January 20, 2018

After sub-zero weather this month, sunshine and temperatures in the 40s were very welcome by the Artists.  Sharing ideas and planning for the New Year, 4 Artists met and traded.

Artists participated in the Animal Blind Trade of 2018 : January - Penguins and February- Lovebirds.  Artists shared the results of the November 2017 Challenge: Make an ATC with a rubber stamp.  The Pocket Page trade continued and is almost complete.  Artists participated in the Regular Trade and JAMS as well.

Jenn requested that Artists bring 8 of the same items (buttons, scrap paper, foil, etc.) to the March meeting to contribute to an ATC Challenge Kit for the meeting in May 2018.  The more unconventional the item the better!

The next meeting will be on Saturday, March 17th at 1pm. 

Jenn will do the next Demonstration & Workshop: Using Alcohol Inks with Yupo Paper.  Please bring any alcohol inks and alcohol ink applicators that you may have and basic crafting supplies (scissors, cutter, cardstock, etc.). 

Please remember:
Challenge : Make (1) ATC with the theme of  "Luck."
Assignment: Bring 8 items that will be part of a kit for the May Meeting
2018 Animal Blind Trade:  March: Giraffe; April: Dogs
Pocket Page
Regular Trade

2018 Theme List: Animals

The theme for the Blind Trade for 2018 is Animals. 
Make (1) ATC to trade. 
(The "blind" refers to the cards being drawn out of a bag.)

January: Penguins
February: Lovebirds
March: Giraffes
April: Dogs
May: Pigs
June: Cats
July: Elephants
August: Frogs
September: Kangaroos
October: Pandas
November: Sheep
December: Rabbits

November 18, 2017

To celebrate the group, Artists brought food and drinks for the last meeting of the year which was also the last meeting for some.  Several Artists have decided it is time to move on to other artistic or life adventures; they will be missed.  Transit Traders has been more than a bi-monthly meeting to trade cards; it has been a circle of friendship, inspiration, and artistic sharing. 

A group of Artists will continue to be active and go forward.

The group participated in a show and tell of the ATCs made with Sue's technique with the napkins.  Artists then participated in a blind trade for the 2017 Color Theme - November was Gold and December was Red.

Artists continued to trade Pocket Pages, which are nearly completed, followed by the Regular Trade.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1pm at the Transit Building.  Please bring:
1) Challenge: (1) ATC using Rubber Stamps
2) 2018 Animal Theme:  (1) ATC - January: Penguins & (1) ATC- February: Lovebirds
3) Pocket Page: Add (1) additional ATC
4) Regular Trade

September 16, 2017

As the official start of Autumn was days away, nine Artists met in the Transit Building.  

The meeting began with a discussion about the direction of the group as many Artists are interested in moving-on.  As there was not a final conclusion, the group decided to meet again on October 14th to discuss "What's Next?"  The end result was that there will be two groups - an Art Group that will meet in the mornings of the days of the Transit Traders meeting and will be led by Artists to teach different techniques and mediums.  The Transit Traders will continue as a group and will meet in the afternoons.  Everyone is encouraged to recruit new Artists!

Artists participated in the Blind Trade: September was Sepia/Brown and October was Black.  Artists then traded Pocket Pages and then ATCs in the Regular Trade.

Sue did a demonstration with napkins and saran wrap.  Thank you Sue!

The next meeting will be on November 18, 2017 at 1pm.  It will be the last meeting before the spin-off Art Group.  So please bring:
1) A potluck food item to celebrate our years together
2) Challenge : An ATC with Sue's technique
3) Blind Color Trade:  November: Gold; December: Red
4) Regular Trade
5) Pocket Page Trade

July 8, 2017

The weekend after 4th of July festivities, 10 Transit Traders met in the Transit Building; 5 traded.

Jenn collected more greeting cards for the Mental Health Awareness Project, thank you for your donations!  Artists shared their Show and Tell of the Gilded Flakes Technique, as demonstrated by Brenda.  There was the Blind Color Trade : July was Turquoise & August was Pink.  Artists then traded Pocket Pages followed by the Regular Trade.  JAMS were also available if Artists wanted to participate.

The second part of the meeting was an Open Session, to work on any project - any medium.  Artists enjoyed the opportunity to chat and connect.

Linda or Sue will do the next demonstration.  Thank you!

The next meeting will be on September 16th at 1pm.  Please bring:
1) (1) ATC for each month for the Blind Color Trades:
      September: Sepia/Brown and October: Black
2) Regular Trade
3) Pocket Page with (1) additional ATC
5) Greeting Cards for MH Awareness Project (ongoing)

May 20, 2017

Although, the weather has been up, down, and all around lately, the weather was lovely for the Transit Traders meeting.  10 Artists met, 9 traded.

Linda proposed that we meet for lunch before the next meeting.  Please check your email for details. Jenn shared details about Adventures in Stamping, a 2-day convention in Akron, Ohio in April.  The same organization also has a 1-day convention in October.

Jenn collected more greeting cards for the Mental Health Awareness Project.

Artists participated in the Blind Color Trades for May - Orange and June - Green.  Each person put their ATC in a bag and then each person selected one out of the bag.

Then, Artists traded Pocket Pages.  It is so neat to see how each one evolves!

Brenda brought a new product to the group for the Demonstration and Workshop : Nuvo Gliding Flakes.  Thank you Brenda!

Step 1:  Stamp an image on cardstock using Versamark ink
Step 2:  Sprinkle Heat & Stick Powder on the image
Step 3:  Apply the Gilding Flakes onto the image
Step 4:  Press down lightly to make sure it is covered
Step 5:  Brush away using scrub brush sponge

Brenda mixed the colors in a container, which she also uses for storage

After applying the flakes, use this scrub brush to remove the excess

Lisa, Bridgett, and Brenda

Voila!  A multi-colored metallic embossed image!

It was agreed upon to not have a Demonstration or Workshop for the next meeting, but rather to bring whatever project we are working on (or something new) and play - crop style.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, July 8th at 1pm at the Transit Building.
For the next meeting, please bring:
* Challenge: (1) ATC with a stamped image using Nuvo Gilding Flakes
* Blind Color Trade: (1) ATC for July - Turquoise
   and (1) ATC for August: Pink
* Pocket Page with (1) additional ATC
* Regular Trade
* Whatever supplies you want to bring for a 1-hour crop session
* Greeting Cards for MH Awareness Project (ongoing)

March 25, 2017

The crocuses are up.  The weather is warmer.  Spring is here!

13 Transit Traders attended the March meeting.

Artists participated in the Blind Color Trade and the Pocket Page Trade.

Jenn collected cards for the ongoing Mental Health Awareness Project.  Thank you!

Linda shared her design for a Pop-Up ATC.  Thank you Linda!  What a beautiful design!

Brenda will do the next demonstration and workshop.  

For the next meeting on May 20, 2017 at 1pm, please bring:
*Challenge:  (1) ATC  - Using Linda's Pop-Up Design
*Blind Color Trade : May- Orange; June - Green
*Pocket Page to Trade with (1) additional ATC
*Regular Trade - (15) ATCs
*Greeting Card(s) for MH Awareness Project