Monday, April 23, 2018

This and That

 Well, hello everyone! Finally I can report that here in PA we are finally seeing spring come to life with normal to warm temps, sunshine, and and abundance of budding trees and flowers. Most of the weekend was spent outdoors taking it all in :) I hope that for those of you further north you are finally done with the snow too!

 Above is a portion of this card:

 See that little thingy at the top right that looks kinda like a bee or a moth or insect of some sort? Well, the "hello" is a sticker and these three bits were left from the loops of the "h" and "ll"s and I decided to use them too:)

 Products: white cardstock; patterned papers (Carta Bella Spring Market paper pack); sticker ( Carta Bella Spring market large sticker sheets); Archival Jet Black ink; clear stamp - Choose Joy set; Lawn fawn Stitched Borders Dies- all from the Simon Says Stamp Shop; assorted markers; foam tape; glitter glue.

 Joining the Simon Says Flickr Challenge #95 and the Simon Monday Challenge (Flower Power).

 For the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Sparkle and Shine) and the Simply Neutrals Tuesday Challenge I have this card to share:

and here's another angle showing the shimmer I got from the Cosmic Brown Mousse:

 Products: cream notecard, 100# Desert Storm cardstock, Tim Holtz layering Stencil (linen), Carta Bella Spring market Sticker Sheet(tag), Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Cosmic Brown)-all can be found at the Simon Says Stamp Shop; floral stencil (unknown); black cardstock; paper flower; rhinestone; hemp cord.

 For T Stands for Tuesday I'll share a recent breakfast I enjoyed with my Mom:

 We went back to VaVa's Creperie Café and instead of lunch  this time we chose to go for breakfast and try a breakfast crepe. My thermal mug is filled with green tea which I brought along because I had already had my coffee/caffeine quota for the day:) We both chose the Végétarien which was filled with scrambled egg, spinach, mushrooms and a light amount of cheddar cheese. Delicious!

 One final journal page for Art Journal Journey -this month's theme being " Recycle and Collage" and hosted by Alison. Thanks for your art inspiration and a great theme!

 This is in my calendar journal. Scrap papers and napkin piece from one of my collage /ephemera bins, and some washi tape.

 At the end of the week I am unplugging so I can enjoy the out of doors a few days. Will be back with some renewed inspiration I'm sure;) Until then be well, be creative, be happy!

" It is spring again. The EARTH is like a child that knows poems."  
                                                                            Rainer Maria Rilke

Monday, April 16, 2018

It's All About Art Today

 Well hello everyone! Hope you had a good week last week - and maybe some nice weather too. Finally we had two gloriously warm, sunny days last Friday and Saturday-in the 80's F- flip flop weather - and I was in heaven!! It's much colder and raining now but finally things are blooming and budding and the seasonal birds are appearing :)

 Almost forgot to share March's calendar spreads so here they are:

 And since I didn't show this page earlier I will link it to T Stands For Tuesday and Try It On Tuesday (Recycle Something):

 I covered my page with two gel plate deli paper prints then glued down the recycled teacup and sentiment which came from a calendar from last year, then I just added a strip of paper lace across the top.

 My next project is a mixed media journal page meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge ( Add Some Texture), Wen's Simply Neutrals Tuesday, and Art Journal Journey (Recycle and Collage);

 Everything came from one of my ephemera/paper scrap bins except- quote chip, honeycomb stencil (Tim Holtz) and a new to me product I picked up recently at a stamp convention- Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Cosmic Brown. The shimmer is just amazing- especially on dark paper! They have a nice selection of colors and I would never have thought I'd be picking up a brown but it looks more like copper-so pretty. You can find these online here at the Simon Says Stamp Shop.

 Sunday April 22 is a very important day to note. It is EARTH DAY. We only have one earth and it is each of our duties to care for it in any and every way we are able. This is my journal page (made with recycled magazine clippings and a velvet leaf) to commemorate this day:

 Last I have a watercolor journal page (detail photo at the top of the post):

  I began by stamping the face image (Jane Davenport) with a very light ink (Seashells Sandal by Ranger) so I could then go over it with a black Pitt pen and add some details. I also doodled the flowers, then watercolored with my Peerless paint cards. More details were added to her hair and eyes with a white gel pen. I also used a watercolor crayon in ochre and a sparkly gold pen to add more highlights to the hair. I finished by applying a light wash of blue around then stamped the sentiment (from a Dina Wakley stamp set) using Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 Joining the Simon Monday Challenge (Let's Doodle), and Paint Party Friday whose talented roster of watercolor artists that link up have inspired me to play with this medium again. Even though I'm really not so good at it, I will give it a go on occasion. Thanks Paint Party Friday peeps!

 Thanks so much for your visits. I'll be around to see you too!

" In the creative process, one action leads to another, and the final outcome is shaped by a chain of expressions that could never be planned in advance."          Shaun Mcniff

Monday, April 9, 2018

Who's Holding The Key to Spring?

 Well, still unseasonably cold here and a bit of snow is again in the forecast! They say that by the end of the week it will be MUCH warmer. We'll see.

 Let's start with a treat. I made a Blueberry Dutch Baby in my cast iron skillet for Sunday brunch for hubby and I -and it was SOOO good!

 Have a slice won't you? I adapted a recipe I recently found in a magazine. This is similar to a pancake but lighter and more eggy (is this a word?).  Recipe at end of post.
Joining Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday,  and Cast Iron Fridays.

 There is a birthday celebration happening at the Simon Wednesday Challenge with special prizes! Happy 9th birthday, and thank you for all the inspiration challenges and projects!!

If you have been coming here regularly lately you know how much I have been loving using this brick stencil-it's also on the garden pic at the top :)

Products: Neenah Classic Coat Solar White 110lb. paper, brick wall stencil, clustered leaves die, Tessatina border die, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Distress Tea Dye ink- all from Simon Says Stamp; clear stamp (Mega Mixed Messages set -Papertrey Ink; metallic patterned paper (DCWV).

 I will also share my card with the Simon Says Flickr Challenge  #95 and  Simply Neutrals Tuesday.

 A journal page collage:

 Images from a folder of magazine clips I just pieced together. Joining Art Journal Journey for the theme of "Recycle and Collage" this month along with Try It On Tuesday for the theme of "recycle something"..

 And this tag (you saw a glimpse of it at the top of my post) is meant for the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is Mythology/Inspired by a Story) :

  The Secret Garden immediately entered my head and this tag came together quite effortlessly. I love the 1949 movie version of this story so I had to use a vintage girl! And I do love the way my brick wall turned out:)

Products: Tim Holtz Distress tag, Paper Doll, Botanical; napkin (background); black wire; modeling paste mixed with a bit of black paint; Brick Wall stencil (Simon Says Stamp); key charm (from my stash); computer generated words; Diamond Stickles glitter glue.

 Also joining Paint Party Friday! Have a super, fun filled week, and do share if you try the recipe for the Dutch Baby:)

 “I am sure there is magic in everything, only we have not sense enough to get hold of it and make it do things for us” 
                 ― Frances Hodgson BurnettThe Secret Garden

                                               Blueberry Dutch Baby

1 c. milk      3/4 c. flour      2 Tbsp. sugar     1/2 tsp. salt       4 lg. eggs    zest of 1 lemon

3 Tbsp. butter    fresh blueberries (or sliced strawberries)        confectioner's sugar

10 or 12" skillet ( I used the 12").

 Place rack in middle of oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Whisk eggs, milk and sugar in lg bowl. Add lemon zest and salt. Gradually whisk in the flour and mix until smooth.  Place the butter in the skillet and place in the oven 3 min. or so until butter has melted. Remove from oven and swirl butter around pan to coat then pour  the batter in the skillet. Bake 17 - 20 min. until puffed and golden. Sprinkle blueberries over then dust with confectioners sugar. Serves 2 - 4.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April (Snow) Showers

 Hi! How is everyone?  Thought I'd start you off with a smile. The above is in my calendar journal. The colorful background is a recycled candy bar wrapper from Wegmans. Other images are from ARTchix Studio. I simply mounted the card to black cardstock before gluing it onto the page. Joining Try It On Tuesday for the new theme of " Recycle Something".

 Ah, and although we are now in April the weather continues to say otherwise:

this is what we awakened to today (Monday morning)! Really??? And we only the day before put out some patio furniture and planters and had a lovely warm and sunny day. Good thing is that this should melt quickly. My poor trying to bloom forsythia bushes on the left :(

 To cheer myself up I am using my gorgeous new poppy mug (y'all know how much I love red poppies:)

 Sharing my cuppa with the gang over at T Stands For Tuesday hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth. Speaking of, one of the regular gals Chris has been playing with her gel plate and sharing her marvelous prints. It inspired me to have a play day and make more deli paper prints since my supply of those has diminished significantly. It's my very favorite paper to print on! These are what I made so far- and these are just the base layers. I'm sure to add more stamping and stencilling over top:)

 I am not concerned about the creases because once the paper is glued onto a page the crease disappears.

 This tag is meant for Tag Tuesday (Diamonds Are Forever), a A Vintage Journey's Tag Friday, and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (anything goes)::

 There is a new theme for April over at Art Journal Journey! The new theme is "recycle and collage" hosted by Alison. Thanks to Eileen I will also link this page to Simply Neutrals :)  I have this journal page to share:

paper pieces from my stash along with hand printed tissue paper and washi tapes.

 Joining the party over at Paint Party Friday too! I always look forward to visiting and seeing what everyone's doing. Have a super week!

 "Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and the pupil are located in the same individual."            Arthur Koestler

Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter Is Approaching...

aaah, but is the Spring weather coming with it? After another Nor'easter went by last week I'm a bit concerned. Just look at this:

 When all was done after 24 hrs we ended up with just under a foot (about 30cm) of snow!! Thankfully hubby didn't have to go to work, and we never lost power though others weren't so fortunate.  Thankfully the sun has been out since that day last Wednesday, quickly melting it away:)

 Now for the fun stuff! First up, this card is meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is Floral Frenzy):

 Products: white cardstock; asst. washi tapes (Recollections); Altenew Painted Greetings, Peony Bouquet stamp and die set; Inks- Archival Leaf Green, Buttercup, Sunflower; Distress Mowed Lawn, Worn Lipstick; Colorbox Pink; Versafine Onyx Black; Moonshine sequins (Simon Says Stamp).

 For T stands For Tuesday I'm going to share another wonderful dinner out with hubby, Kyra and Todd. We took them to Stefano's of course for the excellent food but also to see a fun band called Two Girls and a Sax. Enjoy the music while I share our meals:

             House salads, fresh baked bread and dipping sauce along with merlot for the girls and beer for the guys

  cheese steak boli and fries for Todd. He ended up getting three meals out of this huge stromboli- and it was the regular size!

                a steak sandwich and fries for Bill- and he ate it all:)

 I had the tortellini rustica which I've had before - yum!! Half went home...

 and Kyra chose the cavatelli Calabrese (Bill had this before) and she loved it! Half went home with her too:)

 Speaking of food I have a meal to share for Cast Iron Fridays hosted by Kathy:

 This was our Sunday dinner. I made it before and it is SO yummy! Chicken breasts with roasted garlic, onion, red pepper, grape tomatoes and pesto. First time I made it on the grill but this time I tried it in the oven. Just as good! Here's the recipe. I only made some minor adjustments to mine.

 Ok, enough food. How about a journal page?

 watercolor background; gel plate deli paper prints cut into leaf and  circle shapes, Pitt pen and paint pen doodles.  Joining Art Journal Journey (theme is Spring) and Paint Party Friday.

 One more card:

 Sharing with Moo Mania and More (Easter theme), and the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #93 (Springtime/Easter).  Products: white, purple, green card stocks; clear stamps - Showers and Flowers set (Simon Says Stamp); Inks: Fluid Chalk inks in Warm Violet, Gray Whale; Versafine Onyx Black; alcohol markers; Brick Wall stencil, pompom (Simon Says Stamp); Tim Holtz Thinlits Dies -Wildflowers; foam tape.

 Here's to wishing you all a wonderful week and happy Passover or Easter if you celebrate either of those holidays!

" Dear Easter Bunny,  this year could you please fill my eggs with health and happiness and deliver them to everyone I love. Thank you."     unknown

Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring Is Here??

  Hello Peeps! First I want to thank you for the birthday wishes last week. It was a great day watching The Crown, phone calls from friends, and then Todd and Kyra brought dinner and champagne. And since it was MY birthday, the music I chose to put on -  ABBA (much to son's chagrin :) Forgot to take any pics but I did manage to get some from our St. Patrick's Day celebration:

                       Todd, Kyra, Bill and I , Lynn and Andrew (who wore his kilt)-


 We walked in town to the Hotel Bethlehem where we enjoyed Celtic music, the local bagpipe band, and Guinness of course! Cheers to my friends at T Stands For Tuesday!

 As of Tuesday Spring is officially here-hooray! But wait- the highs are in the upper 30's F and some snow is predicted :( Somehow February and March switched places. Oh well.

 The other week I won a little gift from Michele who was hosting at Tag Tuesday and I almost forgot to share what she sent me:

Not such a little gift huh? All those stickers and the lovely tag she created! I was pretty excited about these because they are very small in size-perfect for adding to my calendar entries. Thank you Michele!

Speaking of Tag Tuesday, the latest theme is Easter/Spring so I made this tag which I am also linking to the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Easter Inspired):

 Products: tag (K & Company); bunny clear stamp (Simon Says stamp); Archival Jet Black ink; alcohol markers; sentiment (Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions stickers); foam adhesive; hemp cord, pompom (Darice-Simon Says Stamp); mini flower (Studio g); cream embroidery floss; rhinestone.

 For the new challenge this week at the Simon Monday Challenge ( Road Trip) I made this card:

 Products: 90 lb. watercolor paper; Tim Holtz Symphony tissue paper; gesso; Tim Holtz Paper dolls; Tim Holtz Chit Chat Stickers;Paris labels (Cavallini); Versafine Onyx Black ink; air mail washi tapes (sorry- unknown).

 One of the regular gals that participates in T Stands for Tuesday has started a second blog "Cast Iron Fridays". Kathy is quite the cook using many varieties of cast iron cooking equipment and is quite knowledgeable too! I have one 12" skillet I love to use but have only made some 1 pot meals in it on the grill. Well, Kathy inspired me to try a dessert so I made this:

 A giant chocolate chip cookie! I got the recipe online from Cook's Country and decided to give it a go. Delicious!! Crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle. Family loved it! Looking forward to trying even more in this wonderful skillet. I'm thinking pizza :) Check out Cast Iron Fridays, and feel free to share your photos, recipes and/or tips if you wish.

 Well, even though it doesn't feel like Spring outside I am putting Spring into my journal pages:

 I did not make note of what all I was putting onto these pages so if you have any questions just ask and I'll try to remember. On the second page the wild flowers stencil, bubbles stamp is Magenta. Sentiment stamp is from Simon Says Stamp (Choose Joy set). I also used the Tim Holtz Mosaic stencil and Brick Wall stencil (Simon Says Stamp).

 Joining Art Journal Journey (theme is Spring), Try It On Tuesday (The Call of Spring inspiration board - I chose the colors and flowers),  and Paint Party Friday. I'll be seeing you!

" Come the Spring with all its splendor, all its birds and all its blossoms, all its flowers and leaves, and grasses."       Henry W. Longfellow