Monday, August 20, 2018

It's Been Awhile...


 and I have missed all my blogging friends while away at the beach. I didn't do any art and I pretty much stayed unplugged outside of some posting on Instagram. The weather was absolutely beautiful and sunny every day- unlike all the rain and flash flooding and road damage we had at home!

      Cheers to the T Stands For Tuesday gang! And speaking of, I want to thank Susi and Eileen for my lovely mail swap and surprise, and of course thanks to Bleubeard and Elizabeth for hosting T Stands For Tuesday along with the T day anniversary ATC swap:

                           Wonderful poem, love the washi tapes and jalapeno pepper sequins:). The ATC is lovely along with two of my favorite flowers on cards to collage with-thank you!

                                  The blooming flowers on the envelope were just a hint of the treasures inside. Love the free motion stitched and watercolor inkpot ATC. And be still my heart- not only  that gorgeous red poppy tag, but poppy seeds from Susi's garden!! I only hope they will grow for me next spring. Thank you!

  Although I didn't do any art at the beach I came back in full force and totally inspired once things returned to normal at home. I've had lots of fun cardmaking and playing in my art journal- the pages of which have been completely inspired by the beach. I have one coming up. First, I have a tag/bookmark for Tag Tuesday (theme is Landmarks), and the new Simon Monday Challenge (Back to School):


Products: manila tag; map tissue paper; calendar clipping of Eiffel Tower (I distressed with sandpaper); Tim Holtz ideaology Paper Dolls and Clippings Stickers; Versafine Onyx Black ink, Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap ink; tassel (American Tag co.; buttons (Gary Burlin and Co.)

 These are just a few of the cards I have been having fun making using the Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit and matching dies (the kit has sold out but you can get the stamps and products that were in the kit separately):




  And an art journal page meant for Art Journal Journey (hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth this month with the theme of "Count Your Blessings"), Moo Mania and More (theme is "Summertime"), and Paint Party Friday!



 A combination of spray inks, inks, rubber stamps, stencils, Gelli Plate printed deli paper, burlap fabric, corrugated cardboard, found words, charm, and tiny heart stickers (Simon Says stamp Store). I do count my blessings for all the time I get to spend at the beach and the art inspired by it.

 Hope everyone is doing well and I am really looking forward to catching up with you again!

  "Act as if you are worthy to have what you want, and the universe will prove you correct."
                                                                                               Alan Cohen


47 comments:

  1. Hi and welcome back! Sounds like the perfect vacation! good to totally unplug.
    Lovely art! and enjoy all of your happy mail-
    Happy T Day wishes Kathy

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  2. You look like your trip to the beach was a beautiful one. It also looks like you ate (and drank) really well, too.

    You got some great art. Susi's gift was fabulous, and Eileen has a way with those stencils. Her poem was great, too. Thanks for sharing these with us for T this week.

    I love what you did with the boy on the Eiffel tower. That was pure genius. Really clever tag.

    And I love your summertime sailboat. It is gorgeous and so well designed, too. I can tell spending time at the beach truly is a blessing and I am grateful you shared it with us at Art Journal Journey.

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  3. I hope you didn't get a lot of that rain while at the beach. Those storms were crazy. But it looks like you had a wonderful time. Glad you are recharged and your art certainly shows it. You've shared some beautiful pieces today. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  4. Hello Linda, your holiday sounds perfect and its always beaut to unplug and relax!
    Beautiful surprises in the mail!
    I love your cards and art journal page... that little sailboat is so sweet.
    Wishing better weather for you, cheers! Sue :D) xx

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  5. Wonderful art again. Thanks especially for making the great tag for Tag Tuesday. Glad you had a wonderful holiday. The sailboat is gorgeous. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  6. time at the beach... a blessing really! love your little boy sitting on the eiffel tower, and this sailing boat is gorgeous. have a good rest of summer and happy t-day!

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  7. Oh Linda! It looks like you had an amazing time at the beach again ! Wonderful!
    And your art is gorgeous! I love the fantastic cards with all the beautiful details and this boat is a wowser! So beautiful and peaceful and such fabulous artistic details! So happy to see you back well and full of muse and artistic power! Happy T-Day and thank you very much for joining ELizabeth's AJJ theme and Moo Mania & More!
    You just make me happy with your art my friend!
    Big hugs,
    Susi

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  8. A wonderful post Linda, it looks like you had a lovely time at the beach the photos looked great.
    Th art projects all look fantastic, it is an awesome bost.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. I enjoyed all of the artwork you shared today!! Love the tag - so clever to have the boy sitting on the Eiffel Tower!!!

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  10. Looks like your vacation really charged your batteries and set sail with your imagination. Tags, cards, and journal page all amazing. I especially love the sail boat. Happy T Day

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  11. It looks like you had such a wonderful time at the beach! I love your photos and wow, those lobsters looks huge and so delicious 😁. Glad you had quiet time and enjoyed your art when you got back, all you makes are fabulous! How wonderful to receive those beautiful ATCs and goodies too, so kind! Happy T Day! J 😊 x

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  12. Instagram intimidates me lol My daughter loves it, but I've never dipped my toe in those waters. The beach sounds like the perfect place! And your photos show it was :) Those poppies are lovely. Happy T Tuesday

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  13. Linda.. i love all the mail you received and the lovely tags and cards you made but i have to tell you that little sailboat just grabbed me! I just love it with its little star on top.. .A little piece of perfection. :) Happy T day my friend.. Hugs! deb

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  14. Beach looks heavenly! So glad you had a great time ~ lovely ATC's that you have created!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. Love the poppy card and envelope ~ beach brought more creativity to you ~ Wow!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. So many beautiful pieces of mail that you have received. You are loved well by your friends. Your sailboat is so pretty! I love the blue and the texture from the sails. A very nice page!
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  17. Gorgeous journal page and sentiment on that cool Summery sail boat! And I love the card from the card kit. Welcome back & Happy Tea Day!

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  18. It sounds like you had a wonderful getaway, Linda. And you missed some nasty weather at home!

    I'm glad you enjoyed your little package. I'll be watching to see what you do with the flowers.

    The inkpot card and poppy seed tag are beautiful. Susi is so talented ... and very sweet.

    Fabulous cards! I love the monthly SSS card kits; but can't order them where I live. I enjoy seeing what artists (like you and Vicky Papaioannou) create with them.

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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    2. the faux stitching on the card is a die set called "Wonky Rectangles" wafer dies from Simon Says Stamp shop online, and the faux stitching on the sailboat page is from a stamp set from Whimsy Stamps, also online.
      And you know, Paris is very do-able and not so far to get to from Spain:):)

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  20. I love your journal page and the photos of your holiday! You certainly had some lovely mail too! Your tag is 'tres beau' and I love your cards! Happy T day! Chrisx

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  21. Sometimes it's so good to unplug and take a break, specially on a beach! But I'm also glad you're back so we can enjoy your joyful and beautiful art.

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  22. Favorite is that lovely created sailboat !

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  23. Oh ~ delightful thank you cards!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  24. Tres bien ~ lovely creative tag with the Francais theme!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  25. Welcome back Linda, all rejuvenated. I missed your lovely pieces, love the sailboat in particular.

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  26. The sail boat has a powerful message to me...My sail my have holes in but I'm continue on.
    Coffee is on

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  27. This is a happy post, Linda. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great PPF and weekend xx

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  28. Lovely and creative ATC cards and poem! Xox

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  29. I so love the travel tag! So cool looking. And how lucky to receive such a beautiful tag with poppy seeds. Lovely online friendships are the best :)

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  30. Beautiful post today! Happy you enjoyed the beach. Happy PPF

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  31. I love the sailing boat, it is really beautiful. It seems like somewone is fishing too :)

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  32. Happy PPF, have a great weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  33. Beautiful photos and welcome back!!!
    Lovely art and that travel tag...gorgeous!!! The sail boat is so cool!

    Happy PPF~

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  34. My faves this week are the tag and the boat.

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  35. A sweet surprise and some lovely artwork! Glad you had a great vacation!

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  36. Glad you had a nice time. The boat is my fabourite.

    Much👩‍🎨love

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  37. So nice to see you back. Looks like you had a fun time at a warm beach, unlike where I live.LOL Nice art too all so pretty.

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  38. Lovely set of photos. I love that tag!

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  39. What a lovely, feel good post! Beautiful art and pictures. Glad you are back to blogging. Best. :)

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  40. Oooh love the 'farm fresh' card ~ lovely creations all!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  41. Stunning Tag..I love the little guy..perfect...
    Thank you for joining us at Tag Tuesday x

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  42. Lovely tag, I like the vintage and romantic background, lovely colors, too. Thank you for joining Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

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  43. Great tag for our challenge on Tag Tuesday, thank you for joining us.

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