Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Card 2014

As promised, this is my 2014 Christmas card.  I kept it simple this year.  Stamps are Impression Obsession. The die cut ornament is Sizzix.  I used Tim Holtz distress inks.
I also said I would post the shaded version of yesterday's Zentangle page from my art journal. After making a couple of batches of caramel corn and some toffee, I finally sat down to finish it.
May you have a warm and very Merry Christmas!
Blessings,
lynda



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Some Doodles in my Art Journal, and a Christmas candy rescue mission

I didn't feel like getting into any of my myriads of projects,  as I was feeling really tired. But there was my art journal, beckoning. So I grabbed a couple of my Zendoodle pens and sat down at the dining room table.  This is what emerged....
That was Friday night and I finished it up Saturday morning before shuffling off to Buffalo to see Granddaugter #1's Christmas dance recital.  It is now Sunday night, and I'm even more exhausted.  We had a great time at recital and with the kids and grands today.  Played games, read stories, watched a movie, and this afternoon Faith, the girls, and I rescued a batch of Christmas toffee that had gone terribly awry.  I'm awaiting the verdict as to the success of this rescue mission.  It's amazing what you can do with some melted chocolate and crushed candy canes.  I gotta say, I was not just a little intrigued with this challenge.  I love a good fixer-upper!  I'm wishing for a piece of it right now!
  
I will add some shading to this as soon as I can string two words together coherently and keep my eyes open longer than ten minutes.  I will post the shaded version on the blog tomorrow, along with this year's Christmas card.  I think everyone has theirs by now.

Blessings, 
lynda


   


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Embrace Change Sketchbook Page

So, I'm new at the sketchbook thing.  Trying the whole challenging myself to try new things, to stretch my horizons and step out into new territory.  So, it's fitting that this page is about change.  I'm stepping outside of my comfort zone here.
This is for the Sketchbook Challenge on Flickr.  I stop by quite often to admire the talent of the artists.  I'm intimidated, but decided to jump in anyways.  Joyce Meyer says, "Do it afraid!"  That's my new motto.  I am working on not letting fear hold me back.
I love all things fall, so leaves and fall colors are right at the top of the list.  I was naturally drawn to this challenge.  This is my second attempt at the scetchbook thing.  Not spectacular. I have a long way to go, but it's a start.  I will become better at letting my inner artist out, but one step at a time.
I found some gorgeous leaves outside and pressed them in a book. I used them as a guideline on drawing the shapes and coloring.   I used my Micron pens, and Tim Holtz distress inks to warercolored the page.  I'm not very good at lettering, but this, too, will develop.   Practice, practice, practice!
It appeals to me, this art sketchbook.  It's a form of journaling, and I love journaling.  I'm finding that by combining my art with my journaling, I go deeper and thoughts and ideas emerge that I was not aware of.  
Change....hmmm.  Good?  Bad?  How to handle it?  Where is God in it?  All things to journal about in my writing journal.  The art has helped me open the door to my thoughts. 
I hope you'll stop by at the Sketchbook Challenge on Flickr and check out the wonderful art there!
Let me know what you have tried lately that you've been putting off out of fear of not feeling good enough.  And if you still haven't done it, I encourage you to take the leap and do it afraid!  It is very freeing!
Blessings,
lynda


Monday, August 4, 2014

My Favorite Magenta Stamp Challenge


I had fun with this challenge.  My daughter gave me a Starbucks mug for Mother's Day, and it has a removeable insert that you can decorate with whatever you want.  As I was thinking about this challenge at Magenta Style http://www.magentastyle.com/search/label/Défi%20%2F%20Challenge I happened to look at the mug still sitting on my craft table, waiting for just the right artwork to go inside. The stylized dragonflies are my very favorite Magenta stamps, so I decided to use them, along with some decorative hand lettering (I'm just beginning to get into that, and have a long way to go), and some hand drawn leaves.  I watercolored the finished design with Tim Holtz distress inks and a water rush.
 



This last photo is the insert before I put it into the cup...just so you could see the whole design.

I love stamping and combing my stamps with my drawing and lettering.  Now I need to start working on a fall insert for my cup!

Happy stamping,
Blessings,
lynda











Sunday, August 3, 2014

Card Challenge

"J" is for........ This week's Monday card challenge at http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=1778

       When I saw this challenge, I thought of jade, the precious stone.  I did a little research, and found some interesting information about this lovely greenish gem.  
       Symbolic energy and beauty, the traditional and the modern are combined in jade in a particularly harmonious way. And in gemstone therapy it is said that jade 'stimulates creativity and mental agility on the one hand, while also having a balancing and harmonising effect.' 
I read that it symbolizes balance, harmony love, and inner peace as well.
       So this beautiful gemstone brings us joy, vivacity and happiness all at the same time – and what, in our times, could we possibly need more?

       In my card, I used Tim Holtz distress inks on an acrylic block, spritzed with water, then pressed it onto he card stock to achieve the different green and blue tones.  Some of the more valuable pieces of jade, I read, have variances in the green hues, and slight nuances of blue and white, so I decided to use that for my background.  
I used a Crafters Workshop stencil to sponge the swirl in evergreen bow ink, which really makes me think of a jade ring I have.  Using a  lack fine micron pen, I wrote some of the qualities jade is said to impart along the swirl areas.
A couple of Tim Holtz clear stamps for the butterflies, and some pearls finish it off.


     Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to stop by the Simon Says Monday challenge to check out all the great submissions.  And here's a link to my friend Arlene's blog, where she entered a card using "Java" as her J word.  http://www.sundaystamperpapercrafts.blogspot.com/2014/08/well-you-know-how-i-love-coffee.html
Have a great week!  Blessings,
lynda

Monday, June 23, 2014

Watercolor Friend Card

The Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/ has a challenge going on called You Gotta Have Friends, and they are showcasing Art Impressions stamps this week.  I made this card for the challenge over on their blog.  Stamps are from the Art Impressions clear watercolor series.
I am also entering it in the Watercolor challenge at the Less is More clean and simple blog http://www.simplylessismoore.blogspot.com/2014/06/week-177-theme.html  .  I rarely keep things clean and simple on my cards, but I used as much restraint as I could muster for this one.
Stop by these blogs when you get a chance and check out the other creations...maybe even enter a card yourself!
Blessings, 
lynda


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Distress Markers and Zentangle

Our card ministry group met yesterday.  I wanted to travel lightly and not have to pack half of my craft room, so I brought my Micron pens and journal to work on some Zendoodles.  

For this page I started with a template a friend had made from a Spellbinders die and I traced the butterflies, overlapping  the bottom two.  During the crop, I tangled the insides of the butterflies with patterns.  I added the Einstein quote this morning.  I am not thrilled wih my writing, but am working on lettering techniques, so thought I would just dive right in.  This is the first page of my new journal.  I haven't decided if it's going to be a zentangle journal or a lettering journal.  Maybe it will be both!
I decided to add some color, so pulled out my Tim Holtz distress markers and a water brush.  Since the Micron pen is permanent ink, I just started adding color with my markers and used my water brush to blend.  Here is the finished version:
Have you tried Zentangles?  This is an easy way to get started.  Just trace a template shape, or stamp an open image, and tangle (doodling with patterns) inside the image area.  For more information and ideas about Zentangle, go to www.zentangle.com.

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
lynda