Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jingle Belles - Pink Christmas for the Cure

Each October the Jingle Belles run their Pink Christmas challenge. The requirement - the color pink has to be prominent on the card.  The prize - they will donate $2 each for each card to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  How can you resist entering with a prize like that.  Having fun, getting ahead on your Christmas cards, and paying it forward to research.

Here's my first card for this week.  I experimented with a little bit of Fuchsia Colorburst on watercolor paper. The little scarf-wearing penguin is from Unity Stamps.  I usually avoid glitter, but the urge to give that oval some kind of frame pushed me into glittering it.  I know.  It's a bit of a mess, but it'll do.  

So all my card-making friends out there, and even those of you who don't normally, but would like to give it a try, why not give this challenge a go?  I know you've got it in you!

Check out the gallery so far by clicking here.  
Edited to add:  The total donation for each card is $4.  Love those Jingle Belles Hostesses!

LBI Kite Festival 2017

The kite festival was the second week of the month and I've forgotten to post these pictures.  It was a warm day for October.  Still shorts and t-shirt weather, but humid it sure was.  You can't help but be happy watching all those wonderful, colorful kites.  We sat and watched some of the competition too.  

Picture heavy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Scribble Picnic - Fill in the Blank

We're back at the picnic this week with a "fill in the blank" challenge and these are the blanks.

I chose to create a little steampunk inspired garden and left it in black and white.  

I may decided to give it a little color in the future, but for now, you'll have to use your imagination.

Time to head over and see what all the other picknickers have filled in their blanks with.  You can join me by clicking here

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Inktober 2017 - Days 8 - 14

So I started out the week with an ink drawing of one of the coolest kites that we saw last weekend.  I only wish I had video'd the movement of this one because it actually looked like it was crawling with all those folds and legs.  (Note to self to video if it and we are there next year!)

Looking for something in my photo files, or was it on my blog....., in any case this is inspired by a photo that I took several years back of a lonely swan sitting on the edge of the bay.  I wanted to add orange to the beak but I talked myself out of it.  What do you think?

I keep seeing these advertisements on Facebook for these name mandala necklaces and thought I would give it a try myself.  It took some measuring, but it was fun.  Hmmmm....... Christmas gifts??

So as I was getting my breakfast ready Wednesday morning there was a rather eerie pink glow outside that got my attention.  I glanced over the the east and the sky was streaked with oranges and pinks, lavendars and blues.  We have a lot of trees surrounding our house here so this is the best I could get of that colorful scene, but it served as my inspiration for my drawing that evening.

Although my trees are sans leaves, I like the way this came out using India inks for my sky.

Someone posted a photo of an osprey on Facebook.  The bird looked to me like a Halloween forebearer with his head dipped down and his right talons raised.  I really should have started this drawing higher to get all of the tail in also.  Lesson learned. 

And how was your Friday the 13th?  We had a pretty wacky one at school.  This background was made the other day with the leftover India inks from the sunrise picture.  I was looking up how to spell triskaidekaphobia - the fear of the number 13 and found that there was a word that meant the fear of Friday the 13th which was all the more relevant to that day.  A little lettering practice in ink.

October means pumpkins and so let there be pumpkins in India ink.  Some problems with perspective here and a lesson learned to thoroughly clean my brush before changing colors so I won't get that orange hue in my aqua sky again.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jingle Belles - Dreaming the Embossible Dream

Those Jingle Belles are so punny.   The "embossible" dream.  Well, I can't seem to get enough of this Hero Arts background stamp which lends itself so well to heat embossing and using Color Burst and I thought it would make a great van Goghesque background for a Christmas star.

I wrapped that embossed panel with some silver stretch cording purposely skewing it a bit before I added the star popping it up with some dimensionals.  It really is more sparkly IRL than it looks here.  I added a clear jewel to the center to complete it.  

I think I'm going to have to step up my Christmas card production a bit because I'm a little behind at this point.  I can't imagine where I'd be though if I didn't take part in the Jingle Belles challenges.  They really do make the holidays a lot less overwhelming knowing that I have a head start on my Christmas cards.  

Now it's time to go and check out all the other "embossible" dreams.  Join me by clicking here.

Inktober 2017 - Days 1-7

I'm taking part in Inktober again this year and I'll be posting my ink drawings one week at a time.  There are prompts but you don't have to follow them.  You can set your own theme or choose something totally random which is what I've opted for.  The only caveat is that it be done in ink.  To me that includes markers, ink pens, gel pens, and pen and ink.  

Day 1 - A scene from Hello Dolly which I was lucky enough to get to see on October 1st with friends.

Day 2 - A rose in remembrance of the sadness caused by the Las Vegas shooting. The tendrils representing the many lives that were touched and changed forever.

Day 3 - The Yankees won the wild card game putting them in the playoffs.

Day 4 - Combined with the prompt from Scribble Picnic - BLANKET.  Our little guy sleeping with his blue blanket.

Day 5 - Inspired by a weather radar map showing the flutter of butterflies migrating over Colorado.

Day 6 - An owl lantern that HWNSNBP and I picked up at the Christmas Tree Shop.

Day 7 - One of my favorite kites we saw at the LBI Kit Festival.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Scribble Picnic - BLANKET

We're supposed to bring a BLANKET to the picnic this week.  My first thought was a baby blanket so I sketched my favorite baby and his blanket using part of a photo his mother had shared with me. 

I've been doing the Inktober challenge also so I used a Micron to pick up those sketched lines and then some Papermate Flair pens I scored in a great sale this weekend just to color the blanket. (The set of 24 at AC Moore regularly $29.99 was on special for $10 and I had a 25% off coupon on my total purchase including sale items, so I was a really good deal.)

There's nothing more peaceful, in my book, than watching a baby sleep.

I'll be venturing over to the picnic to check out all the other BLANKETs soon.  You can too by clicking here.  Next week is a fill in the blank challenge so think about joining in the fun.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

End of September Wrap Up

Finding the most color in this month was easy.

A couple of cards that Rachel asked me to make for her housemates and one extra for my mother's birthday card.  I am in love with the Hero Arts background stamp from their September release.  I embossed the swirls with clear EP on watercolor paper and then added some Color Burst randomly. The leaves are from Unity and they are embossed with black EP and then colored with Color Burst.

We couldn't fish because of the weather on Labor Day weekend so I painted one instead.  This is a 
 a Chilatherina Alleni, also known as Allen's Rainbowfish. A new species found in the Amazon reported by the WWF. 

A little addition to my 3.5 x 5" sketchbook.

The band that played the last concert of the summer at the dock on Pirate's Day was Sounds of the 60's and this is their van.  Very 60's don't you think!

And there were many sunsets that were memorable this month, but this one tonight kind of captured all the colors.  

Good night and good bye September.