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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WOYWW 278 I'm Still Here

 
Well, hello deskers!  Yep! me and Betsy are still here and have we missed WOYWW, but there are only so many hours in a day and days in a week yada, yada, yada.....I've been busy being Grandma and starting a new Independent Consultant business.
 
Okaaaay! On to Betsy, a little on the sparse side.  My Dolphin shaped Ott light finally went to the bottom of the sea.........well, ok, to the bottom of the trash dumpster.  It quit and DH took it apart, thinking it was just the switch, well it wasn't.  Tomorrow I'll go get an other one.  Spoiled?  Who me?  Let's just say yes and be done with it.  I finally moved things around AGAIN and made space for my lap top that won't be in jeopardy when I work. (I hope)  I do keep it closed when I work.  So you can also see an electric pencil sharpener, Christmas card, brick-a-brack in the back.  My calander in the center piled with sketches for some challenges, dry erase pens and fine line Sharpie pens still in the packaging.    To the right is a set of Halloween boarders, a clear roller for polymer clay, a tin of cinnamon  mints and a memo pad. 
 
Yes the last time I had a chance to play with all you deskers I had just moved Betsy out of the closet and set her up in front of the bedroom window.  Well, I "lived" in it and it just didn't work, so I but Betsy against the wall and re organized a bit more.


 
I know I am a container junkie, but honestly I thought I had it under control....LOL  I had to play Elsa, from the movie "Frozen" and "Just let it go!!!!"  I know it doesn't show, but I did down size a LOT!  I have baggies of all kinds of "schtuff" that I am thinking of just giving away, so stay tuned, I haven't worked it all out yet............but IT HAS TO GO!!...LOL
 
So it is Tuesday night here in SOCAL and the Queen  desker, Julia hasn't set everything in motion yet so I'll do a little desk hopping and hopefully be able to stay awake long enough to link up. If not then hopefully I can get out of bed early and link up then.  Which ever works I'll get around to everybody who leaves me a comment.
 
So What's On Your Desk????
 
Inky Hugs
Krisha

Art Journal for Tuesday's Tea

 
Good morning Blogland!  Have you linked up with Elizabeth the Altered Book Lover for the smashing Tuesday's Tea Party yet?  I'm running a little late (for me) this week.  Decided to clean house last night instead of blogging.  I know..............oooooo yuck!  But it had to be done and since I spent the morning and half the afternoon doing some cleaning and organizing with Betsy (my desk) that just left the evening after having a rest in between......grin.
 
So this week I'm showing the third page of my "Today" art journal, quite bright as it was done with Sharpie pens.  Even though this is a heavy water color paper they did bleed through.  Yes, today would be a good day to just drink coffee and create, but sadly that will have to wait until later this afternoon.  I have a list of errands to accomplish today that actually started last week, but having a funeral to attend mid-week threw everything off around here.  DH and I have become the creatures of habit we used to criticize our parents for being............LOL  So I will be around to visit everybody, even if it isn't this morning.

 
Journal 52 prompt this week is "In the City", and I decided to have a little play with perspective, non-perspective and mix it up with humor.  There is a painting that I had to study in my art history class.........way back in high school, that was so out of perspective that it drove me crazy.  I just remember the painting, not the artist or the name of the painting, 'cause I've slept since then.....LOL
 
Anyway I did this rather late at night, and didn't like it, so I went to bed.  The next morning I had decided I would start again, but when I looked at it my first thought was "I like it" even with the windows being out of perspective (which will drive me crazy) and the goofy eyes everywhere.  Why the eyes everywhere?  Well, to me the city can be kind of spooky late at night.
 
So now it is time for me to  LINK UP with Elizabeth and maybe make it to a few fellow bloggers before I hit the road a running.......grin
 
Inky Hugs
Krisha
 
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

NBUS challenge: Halloween

Our dear friend, Darnell is once again having a NBUS challenge.  Don't know NBUS?  Well, this  little acronym is the brain storm of Darnell's, and it means Never Been Used Schtuff!  We all have it, no use in denying that fact, now is there?
 
Last year, once on clearance, I bought a set of Halloween stamps from Recollections.  I don't really celebrate this American holiday anymore.  Kids are all grown and gone, but I do have GKs and they love to dress up, and of course there is the candy............grin.  So I do make them each a card, just for the "fun" of it.  They ALL love to get their own mail, such an odd occurrence anymore.
This first is for Danica, as you can tell by her name on the card.....duh!

 
This little witch I found to be a real cutie, reminds me of the first time Hannah wanted to be a pretty witch.

 
Now, little Taylor isn't two yet, but Grandma can't leave him out for sure. 
There are still a few more that need to be made, but Danica and Taylor's have to go a little further, so theirs takes a little more planning.

I'm cutting it short with this entry for the

Monday, September 22, 2014

Journals for Tuesday's Tea Time

 
Time, once again, to link up with Elizabeth the Altered Book Lover and share for T. 
This is the second page of my "Today "journal.  I have eight nearly finished.... LOL #7 needs a little tuning up, and #8 needs something, but not sure what at the moment. 
So moving onto Journal 52, this week the prompt is Rhyme Time.
 
This is not what this page started out to be.......but isn't that just the way it goes at times? If this had been my intentions as I started this page I wouldn't have glued down all those scraps of paper first, or at least left the center smooth to paint on......LOL  All the color is acrylic paint, the leaves, along the edges are modeling paste (note to self: Need to get more made ASAP) The falling leaves with the rhyme are die cuts from TH Tattered leaves.  I haven't drawn, or painted a Snoopy in y-e-a-r-s!!  Always loved that little mutt!
 
 
This is what happens when I am watching "my" teams play football on Sunday, and neither of them are playing worth a hoot!  I do believe the local high school could've beat both teams this week. :(
 
On a sadder note, I really should be making some sympathy cards.  My DIL's grandfather passed early Saturday morning.  They were Shafter people for years and are really well known here.  Ray had had prostrate cancer years ago and it finally came back as bone cancer. It was a blessing that he did not have to suffer for a very long period, and the family all got to say their good byes.  He will be so very missed at our family gatherings that is for sure.  He always had a smile and loved those 4 great granddaughters to no end.  So today the world is without a great cowboy and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and a friend to the rest of us.
 
Sympathy cards are the hardest things to make for me, and I am sure the rest of you feel the same.  I usually try to make them when "NOT" needed, but came up dry this time.  Completely out of stock.  I had Megan, my 4 yr, old GD all day so Mom could help get things arranged for Thursday's service.  When her daddy finally came and picked her up after work I was ready to come in and get those cards made.   But have I?? not yet......................
 
Instead I made this:
 
Am I beating around the bush and putting off what I NEED to do?  Yes I am!  So it is time for me to stop blogging, and procrastinating and get busy.  Tomorrow I will have flowers to order.
 
Don't forget to drop by The Altered Book Lover Blog and check out what we are all drinking this week....right now it is water for me.........
 
Inky Hugs
Krisha
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fall Thank You

Third post this morning.....I'm on a roll....LOL  This is a simple thank you card I made using scraps form my stash, some left over die cuts, and the sketch form Sketch N Stash  which looks like this:


I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

The Cutting Edge


Crafty Boots Challenges
Crafty Boots: fall


So that is it for today, time to get the "running" day started.  Wednesday seem to always fill up with errands.....LOL

Thanks for coming by
Inky Hugs
Krisha

Fall Colors

Over at The Cutting Edge they have a challenge, and I thought I'd enter this card in it.
 
Here is the inspiration photo.
I chose to use the beautiful colors for my card.  Using TH Distressed inks to add the background, then TH Tattered Leaves Die Cut for the leaves.  The sentiment is from Inkadinkado, stamped in StazOn Walnut Brown ink.

I am also entering this card in the
Crafty Boots Challenges
"Anything Goes" challenge

Inky Hugs
Krisha

Two nuts in a tree!

Some friends just make you feel like you're "two nuts in a tree" instead of "two peas in a pod"  This sentiment from Art Impressions is perfect to reflect that to my BFF Susie!  Oh, the stories I could tell you, like when we sat on the beach....in the rain....cause our kids were in the ocean and didn't know it was raining!  Or.....we drove to the beach and ended up sleeping in the car cause all the hotels were booked!  In other words, these are NOT wrinkles in my face but laugh lines from having Susie as my BFF!!
 
So, with Susie on my mind, this card was created.  I felt the acorns were a perfect match for the two of us.  They are die cuts and just simply paper pieced, and shaded a little (kind of like us....grin)  I followed the sketch from MOJO Monday.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by
 
Inky Hugs
Krisha

Two Bodacious Flowers

It is that time of year that my mind starts going for the autumn colors, as I'm tired of summer and the long hot days.  Well, the days are getting a little shorter, the heat won't leave, but the temps drop some when the sun goes down......at that is good.....grin! 
 
 
 I made a couple of cards to kind-a get the autumn thing going.  This first card has a stamped image of a flower from Hero Arts, on a designer paper, then shaded with a colored pencil.  It sits on a happy dot background with a die cut sentiment and dark brown ribbon attached.  This was really much prettier in real life.
  
 
On this second card the bodacious flower is a TH Tattered flower die cut that had been inked and glitter added to the tips of the leaves, and button for the center.  A TH Label die was used as well as one of my "new" word dies, and sit on a piece of very old stash paper, mounted to a dark brown cs.
 
Are you thinking autumn colors yet?
 
Inky Hugs
Krisha
Geeeesh! A new scanner and I still can't get them on there straight.....LOL
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Going Oriental

It really has been a long while since this stamp has been used.  She is from the oriental card days, and one of my favorites from that time.  I did paper piece her with some designer papers.  The card base was colored with a couple of ink pads.  The gold and red die cuts are Anna Griffin, and the metal finds, in the corner are from a very old stash.  Sorry about the blurr going on in this picture, the operator of the camera didn't do so well.......but I'll try harder next time....LOL

Inky Hugs
Krisha

Other Journal Pages

 
Just an evenings doodling on the sofa.

 
The background for this page was done ages ago and then abandoned.  It is ink, and water wash with salt dropped onto it, with a balloon shaped left empty.  I think I was starting a challenge, at the time.  So I was cleaning up Betsy and the paint mess I had made, when this journal page came to mind.  Well, there was still some paint left so I painted the balloon shape and sat and looked at it and laughed!  So I added the face in white and the die cut "laugh" as the string.  Now it makes me happy....grin
 
Thanks for stopping by, remember: Life is too short to act NORMAL
 
Inky HUgs
Krisha

Monday, September 15, 2014

T stands for Today Journal

Thought I'd take a moment and do my T(ea) post before going to bed.  It is 11 PM and that's almost Tuesday.......and I know Elizabeth the Altered Book Lover isn't going to mind. Grin
This is the first page of a journal I call "Today", every page starts with "Today" and has some reference to a drink or a drinking vessel, it is a 5" x 7" in size.  As you can see by the lower left hand corner I started this last month.  I didn't draw the cup or the crown, I traced around some die cuts I made....no really I did!  This journal came about thinking of  T(ea) Stands for Tuesday and the showing of our drinks, and I have just the same ole cups (usually full of coffee) or the bottles of water.  Now how many times do you want to see them over and over again??  So I started this journal for the days that I really am not drinking anything different or exciting................or, like tonight, I'm just too tired.  Besides I just tossed the empty water bottle in the recycle bin......LOL

I have discovered that I really like this size, as I can throw it in my purse when I know I'm going to be sitting for a time.  Like last week at the car wash,  the cover has a pocket that I keep the die cuts in and before they were finished with the truck I had already inked in everything.  That page is still waiting for some color.......but Hey, it's there!

So now I'm off to dream land, I'll make the rounds in the morning to see what your drinking this week

Ok, so not to break, or crack any rules................................
I was drinking from this cup earlier today.  I know it was THIS cup because I only own one of them.....LOL

Nite All!

Journal 52 weeks 36 and 37..A Double Header!

 
 
Week 36 prompt from Journal 52 was "Texture", ooooooh we like texture!  I really kept it quite simple for this one.  There is crumpled paper bag, modeling paste, cork and a rather large washer.  My mind was wondering (and I had to drag it back a couple of times) while I was putting each texture on the page......should I add more?  Should there be color?  Well....I decided the answer was NO to both.  I like the simplicity of the whole page, and since it is "my" art I left it......grin

 
Week 37, that would be this week, the prompt is "Newspaper".  This one was tuff to get started, we haven't taken a news paper in over 10 years!  I finally got fed up with all the bad news and all the advertising that I canceled it.  Well, I found a designer paper that "looked" like news paper ads, tore it up and glued it down!  Then I gave it a light wash of Gesso, and dripped some ink and water onto it.
Then came the stickers to say "Bad News".  I used two circle dies and strip to signify the "NO" to finished it.  'Cause that is how I feel about newspapers!!!
 
Inky Hugs
Krisha

Sunday, September 14, 2014

It's SUNDAY, SUNDAY, SUNDAY!

Here it is Sunday, and all my good intentions of blogging regularly have fallen by the way side. :-(
If you came by last Tuesday you know why last weeks blogging had to take a back seat to my real life...I do have one...grin  BUT that does not mean I haven't been creating....'cause I have!! 
 
So what I have to share, today, is an art journal challenge I was invited to on Face Book.  Yeah, I know not everybody does FB, but with my new business and art journal groups AND all my GKs pictures  I have to keep it going.  Really, if it weren't for the kids posting and the Posh business I'd dump the whole thing!!!  But I digress......The 31 Day Challenge really doesn't start until October 1st. but Nicci gave us a quick prompt for the weekend.  It is a digi of one of her drawings, and I just love it, and had a lot of fun with it last night and this morning.
 
Here I printed out two 4"x 6" prints.  The one on the left I doodled in and shaded with pencil.

I transferred an 8" X 19" into one of my journals and painted it with acrylic, the word art is Inktense water color pencil.
Nicci is a fantastic cartoonist and you can check out her art at her website: Nicci.CA, it is worth the click to see her art......in MHO!

That's it for today, still have lots to post, but we are having friends over for BBQ ribs tonight and I need to clean the kitchen, vacuum and dust the dining room and living room.......not that they would care, they've seen the place trashed......LOL  But it keeps me on a semi cleaning schedule, since Monday I'll have to do the laundry I pushed aside today to blog.........LOL

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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

T Stands for Tuesday

It's time to link up with Elizabeth for T(ea) again.  Yes you've seen this picture before, but I AM drinking out of the same cup ( well I have four so it is one of them....LOL).

 I'm on a very tight schedule today, and for the next couple of days.  Since I have become a Perfectly Posh consultant I have been super busy getting through on-line training, and tomorrow is a Posh Party and training event in Fresno, about 110 miles north of here.  That should be  super fun even to attend.  Thursday night I will hostess my first Posh party, and I am definitely excited about that. Come Friday I'll probably sleep through the day......LOL

So that is THIS week in a nut shell.  If you didn't get here from Altered Book Lover then make sure you drop by and visit Elizabeth and Bluebeard.  You won't be disappointed, Elizabeth has some of her art up today, and her sense of humor is not to be missed.

HAPP T-DAY
Inky Hugs
Krisha




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 If you do not know about Perfectly Posh, and are interested in learning more you can visit this LINK

That concludes this announcement and you will be returned to your regular visiting schedule.........(beep).....GRIN!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Little Journal Love

Hello happy bloggers, happy Wednesday!  I have had the LAST page of my tangle journal waiting for quite a while with a spritzed and sprayed background.  Last Thursday afternoon I finally grabbed a few markers and pens and took them out to the sofa.  I usually spend the morning working on Betsy, and blogging, but by the afternoons I need to get out of this room and away from the computer.  That's IF I don't have errands or appointments to make, such as today as soon as I'm finished with this post it will be time to "get with today's program".

Anyway, back to the journal page and the graffiti, or I'll never get ready to run errands.  Jackie DeShannon's "old" hit "What the World Needs Now is Love" (sweet love) kept popping into my head and that is how this came about.  Once I had it all laid out and lined in black marker it looked really dark and FLAT!  So a metallic gold marker and a white gel pen came into play.  It really doesn't belong in THIS journal, since it isn't a tangle, but none the less here it is.....LOL and the journal is now finished.

 I started this journal almost 2 years ago to the date, first page was completed 9-18-12.  I'm so glad I date the pages  when  I finish them.  It is fun to go back through them and see the dates.  I added the date after I had scanned this one.

So now, my friends, I am getting on my running shoes and heading out the door.  Thus there is no WOYWW post this week.  PLEASE let me know you came by.

Inky Hugs
Krisha

Monday, September 1, 2014

Putting my feet up for T Stands for Tuesday and a Thank YOU

Labor Day weekend is almost at an end and I am putting my feet up and calling it over!  This whole past week has been a hurricane of activities, regular everyday life stuff, getting ready for two birthday parties and sneaking in a long visit with friends.

This was my wine glass from Sunday nights birthday party.  I was going to crop it, but the theme was UCLA Bruins.  Have to say I wrote the date on my calendar, that stays on Betsy, then went to the kitchen and wrote it on Saturday.  Needless to say we showed up a day EARLY!   LOL.  But it turned out to be a great, long over due, visit with our friends that evening.  And that's how I got roped into helping set up for the party! The birthday girl, Karen, turned 40!  I baby sat her when she was in Kindergarten........wooooop, sliiiip,......plop!  Just where did those 35 years wonder off to?  Well, Karen is a BIG Bruins ( LA collage football team) fan, and thus the colors on the table. I went out early that afternoon and helped our friend get things set up for the party.  I got to visit with Keith, their youngest son, and see his baby boy for the first time.  Their oldest son, Lance and his family were up from San Diego, so I visited with them too.  We do see Lance and his family when we go to San Diego, they don't live to far from our youngest son.  Lance is the same age as our OLDEST son........confused yet?  I just call them all family.
Karen really, really wanted these boots for her birthday.
Her Dad tracked them down and got them for her.
 
Today was the birthday party for an eight year old, that is also considered "Family" and does call me Grandma.  I did get her card scanned and post this morning before having to get ready and leave. You can see it HERE
the party girls waiting for cup cakes


the birthday girl, Rachel, wearing the sicker I put on the
back of the envelope of her card.


It was a MUSTACH party, thus the sticker on the envelope and Rachel
wearing it.
Wheew! No more birthdays for a while now.
 
For all the T-day followers you might remember last month Elizabeth had a drawing, and drew my name.  Well, I got my prize late last Tuesday afternoon and could hardly contain my self from sharing it before today.  Now I'm not as patient as Elizabeth, cause I tore it open as soon as I got it into the house........LOL   What a WONDERFUL surprise!  Look what she sent me.
The front cover
 
This Awesome book she made with her dyed fabrics and laces, and trims and laces and pictures sewn into it!!!  I keep thumbing through it and keep finding things I haven't notice before.

my favorite page....LOVE the flower against the black background
 
THANK YOU ELIZABETH and BLUEBEARD ( cause I know he HELPED.....grin)  and Elizabeth I sent you an email, or anyway I thought I did.  Now I'm not sure cause of the crazy week this has been.
 
What is all tis craziness about?  Why it time to link up for T(ea) with Elizabeth the Altered Book Lover!
 
ONE MORE THING!
I decided to become a Perfectly Posh consultant, just to add to the craziness.  It is a product that I whole heartedly believe in and use daily.  I'm still trying to learn all the ins and outs, and the contacts I need to make.....ya know old dogs and new tricks!!! I'll add a page at the top (sooner or later this week) of this blog for anybody that is interested.  I really want to keep it separate as much as possible with out starting a new blog.  I a like to have everything in one place, with in arms reach....LOL  Besides I don't know if I am ready to run TWO BLOGS!
 
Okay, time to link it up with Elizabeth, hope you'll join us if you haven't already.
Inky Hugs
Krisha
 
 

New Stash Meets Old Stash and NEW FRIENDS

 
 
New Stash, everybody loves it, and this time I am even USING IT!!!!   LOL.  Really trying to break the "habit" of buying and setting it aside for later.  A new Prima doll stamp takes center stage for this birthday card.  I did a lot of fussy cutting to paper piece her............ooooo such skinny ankles!  The sentiment is a new die set too.  Old stash is the embossed background, ribbon and the glittery sticker letters.  TODAY Rachel turns eight, she is the cousin of my GD Hannah (and Megan), only 5 days apart, and their mother's are sisters.....now how's that for timing?  Well, everybody thought it was GREAT until we started having birthday parties a year later........LOL!

So, now I'm off to sign the card and get ready for her party this afternoon.  Hope you Labor Day ( here in the States) weekend has been a good one.  For us it has been a party everyday, and I thought I was getting to old to be a party animal.............LOL

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

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She is a wonderful artist, draws her own digital images for her cards,  and for sale. Her favorite mediums are water color, pen and ink, and the way she uses them is just fantastic.  I do hope you'll drop by and check out her blog : Tam's Art In Flight

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Life is just too short to act normal

Inky Hugs
Krisha

Journal 52 Make Time

 
Happy Labor Day, to all that are in the States, the traditional ending of summer around here, even though we are still getting summer temperatures!
Journal 52 week 35........Week 35! Where, oh where is the time (pun intended) slipping off to?   Great prompt for this week: "Make Time", and as soon as Chelle had the prompt up I was walking around singing "Tiiiiiiiimmmme is on my side, yes it is!" Okay so I'm not a Rolling Stone band member...LOL  Even though I was singing, or humming the tune it never made it to my journal page, instead a deep voice would cut in and say "Like Sands Through The Hour Glass.....So Are The Days of Our Lives" Now THAT really made me think about just how fast time does go by, we all complain comment about it almost every week

So onto my journal page.  I used modeling paste and stencil, then a coat of Gesso.  The colors are Dylusions Walnut and Pure Sunshine ink sprays blotted with a baby wipe, to mute them, then I went back and hit it again with the Pure Sunshine and let it dry.  Along the top, and lower left corner, I used TH clock stencil and Walnut ink.  Hand did the lettering ( as if you couldn't tell.....LOL) and used a marker to color and blend them.  For the hour glass I cut a paper stencil and used a marker to outline it.  The "sands" are Beedez for the long lasting stash I have of them.  I used a doubled sided tape to make them stick to the page.  I finished it off by sanding down the modeling paste to white in some spots, then using a Sephia colored pencil and shading around the hour glass.  Except for the drying time, it all came together quite quickly, but most important is that I REALLY had a fun time creating this page.

Thanks for coming by, please let me know you were here.
Inky Hugs
Krisha