Sunday, September 21, 2014

Journey and the Road

   A quote collage to send to daughter at school for her bulletin board. My nana used to say, "Home is where your belongings are." Our belongings have been in so many places…so I relate best to Basho's idea. Our time in Japan has meant a lot to our family over the years, and I'll leave you with another Japanese poem photographed on the road in Seattle's Pike Street Market once when our belongings were there:

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Autumn Leaves

   It's that time of year, and I've been busy making cards for friends and family near and far. 
   Inspired by a set I saw here, I made a batch of autumn cards of my own.
      The colors were inspired by the patterned paper from which the leaves were die cut, and Distress Inks were used to sponge them.
   Now I'm just waiting for the leaves to turn outside our windows. How do you put your stamp on Autumn?   

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Friendly Inspiration

   A friend of mine pinned this recently and I found it to be just the inspiration I was looking for to make my mom's birthday card. I thought it was so pretty that I couldn't resist making a few more cards for gifts. Thanks Cath! You continue to inspire from the Shire. Hope you're up to something fun today.
   Here's what I came up with using some old Stampin' Up! stamps and some newer Hero Arts brushstrokes:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dorm-sized Cards

   Sharing some dorm-sized cards I sent off to my daughter at school. These are all a single piece of 8.5x11" card stock folded in half to leave plenty of room for everyone in the house to sign. Turns out they're pretty handy to have around…at least that's what they tell me! 
   Hope you're up to something big this weekend! I'm playing at being artistic with tomorrow's cards and post.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Taking Time

   A little card for my daughter to set on her bookshelf. Autumn is our favorite time of year and stopping to watch the leaves are some of our most precious nature moments.

Friday, September 5, 2014


   Catching up on sharing some of the cards I've made/sent to my daughter off at university. They've had a bit of bad news there this week, and lost a new freshman in the prime of his life. Makes us old people reflect on the invincible days of our youth and count our blessings of longevity. This card happened to arrive in a timely fashion as a reminder that we must be grateful and cherish along our journey...and that like butterflies life can be fragile. 
   This is a new-to-me embossing folder, and these images are fussy cut from a free digi- download I found on Pinterest. There are lots of them so take a look and print some for yourselves.
anything with bees is a hit with my girl!
one of her favorite quotes
   I'll close with the title of the post. I finally had an epiphany last night falling asleep about the direction I'd like to go with this blog. I've been struggling with theme/focus/time constraints. I'd like to blog for more than posting my cards, but I also want to do something to get people talking/thinking/doing beyond art or hobby. It's the drive that made me become a teacher I suppose. In my classroom I had quotes laminated and posted all over the room. My two favorites were:

   By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property. --Voltaire

Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king. --Mark Van Doren  

   I feel like we're too afraid to share our thoughts in a politically correct culture, and there's precious little civil discourse. Some I know have completely shut out what goes on in the world overwhelmed with constant media blasting of agendas. I see differences in other countries outside America, and wide regional differences within my own country. So, I am going to try to combine two of my favorite things to do--collect/think about quotes and card making. I hope the quotes will inspire you to think and contribute to discourse around you, and the art may do the same. Either way, I encourage each of you--as always--to put your own stamp on what you find around you! I'm always interested to entertain your ideas if you'll share them! Make it a great weekend.

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