Monday, July 16, 2018

Celebrate It All!

 So much excitement! The Tour de France is continuing in full force, Bastille Day (French Independence Day) was celebrated on the 14th, and France won the World Cup- after 20 years!! Best of all my Mom has been in France to enjoy it all along with celebrating she and her sister's birthdays in the mix!! I was there, in a way - more on that later:):)

 And here's to another special celebration- over at Altered Book Lover hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth. Happy 5 years to T Stands For Tuesday!!! Elizabeth, you are an amazing blogger  and hostess-thank you, and congratulations!

The candles are all lit and it's time to party!

 Here is another card related to the "T" theme which I am also sharing with the Simon Monday Challenge (add a little sparkle):

 I used an actual tea bag for this card:) Sorry for the bad pic-couldn't get rid of the bluish tint. It is a white card and the background paper is white too. Speaking of Simon Says Stamp- have you seen the new August 2018 Card Kit they put together? It is awesome- and it will be arriving at my door soon!!!

 For Moo Mania and More(theme is butterflies) I have this ATC:

 The tag card in my last post inspired me to make a group of ATCs using the same products and design- Ranger/ Tim Holtz.

 A journal page:

 A partial detail photo is at the top of this post. If I remember correctly, Eileen, a multi talented regular participant of T stands For Tuesday sent me some of her homemade washi tape - a bit of which I used here (beautiful...yes). So pretty! I used the credit card swiping method for the background along with a baby pink and neon pink acrylic paint. Washi tapes, dictionary page, tissue paper, rubber stamp sentiment, postage stamp,charcoal pencil, and Caran d'Ache water soluble crayons were used. Linking to Art Journal Journey ( Art For Art's Sake), Paint Party Friday, and Try It On Tuesday (Add a Quote).

 That's it for this week. My Mom is returning home later in the week after a month in France so I have much to do to prepare for her return. Have a super and creative week-I'll be around to visit and see what you've been up to:)

 " Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you."       Lao Tse

Monday, July 9, 2018

This And That

  How are you all? Here we have finally gotten away from a long heat wave and it is delightful to be outdoors again. Being inside allowed me to play more in my art room though:)
This tag card is meant for Tag Tuesday (theme is floral) and  Try It On Tuesday (things with wings).  Scalloped tag card is from the Paper Cut; tissue wrap, paper dolls, botanical, Small Talk sticker- all Tim Holtz; Ranger Stickles glitter glue.

 Heatwave or not I must have my hot coffee first thing in the morning!

 and this is usually where I can be found Tuesday mornings:)  Hats off to Bleubeard and Elizabeth and friends at T Stands For Tuesday which will be celebrating 5 years next week. And all are welcome to join anytime!

 Here are my completed calendar spreads for June:

 For the Simon Monday Challenge this week (Summer Fun) I have this journal page:

 The background is a gel print on deli paper. Vintage image and collage sheet sentiment (ARTchix Studio), printed vellum (unknown), washi tapes (Recollections).

 And for the fun of it I did this page using some paint, magazine clippings and a white gel pen:

  Oh how I love sitting outside under the stars in the summer while sipping a glass of wine...

Joining Art Journal Journey (Art For Art's Sake), and Paint Party Friday.  Have a wonderful week ahead! I'll be around to see what you all are up to, and in between I'll be visiting France via chairside watching the Tour de France:) A bientôt!

  " When you do things from your soul, you feel a river of joy within you."   Rumi

Monday, July 2, 2018

Gel Plate Play Part Two

 How is everyone? We are having a heat wave with temps up to 100 F and heat index feel like temps of so far up to 107 F (41 - 42C)! Now THAT is hot!!! Nice to have central air conditioning during these times:)

 Last update on the finches. There was a lot of noise coming from them Saturday when I was sitting by the window. And then they began to fly about and hubby and I saw them leave. What a joy to have seen it all and know they all survived! I cleaned out the geranium baskets and will see if we get any more nesting birds.

 This gel plate play was inspired by a video Birgit Koopsen shared on You Tube and the Gelli Arts blog. She did a peeled paint effect using the gel plate, paints and Scotch tape. I didn't do exactly as she did because something else popped in my head.

I brayered a coat of acrylic paints on my plate then added torn strips of masking tape. I then brayered more paints over that before printing. I did a handful of papers without changing the tape. I just kept adding paint after each pull. Here are a few:

 I wasn't sure what to expect-and they certainly did not produce the peeled paint technique but they're still fun backgrounds. And look what else I took away with this technique:

 The torn strips of masking tape are now painted strips on both sides to use in collage:) And I wasn't about to waste the lines of red paint left on the plate:

 I had printed the envelope using the foil technique I shared in my last post. I placed that on the plate to pick up the red stripes. I do love using my gel plate to decorate envelopes:)

 Even more inspiration from Birgit is this journal page:

 I used one of Birgit's stamp sets (Carabelle Studio Mixed Media strips). Some of my favorite bright colors were used (these are Distress inks I put onto a craft mat then picked up and put on the stamped images using a wet brush. I also blew through a small straw to get the "legs"). The quote is a rubber stamp from Just For Fun. Joining Art Journal Journey hosted this month by Chris with the theme of "Art For Art's Sake"; Moo Mania and More (Your favorite Colors);  Try It On Tuesday (Things with Wings) and Paint Party Friday.

 For T Stands For Tuesday I have another breakfast to share from our last trip to Cape May:

We love going to the Ocean View Restaurant especially for breakfast. The portions are very generous (I always have hubby eat some of mine, and the remaining toast goes to feeding the seagulls), and your coffee gets filled at no extra cost as many times as you wish:) The wait staff and hostess are so much fun as we've come to know them quite well! And you just can't beat the prices.

 Here in the US we will be celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July. There will be at least that day off of work for most and some places are adding another day or two which is really generous. So with this celebration in mind along with the new theme (Red White and/or Blue) at the Simon Monday Challenge Blog I made this tag:

  Of course I just HAD to use this Tim Holtz Paper doll:):) Other products: manila tag, Small Talk Stickers (Tim Holtz Ideaology); white gesso; patterned papers (DCWV); patterned tag (K & Company); washi tape(Recollections); gold star charm. 

 Wishing everyone in the US a fabulous and safe holiday! 

" I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out til sundown, for going out, I found I was really going in."   John Muir

Monday, June 25, 2018

Gel Plate Technique Fun and More

 Hello! Summer is here with the heat and humidity so I thought you might like a glass of something refreshing to start before diving into this photo heavy post:) The image is from one of last year's calendars. I only added the decorative paper and magazine clipping at the top and washi tape along the bottom of my journal page. Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang! Also linking to Art Journal Journey for the theme of "Inspired By".

 Finch nest update:

 here they are from a pic I got last Friday, and as of this posting today:

 The feathers are coming in fast so it won't be much longer til they are gone. I've had such fun watching them:) However, this next sighting right OUTSIDE MY BACKYARD had me a bit shaken:

 Do you see that bear thru the fence????That blue edge and taillight are my hubby's car! My neighbor texted me and said she heard there was a bear sighting at Moravian College. I thought it was a joke cuz I had just 10 min. earlier been out back and saw the deer again. Never in the 35 years we've lived here has there ever been a deer, let alone a bear in our area!! He was much closer than he looks so as soon as I got the pic (while shaking) I ran inside. Within an hour he was tranquilized. They were moving him from the ground when I went to see what all the flashing sirens and cars were about just a few houses up from me. I almost started to cry but the warden assured me he would get a health check, get tagged and then be taken to a forested area. This bear was a baby at only 88 lbs. Oh my gosh, my adrenaline is going just thinking about it! Makes me wonder what I'll see next...

 This card is meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge "Bright and Cheerful":

 Products: Neena Classic coat 110# Solar White cardstock; pink patterned paper; Altenew Build a Flower Camelia stamp and die set, Painted Greetings stamp set; Versafine Onyx Black ink; Archival leaf green ink; Staz On Forest green ink; Distress Inks- Mowed Lawn, Fired Brick, Festive Berries, Worn Lipstick; Moonshine Sequins (Simon Says Stamp).

 And last but not least- I finally pulled out my smaller (5 x 7") Gelli Arts Gel Plate to play! Here is my tutorial on what I am calling the "foil technique". As far as I know it hasn't been done by anyone -at least not that I know of. First here's a look at some of the finished background prints:

 And if you have a plate give it a go- it really is a no fail and easy peasy! Ready?

Step 1 . Grab a sheet of foil wrap and scrunch it into a ball- not too tightly. Choose several paint colors , dab some dots around the plate (go lightly) and brayer over it to meld the colors together.

Step2:  Use your ball of foil to gently pick up ink off the plate here and there. Move or replace the ball of foil as needed. I think you can see on the plate where the paint has been lifted.

Step 3: Place your desired paper (I also used envelopes-not shown) on the plate; place a scrap paper over top of that and press the papers to transfer the paint.

Step 4: Peel off your scrap paper (save for another use), then your print- et voila! This red was the first one I tried and then I went all out mixing colors and printing without cleaning the plate. Here are my favorites up close:

 So what do you think?  Please let me know if you give it a try and share your prints won't you?Edited In: I had some ? about the foil damaging the plate-no, I've had no problems at all but to reiterate- use a gentle hand when pressing the foil around the painted plate. HTH.

 In my next post I will share more Gel Plate inspiration!  Linking to Paint Party Friday.
Thanks for staying with me, and I'll see you soon!

" I define creativity as the person-centered process of imagining possibilities and taking expressive action to bring ideas to life."     Marta Davidovich Ockuly

Monday, June 18, 2018

Summer Is Here!

 How is everyone? The official Summer Solstice begins Thursday in the Northern Hemisphere and y'all know I will be celebrating it big time:):)  Of course, with temps in the 90's the last two days - 95 F today- 35C (Mon.) with a feel like temp of 103 F (39 C) degrees summer is in full force already!

 Update on the second finch nest:

This past Saturday AM there were two that hatched, and on Sunday afternoon...

all five were out though you can only see the three hungriest:):) So far they are thriving.

 We also got a real surprise from nature right outside our back yard!

 First time ever in the 35 years we've lived here! There is an alley and then this hill at the back of our place. Behind the fencing are Moravian College dorms. Moravian has decided the last two years to spray the hill with chemicals rather than have it cut back a few times a year. It makes me sick seeing this and of course I don't go outside for a day or so afterwards. And we aren't getting anywhere in trying to stop it. This poor thing was trying to reach in at the bottom of the fence to get something green. There is some wooded area and a creek nearby but we also are surrounded by streets and traffic so I hope this one does OK.

 For T Stands for Tuesday I will share a breakfast I enjoyed at a favorite place in Cape May:

 A breakfast veggie wrap, with lots of coffee on the side:) I can only ever eat half at one sitting because it is a very generous portion with lots of veggies, scrambled eggs and a bit of feta cheese. I couldn't eat the home fries that come with it so hubby volunteered to eat half of them in addition to his own:):)

 Here is a journal page meant for the Simon Monday Challenge (Transport It), and Art Journal Journey hosted by Gill this month with the theme of "Inspired By":

 My inspiration is not only from my love of France and my French family there but also it has been so much on my mind as I just sent my Mom off to see the family for a month. She flew overnight Sunday arriving in Paris mid morning Monday, had a driver take her to the Paris- Austerlitz train station for a 2 1/2 hr ride south to Chateauroux where my cousin picked her up to take her by car to my aunt's (her sister's) apt. Talk about planes, trains and automobiles! I did talk with her briefly and all went well but she is exhausted. Since I couldn't go with her I had her take a poupée (paper doll) of me:)
 The background is a calendar page from last year that I sanded and aged a bit. Vintage image is Design Originals. I also used the edge of an old airmail envelope, paper doily, washi tape and French ribbon bit.

 I will also join in at Paint Party Friday.

 That's all I have for this round. I'll be seeing you!

       " Summertime is always the best of what might be."  Charles Bowder

Monday, June 11, 2018

Fun Times

 Hello peeps! Hope everyone is doing well. I've got lots to share again so let's get to it. First up- update on my first nest of finches. This was over the weekend:

 Only two of the four survived :( and we won't know what that one brown egg was all about. But as of this posting these two babes have flown the coop. The other nest still has the 5 eggs. And I have lots of other creatures visiting like these two:

These two have made themselves quite comfy and are so close to where I was sitting when I got these pics. They are most welcome since they are behaving and not eating my flowers:)

 On Saturday we hosted a little "Vinyl Party".  Todd and friends now have record players and think it's a novel thing to play records. So, we all got talking and a party was planned for sharing some of our records. I sent out the two invites:
                                                   envie and card

 And we had a blast- with such a variety of music too! I was banned from playing ABBA so I fixed them and brought out these albums for my turns:

 Does anyone remember these lads? I was in love with them back in the day!!

 Besides these snacks I made roast beef sliders and chocolate chip cookie bars.

                                           Andrew and my hubby

                                                son Todd

       and me with the two daughters I never had- I love these girls!! Kyra, Todd's gf on left and Lynn- Andrew's wife on the right. Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang!

 This tag is meant for Tag Tuesday (theme is "A Night At The Movies"):

              Black glossy tag and movie ephemera (DMD Papers)

 Another tag which is for the Simon Monday Challenge (anything but a card) and Moo Mania and More (die cuts):

 I used a large manila tag for the base but chose not to punch the hole or crop the corners. The top piece of Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper was a remnant from a tag I cut from it. I am determined not to let one bit of these awesome papers go to waste:):) Other products: manila tag, Stickles Diamond Glitter glue- Ranger;Tim Holtz- Worn wallpaper; Botanical; Paper Dolls; Small Talk Occasions stickers; Thinlits dies- 6602220; Distress Oxide inks- Frayed Burlap, Faded Jeans; Distress Worn Lipstick; heart button - Blumenthal Lansing Co.; Moonshine Sequins- Simon Says Stamp.

Edited in: I am also linking to a new to me challenge at the Crop Blog thanks to an invite from Esther-thank you! It's always  "anything goes" so long as you use one or more products from one of the companies carried in the store. And yes, there are prizes:)

 And for Art Journal Journey (theme is "Inspired By") and Paint Party Friday I have this journal page:

 I was inspired by this card sent by my dear friend Patty a little while ago:

 I knew I wanted to try to do an acrylic painting of it. Here is my version:

 and a few close ups:

 Several paints were sponged onto the gessoed page. A few flower stamps were repeatedly stamped on the dried background using Aquamarine Archival ink. I first drew in the flowers etc. with a white Stabilo pencil then kept painting on layers of paint diluted with matte medium for more translucency. Golden Glazes were added and then Pearl Medium was applied to the flower petals. I finished the painting with doodled touches here and there using a gold glitter gel pen.

 Busy, busy week ahead as I am helping my Mom pack, plan and get everything in order for her month long stay with our family in France. She's leaving on Sunday. Wish me luck because she does have anxiety issues but I really wanted HER to go and spend as much time with them as she wanted. I will miss them so but did not wish to leave Bill for a month. I will be taking care of her home along with bills, watering flowers, papers, mail, etc.  So I will be around to visit as I have time. Wishing you all a wonderful week!

  " Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun."   Randy Pausch