Thursday, April 17

Creative Gift for College

I teach a Science Research course, and after having the students for three or even four years of high school, I like to make a gift to give to my seniors. This year I came up with the idea of a "college survival kit." It all started with a Thirty One water bottle holder (well, really 6 of them) which I got from my friend Lori here.
Made the tag and wrote a little note on the back and attached with twine. Off to shop to pick up items to fill it with that I thought a student heading off to college might need, and stuffed them with goodies like band aids, Kleenex, paperclips, life savers, mini stapler and staples, pencil, sharpener, eraser, post its, clip, little notebook, and some bubbles for fun. I hope this helps them get off to a good start.
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Tuesday, March 25

The Amazing Adventures of the Remarkable Transparent Woman!

Anxiously anticipating the arrival of the remarkable winged woman...

Just in time...here she comes flying in on, wait, what's that?? Butterfly wings?

Rolling in on flowers and gears...

 

Oh, look, she is carrying a zeppelin in one hand, and steampunk in the other. I see a hot air balloon too. Bet her adventures have her up in the flying machines having one mad adventure after another around the globe!

 

What next adventure awaits the amazing transparent woman? We will just have to wait until she flies by again to hear!

I got so caught up in the adventure, after taking the first photo, I just forgot to keep documenting the steps, so here you see my transparent woman (actually stamped on a transparency) tag all ready to submit to Steampunk Challenges here.

Soar in your creative spirit today!

As "luck" would have it, the challenge over at Simon Says this week is "transparent" so I can also enter that challenge here.

 

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Sunday, March 23

Challenges: Lucky, A Splash of Color...or will Spring ever Arrive?

Thinking about LUCK... I just celebrated one of my favorite holidays - St. Patrick's Day, but as luck would have it, I entered the card I made for the holiday into the Distress challenge at Simon Says. Well, that would have been perfect for this, so I had to think about another angle on LUCK.

I am anxiously awaiting the LUCKY day that Spring actually arrives in upstate NY this year! It has been one long, cold, and snowy winter. (In the photo, that's how much snow we still have) I long for some green, and to see the flowers nosing up through the moist earth, searching for the sun.

So, even though the calendar says it is spring, looking out in my backyard, it is not. Thankfully, today the sun is shining. Translating all this longing for spring into creative action, I hosted a Spring Fling swap at In My Vintage Room, and here are my thoughts on spring as made into several mixed media little fat book pages.

Hey Girl! Is it spring yet??

 

A Girl's fancy turns to Paris in the Spring

 

Where are the Spring Garden Fairies?

 

Flower? Hot Air balloon? Keys to a perfect day!

So, as LUCK will have it, I am entering my Spring Beauties into the Simon Says Lucky Challenge.

With the many splashes of color in my little 4x4 pages, I am also going to enter these over at the Inspiration Emporium March challenge.

 

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Sunday, March 16

Happy St. Patrick's Day and meeting a Challenge

One of my favorite holidays is March 17, and I want to wish you all a fabulous and green St. Pat's day! Celebrate your Irish! I made some special cards to send out to family, using a number of distress inks and techniques, so I am also going to enter this into Simon Says "D is for Distress" challenge here.

The background of the card is using one of my favorite distress techniques - rubbing several distress inks on the paper, then flicking with water to get this nice variegated background. Next step was to stamp the background shamrocks (stamp unknown) with distress ink, and then the shamrock (Magenta) in archival emerald green on top. Pulled out a white pen to doodle on top of the design to bring it out. Layered and added the ribbon colored with distress inks (love to make my own ribbon colors this way!) a little more distress ink around the edge of the card, and done! Put in the envelope and mail them out.

May your troubles be less

And your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness

Come through your door!

Have a green day!!

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Sunday, March 9

Simon Says Challenge: Tick, Tock

Tick Tock goes the clock, and I feel lately like I have been working against time...too much to do, too little time. School has shifted into high gear along with other things, which is why I have not had much up lately. So, I guess this is the perfect challenge. I was lucky enough to be able to go away for a weekend crop, and I finally finished the album I have been working on for several years, in memory of our mom. It has definitely been a journey back in time, and I've chosen a couple of pages to share and will enter into the challenge here.

It is fascinating to find out about your parents lives before family, and I have always loved the stories about mom going to NYC for nursing school, and then on to serve in WW2 as an Army nurse.

I came across this poem about WW2 veterans written in my Mom's handwriting, which was the perfect complement to the photos of her.

Here is another sampling of pages. As I worked through photos of mom's life in the different decades, I tried to match papers and embellishments to those years, for example, I remember when I was little, Mom only wore dresses, no matter whether she was going out, cleaning, or gardening. It was a lot of fun to work with the old photos and reminisce.

Tick, Tock...a journey back in time...

This post and this one shared some of the other pages I did in this album.

It is always interesting how things in our lives connect, because today as I sat down to work on this post, I was checking a few things on the web, and found this...

Yep, the bright one in the middle - that's my art journal pages for "time machine", which was chosen in the Top 3 over at the steampunk challenges here.

Time works in mysterious ways!

 

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Sunday, February 23

French Connection Crop

Oooo la la! Had some fun this weekend at the French Connection crop by Captured Moments. Tara and Tiffany had these fun props for us to use to take photos. Fun prizes, great company and good crafting.

In keeping with the theme, T&T always have fun in the food department. We had French dip, strawberry crepes, chicken cordon bleu, and for the evening dessert (photo), a fruit tart, and get this, a French toast and bacon cupcake! I must say, I have never had that before.

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Tuesday, February 18

Today is special!

Hope you have a fun birthday, Sis!

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