Thursday, August 25, 2016

AI Too Cute to Spook

Over at the Art Impressions Blog they are running a challenge for cute Halloween cards. Yep! Halloween already......but then all the craft stores have their Christmas stuff on display, so why not Halloween now?  But I digress......I'm here to share a post card I made.

The witches hat, from TH Crazy Bird set, just seemed to fit the AI stamp from the Hot Java Mama set.....and that is how this post card got it's start....LOL! It is all colored using a water color technique using markers.......I've become so addicted to this technique!  I'm not going to list all the other stamp companies, cause I used so many little ones to finish up the PC.  I just thought it was a fun post card and I really enjoyed making it.

There is only a short time left to join this challenge so I better get linked up!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

T Stands for Wine and Fire

Hello Bloggers, it's time to link up with Elizabeth and the T-gang again.
Even though I am running late this week......more about that later.....
Two weeks ago DH and I made a wine run over to Paso Robles to pick up our wine club shipment.
We are club members of two wineries, and Le Cuvier was having their "Pick Up" party for club members only.  It consists of wine tasting and food (small bites) pared with the wine.  We go over twice a year for this..........that is when they release their new wines.  We kept our wine tasting to a minimum at Le Cuvier because we had one more destination that day.
Over at the Croad winery we were attending a wine and BBQ event.  This was the first of any of their events we have attended.........and most likely not the Last!
This was the menu
Looking down onto the patio all set up for the evening

DH drinks water, since he is the designated driver.......but he did do some tasting.
During dinner we were entertained by bagpipes!

I forgot to take a photo before I started eating....LOL!  The food was excellent!
Looking down at the crowd that attended......that first empty chair is mine"

After dinner, Martin had arranged for a little grape stomping! I'm on the left.  Something I have wanted to try ever since I saw Lucille Ball do it on "I Love Lucy" LOL!
This photo was taken by a friend of mine, from about five miles from was about 5:30 a.m. last Thursday.
This is one of the fires currently going in California.  This is what they are calling the Cedar Fire, it really isn't as close as it looks, about 50 miles, up in the mountains, east of here.  It is just one that we have been able to see any flames or glow from. 

This is how the sun looked the same morning at about 7:30a.m. I was just heading out for a walk.
Almond harvest time.  This is the ground between the rows of almond trees.  They have shaken the trees, but haven't swept up the almonds yet.  Both processes produce a LOT of dust in the air.......and my dark furniture shows it all!!

Looking down through the orchard.
They have a machine that looks like it has claws, that grab the trees, and shakes them till all the nuts are on the ground.  They shake them hard enough to look like this.........but the trees adapt once they get water again.
About the first of the month I was out on the patio and noticed these clouds.........they looked so much like angles I had to get a photo of them.
So why am I so late getting this posted this week??  I had a "play date" to day with a woman I met at a painting class...........well, we have painted at the same event a couple of times.....then became friends on FB.  I had taken some cards to one of the painting event and she was curious.  When I asked her if she wanted to give it a try she said yes.  So we arranged to meet, here at my house, this morning. What a great day, Patty got here about 9a.m. and I introduced her to stamping and water coloring the images.  She LOVE to paint anything with any kind of paint.....LOL  Then we went and had some authentic Mexican food for lunch.  I was glad I chose the place I did, cause her Mom is Mexican and Patty know the good stuff!! (we were so busy talking I didn't even think to take any photos)
We came back here, watched one more AI coloring video, on You Tube, then I gave her all the toys and let her have a go at all of it. Now she says she is hooked and can't wait to get home from class tonight and shop for some AI stamps!!
Patty says she has a retired friend, who is an artist and she wants to bring her next time.  How fun does that sound???

That's it for me for this T stands for Tuesday.
Have a wonderful week.
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

T Stands for Celebrating

Time, once again, to link up with the Elizabeth and the T-gang!  I wish I HAD this coffee cup and not just a photo borrowed from Pinterest.  But I keep using this photo because I am drinking my coffee from the same boring coffee mug the T-gang has seen many times. 
As some of you already know, our son turned 40 last week, and we got together Saturday night to celebrate.  They chose Chuy's Mesquite Broiler to meet and have dinner.  Chuy's is a very casual dinning place, and we chose to be out on the patio.  It was a little warm, but they had the misters on and the sun was going down and it became a little more comfortable.  Around 8P.M. the band started...very loud, as it is not a large place.....but we had fun.
Their menu consist of things with a Tex-Mex flavor and the items are reasonable for this area.  It is a chain style place.  I looked them up on the internet and was surprised to see that they are only CA and AZ locations. 
Brian (our son) Me and Bob ( my DH)

All the family that could make it, it was a very impromptu party.  Hannah was at a sleepover at a friends house, and of course our youngest son and family couldn't make it on such short notice.  Most of the people in this photo are my DIL's family.......but we have all been friends for YEARS......Brian and Vanessa grew up together......her dad, Randy, and my husband went to school we ARE ALL family!
Well, I now have a fresh cup of coffee and I'm ready to jump around Blogland and see what the rest of the T-gang are drinking.
Inky HUgs

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Big 4-0 and Happy Summer Mail

My oldest son turned 40 yesterday and his card has been sitting here for nearly a week waiting for a sentiment to be added to the inside.  I had both his girls here for two days making gifts and cards for him.  We even made a "fruit" cake with candles. ( their fruit cake was a jello fruit salad in a mold.. they are all on a clean eating diet, so it was all fresh fruit and homemade jello....LOL)  We were so busy I didn't get a chance for photos of them.  We were all ready when he came to pick them up, after work........all but Mom.  I had completely forgotten about his card....BAD MOM!!! LOL!
Everything was cut with the Cricut, and a little white gel pen stitching.  Luckily I had set it aside ( so girls could make their cards) as I came in to put things away and finish the card this morning and knocked over a FULL cup of coffee all over my desk....ugh!  So Betsy got a good cleaning....unplanned, but desperately needed cleaning! The card is still sitting here waiting for that sentiment....haha!
Most know that DEB and I have been exchanging post cards for quite awhile now.  She blessed me with these three this summer.

As you can see, she is quite a versatile artist.
Well, I need to finish THAT card for my son.......then, since I have a start.....the rest of this area needs put away and cleaned.  I won't have the GDs till next Thursday......a little scheduling problem.  Since Dad drops them off on the way to work, and he will be out of town Monday through Wednesday and there isn't enough time for Mom to bring them clear out here, and it would be two trips to Bakersfield for me........the GDs "other" Papa will be in charge.  I'll pick them up Tuesday, for a painting class I signed them up for at the beginning of the summer................I'll share photos later ;)
Hope your weekend is full of creativity!
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A 2nd Look on the Second


Today,is the 2nd of August and means it time to take a look back, or a second look at something, anything and the link it up with Elizabeth, the Altered Book Lover. 
I've been sitting here wondering around Blogland visiting and wondering what I would share.
Then I thought I'd take a look at what was going on on this day in 2013.
I did not copy the whole post, only the art, as we were at a BBQ competition that day.


Friday, August 2, 2013

Missing You Mail Art

This was a post card, made with a decorator paper and a rubber stamp from Red Rouge Rubber Stamps......back when I was a DT sadly they are no longer in business. 
Hope you enjoyed a second look at this post card.
Inky Hugs