Monday, February 11, 2019

This Week's This n That

 Thursday is Valentine's Day! Do you celebrate? Like it? Not so much?
I have always loved Valentine's Day since I can remember- even when I didn't have a "valentine" to call my own. I have always chosen to celebrate by remembering my friends and love sending out handmade cards and sometimes little bits like bookmarks, ATCs and such. And with my love of this holiday it's no wonder our son was born on this day- 31 years ago now! He was due on the 7th but I guess was too comfy inside to come out when he was supposed to:):) I love my Valentine baby-
                                       happy birthday Todd!
 I'll share my canvas ATC and vignette with Moo Mania and More (theme is "Love is in the Air").

 Thanks to this blog post by Susi I have made a book to hold all of hubby's recent birthday cards:

 this is the simple cover. I used heavy cardboard recycled from a watercolor sheet tablet and covered the three sections with this beautiful blue and gold marbled book paper I have had for some years now. The photo here  just doesn't do it justice.  I stamped the name and numbers from an old foam set and fussy cut them.

the inside front and back cover. These are the quotes I had found online, printed, and cut apart to put in his lunches  (and sometimes in a book too) that he took for work each day starting the week before his birthday. I hope you can read them-funny!

 And this is the book filled with cards:

 Thank you for the wonderful idea and inspiration dear Susi!

For T Stands For Tuesday I'll share a recent meal I had when I was out for "Girl's Night" . We went to the Artisan Wine Bar (which I have mentioned before and have gone to many times):

 I had a Mediterranean salad with olives, feta cheese, tomatoes and mixed greens in a light herb lemon vinaigrette. Warm pita bread and grilled lemon came with it-SO good! My wine of choice  (my usual here) is Peirano - a California cabernet.

 For Art Journal Journey the theme this month is "the colour yellow" so I'll share this page from my Dylusions Dyary calendar journal:

 The grey background (which I in turn extended to the left side of the spread) and flowers were already printed on the page. I colored them in with markers and then used a Tim Holtz layering stencil and yellow acrylic paint to add the sun rays.

 Lastly I will share the full "Grungy Flowers" journal page I painted with acrylics and used in the digital pic I began with in my last post:

 Inspiration from Shawn Petite's You Tube videos. She is a master of grunge!
Sharing with Paint Party Friday.

 I'll be hunkering down for a round of ice and snow coming our way :(. Hoping it isn't too bad. I worry about everyone that has to go out and drive in such nasty conditions.

 Have a wonderful week everyone!

  " Love planted a rose, and the world turned sweet."    Katharine Lee Bates 

Monday, February 4, 2019

A Big Dash of Red

 And what a month so far, from snow and frigid cold to a high of 64 F with abundant sunshine today going up to almost 60F tomorrow! Of course it makes me very happy to see the snow melt away.
 This is a digital app (PhotoFunia) I used to put a pic of my flower painting on the wall. Fun to play with! I'll share my complete painting in another post. Joining Moo Mania and More with this for the theme of "squares".

 Yes, it was "Super Bowl" Sunday here in the US. We did have the game on, but honestly, I don't have much interest in it, and apparently this wasn't even an interesting game to many who typically watch. I chose to doodle on my calendar pages much of the time:) But, congrats to the Pats!

 Been doing lots of cardmaking- completing my Valentine cards and making a handful of anniversary cards I need to have on hand. The following two anniversary cards are meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes):

 Quick and easy cards to make:)
Products: large Ivory notecards (Canvas Corp); patterned cardstock- hearts (Websters Pages), patterned floral note card (DCWV); Versafine Onyx Black ink; Stitched circles dies, Assorted Moonshine sequins, clear stamp sentiment (Forever After set)-Simon Says Stamp; pink, heart sequins, paper flower ACMoore.

 My next project is meant for the Simon Monday Challenge (Add Some Red. Featured company is Inky Antics), and Tag Tuesday (Hearts):

 Products: manila tag (Ranger); white card stock; patterned paper (DCWV); Long Hair Flair clear stamp set (Inky Antics); Versafine Onyx Black ink; Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions stickers; washi tape (Recollections); white gesso; dictionary page, paper bits, button, flower and rhinestone from my stash.

 All these projects have me hungry so I'll pause to share with the T Stands For Tuesday peeps the recent lunch I had at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub with my BFF:

We shared a pot of Casablanca tea ( loose mixture of raspberries, apples, strawberries, hibiscus and flower petals) which was delicious- not too floral or sweet tasting). 

 I got the small portion (homemade chips not such a small portion is it? I couldn't finish them even though they were sinfully good!) turkey melt which was just enough and so good.

 And now I have a journal page which I will share with Art Journal Journey (this month's theme is "the colour yellow"), hosted by Rike :

 This was also another collage I shared on Instagram for the "useitupfillitup" challenge last month. It really got me digging into my ephemera bins and using what I had been saving- like this beautiful postcard, butterfly, lace border patterned paper, and textured blue paper. The washi tape and sentiment are Dina Wakley.

 Linking to Paint Party Friday too!

 That's it for me for now. Thanks for all your visits- much appreciated! And don't forget , if you're on Instagram I'd love to connect with you there too:)

" May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself." 
                                                 Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Monday, January 28, 2019

heARTful Times

Hello lovelies! Thanks so much for your visits along with the birthday wishes for hubby. I had to postpone the family dinner until just this past Sunday because of the bad weather the week before. And that's OK because it just extended the celebrating! I'll share just a few pics of our fun, and for Elizabeth and all the T ladies at T Stands For Tuesday, please note the beverages:):

 These are all the cards he received! I wanted to have a card shower for Bill so I  sent out an email asking some friends and family to send a card or two and they didn't disappoint-thank you!! So much fun seeing his reaction each time he got a card to open (some even had "special" coupons in them for "older adult" products) he he! Of course, he eventually realized what I had done :) I plan on making a journal cover like the one Susi so cleverly made -see it here- to hold all the cards.

We toasted with champagne, had baked ziti, salad and rolls, and homemade chocolate cake for dessert. See that award behind him? Here it is up close:

   Signed by I. P. Nightly :):) . I did it on my computer using this site. Check it out! There are lots of great ideas and templates- free.

Aren't hubby and our son mirror images of each other? I swear Todd does have some of my DNA somewhere-lol!

Now on to the art! First up I have a tag meant for several challenges - the Simon Monday Challenge ( Love is in the Air); the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Have a Heart); and Tag Tuesday (theme is Heart-heart-heart):

 Products: manila tag, Stickles Diamond Glitter Glue (Ranger); Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper, Clippings Stickers; rose image (Retro Café Art); felt heart (JoAnn Stores); Distress Oxide ink (Frayed Burlap); Gold German Dresden border, silk ribbon (ARTchix Studio); tiny buttons (Gary Burlin & Co.).

 I'll share this journal collage page with Try It On Tuesday for the theme of "Time Flies". This was also a quick collage I did for an Instagram challenge (the Use It Up Fill It Up in 15 min. one I've been participating in this month:

 The focal image is a postcard someone had sent me quite awhile ago and I was hoarding it preserving it in my stash because I loved it so:) Now I have it to look at in my Creative Dyary Journal anytime I want:)

 This was yet another 15 Min. challenge collage in another art journal:

 I do believe I can get away with linking these to Art Journal Journey for the challenge of "Geometric Shapes" hosted this month by Alison.  and I will share the second one with Moo Mania and More (theme is "Squares") with the heart square I used.

 And as usual I will play along at Paint Party Friday this week!  Looking forward to seeing what everyone has been up to. Another few days of bitter snow and cold are arriving which means I will only venture out if I really HAVE to. Hopefully that means more time in the art room:) Have a safe, warm and creative week all!

 "Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life."   Adele Brookman

Monday, January 21, 2019


 How is everyone? I do hope the predicted snowstorms the US this past weekend didn't wreak too much havoc. I cancelled Bill's birthday dinner because we were warned of up to 8" of snow changing to a freeze up once the gusting winds would arrive along with single digit temps. Thankfully we only got about 1 1/2 inches of snow but the winds came and everything was iced up. Good thing is that this is a federal holiday today (Monday) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day- so many have the day off from work and school. This morning when I got up the winds were still howling and it was 6 degrees F with a wind chill of 14 F below zero- now THAT IS COLD!!! And as you can see I am all bundled up and yes, wearing fingerless gloves while having my morning coffee and reading. Oh how I wish I had a fireplace...I'll try and stay warm by visiting friends at T Stands For Tuesday.

 This tag is meant for Tag Tuesday (theme is "mail/postmarks/postage stamps") and Try It On Tuesday (theme is "something old, something new") I used a new Tim Holtz Layering Stencil (Plaid) for the background with Tea Dye Distress ink. Other products; washi tapes; Versafine Onyx Black ink; Text stamp is an OLD rubber stamp from Acey Deucey; Tim Holtz paper dolls; reused postage stamp.

 I've been working on some Valentine cards and this one is meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge of "Clean and Simple":

 yes, here again is my new Tim Holtz Plaid Layering Stencil I 've been playing with ;) Other products: small white notecard; Distress ink- Worn Lipstick; XOXO computer generated; felt hearts, foam hearts- Michaels.

 And for Art Journal Journey where Alison is the hostess this month with the theme of "Geometric Shapes", and Paint Party Friday I have this journal page to share:

 I have also done this collage in 15 minutes using my stash of ephemera for the Instagram challenge to "use it up, fill it up" in 15 minutes. These bits were practically together already when I opened my container so it was meant to be!

  Wishing you all a warm, happy, and creative week wherever you are.

      " No person has the right to rain on your dreams."      Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Art and Celebrations

 Hello Peeps! Time really does fly doesn't it... already mid January and no real snow to mention - so- fingers and everything else crossed that the rest of the winter months continue this way although accumulation is predicted for the weekend:(

 There are a few special celebrations to mention. The first one is that we went to our very first "Reveal Party" our sweet young friends had this past Sunday. Have you ever heard of this type of party??? I'll explain:

Lynn and Andrew are expecting their first child and had a party to reveal what the gender of the baby is going to be.

 They had gotten a sealed envelope ( so that even Lynn and Andrew didn't know) from the doctor to take to the baker who made the cake. Inside the cake it would have either blue or pink. Oh the anticipation- and everyone making a guess (hubby and I said  "girl")


  It's a BOY!!! They also had this recorded live for Facebook and facetime as they have friends and family scattered about the US. Such a wonderful way to get the news and celebrate all at the same time - physically or virtually!

 Sharing with T Stands for Tuesday as you can see the cups, glasses and drinks along with the food. And Elizabeth I knew you'd especially like this last pic:) That is a vintage rocking horse.

 This week we are celebrating hubby's 60th birthday!! No photos yet but I am quite busy leaving snarky messages in his lunch each day,preparing for  other things, and the cards are beginning to come in! I am having so much fun with it all! His birthday is Thursday the 17th but I will have a family dinner over the weekend. All teasing aside he is in great shape and for his birthday wanted to go to Cape May in May to run a 5 K race! I'm quite happy to cheer him on at the beach:)

 I will share this journal page with the Simon Monday Challenge for the theme of "Recycle Something":

 I recycled an old calendar with pages of doors and quotes, and recycled the corrugated cardboard too. Some of you may have seen this on Instagram as I post there too. The bokeh dots are painted with a pearl medium to give them a sheer and glowing look. The background is a stencil  that I sprayed Gray Marabu Art Spray through. I'll also join Art Journal Journey for the theme of "geometric shapes" hosted by Alison this month.

 And here is the full journal page I did (detail pic is at the top of my post) using my word of the year again:

  I had also shared this one on Instagram for a 15 minute "use it up, fill it up" month long challenge hosted by Tiffany of SouthernGalsDesigns. Yes, I did finish it in 15 min as I began with a page that already had the leftover paint and spatters on it. I also had already made a few dymo tape pieces with my word of the year. I stenciled the red circle and added the rest from my stash of ephemera. The sewn fabric with tulle was already done when I grabbed this piece, and well, who doesn't have butterflies lying around? I'm finding this to really be a fun challenge- not much time to think or overthink!

 Joining also with Paint Party Friday. Have a super week everyone- and thanks for stopping by here on my blog and/or on my Instagram page!

 " As soon as I change my focus and let go of what no longer serves my highest good, I create space for greater fulfillment in my life."