I would start this post off with Pirate talk, but I just don't want to butcher the language. The current challenge (going on until Sunday) at Haunted Design House is Pirate's Booty. Crafters are encouraged to make a scary Pirate related creation (you have to check out with the design team and the participants have made - some of the best Pirate stuff I have seen in awhile - really!). I have to tell you that I tried to be scary, but this was about as scary as I could get. I could have made Capt'n Jack a little sinister but Johnny just can't look sinister. Even when he was Edward Sissorhands, he was cute, cute, cute. I could have used a scary sentiment, but I really needed a card for a friend who loves Pirates and is sailing some pretty stormy seas and battling some really big sea monsters! That is scary enough!!!
Hello friends. No more fun travel or parade pictures - back to every day normal life. On a positive note, I have been able to fit in some art. Hereis an art journal spread I finished this weekend. I am adding it to Alison's Summer Landscape challenge theme at **Art*Journal*Journey* . I started the pages in my journal around July 4th after seeing Dina's stripes inspired Mixed Media challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com and got as far as stamping some foliage at the bottom. I was stuck after that, and I wasn't sure where to go with it next. A few days later, I was clearing out some things in the craft room and ran across a Thomas Kinkade book I cut up and use in my Bible Journaling. There was a picture of the San Francisco Bridge and another of some mountains so I tore them out and added them to my page with Gesso representing some of the beautiful things in America and also Alison's countryside theme. They did not blend in very well and I needed to alter them to wo