Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Journal 52 week 47

Wise Words is the prompt for Journal 52 this week, and it is already week 47.  WOW! this years has just raced by only 5 pages and prompts to go and the year will be finished.  I have really enjoyed doing J52 this year and I am going to have a go at it next year too.
On this page I had an other go with the inks and sprays then doodled with a fine Sharpie, gel pens and some metallic markers.....just fun stuff.  I did use a stencil for the hearts to begin with, but they looked too ridged, so I softened them with a little doodle too.  The top heart are the words MY MOM use to say to me quite often, when my boys were small.  Now I find myself repeating them to my sons and DILs just as often......LOL!  Time has a way of repeating itself!

Thanks for stopping by and having a look.  What "wise words" have influenced your life?

Inky Hugs

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

T Stands for Tuesday, Thursday and Thanksgiving

I'm running late.....again... for meeting up with the Tuesday Tea Gang over at Altered Book Lover, and for preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday this week.  So I skipped ahead, in my Today journal, to this page, as this is most likely to happen as I start cleaning like a crazy woman......oh wait, I'm already a crazy it will be like a crazy woman on steroids ...LOL! It's gonna be a LONG day!

We spent the weekend in San Diego for my GD's 4th birthday, the one all the Frozen decorations were made for.  Now they are coming here for Thanksgiving, and spending the weekend.  So the DILs and I have been texting back and forth, calling each other when we can't text fast enough.  (The old fashioned "call me"" still works the best....grin)  Everybody now has the same plan!  Just our youngest son and family will be here for Thanksgiving dinner, as the oldest son and family had already made plans with her family.  So dinner at 4 PM then I am going to set up my Christmas tree, I know it's a tad early.....but is it?  The two GKs, from San Diego have never helped me make those memories.  They should be good ones with the help of a 4 yr. old and one that is 18 months!!  Then Friday, is play date with Grandma, Friday night is a trip to Christmas Town (the first night it is open) and Saturday morning we have family photos set up with a friend of mine that is a photographer.  Busy, Busy, Busy!

I hope to make as many rounds to see everybody this week, but please don't feel a fended if I don't get all the visits returned right away.

Some pictures to share:
Danica sing "Happy Birthday to Me" and places her hand on her chest.  She was so excited to have a birthday, and she even wore her Frozen Elsa coustume.

This face says it all!

.......and the Grand Finale!
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


This week it is a wider shot of what's on Betsy, not as bad as it has been this week.  Tonight it is more of a drag and drop zone. Along the left side is a wine bottle tag waiting, a napkin holder with a batch of fresh made Christmas cards.......also waiting to be posted, and a post-it holder.  Along the back is the typical whatnots that are usually in the same spot, a few Christmas stamps, and to the right of the storage are two well used containers of glitter.  These all need to be put away since I have finished my Christmas cards......I think.....LOL
Across the middle are my glasses, some small doodles for the Abandoned Art group I joined on Face Book, some pens, my XL clipboard with an art journal and a drawer of colored pencils stacked on it.  To the right, on my paper cutter is an other journal, it's my "Today" journal.  The rest I think you can figure out, not hard to guess, but too much to list in this post........and rather boring.....grin!

Keeping it short this week and linking to WOYWW click the acronym to find out what it is all about.  Julia, the Queen of Deskers will not mind!

Thanks for stopping by Betsy this week to see what we've been up to, let me know you came by so I can return the visits and see what's on YOUR desk!!

Inky Hugs

Coffee and Smiles for T-Day

Marker and ink
Hope all of you have brought your "drink of the day" with you, 'cause it is Tea Time over at Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover's Blog.  One day of the week we gather together and share what's in our cups, glasses or bottles.  I am drinking coffee this morning out of a cup that has been photographed so many times it's boring, so I offer up an other page from my Today journal.

This past week has been BUSY around here.  I entertained both GDs on Veterans Day, we  painted, glued, glittered and played outside.  Hannah (who is 8 yrs old) wrote a book about Fairies, which I made a hard cover and bound together.  Megan played dress-up and danced around in her tutu (which is an old net slip square dancers wear). 

Thursday Megan was back to keep me company, as that was the day her "other" Grandma had her lump-ectomy.  All went well and the doctor was really pleased with the surgery and feel like he got it all.  Once the biopsy is back on the lymph glands, they also removed, the doctor will decide how they will progress with the end treatments.  Carol (the "other") is in good spirits, now that the surgery is behind her.  Thank you all for the good wishes and prayers.........they were ALL needed!

What else did I do, besides play with the kids????   Well.........once I rested for a couple hours I came back to the craft room and Betsy and started working on Christmas cards.  I think I spent most of Saturday working on them.  One idea after an other popped into my head to I kept at it until I had quite a pile of cards made.  Here are a few, that don't have much glitter on them.  I find that glitter does not scan well, so the ones that sparkle will have to be photographed.......I'll post those later.

The one on the left I made 10 of, quick and easy.  I love this Santa image and made him a little more vintage.
These 5 all have the sentiments that were bought at the end of last year, on clearance!  The top right came about because of the background paper that somebody sent me years ago.  The bottom two have background paper that really is muted and worn looking (so it's not a bad scan....LOL)  I thought the store bought sentiments were really a great idea.......last year!  I wasn't really crazy about using them on cards, once I got started, but I needed to use them and not "stash" them.  I am very proud of myself for using them and for the fact that I whittled down my stack of Christmas stash to almost nil............grin.  I think I totaled out at about 30 cards!!!!  The 10 of the light pole were started before Saturday and having all those scraps cut-to-size, before I began, really did help cut down on time.......Oh, BAD pun.....LOL
I also did some journaling and doodling, but all that can wait for an other post, as I am rather late for tea this week.  Mr. Sandman had other ideas about me posting before bedtime last night.........grin!
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by for tea or just for pleasure. 
Let me know you came by!
Inky Hugs and glittery kisses (that glitter is still EVERY WHERE)

Monday, November 17, 2014

G 45 Warm Wishes

Happy Monday Blog Buddies!  Just a quick card to share this morning, using a G45 image I found amongst the holiday stash I've been whittling on.  Sorry about the fuzziness of the image, it is covered with a transparent, snowy  glitter, really very pretty in person.  The image is mounted onto a silver-blue mirrored cs that really does go will with the glitter on the'll just have to take my word for it....LOL

It is made for a life time friend that lives in a much colder climate, and will get mailed out this afternoon. Do YOU need some warm winter wishes????

Thanks for stopping by

Inky Hugs

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Journal 52 weeks 45 and 46

Week 45, prompt: Thinking of You
Just catching up on my Journal 52 pages and posts.  Seems like the weeks are getting shorter and the days busier....tis the season!!
This first page is done with acrylic paints and marker.  
Ever sit and look for shapes in the clouds, like this girl, on a windy day?

Week 46, prompt: Napkins
This second page I just finished this morning.  It went rather fast and I am pleased with the outcome of playing with napkins, modeling paste and Gelatos.  I did a little sketching around some of the fruits and vegetables with a marker.  There is already SO much Christmas on the market right now that Thanksgiving, and the meaning, really do get forgotten, until it is time to sit down and eat on Thanksgiving Day.  So here is a little tribute to the fact that harvest time is what brought together the original guests for a feast of thanks.
Thanks for stopping by to have a peek at what I've been up to this week.  Please let me know you were here so I can return the visit!!!!!!!!
Inky Hugs

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


 Here we go with WOYWW again.  Thanks for stopping by this week.......Me thinks I just did this, oh wait, that was a week ago!  Don't we all feel that way??  Grin

Betsy is showing signs of Christmas makes this week, there is a pile of card bases and a few stamped images on top.  To the rear of this pile is a little black wire basket with a few sparkly C. card makes, then my cork coaster.  Along the back are the usual things, maybe in different spots, as I did a little cleaning and re organizing over the weekend.  In the middle is my new 2015 planner, those curled things are labels for some folders and few odd things.  The large yellow tablet has my GD's story on it, that she wrote while here today, it is all about Fairies.  My other eyes on top of the tablet.  To the right is my paper cutter (back up on Betsy again) with the pile of new stash I shared last week.....still haven't gotten those put away!

After finishing the birthday banners, last week, I had a real mess of paper scraps going on. You can see the finished banners and the scrap pile HERE.  So Sunday I decided to clean, sort and cut them to mat sizes, sorting the 12" long pieces to their own folder. 

So what does it look like now
The left side of Betsy, where the lap top used to sit....too hard to reach it, so it went to the left on a table top.

Panning out is the view of the small table for the LT with a basket of stencils and 12" paper scraps in folders 
My box of card mats, cut to various sizes I tend to use

The "little" box of scraps now, that actually sits on Betsy
So there's my Betsy for this week, a little long in post ( sorry Julia and WOYWW gang). 
Thanks to all that dropped by last week and left such kind comments.  I hope I made it back to visit everybody, if I didn't I'm sorry.  I will truly try to get to everybody that leaves me a comment.
So what's on your work desk this Wednesday??  I am linking up with Julia to gallivant around the world and see what the rest of the gang is up to this week....why not join me??
Inky Hugs

Monday, November 10, 2014

T stands for Veteran's Day

Happy T-day to all of the Tea Gang, and Happy Veteran's Day, and THANK YOU to all that have served our country.
A page from my Today Journal, I think it is page 8, may have went a little overboard with the doodling......grin.

So what have you been up to since last we met for tea? I had G-ma duty Thursday and Friday with a little 4 year old with a tummy bug.  By Friday she was back to happy little self.  Other than that I kept plugging away at getting all the "Frozen" decorations done for the GD that will turn four at the end of this month.

Sorry about the flash is these photos.  Our bedroom wall is the only one big enough, and empty enough to put up 3 rows of banners. Plus I was standing on the bed.  I left long ties so my DIL can put them where she wants them, she can always cut off the extras.

 The top banner was printed off of a web site I found on Pinterest.

Three Olafs to put on the their patio wall.  I just loved this little guy in the movie.  No my kitchen wall isn't dirty, I painted it like this on purpose!

 A couple of 8" snowflakes with pictures of Elsa and Anna in the middle, forgot to rotate this one.
Also made three center pieces.  I found all the plastic snowflakes at the Dollar store, they were a life saver, but I still ended up cutting A LOT of snowflakes with the CriCut.
It was all packaged up and sent by UPS this morning, since I am not sure what time we will arrive in San Diego for the party.  I wanted to make sure they were there before the party and so my DIL can figure out where she is going to put all this stuff, cause it is larger than it looks in the photos......LOL
Here is a picture of my way-out-of-control pile scrap papers that I decided to tackle Sunday morning.  Such an easy task .....I told myself.......It took me ALL day.  Well, now that did including cutting about half of it into  mat sizes and sorting them by size, color groups and the solid from the prints.  Then there was the 12" long scraps that had to be dealt with, lucky was I that there were near as many of those to deal with......grin! What was too small to become a mat I sorted into a much smaller box.  If time permits, this week, I'll show the results on WOYWW, 'cause this also caused a major clean up and a little more rearranging of Betsy.....:O
What's on the menu for this week?  Well I have 2 GDs tomorrow, no school because it is Veterans Day, so it will be crafting and playing with them.  Wednesday I am going to have all the color stripped out of my hair and just let the gray grow out,  I am so tired of having to keep color on my hair.......we'll see how that works......there is a bottle of brown color waiting in the wings if it turns out to be a disaster........:O  Thursday I will have at least the 4 year old again.  Her other Grandma, and an old friend of mine, is having a lump economy.  They just found out she has stage 2 breast that will be a somber day for me, but will have to keep a smile on for Megan's sake.
So that about wraps it  up form here, it's late Monday night and my eyes keep wanting to give up and close so I better get linked up with Elizabeth and Bluebeard. for the weekly tea gathering.
I'll try to get around to as many as possible this week.  I know I missed a few last week, and I do apologize.  I try get back to everybody who stops by, all your visits and comments mean a great deal to me.
Inky Hugs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Catching up on Journal 52

Boy, does time get away from me anymore!  This is my Journal 52 page from week 43, which the prompt was stencils.  It has been ready to post for two weeks!  I've kept moving it out of the way until I finally decided that tonight I would get it posted......since I just finished week 44.....LOL
This is my inspiration for my week 44 page.  It was the skyline of the morning sunrise in Temecula, CA

This is how my page turned out.  It was all done with Gelatos and a shading stub.  The very dark at the bottom was blended with a water brush.  Now to seal it with something, as the Gelatos will smudge, since they are on there pretty thick.  What do you think would work best?

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

Inky Hugs

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Welcome deskers to an other snoop around Betsy.  This week she is all a glitter with all the glitter colors for a "FROZEN" birthday party.  Youngest GD is turning 4 on the 30th, but her party will be the 22nd of this month.......just before Thanksgiving (here in the States).  So for 5 hours, just before taking this picture, I stood and cut all this out with the Circuit.  Now there are also some plastic snowflakes thrown in there that will also get used in the making of the banners and center pieces.  Now all the surrounding things were just pushed back, slightly before dumping all this in the middle.
Now the paper mess is NOT contained to Betsy, it has also spread out to two of the desk chairs.  I really didn't need to sit down anyway!!  LOL
 Here are the three bags of supplies I hauled to Temecula on our 5 day RV trip.  Yep, still sitting right where I dropped them Sunday night! Up in the right more glitter paper, I tell ya that stuff has about taken over the whole room!
Since Betsy is groaning under the pile on her, and the chairs are also full, the only place to show off the NEW stash I acquired ( yes I did unpack that) on our trip is on the dirty floor!.  I found a darling stamp store in Temecula, and the day I found it they were having a card stamping class..  Had I been alone, with a vehicle, I would have just sat down and played with them.......but alas DH was the driver.  No he does NOT go into any kind of craft store with me........and that is the way I like it!  He knows I buy, but doesn't know what this stuff costs.........and that is the way I like it....LOL
So as not to get this so long our head desker Julia will complain (oh not really, but we do like to tease her a bit) I am going to call it a that is what it still is here in California.
Have a super busy day ahead of me tomorrow but will get around to all that visit and more as time permits....................... Time for bed.....yeeehaaaw!  This time change we go through twice a year makes my inner clock all haywire.  It's fall so we gained an hour and I'm ready for bed way to early until I get adjusted to it, but I've dilly dallied here long enough.
Inky Hugs

Monday, November 3, 2014

Put the Kettle On, It's Time for Tea

Oh My Goodness, it's been a week since I last posted, and now it is Time For Tea again!!
Sorry about the glare in this photo, I took the picture through a glass case, but just had to get a picture of it for Tea with Elizabeth and the gang.
This past week we spent Wednesday through Sunday in Temecula with the Heatland RV group.  The weather was beautiful until Friday night when we really had some WEATHER!!!  Yep, it finally rained in SOCAL!  But Thursday DH and I went down into old town Temecula and kicked around awhile, checking out the antique shops.

Some of the interesting things in the antique and collectable shops, and my glass of wine at the end of the day
Found some interesting teas in an Olive Oil tasting shop, of all places.  No matter how I stood the shadow, from the window, just wouldn't leave the picture

Our youngest son and family drove up, from San Diego on Saturday, and we went over to the golf course for lunch. DH and I ordered iced tea to drink and this is how it came out.  The pot on the far left had HOT water, the pot in the middle was full of ice as well as the tall slender glass.  The tea bag was completely separate.  You put you tea bag in the HOT pot, with the little stem poking out of the top of the pot, and got it to the strength you wanted, then poured it in the middle pot full of ice, then into you glass. The tea was really very good.


This is the tea bag, there was also a little trivet to put the used bag on.  The tea bag is made of a stiff nylon (would be my guess).  I thought it was so clever I brought my used tea bag home....LOL

I did spend the afternoons, sitting in the sun working on my Today journal.  Finished one page and have two others started.  Will show them at a later dated.

So that's about it for this past week, we met some new friends and enjoyed some of the people we met last year  at the rally.  Bob relaxed, in the trailer, in the recliner, in front of the TV most of the time.  I dilly dallied around with art stuff.  I did find a stamp store in Temecula that I had not been to before.  They now know me quite well.  Might show off the new stash tomorrow, right now it is time for a shower, PJs and Dancing with the Stars.  I'll make tea rounds in the morning......on Tuesday.....GRIN!

Inky Hugs