Somerset Studios ‘Expressions September 2012’

I am thrilled to announce that I received an email last week from Somerset Studios that my ‘Intertwined’ altered art leaflets are going to be published this September as part of their Edgar Allen Poe expressions call-for-art.  Thank you SS!

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A link for the .pdf file with expanded instructions is provided below with full product information, including a list of all stamps, inks and many other products used.  Enjoy!



“Intertwined” altered art by Cherri Robb

This unbound altered book was created for the ‘Poe’ call for art challenge at Somerset Studios magazine.  Spending over three months on this project from concept to completion, I researched the life of Edgar Allen Poe, as well as analyses of his poetry and writing.  The art changed and developed before my eyes becoming truly a labor of love.  Thank you to my friend Linda Malcolm at Lost Cost Designs for the use of her stamps.


INTERTWINED by Cherri Robb   an unbound altered book    ….

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore …
“Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door –
Only this, and nothing more.”

THE RAVEN by Edgar Allen Poe was first published with his name credit on January 29, 1845 in the New York Evening Mirror.

  Here is my introduction summary:

The poetic story of “The Raven” and the tragic life of its short-lived author, Edgar Allen Poe, are intertwined, if not synonymous in life and death.

Suffering the loss of his Mother at only age 2, he struggled within his foster family and then with his writing career.  He lost his foster mother at age 20, his grandmother at age 26 and then his wife, Virginia, at age 38 … dyeing only two and half years later himself.  The loss of the women he loved was tragically told between the lines of his poetry … was the unknown author within “The Raven” actually Poe himself, or could the beastly Raven be a manifestation of Poe?   “The Raven” was written during the period of his wife’s illness with tuberculosis while Poe drank heavily under the stress.   My art for this Somerset Studios challenge, titled “Intertwined”, combines both the story of “The Raven” and the life of Edgar Allen Poe.   (ref

spread 1 NEVERMORE   

Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
of the countenance it wore …  By the grave and stern decorum
I said … “Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!”
Quoth the Raven, “Nevermore.”

1811 ... Edgar Allen Poe orphaned at age 2.

 spread 2 QUOTH 

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
This I whispered, and an echo murmured back the word, “Lenore!” –
Merely this and nothing more.


1836 - Poe married his cousin Virginia.

spread 3 THE RAVEN  

But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour …
“On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before.”
Then the bird said, “Nevermore.”  

1842 - Virginia was stricken ill with a burst blood vessel in her neck.

 spread 4 NEVERMORE  

“Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken! – quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, And take thy form from off my door!”

1849 - only four friends attended Poe's burial service.



more photos

A big thank you to my little helper, Thea.

Always by my side ... well, in her basket on my desk anyway.

numbered page backs

page back close ups

author summary

###  enjoy!  and thanks for visiting!

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition (project 4 of 6)

“Songful Summer”  artwork submission by Cherri Robb to Somerset Studios magazine for publication.

One of my 2012 goals was to use the Lost Coast Design stamps and start submitting work for publication.  Many of my friends have been published, and while I’ve been teaching since 2004, I wanted to join the ‘I’ve been published group’!  The supplies and stamps used are found below the photos, along with a brief tutorial.  Wish me luck and say a prayer.

  1. Again with the altered file folder ... folded twice to create two valley spreads and one mountain fold.

  2. This is my first use of Flower Soft, Inka-Gold and Smooch products. I had so much fun I couldn't stop!

  3. what an imagination ... can you see a summer sunset? Apparently I did!

  4. the tabs are not original to the file folder ... I punched three mini envelopes, tore off the pointed corner, and glued three overlapping together ... it seems anything can be altered!

  5. no embellishments here because it has to fold closed

  6. it took three go arounds before I was happy with these tags ... but I love them now! Each has a raised imagine that sits over the pocket when inserted.

  7. notice the tag backs have a common design ... lyrics, word definition and a scrap of vellum music ... all layered over a pretty scroll stamp

Products Used
  • file folder (manila, letter size)
  • Bone folder
  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Momento Inks
  • Lost Coast Designs (rubber stamps)
  • cardstock & vellum papersplain natural smooth cardstock
  • clear vellum
  • Inkssentials Cut-n-Dry felt (cut to 2” squares)
  • Viva Décor Inka Gold color pots
  • Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink
  • #1 flat paint brush
  • ribbon (natural)
  • dried flower petals
  • embellishment jewels
  • Flower Soft (summer)
  • die cut corner from flatten toilet paper roll
  • German scrap (trim & corner)
  • McGill envelope punch (1-1/2 x 1 inch)
  • UHU glue stick, red-liner tape
  • 3-D and mini glue dots
  • Ranger Glossy Accents adhesive
  • song lyrics (words/credit typed and printed)
Lost Coast Design Stamps Used
  • Tab Words – Old Typewriter alphabet/upper & lower case letters (Songful, Summer, Endless), dictionary word Imagine
  • Front Cover – silhouette girl with bird, daisy flourish, dictionary words Beauty and Art
  • First Spread – rose boy, flower picker, scalloped flourish, Old Typewriter alphabet/upper & lower case letters (Sweet, time)
  • Second Spread – star cat, Old Typewriter alphabet/upper & lower case letters (Starry, starry, night), lily flourish, sun and stars border
  • Back Cover – flower children, dictionary word Joy

Paragraph Description

Research songs to find lyrics with a summer theme. Select flowered cardstock and vellum papers with warm colors. Cut letter size manila file folder to 7 inches at fold. Use existing fold of folder as center mountain fold; fold each side to create a front and back valley fold. Stamp selected images/words in ink coordinated to paper; cut out leaving 1/16” trim edge. Tear or cut cardstock/vellum to spread size. Cut tags for each spread to 2-1/2 by 6 inches. Layout design for each spread. Assemble paper, tags, cut images/words and embellishments into a separate envelope for each spread. Distress one inch of ink around the altered file folder edges for each spread. Lightly distress edges of paper, tags, images and words. Color natural ribbon to coordinate with paper. Design tags. Stamp any background images directly onto cardstock. Glue paper and affix pocket paper for all spreads first. Next, affix images/words and flat embellishments for each spread. Add three-dimensional embellishments last. Insert tags into pockets. Enjoy!