Saturday, November 26, 2016

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (11-29-16)

Mandy Chilvers has asked me to host the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week and I have chosen TWO OF A KIND as my theme. My original intent was to use the same stamp twice, but, when I recently visited the Simple Pleasures Scrapbooking and Stamping store in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and purchased a new stamp, well--I just couldn't resist inking it up and using it for this challenge.

My new stamp is by Stampotique Originals and is called Take Your Time. The canceled postmark stamp is also from Stampotique and is called 1879 Postmark.



I hope you will find some time this week to participate in the Sunday Postcard Art challenge. You can find the details here

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

Cheers!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (11-20-16)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is hosted by Carol who has chosen SAINTS/ICONS as the theme. I am not Catholic but, from time to time, I will admit to having called upon Saint Anthony when I was looking for something! I am also familiar with Saint Mary and Saint Christopher but wanted to choose a saint with whom I was not already familiar.

I did a bit of research and found that Elizabeth Ann Seton was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church! Best known as Mother Seton, she is said to be, among others, the Patron Saint of children near death, in-law problems, loss of parents, opposition of Church authorities, those ridiculed for their piety and, significantly, of Catholic schools.


The image is from an internet search which I trimmed and created my own background from a scrap of paper in my stash. The photograph was taken on the grounds of the Desert Gardens RV Resort in Florence, Arizona, where Russ and I have been staying this past week.

Thanks, Carol, for a great challenge! If you would like to participate, you can find the details here.

I am pleased you came by today and thank you for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are appreciated!

Cheers!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (10-09-16)

It is my pleasure this week to host the Sunday Postcard Art challenge and I have chosen kind of a quirky theme: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh my! As is usual, there is an element of humor attached to my postcard!



I hope you will come play with us this week. You will find the Sunday Postcard Art challenge details here.

Thanks for visiting today and especially for taking a moment to leave a compliment. Both are important to me!

Cheers!

Monday, October 3, 2016

ART FROM THE ROAD: "ANSWERING" TWO CHALLENGES!

I rarely create one project and submit it to two different challenges, but, today, I am doing exactly that!

First, the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is hosted by Hazel and she wants to see WIZARDS! Now, historically, wizards have always been male--but then so have our U.S. presidents. We have a woman currently running for president, so why could it not follow that a woman could be a wizard?

The second challenge is hosted by Mixed Media Monthly. For this challenge, I used their "mood board" for inspiration:


From this board, I chose my color palette, a bit of the spookiness, and a touch of humor!


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

I hope you will find a bit of time to get creative and join in the two challenges. Check out each of the challengers for the details.

Cheers!

Friday, September 30, 2016

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (09-25-16)

Today is kind of "the first day of the rest of my life" in that this is the first piece of art created by me from the road! Russ and I began the journey we have dreamed about for years this week! We left Tuxbury Pond Campground in New Hampshire (our "summer" home) and we are headed for the West Coast (eventually) to spend the warmest winter ever for us!

I have missed a couple of Sunday Postcard Art (SPA) challenges because of how very busy we have been preparing for this journey. However, we landed in Wellesley Island State Park in New York State today and we will be here for three days--time enough to get out some art supplies!

Today's SPA challenger is Marion, who proposed THE BEATLES as our focus. Here's my offering containing an image of the Beatles from Google free images as well as a bit of wrapping paper and my own title! 


Thanks for coming by today and also for taking a moment to leave a message. Both are appreciated!

Cheers from the road,


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?


Thanks for stopping by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both are appreciated. If you have not already done so, I would also appreciate it if you would join as a "follower" today (upper right-hand sidebar). Once you have done that, you can also follow by e-mail (also in the upper right-hand sidebar) so that you will receive an e-mail each time I update this blog.

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!