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An foreign artist celebrating creativity while working with mixed media in Germany.
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Dec 19, 2014
Roman numeral pattern loveliness! So clever and cool as always. May your holiday season be as fun and inspiring as you Michelle... xxx Lots of love from old TJ
Toggle Commented Dec 12, 2012 on HOLD THIS SPOT at michelle ward
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Thanks for dropping by gals, welcome Meg! Hah I love the idea of "back blocks." In reality a person could get away stamping the back of postcards with one straight line, used over and over. Yet when you send out as much mail art as I do, it's fun to be able to crank them out with one quick impression!
Thanks for the lovely comments ladies! Rushmore, you send out so much mail art I think you most certainly need your own custom carved card... Candace, what a small world... thanks so much for stopping by, now I'm hoping I get one of your postcards through Kat's swap!! Hope you all have a fantastically creative week. xx tj
700 cheers for you and your site Michelle! Thanks for all you've shared with us here. Your stencils rock, fingers crossed!! Arty hugs xx tj
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2012 on 700th post! Giveway time! at michelle ward
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Janet, of course you're "THE" Janet and yes I have your address. Watch your mailbox... post is on it's way from MN. xx tj
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2012 on Winners Announced at Tales from Studio Mailbox
For those of you who don't know my email is: tj(at) Be sure and send me your addresses!
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2012 on Winners Announced at Tales from Studio Mailbox
This one had me sniffing too. What a beautiful post about Grandma. Thank you for sharing this amazing woman with us Michelle. I cannot believe she wears Uggs...I am in awe of her and want to be this cool when I'm 99!!
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2012 on nearly ninety-nine and a half at michelle ward
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Hi Chris, that press is called a Platen Press or sometimes a "clam-shell." They don't have the largest format printing capability. Postcards are about the max. They can hold a lino block, but it's a little tricky to get it tightened up in the chase. MCBA holds classes on the Platen Press, so be sure to check their workshops on their website!! Happy printing, xx tj
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2012 on Publishing Party at Tales from Studio Mailbox
Thanks ladies for the lovely comments. I am grateful however that he was accepted to a school before the year was out. It went right to the wire. It would have been a long summer wondering where he was going to go & when a spot would open up for him. Really appreciate all your kind words... xx tj
Thanks Janet! I think lots of people collage them but this is faster... Sometimes people don't "make" a gift because they don't have a week to sew or crochet a blanket or baby clothes. This is something equally meaningful, but easier to fit into our busy lives!!
Thank you Hanai! So nice to see you here... xxtj
The more I think of this, I want to "re"surrect the old Crusades...
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2012 on TJ's Restraining Order at Tales from Studio Mailbox
Thank you Michelle for this fun challenge! Back in Germany I had a habit of always being the last crusader to roll in across the finish line. I worked all day today to try and pull all my work together to get done on time. I can't help but wonder though if I still managed to be the last of the last. That's kind of funny! xx tj
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Chrissy Miser is awesome-sauce. I don't know if there's a limitation on votes, but I'd like to slip in another ballot for her too!!!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on PLEASE VOTE at GPP Street Team
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There is one other thought about comments that I'd like to share. The biggest lesson I learned through Crusading was not an art trick or creative tip. I had the best example of a leader who I saw visiting everyone's sites and leaving kind, encouraging and supportive words. Until this time, I am ashamed to say that I wasn't much of a commenter because I was worried about my association with certain sites that weren't necessarily in line with my beliefs or tastes. Michelle, you were a shining example of reaching out and including EVERYBODY. This was the first time it occurred to me that it's OK to link up with people who are different from myself. You essentially destroyed the "cool table" in the lunch cafeteria. And that my lady, IS the coolest things I've ever seen anybody do. xx tj
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on PLEASE VOTE at GPP Street Team
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This is a lovely idea Michelle. I'd like to nominate Hanna and Lay Hoon, for all the kind words and support they consistently offered me every time I was able to join the Crusades. As well as Cath Sheard and Sarah (Flo) Harris, friends I met simply because we were crusading together!!
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2012 on PLEASE VOTE at GPP Street Team
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Wow, 472 Crusaders? That's amazing. I'll have to revisit the Girls on Film crusade, that's one I missed during my transition! It's really fun to read these trivia tidbits...
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2012 on trivia no. 4 at GPP Street Team
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Michelle, you've outdone yourself with these postcards! I haven't experienced a St. Paddy's Day in years and I thought of you every time I saw a lucky clover... I'm a huge fan of Hanna's postcard swap. I'll never forget that first year where I was one of the lucky ones who got one of your cards. I danced a jig in the German post office and still covet that baby today...!!
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2012 on lucky day at michelle ward
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Wow thank you everybody for the fantastic words of support! My cheeks are red... xx tj
Sarah I screamed out loud when I saw YOUR NAME on my list of ten. It's going to arrive late though because you're getting a little tiny bit of extra hockey love tucked into yours...xx tj
Seth, so kind of you to stop by though - you're still entered into the drawing just for leaving a comment. Besides, the host SHOULD get a prize for all the work!! Thanks for including me. I'm always happy and proud to be a small portion of your Pulse!!
WOW Quinn -- all I can say to this is, if your creative coach don't know ya, then nobody know ya!
Hi ladies, thanks for dropping in - yes Tammy I remember sending you that card. I was so excited to get your name because I love your blog!! Maybe this year I'll get one of yours... (closes eyes and makes a wish)! xx tj
Oh DJ dear, I'll never give up mail art! I'll make an extra postcard just for you taking the time to leave a comment. Love ya! xx