Monday, February 19, 2018

A Mixed Bag

   of  weather and art this week. The crazy weather continues- we had 6" of snow which came down quickly and caused some hazardous road conditions Saturday evening. And now it is warming up and expected to reach 72 F by Wednesday! Keeping the flipflops next to the boots :)

  Grab a cuppa and snack, enjoy the art, and join in on the challenge blogs won't you?  For T Stands for Tuesday hubby is having Turkish coffee and baklava at the middle Eastern restaurant we ate at recently ( more pics to come).

 I'll start with some tags:

Products: hand marbled manila tag; white card stock; gesso; Archival Jet Black ink; dry chalks; gel plate deli paper print; sentiment stamp (Inkadinkado); face stamp (Dina wakley); Americana Indian Turquoise acrylic paint; Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers; paper flower; brad; Moonshine sequins(Simon Says Stamp).  Joining Tag Tuesday (theme is "use a quote"). 

 My next tag is also for Tag Tuesday along with the Simon Monday Challenge ("Grunge it Up"), and Try It On Tuesday ("vintage"):

 Products: hand marbled manila tag; black card stock; Versafine Onyx Black ink; washi tape (Recollections); Tim Holtz Paper dolls, mini stapler, Distress tool, Thinlits Scribbles and Splats die set; quote sticker (Cosmo Cricket); ephemera from my stash- ribbon, twine, rusty heart.

 Next up a card:

  Products: white, grey/green card stocks; Simon Says Stamp Dot Scallop Border Die; Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp and die set; tiny dot outline stamp - Altenew Floral Frame stamp set; 3 dots stamp - Magenta; Anita's Art Stamps pigment ink (Mint); Colorbox pigment ink (Pink); Distress ink (Worn Lipstick); Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink (Gray Whale); Archival Jet Black ink; Moonshine sequins - Simon Says Stamp. 
 Joining the Altenew February Inspiration Challenge; and the Simon Wednesday Challenge ("Add a Diecut").

 Finally, a journal page:

 Products: Tim Holtz stencils (Mosaic, Honeycomb); Basically Bricks stencil,  Circle Collage stamp (Stampers Anonymous); bird stamp (Dina Wakley); Wall Art Stamp (Wow!) Distress inks- Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Antique Linen; Distress Oxide inks-  Pistachio, Broken China; Archival inks- Buttercup, Jet Black; charcoal pencil.

 Joining Art Journal Journey for the theme of "Animals A-Z" hosted by Rike this month, and 
                                    PAINPARTY FRIDAY!

 Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. I'll be visiting you too!

              " I would like to paint the way a bird sings."     Claude Monet

Monday, February 12, 2018

Love Is In The Air

 What a holiday filled week this is- Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentine's Day, Flag Day (Canada), and the Chinese New Year! I'm going to focus on a love theme for Valentine's Day- my favorite holiday ( and also my son's birthday:)

 I'm going to begin with something sweet:

 You may recall I made one similar to this in blue for hubby's birthday last month. This one was for a girlfriend. Altenew cupcake stamp and die set; white card stock; Altenew halftone circles stencil; Distress inks-Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade; Staz On Chai Latte ink; Marvy Ochre ink; Archival Jet Black ink; Stickles glitter glue.

 And how about a spot of tea with that sweet:

 white note card; tea tag made from card stock in Tea Time paper pack (Craft Smith); handmade background paper; Bakers twine; black thread; felt heart sticker (Dollar store).  Joining T Stands For Tuesday.

 An anniversary card:

 white card stock; glossy gold card stock; patterned vellum ( K & Company); love die set (Simon Says Stamp). Joining the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge (love/hearts) and the the Simon Says Stamp Blog Work It Wednesday challenge (love themed projects).

 Giving you a valentine break with this journal page meant for Art Journal Journey (theme is "animals A-Z") :

 A journal page in my calendar journal:

                                That beautiful background is a napkin!

 and one last love themed card:

patterned note card (DCWV); Neena Classic Coat 110lb. Solar White paper (Simon Says Stamp); Floral Frame stamp and die set (Altenew); assorted alcohol markers; Archival Jet Black ink; stitched rectangle dies (Our Daily Bread Designs); Stickles Diamond glitter glue (Ranger); foam tape.
Joining the Altenew February Color Inspiration Challenge along with the Simon Wednesday Challenge (It Must Be Love).

 I will also link one of these projects to Moo Mania and More (Love theme); and Try It On Tuesday (Love is in the Air theme). And I'll definitely be there for Paint Party Friday!

 So what will you celebrate this week?  "See" you soon :)

    " Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love."  
                                                               Mother Theresa

Monday, February 5, 2018

Gratitude, Etc.

  I want to open this post with my heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your thoughtful expressions of condolences on the passing of my brother, for sharing your own personal and sad losses, and for your support from near or far. You have lifted my spirits more than you'll ever know.Thank you.

  Any of you watch the Superbowl game? Not a football fan myself but I did watch with hubby while doing some crossword puzzles. Congrats to the winning team - the Philadelphia Eagles!!

 Lifting a glass to share with the T Stands For Tuesday peeps. Actually that was hubby's choice of beverage. Mine was a glass of merlot ;)

 Yesterday was dark and grey with a mix of snow and rain-kinda like this journal page:

 Well, at least it looked like the grey background which was a deli paper gel plate print I glued to the page. I added the magazine pic, cardinal sticker, some washi tape and the stamped sentiment (Hero Arts). If I'm not pushing the envelope too far I'd like to join Art Journal Journey hosted this month by Rike with the theme of "animals A - Z".

 a Valentine tag:

 I made several of these to send out with cards to some of my friends. I love Valentine's Day, which also happens to be our son's birthday!
 Products: tag (Recollections); felt heart (Celebrate It! Michaels); baker's twine; metallic sewing thread; black Micron#1 pen.
 Linking to Tag Tuesday (have a heart); the Simon Monday Challenge ( Love is in the Air);  the Simon Says Stamp Blog Work It Wednesday Challenge (love); and Try It On Tuesday (love is in the air).

 These are my completed January calendar spreads:

 I've been able to keep up so far even adding a bit of color to the blocks by drawing or stamping or adding stickers :) And I'm working well ahead making the art  pages on the right side pages for each week- I think I'm up to the end of May!

 Linking my post also to Paint Party Friday! It's a very welcoming , varied group of artists and such a treat to visit and get to know their styles etc. Do have a look and please join in. Speaking of Paint Party Friday, one of the regular participants, the lovely Gillena Cox asked me if I wanted to trade ATCs with her. But of course! Now, I only wish I could have hand delivered them as she lives on the island of Trinidad:) This is what I received:

 Along with the two beautiful ATCs on the lower left I received a postcard made by her and a card showing her book (yes, she has published a book-Pink Crush!) and of course I always keep postage stamps for collage:) Thank you Gillena, and thanks to Kristin and Eva our Paint Party Friday hosts for bringing us together!

"Friendship is a bond of love, a medal of trust, a shoulder in sadness, a hand in darkness, something that doesn't cost, and a jewel never to be lost."  unknown

Monday, January 29, 2018

Trying To Get Back...

 I have been MIA lately. Recently one of my younger brothers passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. My mother and surviving two brothers especially have been inconsolable so I have had to put on my hat as therapist/caregiver/listener. My biggest concern is my mother, but her dear friends, family and I are making sure she isn't alone too much and is eating. It's going to be a difficult road to travel for awhile.

In loving memory:

                                     Duane. Aug. 6, 1960 - Jan. 21, 2018

 I do have some art to share I did about 2 weeks ago. The trust page at top is in my calendar journal-and includes my word for the year.

 This card is meant for the Simon Wednesday challenge (Layer It Up):

and with the matching envie:

 I used some of Altenew's layering stamps for the flowers and leaves on the card.
Products: white notecard and envie; white card stock;Winter Roses, Camelia Build a Flower stamps sets (Altenew); sentiment - PTI Think Big Favorites #4; sunflower stamp (Magenta); leaf unknown; Wendy Vecchi Brick Wall stencil; Inks- Distress Mowed Lawn; Staz-On Forest Green; Archival-Leaf Green, Sky Blue; Seashells Ocean Aqua; Clearsnap Fluid Chalk ink- Prussian Blue, Gray Whale; Versafine Onyx Black ink.

 Weather remains unpredictable-warm one day, cold the next! This pic was obviously taken on a cold day and is for my peeps at T Stands for Tuesday:

 Hubby sure looks to be living the life, eh? Hot tea, home baked treats and a throw to keep warm.

 One more journal page from the calendar journal:

 Background is a gel plate print. Other products; woman stamp (Dina Wakley); assorted washi tapes; paint markers; Pitt pens-black; watercolors.

 Joining Art Journal Journey for the theme of New Year, New Adventures hosted this month by the wonderful Erika N. And last but certainly not least I will join Paint Party Friday!

 I am looking forward to catching up in blogland again:)

" Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy."  unknown

Monday, January 15, 2018

Staying In = Staying Creative

 What crazy weather!!! Last Friday it reached 65 F and despite a full day of rain I still managed to sit under cover and take in that wonderful warm air a bit. And then, Saturday I awoke to heavy gusting winds and a temp of 11 F-WHAT???? And it's been cold since so I'm getting lots of play time in in my art room.

 Trying to stay ahead making simple pages in my calendar journal, like this one:
 Napkin and printed online freebie sentiment. Sharing my drink with the gang over at T Stands For Tuesday.

 I got a new craft toy over the holidays and I must share it with you because I absolutely LOVE it!!
There's so much talk about the Misti stamping tool and I've seen it demoed but honestly did not want to pay the crazy high price for it. Well, Tim Holtz came out with his stamping platform (much more reasonably priced!) and after researching it online I bought one with a 50% off coupon from For someone like me that does a lot of stamping and card making, sometimes making sets of them, this is such a time saver. And the precision stamping results  are fab-even for those layering stamp sets! Here are a few pics of the platform and how I have used it to  make 25 (so far) card backgrounds for this coming year's Christmas cards:):)

           My note card on the plate. I made tabs from washi tape on the disc magnets for easy removal.

 The card back was masked with post it notes to protect it from getting inked as I was using a large stamp.

         Stamp is in place and inked -ready to close the lid and stamp.

 This stamp is called Christmas Sweater Background and from Simon Says Stamp. Love this pattern!


Speaking of Simon Says, this card is for the Simon Wednesday Challenge (patterned paper):

  Made my own background using Altenew halftone stencil. Other products: white notecard, cardstock; Altenew Layered Cupcake stamp and die set; Archival inks- Buttercup, Turquoise, Black; Staz - On ink-Spiced Chai; Marvy Ochre ink; Stickles glitter glue. (Yes, I used the stamping platform to make 6 cupcakes:)

 For the Simon Monday Challenge (Birds of a Feather) and Tag Tuesday (anything goes):

 Products: Stamps- Wall Art Set (Wow!) from Simon Says Stamp, Bokeh Dots set (Ellen Hutson), Bird Tags set (Invoke arts); various Distress inks; white gesso; red marker; Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers; manila tag; feather.

 Also did a bit of abstract painting, photoshop play, and a journal page:

      Dots of colors on page then scraped down with an old credit card.

                                                      Hue change in PSE

                                            Hue change and watercolor effect

                                           Hue change and glowing edges effect

 I had pretty much paint left from the scraping down so I put it on another page:

YUK!! So I covered it up:

 I love how the magazine page of buildings blended right into the painted background! Joining  Art Journal Journey (theme is New Year, New Adventures), and Paint Party Friday.

 Wishing you a fabulous, creative week! Looking forward to stopping by to see what you've been up to lately.

" Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks."     Mark Rothko