A Card Shower


A friend of mine is having a card shower for her beautiful baby who is just about to turn one! I think it is such a lovely idea! What a sweet thing for a mom to do for her little one. I’ll bet that looking back on all the memories and sentiments within the cards will be a great way to spend a future afternoon.

Well.. inspiration finally struck for what I might do with the card! Above is just a little sneak peek! A tutorial and more pictures in the next day!




New Artful Blogging Magazine

New Artful Blogging Magazine!

I’m excited that I got my hands on the new Artful Blogging magazine. One of my most favorite



I’m so excited that yesterday I got my hands on the new “Artful Blogging” magazine, by Stampington & Company. Checkout artfulblogging.com to see more issues and even get the ones you missed!

In this issue my favorite artist and blogger, Ishtar Olivera, is inside! With all of her wonderful little creations, from stamp carving to miniatures and doll house creations it is hard to ever get bored looking at her work!

Just have a little peek!



Washi tape is a great addition to the art world. It’s easy to use, fun to apply, and full of potential. There’s a lot of washi tape art out there these days, but in my humble opinion, Ishtar Olivera does it with real flair and an inspiring touch.



So get your hands on the newest edition of Artful Blogging and soak up the inspiration inside. Without the artistic and creative inspiration inside magazines and art blogs none of my mornings (or afternoons!) would be quite as pleasant!






An Excerpt on Gadgets; iPhone 5

So I work..
So I work..

Hi there from UpStartArt! Right now, as I type, I am sitting at my desk watching the Keynote presentation about the iPhone5.. and trying not to drool too much on my keyboard. Don’t worry I’ve got tissues. I am going to get one of these, I have a phone upgrade coming the 25th of this month!

First, let me tell you a little secret about myself. I am a big time gadget enthusiast. Yes, that’s right, I just LOVE gadgets. I wouldn’t go so far as to sell my soul for them, but I admit that I have though about it. ;)

Three months ago I upgraded from my early adopter iPad 1 (loved it!) and was able to get the New iPad (love it more!!). Incidentally, my son inherited the iPad 1 and has benefitted greatly with many of the educational apps. Following that, just 2 weeks ago, I got my first iMac. Having been a PC girl for the 15 years I have used, and worked with computers, this is all new territory for me.. Sort of. My IOS devices have been a launch pad into this new world. The “PC Free” revolution that began with the iPad has changed the face of computing in so many ways. People from all backgrounds, economic and social, have been able to adopt a new way of accessing the Internet, information, and social media. Connectivity and information exchange is at an all time high while wearing a new face in these sleek little devices. For myself, and many others, the tablet is the catalyst to a new freedom in the “PC Free” world. My high quality gaming laptop began gathering dust and I haven’t looked back. I’ve been able to re-focus my priorities and become a more productive artist, blogger, and photographer. I don’t feel weighed down by the technology I’ve always loved so much. Instead, it compliments what I already want to do. I have a new interface to the world and I am excited to share it with you.

So take a moment and check out this new lusty iPhone 5! Here’s the link, and get your tissue boxes too! ;)

I’ve been very fortunate, recently. I’ve turned my entire life around in many refreshing and exciting ways. I’ve got a full plate and I am happy. What’s next for me? I think I will pick something off the plate. Cheers!

– Jessanne, an UpStart at Heart

Summer Fades to September

Summer Fades to September

This Lobelia is still pretty in the sunshine and looks nice filtered with instagram! I’ve got a new Pinterest account going as well. Here are the links for those of you wanting to look!



Summer Fades to September

This Lobelia is still pretty in the sunshine and looks nice filtered with Instagram! I’ve got a new Pinterest account going as well. Here are the links for those of you wanting to look!



Stamp Carving – Go Fly A Kite!

It’s nearing the end of summer but I am still full of whimsical ideas. In order to muster up some inspiration on a rainy day last week I thought I’d sit down in my studio and carve another stamp. I’ve already used the Speedball material, (that cute pink stuff you can get in the craft stores), and found that it was really easy to work with and fun! But I’ve been wanting to try to carve stamps out of rubber erasers because, a) I had some on hand, and b) it’s more economical and has the potential to be a recycling thing!


So I started with a simple doodle of a kite. I transferred the pencil drawing onto the eraser by positioning it over the stamp, face down, and burnishing to transfer some of the graphite onto the surface of the eraser. I went back over the transferred lines in pencil and there I had it, a kite on an eraser.

Next I simply used my carving tools (also available in your local craft store) to carve away the areas around my doodle to leave the kite in relief for stamping.

After I’d carved my kite into existence, I cut off any excess parts of eraser with an X-acto knife and saved the unused portions of eraser. These will make good little stamps later on.

I tested out my results! Well.. looks like a kite to me! Haha. I can see a couple of spots that will need a little more carving down or cleaning up in order to stay out of the stamped results.

I found that carving on rubber eraser (easy to get large ones in discount bins since it is Back To School season!) is nearly as easy as carving on the pink stuff. So get a couple of simple tools, hunt down your old and partially used erasers, and try your hand at stamp carving!

Keep Smiling!
– Jessanne S.

New Passion: Paper Making

Rainbows aren’t just for the sky! :)

I’ve spent the last few weeks trying my hand at making homemade paper out of the recycle bin or the icky bills in my mail bin. I am really amused that I’m using old utility bills. Upcycling that junk mail! My recipes are hilarious as a result!

Color – Yellow(ish)

1/2 a Time Warner disconnect notice (I don’t even watch that box out there!)
2 NYSEG envelopes (..grumble, grumble..)
1/4 Toilet Paper tube



I’ve made a few interesting first attempts… During these first tries (just above) I’ve learned how to do it my own way (no rules!) and what just doesn’t work. I do not recommend junk flyers, for example, they just don’t bind well. With a little bit of window screen, and some recycled picture frames I was able to create my own deckle that fits into my kitchen sink. And so far the results have been wonderful. I’m learning about paper quality, before and after I shred it to bits, paper strength, and fiber placement all at the same time.



I call these eggplant and mango!

Hey, cowgirl, these boots totally
match that art journal you’re working on! ;)

A patchy grey color & a peachy-orange after drying.

After deckle & ready for pressing! This is definitely

the color of Pepto Bismol… Hehe!

Try it yourself and tell me how it went! If you have questions post them in the comment section and I would be happy to help.



Gift Box Sets

Now that I’ve started I just can’t stop!


These are all matching and create a cute little set for giving more than one gift at a time, if you want to! These are sized for jewelry, makeup, knick knacks, or even perfume. I am going to make a pile more in different colors and styles. Because now that I’m started.. ;)

– an UpStartArtist