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."

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy New Year!!

 Hello, hello, I took quite a bit of a blogging break over the holidays and I have missed everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Any special plans for 2019?

 I'll begin with a champagne toast to my peeps at T Stands For Tuesday!The above is an acrylic painting I made inspired by a Painting With Jane You Tube video. The sentiment was added digitally. There are gold sparkles about but I just wasn't able to capture it. Edited In: I'll also join Try It On Tuesday (theme of "something old, something new"). I have done several of Jane's paintings but this was a totally new style for me!

 These are the handmade cards I received, along with an ornament and fabric ATC:

 Such talented friends I am fortunate to know. And my thanks also to everyone for the photo cards, ecards, and  emails- all are appreciated-thanks for thinking of me :)

 Anyone get new art supplies or books or sign up for classes?

I received some gift cards which I used to purchase a few things:

 I love the Posca pens but only had them in white and black. And people on IG have been raving about this book so of course I had to have it too:) I've only had a chance to quickly browse thru it since it just arrived. I also signed up for Dina Wakley's  online course Figuratively Speaking (for 1/2 price-yay!!) and am looking forward to it.

 For both the Simon Wednesday Challenge and the Simon Monday Challenge I am entering this card for the themes of "Use Something New":

 In all the years I've been cardmaking I never made a shaker card before but the new Simon Says Stamp Mod Leaf die inspired me. Besides, so many card makers create shaker cards and I saw a lot of beautiful Christmas inspired ones this past month that were so gorgeous I just had to try it too. I love how pretty it is and will definitely be making more!

Products: Neenah Solar White #110 card stock, acetate, Mod Leaf die, foam tape, Moonshine sequins - Simon Says Stamp); Mega Mixed Messages clear stamp set (Papertrey Ink); Versafine Onyx Black ink; assorted sequins from my stash.

 My new word for the year:


 and it's the first spread in my new calendar journal which is the Dylusions Ranger Creative Dyary. I love how Yvonne of Meggys Way carried the colored pages from the right into the calendar side on the left on her pages so I decided to do the same :) Do you have a new word? I was taken aback at how my word found me and knew it was meant to be. I love the energy of it! In previous years these are the words I used - focus, mindful, nourish, balance, cleanse, trust.

 Here is how I covered the front of the Dyary:

  Deli paper gelli plate printed scraps collaged down. Then a Dina Wakley tissue collage face and washi tape. The sticker sentiment is Tim Holtz, and foam stamps were used for the numbers.

 One last journal page to share:

  I'm hoping this is OK for the new theme at Art Journal Journey hosted by Alison this month with the theme of "Geometric Shapes". I figure the photos and eyes square and rectangular shapes would count for that:)

 I am also joining Paint Party Friday!!

 So looking forward to catching up with all of you again! See ya soon...

" Honor your being, release each and every struggle, gather strength from life's storms, relax into the arms of the spirit."       Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Monday, December 17, 2018

Time Is Ticking!

 Hard to believe we are at the last holidays of this year, 2018 will soon be in the past, and we'll be celebrating another new year! Happy to say that although I wasn't able to get all the cards I wanted to mailed out on time I did do quite well and only have some cookie baking left to do. 

 As usual I have lots to share so I will start with a few more photos from Cape May.

 This was the typical breakfast set up at Leith Hall. Always a bowl of fresh fruit, coffee and tea. The food varied each morning: raspberry pancakes or scrambled eggs with cream cheese and dill or brioche French toast. There were also little sausages, and some type of muffin. And if anyone has any food allergies, etc. Elan will always accommodate! Another reason we love this B&B so much!

 and this was another teatime afternoon. On the left was an almond and berry shortcake type cake and next to it a chocolate peanut butter bar- both to die for!! Happy to share with my friends at T Stands For Tuesday :)

 We made a visit to see the decorations at Congress Hall Hotel
                                                          the foyer

 I love this cabinet in The Brown Room all decorated with seashells and such, along with the fire that warmed me a bit before going back outside:

This is another B & B and I forgot the name, but thought it was so pretty with the blue lit angels. We took very few photos of the decorations this time around as we have so many from other visits-lol!

 On to the art now-yay!

This tag is meant for Tag Tuesday (Hearth and Home), Try It On Tuesday (Guess who's coming-it's Santa), and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Christmas):

 Manila tag; vintage magazine clipping; washi tapes; dimensional Christmas sticker; Distress inks- Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood; Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap.

 For Art Journal Journey (My Favorite Season or Tis The Season) hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth - who also hosts T Stands For Tuesday:), the Simon Monday Challenge (Stitch It Up), and Paint Party Friday I have this journal page: 

 Remember in my last post where I posted my winnings from Ranger and mentioned keeping the packaging tape? Only thing was, I didn't realize at first that where I tore it on the left- the word "stress" is what remained and I didn't want stress so I added the word no above it and boxed it in:)

This page was done in my Dina Wakley Media Journal using a variety of acrylic paints, Dina Wakley washi tapes (the tree), burlap paper tree trunk (Ranger/Tim Holtz), Peacock Feather Distress ink, Archival Black ink, stencils, Whimsy Stamps Faux Stitches clear stamp set, Inky Antics(designed by Andrea Ockey Paar) Muse News clear stamp set, Ellen Hutson Bokeh Dots clear stamp set, black Fude Ball pen, star charm, rhinestone.

 Of course I'll be around to visit you but since I won't be posting again til after Christmas I want to wish you all a joyous holiday!

" It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich eternal and that every path may lead to peace."  
                                                                           Agnes M. Pharo

Monday, December 10, 2018

It's Feeling a Lot Like Christmas!

 Hello Peeps! How is everyone faring with the holidays? I'm getting there but not quite done with my cards yet....just when I thought I was ahead...

 First up I'll share a few more pics of Cape May (continued from my last post):

 this restaurant sits across the street from the harbor just over the bridge leading into Cape May

 This was the first time in 25 years we decided to try this restaurant known to be a place where the locals love to hang out. And it did not disappoint!

 This is just part of the menu:

 They have a wonderful wood burning fireplace:

 which I would have LOVED to sit by but hubby said he'd roast :(

 Bill says "hi" to our T Stands For Tuesday peeps-lol!

 Hubby chose their gourmet burger and I had the crab and shrimp patty on a brioche bun. Yum- hardly any fillers! He had a beer and I had a sauvignon blanc and we both had water too. The waitress was very sweet and friendly. We loved the atmosphere, the restaurant area and the bar area too and will definitely come back even though it's on the outer edge of town. Our lovely waitress surprised us with this at the end of our meal:

                     two complimentary hot chocolate shots!

 Now for the art part of my post. First I want to share these lovely handmade gifts one of my BFFS surprised  us with when the 4 of us got together recently:

 She made whisks filled with Hershey Kisses, and aprons made from vintage fabric her mother gave her!! I love this cheerful apron.

 Not long ago I won some prizes from online challenges. Well, my Ranger surprise pkg. arrived:

 It was a very generous gift of a set of Dina Wakley's new washi tapes, watercolor papers and background collage papers!! I kept the packing tape to use in my art journal:):) I also received my three new brushes from Painting With Jane (which I ordered during a special sale) and can't wait to have the time to use them!

 I used the new Dina washi tapes to make a money holder meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Wrap It Up):

 I simply put the tapes across a large tag, sewed around the edges, folded it as shown, added embroidery floss to the spine to hold the money, and embellished with dimensional sparkly stickers. I will also link to Moo Mania for the theme of "trees".

 For the new Simon Monday Challenge (Warm Winter Wishes) and Try It on Tuesday (Winter Wonderland) I made a trio of ATCs:

 There's a close up of one at the top of my post and here's another:

 and you want to know how I made the dimensional snow???

with this: 

 I don't have a stencil that in any way resembles falling snow so I made my own by using two different sized hole punches on a piece of cardboard. I used white embossing paste thru the "stencil" and was quite pleased with the outcome!  Other products- acrylic paints, washi tapes (Recollections), glitter tree stickers (Michaels), Tim Holtz Small Talk Occasions stickers, and a white gel pen.

 Finally, for Art Journal Journey hosted this month by Bleubeard and Elizabeth with the theme of "Tis The Season or My Favorite Season" I have this journal page:

 a very simple cut and paste using patterned paper, a quote from a magazine, red marker, and a photo I cut from and old Christmas card.

 I will also link later in the week to Paint Party Friday. Have a super week ahead everyone, and thanks for your visits!

                       " Winter can be so cold with nothing to warm-
                        bask in the sweet memories of your life
                        and you will then be warm."      Linda Kunsman

Monday, December 3, 2018

I'm Baaaack!

 Hello, I have missed everyone! Hubby and I got away to enjoy our third year of spending 4 days in Cape May, NJ for the Victorian Christmas parade, tree lighting and decorations and it was a typical experience where I felt I was plucked and dropped into a Hallmark Christmas movie!  Above is the harbor coming into Cape May- how I love watching the various boats coming in and going out...

 I'll share a few pics in the next few posts. Not so many this time around as I have shared much of this enchanting town many times before. You can always put Cape May in my search bar to see much more if you're so inclined.

 We stayed at Leith Hall in our favorite suite. Although there are numerous beautiful B & Bs we have come to know the lovely owners here so well and really this place truly looks and feels much like our home-at least downstairs - so it's like our second home.

 I forgot to take a pic of the beautiful Christmas tree this time around which was located in the right corner across from the piano.

 I love this library with the table full of vintage parlor games which later becomes transformed into this:

Teatime! And it was tea for two as they had just opened after a week away and Bill and I were the only guests the first night they reopened:) Sharing our tea with Bleubeard, Elizabeth and friends for T Stands For Tuesday.

 And a few pics of our favorite suite (though the other rooms are lovely too):

 This is the sitting room you see as you walk in the door to the Turkish Suite. Go right and you're in the room where the bed is along with another sitting area:


 There is also a small kitchen table in front of you at the window looking out over the ocean when sitting in bed. I just love the decor! And we lucked out with pretty good weather.

OK, now for some art:

  A page using 4 stencils, 5 paint colors, a Dina Wakley image and Tim Holtz Snarky Small Talk sticker:)

 One more page:

 Dina Wakley Media journal and collage tissue face; deli paper Gelli Plate print background; cheesecloth; paper scraps; Caran D'Ache Crayons; charcoal pencil; pencil; sewing machine and cream thread.


 Sharing this page with Art Journal Journey hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth this month with the theme of "My Favorite Season or Tis The Season". And by now you all pretty much know what my favorite season is:)

 I am also joining in at Paint Party Friday. Looking forward to catching up again!

" You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need."    
                                                           Jerry Gillies