Monday, July 16, 2018

COIN SERIES IN BLACK AND WHITE

I continue to find great pleasure in creating Artist Trading Coins, those 2-1/2" circular pieces of art which most artists are finding quite addictive! Here are the first 5 in my black and white collection:


The top left image is one of Wendy Vecchi's stamps paired with a sticker from Tim Holtz' "Small Talk" sticker book, cut to fit.


The top right coin shows a stamped image from Stampotique Originals called Little Frida accompanied by more "Small Talk" stickers.


The bottom three coins include stamps created by the up-and-coming stamp designer Carol Porter. Carol's stamps can be purchased in her Etsy shop called NaysWorld. The text with the first coin was created on my computer, the other two are more stickers from "Small Talk."







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Cheers!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

ARTIST TRADING COINS

Making Artist Trading Coins has become a favorite pastime of mine! I have cut bunches of 2-1/2" circles out of scraps of paper--some as ready-made backgrounds and others as backing for the "coins" to give them a bit of strength. I keep a pad of Tim Holtz' "Small Talk" stickers on my craft table and I can create a coin in just minutes. Remember, crafting is cheaper than professional therapy!

The coin I made today is for a Stampotique Designers Challenge and features Bowtie. If you want to have a bit of fun, check out the challenge here.


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Cheers!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge (07-08-18)

Good afternoon and Happy Sunday! This may be only the second time in history that I have created my Sunday Postcard Art on Sunday! We are given the theme for each challenge a week ahead of time and then are given another week within which to submit it. I hope you will find some time this week to participate in the DOLLS challenge at the Sunday Postcard Art site. You will find submission directions there.

Google is pretty generous about sharing free images and that's where I found this beauty and her doll. The original image had a very bright and white background and I had wanted something more subdued. I used my ink blending tool to darken the background by using Distress Oxide inks in Vintage Photo (brown),  Faded Jeans (blue), and, last, Peeled Paint (green). By staying away from the focal image, I was able to create a halo effect around her. I used a text stamp from Stampotique called Quiet Place. Finally, I edged the postcard with black Archival Ink from Ranger. And, done!


Thank you for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both inspire me!

Cheers!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge ( 07-01-18)

I am delighted that Mandy Chilvers has invited me to host the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week. I have chosen SHOES/FOOTWEAR as the challenge topic and hope you will take some time this week to play along. You will find the details here.

To create this postcard I began by cutting a scrap piece of designer paper to the required size of 4x6". Next, I used two stamps from Stampotique Originals, Vintage Postcard and 1879 Postmark. My focal image is from Stampendous! (called Heels). I stamped this image on a piece of "wipe-off" paper (a piece of paper used to wipe off paint from a brayer) from another vintage project, then cut it out and adhered it to my postcard. I did not use the text that accompanied this image but, instead, used one of Dyan Reaveley's quirky text stamps from Stampers Anonymous. And done! A simple project but not without a bit of attitude!



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Cheers!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

SUNDAY POSTCARD ART CHALLENGE: 06-30-18

Anne is the challenger this week at Sunday Postcard Art and she has chosen ASIAN as her challenge theme. I just happened to have a family of Asian women (Kokeshi Dolls), digital stamps that I had purchased from Vera Lane Studio some time ago. I have used four of the five ladies, Keomi, Megumi, Sakura and Akimi as the mother.

I began with a scrap piece of designer paper which I thought had a bit of an Asian flare. I cut it to 4x6". I resized the images on my computer and printed them off on buff paper so that I didn't have to fuss with their complexions. Their kimonos were created by printing the images onto scraps of paper cut to size and inserted into my printer tray. I then cut the kimonos out. The hair and ornaments were colored with Copics. The ladies were then "dressed" and adhered to my postcard.

I did an internet search for quotes about mothers and daughters and finally chose one for the project. 


I hope you will take time to visit the Sunday Postcard Art website, where you will find the details of the challenge. Artwork submitted to the challenge should be in by Friday each week.

Thanks for stopping by and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both your visits and comments inspire me!

Cheers!

Friday, May 18, 2018

SUNDAY POSTCARD ART CHALLENGE: 05/20/18

It has been quite a while since I have been able to participate in the Sunday Postcard Art challenge but here I am as the guest host! Thank you, Mandy Chilvers, for extending the invitation!

I have chosen the theme of CLOWNING AROUND! Anything and everything to do with clowns.  My focal image is from Stampotique Originals (by Daniel Torrente and Jill Penney) and is called Bowtie. The text stamp is also a Stampotique image.


I hope you will carve out some time this week to participate in this fun challenge. You can find the details on submitting your work here.

Cheers!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

SUNDAY POSTCARD ART CHALLENGE: 11/05/2017

I have been asked to host the Sunday Postcard Art Challenge this week and I chose the challenge theme of feathers. I hope you will carve out some time this week to get crafty and participate! You can find details here.

My husband and I began our journey from New England to the Desert Southwest on October 10th. We have had only short stops until we arrived in Colorado Springs last week. We will be here for three weeks, giving me time to get out my art supplies and play a bit. Colorado Springs is home to Simple Treasurers, a rubber stamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting haven! One of my purchases was a set of Prima cling stamps which included...you guessed it...a feather stamp!

I began this project by rubbing a bit of color from two new Ranger Distress Oxide inks, Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick, onto my craft mat and spritzing with water.



I then cut a piece of Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper into a 4 x 6" postcard. I continued "dipping" that in the inks until I was satisfied with the look.



While the inks were drying, I created my text on my computer using a quote about feathers found on an internet search. Next step was to put the postcard into my printer tray and print the quote directly onto the postcard. Once done, I stamped the feather image twice onto the postcard. (I didn't need to create a "mask" since the images were, well, feathery!)

Here's the finished postcard:


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Sunday, June 18, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (06/16/2017)

It has been many weeks since I have been able to participate in the Sunday Postcard Art challenge, but I am back on track and welcome this chance to be crafty! Audrey is hosting this week and she has challenged us to use NUMBERS!

While I expect most of my fellow artists to use numerals in their postcards, I decided to use the verbal representation of numbers instead! My background is simply a scrap of designer paper cut to 4x6". The foreground was created using two Stampotique stamps. You can find the fish here and the text stamp here.


I hope you will carve out some time this week to get crafty and make a postcard for this week's challenge. You can find the challenge details here. Please also take a moment to visit Audrey's blog here.

Cheers!

Friday, April 28, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (04-23-17)

Although we are (just today) back in our summer campground, I will post this as "art from the road" as it is there where it was created. I just didn't have any electricity to post it until today!

Anne Wilson is our host this week on the Sunday Postcard Art challenge blog and she REALLY has challenged me to the point of pain!! She has asked us to use/do ZENTANGLING/DOODLING in our postcard art. I don't doodle and I certainly don't zentangle so I thought about just sitting back and not participating this week, but what fun would that be? 

I started by googling "free zentangle patterns" and came up with a couple that looked just okay. Then I found an elephant that I loved! I thought that I would practice a bit on the other pattern first, then tackle the elephant. What I ended up using as a background here came out as passable, but the elephant turned out to be a disaster! I decided to just scrap the whole thing and have wine instead. Just before I headed for that glass of wine I thought for a moment about painting the ugly elephant black, thinking it might just pop on that colorful background. I did it and I liked it!


If you enjoy doodling or zentangling or just want an artful challenge, you can find the Sunday Postcard Art challenge here

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Cheers!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: The Three Muses Challenge (04-18-17)

The Three Muses this week challenge us to create an artful project using HANDS as the focus. I was very excited to see this challenge theme come up as I had just been given a stamp with hands in it!!

My husband and I have been traveling since last September (mostly to avoid the cold New England weather) and have taken this opportunity to reconnect with family and friends across the United States. I was thrilled when we announced online that we were approaching Virginia that an online friend invited us to stop and see her. It was the first time I would meet Carol Porter, artist, teacher, stamp designer and friend. Carol gave me a framed piece of her artwork and also the stamp I have used here (one that she designed):


Thank you for your visit today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are important to me!

If you would like to create something for this "hands" challenge, you can find the details here.

Cheers!