Tuesday, November 24, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art (11-22-15)

Hazel is our host this week at the Sunday Postcard Art site and the challenge is to use fruit in the creation of our postcards. Her inspirational art for this week is wonderful and I would encourage you to visit her site to check it out.

My postcard for this week is a bit "off season" if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, but I had fun making it just the same. One of the items on my Bucket List is to visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. That was the inspiration for this piece.  

Both the background and quote are from an internet search. The image is called "Friends" and is by Stampotique Originals.

I hope you will find some time this week to play along with this challenge.  You can find the rules here.

I appreciate both your visit and your comment today.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: "Take It Make It" Challenge

Craft Stamper Magazine's "Take It Make It" challenge for November is to use a stamp and the theme is Anything Goes. It is possible to submit three pieces of art (each entered separately), so decided to make my third submission today.  

I recently found a new stamp designer by the name of Carol Porter.  I am lucky to have two of her stamps; the one I am using today being my favorite! You can see everything that Carol sells (including cards) at NAYS WORLD in her Etsy Shop. You can also follow her blog here.  

I made this journal page today using a scrap of patterned paper. I added some interest in the background before adhering my focal image (stamped on book text) and stamping my sentiment onto the paper. I think the two pair nicely!

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Monday, November 16, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: "Take It Make It" November Challenge

Craft Stamper Magazine's "Take It Make It" challenge for November is to use a stamp and the theme is Anything Goes. With such freedom, it was fun to create this fall-flavored tag:

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art (11-15-15)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge is so named because the challenge is issued each Sunday.  Marion is our host this week with the theme of November Rain, and I have "answered" her challenge on Sunday!  Likely this won't happen again anytime soon, but this afternoon the New England Patriots' game is on and my husband is occupied!

I cut a piece of watercolor paper to the standard postcard size of 4" x 6" and printed an excerpt from Dan Wittenkeller's poem November Rain directly onto my postcard.  I stamped my image ("Portland" from Stampotique Originals) directly onto the postcard and colored her with colored pencils.  The "Leaf" stamp, also from Stampotique, was used several times, each time being inked up with fall colors from the Tim Holtz "mini's" collection.  I made a mask of the leaf image and at the end inked it in brighter colors and adhered it to the postcard.  Finally, I used a blending tool to ink up the edges of the postcard.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment so that I will know you were here!

I am entering this artwork in the Craft Stamper Magazine "Take It Make It" November challenge.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art (11-07-15)

Deann is the host for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week, and she has sent us back to dig up our favorite fairy tale!  Few things last past childhood, but Snow White and those seven delightful dwarfs have endured the past seven decades for me!  Dopey was always my favorite dwarf.  Amazingly, he never spoke, yet one could always imagine what he was thinking!

For my background, I cut two pieces of heavy cardstock to 4" x 6".  I applied gesso to the surface of one, then pressed the two together and "massaged" the outside a bit to push around the gesso between the two.  When I pulled them apart, there was texture and pattern everywhere!  I allowed the cardstock to dry and then, using a citrus color palette, applied Dylusions spray inks and spritzes of water to blend them.

The pre-colored image of Dopey was from an internet search, and the text stamp is from Stampotique Originals.  

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

Monday, November 2, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge

Linda is our host at Sunday Postcard Art this week, and she is sending us off to Paris to create art!  I hope you will take some time this week to join us in creating something for this challenge.

My postcard this week was a simple one to create as I used a Sizzix "texture fade" die folder to create dry embossing on my paper (cut to 6" x 4").  I then used a sanding block to rub off most of the raised surfaces, revealing the white core of the paper.

Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  I appreciate both!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is following the Halloween theme.  I created this postcard by dabbing Tim Holtz' Mini Distress Ink pads (various fall colors) on my craft mat, then spritzing with water.  I then continued to drag my postcard through that yummy color until I was happy with the result.  After drying with my heat tool, I stamped Stampendous' Crowscape using archival ink, then edged the postcard with TH's Rusty Hinge.  For the sentiment, I used a stamp from Stampers Anonymous called Crazy Talk, and done!

Come play with us at Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week!

Thanks for stopping by for a look and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  I value both!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: a sympathy card

A couple of people have asked me about my entitling my last post (and this one) as "Art from the Main House."  The house we have rented for the winter is only feet from the Atlantic Ocean in Rye, New Hampshire.  We are in the "main house," hence the title, in a group of homes and cottages called Salty Breeze Cottages.  Ours is the largest and so has always been called the main house.  The art I create from this venue may/may not be different from any other works I have created, but I always want to remember that I created these works during this period of my life.

Earlier this month, a friend of mine unexpectedly lost her husband. It has been a most difficult time for her, as you can image, and I have taken a long while to digest it myself.  Only today, have I been able to create a sympathy card for her.  I had forgotten how therapeutic making a card of condolence can be.  As I worked on the card, I sorted through memories and plans that will never transpire for us as couples.  

The card was created on a card blank using scraps of paper.  The stamp I used is from Stampotique Originals.  I used a metal die (Poppystamps, Inc.) called "Weeping Willow Branches," to create the cascade on the left which I thought went perfectly with the tearful image.

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

Friday, October 23, 2015

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: a journal page

It has been since July that I have been without art supplies.  After selling our home and giving away, donating and storing our worldly possessions, we are finally settled in our "winter rental" in Rye, New Hampshire.  We are in a wonderful home on Ocean Boulevard, just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.  I can see it, hear it, smell it and even taste it.  It is a very peaceful venue in which to begin again to create!

Some number of months ago, an elderly woman died.  As often happens, what remains of such a person's possessions is left to the children.  It is up to them to determine the disposition of those items.  The son of just such a woman happens to be a friend of my sister.  One day, the son was lamenting to my sister that he had a file folder full of papers handmade by his mother and he was at a loss as to what to do with them.  His mother had clearly marked them "not for sale."  My sister shared with her friend my love of art and that she was sure I would appreciate them.  I am privileged to use one of those papers in my art journal project today.

The paper that I have used here is described by Cal Williams, the creator of the paper, as being...

Kozo - Japanese Mulberry Bark
Beaten but uncleaned

Due the rough, yet very beautiful texture of the paper, I wasn't sure that I would be able to stamp on it, but am pleased with the outcome.  The stamps I used are both from Stampotique Originals.  I highlighted the edges with Tim Holtz' Distress Ink in "Rusty Hinge."

I am glad that you stopped by today.  I hope you will take a moment to leave a comment!


Wednesday, July 15, 2015


It hardly seems possible that we could be halfway through the month of July already, but here we are.  The Feeling Sketchy Challenge Blog has posted a new sketch today: 

I had so much fun interpreting the last sketch in the form of a layout that I am going with that again this time.  My stepdaughter Sarah recently sent me a "selfie," and I absolutely love it!  She is pictured with her two cats Nikki and Sam (on Sarah's shoulder). 

First, the layout, then, a few detail photographs (a supply list follows):


  • KaiserCraft paper
  • Red cardstock (from stash)
  • White Rick Rack (Wrights)
  • Unity Stamp Set "Be Amazing" (sentiment)
  • Die Cut Machine (Cricut)
  • "Elegant Edges" font (Cricut)
  • Xyron 1.5" create-a-sticker
  • Tombo mono permanent adhesive
  • Carl 12" rotary trimmer
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