Thursday, July 16, 2015

It has been awhile...

I have had an interesting spring and summer so far and hope that it will get settled in, straightened around, and figured out shortly.  First and for most I have not been feeling well for a really long period of time and would just defer to not posting because "I got all time time in the world to do so!"  After reading about a friend on WOYWW passing this past week it brings it home that none of us have all the time in the world and we all need to keep in touch to make sure that we can live that life to the fullest.  2.  I have not been very productive, creative, or whatever you want to call it so I haven't been doing much of anything to share of a crafty nature.  I really miss it too because it anchors me to who I am in a world that is constantly changing for me. 

As most everyone knows I have a lot of health issues and it seems that I can't seem to get on top of the issues so I choose to lay down and do nothing.  After a while everything seems to be put on hold and I just sit around moaning for bygone days.  Before I get too maudlin I just want you to know that I am okay but just keep having one flare up after another with the autoimmune disorders and it tends to effect me mentally, emotionally, and physically.  I am my worse enemy with this shut downs.  I don't have an original thought and can't seem to focus long enough to stick with even making a card or tag.  A really sad state for me. 

After reading about Eliza's passing this week I have decided to make an effort to blog and interact more.  I know that it makes me feel better when I do so here is the start... Thanks Julia for commenting on something on Facebook that reminded me I need to start back doing WOYWW... For those who don't know what WOYWW is check it out here...Now my desk...
Not a lot to look at in progress at this time on the work desk.  I have been doing a few things but not a lot.

Heather convinced me a back in April that I needed to start doing something...no matter what it was and to use my art to help me feel better.   Heather bought some kits from Close to my Heart, a scrapbooking/stamping group that she sells for and told me that I should try and make them and I could pay her back as I used the kits.  The first kit I made was a card kit called Blossom that I finished and put on my blog back in April.   My second kit was another card kit called Pathfinding.  I like these card kits because they come with enough stuff to make 15 cards and have a little left over that you could actually make 5 or so more with your own card blanks.  Kits run $25-30.  I don't know where you can get 15 cards for $25 now days. 
 The next kit I played with was scrapbooking...hey if cards were that much fun then I thought I would work on this and get some of the pictures booked.  This kit is called Jackson and you get to make two 2 page layouts with product left over.  I have been looking for some pictures to put on these layouts but can't find the ones I want just yet.

And this last kit I made is called Pathfinding like the autumnal cards above... I  used the pictures from last Thanksgiving when we made the trip to Virginia Beach, VA to celebrate with Chad and his family. 

I used to scrapbook all the time and got out of the habit doing multimedia and painting stuff.  I need to figure out a way to incorporate them into similar projects. 

So that is truthfully all I have done since my last post.  I promise to keep in better contact and up date my blog a little more faithfully.   Think of Eliza again I want to leave you with a couple pictures of my kitties.  I so enjoyed reading about Eliza's cat Yoda and how he was doing after being so ill! My girls and my second desk...
The old lady...so sweet miss skiddy!

you would think these two hate one another then I catch them holding paws.  So cute.  Stormy is the strippy kitty and Ghostie is the baby.
Everyone have a great week!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WOYWW #307

Happy Wednesday!  It is a coolish wet morning this morning but the garden just seems to love all the rain!  Glad it did because the youngest cat didn't.  Poor Ghost I don't know what kind of life she had prior to coming to us as a stray but she is absolutely scared to death of thunder and lightening storms.  Ghost will cower under a table near where we are sitting or meow outside the bedroom door till it passes.  Poor baby must have been trapped outside in a storm or something! 
Ghost checking out what I am doing in the craft room and making sure I am doing it right!

Speaking of craft rooms and desks that is why I am here!  Welcome to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday!  I am here two weeks in a row...is the world coming to an end?  OMG!  If you are wondering about WOYWW go check out Julia's blog Stamping Ground and she will fill you in on the details.  I am not showing my desk this week but the desk where I have been working the last few days.  I have gone back up to my daughters house and worked with her while she makes things for a baby shower she is giving Sunday I have been making birthday cards.
Here is a picture of Heather across the table.  I think she is looking for a pattern or something to continue her project.  The theme for the shower is honey bee's and flowers and she has been having a lot of fun research and making things for the party.  We are sitting at 3ft x 8ft tables and both our tables are covered with stuff.   I was making the cards from a kit from Close to My Heart and it is the first kit like it that I have ever used but I have really enjoyed making the cards cause the directions are awesome and everything is in the kit to make the project.  I have been in a little bit of a creative slump recently as far as making cards and scrap booking so when I had a party earlier this month I got a kit for each to make hoping it would get me back into it.  Heather sells CTMH and you should go to her site and check it out.  Lots of fun things to see. 





 Close ups of the cards.  The kit came with everything it took to make 5 of each card with a little left over.  I was once told never to send a card with a naked envelope so as you can see I decorated those also.
 The poor animals were just about going to rebel and every so often would come over to the tables begging to be taken back down stairs to their beds.  Looks like they have a rough time if the craft room and need saved doesn't.  It was after midnight when we called it a night so they were more then happy for me to go home!
Mocha, Wesley, and the bird Nyassa
Hope you have a great week and I hope to make it around to visit desks.  If you visit me I promise to come visit you...just leave a comment! 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Start of a new journal...


When Heather and Michael went California last February I stayed with their furbabies and Nyassa.  I posted some pictures on the WOYWW post Wednesday but thought I would share a couple more and show you what I made with part of the gift they brought me back!
I think everyone knows I am a serious crafter...harrruummmmpppffff....well something like that anyway!  It was such a hardship staying up at their house cause I was so bored and lonely...NOT!
The puppies love it outside and the first few days it was nice and warm and I would sit outside and watch them play.  Late in the week we got a light snow and while I stayed in the house they still were outside enjoying it!  
Outside playing in the snow.  WOW talk about excited they were rolling, jumping and playing like crazy. 
Inara really did think they were nuts and wouldn't go outside at all!
Horace checking out what was to eat!
After all that running and playing they had to take a nap don't you know!  I got to sit between them watching TV most afternoon.  They would let me up to go to the toilet or to refill my coffee and that was it!
Just before midnight playing again! 
In the afternoons and evenings we would go up in the craftroom they all settled down for naps and seemed most content while I did some painting and crafting.  I think they realized this place had a lot of their Momma and Dad in it!  Nyassa would say "go upstairs?" and the dogs bolted for the stairs so it didn't take a lot of coaxing to get them up there. We would spend hours up there and everyone even the bird enjoyed it.
Big Burdle!  Nyassa Bird a 19 yr old African Gray Parrot.
Rough life!!
My place in the room was just as rough as the critters.... This shot is taken standing by Nyassas tree looking to the other end of the room.  You can see the dog bed with the red blanket in the picture above on the lower right and in the picture below in the lower left.  It is a huge room!  Heather hosts a Monday Night Art night each Monday and we always have room for everyone!
It is a huge room!
My corner of an 8 foot table.  Lots of room to play and have coffee too!
Needless to say I had a lot of fun babysitting and taking care of the furbabies and Nyassa.  When they came back they brought me a bag of awesome goodies.  I had been complaining to Heather I didn't particularly like the art journal I had been painting in cause it always seemed to weep or run and the paper was too thin for the mediums I wanted to use so she brought me a big 9"x12" multimedia heavy weight paper book by Stillman and Birn.  It is really nice!  I had been wanting to try acrylic ink and she brought me 6 bottles of Daler-Rowney inks and 4 rolls of some of the most luxurious MT ex masking tape or washi tape to those in the know...Oh Yeah!  a 2# box of See's chocolates.  I just ate the last two chocolates tonight so I guess I know where the extra 7# I have on my hips came from!

So what was that I heard?  Want to see what I made with the new inks?  Okay here it is!  Isn't it awesome?  Aren't the colors vibrant and bright?  I decided I love acrylic inks and went out and bought me a few more different colors!

All the background is hand done,  I used a wedge white ink pen to go around each one and did faux stitching with a Sharpie fine marking pen.  The stamps are from Stamper Anonymous and Tim Holtz.  The Echinacea is from the Flower Garden set.  Butterflies are from the Framelets with Stamps set 660189 as is the creativity sentiment.  Other sentiments are from the Perspective stamp set.  BTW the Perspective stamp set has a butterfly stamp that is larger...25% then the one in the framelets set but it is the same stamp.  Coloring on sentiments done with Sharpie alcohol ink pens.  Flourish in the lower right done with liquid pearls from Ranger Ink.

This post became picture heavy quickly and it seems my dialogue increased also.  Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I did writing it!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

OMG! WOYWW #306

Where have I been?  What have I been up to since the last time I posted on WOYWW?  Truthfully I don't know!  I know I have been busy...well busy for me anyway.   I haven't been doing a whole lot of paper and paint crafting but I have been busy.

In February I spent a week at my daughters house baby sitting the fur grandbabies and having a lot of fun doing it.  Well actually4 furbabies and one feather babe!   They have 2 cats and 2 dogs and 1 bird.  Unfortunately I couldn't find a photo of there 10 year old tuxedo cat Horace.  I know I have taken dozens but they seem to have disappeared!
Inara is 10 years old
Wesley (R) is 1 and Mocha is 2 1/2 yrs.
Nyassa is an African Grey Parrot that is almost 20 years old!


My garden is starting to grow again.  Chuck and I have been outside cleaning and planting and things are coming together!

L side has onions and broccoli and cabbages
R side Onions Cabbage, Corn
Chuck worked on the walkway between the beds putting down mulch!
The swimming pool is still covered for a couple more weeks.
The city planted a redbud



We have a lot more stuff planted since I took these pictures and the plants are a lot bigger too!  I will have to get out and take some more pictures this week to show off. 
These are my desks this week!  I have been creating but not a whole lot.  I have been doing some art journaling and that is about it!
Isn't this a royal mess!  I took these pictures a couple hours ago and then I got in here and did some cleaning up a bit.  I still have a lot more to get done. 
The desk in the middle of the room is piled high and stuff stacked in front to the point it has to be straightened up to use.
The desk near the window is almost as bad!
Thought I would share some journal pages...
Documented Life Project (DLP) week 3  Words with Friends
DLP week 4 color
It has been a lot of fun art journaling and I hope to get more done this week.

If you enjoyed seeing my desk and what I have been up to jump over to Julia's blog...Stamping Ground and join in the party of seeing others desks and what they are up to!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Documented Life Project 2015 the Journal

I am slowly working to get caught up on the Documented Life Project 2015 (DLP) and so far I have finished 2 weeks worth.  They issue the prompts on Art to the 5th every Saturday and you can work at your own pace doing the projects.  No stress!  They have a gallery you can post your work on and a page on Facebook but I am not sure if it is an official FB page.  It goes by the same name DLP 2015 and you can find it here.  It isn't one of those things that you absolutely have to do each week and you can work at your own pace as I said before.  Each month has a theme...January's was The Blank Page and How to Face It.   Each week has a challenge that fits in with that theme.

Week 1 has an Art Challenge to use Book Paper and a Journal Prompt: "Be Your Own Goal Keeper"
 As you can see I used torn bits of the book paper and collaged it on the page with flat gel medium.  My goals are to promise myself to learn, create, share, do, care etc.  I have several layers of paints on my pages and added some coarse texture gel flowers via stencil and hand drew the bigger flowers and vine.  I am a work in progress and I don't really care for my flowers but...they will do!

Week 2 has an Art Challenge to use gesso and a Journal Prompt:  “The beginning is always today.” -Mary Shelley
I gesso'd the entire page on both sides and then wet them a little and sprayed Dylusions inks on them.  I used Dylusions and Tim Holtz stamps and stencils to create the pages.  I also used Tim Holtz distress inks and markers and Spectrum Noir alcohol inks.  The white outlining is done with a Uniball pen and the textured leaves are a Dylusions stencil and coarse texture gel that absorbs the color from the page below. 

The challenges and prompts are up to your interpretation and there is no wrong or right in it.  Come play!

Friday, February 6, 2015

WOYWW February Art Journal Calendar

Well always an hour late and a dollar short but I decided regardless of how late I am I will still join WOYWW this week and make it around to as many desks as I can before next Wednesday.  Hey! You gotta give me an A plus for effort!  What is WOYWW?  It is a group of folks/artists that enjoy one another's company and snooping around one another's desks each Wednesday.  Go check out Julia's blog Stamping Ground and she will fill you in on the details.

My desk today...yeah I know it is a mess but you should have seen it earlier!!
I have been working on journal pages and lessons and paint is everywhere.  I am going to stop a minute and clean up and get ready to go again tonight! 

My February calendar for the Art Journal Calendar Challenge is finished and I really like the way it turned out.  I mixed up my own sprays for this and was surprised how well the Tim Holtz Barn Door and Festive Berries reinkers worked mixed in water.  I think they turned out pretty bright for the background.
Next I punched out the date hearts with a scalloped 1 1/2" heart punch and then used the "punch holes" as a stencil for the sides and a stencil for the back ground.  I used a Close To My Heart swirl stamp set for the background in Vintage Photo.  The month and year are cut from Stampin' Up! whisper white using Cricut Plantain Schoolhouse cartridge.  I don't remember where I got the vintage Valentine paper that I cut the Valentines out of and collage on the background but I wish I had more cause it is such a cute paper pattern.  I also found some candy hearts stickers in the stash that I used to fill in here and there. 

My next project was some tags for a swap on Creativeblock StampersAnonymous a Yahoo Group.  In the group we use only StampersAnon stamps and make tags each month from a prompt given to us by the group leader Sandy.  This months prompt was Steampunk Valentines. 
I used shiny silver cardstock to make the tags then ran them through the Vagabond using the riveted metal folder of Tim Holtz.  I brushed some black soot distress paint over it dull it down a bit.  The stamps are from the Odds and Ends and the Time Travelers sets.  I used all sorts of bits and pieces from my stash an most of it is from the Tim Holtz Ideology line. 

Hope you like my desk and art work today.  I had a lot of fun making them.  I am hoping to hop around to several desks this week and if you like what you see leave me a comment! 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week 1 Beacon of Light

Last week I showed the warm up project from Lifebook 2015 week 1.  Tamara Laporte always does a lot the first week and it usually takes me a couple of weeks to get the first week done.  Week 1 this year even has more then in previous years.

In the introduction Tam gave a synopsis of the first week...it is a lot!  
 1. An introductory video in which you get to meet myself and Gracie (please watch it, I go over some important Life Book related things).
2. A Guided Meditation (Releasing Fears/ Worries + Welcoming in the New)  
3. Art Bites for Newbies & Beginners
4. An introduction to Colour Theory  
5. A Warm Up Exercise  
6. A Main project (creating our Beacon of Light)

What I like best about Lifebook is that is more then a art course it is also using art to help you heal and find yourself.  Tam isn't a shrink or therapist so she warns you not to do the various projects if it might influence you negatively.   If you are interested in learning some art and having fun check it out at Lifebook 2015.   It is self paced and you can do as much or as little as you want to do.

Okay that said I would like to share the main lesson from week 1.  The Beacon of Light...
I really had some problems getting it to  photograph appropriately because of the shiny paints and glitter on her hair and dress.  

Making the head and face was really hard for me and it is a little off but hey I am new to this stuff and a work in progress as I like to say.  I love glitter and there is some glitter on the hair rays and on the left side of her dress.   I also used some Dylusions stamps on the background and Glossy Accents on the eyes and charms dangling from her hands.  I used mainly paints from Michaels, watercolor crayons and ink pads from Stampin' Up!, scrap papers from the bin.

Hope you like her!  If you like to see my warm up page see the previous post!