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239 and New Years Day

Very naughty of me but it about 2 on Tuesday and I am writing now as I will be at a party from 9 pm onward and in no state to post later. So A creative and spirited New year to everyone. Wishing you good health, success in all your endeavors and happiness with friends and family. My desk is as usual a mess and today is showing my December 2013 calendar on the left of my 2014 art journal opened at January entry.

To start the year I am taking a class with Joanne Sharpe. Posted with Blogsy

The 15 Prompts of December

When Terri  posted the 15 prompts of Christmas i initially dismissed it then decided I needed a kick start to the New Year.  once started, it was  so much fun, the idea was to make pages in a journal and a prompt for each day to inspire and motivate, instead of pages the prompts were created with tags.  Then my Gelli printing plates arrived. This addictive habit creates a life time of backgrounds in a few days.  Some of the pages were made into a book using an accordion folded binding that had been on my mind to make for a year!  The tags were then added to Gelli print pages.  

The cover made from Gelli Plate print background and die cuts

Painted accordion fold binding made from file folders. 

I used blue print paper with washi strips on front inside cover. First prompt was to make backgrounds and the second was" to do lists" (on the tag ).  
on reverse side of  every tag page is some journaling.  prompt 3  is a favorite holiday movie.   Mine is "Joyeaux Noel" a french…

WOYWW 238 the big night

So here we are. A busy day desk tidy and wow an idea for book cover. Oh just a quick and then... More to come on that . Made the Eve dinner, cod cooked in a mix of wild mushrooms and vermouth with parsley root fries, followed by mince pies with whipped cream and a shot of Makers Mark. Oh no the fat guy is tuck in the chimney!Have a fun filled holiday and see you next week!See what you do Ms Julie. Posted with Blogsy

237 oh what a mess Again!

Gelli plates must drive OCD folks. Up the wall. They inspire me and a mess is created. I made some of last week's plates into cards and then made more and envelopes
The mess . This process is so inspiring and i just go crazy.
The card 's made from last weeks stash. The best are ready to be sent out to friends i made envelopes. A fun endeavor.   This is such a challenging medium.  Well that is because there are so many ideas to works with. Week was busy with action and now we want to just get going on stuff. amazing how Gelli Plates inspire. Too much good wine tonight. Amazing my eyes are stinging I want to sleep and yet I am awake at 5 am.
Time for bed. I am always so tired
Why does this double space. ( that was on iPad where i started writing this).

I am so tired today and yesterday everything in my body aches. 
we really do not celebrate Christmas but this week we have a load of parties.  Last night a fun one with neighbors.  Tomorrow a dinner and Saturday a wild and…


My Gelli Plate arrived and I have descended into an oblivious messy bliss. Gelli plates are what I decided not to buy some time ago and a few weeks ago the urge to ink up and mess over came Me.....really the advent of more Kate Crane DVDs spurred me on together with a hint of "Be Prepared" to indulge in yet another class.
The scene. Desk after a wild afternoon with Gelli Plates I bought some stencilsfrom Artists Cellar. They are really well cut good quality stencils. I have tried starts so far.Imad some of my own stencils out of junk mail using my Big shot dye cutter.they are the curcles you see. I am really excited about this whole process.
Earler in the week I was fired up by something from a friends blog, 15 December Prompts. Usually hate prompts as too much pop psychology of the who am I venue. These were veryappealing in an interesting way and also alerted the concrete. Thought processes to literally interpret.

From left to right 1 was do back grounds. I …


I spent hours over the last two days with a Gelli plate.   I always said I would not but her I am elbow deep in paint and a load of awful prints.  It is the sort of back ground you keep touching up ....disaster.  I had bought new stencils to work with then the plate.  It is easy to do but getting those gorgeous background you see around is not easy.  I think that I am missing something as I have paint allover the Gelli Plate, down the sides and under the mat.  The video I watched said it was easy and you could get great results with craft paints.  maybe but cleaning up is a nightmare.  
I need to get back to my 15 December prompts.  So far half way though.  I decided to make them on tags and them put in a journal.


Worktop is dumping ground for everything taken on trip and never looked at!
It seems I am never prepared for it to be Wednesday.  Even when I write this up on Tuesday in the morning I will have forgotten the day and remember that I failed to post as the Zumba music kicks in and arms and legs take off in something that dies not resemble a dance step.  Last week we left on a very cold Wednesday for Mission TX to spend Thanksgiving in the RV with friends and.....Tripper.  he really was precious and his being with us compensates a little for traveling.  We bought him a box used only to get him in the RV, and a harness and lead.  That was a no, no.  Claws firmly planted in ground.  So no art or craft, well I finished the beading part of my bracelet on the way home .  I read going and finished my book The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire: A Tejano Elegy by John Phillip Santos, on the return.  The author is a San Antonio native whose roots extend to the conquistadors and early settlers,…


This week has not been productive or has it? This is my desk today. I cleaned out all kinds of things Saturday, tossed a ton of saved bits. The sort of bits you think you will use and after a year or two have never used. In the blue bag is a a mini book made  into a card for a friend. Will have to show next week.     

Today I wanted to get going on with my journaling, that's what is on the desk. The fuzzy looking page is a gessoed Dylusions page. The writing was not laid  out well. The phrase for all of you straining your eyes is "smile it raises the wrinkles". The page above was another moment of " ???? To do" and so I tried out a new stamp made of sponge. Found it in Tuesday Morning a Claudine Helmuthone, not so good.  

On Sunday I visited my friend, Deanie, who had had a lumpectomy on Monday. We have met once a month for over 10 years to create both all kinds of crafts and chit chat. OK aka gossip. I decided I need to work on beading when I visit her …

WOYWW 31 what a week

Here is my desk. i started to clean it up and remembered there was a  digi card I needed to make for the subdivision ladies Christmas lunch. So I quit the tidy up, very much needed after several days of mini book making. The first mini was made with a paper from Tuesday morning, cheap and dark with no contrast on each side.  I rushed over to Tuesday Morning recalling double sided paper and found some that was stronger and decided to buy  as it is only $1.99 for 20 sheets. The two pink spotted books are some of the ones made with this paper.   It is quite horrendous but since the pages are covered with bits and pieces it should be OK.  The mini books are made from folding.  The one on the right uses no glue.  My friend Deanie had a lumpectomy Monday so one of the books was used as a card. it was stop and start with the "how to" video.  I cannot remember what they say while the video runs.  it's like being in one of those silent movies where they are all chasing around!


Today i can see the top of my desk. I managed to complete a few things on my to do list and catchup. So i feel happy about that. Next, I saw someone called Dawn make a wallet out of a 12x12 scrapbook doublesided sheet so I plan to give it a try. Expect blue air to cross the Atlantic as this is a video and there seem to be no patterns. Here is my desk; to the left some stamps bought andused to make Sympathy cards. To the right is my Art Journal Calander page. This month I am going to just write each day without set little squares and see how it goes. This may be very creative or a frigging mess
There were other projects that grabbed my time like this birthday card for a friend this Friday. Hope friend Kay does not read my Blog. It's a surprise card for her hubby Art whose Birthday is 11/1, All Souls Day so I used a Day of the Dead theme and some craziness . The green is the envelope and this is the card. It was 12 x 9 watercolor paper. I made several layers of stenci…

WOYWW 229 Bad Week

Do not. Seem to be able to do any thing this week except cook. My muse seems to wander and never sticks with anything. I managed to complete so of Tim Holtz class but not too much mostly embossing. Th many tag backgrounds. I am trying to get a handle on the Samsung GS4. i cannot answer phone call as I seem unable to swipe when it rings. The phots taken on it do not fly off to a cloud or even Picasa. Here is the work space. My brother in law died Sunday morning and i have not made progress in making a Sympathy card. George was a very sweet loving man. He was ill for a short time and I. Found out from a post on FB. I called and tlked to my sister . Shewas in shock but hadher kids and grand kids with her. She does not use a computer. Long time since I sawthem and strange to think they have grown old while i see them as they where 10 years ago. Well that is it for tonight. Tomorrow will visit everyone. Julia seems to be in. spain having a blast.Posted with Blogsy

WOYWW 228 frustrated

There is nothing like a new cell phone to turn one into a doddering old woman. Last week I bought a Samsung GS4 , my very first cell phone, thinking I had successfully conquered the cyber world and would transfer from ipad with ease. How could I have really imagined that to be true. Well it turns out that verizon was the thorn in my side. The two accounts are as I write separate but the devices share the same passwords etc. after a fruitless attempt to set up MyVerizon I was informed what was not my password etc. The endless pages of numbers codes user ids, and numbers of this that and the other was known. Well to everyone but me. It was sorted after endless hours of listening to drivel, when on hold, about all the devises I should buy. And instead of drowning my exasperation in several glasses of wine i decieded to write my blog. Only thing is my desk is devoid of anything other than junk and is a dump station. A week pf doctor visits has interupted my play time. Doct…

WOYWW. 227 what a week

This week was so busy, again! We started on th painting the bedroom well not we but he. He rejected my offer of help so here it was Saturday. First coat of paint. He started with great gusto and wound down. now just trim and stencil to complete it: bed due Friday. So what have I worked on since Dyan class, why a couple of pages, really to practice lettering. No meaning or deep angst! I just had fun with them. Monday I started Tim Holtz Creative Chenistry 102. He started with his Distress Paints of which I have none so I used acrylics on hand just to try techniques. He called it marbeling and I had tried it once before with my ultra cheap Walmart acrylic paints, more dead than alive. I really do not like the matt finish and think the distress inks are the ultimate fun great media for backgrounds. At some point I may purchase some of his but at the moment no money left in my budget as i bought a Samsung and signed up with verizon. i t arrives tomorrow. The next one is a metal…