Monday, August 26, 2013

Artful Challenges

   I'm back with a few projects I'll be linking up to: Creative Every Day, Inspiration Avenue, Mandarin Orange Monday and  Glue it Tuesday. I do like a challenge when I have the time to get something done for it. And it's nice to know that whether or not you contribute, or how often, you can be inspired by what others share. So please do take some time to visit and say hello.

  First up are two cards I recently made:

  The heart grass (an old Hero Arts stamp-I cut away the words that were part of this stamp) was stamped on a panel with Antique Pewter pigment ink (Colorbox). Two hearts were colored in with a red marker. Sentiment (Stampa Rosa-another oldie) was stamped using the same red marker. The panel was adhered to the card with foam tape.

  Products Used: 5" x 7" white note card (Canvas Corp); white card stock; hydrangea patterned paper (Paper Studio); birthday greeting (source unknown); Onyx Black Versa Fine ink (Tsukineko); Heather Flower Soft; hand dyed ribbon; felt butterfly (Michaels); Grand Calibur die cut machine and lattice die (Spellbinders).

  This altered book spread I thought fit perfectly for Inspiration Avenue's "harvest" theme:

 The background is a paper napkin that depicts some harvest fruits. The images are vintage, except for that luscious dessert I clipped from a French magazine. The words at bottom left translate to "my little sins". At top left it is French wines, and top right is French cuisine-yum!

 I have two special ATCS to share next:

  Back in March I had a giveaway. Shahrul ( who lives in Malaysia) was one of the winners. Sadly, despite the fact that I made sure the envie was flat, correctly addressed and stamped Shahrul never got her mail. We emailed back and forth and decided to swap two ATCS-she having chosen a pink and green theme. These are the two I created for her . I know how she loves her kitties so I knew I wanted to use the one on the right by ARTchix Studio. She never got these either. And this time I specifically did not decorate the envie and typed the addies to look more business-like. I also added a note about how sorry I was that if it was not the intended recipient opening and keeping this , that how would they feel if they had a far away friend or family member that wanted to be in touch but never received the mail (something to that effect). I was so hoping I'd hear from Shahrul telling me she received my mail even after so many months. NOPE. I never received hers either. Sad. So dear Shahrul  enjoy your cyber art. XO

 And here are a few digital plays for Mandarin Orange Monday (Lori got me playing with photoshop again:)
Not much time to get in depth with layers but I still liked  the bit I did.

 I started with this abstract painting I did on watercolor paper and India ink (inspired by Jane Davies):

On the following one I chose the color, then under the layer tab I chose "render":

  and on the next one below I chose a color then under the layer tab chose "Vivid Light". Each time I began with the black and white version at the top.

 I think these would make great papers or fabrics-so much fun and so many things to explore yet! I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to inspire me. Have a great last week of August!

" Love is to the heart what summer is to the farmer's year- it brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul." Unknown


  1. So much inspiration in this post Linda.
    The harvest theme spread hits a chord with me!

    I'm feeling so sad about your friend Shahrul.
    We all know the exciting feeling of waiting for a parcel to arrive. I wonder what went wrong.

    Wishing you happy new week Linda.
    Shane x

  2. You have real talent....beautiful work, Linda. I do write poetry but, otherwise, I haven't a creative bone in my body!

    My Mandarin Orange Monday is at:

  3. Very interesting photoshop your applications on that beautiful abstract composition!

  4. I love the vintage images and the background on your board book. The shape of the book is so fun too! Also love the orange images, especially the last one.

  5. Your PS pieces do look like lovely silks/fabrics

    Lovely to see what you have been up to you creative Lady you!

    So sad to think of your art pieces lost in the mail...
    once I gave up on a package that took forever to reach Germany and feared it would never arrive...
    so I prepared another package of collage bits and more and about a week after the second mail arrived the first arrived as well!
    Telling you that in hopes that your exchange could still have a happy ending...
    speaking of endings...
    what a great quote...
    but you always share things that touch my heART dear Linda!

  6. You have been very busy! Love all your pieces - can't choose a favourite!

  7. You have been productive....lovely work! I really like the ATC's and your paper experimentation for MOM looks fabulous! Have a super Tuesday!

  8. Beautiful work and great creativity...great job.

  9. What a creative post and such elegant cards ~ Wow! ~ carol, ^_^

  10. that's too sad not to receive mail that you are expecting. I wonder does this happen all the time with her? They two green and pink were really cute! {:-Deb

  11. loving the ATCs. The vintage photos are wonderful.

  12. These are wonderful projects, love especially your board book and the way you altered it.

  13. What beautiful projects. There is a lot of inspiration here. I especially love the board book, with the translucent napkin fruits and the French text. It's all delicious!

  14. Visiting from IA-- wonderful!

  15. I like your harvest themed altered book - so far I have never used a napkin in my art, but I think I should start doing that. It looks so beautiful in your work.

  16. these are beautiful pieces and I am so sorry to hear about the postal fail! not once but twice! you never know.. one day they might show up!


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