Category Archives: Wednesday Stamper (WS)

the beating of my heart…

inspired by Dawn’s September art journal challenge…I decided to get busy…

I have been in a journaling mood lately…

jumping from one book to another and another in a bit of a creative frenzy…

my How It Works encyclopedia (1970’s) pages have been glued and paint scraped with just a few spreads completed so far…

each page measures approximately 10.5 x 8.25 inches (26.67 x 20.95 cm)

the last thing I did in this journal was a farewell spread for  Wednesday Stamper here … still missing you Mittwochstempler!!!

Dawn’s challenge this month is to “add an inclusion (something stuck to the middle of a spread that you can see both sides of when turned over) or a tag” … as it happens I have had these pages in limbo for a long time…

imagine a scary face/eye and lips in that outline of the pages sticking out…

see where the nose would have been…

covering it with circle graph paper really helped things open up for me…

I used some Graphics Fairy and Tullulah images to create transfers with Citra Solv and tissue paper …

Love how those turn out each and every time …

quick and easy and dreamy…

I was very honored recently to be linked in Citra Solv’s Artist Gallery here

on the left side of my spread I used the original that I made the veiled lady tissue transfer out of …

I am saving the actual tissue paper transfer of her for another project …she’s way off to the left in the photo above…

both pieces have a very nice look and feel to them …

the heart chart that I have running across both pages is from back in 2004 when I some heart testing done …

I guess it is my EKG (not 100% about that) …

glad I thought to ask for a copy…

here is a closer look at my inclusion

a photo of our son Alex not quite two years old hauling a big plastic watering can around the garden popped up at just the right time and that is when my pages really became extra meaningful to me …

this was not where I thought these pages might go …

what a little nature boy he was …

my Mutti knit the hooded sweater he was wearing …

the dangling tea cups are free images from Dover … they added nicely to the open tea tag I glued onto the page…

I used the tea string to tie them on …

it will be fun to see what Dawn has in mind for her October art journal challenge…

…I am just like me

“I am completely authentic. I don’t pretend to be what I am not. I am what I am, and I accept what I am. I am just like a flower, just like the ocean, just like the sun. I am just like me.”  ~Don Miguel Ruiz

reading that inspiration from Don Miguel Ruiz reminded me of my word of the year AUTHENTIC … on my sidebar … 

here we are over half way through the year … I am finding out that it is pretty challenging being completely “authentic” all the time…

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my art cave gets the morning sun and likes to hold on to the heat into the afternoon on these hot hot days …

even our nights have not been going below the 70’s (20+ celsius) lately…I certainly do NOT treasure the heat 😉

(left card: scrap papers, washi tape, paint, inks “Treasure” rubber stamp… right card: citrasolv background paper with black marker highlights…the card actually says “The HEAT wears me out”…but the ‘wears me out’ was lost in photo taking along with the lower border of the image…sunshine making trouble on our shady back porch too…my fav photo spot usually … images from Alicia’s Altered Bits collage sheet)

I have managed to get up in my art room and play a little with my pink index cards (or skinnies as they are also called) a few times …

(left card: my artwork transferred onto fabric and stitched onto scrap paper decorated with rubber stamping, rubons and fabric bits… right card: torn papers and dictionary page, paint and rubber stamping)

hard to make just one as one seems to lead to two more and so on…

(left card: some Sunday’s we split a salty and sweet caramel chocolate square with our coffee…it comes on a nice brown paper square that I always bring home…the bag is too good to waste too… right card: a piece of torn map from a trip to San Francisco inspired me on this card…we Love SF…a flower stamp seemed perfect too)

I work quickly on these using what I have on hand…

I sure do miss Wednesday Stamper…Wednesday’s are just not the same…

Footnote: this is my 1,400th post

Wednesday Stamper: At least one rubber stamp…one last time

the Wednesday Stamper/Mittwochstempler challenge blog began back in July 2006…the brainchild of the talented and free spirited Belinda of Bel’s Nook

my first time participating in WS was back in 2007…I was crazy about arches then and still Love them…

Belinda is the one that got everyone in mixed media blogland going on those…

in November 2008 I was invited to be a WS co-moderator along with Belinda and Hermine which was the beginning of a great adventure for me…

participating in these weekly challenges has been a wonderful way to meet artists and creative souls all around the globe…

it truly has been an honor to be connected toBelinda in Luxembourg

Hermine in The Netherlands and

Linda in Norway

a nicer and more talented bunch of artists you will not meet…

Belinda actually taught me how to create a photo sampler in Photoshop Elements all the way from Europe by email…

she is not only talented but VERY patient too…

 on this 5th anniversary of Wednesday Stamper/Mittwochstempler it is time to bid farewell to the first tri lingual challenge blog (German…Dutch…English…most recently Belinda has added French too)…

I have learned so much and have been inspired by all of the participants and moderators again and again…

my heartfelt thanks to each of you…

and as Belinda says: “Rock your rubber stamps again one last time”…

using photocopies of one of my postcard creations I got busy on some paint scraped pages to create a spread in my art journal…

wish now that I’d taken a before picture of the pages as no two ever turn out alike…

when I finally cleared a spot big enough to work on my art table…I got excited and dove in…

I pulled out some old wooden mount office stamps that I picked up at junk shop…a foam stamp…some unmounted rubber stamps along with other stamps too…

the stamped village border on the lower left hand page was torn from an envelope I had sent to our son when he was away at school…he handed it back to me saying he had hung on to it as it was too nice to throw away…we like recycling 🙂

I will probably be tweaking these pages a bit more…but wanted to get my post up while it was still Wednesday overseas … OXOXO

WS: Circles

my choice for this week’s Wednesday Stamper theme is “circles” …

a good excuse to use my circle Love stamp by Impress Rubber Stamps…

thank you to Jaqi across the pond for sharing her lovely great Aunt Rosina’s photo a couple of years ago…such a beauty she is!

for my postcard I used some paints…extra heavy gesso…a plastic doily stencil…crocheted doily bits…book page…Sharpie water based poster pen…Stabilo pencil for shading and a couple of rubber stamps

come join in the challenge this week…the theme is open to your interpretation…all you need to do is use at least one rubber stamp in what you create

“If you Love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end.” ~unknown

WS: Animals

it is no secret that I am crazy about swans…

that is what I chose to play with for this weeks’ Wednesday Stamper challenge

for my postcard I stitched cheesecloth…old lace…bits of netting and wide rickrack onto watercolor weight paper…

the pink fringe at the bottom is from some amaretti cookies I had long ago…

the wrappers came in different colors…

a real bonus to get delicious cookies AND pretty papers…

the frill at the left is old crepe paper with a bit of faux greenery and old flower trim…

the swan is a packing tape transfer…

Nick Bantock’s Paris stamp along with a couple of chalk pencils finished off my pinned on tag…


to each her own

here is my interpretation of the Wednesday Stamper challenge this week for “the world outside your window” theme…

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I created a postcard using a book page…scrap paper…a magazine fan piece…paints…inks…white rubons … along with

a favorite lady

and a stamp I find lots of uses for from the Toybox rubber stamp company

WS: Numbers

here is my postcard with Numbers for the Wednesday Stamper challenge this week

I also wanted to share this month’s quote from my “Angel Spirits” The Art of Sulamith Wulfing 2011 Calendar:

“Come into my presence, dear one, and have a quiet moment of peace.  Let the noise of the busy world fall away, and breathe deeply of the renewing gentleness of silence.  Empty your mind and fill your heart.  Peace . . . peace . . . all is simply peace.” ~Angel of Peace,  June 2011

~* Happy June Dear Ones *~

WS: Nest

a few weeks ago Robins got busy overnight building a nest on a shelf on the outer edge of our back porch…

it was a nice protected spot for the birds…

but not a great spot for us so near our back door…

it felt like we were bothering them with any coming or going…altho they did not seem to mind me if I bowed my head and walked softly past…

Mrs Robin laid a clutch of beautiful eggs…the blurry photo is because

Mr Magpie snapped a really quick photo while both parents were away from the nest…wanting to get in and out quickly…

the parents took turns feeding the young and everything seemed to be going fine…if you look closely you can see the hungry beaks sticking up out of the nest…

we left town for a long weekend feeling sure we would come home to a lively scene…

we were shocked and dismayed upon our return to find that the nest was completely empty with no signs whatsoever that any birds had ever been there…

every trace mysteriously vanished leaving a tidy but very empty nest…

a visit by a snake was the only logical conclusion…

I had to shake off the upset I felt…reminding myself that Mother Nature had other plans…sniff sniff…

“Nest” is the theme at Wednesday Stamper/Mittwochstempler this week…

won’t you join us…

my journal pages were created in a Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia…

that I have been playing in since 2009...

I could not pass up a recent sticker sale…the bee hive/nest and bees really called to me…as did Kabir’s quote:

I altered a postcard I had made before and added it to the right hand page …

blending it in with some favorite fiber paper

and finishing with a couple of rubber stamps

Thanks to Jolette for the special origami Forget-me-not paper always a favorite ingredient and to the Land of Nod for the sweet blue boy image and

SPECIAL Thanks also to Dymphie for doing the Dutch translation over at WS while Hermine was away!

I have missed creating and it seems like forever since I’ve gotten to participate at Wednesday Stamper

~* May Bountiful Blessings Feather Your Nest All Ways*~

*footnote: I am entering this post in Ana’s Friday Archive Dive*

WS: Let Them Eat Cake

CAKE is the challenge theme this week over at Wednesday Stamper (WS)…

I thought this Hero Arts cake stamp had such great possibilities…

so I got busy recycling some magnets that I have collected/accumulated…

after a light sanding and a nice layer of my favorite UHU glue stick…

I applied my painted background paper and brayered and brayered again helping keep all of the edges down nice and snug to the magnet…

I stamped onto four different kinds of paper creating the various layers of the cake…using the yellow cardstock as my base…

I added each cut out section leaving the yellow candle at the top….scissors and a craft knife came in handy for trimming…

won’t you join us for some WS cake…no calories…just fun…

all are most welcome to play along…

the only rule is that you use at least one rubber stamp in what you create…

Enchanted Spring…

…is another Heaven…


tender shades of green…

are where my creativity led me for Wednesday Stamper’s “Enchanted Spring” theme this week…


a four inch (10.16 cm) square painted canvas….three quarters inch (1.9 cm) thick that I collaged papers and images onto along with a piece of paper measuring tape along the left side…


I like how words often reveal themselves when you’re working on a piece…

lots of people in the northern hemisphere are longing for Spring…

it is definitely one of my favorite seasons here in Virginia

Healing for Japan

this week’s Wednesday Stamper challenge is “fabulously colourful”…

turquoise and purple are among my favorite colors…

my postcard has a painted background…with layered papers…the turquoise near the bottom is deli paper with orange silk ribbons to finish…

sending continued healing energy and prayers for Japan…

this quote by a Japanese monk inspired me…

“Flow,  flow,  flow, the current of life is ever onward” ~KoboDaishi


WS: Pens, Pencils and Brushes

the Wednesday Stamper challenge this week is using pens, pencils and brushes in what you create…

*you can click for a closer look*

I used a painted tag I had done awhile ago with a failed transfer…

too good to throw away…

I sanded it…stamped on tissue paper and on the tag directly…

one of my favorite pencils is the black Stabilo Aquarellable for Paper-Glass-Plastic-Metal…it was just one of the wonderful things I learned at a Misty Mawn workshop some years ago…she is one of THE best and most inspiring teachers I have encountered…

you outline with it as light or as dark as you would like and then touch it with a damp brush…it gives a great shadow effect and can be repeated if you wish…

I finished the tag with a piece of sari ribbon

Pick a Letter

the challenge over at Wednesday Stamper this week is to use a letter of the alphabet as inspiration in what you create …

my creativity is a bit flat just now …

another part of my challenge was to get a true photo of my postcard…

the closeup above is a photograph…

below is a scanned photo that you can click for a closer look at the layers…

I did have this postcard in the works on my work table and was able to add the She along with some additional color/shading/stamping and more …

all are welcome to join in the Wednesday Stamper challenges…the only “rule” is that you use at least one rubber stamp in what you make…


S is for …she …sacred …silence …simple …strong… swan… silver… soft… sad… sea… shabby… soothing… spirit… sun… surreal… sparrow… San Francisco… Switzerland… spin… sparkle… sentimental… shadows… seasons… surrender… Spring…

“A letter is an indivisible sound
That is fit for writing;
A letter, to define it better,
Is the smallest part of a composite sound.”~Gulheim Molinier