Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fueling The Creative Fire

 Well, hello lovelies! Happy end of the week. Next week will most likely be busy for many of us as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day here in the US...and then oh boy, Black Friday shopping frenzies (tho I WON'T be part of that mess!) So before things get so busy with all the cooking and cleaning I'll be doing, I took more time this week to play along with a handful of challenges. I do hope you'll check them out as there is nothing like a good challenge to fuel the creative fire, n'est-ce pas?

 First up is a card for Freshly Made Sketches and I actually have it done to link up in time-unlike last week...(you can still see that sketch and my card in my last post)

 this is the sketch:

 I used a clear stamp set by Inkadinkado for my card.

 My next card is for Moo Mania (theme is "stripes"), the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is "thanks/Thanksgiving"), and Try It On Tuesday (theme is "trees are green ...or any other color"):

                                      rubber stamp image is by Inkadinkado

and I have another card for Moo Mania and Try it On Tuesday:

                                 tree rubber stamp is by Stamp In The Hand.

 For the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Christmas Critters is the theme) I have these gift tags:

 Ok, Santa isn't a critter but I  included him in the photo:) These are OLD rubber stamps from my stash- Santa (PSX), moose (Hero Arts), and cardinals (Stampa Rosa). Hard to see but they are all glittered up.

 Finally, for Art Journal Journey (theme is "collage with a twist-no faces, no wings, no leaves") I have this journal page:


 Pretty much everyone knows of my love for the ocean/beach. I created this simply with a large brush and washes of three blue acrylic paints then added the torn pieces of deli paper Gelli Plate prints. I felt this was all that was needed (except to pencil in the word bliss). You can see another collage in this post.

 And just for fun I doodled a sea themed page in my smaller doodle journal:


 I am also joining in at Paint Party Friday  hosted by Eva and Kristin. It's a great place to meet up with artists using many different styles and mediums! Will be around to visit as many as I can over the next few days. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment here. XO

" Wherever you look there are inspirations, books, literature, paintings, landscapes, everything. Just living is an inspiration."         Gavin Rossdale







38 comments:

  1. Nice work Linda. I especially like the ocean journal page. theresa mARTin

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  2. Beautiful post Linda, love all you have made, and your beach / under water theme. Your beach collage is so wonderfully serene. And thanks for linking the wonderful cards to TIOT and MM&M. Happy PPF, and have a great day, hugs, Valerie

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  3. Wonderful sea-landscape on this torn paper collage - amazing and your sea scene is so lovely! I really can see your love for the sea! Thank you for joining AJJ again and also thank you for those wonderful striped cards with trees for Moo Mania & More and Try It On Tuesday! Your sketch - card and the gift tags are beautiful as well!
    You made lovely art - and well done to use the time for making art before Thanksgiving and the boring cleaning and cooking comes!Happy weekend!!!
    oxo Susi

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  4. Goodness, Linda. You have been very, very busy. Your cards are wonderful. I would have trouble sticking with sketches like the one above, but your birthday party turned out well.

    You did a super job with the trees and stripes. I find your ideas for the two cards quite inspirational.

    And of course, your beach scene is simply INCREDIBLE. I'm quite impressed with it. You paint so well!

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  5. Fabulous post Linda - love all your cards and tags.
    Wow that was a blast from the past too mentioning 'PSX' stamps - do they no longer exist? It wasn't always easy getting stamps in the UK back in the mid 1990s but I still love the PSX ones I have. Their catalogues were full of too many lovely things and I wanted them all :)
    Love your sea themed collage, what a lovely scene you have created.
    Bit early, but in case y0u are not about- so Happy Thanksgiving.
    Gill x

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  6. A gorgeous collage sea page and so many super card projects.
    Thank you for calling in to TioT's and sharing your work with us.
    Yvonne xx

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  7. Great cards Linda and I really love the collage :) I'm still struggling with lack of creative drive.... hopefully it will kick back in soon...in the meantime I just play with the puppy ♥

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  8. Oh wow, you've been busy! Your cards and tags look wonderful, and I love your collage! Such a beautiful scene, and the collage paper works just perfectly for those cliffs!

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  9. Linda, what lovely art this week! I love the collage so much. I can tell how much you love the sea from all the attention you put to this. All the cards are delightful. I really like that tree stamp.

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  10. Very beautiful and clever collage. Enjoyed the older one as well. Happy PPF

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  11. What a beautiful and tranquil seascape. You can take a peek at it when you're in the middle of stuffing the turkey and going crazy!
    Happy PPF

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  12. Linda, your card is simply stunning! Thanks for sharing it with us at TioT this time.

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  13. I LOVE your collage twist, fabulous colors!!

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  14. love your cards and the beach painting is very evocative..love walks on the beach but wish I lived nearer to one

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  15. Lovely assortment of work this week Linda, great idea for the AJJ challenge, a landscape!

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  16. That seascape collage is just stunning. I also like the graphic feel of your FMS card and the sweet sea life doodles. Blessings!

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  17. Lots of beautiful things in this post Linda! I LOVE the blue/ocean journal page - such rich color and a serene feeling. Happy PPF!

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  18. I love Under the Sea and Enjoy Life´s Moments! Have a great weekend!

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  19. Linda you really did get a lot of art done this week. Each piece so lovely. Wishing you a happy weekend and a fun TG. Ohh I will not be in the black friday mess either. LOL

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  20. haha I almost spit my coffee on my screen when I read your line about Santa not being a critter. heehee Love what you've got going on here!!

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  21. Hah - I love AJJ's theme and you contributed beautifully. Like you I love anything ocean & beach. No wonder I think your doodle page is awesome. Happy weekend, Linda and don't get too busy cleaning for next week, but enjoy!!

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  22. my favorite is the little seahorse at the end :)

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  23. Your cards are wonderful and I love you ocean/beach collage, it looks so tranquil and a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by - beautiful! Have a great weekend! J :-)

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  24. hello! these are all adorable cards, luv the shapes and colors! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

    blog-paperie blooms
    ig-2klines

    sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

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  25. Beautiful cards! I especially love your collage landscape. You have a real flair!

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  26. Such fun colorful cards! Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

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  27. An amazing collection of cards and I love your two Art Journal pages! Wow! Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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  28. I love your collage Linda. I am trying to decide if its tropical or arctic, but I think that really cool that you can pick what place you want it to be. And really gorgeous cards too. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving if I don't get by any new pages this week. Hugs-Erika

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  29. Pretty art!
    They're trying to push Black Friday here too...I don't need a special day for shopping - I don't like shopping so I only buy what I need when I need :)

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  30. Your cards are all very nice, my favourite is the blue with the circle in the middle. Your sea image looks very good, I like it much.
    Dear greetings
    Sabine

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  31. Sorry it's been so long since I've visited, but thanks for visiting me and reminding...lol! You've been busy. Great and fun cards, but your journal page blew me away....PINNED it! LOVE every detail and what an amazing scene! WOW!

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  32. I love the journal page! How pretty and scenic! It looks so good. such a simple technique but you pulled it off brilliantly. Love it :)

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  33. You've been so creative!

    Such sweet cards and I do love your beach journal page.

    Karen x

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  34. Wow! What fabulous treats there are here! Your cards are all fabulous and I love your AJJ page - what a wonderful scene! Your doodling is just brilliant! Thanks for entering the 'Trees are Green…' challenge at Try It On Tuesday! Hugs, Chrisx

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  35. Just doing a catch up....love your gorgeous beach page.. and those adorable tags and doodles.. hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner!

    Hugs Giggles

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  36. Beautiful, Linda, I admire and appreciate your art talent. :)

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  37. Lots to see and admire in this beautiful post--here from AJJ and I love the collage

    Chrissie xx

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