Thursday, January 29, 2015

Who Stole Your Heart?

The big day for celebrating love is almost here!
I adore the romance of Valentine's Day.
Doesn't she look a little guilty?

I'm just loving this chest of drawers stamp from Character Constructions. 
 Are you busy making Valentines?  

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A Valentine Card with Character Constructions Stamps

In the middle of a not-so-creative weekend, 
I had a Valentine's card rolling around in my head.
This Character Constructions plate reminds me of
 my grandmother's chest of drawers.
Did she have love letters tucked away inside?
I wonder...

The chest of drawers is from The Bee Keepers' Tea, Plate 15 and the love letters and French words are from Queen of Tarts Plate 6. Both stamps were designed by Catherine Moore of Character Constructions.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Eat, Pray, Love

Whew! What a crazy week I'm having!!!!
It will be much better after next week.
I won't bore you with the details.
I'll just say that I'm looking forward to February!
In the middle of working on Halloween submissions,
(yes, already)
I needed a break to start some Valentine's projects.
Here is my first Valentine card using Character Constructions stamps:

These images and colors are so soothing to me.
Her dress and apron remind me of my grandmother.
And if I could, I would certainly wear a bird nest in my hair every day
 (with my pearls of course)!
When life gets a little crazy,
I need to be reminded to take comfort and pleasure in 
simple everyday activities:
I haven't read the book, but now it's on my list.

Wishing that you too will find something of pleasure in each new day.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's Official--I'm the Vintage Member of the Character Constructions Design Team!

Some people are just so clever and artistic. They have a unique way of looking at life and the world and manage to bring that vision to others through their art. When they share that passion, the world is just a little nicer--more interesting and definitely prettier! That's how I feel about the uniquely gifted artist, Catherine Moore, and her Character Constructions art stamps. Her paper doll stamps have delighted me for years. So when she asked me in December if I would like to be the "vintage" team member working with her earlier collections, I swear my heart skipped a beat, or two or three! What an honor to be working with Catherine and her talented team!
 When I arrived home from work this evening, all these stamps were waiting for me!
A variety of stamps I chose to work with.

Catalogs from 15 years of her collections.

 Two of my favorite collections, but I totally LOVE them all!
LOVE THESE STAMPS!!!! I'm sure it's not going to be easy to sleep tonight!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Surprise in My Mailbox--New Art Stamps from Austen Gallery

I have had moments, maybe hours, and even some days when I think I will never be creative again. I mourn and lament and think about turning my craft room into a reading room--list all the paper and ink and stamps and tools on Ebay, put two comfy chairs and a few antiques in my craft room and plop down in front of the fireplace and read. But just when I'm about to give in to these thoughts of despair (and stupidity) something gets those creative juices going again, my heart beats a little faster, the sparkle returns to my eyes, and I absolutely can't wait to get started on my newest idea! A few days before Christmas, when I was ready to collapse from work and all the preparations, my muse arrived in the mailbox:

This "Woolen Mittens" art stamp sheet from Oxford Impressions Austen Gallery has so many sweet stamps for Christmas, baby projects, and projects with vintage cording and lace. I immediately made these two pieces, and I have loads of other ideas.

Thank you so much, Suzanne, for making such a beautiful new collection of wonderful vintage images and bringing back my crafting mojo!