Monday, January 22, 2024

T Stands for Time to Blog Again!

 I thought it was time to start blogging again, as I haven't since August of 2023!  Mia, even reached out to me and ask where I had been!  I just am always so busy it seems.  I have taken a trip to Canada and been to Banff, and other sights in Alberta & British Columbia.  I am sure I will share photos.  Then it was the time of the year for Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the festivities that go along with that.  Also, we have had family come and visit, for which we are so thankful!  Just wish our family wasn't spread all over the place!  I have been leading a Bible study, and also have been hostessing regular challenges on SplitcoastStampers.   And I am crafting quite a bit.  I will share some travel photos as well some of my photos of the junk journal travel journals I made for my traveling companions.

But first here is my ticket to the tea party.  I have missed you all!  I even see new ones.  I will have to go around and visit and get to know you.  Elizabeth introduced me to Bagatelles when I first started reading her blog, and that is where we had lunch last week.  They always have great specials, but you have to get there early!  So we were there shortly after 11.  It was a great day, to go because they were passing out complimentary pieces of Black Forrest cake to everyone!  Wow, everything was so good.  Thank you, Elizabeth!  They are also so reasonable, $7.99 or $8.99 each I think.

Here is where the tea party is: T Stands For Tuesday

We had the enchilada casserole, with roll and soup.  Hubby had pork and Beans soup, (I had never heard of that, but he said it was delicious.)  I had chicken tortilla soup, scrumptious!

Here are some photos of my trip to Alberta & British Columbia.  Gorgeous country!

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia.

Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta.

Lake Louise again

Emerald Lake, in British Columbia, Yoho National Park

Me, at foot of  Takakkaw Falls, British Columbia, Yoho National Park. 

I will show you what I made for the group of girls I went with:  I made each a travel notebook size junk journal.  Each journal was in their favorite colors and each one completely different.  I really had fun creating them.

Waving to all the T-Gang and all my other followers.  I hope to begin to blog more often, but we will see.   Thank you all for stopping by.  Happy 2024!

Monday, August 7, 2023

T Stands for Time in my Craft Room

   6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

I have been in my craft room for quite a while today to make this art journal page for **Art*Journal*Journey* for Chris's Where in the World Challenge this month.  I do not plan out my projects I just start in.  I had found this old ephemera from our 25th anniversary trip to Paris and went from there. I liked these colors of color bursts and prepared my background.  I sprinkled the Canson 7x10" Mix media paper with my powders, too many, and then spritzed with water.  I had a miss!  Then I daubed with a paper towel.  Then I didn't know what I was going to do besides putting on the little map actually of our boat trip on the Seine.  I got the idea then to put what the occasion was with the die cut words and a stamped remember.  I put on the scraps that I tore off, only used the other side.  I put a rub-on in the top left corner and the today's date in the bottom right corner.  I did some inking of the edges.  I think that is about it.  Oh, I added fiber!  I enjoyed the process. And I used my colors!

The rub on IRL is black, don't know why it shows white in the photo.

Anyone read French?

This will be a fun way to remember.  The photos in my album are old school, not digital, so not on my computer.  It would have been nice to print some off to put on here, or just to show them to you at this point.  Maybe someday, will take photos of the photos and put them on here.

It is time to share a drink for TSFT over at Altered Book Lover with Bleubeard & Elizabeth.  They are our hosts for this tea party.  This is from my archives.

Happy T Day to the T Gang!  Have a great week!  See you next time!

Monday, July 31, 2023

T Stands for How Can it be Time for TSFT Already?

  6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

That is exactly what I feel like!  It can't be time already! It seems like I should have more time since it is too hot and humid here to even walk at 6:30 in the morning.  I have a lot more time. It still sneaks up on me.  I missed last week because I didn't even remember till late Tuesday night!

 Most of June and all of July as a hostess for Dare to Get Dirty on SplitcoastStampers, I have been making samples for the 46 challenges and some with multiples of cards.  There were lots of technique challenges, too.  So fun.  So, now that we are done, I can share some cards but not the details because you have to be a Fan Club member to see the challenge details.  It seemed I sent the cards out almost as quick as I made them, but luckily, I did take photos! Apparently, I haven't sent the Christmas cards yet though. But there will be no group photo this year.  Here is just a few:

My personal favorite!  Which card is your favorite?

I guess I better show my ticket to the party over at Bleubeard's and Elizabeth's at Altered Book Lover.  They all kinds of abstract pictures on the wall of the food they serve, and I took all kinds of photos, but just sharing a couple.  We ate lunch there.  They open early in the morning and close at two, so we can get there and eat lunch before they close.  We liked it, and will be going again.  Good food, good service, and atmosphere was a diner. :)  And we found one closer to us!

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week!  See you next time!

Monday, July 17, 2023

T Stands for Ten Years of TSFT!

 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

It is finally time for our big anniversary party for T Stands for Tuesday over at Altered Book Lover with our host and hostess, Bleubeard & Elizabeth!  They have been holding these parties every week for ten years!  I haven't been here that long, but some of the others have been, I am sure. I joined 1/23/2018.  It seems like I have come for longer than that, but I just looked back!  So, I have only been coming for a little over 5 years!  It has been fun, Elizabeth!  Thank you!

Now, let the party begin!  First, I will show you how I made the ATCs I sent out.

I Water colored on the cardstock.  It was a watercolor cling wrap technique.  Puddles of watercolor, then blot with cling wrap. You are supposed to see lots of texture. I did mine wrong, but here is where the technique is demonstrated: 

Then I glued the napkin over that.  Did I get this napkin in our swap last year from one of you?  Anyone recognize it?

Then I cut apart the piece.

I edged each piece with a black marker or ink. 

I then doodled around each one.


Now, to show what I got from my swap partner, who was so generous!  Oh my goodness!  My official swap partner was Mia in Greece! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Fat envelope sent priority!  Wow!

overview of everything!  Maybe those tea bags are my ticket to TSFT!

The ATC is very dimensional, and sturdy!  The one layer is up on dimensional tape. This is so beautifully done!  My photo doesn't do it justice.  She probably has a better photo on her blog. 

Lisca, look I have post cards!  A whole packet, plus a large one.  The one that says Greece is a large post card.  Gorgeous, gorgeous scenery on these cards in the packet!

This journal cover was handmade by Mia.  It is beautifully made.  I will treasure it.  

A note from Mia.

She handmade this child's apron.  But it fits me! LOL I love all the pictures on it!

Here is a close up of the larger post card, and those are book pages in Greek, to use in art. 

And neat napkins, bling, tea, buttons, candy!  It is like Christmas!

Well, I also had an unofficial swap partner because Jan and I know each other on another website: SplitcoastStampers.  So since I made 4 ATCs, we swapped, too.

So, I got a fat envelope from Spain, too!

Here is Jan's beautiful mixed media ATC.  Since it says Time for Tea, this is my ticket today to TSFT, although, I think there are lots of beverage references in this post.  Do you see them all?

These were some more goodies from Jan's envelope!  Beautiful dies and embossed panels.  Thank you, Jan for everything.  I can't wait to use some of these goodies!

This is really turning into a long post.  But I still must post one more thing!

This 8x10 art journal page is for both this month's **ART*Journal*Journey Challenge of 'Come Fly with Me', and our picture of a 10 for our Anniversary Celebration for TSFT.  I think it fulfils both.
I die cut and stamped the number 10, a total of 10 times.  There are ten birds on here counting the Flamingo.  I first put on color bursts powders, and sprayed water on it.  I made a complete mess even though I put down newspaper under the whole thing and plastic under the page.  There will be other pages with these colors! LOL I then put on a napkin with the flamingo.  I am pretty sure this napkin is from our swap last year.  Who recognizes it?  The reason I am not sure is because I was in at least two napkin swaps last year.  After the napkin came the die cut numbers, punched birds and stamping.  

Happy 10th Anniversary to TSFT, & Bleubeard & Elizabeth, and the rest of the t gang! Thank you for stopping by. Be sure and join us over at Altered Book Lover for this great TSFT Celebration!
 Have a great week.  See you next time!