Sunday, April 05, 2020

Mother

What is good poetry? Why do you love a poem and don´t feel anything when you read another one? That´s a personal question, and this is a personal post.
Sunday Postcard Art asks for our favourite poem this week, and as I studied German literature and wrote down my favourite poems and quotes for more than 40 years now, I don´t have just ONE favourite poem. But in every moment of life, there´s one poem that speaks to you, and there are always words that make you think and maybe cry.
One thing that makes a poem a great poem is that it´s "ambiguous", which means that you can read and understand it from more than just one perspective. That´s one of the reasons why I picked Gottfried Benn´s poem today - if you carry thoughts about a lover you´ve lost, it speaks to you, but if you know that this poem´s title is "Mother", your thoughts will take another direction - and that´s what makes it perfect for this challenge.
Benn was a German poet and physician, and many of his poems are disturbing, but this one goes right to my heart. It´s not easy to translate because a lot of it gets lost, but here´s a simple translation: I carry you like a wound that doesn´t heal. It does not always hurt. And the heart does not die for this reason. Only sometimes I´m blind and feel blood in my mouth.

What I love about rubber stamping is that there are always some suitable stamps even for the hardest challenges - in this case I´ve used stamps from PaperArty, Visible Images, and AALL&Create.

In loving memory.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Snarky Cats

On this special weekend I´ve been in need of a little fun, so I´ve picked my new Snarky Cats stamps and made a few ATCs with them.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

It´s Wine o´Clock!

It´s been a while since I´ve made a page in my Moleskine journal, but Hollie Haradon´s latest collage sheets inspired me to do some cut and paste again and combine the images with some rubber stamps from Tim Holtz, VivaLasVegaStamps and Makistamps. Cheers!

Monday, March 09, 2020

Dancing in the Moonlight

My friend Beth Todd came out with two lovely new Songbirdy image kits today consisting of men and women, also available as a combo at MischiefCircus.com.
I couldn´t resist to let those two have a little dance on the moonlit street (hope they don´t forget their pram when they´re finished!).
And the somehow "holy" look of the lady below led me to my collage "Aunt Mary", a strange raven lady.

Sunday, March 08, 2020

The World is my Oyster

I love to follow a given theme and let my intuition do the rest ... this is how this card for this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Vintage Cars" came together. I knew that I wanted to use the lovely car stamp from Red Lead, then I put together a background from two papers and a map strip. Next I added a lady made from junk mail combined with legs from Holliewood Studios. I decided to use the English quote and the house from Red Lead and added their pencils on the right, then the German quote and the postal stamps. Do you remember that song from Frankie Goes To Hollywood that started with "The World is my Oyster"? My mind really meandered tonight ...
This card is dedicated for my long-time friends at Red Lead - many thanks for years of friendship, ladies!

Sunday, March 01, 2020

See the World

This week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge asks us to use maps for our 4 x 6 postcard - that´s what I´m doing all the time! So here´s another card using a strip of a map that I´ve found on my desk and collaged with trees from junk mail and a self-dyed background. I´ve added a car brad as well as some rubber stamps from Tim Holtz and Klartext, and now I call my card finished.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The Sky is NOT the Limit

For this week´s Sunday Postcard Art challenge themed "Airplanes" I´ve made a rubber stamped postcard using stamps from Unity Stamps, Red Lead Paperworks and VivaLasVegaStamps.
Believe it or not, but I´ve never been on a plane because I´ve never left Europe - I´ve always traveled by train, car or bus. People thought I´m crazy until it became hip to avoid traveling by plane because of ecological reasons only a few months ago, in Germany we talk about "Flugscham" today. Is there anything like this in YOUR country, or is it still o. k. to travel by plane for you?