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Saturday, January 30, 2016

More Journal Pages

The Wanderlust 2016 year-long on-line class from Everything Art is absolutely amazing!  I'm learning so much!

Right now I'm working on composition, balance, repetition, and focal point.  I'm also trying to be better at layering with paint, stencils, stamping, etc.

Here's a two pager using acrylic paint.  I also die cut circles and ran them through various embossing folders.

I'm going to enter my Believe the Sky is the Limit double journal page in the ARTplorations challenge over at STAMPlorations.  You must use a stencil.  I used several, including the ARTplorations Retro Circles and Bubbles stencils.  The mixed media challenge is due January 31 HERE.

Here's one incorporating paper collage, a Gecko Galz digital image, and liquid watercolors:

I've entered this one in the Wanderlust 2016 January challenge, open to those taking the class.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

2016 Goals and Wanderlust Journal Entry #1

2015 was a bizarre craft year for me. 

My design teams vanished, but I must admit I was ready for the break.  Ever since I started crafting, I have been on at least one design team.  I was working full time and still had one child at home.  I just knew that when I retired, I'd want design team work to be my "new job".  Retirement afforded me freedom from responsibility and deadlines, and I soon realized I wanted that in crafting too.  I decided to stop being on design teams when 2016 rolled around.  Little did I know the stars were aligned because the design teams also were disbanding in 2016.  (Admittedly, two pretty much had disbanded in 2015.)

My craft room became a disaster.  Definition of "room": the entire basement.  Everywhere I have piles of unfinished projects.  My goal for 2016 is to finish those projects.  They are personal projects which is why they always were on the back burner while design team projects met their deadlines.

My artistic style floundered.  With many family commitments, I found myself creating in comfort--mostly papercrafting that was familiar and therefore easy to get done.  I did try a couple new things. I took a Finnebair class to learn her techniques and style.  I watched some Carolyn Dube You Tube videos while experimenting with the Gelli Plate.  Other than that, I bought products but didn't try them out.

2016 is my break out year.  I'm breaking out those half-done projects.  I'm breaking out those unopened products.  I'm refilling the Copic markers that dried out from years of unuse.  I'm breaking away from craft crap that has collected over the years but never gets used. I'm participating in a year-long mixed media class to help me break out from my comfort zone.

Free from Design Team Deadlines, here's what I'm attempting in 2016 (all of these being in the no pressure, if nothing else going on category):
Wanderlust year-long on-line mixed media class
Vera Lane Studios FaceBook group- (playing with her digital images)
Complete the unfinished personal projects
Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hops
40 Bags in 40 Days (decrapifying the craft room)
Digital scrapbooking

We're in Week One of Wanderlust.  
We're encouraged to keep an art journal.  We'll be provided 2 prompts per month.  Here is my first attempt.  I think it would have been easier to do one page instead of a 2 page spread.  I need to get away from thinking I need to "make a scene".  I will work on abstract backgrounds.  I did enjoy the doodling and scribbling so maybe there's hope for me yet.

The word "free" denotes my freedom from design team deadlines in order to pursue my craft. I found it ironic that when I finished, it looked like a "flower child" from the 60's/70's when the word "free" had another meaning.  A fluke because I was experimenting with gesso and sprays on textured flowers which also seemed like a good place for the fairy to stand.

The fairy is a digital stamp from Vera Lane Studio (which I digitally colored before placing on the page).

I'm going to enter this in the STAMPlorations ARTplorations Mixed Media January challenge HERE.  You must use a stencil.  I used one from the Crafter's Workshop to make those black rectangles with texture paste and the Dylusions stencil for the trees.  I also used several of the background stamps from the STAMPlorations Mixed Media Grunge set.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Surviving Christmas

Santa and I have a quirky sense of humor.

I paired the free colored Dearie Dolls digital image with Becca's sentiment (STAMPlorations) for a quick card.

If you celebrated Christmas, I hope you are relaxing today with a good cup of coffee!


STAMPlorations December Challenge:  Stamps and a Holiday

Friday, December 25, 2015

Books for the Creative Soul

For the first time, I "get" Google Connect. 

I was looking to respond to a person who left a comment on my blog, got "connected" to a few of her G+ comments, and ended up with a list of books to inspire our creative soul HERE. (FYI the list is a year old) The snippet quotes under each title were enough today to inspire me.

I think I'll get a couple of these books. 

Which one would you read first?

Another make from the archives:

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas

It's a family tradition (on my mother's side) to make pierogi for Christmas Eve.

How cute is this apron?  My oldest daughter gave it to me for Christmas a couple of years ago. You can find it on Etsy.

My grandparents immigrated from Poland near the Russian border.  That said, I've never had a pierogi filled with mashed potatoes.

Here is a pic of me with my babcia, and of course, my siblings.  This is how I remember her.

The two fillings my babcia made were:
1) ground beef with onion and hard boiled egg
2) farmer's cheese with onion and raw egg

We've adapted the recipe over the years, including following the ravioli dough recipe in the Fanny Farmer cookbook, using ground chuck and ricotti cheese.

This afternoon I managed to get 3 dozen made (3 batches of dough, 1 lb chuck and 1 container cheese; dough rolled, filled, boiled) in two hours.

Then comes the delish part, frying them in butter (Kerry Gold, of course) and dollaping with sour cream.

I like to serve them with spinach salad and cranberry sauce.

I'd like to serve pickled beets, but I'd be the only one eating them.  However, my nephew has a great recipe that doctors them up with balsamic vinegar, feta cheese and pecans.  I think I just talked myself into that for next year!

Whatever your holiday traditions, I hope they are memorable!

And just to throw in some papercrafting.... this is a Gecko Galz design team make from last year.

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