Monday, September 26, 2016

T Stands for County Fair

Hello, hello again!  Thank you for dropping by for this weeks T Stands for Tuesday !
It is corn dogs and beer this week!  I rarely eat corn dogs .........unless it is at the fair! So it depends on how many fairs I  attend as to how many corn dogs I'll eat in a year........  I CAN NOT say the same thing about beer! Sometimes, but not this year, it will also includes a giant cinnamon with icing and nuts............sound like a junk food run???  Yep! that's why we go.....LOL!!
The fair started last Wednesday and will run until next Wednesday.  The first Friday is Senior Citizen's Day.......and that is when we usually attend.  We get free parking and free admission until 4 P.M. that day, plus it is never packed with people.  Since we are well beyond the years of riding neck breaking rides, we just walk around and look at the exhibits, check out the animals our friends GKs are raising and showing. I always enjoy the photography and art entries, and I swear I am going to remember to enter some of Megan and Hannah's art work next year.  Why, they can draw and paint circles around what I saw out there! (said with a very puffed out chest!) *grin*
The Kern County Fair does have nightly free entertainment and brings in some big name, old rock and roll and some of the music kids today like to hear. They also bring in top name artist, but you must buy a ticket for those...........even though you can stand anywhere and "hear" them.  I'm sure it really is no different than any other county fair.
Outside of the art, there really wasn't much that was new to us.  The day was clear and warm, only in the 80s so that beer, and a couple more, really tasted good!  Today it is 99' (F) right now, predicted 100' tomorrow and then plunging down to the low to mid 70's next week. Summer just doesn't want to give it up yet.
That's it for this Tuesday, thanks for sticking through the post till the end......*grin*  Hope you will link up any kind of drink or food related post.....which is Elizabeth's only requirement and join us this week.
Thank you to all my followers who have been leaving me such beautiful comments the last couple of guys are just the GREATEST!!!
Inky Hugs

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Something a Little Different

There is still time to join this month's Mixed Media Monthly challenge......."RUSTIC"
I'm sharing something I made last spring, and never shared, after watching a video.................please don't ask me which's been too long ago...LOL!
The video was about painting Mason jars, and other glass containers.  Well, I didn't have any glass containers, and my Mason jars are kept for other things......BUT I did have a few beer bottles!  Yes, that is my Hubby's preferred drink after juice and water. *grin*  This whole project was just to see if different "things" worked, as I was really thinking of using some wine bottles for this.......those are still in the very beginning stages.....LOL!
I cleaned the bottles and made sure to get all the labels off first.  I used a cream colored chalk paint as a base coat.  Once that was really dry, I took a stencil and modeling paste and made some flowers....wondering if it would stay on there.  Once the paste was dry I glued some lace around the top and around the bottom..........and let it all dry over night.  The next step was to coat everything with Gesso and let THAT dry................then the fun part.  For this bottle ( I made thee of them...all different) I used diluted acrylic paint and started brushing it on and wiping it off to show the details. I also dripped a little ink here and there ( see the last photo).  They were sealed with an acrylic spray.

The back of the bottle to show the flowers went all the way around, and some of the ink color.
This was super fun to do, and as I said, I did three of them.  I added crackle and some heavy crackle paste to the others and they came out totally different.
This bottle shows some of the crackle and a couple places I picked it off.
And what am I doing with these bottles now??  Well, they sit in the windowsill of our craft/office room.  One holds felt mustaches for fun photos and one has bottle tags on it along with the USB cable for my camera............and the blue (not sown in this post) is just sitting there being different.
As for the wine I said they are still sitting here in the very first stages.
There is still  six more days you can enter this challenge, so make sure you check it out.
Inky Hugs

Saturday, September 24, 2016

AJJ Back to School

There always seems to be one teacher that stands out in your school memories......not all are your favorites, but they stay in your memories regardless.  I have two, from grade school that I've carried with me for years, one I loved and the other......well, she and I didn't really like each other, as I remember it....LOL! 
The one teacher, that I have fondest memories of, was brought to mind while visiting some of my blog  friends' AJJ-Back to School challenge pages.  Her name was Mrs. Moen and there are many reasons why she was my favorite, besides just being a darn good teacher.  She was my 4th and 5th grade teacher and she always read to the class 30 minutes everyday, and the books could be of our choosing.  We heard wonderful stories, of course we had to behave ourselves to have the honor of being read to.  She was strict, but always fair and always positive. She was also a neighbor, living on the next block down from us, and she was my Sunday School teacher for more than a couple of years.......AND she was the great, great aunt of my best friend......but all that aside, she was my very favorite teacher.
With all that said I did this journal page with her in mind.  It was done on a mop-up paint page, from this summer's activities.  I used a die cut as a stencil, with some black ink along two edges, then took the die cut ( as it was black form the ink) and adhered it to the bottom corner and the top corner.  There were some Gelatoes used to tone down the colors and a block of wood, with a rubber band  wrapped around it to make the hash marks.  I used acrylic paint for the apple and a black marker for the lettering and a little detail work.
This challenge is for the month of September, and I think Elizabeth - The Altered Book Lover has been a fantastic hostess.  There is still time left to join the challenge, it doesn't have to be about teachers as you can see from what other's have linked up with......over HERE.
Happy Crafting

Friday, September 23, 2016

Royal Colors of Fall

Friday, September 23, 2016

Royal Colors of Fall

Have you ever noticed that, in fashion, the colors purple and rust seem to come "into" fashion at the same time?  Maybe it's just that I have reached the age where I have seen that fashion pendulum swing back and forth a couple of times.  I'm definitely NOT a fashionesta by any means, but I do like those colors.
So, I guess it's not so surprising that I would put them together on a autumn card.....and here it is.
This is an other of those older leaf stamps, that I've been playing with.
Smudging the edges with purple ink..................stamped images with Memento black ink.........colored image with Spectrum Noir alcohol ink..........mounted on purple cardstock  and then onto my very last piece of this designer cardstock. :(  I used a paper ribbon, of the same purple cs to "hang" the image, all on a white card base.
The secret of this cards is:  After tossing and turning and keep DH awake for an hour and a half, I finally got up and came into the craft room.  I finished this card about 3 A.M.........then went back to bed and slept like a rock........LOL!!
Thanks for coming by, hope your weekend is a creative one!!
Inky Hugs
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Thank you Pinterest

Thursday, September 22, 2016

An Autumn Aspen Leaf

Holy smokes! It's Thursday again!  I truly love all the autumn colors, my favorite time of the year, even though autumn "colors" really don't happen around here until mid-late November............but one can dream! 
I have had this stamp, and two more like it, for many years and dig them out form time to time and have a play with them.  I swished the edges with Antique Photo, then stamped the image with Memento black and colored the leaf with Spectrum Noir pens............they blend so beautifully.  I layered the image on a black cs and trim to 1/16 of an inch. 
From here I really didn't know where I was headed, until I saw a scrap of kraft card stock, but still needed a little pazazz.  I had this die cut laying on my desk that I had been playing around with, inking and blending, then covered it with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.....and then just put it aside.  Am I the only one that does this???  Well, it was just what I needed to show off the leaf image....don't ya think?
Heading over to Crafty Cardmakers
to join, once again their Autumn challenge
Have a great day, and thanks for coming by!
Inky Hugs