Saturday, April 16, 2016

More Pages from My Guest Artist Article in The Stampers' Sampler

With the magazine out, I felt like I could finally post my article. I truly appreciate the warm encouragement and kind comments that so many of you fellow "creatistas" and friends have left me here and on Facebook. While being published is an honor, it also leaves one feeling quite vulnerable. It's hard for me to look at my work in print, as I find that I am critical of the details and also feel that I should have done more. This guest artist issue was no different. I had so little personal time and energy to create the pieces with life craziness at the time, but I didn't want to pass on the opportunity. So I truly do appreciate all your sweet comments!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Napolean Button Card Made with Character Constructions

I love vintage button cards, especially when they have wonderful graphics! This love inspired my Napolean button card made with the Paris Flea collection of stamps from Character Constructions. Can't wait to have loads of play time to play around with more ideas!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

New Stamps from Character Constructions: Paris Flea!

Enjoying a rainy day inside, I took some time to create this doll from Character Constructions' newest collection, Paris Flea. All the plates are just wonderful, so there will be many more dolls and projects to come! Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Belles Lettres
Belles Lettres

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Guest Artist for The Stamper's Sampler

A little sneak peek of the culmination of a 12-year goal (dream). The mask is from Character Constructions Cirque Collection. The Stamper's Sampler will be out April 1 at Barnes and Noble, Michael's, JoAnn, and some others.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Character Constructions Collages

Sometimes you plan and work and dream but think the dream could never come true. Well a dream come true is around the corner for me on April 1 and it's no April Fool's joke!) The spring issue of The Stamper's Sampler is part of that dream come true.  Another dream come true is to be a member of the Character Constructions design team. I have admired the work of Catherine Moore for more than 20 years and appreciate the artist and her kindness as much as I appreciate her work. Recently she created a space for my art on her Web site, and I wanted to share the first "collage" with you. Please visit her site for the full slideshow, which just might give you ideas for making your own dolls from her wonderful stamps. I never in a million years believed my art dreams would come true. Keep dreaming and planning and working and maybe yours will come true too. I hope they do!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Winter Issue of The Stamper's Sampler

If you ever find yourself in a creative rut, try one of The Stamper's Samplers challenges, like their "tempting templates" or a theme or color challenge. I find that limiting the scope of possibility helps me focus and produce something much more quickly than if I have no constraints at all. Most recently I created some pieces for a bird challenge, which are published in the current issue, Winter 2016. The goal was general, any style of birds, and I added the additional constraint of keeping with a red and blue color scheme. The stamps are all from Character Constructions. The paper is from the French General. Does having a prompt or a  limitation help you create?


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Decorating

What a wonderful, challenging, and busy year it has been. I am now five units away from a second degree, and because I believe you can't turn down opportunities when they come, I took on a new student, a new design team, and recently auditioned to be guest artist for a magazine. In September our plumbing pretty much exploded, and we had an expensive, messy, and time-consuming repipe. Then in October, my 93-year-old mother-in-law took a turn for the worse and passed on Oct 29, which necessitated two quick trips from California to Mississippi. I haven't started decorating this year! I like to enjoy Fall and then begin celebrating Christmas near December 24 and continuing through January 6 - Epiphany. I also take off two+ weeks of work starting around the 19th, and that's when I really get into the Christmas spirit.

So for Cousin Cathy, who has asked about my Christmas crafting and decorating, I am reposting last year's decorating.  Hopefully I will find the energy and desire to do it again this year!

It's filled with santas that my dear mother and I collected through 
the years. I celebrated her with each piece I unboxed and placed. 

These great vintage lights and boxes were a surprising find from 
weekend thrifting with my friends Christel and Heidi. 

The centerpiece for my kitchen table with vintage  ornaments and 
beaded garland and  Tom and Jerry cups.

A display of my cards and decorations I put together with thrift shop finds:

 A few years ago I discovered Tom and Jerry punch bowls, and 
it has been a love thing ever since:
You might say that I'm quite addicted. Christel found this chocolate brown
 set for me at the the thrift shop last weekend.  I LOVE it, especially against 
the light oak of my mother's favorite piece of furniture. (I have 
more Tom and Jerry pieces, but that will have to be for another day, lol!)

Here's a creche that I created from a TJ Maxx find and an image from an 
angel calendar. The figures are hand-carved from Austria--a gift throughout 
many years from my dear sister-in-law:

 I did my Christmas tree in red and gold with a few House of Hatten ornaments:

 House of Hatten was around 15 or more years ago. My mom and I 
collected these together--another reminder of the fun we used to 
have with our after Christmas shopping.

Not House of Hatten, but I just love these snowballs!
Another view of the tree:

 Christmas in the City. What haven't I collected? Lol!

One of the sideboards in my family room. I have a lot of these! lol! 
The decorations are minimal as the hand carving and stained 
glass stand on their own as a testament to the artistry and 
craftsmenship of the past. My paternal grandmother's clock is a focal point:

I guess I should have started with the entry first,but I spend 
most of my time in the kitchen!

The chalkboard door hides a closet that used to house our furnace, 
which now resides in the attic.  This little closet makes a nice pantry. 
I really do have to improve my chalkboard lettering!

These vintage silverplate pieces are thrift shop finds that I painted with 
chalkboard paint. I am still getting up my nerve or the patience to 
trace lettering and go over it with a chalk pen.

 The tree in my craft/tutoring room full of vintage ornaments and 
some of my handmade things. 

What a great way to celebrate a good and busy year! 
Wishing you peace and joy throughout the holidays and all through the new year!