Saturday, March 23, 2019

Squareathon - First Half

I decided to take part in Mel's Spring Squareathon sponsored by and @experiencetruecolors .  There are 16 prompts spanning March 15-30 and they must be in square format - media of choice.  I chose to use a new Pink Pig sketchbook.  

Day 1 - City of Gold
Done with Gansi Tambi Starry Colors and Posca Pen.

Day 2 - Mountain Melodies
Done with Prima watercolors.

Day 3 - End of the Rainbow
Done with Posca Pens and Prima Watercolors

Day 4 - Strawberry Fields Foreever
Done with Gansi Tambi Pearls

Day 5 - Secret Sunsets
Done with Prismacolor Pencils and based on one of my own photos.

Day 6 - Treasures of the Tide
Done with Prismacolor pencils and Micron pen

Day 7 - Made of Stars
Done with Gansi Tambi Starry Colors, Micron pen, and Prima watercolors.

Day 8 - Flowers in Your Hair (or that which I am calling "Don't Paint after 11 PM".  Especially since HWNSNBP's first observation was that this is a funeral and he wasn't trying to be funny.

I am trying to work a day ahead so I don't lose steam on this one since it only runs for 16 days.

Friday, March 15, 2019


Pictures from the last month or so that I haven't yet shared.

Trying out new art supplies:  Flair Pens - Candy Shop Colors.  I was enabled by an e-mail that I got at my school address from one of the art suppliers that we use.  I did not know that there were Candy Shop Colors so I checked them out on Amazon and it was amazing how fast they jumped into my cart.

Our old door project.  This was our old back door that I refused to get rid of.  (Our front door is painted the same color.)  It was supposed to be hung 5 years ago when HWNSNBP turned 60, but it was not on the priority list (his, not mine).  He finally figured a way to hang it up without a lot of hardware and stress - something called a French cleat which he made out of wood.  The window panes are supposed to house photos. Unfortunately, he only decided to finish this 3 days before the baby shower at which point I had relatively little time to prepare pictures for it.  Soon!

I had this scrap piece woven from my birch bark wrapping paper sitting on my work station for, let's say a long time and it kept shifting, so before it totally fell apart I figured I'd better put it to use along with some leftover die cut pieces.  

This was the Valentine's Day card that I made for our grandson who is very much into Paw Patrol.  Though these are not official Paw Patrol character stamps, I think they fit the bill okay for an almost 3-year-old. 

And after the shower I needed some downtime so I pulled out this 500 piece puzzle I got as a gift from a friend and dove into it (in part because my dining room table was cleaned off from the party).  I love puzzles but sometimes I get so engrossed doing them that I wind up staying up late.  That didn't happen with this one because it was really too difficult to do with artificial light and at the time, it was still getting dark pretty early so I forced myself to walk away when my eyes were straining and felt pretty good about that.  I'd really love to run my hands through those buttons!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jingle Belles - Fa la la la la

One more musical card for the Jingle Belles challenge this fortnight.  I apologize for the poor quality of the picture.  I accidentally left my cell phone in Delaware this weekend and I had been relying on it for pictures so much that I neglected my little point and shoot's battery.  I have two batteries and the spare had just enough juice for one or two quick pics before that one faded out.  This was the best.

This cute singing birdies stamp was a gift from Sabrina and is perfect for this challenge.  I was looking for some music background paper and came across this layered-looking sheet in these non-traditional colors.  I knew these were going to be bluebirds!

Speaking of bluebirds...... look who came for a visit the other day......

and someone who was "drunk in love with himself"...... he fell asleep in the mirror!

Stop by the Jingle Belles if you can and check out the concert going on.  I'll be heading there soon.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Happy BIrthday HWNSNBP

Spring Forward

I had some time to color last Sunday so I colored a bunch of these.  The outside stamps are from Unity.  The embossing folder is from Michael's.  It was a great way to unwind after a very busy week.  

Don't forget to Spring Forward!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Mini Scrap Collages .,,,, a continuation 204-224/365

Remember these?  Well, not these exactly, but the mini collages that I started last year as my 365 project.  Last fall it kind of got derailed by a slew of other projects that took precedence with my time.  However, I had cut out and covered a stack of the ovals which have been sitting on my work table as a reminder that I intend to finish this project.  (Especially since I haven't put much of a dent in the scrap box and Kirby and I keep on sharing those Cheez-Its so there will be plenty of ovals.)

I just completed 20 of them and instead of taking individual pictures, clumped them in groups of four.

This brings me to 224 of 365 and before I do anymore I'm going to die cut all the ovals so I can see the progress that I'm making to get to that magic number of 365.  It will be more like a countdown than counting up to in this case.  And I'll probably clump them in groups again - well I may have to rethink that as I started an album on my laptop for these and that's not going to work.  Well, taking pictures is not what takes the longest time so I can still mull that over.  

Jingle Belles - Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Here in NJ we have snow on the ground which, if it came in late November or early December might prompt me into a few Christmas Carols.  Not so much in March. However, I am getting prompted by the Jingle Belles who have asked us to make our cards with a musical theme.  I paired a Unity stamp with the lyrics to O Holy Night (one of my favorite carols) with the starry background from Amuse for this with some additional die cut trees.  

The stars are embossed in silver and the lyrics are in gold.

I have one more idea brewing for this that I hope to get to later today.  See you then!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Baby Shower

Last Saturday we had a small baby shower for our daughter Rachel who is expecting her first child in late April.  It had a children's book theme and all the guests were asked to "bring a book instead of a card" if they wished.  We know they're having a boy and I was thrilled to find the "It's A Boy" garden flag pictured on the front of the gift table a few days before the shower. 
You can see through the windows that we had a little snow that morning.  Just enough so that HWNSNBP had to get out the snowblower to clear the driveway. 

The menu was based on food suggested by children's books.  I made the Very Hungry Caterpillar out of tissue paper and hung it from the cabinets where the buffet began.  Pictured here right to left:  Taco Salad (Dragons Love Tacos), Hummus and Carrots in Flower Pots (Peter Rabbit), Cheese and Crackers (The Stinky Cheese Man).

Right to left:  (starting at the crockpot) Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs), Spinach and Ham Quiches (Green Eggs and Ham), Chicken Salad (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom), and Fruit Salad (The Very Hungry Caterpillar).

For our Desserts (again right to left):  Black and White Cookies [Rachel's Favorite] (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), Blueberry Crumble in Jelly Jars [she's been craving blueberries] (Blueberries for Sal), and Cupcakes (combination If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and the book Cupcake).

We had Goldfish Crackers (Rainbow Fish).

And Candy Kisses (The Kissing Hand /Little Blue Truck).

Here are the parents-to-be.  They are so happy and grateful.

We played one game at the beginning -  Children's Book Emoji Pictionary.  And then after eating and gifts I had a little project for everyone to take part in.  I printed out 4x6 ABC cards that had the letter of the alphabet, a space for a drawing, and the lines for writing the word that went with the picture.  At the bottom was room to put the name of the person who did that page.  Since it was a small group, some of us did multiple pages to get the whole alphabet.  There was a cover page and a backing page.  All pages went into a little 4x6 photo book and we completee "Baby's First ABC Book".

I made these little bears out of washcloths, rubber bands, and ribbon and everyone went home with one of them and a chocolate bar with "HE" highlighted.
I posted the invites a while ago and I had a bunch of the little animals already colored and die cut so I used them to make Thank You notes for them to use.  Kept them very simple.

This little guy was supposed to help his aunt with package unwrapping but he and his mom have had a run of illnesses (including emergency gall bladder surgery for mom) the last couple of weeks and they couldn't come.  We missed them both but understand.  (He's blowing the germs out of his house!)

Friday, March 1, 2019

Happy "Flying" Pig Day

Task of the Day - give words of encouragement to those who need it.  This is the foundation of celebrating National "Flying" Pig Day......... according to me.  And who doesn't need encouragement from time to time?  Actually, we should be doing this every day, but I find it's always nice to celebrate holidays because you usually make a special effort to do so.  

I sent these cards to my "Pig Ladies" this year.  Hopefully they all flew in on time to remind them to celebrate. 

I managed to squeeze these in amidst all the baby shower prep.  But you know I love doing this kind of stuff.   

My thanks to Sabrina for sending me this cute flying pig spinner card.  She flew a very long distance to get here and I love her!

And Dorrie send me this wonderful tote bag and......

a paperback book to read and share with my grands when they get a little older.  (I am so looking forward to reading this on Sunday when things slow down a little.)  Thank you Dorrie!

And I don't think I shared this sweet little flying pig ornament that Lauren sent me this past Christmas.  I couldn't bear to put her away with the other ornaments.  Lauren, you're the best!

Thanks to all my "Pig Ladies" for all the encouragement that they give me throughout the year.  We soar together!