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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Try it on Tuesdays

Halloween invites the imagination to have fun.  Costumes, decorations, food, parties - a day that has evolved into a time to let go and just have some fun. 

Digital piece made for a themed challenge last year

And the star of Halloween is probably the witch traditionally imagined as a warty and cackling old crone.  So unfair. I love
 The Witches of East End and Hocus Pocus.  Don't you?

2.5 x 3.5 ATC card

Maleficent certainly does not fit that description-

 and this one has a figure to die for.

A digital Halloween card 

 These two are my latest witchey ATC 


 This is my daughter many years ago. Together we put her costume together.  I don't think we ever bought a Halloween costume.The younger daughter was always a princess or ballerina. I could fill a whole post with photos of my girls' costumes.

I made this ATC card for my grand
daughter last year.

Oh my gosh! How did this creature get in here. This is a post about pretty little witches.  Eeeeeek!

And my work desk this week.  I have been working on index card challenges.  I love working on the larger format.  Today is photo taking day.  I sometimes take the photos on my desk using the little easel but the out of doors light is better.

Linking with What's on Your Work Desk Wednesday http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/2014/10/whats-on-your-workdesk-wednesday-280.html

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Linking up with Inspiration Avenue -
Inspiration Avenue has challenged us to create pieces with the oranges, reds, yellows and browns of fall. 
My ATC card using a die stamp to cut out little fall leaves.  I always like a little purple in my fall color scheme, don't you?

     Golden wheat and orange pumpkins are fall symbols, but also is a clear night sky and a great big moon. This is an ATC card too. 

The other piece is a digital drawing that I did last year.  Kinda spooky I think.  I call it "Mother of Ravens".

This one is a digital piece also.  It is a photo manipulation using some leaf photos, a clip art piece of the famous little cherubs and a photo of my grand daughter when she was about two.  She was the flower girl and her aunt's wedding which was held at the Texas Renaissance Fair in 2010.  We all dressed in costume.  Such a fun wedding!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


This week I spent a lot of time  in my chair petting these two little adorable furballs. You know the rule, if a cat is sleeping on your lap you cannot get up - for any reason.

 This is Dinkum ('cause she's coal black) lounging in my lap and below is Gizzymoto ('cause she's a constant motion machine) watching from a basket by my chair.  Right now they are both sleeping on my lap between me and my lap top. Occasionally I have to move a furry foot aside in order to use my touch pad.

However, I have managed to complete or at least make some progress on a few projects.

And here is my desk this Wednesday. 

Along with several unfinished assorted cards are some ink drawings for Inktober, some ATC cards for a magazine collage challenge, some colorful faces index cards for a challenge called "You Look Different", one index card for an sea creature index card challenge, all for Artist Trading Cards, and of course  the "stuff" that makes all this possible.

Linking to The Stamping Ground and What's on Your Workdesk Wednesday

Friday, October 3, 2014


       THE BAD
              AND THE,,,WELL THAT'S BETTER

 On TheSlumbering Herd (http://www.theslumberingherd.com/2014/09/horsing-around-in-pencil/), Cindy Daur's marvelous art blog, I found a link to a challenge at Inktober.  The challenge is to make one ink drawing a day for 31 days. 

 This is not my first but my fifth but in keeping with my title, I use it first since it is the best of the group.

This is my first drawing and the "bad"part of the title .  My new black kitten was falling asleep in my lap. I made an ink line drawing of her. I should have left it at that. I think I ruined it when I tried to ink in her black fur.

 My second drawing, possibly worse than the first.  I have rarely thrown a drawing away. Instead I try to save it in some way.

Cutting the offending into squares and reassembling them creates a much more satisfactory composition...and that's the "well that's better".

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Monday, September 29, 2014


The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES....

 But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,...
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.

... and so on from Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats   by T.S, Elliot       

 I have been without a feline friend for far too long so this weekend we went to the SPCA and adopted two new family members.

This pretty little thing was called Biscotti by the SPCA. Biscotti is a very nice name but somehow it didn't quite fit. It felt a little uncomfortable to say.

Attacking tiny carpet monsters, getting under things, climbing things and play, play, play.

 Ihave no doubt that someday this little furball will grow into a beautiful and elegant lady, but right now she is a perpetual motion, rolling and tumbling toy, a Gizmo, Gizzy, Dizzy, Gizzimoto (my fave), Dusty, Hazey, Gidget, Gadget or Misty. 

And this one we call  D'Inky or Dinky. Although she is just about the same size as Gizzy she is several weeks older. A tiny little runt.

Looking fearsome and cute. Being cuddly and  keeping watch

Her SPCA name was Awbrey which I still like and I have not ruled it out for her dignified lady's name. But now she is a fearsome little black Dragon (like Toothless in How to Name Your Dragon), a Nija, a funny little Shadow at my heels or cuddly little Miss Midnight. In spite of her fearsome appearance, she is the lap kitty of the two. She loves to cuddle and to be petted. Don't you wish they could stay kittens forever?

 The naming of cats takes time and consideration. 
What do you think?

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.