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
* JAMS
* 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
*JAMS
*Greeting Card(s) for MH Awareness Project

January 21, 2017

Settling into the New Year, 9 Artists met in the Transit Building.  

Nancy L. demonstrated how to make a decorative book to hold 4 ATCs.  Thank you Nancy!

Artists participated in the 2017 Colors Blind Trade for January (Blue) and February (Silver) followed by the Pocket Pages trade.

Jenn requested a greeting card using an  ATC for a Mental Health Outreach project for the next meeting.  The card can be blank inside or have a positive greeting or quote.

Linda will be doing a demonstration and workshop of another book for ATCs for the next meeting.   Thank you Linda!

There will not be a regular trade for the next meeting.  Please see below.

The next meeting will be on March 25, 2017 at 1pm.  Please bring:
1) A greeting card using an ATC for the Mental Health Outreach project
2) One ATC book with 4 ATCs to trade at the next meeting  (Just one to trade)
3) 2017 Colors Blind Trade: March: Purple; April: Yellow - One ATC for each
4) Ideas for projects for future meetings in 2017



November 19, 2016

As Thanksgiving was literally around the corner and the first snowflakes fell, Transit Traders met in the Transit Building.  10 Artists were present.  6 traded, 1 by proxy.

Announcements began with Marilyn encouraging people to attend the current show next door at the Graffiti Gallery.  For information : http://www.graffitigalleryoc.org/.

Also, Artists shared about a post on facebook encouraging people to donate items to food pantries that are often needed:  chocolate, feminine products, toiletries, spices, and socks.

Brenda shared about an art/craft store she recommends:  Monkey Business at 26th and Legion in Erie, PA.

Next were Show and Tells of ATCs using the Food Coloring Bubble Technique and also Round 2 of the Pocket Pages.

We then did our trades - the end of the 2016 Countries Blind Trade, Pocket Pages, and then our Regular Trade.

We decided on a Theme for a Blind Trade in 2017:  Colors.  This trade is optional.  To participate, make (1) ATC for each month following the theme.  You will then blindly trade with other participants and receive (1) ATC from another Artist.  The schedule is:

January:  Blue
February:  Silver
March:  Purple
April:  Yellow
May:  Orange
June:  Green
July:  Turquoise
August:  Pink
September:  Sepia/Brown
October:  Black
November:  Gold
December:  Red

During the meeting, we converted ATCs into Greeting Cards to donate to a local nursing home as part of a Service Project for Sarah's Girl Scouts.  We had about 30 in total by the end of the meeting!  These cards will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you!

The plan for the next meeting is to make an ATC Book to display and store our ATCs (approximately 10 or so).  Nancy L. and Linda will bring in books they have made and will share with the rest of the group.  This will be "crop style," so bring cardstock, mat board (if you have it), glue, embellishments, and maybe photo corners (if you want to remove your ATCs).  Also, you can bring your 10 (or so) ATCs that you want to put in your book.  This book is for you, not for a trade.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, January 21st at 1pm at the Transit Building.  Members are invited to meet for lunch beforehand at 11:30am.  Please check your email for details.

For the next meeting, please bring:
1) (1) ATC for 2017 Colors - Blind Trade (optional):  January: Blue; February: Silver
2) Pocket Pages (with 1 additional ATC)
3) Supplies for the ATC Books (see above)
4) THERE WILL NOT BE A REGULAR TRADE FOR JANUARY
5) JAMS (optional)

Happy Holidays!!!!





September 17, 2016

As Summer transitioned to Autumn, 11 Transit Traders met.

Announcements included that there are 4 new Artists in the Transit Building.

We had another discussion about the direction of the group.  For now, we will determine at each meeting what we are doing for the next meeting.  Opinions continue to vary from staying with Artist Trading Cards entirely to shifting to other projects.

Vicky's demonstration and workshop included making backgrounds with bubbles using food coloring.  This was so fun!  Thank you Vicky!

Bridgett is catching the bubbles on paper that Vicky is blowing with premixed bubble solution and food coloring.
We did our Show and Tell of the Challenges from the July Meeting: 1) Die Cut/Embossing using a Cuttlebug and 2) Pocket Pages.  We then did (3) Trades: our Blind Trade for 2016 - Countries, a Trade for Pocket Pages, and then our regular Trade.

So, for November's meeting, we are going to do a Service Project for a local nursing home.  Please bring at least 5 ATCs that can be used to make greeting cards.  They can be for Christmas, the Holidays, or Winter or they can be Thinking Of You.  At the meeting, we will then put the ATCs on cardstock to make the greeting cards.  Please then sign "Made by Transit Traders," on the back.  Sara's Girl Scouts will then sign some of the cards and give them out to residents.  We will also donate the unused cards.  This will make a lot of people smile!

There will not be a demonstration/workshop for the next meeting.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1pm.  Please bring:
1) Challenge:  ATC using Food Coloring Bubble Background
2) Challenge: Pocket Page (with 1 additional ATC)
3) 2016 Blind Trade- Countries: November: Kenya; December: Morocco
4) Supplies for the Service Project listed above (5 ATCs, cardstock, adhesives, cutters)
5) Regular Trade of Christmas/Holiday/Winter ATCs

See you at the next meeting!





July 9, 2016

Happy 10th Anniversary Transit Traders!  Thank you to Marilyn and Linda for sharing highlights from the minutes of the first meeting and for bringing a cake!

9 Artists were present.  8 traded.

Lisa shared multiple ways to display Artist Trading Cards, including an easel, a box, a book, and a magnet.  Thank you Lisa!

Linda did a Demonstration & Workshop of the Cuttlebug.  Thank you Linda!

We did our show and tells of ATCs using the melted crayon technique and the jar die cut.

Next, we did our Blind Trade of Countries and then our regular trade.

To help people stay artistically inspired, we had a lengthy discussion and brainstorming session.  It was agreed upon that gathering, being together in-person, is priority for each Artist.  We will continue to meet every 2 months.  What we will do in future meetings is to be determined.  It was suggested that twice a year - in the summer and right before the holidays, that we do not trade ATCs but rather meet and work on any project we want, without the purpose of trading.  It would be like a crop.  For the other 4 meetings in the year, we discussed making and trading other items.  For some of the meetings, we will still trade ATCs as many Artists enjoy trading them and to keep the integrity of the group.  Please bring your ideas and feedback to the next meeting.

Several Artists shared a new trend: Pocket Pages - a collection of 9 ATCs in a 9-pocket vinyl binder page with a theme.  We will start a Pocket Page for the next meeting by making one ATC and putting it in the page using any theme of your choice (birds, butterflies, a color scheme, etc.).  Be sure to label the ATC so we know whose page it is, please!

For the next meeting, please bring:
*Challenge:  Make 1 ATC with the die cut or embossing folder from the Cuttlebug
*2016 Blind Trade: Countries: Russia and China
*Start a Pocket Page (see above)
*Regular Trade
*JAMS

Vicky will do the next Demonstration and Workshop.  Thank you Vicky!

Next meeting is Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 1pm at the Transit Building.

May 21, 2016

As planned, a large group of Transit Traders met beforehand at Northside Eatery for a delicious lunch!  We highly recommend the cuisine and hope to return soon!  Thank you to Nancy D. for the recommendation!

For the meeting, 12 Artists were present; we had 1 Guest.  8 Artists traded.

Several announcements were made, including some changes in the members' status.  We will miss you Karen; we wish you luck in your future art endeavors!

We did a Show & Tell of ATCs using the Washi Tape techniques from Sue's demonstration.

We also did a Blind Trade of the 2016 Theme : Countries followed by our regular trade and JAMS.

Lisa did a demonstration and workshop of using melted crayons.  Thank you Lisa!

Linda volunteered to do the next demonstration and workshop using the Cuttlebug.  Thank you Linda! If you have a Cuttlebug (only, not a different brand of a die cut machine), please bring it.

The next meeting is not going to be on the third Saturday of the month.  To avoid interference with the Art Show, the next meeting is on Saturday, July 9th, 2016.

For the next meeting on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 1pm, please bring:
1) Challenge:  (1) ATC using the melted crayon technique by Lisa
2) Challenge: (1) ATC using the jar die cuts from Nicole
3) 2016 Countries Challenge: (1) ATC each representing Germany & Poland
4) Regular Trade
5) JAMS