Sunday, January 21, 2018

And Poe did write...

Not just about the Darling Lenore and that pesky raven, but about hot air balloon trips, pirate treasure, death and being buried alive...  and Creative Jumpstart 2018 has Birgit Koopsen making a little (accordian) book. Cover:

Stamps used:
Our cover Man, Ode to Poe - a digi from Leigh SB Designs
digi skull by Rick St Denis for Blank Page Muse
 "Dead Men...", top-hatted "raven", opened skull, flying skeleman, crackle (heat-embossed) are all Blank Page Muse
Wizard bookshelf (parts used twice) and Airshow, are from ButterSide Down
Background text from Seth Apter
Rabbit is Alpha Stamps.  Why?  Why not!  There would be plenty living in the graveyards - food for ravens perhaps?  The tags are from them as well.
And what with the last page, and the back cover, we know what Poe REALLY died of!

Saturday, January 20, 2018


Was Poe's birthday, but the blog hop is taking 5 days to celebrate.  He was a writer, but as computers didn't exist in those days, he almost certainly had a pencil case! Asylum Anne found it:
  Or something similar for quills and quill-trimming equipment.
His wee notebook is full of cartoon sketches of ideas he doesn't want to forget - for me, it arrived with the poseable doll hanging around in these photos - from Silver Crow Creations
The detailing on the outer lid of the tin owes itself to a Joe Rotella recipe in Creative Jumpstart 2018, with random bits of sweat/patina heat-embossed on the edges.  The bird - originally white, and the chippies brownish, were treated with Viva's patina, and paints.
Don't you love his dancing pose?  I guess Poe kept notes anywhere there was a blank space to write on.  On the back of his tin, heat-embossed stamps from Smeared Ink reproduced his inky memos.
On the inside, Smeared Ink, Blank Page Muse, Carmens Veranda all provided aide-memoires
And as you can see, it was a well-used pencil tin!  Emerald Creek embossing powder again - a chunky one, Burnt Copper Leaves - providing the grubby patina man can only get on a tv remote these days.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe

Asylum Anne creeping out of the work overload and not sure she wants to face a world with Poe's imagination rampant.  But there's a blog hop celebrating Poe's birthday going on, so what's a girl to do - say she'll create nevermore???
Creative Jumpstart 2018 is also happening this month, and several of the classes are reminding us of collaging scraps of paper all over the place, that's what probably influenced the style of this tag:
There's a fabulous large stamp of Mermaids on the Rocks (no it's not cocktail hour here) over at Rubber Stamp Ave which a while ago I had inked up, then cut into triangles.  Handy now. random limbs across the tag.  Various other scraps of paper, and a Disney sticker of Aurora (they spelled it wrongly - should be "Lenore").  There's a Carabelle stamp, some coffee-dyed paper from a Takeaways order sheet, a Warning from a die's packaging et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.   AND from Leigh Snaith-Brunton, one of her new digi Poe stamps.

Join the hop here ​

Sunday, January 7, 2018

And the December WINNER is ....

So off it went, year 2017, but it still has something to give ....
for our awesome Winner for December 2017....

And the winner is ...

#6 Dark Rosaleen with her fabulous and moody digiart 

Kym, email us at to collect your goodies!

New Year and New "larks" as the saying says,
I hope you'll play along with us all year long,
creative hugs!

January's challenge HERE

Monday, January 1, 2018

Last Year's Stuff is This Year's Use-by

New Year's Resolution:  USE what I already have!
A box canvas - already meant as an art print, with tomatoes, leaves and other fruit printed on it.  Painted over in gold Lumiere paint, then stencilled - finished off the tube of texture paste.  
Crackle paste over the dried stencilled patches (sortof). 
Layer of medium over the crackle to stop it all cracking right off. 
Skulls from October. (Time to make a new batch).

I don't "do" floral-pretty, yet I have a stash of flowers.  weird huh?  
So I pulled out heaps of white flowers, leaves and arranged them 
around the piece (oops, where was the camera???)  
And a few metal leaves and filigrees, 
resisting the temptation to go steampunk 
(apart from the clock bottom right).  
Some discs out of computer hard drives, 
some top-hat-wearing skull cameos
 that have been round forever.  
Sprinkled Paper Artsy infusions powder over all
 the flowers and leaves, then water-spritzed to activate.  
You wouldn't believe there was any lime green used, 
it has been overwhelmed.  
I oversprayed with Lindy Stamp Gang's Moonshadow Golden Dubloons, 
and their Fabio black round the edges.  The black has rather disappeared, 
but gave some of the crackle areas a pewter look.

And the whole piece...


What a great resolution - I really, really should do that too ...
hmmmmm .... well, anyhow, this time I had some NEW
stamps with me from Unity Stamp and I made a tag,
coloring it with Inktense pens.

You know... sometime it feels like there is a sorrow for
every happy moment in life...

But, I (Granne) wish you all a very happy
 and creative year 2018, hope to see
many, many wonderful art pieces linked to our froggy, :=D

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Dad

As you may recall, I had some skulls readied for projects a while back.  I also had umpteen diecuts hanging round the desk, so it was time to put them together.  I painted the entire boxed canvas yellow, then stencilled the Sunburst over it with gel medium, which will dry clear.  Several washes including black, quinacridone gold, dioxazine purple... then wiped them off the stencilled areas to reveal the yellow rays.

Multiple cereal boxes were cut with Seth Apter's Take Flight die, glued together, then heat embossed with Stampendous' chunky metallic seasonings.  Some was dabbed on to the skull and heated on as well.
Down the bottom, more layers of paint and washes, understamping and overstamping, including use of Strumpet stencil's  Fetus.

4 sets of Sizzix Feathered Wings  were handy, so I layered two of each to make 2 sets of wings.  This set had Paper Artsy Infusions (which I first came across in July's trip to Australia) sprinkled over, spritzed with water.  The edges were tipped with gold Lumiere paint. The largest cross of the die set was cut out of a sheet of craft foam (it also shows the embossing component easily) painted, and strips of bling added.  The top of it had to be snipped to fit under the skull, and a jewel popped under the bottom to keep it raised off the surface.

On my (now late) father's birthday, and as we head into Christmas, a time of celebrating a special new birth, I also remember the children that did not live long enough to have their birth recognised.

Your darkness can be shared here.  And come back on New Year's Day and we will see what Santa brought us to creArte with.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Drift...with no particular destination in mind...

Drifting along with no special destination in mind...and arrived with a bit on mid-month play.

Hi! It's Kim today!

The other day I was stuck, bad mood made a bad day. I wanted out so I asked Granne and Asylum Anne to give me a launching point for d o i n g something.  They gave me color, the best gift ever.

Yellow and blue...

...add some index cards

dollops of paint, old gift card, scrape colors onto cards

it's applied thinly so it dries fast thank froggie! And the unseasonal heat for California helped too, since I am not patient

stamp and stamp and stamp

piece together this journey that came into its own without plan.

Drift along a n d enjoy your day.

Thank you Granne & Anne, hugs.


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