Monday, November 12, 2018

This Week's Inspirations

 Hello Peeps! Oooh, the weather in the Northern hemisphere is getting colder. I got up Sat. AM to open the curtains to- a SNOW squall!!! :( . Thankfully it passed very quickly but it was quite cold and blustery all day.  I know I have to accept that tis the season...

  I have a tag to share for the Simon Monday Challenge and Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is "Thanks/Thanksgiving" for both), and Try It On Tuesday (thankful):

 Products: manila tag (Ranger); burgundy card stock; Tim Holtz- Worn Wallpaper, Paper Dolls, Small Talk Occasions Stickers, Alpha Tiles, Thinlits dies 660222; Distress ink- Vintage Photo; Distress Oxide ink- Frayed Burlap, Archival ink- Maroon; 3 dots stamp(unknown); fabric tape - Recollections; buttons- Gary Burlin & Co.; natural twine.

 For T Stands For Tuesday I will share another breakfast I had during our last stay in Cape May:

  Blueberry pancakes, and coffee of course at the Ocean View restaurant;) Yes, they were delicious! And it just came to me- do any of you have pancakes for your dinner? I remember as a kid we would have pancakes for DINNER rather than breakfast every other week!

 I  have this journal page to share at Art Journal Journey (theme is Vintage or Modern) hosted by Erika this month; Paint Party Friday; AND Simply Neutrals hosted by Wen! Wen is celebrating Simply Neutrals 50th by offering a gorgeous giveaway so do check it out, and leave her some love. Of course it would be great if you'd link up with something neutral too!

  Although I am working between at least three art journals, I am currently in love with my newest which is the Dina Wakley Media Journal!!! And I can't get enough of Tim Holtz Snarky Small talk Stickers either! Other products on this page- Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, layering stencil- Linen; Distress Vintage Photo ink; Archival Jet Black ink; Distress spray- Fossilized Amber; gauze scrap; white gesso; black ink.

 Hard to believe Thanksgiving Day is next Thursday already! Anyone have any special plans? I'm paring down the menu, keeping it simple, and will only have my Mom and our son and his GF. Hubby and I have tickets for a show Wed. night (which I wasn't so happy about considering all the cooking and cleaning, etc. I'd be doing from Mon. thru Thurs.) but by keeping the meal quite simple it's do-able.

 Well, that's it from me for now. Will be around to visit. Happy week!

" We do not experience ourselves as a gift until we are engaged in the act of creating."  
                                                                         Elizabeth O'Conner

Monday, November 5, 2018

It's November


 It's gotten cold, and two major holidays are fast approaching! Are you ready for it? I think I'm doing pretty well. Just finished my prototypes for both my Thanksgiving cards and Christmas cards and have begun working on them. I am also ready with my new calendar journal for next year! Fingers crossed I stay ahead now:)

 First up, for T Stands for Tuesday I'll share the dinner I had the other weekend when we went to Stefano's Restaurant again and met with my oldest BFF (and I don't mean she's old-we're the same age. I mean that she has been my dearest friend for over 50 years now!!) and her hubby for a great time!

 I had the cheese tortellini with pesto along with the house salad, bread and dipping sauce, water and merlot. Of course I got two meals out of this, and it was a special treat for me! Hubby doesn't like tortellinis so I don't make it at home. Share something beverage related - whether it's a photo, a painting, poem, art project,etc. and join us. It's such a lovely group with many varied and interesting posts. There is a linkup every Tuesday at our wonderful host's blog!

 For the new Simon Monday Challenge (Make Your Own Background) and Tag Tuesday Challenge( Poppies) :

 The tag background: yellow, light green and red acrylic paints. Script stamp (Love To Stamp) stamped repeatedly using Archival Leaf Green ink. Spatter stamp (Inky Antics AOP Long Hair Flair stamp set) repeatedly stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 Finished tag:

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 To the background I stenciled the flowers (Magenta) using black acrylic paint. The sentiment rubber stamp(Magenta) was stamped on white card stock using the Versafine black ink then edges were sponged. Washi tape at bottom is Dina Wakley. Tag edges were also sponged with the black ink and a fabric bow (Offray) was added at the top.

 And I have a journal page meant for Paint Party Friday, and Art Journal Journey hosted this month by the lovely Erika who has chosen the theme of Vintage or Modern.

  I would definitely label this modern. Fun and messy with lots of bits layered over the painted, stenciled background. The image is Dina Wakley as is the little strip of washi tape (blue).Layering stencil(Clocks) is Tim Holtz, circles stencil is TCW. And of course, the sentiment is Small Talk Snarky Stickers from Tim Holtz :) I am having SO much fun with those stickers and have a few more journal pages to show soon using more of them!

 Thanks so much for your comments which are always appreciated. Have a great week. See ya soon!

" In November, the earth is growing quiet. It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures."      Cynthia Rylant

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Last of October

 Hello! Thought I'd begin this post with  a painting I did inspired by the last of the zinnias I picked from the garden (you can see that pic here) and a video from Tamara Laporte's FREE!! Life Book Creativity and Wellbeing Summit. This lesson was taught by Janet Skates called "Bouquet of Joy". It was a 3 week free event of videos and instructors and interviews and it was fab!! Anyone else watch the daily vids? I watched all of them but only got to this lesson which really spoke to me. The videos were only available for a limited time.

 For T Stands For Tuesday:

 I'm sharing my coffee and a breakfast veggie wrap I had while we were in Cape May again last month. I have had this wrap several times at our favorite place for breakfast and it is so yummy! Also too much at once so I always get another meal of it:)  Last week although I did participate and visit the TSFT gang, I forgot to link myself so if you wish to see what I posted it's the post just below this one;) And Deb- someone commented that you would have loved to see my whimsical cat painting so if you want to see you can find it here:)

 For Tag Tuesday  (theme is Edgar Allan Poe) and Simply Neutrals Tuesday  I made this tag:

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 For both the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Halloween/Spooky) and the Simon Monday Challenge (Take Flight), along with Art Journal Journey (Creature Comforts) I have one last Halloween inspired project:

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 Bat girl loves flying about with the bats :) Background began with a coat of black gesso. I then stenciled and lightly sponged on white gesso. That sweet girl image-yes- I have been using her and her friends quite a bit lately- is from the Simon Says Stamp Shop  Inky Antics Clear Stamp set- designed by Andrea Ockey Paar. I also used lots of stickers and some paper bits from my stash.

 I wish to thank all the artists who linked their fabulous journal pages at Art Journal Journey-you all rock! Over 100 joined in(some of you at least several times) guided by my chosen theme this month! It was a pleasure to guest host and to see everyone's art-thank you, and to hosts Susi and Elizabeth!!

 It goes without saying that I will also link to Paint Party Friday later this week. Happy week, and thanks for stopping by-mwah!

"Begin today. Declare out loud to the universe that you are willing to let go of struggle and eager to learn through joy."  Sarah Ban Breathnach

Monday, October 22, 2018

Charmed Morsels

 Still having lots of fun with my Halloween supplies but that's where it ends- no trick or treating, no costume parties for us. How about you?

 This journal page is meant for  Art Journal Journey ( I am hosting this month with the theme("Creature Comforts"); Try It On Tuesday (Trick or Treat); and the new Simon Monday Challenge ( Halloween/Spooky). Sharing later this week with Paint Party Friday and I will also share this on Instagram for a mood board challenge;):

 I used several stencils and Marabu art sprays then just began gluing on collage sheet bits, washi tape, fabric ribbon, glittery stickers - all from my stash, and a Snarky Stickers sentiment (Tim Holtz). I am having way too much fun with those sentiments and will have more journal pages to show soon. I must say this sentiment  is quite tame though compared to many of the others in the booklet-lol!

 For my T Stands for Tuesday peeps (hosted by the wonderful Bleubeard and Elizabeth). I just saw that dear Elizabeth is not feeling well at all so get well wishes and healing vibes to you <3
 I will share lunch and drinks at  an old establishment that just celebrated 50 years!

 Here's a peek at parts of the menu:

 I think you can click for a better look if you wish. Little story about this place-

 both hubby and I used to go to Stahley's Restaurant and Bar with friends after work- way back when we were single and didn't even know each other. And this is the first time we have gone there together and after many years later! Funny thing is that it all looks just the same:):) And the food is still great with very reasonable prices!

 I had a crab cake sandwich (very good) along with water and a glass of chardonnay. Bill had a steak sandwich  (which he declared was excellent), a beer, and we shared a basket of sweet potato fries. We'll definitely be going again in the near future!

 Finally I put all my summer things away (sad face) and got out clothes, boots and such for the fall/winter. I also cut the last of the zinnias from the garden to enjoy, even creating a journal page around it (I'll share that another time):

  There was no editing of color here- these zinnias are truly that vibrant and I loved having them to really brighten things up. So, wishing you all flowers and sunshine and bright days! Til next time...

" The garden of love is green without limit and yields many fruits other than sorrow or joy. Love is beyond either condition: without spring, without autumn, it is always fresh."  Rumi

Monday, October 15, 2018

Whimsical and Spooky

  Are you having some crazy weather like we are? It was so humid, muggy and in the upper 80's F early last week that we actually had to put the AC on for a day. And then- it got cold!! Cold enough that we then had to switch to heat, and I even put the flannel sheets on the bed! No wonder people get sick...

 For T Stands For Tuesday:

 Having my morning coffee and doing some reading in a cozy corner.

 For Art Journal Journey (where I am guest host this month with the theme of Creature Comforts) I have this page:

 I followed another Painting With Jane You Tube video and had such fun doing this one- especially the technique for creating the fence!  There are over 60 fabulous entries so far at Art Journal Journey and they are all so creative, so do have a look, and then join us won't you?

 This tag is meant for several challenges- the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is "Starry Night"); Tag Tuesday (theme is "Bunting or Flags); and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything But a Card):

 So difficult to capture shimmer, gemstones and sequins. Besides assorted stickers, patterned paper, silver cord, gemstone stars from my stash I used images from Inky Antics Muse News and Long Hair Flair stamp sets designed by Andrea Ockey Paar (I've been using them alot lately:); Archival jet Black ink; sentiment is an old Cat's Life Press stamp; shimmery purple spray ink (Inkadinkado); dry chalks; Tim Holtz mini stapler; white acrylic paint; and a Signo uni-ball white gel pen.

 I will also be linking to Paint Party Friday !

 Thanks so much for popping in. Will be around to visit you too. XO

" When witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers 'tis near Halloween".     Unknown