Thursday, September 22, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (09-18-16)

Deann is hosting the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week. Her very timely theme is HARVEST MOON!

I chose to use my harvest moon for a theme more on the serious side. When September arrives, we all think about school--whether we ourselves are returning to school or sending off our children. While, in most cases, this is a very happy and exciting time of year, a very serious problem when school reopens (although not limited to the school calendar) is one of bullying. It is so much more on my heart this year as someone I love is being bullied. I hope each of you reading this will take the time to talk to the children in your lives about bullying and what they can do to help someone who is being bullied.

For my postcard, I chose an image of a harvest moon from the free online Google images.  I printed it onto glossy photo paper so that the moon would be shiny, then punched it out and adhered it to black cardstock cut to 4" x 6". I stamped the Stampotique image "Little Friends" directly onto the moon. The quote I used is one by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919):

With every deed
You are sowing a seed,
Though the harvest
You may not see.



Come play! You have until Saturday to join in the fun. You are free to interpret the Harvest Moon theme any way you like as long as it uses a 4" x 6" (postcard size) format. Details here.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are appreciated!

Cheers!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (08-21-16)

Mandy Chilvers, the owner of the Sunday Postcard Art challenge website, is hosting this week with CHOCOLATE as the theme. 

I have never really been as much of a fan of chocolate as most of my girlfriends, though I must say that I do have a fondness for Snickers and, of course, chocolate syrup! The chocolate syrup won the background over a picture of a Snickers bar, however!

I was drawn immediately to this quote as I searched for just the right words to describe chocolate. I would add "guilty pleasure" to this list. Perhaps that is why I added "Tinglyitchiness" (from Stampotique Originals) to my postcard. He appears a bit of a devil tempting us, don't you think?


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Cheers!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (08-14-16)

It was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation to host the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week! Thanks, Mandy! 

For me, one of the world's mysteries is how mechanical things work, so WHEELS seemed like a super challenge. Wheels go 'round and 'round to transport us on the ground, but wheels also go 'round and 'round to entertain us in the air! Here's a great example:


In 72 years, I have been on a Ferris wheel once! That experience as a child was so frightening, I never would ride it again. For me, it was not only the sickening feeling while I was on the ride, but the dizziness that continued after the ride. So, today, I still say, "No thank you, Mr. Ferris!" If interested, you can find out more about the Ferris wheel here.

I hope you will carve out some time this week to get crafty and show me what you know about wheels! You can find the details for this challenge here

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are appreciated and inspire me!

Cheers!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Congrats to HELEN COOKE!

A friend recently was invited to join the Design Team of the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge site so I decided to create an ATC to congratulate Helen Cooke! You can check out Helen's blog here

The challenge for this week is to use the color Sunshine Yellow in an ATC. An ATC (or Artist Trading Card) is art in a smaller size, specifically 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".  It's not always easy to create art in such a small size, but it is always fun!

To create this ATC, I began with a scrap of multi-colored patterned paper for my background. I used a new stamp created by stamp designer Carol Porter. You will find "Crystal" in Carol's Etsy Shop here. First, I stamped the hat onto Sunshine Yellow card stock and cut it out.  Next, I stamped the image again onto buff paper and just cut out the face, which I further colored with Copic markers. Finally, I stamped the full image onto my background paper and adhered both the hat and face over that image. The sentiment was printed on my computer.



I am entering this ATC in this week's Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. If you can find some time this week, join me in getting crafty--only in a smaller size!

Thanks for visiting today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both are appreciated!

Cheers!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (08-07-16)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is hosted by Carol Fox who has chosen PETS as her challenge theme! Carol and I were both on the Stampotique Design Team a while back and I remain one of her biggest fans!  You can find her blog here.

My postcard is a random bunch of images created with several stamps, some of them from Stampotique Originals. The dog paw is from Recollections and is one of my favorites!


Plenty of time this week to join in on the Sunday Postcard Art fun! You can find the details here.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both are appreciated!

Cheers!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (07-30-16)

I have been moved to more pensive thinking of late and this has carried forward to some extent to my artful projects--including the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week. Hazel is our host and has chosen eggs as the theme. You can find her blog post here.

A simple background, somewhat altered with Photoshop Elements software, provides the perfect backdrop for the quote (author unknown) I have used. 



There is still plenty of time this week to "answer" this challenge. Take some time to get crafty. You can find the challenge details here.

Thank you for coming by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are appreciated!

Cheers!

Monday, July 25, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (07-24-16)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is hosted by Sandie, who has us spotlighting COWBOYS/COWGIRLS! My favorite cowboy ever is John Wayne, so I paired a quote from him with an artful wallpaper print. A simple piece, but I love the motivation in both the art and quote.



It's just Monday, so you have until Saturday to saddle up and make your postcard. You will find the details here.  

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both encourage me!

Cheers!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (07-17-16)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week comes from Annie, who is thinking summer picnics! For me in the campground, a summer picnic is just outside the door of our travel trailer! I pulled the picnic tablecloth back a bit from the corner of the table and snapped a quick photo. One of my quirky Stampotique stamp friends--Tinglyitchiness--became my magnified picnic ant. My sweet stepdaughter Sarah, an artist herself, added the uninvited guests for me!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!


This week's postcard challenge is almost over, but there will be a new one tomorrow. You will find it here. Take some time to get crafty and join us!

Thanks for your visit today and also for taking a moment to leave a comment! Both are appreciated!

Cheers!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: PUBLISHED!

I am thrilled to have my artwork published in the June issue of Craft Stamper Magazine!




Here's a close-up of both the front and inside:



I made this card for a friend, but, when accepted for publication, I had to mail the original card to the publisher for photographing.  It is finally back and it will go in the mail to Janet Moore--one of the most elegant and "put-together" women I know!  

Thanks for coming by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are important to me!

Cheers!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: A birthday card for Sweet Sue

You might notice that the blog title has changed from "ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE" to "ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND."  We have transitioned from our winter home in Rye, New Hampshire, back to the campground in South Hampton, New Hampshire.  The move and organizing have taken about a month, but my studio has reappeared and is operational!

Albeit a day or so late, I made time today to make a birthday card for a very dear friend, Sweet Sue!  Sue is not a longtime friend, but one who has appeared in my life at just the right time.  I found great joy in creating this card for her.

The photos tell the story here:


I added drops of Archival Ink re-inkers (in Forget-Me-Not and Chrome Yellow) as well as a bit of gold mixative to my craft mat.


Next, I added splashes of rubbing alcohol and gently mixed with a spatula.  I pushed into this mixture a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11" specialty stamping paper (Ranger), repeating as I moved the paper around, lifting and moving until I was happy with the result.


This 8-1/2 x 11" sheet will yield panels for three cards:


The next step was to add some embossed stamping to the panel, a simple process that yields dramatic results:


I matted the panel with black cardstock, then adhered that to my card blank:


Another stamp added the inside greeting:


It felt good to begin again to play in my (relocated) studio!  I have many projects on the list for all my tomorrows.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate both your visits and your comments.

Cheers!