Thursday, June 14, 2018

ICAD 2018 - 8-14/61

8/61 - Zebra  
Micron marker and colored pencil.
This is a compilation of two cards from previous challenges with the theme of Zebra. The quote is mine.  

9/61 - Chevron
KOI and Prima watercolors, Micron marker.
This is based on an afghan that my grandmother crocheted for me when I was in high school.  Her stitches were much more precise.

10/61 - Trap Door
KOI watercolors, Micron marker, and twisted straw wrapper for the clothesline.

11/61 - Coffee or Tea
Background colored with Mermaid marker.  Flowers are repurposed sewn tea bags.  Leaves are cut from coffee sleeves.

12/61 - Magic Wand
Micron marker and colored pencil.

13/61 - Cobblestones
"Slow down, you move too fast.  Got to make the morning last. Just, kickin down the cobblestones.  Lookin for fun and feeling GROOVY."  Simon and Garfunkel

14/61 - Flamingo (or in this case Flaming O)
Zig Clean Color Brush Markers

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Scribble Picnic - 3 Colors

The theme this week was to use only 3 colors.  Though this is not at all like the samples that Michael shared with us, it does only use 3 colors (not counting white which was allowed).  This is the Piping Plover and her chick which are endangered and found here on our New Jersey coastline.  You will often find their nesting areas roped off as their nest is really just a small depression in the sand making it much too easy for predators to find.  As with a lot of animals, the plover's colors help to camouflage it but their eggs and their chicks are often stepped on or run over on the beaches because they are so well camouflaged.  Crows and foxes and some varieties of gulls will eat them.  

Okay, I'm off to the picnic now to check out all the Picnicker's choices of 3 colors.  You can join me by clicking here.  And should you care to join in next week the theme is PLUMP.  

Jingle Belles - Christmas Bells

I'm sneaking in with this bell-laden creation today.  I apologize for the poor photo but the weather here has been less than perfect for picture taking of shiny things and there are some shiny things on this card.  Namely the bells, which were the required element of this fortnight's challenge.  But just so you know, the striped paper and the sentiment are also glittery.  That sentiment might have been better with the green glitter paper, but I was too tired last night to search it out.  (When I do the second one - and I do plan on doing a second one - I will try the green instead.)

I know.  Excuses, excuses.  But in my defense it is the last two weeks of school and we are one tent short of a three-ring circus right about now.  In fact, I think tomorrow I will pull out the red noses just to lighten the mood a little.  And then there's ICAD and Scribble Picnic - which I am happily fitting into these crazy days also.  So, I hope you bear (or is it bare? I can't grammar right now) with me for only having one simple "bell" card to share today.  

I will be heading over to view the lovely creations by the other Jingle Belles participants later this evening.  You can take a look also by clicking here.  

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mini Scrap Collages 134-140/365

While I'm not purposely keeping these to a minimum number of scraps for each, it might seem that way.  Trust me.  I do believe I have enough for the next 225 days.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

ICAD 2018 - 1-7/61

1/61 - Roller Coaster
Micron Pen and Prima Watercolors

2/61 - Fireworks
Posca Pens

3/61 - Tilt-A-Whirl (This is a variety of coleus called Tilt-a-Whirl)
Prima Watercolors and Posca Pens

4/61 - Ferris Wheel
Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Micron Pen, Black Sharpie

5/61 - Queue
KOI Watercolors and Posca Pens

6/61 - Carousel 
Zig Clean Color Brush Markers and Micron Pen

7/61 - Off Prompt (prompt was Haunted House)
Posca Pens and Micron Pen

Mini Scrap Collages 127-133/365

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Scribble Picnic - CLASSIC

It's picnic time again.  This week the prompt is CLASSIC and I may be breaking the rules again, but I'm going to combine my Scribble Picnic entry with my ICAD entry for the day.  The ICAD prompt is CAROUSEL.  Okay, so reading this perhaps you would be expecting a CLASSIC CAROUSEL and had I not been so blinking tired I might have endeavored down that path.  But alas, it's the last few weeks of the school year and they truly are exhausting as we race to the finish.  So much has to get done before the students and staff leave, but I'm not going to waste any more time here describing chaos.  Instead I will tell you that I revisited this prompt from the first year that I did ICAD. That card was a collaged card with a similar story without the CLASSIC part.  

To this card I actually added/illustrated the CLASSIC Ice Cream Truck mentioned in the story of Carowl Sel.

To Michael and all the Picnickers - I hope you don't mind this little bit of rule breaking.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the CLASSIC creations for the picnic this week.  You can check them out too by clicking here.  

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ready, Set, GO - ICAD 2018

Tomorrow, June 1st, ICAD (Index Card A Day) begins and will run until July 31st.  This will be my 5th time taking part in this challenge.  I'm planning on posting one week's worth of cards at a time, including the prompts for the week and the themes.  

It's a fun challenge run by Tammy Garcia at Daisy Yellow.  The rules are simple...... and there's only one.... you must use an index card to create on, not specialty paper.  It can be any size up to 4 x 6, lined or unlined, colored or white.  You can prep them with gesso or go commando.   You can follow the prompts and/or themes or not.  The goal is to create something each day.  Do them all or do as many as you can.  This is very "life" friendly.  You fit it into your life.

Don't think you are an artist?  I've seen beautiful paintings, drawings, collages, mandalas, and mixed media of all kinds and all levels of ability.   One person wrote a short story - adding a bit to it each day on a new card.  Some practice lettering skills, some write poetry, some make marks, some stack and staple.  There is no right way or wrong way to do this.  You just do it.

Grab a pile of index cards, some art supplies - whatever you have on hand....crayons, pens, highlighters, pencils, paints, anything.  I've even stamped with cherries before, and let me say that there's beauty to be found all around.  Even in the ring left by the coffee you spilled this morning.  Put and index card under your cup just in case.  Drop your used tea bag on a card and when it dries, look for shapes and patterns to highlight on it.  

Think about joining in the fun.  You can share your cards on instagram, on your blog, on the ICAD facebook page.  No stress necessary.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mini Scrap Collages 120-126/365 (3 of 3)

All caught up.

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Mini Scrap Collages 113-119/365 (2 of 3)

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Mini Scrap Collages 106-112/365 (1 of 3)

No, I haven't abandoned this project.  I just fell a little behind in posting and, yes I'll be honest, creating them.  My internal calendar (if there is such a thing) has really been off lately.  It's funny, because I do keep track of the days at work.  But days just keep on flying by so fast and I think I have so much more time to get things done.  There are 18 days left of school with staff and students.  This last week was one of those that was chock-filled with events and an upswing in mishaps and mayhem and the next 4 weeks will be a race to the finish line.  

I've kept with posting only a week's worth in each post which means there will be 3 posts to catch up.  If you're following along, thanks for sticking with me on this.

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