Category Archives: Challenge

Naked Poetry Book

Yet another swap on swap-bot, but this time within a group. It was recommended I’d encounter far fewer flakers within the group swaps, so I’m trying it out. I was afraid I was going to be moving soon, so I avoided swaps, but this one I couldn’t resist! The idea was to put at least four poems in a booklet, decorate the cover, and send it through the mail with no envelope– thus the “naked” part. As usual, I went overboard.

I decided to make the booklet by hand (trying coptic binding for the first time) and using the techniques from Samantha Kira’s Wish Journal workshop to make the pages. THEN I decided to glue the poems in line by line. AND fill the booklet. The last 24 hours before mailing had a whole lot more stress than sleep, as you might imagine. The cover was a bit dull, but I feel the inside makes up for it. It’s far from perfect — crooked lines and loose binding, glue smudges and fonts I forgot to change after copying and pasting into a document for printing– but I really love the poetry I chose, including  poems by Pablo Neruda, Nikki Giovanni, Mark Jarman, Eve Merriam, and others. Click the thumbnails if you’d like to read them.

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Card: My Love is a Tree

I know I haven’t posted for a week now. I have reasons. Partially, it was just being busy. I kid you not, every day for the past week I’ve had some non-work (meaning social!) outing, including a painting group I joined.  The other reason is the project I’ve been working on, which is the reason for today’s post.

This is the first time I’ve done a card, and by far the most complicated work I have undertaken. I was never too interested in cards, but the challenge at Cardvaarks was too much to pass up. I’m obsessed with trees. What can I say? What more, I had an idea, and a recipient. It ended up being much much more work than I anticipated, but the result was worth it.

Tonight, I greet my boyfriend as he returns from Thailand. He has been gone for four months, and sometimes we couldn’t talk for weeks. During his stay, he was even hospitalized with Dengue Fever, and I couldn’t be at his side. He is a constant source of encouragement, of comfort, and of delight. He is my best friend. And for four months, he’s been waaaay over there. The Pacific Ocean is much too big. Even though it is an “I miss you” card, and he will receive it upon his return rather than while actually away I think he will understand.  I can’t even express how excited I am to see him tonight. I am counting the hours.

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ATCs- “Kiwi” and “Pear”

A continuation of my fruit series. The first two can be seen on yesterday’s post. Again, wax collages. These two I created for the green challenge on Inspire Me Thursday. I’m not quite as pleased with these as I hoped. Doesn’t help than my scanner doesn’t seem to get along with green.  Oh well. Here they are. We’ll see if I continue this series. I’m somewhat less enthused now that they are going so poorly.

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See the first of the fruit series.

See my other ATCs.


ATCs- “Grapefruit” and “Pomegranate”

After doing my grandmother’s birthday present, I was inspired to do more fruit. Specifically, I wanted to do half a pear. Then, it occured to me that I could do lots of other fruits as well. Thus, the first of a series of fruit half collages. Even better, there is a “Fruit” challenge on the Created by Hand website, so these first two will be entered there. Because my newest toy is a mini iron and a block of beeswax, these (and likely the rest as well) are beeswax collages. The wax smells like honey and I’m really enjoying this!

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I may create a tutorial as I put together one of the fruit ATCs, if I clear off my desk enough to get my tripod up there.

See my other ATCs.


ATC: Grandma’s Grapes

Some have seen this already, if they had the password, but I wanted to post it publicly now that its in the recipient’s hands. (My grandma has the url for my blog, so I didn’t want her seeing it early!)

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Moo- Robin King’s Children

The Eggs challenge on Make a Moo or Two made me remember an ATC I wanted to make a year ago for a Grimm’s fairy tale challenge, but didn’t get to do. Thus, I thought I’d try my first Moo. I looked up the dimensions, cut it out, and went “Wow. This is tiny.” I was dubious that I could actually create interesting artwork that tiny. Collage wouldn’t work at this size for the composition I had in mind, so I decided to give my markers another shot. The one on the left fits the Egg challenge, and the one on the right is close to what I wanted to do for the Grimm’s challenge way back. I’m fairly happy. Only one thing. I looked up the story again, and they are actually supposed to be wrens. Oops. This is his cousin, the Robin King, and his children.

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Read the Grimm’s story that inspired these, titled “The Willow-Wren and the Bear.”


ATC: Grow

This was what I had in mind for Wednesday Stamper’s Green Challenge, but I didn’t get to it in time. But, good for me, it also fits a few other challenges. Even if not, I would have posted it anyhow. I finished it last night, but my computer was apparently sleepy and didn’t want to work, so I decided to let it nap and try again today.

grow-atcThis was made with watercolors, newspaper, ink pads, letter stamps, and fine tip felt pens. I initially wanted it to say “Growth” but it wouldn’t fit, haha. Anyhow, I’m entering this into Rosie and Linda’s Awfully Big Art Challenge, for the Newsprint theme. It probably would fit a score of spring themes too, haha. This will be up for trade on ATCs for All.

See my other ATCs.