bracelets were a huge hit also.  Like I said, I did great.  I sold about half of my stuff :-).

Now I just need to catch up on the housework which I plan on doing before the weekend because I plan on spending some quality time in my art studio getting inky.

The eP design team kicked off the “Thanks for the Memories” as the brick and mortar store is getting ready to close at the end of the month and with it the design team.  Be sure to hop over to the eP blog to check out our favorite eP projects and don’t forget that Kim has some awesome deals going on at the eP online store.

I will share my favorite eP projects here later this week.  That’s it for me today, I think I’m going to take it easy tonight and watch the first game in the world series….go ROYALS!!

Until next time…….


Another village

2014 October 12
by Micki

Hi friends,

For the week I am a little behind.  I do try to post on Mondays but if I’m going to be totally honest, way too much happenings for this old lady this past weekend.  Beginning with some great news on Friday from my Workman’s Comp attorney.  Hang in there with me because one day in the near future I will share.  Let me just say that I spend 15 minutes with my head bowed giving thanks.  And later Friday evening, watching the KC Royals, my body did it’s own celebration by getting sick.  Thankfully it was just a 12 hour thing and I was able to go to a friends reception and take informal photos.  Note how I said “informal”?  I dislike indoor photos, especially inside a hall.  Lighting is horrible as far as photography goes and I do not have the high dollar gear for indoor photography.  Regardless, I got some great shots and a lot of candid’s – which are my favorite all the way around.  Sunday I did another senior shoot.  Weather was PERFECT.  Cloudy and overcast!  Seriously folks, those make the absolute best shots!!!!  And on top of all that, I am scrambling to get ready for the Clarinda, Iowa 55th Arts and Crafts show this coming Saturday.

Can you say C-R-A-Z-Y!  So I decided to finish those scrap pieces that were started some time ago.  (I swear by the end of the year, ALL those unfinished projects will be completed!!!!)


So I finished these small whimsical houses.  Gelli prints, paint, flip flop texture, old rub ons, word stickers, and this and that for embellishments.  Oh, found a bunch of suitcase locker keys, you know those small ones?  They were perfect.








And folks, I can safely say that this is going to be it for a while with the little wooden houses!

I’ve only created about 30 of these things.  Smile   That’s it for me today.  It looks like it’s going to be a perfect fall day.  After torrential 12 hour downpour, the sun is out.  It’s windy but it’s a perfect crisp fall day.  LOVE it!!!!!!!

OH, almost forgot!  Head over to eclectic Paperie, enjoy 30% off your entire order.  Use code EP30 when checking out!  eP is closing it’s doors which I haven’t talked about yet.  It’s kind of hard for me since I owe so much to eP.  But I also think that it was the sign I’ve been waiting for to step back from design teams and focus on what’s going on at work, etc.  But I’ll talk more about that later.  For now, head over to eP and grab those savings!!!!!



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Altered Composition Notebook

2014 October 8
by Micki

Hey friends,

One of my many started projects was a composition notebook.  I had covered the front and back covers with white gesso some time ago and decided to finish it up this past weekend.  At the moment my go to colors seem to be the blues and turquoise colors so instead of fighting it, I went with it.

AlteredCompositionFront I first added layers of Dylusions Ink Sprays but because the gesso layer was rather thin allowing the original cover design to come through I added swatches of paint.  Layers upon layers of paint mixing each with white paint.  Then I added stenciling, first with ink sprays, then with paint.  No planning or thought involved until I added Seth Apter’s Unfinished stencil from Stencil Girl Products.  I added parts of the stencil to both the front and the back but made sure to get the “Finished” stenciled onto the back.


The rings were made with bottle caps and paint and as a final touch, I used the palette knife to add some contrast with black gesso (trick I learned from Kate Crane’s Journal Soup online classes).


I think it turned out great.  Oh I almost forgot about the letter stickers….I really wanted to do some fancy script, but my handwriting sucked.  Thank God for baby wipes!  I finally ended up using these old stickers.  What do you think? I think I’ll alter some more.  Wouldn’t it be fun to see a bunch of these lined up, each a different color!

Tonight I’ll be doing Gracy and Abby’s much over due birthday pictures.  With softball this summer, now school and dance, it has been hard to decide on a time.  You know how it goes, before you know it, the months have passed.  At least it’s nice temperatures!

I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!  Until next time…..



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To Have and To Hold

2014 October 6
by Micki

Yesterday I had the most wonderful afternoon spend with some old friends celebrating the union of two hearts.  It was a wonderful ceremony, in a gorgeous country setting.  So instead of cleaning my craft room, I spent Saturday creating a couple of cards, and finishing up two other projects that were started and then shoved in a drawer.  The card for my friend Mary was rather simple.   Just a couple of embossed panels framed with mirror card stock.  The sentiment is from an ancient stamp set – so ancient I don’t even know the name of it since I store the entire cling stamp set in a clear binder.   Anyway, are you sitting?  I embossed the sentiment!  I know, I know and yet I actually only had to give the embossing two tries…. not bad for me!



In this photo, I tried to capture the shine from the mirror card:


Some ribbon, some pins and dew drops and voila – done.

For the inside, I used my computer and printed a quote on regular paper which I glued onto card stock, then framed with some silver canvas type paper.  Have no idea where I got it but I know I’ve had it for a while (I ran out of the mirror card stock).


A quick and simple card, yet so very elegant, don’t you think?


Like I mentioned earlier, I did not clean my studio and I have another reception Saturday evening and possibly another Senior session Sunday and the craft show in Iowa is the following Saturday, YIKES!  I’m pretty sure the studio isn’t going to get cleaned until after the craft show.

Oh and the Royals beat the Angels, yay!!!!!! KC Chiefs lost, but go Royals! That does it for me gang, I’m off to watch a few minutes of The Voice, eat some dinner and then, go to bed!  Hope you guys had a wonderful weekend!  Until next time…….


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Autumn Bounty

2014 October 1
by Micki

Happy Wednesday gang, weekend is almost here!  I created a Fall themed canvas on Sunday.  The canvas only took a couple of hours, and even though I wasn't feeling it 100% as far as art mojo, I am pretty happy how it turned out. 

It was a great project using up those paper scraps both on the background as well as for the pumpkins!  Used quite a few stencils, some Studio 490 Embossing Paste, Dina Wakley Paints and Distress Paints. Ok, if you know me at all by now, you know I use lots of stuff.  However, it wasn't until I got my fingers dirty with paint and gelatos that this canvas felt complete.

To get detailed step out pictures of my process, hop over to the eP blog HERE.   I must admit, by the time this canvas was finished,  I felt pretty good about it.  

That's it for me gang.  As I wrote this post up yesterday evening, it's rather short – getting ready to watch the Royals.  Kansas City Chiefs kicked butt on Monday Night Football and we're all hoping the Royals will do the same tonight.

Until next time…….

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Lunch Bag Sketch

2014 September 29
by Micki

Happy Monday folks,

Last week I did a quick sketch on my lunch bag using a pencil and a black pen.  Can I just say that it did feel good to get back to sketching and doodling.


This weekend was busy with cleaning the house, finishing up on some photo editing (I’m so glad that is done) and a trip to the Kansas City Art Museum.  The “Plains Indians” exhibit opened up and hubby has been so excited that I caved and went with him Saturday afternoon.  Sunday I spent in my studio working on my project for eP which will be on the eP blog Tuesday.  Although I don’t have much to share today, other than this quick sketch, it was a productive weekend.  I decided that next weekend is going to entail some studio cleaning.  Geez, it is a mess up there!

And I’ve come to the conclusion that a bigger studio is not always better, it gets just as messy as a small room.

How was your weekend?  Hope it was wonderful!  Until next time……

Book Paper Sketching

2014 September 26
by Micki

So I was sitting in my car at lunch and dug out my sketch book and in it were some book pages which were already prepped with a thin coat of white gesso.  I had absolutely no idea what to sketch, since I was sitting outside of work, I certainly wasn’t going to sketch that!

Whimsy to the rescue!  How about a little whimsical girl with a headband – no pressure with whimsy!


Yeah, I know, she is a teeny bit creepy.  I had my trusty bag of gelatos and waterbrush:


And so, still having some time left and trying to get into the Christmas spirit…….


This weekend I need to finish up some photo editing and then plan on getting back into my art studio.  It’s been way too long and I’m sure cobwebs are forming Smile.

What are your plans this weekend? 




Metal Stamped…..

2014 September 24
by Micki

Hi guys,  sorry about being so absent this week.  Been busy in the garage after work helping hubby.  Then by the time supper is finished, dishes done, I’ve been too tired.  And since I didn’t get any craft room time this weekend, I really don’t have too  much to share except maybe a lot of unfinished projects.

I did, however, used hubby’s metal stamps this past weekend and had try at metal stamping.  I took Christy Tomlinson’s online Belt Bracelet Workshop and after getting a stash of belts, decided now was as good a time to give it a whirl.


The blue one is my favorite, even though the “A” is stamped sideways which was unintentional but I actually love the result.  After I watched all the videos in this class, I mentioned to my husband about needing to get some metal stamps when he said “I have a whole bunch out in the garage”.  Wholly jackpot, he sure does.  Some of the stamp sets are teeny but he has about five different alpha/number sets and considering that metal stamps are rather pricey, I was doing a happy dance!  The metal is from a 5×7 thin metal sheet purchased at Hobby Lobby in the train and military model section which I then just cut into rectangles.   The metal stamping will take some getting used to but all in all I was pleasantly surprised at my first attempts. 

Christy really goes into detail in her Belt Bracelet Workshop and it’s a wonderful online class.  So glad I took it and more importantly, got started creating these bracelets.

That’s it for me tonight, I did do some sketching during my lunch hour (in the car on a brown paper lunch bag) but hey – I got some sketch time!

Until next time……. xoxo

Journal Soup 2….

2014 September 17
by Micki

Yes, another house, this time it’s one of Kate Crane’s whimsical houses painted directly onto a repurposed paper mache  4”x4” display.


I signed up last week for Kate’s Journal Soup 2 online class.  LOVE it as I knew I would. ( I own all 6 of Kate’s DVD). 

Used my typewriter to type out the sentence onto book paper, even carved my own stamp – the swirly circle and stole a couple of the girls’ legos. 






I will tell you that I love online classes or DVDs not only for the learning, but for those times when I can’t think of something creative.  That’s when I will create a project from a lesson – recreating it almost exactly.  Doesn’t make me feel very inventive, but I get my fingers inky and applied a new technique learned.  It’s a win-win.

That’s it for me tonight, I have to make a trip to the city tomorrow for another workman’s comp evaluation.  Apparently they did not like what the KU Med Center physician reported, so they scheduled another appointment this time at St. Luke’s.  Oh and even though the workman’s comp case worker made the appointment at KU, they haven’t paid it and I’m responsible.  Nice, eh?  Working in an office as opposed to say, the shop floor – means that you don’t count.  OSHA doesn’t care and “can’t help me”.  I really don’t understand why there are rules and regulations to “protect the American worker” because no one is held accountable.  Ok off my soap box, can’t say too much…. yet!

Hope you guys had a wonderful Wednesday!  Until next time….. xoxo

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