:::Renaissance:::


Our hostess this week is Tami Roth who has selected the theme of “Renaissance” as our challenge this week. Isn’t her arch just beautiful!? What do you think of when the word “Renaissance” comes to mind? We want to see it here this week in gothic form!

About our hostess:

Renaissance marks the period of European history at the close of the Middle Ages and the rise of the Modern world. It represents a cultural rebirth from the 14th through the middle of the 17th centuries. Early Renaissance, mostly in Italy, bridges the art period during the fifteenth century, between the Middle Ages and the High Renaissance in Italy. It is generally known that Renaissance matured in Northen Europe later, in 16th century.

The term renaissance means rebirth and is used to mark an era of broad cultural achievement as a result of renewed interest in the classical art and ideas of Ancient Greece and Rome. The main idea of rebirth lies at the belief that through the study of the intellectual and artistic treasures of the Greco-Roman antiquity, inspired by Humanism, can be reached the artistic greatness, wisdom and enlightenment.

Thank you, Nancy, for the opportunity to be hostess for the gothic arch challenge this week! I chose this theme because of my love for the art and images from that time. “Venus” by Sandro Botticelli is probably my most favorite painting. I think of Botticelli, daVinci, Michelangelo, Vermeer, etc. I love the colors the artists used-so deep and rich. Renaissance means “rebirth” but can have so many meanings to different people that I hope everyone can go with their first instinct of what this means for them and have fun with it!

You may see more of Tami’s beautiful work here:
Tami Roth Picture Trail

:::Royalty/Crowns:::



This weeks theme is “Royalty/Crowns” which was selected by our hostess Kris Dickinson. Isn’t her arch just beautiful! What comes to your mind when you think of Royalty/Crowns? Kings and Queens? Fairy Tales? We want to see it here this week in gothic arch style!

A bit about our hostess:
Thank you Nancy for choosing me to host the Gothic Arch Challenge this week. I chose the theme Royalty/Crowns as I’ve always been fascinated with the kings and queens of Europe. In particular, The Romanovs of Russia. Such a beautiful and tragic family. I have chosen Nicholas II and Alexandra of Russia as my subject for my arch. For this challenge, please do not limit yourselves to just actual royalty. Alter a little king or queen or crown a bird, etc…I can’t wait to see what you create!

Kris Dickinson resides in Parker, CO and has been creating collage’ and mixed media pieces for many years. She is married and has a 9 year old daughter.

You can see more of her beautiful work at:
http://nostalgiccollage.blogspot.com/

:::For The Birds:::



Our theme this week is “For The Birds” which was selected by our hostess Mary-Beth. She made this beautiful arch which includes items found in nature. What do you invision with the theme “For the Birds”? We wish to see it here in gothic arch form this week.

A bit about our hostess:
I was so happy that Nancy asked me once again to host G.A.. I love doing these arches and have fallen behind in the fun.

Lately I have become much more interested in photography, mainly taking landscape shots to use in my art and picking up fallen treasure from the ground especially after rain storms. These twigs came in handy for my arch this week and actually inspired it.

I can’t wait to see how everyone interprets the theme of “For the Birds” this week. Have fun!!!!!!!

You can see more of Mary-Beth’s beautiful artwork on her blog:
http://myjourneyintoart.blogspot.com/

:::Handwriting:::



This week our theme is “Handwriting” which was selected by our hostess Dymphie.
Dymphie has created this beautiful arch using her own handwriting…and states:Use your own handwriting on the arch, paint a few letters, calligraph a quote (i would looooove to see that). I don’t like my own handwriting very much, but i like to use it in my art-work, it seems more my own when i do so.

The haiku on her arch reads “without you here, they are to deep, to large, these dark woods.”

We want to see your handwriting on your arches this week!

You can see more of Dymphie’s beautiful artwork on her blog:
http://papierenavonturen.blogspot.com/

:::Patriotism:::

Our hostess this week is Louise Granlund who selected the theme “Patriotism” and made this beautiful arch.


I chose the theme of Patriotism because we are celebrating the 4th of July this weekend in the United States. Our neighborhood will be filled with flags waving from front porches. We will go to the parade our community puts on every 4th of July and young and old will be waving flags as the parade passes by. I always cry when the various veterans groups walk by and eveyone stands and applauds them. At night we’ll watch the fireworks display at the local high school.

Patriotism is a universal theme — love of one’s country. Or maybe it’s a country you’ve visited and have a close affinity to. Whatever the case, share your gothic arches saluting a country close to your heart.

You may see more of Louise’s beautiful artwork on her blog:

http://kardkrazy.blogspot.com/

:::Flourishes:::



Our hostess this week is Kelly Burton who has made this beautiful arch using the theme she selected “Flourishes”…what do you think of when using this as a theme? We would love to see it in gothic arch form this week! 🙂

A bit about our hostess:

Kelly is a self-taught artist who loves collage, rubber stamping, and mixed media! She finds nothing more rewarding that turning a blank piece of paper into a piece of art!

Kelly lives on an island off the west coast of Canada and loves to spend time at the beach
when not doing art.

You may see more of Kelly’s beautiful art on her blog:
http://artsyvisions.blogspot.com/

Viva la France



Our theme this week is “Viva la France” which was selected by our hostess Frieda Oxenham. Frieda made this beautiful arch for our challenge this week. We want to see your celebration of all things French in gothic arch form.

A bit about our hostess:

I’m an award winning quilt artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and has won many prizes;. I’ve also become known for my ATCs and mixed media work, winning Best of Show for my Enduring, Unending ATC in the House of Cards exhition, Columbus, Ohio, 2005. My mixed media work has been published in Somerset Studio, Somerset Gallery and Sew Somerset . I also work for Alphastamps as part of their Design Team. From ATCs I’m progressed to Inchies, Itty Bitties and now Gothic Arches, which are becoming a real obsession for me!

The theme this week is Vive la France. I have an abiding love for France and the French language. France was the first country in Europe to draw up a Human Rights Declaration in 1789 during the French Revolution, based partly on the American one. It had a huge influence on human rights in the rest of Europe as well. The first line is part of my arch and translated reads: Men are born and remain free and equal in rights. Notice however that women are not yet mentioned despite the fact that they played their part during the Revolution too, which is why I have featured a woman on my arch!

You may see more of Frieda’s beautiful work on her blog:
http://friedaquilter.blogspot.com

:::Chair:::



Our hostess this week is Audrey who has created this beautiful arch using the theme she selected “Chair”…
“A chair is a piece of furniture we all have and need to sit on it and rest or work. So I thought it was a great idea to use this as the centre of your arch. I’m curious to see all your arches with chairs!”

A bit about our hostess:
Hello, I’m Audrey from the Netherlands. I’m a mom of 3 boys and I’m married.
I discovered stamping about 5 or 6 years ago. I wanted to make some different Christmas-
cards so I went to an unknown store in my town. I attended my first workshop there and was
addicted right away. I didn’t have my own space in our house and had to use the dining table,
but that didn’t work. So 1.5 year ago I bought a table of 1x1m and I’m much more productive
since.

I started my own blog on July 2007 and I’m enjoying it every minute of the day.
I love to stamp and scrap, so I love mixed media. I work a lot with stamps, paper,ink,
fabric, paint and grungeboard. I’m a fan of Paper Whimsey images as you can see
on my arch. But I also search the net to find all kinds of images and I’m very grateful for all
the freebies.

You may see more of Audrey’s beautiful artwork on her blog:
http://www.audreyart.blogspot.com

:::Garden Fairies:::



Our hostess this week is Debby Harriettha who has made this beautiful arch for our challenge. Debby selected the theme “Garden Fairies” for our inspiration. What comes to mind when garden fairies is mentioned? We want to see your art this week in gothic form.

A bit about the hostess:

I started the mixed media craze with a rubber stamp, about 5 years ago. I became a wandering lost soul after I lost my parents which led me into my local stamp/scrap store. I was amazed when I walked in and saw what they had to offer. I immediately signed up for a stamping class and I was hooked. One thing led to another and the stamps do not come out all that often anymore. I am totally hooked on mixed media today and I have a real passion for doing altered book round robins.

This being said it has brought much happiness to my life and I have met so many friends online.
I have chosen Garden Fairies for my theme this week. Have fun!!! Looking forward to all the great garden fairies..

Debby Harriettha

You may see more of Debby’s beautiful creations on her blog:
http://innerreflections.typepad.com

:::My Doll and Me:::

Our hostess this week is Mandy who has selected the theme “My Doll and Me”…isn’t her arch just darling?! What do you invision with this theme? A favorite childhood doll? teaparties with little girls and porcelin babies? We want to see your creations in gothic form!

A bit about our hostess:


This weeks theme of ‘My doll and me’ was chosen by me because I have a fascination of vintage dolls… they intrigue me and yet are quite scary too. I have a little collection of images which I have been dying to use so I thought being the hostess this week on Gothic Arches would be the ideal opportunity to use one of them and to also see what everyone else comes up with. I cant wait to what you create!

Theme chosen by Mandy who is a full-time mum and lover of art 😀
see my blog at http://mandysmagicalworldofart.blogspot.com

:::We’ll Always Have Paris:::

The theme for this week’s challenge is: “We’ll Always Have Paris” presented by Keron Lee (aka The Colourguru) from Melbourne, Australia. You cannot visit Paris & remain unmoved. No book can describe it. Each door you go through, every coffee you drink, beckons you, wooing your soul like a secret lover…….then it ensnares your heart like a vine.

I must confess, I ignorantly & blissfully lived down under for what I expect to be about half my adult life, before I experienced the ache that comes from leaving it behind. My first trip to Paris was in November 2000; my 40th year.

They say life begins at 40, it’s true. The constraints & strivings of youth have evolved into life experiences that, to some extent define you. You are ready to embrace new ideas & romanticize about possibilities the future may hold. You are more deliberate about things & more (in my case, but less in others) willing to take a risk, give something a shot, go out on a limb. I hope you have fun with this theme – you are welcome to interpret it with photos, maps, memoribilia, or commercially available materials.

A bit about our hostess:

My arch is made up with a combination of all of these things – plus memories & feelings of loss….. You see, this morning I was supposed to be enjoying church in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. My trip to Europe (scheduled for April/May) has been postponed due to a knee injury, & I would have arrived there yesterday. On the back is a photo our daughter took of my hubby & I the evening we arrived in Paris for the first time from the top of Arch d’Triomphe, & a map from an old Beaddekkers travel guide. The line drawings on the front (Notre Dame) & the Back (Sacre Coeur) are from a calendar I bought in Paris. Nancy & I cooked up this theme in November last year & I was going to give you a report from an internet café, but alas, not to be this time, so, from my art studio to your special place, lets celebrate a place that invades your soul & possesses you from the moment you arrive.
When I hosted the arch last year, I spoke about what everyone was doing with their arches. If you look on my blog later in the week, you will see my revolving book of arches, it’s a lovely treasure.…………what’s everyone else doing with their stash of gorgeous arches????

You may see more of Keron’s beautiful art on her blog:
www.thecolourguru.typepad.com
 

:::By The Sea:::

The theme this week is “By The Sea” and our hostess this week is Nellie van Leeuwen who came up with this beautiful arch and challenge. What comes to your mind when the sea is mentioned? Bathing along the beach? Lighthouses? Nautical? Whatever the vision may be we want to see it here in gothic form.

A bit about our hostess:

I love sea as a theme in my artwork and I definity love the beach chair stamp I used for this arch. It’s from Oxford Impressions. But of course I love the sea in real too. Especially when it’s a bit windy. I love to stroll along the beach with our dogs, hearing the sound of the waves. I don’t live near the sea so have to travel quite a way to experience that special feeling.

Groetjes, Nellie

You may visit Nellie’s blog to see more of her beautiful artwork:

http://dutchstamptramp.wordpress.com

:::Asian:::

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Linda M. is our hostess this week and she selected the theme “Asian” as our challenge. Linda created this beautiful arch to share and inspire us all. What comes to your artistic mind when you think of Asian….geisha girls? temples? beautiful costumes? Whatever it may be – we want to see it here in arch form this week!

A bit about our hostess:

I’m Linda (redplaid3) and I live in Bear, Delaware, where I am a SAHM and artist. I enjoy making cards, ATCs, and little books and altering puzzle pieces. I love patterned paper and buttons also. Lately, I’ve been trying my hand at digital cards and layouts. It’s been fun, but nothing beats the look of a piece with all handmade elements. Have fun trying this Asian theme. I’ll be away on vacation most of this week, but I’ll catch up when I get back.

You may visit Linda’s beautiful blog here:
http://redplaid3.blogspot.com

:::Heritage:::

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Our theme this week was selected by our hostess Louise Granlund and she has created this beautiful arch depicting her heritage. What comes to mind when you think of your heritage? Traditions from your homeland? Ancestors moving to far away lands? Hardships and survival? We would love to see your artistic creations for this weeks theme!

A bit about our hostess:


Hi, my name is Louise and I live in the midwest part of the United States. I have been married 25 years and we have one son who is ready to graduate college this spring. About six years ago I started stamping and paper crafting. I was immediately drawn to collage and vintage art. I love incorporating reminders of days gone by in my artwork especially when it includes personal familial items/photos. That’s why I’ve chosen ‘heritage’ as my theme for this week’s challenge.
 

My arch touches on my Ukrainian heritage. My father was born there, coming to the U.S. as a young man alone without any of his family. He told us how poor they were in the Ukraine, living in a mountainous region where they tried to farm land that was not good for growing much. Half his siblings died of starvation. With no family here, my father found relationships with his people through the church. That is how I learned what it was to be Ukrainian.
I went there for Ukrainian language lessons, music lessons and Ukrainian dancing lessons. At Easter especially our lives revolved around the many religious and cultural traditions of the Ukrainian church. And, yes, we would make the beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs!
So my arch starts with the colors found in the Ukrainian flag, blue and yellow. The bottom reflects the farmland of the Ukraine, with the only picture I have of my father as a young man. For the top of my arch I have tried to represent the church which was a vital part of my father’s life in his village in the Ukraine and in the United States.
 

I look forward to seeing your arches reflecting your heritage and hope you will share a little of your story, too!

You can see more of Louise’s beautiful creations on her blog:

http://kardkrazy.blogspot.com/

:::All Things Celtic:::

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This weeks theme is “All Things Celtic” and our hostess Mary-Beth has made this beautiful arch to start our challenge.

What do you think of with this theme? castles and the Emerald Isle? your ancestors? St. Patrick? bagpipes? Whatever it may be we would love to see your arch this week!

A bit about our hostess:

I am thrilled, awed and frightened to be hostess this week! LOL Thank you Nancy for the opportunity!

I began stamping about 6 or 7 years ago and that in turn has led me to this journey into art which I am enjoying tremendously. I am now mostly interested in mixed media and if I can use my stamps. great!

I love to go blog hopping to see what everyone is doing and to see if I can adapt that idea to my art. I am unable to take classes or workshops due to my crazy schedule so this is how I learn.

I am 3rd generation Canadian from an Irish immigrant family and am very proud of my heritage. My cousins have traced our genealogy all the way back to 1599 when my ancestors came to Ireland from Normandy! So in honour of St. Patrick’s Day and my ancestry – ‘All things Celtic’. I hope you have a lot of fun with this theme, I can’t wait to see everyones wonderful art! (Don’t feel you have to limit yourself to Irish Celts. If I remember my fact right, Celts were all over Europe.)

You can see more of Mary-Beth’s beautiful art work on her blog:

http://myjourneyintoart.blogspot.com

:::Transitions:::

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This weeks theme is “Transitions” and our hostess Karen Owen created this amazing arch. What do you think of when “transitions” is mentioned? Day to night, warm to cold, childhood to adulthood, one color to another – we would love to see your creations in gothic arch form here.

A bit about our hostess:

I started on this crazy mixed media art journey about 7 or 8 years ago after a trip to Hawaii. When I came home, I started looking for ways to memorialize the trip by scrapbooking and photo art quilting. While I was making the scrapbook, I bought several rubber stamps. I wasn’t very happy with my results. So I started thinking that there must be a better way to use them. I bought Suze Weinberg’s book, The Art of Rubber Stamping. The first weekend after I had the book I did almost every technique described! I was hooked! Later came altered books and collage. I still use rubber stamps, still occasionally quilt, and I enjoy using Photoshop for digital art, but my passion is collage. I like to combine painting with images to tell a story.

I have chosen “Transitions” as my theme for this week. I interpreted it as the transition from winter to spring, but it could be day to night, warm to cold, childhood to adulthood, one color to another — I can’t wait to see how you interpret this theme.

You may see more of Karen’s beautiful work on her blog:

http://www.karenink.typepad.com

:::Using Trash:::

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Our hostess this week is Klaartje who has a very creative challenge for all of you. She created this precious arch using “trash” – items you would normally throw away….think package labels, bubble wrap, a lid of a tincan and…..?
We can’t wait to see what you create with items you would normally purge!!

About our hostess:

Hi! My name is Klaartje, 29 years old and living in the Netherlands.
I’ve been stamping since October 2003 and was immediately totally addicted!
Luckily I had a stampstore about 5 km away. Now I work there 4 or 5 days a week!
Yesterday (1 Maart) I gave my first workshop! Which was a bit scary….. but it went good!
 

As theme for this challenge I chose ‘Using trash’. Just use what you would normally throw
away like packagelabels, bubblewrap, a lid of a tincan and…..?
I can’t wait to see what you do with this theme!


You can see more of Klaartje’s beautiful work on her blog:
http://stempelgekkie.blogspot.com/
also check out her challenge blog….
http://crazyamigochallenge.blogspot.com/

:::History:::

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Our hostess this week is Heather Robinson who has selected the theme “history”. Heather created this gorgeous arch depicting events from the “Titanic”. She challenges you to make a gothic arch using events from your personal history or history in a broader sense.

Rubber stamping launched me on the artistic journey that I am on today. Although I don’t use rubber stamps in the same way today, they still make their way into my artwork. My interests now lie primarily in mixed media, collage and altered books and I just can’t seem to shake an obsession with using wax in my artwork.

Another passion of mine is history and that is the theme that I have chosen for this week’s challenge. This can be personal history or you can think about history in a broader sense. Perhaps you are moved by a particular event or person. I am fascinated with all things
“Titanic”, especially the stories about individuals who were on the ship and that is what I hoped to capture with my arch this week. I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing your interpretations of the theme.

You may visit Heather’s blog:
http://creativesolace.blogspot.com to see more of her amazing creations!

:::Old School:::

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Our theme this week is “Old School” which was selected by our hostess Elaine Shannon. Elaine remembers her childhood days with characters like “Dick and Jane” which bring back fond memories. What do you think of with this theme? Your first lunchbox? A favorite dress? New school supplies? We would love to see what you create when making you go back to your childhood “old school” past!

A bit about our hostess:
My name is Elaine Shannon and I enjoy many kinds of crafts.. while I have not had lots of experience stamping, I do enjoy using them..I always seem to gravitate towards vintage looking things.. Most of my cards have something “old” on them.. I like to ink, distress and sew on things. I have drawers full of “found” objects that I just know will one day find a place on card. Lately I have enjoyed making fabric postcards.

“Old School Days” that’s the theme for this week.. I have wonderful memories of my primary school days. I attended school in England until I was 9. After moving to the states I remember what a change it was.. When I think of my first year of school in America I think of metal lunchboxes, black chalkboards and old fashioned metal swingsets..The smell of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.. or that wonderful “new box of crayons” smell make me smile and evoke happy feelings.

The red cloth brad on my arch reminds me of my red gingham school dress that I wore in primary school.. along with red leather shoes. The black and white ribbon with the cherries also reminds me of school clothing. old fashioned yellow rulers.. the alphabet frieze above the board.. all these things bring back good memories of my school days..
So, what reminds YOU of your school days?

You may visit Elaines blog to see more of her creations:
http://agedtoperfection-elaine.blogspot.com

:::Valentine:::

Will you be my Valentine?

Our hostess this week is Hermine Koster. She has selected the theme “Valentine”….what do you think of when “Valentine” is mentioned? A loved one you hold dear to your heart? Hearts and flowers? A big box of chocolates? Kisses and hugs? Whatever your vision is we wish to see if here in gothic arch style! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

A bit about our hostess:

It is always an honour to be hostess of Gothic Arch Challenge, but now it is even more special because since my sons birthday on Valentines day in 1999, this day is extra special. Love to use this beautiful face in my artwork and always do when I make some for Valentine. And who can resist such a smile. So this is my little Valentine, hope to see your beautiful artwork with this theme.

You may visit Hermine’s blog here to see more of her beautiful artwork and creations:

Hermine’s Place