Monday, January 13, 2020

Winter Greetings?

 Hello peeps! How's the weather in your parts? Although last week we had a cold day with a bit of snow, this weekend was absolutely glorious!! Saturday we had a record high of 66 F, and Sunday got to 65. I even went out to clean some windows on the outside and cleaned up in the back yard a bit:) It was a joy to grill for dinner and not be bundled up to do it! However, it IS January after all and expected to get pretty cold by the end of the week.

 Thinking about what else but the beach and hoping to make some scheduled dates and reservations for Cape May real soon. Until then I'll enjoy reminiscing the wonderful times last year. And today I will remember all the great food we enjoyed, such as this:

 One of several places we frequent while there is Hemingways. I had (again) the veggie burger along with a glass of Chardonnay while hubby had the crab cake sandwich and a beer. Yum! Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang!
Oh, and on an aside as I know some of the T Gang talk about movies.... hubby and I recently saw Rocket Man about Elton John, and Judy - about Judy Garland starring Renee Zellweger. We deemed them both excellent - 5 stars out of 5!!! The acting was just fantastic! After Rocket Man all I wanted to do was to be able to give Elton John a big hug. And I admit I cried after watching Judy- just such a tragic, short life she lived. Have any of you seen either of these movies, and what did you think?

 Here is the full journal page from which the detail photo at the opening of this post was taken:

 and here is how it started:

 with new and old Tim Holtz Collage Tissue papers. Other products: Dina Wakley stencil (heart); Dina Wakley paints- Ruby, Tangerine , Lemon. Various brands of blue, black, white, and red paint; Dylusions Basic Backgrounds stamp set; recycled postage stamp. Joining Art Journal Journey (theme is something new), and Try It On Tuesday (what a cutie or make someone smile).

For the Simon Wednesday Challenge (theme is Fun With Florals):

 Why not a green flower?  Stamps and dies on card, and stencil are from Altenew . Stamps on the envie are Magenta. Moonshine sequins from Simon Says Stamp.

 For the new theme at the Simon Monday Challenge (Rust It Up), and Tag Tuesday (Winter Scenes):

 Distress tag, Vintage Photo and Tea Dye inks (Ranger); Tim Holtz Paper Dolls, ChitChat Seasonal Stickers; Rust Tapestry embossing powder, ribbons, yarn, tiny buttons, patterned paper scrap from my stash; background is a Gelli Plate deli paper print.

 And lastly I will share this postcard I recently made using a beautiful fox napkin I received from my friend Patty over the holidays ( I shared the goodies I received in my last post):

I just adore this sweet fox image.

Joining over at Paint Party Friday also with this week's projects. Thanks so much for your visits!

"You can have everything you want. You just have to quit waiting for someone to tell you that you deserve it."      From the film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Monday, January 6, 2020

Welcome a New Year, A New Decade!

 Happy New Year everyone!! Hope you're still with me after my holiday blogging break;) It's taken me a bit of time to get back into the creative flow after hardly doing any art. Spending time enjoying the holidays with friends and family was my priority. I hope you all enjoyed as well, and speaking of, I will begin by sharing the wonderful handmade cards I received from (mostly) blogging friends (my challenge art projects will follow in this long post):

 My first Christmas art came from none other than  Bleubeard, Elizabeth, and Squiggles of Altered Book Lover.  A lovely tip in page with an equally sweet note on the back as well as a typed message. Thank you, thank you dear Elizabeth!! Sorry my photo doesn't do this the justice it deserves.

 From Eileen at The Artful Crafter who is a regular at T Stands For Tuesday. Don't you just love this tree? Thank you Eileen!!

 So many fun stamps on the envelope, and the art print is by Lenna's great uncle who was a prominent artist. Lenna certainly got his genes:) You can find her here at creativelenna. Thank you Lenna!!

and how amazing is this mail? My dear friend patty knows me so well. Oh, those beautiful napkins! And her card at the top just glistens with sweet touches of gold. Although Patty has not been blogging she and her beautiful art can be found on both Instagram and Facebook. Thank you Patty!!

     and these are handmade cards from various other friends near and far.Thank you!! And thanks for the snail mail cards and ecards too.You all are the best-mwah!

Now, on to some art challenges:)

 Do any of you choose a word of the year to focus on? I've been doing it for 5 years now. This word chose ME after I had been asking for guidance to show me my word, and when I was still a bit hesitant it appeared in a big way!

 A fairly simple page in my mixed media journal. The mandala - like stencil has flecks of sparkle in the paint as I added embossing powder to the mix but it doesn't show here.

 I also made a vision/dream board page which faces the above one:

 Just cut and paste from magazine clippings that spoke to me.

 And to seal the deal on my word, as I was going through a pile of books I had read some time ago, this one appeared in the mix:

                  Of course I am now rereading it!:)

 I will join in at Art Journal Journey for the new theme this month of "Something New" chosen by Jo. New art, new word for 2020.

 This next project is meant for the Simon Monday Challenge (something new) and Tag Tuesday (celebrations), and this will also be my ticket for T Stands for Tuesday:)...

 New to me is the Distress Resist Spray I used on the white media tag (Ranger) before blending Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick, and Tea Dye inks over it. Other products: Distress Vintage Photo, Black Soot inks; coffee cups and sentiment from the Coffee Time stamp set by darkroom door; clip art images, buttons, ribbon from my stash; washi tape (Recollections). Also sharing this tag with the Darkroom Door January IG Challenge.

 One more journal page:

 Also new here is the Dina Wakley Collage Papers-love these!! This was a warm up page -one I needed to do fairly quickly to help me get started back into art journaling. Fluid acrylic paints were used for the background, watercolor was used to tint the lips and eye, and Marabu black acrylic ink was used to spatter.

 I will also join in again at Paint Party Friday!

 Let's all please keep in our hearts and prayers the people and animals who are suffering terrible losses in the devastating fires in Australia.

     "Another Sunrise, Another New Beginning."     Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Monday, December 16, 2019

Holiday Wishes

Well peeps, ready or not and regardless of which holiday(s) you celebrate they are truly upon us now! Cookie baking is all I have left to do;) How are you doing with everything?

 The above journal page is in my Dylusions Creative Dyary Journal and meant for Try it On Tuesday (Christmas is Coming), and Art Journal Journey (Words and Numbers). I added some extra color and stamping on the printed background then used paper scraps, stickers and bits from my Christmas stash.

 This is where I spent much time the last two weeks making and addressing cards that needed to get out:

 I had my coffee to keep me going in this cute Christmas mug along with a variety of Christmas music playing. Fa la la la la and cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang!

 For the 'Year Of Gratitude' Challenge hosted by Ranger Ink and Dina Wakley(you can read more about it here) There are two random drawings each month for a prize package of Ranger/Dina Wakley products. I have won one already and they are very generous!!
 The prompt for December is "I am grateful for creativity" and here is my journal page:

 And a detail pic:

This was done on a kraft page in the Dina Wakley Media Journal and I used Dina Wakley paints, images from her Collage Collective Book, and Collage Tissue Words.Sewn and layered with ephemra from my stash.

And finally, more loose watercolor practice- this wreath inspired by Andrew Geeson which I will share with Moo Mania and More (Anything Goes), and Paint Party Friday:

 I may be taking a bit of a blogging break from Christmas Day through New Year's Day so whatever you celebrate, whatever you will be doing, I wish you love and a most joyous holiday and Happy, Happy New Year!

" Christmas is forever, not just for one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to be put away."                           Norman Wesley Brooks

Monday, December 9, 2019

It's Looking Festive Around Here!

 How's everyone doing with holiday decorating, shopping, baking, etc.? I finally got our trees up and home decorated over the weekend not without a few lighting glitches to tend to though (ugh!). But, this is the last year for these tree lights then it's time for new ones for next year;)
 Now it's a matter of finishing and mailing the Christmas cards!

 Wanted to share this candle I just stumbled upon in Bed Bath and Beyond and of course I had to have it!!

  I had only opened the lid to smell the candle before buying it, falling in love with that burning wood scent. I've always wanted to have a fireplace. And since I can't have one I always wished someone could make a candle that truly smells like wood burning. When I got home and lit the candle to my surprise it also crackles like a fire!! I love it!!!

 And now that there's a sweet little fire going, grab a cuppa and join in at T Stands For Tuesday won't you?
My cuppa today is in the form of a journal page in the Dylusions Creative Dyary Journal:

 I cut the teacup from an old calendar. That lovely quote is from Chaim Potok.

 Most of my art time is being spent on card making right now. As I've said this year I'm using up things from my stash along with two Christmas paper pads. Keeping it pretty simple this year. Like this more traditional card I made with the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Traditional Christmas) in mind:

 Ivory notecard and envie (Recollections); holly and berry stamp (Magenta); Christmas Paper Pad (Authentique); Stickles glitter glue - used on the berries and around the card (not visible in the photo).

 Lastly I have a journal page that I made a little while back when Tamara LaPorte offered free online art lessons by a variety of artists. And by the way, she is sharing these Lifebook Summit videos again for a short time:) This page was from a tutorial by ScrapWitch Lisa :

                                        these are the beginning layers

Finished Page:

and a few detail pics:

 Joining Art Journal Journey hosted by Yvonne this month with the theme of (Words and Numbers), and Paint Party Friday

 Thanks for stopping by!

" Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love. It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air."     William Thomas Ellis

Monday, December 2, 2019

Welcome December!

 And December came in with a LOT of rain, some snow, and freezing rain too. As I am typing it is flurrying a bit and thankfully that's all it will be rather than the 6 inches they originally predicted! I spent this past dreary Sunday working on Christmas cards and in between I took a break to watch a You Tube tutorial by Ellen Crimi-Trent and created the above snowman watercolor painting. It is 4" x 4". I plan on following a few more of her tutorials as they are pretty easy to follow and a delight to make:)

PS Eileen if you're reading this- she works wet on wet which is what I have been learning from Laura Horn Art also to create some lovely effects with the watercolors. It really is a matter of play and practice:)
Speaking of practice here is an abstract watercolor  page I did following Laura Horn's Watercolor Explorations online class:

 I also used Posca pens and a pastel crayon for added mark making. Love these colors!

 For T stands for Tuesday I'll share these two food photos from a record/vinyl party hubby and I hosted recently. If you are a regular here you know that every few months our son and future daughter in law and friends Andrew and Lynn get together to play old vinyl records and take turns hosting. It's always such a fun time!

 Lots of pick foods- and there was even more when they arrived with some extra snacks and drink;)

Tag art:

 My tag was cut from a large sheet of card stock I inked and stamped over a year ago. The snowman and silver snowflake are from Michaels. Sentiment is Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions Stickers. Joining in at the Simon Monday Challenge (Let's Sparkle); Moo Mania and More (Use Your Scraps); and Tag Tuesday (White Christmas).

 The photo just does NOT do this card justice! Using up my stash of holiday papers for CAS cards this year. The note card, envie,  and patterned papers are all an ivory color but it doesn't look that way here. Papers are Authentique two sided 12" x 12" Paper Pad. I added gold and Diamond Stickles glitter glue to give it a lovely sparkle. And I always somehow decorate the envies to somewhat match. Stamps used on envie (Magenta). Joining in at the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes).

 A journal page done in my Dina Wakley Media Journal:

 This page was inspired by an old Lesley Gore song - "You Don't Own Me".  Dina Wakley Collage Papers, acrylic paints, pencil, black Fude Ball Pen, black crayon. Joining in at Try It On Tuesday (Inspired By a Song); the December theme of "Words and Numbers" chosen by Yvonne for Art Journal Journey;  and Paint Party Friday.

 That's all for this time peeps. Be well, be happy, be creative!

" What you call freedom is still nothing but choosing how to steer straight into the heart of what chooses you."        Kate Gleason