Sunday, April 5, 2020

Favorite Quote...SDC #345

Hello, Peeps!  Yesterday I had a good ol' time celebrating my son's birthday.  It was quite different from what we had originally planned and it ended up being just fine.  A good time had by all...

I got back to 'work' (ha-ha...arting isn't work!) this morning in my little pandemic mini journal.  (I don't know that the name will stick, but for now it really is kind of a chronicle of what I'm thinking as we all go through this.)

The inspiration for this page was the Stampotique Designers Challenge for this fortnight: Favorite Quote.  I do love this one...it applies in so many situations - the current one for sure.  I don't know about you, but I'm constantly shaking my head in dismay when listening to the news or hearing about people ignoring the guidelines designed to keep us all safe.  Ai yai yai...

Be safe, stay sane, wishing you good health,

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Happy 21st Birthday!!

Good morning, my friends!  Yep.  Today my middlest child turns 21.  I am sure that this evening is not going to go as he thought it would a month ago.  It was very sweet actually.  He said he wanted to go out with his older sister, his dad and I on his actual birthday.  He was very excited about getting carded.  Of course that's not happening amid the Covid-19 madness.  Instead, we'll be travelling from the kitchen, to the living room, to the family room.  (I must remember to ask for his ID at each stop!).

Of course there's still a birthday card involved.  I love making these interactive cards even though this style always takes me longer than I think it will.  This one was particularly difficult - the Muse wasn't cooperating. But here goes...the birthday card for Devon (aka Devon, Devon, Little Slice O' Heaven)...

Sip, Sip, Hooray!  Happy April 4th, y'all!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Rain + Rainbows ATC

Hello, my friends!  I hope this finds you well.  I signed up for a few more ATC trades.  This one is for a rainbow-themed swap.

Don't you love those water droplets?  This stamp sat neglected in my stash for a long time.  So happy to have rediscovered it.

The colored strips are ripped bits of gelli printed tissue paper.  The cool thing about using tissue paper like this is that it is a smidge translucent.  I love that I'm able to dig through my stash and use some of my goodies. up.

Keep on keeping on and thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Love - Hope - Imagine Art Journal Page

I have been trying to do something creative every day since I've been home.  Yesterday we had a first day of virtual preschool so I didn't get a chance to do anything arty.  And I noticed.  Creating is very therapeutic, I've found.  Today I got busy before school started to work in my mini art journal.

This little journal is pretty small and there wasn't much space left for written journaling; or at least not space that I wanted to write in.  My words weren't entirely random though.

I chose LOVE because as awful and disruptive as this pandemic is, I've found that I've really enjoyed all of this time at home with the people I love.  Without the distractions of work and school we have truly had some quality time together.

HOPE is because, of course, I hope this all ends soon.  I have been very fortunate so far in that nobody near to me has succumbed to this awful illness.  I do have loved ones that are vulnerable though and fervently hope casualties can be minimized for all.

I picked IMAGINE to remind myself that as time passes, while it certainly won't be forgotten, this relatively (hopefully!) quick blip in the grand scheme of things will be a distant memory.  I'm imagining the time when we'll all get back to work, school, social lives, etc. and doctors, nurses and other essential personnel won't be working themselves to exhaustion and putting themselves in harm's way without needed supplies. 

Wishing you well, my friends.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Mini Journal Page

My little 3" x 4.5" mini journal has been really fun to play around in.  I think I can attribute that to my love of ATCs - just something about a small canvas works for me.  :)

I arted on a couple of the pages today.

I found these red flowers stamped on a scrap piece of paper on my desk.  The background page wasn't really working for me.  I just kept adding layers of paint and stenciling until I was happy with it.

Kate Crane showed a video of her drawing a dreamcatcher.  I'm not much of a hand-drawer...stamps are my friend.  I went ahead and sketched a little dreamcatcher over one of the backgrounds anyway and filled it in using acrylic paints.  I discovered quite a few paint pens that I'd forgotten I had.  Sweet!

Happy arting everyone.  I hope you're all staying healthy and sane.

Under the Sea ATC

I'm sending this ATC to somebody who really likes the ocean and all of it's mystery.  :)

There are glittery bits on the words and on parts of the seahorse.  I tried to capture it in this next photo.  Can you see them?

Are you getting some time to create these days?

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Colorful Mini Journal

Like most people around the world these days I've got a lot of unexpected time on my hands.  I'm not sure how I wound up there, but somehow I got to Dina Wakley's Facebook Live video showing her making a mini journal using her new gloss sprays.   I like mini journals.  I was absolutely inspired to get to work making my own.

Dina used scribble sticks and her gloss sprays on her pages.  Her binding was made using adhesive canvas strips.  I don't have those so I used Dylusions Ink Sprays, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, Mr. Huey's Color Sprays, and Lindy's spray mists with various stencils.  I also used my Neocolor II watercolor crayons and my binding is black duct tape.  My hands were a mess...it was awesome.

I'm now trying to take a little time each day to do something on a page.  There are only 8 pages (16 sides) so this may actually be a little journal that will be completely arted up in no time at all.  Woo hoo!

Another bonus?  I'm digging around in my stash and using things I've just been hoarding. 

The video can be watched on YouTube.  Check it out!