Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WOYWW #450

Happy COLD, brrhhhh..... Wednesday all my crafty friends!! I love it!! It's FINALLY cold here in the south! LOL And guess what????? It's SNOWING!! Yep! A cold front has moved across the southeast and our little ole town has gotten some snow! You guys above the Mason Dixon Line will laugh at that because, of course, it's not really snow....it's flurries! LOL Regardless, in the south, the danger for us is not so much the snow, but the freezing. We aren't equipped here in the south to drive in that kind of element, so, we pretty much shut down! Funny, but folks in the south already CAN'T drive, can you imagine on ice!! LOLOL  If any of my crafty friends are in it like I am...stay warm and safe!

Well, It's another WOYWW and I can't wait to show the goods on my desk today! You can always get on the band wagon by going on over to Julia's blog Stamping Ground and play along! You will love to see what EVERYONE around the world is mashing around on their desks!

So last week, you will remember that I shared some of my "Santa goodies" and how stoked I was? Well today, I will show you the results of what I was waiting on some of those goodies for! I have been in love with watercolor / pen and ink for some time and have been playing around with what I had on hand. But now that I have half of what I wanted Santa to bring me to achieve some craftiness, I have been able to do more. I still have one more thing that Santa is to bring me that will be arriving hopefully by next WOYWW and I will reveal it then. But that last little treasure will COMPLETE my newest "art addiction!" LOL

Many of you crafty friends are very familiar with Cee Cee over on Cee Cee's Creations and I just love her! She is an amazing artist who I love to follow! She had been doing some awesome watercolor line art that I fell in love with and because I have been fascinated with watercolor lately, I knew this was something that would fall right in line with what I had been doing and so the share's from my desk today are attributed to her creative share with us all! Thanks Cee Cee for your inspiration!


I did these bookmarks for some friends of mine and I just had a ball! I took some 140lb cold press paper and stretched onto a board that I bought over the holidays that my wonderful husband finished out for me so that I could get wet mediums and what not on it without its warping.....thanks hubs! :) Then I simply washed over with watercolor in colors that I just happened to be feeling at that moment. After letting dry, I cut down to the size of bookmarks that I wanted and then the rest of the joy began!

Now let me just say that I have always loved drawing even at a young age, but have never had lessons as far as painting my drawings....it has always been intimidating to me....therefore that is why this style is so yummy to me because the wash is in the background and I'm not actually painting the flowers! LOL I know, I know, easy way out huh? Going to have to face that fear eventually! LOL I used my brand new dip pen and my new nibs and I was like a kid in a ca
ndy store! I had so much fun! This is something I think I will be doing on a regular basis to have on hand for gifts on the quick! Much like I do my crosses! But, that being said, I am hoping I will grow in this and the plan is to take a watercolor class at some point in time this year and flourish further in this art medium!

After finishing, I went to a local print shop and had them laminated and will send them out to my sweet pals for a new year blessing! Hopefully the lamination will preserve the art and not have a reverse effect on it!! YIKES! LOL All three of these pals that I am sending these to are avid readers so even if they have these bookmarks through a couple of book readings, at least they will know I was thinking of them! What do you think? 

My last treasure, that should come in this week, will help me continue in this newest love and I am sooooo looking forward to it's arrival! I want to try all sorts of new things in 2018....for me....the sky is the limit!! How about you?

Well, happy WOWWW guys and I look forward to seeing what you all are sharing today!

Blessings

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WOYWW #449

Good Wednesday all my crafty friends! Happy New Year! I haven't posted since last year....hee hee hee! Honestly though, it seems like forever! It was a wonderful Christmas season for me and my family and a needed break from ALL things! It was extremely busy as well, so I got NO crafting done over the holidays! And as I took several weeks during the holidays for vacation, I have been extremely busy catching back up on all things at work and at home! BUT, alas, it is a new year and I have big plans for my art crafting!!!! Notice I didn't say "resolutions" in there anywhere!! My experience when I use that word is that it turns south not too long after I make any statements! LOLOL Therefore, I will just say "big plans," and see how that all turns out! LOL I'm super excited however for the things in my head to come out on paper, canvas, tags, ATC's, journals.....whatever comes my way! Yay 2018!!!

So it is another Wednesday and the FIRST in the wonderful WOYWW fun! Happy New Year to all my "desker" friends! LOL If you want to get in on the fun for 2018 with all of us "deskers," just jump on over to Julia's blog at Stamping Ground and play along this year! It will be fun and you will meet all sorts of LOVELY crafters just like YOU! :)

So as I mentioned, I haven't been crafting much so I will show you what is on my desk from my holiday blessings, either to me or for me! As some of you will remember the Raskog Cart was my big gift to myself, but I did get a little extra money from Santa and managed to purchase a few things that I had been wanting for myself. And it was a "yippee fest" for me as it came in the mail!
So first off on my yumminess to myself is the AMAZING "Create Your Life Book" book! I couldn't wait to get my hands on that guy!!! I have been wanting to do the Life Book Class for years and simply have not been able to for financial reasons. It's always right after Christmas when we are ALL sacked out on the money train, right??? I love Tam and her amazing talent and truly want to do the Life Book stint some time! Maybe next year? So since I couldn't manage it yet again, I vowed to get her book. And I got a great price on it! Let me just say it is a lovely, lovely book and I recommend anyone getting this book as a great addition to your art book stash! She is such an inspiration not only art wise, but also spiritually....no matter what your faith! Her words ring true across spiritual realms! I think she is somebody I could TOTALLY pal around with! LOL

The next thing I will point out is the Tachikawa dip pen holder and then you will see some nibs that I bought to go with it! I have so been wanting this holder and I made it happen at also a great price. I long loved dip pens and the amazing art you can do with them and so I haven taken on another art adventure lately that absolutely FORCED me to get this guy....hee hee hee! I will be posting some new crafting in the near future to show off this fancy guy! Additionally I have longggggg wanted that Pentel Graphgear 1000 mechanical Pencil!!! That guy is the bomb!! I have other cheapo mechanical pens, but I wanted the "daddy!" LOL I am so stoked about that! I also got some lead to go with

The other treasure on my desk is the Da Vinci Squirrel brush! It is a size 0 for the "small" watercolor painting that I have been doing lately! My intent is to get a whole set of squirrel brushes, but hey, I have to start somewhere! LOL I am so excited to break this brush in! Woop!

The other wonderful item on my desk is that Cloth Paper Scissors magazine! What makes that magazine so special is that a true Christmas Angel gifted me that subscription this year! This person, and you know who you are, is one of the most precious people I know! She is a true "angel" who continuously expresses the Father's love for His people through her art and service to others! "Thank You" simply doesn't seem enough, but I'm am grateful for her and to her for her act of kindness to me! I look forward to a year of inspiration out of this magazine! Yay me!!! :)
The other menagerie on my "still clean desk," ha ha is my yummy watercolor palette, some gorgeous india ink for dipping and some Altoid tins that I plan to do some mixed media crafting with. A small one holds my nibs and I want to "craft it up," LOL and others I want to do for gifts! Also there are a couple of packs of Faber Castell pens in grays and sepia for shading. 

That's pretty much it for me today guys! I hope to share some of finished craft goodies next week. I pray you all had a beautiful Christmas and I also pray for peace, joy and prosperity for your coming year! And, OF COURSE, lots of CRAFTY GOODNESS!!! :))))

Many blessings to you all! 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jesus is the Reason!

Good Thursday all my crafty friends! Well, I am so glad to be posting again today because as I noted yesterday, this will be the only time I can post until after the 1st. When you live in the country, you can't get internet!!! LOLOL How is that even possible?? With technology today, it should be a given, but alas, not in south Georgia! LOL

So today I am going to post my last two challenges of the year, which I hope sets the precedence for next year! I confess, this past year was a real stinker for me and posting! I had a very challenging year, but God in His infinite wisdom and love, saw me through it all! I'm so VERY THANKFUL and GRATEFUL for my Heavenly Father all year long, but most especially at this time of year when we celebrate His most AMAZING gift of love to us all in the form of His Son Jesus Christ! LIFE, and life MORE abundantly! When life's stresses, hustle and bustle and furry of the holiday season seem to way on you, won't you take the time to reflect on your year, count all of your blessings, tell your family you love them and most importantly remember the REASON FOR THE SEASON in the form of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! What great love, mercy and compassion our Father in Heaven has for His people! Happy Birthday Jesus!

So as a part of the Pick A Stick Challenge over on the Facebook page of the same name, here are my December submittals for the journal page and ATC! First up, my journal page! I don't get on Facebook too much anymore expect for my challenges and family contacting, so when I went to the page, I just laughed to so others's journal pages because apparently we were ALL thinking the same way this month! You will see quite a few pages that have the same theme style as mine! I love it! We were in sync and on point this holiday season! Not the intention, of course, but a happy coincidence!
I had fun this month mainly because we all love Christmas and crafts for Christmas just seem to come easy! :) But you will see the drawn stick requirements below:
As most of you know for this challenge, the only requirement is that you craft your journal page in the order of the stick pull! The fun, of course, is coming up with ideas to do those requirements and obviously the challenge is doing them in order! I do come up with snags sometimes, but this month was a breeze!

I gesso'd my page and then applied assorted acrylic colors with bubble wrap. I then added my "hanging" stars with my non dominant hand (in my case, my left!) You should have seen me trying to get the glue down and add the strings and starts with that hand! I might have had an evil look on my face during parts of that fiasco! LOL The next was to drip paint, so I dripped some of my Daler Rowney liquid acrylic from the top down and dried and took some of my Caran d'ache crayons and colored around here and there and then applied water them to soften up.

Now, the alcohol is always a mystery to me, but I just took a pipet and put a little alcohol in it and then sprinkled here and there and then blotted. I really can't tell that it did anything, but there you go....I complied! LOL I then took my Big Brush Pens and colored the edges of my page to fulfill number 8 and tenn number 9 said doodle around the edge. So I doodled the top edge to have dangle downs! I wasn't sure about using the straight edge what it really meant, so I took my Tim Holtz tool and distressed the edges because I wasn't really sure? Oh well, voila! Page done! 

Added incentive is to then do the ATC Challenge from three sticks pulled from the 10 that were pulled for the journal page. My ATC was also a breeze and so much fun this month! 
The stick pull is as follows:
I gesso'd the ATC firstly because I wasn't sure what I was going to do, no harm, no foul, but I ended up wishing I hadn't! Oh well! Reason being I had to "color with markers" first! Eeek. But it turned out ok. I took a circle stencil from Donna Downey and used my Faber Castell Big Brush Pens through the stencil here and there. Kind of hard to see them now that they are mostly covered! Then we had to doodle around the edges,which I also did with my Big Brush Pen and then I covered it with and "antique colored" modge podge and while it was still wet covered with Ranger Rock Candy Glitter all over and then dried it! You soooo can't see it in this picture, but it's yummy glittery!

I had this wooden Santa in my stash, so I gesso'd him and painted him and also covered his beard and fuzzy on the hat with the same glitter. I then distressed the edges with Vintage Photo and did the same with the ATC. I put that little guy on with pop dots and then did the same with my "be merry!" Voila, ATC done!

Love, loved this months challenge! Thank you so much Pick A Stick Team for ALL (YOU GUYS ARE THE BOMB!!!) you guys do to keep this challenge going every month and I'm so thankful to be able to take part (even if it was slim this year) and meet new crafty folks and see all their amazing craftiness! My challenge for next year to to be able to do it each month!! Fingers crossed! LOLOL

Merry Christmas to you ALL and a VERY BLESSED New Year! May 2018 be FULL of joy, peace and prosperity for you!

Blessings 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

WOYWW #446

Good Wednesday all my crafty friends!! Christmas time is near!!! I would like to report that since my open confession last week that I had not bought ANY Christmas gifts yet.....I have since bought a few!! Woop, woop!! Can you feel the excitement!! LOL Now, that by NO means is to suggest that I am even NEAR through, but hey....I still have four more days! LOLOLOL

So it's that time of the week that we show off our digs as a part of WOYWW over on Julia's blog Stamping Ground!! Come check ALL the lovely crafters' desks and perhaps play along! This week I a going to share several photos (sorry Julia), but MAJOR squeals are coming from my "art closet" and I have to share!

A couple of weeks ago I shared about my wonderful, long time coveted, Christmas gift to myself and this week I want to share that......IT'S HERE!! Yipee!! I'm doing the jig, doing the jig, doing the jig!!! LOL Yes, you could rightly say that it really doesn't take much to make me happy, and I mean that literally, but this long awaited gift to myself makes me squeal with delight! So what is on my work desk this week?????? NOTHING!!!!!!!!!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! LOL
Oh the glory of it all.....or none! LOL
Look my friends.....I have elbow room!!! I can ACTUALLY see the top of my desk! I was about to bust to get my new gift out of the box and put it together! And I did. I finished about midnight the night before last and had to FORCE myself to go to bed and not start cleaning my art closet! But alas, I did and last night I came home and began cleaning and organizing with my new found space!!
So you really can't tell about my space because of the angle of this shot and because my closet is so small I couldn't show more, but my cart is there for you to see with all it's glory and you can see that I have underneath storage units that are filled with goodies and then the storage units go to the left behind my Raskog cart down the wall as well. I have some space about my desk that you can see from the first photo that I smaller storage units and then the shelf above that, that you can't see, has journals and art books and magazines that I use as inspiration! I can't believe that I finally have this guy and all the space I have now on my desk! It's the best and I sure hope I can keep it that way! By the way, it was midnight when I finished again! LOL But in light of that......I did do a little crafting to test out my new space......
So as a part of several online challenges that I love to take part in, I am trying to finish up a journal page and an ATC! My last day at work until after the 1st is tomorrow, so I am going to try to get these both done and share tomorrow as I don't really have internet, except my phone, at home, so it's always hard to share from my house...I usually post from work (I know....bad me!) One day, I will get in this century! LOL

Well, in other news, yesterday was my 19th wedding anniversary! Yep, can't believe it! Seems like yesterday we walked in that little church! My hubby and I have been through some times together! Some bumpy and some amazing, but through it all, God has seen fit to bless us and keep us under His wing! I think the best thing we've done right through it all, is our two amazingly beautiful girls that I would walk through fire for! I'm sooooooo thankful for my life! :)

My husband drives a truck, so most weeks hes gone and then comes in on the weekends. But yesterday, it just so happened (thanks Father God), he was making a pass back through our town to get to Boca Raton, so me and my girlies hopped in the car and met him at the interstate for a romantic Anniversary dinner at the "Huddle House!" LOLOLOL Folks in the US know this is a breakfast stop, mostly on interstates, that is the farthest thing from romantic!! But, the thought was there and we had a good time! And....he got to see his girls! Here are a couple "romantic" anniversary shots for you! LOLOL
Well, I am sure I was wayyyy over my allotment with sharing, but just had to do it! I hope to post my challenges tomorrow guys! Happy WOYWW to all! :)

Blessings

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

WOYWW #445

Good Wednesday all my crafty friends! It's FINALLY chilly here!!! I feel like it may beginning to look a lot like Christmas! LOLOL I'm not too excited......it's just a cold front that has gone through our side of the country, so we will see if it stays or not! Others have received lots of snow around my state, but alas, we did not! I love snow and miss it greatly! There's still time.....maybe Mother Nature will come through! LOLOL

Well as it's Wednesday, it's time for WOYWW over on Julia's blog Stamping Ground! Each week is time for wonderful goodies on fellow crafters desks!! I love playing along, making friends and gleaning from their inspiration! Won't you join along??? Hop on over to her blog and show your goodies as well!

I am going to show the finished product of what was on my desk last week! I have my tag challenge over on Tag It Tuesday on the Facebook page by the same name! I have enjoyed playing along with these taggers since it started and really enjoy each month's fun! This month the theme was Sparkle and Shine! Love it! Christmas has always been sparkle and shine, so an easy tag to do!

As usual, my phone camera NEVER shows the true color or in this case the "sparkle and shine" that was required for this month.....but I tell you, it's sparkle and shine all over!
What I had in my mind this month when I was making this tag was "sparkly" balls when you look through a "frosty" window! I love Christmas balls except the fact that they are EXTREMELY easy to break....I'm an expert!!! LOL

On this tag, I basically started with gesso on this tag which was red. I didn't do a heavy coat because I didn't mind that some of the red peaked through. Then I just got out some acrylics applying with my trusty brayer and some of my Caran d' ache crayons and applied directly on the tag and then activated with water. After that, wherever it looked like natural balls or ornaments, I just enhanced with paint to form the balls. Once I got the balls like I wanted, I then applied glitter modge podge all over. 
I then just embellished the balls with a little stamping and stickles. On the "joy" ball, the centerpiece is a wooden snowflake that I painted and then embellished further with glitter from Ranger that I love, love. I then shaded with my wonderful Faber Castell Big Brush Pens, put twine through to look like they were hanging, added ribbon and "poofs!" Voila!  Simple enough and as I said, you really can't see all the glitter and shine, but its there! One day, I will become a "real" blogger and have proper equipment! LOL

I hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday and getting all of your Christmas shopping done! I haven't bought the FIRST gift yet......what????? Yep....I don't know what I am waiting on, but I better get to cracking! LOL I hope you all have a great rest of the week and weekend!

Blessings

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

WOYWW #444

Happy WOYWW all my crafty friends! This Wednesday is #444 over on Julia's blog Stamping Ground where she woooos us to reveal crafts or crazies on our desks!!! Mostly mine is crazies! LOL Go on over and check out crafters creativity around the globe and maybe join in! :)

I did not participate last week, it has been crazy around here since Thanksgiving! I went on our annual Thanksgiving camping trip the week of Thanksgiving and it was AWESOME! It was well over due and JUST THE RIGHT camping weather! Of course, I did what I do best while camping......sitting by the fire curled up with an awesome book......

When I came back last week, I came back to a desk of catching up and so could not post last week either! I haven't really been able to play a lot in my art closet, so I will show you "MY CRAZY" for WOYWW!!!
Yep, this is what it has looked like for a couple of weeks! You can see a WHOLE LOT of supply that I have been just too stinking lazy to put up!! The paint palette is new, I had gotten it and the watercolor paints before the holidays and have not put up and the rest is pretty much inks, embellishments, papers and bum tags that I just haven't thrown in their proper bins!


Now, I want you to get a good look at that desk because virtually the "small" space on the craft mat is the only area I have to work because a) all that crafty supply is on top of my table and b) all that supply is there because I have NOWHERE else to put it! LOL So, after two long years of hem hawing about making this purchase, I FINALLY decided to by myself this wonderful goody for myself as an early Christmas gift!! Yippeee for me! :) Now, the initial one I was looking at was the uber turquoise one that everyone has, but it was like $60, which is why I have been looking at it for two years! LOL But this wonderful cinnamon one I got for $25! HUGE difference!!! So next time you see my table all the goodies will be in my new IKEA Cart! I'll have ELBOW ROOM!!! YAYYYYYY!!!!


As I am the "ultra OCDer (is that a word?)," I had to clean up a tad because want to get cracking on my December art challenges! So after I cleaned up, this is what is now on my desk! LOL

I have turned over my tag that I am working on for Tag It Tuesday over on our Facebook Group and then I will get started on my journal challenge and my ATC challenge for the Pick A Stick Challenge for December!  Come on over and join in with us for those great challenges! Love seeing everyone's creativity!

Well I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and awesome rest of the week!! I will leave you with a few more pictures from our GLORIOUS camping trip! If you've never been camping, I encourage you to give it a go! There is NOTHING like being out in God's great big beautiful world with friends and loved ones! It's a blessing!
Home Away from Home!

Sharing nature with that little guy!

Beautiful colors all around!

My two beautiful babies!

Yep me and my book mate doing what we do!

Blessings!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

WOYWW #441

Good Wednesday all my crafty friends! It's the day of the week that we play along with Julia over on Stamping Ground and share what is on our desk! We'd love for you to travel all over the world with us as you gaze upon others's desk basking in their creativity! And, of course, share your goodies!!

Today, I am going to share a very special craft that I have made for my sister for her birthday! I've shared in the past how I craft just for fun and to gift others. So, of course, I like to share with my sister, whom I am very close with, to get her sweet encouragement and thumbs up. Well, she has seen my cross crafts (that I LOVE to make and bless others with) going out and so one day she says, "hey, where's my cross (with a little sad face, lol)?" She would always tell me how much she loved them, but it never dawned on me that she may want one?? I know....some folks it takes a brick!! LOLOL

So here is my cross that I made her!
So much love went into this gift because, as I said, we are very close, but this sweet spirit has been there for me like no other. When I was lost in this world we live in, she prayed for me like no other! And she NEVER let up! God puts those warriors in your life to stand in the gap when you don't have the strength to stand yourself! That's God's great love for us! I'm so thankful to Him and her! So, OF COURSE, I had to make her a cross for her birthday! :)

I started this cross by collaging scraps from my bin, which is one of my fave things to do! I get COMPLETELY messy when I collage, but that's what crafting is about for me and then the end result is TOTALLY worth it! As I was doing so, my eldest daughter came in my craft closet and wanted to know what I was doing....flying a kite, I said...ha ha ha....but I was stoked that she wanted to know because she doesn't usually want to know about my crafts. So upon hearing my story, she said, hey, why don't you use this stencil in some way! Well, as she doesn't usually participate, I said OF COURSE I WILL!! So I used some heavy gesso and put through that stencil right down the front, dried it and then gave the whole thing a coat of light gesso.
Afterwards, I pulled out some Lindy's sprays in various colors and the sprayed a fixative over it because I wanted to do other layers of acrylics, caran d'ache and rubs and didn't want things to move. When I was satisfied, I pulled out my other bin with assorted embellishments to find my center pieces. She is such an amazing woman of God, so with that thought, one of the wonderful words I would use to describe her is JOY!! She is so full of the joy of the Lord inside that it oozes right on out to the outside! I love being around that and grab every bit that I can! :) She's someone I admire and aspire to be like! I found a few more yummy embellishments  to create the center piece and voila!

It's finally feeling like "fall" here, although the verdict is still out! Mother Natures loves to play her tricks on us here and tomorrow could be back to 80! LOL But we will keep our fingers crossed. Fall, beckons me to pull out my beautiful Dulcimer and strum away. I don't pull it out as often as I should, but I bought it during a fall trip, so I guess that's why I put fall and dulcimer together! Along with turkey and dressing!!! LOL We leave Sunday to go on our annual Thanksgiving camping trip, so I know I will not be playing along next week due to no service and just general camping laziness! LOL But here's a strum out to everyone that you will have a most wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving as you reflect with friends and family! I for one am VERY THANKFUL for all of my online crafty friends! 

Blessings to you ALL!