Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Memories of Home

The last three years have been packed full of work and challenges. In addition to full-time job, I tutored dyslexic students after work a couple of nights a week and also pursued a second degree in communicative disorders. I had very little time to pursue my creative passions. By December of last year, my husband was in touch with a company that had an opening for a composer/sound designer. After years of being self-employed, he was ready for a change, and on the morning of New Year's Eve, the on-site interviews were being planned. By mid January, he had been hired, and he moved to Reno in February. I stayed in our California house to finish my degree, let our son find a place to live, and tie up the loose ends of life. What I hadn't planned on was doing a cosmetic remodel of our house to get it ready to be leased, which I headed and worked on. Finally after 8 long months apart, I moved to Reno with my husband just before Halloween a few weeks ago. With newfound time to relax and restore, my creativity has now found release. All those things I've saved, packed, and moved are becoming new creations! Here is one of them.

Notice that it says "Reuse this package." I really took that to heart!
The front of the box has a window and cellophane. I pulled out my stamps from 
Character Constructions and went to town:
I love the thoughts on back of the box. For me, creating is play.
"Follow your own path."
"To find your creativity, allow yourself to think like you did as a child."

Here is the finished result--a shaker box that can be put on a tree or placed in a Christmas setting.
The advent house and deer are stamps from Character Constructions' Vintage Christmas collection. I'm so happy that I overlooked comments of "hoarder" and saved this box!

Are you a box recreator?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Reindeer Games

Character Constructions has just released some adorable reindeer stamps in the Vintage Christmas collection. Making cards and ornaments with these images is contagious, and of course, we have to name the deer! Today for your viewing pleasure is the elegant Christy Vixen:
Are you playing any reindeer games?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Christmas "Altoid" Tin

Hi friends! For the past 6 months I have been remodeling our house in Southern California and packing our belongings to move to Reno. It has been lonely, grueling work, and I am so happy to finally be finished and to be with my husband once again. When I arrived in Reno ten days ago, some new Christmas stamps from Character Constructions were waiting for me. I just had to take time out from unpacking to make something with them.

I stamped and colored the santa from plate 7 of Vintage Christmas and 
mounted him on a mint tin from Whole Foods.

Next I stamped and colored the car from plate 6 of Vintage Christmas and
added it to a chipboard box that I covered with Christmas paper.

Have you started making cards or crafting for Christmas?


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Beckoning Fall with Character Constructions

I'm so weary of this blazing summer heat, relentless Southern California sun, and overly humid days. I can't wait for fall! To get a jump on my Halloween crafts, I made these little gift bags. Two bags for a dollar at Target, some Character Constructions stamps, and a friend made a hot summer day whisper "Fall, come soon. We are waiting for you!"

All stamps are from Character Constructions' Bird and Bee Paperie Collection.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Chalkboard Greeting Cards in the Stamper's Sampler

One of the nice things about the difficult task of submitting 25 pieces of art for the guest artist audition is that there is plenty leftover to publish in subsequent issues! Such was the case with this chalkboard art, which is published in the Summer 2016 issue of The Stamper's Sampler. I love chalkboard art and had a lot of fun making these quick and easy cards. The stamps are from Oxford Impressions,which is on hiatus until Fall. Thank you for stopping by!

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!