Saturday, March 2, 2024

Second on the 2nd: Cats


As most of you know, whenever possible, I like my Second Look to somehow reflect what our current host at Art Journal Journey is featuring.  That means I had to look for something that reflected Chris's On All Fours theme.

Many of you who visit from Art Journal Journey or possibly from T Stands For Tuesday, will recognize this previously published post.  I called it Surrounded by love and more  

I published it on September 30 (or 30 September), 2023.  It was part of a challenge on the Art Journal Journey blog.  Here it is in its entirety.


I am joining Elle from Empire of the Cat, our host this month at Art Journal Journey for my final entries, of which I have four today.  I am definitely going to miss Elle's themes, which are Books, Cats, Tea. Had it not been for her themes, I would still be procrastinating creating my Cats altered book.  Not to worry.  I will still be working in my Cats AB, and will show more pages as they become available and complete.

This sleeping kitty is Surrounded by Love.  Don't those heart pillows go great with the sleeping kitty?  I have detail shots, too.

This started as a page from a calendar.  To it, I added lots of heart stickers around the outside of the spread.  Sadly the pages are larger than the scanner.
My second entry is the word Cats I added to the front of the book.  Below are the details.

I didn't realize how many cat stickers my foodie friend Sally had given me until I started spelling out the word.  (This is the page I was actually hoping to show as my Second Look.  I was surprised it was part of three other entries.)
My third entry features a Faux Bleubeard.  He has wise words and I have detail shots.

Life is measured not by minutes, but by moments.  Faux Bleubeard had the right idea.  The cat was in a calendar.  I fussy cut the beautiful cat that reminds me of the wonderful face of our blog.  I then added the sentiment I found in a magazine.  Since Elle's theme included books, I thought the book page behind the cat was the perfect background.
My final entry today is another fairly quick entry in my Cats altered book called You found me.  I have detail shots, too.

When I first saw this cat in a calendar page, I thought s/he looked startled.  That's why I came up with the sentiment.

I want to thank Elle for this wonderful theme and for allowing me to share a few pages in my Cats altered book.  She has been a wonderful host, both creating many awesome pages for us and for leaving comments on everyone's journal page.  Thank you so very much, dear Elle.
Bleubeard and I hope you will join us for our last entry at Art Journal Journey this month with your own take on Books, Cats, and Tea.  You still have time to join us today.

Now it's time to share your own second look.  You have until Monday at 4 p.m. my time to share this post.  Sharing today would be preferable, of course.  I sincerely hope you will join Bleubeard and me today.



Friday, March 1, 2024



Before I share this month's first entry, Bleubeard and I want to thank Vicki of Stamped Smiles, our host last month at Art Journal Journey.  Not only was she an amazing host, with thoughtful and caring comments to all, she inspired many with her fabulous journal pages.  As a first time host, Bleubeard and I personally couldn't be more proud.  She has definitely gone over and above.  She certainly put me to shame.  We hope she will join us again next year.

I also want to thank the other moderators, Erika, Chris, and Valerie for taking up the slack while I have not been well.  They are true heroes in my book. 

Now it's a new month and we welcome a new host, as we always do on the first.  This month one of the moderators of Art Journal Journey is our host.  Please welcome Chris, who many of you know as pearshapedChris.  You will find her at PearshapedCraftingChris's theme is On All Fours and it is a great reason for me to work in my Cats altered book.


Bleubeard and I named this first entry Believe.   We have a few detail shots, too.

I have to admit this is not the entry with which I wanted to start, but I was afraid the one I wanted to start with and will show later in the week may turn a few people off.

The inspiration for this journal page came from the gifted kitty (thanks, Erika) who is sporting a baseball cap and "holding" a bat and baseball.  While going through my vintage and old postcards, I ran across this postcard of Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).  I was overjoyed and paired the two.  In my stash were bubbles I added to both sides of the spread.  Also in my stash was a "Believe" sticker.  I think Fluffy believes he will have a home run.

Chris, Erika, Valerie, Bleubeard, and I are delighted you joined us and hope to see you this month at Art Journal Journey as you share your own interpretation of On All Fours.
We welcome art journal pages that meet the theme requirements, altered book pages, canvases, loose, or stand alone pages including fabric and digital art.  We cannot leave comments on Facebook or Instagram entries.  We do not allow cards, tags, index cards, ATCs, or ATCoins, unless they are part of a journal page, and as much as we don't want to, will be forced to delete your entry.  Please remember if your blog is not in English, we ask that you translate it for us since the translation tool doesn't work on some blogsHope to see you soon at Art Journal Journey

Thursday, February 29, 2024

My Monthly Calendar


I can't believe how remiss I've been this month.

It suddenly occurred to me I never showed my calendar for February.  As it deals with light, I am joining Vicki of Stamped Smiles, our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  As you more than likely know, her theme is Keeping it Light.

Other than my tea cups signifying T Stands For Tuesday, which I host each Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday, for which you only need a drink related post to join in, I'm also joining Nicole's Friday Face Off because even the cloud at the end of the rainbow has a face.
Bleubeard and I hope to see you at Art Journal Journey and Friday Face Off.

Monday, February 26, 2024

T Stands For Spice Merchant Teas


We are once again headed to The Spice Merchant.  The last time I was there, I picked up this brochure and decided to share the teas today.  I know CJ, Erika, and Kate drink tea exclusively when it comes to tea or coffee.  Although I prefer coffee, I'm not above drinking tea on occasion.

I was surprised how many loose leaf teas there were, considering the tea side of The Spice Merchant is smaller than the coffee side.  I have provided a few detail shots, too.

I love how they show their teas.  The type of tea is first, then the individual countries or regions follow. Bleubeard is asking for Herbal Catnip tea!  I may just pick him up some one of these times I visit.  The large stamped pitcher was cut off by my scanner, but was gifted to me by RO!.  The small stamps I won from CJ.

You have seen my entry today, and now it's time to share yours.  It can be gifts you received, photos, a place you visited, movies, postcards, mail art, junk mail, catalogs, books, sketches, mixed media, drawings, paintings, handmade cards, tags, scrapbooking, or other art that is digital, hybrid, or traditional, a favorite mug, cup and saucer, teapot, coffee pot, or even a wine glass. Regardless, please join us by linking below.  Bleubeard and I will gladly visit, as will other T participants.  Please link only your T post and not your blog in general.  Bleubeard would like to remind you that old photos are acceptable because they may be taken any time, not just on Tuesday and not just this year.  Please remember to visit your fellow T participants.

I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you it's time to dig up your Second on the 2nd.  The rules are quite simple.  You can use any post, any length, any genre, as long as it's been published sometime in the past.  I sincerely hope you will join Bleubeard and me on the 2nd.


Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sun and sand


 I'm once again joining Vicki of Stamped Smiles, our host this month at Art Journal Journey.  For some reason, I'm having a hard time with Keeping it Light, her theme this month. I just hope this is acceptable.

Bleubeard and I named this Sun and Sand.  We have detail shots, too.

This is what happens when you THINK you have enough letters to create a spread and realize half way through you don't.  I tried to improvise.  Not the best way to show the sentiment, but it has to do.  I started by laying down three different pages torn or cut to size to 110 lb cardstock, over which I adhered the focal image.  Finally, the letters were added.

Thanks so very much for visiting Bleubeard and me today.  We are really grateful you stopped by.  We also hope to see you at Art Journal Journey.


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

FFO and Friday Smiles


It's time for Friday Face Off, hosted by Nicole and later tonight, Friday Smiles, hosted by Annie (at A Stitch in Time).  I am sorry if I missed some of you last week, but I am having trouble sitting at my computer for any length of time. I was in good shape until both Nicole's post and Annie's post didn't appear when they should have.  I went to bed and when I woke I was quite ill.  I certainty hope to visit everyone this week.

Just a recap of where we left off last week.  Here you can see the stars in the background change from red to white to blue.

Very patriotic, but I was never able to capture any that turned red or white.

Here are some stylized faces for FFO!

I see a few more faces.

Note the stars and tunnel in the background.

Moving along, note the fish and Eskimo (or is it a penguin?) both have faces.

Wait for it . . .

Did you notice the igloo, which I totally missed until I loaded my photos.

So much animation, I wish I had made a movie instead of stills.

I'm sure I missed a lot more along the way.

A really poor shot, but there was no way to get closer. 

This was one of the sponsored attractions.

This is where the road went off in two directions.

I hoped it would bring us back to show both sides.

Santa headed up and down the roller coaster.  I prefer the Ferris Wheel.

I will leave you with the band playing and singing Christmas Rocks.

Thanks for visiting tonight.  Please join Bleubeard and me at Nicole's Friday Face Off and Annie's Friday Smiles.   After I published, I realized it is only Wednesday night, not Thursday.  Not sure where my mind is, but it's definitely not where it should be.