Tuesday, December 30, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Since it is the last Tuesday of 2014, I decided to make a mosaic of 12 of my favorite T posts.  I won't bore you by giving a lot of commentary--just pour yourself your favorite beverage and enjoy!
As for me, well, I'll be enjoying the morning with DD before bringing her to the train station.  Back to work for her on Monday, and her last semester starts in a few weeks.

Once again, I want to thank Elizabeth and Bleubeard for organizing and hosting this weekly get together.  Visit her blog here to see what everyone else is up to each week and join in yourself.  Until next year....Happy New Year everyone!

Friday, December 26, 2014

APC #15

Hi Everyone! I hope everyone who celebrates had a lovely Christmas Day.  My Dad joins us for Christmas Eve when we make the traditional fish dishes.  On Christmas Day we have friends over and after we sample some hors d'oeuves we chow down on lasagna, followed by ham. There are always a few desserts to top it all off.  And we cut back this year!  We still have tons of leftovers to see us through the week!  I'm actually pretty proud of myself for not overeating this year. So, on to this week's altered playing cards.....

As always, you can click on the link in the right side bar to be taken to Claudine's blog to see her examples.  Since I did not have embossing paste, I searched the internet for a recipe for an easy texture paste.  I am not sure if they are the same thing or not, but I was able to make something that worked for me.
Here are my cards with the texture past applied.  I found a recipe using baking soda and divided it in half to I could add white paint to half and black to the other.  It dried well and stayed adhered to the cards so I went with it.
I used ink that I drizzled and blotted on since I don't have sprays. You can see it totally tinted the white texture paste  I stamped a swirl on the left & rubbed some mica powder over it just to glitz it up a bit. I doodled with black & white pens, added the words and the moose.
For the second card, I used my distress stain dabbers so the color is a bit more muted.  I was able to doodle on the black paste with my white pen.  I doodled with a black permanent marker on the background, again added the words and the giraffe.

Thanks for stopping by and in case I don't make it to post before, I wish all of you a very Happy New Year! I am so grateful for all your visits, comments and encouragement throughout the year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Hi Everyone!  There is a seasonal theme this week for the Altered Playing Card Challenge. As always, you can click on the link on the left to see our host, Claudine's, awesome examples and visit everyone else who participates.
Here are my cards together.  I really like how these came out despite not having a die cutting machine nor an embossing machine.
I did, however, have some embossing plates--not the kind that go in a machine I don't think. Just double sided free standing ones I bought on clearance just last week in fact!  First I used the punch out inside from a plastic snowflake stencil to lightly draw where I wanted the snowflake.  I embossed it with the only color (gold) embossing powder that I thought would show up and be appropriate.   Then I somehow managed to figure out where to draw & hand cut out another snowflake from a larger piece of card stock.  I used a star pattern that looked like it could pass for snowflakes & embossed away. My hands were pretty tired after that! The poinsettia was a rub on that I applied to another piece of paper since I remembered how a previous rub on did not work on the gesso and made a real mess. I glued two strips of mulberry paper for the snow. "Happy" is obviously another rub on, which "Holidays" was hand written.
I used a sheet of snowflake scrapbook paper for the background on my second card.  The trees were stamped using part of a large foam stamp, and the deer and wording were recycled from an old card.  I added a ribbon bow and called this one done!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Debbie is busy cleaning and decking the halls and walls for Christmas, so she has left me, Craftymoose, to post for T Stands for Tuesday today!  A special hello to Elizabeth who hosts this weekly gathering, and a big shout out to Bleubeard!

I'm sure you are all wondering what I look like.....

That's me, on the left, looking pretty handsome, huh?  Debbie said I should mention the snowman (tea) mug on the buffet. It is probably 40+ years old, made for her by her Godmother--a real one, not a fairy godmother--in a ceramics class.  Fast forward 20 years later, Debbie took a ceramics course and made both the candle holders and sea themed planter you see on the buffet.  The little angel bear and girl bear holding a baby moose were gifts from the DD. 

I smell cinnamon tea brewing in the kitchen, so I'm off to grab a cup!  But before I go, I found this pencil drawing (from Dianne's tutorial) on Deb's desk. Don't tell her I posted it!
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 15, 2014

CB#25 Faith and Harmony-The Finale!

Hi everyone! I cannot believe that we have reached the end of The Craft Barn's Quotes & Lyrics challenge! I had such a fun time with this and really want to thank everyone over at the Craft Barn for the wonderful inspiration and all the hard work! That said, I finished mine for this fortnight.....
An artful quote by Paul Cezanne: "Art is a harmony parallel with nature."  I made the color wheel on a separate piece of card stock and colored it in with watercolor pencils.  Each pie wedge has an acrylic gem flower in the complimentary color.

I had to edit this post to add a mosaic of all my completed pieces as Bleubeard and Elizabeth did:

Craft Barn Quotes & Lyrics Challenge 2014

I can't wait to see what the next challenge brings! To be announced on January 5, 2015. Stay tuned.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

APC Week #13

Hi Everyone! If my calculations are correct, week #13 in the Altered Playing Card Challenge means we are halfway through our deck of cards!  This week the theme is "Bees".
If you have been reading my blog, you already know I like bees....well creating art with them at least, and that my name means "The Bee". 
I chose a card that I had added a piece of netted fabric to when I applied the gesso for this first card.  I thought it looked a little like a honeycomb. After the base coat of orange, I used tan acrylic pain to dab here and there and then rubbed it over the fabric piece to highlight it. I drew the black honeycomb sections freehand and outlined with a white pen.  The bees were in my stash. The sentiment reads, "Be your own pilot" which I came across when I was looking through my scrapbook paper.
For this card I applied several coats of marmalade DS. I have a honeycomb texture plate meant for polymer clay that I rubbed some darker brown acrylic paint on and stamped a few times.  I made my own template for the larger honeycombs and cut them out of various scrap paper. Added the bees which were in my stash and the sentiment.  See the part by the "N" in "Not"?  Looks like it didn't cover the gesso?  Well, in real life it is actually darker in that spot!

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see what Claudine has in store for next week!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday-Tea Packets

Hi everyone! After a wild 4 days I was actually able to sit down and think about doing something crafty.  No better time than to show this project than with Elizabeth and the rest of the T Stands For Tuesday gang! Invited by my friend Valerie from Bastelmania, I am also linking to Art Journal Journey whose theme this month just happens to be collage!
I've been hoarding tea packets from tea I've purchased, been given as a gift or as a free sample.  I decided they would make the perfect collage for the first page of my tea journal. Not a lot of thought; just placed them as I picked them up. I was thinking I might do this on the last page/cover, too, so I better get drinking!

This was the scene out my kitchen window at 5:30 am Sunday morning.  I know it is dark, but it is the best photo of the moon with clouds that I have ever managed.  We were up to drive to New York City where our daughter attends Grad School in Lower Manhattan.  She was moving out of the dorm and into an apartment in Brooklyn, NY.  With only one semester to go (can we all shout Hallelujah!), actually only two classes left, she no longer had enough credits to be eligible for housing. The drive and move went smooth as can be, and her boyfriend was a big help again in carrying the heavy things up two flights of stairs.  Well, anyway, I digress, because I really just wanted to show off the photo!

Happy T Day and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CB#24 Heart and/or Risk

Hi Everyone! The inspiration for this latest ATC for The Craft Barn Q & L Challenge came from Ben Franklin.
This ATC started out with a background created a while ago by just dripping various dyes and inks on it. It was bright and bold and to tone it down I brushed on some gesso which is when a "happy accident" happened. The gesso reactivated the dried ink and smeared it which I really liked. I added the large flower die cut to help fill up the background. The computer printed words were swiped over with some distress stain and cut with fancy scissors. A few little flowers cut from a page, and I called this one finished!

I want to take a moment first of all to thank The Craft Barn for hosting this challenge and for the inspiring examples from the Design Team members.  I also want to thank all the participants who have stopped by to comment, answer my questions and encourage me--it has been appreciated much more than you can know.  I am so proud of myself for keeping up with this challenge!