Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Good Day for Cards

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(*see note below)
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I belong to a rubber stamping group that has been in existence for over 11 years.  Although the group's members are currently all female, we have had talented gentlemen members in years past. Our youngest active member is in her early twenties, the most mature in her mid-80's.  A faithful group of folks, many of them charter members of the group, meet on one Saturday afternoon each month to practice new --or old -- card-making/designing techniques or to demonstrate new tools and materials used in the craft, to swap handmade cards, and to catch up with what's been going on in our lives since the last meeting.   Eighteen of us gathered this afternoon, and it was great fun, as usual.

Since I had cards 'on the brain,' so to speak, when I got home I started looking back through my computer files at the hundreds and hundreds of images of cards I've made and received during the past 11 years. I selected a few (of the cards that I made myself) to create the above collage.   

My taste in rubber stamp images is eclectic, to say the least. I require only an interest in or appreciation of the art.  Some tickle my funny bone: the image in the lower left hand corner of the collage is one of my favorites.  Art?  Maybe. Or Not.  Whimsey? Definitely.  I presently own a great many rubber stamp images of various sorts, having acquired them with the same abandon that I once reserved for the purchase of books.

I must have been behind the door when God passed out creative/artistic abilities.  There seems to be a broken connection between what my eyes see and what I can do with my hands.  I simply cannot transfer what I see to any sort of media. I don't sketch; I don't paint (except walls and woodwork); I once tried sculpting in clay - hahahahahah! All I got was dirty hands!

I truly enjoy my stamps, inks, papers, ribbons and other embellishments, and the physical act of creating cards or other art work using images that I could not have produced through my own abilities.  

* Insofar as I can remember correctly, since some years have passed since I created most of these cards, copyrights to the images shown above are held by: Hero Arts; Stamp It!; Magenta; Red Castle Rubber Stamps; Personal Stamp Exchange; B-Line Designs; Stampamania; and Penny Black, Inc.

That's about it for this (almost) end of the first month of the year.

Tomorrow is also a day.


Mimi Foxmorton said...

These are absolutely wonderful!
And you have some SERIOUSL talent!
SUch creativity!
But I do know what you mean about see-hand abilities. If what was in my head could come out my hand..........*sigh*

Have a warm and creative day!

Abby said...

I know what you mean about lacking the creative gene. I knit from patterns and while many exclaim over the results, I know the most important "skill" for knitting is perseverance. But I still enjoy it. You must have an eye for design and an innate understanding of color theory to produce these beautiful cards, though. And you found *your* medium. Don't think that what you do isn't creative.

Arkansas Patti said...

You may think you lack a creative gene but your cards prove you wrong. You do beautiful work. I really liked the whimsy one.
I have the eye, camera deficit. Nothing I see is ever captured via camera the way I see it.

Jinksy said...

You clearly have an artist's eye, so don't bemoan not having a different artistic talent! The card designs are great...

George said...

I like your cards -- I think you do have artistic talent. But I think I know how you feel. I've always wanted to 'make music', but the only things I can play are a CD player and my iPod!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I always love seeing your beautiful work, Pat... You are so talented, and seeing more of your cards made me smile. I am not creative in that way ---so I am always in awe of others who have that talent.

Thanks for sharing.