Resist This! Painting on masking tape and finding my home style!


Yesterday I started masking out my first ever resist painting. I’ve been seeing Pins go by on Pintrest about it and how simple and fun a way it is to decorate your home! I want art everywhere! I’ve been on a mission to make my home more to my personal taste and liking. I’ve been getting rid of things that I don’t really need or want, and particularly things that don’t reflect my personal style!


I love things on strings and old beat up suitcases! My friend, Juniper, gave me that suitcase many years ago and I always think of her when I see it. It has very real value to me!

As a result of my efforts it’s looking a lot more like what I want it to look like around here.I don’t know about you but my life gets cluttered up pretty quickly. With kids, a cat, and my hubby there always seems to be an endless supply of things to pick up!


This picture isn’t the best, but I wanted to show off my piles of mail and of course all the art and letters littering my space. It feels like home! And when your house feels like home, it makes it easier to feel inspired and create.

So what is your home style? Do you make art at home? Talk to me and tell me what makes you happy!

– Jessanne S


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!



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.

Homemade Gift Tags


I’ve been hacking and slicing, cropping and editing! The result is that I maybe, almost, just might have my Etsy shop ready to go soon! My gift tags will probably be the first thing I list in my shop and I think they’d be a good start. I’m still working on a few new leather earring designs that go along with my passions.. which is quite a task with all these ideas bubbling up in my brain. Much more to come in short order (I hope)!

Talk to you soon!


Gift Box Obsession, Intervention Please?!

I’ve been creating since my last post, I swear! But here’s the thing.. The ONE thing.. Gift boxes. Tons and tons of them, from teeny tiny boxes for those teeny tiny treasures up to about 4×4 inches or so.


It’s like having a creative block except I’m stuck in this loop like a skipping record that only plays gift box. Hah! All types, all colors, cupcakes, ribbons, patterns and solids. Folded, octagonal, slide top, lipstick case ones.. The list goes on and on!

The original idea was to make a couple of them for the leather fringe earrings I had made as birthday gifts for a couple of girlfriends of mine. I had a great success and the boxes really added that additional touch of homemade creativity to the whole experience. I want my creations to be completely mine, from the gift to all the wrapping.. Those little touches that take it all the way. The Full Monte of homemade gift giving!

BUT now I must have an intervention! I have all these boxes, hand created, each of them different and unique. Hundreds, no kidding. Six weeks of daily obsession! Art really can teach you a lot about yourself. So I have to move on, either stuff those things with my other creations (like jewelry or gift tags or magnets or anything!) or sell them.


So what do you think.. Would you buy these for your creations or to use as gift boxes to touch up the little things you give on special occasions? Wedding favors or birthday parties (Well, maybe not these exact ones. I sure do love being snarky!)? Send me your feedback and let me know if you’re as obsessed with boxes as I am!

P.S. Sorry about the cussing. ;)

Hello from the new UpStartArt Blog!


Welcome to UpStartArt Blog! I’ll be your resident UpStart bringing you creations of my own and inspirational snippets from all over the web and my own local surroundings! From paper to leather, vintage or new, I love it all. So many things can easily brighten a creative moment for me or give me the inspiration I need to get my rear in gear on a project. Maybe some of the things that get me up and going can help you too!

Be an UpStart and let’s all get up and start some Art!

Fondest Wishes To You,