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Paper Towels, Ink and a Few Bees!

Hello crafty friends!  

I created a BAJ page yesterday after not doing one for over a month!  I had some MOJO issues - you know how it is....

I created this for the following challenges:

1. Pockets and Tags challenge at **Art*Journal*Journey*

2. My DTGD20 challenge on

3. The August MMJ04 challenge on

4. This weeks Inspiration Challenge on

I tried to get very close to the stripes in the inspiration photo but changed them up a bit and added in a pretty embossing on vellum on the tag and card.  The tag is attached to ,my BAJ page.  It is made from torn paper towels used to mop up ink and paint (done by my darling Grandson, Lewis - we had a play day last week).  I embossed the edges a bit to match the embossing on the velum (DRS Designs Count your blessings stamp).  The leaves are also from the same paper towel creation and they were stamped and embossed as well.   

My BAJ page is Luke 14: 13-14 but really the whole of Luke 14 which is about humility.  It teaches us much.  Much about our own motivations and how we should never look for what is in it for ourselves.  I love that He encourages to invite the poor and sick to dinner.  I used a fork cut from a Trader Joe's paper bag.  My daughters and I drove the 1 hour to our nearest one last week and we so enjoyed our time together.  I stocked up on more wine, pasta, salsa verde, and yummy frozen dinners.  I knew I would find a fun thing to use that fork for and this verse is perfect for it!  The page needed something as the tag kind of overwhelmed it so I added in some sponged sunflowers (Magenta stencil). 

Here are a few more of my cards and such that I have done recently:

On this one I just inked up a stencil and slapped it down on the paper.  Stamped the Large Script Merry Christmas from DRS Designs and then tied on some silver thread.  This was for a DTGD20 challenge.

This one was for another DTGD20 challenge.  I went vintage and did an altered playing card and some paper aging.  Also used a vintage book page sent to me by a friend.  I love this one.

This one is for today's Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS.  I cased a lovely card by Mary EB.  I decided to go mixed media since I am all about some texture these days.  I used gesso to apply torn botanical tissues to a piece o yellow card stock.  Then I applied crackle paste to a honeycomb stencil.  Splattered on some black and yellow paint and then edged everything in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The wreath is a Tim Holtz thinlet I sprinkled with some glitter.  I added in a bunch of REDlead bees and used a DRS Designs Sentiment (cut up Bee Happy Its your Birthday).  

This last card is also from a paper towel mop up done by Lewis but it was glued together by my Grandson, Hollis.  He picked lighter colors than Lewis did.  I used it in the background, which I softened up with a Gina K snowflake stencil, and die cut a Tim Holtz snowflake that I splattered with Snowtex.  A bit of chunky glitter and a sewn in Merry (SU!) and it was done.  I love the texture.  This was also for the MMJ04 challenge on

Hope you are doing well.  I am off to catch up on what you have all been making and doing.



  1. That's a beautiful page for my AJJ theme, I love the texture on the tag! Thanks so much for joining in with my challenge.
    Gorgeous cards too.
    Alison xx

  2. Gorgeous journaling and cards. I was wondering how you could close the Bible with the fork in it, good that you explained. Whatever, it's a fab page with great colours! Great idea with the noneycomb on the bee card! Have a good week, take care, stay safe! Hugs, Valerie

  3. Oh Nancy, I have missed you SO much. I was delighted to see you had posted today and so many lovely entries, too. I totally enjoyed your Bible Art Journal page. I loved how you used paper towels, too. Like me, it appears nothing goes to waste at your home, either. This is a beautiful entry for Alison's theme at Art Journal Journey. I loved the tag, the paper towel leaf, and of course the Trader Joe's fork. I'd LOVE it if Trader Joe's made it to Kansas. I got exposed when I was in CA one year and shopped there.

    Your cards are beautiful and that last one may be my favorite.

  4. You might have mislaid your mojo for a bit, but it is sure back Nancy. That is a super journal page. I love the big fork. And nice tag too. I think we all need a reminder to count our blessings. Thanks for joining us at Art Journal Journey, and I have to say I am glad you are back online. Hugs-Erika

  5. Nancy, your MOJO is back on a roll, love the stripes and your mixed media :)

  6. Wonderful this journal!!! Great idea!!! The cards are so very nice!
    Greetings Elke

  7. Its an awesome page you have linked to Alison's theme at Art journal journey.. Super details and a good quote for us all.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

  8. Hi there,
    So nice to see you blog...
    Your creations are delightful especially the journal page and the bee card. The tag on the journal page with embossing to match is one in a million. The card along with it looks fab.
    The last card has so much character and how nice that it has been done with your grandkids as well.
    Super artwork on your blog as always.


  9. Fabulous makes Nancy, I love the stripes but the Bee Happy and Snowflake ones are my favourites, great texture on both of them.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  10. Wow! Your work is always so awesome! You are one of the most creative people On the net. Your work is always such a joy to see.


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