Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Revisiting Father's Day

Hello there. This week I thought I would feature the Father's Day cards that I've made that I haven't shared here on the blog. (To remind, I took a posting hiatus from mid-2012 to early this year.) The card above features a tag that I am entering in my friend Sandra's new weekly challenge, Go Tag Thursday. I used ink through a stencil to get the houndstooth design on the tag's background. I did the Cuttlebug Highlights technique I learned from Technique Junkies on the card's background layer. I tried to use patterns that reminded one of masculine fabrics and textures. The card also features Artistic Outpost Hats Off stamp set stamps, so I'll enter it in their Show Us Your AO Art monthly challenge as well. I made this for my own dad last week, who is both a gentleman and a gentle man, so appropriate for him. Plus, he loves vintage images, they remind him of his childhood -- he was born in 1927 and is a spry 89.

Here's the card I made him in 2014 (I gave him a store-bought card in 2013). This is probably one of my favorite cards I've ever made. It just turned out so nice-looking. I used papers by the Rustic Chic collection from The Angel Company, and the stamps are from Verve.

Here's the card I made my dad in 2015. I used those very old Junkitz card stock papers (remember the black and white dots and designs? Same collection.) Verve and Avery Elle sentiments stamps, 100 Proof Press truck stamp, and the little beer and burger stamps I'm not spending an hour looking for to tell you who made (my bad). The shape elements are actually discarded die cut scraps that were in my desk pile.

I will show cards I made my husband for Father's Days now and then next time. Til then, thanks a bunch for the visit and for any comments you may leave, and happy arting! xoxo

Monday, June 13, 2016

Ruminating with Rumi...

So, I finally finished that art journal spread, which is what I'm sharing today.

Looks a bit different than before, doesn't it? After I found the three line quotes I put on the right hand page, I realized that the first quote I'd handwritten on the left hand page did not really go well. So, I found a better quote, by Rumi: "Raise your words, not your voice. It is the rain that grows flowers, not thunder." (The 3 quotes on the right are "What the heart thinks, the tongue speaks." "Words must be weighed, not counted." and "Examine what is said, not him who speaks.")

And since my #1 objective at all times is to use up the crap I've got, I changed to alpha stickers and rub-ons to record the quote over handwriting. Not as pleasing to the eye or as artistic, but it uses up scrap crap. I glued the quote on a piece of deli paper that I glued onto the black page. 

Oh, and in the scan and all photos I took, the quote blends into the background way too much; yet in real life in person, you can see the quote clearly. It stands out and can easily be read. Photos are such weird things sometimes. They suck at capturing metallic and shiny things and depth-stuff, yet I rely very much on them to capture in-process flaws of composition and color.

I'm in one of those moods that has been with me for a while. Really not enjoying making cards anymore if there is a deadline involved. And I can't get ahead of the deadlines. And there is no paycheck in the mail for me so why am I working so hard?  I feel trapped by my own family reputation lately. (Like, if I don't send a handmade card or a card at all, what's wrong???)

We had and are still having a very wet June which means huge hand joint pain and stiffness. I really should start working on an announcement to family and friends, but one in between no more cards and cards as usual. More like, if you get any more cards from me, it's bonus time and nothing more. Yeah, still trying to figure out how to word that, haha.

And what if this is only temporary? I've thought maybe in that case I could just make cards to send to hospitalized kids. I like the idea and whatever I get made counts, and what doesn't get made is no problem. Such are the hard questions in life to answer, sigh...shaking my head...eyeroll. LOL Can you feel my trapped feeling? Seems like I'm wearing it like clothing!

Well, here's to good week for us all, and may art be a part of it. Thanks for dropping by and comments are greatly enjoyed. xoxo

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Cards to Retire By - 3 Ways

Oh dear, a whole week has flown by without me blogging. I do apologize. You may have read about Texas receiving a ton of rain and then flooding. While I am feeling very blessed that we remained high and dry from any floods, it has been a nightmare of pain for me with all of the humidity, and I am not very goal-oriented when this happens. More like take one minute at a time and try to forget reality, haha, sad but true. At any rate, I'm baaaack! Still hurting somewhat but at some point reality must be acknowledged.

This post features 3 retirement cards I have made and this is the first one. I made it for a work colleague of the Hubster's who loves to work on cars and plans to do just that. I stamped the Artistic Outpost truck and the Leave Memories sentiment onto Spellbinders die cuts and did some distressing and edge-inking. The grunge look is always good for guys in my book. ;-)

Next up is a card made for a childhood girlfriend who recently retired after 30 years of teaching. I used a Neat & Tangled background stamp in gold ink called Time Warp on a piece of stars patterned paper, then scribbled more gold ink with a gel pen until it stood out enough. This was my first time using this set and I was a bit hesitant about stamping the sentiments directly on the background. So I stamped sentiments from Neat & Tangled's A Long Time Ago set onto deli paper in the same gold ink, heat embossed in gold, and adhered.

Here is the inside. The Congratulations stamp is an N&T sentiment from same set as I used on the front, but the sentiment larger type is my own creation, stamped with Avery Elle's Elle's ABCs set.

My final retirement card was made for a girlfriend who has always joked about being a prisoner of her job and that at retirement she would finally be released without good behavior ha ha, so I used this opportunity to play on that. The window grid is a die from Sizzix. The Wooden Plank background is an Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card stamp, as is the Distressed Brick jail cell background. The inmate is a Techniques Junkie stamp, and the 2 sentiments are by My Sentiments Exactly and Avery Elle.

A shot of the back - the My Favorite Things Freshly Made stamp is layered onto various card stock scraps, and the bokeh circles is a scrap of 4x6 photo paper that I stamped dye inks onto with a finger sponge dauber a while ago (this is a good way to use those tons of leftover photo papers you are left with after your ink cartridge dries up, for you Epson Picturemate owners).
And the insides. I'll give it a go at naming the stamps used: Avery Elle, Sweet Shop Stamps and EKSuccess on the left; Stamplorations, Neat & Tangled, and Technique Junkies on the right.

Well, that's all for me this time. Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate any and all comments! Have a good arty time wherever you are! xoxo

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Salvaging an Art Journal Page Screw-Up

First, a loose-leaf page I collaged that will be saved for possible insertion into an existing journal. Now for the topic of my post: Salvaging an Art Journal Screw-Up.

My page began looking like this: black gesso covered by white rub-ons. The file name is "Page-13-just-needs-quote". My troubles began when I tried to hand-letter the quote directly onto the gesso.

I grabbed some different Gelly Roll metallic pens, a white charcoal pencil, and a Uniball Signo white gel pen. And I just began lettering, first with Uniball, then with the charcoal pencil. I got bored doing that and filled in letters with the metallic pens.

Things were going good until I took a break to let my work-in-process dry and came back to check it. I took my finger and gently rubbed. The charcoal pencil, of course, began to smear and in that moment, I snapped to wondering what the heck was I thinking using that?

So, I knew I had to start over or cover this up, so I took a damp paper towel and I was amazed at how easily the gel pen came off! I was under the impression that once dry, it was permanent. Maybe so to a gentle dry rub, but not waterproof. Hmm, good to know. This is where some lesson-learning comes in. Might as well, make lemonade, lol.

I  kept wiping until I got it all off, then I painted over it with some black acrylic. You can see where, because the gesso is glossier than the matte acrylic. Since I decided I'd spent enough time on this spread, I have opted to find a nice font and create a quote in PSE to cover the black, maybe print on vellum or deli paper for some transparency. The black splotching will be covered and muted.

You can also see the right hand page in this photo. I layered some scrap card stock strips and squares onto the page, then painted with Lumiere White, then added some black rub-ons to each square. I found some quote strips in my stash that go along with the left hand quote, and will add to the white areas between the squares. And call it done. Stay tuned for that. Once again I have to make some cards, but should be back with at least cards.

Oh, why does the spread look this way? I was looking for a way to use up those rub-ons, plus check out how black gesso plays. The curse of having too much stuff is that it completely rules what you make. They neglect to mention that when they're addicting you, haha.

Thanks for stopping by. I love reading any and all comments! xoxo

Friday, May 27, 2016

I am SUCH an Airhead!

Geez! I am posting this scan of my art journal page again because, as I mentioned 2 posts ago, I made this page for the Art Journal Journey May challenge Journeys. And then I forgot to say that when I showed it to you last time! GOSH! {huge virtual eyeroll}. Anyway, I am correcting that now. Have a great Friday, thanks for looking and I appreciate all your comments! xoxo