Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Surf's up!

Today we are at the beach with our surf boards.

The photo washed out, but at least you can see the shimmer of the various colors of metallic paint I used.

Here you can see where the colors came together to create a vivid sunset.  Of course, you have to use your imagination when you do.

Three surf boards sit in the sand as the waves beat against the shore.

The surfboard on the right was a 3-D piece I purchased.  The one on the left was created by me.  I cut two surfboards and used pop dots to hold the two pieces together and above the "sand."  I added a kokopelli image from a punch and added a swirl from hot pink pigment ink.

Materials used for this entry include pink and blue metallic paints on a used file folder, computer generated text, sandpaper, two handmade surfboards, and one from a set.

Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today and don't forget to join us at Art Journal Journey for some summertime fun and maybe a bit of surfing.

Monday, July 24, 2017

T Stands For the Afterparty

Before we begin today, I have heated up the random generator and have now picked the four people who will receive an anniversary ATC from me.  Those people who linked last week were eligible for one of the four ATCs I made.    So if you are a winner, be sure to let me know how to get hold of you so I can get your ATC to you.

I'm not sure why I waited so long to choose the names, but I am simply not a fan of random generators.  I don't find them as random as they say.  I prefer putting all names in a bowl and drawing them, but I didn't have time to write names, cut them into strips, and etc.  So here are the lucky winners and the order in which they were chosen:

17: Dianne; 6: Chris; 5: Deb; 16: Carol
I have Chris and Dianne's addresses, but need Deb's and Carol's.  Please let me know how I can contact you.

This is what the back should look like.  I swear I spent more time on the envelops than I did on the ATCs.  When I took these photos, I had not glued the addresses to the envie.  So why the extra envelope, you ask?

Originally, it was going to be for Valerie, who goaded me into creating an ATC for the swap.  But once I received this beautiful package from Valerie (and all its contents), I knew my wimpy gift wouldn't be good enough.  You'll have to wait till next week to see the ATCs I sent AND the fabulous gifts I received from Valerie.  Thank you beyond belief, Valerie.  You are far, far, far too kind.  BTW, I covered part of the dog because he scared Bleubeard.

Now for the afterparty.  I found this focal image in a food magazine from an issue dated July, 2016. 

I thought it was quite appropriate, although it originally read What AMERICA Drinks.  Since we are an international group, I decided to change the heading. 

Maybe your answers will be different from those surveyed. 

I sewed the survey to the background page (yes, that's Bleubeard's paw print)

after I laid down some sticky tape that stuck to itself (and created a big mess) as I was trying to apply it to the page.

And because these are summertime drinks, I have included this page for Art Journal Journey's Summertime Love Bleubeard and I are hosting this month.

Now it's your turn.  The rules are extremely simple.  Your drink related post may be anything from a photo of a glass, cup, or mug, to an actual drink.  You may choose to share a sketch or a digital, hybrid, or traditional page in your scrapbook, art journal, or altered book.  Maybe you'd prefer to share a tag, or wow us with your photography.  You might choose a postcard or decorated card.  Or perhaps you prefer to review a place you visited, a movie, or book.  It makes no difference as long as it's drink related.  And don't forget that the more unique and outside the box it is, the better we like it.  Please tie it back here, and please link only to your T post, not your entire blog.  When you link, Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be by to visit.   Bleubeard would also like to remind you that your photos may be taken any time, even months ago, if you choose.

Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me for T this Tuesday, and we also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey with your favorite post that is loaded with summertime love.

ICADs for July 17 through 23

For our penultimate week of Index Cards and Day 47, I found a cute image of a bride and her maids of honor in rain boots.  I thought it was such a cute image, I had to sew it onto one of my Index Cards. 

For Day 48, I paired a piece of fibrous tissue with a stamped image and sewed them together.  I added the name using a Micron pen.

On Day 49, I found this image in a magazine and paired it with a background from a tissue box I cut to Index Card size.  As much as I would have liked to sew the image in place, I felt the heavy material of the tissue box was more than I wanted to subject my sewing machine to, since I'm having a bit of tension problems.  Computer generated text completed the card.

Also for Day 49, using the rest of the tissue box, Bleubeard and I created a birthday card for Squiggles' third birthday.

For Day 50, the washi tape came out and so did a label from a food product.  The other words were computer generated.

Day 51 found me using a couple of maps and a punched circle to show where we were.  Of course, I had to sew the maps to the index card.  Unfortunately,  I cropped a bit too much of the right side of the card in PhotoShop.

I had some metallic balloon handles I wasn't using, so for Day 52, I created a saying that I thought would be appropriate and a good way to use these.

For Day 53, I colored an image I accidentally sized too small and printed.  Nothing goes to waste at my house, so I sewed the image to a colored index card.

Thanks for sharing this time with me.  I am so grateful you have stuck with me through these index cards.  Just one final week to go and this project will be in the books as completed.  However, please remember this is the only place you will find my ICADs, since I'm not on any other social media site that is sharing them.

Carp Diem

Any time I can come up with a play on words, I'll do it.  So for today's Art Journal Journey
entry, I give you Carp Diem.  The carp is the one who has seized the day in this scenario.

Wilbur is standing on the shore fly fishing.   He loves this summertime activity where he can spend his weekends on the banks of the river.

He has heard this new bait will catch the carp that has eluded him for several summers.

He gets closer to the water as he throws out his line.

It's obvious the carp isn't interested

and has not been enticed by the bait.

It appears Wilbur will not be catching this carp today.

Materials used began with white card stock I painted using various paints and oil pastels.  To that I added Wilbur, who I fussy cut and colored using watercolor crayons.  The shore Wilbur stands on is sandpaper.  Wilbur's fishing line is made of multicolored yarn, and the bait is a heart shaped button.  I stamped the carp directly on the page and added the computer generated text.  The carp, a red rubber wood mounted stamp, is from River City Rubber.

Bleubeard and I are so grateful you joined us today, and hope you will seize the day at Art Journal Journey, where our theme this month is summertime love.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Every Summer and Africa

Every summer there is one day that we vividly remember.  It's one we will talk about until winter sets in.

It's what we call a perfect summer day.

It might be one filled with fun and laughter, shared with friends and family,

or it might be one we chose to spend in solitude and reflection.

It might be one where ocean waves slapped against the shore,

or we stumbled on a starfish (sea star) drug up from the ocean bottom by the waves.

This perfect summer day

practically writes its own story.

It needs very little embellishing.

It is perfect just the way we remember it.

Materials for this page began with a used file folder I colored using pale pink acrylic paint.  While still wet, I laid a page from an old telephone book on top, then ripped it away, leaving bits and pieces of the thin page behind.  I backed the computer generated sentiment with more of the phone book page that picked up the same color.  The focal image came from a magazine.  I added white stickles to emphasize the waves, and a dimensional starfish.  Because I felt it needed something more, I used my hand made chevron stamp at the bottom of the page.


Thanks for joining Bleubeard and me today at Art Journal Journey as we share a perfect summer day that is loaded with summertime love.  It may even be a perfect summertime day for you, too.

Because time is quickly running out on Moo-Mania and More's Africa theme,

I created this entry that should meet the requirements.

I had printed this quote by the Dalai Lama for another (very different) AJJ entry, but I thought it would go well with an African spread.  I used a watercolor crayon to knock down the bright red paper I printed it on, but when I did, I got the orange crayon on the image of Africa.   I probably should have printed it on different paper, but I already had it glued to the page before I realized what a mess I had made.

I found this giraffe charm in my stash,

along with an iron-on patch in the shape of a giraffe. 

The word "Africa" in the second photo above was on the package of twisted wires that I used as embellishments.  The wires were made by African women who support themselves and their families by creating these embellishments and selling them under a licensed contract.  Since I am in favor of helping women from ANY country, this project appealed to me.

The above African inspired metal piece began as an earring.  Since I don't wear earrings, and would never wear anything that large anyway, this was a perfect embellishment.

I found this piece of handmade paper I had printed the words "Out of Africa" on for another project (specifically my 7-Continent altered book).  Even though the colors weren't especially right for this spread, I used it anyway.

The image of Africa came from a geography text book copyrighted 1965.  After I scanned the image, I lightened it in PhotoShop until it looked like a watermark.  I didn't want it to out shine the other elements on the page.

The materials I used for this spread include a used file folder I swiped with three colors of acrylic paint, two wire embellishments made in Africa, an earring, a charm, and an iron-on patch from my stash, two strips of wallpaper, handmade paper, a scanned image from a geography text book, watercolor crayon, and computer generated text.

Thanks for sticking around to see this summertime Africa spread I created for Moo-Mania and More.  Both Bleubeard and I appreciate it and your continued support of my art.