Saturday, October 1, 2022

Bewitched . . . for More Than Words!

Hi everyone! It's October 1st and time for a new challenge . . .

October's Main Challenge at More Than Words opened today:

For those of you who don't know, More Than Words is a monthly art journal challenge site that contains a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Here is October's Main Challenge:


The word inspiration for this month is STRANGE and the creative challenge is Get Inky

Here is my finished art journal spread:

When I think of October, I always think of Halloween!  I used pink,orange, and yellow INKS from my stash to make my background. The image of the woman and her black wings are from the ArtStacks "All Dressed Up" and "Wings and Things" stacks. I completed my page with a STRANGE and eerie quote!

I hope that you get a chance to check out the Main Challenge at More Than Words his month, as well as the new releases at ArtStacks! I know you will enjoy both! 

Also, I'm excited to let you know that More Than Words is sharing the latest issue of their new digital magazine - Artful Pages!  Head over to their blog post to get a look at their latest issue which is available to flick through online just like a real magazine.  The magazine contains more about the challenges this month, Design Team inspiration, Guest Designer interviews, studio spaces, and more!  I am excited to say that my studio space is being featured this month!  Check it out here!


 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  Have a wonderful October!

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Only You Can Find the Strength Within . . . for ArtStacks and Art Journal Journey (and a college reunion!)

Hi Everyone!

I just got back from my college reunion.  It's been 40 years since we graduated from East Stroudsburg University, which was East Stroudsburg State College when we we attended.  (Affectionately know as ESSC!)  Although we had different majors, we have all remained friends since then, and my sister and cousin are part of our crowd even though they graduated from Penn State University.  We spent a couple of days at Ocean City, New Jersey, enjoying the beach and boardwalk, but mostly we just enjoyed each others company.  I'd like to share a few photos:

The beach was so beautiful:


Here's my twin sister, Karen, my cousin, Cindy and me:

Me with Sue:
 

College friends, Gretchen, Mary and Susie:

 

Walking on the boardwalk - a woman stopped and took our photo:

 

Enjoying walking on the beach.  (That's Karen - I took the photo.)

Mary and Karen:

And finally, one of my favorite photos!  Karen took this pic of Barbarann and me:
 

It was a week I'll never forget.  Thanks everyone!

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And today I'd like to share a mixed media art journal page that I made for ArtStacks.  I am a little late posting this because of our college reunion.


I made this page using ArtStacks' new releases:  the All Dressed Up and Wings and Things Corestacks.  



Here is  my completed page.  I really like the way the 2 packs work so well together.

 

I have been struggling with some things at the moment, and this page was very therapeutic for me to make.  I've found that it's true -  only I can find the strength from within!!
For all of the details about how I made my project, please head over to the Artstacks blog.

 
I am also linking this up  page to  Art Journal Journey Monthly

This month's challenge is hosted by Neet from Hickydorums and is "Fur and/or Feathers."  I went with the "feathers" part of the challenge.  Thank you, Neet, for coming up with this theme.
  
I also want to thank everyone at AJJ - their art has been such an inspiration to me over the years and their support means more than anything!
 
Thank you for your visit to my blog today!

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

So Excited . . . for Challenge YOUrself!

Hi everyone. It's September 7th and time for a new challenge at Challenge YOUrself!

This month's challenge is all about celebrating good times!


Contrasting with last month, which was about tough times, this month is about celebrating good times. As soon as I saw the challenge, I knew that I wanted to make my page about John's and my summer vacation.  

When John and I decided to go to Martha's Vineyard, we wanted to do something the day before we got there and the day after, too, for a total of 5 days for vacation.  So . . . we each decided to do what the other really loves: I went to a baseball game with John at Fenway Park the day before we took the ferry to Martha's Vineyard, and John went with me to a Susan Branch book signing in Plainville, MA, the day after our 3 days in Martha's Vineyard.   

Here is a photo from Fenway Park in Boston:

I must admit, I enjoyed going to this baseball game and seeing Fenway Park!  What I didn't like was that it was blazing hot that day! 

Martha's Vineyard was wonderful! Here is one of the lighthouses in Edgartown:


 

Susan Branch's book signing was at a beautiful book store, An Unlikely Story, in Plainville, MA:


 


 

If you'd like to learn more about Susan Branch, her new book, and her book signing tour, you can visit her blog post here!  There is actually a photo of John and I (that Joe took!) on her blog: 

We were so excited!!!  I think John really enjoyed meeting Susan Branch (and Joe!!)

Here is my completed page:

With a different view:
I hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself this month. Making this page was a lot of fun!

And thank YOU for stopping by my blog today.  Enjoy your September! 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

My Playlist . . . for More Than Words!

Hi everyone! It's September 1st (can you believe it?!) and time for a new challenge . . .

September's Main Challenge at More Than Words opened today:

More Than Words is a monthly art journal challenge site that contains a word inspiration and a creative challenge.

Here is September's Main Challenge:


The word inspiration for this month is PLAYLIST and the creative challenge is using EPHEMERA

Here is my finished art journal page:

I made my PLAYLIST about my favorite songs from my childhood up to the 80's. ("Strike a Pose" is a line from the song "Vogue" by Madonna!) I typed my playlist of on a tag and tucked it behind the image. I used some of my favorite EPHEMERA from my stash around the page. This was so fun to make!

I used the image of the child from one of the ArtStacks new releases, the "All Dressed Up" Corestack.  And his wings and crown were taken from the "Wings and Things" Corestack, too!

I hope that you get a chance to check out the Main Challenge at More Than Words his month, as well as the new releases at ArtStacks! 

Thank YOU for stopping by my blog today.  Have an awesome September! 

Sunday, August 7, 2022

True Love . . . for Challenge YOUrself and Art Journal Journey Monthly!

Hi everyone. It's August 7th and time for a new challenge at Challenge YOUrself!

August's challenge is to create a page about tough times in your life:

Everyone has rough patches and difficult times in their lives.  Sometimes it helps to just talk about them and document what you went through.  That is what this challenge is all about.  Challenge YOUrself wants you to get out of your comfort zone this month!

I was inspired to create my layout about the 2 hardest things in my life that I lived through - first, the death of my sister, Cathy, and second and more recently, the death of my mom.  Cathy battled ovarian cancer for many years and passed away at the age of 52 and my mom had dementia and passed away at the age of 89.  

Here is the photo that I used that was taken on Mother's Day of this year:

Mother's Day always reminds me of my sister's and mom's love, but sometimes I feel sad as well.  Here, our dog, Abbey, gave me a great big kiss and helped me to feel much happier.  Dogs really are our best friends, aren't they?  We always had a dog and that is one of the fond memories I have of my childhood!!!

Here is my completed page:

I used Vicki Boutin's papers and embellishments to make my page. 

Sharing some different views of my project:


 
I hope you get a chance to check out Challenge YOUrself this month. Making this page was wonderful therapy for me!

I am also linking my project to Art Journal Journey, Monthly.

 

This month's theme is When We Were Young and is hosted by the talented Chris from Pearshapedcrafting.  Thank you, Chris and AJJ for having this wonderful challenge!

And thank YOU for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you have an awesome August! 

 

Live Life in Technicolor!

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing a mixed media art journal page that I made for ArtStacks . . .


I made this page using Lisa Oxley's Artist Series stacks:  her Bright and Bold and Floral Fetish stacks from ArtStacks.  I LOVE working with Lisa's stacks!



Here is  my completed page:

 

For all of the details about how I made my project, please head over to the Artstacks blog!

 

I am also linking my project to Art Journal Journey, Monthly.

 

August's theme is When We Were Young and is hosted by the talented Chris from Pearshapedcrafting.  What reminds me of my childhood more than coloring, drawing and painting with bright, bold colors?  I always loved art, especially in grade school because I could do what I wanted without worrying about making "mistakes!"  This page definitely made me reflect on all of those art projects I made when I was a kid!!

Thank you, Chris and AJJ for having this wonderful challenge!

And thank you for stopping by my blog today.  Have a wonderful August. HUGS!