Tuesday, September 30, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday-More Tea Art

Hi Everyone!  Well, the sun is taking a break today, but I really cannot complain as it has been beautiful the last few day and warm.  Please excuse the photos as they are not the best. I'm linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth  today with another page in my Tea Quote Book.
This page came to me after I found this quote by CS Lewis: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."  The shelves of books are being held up by giant tea cups.  I used some wood grain scrapbook paper for the backgrounds.  The shelves were actually a scrapbook paper of cement steps to which I added the wood grain.
A careful slit before I glued the shelves down allowed me to tuck in these tiny books--of course, they are craft books.  Have you ever seen those advertisements years ago that came in craft magazines?  Buy 3 books for $1 each and then you had to purchase "x" many more in the coming year?  While, flipping through an old magazine, I came upon one of those tear-out advertisements and knew it would be perfect.
I added the tea tag hanging out of one of the cups to keep with my sub-theme of using some part of a tea bag or packaging as part of the page.

Happy T Day and thank you for stopping by!  I really appreciate all of your comments and helpful suggestions!

Monday, September 29, 2014

CB # 18 Patience and Better

Hi everyone! When I saw The Craft Barn's words for this week, I knew there was only one way to go.  It is probably evident to even new readers of my blog that I love anything to do with nature, especially flowers, and this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favorites:
I found this background among some I had made previously and with the addition of the simple flowers and some glitter glue, I was happy with how it came out.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

APC Week 4

Hi Everyone! Time for the next set of playing cards in Claudine's Art Corner! This week the theme seemed to be houses and shopping.  You can visit the link above or in my sidebar to see Claudine's awesome examples and there are links to the facebook page where you can see everyone's art.  This is the only place you will see mine since I don't do much with FB or other social sites.
These were fun to make even if I did not have similar stamps or dies to cut.  Before there were machines, there were hands and scissors, so, with the exception of the flamingo, I drew and cut out everything myself.
For the first card I made the background very similar to Claudine's except I turned my "dots" in swirly roses.  The clouds and houses were all cut out of different pieces of scrapbook paper, and the "welcome" came out of a catalog I received in the mail.
Do you remember how I said I am learning something new each week?  Well, this week's lesson is that I must use a Permanent ink pad if I am going to stamp.  I originally stamped the flamingo and planned to color it in when it was dry.  After gluing the house parts down, I put this between wax paper and put it in between some books to dry.  Imagine my surprise when I took it out and it was a smeary mess! Yes, this was even after the tip given to me by Massofhair to let each layer dry before moving on.

Since you only get one chance at a card, and I need this 8 of diamonds, I stamped another flamingo on a separate piece of paper, let it dry, cut it out and put it over the other. Looks a little like a shadow, huh?  Yeah, I meant to do that!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday-ChrisTmas crafTing

Hi Everyone! I have been a crafting up a storm! Last weekend I went to a large tag sale that is held on the grounds of an old airport, about 1/2 hour away from me. It is held twice a year for families who want to purge and sell some stuff they no longer need or want.  I try to go at least one of the times and while you never know what you will find, I usually find some interesting vases that I can make beaded flowers for.  This time, however, I scored some Christmas craft ornaments.
The first ones I made were these beach themed ones.  I had some fine white sand my Mom had given me many years ago when my parents lived in Florida.  I know, I live down the road from two beaches...but our sand is the coarser variety.  Anyway, popped in a few tiny shells, a blown glass crab or fish and a piece of faux seaweed and called them done!
For this set, I filled them with cut up fake evergreen stems and added a resin Santa and snowflakes to a doily. A garland of presents and some ribbon with a star or present center and I moved on to the next batch. I'll explain about the missing ornament later.
The penguins were made in the same style as the Santas above, with the addition of icicles hanging at the bottom.  The Victorian style ornament has a faux cameo, faux pearls, and lots of ribbon roses.  These were all filled with clear iridescent mylar basket filler material.

Then came the open ornaments...These shaped like trees got the
Santa treatment!
The round batch were done in a similar manner.  One broke while I was trying to remove some runaway hot glue.  An the missing one from the box above....
Similar to the other one above, but in blue.  If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you may recall that every year I make an ornament for our daughter.  I have  been doing this since she was born...making an ornament, putting a date tag on it, wrapping and putting it in a box.  I will surprise her with them at some point when she has her own home.

Phew! That was a lot of work!  More mental than physical!  Now I have to get back to the challenges I participate in.  But first...
my morning cup of Irish Breakfast tea, and I am ready to start the day.  Linking to Elizabeth and Bleubeard and the rest of the T Tuesday gang!

Monday, September 22, 2014

My name means Bee

Hi everyone!  I have had this idea rattling around in my brain for quite some time now.  I love Autumn and wonder if that is because I was born in Autumn (Oct. 2).  Is that true for anyone else out there....is your favorite season the season you were born in?  I have also been thinking about my name...which, in Hebrew, mean "Bee".  I am not named after anyone and do not know why my parents chose this name other than because they liked it.  In any case, these two parts of me...Autumn and Bees....came together to be this piece of art.
Always hard to photograph glass! It may not be clear in the photo, but the two bees on the right are inside the box, and the one near the bottom, outside.  The center of the sunflower is a bee's nest (actually a wasp nest) that I found abandoned just before the start of Winter a few years ago.
Here is a look inside.  I painted the inside with blue acrylic paint. I left the rim unpainted because I didn't want it to stick together. The first image of the sunflower was glued down flat and then parts of a second sunflower were glued to cardstock that I then added and bent to look dimensional.  The nest was the perfect size for the center of the flower.  The 3 bees were french beaded by me.
The little bee at the bottom moves out of the way, and the top and bottom each have a little round magnet that catches to keep the box closed. 
From this view, you can see more of the dimension inside.  The outside of the box was painted and then covered with twine.  I put a square of foam on the bottom so it doesn't mark the surface it is placed on.  I added a little resin bee I found in my stash. 

I am linking this--my very first mixed media project--to the first mixed media challenge at the new blog, The Mirror Crack'd. They will be holding monthly themed challenges that I hope to take part in. The first was perfect as the theme was "Anything (mixed media) goes"!  I can't wait to see what everyone else has created!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

APC Week 3

Hi Everyone!  I am continuing along with the altered deck of playing cards challenge at Claudine's Art Corner. This week I was able to come much closer to Claudine's examples--they were fabulous by the way! 
I had a lot of fun making these...and each week there has been something for me to learn, too!
I used ink daubers to do this background, and then used a stamp for the frame image in the lower right. The stamped image on the upper left came from a texture/stamp sheet for polymer clay. I have a stamping kit with lots of words which just happened to include the word, "time"! Since I don't have a die cutter, I used some metal gears from my stash and finished it off with a quote from Carl Sagan.
You may be able to see that this is one of the cards that I made a design in the gesso before it dried. I again used various liquid inks for the background. I cut apart and used part of a flourish in the upper left corner, and cut some leaves from a design pad. When it came time to do the word, Fall, I had the perfect rub on in black; however, no matter how much I rubbed, it would not release onto the ink background.  Instead it lifted the color off! So much for the black because I only had on "F"! I decided to be safe and rub the letters onto a similar color background and then cut it out and glue it to the card.  My little birdie is hand drawn and cut out of black construction paper.

I love how these came out and can't wait to see what Claudine has in store for next week's cards.  You can check out her site, as well as, this challenge by clicking on the button in my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

T Stands for Tea AB

Hi Everyone! I finished another page in my Tea themed AB.  It seems to be getting easier as I have found a supply of quotes I like, and I read them over and over until an idea comes to me.
Most of my focus in on keeping up with other challenges I take part in--which I know some of you do, too, and I am trying to build up my inventory for a craft show in early December.
I have several "other" projects going....some beaded flowers, of course, and a crochet jacket that I am doing top down which I have never done before.  Fortunately, there is a crochet along so I should be able to get help if I need it.

Hope everyone is having a good day. I'm linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for Tea Stands for Tuesday!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

CB #18 Childhood and/or Easier

I finished my ATC for the 18th Quotes and Lyrics Challenge at The Craft Barn using the word "easier".  Again finding the quote proved to be easier than making the art card.  What was in my mind did not come out like I expected on paper, but this happens sometimes. 
The quote is from Robert Anton Wilson, an American Author, Psychologist, and self-described agnostic mystic. 

Looking forward to visiting everyone to see what they came up with for this one! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment if you care to--they are much appreciated!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

APC Week 2

Hi Everyone! I'm playing along with Claudine's Art Corner's Altered Playing Card Challenge. This is week 2 where we are showing our first set of two cards we created.  I am going to say before I show mine that although I have a large stash of many different images, stickers, stamps, rub-ons, inks, pens, etc., I don't own many of the specific brands Claudine used in her examples.  I also am using her examples as a guide to making the cards my own.
Here are my first two cards!  I am very pleased with how they came out.  For these two I used regular craft paint--I did learn that the thicker based paint hold up better on the card.  When I was adding the rub-ons to the first card, some of the paint scrapped off, and I had to go back and repair it. I prepped them with gesso, but may try sanding the next cards to see if the paint sticks better.
 After the craft paint was dry, I added a birdhouse border that came from a rub-on sheet from Stencil-Ro.  The letters were also rub-ons from EK Success, and the bumble bee I cut from an Artsy Collage Nature sheet from HOTP.
This cute fairy came from the same HOTP Collage booklet as the bumblebee. I used a Ranger embossing pen and some gold WOW embossing powder to do the words and the rays of the star.

I am not sure if it proves anything for me to list all the products/brands I used, since (a) I have no intention of selling these, (b) I'm not part of any design team and have not received any of the supplies for free, and (c)I'm sure everyone out there is more experienced than me since I am not a scrapbooker and  am only a newbie mixed media fan.  Should there be anything you are particularly interested in knowing about....please feel free to ask!

Thanks for the inspiration, Claudine!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

T Tuesday Tea Journal

Hi everyone! I think I have finally found a theme for my altered book...after two previous spreads one would think it would have been obvious to me, but no, it took time for me to figure out the direction.  Elizabeth from Altered Book Lover, who of course, is also the host for T Stands For Tuesday suggested that I might be having trouble working in the book because I had not settled on a theme. She assured me as soon as I figured that out, it would get much easier.  She was right! Not that I had any doubt.  I had already taken her free Altered Book Lessons which she so generously keeps up on the sidebar of her blog and was able to complete my first book.  That's what I love about blogging....meeting wonderful, talented, generous people!

Without further ado, here is the next page in my Tea Journal:
I started out with black gesso that I swirled to resemble brains.  No metaphor here, as my thoughts are mostly always happy and light-hearted! I didn't have pink gesso, although I suppose I could have tinted the white.  Moving on...Hopefully, you can see the flow of the quote "Tea is the magic key to the vault where my brain is kept".  I used some Tim Holtz letters for the word, "Tea", cut the key from a tea packet, the tea spout from a magazine and the head from a piece of random scrapbook paper in my stash.  The rest is acrylic paint, and I tried to illustrate some of the things always floating around in my thoughts. The white is an Inkssentials pen which I was still not 100% satisfied with, although it was much better than some I have tried.  It still left an empty stripe down the center of the line; perhaps I pushed too hard. So as for the theme?  Tea related quote, poem, lyric, book line, picture if I get really stuck, LOL! etc. with at least one element made out of a bag, tea packet, tag, etc. 

Running to do some errands....Post Office, Bank, Library and then hope to get on with some of the challenges I've recently joined.  I feel like I am back in the swing of things--tea will do that to me!

Happy T Day and thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Craft Barn #17 Peaceful and/or Grace

Hi Everyone! I am so happy that I finished my art card in time for the 17th Craft Barn Quotes and Lyric Challenge before the next prompts come out on Sunday. I chose a quote from John Donne, an English Poet (1572-1631) and cleric who is described as a metaphysical poet.  Imagery, religion, and the search of answers are frequent themes in metaphysical poetry.
Have a happy creative weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Up for a new challenge?

Hi everyone!  First I want to say thanks for all the lovely comments yesterday on my T Tuesday post without photos.  Yahoo is still not letting me download my photos, but I will keep trying and update the post anyway as soon as I can!

I thought I would share a new challenge that I came across that is just starting:
The challenge is being hosted by Claudine whose blog is Claudine's Art Corner.  Some of you who are more familiar with the paper crafting blog world may already know her, but her blog is new to me.  After browsing around her blog for awhile her friendliness and talent just oozed out.  I bought a brand new deck of playing cards probably 2 or 3 years ago that I have wanted to alter....and, well, you probably know by now that on some things, I just need a jump start, LOL! Anyway, she will complete 2 cards a week (which I will try plan to keep up with) and has just posted "prepping the cards" so there is plenty of time to join in if you desire.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! I am determined not to miss another week of joining up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth and friends who post every Tuesday to discuss whatever they would like.

Today, you will have to use your imagination because although I took photos yesterday with my phone (including the water I drank with lunch), the mail server I use is having technical difficulty and I am unable to download the photos.  I will keep trying and come back and add them when I am successful.

Yesterday's trip to NYC to move our daughter back to Grad School went....beautifully! There was very little traffic on the way down, we got off the correct (closest) exit and decided to stop in front of the building this time to unload before finding a parking spot.  I was giddy with excitement when I found a large enough spot to slide the minivan into just half a block from the dorm!  I was lightheaded when I managed to parallel park on the first try and even happier when after reading every sign on the block three times, DH and I agreed that the car would be safe (i.e. no ticket) where we left it.  The boyfriend had already arrived so while DD went up to complete check-in, the three of us took two rolling bins and were loaded up by the time she returned to the car to help wheel them up the block.  After unpacking a few things we set out food shopping and left the rest for later. 

We walked to Little Italy and our favorite little Italian restaurant which did not disappoint.  I had a delicious plate of Rigatoni (macaroni) with sun dried tomatoes and broccoli in an olive oil and garlic sauce and several glasses of ice water.  It was really hot out yesterday!

On the way back to the dorm we visited the reflecting pool memorials area at the World
Trade Center site which was finally open to the public for free.  They previously required tickets with a "suggested" donation which I personally took offense to.  I can almost understand charging to enter the museum, I stress almost, but visiting this outside site and having to pay just did not sit right with  me.  We located the name on the South Tower memorial of a childhood friend of my DH and then set out for the dorm again.

Since DD had the boyfriend to help her unpack and set up, Dennis & I decided to leave.  We took a short walk down to Pier 17 aka South Street Seaport just to admire the view on this really clear day.  Again, I took photos that I hope to put up later.

Thanks for reading through to the end. I realize this isn't the most interesting T Tuesday post, but you have no idea how delighted we were that the day went so uneventfully!