Friday, July 21, 2017

Summer in the mountains

Today a few friends and I are heading for the mountains where the weather is much cooler.   Bleubeard opted to stay home.

What a fun time we have when we spend summer in the mountains.

There will be rock climbing.

I'll meet my friends at the lookout station.

We'll bring plenty of water,

and have lots of fun.  We'll protect ourselves from falling by wearing boots and using climbing ropes that have attached carabiners. 

Although mountaineering can be dangerous, we take every precaution to keep safe.

After all, we want this summer to be fun and memorable in a good way!

Materials used include white card stock I colored using handmade shimmering mists, various background (scrapbook) papers, corrugated cardboard, a magazine image, and a dictionary page I sewed together before adding the assembly to the substrate, a word brad (FUN), two washi tapes, various dimensional mountain and rock climbing ephemera, and a Micron pen for the sentiment.

Bleubeard and I are delighted you joined us today as I spent some of our summer vacation in the mountains, while Bleubeard held down the fort at home.  We also hope you will join us at Art Journal Journey, where our theme is Summertime Love.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Butterflies and cake

John Keats knew exactly what to say about summertime love, which is our theme this month at Art Journal Journey

I cut the butterflies from a punch and created a valley fold at their bodies.  I was able to glue just a portion of the body to the page so it appeared they were flying around, enjoying their three glorious summer days.

I used various colorful scrapbook papers to create the butterflies.

For this page, I started with a used file folder that I spritzed with handmade shimmering mists.  I printed and matted the quote, then added it to the spread. Next, I added the butterflies that weren't really as random as I had hoped.

Bleubeard and I are delighted you took time to visit today, as we created this page where butterflies were free and enjoyed their three days of summertime love and bliss.  As I'm sure you know by now, we're hosting Art Journal Journey this month. 

As an aside, I've been designing the cover of my 3-ring binder I'll be keeping all these pages in I've made this month.  I had one 3-D piece from a package of embellishments that didn't fit in anywhere.  Not the right size, style, color, etc.  I'm sure you've had a few leftovers, too at times.

That's when I saw it as a cake topper.   Now you will have to agree, I can't draw anything, and I am even worse at decorating cakes.  Further, I don't make very good or even interesting tags.

However, to honor Wilma's cake theme at Tag Tuesday, I decided to put this "cake topper" to good use.  Laugh and laugh if you're amused.  I know I did after I photographed it.  But, please help yourself to a piece of Island Cake.

Please also join Bleubeard and me for Wilma's cake at Tag Tuesday.  And thanks for dropping by my blog today, too.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A summer day on the water

Today I'm attempting something a bit different for Art Journal Journey's Summertime Love.  I decided to try my luck at abstract.  I added the sentiment I hoped would convey why people like to spend time in their boats during summer months.

I added the doily behind the boat so there would be some interest.

I really tried to make it look like there was a mooring and a sailboat just leaving the dock.

You may have to use your imagination, though.  As I've mentioned on numerous occasions, I'm not a painter, although I seem to do better with abstract than reality.

For the background, I started by spritzing several of my handmade shimmering mists on heavy card stock.  Once dry, I added the doily, the painting, and computer generated text.

Thank you for joining Bleubeard and me today as we spent a summer day on the water in abstract.  Please also join the two of us at Art Journal Journey, where this month we are hosting the theme Summertime Love.

Bleubeard and I also have another art treat for you today.  We have created an Index Card specifically for this event.

It is for our beloved friend Squiggles.  All Bleubeard's friends got together to wish Squiggles a very happy third birthday.  Does this mean you have finally left the terrible twos behind, dear Squiggles?    Somehow Bleubeard and I doubt it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

T Stands For It's Party Time

Welcome to our 4th T Stands For Tuesday Anniversary.

It's definitely a party.

The party will involve gifts, but you will need to supply your own cake and refreshments.

This is your personal invitation.   You will need to RSVP by the end of today.  Of course, the RSVP is for the link-up and the ATC swap.

Let's go over the rules for this ATC exchange.  Sorry, even though I don't like rules, this time we must follow them. Today only we are linking using Inlinkz.  The reason is simple.  I can't remove your name in Mr. Linky, but YOU can remove your own name in Inlinkz.  If you are planning to share an ATC, here is what you need to do. 

1.  Link your DRINK related post below using Inlinkz.  Add an asterisk (*) after your name.
2.  If you forget the asterisk, simply look for the trash can (below your name) and delete your name and URL.
3.  Link your name and URL a second time with the asterisk after your name.
4.  Do this ONLY if you plan to pass on an ATC to the next person on the list who has an asterisk after their name.
5.  The next person with an asterisk whose name is after yours is the person you send your ATC to.
6.  Contact them and get their snail mail address.
7.  Send the ATC to them sometime before the end of the week, preferably the sooner the better.
8.  The last person who links with an asterisk will send to the first person on the list who has an asterisk.  The circle is now complete.
9.  This swap is called Pay-It-Forward or PIF, and that is what you are doing.

If you are not swapping an ATC, please link as you normally would and make sure there is no asterisk after your name.  You do NOT have to swap an ATC to celebrate today.  Please join in regardless.

Whether you are creating an ATC or not, when you link a post today, you will qualify for one of four ATCs I have made for this event.  I want this to be a fun and enjoyable fourth anniversary for all.   Winners will be named next week and chosen by

We are sharing a cup of summertime love

which includes a cookie/biscuit served in European cafes/restaurants, but not so in U.S. cafes/restaurants.  The cup is intentionally empty, so you supply your drink of choice today.

Materials include card stock colored using bubble wrap and handmade shimmering mists, a magazine image, a portion of a card,

a stuffed fabric heart, three fancy paper clips, a computer generated invitation, and a computer generated cup.

And because Bleubeard and I are also hosting Art Journal Journey this month, we are sharing this with AJJ as well.

Now it's your turn to share your T entry this week.  When you link, Bleubeard, the T gang, and I will be by to visit.  And if you are swapping ATCs, don't forget to look for your PIF partner.  Please don't forget, when you link you are eligible for one of four ATCs I have made that are ready to be sent to four lucky recipients. 

ICADs for July 10 through 16

For Day 40, I got this idea from the purchase I made of my computer, monitor, and scanner.   It was the purchase that just kept on giving.  I kept all those little cards and placards that told me to not throw something away.   I incorporated two of them with washi tape and a label from a bell pepper I purchased last week.

On Day 41, I realized I haven't used many hearts in my index cards this year, so decided to sew this part of a card to one.  I did a bit of doodling with a white gelly pen, which of course, I am really NOT very good at.

Carrying on with the heart theme, for Day 42, I cut two more hearts from various scrapbook paper scraps.  I added washi tape and colored the index card using a watercolor crayon gifted me by Cindy (another gift that just keeps on giving).

On Day 43 I decided I was getting bored with hearts, so added a few flowers to this group.  I sewed the last of the card I cut in pieces to the index card.

I have no idea where I found all these proofs of purchase, but for Day  44 I stuck them all together and added the sentiment I created on my computer.

For Day 45, I found this large letter A in a magazine.  Incredibly, I found an "amaze yourself," cut off the original A, and stuck the rest of the sentiment to the card.  I guess it pays to keep a few magazines around for inspiration.

 For Day 46, I was tired of looking at white index card backgrounds, so got out several paint colors and threw them on a card.  Luckily the pink was transparent enough you can tell it's an index card.   A bicycle image, washi tape, and computer generated text complete the card.

Thanks for joining me this week for my latest batch of Index Cards.  Remember please, this is the only place you will find my cards because I am not on any other social media site.