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Shadowcaster Porter, Snacks, and Lots of Art

 Cheers and happy T-day to everyone, but especially to the T-day gang at Elizabeth's Blog

This porter tastes wonderful to me, but I had a few people try it and they hated it. It has a rich deep dark beer taste with strong chocolate and coffee flavors.  I will buy it again.  I love the name of the brewing company and it is local. 

This past week, my daughter Crystal and I did a charcuterie tray for our bunco group. We love making them.  I really wanted to make it because I wanted to make that meat rose in the middle after watching a tutorial on TikTok - isn't it funny how something like that sticks in your head?  It went well with the yummy salads my sister, Sharon, made for the night. 

A made a little art this week as well. 

I have a spread for Neet's Type Theme at **Art*Journal*Journey* - it was going to be spooky but it took a turn and ended up hauntingly sad instead.  Funny how that happens.... 

The images are all DRS Designs, the stencil is Andy Skinner, and the background is an ISS with Distress Ink. 

The card below was made with a fun background I learned during the Dare to Get Dirty event at Splitcoaststampers.  It was featured by my friend Shelly. The technique starts with alcohol ink scribbed on velumn, the scribbles are activated with rubbing alcohol, and then splattered with alcohol.  The last step is splatters of alcohol ink.  It worked out as a great background for this new Witch Gnome and Greeting from DRS Designs. 

I tried another great technique featured in the watercolor challenge on Splitcoaststampers this week.  This involves doing an ISS background and then inking up images with distress oxide and spritzing them with water before stamping.  I made a bunch of cards using it but today I am just sharing one of them (images are DRS). 

Here is a fun little tea bag journal I made for my friend Jayne's DTGD challenge at SCS.  Tea Bags can be so fun!  The stamps are from SU! and the papers are all Stamperia Alice.

This pictures shows all the little tags.

ATCs for the week - these are images from Close to My Heart, DRS Designs, and parts of a cut up Martha Stewart Halloween Label.  The ghost and broom are from a Tim Holtz Halloween Die.  These are my favorite Halloween ATCs I made. Elizabeth, you created a monster!  I can't stop making them!

Hope you have a wonderful T-day and week.  I really appreciate you visiting!




  1. Your display of food is in fact a work of art! Too bad it had to be devoured (as I’m sure it was).

    best… mae at

  2. Isn't it fun when you get hooked on something (you and your at's) - I can see why, they are fabulous little works of art. So are the little tea bag pages for your book, I had a spell of being hooked on tea bags, perhaps I should get back into them.
    The cards you have made are lovely but I cannot for the life in me think what an ISSS background is. I do like the witchy one especially.
    The double page spread on your journal is absolutely lovely. I can see so much in it and could spend ages just sitting looking at it. Lovely muted colours for the background give it a misty look and every one of your images fit in perfectly. It's like looking at a story.
    Thanks for another great entry for my theme at AJJ.
    Hugs Neet xx
    ps I am impressed by your rose. It all looks yummy but what a centre piece.

  3. I had such a beer once. Was yummy. Then the phone rang. It was my Brother. Our Mum´d passed. No idea if I can ever drink that beer again - but I should, right! After all it reminds me that she peacefully left us.

    Hmmm, that food looks very yummy!

    And you´re so creative!
    Have a happy T-day :-)

  4. I love a good porter so if I was near you I would definitely give that beer a try Nancy. And wow. What an amazing chacuterie tray you made. It looks perfect for a get together and lots of nibbling. The rose came out fantastic. And I also love your art this week. Nice journal page for AJJ. Thank you for sharing with us. And those ATC's. I love the idea of flowers and Halloween. Very clever. This was a fun post. Hope you have a great T day Nancy. Hugs-Erika

  5. I am not a beer drinker, but if it tastes like chocolate and coffee, I would be willing to try it. Microbreweries are springing up everywhere, but few go so far as to bottle (or can) their products.

    I was SO impressed with the snack tray and that incredible rose. I agree with Mae. It's a work of art.

    Isn't it odd how there are times when journal pages take on a mind of their own? It has happened to me more than once, and it surprised me to no end. This is certainly a thoroughly thought provoking spread. Thanks for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey using Neet's great theme.

    Sorry if I got you hooked on ATCs. Yours are absolutely stunning. Looks like you are ready for Halloween. I'd love to have an ATC swap, but am not sure how many would like to join.

    I'm not a card maker, Nancy, so I was going to ask what ISS is. However, when Neet, who has stamped all her life, or since I've known her, which is over 12 years, didn't know, I didn't feel so bad asking.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely cards, your journal entry, your ATCs, your snack tray, and your beer with us for T this Tuesday, dear.

    1. ISS is the abbreviation for Ink Spray Smash - take some ink on foil, acrylic or similar surface, spritz with water and smash your paper. I think some people call it mop ups - lol! Sorry!!!!

  6. That tray looks wonderful, almost a shame to eat it, but I'd manage ;) Tasty! Happy T Tuesday

  7. A wonderful selection of art Nancy, and your tray of food looks amazing!

  8. Where do I start? There is so much things to see in your post. The charcuterie platter is beautiful! I have never seen the rose, but it's a great idea and I will try to find a similar video the next time I have a party or friends round. I hope it will be soon. I love entertaining and I miss having people over.
    Your ATCs are absolutely the most beautiful Halloween themed cards I've ever seen. I don't like the scary, spooky stuff, but you have made it into an art.
    The teabag squares are cute too.
    Happy T-Day,

  9. Wow, so many amazing makes! I'd love to join you for a glass of porter and the charcuterie board looks so delicious too - yum 😁. Your nature journal pages are so beautiful, I love the colours that you used and those trees are gorgeous. Loving those ATCs too, both the pretty tea ones and spooky Halloween ones! Wishing you a very happy T Day! Hugs Jo x

  10. Your charcuterie is a work of art. Too pretty to eat! I enjoyed your cards and journal pages especially the Halloween card with the gnome. I adore puns. Happy T Day

  11. Wow I agree your charcuterie is a piece of art. Your other art is lovely. Have a great day.

  12. A lovely charcuterie tray something that I could never tire of eating. Lovely art journal and very pretty backgrounds on your cards.
    Happy Tea Day,

  13. You have been busy Nancy, the charcuterie tray looks much too good to eat and your art is fabulous. It looks like you have been having great fun trying out new techniques, I love your inky backgrounds, especially the alcohol ink one with the super gnome.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  14. Wow, you have been busy! Love these awesome projects. Hugs, Autumn

  15. What treats you have served for T today Nancy. I love the sound of the drink and the charcuterie platter looks fabulous - love the rose!!! I love the journal page for Neet's AJJ theme - even though you think it's sad it looks amazing! Love the alcohol ink background you made for the Witchy gnome. I used to make a lot of ATCs a while ago and was part of a swap group which sadly folded. Love these - even though I am not a great Halloween fan!
    Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

  16. Hi, Nancy. I love your artwork. Those tags are adorable. Your food tray looks delicious, too. Happy belated T Day.

  17. so many cool things on your page :) I'm tempted by the chocolate/coffee flavoured beer and love all those awesome ATC's ♥

  18. Nancy your platter looks so yummy and the rose centrepiece came out perfect. Love all of your art. You are so talented. Your gnome card BG is so yummy and the journal page is beautiful. Happy week dear friend. Hugs from Oz jx

  19. Fantastic art projects, thank you for linking your pages to Neet's theme at Art Journal journey. It may not have been how you planned but your projects are inspiring.

  20. WOW that spread of food looks so good, I love stuff like that... a glass of wine and I'm all set! LOL! Gorgeous art, love the little tags and the Halloween ATC's are gorgeous!
    Hugs, Tammy


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