If you like Edgar Allan Poe and you enjoy creating artful projects, you are in the right place!

Thursday, April 30, 2015


I am here with a simple piece of tag art as a reminder that this is the last week of the Quoth the Raven Tic-Tac-Poe challenge.  It's a fun and simple challenge where we provide you with a grid and you select three elements--horizontally, vertically or diagonally--and create something related to Edgar Allan Poe.  Here's the grid:

For this week's reminder art, I have chosen a diagonal pattern and have used some stitching, the well-known quote "Nevermore!" and a stamped image of a raven.  (Please don't tell the raven it is actually an image of a crow from Stampotique Originals!)

Here's my tag:

And, a list of supplies:
  • Ranger's #10 manila tag (shortened)
  • Dylusions ink sprays in Pure Sunshine and Dirty Martini
  • Stampotique's Moon Girl's Crow
  • Stampotique's Circles Cube (grounding under crow)
  • Yellow ribbon from my stash
  • Sticko stickers (nevermore)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Wendy Vecchi's Archival Ink (Watering Can)
  • Sewing machine
  • Basic tool kit
I hope you can find some time this week to participate in the Tic-Tac-Poe challenge at Quoth the Raven.  You can submit your artwork here.

Glad you stopped by today.  I thank you both for your visit and your comments!  Have a great week!

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Reminder inspiration is up on the Quoth the Raven website, and I have a new piece of art to show you today. The theme Tic-Tac-Poe will continue throughout the month, and I hope you will create something for this challenge. 

We are using the following Tic-Tac-Poe grid to help you with your project. Just pick any three elements--horizontally, vertically, and diagonally--and get crafty! Just remember--in some way--your work must be related to Edgar Allan Poe.

For this week's project, I have chosen 3D Decoupage, Poe, and Lace! The 3-D decoupage segment was, indeed, quite the challenge.  I first had to Google the term to find a description of this technique.  What appeared pretty simple turned out to be not so simple after all.  Fussy cutting and pop dots were the mainstay of this project.  When I finished and showed it to my husband, he said that it appeared as if Poe had had a stroke!  I hope there is a learning curve here and that I can only get better!

The background was created by mixing three colors of re-inkers and alcohol on my craft mat and dragging Ranger's specialty stamping paper through it.   I also dripped a bit of alcohol directly onto my page to encourage the inks to move and blend.

The quote is my "Poe" segment.  Although these words will not be found in a search of his works, he is credited with saying it (here).  The wine glass I found on the internet and is a penciled drawing by Aimee Flom. The lace is called "Venice" and is from Simplicity.  The metal skull and crossbones are from Tim Holtz' idea-ology "adournments" collection.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015


The calendar says April, but the weather still does not herald the arrival of Spring in the Northeast of the United States!  That said, I continue to search for Spring's earliest blossoms--in the snow!  

Thinking of flowers made me curious about whether Edgar Allan Poe wrote about flowers, and, indeed, he did.  His short story Eleonora tells of star-shaped flowers never seen before, and that captured my creative interest.  You can read the short story of Eleonora here.

Today's challenge is a creative game of Tic-Tac-Poe!  This new twist on an old game is here to inspire you.  

I chose to use flowers, Poe and feathers--straight down the center!  I have been making a lot of tags lately, so decided I would make one for this challenge:

The background paper featuring red feathers is one of an 8-pack of digital 8-1/2" x 11" images that I purchased and downloaded from Smeared Ink and is called "Poe Boy."  The flower, flat-backed pearl, and butterfly are all from my stash.  The ribbon is uncolored crinkle ribbon from Tim Holtz' idea-ology collection.  The excerpt from Eleonora was computer generated and printed.  

I hope you can ferret out some time this month to get inspired by Edgar Allan Poe and our Tic-Tac-Poe challenge this month. This challenge asks that your choose 3 elements from the grid above--horizontally, vertically or diagonally--and use them in your project.  The only rule is that it must--in some way--be related to Edgar Allan Poe.