I’ve been eager to share this card with you because it is one of my very favorites, but I submitted it to The Caftys (a National DIY & Craft competition) and I made it to the finals.  The finale was November 6th and I wasn’t picked as the winner, but I was thrilled shocked at even being selected as a finalist as the competition was fierce.  I am very happy and proud to display the badge they sent me in their congratulatory e-mail.   And thank you to my sister-in-law, Rosie, who told me my work was good enough to enter!  Here’s a picture of my entry…I captured it from the live feed.

The Craftys Finalist Picture

I was asked to make a birthday card in celebration of a 70th birthday for local artist, Raymond Meslar.  When his wife, Deb, shared that he was an artist, I felt that would be the perfect theme, so I set out to design something “artistic”.  Here’s my finished project:

Masterpiece 1

If you click on the card, it will take you to the gallery where there are lots of (bordering on too many;-) pictures of the various sections of this card.  Just in case you don’t have time to check out the gallery, here’s a another picture of the card, opened:

Masterpiece 3

I learned so much in researching to make this card.  I now know a Chagall from a Renoir from a Pissaro.  Thanks, Deb, for not only the opportunity to make this card, but to learn much more about art and artists.

But the real story is Raymond Meslar, the artist!

Deb shared with me that Ray started painting in his early teens and is essentially self-taught.  He has been oil painting his whole life other than the few years he served our country in the Army.   While he is considered an “amateur”, his work has been shown in galleries throughout NJ and in Lake Placid, NY.   I thought you might like to see some of his fabulous work.  Here are just three:

051611 006, 5/16/11, 5:21 PM, 16C, 5114x6616 (559+806), 100%, Custom, 1/15 s, R73.3, G60.4, B77.1

051611 001, 5/16/11, 2:01 PM, 16C, 5584x7494 (73+303), 100%, Custom, 1/15 s, R73.3, G60.4, B77.1

Ray Mesler RGB - Copy (800x800)

The detail is phenomenal, isn’t it?  Amazing talent!  Deb shared with me the origin of the word amateur is the “love of” a particular thing and you can certainly see his love and passion in the landscapes above.

I’m glad I waited until after I made the card before seeing these…I would have been highly intimidated to make a card for someone so talented.

One more thing; Ray’s wife is a subscriber so she will see the comments section if you’d like to share some love for Ray’s pictures.  I’m sure he, through Deb, would be tickled pink to hear from you.

I’m also submitting this card to the following challenges:



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  1. julianne says:

    Unbelievable card – I was able to see it in person. Yes, Ray is extremely talented and has the most amazing wife Deb! Kim, you are a winner…don’t care what the craftys say! The cards you make, the detail, the research, the artistry and the special “ingredient”, love….makes your cards unique, like you! :o)

  2. Deb says:

    Kim – It truly is a masterpiece of a card and I can’t believe you weren’t the winner. Thanks for your kind words about Ray and for making such a meaningful card to commemorate his 70th. We are both so impressed with your talent. Deb

  3. Lynn McAuley says:

    What an amazing creation, Kim! The time and talent that went into this exquisite piece blows my mind! You are in a card-making league of your own! It is certainly worthy of every honor bestowed upon it and one in particular that was not. I am certain that the very talented Ray Meslar agrees!

  4. Tammi says:

    Awesome card. Thank you for joining CYP Anything Goes challenge.

    Tammi, Craft Your Passion DT

  5. Judy McKay says:

    Beautiful project. Lots of great details and work. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards this week. Judy DT

  6. Hi Kim your card was a winner at Get Creative Challenges! Please contact me to receive your prize! Angie-DT/Owner

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