Monday, September 17, 2018

Fun Stuff

  Hi there! Brief post this week as I am still having difficulty sitting comfortably anywhere or bending and turning which makes it difficult to do much art. It's improving slowly so that's a step in the right direction. Thanks to all for your thoughts and wishes for healing. Now, on to some fun!

 A few weeks ago we got together with friends, our son and gf for another record (vinyl) party:


 This time our son Todd and Kyra hosted at their apt. Lots of good food, drink, and of course music!

Hubby and I each chose one album from our collection to bring and play:


  Ever hear of these? I played that Gary Lewis album SO much growing up that I'm surprised it still plays as well as it does-lol!

 Joining in with Bleubeard and Elizabeth and friends for T Stands For Tuesday. And I am also sharing this photo with them:


 Some of the gals that link each week began a conversation about washi tape collections and have dared us all to show just how many tapes we have. So here's my box of them. If I get any more though I'll have to buy another jeweler's bead case to store them in :) The tapes in the two top right sections are fabric washi tapes.

 And I do use them often- as in this card and envie. I am linking to the Simon Wednesday Challenge for the theme of "pop it up":


 I popped up my flowers with foam tape. Washi tapes- Recollections, Peony Bouquet stamp and die set and Painted Words- Altenew, Moonshine sequins- Simon Says Stamp, Archival inks.

 And this is a journal page from my calendar journal meant for Art Journal Journey with the theme of "A World Of Fantasy" hosted by Yvonne (Meggys Way) this month:


 I simply painted the background then glued down the magazine clippings. In my fantasy I am spirited away to a beach on a magic carpet ride whenever I want:)

 That's it this time around. Thanks for popping in , have a great week, and happy First Day of Fall on Sunday the 23rd to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!

       "Music is to the soul what words are to the mind."  Modest Mouse

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Heat Wave Is Over


 Well hello lovelies! Our heat wave of record breaking highs has ended only to descend down into highs of only 52 F and feeling even colder with a wind chill and rain. No wonder I had a nasty OA flare up in my knee and back for this past week. The sciatica pain has been so bad I wasn't able to sit in any kind of chair for at least several days(standing or lying flat only). I  didn't think I'd get a post typed for this week cuz I have a desktop and sit to use it but things are slowly getting better with meds (which I hate taking, but sometimes you just have to). And this little guy is cheering me up:


 We are dog sitting Riley again for a week and he has been such a love.

 For T Stands For Tuesday I'll share the lunch I had with some friends the other week:


 It was a last minute gathering and we went to Va Va's Creperie Café - a place I've shared about (and raved about) before. This time I had the Mediterranean crepe. My friends had not been there yet and were so happy to finally go. They loved it!! (and Carol R., as long as my back is improving and I can sit we are still going Wed. :)

 This card is meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Stamp On It):



 I made this a few weeks ago but never posted it here. 
Products: Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit; Neena Classic #110 cardstock; alcohol markers; stitched rectangle dies (Our Daily Bread Designs); Stitched Banners Dies (Simon Says Stamp); Stickles glitter glue (Ranger); Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 For the Simon Monday Challenge (Use More Than One Stencil) I made my first Artist Trading Coins:





 These trading coins seem to be all the rage on Instagram so I decided to make some myself:)

 Have you seen or heard of these? made any? traded any?

 I used  #90 watercolor paper. Glued dictionary paper down then dry brushed over it with white paint before adding all the stenciling. I then used my circle die (Spellbinders) to die cut the shapes. These are just a tad over 2 1/2 " each. I used images, words, and stickers from my Halloween envelope stash then used a black Posca pen to add the dots around the edge.

 I also have a journal page (detail photo is at the opening of this post):


 Distress Oxide inks, gold and black calligraphy ink, Archival black ink, stamps, washi tape and star stickers. I also used a Wink Of Stella pen for sparkle to fill in the moon but it doesn't show in this photo.

 Sharing with Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Journey hosted this month by Yvonne with the theme of "A World Of Fantasy". Have a wonderful week- always good to hear from you! I'll be around to visit as I am able.

" Live each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each."  Henry David Thoreau

Monday, September 3, 2018

Welcome September!


 Well, it still feels very much like summer, here at least, with another heat wave of temps in the 90's F for several days and I'm hanging on to it despite working on some fall themed art;)

 Here are my August calendar spreads:







 For the T Stands For Tuesday peeps I have a special gift/favor to share from a recent baby shower:



 Isn't this the cutest? Sorry about the reflection of me taking the pic but I wasn't able to do anything about that:) What a  sweet kitchen timer!

 Simon Says Stamp is having a huge month long birthday celebration filled with inspiration, new products and special gifts, and y'all know I do love to stamp and make cards... so this card is for the Simon Wednesday Challenge  (Anything Goes), and the Simon Monday Challenge (Stamp It On):


 and I never send out a card without some envelope decor:):)
Products: white notecard and envie (Recollections); Neena classic white #110 cardstock; Altenew Layered Cupcake stamp and die set, Label Love stamp set; Versafine Onyx Black ink; StazOn Chai Latte ink; Archival Wendy Vecchi inks- Aquamarine, Rose Madder, Buttercup; Marvy Uchida Ochre ink; Distress Worn Lipstick ink; Ranger Stickles glitter glue.

 A fun tag for Tag Tuesday (theme is Time/Clocks):



Tim Holtz Distress tag, layering stencil- Clockwork, Paper Dolls, Quote Chips, Distress ink- Vintage Photo;; Dylusions ink sprays- Dirty Martini, Lemon Zest, London Blue; modeling paste; hemp cord (Darice); washi tape (unknown).

 And lastly I will share what I call an "ugly " (to me) page. It can't always be pretty, right? This journal page was inspired by the sunset photo at the top of my post. I gave myself only 10 min. to grab a few supplies and complete something:


 A few paints, gelli plate print deli scraps, tissue paper scrap, pencil, and a lovely washi tape from Eileen which I sadly covered up pretty much (I have more though:) Not sure if this counts towards the new theme of "A World Of Fantasy" hosted by the lovely Yvonne this month at Art Journal Journey(my fantasy/dream is to live at the beach) and if it doesn't  you can just delete my entry. Also joining Paint Party Friday! A bientôt...

"We know that in September we will wander through the warm winds of summer's wreckage. We will welcome summer's ghosts."     Henry Rollins

Monday, August 27, 2018

Breezing Thru Summer


 Hello peeps! Yes, I am still in beach mode and definitely taking in what's left of summer. Another heat wave has begun and is expected to last a few days but I'm not complaining. Summer goes away too quickly for my liking. If you have a favorite season don't you find that it goes by much quicker than the others?

 Let's begin with a light summer breakfast today shall we?


    A favorite treat of mine- a small slice of homemade sponge cake with watermelon and blueberries on the side. And coffee of course! Joining in with T Stands For Tuesday (link in with a beverage related pic or piece of art- like my next card:) Feel free to join us anytime!

 For the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Food/Drink) I have this card:


 and another view:


 Products: Neena Classic Coat #110 cardstock; Archival inks- Sepia, Jet Black; Distress ink- Vintage Photo; Distress Oxide ink- Cracked Pistachio; Darkroom Door Coffee Time stamp set; washi tape (Recollections); foam adhesive; heart pin (JoAnn Stores).

 A tag meant for the Simon Monday Challenge (Fall/Autumn):



 Products: manila tag; flocked paper (Making Memories); Tim Holtz Paper Dolls; Versafine Onyx Black ink;  sentiment tag and Baker's twine (Recollections); Jack o Lantern, cat sticker (Nicole Crafts- AC Moore); black German dresden (Collage Stuff).

 And for Paint Party Friday, and Art Journal Journey (theme is count your blessings):


 I am again counting my blessings to be able to spend several times a year at the beach and especially to live close enough to drive there. For this quick and easy page I used spray inks, texture paste, mechanical pencil, and sentiment sticker from Tim Holtz.

 Thanks so much for stopping by. I will be around to visit you too!

" Wouldn't it be nice to positively start each day by counting your blessings? Isn't it obvious that the habit of counting your problems is an enemy to your peace of mind? " 
                                                                                      Edmond Mbiaka


Monday, August 20, 2018

It's Been Awhile...


 and I have missed all my blogging friends while away at the beach. I didn't do any art and I pretty much stayed unplugged outside of some posting on Instagram. The weather was absolutely beautiful and sunny every day- unlike all the rain and flash flooding and road damage we had at home!

      Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang! And speaking of, I want to thank Susi and Eileen for my lovely mail swap and surprise, and of course thanks to Bleubeard and Elizabeth for hosting T Stands For Tuesday along with the T day anniversary ATC swap:

                           Wonderful poem, love the washi tapes and jalapeno pepper sequins:). The ATC is lovely along with two of my favorite flowers on cards to collage with-thank you!

                                  The blooming flowers on the envelope were just a hint of the treasures inside. Love the free motion stitched and watercolor inkpot ATC. And be still my heart- not only  that gorgeous red poppy tag, but poppy seeds from Susi's garden!! I only hope they will grow for me next spring. Thank you!

  Although I didn't do any art at the beach I came back in full force and totally inspired once things returned to normal at home. I've had lots of fun cardmaking and playing in my art journal- the pages of which have been completely inspired by the beach. I have one coming up. First, I have a tag/bookmark for Tag Tuesday (theme is Landmarks), and the new Simon Monday Challenge (Back to School):


Products: manila tag; map tissue paper; calendar clipping of Eiffel Tower (I distressed with sandpaper); Tim Holtz ideaology Paper Dolls and Clippings Stickers; Versafine Onyx Black ink, Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap ink; tassel (American Tag co.; buttons (Gary Burlin and Co.)

 These are just a few of the cards I have been having fun making using the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit and matching dies (the kit has sold out but you can get the stamps and products that were in the kit separately):




  And an art journal page meant for Art Journal Journey (hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth this month with the theme of "Count Your Blessings"), Moo Mania and More (theme is "Summertime"), and Paint Party Friday!



 A combination of spray inks, inks, rubber stamps, stencils, Gelli Plate printed deli paper, burlap fabric, corrugated cardboard, found words, charm, and tiny heart stickers (Simon Says stamp Store). I do count my blessings for all the time I get to spend at the beach and the art inspired by it.

 Hope everyone is doing well and I am really looking forward to catching up with you again!

  "Act as if you are worthy to have what you want, and the universe will prove you correct."
                                                                                               Alan Cohen