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Brotherhood Wishes, a Paper Purse, and a Special Mug

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 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 work them in.  I repainted the images with Goache paint extending them into the collage and changing them up.  I stamped more trees around the mountain picture and changed up the hills, sky, and sea in the bridge picture (you can't see the bridge cables but they are still there - lol).  Then I had to repaint the stripes and restamp the bottom.  

Since this is an art journal book that is only to contain parts of songs (per my grandson's choice), I added in some words from America the Beautiful. A bunch of splatters finished off the the background. 
To capture the brotherhood part of the words (yes, I know we seem to be struggling a bit with that in America), I added in some kids and young adults from different ethnic backgrounds.  I took this picture before the Gesso on the Tim Holtz dolls tried up so they look a bit faded out, but that probably works in many different levels if you think about it. 

Next, I made a fun paper clutch Sunday along with a matching card for the Featured Stamper challenge on where I cased THIS great creation by Deb Valder.  She has all the instructions on her blog.  My papers are a mix of SU! and Close To My Heart.  

Since it Tuesday (one of my favorite days thanks to the T-gang and Elizabeth  at the Altered Book Lover), here is my drink ticket:

We recently cleaned out my parents' house and I kept my mother's rose dishes which she collected as long as I can remember.  There was only one mug like this one so I decided to add it to my morning rotation.  Here it is with an avocado which is is about to go on some avocado toast (my favorite breakfast these days).  Elizabeth, if you are reading this, I got a bit confused on the ATC swap, I thought we were supposed to change up with the person on the first post we did an asterisk on several weeks ago so I contacted Dagmar and already sent her my ATC.  She told me she was sending me one as well.  I am going to asterisk again and make another ATC and send to the next person - they were fun to make and I don't mind sending two. 

Hope your week is going well!




  1. Hi Nancy! I LOVE jour journal page, and especially how you have given it a great and important message, well done! And the clutch and card are lovely, resplendent of summer! And you have a gorgeous mug, I love that pattern. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. It was funny how Thomas Kinkade turned out to be a con man and cheated the people who sold his paintings. I guess it's appropriate to cut them up.

    best... mae at

  3. Nan y I love your journal page, pleased to hear I’m not the only one that starts something and then can’t finish! Story of my life.
    Your card and clutch are fabulous, gorgeous DP.
    I love seeing the Golden Gate Bridge feels like our second home since our son moved there,
    I love your rose mug, it’s so beautiful and extra special as it was your mums.
    Happy T day

  4. I love your page for AJJ today Nancy. The Golden Gate Bridge in that Thomas Kincade book was a great find. That summer view is an amazing one. And I love your collection of people on the page too. Thanks for joining us. Your card is also beautiful. And I love your rose mug. I know these dishes. My aunt had them in her hutch, and I hope my cousin now loves them too. But I have never seen the mug. I love the pretty handle and the shape. Hope you are having a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

  5. what a beautiful journal spread Nancy- I love it!! Beautiful card design and papers. Happy T day!

  6. My mother-in-law has that dish pattern. So pretty! But she doesn't have that particular piece. Happy T Anniversary :)

  7. Your journal page is lovely, Nancy. I am in total awe. I was able to see the cables, too, but I knew what I was looking for. This is so different from the other beautiful journal pages we have seen this month at Art Journal Journey and this is absolutely perfect for Alison's theme. Maybe it's a good thing you used the Thomas Kincade image, since he was not a very nice man.

    Oh wow. I absolutely adore that rose mug. It is beautiful and I am SO glad you chose today to share it with us. A perfect mug for this day. Thanks for sharing your art, your darling card, the cute clutch, and your gorgeous mug (and avocado) with us for T this anniversary T Tuesday, dear Nancy. So sorry you got confused, but I am so glad you are joining the swap.

  8. Such a beautiful page, loving how your added the red, white and blue - perfect 😁. The cards are so pretty and your rose mug is gorgeous! Happy anniversary T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  9. The tribute spread is just beautiful and I'm so glad you reworked it because the end result is fabulous. The clutch is too cute too! Thank you so much for the very kind words you left on my blog. Big hugs, Autumn

  10. Your journal spread is fabulous Nancy, you always add so many super details. I love the beautiful card, the papers are so pretty and what a gorgeous mug, I bet the other dishes are lovely as well.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  11. Your journal pages is beautiful and a message for all. The mug is amazing. Have a wonderful day.

  12. Beautiful art piece! Love the lines you included on it. That is also a beautiful clutch for the Featured Stamper Challenge. Love those dishes; it was my mother in law's pattern, too. I am glad you are using the mug. Happy T Day Anniversary!

  13. Nancy your art journal page is awesome. I love your card and how cool is the clutch bag. You are so talented. So special to have a mug that belonged to your mum and so pretty. Happy Tuesday. Hugs from Oz jx

  14. Lovely page. Maybe some day we'll live up to the ideal. The clutch and card are so beautiful. The rose on the clutch looks like the rose on your mom's cup. Happy T Day

  15. What a wonderful post, your mum will always be with you in the memory of her rose dishes, such a beautiful Art journal, a real inspiration 👍❤️

  16. Lovely art journal page. I love the photo of the people from different ethnic backgrounds. Very unusual in those days. Like the children of Josephine Baker, all different.
    I love your mother's rose mug. Are the dishes like that too? Very beautiful, and certainly very special to you as they were your mum's.
    Happy 8th T-Day-Blog-a-versary,

  17. Its a lovely page and I enjoyed reading your post and seeing the photos, its good to have items to look at that give you good memories.

  18. Such a patriotic page Nancy with it's bold stripes, I can still make out the bridge cables, i'd love to visit that bridge, i've heard great things about San Francisco.
    Your cards are always magnificent, the matching clutch is a super idea, what a pretty set.
    Thanks for sharing Hugs Tracey xx
    P/S Your Mom's Mug is beautiful x

  19. You have a craft room? Wow.
    Love your artwork - and you not only struggle in America with this, I think the whole world does. Will we ever learn to have a brotherhood (and next you have those who scream "sisterhood"!, oh, I´m SO done with this!).

    Your cup looks beautiful! And you have an avocado. Somehow here in Germany you don´t get good ones. Either hard as stone or rotten already. (When we´re in Perth we have an avo every morning, hmmmm).

    LOL. I had no idea what to do and sent the card to Elizabeth!!!
    It´s a complicated world! ;-)

  20. I just lost my comment so here `I am again.
    I came by after reading your comment about your mix up of PJ bottoms and top. Another coincidence has occurred. Went out this morning to comb my hair on the patio still in my PJ's (we are at the caravan having a short holiday) and the guy next door was out on his patio - he thought I was dressed ready to go out.
    Anyway, it was good that I called to your blog as I saw the lovely Journal page you have just done earlier than I would normally.
    I love how you told us about the build up of the page and I do like the group of people you have formed from various nationalities. Great idea - and it goes so well with the saying. A very inspirational and topical page Nancy.
    Love the clutch and the card too - and the thought of avocado - mmm.... bliss.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  21. Beautiful artwork Nancy, I really love that art journal page! Such a pretty clutch and card too, and your mug is gorgeous.
    Happy weekend,
    Alison xx

  22. Wonderful art journal page. I love your work. The mug from your mothers house is realy nice I would have kept it too.

  23. great art journal page, love all your stamping depicting sea to shining sea an wow that clutch bag is gorgeous in the roses print paper ♥

  24. Wow! Fabulous Art Nancy! I love the art journal page! Hugs, Chrisx

  25. Love all the thoughts that went in to your USA summertime page - the stripes of the flag doubling as rays of sunshine, and the fields of corn ripening, and the people trying to gather in brotherhood despite everything that's going on. Thanks so much for joining us in the Summer Countryside at Art Journal Journey.
    Alison x

  26. There is so much of interest in your journal page. I went back to look more than once. Your mug is very pretty and special. The rose on it looks so lifelike. Have a wonderful holiday season.


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