Monday, July 25, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (07-24-16)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is hosted by Sandie, who has us spotlighting COWBOYS/COWGIRLS! My favorite cowboy ever is John Wayne, so I paired a quote from him with an artful wallpaper print. A simple piece, but I love the motivation in both the art and quote.



It's just Monday, so you have until Saturday to saddle up and make your postcard. You will find the details here.  

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

Cheers!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: Sunday Postcard Art (07-17-16)

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week comes from Annie, who is thinking summer picnics! For me in the campground, a summer picnic is just outside the door of our travel trailer! I pulled the picnic tablecloth back a bit from the corner of the table and snapped a quick photo. One of my quirky Stampotique stamp friends--Tinglyitchiness--became my magnified picnic ant. My sweet stepdaughter Sarah, an artist herself, added the uninvited guests for me!

Hope you are enjoying your summer!


This week's postcard challenge is almost over, but there will be a new one tomorrow. You will find it here. Take some time to get crafty and join us!

Thanks for your visit today and also for taking a moment to leave a comment! Both are appreciated!

Cheers!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: PUBLISHED!

I am thrilled to have my artwork published in the June issue of Craft Stamper Magazine!



Here's a close-up of both the front and inside:



I made this card for a friend, but, when accepted for publication, I had to mail the original card to the publisher for photographing.  It is finally back and it will go in the mail to Janet Moore--one of the most elegant and "put-together" women I know!  

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

Cheers!


Saturday, June 11, 2016

ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND: A birthday card for Sweet Sue

You might notice that the blog title has changed from "ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE" to "ART FROM THE CAMPGROUND."  We have transitioned from our winter home in Rye, New Hampshire, back to the campground in South Hampton, New Hampshire.  The move and organizing have taken about a month, but my studio has reappeared and is operational!

Albeit a day or so late, I made time today to make a birthday card for a very dear friend, Sweet Sue!  Sue is not a longtime friend, but one who has appeared in my life at just the right time.  I found great joy in creating this card for her.

The photos tell the story here:


I added drops of Archival Ink re-inkers (in Forget-Me-Not and Chrome Yellow) as well as a bit of gold mixative to my craft mat.


Next, I added splashes of rubbing alcohol and gently mixed with a spatula.  I pushed into this mixture a sheet of 8-1/2 x 11" specialty stamping paper (Ranger), repeating as I moved the paper around, lifting and moving until I was happy with the result.


This 8-1/2 x 11" sheet will yield panels for three cards:


The next step was to add some embossed stamping to the panel, a simple process that yields dramatic results:


I matted the panel with black cardstock, then adhered that to my card blank:


Another stamp added the inside greeting:


It felt good to begin again to play in my (relocated) studio!  I have many projects on the list for all my tomorrows.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate both your visits and your comments.

Cheers!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge (03-27-16)

Hazel is our host this week at the Sunday Postcard Art challenge and she has us reaching for a bit of Springtime! While it is not far off in the Northern Hemisphere, it has remained somewhat elusive in the Northeast corner of the United States. My postcard reflects this.  

A bit of color from another project provides the background, while the embossed and oversized bloom from Unity Stamp Co. provides the focus. Washi tape serves as the supporting element, along with the computer-generated sentiment.  


There is plenty of time this week for you to get crafty and create a postcard for this challenge. Details can be found here.

I am so glad that you stopped by today and thank you for taking a moment to leave a comment.  

Cheers!

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Guest Designer Spot at Less is More!

I am privileged to have been invited to be the Guest Designer this week at the (Simply) Less is More (LIM) challenge blog. The theme this week is polka dots. So put on your "clean and simple" cap and take a few minutes to create a card.  

I used white textured cardstock to create a panel for my card blank and punched five circles along the left side. I taped a scrap piece of polka dot patterned paper on the back to show through the holes. I stamped my sentiment on white cardstock, matted it with black cardstock, then adhered it to the panel. Next, I stamped my flower pot image onto white cardstock and cut it out. I stamped the flower pot again onto another scrap of the polka dot paper and cut out just the pot. I used a Sharpie to color the front rim of the pot black then adhered it to the white image. I used a gray Sharpie to give a bit of contrast to the inside rim at the back of the pot. To create a bit of dimension, I glued the pot flat against the space to the right of the sentiment, then added a pop dot behind the bloom. The panel was then matted with black cardstock and adhered to my card blank.



I hope you will find some time this week to play along with the Less is More polka dot challenge. We all need cards and this is a perfect recipe challenge for making one! You can find the details here.  

Thank you so much for your visit today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  If you have not already done so, I would love it if you joined as a follower. Then, to make things easy, you can sign up to "follow by e-mail." That way, you won't miss my next post.

Cheers!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Less is More Challenge #268

The (Simply) Less is More challenge this week is "What's Outside Your Window?"  It can be interpreted literally or figuratively.  I took the window literally, but what's outside figuratively.  I have come to realize that friendship really matters and should not be taken lightly.  A friend has been diagnosed with cancer and will, most likely, not be here next Spring.  Our dinners out and weekends away will soon be diminished to just three of us rather than the four of us...and my heart hurts.  My card today is dedicated to that friendship.

I used a Sizzix die to create my window, ripped a scrap of green paper to create a bit of grass to ground my Stampotique image called Little Friends.  The sentiment was created and printed using my computer.  Clean and simple, yes, but not without much thought and love.


There is still time this week to play along with this challenge and to create a card to brighten someone's day.  Details here.

Thank you so much for your visit today and for taking a moment to leave a comment.  I value both!  

Cheers!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Sunday Postcard Art Challenge (03-20-16)

Moira is our host this week at the Sunday Postcard Art challenge. She has put a bit of a twist on this challenge and given us lines from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to include in our postcard: To sleep, perchance to dream--." This was fun for me because I made it personal and finished the quote in my own words!


I hope you can find some time this week to get crafty and make a postcard for Moira's challenge. You can find the details here.  

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

Cheers!


Thursday, March 17, 2016

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Less is More Challenge #267 (2)

The challenge this week at the (Simply) Less is More site is to create a one-layer card that uses a sentiment as the focal point. I couldn't get enough of this one, so have created a second card.

This challenge entry was created using re-inkers and alcohol, a technique I love but have left on the sideline for a bit. The sentiment stamp is from Stampendous.


I thoroughly enjoy working with these Less is More challenges. There is still a little time for you to enter your own one-layer card where your sentiment is the focal point. Details here.

Thanks for coming by today and for taking a moment to leave a comment. If you have not already done so, I would be pleased if you joined as a follower. You can follow by e-mail as well and receive a notification when I update my blog.(Both options are in the right-hand sidebar.)

Cheers!



Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ART FROM THE MAIN HOUSE: Less is More Challenge #267

The challenge this week at the (Simply) Less is More site is to create a one-layer card that uses a sentiment as the focal point. 

I learned a new technique this afternoon and decided to try it for this challenge. I used a piece of sponge to soak up some paint I had squeezed onto my craft mat, then dabbed it lightly onto only a portion of the raised side of an embossing folder. I placed my card blank on top of the paint and gently rubbed my fingers around the back of the card to pick up the paint. It produces a soft imprint which I quite like. I used a stamp to create the focal text image.  Simple text that speaks volumes!


I hope you can find some time this week to get crafty and this challenge is a fun one.  You can find the details here.  

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

Cheers!