Thursday, January 31, 2013

Aah One Month Closer to Spring!

  I will admit that thus far it really has not been a bad winter but I am delighted to turn the calendar page.

  This past week I've been working on more valentine's day art, along with preparing my calendar page for Feb. Here we go. First up are six easy peasy retro/vintage Valentine cards I was able to put together quite quickly by using coordinating bits.





  They were all made using patterned notecards from DCWV (La Creme), patterned papers from Canvas Corp (Valentine's Scrap Pack)  and images from a freebie collage sheet download courtesy of Retro Café Art. You can download your own free copy here.

  I also made two (so far)  Valentine canvas ATCs:




  The background on the first one is a napkin and the second is a French dictionary page with some gesso dry brushed over it. For both I added scraps of recycled dryer sheet, images from Retro Café Art. I added printed words, twine, vintage and tiny buttons and some mica flakes from Paper Whimsy.

  Got my Feb. calendar page ready. Here's the background:

  
  I used a foam brush to to spread around several colors:  Golden's Transparent Pyrole Orange, Americana Bright Yellow and Liquitex Quinacridone Magenta. Black splotches were added with a brush dipped in Dylusions Black Marble Ink Spray, white marks with a scrap of corrugated cardboard and gesso, red dots with Dylusions Dotted Flowers stencil and Golden's Pyrole Red acrylic and bottle caps painted with Golden's Cobalt Teal acrylic -whew!


  Feb.'s all set to go! Cut out heart, added Caran d'Ache watercolor crayon around edges, then drew several lines around it with  black pen and made it into a balloon. The girl is a Dylusions stamp image, and the borders are also Dylusions (Around the Edge set). The quote I used says " Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take ACTION to get it." Jules Renard. I thought it so appropriate as one of my two words for this year is "action".

  Here's Jan. completed:

   You can read the deets on how I created these pages here.

  Linking to: Art Journal Everyday, Creative Every Day, Kate Crane's Calendar Project 2013, Mandarin Orange Monday, Paint Party Friday, Show Me What You Got. Lots of places to visit for inspiration!

  Happy Weekend!

   " We cannot always return an act of kindness to the person who bestowed it, but we can pay back the debt by helping others." Anonymous



49 comments:

  1. Awesome calendars great idea for journaling!

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  2. Gorgeous work Linda.....

    I LOVE your calendar pages for February and your Valentine ATC's are completely adorable.

    Karen x

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  3. Oh I just love your background page...thanks so much for providing the information on how you did it. I love the bright colors.

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  4. Your journal calendars are very impressive and a great idea! Great job!

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  5. Valentine's Day is almost here and hearts are everywhere...but I love yours particularly

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  6. All so very lovely, full of Valentine ambience. Your February pages are dancing with vibrant color, great for the spirit!

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  7. I love the French dictionary background, and also the brightly colored background for your calendar piece.

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  8. Your January calendar is so beautiful. I can't wait to see February unfold. We need a few bright colors to make winter go faster. Love all the valentines.

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  9. Your calendar pages are terrific Linda. Happy PPF, Annette x

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  10. LOVE your calendar Linda, what a great idea for your journal. Look forward to seeing it each month! HPPF!

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  11. the valentines are darling...and you used my favorite colors on your calendar background! gorgeous...have a terrific month!

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  12. Gorgeousness Linda...I love your girl holding the balloon :)

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  13. Love your calender pages and the skills in your tags is pretty amazing... wonderful...xx

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  14. Adorable retro/vintage Valentine cards and LOVELY calendar pages, Linda!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  15. beautiful cards and calendar pages, love the Feb background!

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  16. I have almost every card I ever received....I wonder if this is why! Maybe they will be up-cycled one day!! Beautiful job, packed full of memories!! I love handmade cards...I have a few friends that make them on occasion. Beautiful calender pages too...I admire your tenacity keeping them up!! Wonderful quotes!! A very nice visit here!! Thank you!!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  17. Totally gorgeous..enchanting..and so romantic! Such a wonderful post filled with beauty and charm!
    Victoria

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  18. Very sweet Valentine creations! And your calendar pages too, are fab!
    Come by and visit my blog and see that you WON!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  19. Oh, HOT February! Love it! Gorgeous valentine cards too!

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  20. Oh, HOT February! I love it! And sweet valentine cards you've created! Canvas ATCs...I have not heard of that before. But it makes sense, I've seen the little canvas' available. Love your work!

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  21. Love love love everything you made. So different but al so stunning. Great job and thanks for the description on how you made the calender page. Love the use of so much layers.

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  22. Yes, interesting, I like the composition you've created with this beautiful heart.

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  23. Lovely calendar pages and your cards are absolutely delightful, super cute and lovely color combinations! <3

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  24. Dear Linda, you made beautiful cards and I absolutely love your calendar pages, especially January. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us because it is so inspiring. Have a lovely weekend and see you hopefully at next PPF!!!

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  25. Oh, that background is gorgeous! looks like summer is coming!

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  26. I really like both your calendars, but February is so bright and fun. Happy February!

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  27. I so love that feb background, so much glorious color!

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  28. How fun are those calendars?! Great job!

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  29. Great Calendars. I love the snowflake spaces on January's and the colors of February are perfect! A great way to journal. I made calendars for my kids when they were seniors in high school. But it never occured to me to make them for myself!

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  30. Dear Linda, what beautiful cards and great calendar pages! What a fun idea to make your own calendar and I love the colors you chose for this month!! Very energizing... xoxo, Silke

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  31. Such sweet ATC's! And I love your Calendar!! Gret work! Thanks for sharing!!

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  32. Love your monthly pages. Gorgeous!

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  33. Wonderful calender pages. I tried to create some of those too but I always procrastinate, LOL. Yours look beautiful!

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  34. Beautiful calendar pages! and your cards are so sweet. I love the colours you chose to work with, they make my heart happy!

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  35. I love all your vintage valentine cards and ATC's Blessings!

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  36. What a heARTening post. I love all the pink and valentines. What a great way to plan for the month with the hand crafted calendar. That's beautiful intentional living.

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  37. what a brilliant idea,just enough space for a few statements and interesting shapes.

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  38. OH so many colors, and I LOVE LOVE them. This feels like spring already, which is the sweetest season, I think :). LOVE the vintage V cards too.

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  39. February will be a burst of energy - judging by your calendar. I like the way you used a strong pink with red - and your painterly texture. Thank you for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  40. Such virbrant colours for February, love it!

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  41. I like very much your blog, you are clever and creative! I add me with pleasure to your followers. Ciao!

    P.s. I come from "Art journaling calendar" group.

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  42. Fabulous journal pages! I love the quote for January--I'm going to save it and use it--and take it to heart!

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  43. Just beautiful Linda!
    you have so much going on - oh to have your energy again!!
    February just had to pink - it's wonderful!
    You've inspired me to get out my art journal!
    Hugs
    Shane ♥

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  44. ooh, lovely background for Feb. Really like the bright colours. Thanks so much for being a part of this challenge :-)

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  45. I keep reminding myself that time moves so quickly, Spring will indeed be here before we know it ... winter days can seem a little longer tho :)

    Your snowflake days for your Jan calendar are sweet, I think it must have been hard to cover up your cool Feb background...I admire you for sticking with this project which to me seems quite challenging!

    Your canvases are each precious and such sweet and imaginative cards too!

    I am coming out of not feeling tip top and hope to get my energy up for creating more again.
    Happy February dear one
    oxo

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  46. I love your calendar pages. I need to make some of those as well. What a great way to remember specific highlights. Brava!!

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  47. Wow! Love these pages, fab colours! Chrisx

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  48. Oh Linda...I love your work!!!! From vintage to the Gelli to the wonderful calendar! You do it all. (ty for your comment on my first attempt at a face! lol) I am so glad when I get to come over to someone I've never been to through a comment and get a wonderful surprise like this! That calendar absolutely rocks. I just heard of Carolyn Dube's free 2 week class...do you know about it? I am going to look at it again. You might like it given what I see of your work. I saw it on another PPF site. I look forward to seeing more of your work at PPF! Cheers.

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