Monday, February 22, 2021

T Stands for Spring is on the Way!

John 13:34  "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." KJV

 We have been so cold this past week that today feels like Spring!  Last Tuesday morning it was minus 17F. Today it got up to 62!  I even got out for a walk. I am so ready for Spring after a week or so of sub freezing temperatures!  But I did stay in long enough to play in my craft room, which I cleaned up a little during our freeze.  I happened on to a  Tim Holtz Facebook you tube video on alcohol inks and lifting.  I have done this before but decided to try it again as I watched.  I put on some inks and then used the lift pad to ink up some Tim Holt stamps.  I think I like the result and it should make a nice card.  My alcohol inks are very old, some of them from RiverCity Rubber Works that was here years ago.  Do you remember them, Elizabeth? 

Here is my photo of my Tea in my Christmas Starbucks cup in my photo of my project, with Tim Holtz in the background.  The cup of tea is so I can join the T Stands for Tuesday over at Altered Book Lover.  The lovely Elizabeth is our hostess along with Bleubeard.  Check in and see what it is all about. 

Below are the two panels I did with alcohol inks, alcohol blenders and Silver mixative on Yupo paper.

Below I stamped with Alcohol Lift ink.  After you stamp, then you dab with a paper towel and it takes the ink off where you stamped.  Then the stamp has ink on it, so you stamp that on something; I stamped on watercolor paper.  Now I have two panels for cards.

Also for the last few weeks I have been working on another junk journal.  They take so much time.

I had made four as gifts at Christmas time and since have made two more.

Here is a couple of photos of my journal I made for the February Dear Julie Junk Journal Challenge.

We were to make a fabric cover.  There were items we had to make, such as fabric flip, fabric pocket, flip flop pages, etc.  We were to have at least one signature ( a group of pages sewn together), 50 pages.  Mine had one signature with 52 pages, that is 13 pages, but each is four, counting each side and front and back.  We were to use a paper pad we had on hand, a no buy challenge.  This is first time I used a hard book cover.  In other words I took a book a part, then covered it and sewed my signature into it.  I covered the stitches with the lace.

The digital pages I used were Julie's .  I earned them for finishing the December Challenge.

I am just showing you the cover and some of my favorite pages.  I spare you looking at all 52! LOL

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay warm!  Happy T Day!


Iris Flavia said...

Wow, I never heard of that technique - looks wonderful, especially with stamps!
A wonderful journal.
Have a happy T-day

J said...

Morning Sharon, you’ve been busy with your junk journals, the cover is beautiful with the lace.
I haven’t finished my post yet, got carried away with other things and now we have a ton of logs being delivered within the hour so I will be late.
Pleased to hear it’s warmer for you, those temperatures were scary being so cold
I like your alcohol lift, I have a pad but haven’t unwrapped it yet , only had a couple of years!!!
Happy T day
Jan x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow Sharon, that lift off technique is wonderful. I've never seen anything like it before.

Lots of T Tuesday and Second on the 2nd participants have been taken to River City Rubber because I showed where several of my friends and I went there a few years ago. I had no idea they sold AI's though, because all I saw were lots and lots of rubber stamps. Here's the post:

I adore your junk journal. It's wonderful. I think you did a great job. I love making them, too, but my pages aren't as vintage and colorful as yours. I use REAL junk, like old dress labels and book pages. Yours is truly awesome.

I am in love with your Starbucks mug. It's fabulous. I love trees, especially at Christmas. Thanks for sharing the lift off technique, pages from your incredible junk journal, and your Starbucks mug with us for T this Tuesday, dear Sharon.

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, your craft desk is so tidy unlike mine 😉. Looks like you had fun with those alcohol inks and the resist worked so beautifully. Loving your journal too, the fabrics and pages look so amazing! Happy T Day wishes! Hugs, Jo x

Mae Travels said...

Here in Michigan we had extreme cold for a week or so, and today is warming up -- but for us that means approaching 40 degrees, not your nice high temps!

be safe... mae at

Divers and Sundry said...

These temperature extremes have been quite a shock to the system. I've never seen that particular Starbucks mug and like it very much. Festive! What a gorgeous book! Happy T Tuesday :)

Linda Kunsman said...

Beautiful fabric journal cover and pages Sharon! I remember that River City manufacturer;)Haven't played with the alcohol inks in awhile...
Happy T day!

Kate Yetter said...

I love the watercolor effect that the technique produces. So pretty. And the paper you have used in your junk journal is lovely and reminds me of the regency time period. Those journals are works of art for sure.
Happy Tea Day,

Lisca said...

I'm glad for you that the temperatures have increased a bit. Hang on in there. Spring is on its way!
That is a cool technique. The results are amazing.
What a fun junk journal you have made! I do love that cover.
I bet you had fun making it.
Happy T-Day,

CJ Kennedy said...

Awesome book and a beautiful cover. Happy T Day

My name is Erika. said...

Wow Sharon, you've been busy. I love your peeks of your junk journal. The cover is gorgeous too. I also love the peek of your play space too. I hope you had a wonderful T day. Hugs-Erika

DVArtist said...

You have been busy Sharon. I agree I am ready for what we call summer here. Really lovey pieces. You create so beautifully.

Linda G said...

Sharon, I love your junk journals! So pretty, and a lot of work!!!

I used to take classes at River City Rubber Works all the time!! I made quite a few Christmas gifts there and was heartbroken when they had to give up that barn and land!!! I wonder if we ran into each other, but weren't yet acquainted???

I threw out all my alcohol inks -- I ran out of ways to use them. Now I wish I had them. No wait....I'm trying to downsize my crafts, so I'll simply enjoy YOUR projects!!!


Aracelli Merla said...

Wow, Sharon, this is beautiful. Your work is amazing. You have been very busy. I am going to have to look into junk journals. You keep sparking my curiosity meter. I apologize for not being around much, but life tops paper. Thanks for sharing your creative genius with me. Stay healthy, happy and strong.