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!

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?