Monday, October 7, 2013

A Good Read

The Alpha challenge at the Craft Barn is now on the letter "J".  I have chosen two words - Journey and Journal.  They seem to go together don't you think?

So now I take you on a little journey into darkness and the journal pages I have created to honor our guide, the amazing Edgar Allan Poe.


WHAT!?!  You have not read Poe?  How could that be?  I still remember when I read THE TELL- TALE HEART  and  THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM .   But my all time favorite is the poem THE RAVEN first published in 1845.

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
  Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
  While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
  As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door -
  'Tis some visitor,' I muttered, 'tapping at my chamber door -
  Only this , and nothing more.'

Now you will have to read this rest of this amazing poem.

Thanks to everyone who follow my efforts and to all who leave such super comments.
Sandy

91 comments:

Jayne A said...

Fabulous page Sandy. I remember reading the cask of Amontillado many years ago but not the pit and the pendulum so I may have to give it a read.

Hugs
Jayne

butterfly said...

These pages are stunning, Sandy... what amazing colours, blended beautifully, and the collage of unnerving images is worthy of Poe himself... love them in b&w against that fabulous texty colourful background - fantastic!

And yes - the Pit and the Pendulum, wonderful, and the Raven still sends chills up and down my spine. Off to find The Tell-Tale Heart on Kindle!

Hope your journey back to full mobility continues apace... I can see the mojo is already at full throttle.
Alison xx

Victoria said...

WOW! Great choice of "J" words and such incredible colours. I love the text and image combination. The Raven is my favourite too :)

cathylynn said...

Now you are definitely on a Mojo roll!! Holy smokes Sandy this is totally phenomenal! Quite a story my friend. Poe is smiling at you right now and so am I. Fantastic job and I can tell you are feeling much better! So happy to see you crafting.
Hugs, Cathy

Stamps and Paper said...

Love the look of your new blog Sandy..
Two fabulous pages and love your theme ...great images and colours

Anne

Sylvia said...

Wow Sandy, the colorcombo is stunning. Wow, just amazing!! The images and text are perfect matching together, everything is!! Again you made some awesome pages for the challenge.
xxxSylvia

cuilliesocks said...

Amazing work Sandy, love the theme with Poe, I used to read him decades ago and loved being terrorised, the raven was my fav.

Your layout and images are just wonderful.
Loving your new look blog too, take care, hugs KateX

Scrap Affair said...

VERY impressive Sandy! Love every little bit of it! And Honestly-I did read Poe:) And Annie Rice too-a bit of a fanatic really -(I confess :))

Linda Palmer said...

Stunning pages Sandy. I love the poem "The Raven", it is my daughter Sherrill's favorite of Poe stories and poems. I love your pages, both of them so spooky and fun. Great work, as you always do. Fun and entertaining.

Marilyn said...

Another incredible page Sandy and I know I have said it before but truly, you amaze me... there's so much creativity and talent and talent in you that it's no wonder these pages are so awesome. Everything you put on the page has meaning... I love these!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Your blog looks awesome! and the journal/book pages pages are beautiful. Love the background inking and the combination of images. Also appreciate the poetry! Take care, Shirleyx

Julie Ann Lee said...

Wow, Sandy,this is so atmospheric! I love that moody background and the images in the foreground are fabulous too! Poe is a great author to illustrate and you have really gone to town and created a stunning piece of journalling, a fitting tribute to the Master of mystery and imagination! This is a great entry for this time of year too! Hope you're feeling more mobile with every new day! Julie Ann xx

chrissies said...

Wonderful pages Sandy--such rich colours and terrific images

Chrissie x

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful pages Sandy, right up my street! I am sure everybody must have read Poe, or? Hugs, Valerie

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

This is brilliant Sandy! I love Edgar Allen Poe I used to read his work such a lot in my earlier teens! Love how you coloured the pages, all very atmospheric! Susan x

Cat's sCrap said...

A other original and wonderful vintage project. Fantastic effect on your backgroud. Magnificent colours ! Bravo !

Hugs from France.
Catherine.

Willy said...

Ohhh...wow this is awesome, very original and beautiful!!

Redanne said...

Oh wow Sandy, you have outdone yourself this month! What spook-tacular pages. I love Poe and I do remember the poem - give me chills. Love the background colouring and the fabulous stamping, it really does set the scene for this month....... Hope you are feeling better day by day. Big hugs, Anne xx

Lisa M said...

Does your face hurt from smiling??? I bet it does. I just know that you got a little bit of your Halloween fix working on these two pages of masterful macabre. The framed image of Poe is AWESOME and the rest of the images flow so perfectly with the sentiments. I loooved watching The Pit and the Pendulum. Vincent Price did fabulous in that too.
It's 3:30 in the morning and I can't sleep, so at least I can smile and ooh and awe at your work. Nice to think of you over there being crafty!!! :D
hugs,
Lisa x

Valerie said...

Stunning layout Sandy, I zoomed in to see all the detail:) As you say, who doesn't like EAP!
Val x

May said...

Let me pick my jaw up from the floor Miss Sandy... are you sure your not having secrets art classes behind my back.... Love, Love, Love, Love your pages...I wish I lived nearer so you could give me some classes..
F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S..WORK...The colours & images are perfect... your blending of the background is outstanding...Hugs May x x x

butlersabroad said...

Wow Sandy, beautiful background colours and all so perfectly blended. Love the Poe images and the reference to The Raven, one of my favourite Poe works. I'll have to go and read it again now, especially with Hallowe'en so close! Hope you're doing well.

Hugs
Brenda

Ruth Ann Hunter said...

Wow! Great card and layout. hugs, Ruth Ann

Netty said...

terrific colourings and love your wonderful collage of all things Poe Sandy. Hope all is well with you, hugs Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

inkypinkycraft said...

these pages are amazing, love how the images sit against the text of the pages ..they are fab x

Still playing catch up and yet never getting caught up ....so this is just to say hello , have been looking at your lovely pieces and hope to get back to my normal comment levels soon, I know , I know I keep saying it :( but I do have the very best intentions! hugs Trace x

Pam Sparks said...

Beautiful creating Sandy! I don't read Poe or anything scary. Love your fall colors and big old house! : )

Patricia St Martin said...

Sandy, You out done yourself on these pages. These are perfect themes for the J's and for this time of year you can get your Halloween fix. Great background colors. These pages had to be so much fun to do. Wanted to tell you love you new look on your blog.
Hugs, Pat

Annie said...

Impressively fabulous pages, Sandy! Wonderful colors and characters and images and snippets! Perfect for the challenge and perfect for the season!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow, great pages, I really love your book!!

Greetings
Maria

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great your Poe pages Sandy...it looks amazing and so creative.
Compliments!

Kelly Neis said...

What a masterpiece! Your journal is wonderful and I adore the images and how they follow the poem. Mr. Poe would be quite proud to see what you did, very awesome!!
This is your best work yet, and no wonder as it is Halloween! I love the new blog look, it is very pretty.
Congrats on the last Wall of Fame, this one deserves the Wall and the Prize!!!
Hugs Kelly

Scrapmate said...

A stunning double page. I love the background colours and the quotations.

MaryH said...

Ooh, Spook-KEE! What a wonderful set of journal pages you did with the season appropriate fall color on the book pages. Then add in all the frightful embellishments, and what a gothic treasure you have created. I bet your grands are going to just love this one too! Great job, and thanks for sharing. Loved the poetry too. Hugs

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Sandy
What a wonderful creation. Haven't had the pleasure of Poe and probably won't dare until after Halloween lol!
Best wishes.
Ang x

Candy said...

Hi Sandy,
WOW! I think this is your best work!
Fantastic colours. Pictures are fab.
S C A R Y :o)
Big Hugs, Sandy

EnblogSail said...

Beautiful antique look. Very creative, Sandy.
Caryl

carolfromkiwiland said...

Stunning pages and very atmospheric. I haven't read Poe but I have read and heard many partial excerpts to recognise your quote.

Charlene said...

Ive never read poe (Hanging my head low)! I will check it out after I finish school! Great work Sandy!!!

Sandra said...

Wow, Sandy! Your pages look amazing! The blending of the colors is perfect! And all those beautiful images! Hugs, Sandra

P.S. can't wait to see how your CC102 creations are coming along!

Dawn said...

This is a stunning page Sandy, you have truly captured the essence of Poe my lovely. Beautifully crafted as always too.
Huge hugs x x x x

Karen Gist said...

Now I am wondering why I have never read any of Poe's work!!!! I will definitely have to remedy that now :D Fantastic pages sweetheart! Hope you are recovering well, HUGS xxx

Frea Konings said...

Hi Sandy, I just love that poëm. We did a little play once, and used that for the introduction. The play was about vampires by the way...
Anyhow, great spread, lots to see, love it. Hugs Frea

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Sandy! well now you have set me curiosity, I know of the Poe, but have never read Poe. I loved what I read on your page, love your page too. and how inspired you were. Fabulous!

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous page Sandy, such gorgeous rich colours and wonderful combination of images and text.
Pauline
x

Kjersti said...

Gorgeous pages Sandy! Love the colors, they are really my favorites!
Have a nice evening!
Hugs Kjersti:)

Maggie said...

Fabulous Poe pages...... I'm there......very spooky!

MaggieH

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, just have taken a closer look. AMAZING, these are two wonderful pages, love every detail.

Lori said...

Love Poe - need to read his stories again! Love your collage - the wonderful house and frame image of Poe. So very cool!!

Sue from Oregon said...

From the haunted house to the other embellies, it was fun to see how they all tied in to EAPoe! Love love your pages...

Annmaree of Oz said...



I LOVE this Sandy, Poe is one of my all time favourites! I've read his complete works many times, my favourite is also The Raven, but also love The Tell-Tale Heart, and Annabel-Lee.

Great imagery on your page, and love the coloured background!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

WOW Sandy - yet another masterpiece. Very atmospheric.

I have never read Poe . . . but you're making me want to!

Hugs
Sarn xxx

Pat said...

As always Sandy your pages are fantastic, just love all the different elements and the lovely page colours.

Pat xx

friemelchen said...

Einfach herrlich, total Klasse Seiten!

Paula said...

Oh I too love EAP (humm, what does that say about us? LOL). And I just love what you are doing with the Craft Barn alpha challenge. This is a great page!! I love the way your mind thinks :)

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

WOW that is outstanding, I love the idea and design.
Wish you a nice sunday
big hugs Anja

Craftychris said...

ooh your page is amazing! I love the poem too - will look up the rest! Thank you for your lovely comments - its so nice to know people care! xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Hi Sandy, have a look at my blog to see who won the giveaway. Hugs, Valerie

Marjie Kemper said...

How beautiful, Sandy! Love the way you've arranged these pages... super design and yes, I too remember reading Poe for the first time... creeeeeepy!

The Craft Barn said...

This is truly gorgeous!
Thank you for playing with us at the Craft Barn
Izzy

Kathya said...

Well Sandy, all I can say is wow! This is really neat, you transferred the idea into the pages and it's just perfect. Very creative!

Hugs,
Kathya

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow this is AMAZING!!! FANTASTIC work!!!

Mrs.B said...

Hi Sandy, WOW, what fantastic pages, love the coloured background with those wonderful b/w images and quotes.
Hope your mobility is still improving.
Avril xx

Maria said...

Wow! Fab page with gorgeous coloring! Wonderful images and quotes! Take care and have a wonderful week, hugs!

diesabine said...

Your layout and images are just wonderful.

Melissa said...

Gorgeous colors on your journal page, Sandy! I guessed right away who you were representing!!! His poems always sent chills up my spine! :O

butterfly said...

Thank you so much for your comments - they did make me laugh... no mean feat as I'm still suffering the after-effects of the extremely stressful house move. Looking forward to a Halloween rendezvous at midnight on the battlements of the Tower - happy flying!
Alison xx

Chris said...

Hi Sugar Plum! Love your alpha challenge pages and love even more that you always tell a a great story in them! Haven't read much of Poe but I do like the Raven. Hope you're well now. Hugs, Chris

Meggymay said...

Fabulous pages, a super subject to choose.. I love that poem as well.
Yvonne

Annie said...

Congrats on winning the prize! I know it's random selection, but your pages would have won by selection too. Whoop Whoop!

UTs Hobby Time said...

Beautiful pages. Looks amazing.

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Sandy this is stupendous I am a great fan of Edgar Allan Poe so this holds an extra appeal to me, the colour and layout is fantastic.
hugs
lorraine x

julieprice3 said...

Your book is looking fabulous! I think this is my favourite, I love the colour and composition, Nice work Sandy
Hugs Julie P

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

Holy cow! Your projects are absolutely incredible! I discovered your blog and have been staring at your posts with my mouth open in awe! I think I may have even accidentally drooled. :) But seriously-- your aesthetic is really unique and something I've never seen before. I'm so glad I found your blog and am so thankful for the inspiration you've given me!

Shelby said...

A poet and didn't know it:) Fabulous pages and I say journal and journey are a perfectly married couple!

Shelby

ann van dijk said...

Wat een schitterende creatie ,ik vind hem supermooi.
Liefs Anneke

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

Your latest page is marvelous. What fun! Hope you are well. hugs, Donna PS: come for a visit. I have blog candy. :o)

Teri said...

Wow!! Sandy, I have finally found your blog and LOVE it!!!! These journal pages are soooo cool!!!! Fabulous work you're doing here!! I'm going to go and poke around the rest of your blog!!!
Hugs,
Teri
You'll be happy to know I now have a "bloglovin" button on my blog!!

Patricia Garcia said...

Beautiful Sandy, Love this page and the colors, always creative!!

Neesie said...

A journey journal is a superb idea,
that's captured brilliantly and displayed right here,
Sandy so talented that's fair to say,
She keeps us wanting to visit each day!
Hmm...Sorry, I need to read more Poe obviously ;D

Have a great week xoxo

Annmaree of Oz said...

Hi Sandy, I am just getting together my Christmas card list, and wondered if I might put you on my list to send you a card? If that's OK can you email me at emuupagumtree@gmail.com with your addy. but no worries, if you don't want to xoxo. Thanks

scrappymo! said...

Two great pages in your Alpha journal. You do such gorgeous work here...well chosen, cut beautifully and blended perfectly!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

I like very much what you have being doing with the dictionary project/letters...it is so unique and very pretty...so different\
bibiana

Buttons said...

Now I have a feeling if all books were altered in this way everyone would be encouraged to read them. You have positively brought the pages to life Sandy. Jenny x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...great work Sandy, I love to see people's journal pages and how they interpret things through crafting mediums, I remember the pit and the pendulum being on tv as a small child, I've not read the poem but your excert is enough to spur me to read more...havwe a wonderful weekend Sandy and thank you for your kind words on my blog...Mel:)xx

toni said...

Sandy these pages are amazing!!! I absolutely love the way you have coloured, stamped and added text. The effect is gorgeous. Thank you for the lovely comments you left me. In answer to your question, the 'splodging' I did was to simply use distress stains and just tap them over the surface so that they leave little splats. There is a more detailed post on the eclectic Paperie blog if you want to see how the splats look before I covered them up . Have fun toni x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Brimming with atmosphere, possibly a hint of menace and such a fabulous colour palette with stunning stamping.
The last time I read Poe was during my school years so I'd say a visit to his work is long overdue, thanks for the prod!
Wishes
Lynne
P.S. Thank you so much for your visit over the weekend.

koala said...

Hello Sandy , (^o^)/"
Wow ---- , I am soooo HAPPY to be back to visit you and it is always FUN to see this Alphabet project !!!
I LOVE this page, Sandy !!!
I LOVE both words Journey and Journal !!! Yep, both works together really good I think. (^.^)v"""
I had been super busy and had some health issue, and could not catch up your blog and other friend's too.
I am still busy, but better than before…
But now I am BACK !!! and HAPPY to visit your blog !!! (^o^)/"""

Lau W said...

Just a little hello my friend ! ;-) Hope you're well ! A big thank you for your comments ! :-))
Bisous !

Christina C. said...

OMG.....how did I miss this one???? This is absolutely brilliant....loooove Poe and especially "The Raven". I also love Robert Service. Your pages are gorgeous, my friend. Outstanding job!

Sylv said...

Stunning pages, amazing.

Sylv xx

Shannon White said...

Wow!! Love your pages Miss Sandy!! They are spooktacularly AWESOME!! 8-) You definitely picked the Perfect stamps! Love this Sweet Lady! 8-)

Hugs
Shannon