Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Smiles # 90

I'm once again visiting my friend Annie at A Stitch in Time, our wonderful host for Friday Smiles.

Last week I shared words given me by a friend who pointed out they could be used when a fresh description of a few common words was needed.  This is the second half of the list.

11. MISTY: How golfers create divots

12. PARADOX:  Two physicians

13. PARASITES: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower

14. PHARMACIST: A helper on the farm

15. POLARIZE: What penguins see with

16. PRIMATE: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV

17. RELIEF: What trees do in the spring

18. RUBBERNECK: What you do to relax your wife

19. SELFISH: What the owner of a seafood store does

20. SUDAFED: Brought litigation against a government official

Please don't forget to visit Annie at A Stitch in Time for links from like minded folk that will help you start the weekend off with even more smiles. 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Altered Playing Cards, Week 8


I'm joining Claudine for Week 8 at Claudine's Art Corner with my latest altered playing cards.  But first,

Here is the package I received from Claudine.  Bleubeard got a laugh at his name (Bleu as in roquefort cheese, beard as in not a mustache). 

Inside were all these goodies, and an envelope containing die cuts like the pink one I show at the bottom right in the photo.  And my first EVER white pen.  Can't wait to try it out.  Thanks beyond belief for these goodies, Claudine.  I hope your surgery goes well today.

Here I was without gelatos, but took Claudine's advice and used some of my spray mists.  Since I love hearts, I knew I had an abundance of stamps I could use.

For my first card, I considered dripping paint, since I have no watercolors in tubes, but the sprays won out instead.   While that card was drying,

I did the same on my second card.  But the gesso was so thick on this one, the sprays didn't want to stick, even after I sprayed the card three times, allowing it to dry in between times.

When the first card was dry, I randomly stamped using a heart button stamp.   I try to be random, but I often forget to rotate the card or the stamp each time.

Next, I got out my 1" punch and colored the circle using one of my handmade mists I had used on my other card.

I should have cut and spritzed two of these circles while I was at it, because you can see I messed up on the first one, after I had already put everything except the stamp away.  Yep, I'm anal!

For my second card, I used my three hearts I earlier attached to the back of another stamp  When they didn't look good, I added the music heart and came up with a new sentiment.

Now all that was left was to create the sentiments on my computer and print them out to affix to the cards.

This one was spritzed with my handmade mist and reads "Love is in the air."

This one was spritzed with one of the colors I used on the card and reads "Love: music to my ears."  I contemplated using my black oil pastel around the barely visible hearts, then realized a Sharpie would actually be a wiser choice, since it was the last thing I did.

Thanks for the visit, since I'm not on Facebook, Flickr, or Pinterest.  I appreciate when you drop by and take time to share a comment.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WOYWW 281: The one where she returns to the fold

I'm back and joining Julia, my dear internet friend at Stamping Ground

with my latest new storage unit.

But first, it's time to get the obligatory rocking horse(s) out of the way.  I may have shown one of these before, but never both and never together.

I came up with the bright idea to create a legend, so I would know what was in each tray.  Not so bright when I realized I could remove the trays and take them with me to various areas of my craft room or basement studio.

That's when I decided to figure out a way to adhere removable labels to the trays.  (As an aside, the plastic tubes will be cut to hold the bobbin thread from wandering and getting tangled)  

But for now, I'm sticking with the legend as it stands, since most of what I have in these drawers so far is thread and a few rubber stamps I've segregated for easy access.

The two rockers I showed before were for "show."  These three will now live on top of this rolling cart.

Our beloved Julia likes us to keep things short, so I hope this hasn't been too boring and long.  I might have gotten a bit carried away since I'm so happy to be back among my friends and WOYWW family.  I ask that you please leave your number, since it's so much easier to find you that way.



Monday, October 20, 2014

Tea stands for a trip to Exploration Place and beyond

I hope you're not tired of me overloading my T Tuesday posts with a ton of photos.

Back on September 25, Sally and I headed for Exploration Place.  It was Senior Expo day and she could get me in as her caregiver.


While Sally checked out the services and products offered to seniors, I took advantage of the museum.  While the senior specific areas were packed, none of the exhibits one would normally want to see were crowded at all.  I started in the castle area, definitely designed with kids in mind.  Then I worked my way to the aircraft area.

I love the bee dance and the plane I can fly myself. 

 The next room I visited took me to windows where I could see the river, or should I say confluence of two rivers.  There was also a duck sunning on one of the dunes that was now obvious because the river was so low.  By now Sally had seen everything, signed up for more stuff than one would care to think about, and was ready to leave.

Next it was off to Red Lobster, where I told Sally I was paying for our lunch because I knew exactly what I wanted.

Sally spent an inordinate amount of time reading the menu until she found scallops that were prepared several ways.  Similar to my endless shrimp meal, but I got refills while she didn't.  Oh yes, I made a HUGE pig of myself.  Sometimes you just have to give in to your cravings.

After we ate, we stopped by the pet store so Sally could buy kitten food and three new scratching pads for her two growing monsters girls.   Then it was off to Botanica, the Botanical Gardens in Wichita for the afternoon agenda.  But that will have to wait for another week, since I've taken enough of your time already.

Time spent with my T Stands For Tuesday group is never wasted, so please share what you are drinking today.  It might be water like me, or it might be a lovely vignette, great scrapbook page, great art journal page, inspiring digital art, or something in between.  Maybe you were out and about, or just have your feet up enjoying a cuppa'.  Whichever, please share below and remember, Bleubeard will tell you your photos don't have to be taken on Tuesday to qualify.




Sunday, October 19, 2014

Craft Barn's 21st Q & L challenge: Hug and/or Nowhere

Craft Barn' s 21st Q & L challenge this fortnight is Hug and/or Nowhere.

As always, I found a quote I knew I could illustrate artwise. 

The quote was also one I found quite appealing, since I am a big fan of Carl Sagan, who is in my opinion, one of the greatest astronomer's of all time.

I'm sure you can read the quote:

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
--Carl Sagan
I ran the used file folder through my printer after I chose the Rubber Stamp font in my word processing program.

One of the "worlds" got the challenge number.

A final look before I link this to the Craft Barn challenge.  Materials used include a used file folder I misted with my handmade shimmering spray mists, circles cut from sand paper, and red circles left over from another project.

Thanks to all who visited last fortnight.  I was able to visit everyone, but as always cannot leave comments to those on Facebook, Flickr, or Fiona Spain.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Journal 52, Week 42: Magic

This week at Journal 52 Chelle's prompt is Magic.  Can you believe we are already at Week 42?  Seems like we just got started and there are only 10 prompts left after this one.


My entry for this week is called "The magic hat trick."

I started with my used file folder which I spritzed with various handmade shimmering mists.  I made a futile attempt to create a top hat, but you have to use your imagination.  Or maybe you can pretend it's just the magic that distorted it.

My dear friend Cindy from Pink Bird Studio recently sent me several bowler hats.  It didn't take me long to find a use for one.   I fussy cut it so it could fit inside the top hat.

I used my dove stencil I made years ago to color the bird, then cut it out.

I created the words "The," "Hat," and "Trick" using my word processing program.  "Magic" was made using various stickers.




The week number was also made using stickers.  Originally I had planned to place them on a ticket I would add to the hat.  But I got a bit carried away, forgot, and glued the numbers down prematurely.

Here is one final look at my Magic Hat Trick.  Since I'm not on Facebook, Flickr, or any other social network except blogger, this is the only place you'll see it, and all J52 entries.

And since this spread is so bright and cheery, I'm linking (yes, an actual LINK) this to MOO-MANIA and MORE's "Bright and Cheerful" theme.  And if you like mixed media, you will LOVE MOO-MANIA and MORE.

Friday Smiles # 89

I've really missed my friend Annie at A Stitch in Time and all the smiles I get when I visit her and everyone on Friday.  I've been "away," busy making a painting a day every day in September.  Now I'm ready to sit back, enjoy a few smiles, and relax a bit before Art Every Day Month (AEDM) begins in November.

I wanted to share some clever words a friend sent me, since she knew I would like them.  There are 20 words, but I'll share the first 10 this week, and the rest next Friday.

According to my friend:
Each of these gives a great description that comes in very handy when you need a fresh look at "common" words.

1. ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonald’s

2. AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tries to do

3. BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage (that would have come in handy for Annie)

4. BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with

5. CONTROL: A short, ugly inmate

6. COUNTERFEITERS:  Workers who put together kitchen cabinets

7. ECLIPSE: What an English barber does for a living

8. EYEDROPPER:  A clumsy Ophthalmologist

9. HEROES: What a guy in a boat does

10. LEFT BANK: What the robber did when his bag was full of money

I hope these made you smile.  Be sure to stop by Annie's to get your share of the upcoming weekend smiles, giggles, and few deep belly laughs.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bright and Cheerful MOO-MANIA and MORE meets my 7 Continent AB


This fortnight MOO-MANIA and MORE's theme is "Bright and Cheerful."  This is the first chance I've had to create something for this latest challenge, so I went to my 7 Continents altered book.  For those of you unfamiliar with it, I started it back in 2005 when I hosted a tip-in swap.  I've added pages as the spirits and time permitted, and I thought now would be a great time to create an entry.  What could be more bright and cheerful than Argentina?  Today we'll visit Buenos Aires again, a city in Argentina, which is in South America.  If you are as geographically challenged as I, you appreciate the reminder of where we're headed.

But first, I wanted to show that I corrected (by hand) an entry I made while we were in  Buenos Aires the first time.  I show it partly because of the correction

and partly because it is the front of this decidedly different page that follows.


This colorful, cheerful, and bright La Boca district is where the Tango,

a dance native to Buenos Aires, was born.

All images from this spread were taken from various travel magazines and the background was made using my handmade shimmering mists, some through a found object stencil.

Don't forget to visit MOO-MANIA and MORE for more links to bright and cheerful mixed media.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Altered Playing Card, Week 7


I'm once again joining Claudine at Claudine's Art Corner with my latest edition of the Altered Playing Cards, or APCs.  I've been so busy this and last week, I completely forgot to check the theme for Week 7 until I visited another player and I was suddenly reminded that I had not started my cards.  I usually make them on Monday, but don't post until Wednesday because the first of the week is so busy, post-wise.

It never comes as a surprise to me that I have none of the requisite tools and products that Claudine uses, so I was amazed I had a stamp similar to hers, although I think my "Compass" is larger.

I thought of Claudine's playing cards as having a nautical feel, so that's how I designed mine.

I began by spreading blue metallic paint on one playing card using a plastic card.

While the paint was drying, I spritzed three of my handmade shimmering mists on the second card.  Something in the gesso makes these cards lose their shimmer and bright colors.

I was impatient and wanted the paint to dry, so I grabbed my heat tool.  I never use it, unless I want bubbles, which I got.  I was thrilled.  I couldn't have asked for better background texture.  Doesn't that look like a foamy sea?

Of course, my stamping skills aren't the best, so I knew I couldn't stamp directly onto that texture.

I couldn't believe I had chosen the middle image as my choice,

so I was really glad this was going on card stock, rather than directly on the playing card.

Better than I expected!

After the mists dried, I stamped both images directly on the playing card, right over that uneven texture.  All that was left now was to create the sentiments and cut out the shell.  As an aside, I've stamped more since I started these playing cards than I've stamped in my entire life.

I did a bit more than cut the shell out.  I also colored it yellow.  Then I painted some masking tape and wrote the words "By the SEA."  I wish I had stuck with one color pen only, because I thought I made a mess of the words.  And that was the last thing I did, which is usually the case when I mess up!

I wasn't about to take any chances with my second card, and generated the words on my computer.

Here are both my nautical inspired playing cards for Week 7.  Don't forget to stop by Claudine's and see her wonderful cards.  Thanks also for stopping here, because I'm not on Facebook and not a member of Pinterest.