Monday, April 17, 2017

The Colors of Spring

 Hi there! Happy new week to all. What have you been up to lately-new art materials or projects? travel plans? new recipes? All of the above for me :) And I will start with a new recipe that is absolutely delicious and good for you ( I also had a bit of photoshop play (like the photo above) with the original image:

                                  Chickpea and Vegetable Tagine  (recipe at end of post)
 A few more photoshop images:

                                                   Food IS art!

 On a rainy afternoon recently I spent time making lots of die cuts to use in future projects:

 for my T Stands for Tuesday gals-that huge pink container on the right is my water bottle :)

Some cards and envies:

 Inspiration from a color challenge at the Simon Wed. Challenge Blog:

 and also these challenges: Altenew; the Simon Monday Challenge (Splash It On); and Work It Wednesday (Spring).

 Card details:

Products: white card stock, Simon Says Stamp Dot Scallop Border Die, Altenew Painted Flowers Set, Our Daily Bread Designs Wishing Words stamps and die, assorted Archival inkpads, Dylusions Black Marble Spray Ink.

Products: white card stock, Altenew Floral Shadow stamp set, Distress Oxide inks in Broken China and Worn Lipstick (also on the envies), Archival inks in Buttercup, Leaf Green, Jet Black, Simon Says Stamp assorted Moonshine Sequins.

For Art Journal Journey (theme this month is Magical Mystery Tour), and Paint Party Friday I have my May calendar spreads completed.

  Have a super week! I will be unplugged and at the beach with my friends over the weekend but will get back to visiting anyone I missed during that time once I'm back.

      " The less judgement the more curiosity, and the more curiosity the more creativity." 
                                                                           Michael Ray

                                     Chickpea and Vegetable Tagine 

1 Tbsp. olive oil       1 tsp. ground coriander        1/2 tsp. ground turmeric

1 c. chopped onion    1/2 tsp. kosher salt      1 tsp. ground cumin 

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon      1/4 tsp. ground pepper    4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained        1/2-1 cup of grape tomatoes, halved

1 medium zucchini halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

 Add oil to large heated pan. Add onion, sautĂ© 4 min. Add cumin, coriander, cinnamon, turmeric and garlic. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add tomatoes and cook 4 minutes. Add chickpeas and zucchini. Cover, reduce heat and cook on med. to low heat 20 min. Stir in 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.  Serves 4 -6. This is also great in a wrap!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Hopping Into Spring

 Hooray-it's finally feeling and looking like Spring here! Hubby and I spent the beautiful weekend mostly outdoors doing yard work, cleaning windows, getting out the hummingbird feeders, and putting out the outdoor furniture and cushions. I love it!

 That was not the weather we had recently when my 3 BFFS and I got together again. It was colder than expected, damp, foggy and raining but we ventured about 20 min. north going into the Poconos for a trip to Mountain House Country Store. Here are a few pics:
  non edible cookies:) Most everything in this store is either locally made or made in the USA

How I love this sitting room-AND the furniture!! If only I had a room for these chairs;)

This was just one area of the attic which was filled with antiques and vintage kitsch

This was the Easter/Spring display you first saw when walking in the main door. The owner makes the sculptured characters. This is only a portion of the store and I was lucky to get these pics as my camera battery went dead:( What a fun place to peruse!

 Of course I  needed  just had to have these items:

 Aren't they the cutest??? And not at all expensive. My springtime decorations:)
We then headed down the road for lunch at  Mama Lucia's Pizzeria which the owner of the store recommended.  I was able to squeeze just one more photo from my camera:

 Hot tea and a grilled chicken and vegetable "wrap" with a drizzle of pesto sauce and balsamic vinegar. The wrap was made of pizza dough but was thin like a crepe and crispy and oh so good! We plan on making another trip there on a nice day and hope to tour the winery next door too. Joining Elizabeth and friends for T Stands For Tuesday.

 The Simon Wednesday Challenge is celebrating their 8th birthday so I made this card for them:

 I used their logo which I cut from a postcard of theirs along with washi tape, card stock in black and white, sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings set, SSS Moonshine sequins, and Versafine Onyx Black ink. They are giving away 8!!! $50 vouchers to the store and everyone has a chance to win!

 Also had some time to make a page in my art journal for Art Journal Journey with the theme of "Magical Mystery Tour" this month:

 Wouldn't you like to be able to fly and go wherever your heart desired? I am also joining Mix It Monthly (theme is Vintage and Turquoise)- I think the butterfly has a bit of a vintage feel, and Paint Party Friday.

 And my last project for this week:
 Products: Jet Black Archival ink, white notecard, bunny and eggs (Hobby Lobby), clear stamp (Papertrey Ink-Mega Mixed Messages Set), patterned paper (Echo Park), Dot Scallop Border die (Simon Says Stamp).

 I am joining in at the Simon Monday Challenge (theme is Hip Hop), and Work It Wednesday (theme is flowers, bunnies, Easter, Spring).

 And for those of you who will be celebrating Easter  (Sunday in the US, Monday in Canada according to my calendar) or Passover may the day be joyous. Blessings!

          " It is Spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. "
                                                                         Ranier Maria Rilke

Friday, March 31, 2017

Say Yes to Distress...

...Oxide Inks , that is! These Tim Holtz inks have been all the rage since being introduced at CHA 2017 earlier this year. I was lucky enough to get 4 of the 12 from the Simon Says Stamp Online Shop as soon as they were available and after playing with these plan on getting a few more:)

 So today's post is to share what I have learned and how I played with them so far. For more expert explanations go to Tim Holtz' You Tube Video from CHA 2017.

 This is what the inks look like when you smoosh them onto a heat resistant craft mat:

These inks are more opaque, finish with a matte, chalk-like look (although they don't wipe off when dry), and they can be layered and layered, AND layered (without muddying) onto white to black card stocks with excellent results!

                                          on manila tags

                                 on kraft cardstock
                 detail after layers of colors and droplets of water added then dried. The spritzes of water are what cause the oxide effect.

  and on a black tag-isn't it a cool effect??

 And here are a trio of tags I made using some of my Distress Oxide backgrounds:

for my T Stands For Tuesday peeps, - a mug of flowers. Heart image is a Dina Wakley stamp.

Dina Wakley heart and face stamps. Behind her head I used a new stamp from this set:

 SO many possibilities with this cool set that  I WON in a recent giveaway by Ellen Hutson LLC!!

And my third tag for Moo mania and More (theme is "in triplicate"):

   Dina Wakley hearts, birds and sentiment stamps.

Seems I'm still on this tutorial kick since last month's stint with the Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog ;) You can see my 4  posts here, here, here, and here if you missed them. Feel free to use and share my tutorials but please remember not to copy as your own, and credit much appreciated, thank you!

 Also joining this post with the Simon Wednesday Challenge (anything goes), Work It Wednesday March (theme is Spring-flowers, bunnies, Easter,etc.), the Simon Monday Challenge (Make a Rainbow),  and Paint Party Friday!

  "Paint rainbows. Take chances. Spread your wings. Believe in fairy tales. Dare to dream your biggest dreams! "

Monday, March 27, 2017

Things With Wings

Another Monday which means a new challenge at the Simon Monday Challenge blog! It also means that my stint as Guest Designer for this month ends with this post. I want to thank the staff at Simon Says for giving me this incredible opportunity. It has been an immense pleasure working along side such a talented group of artists! I also wish to thank all of you who took the time to pop in and leave a comment. Mwah! I will of course continue to participate as often as I can and I hope you will too:)

This week's theme is "Things With Wings"!

 I have two projects to share. All products are listed with links at the end.

 First up is this frame and we are going to begin by making our own patterned tissue paper!
Begin by covering your workspace with newspaper. Add a sheet of plain tissue paper on top. Gather a variety of stamps including leaves, butterflies, script and background dots along with a black Archival inkpad. Begin stamping your images repeatedly onto the tissue:

 Keep stamping until you are satisfied and have filled much of the paper:

 Choose a photo frame to cover. Grab a brush and matte medium. Remove glass and backing from the frame.

 Tear tissue into pieces and collage over the whole frame.

 Don't worry about excess hanging as that will be trimmed away after frame is completely covered and dry. I also wasn't concerned about a bit of overlapping or crinkles.

Set aside. At this point I originally intended to add stains to color the frame but I liked it enough as is to leave it and add the color within the frame :) For the background behind the glass I traced the shapes onto white cardstock then used a blending tool and Salty Ocean Distress ink over it to emulate the sky. I slipped the colored shapes under the glass pieces and secured them in place from the back.

Next, the butterflies were stamped onto Distress watercolor cardstock with black Archival ink. They were painted by smooshing some Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress inks from the pads onto a kraft sheet and picking up the colors with a watercolor brush. The butterflies were fussy cut and a bit of thin black wire was glued to the backs to form the antennae. My obsession thinking is that my butterflies must all have antennae:) I covered them with Stickles glitter glue and allowed to dry.

 I curled the wings and secured the butterflies on top of the glass with a dab of gel medium. A piece of black and white cardstock was trimmed to make a label. A Tim Holtz Occasions Small Talk sticker was added. A large gold brad was attached at each end then the label was secured in place with foam dots.

 Project 2- a simple postcard:

 I glued a piece of the handmade tissue paper to a watercolor card. It was then sprayed with Distress stain in Fossilized Amber and a grey/brown toned spray I made. I also used a Dina Wakley face stamp, Distress watercolor cardstock, black Archival ink, a scrap of twine and patterned paper, Tim Holtz mini stapler, Occasions Small Talk  stickers, black pen and Moonshine sequins. Hope you enjoyed this week's projects!

 Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 voucher for the online store to one lucky winner, but you can't win if you don't enter, so get to your craft space and create!

Product Links:
 plain tissue paper
 gel medium
 matte medium
 non stick craft sheet
 mini stapler
 blending tool
 adhesive foam dots
 SSS assorted Moonshine sequins
 Distress watercolor cardstock
 Jet Black Archival inkpad
 Occasions Small Talk  stickers
 Distress inkpads: Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade
 Distress Spray Stain- Fossilized Amber
 Stickles glitter glue-Diamond
 Clear Stamps: Altenew Floral Shadow set
                         Tim Holtz Butterfly 1, Butterfly 2
                         Dina Wakley All The Gals set

 For T Stands For Tuesday:

 how about lunch with a friend at Panera Bread? I had a delicious Mediterranean Veggie sandwich with sun dried tomato bread and would have it again anytime!

 A new month is about to begin so I made two spreads for April:

 Pg covered with a pretty patterned tissue paper then bits clipped from a magazine glued on.

 This is only the right side of my second calendar spread since the painted,dated side was the same as the first one.  I did add glossy accents on the raindrops but wasn't able to capture it. My page was inspired by this YouTube video.

 I am joining in at Art Journal Journey for the theme of "Out and About" hosted by Yvonne; along with Paint Party Friday!

 Next week I'll be sharing about my newly acquired Distress Oxide inks which are  AMAZING new inkpads from Tim Holtz!!

" Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back, and reasons to stay."  Dalai Lama