Monday, September 16, 2019

T Stands For Stencil Smooshing Technique!

"Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted"  Matthew 23:12 Memory Verse for Week 4 of Revive Our Hearts Esther Bible study.

Today, I have been playing with an acrylic paint technique and an  oxide inks technique.  I will show you the one with the oxide inks.  This was done for our Try a New Technique Challenge on SplitcoastStampers today.  They directed us to this tutorial,  which I watched while doing this.

I applied gesso to my cardstock first.   Then I applied the oxide ink direct from the pad to the stencil.
I did this with four different ink colors and three different stencils.  After I applied  the ink to the stencil, I  spritzed it  with water a couple of times.  Then I laid the stencil down on the paper.    I did each stencil and even on top of the other, but I dried in between; I just dabbed with a paper towel.

Then I cut the paper down to the size  I wanted.  I chose where I liked the design best.  I will have leftovers for another card.  

My finished card:  I  added the piece to a turquoise base and added a thank you die cut. I want to play with this some more! 

For Elizabeth's T Stands For Tuesday over at Altered Book Lover, I have these photos for you.  I have been wanting to walk around this pond at a local shopping center.  A friend and I had lunch there, and then walked around the pond.  She took the photos for me. :)

 There is an island in the middle of the pond, and that is where the waterfall and little bridge are.
There were heron, too, but she didn't get a photo of them.  However there is something on top of the bridge.

And here I am with my water from lunch. :)

Have a wonderful week!  I am having fun in my craft room, hope you are doing some fun things, too.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, September 2, 2019

T Stands For Toilet Paper Technique!

"Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 4:14   (Week 4 Scripture Memory for Revive Our Hearts Esther Bible study)

Good afternoon blog followers!  Happy Labor Day to those in the USA and in Canada.  It is so quiet around here.  This morning there was no traffic out when I took my walk.  So nice!  Since we are retired, and our family lives far away, we have no special plans.  However, tomorrow, we will celebrate 53 years of marriage!  We have a special walk planned and maybe out to eat. I will share that next week.

I am joining Try It On Tuesday with a couple of projects for their In My Garden Theme.
For this card I began with a gelli print.  I stamped right on it in Memento Tuxedo Black and die cut with Sizzix stamps and dies.

 Next I used a scrap of  paper, that I think I had sprayed with Memory Mists for another project.  I thought it looked the color of clay pots, and I wanted to paper piece them on my project.  You can see here where I had already die cut the pots out.

Next I used a new technique for a Alpha Challenge on SCS to use toilet paper or the roll somehow on your project.  I put this toilet paper right on the ink pad to ink it up and then applied it to my card base for a background for my cacti, which by the way were in my rock garden at a previous home.  I thought this added some great texture.

This is the result.  This is my first submission for Try It On Tuesday.  Also, I will submit it for the Technique challenge for our Alpha Challenge, and the Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS.  I cased a lovely card by asweetjewel aka Julie.

 Close up to show the little cacti and their pots.

Close up to show the texture and gel pen detail.

I hope the recipient likes her free hugs.  :)

My second project for In My Garden theme  for TIOT is this little bookmark/tag which I am also submitting for our Stamp2Spend Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

 This was an image stamped on one of the tags I did last week with the sanitizer and oxide inks. 

I played with some die cuts from SU! Stylish Stems Framelits dies.  I finished with gel pen accents and fiber.

Now for my drink related post for TSFT over at Altered Booklover, where Elizabeth hosts this Tea party!

In July we had a ladies Bible study luncheon.  I just loved their decorations and discovered a new tea and just have to share it with you.  Those little suitcases are so adorable, and everyone had a different teacup!

Downton Abbey Tea!  I didn't know they had such a thing!  But of course it just makes since!
And I loved it.  I guess they have several flavors, too.  This was a Christmas one.  I even love the container! :)

Have a great week.  Happy T Day to the T Gang!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love to hear from you, too.

Monday, August 26, 2019

T Stnds For Sanitizer Technique

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but... against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12   (Week 3 Scripture Memory for Revive Our Hearts Esther Bible study)

Hello blog followers!  How are you today?  Finally, after some rain yesterday, it has cooled off some here!  

I loved this technique for our Mixability challenge on SCS, a couple of  weeks ago,  given us by Ky to use sanitizer with our medium. I mixed oxide inks right from the ink pad, like TH does, and sanitizer on my glass mat. Then I swooshed my watercolor paper into it.

I used lots of different combos of inks to see what I liked best.  Even did some tags, but haven't done anything with them yet.

  I loved this one, and cut it down. I stamped Rubbernecker tulips on it and stamped this sentiment on it. I backed it on a scrap of 12x12 that I had been using in scrapping. 

Thanks for looking. I am sure I will be making more cards with all the backgrounds I got from playing with this.

I hope I have inspired you to try this super easy new to me technique. Everyone has hand sanitizer, and you can use it with any medium.  I just did it with oxide inks.  You could try it with Brushos, Color Bursts, or just experiment with other mediums.  I just happen to like playing with my oxide inks. 

For my drink related post for TSFT over at Bleubeard & Elizabeth's at Altered Book Lover  is the following.  

We rarely go to I hop, like maybe 2 0r 3 times in the last 20 years.  But we tried this one near us, because they keep advertising chicken & waffles, which I just have a craving for since being introduced to such a thing this past year!  LOL  And, they have a senior discount, too. I finally remembered to take the photo before we ate!  Hubby, got some Italian crepes or something.

I hope you have an awesome week!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy T
Day to the T Gang!

Monday, August 19, 2019

T Stands for Time for Crafting

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but... against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
                  (Week 3 Scripture Memory for Revive Our Hearts Esther Bible study)

Now that the big project of 39 challenges for Dare To Get Dirty is over for another year, I have been trying to concentrate on scrapbooking again.  I am so far behind. We have scrapbooking challenges on Splitcoaststampers, too.  In case you don't know by now, I spend a lot of time on the Splitcoaststampers community.  There is so much inspiration on there for whatever you do, cards, scrapbooking, art journaling, Bible journaling, and all kinds of other 3-D projects.  Plus there are so many chat forums, tutorials, swaps, and just friends on there.  Between that and blogging, I have made so many cyber friends!  I am talking about you!  :)

Today, I will show you what I have been scrapping:

I used a lot of stash for these pages, that has been in my stash for more years than you can imagine.
That giant ampersand is from a plastic drawer of chip wood letters, as was the WSU letters.  Only, the ampersand is sponged with Pistachio Oxide ink.  The panel under the photo and the TH die cut letters are also sponged with that oxide ink.  I thought it matched that scrap of ampersand paper I found in my stash! The camera, ice cream cones, and brad were from a kit I got at Scrap Expo last Summer, from Scrap That.  

  I didn't ever finish showing you photos of my Colorado trip.  This is the day we actually went into Rocky Mountain National Park.  Here is a selfie of us.

We were going to go hike around Bear Lake, but the all the parking lots in that direction were already filled, and they were turning away tourists from going any further in that direction.   Don't go in July, as that is their busiest month.  We usually go in May or September, and had never run into this problem before.  So, we went another way and visited the Alluvial Falls which we never had done, before.  We walked the Alluvial Fan Trail, which is noted as Easy.  It was, but hard enough for us.  

A dam break is what caused all of the debris.  The boulders are huge that you walk around, some as big as cars.

Because I am joining Bleubeard & Elizabeth over at Altered
Book Lover for T Stands For Tuesday, I am posting this photo.  We may join her and other bloggers for TSFT is  we post a drink related item in our post. :)

We ate at the Other Side Restaurant at Estes Park, when we came down out of RMNP that day.
Hubby had a club sandwich and I had their wonderful special of strawberry & shrimp salad.  You can see, I pushed aside the cucumbers because they don't agree with me, and I forgot to tell them to hold them. We also had our water in a lovely decanter and fancy glasses, and I had homemade rolls with my salad. 

Thank you for stopping by for a look.  Happy T Day and have a great week.

Monday, August 12, 2019

T Stands for Totally Done With DTGD!

"He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber." Ps 121:3  ESV

(2nd memory verse for our Revive Our Hearts Esther Bible Study)

Yes, I am totally done with all the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges on SplitcoasStampers!  It is still going on if you want to take part.  They are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of  The Dirty Dozen, SCS's design team, so they opened the challenges up to all on SCS.   Every year about this time the Dirty Dozen, past and present members give the Fan Club about 30 or 40 challenges made up of fun techniques, and  special folds, and even some are non paper challenges.  This year it is for all  registered users,  and not just those who join the Fan Club on the site. I will show you my stash I now have or had, because I already mailed out at least three of the cards.  But the good news is I now have a good collection of Christmas cards for this year already made.  

For the challenges, I made 11 Christmas cards, 1 Christmas critter, 1 Christmas tag, 2 anniversary cards, 7 birthday cards, 3 thinking of you cards, 1 thank you, 1 get well and 12 for anything I want to use them for.  I had a blast learning to techniques, using some older techniques.  Several of my cards were using prints I got off my gelli plate.   I also learned that some of my alcohol inks were old!  I even had a purple one crackle and explode when I tried to squeeze drops out.  I had purple hands the rest of the day!  Yes, I forgot to wear gloves!  I learned some new folds.  
Notice the card at the top.  It is a tri-box card.  The one in the middle is a pull up card.  I made a critter and a tag that I put in a couple of my goodie plates I prepare for friends and neighbors at Christmas.  

Now for a drink related post so I can join our hostess, Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover for our TSFT Tea Party.   Thank you Elizabeth for doing this so we can all get together!

 We recently ate at Abuelo's Mexican restaurant.  We usually don't eat Mexican as it plays havoc with my dear husband's digestive system.  But, we had a coupon! LOL

My view, if I stood up beside us.  We had a divider so we really couldn't see the other side of us.

Love their d├ęcor.  Interesting and fun to look at while we ate.  This was my view over my husband's head.

Lovely dinner.  We actually had raspberry tea instead of our usual lemon water.  That was because we had a coupon and the second entry was free if we each had a drink.  We do like raspberry tea, so it was a treat. I had a Chimichanga, and he had an enchilada.    Also, here, you can substitute garlic mashed potatoes ( or they call it papas con chile. )for the rice, and I even also substituted for the refried beans!  (Yes, I had a double helping of those potatoes, because I don not like the rice or the refried beans!) They also have Seniors lunch specials all day.  Nice to know these bits of info!
Oh, and reporting that my dear husband was not ill after, but he was very careful, and did not eat any salsa with the chips!  I think he avoided discomfort this time!

Thanks for stopping by, and for your encouraging comments.  I hope you all have a great crafty week!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Second on the 2nd & Winnings

Hello blog followers!  I wanted to join Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover for Second on the 2nd.
We are to blog a past blog post for a second time.  I think it is kind of a neat idea.  But first, I have to show you my winnings from a live scrapbook class with Alice Boll.  We all got together online and scrapped  and then she had a drawing.  I won a Wild Hare kit.  I hadn't heard of them before.  You go to their site, and complete a form of what you like, what you are scrapping, and they custom make the kit for you.  So this kit  was custom made for me to scrap my Colorado photos, in my colors.  Really fun that they do this.  I love the papers they sent.  It is all printed on both sides, so you have a choice. Lots of die cuts and embellishments.  That was my happy mail today!

@thewildharekits  Love , love the embellishments, & even a stamp set!

Here is my post from September 2nd, 2013, just in case you missed it. :)

EMS Challenge 48: Canadian Sunrise

Going to be a busy week this week, so I am posting a day early. :)  Tomorrow, we will celebrate our 47th anniversary, and later this week I will be going to my 50th HS reunion!  Oh, my goodness!

 I did this simple  page for a challenge at Even More Scrapping!   I loved Cheryl's sketch for these photos, which are from a cruise we took in October. The paper is from Adventure the World Awaits {with foil}pad from the Paper Studio. I used my SU! letter die for the title and numbers from CTMH Golden Years for the date.   Does my title look like it is on ocean waves?  Well, I took these photos from the top deck at 5:55 am and we were sailing. :)

I don't know how you all do the second.  I copied and pasted.  If you want to actually go to it.
Here is the link.

Thank you for stopping by and for your comments!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, July 29, 2019

T Stands for Trading ATCs

"He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber." Ps 121:3  ESV
(2nd memory verse for our Revive Our Hearts Esther Bible Study)

Trading ATCs was so fun!  That is how we celebrated TSFT's 6th anniversary for those who don't know.   Our hostess for TSFT is Elizabeth over at Altered Book Lover.  Elizabeth I think the photos of our ATCs meet the requirement for my drink related post.

I got mine this week from Lesca!  I can't wait to show you this fabulous ATC with it's own envelope decorated , also!   I love the papers she used.  Coffee and Cake for T day! I tried photographing with both my camera and iPad, but couldn't get the true colors, which are teals in the cups and panel behind the cups, and the gems sparkle more IRL, too.  Maybe she will have better photo of it on her blog.
Isn't it wonderful?  Every little detail on it.

She also sent me goodies!  I love the arrows, and picture using them on scrapbook pages!  And she even sent me a die.  Thank you Lisca, so much!  You are amazing!

  Isn't that llama adorable, and I even like the pink envelope that the ATC was in.

Next, I will show you the ATC that I sent to Eileen.  I have only done a few ATCs before.  This is not as elaborate as the one I received. :)  I used TH spray inks on watercolor paper, then stamped the Irsh Blessing on it with TH distress ink.  I die cut the tea cup and put on here, and stamped "6th" on, and added the tag.  Also, I flicked some gold FSJ silk on, and added a teabag charm.  

Do you want to see some more Colorado photos?

Here are some of the path that I walked around Lake Estes, Colorado.  It is 4 miles around, but I didn't go all the way.  I just went a ways both directons from where we parked.  I walked 3 miles.  Hubby walked some with me and then waited on a bench.  I took a photo with the zoom on of him when I got to the other side.  I wasn't even sure it was him until I got home and looked at it on my computer.  It was him.

Beautiful view walking around the lake.

It looks like a street, but this is the walking/bicycle path.

That is the Stanley Hotel, that I could see, but with the zoom on.  The historic  Stanley Hotel  is what  inspired Stephen King's   "The Shining" and then a movie with Jack Nicholson.  The movie wasn't filmed there though.

There were several of these signs, along the way.  Watch out for elk!

Isn't this a beautiful place to walk?

Lovely walk!  I miss Colorado! At home we are already back to mid to high 90s.   I went walking today, and as it rained last night, it was humid and buggy this morning at 7.
Thank you all for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this post, and have a lovely week!  Oh, and thank you all for your comments, and advice about my photos, and files etc. last week.  I do save them in a certain folder when it asks.  July goes into July.  I still don't know why my camera asks me the date every time.  It didn't do that before.  And for some reason if I skip that step, no matter how I save it, it puts it in a file in 1980!  But now I at least know where to look! LOL
Happy T Day to the T gang!