Thursday, September 18, 2014

MY STUDIO TABLE(S)

If you are looking for my STAMPOTIQUE post for this week, you will find it immediately below this post!

I am a follower of Seth Apter's blog called "The Altered Page," and have been following this blog for quite some time.  I am especially thrilled to be taking one of Seth's classes at Art-Is-You in Stamford, CT, next month!  However, today he is hosting a massive movement where artists post their studio tables "as is," not all cleaned up for a photo shoot.  So whether you create out of a suitcase, on your dining room table, or in a formal studio, SHOW US YOUR TABLE!  You can find directions for posting here.

In my defense, I need to share that my husband and I are both participating in a challenge called ALTERED PLAYING CARDS, and were both in my "attic studio" last Sunday.  After finishing our cards for last week and getting them scanned and online, we left all too quickly, leaving behind this mess!

I am blessed to have the entire third floor of our New England home as my studio space.  In addition to the anteroom, where I have a desk with my die cutting machine, a sewing table, and a bookcase where stamps and scrapbooks are stored, I have six 5' x 8' tables, plus three smaller tables in the main room for my computer, printers, coffee maker and, of course, journals!  I try to confine my messes to designated areas.  For instance, one for painting, another for spraying, etc., but I usually end up doing everything at "my" work table.  My husband contributes to the mess, as does my stepdaughter when she visits.  But, truth be told, most of this mess is all mine!

Interestingly, before I begin a new project, I take time to clean it all up.  Seriously, I have a definite need for a clean space in which to create.  In just a few minutes, I will be starting that process as I need a birthday card for Sunday!  So, Seth...and the world...here's my studio table(s):



Thanks for stopping by to check out my studio today.  Please leave a comment (don't be too harsh!) to let me know that you were here.  Feel free to join as a follower and revisit from time to time.  If you would like to be notified when I update my blog, sign up also to "follow by e-mail."

Cheers!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 165: JUST ONE STAMP!

The Stampotique Designers' Challenge has been posted, and it, indeed, will be a challenge for many!   The lovely Samantha Read is our hostess, and she and Poppy (her furry studio assistant) have this to say about that:
One of the beauties of Stampotique stamps is that there are 18 amazing artists designing our rubbery goodness and their images work so well together that it's great to use a lot of stamps for one project, and I often do.
So this week, I am challenging myself and inviting you, too, to use just one stamp . . . wondering off scratching head and rubbing chin . . . this is going to be SO hard to choose!! 
Most importantly, have fun, Sam x
I have another stamp that I had not yet used and, after thinking about less being more, decided to go big!  The stamp I have used for my card is called "Femme Collage," and measures a whopping 4-1/2" x 6"!  This single image (a compilation of many) makes an impressive card.  I added only a bit of a computer-generated sentiment, the world "courage."  I printed the word on the same paper as the background, then outlined it in black, and adhered it to the card with foam adhesive dots.



I appreciate your stopping by today.  Please do leave a comment so that I will know you were here!  I hope you will find some time this week to make something for the "single stamp" challenge.  Guidelines for participating and submitting your art can be found here.  At the end of the month, two names will be drawn from all the submissions and will each receive a $30 gift certificate toward anything in the Stampotique "store."  That lucky name could just be yours!

Cheers!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 164: ANIMALS OR BIRDS

Sue Davis is directing the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week, and it's all about animals or birds!  Give a listen:
Napoleon once said that the English are a nation of shopkeepers.  What he should have said is that we are a nation of animal lovers.  Nearly everyone I know has got a cat or dog, a pet rabbit or bird, and I know that my Stampotique teamies have their pets too.  So, this week we're celebrating fur and feathers, and I challenge you to create something with either animals or birds. Put your best paw forward and bring it on.  Have fun!
My Super Dog Jake has given me permission to go with wings and feathers, so I checked out my ever-growing collection of Stampotique Originals and was spotted by this pair of "Bold Birds" (pun intended!).
  

I used patterned paper for my ATC base, and printed my quote directly onto the paper using my computer.  (I failed to give credit for the quote, so will let you know it is by Morrie Schwartz.)  For a bit of added texture, I used France Papillon's "Design Cube" in the background.

Thank you for coming by again today!  I appreciate both your visits and your comments.  I hope you will spend some time getting crafty this week and create something for this fun challenge.  Directions and rules for submitting your artwork can be found here.  At the end of the month, two artists will be randomly selected to receive $30 gift certificates for products found in the Stampotique "store."

Cheers!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 163: REFRESH IT!

A fun-of-a-kind challenge from Kaz Boughton at Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week!  Here's what she has to say to inspire us:
Refresh it!  Use one of your older stamps that you've not used for a while and give it a new lease of life!
There was no question about which stamp I would use today because "Mary" was the first member of the Stampotique Originals family to take up residence in my studio.  Admittedly, I do seem to have a lot of "favorites," but Mary truly retains that honor in reality!



Stampotique Stamps I have used on this tag:



Although Mary is unique, her presentation can still vary.  Here are a couple of "other" Mary's from my archives:




Thank you for coming by again today!  I appreciate both your visits and your comments.  I hope you will spend some time getting crafty this week and create something for this fun challenge.  Directions and rules for submitting your artwork can be found here.  At the end of the month, two artists will be randomly selected to receive $30 gift certificates for products found in the Stampotique "store."

Cheers!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

THE ALTERED PLAYING CARD CHALLENGE

If you are looking for my Stampotique project for this week, it's right below this one!


My friend and uber talented Stampotique teammate Claudine Criner will be leading an online workshop she is calling THE ALTERED PLAYING CARD CHALLENGE...and it's FREE! Over the next 6 months, starting September 1, Claudine will be sharing techniques, tricks, tips and tutorials on how to alter a simple deck of 52 playing cards into fun pieces of art. She will walk us through the process, doing two cards a week, so there will be no pressure. We will create as we go--together!
NON-ARTSY FOLKS are encouraged to join in, as you will need only the very basics of art supplies. This project will be a fun way to "get your feet wet" if you have a desire to get crafty but don't know where to begin.
Check out Claudine's blog for the details here.
I will be there...will you?
Cheers!



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 162: UNDER THE SEA

The Stampotique Designers' Challenge is sure to cool the summer heat as we are going "under the sea" to please my talented teammate Arwen McCullen!  Here's the challenge in her own words:
Who doesn't remember Arielle the little mermaid?  :)  I love the sea and the residents there.  Mixed with fantasy and mysticism, it's a perfect theme for a Stampotique Challenge! Let me see how your underwater world looks.   
                                        xx Arwen
I took the easy way out and enlisted the help of some "seaworthy" patterned paper from my stash to create this card.  The large fish on the right and the sentiment are from Stampotique Originals.
The stamps I used are:
Gueneviere (Amy Wellenstein)
One Fish, Two Fish... (Amy Wellenstein)

I hope you will join us in creating something this week.  The submission guidelines are here.  At the end August, two lucky artists will be randomly chosen to receive a $30 gift certificate for anything in the Stampotique "store."  

Thank you for stopping by today, and thanks, too, for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both are appreciated! 


Cheers!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 161: FLOWERS

My favorite day of the week is here again, so that means the Stampotique Designers' Challenge has been posted and we are free to move about the garden!  Kristen Catalano is our lovely hostess, and she is saying, 
We may be nearing towards the end of summer, and for most, the flowers are fully bloomed, but for me, some of the best flowers are yet to come.  I love the gigantic sunflowers and the autumn mums, and for that reason, I challenge you to use flowers in your creations this week. Have fun !
I have been playing with coasters recently, and decided I was ready to try something just a bit different.  Rather than using alcohol inks, I gessoed my ceramic coaster, added some paint and stamping, then--surprisingly--paper!  Here's my project:



As I didn't want the glare of the varnish to reflect during the scanning process, I will add that later.  I promise to let you know how the paper pieces survive with use!

I used three Stampotique Originals' stamps on the coaster:


Flowers For You (Maryse Carrier)
Flowers are love's truest... (Carol's Collection)
Carol's Flower, small (Janet Klein)

Thank you for coming by again today!  I appreciate both your visits and your comments.  I hope you will spend some time getting crafty this week and create something for this fun challenge.  Directions and rules for submitting your artwork can be found here.  At the end of the month, two artists will be randomly selected to receive $30 gift certificates for products found in the Stampotique "store."

Cheers!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 160: GET INSPIRED BY MUSIC!

The Stampotique Designers' Challenge is up, and I can already hear the music!  Kathi Rerek is our host this week, and here's her challenge to you:
I love music and enjoy most genres ranging from liturgical music to rap, from classical to head-bangin' rock!  Music fills my soul and moves me emotionally and physically. 
Let's see how music inspires you!  Use song lyrics, music notations, or words associated with music in your project and share it with us!
Have fun!  I can't wait to see what you all create!
Like Kathi, I like music, too!  All kinds of music.  One of my favorite genres while in my studio, however, is Chinese music. I love the flute, the sound of the wind and chimes, birds chirping, and water rushing.  One of my favorite pieces is called "The Tea Ballad," and it has inspired my piece today.  If you'd like to give a listen while you're reading, click here.

For Kathi's challenge this week, I have chosen to work in my Finnabair Journal (by Prima).  I chose a page with a background showing colors similar to those in a piece of patterned paper I wanted to use.  The paper is from a collection called "The Far East" by DCWV.  First, the finished page...



then, the detail...







The cup image is from Stampotique Originals, and is called "Musical Cup."  I stamped it on a scrap piece of the background paper and adhered it with pop dots so that it wouldn't have to compete with the depth of the cherry blossom branch.

I hope that music moves you, too, and that you will be inspired to create something for this great challenge.  Directions and rules for submission of your artwork can be found here.  At the end of August, two lucky winners will be randomly drawn to receive a $30 gift certificate for anything in the Stampotique "store."  It could be you!

Thanks for coming by today and for taking the time to leave a comment!  Both mean a lot to me!

Cheers!




Wednesday, August 6, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 159: BOWS!

As Stampotique Designers' Challenge design team members, we have a list of upcoming challenges so that we can be ready to post on the day the challenge goes live!  A perk you say?  In most cases, yes.  We can design without the pressure of deadlines.  But, there are those rare occasions, like this one, when I know what's coming and absolutely dread it!  I am not a "bow" person.  If you could look through everything I have ever created, you would not find one bow!  But, first, read what my wonderful teammate and friend Jackie Payne has to say:
   Ribbons have been around since the Middle Ages. Merchants travelled the world, buying and selling ribbon, many of which had gold and silver in the silk. ribbons were a sign of nobility and worn only by the rich. By the  seventh century ribbon was part of the fashion industry and was part of clothing.
   Today ribbon has numerous uses, and it is a favourite crafting accessory, I have lots of it! 
   You can make fabulous bows with it to adorn your cards, scrapbook page,  tags, journals, etc.
   So, I would like to see you adding a bow to your project, if you don't have ribbons, bows can be made out of many mediums such as paper, clay, and string to name but a few!
   I looking forward to seeing your creations with a bow!
So, I have been saving bows.  People who knew of my predicament have been saving bows for me.  I have been practicing tying bows.  But, nothing seemed to inspire me. I have been creating gelli prints for months, but my prints have just been stacking up and I have not been using them.  My goal was to do that for this challenge.  I gathered all my prints and leafed through them for inspiration.  I found one that I liked and the color immediately reminded me of a Stampotique stamp that I had purchased, but not yet used. 
 

"Stacked Cups" is a fun stamp created by designer Roc Nicholas.  I stamped it, trimmed around it and laid it on my gelli print.  I was now on a roll.  What followed was a bit of coloring with my Copics and printing a sentiment on my computer.  An addition of a piece of "scrap metal" from my stash, and done...well, except for that damned bow!!  Keep it simple, I thought.  I combed through my ribbon drawer(s) and found twine.  Simple, basic, very ordinary twine...and I tied a simple, basic, very ordinary bow!


So, while I did not like the challenge, I really do like what I created.  So, thanks, Jackie, for giving me the nudge!

I hope you will join us in creating something this week.  The submission guidelines are here.  At the end August, two lucky artists will be randomly chosen to receive a $30 gift certificate for anything in the Stampotique "store."  

Thank you for stopping by today, and thanks, too, for taking a moment to leave a comment.  Both are appreciated!

Cheers!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

STAMPOTIQUE DESIGNERS' CHALLENGE 158: BLACK'N'WHITE WITH A POP OF COLOR!

I am thrilled to have a turn to host the Stampotique Designers' Challenge this week!  What might seem like a simple challenge to most, for some, whose work is generally full of color, it really will be a challenge.  But, for all of us, it's good to try something different. I have been on a black'n'white artistic kick lately because I love the crisp freshness it can bring to a card, journal page or ATC. Whatever you decide to do, keep it black and white with just a pop of color!  Get creative this week and join us!  The directions and rules for submission can be found here

To inspire you, I have made a card. The "technical details" are below, if you are interested.


I used a black card blank and scraps of patterned paper and black card stock to create the card.  I trimmed the patterned paper just a bit smaller than the card blank so the card blank serves as matting.  I used one of the new Tim Holtz Frameworks dies (Honeycomb) to create a bit of interest on the left.  I used an oval punch to create the "rug" to ground my image.  That delightful image is from Stampotique Originals, and is by one of their newest stamp designers, Linda Peterson.  This image is called "Hazelheart," and you can find all of Linda's stamps (most with coordinating text stamps) here.  For my sentiment, I used a Stampotique text stamp called "You are in my prayers."

Thanks so much for stopping by today, as well as for your comments.  Both mean a lot to me!  Between my blog followers and networked blog followers, I am nearing that 200 mark!  If you have not yet joined as a follower, please do so.  I would love to see you back again!  

Cheers!