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Birds, Countrysides, and a Vintage Queen

 Hello Crafty Friends!

Hope you had a good weekend  - especially if this was a holiday for you.  Hubby and I went to a parade Saturday and "listened" to lots of fireworks - lol.  At the parade, we ran into our 3rd daughter, Rachel and her family.  Since Rachel was at our house so much when the kids were growing up, we just called her our daughter too.  Here she is at the parade with her daughter.

I cooked the entire weekend making a Mexican Lasagna (hubby's idea), Chicken Noodle Soup with the leftover lasagna noodles, Pimento Cheese (I use my Mom's recipe and it is wonderfu), and a tropical Chicken Salad. I even cooked hubby a giant breakfast yesterday - here is a picture:

I also got in a good amount of creating - so relaxing!

The July **Art*Journal*Journey* theme was selected by Alison BomberSummer Countryside. For my first journal page, I decided to do a collection of ATCs since Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover has gotten me addicted to them (seriously - I even have a rapidly growing Pinterest Board full of ideas!).  My ATC bases are Stamperia Forest DP.  I focused on Eagles since it was the Fourth of July.  I added lots of sponged ink, fussy cut images, and a quote from Mark Twain about holding onto our illusions (very true don't you think?).  I tried to make my Dylusions Creative Journal page blend in with the ATCs.  I did an Ink/Spray/Smash background using acetate and SU! Inks.  Then I sponged on some TH Distress Ink in Vintage Photo, used the edges of the Large Stained Glass stamp (DRS Designs) to make my crackled took, added in some font in different colors (DRS Designs Script Font Background), and then stamped on foliage from SU! Forever Fern. 

The stamps on the bottom are from SU! Snow Front which I also used on the bottom of the left bottom ATC.  I was inspired to add the middle flower arrangement from all the photos in Afloral's Pinterest Site. It is made with stash flowers plus some faded flowers taken off my parents' grave. 

I have another Summer Landscape Journal Page as well.  My crafting buddy, Jayne, inspired the Messy, Mixed and Joyful (MMJ) group on to make an Art Journal from an old magazine.  She posted several videos and one of them mentioned you could use an old paperback book as well.  I recently cleaned out all my old magazines (what was I thinking?), but I did have a damaged vintage children's book I got out of a free pile at a flea market a few years ago.  It was water damaged but I picked it up because I loved the artwork in it.  

I altered it, but still plan to do a title.  I can't think of what title to add yet....

I also wanted to play in the Tag Tuesday challenge hosted by Valerie from Bastelmania.  She picked one of my favorite themes - Vintage.  I made a tag using the Stamperia Alice papers which I cut from various parts of the papers I had left. The papers are vintage-ish, but I stamped some crackle lines and added lots of Distressed Ink in Vintage Photo to each element to age it up more. I plan to add it to a gift of tea I plan to give my daughter.  

Thanks for visiting!




  1. Your meals sound scrumptious, and wow- that is some big special breakfast! I bet hubby enjoyed every last bite:)Great photo of your third daughter and her little one is darling in her patriotic outfit!
    LOVE your ATCS and the way you used them on that lovely journal page. Super job of creating that journal page inspired by the magazine cover! And what's not to love about vintage- your choice of images and papers is beautiful. A fully enjoyable post Nancy!

  2. Gorgeous photo and loving those yummy baked items! Sounds like a busy but wonderful time you had Nancy! Loving your journal and atcs and especially love your vintage tag! Thanks for joining us at Tag Tuesday xx

  3. You sounds like you were busy all weekend Nancy. I did quite a bit of cooking also. And I love your page. It is beautiful, and it would be great even with out your great ATCs. I love the page details, and I do love your ATC's also. I like all the eagles a lot. Just perfect for summer countryside. Thanks for sharing it with us for Alison's challenge Nancy. I can't wait to see your finished altered page (please share) and what a fun Alice in Wonderland tag too. Hope it was a wonderful holiday and happy July to you also.

  4. Goodness, Nancy. I thought I left you a message hours ago, but I got distracted and didn't return. Sounds like you had a great weekend, even if you cooked all weekend. This is one big breakfast. It would have lasted me all day.

    I absolutely adore your ATC laden journal page. This is truly beautiful and quite patriotic, too. I'm in love with your art. You have given us a truly beautiful entry for this Independence weekend. You put my ATCs to shame. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous journal page with us at Art Journal Journey using Alison's theme.

    I like how you altered that paperback book cover. Please be careful if you intend to alter pages in the book. Paperbacks are notorious for falling apart just about the time you have about a dozen pages finished. I wouldn't want to see that happen to you. Trust me. I have been there and had to salvage the one and only one of those I worked on.

    You have an exciting tag, too. I really like the vintage feel you achieved. This is beautiful.

  5. Beautiful and fun pages and everyone have summery feeling and joy to look at.
    Delicious meals, as well!

  6. Fabulous Tag, I love Stamperia goodies.
    So pleased you joined in with our challenge at Tag Tuesday with your wonderful tag.

  7. It sounds and looks like you had a great weekend Nancy, lots of fun and good food.
    Your craft makes are fabulous, super journal pages and a wonderful tag, I love the Stamperia Alice collection, have you seen the new collection called Through the Looking Glass, I'm just waiting for mine to arrive.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  8. Your food sounds delicious. And your stamp is lovely. Happy Tuesday


  9. what a busy day :)
    I love your journal page- great inspiration and awesome tag with the stamperia paper ♥

  10. Your journal page looks fabulous I love the beautiful detail pieces you added. Thank you for linking to the theme at Art Journal Journey.

  11. I love your ATC page - what a lovely way to create the countryside atmosphere. Thanks so much for joining us in the Summer Countryside at Art Journal Journey. The vintage Alice tag is fabulous too.
    Alison x

  12. I just love your journal page! What a neat design and the quote is so timely. The tea tag is too fun and really made me smile. xx, Autumn

  13. Mexican Lasagne sounds lovely and I would love to know more about the Pimento Cheese - you have such interesting recipes and whilst over in America I always had to finish my trip off with a visit to a Mexican restaurant. Don't think I ever had lasagne there though. Breakfast looks darned good too.
    Love the idea of the atc's on the journal page and how lovely they look. Gorgeous background to the whole page and the atc's themselves blend in so well.
    Great altered journal page and a lovely tag - I adore all things "Alice" so that was extra special to me.
    Hugs Neet xx

  14. This is a lovely post with Journal page and Children's book painting!Delicious the food and you celebrated your holiday with the little one.
    Have a happy time, hugs Elke

  15. Wow! What fabulous pages for Alison's theme! I think I should use some of my Stamperia papers - thanks for reminding me ! Hugs, Chrisx

  16. Amazing transformation, Nancy! a lot of creative talent and work to this, the details ... fantastic. Such a fun finished look after all you put into it. i didn't miss the addition of the circles around his legs for motion,even. You just thought of everything, didn't you : )

    THAT TAG IS TO DIE FOR!!! super super cool, the crackle effect you are getting with that stamp. love tea and all creative things with a mention of it. I would want a tea before any adventure. hahha
    Teresa in Az


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