Monday, April 12, 2021

Up For The Challenges


 Hi everyone! This post is truly all about the art and I've created projects for a bunch of challenges this week so off we go...

 First up I will share this card with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-happy 12th birthday to you!!!

 I made this card using the Mandy's Flowers stamp and die set, Neenah Solar White 110# card stock, Bo Bunny "Early Bird" 6" x 6" paper set, and Moonshine Sequins-all from the Simon Says Stamp Shop. The image was colored in with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The sentiment is from Inkadinkado. Images stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 This tag is for two challenges- Tag Tuesday (Bees), and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Not a Card):

 I started with a K and Co. printed tag. I then added the bees from a napkin, stenciled through sequin waste using Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Fossilized Amber, added a Tim Holtz Paper doll and Clippings Sticker to finish it.

 My next tag is for T Stands For Tuesday:

  I happened upon an old patterned paper that had this waiter image on it and just had to use it so I fussy cut him to put on a tag with one of Tim Holtz Wallpaper papers. The washi tape is Recollections, and the sentiment was computer generated. I love how it looks as though the flowers are coming out of the cup (no, I did not plan that ๐Ÿ˜)

 Last week I received a package that was part of a giveaway from an artist I follow on Instagram. She was giving away two different sets of Gelatos and a set of Dina Wakley Scribble sticks. I had the Scribble sticks so I put my name in for the Gelatos - and this is what she sent me:

 All these lovely papers and a full pkg. of  Iridescent gelatos!! I am in love with that painted paper on the top ๐Ÿ’“!  She offered the slightly used gelatos because she said she just wasn't using them enough to warrant keeping them. They were barely used! I thought it was a really great gesture and so if I find myself not using them much after playing around with them I too will pass them on to someone in the US. I swiped and labeled each color across a large gessoed tag. The sheen and colors are gorgeous- I hope this video will work because a photo alone did them no justice:

And for Art Journal Journey (Inspired by) and Paint Party Friday I have this journal page:

 I am so inspired by Dina Wakley - her loose art style and her products! DW Ocean paint was watered down a bit and sponged on the page. I then glued down scraps of her Collage Tissue before stenciling with Lapis paint. Asemic writing was done using a black Fude Ball Pen. A scrap of paper was finger painted with DW Fuschia, Cheddar, and Lemon paint for some color contrast. My new DW Block Alphas stamp set was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black ink and fussy cut to form the words, and I used a new Tim Holtz Paper Doll.

 Looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to! Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿค—

" Love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort and keep learning."   Carol Dweck

Monday, April 5, 2021

It's All About The Art

    This week I just have some art to post. We had a lovely Easter weekend starting with a brunch hosted by my daughter-in-love's grandmother, and then later on Easter Sunday I hosted dinner with just my Mom, son and DIL Kyra, and hubby of course:) I didn't even think about taking any photos for T Stands For Tuesday and so instead I'll share this postcard as my ticket in:

 It began with a deli paper Gelli Plate print glued to the cardstock. I then did some over stamping to add to the printed layers. A strip of fabric washi tape was added to the bottom as well as a strip of torn tissue. The Darkroom Door coffee mugs were stamped on heavy cardstock using Versafine Sepia ink, fussy cut and then had strips of Dina Wakley washi tape added before adhering to the card with foam tape. It was finished with a sentiment from Tim Holtz Small Talk stickers outlined and smudged with a brown charcoal pencil, and Vintage Photo Distress ink sponged along the postcard edges. I will also join the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with the theme of "Layer It". And actually, my next postcard would work for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge theme as well๐Ÿ˜‰

 This one meant for Try It On Tuesday with the theme "Hello Spring":

 The grungy background was made using a cream, light blue paints. I used the small circles Darkroom Door stencil and a baby wipe to remove some paint. Darkroom Door Numbers Medley stamp set and Vintage Photo Distress ink was used to stamp over the background. I spattered over that with some white ink. The leaf is also a Darkroom Door stencil. Dina Wakley Gloss sprays were spritzed through the stencil then fussy cut. A piece of recycled corrugated cardboard was glued to the card before adding the leaf, butterfly stickers and Tim Holtz Clippings sticker. The edges of the postcard were sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink. What doesn't say Spring like butterflies and colorful leaves?

 And a journal page for Art Journal Journey  with the new them this month of "Inspired By". Our T Stands For Tuesday friend Eileen had chosen the theme and was excited to be hosting this month but alas it was not meant to be as she recently passed away after recovering from open heart surgery.  So both Chris and Erika are cohosting and keeping Eileen's theme in her honor.

 My inspiration? Dina Wakley products of course ๐Ÿ˜ And with the exception of the ribbon all products including this journal are Ranger/Dina Wakley!

 I'll also join Paint Party Friday this week again. Be well, and have a happy, creative week ahead!

"Let us not look  back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness."       James Thurber

Monday, March 29, 2021

This Week's Meanderings


 Hello Peeps! Hope you all have had a good weekend. We had a gorgeous day on Saturday and rain all day into the eve on Sunday. Things are finally blooming and budding! Our forsythia bushes have finally blossomed and oh how nice to see all those glorious yellow flowers!

 And speaking of flowers I have one last journal page for Art Journal Journey for the theme of "A Single Flower" with guest host Sheila.  It's no secret that my favorite flower is the red poppy, and I've painted poppies numerous times (in various colors). I chose to keep this one simple and with a grungy feel. The journal  page was inspired by one of Nicole Watson's 30 Minute Art Exercise You Tube Videos:

 This began as a mop up page (the turquoise). I added the stenciling (an old Dina Wakley script stencil) then drew in my poppy with a Stabilo All pencil. A dark red, bright red, and touch of orange paint was used to paint the poppy. The red spatters were then added along with the quote from a Dina Wakley stamp set. This photo is much truer to the vibrant color of the flower than the cropped photo above it. I never said I was a photographer;)

 And another flower themed project:

 This 5" x 7" card was made for another Darkroom Door IG challenge. The theme for March was to use a resist technique. I started by swiping Versamark ink through the DDcircles stencil in several places on the card. I then heat embossed it with clear powder. Then I used the new dome shaped foam tips (Ranger Ink) to apply several colors of Distress Oxide inks over the card. The Darkroom Door Fine flowers stamps were heat embossed on black card stock and white embossing powder then fussy cut and glued to the card. lastly I did some mark making with Posca pens. Fingers crossed I win the challenge for some new Darkroom Door supplies ๐Ÿคž.The winner is randomly chosen.

For T Stands For Tuesday I'll share a special muffin I indulged in recently to enjoy with my morning coffee:

 I absolutely LOVE pistachio muffins - and pistachio ice cream for that matter (THE best in France!!) I haven't had one of these in ages and it was worth every single calorie๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers to the T gang!

 Another journal page:

 The background had been done awhile ago using a gesso resist technique and Dina Wakley Gloss Sprays. The large fern leaf is a stencil. The colored leaf is one I drew with a Posca pen onto Dina Wakley Collage Collective Paper then fussy cut. I stamped  the image from a new stamp set of hers also onto a piece of Collage Collective paper. Some doodling and mark making and I called it done!

 And to end this post I have a tag to share with Tag Tuesday (theme is Mostly Monochrome) hosted by Michele, and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for the theme of Easter/Spring:

 Products: Tim Holtz Collage Paper- Floral, Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Vintage Photo; #8 Manila tag (Ranger). Other: vintage clip art, ribbon, scrap of corrugated cardboard, twine, paper flower, and brad from my stash.

Off to Paint Party Friday the end of the week:)

 Wishing those who celebrate, a blessed Passover or Easter. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

"Whether you've found your calling, or if you're still searching, passion should be the fire that drives your life's work."    Michael Dell

Monday, March 22, 2021

A Celebration and (Art) Challenges


 Happy Spring! Finally we are having true spring weather and things are just beginning to bud. We are definitely  about two weeks behind because of the very snowy  and cold January and February, but happily we're catching up.

 The gorgeous bouquet of flowers came from my hubby for my (62nd-yikes!) birthday which was on March 15. This was a complete surprise since my birthday was to be a nice dinner out and a bit of shopping, and I ended up having a three day birthday. I was quite spoiled this year๐Ÿ’“

 We had dinner at Prime Steak House on the Saturday before my day which was where we had our son's wedding rehearsal dinner back in October-and this was our first time dining out since then. It was very busy -nice to see- and we were very comfortable with lots of space between tables in various rooms.

 Our waiter was wonderful, and Bill and I both started with a Caesar salad with warm fresh bread along with water and cabernet sauvignon. We chose a seafood special which consisted of a lobster tail, broiled scallops, broiled stuffed flounder, and a choice of a side. I had the rice pilaf. Our waiter surprised me with a complimentary birthday dessert which I tasted then Bill finished๐Ÿ˜ Everything from start to finish was perfectly made and delicious!! Cheers to the the T Stands For Tuesday peeps!

 On Sunday, first my Mom stopped by with this:

Yes, I got another gorgeous bouquet of flowers, and a card with money in it! Then later my daughter - in - love made dinner for us! We had a spinach lasagne, salad, fresh Tuscan garlic bread, and homemade chocolate mousse. It was amazing (so mad I forgot to take photos-grr)! That girl can cook!!! She and our son also got me new art supplies of my choice from Joggles:

the things on the right-yes, new Dina Wakley stamps and stencils besides a few other things. On the left are goodies Bill allowed me to pick out as a gift while we were in Hobby Lobby-and each item was 40%off ๐Ÿ˜

 One more thing before moving on to the art:

 another really lovely surprise I received! This beautiful birthday card on the right (and it had a French theme ๐Ÿ’“) along with all this ephemera from Erika. That was so sweet and generous of you Erika. I was truly touched. Thank you SO much!

OK, let's get to the art finally! First up I'll start with a tag:

 This is meant for two new challenges: the Simon Says Monday Challenge (Whatever The Weather), and Tag Tuesday ( Mostly Monochromatic). I used Tim Holtz tissue paper, Paper Dolls, and Chit Chat stickers. The tag is from my stash along with the paper flowers and brads. The fabric washi tape is Recollections. Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink was sponged along edges.

Two more pages in my hand made Curvy journal:

 I will join Paint Party Friday, and Try It On Tuesday (theme is use a stencil or two). The stencils on both these pages are Dina Wakley as are the two main images which are from her Collage Collective book. 

 A special thank you to all who left such poignant and loving comments in my last post regarding Eileen's passing. XO 

"Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds".

Monday, March 15, 2021

T Stands For Tribute


 This week's post is my tribute to a dear blogging friend Eileen, a regular at  the T Stands For Tuesday link ups. My heart is heavy over reading last week on our Tuesday host Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog of the sudden passing of Eileen after having gone through open heart surgery. I am no less saddened just because we never met in person and I'm sure most of you feel the same way when we lose a blog friend. I do cherish any and all of the snail mail exchanges  with all of you. Eileen was always so thoughtful with her cards, poems, and ephemera she would send. Not to mention her always supportive and uplifting comments on my blog. 

This is a journal page I did last week to try and process my emotions:

  Eileen was an enthusiastic student enjoying new art classes and techniques up to the very end. She was an equally enthusiastic teacher, happily willing to share her knowledge with all.

 She was really excited to try out  some journal pages using the grid technique and pages I had shared in earlier posts and here is the last she posted. She shared the base of her grid along with the finished page as I had been doing:

    Didn't she do a great job with it? It's beautiful!!

   Eileen enjoyed a glass of chardonnay, a favorite wine of hers and often shared it at T Stands For Tuesday.

 And so one last toast to you Eileen, and cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday peeps. 

 With heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Eileen's husband Chris, to all of Eileen's family and friends near and far, those who have been touched by her presence in person or in cyberspace. ๐Ÿ™

And here is another grid style journal page I recently made and  will share with Art Journal Journey (A Single Flower), and Paint Party Friday who celebrates 10 years!! Happy Birthday to you!!:

 For the base colors I used Dina Wakley paints in Sand, Cheddar, Marine, and Olive.

The completed page:

 In my next post I'll catch up with some challenges and celebrations. Be well. And a Happy St. Patrick's Day ( March 17) , and happy Spring ( March 20)  to those in the Northern Hemisphere!

 "The life of one we love is never lost. Its influence goes on through all the lives it ever touched."     Christopher Holloway