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Thursday, September 18, 2014



  This is a corner of my work desk, the other corner is piled with... stuff.  Scattered about are a few
ATC cards I have been working on as well as some I have recently received in trade.
  One of the fun goodies that I collected this summer is the print that I found in a consignment store. My grandmother had a large one like this in her living room and as a little girl I would study it for, well probably minutes on end. It's nice to see her and her little bird here where I work.

       At a flea market, I found this box with plastic trays divided into narrow slots, just the right size for pens and I can see the colors on the caps through the plastic drawer fronts. It's original purpose was a store display for embroidery thread.
     Michael's had a sale. on die cutters and I got one that cut tiny leaves. I cut dozens out of brown and yellow paper that I intended to use to make a fall tree. Fumble fingers  that I am, the box that held them slipped and little leaves scattered all over the floor. Much easier to clean up than the real ones that fall outside

     But my pride and joy project is the holder I made for my colored pencils.  It is so much nicer to pick out the right color when they are standing on end rather than rummaging through a box.  I love re-purposing and I am sure you can tell what my pencil holder is made of. My little painted faces help to divert one's attention from that fact for a couple of seconds at least.

My favorite face is this puppy.  The card holder, where I put my cards that are waiting to find new homes, is a piece of plastic whose former life was a formed piece of package packing material.

Linking to http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/2014/09/whats-on-your-workdesk-wednesday-276.html
What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


"Spotted Photo"  Theme  -  Color

My Favorite Color 

The current theme at Hanna' Spotted Photo Challenge is to find photos that show a strong presence of one's favorite color.  I chose yellow, the color of sunshine.


My own verdion of "Mellow Yellow"

A sunflower from my daughter's garden

 Yellow traffic cone and yellow building,
New Orleans, La

 Yellow Duck Clock

A display of Mardi Gras floats in a New Orleans museum

  Lemon Yellow Day lilies from my garden

Our brand new yellow Corvette.....
Just kidding. A digitally created photo taken at the Corvette museum in Bowling Green, Ky.

Sunday, September 7, 2014



If you read my last posting http://papertripp.blogspot.com/2014/09/summers-over-almost.html then you already know my sad tale, but for those who did not (shame on you) I will briefly tell.

 While on vacation in the Great Smokey Mountains last month, I tripped on a suitcase in the parking lot of our hotel and broke my wrist.  It has been two weeks now and my fingers work pretty well but the fine motor skills required for drawing are still in the future.

  So, like it or not, I have had to resort to a looser abstract style to appease my urge to make something.  These are some 2.5x3.5 trading cards which I did not think anyone would want. However two of them were quickly traded on  Facebook's Artists Trading Cards site.  Guess I'll make some more.
Linking to Paper Saturday

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


I did not go to space city like the drawing on my last post, http://papertripp.blogspot.com/2014/07/on-vacation.html I went to a much more earthy place, and a much more beautiful one.The husband and I drove the mountain trails of the Great Smokey Mountains.

  No, we did not hike I am ashamed to say.  I managed to trip over a suitcase and break my wrist the day before we got to the park.  An unplanned trip to the emergency room to get a splint interrupted our trip but did not divert us.

 However I was extra careful not to take any chances. My balance was a bit off with a heavy hand to shoulder cast.  Such a huge cast for one little bone.

We did not see a bear which was a disappointment for my husband, When he went to the park as a kid, he saw a whole family of bears. I think the parks department has tried to relocate the bears away from he major tourist areas. One must hike into the deep woods to see bears.

We did see one little deer, who was very obliging to pose for photographers. Since I only saw one deer I had to take lots of photos as she peeked at us through the old barn door. We did see several turkeys wandering on the roadsides and that is about it for wildlife.

Oh, and bees. I know where all the bees have gone and I don't blame them.

What we did see were lots of green trees, mountaintops, and clear water.  Everywhere was the sound of rushing streams and waterfalls.

 These mountains were almost denuded by lumbering before the national parks service took control.  Most trees are still young and relatively slender.   Hopefully in the next fifty to one hundred years, it will once again be a magnificent forest. We must protect these sacred places for our grandchildren.

Linking to ABC Wednesday

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


3.5x2.5 ATC Card
Water World City

It's summer vacation and I am off to see new things.
Hope you all have a great summer.

Saturday, July 5, 2014



It seems as though I live in a merry go round of organization.  When I retired I began to go through the literally thousands of photographs that I have taken throughout my life. I began by labeling and reattaching old photos from my childhood and transferring many to a digital format. 

 I could not resist making a few photo scrapbook pages along the way. This one is my first home.

After that project, which is almost finished, I began art journaling. Through browsing other art sites, I was amazed to find people who were making fantastic paintings on a 2.5x3.5 playing card format.  This challenge became my current "obsession" which is ATC (artists trading cards) and ACEO (artists collectible editions original) cards. 

 I have a lot of old art pieces to store...or to destroy.  Some were not worth saving and were filed in file 13, known currently as the recycling bin.  Some were kept intact, and some were cut apart and the best parts were reassembled into new ACT cards.  This is fun because it combines my original paintings with the happy art of collage.  Some of the toys I remember from childhood are my picture puzzles and collage is like making your own puzzle and puzzle pieces.

I was rather pleased with some of them. 

                  The original                          The first ATC card                    The second ATC card               

This was another successful transformation.

This themed piece became                                                            ... this ATC

I am linking to PAPER SATURDAY

Saturday, June 28, 2014



I finished up a few ATC cards that had been promised to ATC traders.  This one is Matt Smith who plays the eleventh doctor from the Dr. Who series.  

And this one, which I was thrilled to do because it seems like it has been forever since I have drawn an animal, is a ring tailed lemur.  Such a cute little critter and such fun to paint.


Week three of the Summer of Color.  Once again I made an ATC 2.5x3.5 from a photo that I took at the beach of my daughters Golden Doodle.  That's a mix of Standard Poodle and a Golden Retriever.  

Linking to Twinkle Twinkle Summer of Color