Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sunsets, Teapots, Trucks, and Flowers

The last day of June...where does time go?

Speaking of time, I had to do one last page for the **Art*Journal*Journey* June prompt - A Stitch in Time.  Added some little zig zags to the corner of my BAJ page and also added some girls from the past wearing fancy dresses to my card.  The girls are covering a very bad mistake with a white paint pen - lol.  The BAJ background is made with an embossing folder inked up and sprayed with water.  The water panels are all water colored with SU! Ink using a penny for the sun.

These verses in Psalm 126 have much deeper meanings than the seem.  I looked up Negev and it is a desert.  So then I looked up watercourses, and it seems that when it rains in this desert, the water trickles down into patterns which then meet each other until they are powerful streams.  A beautiful analogy and so meaningful.  Lovely.
I also did a few more BAJ pages lately with matching cards.

This one is made with some botanical tissue paper, stencils, white gesso and gold paint.  The hummingbirds and the card sentiment are from the old SU! Elements of Style set.  I focused on Psalms 102 and 103, but mainly the opening words of Psalm 103:  My soul, bless the Lord, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  My soul bless the Lord, and do not forget all His benefits.
This one was made by painting up some heavyweight white paper with gesso, then some Arteza Gouache rust paint, then some blue Dina Wakely Acylic paint mixed with Crackle Paint. Then put on an Andy Skinner stencil.  Once dry, I cut up the panels, punched in holes, added distress inks, put them all together and then did more stenciling (Stamperia Pipes).  The tags are Stamperia Sea World. More Psalms - Psalm 119 which is the longest Psalm and contains several dozen prayers.  It is like a history lesson and has several themes as well.  I focused on the pleas of help and the expectation and knowledge that God would help.  With all that is going on in my life and the world - that is all important.
I have also made some cards - should make some matching BAJ pages for them too - especially this first one.  It two combined SU! sets - Sailing Home and High Tide.  Also added in some torn paper clouds and a fun stencil with purple Textures Effects Paste (love that stuff).
 Tried my hand a bunch of doodling around this teapot.  Made with the flower and pot from SU! Tea Together.  Took a bit of time to do all the doodling!
 Also tried no line watercoloring... it was hard but I like the result.  The truck is Printworks Collection -Dad's Truck and the words are TH (I think - it is a stamp totally separated from its friends for some reason.  I used Distress Inks to stamp and paint the truck.  Added in rust where hubby's rust is on his 1949 (I think) Ford Truck.
 Cased Cathy Mac at SCS who was this week's Featured Stamper (so talented).  I drew my flowers and leaves and painted them Arteza Gouache Paint.
Hope you are having a great week - I only have two days of work this week since I took off two days and Friday is a National holiday.  Fun!!!  Dreading the catch up though.

Many hugz,

Nancy

Friday, June 19, 2020

Texture, Tea Bags, and Pizza

Hello crafty friends,

I have been playing with texture a lot lately and have a few things to share with you.

My first card is on its way to a friend for her birthday.  I painted it up for the watercolor challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com.  The challenge was to add unexpected color to your image - I added in some red to her dress and some mint green and yellow to her face.  There is gold paint on her wings and on the background. The background was a mop up of inks from previous card, then some gesso through a Dylusions stencil.  More ink and spraying.  Tied on a ribbon to finish it off.  The base is thick watercolor paper so this is a 5x6 chunky card that cost a bunch to mail per my grumbling hubby - lol.  My response, of course, is that she is worth it (he agreed with a wink).
Another expensive to mail card done for a friend to friend challenge.  This was a challenge between me and one of my Australian crafting buddies.  We are both kind of new to mixed media and are watching all kinds of videos.  This is one we watched THIS Vintage Dress video by Gabrielle Pollaco  and THIS video by Maremi's small art on adding texture. I watched The Dress Maker will making it.  The wings and sentiment are from an old SU! Fashion Sense stamp set.
This Never Stop Dreaming card was a discard from the previous project that I repurposed into a quick encouragement card.  Stamps are Close To My Heart.
Next, I have another friend who challenged me to make something fun with tea bags - we have both fell in love with tea bag stamping.  This little mini journal was made with gallon sized tea bags that I stapled and tied together.  I made it so the openings are at the top and I stuffed a fun picture into each one.  This is a birthday surprise for a crafty friend who loves tea.  I put in pictures of her girls and her.  I dipped my tea bags into ink first and then stamped on SU! stamp sets for all the pages. 
Here is a picture of two of the inside pages.  Most pages had added in flowers or birds, but I neglected to take pictures of them...
And this is my favorite creation lately - stuffed left over pizza.  I took some horrible leftover pizza (cheap pizza loved by my Grandsons), added in some cream cheese and half a jalapeno, folded it over, and then wrapped it in partially cooked bacon.  I put it in my air fryer to melt the cheese and finish cooking the bacon.  It was WONDERFUL!
Hope your week has been going well - it is Friday!  I am very ready for some fun weekend plans and crafting - hope you do too!

Hugz,

Nancy

Monday, June 15, 2020

Stitching, Fairies, Boats, and Prayers

Hello Crafty Friends,

I have a collection of my BAJ and cards from this past week.  The firt two  BAJ pages are inspired by the **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* June prompt -  A Stitch in Time.

My first BAJ page is Psalm 86 and 87.  I am desiring to focus more on God rather than the current state of problems in the world - especially here in the U.S.  Our time here is but a whisper if we are focused heavily on Him. Of course, I am asking Him to step in and show us how to solve the problems too.

Steps for this page:  gesso, ink spray, stenciling - new stencils (so fun)l; stamped, water-colored and fussy cut the lovely REDlead fairy (she is an angel here); journaling and then faux sewing.

The page next to the first page here is a page I did in April, but I added the stitching to tie the two pages better together.  I haven't previously posted this one.  The sea village image, sea grass and large words are  from DRS Designs.  There is a stencil in the background and some of my green spray and distressing somehow jumped over from the psalms 86 page.   

This next card and BAJ page  were inspired by the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com.  A lovely picture of leaves inspired me.  The background on the card is a tea bag glued to cardstock.  I am having so much fun with tea bags these days.  The leaves and sentiment are SU!  The tea bag is frm my friend, Teresa who drinks more tea than me although I have increased my tea intake after playing with these bags. 

My next card and BAJ page (Psalms 100 and 101) are done with the SU! Waterfront stamp set, and INK/SPRAY/SMASH technique on the card.  I cased THIS lovely card by Trudy (the featured stamper on Splitcoaststampers.com this week).  

Hoping this is wonderful week!!!

Hugz

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Clocks, Chickens, and Teacups!

Hello crafty friends!

I am still enjoying not having the two hour daily commute and being able to spend it crafting, learning, and visiting blogs.  They have told us we will be going back August 1st.  Seems like a long time on one side and seems quick on the other.  I still think we are not all taking the precautions we need to.  Hubby is doing a show this weekend and I am so afraid for him - being around a lot of people who are touching his military items he has for sale is scary.  He still thinks he is Superman even though he is a high risk person (health issues).  I just know he wont be doing the right thing like wearing his mask at all times and using the hand sanitizer.  Urgh!!!!

I have a BAJ page done using the **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* Stitch in Time theme. 

Psalms 118:25 - I focused on just a few words - Lord Save Us.  We need saving on so many levels.  This Psalm speaks to just a few of them. 

I used the SU! sets - Natural Beauty and Sense of Time.  I stamped the clock, gears, and words lightly on the page, and then stamped the inner clock again on a separate paper, fussy cut, and glued them down.  I stamped the flowers and birds on scraps done using the ink/spray/smash method.   I sponged the page, then added in some stenciling.  It still needed something, so I added in these cool 3-D stickers that I picked up at a garage sale.  They reminded me of clocks.  It is a chunky page, but I kind of like how it seems mixed up - goes well with the words.

I bought some new stamps from Rubbernecker after seeing Kittie's Farm Pop Up Box post.  I thought I might get the chickens and barn she used, but once I got there, I decided on a tractor stamp, a chicken coop stamp, the chicken motives, and the chicken die.  I bought a few other stamps that were on sale as well. The minute they came, I had to make something, of course!

Here is the BAJ page and the card I made.  The BAJ page is on Psalms 107: 35-38 - which speaks to how the Lord plans things for us.  He leads us to the right places for our cities and farms.  Some would argue that maybe we were led to the wrong place, but generally that is because we didn't listen or we aren't listening. 

The BAJ is sponging, and doodling with the painted tractor (Arteza Gouache paints) and a sponged chicken.  The coop on the card is also painted with the Gouache paints and stamped again in the Misti.  The chickens are sponged.  I love using my Amazon boxes to make cards and have been using a lot of them lately. 
Here is a picture of the card by itself.  I drew the framing around the sentiment to tie it in to the chicken coop better.  The die makes a lot of chickens so I added a few on top of the sentiment.  The BAJ and card were inspired by THIS fun picture of an old yellow building/house and done for the Splitcoaststampers.com Saturday Inspiration Challenge.   
 Here is a card I finished off Sunday and also made with part of an Amazon box. It was done for the Teapot Tuesday Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com.  The cards to to individuals who need a bit of cheer.  The theme was things you need for a tea party.  I used a paper doily, sheet music, a tea bag, and some tea cups. 
I started with a section of my Amazon Box, used gesso to attach some papers including butcher paper, tissue paper, sheet music, ribbon, and a a paper doily.  Did a few layers of gesso then stenciled on some thick white gesso using and Andy Skinner stencil.  Then I added some inks and paints misted with water.  Once that dried, I added the tea bag, did some ink distressing, and  gems.  The tea cups were stamped, painted with Gouache paints, and popped up too.  This was fun.  I am busy cutting up more boxes now.

Hope your week is going well.  Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting! 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Psalm 119: Stitches, Time and Learning Lessons

Hello crafty friends.

I couldn't wait to try a go at Halle's  new **Art*Journal*Journey* theme:  a stitch in time.  
Started with this lovely old song page from a vintage song book (found free at an outdoor flea markert) and some stash paper.  Added in a pre-stamped tag and lovely lady from REDlead, a tag frm my stash tied with a bow, some scraps from various items, and some ephemera  from Tim. Topped it off some some fake stitching.  

The tag pulls out and has some verses from Psalm 119.
I know I need some more instruction and need to be way better.  I pray that I make better decisions and involve the Lord more in them.  I am thinking there are a few people out there looting and hurting others that need some more instruction as well.  Why are we all so weak and disobedient? Each of us is disobedient in our own way - obvious or not and in more ways than we think.  I sit and work at my computer doing work things and thinking I am not doing anything wrong.  Then I get snippy with hubby at lunch, neglect to check on my Pop, forget to give thanks at lunch, act too decisively in a meeting, judge someone (probably unfairly) while watching the news, etc.  

I remember reading that Benjamin Franklin tried to keep track of his sins for a week and that didn't work out too well.  Then he boiled it down to 7 virtues he tried to keep.  That one worked out much better and evidently helped him to become a better person.  I love this quote:

"Tho’ I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet I was, by the endeavour, a better and a happier man than I otherwise should have been if I had not attempted it."

Hugz,
Nancy

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Dots and FLowers

I had to get in a couple more flower creations before May is over!

My first page is inspired by the **Art*Journal*Journey* and THESE nails.

Card going to my sweet aunt who sent me a great card and a little treat this week - she is a CTMH demonstrator and very creative!

The BAJ page focuses on praising God with shouts of joy, sweet words, and song,
Doodled the BAJ dots and stenciled the card circle.  The flowers are the To A Wild Rose from SU! painted with Arteza Gouache colors. Had to add in some fun ladies to jazz things up a bit.

New toys to play with on my second creations.  These were done for the **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* challenge and the Teapot Tuesday challenge with was red, white, and blue but not patriotic.
Page and card made with new Rubbernecker Wildflowers in the wind and Dina K greeting from IO.

Love the sentiment from my friend Dina K.  It is at IO.  Such a true statement, but seems we humans can't resist looking back and forth too much. Here is a picture of just the card.

Praying for the U.S. - please join me!  We need prayer desperately.

Hugz

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Little Things Mean A Lot and Life is Love

Hello crafty friends.

A few weeks ago, I found the thumb-drive that had a bunch of my old digital images on it and I have been looking through it.  Today I found this Lynne Stansbery Blow Me A Kiss image.  I thought it would be perfect for the **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* Challenge (flowers) and the Try it on Tuesday challenge (lovely ladies).  

This is probably the prettiest image I have in my collection.  I colored her with colored pencils.  The sentiment on the card is computer generated and on the BAJ page it is part of a DRS Designs stamp and tiny tag word from SU!  Punched out the love word with a SU! Tiny Tag punch and tied on some silver thread.  

The background of the BAJ page is gesso, Dylusions Spray, and Distress Oxidides.  There is a base layer of gesso and then another with thick white gesso applied on a script stencil.  

Thanks for visiting!

Hugz

Fish, Bacon and the Beach

I actually ventured out this weekend.  I wore my mask and hit the smoothie drive thru with my youngest daughter.  We also went to the grocery store and actually went inside.  I have been doing the curbside pickup, but just had to get out.  First "outing" since March 19th, and I have to say it was very nice and much needed. 

I have been crafting away to keep my sanity. 

I made this detailed wreath card for last week's SCS Inspiration challenge and to show off the lovely 3 in 1 Ocean Floor image at DRS Designs.  THIS was my inspiration.  I did an ink/spray/smash pap and stamped the image all over.  Fussy cut everything and formed it into a wreath.  A few gems and it was done.  Ink/spray/smash bg on the base as well. 
I made a matching BAJ page with the leftovers and an inked up and water spritzed stencil. 
I did a few more beach themed creations as well.

I drew this one and painted with water-colors (Pencils).  It is going off to cheer up a lovely lady who loves Mazatlan and is facing some major health issues.  The sentiment and shell are SU!
Had the shell images out and did another card and BAJ.
The angel is the REDlead Destiny angel stencil.  
I saw a fun image on my youngest daughter's Facebook this week.  She loves making current pictures look vintage and she loves Cher.  I made her this card to give her sweetie. It was inspired by THIS travel clock from A Cottage in the City.
This morning I was feeling a bit hungry when I made m Sunday Morning Featured Stamper card so it is all about some bacon!  I cased THIS card by Chris (fargets on Splitcoaststampers.com).  The base is some acrylic paint and water color covered in several layers of heated Glossy Gel Medium.  The sentiment is by Funny Bones (Riley &Co).
Hope you are all doing well and staying safe! Thanks for visiting!!!

Hugz,

Nancy

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Artist Inspiration and Some Much Loved Old Stamps

Hello crafty friends.

I really needed to relax this weekend, and I was able to do it.  I finished a very good Debbie Macomber book, If Not For You, cleaned up my car, and got in a couple of naps.  I did a few more BAJ pages as well. 

I got a bit adventurous with this first one. It was inspired by THIS creation of  Freidensreich Hundertwasser. The prompt came from the MIX challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com and the flower theme at **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY*.  Freidensreich was very into recycling so I did several layers of tissue paper I was going to throw out and the tea bag label from my green tea.  Lots of gesso including one thick layer over an Andy Skinner stencil.  I painted the flowers with Arteza gouache paints and metallic Zig Painty pen. 
Psalm 146:1-2.  Hallelujah! My soul, praise the Lord. I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing to my God as long as I live.  Beautiful words.

My second creation was a case of THIS card by this week's Featured Stamper (71st Street).  I started by loading up the old SU! Medallion stamp with some Dina Wakley paint, spritzing with water and them slapping it down on the page.  I also used the leftover paint to make some ink/spray/smash pages and then stamped and fussy cut the flowers, leaves, and butterflies.  
Psalm 141:8 - Lord, my Lord.  I seek refuge in you.  I have needed to seek refuge in Him a lot this last few months!

The flowers, butterfly and leaves are from the Natural Beauty SU! set - one of my favorites.

Here is the card standing by itself.
I stamped one more time using the Medallion stamp and it didn't work out so well.  I went with it though and created a little background for this sweet paper doll.  
I wasn't going to share it, but I kind of like it.  It is growing on me anyway.  Twenty one more pages in Psalms.  I thought I was closer to done, but it is a long book and so full of lovely verses.

Hope you had a good weekend as well.

Hugz,

Nancy

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Ladies, Fish, and a Horse

I had a little time to do a BAJ page last night with my daughter consulting (she was making dinner and I was asking her for suggestions on what to do next to the page and she was actually answering).  I had put off doing Psalm 80 because the Psalm actually seemed to have a lot of anger/revenge in it and it just wasn't speaking to me.  I had to do it though because I am not moving to another book in the bible until I have this one done.  Last night I made it a challenge to get it done.  I chose verse 3 only.  We used the Try It on Tuesday Lovely Ladies challenge, the **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* flower challenge, and my daughter's Stash Tea Bag Tag top as our inspiration.  The flowers are all in their hats.  Allie said not to add the fabric flower to the woman's hat but I just had to do it. 
I neglected to post my fish card from last week on my blog.  More new images from DRS Designs.
Also I found I had neglected to post this BAJ page previously as well.  I debated posting it because I never could get happy with the horse.  He is is miniature horse named Lightening.  We babysat him for about 6 years for a friend. I didn't get his face the right size but I haven't ever drawn a horse and I drew him pen versus first trying pencil.  I am proud of it if I think about it being my first horse.  The purple texture was added to cover up something at first but it is expanding mousse and so me and one my grandsons got carried away putting it all over and heating it up.  He loved it. 

I wrote in some bible verses around the horse and in his hair. 
I miss that mean little energetic horse. 

Hugz

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

A Cat in the Flowers

Hope you all are having a good week!

I had some MOJO issues in my BAJ lately, so I took some inspiration from the **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY* flower theme picked by Mia and the Splitcoaststampers.com Tea Party theme (do a card with cats or dogs or spelling out one of them with your items).  The card is going to the daughter of one of the participants who has been facing some big set backs in health and wealth but staying very positive.  The BAJ page is for all of us as we are remarkably and wondrously made as is written in Psalm 139:14.  I think within the next month, I will have Psalms done. 
I drew the flowers, painted them with watercolors, stamped the cat, and distressed the edges.  I added a bit of doodling to tie the flowers in together more.

I also have this card to share with new images from DRS Designs - the porthole and the 3 in 1 ocean floor images combined with the Go with the Flow Greeting.  The images will be hitting the store this week. 
I also wanted to share the handmade mini-photo album I made for my daughter for Mothers Day.  I made each of them one but neglected to take pictures of one of them.
Here it is inside:
I made both of them quickly Saturday morning and I used THESE free printables from Lia Griffith.  The album design was taken from Artsy Albums and the tutorial can be found HERE.  I filled hem with pictures of them and their kids plus one of my mother (on the left side tag) and me (hiding under my Mom).  I used scraps laying around and didn't worry about matching too much as I was in a big hurry to get them done.  They loved them so mission accomplished.

Hugz!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Catch UP Post

I haven't posted in a while but I have been busy here in rural Alabama trying to avoid cabin fever and Corona!

Try it on Tuesday last time was fun with stencils and this time is one color mixed with Black and White - I have both on my two cards.  I love stencils  and I love Vintage photo ink!!!!

Here is one made by inking up my stencil with Vintage Photo Ink, spritzing with water and then slapping it down on the page:
The short little man is from Squirrel and Frog, the leaves are SU!, and the sentiment is REDlead.

Did another with him popped up an the leaves sponged.

I did this one over the weekend but it has stencils too- but a few too many colors.  I used my favorite chicken wire stencil:
Made the clay sculpture following THIS video (love that music on the video and this girl is talented). My octopus is not as cool as hers, but I tried! Painted with gold mica powder.  The shells are DRS Designs.  Did a kind of matching BAJ page:
Another Psalm.  I used my chicken wire stencil but used it on top of another layer so it isn't as noticeable and also used a die cut mesh as a stencil.

Didn't use a stencil on this one and have a bunch of colors, but did use some fun tissue paper I received last week:
Slapped on a Tim Holtz doll and a SU! Sentiment and had a great Birthday card.  Psalms
67 - wishes for blessings - something we all need!  Donuts seemed to fit with a plea for blessings.

One last combo using the same raindrop stencil as my other projects plus a sweet new Art Deco Sympathy sentiment from DRS Designs (cattails and seagrass also from DRS Designs).  Almost could qualify as one extra color but has peach and brown.
A tribute to my sweet Mother as we approach Mother's Day in the U.S. and I miss her like crazy!

Thanks for coming by.  I so appreciate it.  Many hugz! Stay safe.

Nancy