Monday, February 17, 2020


 Happy new week all! Again, I know some of you had some crazy, stormy weather again obver the weekend so I hope you got through it without incident. We had our first bout of extreme cold (single digits F overnight and only to the 20's during the day!!) but I cannot complain as it hasn't lasted long, AND it's the coldest we've had....since last March! So if this is the extent of our winter I have no complaints. Oh, and a large group of robins appeared in our backyard on Saturday!!

 I mentioned in my last post that we had some fun things to keep us busy. First I'll share a photo and short video of the Il Volo concert we went to . ( Dear Elizabeth, you may share with Sally - or not. She would have LOVED it!!) They got standing ovations for practically every song, and they were on for 2 hours. The little video snippet doesn't even do them justice! Because of the fabulous light show too it was very difficult to get a decent photo. We'll never tire of seeing them or listening to their music!

  We celebrated our son Todd's Valentines Day birthday on Sunday along with his fiancée and my Mom. His dinner of choice - my meatloaf and carrots baked in tomato soup, mashed potatoes, baked rolls, and of course, chocolate cake! He pretty much always asks for the meatloaf, and since he's been living on his own this is the only time I make it as hubby and I very rarely eat meat any longer.

 Here he's opening gifts- these from hubby and I. I tried to get a bit creative because he always says he doesn't need or want anything. I know how much he loves food so I got him some favorite snacks-Goldfish, Pringles, and M&Ms along with a gift certificate to a local family owned hoagie shop where he has been going to for many years now. As a matter of fact, Kyra stopped there and brought him home a hoagie for dinner from there - Carl's Corner,  on Friday:):) There's wine and water on the table here for the T Stands For Tuesday ticket in;)

 Happy Birthday to you, son!

 Yes, I needed my reading glasses on to light the candles-lol. No decorating as both my icing bags broke after many years and I haven't gotten out to replace them yet. And a plastic bag with the corner cut just doesn't do it for me.

 For my art today both of my journal pages are on gratitude. Love of my friends and their kindnesses and my love of birds and nature.

 Grateful for Nature:

 In my Dina Wakley Media Journal. DW paint (Lime), stencil, Collage Collective, washi tape (heart). Dylusions Ink Sprays- Bubblegum Pink, London Blue, Lemon Zest. Fude ball pen, and some machine stitching.
 I am joining in Art Journal Journey's Challenge (theme is Hearts this month) and Dina Wakley's Monthly Gratitude Challenge (on Facebook or Instagram) for the theme this month of "I am grateful for nature".

 I created this journal page for January's DW Year of Gratitude Challenge theme " I am grateful for kindness":

 Dina Wakley Media Journal, tissue papers, paints. Tim Holtz Paper doll, Chit Chat Stickers. Scrap paper bit, recycled cardboard, scrap of gold string. Speedball Gold ink and Black Marabu ink splattered on page.

 I will also join Try It On Tuesday (theme is "share the love") and Paint Party Friday.

I've been playing a lot with my watercolors and practicing flowers . Been sharing on IG but I know many of you here in blogland aren't on it so I will post them here once I get myself better organized with the files:)

 Looking forward to catching up with you!

"Gratitude makes sense of the past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

Monday, February 10, 2020

Love Is In The Air

  Happy new week everyone! How has the weather been for you? Seems that so many places- in the US AND across the pond have had some strange and stormy weather over the weekend. I hope everyone got through it all OK. We had almost all rain, and very gusty high winds but thankfully no flooding or power outages in our area. I hear there was at least one confirmed tornado in Maryland- and perhaps also in Delaware- in February- unheard of! Yikes!

  We got together again for a record/vinyl party with friends and our son and fiancé but I totally forgot to take pics cuz we were having so much fun! So, instead, for T Stands for Tuesday I'll share another meal from the Merion Inn in Cape May:

 The last time we were in Cape May it happened to be restaurant week which we were unaware of. Several of our favorite places were completely booked that weekend:( However, we managed two seats at the bar in the Merion and had a fixed price three course dinner. It was excellent!! An arugula salad-can't remember what kind of dressing but it was really good. Our main dinner was smashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, and this chicken breast which was divine!! It was an Italian style and had some balsamic glaze over it. For dessert hubby and I both also had the chocolate pot de creme which was a perfectly manageable portion:). They serve wine in small carafes that you can self pour into your glass (you can barely see my glass on the right near the fork) and though you may not see it- my cabernet is in it. Cheers!

 This is an exciting week for me as we have tickets to see Il Volo in town Tues. eve!! This will be our third time seeing them as we love them so. Then Valentine's Day Friday is also our son's birthday but we're going to celebrate at our place on Sunday. He hasn't told me what he wants me to make for dinner yet;)

 Here is a card I made for him:

 Products: light blue, white, brown card stock; patterned paper (Paper Studio); Labels 8 dies (Spellbinders); computer generated sentiment; Shape Sprinkles Tiny Hearts (Doodle Design Inc. - from Simon Says Stamp); Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue (Ranger). Sharing this with the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge (theme is "with love").

 The new challenge for Tag Tuesday is "Spring Is In The Air" so I have this tag :

 I shared the technique for the background here in this post. Tim Holtz Wildflowers die and Small Talk Stickers. Rubber stamp bee is DeNami-an oldie!

 This journal page is meant for Art Journal Journal Journey (theme this month is "hearts"); and Try It On Tuesday ("Share The Love"):

 On the watercolor paper in the Dina Wakley Media Journal. Image is from the Dina Wakley Collage Collective book. I cut it into the heart shape and stitched around it before gluing to the page.

 Linking to Paint Party Friday too:)

 I made some quick and easy Valentine cards to mail out to  friends. Just using up patterned paper scraps, vintage collage sheet images. That is a bit of the envelope on the left . I stamped this heart from Magenta three times. The sentiment on the card is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

 Wishing you a happy Valentine's Day if you celebrate it, and have a super week ahead!

" surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be."  
                                                                        Khalil Gibran

Monday, February 3, 2020

You Are Loved

 Happy February peeps!  Enjoy your weekend? watch the Super Bowl? I must admit that personally it was the Puppy Bowl that captured my full attention on Sunday:) OMG, hours of cuteness!! The football game was on later but I really didn't pay much attention. And my guys enjoyed it at least:) Football was never my thing- well, neither is baseball, or golf, or!

 First up I'll share my bit for T Stands for Tuesday:

 I'm taking you back to Cape May to another of our favorite hang outs - we're there most evenings for the piano entertainment and we always have one special dinner there too. The Merion Inn. We're considered "regulars" and our darling waitress Rachelle gifted us with these desserts- on the house! We hadn't planned on having any dessert as we were full. BUT, we managed because they were just too good to pass on. A delicious, and surprisingly light cheesecake on the left, and oh my, the dark chocolate ganache cake with mocha creme filling was to die for!! Good thing we could walk at least some of it off on the way back to our motel;)

 This card is meant for  the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge (anything goes):

 A CAS (clean and simple) masculine card. Much nicer looking in person with the glittery dragonfly wings. Products: white notecard (Recollections); patterned cardstock (DCWV the Natural mat stack); Spellbinders circle dies; Hero Arts rubber stamp; Versafine Onyx Black ink; washi tape (Tim Holtz?); Stickles glitter glue.

 And this card is for the Simon Says Monday Challenge (floral frenzy):

 White notecard, paper flowers- Recollections; paper doily; patterned paper (Basic Grey); numbers foam stamps (Stamper's Anonymous); happy , birthday wishes clear stamps (Papertrey Ink).

 A tag for Tag Tuesday (theme is black, white , red):

 All things pulled from my huge stash of ephemera; washi tapes- Recollections.

The new theme this month over at Art Journal Journey is "hearts" so I'm sharing this page there and also at Try It On Tuesday (share the love):

  Lots of layers including tissue papers, gesso, pencil marks, stencils, paints done awhile ago in my Dina Wakley Media Journal so I'd have some background pages ready to finish another time. This image was actually in my pile of throw away papers! When I pulled this paper to wipe off a brush and saw this on the reverse side I knew it had to be used. Why I had tossed it aside I'll never know. Her heart was fussy cut from Dina Wakley washi tape, and the words are Dina Wakley collage tissue.

 Linking to Paint Party Friday later in the week. Have a great week everyone!

" Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead."   Oscar Wilde

Monday, January 27, 2020

T Stands For Tags!

 Somehow tags have become a focus for me lately so today's post is mostly tag art. I'm going to start with this tag meant for the Simon Says Monday Challenge theme of "All Loved Up":

 It's been difficult getting good photos as the sun has not been around (but for a fleeting moment or two) for days now.

 Products: Tim Holtz Botanical tissue paper; gesso; pink acrylic paints; Golden Shading Grey High Flow paint; Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions Stickers; foam heart sticker (AC Moore-sadly closing their doors); threads, ribbons, lace, vintage buttons from my stash.

 For Tag Tuesday with the theme of Black,White, Red:

This is actually a tag card so I can write a note inside:)

 For T Stands For Tuesday I have this yummy small plate to share from - again- our last visit to Cape May. Speaking of, we made our first reservations to go back in the Spring - one of several trips we hope to make again this year:):)

 Another visit to Hemingways where we stopped for happy hour appetizers and a drink. Hummus with veggies and pita are a fave of mine, along with a nice glass of J Lohr Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheers!

 Back to tags.

 I used the above supplies  along with some Dylusions Spray Inks on manila tags for a technique I was introduced to thru IG:

 The technique is to coat your surface of choice with black acrylic paint ( I also tried a deep brown- on the brick stencil one). Let dry. Spritz with Dylusions spray inks. Let dry. Dab white acrylic paint thru a stencil over top. That's it! As the white paint dries the Dylusions inks will somewhat seep through the white bringing back some color. Pretty cool! You do need to use water soluble sprays- NOT permanent color sprays.

 And lastly I will share this journal page for Art Journal Journey (theme is "something new") and Try It On Tuesday (white space or colourful grunge):

 New are the two bottles of pink acrylic paint in Dragon Fruit (Americana), and Neon Pink (Craft Smart). This is in my Dina Wakley Media Journal. I also used her collage tissue words, Collage Collective image, stencil and Lapis and Penny paints.

 Joining Paint Party Friday also. Looking forward to visiting and seeing what you've been up to. Have a super week!

" The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great in whatever they want to do."    Kobe Bryant

Monday, January 20, 2020

Celebrations and Snow

Well, we finally got our first day of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and then rain on Saturday! Thankfully it was only about 2 inches and once it all changed to rain it melted away:) But it is now very cold again-brrrr.

 This journal page is in my Dina Wakley Media Journal and meant for Art Journal Journey with the theme of "Something New". Here I have used more of my new Tim Holtz Botanical Tissue Paper in the background. The vintage image is from ARTchix Studio.There is a new challenge theme over at Try It On Tuesday which is "White Space" or "Colourful Grunge" and so i will join in there also.

 I am keeping warm with hot morning coffee and then herbal tea in the afternoon. This pic I took last Tuesday at my desktop computer in the morning while visiting the gang at T  Stands For Tuesday:

My usual coffee in a Vera Bradley cup with matching lid:) 

On Sunday I had my Mom, son and  fiancée Kyra over for dinner to celebrate hubby's 61st birthday which was on the 17th:

 I think he looks darned good for his age! I made lasagne roll ups, salad, rolls and chocolate cake. And we had water and Cabernet Sauvignon wine with dinner but I forgot about taking pics until the cake came out.

 This card is meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Use A Stencil):

 Products: Altenew stamp sets- Label Love, Painted Flowers; Altenew Evening Gray ink; Tim Holtz Plaid Stencil; Archival inks- Pink Peony, Rose Madder, Jet Black, Leaf Green, Vivid Chartreuse. Distress ink- Worn Lipstick; Neenah #110 Solar White cardstock, Moonshine Sequins- Simon Says Stamp.

 And I have another journal page to celebrate today's (Monday) US National Holiday- Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Christian minister who became leader of the Civil Rights Movement, and promoted it with peace until his assassination in 1968.

 Lots of Tim Holtz products on this page- stamps, inks, washi tapes, Paper Dolls, Small Talk Stickers. This was done on a kraft page in the Dina Wakley Media Journal.

 Joining in at Paint Party Friday as usual also.

 That's it for me this week. Time to get going on some Valentine cards:) Happy week to you!

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."            Martin Luther King Jr.