Sunday, July 24, 2016

ICADs for week 8

We're now in the home stretch of these ICADs with our penultimate week.  Here are Days 48 through 54.

"A gift for you"  (July 18, 2016)  This is what you get when you throw a bunch of disparate and unrelated scraps together.

"T Stands For Tuesday's 3rd Anniversary"  (July 19, 2016)  Enough said!

"Over hill, over dale to Grandmother's"  (July 20, 2016)  Not exactly a mixed metaphor, because these two phrases are not logically incoherent.  They just seem to represent other times and places, not the one I have chosen for them.  I used two small images and piece of torn paper bag for this scene.

"Food Fare"  (July 21, 2016)  I put three examples of food and drink together using a single staple.  This one was easy, albeit very unbalanced.

"Face the music" (July 22, 2016)   A play on words and images resulted when I stamped the face and added the sheet music.

"Take Flight" (July 23, 2016)  My friend Kathy gave me a ton of these butterflies she cut from a punch.  She said the secret was to find colorful magazine images and punch away.  I just gave them flight.

"Balancing Balls"  (July 24, 2016)  A hodge-podge of washi tape, ribbon, colored circles, and a punched bird make up this humorous final card for week 8.

Squiggles, who got a big head last week when he felt like the star of the show, and I want to thank you for your continued support of this two month project.  I am always grateful for your visit.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Humming along

I've finally found a few minutes to create an entry for Art Journal Journey. The incredibly efficient host this month is Yvonne, who we know from her blog Meggy's Way.  Her theme is "In my garden there is" and she's given us lots of great examples.  And because Moo-Mania and More's theme this fortnight is "Anything Goes," I thought this qualified.

In my garden there is a hummingbird.

My hummingbird flits and flutters around finding flowers to pollinate.

My hummingbird is so tiny he almost got hit by a falling leaf.

I began with a piece of textured wall covering, over which I added the hummingbird and flower I fussy cut.  I had previously dried the leaf, but wanted to make it pliable, so covered it on both sides with white PVA glue.  I added the word using a Sharpie pen.  The spread was created in my Coll-AH-ge Two altered book.

I have wanted to join Yvonne and AJJ, as well as MM&M for days, but I've had no time to create art until today.

I've been busy organizing.  I found all these rubber stamps in my basement, and couldn't believe I've had these forever, and never used them.

I bought them years and years ago before I knew how to stamp and before I had any sense of style.  You can see I paid very little for these, but the fact I took them to the basement studio and forgot about them shows how little they meant to me.  None had ever been used or stamped.

I decided it was time to go through them and cull out the ones I would never ever use.  I have a neighbor whose daughter is a Stampin' Up dealer and a scout leader.  I asked her to help me find a good home for the stamps, and she was actually thrilled to take some of them off my hands.  But first, I had to sort them to see if there were any I could use.

One of the first things I did was decide if any of the UM rubber was worth saving.  If so, I turned the rubber over and gave it a good swipe of Wacky Tac, a repositionable glue that is no longer sold.

The "Dots" definitely had to go, but

you can see I've decided there are lots that I will be able to use.  All I have to do is replace all those ink pads I gave my friend Kathy when I was sure I would never be good at stamping anything.  DUH!

Now it's time to put these away and join all the creative artists at Art Journal Journey and Moo-Mania and More.  I'm sure they'll welcome you as much as they have me.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Smiles 179: Celebrating Squiggles 2nd Birthday

I'm once again joining Annie at A Stitch in Time with Friday Smiles.

Some of you saw this index card from July 16, where Bleubeard, I, and some of Squiggles friends threw a birthday party for him.

I remember when I was a child, my grandparents would take me to one of those professional photographers that are in every town to have my annual school picture taken.   It was a yearly event and everyone got dressed up in whatever finery or gaudy or goth they could get away with to have their photos preserved forever in an annual yearbook.

Now everyone knows that Bleubeard is the face of this blog and he (and his name) shares all the art that comes from me.   Squiggles knows his place, but it doesn't mean I didn't want photos that would be saved for posterity.

Unfortunately, unlike some of my friends, whose cats (and even dogs) will sit still until the "photo shoot" is complete, 

both of my boys are shy when it comes to cameras.   Although Bleubeard is quite social and likes to be the center of attention,

Squiggles shares none of that desire to be in the limelight.   He's not just shy, he's scared of other people, and has been since the day I brought him home at six weeks of age.   I've always believed someone mistreated him before he went to the Humane Society.

Getting him to sit for a decent "head shot" was nearly impossible.  Over 200 shots later, these were the best I got from two days of trying to photograph him.  And he moves faster than a bunny, too.

A shot like this would have been impossible with an old SLR.  But here is one of several I got that showed how fast he changed positions while I was trying to get a decent birthday photo.

I hope this put a smile on your face, because once I realized I was fighting a losing battle, I had to laugh at the battle of wills my very determined Squiggles displayed.

Now it's time to join Annie for another week of Friday Smiles.  And thanks, too for sharing my smiles this week where Squiggles got to be the star of Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Craft Barn's latest challenge: alpha letter N

The latest Craft Barn alpha dictionary letter is N.  There are no twists which means we can use any word that begins with the letter N.

I want to begin by thanking everyone who visited last time.  I was unfortunately unable to visit due to 1) first being offline for six days because both my phone and internet (served by AT&T) were out due to a flood we had in the neighborhood, and 2) once I was back online, I was (and still am) cleaning up a flood that took out much of the paper and books that I had stored in the basement.  The clean-up became more important than anything else because of potential mold which would affect my breathing if it wasn't dealt with immediately.  It's ironic, too, that I won the random number challenge on the fortnight I couldn't visit everyone.

So now let's get to this fortnight's challenge.

I considered lots of words, but finally settled on NASA, the U.S.A.'s National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

This is a program that is very near and dear to me because like many young girls, I wanted to grab a ticket and take that same space flight as Sally Ride did twice in her career as a NASA astronaut.

When most of us think of NASA, we think of the space aspect of NASA.   But there is another area of NASA, which is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory or JPL.  Attached to CalTech (or California Institute of Technology), one of its many functions is robotics.  Another is receiving data from spacecraft.

Back in October, 2001, I was privy to seeing some of the first images that were being sent by the orbiting Mars Odyssey.  I have been told there are tours you can take, but I was there as a friend of one of the engineers who worked on the design of the Odyssey.  He and the rest of the group were celebrating the first successful mission photos.  I even got to meet the new director of JPL, Charles Elachi.  I understand he has just stepped down as director after 16 years.

My dictionary definition is really sparse, but since it's a legitimate word, I'm using it.  The special significance is very important to me.

Thank you for your visit and your continued support of my art.  And I promise to visit each participant this time, even though I have limited time to do so.  As a group, I have made several friends because of this challenge and I want you to know I am sorry I missed your entry last time.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

International Swap Tip-Ins: Pages I made for Dianne

Wasn't that a fantastic T Stands For Tuesday birthday/anniversary party yesterday?  I'm not sure if I'm reeling from the excessive heat warning I'm under until Friday night, or if I'm flushed from all the fun we had at the party.

If you visited Dianne's blog and T post yesterday, you saw the tip-ins I made for her.  But we must go back even farther than that to see how these pages began.

I started with several 12 inch X 12inch pages of heavy card stock,

PINK paint, and a faux credit card.

I swiped the pages with these colors and allowed them to dry.

Since I was already sick of pink (and had only just begun), I added some purple to the mix.

Next I added some silver dots using the end of a new pencil eraser.

Then I added green circles of paint.   Next it was time to cut these to size of 8.5 inches X 11 inches and turn them into tip-ins I sewed in half.   Dianne asked for 5.5 inches X 8.5 inches for her page size, so by creating both sides at once, I was then able to sew the halves together.

This envelope was photographed at my local post office right after I made sure it wasn't too thick to be considered a large envelope.  Most of these postage stamps are no longer in circulation.  The Mark Twain ones may still be, but that would be all.  I suspect we'll see these in Dianne's art over time.  Now let's get to the tip-ins.

I shared this page in a sneak peek last week.

I included the tag in the pocket.  Some may remember I made the sunflower shrink plastic when I was showing how to use your decorator scissors.

This is the back side of this tip-in.   I dyed the background paper using Staz-on reinkers and rubbing alcohol.  I painted the cardstock I stamped on using the faux credit card.  Even though I tried to match the pinks, they were not similar.  I shrunk the one stamp, but when I shrunk her face, it shrunk more in one direction than the other, which is indicative of Number 6 plastic, but not true shrink plastic.

I tried to emulate Dianne's favorite artist Lynne Perrella, but I'm not sure I got as many layers as she would have used.

I used some of my hand painted background paper, then cut paint chip samples and stamped the woman three times.  I thought she needed a crown, too.

A (for apple) to

Z for zipper.  Thankfully not much pink on this two page tip-in.  One thing I need to explain is, if you ever see my handwriting, you know I add a cross line on my 7s and Zs.  It's a result of my computer programming days.  So the metal zipper is the Z and the plastic zipper is the cross line.

I had these paint chip samples that looked like sandpaper, so I punched circle windows out of four.  I cut more circles from other paint chips and added them to the windows.  I actually thought of the saying before I created the page.

I shared this as a sneak peek last week.  I explained I dyed all the fabric, lace, and seam binding before I sewed the piece together.

Dianne's theme was words and letter play in the vein of Alphabetica.  Although I had no first hand knowledge of the book, I thought paying homage to some of the letters of the alphabet would be a good idea.

Lots and lots and lots of R words were used, but the backgrounds always had pink somewhere.  Yes, I actually got out the rubber stamps and did a lot of stamping on these pages.  And you KNEW I would find a way to add rockers to the R mix!

Next I paid homage to the letter B.  I had this beach scene stamp and tried to use embossing powder on the really slick card.  It never quite worked, but I used it anyway.

I was happy with the "beautiful butterfly,"
but not the embossing powder on the boat or beach.  The background for this page was spritzed with my handmade shimmering mists.  Look closely, though, and you will see pink mist in the mix!

Lots of balls on this page.  I had to add the bit of pink, too.

I got the idea for this page when I wanted extra space.  I covered a piece of heavy chipboard with sheet music on one side and pink hand painted paper on the other.  Not sure you can read the flash card dates, but they are copyrighted 1952.  I got lucky when I found them!

Dianne is a big fan of Halloween, so I hope the symbolism of these smiling pumpkin raised letters, gifted me by Erika of BioArtGal, wasn't lost on her.  In order for the flap to work properly, I left about 1/16 inch between the two pieces for clearance.

I went from Halloween to Christmas by the flip of an extension.  I had to jockey the letters (also gifted me by Erika) to fit on Dianne's small page, but finally got the word metal to work.  I was so lucky to find "A Christmas Song" which fit nicely with

my copper metal Christmas tree. 

My friend Kathy and I each made one of these one year while trying to emboss the copper that was left over from another project.

I confess I sort of stole  borrowed this idea from Valerie.  She made something similar design-wise when she created her snakes and ladders tip-in.  This is the reverse of the metal page.

The pocket was created using more of my handmade shimmering mists.   The building block paper was Graphic 45.

I filled the pocket with lots of flash cards.

I used some of the G45 paper on the front of the tag.  I spritzed the tag with my shimmering mists.

For the back of the tag, I used some die cuts, a stamp, and added my information where my watermark is in the photo.

The tag's fibers were added later, along with three pen nibs.

Thanks for following along with me on this voyage of how I created these tip-ins.  I know it was a lot of words and images.  And thanks, too, for your wonderful and continued support of my art.