Monday, September 4, 2017

September Days

 Welcome September! Yes, the days are getting shorter, the leaves are beginning to fall, and the mornings and nights are quite cool. But oh the days still feel like summer:)

 I have several autumn inspired projects to share along with cards and stamping to celebrate "STAMPtember". First up is the first part of my September calendar spread (haven't finished the second part yet):

 I'll share details about the art in another post.

Both Simon Says challenge blogs are celebrating "STAMPtember" all month long so I have two cards to share with the Simon Monday Challenge (Stamp It) and the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Anything Goes). Also sharing the postcard with Try It On Tuesday (theme is "stitch it"):

Supplies: white notecard and envie; white cardstock;stamps and dies: Label Love, Layered Cupcake- Altenew; Inks: Pink Peony, Turquoise, Buttercup, Leaf Green- Archival, Onyx Black- Versafine; Diamond Stickles glitter glue.


 Face ( Jane davenport) stamped on 4" x 6" 90 lb. watercolor paper using Jet Black Staz on ink. Sponge Distress inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint) onto oak leaf stamps (Magenta). Spritz lightly with water and stamp around the face. Add hair strands with a fine Micron pen. Paint in features and background with Peerless watercolors. Add white highlights in eyes and lips with a white gel pen. Stamp sentiment (Stampendous) using the Jet Black ink. Sew around the edges.

 I remember a recent blog post by Giggles where she posed a ? on whether you are a prankster or have been the recipient of pranks and whether or not you like it. Well, I said yes. And just the other day hubby pranked me . This is how it began:

 I left this tiny dish on the kitchen counter with a bit of wine in it because the few fruit flies there were driving me nuts! I figured this should work since they enjoy getting into my glass of wine now and then. Left a note for hubby as I went to bed before he got home from a late night of work.

This is what I found the next morning when I got up to make my coffee:

 Ha Ha!!!! Didn't scare me one bit as there was so little wine in that dish that there was no way a mouse could drown in it. And I figure if that mouse would have had some he'd be stumbling about on the counter. Nice try Bill;) And so this is my beverage (and mouse) to share with T Stands for Tuesday. Hope it gives you all a laugh as it did me:) PS this did not work to catch those pesky bugs!

 And for Art Journal Journey hosted this month by the lovely Yvonne (the theme she has chosen is "Colour in My World"); Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge 30; and Paint Party Friday I have this journal page:

In case you didn't notice I also have made it my new blog banner:)

 I started the page like this:

 The page was gessoed first then I glued down pieces of peach mulberry paper and hand stamped tissue paper. I then painted over it with Masters Touch Olive Green and Americana Desert Turquoise. A bit of color was removed in places using a baby wipe with the Tim Holtz Woodgrain stencil. Blue Pan Pastel was applied randomly thru the Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil. I set it with a light spray of Workable Fixative by Krylon. Trees Filmstrip (Paperbag Studios) was stamped onto an acetate panel with Staz On Jet Black ink and glued to pg. once completely dry. I glued down a strip of gel plate printed deli paper and washi tapes (Recollections). Stamped circle(Bokeh Dots- Ellen Hutson) then glued  a Tim Holtz Ideaology Quote Chip and butterfly to complete the page.

 Well, that's it this time around. Are you getting ready for the next season- be it fall in the Northern hemisphere , or spring in the Southern hemisphere? Very soon it'll be time for me to get out the cool weather clothes . But I'll be squeezing in another beach vacay before the flip flops get stored away :)

Thanks for popping in. I'll be around to visit you too!

 " By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer."       Helen Hunt Jackson


  1. Just gorgeous artwork here, Linda

    Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

  2. Lovely art again today, I especially love the wonderful postcard, and thanks so much for linking to TIOT, much appreciated. Love the mouse prank, that's a good one! Those fruit flies are a nuisance, aren't they?
    Have a happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  3. Your September calendar puts mine to shame, and I really LOVE the boat on the water. It's a great way to welcome September.

    I really love your AJJ entry. I can see why you would choose it as this month's blog banner. It's got great color and fabulous composition.

    Loved the postcard with the stitching, too. I can see you are taking full advantage of your reclaimed craft room.

    Laughed and laughed at the mouse. I'd hate to be around him on April Fool's Day. That was hilarious. I thought that was really thinking outside the T box this week, too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art, your darling calendar, and your wine (with mouse) in a bowl with us for T this Tuesday. BTW, I heard or maybe read beer gets rid of those pesky fruit flies.

  4. Super calendar page spread and your cards are so beautiful as well- specially the Jane Davenport girl face card is so lovely!
    The Journal page with those vibrant colors is wonderful ! Thank you for joining Art Journal Journey dear Linda and I am happy to see you at Try It On Tuesday as well!
    Bill is not just a handsome guy - he seems to have very good humour! So nice!!!
    Happy T-Day!
    Happy September!

    oxo Susi

  5. Oh my, what a super post. So many awesome art projects.
    It was real fun the fly trap incident, I think you will both have a good laugh. about it in future.
    Your new header looks great and of course I love the fabulous journal page that you have added to Art Journal Journey, they are colours that make me feel happy.
    It is a beautiful post card that you shared with us at TioT's as well.
    Happy T day wishes Linda.
    Yvonne xx

  6. Ok that prank would have freaked me out. At least for about 30 seconds. But I am loving the new header and all the art. We've had cool days too up here, but the sun is still wonderfully warm. :) Hope all is well. hugs-Erika

  7. I'll be dragged kicking and screaming into Fall. I'm not ready to give up Summer. It went by too fast. The birthday card is very pretty. I like how you stamped the leaves as hair. The figure looks like the Earth Mother/Goddess. i think I might have jumped to see the mouse in the dish. Maybe the fruitflies prefer a nice white wine. (-; Nice blog banner and I enjoyed the artistic process. Happy T Day

  8. good morning, loving your art work, and I am loving the bits of fall that showing up here too. we were almost 100 degrees f yesterday but today and the rest of the week we will be in the 70s-loving that and I am noticing the shorter days too
    you had me laughing at the prank-that is just sooo funny hahaha
    Happy T Day Kathy

  9. Ha! What a cute "prank"! LOL! Loving the cupcake card and the journal art. It's nice and colourful!

  10. awesome artwork, you never seem to Need a break:) good for us:)
    and an easy recipe for the fruitflies: give some water into a glass (half full or less) + a bit (teaspoon) of Sirup (whichever you have, i take elderberry flower Sirup) + a spritz of vinegar + (very important) a drop or two of dish liquid - that makes the flies sink in, as it takes away the surface Tension. works super! just don´t take too much of the dishwashing detergent, they might not like the smell. good luck!
    happy t-day, linda

    1. thank you Johanna -I'm giving it a try:)

  11. Love the new banner and all the stamping. You make me want to grab some stamps myself!

  12. What amazing art pieces you have created 😁. I love the peacefulness of your September calender pages with the lovely sky and sail boat, then there is your pretty postcard lady with the beautiful fall leaves in her hair and one of my favourite quotes, and your great new colourful header too - perfect! So funny about the mouse although I may have squeaked a little when I first saw it 😉. Wishing you a Happy T Day! J 😊

  13. Those pesky little fruit flies never go where you want them Nope not a family of pranksters here... Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  14. Your beverage for today may qualify as the most unusual we've ever seen, Linda! Yes, I laughed out loud.

    What a lot of lovely art today. I like your sailboat. I love how you made autumn leaves be the lady's hair as if she's autumn. Your "Find Joy in the Ordinary" page is stunning!

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

  15. No pranks for me, please. I go into deep hiding on April Fool's Day lol

    Happy T Tuesday

  16. Lovely work, Linda! Your postcard is very beautiful, and I love the fabulous AJJ journal page!
    Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday.
    Mar x

  17. Such a beautiful cards. Love it. Thank you so much for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge. Gayatri xx

  18. Hi Linda, love your new banner!
    It's always great to see your wonderful art and the challenges you're involved with.
    One day when I finally retire I'm looking forward to joining in too!
    Shane 😘

  19. LOVE the fruit fly story....and the art of course.

  20. What a fabulous post! Your art is of course fabulous! Your calendar still has that Summer look about it! I love your journal page and your cake cards! Thank you so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday with that gorgeous postcard too! We are being pestered with the odd fruit fly - at first I thought I should try leaving them a treat to entice them to their death but I see you had no luck! I am still smiling about what Bill did, sounds just the kind of thing Tony would do(does do!!!) Belated Happy T day! Chrisx

  21. Oh I love the face creation of Cherishing the Day, the journal page with the lovely sailboat, , the Birthday Card, Find Joy in the Ordinary, the post card and you have been busy creating such lovely art work ~ all divine ~ Pranks are fine ~ not crazy about mice ~ Happy Week to you and thanks for commenting ~ xox

    (A Shutterbug Explores)

  22. Ah! I LOVE that you still prank each other!! And the wine in a dish - very valiant try ;) I am also LOVING that postcard! What a cool idea - STAMPtember! xoxo

  23. Haha a drunk mouse ;) You should add some dishwasher to the wine then it will work ;) I use vinegar and dishwasher...wonderful cards btw ♥ Conny

  24. Gorgeous artwork, especially the banner, Linda. The face piece is captivating. I have the Cherish stamp and love to use it. Mouse story is so funny!

  25. Happy PPF Sweetie, have a great weekend. Hugs, Valerie

  26. Lovely art Linda! That prank is hilarious!

  27. Beautiful art and interesting post.
    Happy PPF and weekend 💕

  28. Thanks for visiting and commenting again ~ Cupcake Birthday card looks good enough to eat ~ ^_^

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

  29. Love small pranks like that, I have a small black plastic spider which is waiting on a friend, lol Lovely art!

  30. lol, instead of flies you got a mouse :) Fun!
    love your autumn lady :)

  31. Wonderful pieces! Love the face with the leaves for hair! Thank you for visiting my blog!

  32. Bill has a great sense of humor. I am so impressed with your art. Love it all but my fave is that lovely lady.

  33. My favourite today is the Autumn card with such lovly words


    much 😍 love

  34. Love the bright colours in your new blog header! And had to laugh about the prank :-D I must admit it would've scared me, especially in the morning I probably would've screamed the whole house awake before realizing it wasn't real ... I like the stitching around your Jane Davenport postcard!

  35. Love your beautiful creations, Linda. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  36. Great artwork and a fun post which made me giggle.
    I love the beautiful autumn girl and that fabulous quote.
    Happy PPF to you :D

  37. Love all your works of art - great new header! Wise words from both journal pages.

  38. Oh I love your paintings! They're lovely. How creative your husband is...

  39. looks like there is a little less wine in that dishm hmm me thinks hubby had it ;)

  40. Love your header ~ Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

    (A Shutterbug Explores)

  41. I love your new header and yes, I had noticed it!

    Ha ha the mouse prank made me smile :)



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