Sunday, April 26, 2020

Chicken and Dumplings, Quilting, and Flowers

I have two BAJ/Card combinations to share. 

This one is linked up to the **Art*Journal*Journey* Geometric Patterns.  
I cased THIS lovely card by Pat (Kokirose).  I used the same quilt pattern she did, but changed up the papers, did faux sewing, expanded it, and added a verse from Psalms 78 to it.  Papers are SU! and stash.  The matching card has a vintage SU! Stove (1998 found the stamp at a flea market) and some accessories from the SU! Perfect Mix set.   This is going to a lovely friend who is making me some masks and is on cooking adventures as well.

My next combo has some lovely Peonies and leaves against a stenciled brick wall. I drew the flowers using THIS lovely flower picture as my inspiration. Colored it up with some water color pencils, which I also used to create splatter.  Added a bit of  Stickles and Acrylic Paint to the little fill ins.  This card is going to a friend who could use a pick me up.  The Muah stamp is Stamp-abilities.
I woke up today in a cooking mood.  Haven't really been in one of those in a very long time.  I made Cheesy Bacon and Egg Hash for breakfast. Then I made chicken and dumplings from scratch (tried to get close to my Mom's version with thicker strips of dumplings. I also made fried apple and cheese casserole, and squash and potatoes. I probably gained 5 lbs!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hugz,

Nancy

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Pirates and Gnomes

Looks like the world is starting to think about getting back to reality - I hope it is not too fast!  I have sure enjoyed having the extra 2 hours a day to craft or lay around - fighting traffic again doesn't sound fun.

What is fun is some Pirates and Gnomes which I made in the last few days.  Finished up the pirates a few minutes ago.  Did a card and a BAJ page focusing on Note all the treasure is silver and gold - such a true statement in life. 

I drew Jack fast as you can see and colored him in with pencils and markers. I know pirates are strange in a bible, but Psalms 149 and 150 are about celebrating life and salvation and Jack was good at celebrating plus he had some wise words that fit.  The greatest treasure is a strong relationship in God.
The card is off to someone who loves pirates and renaissance fairs and lost her husband last month.  Inside is a torn paper Jack I made as well (not picture worthy but sure to bring her a smile).  The image is an Octopode (circa 2013ish but I think her etsy shop is still open).  I found my Octopode collection yesterday and I am sooooo glad.  The eyes just make me smile.  The elements around him are Tim Holtz Ephemera and the paper is SU!  Linking to **ART*JOURNAL*JOURNEY*  as I have some geometric designs - squares and retangles and ovals and circles (his eyes and beads).  Plus lots and lots of lines.

I have some gnomes too:
Ink/Spray/Smash backrounds on my layers.  Cut up some of the TH Cabinet Die on the top layer to make the wall for my DRS Designs Peeking Gnome.  He is colored up with pencils as are the mushrooms and beehive.  Added on some sunglasses from the 4-in-1 Fashion Accessories.  The Beehive was cut a bit to fit on the tag, the mushrooms were cut from the Tree Home Gnome image (failed attempt to get a door on the wall - lol), and the sentiment is Sending You Sunshine.  Also used Script Font Background on the mop up background.  The rolled flowers were hand cut from scraps of paper. 

Thanks for visiting!  Many hugz

Friday, April 17, 2020

Church Ladies and Butterflies

Try it on Tuesday is all about some stencils, but I tried them on Friday - lol.  
Psalms 117 - A Call to Praise.  Thought some church ladies would work well for this one. I should have done them singing, but we will just say they finished up the song.  Drew the ladies, painted them up with water colors, wrote in the scripture, and stenciled on some butterflies (Magenta stencil) with SU! inks.  

I also made a card to match with the BAJ page I did the other day:
Used the same paper done by my Grandson, Lewis, but I cut it out in strips.  Stenciled on some chicken wire with yellow and brown ink, then stamped with some bubble wrap.  The sentiment is from the Rooted in Nature SU! set.  The old butterfly was gray but is now green thanks to some Dylusions Ink Spray.  

Thanks for visiting!  Hugz

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A Counter Full of Geometric Shapes

Hello Crafty Friends,

I received some fun new toys from REDlead this week:  Small Mason Jar, Paris Tickets, Bee, Bird Stencil, and Destiny/Angel Stencil.  I couldn't wait to play with them!  Here is a picture of it all.  I don't normally show pictures of my shopping hauls, but this one was so pretty.  Sharon tied up up the stamps with pretty ribbons, put the bee stamp in the cutest box, stamped the mailing envelop with some of her images, sent that cute mushroom full of tiny tags, and sent some pretty little messages/advertisements that can be easy recycled.  It was probably the coolest package I have received from any company ever.  Of course, I have already ordered more because I fell in love with that little angel image she stamped next to the bird below.  Adorable.  Sweet and smart on her part as well.

My first BAJ page is Psalm 61: Security in God (which we all need right now).  Using gesso, I first laid down an old music page (the song is Mockingbird Hill) I found in a give-away pile at a flea market a few months ago.  Then I stenciled on some birds and chicken wire using Vintage Photo DI.  I added in some circles (old SU! set) and stamped on some Paris Tickets and and old O.K. for Payment Insurance Stamp (found at a garage sale in Birmingham).  I really wanted to use my new jar stamp so I stamped two, fussy cut them, stamped on some parts of the bee stamp and then wrote in some verses from Psalm 61.  I decided to draw in some wings on the top jar since the verse talks about the shelter of God's wings.
Then I wanted to try the Destiny/Angel stencil from REDlead on the sister page. I used Vintage Photo DI and a bit of Black Soot.  To tie it in with the other page, I stamped in a few circles.  The background is a floral stencil.

Since I had the Vintage Photo Ink out (when do I not have it out?), I made a card for the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS.  I cased THIS card made by Karen Decknick (stampingokaren).  The flower stamp is from Close to My Heart and the Thinking of You sentiment is from the SU! Good Morning Magnolia set.  After adding a halo of ink on the edges, I splattered it all with water.  Gives is a little sad look and I really like how it came out.
Then I decided I should do something with absolutely no Vintage Photo ink. I used More Mustard from SU! It looks like Vintage Photo but it isn't.  The base is part of a tempura paint giant rainbow paper my Grandson Lewis gave me.  He painted it at Church one night and I have had it in my craft room a few months.  It is super large and I figured I could recycle it in my Bible and keep it for a long time.  Maybe one day he will run across it and cherish it (probably not but a fun thought anyway).  I painted on some white gesso, tore a hymnal page with the Everything is Figureoutable Impression Obsession sentiment stamped on it, and then added some fussy cut bees from REDlead.  It needed something so I stenciled on some chickenwire/honeycomb and a few circles.  I decided the circles should be filled with microbeads (Recollection).  I wrote in some of the scripture from Psalms 56: A Call for God's Protection.  I find all these protection Psalms to be so comforting right now.  Hoping things start improving soon!!!!
As I have lots and lots of geometric shapes, I am linking this post to the **Art*Journal*Journey* challenge.

Hugzzz and Bee Well!

Nancy

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Geometric and Free Form

hello crafty friends.

Learning new things every day while being stuck at home!  This morning I learned this:

 shape is a defined 2-dimensional area. The two types of shapes are geometric and free-form, which differ in the contours they are characterized by. Geometric shapes are classified by name like circle, square, rectangle, and triangle. Free-from shapes are generally irregular, uneven, and often found in nature

The **Art*Journal*Journey* prompt for April is geometric shapes.  I remembered in geometry learning the line was super important.  So today my BAJ page has lines - some are rectangle or circular and actually count as geometric (like my background line stencil and circular 15 plus the vase) and some are free form and not geometric at all (like my flowers and leaves). 
Started the page by painting the flowers and leaves with watercolors, then I outlined them with a micron pen and drew the vase.  Next I sponged on TH DI tea stain and finished off with various stenciling (Altenew and Andy Skinner) in TH DI vintage photo. 

I then wrote in all the words to Psalm 107 on the BAJ page - they are on the lines and in the flowers and leaves - I got every word in there.  I read a lot of the words upside down and that was a cool experience - I may do that again as it allowed me to think more of about the words.  These words are so appropriate for what we are facing now. They detail how God saved us so many times when we called out to Him and repented.  Saved us from persecution, disasters, starvation, etc.

The matching card is going to a lovely lady who is facing some GIANT battles that dwarf most of our concerns. I wrote my prayer for her and her doctors in the flowers and leaves. 

Here are a few cards I made recently.

This one is a water color wash then edge sponging with a bit of Snowtex for the waves.  The birds are SU! from one of the sea sets and the words are Impression Obsession - DK Designs.
This next one is a new peeking gnome image  and sentiment from DRS Designs - I colored it with colored pencils, drew in the wall, messed up the bg with some ink so stenciled in some Magenta stencils to cover them up.  The letters look like magical words to me.  
This next one is made with a new Deepest Sympathy, Flying Fairy, and Mushroom Line images from DRS Designs (available this weekend).  I sponged on some circles using a stencil to cover yet another ink smudge.  Some sloppy creations lately but I like them.

Hugz and Be Well,

Nancy

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Weekend Creativity

Hello friends.

I actually spent a little time cleaning the craft room a bit.  I have one corner done - only three more to go!  LOL!

I have been crafting away this weekend.  Doing several more Geometric Shapes pages for the **Art*Journal*Journey* theme, plus some cards.  I even made some yummy hot water cornbread.

This first page is the other part of Psalm 52 - the more positive words at the end about trusting in God's love.  With the world on fire right now, we definitely need to focus on God's faithful love.
Keeping with God's love and faithfulness, I also did Psalms 91. 
Here a few cards I made.

This one is an ode to my 401K.  I used part of an annual report and a fun old SU! Clock image. Those are tears (or raindrops) on the left.... hopefully the value will come back quickly when we get back to norm (whatever and whenever that will be).
This card was a case of Sharon Wisely who is the Featured Stamper on Splitcoatstampers.com this weekend. Sharon is one of the owners of  Red Lead - what a cool store!  I cased her tag which you can find HERE.
And here is the hot water cornbread I made.  I added in some sausage and it is stuffed with cheese.  I got the recipe HERE.
Hugz!

Nancy

Friday, April 3, 2020

Psalms 52 and Lots of Paint!

The theme for April at **Art*Journal*Journey* is Geometric shapes.  What a cool theme and so easy to incorporate in our projects.  Here is my project for today:

I am going through Psalms in my Journaling Bible, and I messed up a few pages and skipped them. I am going back and fixing them now that I have some white gesso - lol.

I printed out some of the scripture on rice paper (experiment) and the did a layer of clear gesso over it. It did not smear like some other ones I printed, but I think that was a light hand that saved me. I printed the words out because I wanted to be able to cover the words with the cross but didn't want to actually cover words in the actual scripture part of my page. Then I just started painting crosses and stenciling circles. I added in a little bit of a music sheet, stenciled be humble and added in some Ephemera (TH).

This Psalm is a warning to everyone to be humble, not trust in your riches, and to avoid destructive behavior (gossip, plotting against others, lying, etc.). Instead we should be humble, sharing, build up others, and put our trust in God; stay faithful to God.

My concept is that the butterfly is Christ who transformed us with the cross and and He is saying to us I love you but be humble.

I feel like this is a message God is giving us right now.

I also wanted to share a scrapbook page I finished yesterday.
It is going in my 8.5x11 scrapbook of historical markers and fun places my husband I have visited. We visited the Indian Baths in near the western coast of Alabama in early March (before all the restrictions).  The background paper was made by my middle Grandson, Patton.  He dipped the paper in a mixture of inks sprayed with water.  He said "Nanna, it looks like fire."  It has a bunch of yellow in it too, but that got covered up with all the journaling and pictures. 

Thanks for visiting. Hugz and be well.

Nancy