Thursday, August 9, 2018

What Do You See?

What do you see?  There's a name for this.  Pareidolia.  Seeing faces or images in other things.  Woodgrain is one place to look for such things.  Like the door to the exam room in my cardiologist's office.  What do you see?

I see a face with large eyes and ears.  I also can see dancing aliens holding hands.

Below is the view of the entrance to the school I work in.  Do you see the man hanging out there?

At certain times of the day, when the light is just right I see the man.  Otherwise, I know what I think is his head is a flower pot, his shirt the dark mulch, and his arm is the downspout.

Traveling to visit Rachel a few weeks ago we got stuck in heavy, stop-and-go traffic and I happened to look up. 

What do you see?

I see the head of a pig from the side.  See, I always knew that pigs could fly!

And what might I find under this mushroom/toadstool?

A little gnome and his rabbit!  

Okay.  You know I put that there I'm sure.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Feel Better

A couple of people I know needed a little perking up after recent surgeries.  I have a small pile of unfinished card elements on my work table and decided to put some of them to use.  On this first one I had used this beautiful stamp gifted to me by my blogging friend Sabrina.  I apologize as my photo did not seem as dark when I edited it.  But don't you think it came out nice?  I stamped the image in Crumb Cake ink and then used markers to "watercolor" it. 
This giraffe stamp is from Unity and it comes with a different sentiment that I masked out.  I used a SU sentiment on the outside and inside which I thought fit it well.

Summer is really flying by and there's so much more I want to accomplish. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Jingle Belles - Banner Inspired

In case you've never visited the Jingle Belles, below you will see the beautiful blog header that is theirs this year.  Our mission this week is to let the banner inspire our cards.  

I happened to look up from my work table to the area where I keep my paper and paper cutter and sticking out of the scraps was this crazy chevron-like paper and a scrap of the reindeer paper.  What did that remind me of?  I was wracking my brain whilst working on something else when it suddenly came to me.  This week's Jingle Belles challenge.  This was as I was getting some things ready to take along for an extended weekend.  So they sat there until we returned yesterday at which time I took some self-imposed vacation time up in the stamp cave to finish this up.  (Currently watching Doctor Foster on Netflix - she's an odd one!) Then, when I came down for some nourishment, I promptly forgot to post it.  But here you have it at last.  

I know you cannot tell from the picture that those deer have some gold sparkle to them, but I did see something just now that I hadn't realized was there before.  The words "Jingle Bells" are faintly on the paper and I didn't put them there.  Serendipity!

That tree is die cut from a sheet of SU balsa wood which I'm not sure they carry anymore, but it does work well with dies even as intricate as the tree.  

Okay, okay, quickly over to post at the Jingle Belles.  And now since I've shown you the header if you hadn't seen it yet, take a look at the rest of what's there by clicking here.  You know Lauren and Steph never disappoint with their wonderful creations.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

ICAD 2018 - Complete

It's the first day of August and I happy to say that I am officially done with ICAD for this year.  I did fall behind a couple of times, this last week being one of them, but I hunkered down and got them all finished.  As with any lengthy project, there were some days when I wasn't particularly inspired, but I did move forward with something to get to a total of 61 finished cards (62 if you count my title card).

Let me show you the last 5 days and then pictures of the cards from each month together.

57/61 - Twister
For no particular reason, I started twisting and saving the wrappers from straws I've gotten with various drinks these last two months.  I used some of them on this card.

Prima watercolors, twisted straw wrappers

58/61 - Favorite Color
Although it's my favoriet color, it's my least favorite card.  We were away for the weekend and although I had art supplies with me, I opted to try something simple by cutting strips of a paint chip and letters from the same chip.  I apologize BLUE.  It doesn't do you justice.  I will have to think about revisiting this one.

59/61 - Staple
My goal was a 1-Staple collage using some of the ephemera that I've accumulated this summer.  It was that coffee sleeve that put a monkey wrench into that - a little too thick for one staple.  I'm being honest here.  There are three staples holding this together.  Paint chip, coffee sleeve, lottery ticket (loser of course), candy wrapper, wristband, die cuts, and a snippet from the tag on some flowers we planted in our barrel at the condo (which unfortunately just recently were eaten by something).

60/61 - Wish
The words are from a song I think those of you from my generation will remember from the Wonderful World of Disney.  

Zig Brush Markers 

61/61 - Telescope
So as I said in my Facebook post on the ICAD page - 
It's time to leave Planet ICAD. The visit here has been eye-opening, encouraging, educational, and socially satisfying. My telescope points me in the direction of more artistic explorations. Until next year.................

Prima watercolors and gel pen

Here is the collection from the month of June.

And the month of July.

I keep my ICAD's in clear, zippered pencil pouches that I found at the $Tree (the polka dots are only on one side).  Every time I come across them in the store I always pick up one or two because they are perfect for holding these cards or supplies for other small projects and being that they're clear, I can see what's in them and they are protected from the elements.  Good to grab and go too.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

ICAD 2018 - 50-56/61

Tomorrow it will be August and I am done with this challenge, hooray!  I will post the last of it tomorrow as I play catch up with my posting.

50/61 - Radio
Zig Brush markers and Micron

51/61 - Mint
What's your favorite?  Peppermint or Wintergreen?
Posca Pens, Stabilo Markers, and Prismacolor pencils.

52/61- Postage
All recycled materials.  Stamp, inside of security envelope as background, portion of address label (smaller butterfly), flowers cut from the envelope flap of a recent thank you note, and grass cut from an audition card.

53/61 - Cassette Tape
Despite what HWNSNBP thought it said (he has seen the light) it's supposed to say MUSIC.

Derwent Inktense pencils, Micron

54/61 - Tide Pool
I really had fun with this one and only regret that it's on an index card which won't take that much water, but I loved a picture of an anemone that I found while googling tide pool and just had to give it a try.

Derwent Inktense pencils, gel pen

55/61 - Network or in this case Net Work
My initial idea was to try a schematic of a sharks brain as it was shark week, but in looking for an example, I kept coming up with a meme that compared what a shark's brain looked like to the internal female anatomy and decided not to go that way.  Since I was a couple days behind at this point, I thought this would be the easy route.  Needless to say, I have a newfound appreciated for macrame illustrators.  

Posca Pens, Stabilo markers

56/61 - Typewriter
I love to type, but I really didn't want to pay homage to a typewriter as typing is a big part of my job.  The quote is mine.  Years ago I made a necklace with keyboard keys for a fellow employee.

Stabilo Pens

I'll have my last 5 cards and a round up for you very soon.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Wedding Card #1

Rachel recently asked me to make her some cards.  She has 3 weddings and a shower to attend in the next couple of months.  This is the first of the wedding cards that I made for her.  I got my inspiration from a card that I saw on Pinterest made by Melodie Viljoen.  Hers was so pretty in pink, but I went the white and silver way for the occasion.

And inside I simply added................

Cardmakers, do you ever wonder about the amount of work that you put into a card for certain occasions?  I was going to make 3 of the same card for her, but she said they knew each other and I wondered that anyone else ever sees the cards that people get for weddings and would it matter.  I plan on trying 3 different ones but the question still sits in my mind.  

When you make or buy a sympathy card for someone, do they display it?  Weddings and showers - do people leave them out where others can see or are they tucked back into envelopes or bundled in ribbon and stashed away?

I'm not going to stop making cards because of the thought of someone tossing it away, but I'm rethinking simplicity.  I can make something simple and beautiful or elaborate and beautiful and maybe some occasions should be more on the simple side.  

What do you think?  

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

ICAD 2018 - 43-49/61

Hard to believe it's been 7 weeks already and a little more than a week to go.  Making time for these has suddenly become a challenge.  Some other things crept up on me including a little bit of a sideline for some dental surgery.  Still, I persist and will finish.

43/61 - Window
My rendition of part of a stained glass window.

Zig brush markers and Micron pen.

44/61 - Fringe
Using what I could find in the condo.  After a visit to AC Moore an idea struck me when I found this fabric for $1.  I knew at that point I was going to tear it to get fringe on the edges but I didn't quite know what I would use the strips for.  Looking around I found some cording and embroidery floss from a long ago project, and also some paint chips, and TA DA!

45/61 - Candyland
I kept thinking lollipops and they appeared.  Well, no they didn't just appear, but they were fun to do.  One is different than the others.  Can you tell which one?

Zig brush markers and Prismacolor pencils.

46/61 - Tie Dye
So I scribbled some brush marker on an index card, wet it with a paintbrush and then smashed that onto another index card.  I tried two different color palettes and in the end couldn't decide which one I liked best so I cut one up and added it over the other.

Zig brush markers.

47/61 - Love
I pondered this for a long time.   Whilst there are many things that I love, people are what I dearly love and I wasn't going that route.  Instead took a line from our wedding song and strung it with hearts.

Stabilo and Micron pens.

48/61 - Camera
I used the inside of a security envelope for the shutter.  The background was done previously as an experiment for another prompt that I didn't use. 

Zig brush markers, Micron pen, and pencil.

49/61 - Landscape
This was inspired by a photo I took back in May of a sunset looking down the street I live on.  Both the photo and the original of this are much more vibrant in real life.  And the trees had a lot more branches, but at this point I was playing catch up. Still, I think it came out well.

Derwent Inktense pencils, Micron Marker.

If you're wondering about my 365 day project, I haven't given up on it.  Goodness knows I have enough scraps for more than 365 days.  I've fallen behind on preparing the ovals what with summer activities and get togethers.  I will catch up with that too. Promise!