Monday, March 27, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: SENDING CARDS

I belong to the Main Street Congregational Church in Amesbury, Massachusetts. One of the ways I serve my church and its people is as a member of the "Called to Care" Committee. This group, among other things, sends cards or notes to members when they are ill, undergo surgery, suffer a loss, welcome a new baby, or, sometimes, just need to be lifted up and know that someone cares about them. Even though I have been away from my church for the last six months as we travel, I have continued to stay connected by creating these cards and notes and mailing them from the road.

One of the women in our church recently fell and broke her ankle. I created this card for her. I cut a piece of scrapbook paper to fit just inside my cream card blank and adhered it to the front. I stamped my text (which I thought rather appropriate!) onto a piece of cardstock,  matted with black cardstock, then adhered that to the front.

My focal image is a stamp designed by artist Carol Porter. This image is from her "Funky Girl" series. You can purchase this stamp as well as others in Carol's Etsy Shop here. Carol's art blog is called DAILY ART TANTRUMS which you can find and follow here. The image was stamped on cream cardstock, colored with Copic Markers and cut out. I punched a scallop shape from the same cream cardstock to ground my image.



I am so glad that you stopped by today and thank you for taking a moment to leave a comment. Why don't you create or purchase a card today and surprise someone with a greeting! It just might be the nicest thing that happens to them on the day they receive it in the mail!

Cheers!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (03-26-17)

It is time again for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge and our host this week is Sabine who is asking us to make ANIMAL PEOPLE! 

I love art. I love humor. But, what I really, really love is humor in art! Today, that led me to not a political statement, but to political satire! Very different things.

The image is from an internet search and the question is, of course, from him. He does look a bit guilty, don't you think?



Please find some time this week for yourself and create something artful. It's cheaper than therapy! You can find details on how to enter here.

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

Cheers!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (03-19-17)

Sadly, because of our travel schedule (and locations), I missed participating in the Sunday Postcard Art challenge last week. This week, however, I find myself in the same place for three days, so there was ample time to unpack sufficient art supplies to get the job done for this week's VINTAGE GENTS challenge. Trace is our host. I hope you'll take a moment to visit her blog.

I have two vintage gent stamps from Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz Collection), but have used only one of them and repeatedly--perhaps because I view him as the more handsome of the two! Today, I was ready to use the second of these gents--a bit more "scruffy" but nonetheless a dapper fellow. My quote search was originally focused on the monocle, but nothing really caught my fancy so I enlarged the search to include gentlemen's clothes. Searching for the perfect quote to accompany your artwork is often time consuming, but always fun. Loved this quote from Arthur Ashe, the tennis pro, the moment I saw it!


hope you will carve out some time to play along with Trace's challenge this week. You can find the details hereThanks for coming by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both serve as inspiration to me!

Cheers!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Take A Word Challenge (03-05-17)

The Take A Word challenge this week is FLOWERS. Now, I have lots of flower stamps but none of them jumped out and called, "Take me! Use me!" I guess I knew that I wanted to work on my journal, so I took a different path to the flowers.


I have a 7-drawer plastic tote in which I store scraps of paper, sorted by color (basically). I figured in the green drawer I might find some floral paper and I was right! So, a scrap of paper that I have saved for likely more than 10 years has provided the floral background for my journal page today. Who knew?

The second element was the text stamp I wanted to use. It's from Unity Stamp Company and comes in a set called You Are Important. The third element, of course, is my focal image. This wonderful stamp is one of the Funky Girl stamps and was created by stamp designer and artist Carol Porter. You can find her stamps in her Etsy Shop here


One of the great parts about most of Carol's stamps is that they are designed with only general detail, thereby allowing the user to play a role in the design. Here, you will see that I wanted my image to be wearing jeans with a sweater top over a white shirt. It is kind of like playing with paper dolls!


A bit of washi tape to ground my image and done!


Thanks so much for coming by today and, especially, for taking a moment to leave a message. Both are important and serve as inspiration to me!

Cheers!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Take A Word Art Challenge (02-26-17)

CHILDHOOD is the challenge for Take A Word and I have used a photo from about 1950 of my sister and me as the focal point of my artwork. The rest was simple--a leftover piece of scrapbook paper!


Find some time this week to make some art! It's cheaper than therapy!

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

Cheers!

ART FROM THE ROAD: The Three Muses Challenge (03-01-17)

The Three Muses art challenge this week is about MAIL ART! I have chosen a postcard theme where I have used lots of stamps, mostly from Stampotique Originals.


I hope you will come play along this week. You can find the details for linking up your artwork here.

Thanks for coming by today and, especially, for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both serve as inspiration to me!

Cheers!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (02-26-17)

I am sorry to have missed last week's Sunday Postcard Art challenge, but I was sicker than I have been in years and just was not able to participate. I am much improved this week, so have given the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week a try! Jenn is our host this week and she has chosen BUTTERFLIES as the challenge theme. I have broadened that theme to include dragonflies here.

I began by rubbing several shades of blue from my Distress Ink "mini's" onto my craft mat, then spraying with water. I dragged a 4x6" piece of white cardstock (because I wanted a mat finish) through the wet ink. I dried that with my heat tool, then repeated the process with Squeezed Lemon but this time adding less color and water. Once that second layer was dry, I stamped my dragonfly using Salty Ocean then added my dragon text using Archival Jet Black. Both stamps are from Stampotique Originals. Finally, I added Wink of Stella (clear) to the wings and body of my dragonfly to a bit of shimmer and shine! The text stamp is a bit difficult to read on the scanned version so you can read it here...





Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will take some time this week to play along with this fun art challenge. You can find the details here.

Cheers!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Take A Word Challenge (02-12-17)

The Take A Word challenge this week is also following the Valentine theme--and appropriately so! In this case, I used a piece of 12x12 wedding designer paper for my background and then enlarged, printed, and trimmed a digital image (Gibson Girl) from The Graphics Fairy.


I hope you will carve out some time this week to play along with this Take A Word challenge! 

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

Cheers!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: Sunday Postcard Art (02-12-17)

Stacy is our host this week at the Sunday Postcard Art site and she has chosen Vintage Romance as the challenge, so appropriate as we near Valentine's Day this week.

I have chosen the paper/scissors/glue approach for my postcard with just a bit of inking around the edges to finish it. Grooms seem mostly to be an afterthought in weddings nowadays, so I decided to make the groom the focus of my work here.


Thanks for your visit today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. Both serve as inspiration to me. If you would like to be inspired and play along this week, you can find the details here.

Cheers!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

ART FROM THE ROAD: The Three Muses Challenge (02-08-17)

Wednesday is the day that The Three Muses Challenge is posted and this week's theme is MOON. 

The stamp I have used is called Son and the Moon and is by stamp designer Carol Porter. You can check out Carol's stamps here. I have used this stamp before but in a very different context. This one is about possibilities! Imagine, if you will, that before there was a Man in the Moon there was a little boy dreaming of becoming that man! The text stamp is by Stampers Anonymous.


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

Cheers!