January 2016: Carolyn Summers


Thanks for the nomination to be the OSA Stamp Artist of the month.  I have been stamping oriental style for over 15 years so most have viewed my cards in the photo albums or within an OSA post. You may have read about me and my background from previous nominations (July 2003 and July 2011).

As a review and to catch up, I joined OSA back in 2001 when I did a search for a group interested in oriental themed art. My husband and I are retired from California and live with our dog, Peaches, in Idaho. I took a hiatus from my art groups for almost a year as I recovered from Hodgins’s Disease. Thus, when Sonia got ill, it hit me really hard.  Cancer is a horrible disease.

Because you have read about me and viewed my art, I thought I would share some of my art projects and experiments.

I love to experiment and when a new product or technique is introduced it is a must to try, sometimes with success and other times a disaster (origami folding).  I cannot do origami to save my life.  The cards below were created as experiments.


  • Pressing flowers to create backgrounds for cards.

CC Iris


For the first card, I used an iris and for the second card, I used a day lily, placing the flower between two sheets of cardstock and running it through my embossing machine.


  • Stamping an image on velum, turning the velum over and using an embossing ball to push out the image (petals on the flowers)


For inspiration and art projects that were not stamped but completed in the oriental theme:

1) Our local art club took on a challenge to alter a wood shaped purse and submit each of them to a magazine for publication. (Yes, they were published in Haute Handbags 2010.) I covered mine in fabric trimmed in gold bias tape, adding a metal closure and tassels on the sides and the front.


2) I also experimented with beeswax and encaustic wax and participated in a  canvas swap between a small group of OSA friends.



  • Oriental style purse. (the images were stamped on the purse)
  • Purse
  • Bag book
  • The insert on the cover was a comb designed with a geisha image at the top.

5) Digital art was something I wanted to tackle as hubby had given me PhotoShop years prior and it was just sitting waiting for me to learn how to use it. Naturally, I focused my designs many times on oriental. Below is what I created using a geisha image offered to OSA members by Linda Ellis;


AND, other digital creations.




5)I also experimented with my sewing machine on a card using a piece of fabric for the background.

cc fabric


6)Lastly, I did a lot of iris folding, oriental style.  This piece was submitted to OSA for a contest but I think it got lost in the mail several years prior and not posted to the group.



If I was to offer advice, it would be experiment and try something new to see what you can create.  Challenging the mind with different techniques and working in a variety of art arenas will keep you young, which is the reason I enjoy the weekly design layout and monthly technique challenges at OSA.  I am 80 years old so keeping young at heart with family and friends is a priority.  My OSA friends are treasures that I keep close and feel so fortunate to have met over the years.


My most used tools are my paper cutter and ink pads with a huge variety of stamps and, of course, my computer and software programs.


As our list mom would say,



17 Responses to January 2016: Carolyn Summers

  1. Rosemary says:

    Congratulations, Carolyn. Enjoy your month of fame – love you beautiful artwork!!

  2. Linda I. says:

    Your creations are lovely.

  3. JB Wade says:

    What a wonderful display of beautiful art. Inspires me. Congratulations for Artist of the Month. Very fitting. JB

  4. julieintiwan says:

    Dear Carolyn, your art is simply gorgeous. Congrats on being stamp artist for the New Year.
    Peace and love, Nancy

  5. Sandra says:

    Congratulations on your Spotlight…and thank you for sharing your creativity and for your inspiration…

    Sandra G.

  6. dragonlady2 says:

    Wow! What a great way to start the new year. Congratulations to Carolyn. Thank you for your bio, too. We are beginning a new tradition in 2016. OSA’s SAM participants will receive a $10.00 gift certificate from Art Neko, so redeem your gift whenever you wish, Carolyn. Happy stamping, Annette “:O)

  7. maxammade says:

    Congratulations Carolyn!! What an awesome article! Your creations are Spectacular and so out of the box!! Very Inspiring!

  8. Rosemary says:

    Congratulations for being Spotlight Artist for the New Year!

  9. Carla vdM says:

    Congratulations from me too Carolyn.
    What wonderfull things have you made with your experiments ;o)
    Enjoy your month of OSA-fame.

  10. Leo says:

    The results of your experiments are just stunning – wonderful to view such creativity – enjoy your month hugs Leo

  11. Booie Brandt says:

    wow my eyes are happy thank you and your son Jimmy for showing me how lovely your creations are . I was a kid in Japan. I enjoyed the art then. as well.

  12. Tahne Lutz says:

    Beautiful artwork! You are a very talented lady!

  13. Laurel S. says:

    Congratulations Carolyn! and so enjoyed seeing our artwork featured.

  14. Susan Benson says:

    What beautiful artwork, Carolyn! Congratulations!

  15. cbsumm says:

    My thanks to each of you who took the time to post. I am so fond of this group and its members who have supported me and others for a very long time. Have a creative year ahead.


  16. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    A huge congratulations Carolyn sorry taken me nearly all January to congratulate you 😀 well done indeed SAM or artist of month three times is an achievement indeed.
    I loved seeing all your clever work and experiments think myself that is what makes crafting so much fun learning new skills .. thanks so much fro sharing, Shaz in Oz.x

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