Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Vacation - Road Trip 2015

Hello, crafty peeps! I am away from my craft room temporarily, but I feel the need, the need for blogging! LOL You should know me by now, I am a wordy chick!
Our day started at 5 pm, or O'Dark-thirty as my friend Heidi would put it. Hubby wanted to get on the road by 6 am and he was not disappointed. So we beat the morning rush on 294 and we waved goodbye to Chicago and headed for parts south.
The view out our windshield while winding our way through the Bluegrass Hills of Kentucky.
I casually remarked to hubby that it was too bad it was such a sunny day, as I couldn't get the sun out of my eyes to see ahead. I forgot that when you're traveling in the hills, you're closer to God's ear...

So, now we've stopped in Chatanooga at the halfway point of our road trip. Next stop is Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Move over, Harry Potter, we're on our way-we just can't apparate like you can, and we left our brooms at home. Save us some butter beer!
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Really, peeps, when Harry Potter World opened up in Orlando, I really didn't think that we'd get to enjoy a visit, since our kids were grown and taking the grandkids was just too much of a strain on our bank accounts. But we are all three (hubby, Wendy & I) Potter fans, so when we cast our votes for a family vacation, I was surprised and happy to make the arrangements.
Of course, Orlando is not really a vacation it's an adventure, so half of our trip, the last half, will be spent at a resort on Siesta Key, on the gulf-side of the state, lolling in the sun and sea, and sleeping in the sand. As much as I love Harry Potter, I love relaxing with the sound of the surf and a good read so much better!!
Happy crafting, peeps!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Another Sublime Challenge at the Outlawz Greetings

The only thing more sublime than a conversation between a fairy and a ladybug is an Anything Goes challenge! That's the new challenge this week at the Outlawz Greetings. This week's sponsor is Crafty Sentiments, and this jewel of a digi image is called "JEWEL."
I still have a box of newly-rediscovered papers on my desk, and while every project created this month has used papers from that box, it still looks over-stuffed with the wages of paper sin! But I am trying, as you can see from the photo of my newest card. I used 3 patterned papers and 2 different pieces of colored cardstock.
I colored my Jewel with Copics, and embellished simply with flowers, jewels, a butterfly charm and a cardstock sentiment sticker to finish off a simply sublime card. Now if the weather here in Chicago would just make up its addle-pated mind, it would be truly sublime. May is holding onto Spring with a tenuous grasp of temperatures, see-sawing from the 40's to 70's and back again, like a test drive on a super roller coaster.
But back to the challenge! The Outlawz Greetings is a challenge group that posts new challenges weekly on Mondays, with the last Monday of each month being an Anything Goes theme. The only stipulation on any paper-crafted project is to use a greeting or sentiment on the front of your creation. Please visit us for inspiration, and leave a comment or enter the challenge to share your artwork with us.
Challenges I am Entering:
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes
Opus Gluei - Garden Inspiration
Crafty Sentiments challenges - Anything Goes
Open-Minded Crafting - Inspired by a Song (Build Me Up, Buttercup
Hiding in My Craft Room - Any Holiday (May Day)
Brown Sugar challenges - Favorite Color Combo

Anything Goes in my Acrylic Album for Craft Your Passion

I got to play in my acrylic album again. This is my first album, second page. It's trickier than I thought as I always have to be mindful of the back side of each page I create. Today I used a large circle of cardstock and kept most of my project within the circle.
Craft Your Passion challenge blog begins a new challenge today. Their challenges are always Anything Goes. The sponsor this week is Oddball Art, and this little cutie is called Tasha. My arylic album is all about nature and its furry animals. Today I was inspired by one of my favorite books, Secret Garden. It is a very old one, and I have a first edition in print, as well as the book in my Kindle library. After coloring my image with a  mix of Copics and Spectrum Noir, I fussy-cut her and her little friend before adhering her onto my page.
Then the fun began. I used a Sharpie oil-based white paint marker to give both my page and my frame a border of tiny dots. After stamping the sentiment on a cardstock journal sticker, I used a mix of tiny white flowers along with silver shimmery enamel dots. I like the way the page turned out, especially as the album will be a present for a special friend.
Oddball Art has a bunch of cute and whimsical images. Check out the STORE and then come join us at Craft Your Passion challenge blog this week!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes (no cards)
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (no cards, ATCs)
Die Traumfabric - Secret Garden
Oddball Art challenges - Add a Butterfly or Dragonfly
Our Creative Corner - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
(Pin)spirational challenges - Inspired by Pinterest (I used a lighter blue but I love using blue, green & yellow together)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Path of Perseverance is Worth Every Step

I was browsing my digi images (which is so much easier than sorting through my rubber stamps) and re-discovered this little cutie from Ike's Art. She's called Back to School, and I bet you think my internal calendar is way off, as kids all over are counting the days until summer break.
But this month's theme at the Path of Positivity blog is Perseverance, and Ike's image struck a chord with me. When my soon-to-graduate-college daughter was in Kindergarten, I was informed by her school that her reading skills were lagging behind.
I jumped at the chance to have her tutored, spending even more time with her and her favorite books than I ever had before. There were days when she would cry in frustration (me too) but she persevered. After just the one year, she no longer needed extra help, and by fifth grade she was reading at a high school level!
So my card, whose sentiment reads, "So many books, so little time," is in memory of her perseverance and success. I am so proud of her!
Prizes for this month are:
       *A $10 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or                     project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
  • A $25 gift certificate from Deedee's Digis, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
There will also  be:
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
  • One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.
  • One digital sentiment for every single person who enters the challenge.
My card uses: Ike's Art image called Back to School
                        DCWV card base
                        Digital background patterned paper, shaped frame, bow, brads and flowers from                                   Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
                        miscellaneous peals, sequins, lace border and paper doily
Other Challenges I am Entering:
Crafting When We Can - One for the Kids
Cupcake Inspirations - Inspiration Photo












Sentimental Sundays - Cute or Funny sentiment (So many Books, So little Time)
Sister Act - Anything Goes 
Creative Artiste challenge - Design Seeds color board

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things






...or should I say "projects." Lord knows I need another DT responsibility, but my energy needs another outlet, as I have already started my June projects!! So when I heard Ike's World Challenge blog had a DT call, I couldn't resist applying as I love, love, love her images, in all their dark and humorous takes. Let me show you some examples:
The first sampling of the loveliness you can create with Ike's Art digi images is a mixed media canvas. I love the color scheme of my canvas, the coloring of the image, called Cognitive Thoughts, and the sentiment. It is one of my fave canvases I have made and I still have it (I've given away so many and miss them dearly).My second fave project shows the way digital and physical art merges into an awesome piece of work (at least I think it's awesome)! After playing with Ike's "Magician's Hat" digi image, digi paper from Mischief Circus, frames from Decosse's Dynamite Doodles, and some appropriate wording, I printed it out and popped it onto cardstock with a flourish and some flowers to "lighten" the mood. 
My next project is a card I made to showcase my sense of humor.
It is not always politically correct, but you have to admit, it is funny! Again, the card showcases how I work with color, as well as many elements on one project.
And finally, although only asked to show three faves, i had to include one more to show Ike that I can "come over to the dark side" (heavy breathing coming from inside a helmet). LOL

 I hope I have shown examples of diversity in my style, as well as skill in color combining, getting inky, and digital know-how (small but learning every day. So, my crafty peeps, wish me luck!!
And have fun!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Perseverance Midway Challenge Reminder

Today's project reflects the theme of  Perseverance at the Path of Positivity challenge blog. I got to play with a digi image from Ike's Art and was inspired to create a mixed media canvas.
In the U.S., It took over a hundred years for the pilgrims to settle in to their new home, claim and win their independence as their own country. It took another hundred years to abolish slavery. It took another sixty year after that for women to win their right to vote. Add another 40 years for the civil rights movement to make any headway.
All this was accomplished by the perseverance of strong, focused individuals who came together when they recognized injustice in the American way of life. Perseverance is forward-thinking and forward-movement. It is planning and working toward the summit of your goals and continuing on your path despite stumbling or drifting. Perseverance is resting but not quitting. 
At this moment in time, especially in the U.S., another group is finally seeing the results of their own perseverance in their right to marry. I am, of course, talking about Gay marriages, and their legality, especially when it comes to insurance, inheritance and other civil benefits. 
I am not affected by this decision, as I am happily married to my husband Bill for almost 39 years. I am, however, an advocate of personal and civil rights. I have friends and family who are directly affected by these rights and are suffering but persevering through the process. I applaud them, I support them, and I love them.
  I love that ART is shaped and colored by our feelings, beliefs, dreams, nightmares and passions. It can pull these same feelings in those who look at an artist's creation. I had been painting n another project andabsent-mindedly dipped the brush into some of my homemade ModgePodge to seal the very porous canvas material of today's project.  The colors on my brush mixed with the Mod Podge and onto my canvas and I really like the background it provided.
I framed my Copic-colored image, called "I Do - Female," with a homemade shimmer-misted paper doily. Then I placed my sentiment, "Free to Marry" before adding the roses. I embellished with loose glitter, metallic sticker hearts and a 3D sentiment sticker.
The Path of Positivity is a challenge blog that promotes positive words and art benefiting those in all walks of life. It is "a place to come especially on those days when the woes of the world just seem too much to bear." 

The sponsors and prizes for this month's challenge are:
*A $10 gift certificate from Ike's Art, one of our guest sponsors this month, for the post or project that the DT deems most inspiring of the bunch.
*A $25 gift certificate from Deedee's Digis, one of our guest sponsors this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all entrants.
There will also  be:
*One digital image from Creative Bug Digital Stamps for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
*One digital designer paper (made to order in a few different ways) from Décosse's Dynamite Doodles for one lucky voter who leaves a comment.

Other Challenges I am Entering:
Open-Minded Crafting - Wedding or Anniversary
Alphabet challenges - G is for Glitz & Glamour
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes #33
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes (no cards)
Crafty Time - Anything New
Rhedds' Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
Smudgy Antics - Anything Goes (it may not be dark, but it is alternative & awesome)

USA Patriotic Colors at the Outlawz Greetings challenge today

Welcome to another challenge from the Outlawz Greetings! Today finds us creating with a Red, White AND Blue color theme. This week's sponsor is Oddball Art, and I have colored up a digi image called  "Penelope".
My card is full of different elements. I used three different patterned papers, punched the corners of my image, added jeweled flowers, and tossed in a couple feathers for fun, all within the red, white and blue color scheme.
Come join us at the Outlawz Greetings challenge this week. Follow the color theme, and make sure you have a greeting on the front of your project. See you there!
Other Challenges I am Entering:
 Simply Create Too - Favorite Color Combo (red, white & blue)
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Sister Act Card challenges - Anything Goes
Stempelsonne challenges - Anything Goes
Crafter's Cafe - Feminine
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes