Friday, August 17, 2012


 I run to the beach at dawn
To discover what prize
The sea’s given up.
Just beyond reach of galloping waves
Lies a slim, white, riffled case,
It’s mariner gone.
Waves tease my toes,
A breeze fingers my hair,
I think of my own
Brave Argonauts.

       Kathleen Chabot

 I was thinking of my two sons when I wrote this poem. The older one was married later that year, and I'm happy to report that he, his wife and two daughters are thriving. Son #2 is also doing well. Both sons are doing work they love.

I got so carried away with making waves on this card that I didn't notice I had the lady writing in the water. I suspect she's the type who will hope even if the waves wash her writing away. The clouds are bigger than I wanted them, and my photograph of the card is not very good, but then, life is often less than perfect. That's why we need hope.

Details of the card:

Card stock;  SU Brilliant Blue, Shimmery White,
Ink; SU Basic Black, Blue Spectrum pad, Color Box Cocoa
Stamps; SU Seaside Sketches, Wonderful Words II, Itty BittyBackgrounds
Image watercolored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons and was masked while I sponged the ocean waves, stamped and sponged the sand, and put clouds in the sky.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tales from the Sea

Seashell, seashell, whisper to me,
What lies beneath
The tight-lipped sea?

Seashell, seashell, sing to me,
What kingdoms hide
In the depths below?

             Kathleen Chabot
             23 Nov. 1956

My entry in the Art With No Boundaries challenge, Rhythm of the Sea, has got me in the mood for sea themed cards. Not that I need much encouragement.

Follow the link in my previous post to see what the AWNB team and other artists have done with this challenge; it might inspire you, too. The challenge ends 17 August, so don't wait to check it out.

As the poem above indicates, my fascination with the sea is not recent.  The sea is challenging, mysterious fiercely beautiful, and hardly explored. The shadows and colours of the sea are mine.
Details of the card:
Cardstock, SU (Stampin' Up)
Sentiment, SU Seaside Sketches (retired)
Little crabs, SU On the Beach (retired)
Focal image, Stamps Happen, #50031 Collecting Sea Shells
Background uses two Cuttlebug embossing folders; Tiny Bubbles and D'vine Swirls
Used SU Framelits Labels Collection, 3rd largest
I know, I know, the crabs should be red. My crabs were bored with red, so I let them be blue.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


 What a difference it makes to have an organized craft room! Marc, my son who worked hard to make it happen, thought of so many details that would never have occurred to me. To each his own area of expertise!
The two cards at right were made for challenges; Take a bite is for the House Mouse & Friends group on Papercraft Planet,, and Just us chickens is for the Anything Goes Challenge on Art With No Boundaries,

The background for Mudpie and his apple was made by masking and sponging.

All of the elements on the chickens card except the sentiment are digital stamps from the Cock-a-Doodles set by CS Designs. The central element is a teabag fold. I love this set, but haven't worked with it for awhile.

Monday, August 06, 2012

In Case You Were Wondering...

...where I've been,  my younger son was creating a fantastic crafting space for me which is now finished.  I also just replaced my worn out printer/scanner. It's such a joy to have a place for everything and plenty of space to create!

The first two cards are Newborn Congratulations, the third uses Loreley Sands and Shells, a digital stamp by CS Designs, as is the sentiment, and the fourth is a birthday card for the creator of my crafting space.

The Peter Rabbit background was done with masking and sponging. The frames are SU Framelits Labels, popped up on SU Dimensionals. Peter is also attached with Dimensionals.

This is the first time I've used the babies from the SU set, Baby Firsts, but I've got to find an excuse for using them again--I love them! More babies were stamped on the background, using Versamark ink.
The background of the Loreley card was stamped with a PSX sailboat image and Versamark. The sea turtle is also PSX. My first stamps were from that company, which made such quality images. I treasure those I have!
Loreley will be entered in the Art With No Boundaries Bonus challenge, Rhythm of the Sea.

The sun in the birthday card background was made by sponging ink over a circle punched mask. The grass and sentiment are SU Inspired by Nature. I cased this card from Cat Spicer;