Monday, June 30, 2014

Week 8 of the Art Journal

What can I say?  These two pages contain left overs from other projects and a try art some ink resist with glue.  I do like the bright flowers and the stamped quote on the banner, the rest????? well it is in the journal, so just turn the page and come back next Monday.....LOL

This is a scheduled post as I am at the beach for the 4th of July your heart out..LOL

Inky Hugs

Thursday, June 26, 2014

SOC week 3

This will be last live post for the next 10 days, I will have a few scheduled for your entertainment, but the chances of me getting back to anybody who comments probably won't happen until we get back form vacation.  I will check in with my cell phone, but returning comments s just to technical for me
This week Krishtin has the colors gray, lavender and plum for the Summer of Color ( or SOC) challenge.  Personally, I think these colors are gorgeous together.  I actually came into the craft room to gather a few items I want to take with me on this trip, and there set this challenge, right in the middle of Betsy!  Well, I HAVE been busy loading the Playhouse, and I REALLY did need a break...
So I reached for some acrylic paints and began.  I did end up using markers for the sentiment I found in a book of phrases.  ALL VERY loosely painted, but it was a lot of fun to create.

Thanks for coming by
Inky Hugs

Monday, June 23, 2014

ExoTic Iced Tea....coolers

So what's in the glass this week?  A great mix of Watermelon Mint Chiller and Berry Mint classic, made strong and iced down.  Makes a beautiful red tea and I am showing it off in my Mom's OLD glass pitcher.  I am not an avid tea drinker (as you all know by now) but I do like iced tea in the summer, but flavored teas I like sweetened.  I didn't want to add sugar, or sugar substitutes, but I wanted a little sweetness and some kind of fizz, like a wine cooler.  So me, being me, I poured in some of my diet flavored carbonated water and waaa laa!  Just what my taste buds were craving.  I know this sounds too obnoxiously outrageous to most, but it REALLY is good, and I have been drinking it everyday.  It is great for the late afternoon pick-me-ups.

Since I used all that was left in both tins it made quite a bit of tea, more than pictured, so I put it in a container and stuck it in the freezer.  It is going to come in handy next week when we are at the beach.

Why am I going on about iced tea?  Because it is time to link up with Elizabeth the Altered Book Lover an make the rounds to see what's in your cup!

So Saturday I said I would show some of my paintings.  So here are the ones hanging in the craft/office room:  They are kind of at a skew, so the flash wouldn't blow out the pictures.

17" x 20" oil.  The flash caused the wavies in the upper right corner.
 This room is atrocious for taking pictures.
I copied her off a post card.

11" x 15" graphite sketch with water color
dry brushed over it.
16" round oil, again with the wavies from the flash.....ugh!
17" x 20" oil.  I took this outside for the picture,
I couldn't get any where near good in this room.

17" x 20" oil.  She hangs in the door way of the craft/office.
She is my favorite, and the only one that has
hung in any other room of the house.
Here they hang, well three of them.  I wasn't going
to include this photo because of the state this room
is in.  This will be rectified once we are back for
the beach trip.........I Promise! LOL 

So that winds up my Tea Stands for Tuesday.  I'm off to make the rounds, while getting my laundry done.  Getting ready for the beach, but have to wait for the Playhouse to be brought home so I can start getting it loaded................only 4 more days till we leave.....wooooop! wooooop!

Inky Hugs

Watercolour on a card

Some of you (long time followers) might remember last fall when I was taking an on-line class on how to draw and paint in a loose manner.  This is one of the pictures I drew and then colored with water colors, and I decided to (finally) mount it on a card.  I did put a layer of green cs between the picture and the base.  The sentiment is a stamp.  There are still a couple more of these "little" painting hanging around, don't know if they will make it onto a card or not. I'm truly NOT hording them, I'm unsure if the others are really good enough to put on a card..........or anything else.....LOL

I am entering this in Less is More challenge of watercolor: to use watercolors somehow/where on your card.

Thanks for popping in for a look.
Inky Hugs

An Inkspiratioal challenge in blue

Today I am linking up with the Inkspirational challenge which is blue with white or cream.
I used blue ink to emboss the image from Stubby Stampers, then blue markers to color it in.  I used the same ink and embossing powder for the background and the sentiment, with everything layered onto a solid blue cs.

I've been doing a LOT of art journaling and this weekend I just felt like some card challenges.  This is one of four cards.  So buckle-up there are more post coming your way.

Thanks for stopping by
Inky Hugs

Art Journal week 7

Happy Monday, and welcome back to the Monday art journal posts that I have been doing.
This is one of my favorite double page LO!  Modeling past, and colorful inks running all over the place, a couple die cuts and a stamped quote (and of course  some doodles.....grin)

Hope the cheerful colors brought a smile to your Monday!

Inky Hugs

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Unruly Paper Arts RAQ

Only a few more days left in this month, but still time enough to join the Unruly Paper Arts Reader Art Quests.
And here is my entry for both RAQ prompts.
(sorry about the crooked scan, that horizon makes me dizzy LOL)
This is one of those pages, the page is ok, but not what I had pictured in my mind.
I tore, and tore, and tore some more, little strips of paper, solids and prints.  Then glued them down, to semi form the setting sun and the waves washing up on the beach.  I did do an acrylic wash over the colors and painted in the clouds and a few white caps on the water.
It is pretty primitive, at best, but it really was therapeutic to just tear and glue while listening to some soft jazz. 
Inky Hugs


Journal 52 week 25

I am actually early (for me) with the challenge for Journal 52, and this is week 25, with the prompt being "Inspired by nature"  We have three very large trees in our yard, one in the front and two in the back.  They are getting to be about 30 years old, and the gorgeous one in the front yard is in need of being taken out, so everybody tells me.  I am hoping they can trim it back (and not kill it) enough so it doesn't split and land on the neighbor's garage, and I still get to keep the tree.  Long story made short this is the journal 52 page I did as an "ode to the front yard tree"
I did remember to take some photos as I went along this journey.  Now that I have it scanned, I see it leaning............LOL

I started with water color base markers, after sketching out the tree

I sprayed on some water, but way too much.

So I tried blotting it with a baby wipe.........oh h##l no!

So I wiped it all off ( easily done if you gesso first...(.grin) 

Now out come the acrylics
Using an OLD sea sponge I started adding the leaves

I used a number of different brushes for the tree.  This is the first tree I had ever painted with acrylic.  I now know I much prefer oil paints, colored pencils, graphite and even charcoal over acrylic!
Here it is laying on Betsy drying.     Now THAT is a LOT of GREEN!!!
They say the proof is in the pudding (I really never understood that saying...LOL)  So to prove that I really can wield a paint brush with oil paints, and a few other mediums, but not on this post.  If your really interested I might post them with Tea on Tuesday................grin.

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


Friday, June 20, 2014

Journal 52, week 24: Courage

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

Keeping it super simple this week, as the quote from Mary Anne Radmacher kept rolling around in my thoughts.........................yet it took me all week before sitting down and just doing it!!  LOL
The quote is not the prompt, but it fits the word COURAGE (which is the prompt) for me.

I hopped back to the Journal 52 blog to pull the quote for this post and see they have already added the prompt for week 25....................Geesh! am I getting that far behind?? 

Oh well, this week has been HEAVY with real life projects, and chores, and very light on MOJO.  I think it is the count down to a week at the beach that has me distracted. 

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Joining a Brand New Card Challenge Party

The Cutting Edge Challenge blog is having a Designer Quest and a Launch party for their new blog and I thought I would join the fun.  They have 6 DT cards that your supposed to case and then enter the challenge. 

I spotted the balloon card and thought it was the perfect choice for a birthday card I need for last Mondays birthday party.
If you like Die Cuts and making cards you should drop by The Cutting Edge Challenge blog.  I think it is going to be a fun place to visit....
So now I'm off to link up.
Inky HUgs

A Mini Book

This is a mini book measuring 3" by 3" and the base of the book was made from one sheet of 12" X 12" paper.  This is the cover stamped with a background stamp for the Rogue Redheads Behind the Scenes plate RRD012, and tied with a cream colored sheer ribbon.
The inside, or the base of the book, when cut and folded makes 7 pocket pages.  I have used only Rogue Redhead Designs images  through out the whole book, with Washi tape boarders.  I am not going to show each page as that would make a VERY long post, but you get the idea.
Here I opened the book (pardon the binder clips) to the pages that I used some of the images from Nature Notes: plate RRD011 ,  Each page has a pocket the houses a tag. Each tag is stamped on both sides according to the plate of stamps I was using. In total I used 9 of the plates that is offered by Rogue Redhead Designs to make this mini book.
This took me a couple days to make, but I really enjoyed the creative time, and always enjoy playing with my Rogue Redhead Designs stamps.
Thanks for stopping by, let me know what you think.
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

T stands for par-T-y

Well, it is Tuesday once again, ( I am really posting this on Tuesday instead of Monday night) but either way it is still time to link up with Elizabeth, the Altered Book Lover .

Last night (Monday) we attended a birthday party for a dear friend of ours, who was celebrating his 70th birthday.  This picture looks like the end of the party, but in reality everybody had just gotten up to get some food.
This is the birthday boy, Radon and his wife, Judy..................and Arley there in the back.  Oh yes it was a party with a lot of fun people.  Both Judy and Radon are retired high school teachers and lived across the street from us for years.  We were both pregnant when Bob and I moved into our house, and we both had boys.  Brian and Lance are still very close, well.....all 5 of the kids are close.  Both families spent a LOT of time together and when it came time for my boys to go to high school they had to remember to call them Mr. and Mrs. Fortenberry and not Judy and Radon.  The first day she had one of my kids in her class Judy told me is was strange to have a student sitting there that had seen her in her underwear...................LOL

Judy and I stopped talking long enough for a picture...........

We made Radon an honoree  member of our BBQ  cook team.

So that's it for this Tuesday's post, thanks for stopping by.
Inky Hugs

Monday, June 16, 2014

Triple challenge anyone?

Now you know my imagination is working OVERTIME when I start combining challenges.  For some it seems to be a very easy thing to do, but for me(?)  It really does take some hard core thinking!  Something I am not used to.........LOL

So here are the challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog White, gold and a touch of an other color.
 Gold paper ribbon, gold embossing on the stamped image, then trimmed out, on a white card with a touch of pink under the punched boarder.  Great color combos can be found on this challenge blog, hop over and take a look........they would love it!

My Time To Craft 'dimension lengthwise'
This one was the hardest to wrap my ole brain around, long cards (or tall cards, depending on how you lay it down.....grin) are not my "normal" size of cards.  But there are so many GREAT inspirations on the challenge blog, go check them out!

Dies R Us Challenge Wedding
The requirement here is to use a die cut, just so happens I do have a few dies laying around (well in laying around in a box.....LOL).  Now finding one that would work on a loooooong card was an other challenge.  Like to play with die cuts? then check out this challenge blog!

What really didn't show up on the scan of this card, is the paper I used for the die cut and the stamped image is a white with a gold shimmer to it.  So the "real life" card is much prettier. 

In reality this card will most likely not get used, unless I can keep it long enough for one of my GKs to get married!  Forget the card I just hope I can make it that long...................LOL

Thanks so much for stopping by, if you choose to follow me, please let me know so I can introduce you to the rest of my followers.  We try to stay one big happy family around here.

Have a great week.
Inky Hugs

Art Journal week 6

No it's not Tuesday......yet  LOL!
This double page LO was created for T Stands for Tuesday back in March, but as part of this art journal I have reposted it.  You can see the original post HERE  All hand drawn and painted b me.....grin.

Come back for T(ea) tomorrow!
Inky Hugs

Saturday, June 14, 2014

As Light as a Feather

Just a quick journal share this morning (still morning here in CA) whilest having my last cup of coffee. Caffeine is the BEST starter fluid I know of.....LOL.

I pulled out my Tangle / Doodle journal a couple days ago to finish the very last page, but as I flipped through it I landed on a page that I thoroughly HATED!  I couldn't jerk it out and toss it, because I like the other side, so I painted it with black acrylic.    Once it was dry I traced a feather stencil I have had for a couple of weeks, with a white Gel pen.  Then I took it to sofa, turned on NCIS reruns and started to doodle away.  As the gel dried some of the color started to, almost like scratch art eh?  That gel pen must have a touch of alcohol in it to dissolve  the paint.

So that's my Saturday share, still have that last page, in the journal, to do.........LOL

Please say hello to two new followers of my blog. 

Sharon Fritchey from PA, USA
She is an avid scrapbooker  with her own unique style involving music lyrics and has a growing interest in photography. Absolutely beautiful LOs on her blog! Her art journal is a fascinating too.  If it involves music, photography or art you will find it on her blog: That Girl Fritchey  Please drop by and check out her blog.

Angela Radford.
Angela calls herself a "technique junkie" who taught Textiles and Art for......well, a long time. She has a very fascinating blog Felix the Crafty Cat that includes beautiful stamp work, great techniques and a boundless amount of technique info.  Please give her a shout out.

Welcome Ladies!!

Hope you are all having a creative weekend, and thanks for stopping by.

Inky Hugs

Friday, June 13, 2014

NBUS (never been used schtuff) Challenge

Well, do you have stash that you own and have never used it??  "What!" you say "of course I USE EVERYTHING I buy, or am given!"  Of course you do!!!  LOL  But I have accumulated quite a stash over the years (ok, I'm still accumulating) and there are things I now own that for some reason, other than just having an old memory, I have forgotten about.  Like this morning I was straightening up Betsy and came across two brand new Sharpie markers, still in the package, and I almost bought me some yesterday!!!

So, if you're like me, even a little bit, then now is the time to get out those NBUS things and have a play with them.  A great gal over at The Playhouse (not to be confused with mine that is on wheels) Darnell has set in motion a great challenge and it is the NBUS Challenge!

Well, I couldn't let a dear friend down so this morning I had a "play" with a set of stamps from Fiskers, that I have had for some time.  I think I bought them because it had some high heel stamps in the set.  The back ground papers were gifities from Helen at a Craft Project blog.  I did some in-laid die cuts with the pattern paper, stamped and snipped, adding a little color to the olives and the drink.

Now is the time to get those NBUS out and link up I'm doing.

NUBUS Challenge

Inky Hugs

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Journal 52 week 23

This weeks prompt is Passion, hummmmmm??? I guess I am a very passionate person, cause I couldn't land on just one thing I am passionate about...LOL

My scanner is a little smaller than my journal, so the very bottom is always cut off.  As soon as I run out of ink (in the printer) I am going to set up the brand new one I bought last month (IT WAS $100.00 OFF)  It has a scanner that will scan a 13" X19" page........oh ya, I can't wait to get that baby set up and working.

Ok, back to this journal page.  I threw a lot of schtuff at it, and had so much fun.  There is modeling paste through stencils, Gesso, then Gelatos, then some ink sprays that were smeared around for a good background.  I took some blue ink and dripped it down the page, and spritzed it with water, turning it this way , and that way.  Once the page was dry I used a large fingernail file and filed the ink off some places of the paste.  A few stamped images (the geometric ones.....kinda doodles) Then all that was left was to take a black marker and list my passions.

Thanks for stopping by.......LMK you were here

Inky Hug

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


Say what???  Ok, SOC stands for Summer Of Color.  and of course CBQ&L is for the Craft Barn Quotes and Lyrics challenge.  I think I got both covered with this journal page. A Prima doll stamp, colored with pencil, acrylic painted background and hand written and sticker words.

The SOC challenge is to use Aqua, Yellow and a splash of Hot Pink........ok, check!
The CBQ&L challenge are the word(s) Mountain or Mistake..................ok, check!

Guess it is time to link up to these challenges

Thanks for stopping by..........PLEASE let me know you came by so I can return the visit.

Inky Hugs

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

WOYWW 262: ATC Reveal

Back from a week away from WOYWW , and ready to reveal my ATCs and all the loot that came with them and that is what is on Betsy this week.
Here is a closer look at the wonderful ATCs I received:
I'm starting with Helen, since she also sent a very creative, ATC size poem that I wanted to share with those who may have not gotten the chance to swap with Helen.

Thank all of you so much for all the beautiful ATCs, gorgeous envies and holders, the fantastic cards and all the new stash.  And thanks to Ms. Julia ( who Dunnit at the Stamping Ground) for always gathering us deskers together on Wednesdays for a grand, good snoop at each other's desks.
Inky Hugs

Monday, June 9, 2014

T is for BBQ, Music and NUTS!


Tuesday is back again, rolls around faster each week.........or is it just me??  Yes, there are a lot of pictures in this post, it was a BIG weekend for us.  I am going to start at the end with this big glass of iced tea I had with my lunch on the way home. If you are just here for Tuesday's T with Elizabeth and want to skip the BBQ photos, the music photos, and the yard sale photos, now would be the time to do it............grin
Okay so on with the "meat" of this post.  This last weekend was an other BBQ Competition, that took us about 4 hours down south to a little mountain community, just about 15 miles east of Escondido (for those who know California) called Valley Center.  The competition was at the Bates Nut Farm, about 100 acres nestled in the hills.  They have quite a few events here.  Last October we met youngest son and family here for the HUGE pumpkin patch festival. I won't go into a long description, just a short caption under the pictures to say what the photos are of............................
Saturday morning we woke to a cool overcast.  We LOVED it!!
Cool enough to wear jackets to season the 9 racks of ribs!
The left is the smoker we cook the meat in, the right is all the seasonings and other things needed. (well just a few LOL)

Top: our little both with our banner, a shot of the playhouse, youngest son is the only one working
Bottom are two shots of one side of the row we were in.  31 contestants, but this row sold tastings.  These are some of the BIG guys in BBQ around here.
The meat has to go into a judging box for a blind judging.
On the top is chicken thighs and pork ribs
Bottom is pulled pork and beef brisket.
We are judged on the appearance of these boxes also.

They were having a HUGE yard sale the same day, about 20 acres of yard sale.  I would guess that there were about 200 YS booths.  Everything from pots and plants, to angel wings, to a ROCKER FOR ELIZABETH and a saddle to ride it home with.
All the events going on were put on by the Valley Center band and boosters.  This was their 3rd annual event, but the first time for the Kansas City BBQ competition.  These are the kids setting up in the park type area, and the bottom right is a photo taken form the Playhouse door, yep front row seats to this band stage.
We stopped at Bass Pro (the only on in California) that is a very, very large sporting goods store.
top row is a picture form the second floor looking out over 1/4 of the main floor, and the stuffed animals above the men's dressing room.
Bottom: Around the main floor at the ceiling and the rocks around the base of the second floor.

These are real stuffed animals that are placed around the two elevators with water features.
Top right are two mannequins fishing in a real creek.  The little girl is a real little girl....LOL  

 It was a super weekend, even if we didn't do well in the competition.  I probably took close to 100 pictures with my camera and my phone, tried to give you a variety of what was going on and how tings go at a competition, and the Bass Pro shop is always a stop for us on the way home.  There is a full sized restaurant in this store, that is where I had my tea with my lunch.  I did buy a pretty top and a pair of flip flop while we were there, DH bought a pound of walnut fudge!!!!!   LOL
Tip to get linked up with Elizabeth the Altered Book Lover, but will have to make the tea rounds in the morning (Monday night here........well almost Tuesday now)  It was a long day, the Playhouse had to be cleaned from top to bottom.  I started early ( like 6am) as it was HOT here today. So glad the Playhouse has 2 air conditioners in it. It hit 109' (F) by noon and stayed there until well after 4PM.
That's it for me this week, between the loooong day and the heat I am all done in...................
Happy T-day and Inky Hugs


About Bates Nut Farm

Bates Nut Farm started with walnuts, but now purchases nuts from all over the world. Pistachios, pecans, cashews, peanuts, pignolias, sunflower seeds and much more can be purchased on the farm. The nuts come raw, roasted, some spiced up and unsalted. To ensure quality and freshness we roast and package our nuts on the farm. The Bates family takes pride in providing a quality product at a fair price. It’s part of the tradition.
Bates Nut Farm check it out here