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What’s old is new again.

While going through a  drawer in my work table the other day,  I found a file folder full of some card makings that I designed in the 1980s or early 1990s.   These were done when “country decor” was the hottest trend.   These card fronts I had made were definitely “country” and a quilted fabric heart was attached to the outlined heart on each one. heart cards 2   I don’t believe in throwing things away, so I began to redesign some of them to use on card fronts today.  The lettering on these were all calligraphy done by me.  On some I have left the calligraphy, and on others, I have typed in the sentiments.  The colored hearts are drawn  on watercolor paper and then colored to make them look like a quilted heart. heart cards heart cards 1 I will use some of the original drawings along with the revamped ones.  I think these will still look good today. Thanks for stopping by.

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INCHIES –

 

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What is an inchie?   Any image that will stamp in a 1″ square, or a stamped image that can be cut into 1″ pieces.     DRS Design has a  weekly challenge, and this week it is to create a card using inchies somewhere on the card.  I did not have a DRS Design stamp that would work as an inchie, so I used these “inchie” stamps of the butterfly from smARTworks, ( a company that is no longer in existence. ) The vertical sentiment is from Outlines Stamp Company, (another company that has closed. ) The background paper was made by printing a watercolor background I had made for something else.

You may not be able to duplicate this, but you could possibly find similar stamps that you have,  and the sentiment could be “computer generated.”  At any rate,  I hope you like it!  Go have fun with “Inchies.”

Strathmore Card contest

Strathmore Paper Company is sponsoring a card making contest.   The rules are to use a Strathmore Card as the base, and use  any medium.   I am submitting these two for consideration.  For the first one, I drew the outline of the leaves on the watercolor paper (140 lb.)  Then watercolored, using the negative painting technique, and outlined the leaves with brown Sakuro Micron pen.

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On the second one, I stamped the bough on white card stock near the top.  Then stamped the ornament once on green, blue, lavender cardstock.  The images were cut and layered to make a 3-D ornament.  Embellished with a Sparkle pen, and colored the hanger with gold pen.  Glued to bough with tiny gold cord bow. This was layered with the 3 colors of cardstock to the Strathmore card.   This iswhat it looked like.  The stamps were from Outlines Rubber Stamp Company, which is no longer in business.

3-D Ornament

This is a nationwide contest, and there will be entries from professional as well as amateur artists, so the competition is pretty awesome.   Wish me luck.   Cash prizes are $500. $250 and $100, plus $50 worth of Strathmore supplies.  I will know how I cam out in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for stopping by, and see you soon.

 

Zenspiration Cards

I’ve been neglecting my card making recently, so have decided it was time to do some cards to show you.

i recently came across a blog that I really liked.  It was by Joanne Fink  www.zenspirations.com. I really liked her style, and thought I remembered having a book by her.  There in my stash of Zentangle books was “Zenspirations – Letters & Patterning.”  I began doodling and practicing some of her techniques.  Here are three cards I came up with using her style

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I really enjoyed drawing and coloring in this style, so I will probably show you some more later.   OR you may receive one of these in the mail.  I drew and colored the original, scanned and printed copies for the cards.   (I can make them any size)  They are so versatile and could be used for any occasion.  I liked these so much I ordered another of Joanne’s books.  Can’t wait to see it and learn more about her techniques.

Thanks for dropping in today.  See you again soon.

HAPPY VALENTINE “SNOW” DAY

We got about 6 inches of the white stuff yesterday.  It snowed constantly from noon to about 6 PM, then turned to rain.  We are so lucky that we had no power outage, and that we were inside and not stuck in the massive traffic jam from Raleigh to Chapel Hill.  It was bad enough to cancel the BIG GAME between Duke and UNC!  The bus could not get to Duke to bring the players to Chapel Hill.

I looked out the window a few minutes ago, and it has started again, with bigger flakes and sticking to the trees this time.  I hope this doesn’t cause a power outage, because when we have no power, we also have no water.  Will have to pray a little harder today!

On a happy note, as promised, I have some Valentines to show you.  I didn’t get any new ones made this year, but had ample left from the ones I made last year.  Here are a few of them.  Pick the one you want — and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY.

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Holiday Art Sale —–

Sorry it has been so long since I posted.   Was quite busy all last week getting ready for the Holiday Art Sale that my neighbor, Andrea, and I were having at my house last Saturday. We sent out quite a few invitations,  but we had very few visitors on Saturday.  Even though the number of customers was very low,  the sales averaged about $40 per person attending. We were happy with the results, and plan to have another one next year.   Hopefully, we can do a  little more advertising, and get more people to the show.  In addition to all of my items, Andrea had some wonderful buys in pottery, woven and quilted items.   Sorry you missed it!IMG_0837 IMG_0838 IMG_0839 IMG_0840 IMG_0841 IMG_0842 IMG_0843 IMG_0844 Here are a few snapshots of my house after we had set up on Friday.

Thanks for stopping by today, and will see you soon.

New Beginnings at 93

For many years I have put off creating a blog,  so now at age 93, I have jumped in!

I have a philosophy that “no day is complete without finishing some form of art, or learning something new, so I will try to post daily, or several times a week.  I hope you will be interested in what I have to say and show you. My interests are painting (watercolors), making greeting cards, many of which have been published in JUST CARDS,  SCRAP&STAMP magazine, and VAMP STAMP magazine and e-articles.   I also do pen and ink drawings called ZIAs (Zentangle Inspired Art) using the art form created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas.  This relaxing art helps reduce stress and can be done by anyone.  More about this later.  AND if this isn’t enough, I knit and crochet.   I will show you examples of all of these from time to time.  This is a recent landscape painting I have done in watercolor.

Hope you like it.

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Thanks for stopping by, and see you soon!              Sarah