Monday, June 19, 2017

This Summer Breeze

 Summer Solstice is on Wednesday and I am celebrating it all week! Breakfast outdoors with the birds singing is just the best way to begin the days:

 This morning began with an egg sandwich... and coffee of course. Bring your own cuppa along and join in with me at Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday to see what everyone's been up to lately-always a treat!

 Before I go into my art projects I want to share this You Tube video of a song I recently found after hearing a snippet of of it in Kristin's video post. I am in LOVE with the song and lyrics to This Summer Breeze by Martin Carlberg featuring Michael Jaffe:

 I do hope this works and you'll give it a listen as you go thru the rest of my post:)

 For Moo Mania and More (theme is "under water" I made these two ATCS:

 Products: watercolor paper; Peerless watercolors; vintage collage sheet images (ARTchix Studio); Bubbles stamp(Magenta); Versafine Onyx Black ink; white, black gel pens.

 A tag:

 I started with a manila tag and applied coarse texture gel thru the Tim Holtz Woodgrain stencil (forgot to take a pic of that first step-very cool looking). Once dry, the tag was spritzed with Distress spray stains in Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron. Other products to complete the tag:
embossed patterned paper scraps; dies- Spellbinders Foliage set, Sizzix Thinlits 660220;  bird punch -  Stampin Up; Versafine Onyx Black ink to edge the tag; Tim Holtz mini stapler; Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions stickers; lg. black brad; black fiber.

 Playing along with Creative Artiste Mixed Media (anything goes); the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Emboss It); and Tag Tuesday (Texture).

 This card is for the Simon Monday Challenge     (theme is "Let's Take a Vacation" ) :

 Products: lg white notecard; white, lime green cardstock; Caran d'Ache watersoluble crayons; Staz-On inks-Jet Black, Mustard; patterned paper scraps; stamps- fountain pen (Limited Edition), postcard (Rubber Tree Stamps), ocean image (Acey Deucy)

 Lastly, an art journal page which began like this:

           a coat of gesso then some randomly placed reinforcement stickers.

 Then comes the color:

           Acrylic paints brayered and stencilled over the page.

 The completed page:

 In addition to acrylics I used a black Stabilo All pencil, and a sticker by Jane Davenport. Joining in at Art Journal Journey (theme is "circles"), and Paint Party Friday.

 Thanks to all the amazing blog/challenge hostesses-mwah!

 I'll be around to visit- in between my summer celebrations:)

" Fostering creativity within yourself and others revitalizes the ability to feel, express, and act constructively-crucial competencies for our world."    Natalie Rogers


  1. Oh my, what a load of lovely creations today, one lovelier than the other. And thanks for joining us at Tag Tuesday, much appreciated, the texture is fantastic. Your egg sandwich is making my mouth water....Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. Happy T-Day and happy Summer Solstice! I love your fabulous ATCs - thanks a lot for joining Moo Mania & More - and I like the beautiful card for "Let's Take a Vacation" .The bird tag is amazing and I am thrilled about the fantastic page linked to Art Journal Journey! What a fantastic make! Thank you so much for joining AJJ again Linda!
    A wonderful song - indeed- and breakfast outdoors is really the best way to begin the day!

  3. This was a lovely post to read, while listening to the music. Fantastic art projects, the bird tag looked wonderful, I really liked the background on that piece.
    Your breakfast looked yummy.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

  4. Wow, fantastic projects!! I love the awesome texture and colors of your tag!
    I liked the song - thanks for sharing it.

  5. Favorite is your journal page but the tags, and acts are delightful ~ all so creative ^_^

    Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting ~ ^_^

  6. Oh wow some lovely art! My fav is the tag and the last piece the journal page. I love listening to the birds in the mornings too-we live in the woods so we are lucky to have lots of neat sounds-in the ponds too.
    Looks like a yummy breakfast too
    thanks for the song! Happy T Day Kathy

  7. Yahoo-it is almost summer. I am as excited as you. Your breakfast was my dinner tonight, but inside since we had some pretty strong storms. Loving all your water and ocean themed pieces too Linda. Its a great way to celebrate summer. I used that same Acey Deucy stamp in some art recently too.:) Hope your summer solstice is wonderful. Hugs-Erika

  8. I think you have been a very, very busy person this week. I adore the various pieces you have made, including the texture tag for Tag Tuesday and the ocean ATCs for MM&M. I also am quite fond of the hole reinforcers you used as circles for the AJJ page. It is lovely and quite inspirational.

    Of course, your breakfast egg sandwich and coffee are making me hungry and it's nearly bedtime here. I may have to make one before I go to bed.

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful and diverse art projects and your breakfast and coffee with us for T this Tuesday.

  9. Linda your post is brimming with creativity and summer vibes....

    I totally agree creativity = joy :)

    It's been so hot here this week... I think we are experiencing a taste of your heatwave! I am staying in the shade.... when I can find it.

    Your breakfast looks brilliant.... when our gardening work finishes this week I may join you with some al fresco dining ;)

    Karen x

  10. "summer is served"... what a cool blog Header!!
    wonderful artwork as always... love the happiness bird tag especially.
    happy t-day and a great solstice!

  11. Creative art here again!
    We had summer at the weekend - now it's almost gone, rain, grey...but we had a beautiful pre midsummer: sauna at night, watched how summer night changed early morning :)
    Now I have time to be inside again :)

  12. Wonderful artwork 😀. I enjoyed seeing how you used the reinforcements and I love the resulting page with the wonderful coloured background and pretty red flowers - beautiful! I bet that egg sandwich was delicious too, Happy T Day! J 😊

  13. Such wonderful summer art you've shared today!! We are having the perfect summer weather this week with lower temps in the 80's and lower humidity! Loving every minute of it. I do love summer even if the heat bothers me more than it used to :)

  14. I enjoyed the This Summer Breeze video, Linda. I love your bird tag. The wood grain effect is wonderful. The vacation card is lovely too. You didn't mention a text stamp and I'm wondering if you hand lettered the quote. The lettering is beautiful. And the journal page - wow! My you've been bursting with creativity this past week. Is it the summer solstice effect perhaps?

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

    1. oops- I omitted the sentiment -which is a stamp. It's an oldie from Stamping Sensations. And yes, I'm so inspired by summer:)

  15. Beautiful creations one more beautiful than the other you have designed!
    Fantastic I like very well
    Greetings Elke

  16. Just wonderful projects, Linda.

    Thank you for joining us at MOO MANIA & MORE

  17. I'm afraid this is a flyby visit my T friend... life sooo busy right now.. but like you i'am sooo glad to see the summer solstice ... I KNOW Fall is not right around the corner but at least we are headed in the right direction with the days getting shorter and the nights longer... Happy T day! Hugs! deb

  18. I love Creativity=Joy! Happy Summer Solstice! We'll be watching the sunset over the river to celebrate :)

    Happy T Tuesday

  19. Lots of great projects and a beautiful tag for Tag Tuesday. Thank you for joining us and happy T day

    Love Chrissie xx

  20. No better way to start the day than havig breakfast ourside. And so inspiring, as far as art is concerned, as seen in your lovely pieces.

  21. Even your plates are pretty. Breakfast outside with the birds singing is such an inspiration. Love all your creations. Especially your journal page. Creativity = Joy. So true. Happy T. Day

  22. Lovely happy art here, Linda.
    Your underwater ATCs are so neat and with lovely colours choices and I do like the bubbles frames.
    The tag is tremendous - green and yellow, the textures and the sweet bird - you've really nailed it.
    And I just love the last piece. The background is so cleverly made and so effective and the roses are a great finishing touch. Excellent use of different materials too.
    Have a happy week!

  23. isnt it lovely the summer your post this week..the music, art and photos..making the most before the storms arrive on Thursday

  24. Your posts are always such a treat for the eyes! I adore the projects you've created! The ATC's were so clever and I love the mix of more realistic imagery paired with those fabulous backgrounds. All of your art shows your amazing diversity and range of skills and I'm so grateful for your continued support of our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges!

  25. Beautiful art work 😊 Breakfast outside sounds delightful! Especially love the tag, and very clever use of the hole reinforcements on your journal page. I may have to steal that idea....happy T day!

  26. I just love your birdie tag! All such amazing projects. Hugs, Autumn

  27. Linda, always love your page, you pick such happy colors! Egg sandwiches on an english muffin are a treat for me too. Sometimes, I will even calorie splurge on a croissant. Love your bubble atc, woodgrain tag, and art journal page with the flowers. So many techniques and a great quote too! Wishing you continued creativity and a happy day!

  28. I love the bird tag and the video, Linda!

  29. Beautiful art work, stunning page and lovely tag.

  30. You certainly start the day well! I did enjoy listening to the song while I drooled over you amazing art! Love how you made the circles on the AJJ page(may have to 'borrow' the idea some time! Belated Happy T Day Chrisx

  31. What a lovely post. I'm listening to this relaxing music and enjoying all you beautiful art.
    I love the idea of using the reinforcement circles.
    Sorry I'm late commenting at the T-party.
    A belated happy T-Day and have a good week,

  32. Happy PPF, Sweetie! Hugs, Valerie

  33. Beautiful summer header and gorgeous pieces this week!

  34. Love your art, Linda, especially the piece using the reinforcement stickers. It is gorgeous.

  35. A beautiful serving of summer today

    Happy PPF

    much love...

  36. A beautiful post of art. Especially love the charming tag.
    Happy weekend 🌸

  37. So much loveliness here as always Linda! I especially love the little bird tag and the journal page where you've used those reinforcement circles is sheer genius!

    I hope you enjoyed your summer solstice celebrations. Someday I dream of living somewhere where we get an actual summer!!

  38. Hi Linda, fantastic post and super beautiful art..I especially love the last piece and your quote is powerful!
    Yay, I am celebrating Solstice right along with you..all summer!
    Happy PPF

  39. Such a beautiful page. Thanks for sharing your steps. The results are beautiful. Happy PPF

  40. so many different pieces :) You really need that coffee :)
    My favorite today is the last one :)

  41. Lots of lovely work, as usual ... Your Under Water tags are so cute, and the quote on your lovely Let's Take a Vacation-card is so beautiful I need to save it in my quotes-folder ;-) What a great idea to use those reinforcement stickers. It gives such an interesting result. Enjoy the sun!

  42. I'm feeling the joy of your Summer here my friend!! Such a wonderful variety of happy artwork!! Creativity equals Joy is so true and my favourite!! I loved being met by such bright happy colours on your blog header and background too!! Happy Summer to you!! Thanks for sharing! I imagine you creating on your back porch too!!

    Hugs Giggles

  43. Oh I just loved the serving of Summer Linda!! Such a happy and bright header to your blog :D)
    Really enjoyed the music as I browsed through all your gorgeous work, always a delight!

  44. Such a fresh start to a beautiful morning! Loved your ATCs they are so cute and o is your tag!!! Lovely journal page too.Have a great weekend! :)

  45. Wonderful art! Love all the backgrounds. :)

  46. This is a great post. Lots going on. Love the art and your breakfast looks sooooo good. Have a wonderful weekend.

  47. My goodness, so much lovely art! I especially love the tag, the bird is adorable.


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