Friday, October 24

Finding My Mojo!

So, today, I finally found my mojo again....cleaned and organized my craft area in anticipation of getting back into the creative mode. Traveling and a bout of addiction to reading the last month or so...oh, well, no more excuses!
Spine details with charms
Challenges times 3!

CC3C challenge information can be found here. Can you believe we are on challenge #13 in Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosites, using the worn cover. It is a lot of fun, pushes your creative bounds and has a ton of great inspiration! You can still get a copy of the book and join in. This challenge is being sponsored by Inspiration Emporium, and they have a lot of cool stuff you can buy, or win!
Used my distress inks to add some color inside and out. I am always surprised to see what I end up with.
So over at Simon Says, the challenge is "Anything Goes"! Love when they have this challenge, it's like a license to play! Information here.

Take the airship over to SanDee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges here, where the challenge for October is "Steampunk Couture".

Makes it fun, fun, fun to roll these challenges into one!

So with my worn cover ready, it's now time to go steampunk! Added some gears, sewing pattern, jewels to the background and worked on my gal. Added a skirt, goggles and a few more bits and baubles. She is ready to climb into the nearest dirigible and fly the skies in her high fashion ensemble.
They say behind every good woman is a man, so the back cover is devoted to the gentlemen, whether they are posers or high fliers. (Love that little propeller) inked up some Tim Holtz papers, added gears and jewels, stamped and drew on the handlebar mustache.
I made the book into a photo book, did not have the right size binder, so experimented with waxed thread and rings...seems to work ok.
Details, details...

There you have it! Steampunk Couture book done, and the creative spirit is working again! Hope you have enjoyed this little journey, thanks for flying in. What's that I hear? My airship is here, gotta go!

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Wednesday, October 22


 This month, twocraftingsisters is being featured for Halloween goodies on two sites. Sheila made these cute treat bags a few years ago. Her post and directions can be found here, and they are easy to follow. I made some this year for friends, and they loved them. Enjoy!

We are on "The Stir" here:
We are on the "Real Deal" here.

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Monday, September 29

LSNED 2014

I have been doing this class with Shimelle for a few years now, and one thing I found very interesting this year, was to compare where I was a year ago, which was easy considering I decided to use my journal from last year and continue. I retired from teaching science in June and my husband and I planned a three week camping trip to some of our favorite places in Wyoming and Montana. He drove all of our camping gear out, and I flew(brilliant!) out in September 2.
Beartooth Butte
I wanted to keep my journal simple, so wrote a page or two a day, and then used my watercolors and doodling to finish my pages. My original plan was to share this as I went on the blog, but I quickly learned there are vast spaces in the west that my cell phone did not work.
I learned you find coffee in all kinds of places!
Cattle, or horses, or...can block the road at any time
It can get darn cold at the "top of the world"

What I wrote here was a vision of the near future (about the Bears), so let me share one story from the Beartooths...Lots of wildlife where we camped, coyotes, wolf, elk herd bugling all night as they traveled down the lake, and then my encounter in the wee hours of the morning with a bear (most likely grizzly). Some of you ladies know, that as you get older, you get up more often in the night to use the facilities. Well, this is one of the things I worried about since we were camping in a tent. 2:30 am, I was headed to the outhouse, shining my flashlight all around, when I spooked a bear in the nearby campsite...all I can say is thank you, God, because he ran off! I have to add to my story that following thyroid surgery this summer, I really don't have a voice, so I couldn't have yelled to scare it (I did carry a whistle). I tell you, I have a guardian angel!! I am also thankful this was our last night there, because I needed to move on...But I learned I did not have to freak out!
To Yellowstone! Stayed at hotels for a few days since it turned cold, wet, and snowy. Of course we visited Old Faithful, but also saw a lot more even with all the construction in the fall. I learned I love traveling at this time of the year.
Lake Lodge, Yellowstone
I learned there are so many great Mexican restaurants in the west.

I learned to fall into the daily rhythms of camping, like go to bed at sunset and get up once the sun warmed the tent...sometimes this was the only way to stay warm. I learned to enjoy the simple things like music and painting and journaling.
To play with color, to write, to doodle...
I learned about Native cultures and beliefs, like the vision quests at Legend Rock, and the rock world.
I learned once again, how scarce water can be in the west...we drove about 40 miles to fill up our water jug for camping.
I learned to look for and enjoy all kinds of wildlife, like these bighorn sheep who walked into camp, or the owls hooting all night.
I learned that I really love looking at rocks and formations (must be The earth science teacher in me).
I learned how much I truly love the fall the past it was always the hectic start to school, and somehow fall slipped by way too quickly.
I learned to let the stress go, to find some balance, to reconnect with my husband of 33 years, to play and have fun, and to look forward to this thing they call retirement!

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Sunday, September 28

Challenge: Stencils and Stamps

Since I recently returned from my adventures in the Rockies, this is the theme I chose for my card for Stamp Camp this week. It also works in the Simon Says challenge here.
It is a tri fold card, layered with Stampin Up card stock with the design stamped on watercolor paper, then colored with watercolors. Fun little project to work on at the 10 year Captured Moments anniversary crop!

Here's a sneak of my camping adventures, hope to tell you more soon!

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Wednesday, August 20

In the Laboratory

Inspired by Tim Holtz's August 2014 Tag, and the August steampunk challenge "in the laboratory" at Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenges, I set out to create this tag.

As a scientist by nature, well, teacher of science, I really like this theme, and wanted to go big, so chose a giant tag to work with, some Tim Holtz stamps, Washi, and distress stains to build a base.

Next up, add another layer using distress ink, and some new colors.

Once it dried, next step was some molding paste and Tim's burlap stencil, a bit more color, and I am liking the base, and the vintage colors.

I stamped and cut additional images to add, added in more details like gears, keys, metal...

From the " ah ha!" Moment, to the application and creation...

From theory to the lab.


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Monday, August 18

Art Swap and Challenge: Seasons

Art Swap: Only rules, do some stamping, use some ribbon and make it 4x4....easy, peasy with this lovely Magenta stamp I have! I stamped on watercolor paper and used distressed inks for the backgrounds.

Simon Says Challenge: Anything Goes! Love that!
I stamped 5 images so I could use one to highlight the season block with water colors. I tried to match colors with seasons.
Here they are mounted with some ribbon, glitter, and hand lettered banners. I like them!
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