Saturday, October 27, 2018

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge (10-28-18)

I am pumped that Mandy Chilvers has again invited me to host the Sunday Postcard Art challenge. One of my favorite art topics is Edgar Allan Poe, so it is he who rules the challenge this week!

I began by resizing and printing an image from a digital stamp set called Poe Boy. Next, I stamped an image of Poe (from Carmen's Veranda) onto white cardstock and cut it out. Using my rotary trimmer, I cut the image in half and adhered it to my background. The text stamp,  from Invoke Arts, was printed on white cardstock and matted with black cardstock, then adhered to my postcard. A rather simple project but definitely an edgy tale of the macabre. 

Thank you for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are important to me and inspire me! I hope you will take some time this week to play along with my Edgar Allan Poe challenge on the Sunday Postcard Art site. You can find the details for participating here.


Thursday, August 16, 2018


I made a thank-you card recently that I would like to share. It is for a friend who seems always to have my back whether I am in town or out of town! I enclosed a gift card for a restaurant we often visit together!

I chose a scrap of designer paper, cut it to size, then matted it with a solid color and adhered it to my card blank. I then used my Side Kick to die cut a single flower from a Tim Holtz Thinlits Collection. I used another die to cut a stitched border for my sentiment. I stamped that on white cardstock, edged with with a coordinating ink, adhered it to my card, and done! A very simple and quick card yet one, I think, with a lot of interest.

And a bit of detail:

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ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (08-12-18)

This week's challenge at the Sunday Postcard Art site is hosted by Hazel who asks us to be thinking of NURSERY RHYMES as we create our postcards. One of my favorites was "Little Miss Muffet!" Since I love vintage anything and I still had crackle paint on my craft table, I was drawn to this artwork by The Whimsical Peacock when I saw it while conducting a search for nursery rhymes. I give her full credit for the artwork as all I did was give it a crackle finish to further age it.

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her,
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Thank you for visiting today and for taking a few moments to leave a comment. Both serve as inspiration!


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (08-05-18)

The challenge this week at Sunday Postcard Art had me dusting off more art supplies! The owner of this site, Mandy Chilvers, is also hosting and has asked us to use some form of "crackling" in our artwork.

The result of crackling always makes me think of things vintage so I decided to use something from my Tim Holtz' paper doll collection. I found a scrap of designer paper in shades of brown and I trimmed it to the size of a standard postcard (4" x 6"). I adhered the designer paper to an index card to give it some stability and then added some color around the edges using a blending tool and Ranger's Distress Ink in "Gathered Twigs."

Next, I applied a medium coat of "Rock Candy," the clear Distress Crackle Paint from Ranger. After drying several hours (allowing the paint on the surface to "crackle"), I added more "Gathered Twigs" ink over the top to try to get some color between the cracks. I adhered some washi tape across the bottom to ground my two vintage friends, then stickers from my Tim Holtz' "Chitchat" collection.

A couple of close-ups to better show the crackle finish:

What a fun challenge! Please take some time this week to be creative. It's great therapy! If you would like to participate in the Sunday Postcard Art challenge, you will find the details here.

Thank you for visiting today and for taking a few moments to leave a comment. Both are appreciated!


Friday, August 3, 2018

ART FROM THE ROAD: Getting reacquainted with alcohol inks!

I recently was pointed toward a video on YouTube and, well, you know what happened. I was there for hours! By chance, I came upon one of Tim Holtz's early videos introducing alcohol inks and their versatility. I remember becoming immediately enamored of these inks that came in bottles and, of course, bought many, many shades of the liquid jewels. When I found them yesterday, the bottles were dusty! Not daunted by a bit of dust, I set them out on my craft table and went in search of the wooden applicator (blending tool) and those little felt pads (remember?).

My task for the day was to create a card for someone who is getting buried with family stuff. She needed a bit of uplifting and these alcohol inks were about to do just that!

Without consulting my color wheel, I chose three inks that I thought might look good together--Pool, Stonewashed (blues) and Purple Twilight. I loaded up the blending tool and started pouncing color on a piece of Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. I wish I had taken pictures of this process (was not thinking about blogging at the time) because I had forgotten just how BRIGHT these colors are. I remembered that I used to use a blending solution to tone down or even remove color. Found it! I was able to soften the colors a bit to the point where I liked them much better.

Without admitting that I am still buying art supplies, I will share that I recently "acquired" a set of 7 die cuts of weeds. Yes, weeds! I chose some green paper, got out my Big Kick and cut away. I also recently "acquired" a box of photo frame cards and decided to use one of those for this card. With a bit of adhesive, I nestled the stems under the "frame" at the bottom and extended some of the tops of the weeds over the sides. I intentionally did not adhere all of the blooms to the card and bent them forward a bit (not easily visible here). Here's the result:

I adhered other images that I cut onto the inside of the card on the left. That's a nice touch that I will remember in the future.

Thanks for visiting today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both inspired me!


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge (07-29-18)

It has been a couple of weeks since I have had the necessary time and that all-important electricity to be creative and to participate in the Sunday Postcard Art challenge! Marion is hosting this week and has chosen the theme of Stripey Legs which, for most of us, will mean ZETTI inspired.


Zettiology is explained in a great article authored by Susan Luke. You can find it here. In a nutshell, it is the artful combination of the real with the unreal--or the playful mix of reality and fantasy, most often combining human and animal parts usually accompanied by text. I did my best at putting these elements together with the helpful stamps of both Wendy Vecchi and Dyan Revealey. Not especially my favorite style of art but I will admit that it was fun to create this one!

Thank you for stopping by today and especially for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both serve as inspiration for me.


Friday, July 20, 2018


Still seem to be finding great joy in creating (and in both trading and giving away) Artist Trading Coins! This series was created with images punched from a paper pad of Jane Davenport's artwork (American Crafts) and paired with "Small Talk" stickers by Tim Holtz (Ranger). 

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


Monday, July 16, 2018


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."

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


Wednesday, July 11, 2018


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.

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


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!