Sunday, March 30, 2008

Gothic Arches: Asian

This week's Gothic Arches challenge is Asian. All stamped images by Inka Stamps.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Purple Flight

Wednesday Stamper Challenge: Purple
Collage image by Altered Pages. Scrap background stamp by Inka Stamps.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Heritage of Sisterhood: Grandmas, Moms, Daughters

There is a code to crack on this one. The Gothic Arch challenge this week is Heritage. I get that. Now before you look for my lovely ancestors or tidbits of Alaska in this one, you have to know that I spent all of Saturday evening creating two arches - one for Easter, the other for spring. My super intuition told me the theme would be one or the other. Wrong!

So after perusing both and putting bunny arch aside, I decided that even though this arch was intended for all things spring, there is heritage in it as well. That heritage surrounds the female members of my family tree: one grandma who loved beautiful things; another who was incredibly artistic; a mom whose creative talents are found in all things touched by her; and the little fairy, my daughter, who weaves her magic and imagination through all. The love of the natural world is another connection, making this very much about connection. Cheers!

Spring Bike Ride

Spring is for bike rides, wearing coats, scarves and shorts, not knowing when the weather will change.

Collage image from Inkastamps. Inspiration from spring yet to arrive.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

K is for Kersten

The Wednesday Stamper challenge is First Letter, First Name. Only got so far as my first initial...had too much fun working with round shaped playing cards this week, so I'm including two in this scan. Painting with the Tim Holtz Crackle Paints has also been a great source of creativity. Super thick material, but it sure creates some funky backgrounds.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The Bell Jar Baby

I'm not sure where I was going with this one...the new challenge for Gothic Arches is not posted till Sunday, but thought I'd create one just for kicks. Kick. Tried to use spring colors to make up for our lack of spring weather so far this week. If you're in a sunny, warm place, greet the sun from Alaska. Encourage it to move northward on its journey. Happy spring.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Altan and Thistle and Shamrock

I live the Irish life vicariously through my Altan CDs, Thistle & Shamrock, the wee fairies dancing in my Alaskan flowerbeds, and Ballykissangel. Waking Ned Devine is also quite good if you're not Irish by blood, but looking for a fun movie during which to practice your not-so-fluent brogue.

This week's Gothic Arch challenge is Celtic. Timely, with tomorrow being St. Patty's Day. While I'll opt out of the corned beef and cabbage, I will post my arch in the spirit of the green and the coming of spring.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


From winter to spring, the Fairy Queen is alive and well in my front yard with flora and fauna and butterflies in her hair.

This week's Gothic Arch challenge is Transitions. I chose to combine to half arches into one. The lower arch is adorned with scratched paint, bare branches, and pewter embossed snowflakes. The overlay has a stamped floral sprig, butterfly print paper, and a shade of green I'm hoping to see soon in Southeast Alaska with the arrival of true spring.

In My Garden

So in my garden right now I have to prune back my small trees before they leaf. My holly tree is a bit damaged from the weight of the snow, so that needs attention first. We're in that weird phase of spring when snow gives way to sun and vise verse in an instant and rain generally prevails all other moments.

This week's Wednesday Stamper is In My Garden. I'm hoping a few of these fairy folk will emerge with spring buds.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Butterfly Eyepiece

This week's Wednesday Stamper challenge is A Pair of Glasses. Having fallen victim to glasses in 5th grade, I had to look far and away for any collage images or stamps in my collection that included this simple accessory. No dice, no glasses. Decided on a Paper Whimsy image. Who says a girl can't have a butterfly as an eyepiece? What a cool option this would have been back in 5th grade.

Monday, March 3, 2008


I must be craving sun in these late winter, gray Alaskan days. That's about the only explanation I can offer for such overabundance of things yellow this week.

This is my Gothic Arch challenge for the week - Using Trash. Fished a Vanilla Wafer box from the trash can along with an Easter candy wrapper (Robin Eggs, I think). Fun challenge. Be sure to check out the lovely artwork posted at the Gothic Arches site.

Images are by Lisa's Altered Art. Background stamps are from Time to Stamp.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Stars Over Home

This week's Wednesday Stamper challenge is Stars. Be sure to check out the lovely piece that started all of these shooting stars. I added a bit to my title...worked on my creation Friday night in the midst of downpouring of snow - so no visible stars here, other than what made the ATC. Images are from Lisa's Altered Arts. I used Tim Holtz crackle paint in the background and a touch of glitter here and there to add some sparkle.