Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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.


Sunday, December 29, 2013

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 movie, tag is on a black a white ghost print.

prompt 4 is "a home made gift to treasure forever".  This tag is about the afghan Lynne Kelly crocheted for me when i retired.  

Prompt 5 on the left is" baked with love" so here are my favorite goodies

 Prompt 6  is  "then and now" favorite holiday tradition, forget now, then it was the visit to Santa's grotto! 

And Now Thanks to the Magic of Blogger the photos are out of order!
Below is Prompt 10 a "favorite Holiday song".  I like the drinking version of  12 days of Christmas. 
On the right is Prompt 12 "Decorations of Gold".  Love the fairy on the top of the tree and  antique glass ornamants.

Prompt 14 the "Craziest Holiday Ever", my first of 40 with Chris, spent on the island of Jersey.  Thomasina the cat saw you to your room and checked it when you were leaving.

Prompt 15 the "Word of the Year".  One is never enough!

Back cover at top and accordion pulled out.  It is a better technique for smaller books this is about 10x10 inches.

prompt 8 was "Who do you Miss".  My friend Wanda who introduced me to crafting and was oh so much fun.  Christmas was her favorite time.  

Prompt 9 was to make a holiday mandala "In the round".  Not really my thing.  I made it with Dye cuts 

Prompt 11" Traditions", my favorite was the tree and the magic, that remains  created out of a tiny 18 inch tree when i was a child. 

The observant among you will note there are only 13 prompts.  I missed out #7 to show a handmade gift to make in an hour and #13 to doodle/zentangle an ornament.  Zentangle is way out of my interest zone.  It requires too much  repetition and precision.

So hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and are ready to craft your way through another year. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

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.


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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 crazy affair.

So what is on you workspace check Julie and trip around the globe.

And so to bed

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


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 decided to use the milliontabs made so far.
2 thing to do or need this month.
3 illustrate quotes from favorite holiday movie.
4 a hand made gift to treasure forever.
5 favorite cookie recipies replaced with seasons favorites.
L to R 6 favorite holiday activities then ( and now....forget this). Then it. Was visiting Santas Grotto. Do you rember all that, endless waits a quick whisper to Santa and a crappy gift.
The holiday Mandala is actually 9 and Mandala are not me you have to have some ocd genes for this stuff . So 8 is "Who do you miss"....my friend Wanda, who got me crafting, she loved Christmas. She passed several years ago.
So that is the week in review, a frenzy of crafting and angst and tearing up and oh so much fun. So on wards. Activities will be curtailed by seasonal socializing. Too much going on next week.
Now run over to the divine Miss Julie at http//:stamping-ground.blogspot and see what its all about.

PS i do hope. The photos shape up they have grown!


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.   

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


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, the book is the story of his search for those roots and is set in the area we visited.   
We saw the famous Green Jays and the Chachalaca, a large chicken like bird with a shrill call when threatened.  The whole are is along the banks of the Rio Grande and is swamp and tropics heavily guarded for Mexico is across the river and it is the territory of the dope lords and gangs.  Often a mist hangs over the park and all you hear are the birds.  

So not much of anything craft or artsy this week.  Oh yes I ordered Gelli plates from Dick Blicks on Cyber Monday but NO special deal for me. 

Now on with the laundry 

Have to tell you I bought several dozen Tamales from Delias,  they are the best.  Very spicy and tasty.  

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