Monday, September 10, 2018

The Heat Wave Is Over


 Well hello lovelies! Our heat wave of record breaking highs has ended only to descend down into highs of only 52 F and feeling even colder with a wind chill and rain. No wonder I had a nasty OA flare up in my knee and back for this past week. The sciatica pain has been so bad I wasn't able to sit in any kind of chair for at least several days(standing or lying flat only). I  didn't think I'd get a post typed for this week cuz I have a desktop and sit to use it but things are slowly getting better with meds (which I hate taking, but sometimes you just have to). And this little guy is cheering me up:


 We are dog sitting Riley again for a week and he has been such a love.

 For T Stands For Tuesday I'll share the lunch I had with some friends the other week:


 It was a last minute gathering and we went to Va Va's Creperie Café - a place I've shared about (and raved about) before. This time I had the Mediterranean crepe. My friends had not been there yet and were so happy to finally go. They loved it!! (and Carol R., as long as my back is improving and I can sit we are still going Wed. :)

 This card is meant for the Simon Wednesday Challenge (Stamp On It):



 I made this a few weeks ago but never posted it here. 
Products: Simon Says Stamp August Card Kit; Neena Classic #110 cardstock; alcohol markers; stitched rectangle dies (Our Daily Bread Designs); Stitched Banners Dies (Simon Says Stamp); Stickles glitter glue (Ranger); Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 For the Simon Monday Challenge (Use More Than One Stencil) I made my first Artist Trading Coins:





 These trading coins seem to be all the rage on Instagram so I decided to make some myself:)

 Have you seen or heard of these? made any? traded any?

 I used  #90 watercolor paper. Glued dictionary paper down then dry brushed over it with white paint before adding all the stenciling. I then used my circle die (Spellbinders) to die cut the shapes. These are just a tad over 2 1/2 " each. I used images, words, and stickers from my Halloween envelope stash then used a black Posca pen to add the dots around the edge.

 I also have a journal page (detail photo is at the opening of this post):


 Distress Oxide inks, gold and black calligraphy ink, Archival black ink, stamps, washi tape and star stickers. I also used a Wink Of Stella pen for sparkle to fill in the moon but it doesn't show in this photo.

 Sharing with Paint Party Friday and Art Journal Journey hosted this month by Yvonne with the theme of "A World Of Fantasy". Have a wonderful week- always good to hear from you! I'll be around to visit as I am able.

" Live each season as it passes, breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each."  Henry David Thoreau

43 comments:

  1. Lots of beautiful creations, love the pretty floral card and the trading coines are fantastic! I've seen some in blogland but haven't made any yet. I think they would be cute for Halloween, yours are perfect! Fabulous page too, love all the colors!
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Ellie

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  2. I love the new header Linda. And those Artist Trading Coins are great. I like seeing them with the Halloween theme. It's that time, or just about, isn't it? I dug out all my Halloween goodies this past weekend. And your crepe looks very yummy too. Hope your oa and sciatica are better so you can go out and enjoy anther crepe. happy T day. hugs-Erika

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  3. Beautiful card! Trading coins?!? You are going to send me down the rabbit hole with this one I fear. I love creating on circles.
    Happy T day!

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  4. Lots of awesome art-I love those coins-have not heard of those-look fun to create. Your crepe looks yummy-so sorry you were in so much pain-hope it clears up soon-hugs
    Happy T

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  5. Love the new header! Sorry your having health problems, hope the pains soon grow less. Lots of wonderful art again. I see lots of people making those coins, but it's not a format I want to try. Those crepes look wonderful. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  6. My sincere apologies. I am having a terrible time keeping my internet going. I spent nearly an hour on the phone with AT&T, my internet provider. They can’t seem to fix the problem on their end, so want to send someone out today (Tuesday) to fix the problem. If it’s MY problem, I will need to pay for the call, but they are telling me they believe it’s at their pole.

    Regardless, while I was on hold and could NOT get on the internet, I decided to write this apology to each of you. Many of you know I read every word you write and I try to include a brief comment that shows I have been to visit and have seen your drink. However, I am being told I should shut the computer down every time it locks up, then reboot. I was able to leave comments to two people, but each time I did, the internet went down on me again.

    Since I need to be up early to let the phone guy in (NOT my favorite time of the day), I will leave you with this generic and most grateful T day gratitude. I hope you understand this is totally out of my control and I am grateful you stopped by for T this Tuesday.

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  7. i never made ATCoins myself, but yes, the total hype all around... i think i might try some soon. your´s turned out great!!! omg, halloween already in your thoughts? time flies!
    i´m so sorry about your pain with the OA flares. sending you best healing wishes!! happy t-day ♥♥♥

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  8. Oh wow awesome art pieces. The Halloween images on your art coins look fantastic, I've seen them in blogland, but never tried them as yet.
    Your floral card looks beautiful as well.
    Another wow for your journal page, I love the inky background, the great images and words. I am thrilled you added this to Art Journal Journey.
    I hope your meds are helping the pain and that you feel better soon.
    Happy T day wishes.
    Yvonne xx

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  9. Get well soon dear Linda! I am so sorry to hear you feel so bad! Wonderful art - I love your card, coins and the Journal page!Amazing as always- thanks so much for joining AJJ again ! ♥♥♥ Yes those coins are quite popular just now but I didn't make any yet. I bet they are good to use on an Art Journal Page. But I have no time to try it out. The crepe looks fantastic - makes me hungry. I am sick as well - a nasty angina just now!Me and my daughter at the same time!

    Get well soon and a hug to this lovely sweet doggy!
    Hugs, Susi

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  10. Wonderful art! I never heard of trading coins. I suppose a take on artist trading cards, but in the round. Lunch looks good. While Riley is very cute, I'm all over the black cat trading coin. Have a Happy T Day

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  11. Sorry to hear you have been unwell,I hope you feel much better soon! Riley looks such a sweetheart and all your art makes are so beautiful 😁. Wishing you a happy T Day! J 😊 x

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  12. I'm so sorry to hear you've had such pain and hope it eases soon. I know meds are never a first choice, but needs must. What a cute dog, and what a sweetie to be there for you :)

    I remember when crepes took the world by storm and then seemed to disappear. I'm glad they're still available some places. That looks delicious! I've never heard of "trading coins". They remind me a bit of "pogs". Looks like a fun activity :)

    Happy T Tuesday

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  13. Oh dear, I hope you get well soon. You are slowly improving by the sounds of it.
    The crepe looks delicious. We had savory crepes while in France and they are indeed yummy.
    Your card is lovely, as is your journal page.
    I’m afraid I have never heard of artist trading circles. But a round ATC sounds like a fun idea. Your Halloween themed circles are great.
    Happy T Day,
    Lisca

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  14. I forgot to say that Riley is sooo cute. But then, you already knew that...

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  15. Hope you are feeling better now.
    Wonderful art here!
    Love those trading coins...marvelous!
    Riley is adorable and good company for you, too~

    Hugs~

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  16. I love your autumn blog header, Linda.

    OA and sciatica both? You poor girl ;-( I hope the meds work quickly.

    Riley is sooo adorable. He would cheer me up too. Si tzus are my - actually - our favorite - breed. They have wonderful dispositions and are so cute.

    I would love that crepe cafe too.

    Pretty card. I love how you gussied up the blossoms with glitter. You always add such lovely touches to your cards.

    "The goddess is alive" - what a wonderful fastasy page! I love your stenciled ATC coins too. That's a new one on me. I'm so glad you shared the SSS challenge today while there are five more days to enter. By coincidence, Deb and my postcard art swap theme for September is "use 3 stencils." I can kill two bird with one stone :D

    Happy T-day! Eileen

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  17. Lots of pretty things to see here Linda! We have been enjoying cooler weather too.. I'am not sad to see the heat and humidity go.. I've had enough Summer thank you very much.. the temps are slowly creeping back up again but nowhere near what they were.. perhaps Fall is here.. I hardly know what to comment on with all your cards. i will say that i have heard of the circle ATC's... although i have not made any.. Yours are delightfully spooky!!! Happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  18. Oh your journal page is fantastical and I love the spelling of magic(k), it is indeed magical. The words are terrific too, along with the illustration.
    I've not heard of trading coins, haven't even seen them on Instagram. I love your Halloween ones, especially the one with the black cat (but I've just flicked back and I like them all). Boo!
    I hope your aches and pains have eased and maybe even have gone away.

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  19. Riley is adorable ~ wonderful photo and all of your creations are divine! Humid again today in MA ~ grateful no hurricane though ~ My son lives in NC and they are preparing ~ send them healing energy and prayers ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  20. Oh wonderfully creative Artist Trade Coins ~ for Halloween ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  21. the coins remind me of big POGS :)

    sciatica, I know your pain and unless someone deals with it, they don't realize how painful it can be

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  22. Some very lovely makes that you have made. I love the glitter on your flower and that lovely colorful background on your journal page. I have seen these trading coins have become popular as well. I am unsure that I like the idea of working in such a small space. But I am amazed at all the detail I have seen others fit on theirs so maybe some day I will give it a go. Love your coins.
    Happy Tea Day,
    Kate

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  23. This is so pretty. I love that flower from SSS! The papers are perfect for it. Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Good luck! ♥

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  24. I'm finally back online. I'm sorry I wasn't back sooner, because I take my hosting duties seriously. Wanted to say how much I adore your wonderful ATC coins, and of course your incredible journal page you shared with us for Art Journal Journey.

    Are you ready to show your washi tapes during T next week? I suspect you will put mine to shame.

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  25. Great post of beautiful art. Journal page is awesome.
    Happy PPF and weekend xx

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  26. Lovely work this week Linda. Changes in weather does cause changes in our body sorry to hear of your pain.

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  27. Goddess Alive is exquisite! wonderfully creative and fun caption too! ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  28. Riley is a real sweetie Linda, your Halloween coins are fab!! Great Journal page too Happy PPF wishing you a super weekend Tracey x

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  29. Hi Linda, happy PPF and have a wonderful weekend, hope the sun shines for you. Hugs, Valerie

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  30. Lovely post. The ATCoins are so cute

    Happy you dropped by my blog today

    Much👩‍🎨love

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  31. Isn't the weather crazy?! It's been so sunny and warm here in Seattle for months and then today we have a downpour and I'm rugged up in my studio with the fireplace on! I particularly love your blue flower card this week! Happy PPF!

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  32. Sorry about your arthritis flareup! I am having so much pain in my right thumb it's hard to hold anything (including a paintbrush) or squeeze paint out of the tube! Love your art pieces, especially the Halloween coins!

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  33. Ah, I know how you feel, Linda. The weather over here has made my back flare up in pain. I could hardly sit and draw and my desk this week, but I did. I am a glutton for punishment. Love those trading coins. They are very unique. I like all your work this week and I am sure having that little guy to stay was fun.

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  34. Love your card and other projects. Riley is cute!

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  35. Oh what lovely creations, I love the card especially. I hope you continue to feel better. How sweet that pup looks...

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  36. oh, that crepe looks so yummy ... I love your trading coins! Never heard of these and didn't see them on Instagram yet. Hope your back and knee will be better soon, it's no fun having to take pain meds. Happy PPF ♥

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  37. Rilley sure a lovely little puppy dog
    Coffee is on

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  38. Hope you will feel better soon!
    Your header is a really positive autumn 'splash'- our day seems to be gray and rainy but I just look around for colors and a day will okay...
    Have a good weekend!

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  39. I am so sorry you have been in pain. I am happy to see all of your amazing art and that you were able to get out for a lovely lunch.

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  40. 'Magic and creativity afoot' always on your blog ~ love all creations! ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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  41. Beautiful cards, love the blue roses! And your dog is so adorably cute!

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  42. Oh wow! I'm so sorry to hear about your back pain and physical challenges, but if it makes you feel better, it didn't affect your amazing artistic abilities any! These ATC coins are just delightful! I'm so impressed at how many details you packed into these goodies. The color palette is perfect for Halloween and I love how each one has its own story to tell. I hope you get to feeling back to 100% and know that in the meantime, we're so grateful for your continued support of our Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenges. Your entries and comments on my blog always make me smile!!

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  43. love your blue flower. But for Halloween, not my cup of tea I´m afraid. :)

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