Saturday, June 30, 2018

ICAD 2018 - 22-28/61

This week seemed to be a little more abstract.

22/61 - Sky
HWNSNBP had come in at dusk and remarked about the number of lightning bugs, aka fireflies, that were out and so I stepped out and tried to take a picture of them but was unsuccessful.  This is sky through the trees with lightning bug trails.

Mermaid markers and gel pen

23/61 - Castle
Every castle has turrets and a sand castle should probably have turret shells.

Colored pencils and Micron pen

24/61 - Jetsons
So I decided to do a 3-D of Rosie the robot maid the Jetsons had.  I used scraps of card stock and a couple of daisy die cuts for her hat, collar, and apron.  She is stapled to the index card.

Mermaid marker background and cardstock scraps

25/61 - Tangerine
A very abstract interpretation of the segments of a tangerine.

Mermaid marker, Zig brush marker, ballpoint pen

26/61 - Meerkat (Not) 
So I thought I'd use that gem shape again (or the card that I had started with it) to make into meerkat faces and that was just not turning out.  So I opted to make them into colorful pods instead.

Zig brush markers, Micron pen

27/61 - Magic Carpet
This card is completely covered with woven washi tape.  I worked on a teflon mat which made it easy to set and lift the washi tape as I wove it.

28/61 - Garden
We don't have any lupines in our garden but we have had a comeback of the daylilies that the deer have decimated in the past.  

Watercolor pencils and Prima watercolors

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Jingle Belles - White Christmas

Our Jingle Belle challenge this time involves cards that are predominately white.  I almost missed this deadline (yet again) as I've been very distracted these last couple of weeks.  Last week was the last week of school for the students and staff and there's always so much that has to be done before they leave for the summer.  It didn't help me that I have a "staycation" scheduled for this week and though I have a list of things that I want to get done, there are still so many distractions.  You know, like when the weather is so nice that you just have to get outside and weed rather than hide out in the stamp cave.  Things like that.  

But I managed to get upstairs and pull this together taking liberty with the shades of white that I was using.  The dove is recycled from a card that we had received from my cousin and his wife who now live in Indiana.  He is a minister and for several years their Christmas cards featured doves and I've saved every one of them.  The ribbons came out of my scrap bag and the wooden snowflake is shinier IRL but I just might have to give it a coat of something a little more glittery before Christmas.

Trust me, it's just the lighting.  There is no gray to that lace.

I think I set a personal record for the time it took for this card.  If I didn't forget that I have a little craft iron upstairs I could have saved some time setting up the iron and ironing board to tidy up that ribbon.  See how distracted I am.  Or would you call it focusing so much on getting something done?

I took a peek and there are some beautiful white creations on the Jingle Belles blog including the gorgeous samples that Lauren and Stephanie provide for inspiration.  They just take my breath away sometimes.  If you feel like getting a little breathless yourself (without too much physical activity involved) click here and you'll get a real treat.

Scribble Picnic - CRUNCHY

CRUNCHY - the sound of biting into many things.  In this case, it is the sound made by the foot of the Chee-toe monster whose toes and feet resemble (and taste like) those infamous crunchy Cheetos snacks which is how, of course, he got his name.

So I was going to bring something CRUNCHY to the picnic this week.   And I did find a recipe for Cheetos cookies which are supposed to taste like a sugar cookie with a sweet cheesy bite.  But I held back for a few reasons:  1) the recipe is in grams (yes I know I can convert it but did I really want to go through the math?), 2) if I bought a bag and did not use them all, who would wind up eating them (someone who thinks he resembles Tweedledum lately), and 3) who would eat them (because although I would definitely try them, I'm not in work this week so there would be no one to share them with as HWNSNBP is not a sweet eater).  Then again, I could have mailed them to the PICNICKERS but I don't have any addresses.  So you have the link to the recipe to try for yourselves.

And now, it's time to see what other CRUNCHY things are going to be shared at the Scribble Picnic this week.  You can check it out by clicking here.  And with the 4th of July being next week, we have a week off and will resume in two weeks with the theme of STARS.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

ICAD 2018 - 15-21/61

15/61 - Sea Green
Prima watercolors, Micron marker, and gel pen.
I learned afterwards that the quote is from a member of NIN.  

16/61 - Superhero 
We  weren't home and I could not come up with a superhero other than my husband and did not want to  make a cartoon character out of him so I gathered scraps of what was in my travel bag and made a medal for a superhero.

Posca pens and collagey stuff.

17/61 - Path
I was thinking arteries and veins were the pathway to and from the heart but someone told me this looks like it could be a path in a Dr. Seuss book.

Koi watercolors and Micron pen

18/61 - Suitcase or in this case Suit Case
I made the mistake of looking at the ICAD Facebook page too early in the day and was blown away by the suitcases that were being shared so, not wanting to possibly have that influence me, I went a different route.  A case of playing cards with all four suits showing along.  And I named them Portmanteau Playing Cards as that's another name for suitcase.  (I know, pretty twisted.)

Colored Pencils and Microns

19/61 - Legend
All, or mostly all flowers have legends that go along with them and this is the legend of the tulips.

Zig Clear Color Brush Markers and gel pen

20/61 - Greeetings From
Well, if you follow along you'll know that this doubled as my entry in Scribble Picnic this week for the theme PLUMP.  

Colored pencils and Micron

21/61 - Treasure

Things that I treasure most are people and intangibles.  I am not one for jewels, but this was what I wanted to draw for this challenge.  I actually had the entire card full of those jewel shapes but it was taking so darn long to color them, layering the metallic colored pencil and adding the marker facets that I decided it would be okay to have them partially cover the cloth.  The cloth was another story unto itself.  The color I wanted to use was available in my Mermaid Markers, but that proved to be so fluid that it bled into the jewels (left side about 2/3 way down) so I had to scrap that.  Then I tried the Zig brush markers and there's an oopsy there too, but I spent way too much time on this already so I wasn't going to start over.

Metallic colored pencils, Zig Brush markers, Micron marker

This is a exercise in trying different things out and I like that, but sometimes I wish the quality of the paper were better so the materials that I want to use look better.  I do find that there is even a difference in the quality of index card depending where they've been purchased.  The cards I'm presently using came from a pack I bought at the $Tree and they are, at the same time, porous and waxy in places.  Some people choose to prep their cards with gesso before they start, but I haven't done that so I will continue with these or try to find some of better quality that I might have tucked away somewhere.

If you're following along with these posts, I'll just remind you that you can always start up at any point during ICAD.  There's no formal requirement for anything except that you use an index card for the base of your "creativity".  I won't say art because that puts some people off.  They say "I'm not an artist!"  And that may be true.  I don't consider myself an "artist", but I do know that I'm creative and that most people, if not all are also creative.  You create when you cook or bake.  When you organize things you are creating calm from chaos.  When you write lists - creating.  When you read you are creating images in your head.  When you build something, or plant something you are creating.  

And the things we can use to create are almost limitless.  Magazines, junk mail (you know we all get it), wrapping paper, tissue paper, receipts, hang tags, staples, crayons, ballpoint pens, simple lead pencils, string, twine, ribbon, glue, tape, things you have in your desk or junk drawer.  Brown paper bags.  Bubble wrap.  Don't have paint - tea and coffee will work.  So will Kool Aid or food coloring if you're careful.  Cancelled postage stamps, envelopes from cards and the insides of security envelopes your bills come in.  

Go ahead.  Give it a try.  It doesn't have to take up hours.  It can be a few minutes.  One of my favorite quotes is "Create something every day even if it sucks." If you make your goal to create something and you do that, you have achieved your goal even if it does suck or does not come out the way you wanted it to.  Not everything has to be complicated or perfect.  Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment.  

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Scribble Picnic - PLUMP

Here's a hint - don't ever ask my husband to explain what he sees because it's usually what he thinks he should be seeing only he spurts it out before thinking about what he's saying.  For instance, tonight

Me - "Do you know who this is?"

Him - "You and me."

Yes, he's still alive, though I may be referring to him as Tweedledum from now on.

I combined my ICAD and our Scribble Picnic prompt again this week.  The ICAD prompt was "Greetings from" and, as in the title, Scribble Picnic is PLUMP.  So Tweedledee and Tweedledum happened to pop into my head as a good combination of both.  

Two more days of school and then I can relax a little.  I've been working later than normal this week trying to clear things up by Friday as they've moved up completion dates on things we haven't had to do before.  Just what I needed!

So Picnickers, forgive me if I don't get to you until tomorrow.  I'm fading fast here, but I do want to visit.  Scribble Picnic is just a click away.  And should anyone like to join in next week the theme is CRUNCHY.  

Monday, June 18, 2018

Mini Scrap Collages 141 -147/365

I've been using some background paper from paper packs that I bought but hardly ever used and I'm finding it a little more difficult finding scraps in my scrap box to go with them because of it.  But I will keep going.  There's always neutrals.  But be prepared to probably see some whacky color combos in the future.

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