Monday, July 22, 2019

T Stands For Trip Photos

"The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord:  he turns it wherever he will Proverbs 21:1" ( Our memory verse for  our  Revive Our Hearts Esther Bible Study.)

It is time for TSFT again!  Warning:  Photo heavy post!  I have trip photos for you today, but I think I will string them out over a few posts.  We just got back from Colorado.  In fact last week's post was scheduled because I wasn't here.  And it worked!  I just couldn't comment on the T Gang's posts until I got back.  So, that is why they were late.

But first, I have a journal page to submit for Art Journal Journey.  Their theme this month is We're All/Going.  So, my page goes with my photos this post.

We're All Going Hiking/walking:

At some point this is what my page looked like and what I used. But I kept adding stuff, and the only reason I stopped adding was because it is time to post!  I stamped the trees from 'rubbernecker stamps  I added some sentiments , too.  I am not good at listing products used, because I just start playing and play with everything, and no telling what ends up on the page!  I am not a planner.  My husband is, but he doesn't craft. 

 We went to Colorado to cool off!  At the bottom of the mountain in Lyons it was 92, by the time we got up to Estes Park, it was 68!  Heavenly!  Below are photos of deer going through in front of our cabin the next morning.  We have been going to Estes Park and staying at these same cabins for 50 years, this month.

I did remember to take a photo of our lunch in Estes the second day.  Yummy!
For TSFT over at Elizabeth's Altered Book Lover, you can barely see our water in our Pepsi glasses.  This is one of our favorite places to eat at in Estes.  A little ways away from the tourists track.  A lot of locals eat here.

We  love Colorado, and enjoy even walking around downtown Estes.  Our cabin is above Estes, and is actually in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  It was there before the park took in that area, so it was grandfathered in.  

This path goes from the cabin right into RMNP.  I didn't walk that far this time, but have in the past.

This morning walk is  a lot more enjoyable than at home!

I never get tired of this scenery!

Here is the actual Trail Head for Beaver Meadows in Moraine Park in RMNP

8 years ago, last time I hiked up here.

Above is Eagle Cliff.  We used to climb that every year.  The last time I climbed it, was 8 years ago at age 65 by myself!
Beautiful view from up there.   Here is that beautiful view!

 And the view without me in it!

Anyway, I would be afraid to climb it by myself now, and hubby is not a hiker.

Looking back towards Estes from the path. (zoomed in )

Ok, I am not electronically smart.  Two things, I can't put these photos in order on my blog, and they are not in order in my laptop either, because my camera is acting up.  It all of a sudden wants me to set the date every time I take a photo.  If I say skip it, it then puts it in my laptop in a strange place and I have to go find them!  I am thinking that I need a new camera and laptop or a new me! LOL

Have a happy Day everyone and to the Tea Gang, Happy T Day!

Monday, July 15, 2019

Happy 6th Anniversary/Birthday to TSFT

Can you hear me singing?  I hope not!  We are celebrating Bleubeard & Elizabeth's 6th year of doing T Stands For Tuesday!  I have had such fun since I started linking over to Altered Book Lover  to celebrate T Day!  I have gotten to know so many bloggers from all over the world!  If you ever want to join in our T Days, just post to your blog a drink related post, and then link up on her blog.  Elizabeth has been so gracious to hostess us each week!  Thank you,  Elizabeth & Bleubeard of course, too!  Some of us will even swap ATCs this week to celebrate!

So,  here is my drink related post.  I am sitting here doing this post drinking my Twinings Lady Grey!  The reason it is sitting on my Big Shot is because I have been going through my stash of cards looking for one to send a friend.

The reason I wasn't here last week, was because I was busy hosting our Virtual Scrapbook Challenges on SplitcoastStampers,  and also participating in the Virtual Stamp Night for cards. I posted 6 scrap challenges, and also did  16 card  challenges!  I have a photo for you for all the cards and a rock, and separate ones I already put in the mail.
I was using them almost faster than I was making them! LOL

One challenge was to paint a rock!  LOL  Another was a slider card. ( the one with the fairy on the robin)  I used alcohol ink backgrounds I had made one day when playing, on several of the cards.  On the snail mail card, we used a Fossilized Rock Technique.  I will have to demonstrate that on one of my future posts!

This was a sketch challenge.  

I hope you enjoyed looking at these cards.  I really had fun doing the card  challenges!  Our theme was Rock Star.

My scrapbook challenges had a theme of Scrap Fireworks.  We just got our inspiration from different scenarios surrounding 4th of July.  I gave them a color challenge for red, white & blue, for example
You can play these challenges for the whole month of July if you are a scrapper. Just click on the link above.

Lastly a few photos of my walk I take every morning.  Not along the Rhine, or a lake even!  And bad photos too, as I am having problems with my camera, or the operator!  The best photos were the ones my camera wouldn't take! LOL  First the batteries weren't working, but I jiggled it.  Then my memory card was full!  LOL

a cemetery

the funeral home of the cemetery

The path no longer overlooks the cemetery here.  The path is actually an up and down, and curvy.  So not only do I get my steps, I get some exercise, too.

Sometimes, I actually go over and walk in the cemetery; it is so pretty and peaceful.

That is my post for our Celebration Tea Party!  I am scheduling this, so hope it works!
Thanks for stopping by!  I will probably be late! But I hope I remember to link this after it posts, and to put my asterisk by my name!  I do want to exchange ATCs.
Have a great week!

Monday, July 1, 2019

T Stands Another Technique

"The king's heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord:  he turns it wherever he will Proverbs 21:1" ( Our memory verse for  our  Revive Our Hearts Esther Bible Study.)

Hello to my dear Blog Readers.  I have been playing with alcohol inks!  We had a challenge on SplitcoastStampers to make a card with an alcohol ink background.  I got very messy!  I only have a few bottles of the ink, but love the colors I do have.  I put it on some yupa like paper; it is a synthetic paper.  When you put the inks on it and add the alcohol blending solution, it really spreads. I also use a Tim Holtz blending tool to move the ink around, or you can even blow threw a straw.
On the first one, I had already cut, so had to lay back down together to get a photo.  You can see that I even played with my alcohol lift ink.  You ink up a stamp (dragonfly) with the alcohol lift ink then stamp it on the alcohol inked panel, and it lifts off the ink and you have a dragonfly.  Love this technique!
Here are the two sheets I did :

I made the card below out of one of the turquoise panels.  I die cut the sentiment out of silver cs and the 13th are rub ons.  I also added a punched flower.
This was for a semi local scrapbook store celebrating being in business 13 years.  By semi local, I mean it isn't very far from me, but it is in another little town near here.

We are also celebrating TSFT (T Stands For Tuesday) over at Bleubeard & Elizabeth's over at Altered Book Lover.  We just include a drink related item in our posts and we link our blog post over there.  Then we all have a giant international tea party with Elizabeth as our hostess!

We had a coupon for buy two dips of ice cream and get another two dips free at our local BR baskin robbins.  So, of course hubby and I went for ice cream this week, as we love ice cream.  We both got dips of the Gold Medal Ribbon flavor, which had chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.  It was recommended by the clerk.  Then he got a  peanut butter chocolate flavor which I would usually get, but  got the  Upside Down Praline instead!  They have so many flavors to choose from!  So good!

 As we didn't even have our usual lemon water, I took a photo of their drink machine as we left for Elizabeth!  Hope that counts! :)

Thank you all for stopping by!  Happy T Day to the T Gang!  Have a great week, everyone!
Happy 4th of July to all my USA friends!

Monday, June 24, 2019

T Stands Tag & Card

"Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made the haven and earth." Ps. 124:8

Hello Blog Visitors!  Today I have been creating a tag and a card for a couple of challenges.  The Tag is for Tag Tuesday and our theme is Wings.  I am combining it with a Try a New Technique Challenge of SplitcoastStampesr to make a Floral tag card.  We even had a video to look at.

Here is my tag:

I used SU! Whisper White cardstock & SU! Rich Razzleberry & Sweet Sugarplum inks.
I used the following stamp sets by SU!:  Fast & Fabulous, Special Reason 
The sentiment and the leaves are die cut with SU! Stylish Stems die cuts.  The oval is die cut with Sizzix oval die & the butterfly with a Memory Box die. I die cut the top of the tag with SU! Two Tags die, then just cut it the length I wanted it.  I added rhinestones to the centers of the flowers and sprayed the whole thing with Shimmer Sparkle by ImagineCrafts. 
The stamp set is a two step.   I stamped the first stage with the lighter ink, then the outline in the darker color.  I used my Misti to get them lined up.
I Then stamped my card the same and added the tag to my card.  I couldn't get the photo to show all the glimmer.  But it is very sparkly.

That is what I have been doing today.  Now for a drink reference for TSFT over at Bleubeard & Elizabeths at Altered Book Lover.  We have so much fun every Tuesday,  head over a visit us  and join us if you can with a drink related post.

Over the years I have made a lot of Tea themed cards, and here is one I found a picture of in my archives::

Short & Sweet today.  Thanks for stopping by.  Happy T Day to the T Gang.

Monday, June 17, 2019

T Stands for Art Journaling & TIOT

"Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made the haven and earth." Ps. 124:8

Hello blog visitors!  So glad you came by today.  I have been working today on a Art Journal page for Art Journal Journey's theme  this month which is Words To Live By, and also for Try It on Tuesday's theme It's A Man's World.   I was inspired by the Father's Day card I made for my husband.  On the inside of his card it says I am enjoying the scenic route, being a part of your fan club!  He has taken me on a lot of trips, but just it is not just the trips I refer to, but  the journey through life together!

Really I just played.  I am not really much of an art journalist, as much as someone who just likes to play with different mediums and techniques!

Here is the journey with this piece:
First I put down a map from an old atlas on  my page  and applied Liquitex Matte Gel over it.

After it dried,  I applied Oxide stamp pads directly to the page when dry as part of another challenge on SplitcoastStamper.

I then sprayed water on them. Oxides do fun things when you spray with water.

 I pressed bubble wrap into the inks, as part of another SplitcoastStamper Challenge.
And Then I stamped my words with black Versa mark sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat embossed. 
 The words are from this set I got for 50 cents at a craft garage sale at a local scrapbook store in April!  They didn't have labels on them; I spent a whole afternoon putting lables on them.  50 cents was cheap for all the entertainment they gave me.  trying to figure out what they were so I could label them! 

Next,  I stamped my men's stamps from Mrs. O'Leary's Artful Illusions with Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink.  I wanted to add texture, so I applied Heidi Swapp art screen ink through Rebekah Meier stencil. 

For the finished product, I flicked Fun Stamper Journey silks on the page: gold, Electric Lime & Cool Pool.

Here is the finished product:

I guess you can still see the map!  Here is a close up.  But the sparkle from the silks don't show up.

Lastly, my photos for my admission to T Stands For Tuesday over a Elizabeth's at Altered Book Lover.

A lady at our church always does such nice centerpieces at our ladies Bible study dinners.  These were from May's.  If you look closely, you might spot a drink, even a baby bottle! LOL

I think I have babbled on for long enough!

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a super week!  Happy T Day to the T Gang!