Friday, May 30, 2014

Craft Barn Challenge

I missed getting this journal page entered into the Craft Barn Challenge but click the link to see all the fantastic entries that did make it.  I really don't have a GOOD excuse for not making the challenge, this has been finished and scanned for a week......LOL 

The challenge was Passion and or Music, and as you can see I chose music.  I used Gelatos for the background and a black Sharpie, adding white Gel pen to the letters.  For kicks I put a sticker of a record (something long forgotten, the black vinyl recordings) in the lower right corner with the date in the center and music notes stickers scattered here and there.

The lyrics are from the Loving Spoonful's "Do You Believe in Magic"  A very OLD song that once I think about it I end up humming it all day............

Thanks for stopping by
Inky Hugs and Humming away

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Journal 52 week 21: Mandala

Hello, and thanks for stopping by today to check out my Journal 52 offering for this week.  The prompt was to make a mandala, which lead me straight to a tangled inspiration.  I drew it all in black marker, and started to color it in and then thought" naaah, really not in the mood to color it all in".  So what is left?  Why my favorite things spritz and sprays with a good dose of water sprayed onto it.  You can't see it (because of the scanner) I ended with a gold shimmer over the top.

Now I'm off to visit all those who so graciously visited yesterday, since I spent most of the afternoon getting a new cell phone (looong story) and then learning how to use it and getting it set up the way I like it.......LOL!

Let me know you were here......
Inky Hugs

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Milliner Miss Thank You

For this DT project I have chosen to stay with a black and white color theme for this Milliner Miss image from the Rogue Redhead Designs Milliner Misses mini plate.  RRD007.   The images are mounted on a black glossy cardstock and then onto a white card base. The black lace is a Washi style tape I found at the $$ store, adding a simple thank you form the Nature Notes RRD011.
This is such a great mini plate of stamps to play with and it is on sale for the month of May for ONLY $5.00 (US).
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day, and please let me know you came by.
Inky Hugs


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WOYWW 260 Happy Anniversary Julia!

So we have FINALLY made it to the 5 th Anniversary for Ms. Julia (who Dunnit) at the Stamping ground) Let the party begin!! 

I just got in from GD's tumbling class, made me a cup of sweet coffee, and checked to see if the party had started yet. (I do hate being late LOL) It is still Tuesday night, here in California. 
so this week Betsy looks a little mixed up.  I had cleaned everything up, well, err.....pushed it aside to work on a Mandala for Journal 52, then got distracted with something shinny ( I'm sure it was shinny (?) So here everything sets just as I jumped up from it this afternoon.  The far left is a box (with big dots on it), that contains things that NEED to be put away, next to it is a pile of junk.....stuff with a Prima Doll Stamp on top (all this needs to be put away too).  Behind that is a box of small stamps, stamp cleaner, spam can waiting to be made into a storage container for something, tilted easel , collected tools along the back, bottle of GD's glue upside down in a cup, pencils , ruler, die cuts along the right edge along with my cup of sweet coffee with cream.  I don't normally drink coffee this late, nor do I drink it sweet, but it just sounded good, some flavoring and some cream and I have my own home made latte.  In the middle of Betsy is the Mandala I started, sound remote for music and my readers, which I have now put on my face.........I have to make sure spell check is checking things correctly or you might end up reading something like this.......Happy aAnniversary to Julia and all dthe deskers that make the rounds......................LOL!!  My fingers don't see so well anymore either!

So that's it for this week, trying to keep it short, next week will be the big reveal with a lot of pictures from everybody's desk.  Should be tons of fun to see what has traveled around the world for this monumentous occasion.

Let me know you came by.
Inky Hugs

Monday, May 26, 2014

Tea Time is Here

Hello again, yes it is "tea time" once again with our hostess and her sidekick Elizabeth and Bluebeard., and the last one for the month of May.....can you believe we are only a few days from June?
 Everybody has seen all my coffee and tea cups, water bottles, Styrofoam cup and even my wine glass, so this week I am offering up a "tea" card.  I have a program for the Cricut that cuts this card with the tea cup in the window.  I just cut it twice to get the pink cup to overlay on the brown, added a soft pink and white stripe paper behind it, then die cuts, stickers, washi tape and wa-la!
It is still Monday evening here in SOCAL, the end of a three day weekend ( here in the States) is slowly coming to a close. We spent a very quiet 3 days here at home, just the DH, the dog and myself.  We puttered around in the mornings, while it was cool, caught up on some movies and programs we taped during the week, during the heat of the day. So it has been a very LAZY three days, but the DH has been on the road quite a bit, driving the big rig truck, and we don't see each other much during the week, so it was rather nice (but three days is enough! it is time for him to hit the road......LOL)
I did get some time to play at Betsy, finished some art journal pages, one I posted earlier today for
Unruly Paper Arts.  The second one is for the Craft Barn Challenge and is still in the draft stages and will be scheduled for later this week.  I still have my Journal 52 Mandala to create and post.  Looks like this week is going to be full of journal pages..........grin.
I want to give a shout out to a new follower, her name is Sue.  I would like to give you more info about her, and even her blog site, but she is keeping her profile a secret.......LOL Anyway Hello Sue and thanks for joining me and Betsy (yes I named my desk)
What's in your cup this week?
Inky Hugs

Unruly Paper Arts Reader Art Quest

It has been quite a while since I joined in one of the Unruly Paper Arts RAQ.  For the month of May the Reader Art Quest is:

This has been going on all month and here I am, only two days left (deadline is May 28) with an that not typical??? LOL  I gave this a go in one of my art journals and this is what I produced:
I had this pictured in my head from a video I watched on You Tube quite some time ago.  Sorry I can't give credit, that is how long ago it was.    This took me a couple of days to complete, letting paint dry, letting modeling paste dry, die cutting flowers and fence........well you get the idea.

If I had a chance for a "Do Over" I think I would white wash the flowers and leaves to tone them down a bit.  But, as is life, there aren't any "Do Overs" (per say) so this will just stand as it is in my journal.

Thanks for stopping by, PLEASE let me know you were here.

Inky Hugs

Completed Art Journal pag3

I'm back again this week with page 3, an other double page LO.  The background for these pages are designer paper that I glued in place, then took some markers and doodled away.  I think this is my favorite way to "zen" out

Thanks for stopping by, stay tuned for next journal share on next Monday.

Inky Hugs

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Journal 52 week 20

 "Create a page inspired by a book you read. It can be the last book you read or a favorite book."
This is this week's prompt for Journal 52, and being a person that has read many, many, many, and a couple more, books I could not pick a "favorite" book.  Nor could I pick a specific one that has really"inspired" me.  I did just finish "The Son of Neptune" by Rick Riordan, but, well, it wasn't where my MOJO wanted to go....LOL

So this is where my MOJO took me, a little trip down memory lane. After gluing torn book pages down I sprits and sprayed some inks. ( much too bright) then a quick, thin wash of Gesso brought the colors to a more workable stage. A few tugs and rubs got the edges to curl and tear.  I drew the bottom book boarder then washed the books with thinned down Gelato colors and just wrote the titles on the books.  I created the "Once Upon A Time" book with card stock and stickers, then added a swirly!  WA-LA! a finished page that I like.  Oh yes, I do also follow the tv series of "Once Upon A Time" too......LOL

Thanks for stopping by, let me know you were here.
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WOYWW 259 One more to go!!!

If I wasn't putting a count on each post I would think there were two Wednesdays back to back!  But we are counting it down and only ONE more week before the biggest, baddest, boldest, desker anniversary for Queen of the deskers Ms. Julia (who Dunnit at the Stamping Ground).  It will be her 5th anniversary and all the ATC will fly around the world in her honor.

So for #259 Betsy is rather quiet, being "bumped" out a bit by a sick GD this week.  While Megan was napping I stole away for a secret meeting with Betsy and got my Journal 52 page started.  So to the right is the book I bought at the Dollar store (yes I did read it, and now I know why it was at the Dollar store), paint brush, gesso, J52 page a Moo form Trisha too, pencil, glue stick and scissors. 

Along the back are two ATCs I have received from across the pond, yes I am keeping them hidden, but I did want to show off the beautiful card that came with one of them.  I will show off everything, including a better look at this card and give credit to those who sent them, a little later.  For now this is just a sneak peek.........LOL

I still have 5 extra ATC if you are interested in trading with me, give me a shout at
lmogle1950 at yahoo dot com.

Having a 4 year old, that is contagious, but not feeling sick can make a grandma's mojo work double time.  Here is proof
Megan's wall of fame

top painting
Megan learning to swing standing up
Megan painted the pot, the flowers are toilet paper rolls cut and taped together
then she painted them and chose the flower buttons for the centers

and of course she wanted you to see her cheesy face with the flowers for her Mommy.

I have Megan again tomorrow, as I am writing this Tuesday night, while there is time....LOL  I'll be late getting around to the desks, and returning visits.  Last week I ran short of time because of the BBQ competition ( you can see the pics HERE)  So I am sorry if I didn't get back to visit all who dropped by.
Inky Hugs

Monday, May 19, 2014

T and BBQ Competition

Here is my cup, with choice of beverage: flavored carbonated water for this Tuesday's post (written on Monday night) But the picture is from Friday (now this might get confusing  LOL) 
This last weekend was our first BBQ Competition for this season and boy was the weather HOT.  Friday, about noon we pulled my son's trailer in and started getting things set up, it was 102' (F) here that day! (thank goodness the trailer has an air conditioner)  His trailer is a toy hauler so the BBQs roll into the back of it. (a toy hauler is a RV trailer that a dune/sand buggy, quads, motorcycles and such can be hauled to designated areas in)  
These BBQ Competitions are a family thing for us, so there is a lot of helpers, and a lot of things that need to be done, everyone sort of knows, or finds a niche, claims it and that is what they do.  My DIL and I prepare the turn in boxes with beds of lettuce and parsley around the edges.  The meat to be judged is laid on the lettuce and made to look pretty.  We are also the runners, once the turn in boxes have the meat placed in them....just so, we take them to the judging area.....ON TIME!
The my sons do the cooking with a little help from their dad and one or two other guys in the family.  Just depends on who can make it to the competition. 
So the first day (usually Friday) we pull in get set up, prep the meat and add the dry rubs (this is the flavoring) we attend a cooks meeting, go back to our spot and finish up with any meat preparation that is needed. My DIL and I usually get the boxes prepared and into the coolers that night too.
The guys usually decide what meat to put on when, since it doesn't all cook the same length of time.  And some parting does take place........grin!
Judging day is Saturday and is quite chaotic, there are certain times that you have to turn in certain meats, and only a 10 minute window to get them there in.  The judging is all blind, they do not know who's is who's.  With 4 cuts of meat there is only 30 minutes between turn in times.  Sounds like a lot, but it slips by quicker than you think.
Okay now that I have most of you thoroughly confused, I'll just let you see the pictures....LOL 
This is our banner and team name
Here is our site, right after we pulled in
This is looking down our row of contestants (just one direction)  there were 58 groups competing this weekend
This is the smoker my oldest son built for these competitions, this was the first competition we used it.  He just finished it three weeks ago.  He fabricated it all himself with no blueprint to work from.
The black drum to the left is a 50 gallon drum cooker, that the same son had built last year, and it has seen two competitions.

Spices for the dry rubs and sauces (well, few of them anyway)
my DH getting with the measuring.

GDs are right in there with Papa Bobby, Daddy and Uncle Tony.  They want to see and learn everything!
My sons.  Oldest, in the tan shirt is the builder of these smokers.  Little brother (red hat) has also built a smoker, but didn't haul it up form San Diego as we have MORE that enough here.  Here they are basting the pork shoulders.  This smoker has 6 racks that slide in and out.
We cook 6 racks of ribs in order to have 6 perfect ribs to turn in for judging.  We sell the rest.

The quiet before the storm......time to take 5

Our team shirts, this is also the table we sell all the meat from that is not turned in for judging (which is a lot of meat)

Pulling the pork should apart, adding some homemade sauce for the pulled pork entry

always cleaning up to do all day for 2 days.  We have an out door spot for this

This year we had a celebrity stop and try out food, and he raved about it.  He is a guest on the TV show "Pawn Stars" filmed in Las Vegas.  They call him in to give them advice on antique and rare toys, and as I am writing this I CAN NOT remember his name...LOL
Sunday was my 64th birthday and we were all so pooped from the BBQ we just got things cleaned up, trailer back into storage and had a hamburger at Famous Burgers for lunch.

Almost forgot.....we didn't score as high as we hoped (can only be 1 first place....LOL)  we didn't do as well as we have in the past either.  Different area (our home town :( ) different judges and we did run into a few problems, but it is all in the learning process.  We'll get'em next time.

If you made it this far, let me know.......LOL

Happy T-day



Completed Art Journal pg 2

Happy Monday everybody!  This is week two of my completed art journal, and as you can see I did have fun with some fall colors.  According to the date in the lower right hand corner I did this on Halloween.  Acrylic paint for the background, leaves were made with a stencil and a white gel pen. I free handed a cut out heart and doodle around it, then use a metallic gold marker for the words and then reinforced them with a black marker.

No personal journaling, which you really won't find in my art journals.

Thanks for taking a look, let me know you were here.
Inky Hugs

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Journal 52 week 19

I've fallen a little behind this week with Journal 52. , well, behind in getting it posted.  This page had to wait for all the BBQ competition festivities to be over. (More about that later in the week)

The prompt for week 19 was Photography,  incorporate a photograph into your art journal.
 Now you all know I am a G-Ma of 4 and always try to have my camera at hand......LOL  BUT, I was really looking for a different picture I had in mind, when I came across these two of Megan from an afternoon she spent with me. So how could I choose just one? Actually your lucky I stopped at only two!!!

Background is modeling paste, acrylic paint and some inky sprays hit with a lot of water.  I tore the edges of the photos, added some distressed inks to the edges to add a little more interest, the sentiments are stamps.

Let me know you came by
Inky Hugs

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Masculine birthday card

Today's share is a masculine birthday card using an Impression Obsession stamp of a light house.  I have had this stamp for years and it is still my "go to" for nautical style masculine cards.  It was colored with Primas, inked around the edges with TH Distressed inks and a die cut from Carole's Creative Critters.  The sentiment is Hero Arts.

You would think I would have an easy time with masculine cards, having raise two sons, but the truth is they are just as hard for me.  I don't have a LOT of masculine stamps, so the boys have seen just about all I have, in many different ways.....LOL

Thanks for stopping by, let me know you did
Inky Hugs

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Rogue Redheads Designs' Dot in Yellow

sorry about the poor scan of this card
I have used this image of Dot many, many times.  She is from the Milliner Misses mini plate. I fell in love with her when Shar used her for the RRD logo, and couldn't wait for the stamp image to be released.  So it is only fitting that I use her for my DT project during the month of May since this is the plate of the month.

Dot is stamped on a lacy die cut and I chose to use yellow markers for her this time.  This dc was mounted onto an embossed cs, at an angle, then onto a yellow cs, then a white card base.  With a dc flower and leaves and the Milliner Misses sentiment to finish the look.

Don't miss the chance to get this mini plate of stamps on sale this month.

Let my know what you think of Dot in yellow........

Inky Hugs

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WOYWW 258 Getting ready

WOOT! WOOT! it's Wednesday again and here is Betsy all decked out in ATCs for the 5 anniversary of The Stamping Ground (yes this is a little staged....grin) Along the edges you sill see some of the new "toys" that the UPS man delivered today.  To the left are some new tools for the Cricut, somehow I managed to drop mine behind the large metal cabinet it sits on, glue pot (old) easel with a colored image (old/new) two re inkers for my Stazon ink pad, Prima doll stamp and three small die cuts propped against the light.  To the left are my glasses (old) and a new magnetic base for the Big Shot to hold the thin dies in place.  All the new things were pushed to the edges so I could lay out the ATCs.
I have about 10 that are not spoken for and would love to trade them.  You can dash me an e-mail to
lmogle1950 at yahoo dot com with your addy

Keeping it as short as possible this week so our illustrious leader, and queen of the deskers Ms. Julia ( who Dunnit at the Stamping Grounds) likes it.

Let me know you came by, love all your comments.
Inky Hugs

Monday, May 12, 2014

T sTands for Today

Not much in the way of new and exciting here this week, even have a throw back picture, but it is what I am drinking as I write this post.  Just how many pictures do I need of a water bottle? LOL

Mother's Day weekend was great, Friday night we went to the stock car races, hadn't been to one of them in years.  I prefer the Famoso Drags, but this was a nice change. 

Mother's Day we went to our oldest son's house for a BBQ, the GDs swam for a short while.  The pool is still cold, but with the temperatures climbing to the triple digits this week it won't be much longer and even this grandma will be in the water.

This week starts the BBQ competition season for us.  This weekend will be our first competition and it is right here at home.....yah!  It will make it easier on us gals as we can come home at night, and the GDs can sleep in their own beds too.  Keep your fingers crossed in hopes that it is a good BBQ and we get a place in at least the top ten.

Off to bed now, it is late and it has been a long day around here.
Thanks to Elizabeth, the Altered Book Lover for gathering us all up for T Stands for Tuesday.
Inky Hugs

Completed Art Journal

I finally completed a small art journal I made last fall, and have decided to share it with you.  There are too many pages to post them all in one post, so I am going to post one page every Monday morning.
I normally use a 9 x 12 mixed media journal, but I had joined a swap that required us to make a journal 5 x 7, and since I had not ever made one I thought I had better practice (at least once......grin)  So here is my "practice" journal and the first finished page.
Thanks for looking, let me know you were here.
Inky Hugs

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

This is an image (cropped for a larger image) from the Milliner Misses plate RRD007 (plate of the month) stamped on a die cut then mounted onto a designer paper from my stash.  I colored the edge of the die cut with a black marker.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and a ribbon bow was added for a finishing touch.
Hope you are all having a "fabulous day"!!
Inky Hugs

Friday, May 9, 2014

Is it a Book or a Card or a Mini album?

Well, it really it is a mini album.  I made this for my DIL for Mother's Day.  They were here for the family birthday and I knew I wouldn't see her before Mother's Day, so I gave it to her early.
This is the cover, I used stickers for her name

  I found this on You Tube, the video is 3 yrs old.  This is a multi opening album, to see how it all opens you can check out the video HERE  This took no time at all to put together, but getting the photos the right size and then adding all the elements did take my some TIME.
Opens first to these pages

Opening the flowers to this

Middle photo ( in the last picture) opens to this

Middle once again opens to this

Left side opens to this

right side opens to this

The pull out page from the middle of the album

back side of  the pull out part, tag has the Mother's Day greetings on it
Will DIL #2 get one of these ALSO?? Not sure if I can get a second one done in time, but she is the easy one and lives close, might be late but that won't upset her.

If ya made it this far let me know you did!

Inky Hugs