Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Late Bloomers

Goodness, the weeks seem to be speeding up, or is it just the fact that the holidays are breathing down my neck?  Seriously, we are in the LAST week of September already.....wasn't it just July?
I'm not the only one, around here, that is having a hard time believing it's LATE September.......I just snapped this photo of my gladiolas this morning.

Here is one getting ready to bloom too.  Because we live in California, our seasons last a little longer, but this is really pushing it.....even for here. LOL!
These gladiolas are from my Mom's house.........I truly think she was a "flower whisperer".  After dealing with a horrible renter I decided to sell the house.  The only reason these bulbs survived was because they were near a dripping faucet. The sale is pending the buyer selling his other property ( which I am not afraid of him backing out)  He has other rental property, but wanted this house as it is in a really desirable area........and his nephew needs to be in that area, where his kids go to school. I have let his nephew rent the place from me so he could get the kids all settled before school started.
So between cleaning up after a filthy renter and getting all this set up I was going there twice a week, all summer, to water the grass and the flowerbeds.  THAT is when I had the chance to pull up the glads and bring them home.  Most of them were blooming when I transplanted them, so they weathered and died back.................I don't think these three understand that process!
What no art or craftiness this post???  Betsy is in change mode and we are starting to think along the lines of the HO HO holiday, so there is a mish mash of half made things laying all over.  I'm just trying to get some ideas, even though Summer is having her (hopefully) last fling with temps up to 100' (F) predicted for today...ugh! Makes looking at snowflakes a cooling idea.....LOL!
Inky Hugs

Monday, September 26, 2016

T Stands for County Fair

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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Something a Little Different

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

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

Saturday, September 24, 2016

AJJ Back to School

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

Friday, September 23, 2016

Royal Colors of Fall

Friday, September 23, 2016

Royal Colors of Fall

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

An Autumn Aspen Leaf

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Little Harvest Card

It is harvest time in my area of the world.  They are shaking and sweeping the almonds........such a dusty time of year!  Allergies run crazy and when they shake the nuts out of the trees all may family have to find an other place to live LOL!!!!

Here is one of the "test" panels I posted HERE.  This one has black Stazon ink and the distressed inks were dabbed onto a piece of plastic and then picked up with a damp brush and applied to the image.
The sentiment was inked with two colors of Memento inks.  The panel was then adhered to a Gina Marie die cut.  I made sure that just the loops were showing to set off the image.

Now there are only 4 more pumpkin panel to deal with.....LOL!

Once again linking to this challenge:

Crafty Cardmakers
Autumn challenge

Monday, September 19, 2016

T-Day Rolls Around Again

Getting an early start on Monday for T Stands for Tuesday, a gathering of super great bloggers over at Elizabeth's...The Altered Book Lover Blog.  I'm showing my, fall back to, picture from Pinterest again, since I've finished my coffee, and my protein drink and now just having some water......ALL of which you have seen many times.......and I LIKE THIS photo....*grin*
Since last we gathered for T-day I joined some friends for a Brush and Blush paint night.  This is what I painted.......everyone pretty much paints the same thing.  There are a few that get adventurous and paint some thing different....but not many.  All these painting are geared more for the beginners...and there is only about a two hour slot to paint the whole picture..........but I like to go paint with my friends anyway.  I am going to repaint this picture and give it more of a "Krisha" spin to it, adding more detail and a few other things........Might even work on that this afternoon.....*grin*
Saturday I spent most of the early afternoon using the Cricut to cut football helmets, footballs, stars and names for Hannah and Rachel's annual poster making for their football teams. Jalynn and her Mom joined us Sunday afternoon, and between the three girls they had to make 15 posters.  I wasn't the one taking photos so I didn't get any of the finished posters......but I will say that my son and DIL now have a very sparkly patio!!
That's about had been a pretty quiet week around here. There is one more load of laundry and I'll have that wrapped, dishwasher is perrring away in the kitchen, a few more chores and I think it will be time to dig out some paint and have a go at reinventing that painting.
How is your week shaping up?
Inky Hugs

Autumn Colors

Autumn colors are popping up all over Blogland, now that fall is right around the corner.  The end of summer is the 21st and the 22nd is the first day of fall...........and it is supposed to be 105' here today..the first triple digits we have seen in about 3 weeks.... I guess summer wants THAT last word!

A couple new dies finally made it to my doorstep, on being this tree die from Gina Marie Designs........I just LOVE it! Grabbing a scrap of black cs and cutting, I simply placed it over a scrap of designer paper, added it to the card base and then a die cut sentiment that had been laying around my desk.....waaaalaaa!

I can see many uses for this die in my future.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges, and I hope you take a little time and check out the DT works on these three will not be disappointed !

Crafty Cardmakers
Challenge #173-Autumn

Shopping Our Stash Weekly Challenge Blog
Challenge: cut and stamps

Color challenge HERE

Thanks for stopping by, hope you take a moment to leave me a comment or just "Hi there!"

Inky Hugs

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Life Book 2017


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Friday, September 16, 2016

Fullfilling a Request........

I had a couple of requests to repost this painting from Tuesday's post.

During the summer Valarie.......Bastelmania Blog posted this photo:

I just fell in love with it and asked her if I could "attempt" to paint it (always ask permission!)
She said it would be fine, and I could use any of her THAT case I'd be painting forever....for each week she has an array of gorgeous photos she shares.  But I thought I'd start with this one......or attempt it anyway........
I really, really enjoyed painting this, even though the bricks were a bit tricky. Being a stamper, I just made me a stamp, with friendly foam, mounted it on a piece of wood, dipped into the paint and stamped each brick..........I'm NOT the best brick layer......LOL!

Playing With Coloring Options

Here we are on Friday, this week has just woooshed by! Shorter daylight hours are telling us fall is nipping at our heals like a frisky little puppy. 

Yesterday I took the morning and gave this floor a good pick up and vacuum, then did a small amount of organizing.....very small......more like......just put stuff away..*grin*.  It is no secret I have multiple coloring devices, and I sat here looking at them and wondering just WHY I think I have to have so many coloring options.  I am a person who does things in mood swings and by inspiration, but I NEED a dozen different ways of coloring something???  Why yes I do.........well, in my mind I do....LOL!
Still sitting here in denial, I decided to do a comparison of five ......yes only five.....of the one ones I use for card making.  I used the same stamp and the same Bristol paper and only changed the black ink when it came to using the alcohol markers.  As I colored each image I can say I remembered "why" I had invested in these tools.  There looks to be just subtle differences by way of this photo, but in real life the differences stand out.........then there is the different techniques that accompany different coloring tools. (Where I have said "brushed on" it just means the ink/color was transferred to a piece of acrylic, then I used a damp paint brush to apply the color.)

Sometimes I just want to color, then there are times I want to paint.....but not dig out the acrylics, times I want the colors to be very vibrant and other times it needs to be softer and more blended. 
So there you have all MY reasons why I THINK KNOW I need all these tools......that and I am a crafter and crafters have to have says so on Pinterest! What do you use, and why?
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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Rustic Mixed Media

The monthly challenge over at The Mixed Media Month Blog is "rustic".  There is something about rustic things that tug on my heart........maybe 'cause they have usually been around a long me!

In the world of art we can "make" things look old and rustic.......which confuses people who do not live in the world of art.  So it is with this canvas board.  I had let my GD, Hannah, paint on it when she was about 4 years old ( she is now 10)  and when I decided I wanted to use it, I covered it with Gesso.  Well, I had let her use a water based paint and of course  the Gesso reactivated the paint and I got a tinted background.  The way the smears of color were made me think of the beach and I almost painted a beach scene on it, then I cam across the Challenge  and went a different direction.

I swiped my Stazon Timber Brown ink pad across the canvas board, with a light pressure, and it made my wood planks. Some black marker work defined the planks and added the wood grain, a little paint and markers made the rusty nails. The letters and palm trees were wood pieces left over from GD crafts that got a shot of paint and then dry brushed with an antique white acrylic.  A little sand dollar, yes a real one, was added to the top corner.
This challenge runs for the whole month so there is plenty of time to join.
I hope you do and look forward to seeing your works of art!

Inky Hugs

Monday, September 12, 2016

T - La Fonda-Painting

La Fonda is a (one of many) small Mexican restaurant, here in Shafter.  We have more than our share, but that's the demographic of this region.  DH and I prefer this one to any of the others, the food is authentic and it is always served piping hot!

It is a walk up and order, then they bring it to your table, type of place.
The menu has pictures too........incase you can't read Spanish.......LOL!  The prices are reasonable for this area. You might be able to read it if you click on the photo and enlarge it......or just take my word for it...*grin*
I snuck a picture, over the wall, where we were sitting, not many people last Tuesday.  It is usually packed at lunch time, but this was the day after Labor Day.  Rather a boring place, no art on the walls at all, there are three TVs, all on Spanish stations.  All I have is a very limited amount of Spanish, so I occasionally catch a word here and there.
I usually have a diet Pepsi when I come here, not crazy about Styrofoam cups......but the straw helps.  DH orders water and just puts a shot of iced tea in is so weak I wonder why he bothers, I think it is because when you order water you at least get a plastic glass!

The food arrives..........I had a chili verde chimichunga .......a green chili, pork, deep fried burrito...more or less.  They are always this huge! DH had a shredded beef taco and a bean and cheese enchilada, and we shared a side of rice and beans.  I have tried many of their dishes, but this is my favorite......makes my taste buds dance......

........and it is so BIG I get lunch for the next day too!
All these delicious photos are in honor of T Stands for Tuesday......with the T-gang.
During the summer Valarie.......Bastelmania Blog posted this photo:

I just fell in love with it and asked her if I could "attempt" to paint it (always ask permission!)
She said it would be fine, and I could use any of her THAT case I'd be painting forever....for each week she has an array of gorgeous photos she shares.  But I thought I'd start with this one......or attempt it anyway........
I really, really enjoyed painting this, even though the bricks were a bit tricky. Being a stamper, I just made me a stamp, with friendly foam, mounted it on a piece of wood, dipped into the paint and stamped each brick..........I'm NOT the best brick layer......LOL!
So that wraps up this post, time to hop around and see what everyone else is sharing for T-Day!
Inky Hugs


Friday, September 9, 2016

AJJ Back to School

The AJJ (Art Journal Journey) challenge, this month, is "Back to School" which was chosen by Elizabeth the Altered Book Lover and her co-pilot Bluebeard. 
I was putting things away and as I grabbed my journal it just flew open to a new page and said "Begin NOW!  Oooooookay, I reached for a little blue Memento ink pad and swiped it across the page, then an ocher colored one.  Some stamps came into play, then stencils were used along with some Stazon what???  All I could think was "When is recess and what time is lunch?"
Standard questions for the first day of grade school don't cha think? So I wrote them in with a marker and put a red boarder around them. I did use a piece of chalk duct tape and a white Gel pen at the top, in remembrance of the "old" chalk boards we used to have in school.
DONE!.........and journal is now resting in it's proper place *grin*
Have a great weekend, hope it is full of all kinds of crafty stuff!
Inky Hugs

Thursday, September 8, 2016

CASology challenge: Beach

Oh yes, over at the CASology Blog there is a "beach" challenge for this week, seems a little strange for a fall challenge eh?  It is a final salute to summer.............makes sense now?
CAS stands for Clean And Simple, and this card was super easy to make.
..........what I used....those are Inkadinkado stamps.  The blank white, to the right is just a clear piece of plastic over a scrap of white so I can see the inks.
Since I do not (gasp!) have an TH Distress markers (I know how do I not own more markers) I simply take my TH Distress ink pads and put a little swipe on the really doesn't take much!!
I did use two stamps, and here I have masked the first, with the shells and the second is the beach sign.  They just seemed to go together for me. ( the spray bottle is just for photo purposes)

Since these stamp pads are water based a damp paint brush will turn them into liquid.  The more water, the lighter the color.

I took this photo just to show you how little of the ink you need.  There is still enough ink for 3-4 more cards like this.  I keep my little pallets with the ink on them, even if they dry the water will reactivate them need to waste that ink!!!
I did add a sentiment, it is from Rouge Redhead Designs, seemed appropriate as that is how the beach makes me feel.
There is some stunning DT work to see, so don't miss them.  They did a fantastic job with this challenge, and from what I've seen all the entries are beautiful too!
Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known - Oscar Wilde:
Inky Hugs