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New Faces at Altered Pages!

Help me give a big welcome to our newest faces at Altered Pages,
Francine Perri and Deb McCormick!
WELCOME LADIES!

FRANCINE PERRI

I am a self-taught Mixed-Media Artist, I design and make jewelry and I make Mixed-Media Collages which I find very fun to do. I also love to decoupage! I got married in June so I guess I am still considered a newlywed, we each have a son, both are in college, and we have a Poodle and a Chocolate Lab and we reside on Long Island, NY.


I have been published several times in Altered Arts Magazine as well as other magazines and a coffee-table book where I decorated a bra for a silent auction where the proceeds all went to breast cancer.

My blog is www.Artiswithinme.blogspot.com








DEB McCORMICK

Hi! I am Deb McCormick, I am in love with art of all kinds. I live with the President of my fan club, my husband of 37 years. If he has his phone, he is sharing my latest Mandalas or my latest Zentangles. I have three grown sons who have taught me the joy of unconditional love. My sons with the help of their wives have given me 5 beautiful grandchildren. I have learned from my grands to enjoy child like fun and the simple things in life. Just join my journey it will be a fun ride.


Please help me give both Francine and Deb a warm welcome! 

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