Dear Friend,

Welcome to Lost Art Cards and Designs.

You might find tiny bouquets on paper, pretty places, words of encouragement, the artwork of others, or a quote from a good book.

My hope is that you will find something that delights the eye of your heart and remains a part of you for a lifetime.

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One facet of the creativity in my soul.

Wish

Wish.  This is the first stamping project I have made in many months.  I hope you like it. When I began "wish" I was unaware of the Simon Says Stamp contest for all crafters. It was nearly completed  except for adding a quote in the top right corner.  Searching through my stamp collection for inspiring quotes, this one seemed to express my thoughts when making this journal page.  Allowing my thoughts to escape defined space.....



Becoming......

Hi!

It has been months since I have posted anything.  The last 8 months have been spent learning a new job as the Financial Secretary of our Church-- and it has challenged me quite a bit.  Because of recovering from chemotherapy and getting over fatigue , I find it difficult to concentrate on the tasks of employment and being creative at the same time - its just  mentally tiring! and it often seems as if my mind has nothing left over when there is time to be creative .

Things that were left undone during a long year of treatment are calling out to me , and our family has changed a great deal.  Grandchild #4 is expected in the fall, and my oldest daughter is struggling with another high risk pregnancy.  Daughters #2 and 3 are walking into new phases of their lives, moving, more serious relationships, and our son graduated from high school this year , and is a championship volleyball player!  Right now he is competing in another state for the National Championship.

On a personal note, I have had some lingering medical issues with a crushed foot and frankly,  chronic pain gets to me at times-- enough said.  Internally I am fighting a mental battle but am determined to win.

Please check back from time to time.  I am hoping ( and planning ) to use any creative time to learn new techniques and review others that lack of practice shows a need for improvement.  I plan to keep my blog, but would like to come up with a new name that reflects the new me that is becoming.








Tiny Christmas Greetings



These pretty little greetings were made using two sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Piney Hollow Christmas and Deck the Halls and Papertrey Ink sentiment set , O Holy Night stamped in Archival Black Ink by Ranger.

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Falling Leaves on Papyrus



I love Autumn.  Walking outside, shuffling though the leaves on the ground, the warmth of the sun and the anticipation of a hot beverage waiting at home are some of my favorite things about this season.

What began as a card front may end up mounted on a piece of distressed wood. Using a piece of Egyptian Papyrus that has been in my paper collection for some time and it adds a background texture that reminds me of fall.  I cut the Memory Box Square Links Die three times, once out of clear acetate , and glued them together to mimic a dimensional window.  Inside each window I added a variety of die cut leaves as well as some creme brulee sequins from The Ton for a bit of sparkle in some of the windows. Finally I stamped and embossed the tree and sentiment for a highlighted effect.  The cardfront edges were made by using the Distressed Windham Collage Die Set by Memory Box.  I like the open, kind of distressed effect to the cardfront.


Farm Fresh Thank You


I made this farm themed card for my husband's coworker to thank him for the freshly picked corn he brought in to work to share with us.  Yummy, delicious and definately a welcome addition at our dinner table!  The stamps from both Petite Places: Barnyard and On the Farm sets from Papertrey Ink were the perfect choice.

To make a unique envelope I used the Barn Die from PTI 's Shape Up Series from some double sided scrapbook paper. Folding back the doors on both the front and back of the envelope made it interesting.  I also used stamps from the Vegetable Garden and a Scripted stamp sets.



Back to Crafting

Ongoing home improvements have almost done me in , wiped me out of otherwise made me too tired or cranky to craft.  But I have finally reached a place of peace with the whole thing and was able to get back to working on projects and ideas in the last week or two.  It makes me feel so good to sit down at my table surrounded by ink, tools, markers, paper and stamps a short walk across the room.  I even like my new chair!

Here is a small hanging sign for my daughter's powder room.  She and my son-in-law have taken on the huge task of moving in to a real "fixer upper" in a small town in Texas not far from famous Waco, TX.   She is a SAHM , loving life with my grands, her husband and making their home , home.  During our last visit she had me sit down and arrange some pretty fruit into containers for her dining room decor.  I was flattered.  Their powder room is a combination of my son-in-law's ingenuity and her decorative sense and I thought this sign would be the perfect thing to place above the homemade salt scrub she has on the sink for her guests. 

I found some really neat metal signs at Michaels Arts and Crafts.  The main color of the room makes it the perfect backdrop for these bright Staz-On Ink stamped hands and one foot.  These hands remind me of the messes we used to have around here, but is now at her house... unless its me getting my hands in some type of fixative mixative or color application.  Thank goodness for craft mats, which reminds me , my daughter might appreciate having one of these around. 

I purchased a variety of metal signs from Michaels and am putting them away for similar fun gift decor projects.  After stamping the hands, I inked up a fun alphabet set with StazON black ink and then finished the project by applying a coat of Ranger Glue n Seal ( glossy).  This will go in the gift box I am preparing for my granddaughters' birthday coming up in a few weeks.  I am in the process of completing a wall hanging for them....it is getting really pretty! Included in that box are some glow in the dark spiders and lizards for my grandson...yes, she groaned when I told her they were coming :), as well as something for my other two daughters who live close.  

Home Improvements

Shelves in the craft room.  Last night began, tonight hopefully will be completed.

        Rearranging stuff.  

              Old sofa out the door. 

 A slow work in progress, headed toward more functionality. Yay.

Still using my favorite kitchen table as a workspace ( never getting rid of that table) . 

I changed storage systems last fall resulting in chaos until my new units were assembled and all of my craft supplies were placed.  Slow helps me to see a better way of organizing supplies and space. 

And a visit from a dear cousin will complete my week. Until next post... Have a great week everyone.