Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
I'm getting off subject of my entry. Let me get back on the road, so to say! Today we celebrate Uncle Jack's journey to be with our Lord and Savior. The ultimate journey for Uncle Jack was on Christmas. A bittersweet day for all of us still here on earth, but a day of joy and jubilation for those waiting for him in heaven.
What more can I say than we will miss him now, but meet him again at a later time. Happy trails Uncle Jack!
Thursday, December 27, 2007
This is the cover for my book which will be made from a round robin I am doing with some wonderful art friends. My theme is ARTIST CHOICE using the colors of brown and blues. We are all using the same gothic arch template to make one page, front and back with each other.
This time with the RR, we will be sending pages to each other, technically known as a tip-in. And, as we are sending to each other, it must really make this a mingle hey?
I do believe the days of me sending whole books around may be numbered. The postal costs are just straining my pocket book for RR, and I do love the exchanging of art . . . so this should be a grand alternative for me. I thus far have my hand in . . . one, two, three, four . . . I believe 4 of these tip-in exhanges . . .
it's gonna be a grand new year for me!!!
Happy Horn Blowing Toots and Hugs,
This is the inside of the
cover for the book.
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
It was a nice quiet evening. Just as I needed as the day had been filled with work and some radiology diagnostic testing. So after being poked and prodded . . . I was ready to just sit and relax. So once we got home, it was early to bed for this chix!
Christmas morning we woke to find that Santa had come to our house after all! Phew! I had been a little worried about his apperance as Hazel has been wishy-washy about whether he was real or not . . . smiles . . . plus Hazel had been leaning heavily to the "naughty" side of things . . . school work . . . seems some of us don't like to do school work . . . but anyway, Santa arrived on schedule with lots of nice things for us all! I believe in many things, and one is that Jolly Ole' Saint Nick lives within all of us . . . just gotta belive!
Later in the afternoon, we went into my mothers house and had a nice lunch with mom, sis and family. We didn't stay a real long time, I haven't been feeling real perky lately. Hopefully it's all just because I am in need of a nice vacation, which I will have next week.
Now for the bittersweet part. My uncle who has been very sick for a long time passed away Christmas afternoon. It is with sad hearts that we celebrate his journey to heaven. His suffering in this life is over, and his new beginning as started. I will miss his wonderful gift for laughter. He was a very kind and generous soul. Happy Trails Uncle J!
Love you all, and remember . . .
All you need is a little bit of faith . . .
till next posting,
Monday, December 24, 2007
and see featured artist Angie for the full scoop.
Your will need:
beads and wire (optional)
tools for the wire if your going to use it!
I used images from Paper Whimsey. These particular ones were from a set that is sold there. I used Omni Gel and applied one coat, let it dry, then added a coat in the opposite direction, let it dry . . . did this about 4 times, changing the direction I painted on the coat each time. When it was all dry, I cut out the images into individual rectangles, then placed them in water. Now, I'm not really hooked on the idea that hot water really makes a difference. I think the biggest thing about the water soaking, is that the longer it soaks, the easier it is to get the backs off. I usually start out with the hot tap water and just let it soak until the water cools as a self timer thing. Don't be too impatient with this step! After your images have soaked a good amount of time, at the very least 10 minutes lets say . . . then take one out of the water, and gently using your finger, rub the paper off the backs. Work patiently and gentley now, as it will tear! If paper seems to be sticking, put it back in the water for a while!
When you have the paper off to your liking, let the artwork dry. Then, using a little of the Omni Gel, adhere it to the bamboo tile. triming as needed. Then, wrap the tile in foil tape, use a pointed tool to poke holes through the tape where the holes are in the bamboo tile, string with waxed linen, and add beads to your liking . . . that easy, peasy . . . you all know I like to make it easy on myself :*) :*)
Anyway, the bamboo tiles can be found at
I shop often (probably WAY to much) at both places, and besides the bamboo tiles, they also have many other wonderful items for sale . . .
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
As with the Disc Ornaments I created, I also drew some more inspiration from Kelly Snellings wonderful art techniques found on her blog
This time I utlized her idea of using a circle template, charcoal pencil, and paint for the backs of these star ornaments.
The base of these ornaments are a cardboard star form from the craft store.
I covered them with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paints, and then used the inks to color them. Collaged images on top of a strip of torn strips of vintage music sheets. The red Madona on the left is an Omni Gel transfer.
I made sure to cover the fronts and the backs well with Gel Medium to seal. Especially the backs because of the charcoal.
A couple of times I had just finished darkening areas with the distress inks and it hadn't dried yet. When I put on the gel medium it gave the gel just the slightest hint of color. It was a wonderful "mistake"!
These ornaments have helped to get me into the Christmas spirit!
Holiday Sugar Cookie Crumb Kisses,
Monday, December 17, 2007
Here is the result of MANY of my projects I had cooking up this weekend. I actually got to use my dremel for the first time, and hey, it's only just about a year old!!! These little round disc were so easy to make, and turned out so well. I just used torn pieces of sheet music or old book pages, and then added some color with inks or paint, and then collaged imges and some scrim on some. Finished them off with gold paint on the edges. The backs are simply stamped with PEACE or with the year written on it with a calligraphy pen. A simple ribbon at the top for a hanger.
Easy-Peasy and pretty!
I got my inspiration for my disc ornaments from Kelly Snelling. At her blog http://www.soulhumming.typepad.com/ she has a tutorial on how she made her ornaments, plus you get to see several more, as she was in a 12 days of Christmas Ornaments exchange.
If your looking for some inspiration, check it out! Kelly has lots of eye candy to please even every pallette!
Thank you all for your wonderful comments both her and in my email :*)
And a special thanks to Kelly Snelling for the inspiration for the project!
holiday egg nog hugs!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
It's cold outside! Actually, last night it was predicted we get more bad weather than what we did. I am ever so grateful, as I have to drive in the early am whilst it is still dark out to get into work . . . and although it isn't a long ways, I know people who commute farther, it sometimes can be a very white knuckle drive to work.
And today I was very sad about going to work. My husband gets to stay home because of the bad weather . . . . and I have to get up and still go to work . . . sigh, very heavy sigh. I can't remember the last time I got to have "a snow day".
. . . ages and ages I tell you . . .
Good thing Santa has Rudolph so he doesn't have to have a snow day too! hey?
Friday, December 07, 2007
Mom: Good grief, you don’t think I’d go out and spend all that money of that stuff do ya? And when have you ever seen your dad go shopping????
Hazel: That’s what I thought.
Mom: Yeah, it’s kind of hard for Santa to be real if you don’t believe.
I THINK THE GIG IS UP!!!!
I remember when I knew there wasn’t a Santa, but I oh so didn’t want to NOT believe. Know what? I still believe in Santa Claus . . . he’s right here in my heart!
We talked about Christmas being about giving, and not just the giving of commercial presents to all our friends and relatives. And how we need to remember that all year round, not just at Christmas. It was a nice talk, yet I still never answered her one way or the other about the man in the red suit.
Remember: If you believe, it’s real.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Then Dale pipes up . . . my mom . . . yeah, yeah, yeah . . . your mom made the BEST, isn't that what they all say . . . smiles . . . in all fairness she was a very good cook. Had to be, she had nine kids to feed! But anyway, Ellie always made cream cheese frosting for her carrot cake . . . well, I'ms sure she did. . . pretty sure she probably didn't open a box of cake mix to make it to .. . . but I'm game . . . I think I saw some cream cheese in the fridge . . . so I dig around in there.
Wah-la, cream cheese I jump up after only a 10 minute search. HHhhhmmm, I really don't remember buying this . . . wonder how old it is . . . how long does cream cheese last . . . flip the box around looking for the magic date. I start laughing . . . .
Dale says what? oh, the date . . . let me guess, '04 . . . ha! No, nothing that fresh in my fridge . . .
It expired July 2003 . . . I'm pretty sure cream cheese isn't like a fine wine that only improves with age . . . is it? . . . well, no, I didn't even open the package to look at it . . . some things are best left alone . . .
so if you come to my house, don't eat the cream cheese :*) :*)