Sunday, July 14, 2019

Catching Up on ICAD

Just continuing on with the prompts.  I have been keeping up day-to-day, just fell behind on the posting.  Here we go......

Day 31 - Mismatched

Day 32 - Caramel
I found a recipe for 1 pt. caramel cookies and made them.  They were delicious.  (Actually still have some.)  The recipe can be found here.  

Day 33 - Ogee
I took the ogee pattern and made my own flag in preparation for the 4th of July.

Day 34 - Constellation
The Crab (Cancer) Constellation seemed appropriate for this day as it was the first day of HWNSNBP's unofficial crabbing season.  (That is catching blue claw crabs, unlike that pictured.)

Day 35 - Pine Tree
Well, I think I combined the prompt of the day with something else entirely.  Though you will see that there are pine cones on the pineapple.

Day 36 - Thesaurus
Completely for fun!

Day 37 - Botanical
This was a little bit of a cheat as I had been playing with this card whilst doing the ribbon in June and set it aside thinking it might come in handy in July.  

Saturday, July 13, 2019

End of Year Thank You's

I always need a stack of thank you's at the end of the school year.  Whether they're for staff or students, I still like to acknowledge the little gifts we get in the office.  I try to pick somewhat of a summery theme.  This time it was pineapples.  I had just received this pine apple background stencil and had a little pineapple stamp.  The sentiment would probably work better with a bunch of bananas but I thought there was a bunch of pineapples in the background so it would work.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Garage Sale Finds

Thought I'd share my score at the Kirkside Garage Sale from June.  Better late than never.  Spent a whole $3.00 total for all of this.

A map, some envelopes, pretty nature related cards and Christmas cards to make my cards out of, and some funky labels.

That glass dome below was a quarter (I've seen them for a whole lot more in stores lately).  A glass candy jar, some stemmed glasses probably being repurposed for plants, and some little blue bowls.

Once again, we, the followers of rules or signs, showed up at opening time and people were already walking out with boxes of stuff.  In any case, I did find some great things.  I usually have pretty good luck at this sale.  It all depends what catches my eye at the time.  Too hot for garage saling now until the fall.  Now I just have to find time to put some of this stuff to good use again.

Friday, July 5, 2019

ICAD Rainbow Ribbon Complete

When I planned this out I didn't take into consideration how far I would have to work ahead with the ribbon as it sometimes didn't stay on one card/level.  I think the longest was 10 days ahead, which really didn't affect me a lot because by the first week, I had a rhythm going with switching off the pencils.  

I chose to use colored pencils for the ribbon because of the quality of the index card paper.  I had been doing the rainbow ribbons in an art journal with markers and they blended well on that paper, but the index cards just soaked up the ink making blending kind of impossible.  The next choice was which pencils to use and I opted for a set of somewhat inexpensive pencils as I would be using a lot of them continuously and didn't mind running those down.

The 3" x 5" index cards proved to be a bit of a challenge with space left to use after the ribbon.  I didn't want to go to the 4" x 6" cards because I didn't want to have to color more ribbon.  It was a trade off that worked out okay.  I stayed on prompt and think I did a pretty good job with my interpretations.  

I am glad that I only did this for the first month.  Halfway through, I was beginning to doubt that it was a good plan, but after investing all the time to that point, there was no way I was going to abandon the plan.

Right now the cards are all temporarily taped together on the back with painter's tape until I take the time to replace that with clear packing tape.  Another thing I realized was that the index cards are not exactly the same size.  The differences are very slight and hardly noticeable, but taping them together made them obvious to me.

I'll be working on just the prompts for the remainder of the challege - no more theme.  

ICAD Week 4 plus 2

Here is the last full week plus that last two days of June ICAD.

Day 22 - Bicycle

Day 23 - Poem
The poem is "Color" by Christina Rossetti.  The verses may be a little out of order.

Day 24 - Music Box
Inspired by a musical jewelry box we gave Rachel for her first birthday.

Day 25 - Rose
A simple spiral makes the quickest bouquet.

Day 26 - Tinker Toy

Day 27 - Corduroy

Day 28 - Architecture
Arched doorways and windows.

Day 29 - Terra Cotta

Day 30 - Lemon or Lemonade

I'll show you the whole month in the next post.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Taste Test Tuesdays

Candy and cookies - you can't go wrong with that.  Well, of course you can if you buy something to try it and wind up liking it and eating the whole bag or box.  To prevent this bingeing behavior and to promote some fun in the office, I started promoting Taste Test Tuesdays.  If there is a new candy or cookie that is being advertised, I will, or someone else will buy them and then we have a staff share.  This started last year towards the end of the school year and this past year it really picked up steam as the companies that make m&m's and oreo's have not been slackers when it comes to providing new flavors.

I usually take a picture of the package and include it in a little invitation for the staff to stop by my desk and have a taste.  I provide an index card where they can vote whether Y - yes, they like it, N - no, they don't like it, or M - maybe they would buy it.  The results have been mostly Y's over the course of the year, but there was one (pina colada candy kisses) that had almost all N's. 

Since I send the e-mail out to StaffAll - the administrators also see it and some of them have remarked that they make it a point to come over to our building when we're having Taste Test Tuesdays.

I've included a slide show of some of the items that we've tried.  There were a few others that I didn't get a picture of.  And this really does help if you're watching what you're eating, because there were a few of those tastes that I would have loved to have more of but since they were for sharing was limited to one!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Happy Retirement

Four of our teachers and also my daughter-in-law's mother retired from teaching this year.  I had anticipated these retirments and ordered the balloon stamp and then totally forgot about it until this past week..... the last week of school.  So I scurried upstairs and got cracking on making one for each so I could add my personal note to them.  We do a group card from the staff, but there's usually just a smidge of room to write anything and some of these ladies deserved a little more than a smidge.

The background is some distress oxide ink sprayed with water and smeared on the watercolor paper to make a quick sky-like backgroud.  I stamped the bear and the balloons on regular cardstock first and then fussy cut them so I could pop them up on the front.  Inside there was plenty of room for my personal well-wishes.  

It was a very emotional send off for these ladies.  They are close to me in age and were very much my contemporaries of which there are few left in my school.  The art teacher was one of them and we did a little special secret tribute for her the next-to-the-last day.  The gym teacher had written up a request to parents to send him pictures of their kids with artwork that they had created in school with the art teacher who was retiring and I posted it on Facebook in the mom's group for him.  The outpouring was tremendous.   He put together a slide show and secretly got her family to come in and after the students left, we faked a meeting to get her to the gym where everyone was waiting.  I can tell you that there were very few dry eyes in the house.  What a wonderful way to say good bye and thank her for all the inspiration she gave everyone over the years.  They all will be greatly missed!

ICAD 2019 - Week 3

Some of these prompts from this week, and next week from what I have seen, are getting harder to fit into the space that I left myself around the ribbon.  But I will persevere.

Day 15 - Storm 
It was quite windy the day I was doing this and the clouds were scooting across the sky.  I hope I captured that feeling a little.

Day 16 - Chandelier
Not exactly like the crystal chandelier that my grandparents had in their dining room.  A little more modern..... and colorful.

Day 17 - Wood
Cross sliced sections of logs and twigs.

Day 18 - Yearbook
I wanted to incorporate the name of my high school yearbook "Valorem" into my card for this.  But I didn't know, nor could I find out what the word meant.  There is a definition that I found, but I couldn't connect it to yearbook.  So I went in another direction with a superlative.

Day 19 - Yellow
Some highlighted yellow flowers amongst others.

Day 20 - Vitrina (Display Case)
I had never heard this word before.  Nor had many of the ICADians.  I now know that it refers to a display case of some kind, probably similar to the china cabinet that my grandparents had.  I chose to go another route with the word DISPLAY - such as that of a peacock.

Day 21 - Guitar

It was my intention to try a tessellation of guitars and this is somewhat getting there but not quite I fear.  I really did myself in by making them so small.  It had me cross-eyed by the time I was done.

As much as I am enjoying this challenge, I am looking forward to finishing up with my rainbow ribbon.  Like I said in the preface, it leaves little room for working with the prompt.  July should be much more about the freedom of creating.  

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day

HWNSNBP and the newest grandson taken last weekend.  A new little fishing buddy.

Friday, June 14, 2019

ICAD 2019 - Week 2

As I mentioned, I'm working ahead on the ribbon portion and I've found that it's absolutely necessary as I didn't take into account the parts of the ribbon from future cards that are also on present cards.  Since the rainbow has an order to it, I can't just start randomly with a color - one has to flow to the next card.  So I've had to set them all out to see just how far in advance I have to work to get a particular card done.  In one or two cases, I've had to work a week out on the ribbon.  Live and learn!

Day 8 - Goggles

Day 9 - Macaron

Day 10 - Sapphire

Day 11 - Palm 

Day 12 - Tapestry (which turned out to look more like a rag rug to me)

Day 13 - Balcony
From The Balcony of the Casa Rosada - Evita

Day 14 - Thread
Faux embroidery.

I had a real crazy thing happen to me last Saturday.  I had been working on my goggle card the night before as I've been trying to do, and was tired and left it on the table overnight.  When I woke up in the morning, it was where I had left it, but there was a word written on it that I cannot, for the life of me, remember putting there. It has nothing to do with the prompt whatsoever.  HWNSNBP swears, and I believe him, that he did not do it.  So the question is, who did?  It creeped me out so much it took me all day Saturday to want to get back to finishing it.  

I'm seeing FARCE but I don't know why it's there.  Strange.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sunshine Comes From New Zealand

Going through some photos I realized that there are quite a few that I hadn't posted including these.  This card came from my blogging friend Sunshine in New Zealand as a note of thanks for thinking of here in a special way after an accident she had.  I organized a card party of sorts for her in March with my Pig Ladies, hoping to lift her spirits and it seemed to have done the trick.  She got cards from as close as California and as far away as Ireland, with the majority of them coming from right here in New Jersey which isn't just down the block either.  

Isn't this so true.  My "Pig Ladies" embraced her with thoughts of a speedy recovery and concern for her well-being.  They worked a little flying pig magic you might say.

Even the outside of the envelope was decorated.  

I am blessed with such wonderful and caring friends.  I know Sunshine said she was going to thank everyone individually when she was feeling better but I wanted to say thanks also.  You made my heart proud!

Friday, June 7, 2019

ICAD 2019

June rolls around and it's time for ICAD - Index Card A Day brought to us by Tammy Garcia aka Daisy Yellow.  Tammy provides 61 days worth of prompts for this two-month challenge.  Check that, there are a few more than 61 prompts as she also provides warm-up exercises for the week before - all being totally optional.

I was loving doing the rainbow ribbons in my sketchbook and thought it might be cool to try them on my index cards.  There were several decisions to be made thought.  First, would the ribbon be contained on each card or should I link them together?  And if I linked them together would it be for the entire two months or a shorter period of time? Second, the medium for the ribbon.  In my sketchbook I had been using watercolor markers, but there would be a lot of blending involved and index cards don't really allow for much blending.  Once you touch the marker to the paper it soaks in making blending pretty hard.  And I needed to decide what the background to the ribbon would be.  Would it be simply a different type of media, or would I use the prompts.

So here's what I decided.  The ribbon would be colored with colored pencils - a somewhat inexpensive set that was easy to use.  The ribbon would link through the cards and I would only do the ribbon on the first month - so 30 days (31 including the title card).  And I'm trying to use the prompts as the background filler of various media, but not necessarily different on each day.

Day 1 - Mailbox

Day 2 - Peppermint

Day 3 - Magenta

Day 4 - Reflection

Day 5 - Tourist Map

Day 6 - Leaf or Petal

Day 7 - Stencil

This is how I started the ribbon. I taped 31 cards to a wall and started drawing the circles and then penciled in the loops. I made sure to carefully number the cards so I could do them in order. 

I am working ahead on the ribbon part so I can keep up with the daily prompts on schedule.  I'm looking forward to seeing it all put together at the end of June.  Then I'll have to think about what to do for July......any suggestions?