18 Mar 2014

50!!!!

It's 3 third set I've completed since Tiffany started this last year(?) but I can honestly say I did this one without cheating.

I thought I would share a few of the highlights today.  Some of the pictures aren't great but ... oh well, time to move on.

starting with #50:

It started as a background I created during the Art Journaling Extravaganza and was finished with the change to Daylight Savings Time.  I'm still in denial about that.  Why oh, why can't they just leave the clocks alone?

Somewhere around #40 I had to clean up.  It was only organisational type project I did.  I indexed a few new stamps as well as clean and put away all of my stamps that have been lying around since sometime in *gasp* October. (126 of them to be exact - I was in a counting mood lol)  Here's what they looked like drying and yes some are stained. :(


This one was just pain fun.  It's an old picture from St. Catharines.  The giraffe was on top of a welding shop.  Isn't she cute?



It wouldn't have been an ABC challenge without Z, so I finally did a page about the zed problem.  13 packs of mostly used letter stickers went onto this (or into the garbage). I stuck the first layer of flat ones down with Perfect Paper Adhesive. Love that stuff.  Then a layer of gesso, more PPA, chipboard letters and then more gesso.  Loved how this worked.  A big shout out to SoapHOUSEmama for her inspiration in this blog post.



I finally made some progress on the epic mini from CKU way back when.  It's still not done, about half way I think.  Baby Steps. lol



And finally, what to do with the only picture I had of me on moving day.  It's accurate but a.w.f.u.l.



There's so many more and I'm really sorry I didn't load them as I did them.  I may post some more of them later or may not.


If you do facebook you can find the 50 Project project here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/50projects/.  I don't do facebook but I hear it has turned into quite the active group.

Now what?  I'm starting to see a dent in some of my older things.  That makes me very happy.  Not because the stash, which isn't huge, is getting smaller but, because almost everything I've bought has been for an idea and those ideas are now getting onto the page.

I think I will do a bit of shopping, but, a small bit. I really don't need much but some cardstock since I'm now subscribed to Noel Mignon's kit.  It's my first experience with kits and, so far, I really love getting it.  It's nice to get a selection of scrappy goodies without having to buy up the store.  Her style seems to work pretty well with mine.  Hopefully I'll be able to use them up.  It's a change of direction for me.  I'm going to let the product drive which stories I'm going to tell for a while and throw in an older idea now and then.

I think I will do this again, in a few months. ;)  Honest it's fun!

Hope you are having a creative day.

8 Mar 2014

I succeeded

in crawling out from under my covers.

I have a whole lot to share now.  So much that I'm not really sure where to start.  Do I start with how I kicked myself into action?  Or should I skip that part and just go to the results?  Or do I finish last summer's adventures with Wilbur?  Or what about all the video I recorded with my Gelatos experiments?

Gelatos:

long story but my computer died.  I have the video but can't edit it at the moment at least not without kicking him off of the desktop.  He's having so much fun playing Civilization (his birthday present) that I don't have the heart.

There's a ton of good videos on YouTube and really except for seeing the finished page and my demos on different paper types, I don't have much to add.  Trust me on this, the paper you use makes a huge difference.  None are bad, well the super high gloss wasn't to my liking, but it completely depends on what you are trying to achieve.  Experiment and have fun with it.

One little thing I picked up at CKU was that just a spritz of water - super fine mist - will set them so that they don't smear any more. Done - unless you ask for more.

Wilbur:

was last seen on a long and lonesome highway, east of Omaha. (isn't that a line in a Bob Seger song?)  Anyways, I'll get back to those stories.  Yes,  they all true and there is a point to my ramblings but for now that is all on the subject except to say that I promise to finish them before this season starts.

On that note, I'd best get writing because I saw my first Robin last week.  He's apparently been around for a while because he was too fat to fly away.  Silly me didn't have a camera though.  The robins don't stay for long.  They come. They fatten up and they carry on.  So if you are north of me, I promise they are on their way.

Get your duff in gear Carolyn 

Sid's sleep issues are a chronic problem and in the winter I find it hard to keep up his pace.  I mean really getting up in the dark and having no sun after 4:30 is hard enough, right?!  Come the 15th of January, when the days start to get longer, I start to be able to keep up with his crazy hours and have a little energy for me so this year ...


Yes, that's me at a Dyan Reaveley class!!! (notice me jumping up and down!!!)She came to Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley after CHA.  I stayed for the whole weekend.  A little motel room just for me.  Bliss!  I had a chance, in the evening,  to work on the epic file folder album from last summer.  Not done yet but much closer. OK would have been better with a tub but it was clean and withing walking distance.  Once upon a time it would have seemed like the Ritz.  WOW, am I spoiled now! lol

I really can't tell you how wonderful the experience was!!  I had a great time playing, learned a ton, shared the table with some fabulous women who put up with my incessant chatter and best of all  her energy was contagious.  She really is as high an energy person as in her videos.  Thanks Dyan! (and if you happen to read this I really hope I wasn't too disruptive - get well soon!)

Here's her post if you would like to see some more pictures.  I was a bit busy spraying ink and dropping my camera to get many good ones.
Escape to Alcatraz

Results

well never one to start with baby steps, I decided to do a layout a day in February with the scrapnyap girls. How hard can that be?  I bet I do an average of a layout a day, figuring in calendar mayhem in November/December.  Correct - I average one a day but I do not complete one a day.  More learning!

To give you a taste, the prompts were alphabetical and J is for journal of course. ;)



A little Dyan, a little Carolyn, a little Pinterest inspiration, and a pretty nice cover came out.  It's how I felt about that journal because when I got back it was back to, you know, same old ...

No promises but I'll try to post more often.

PS:
youtube friends, I'm not leaving comments 'cause I'm not joining Google+ but I'm still watching and liking. 

Take Care

10 Jan 2014

Crawling out of my covers

In my usual timely fashion, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and wish you the best for the New Year.

So what's been happening, probably about the same as around your place, decorating, shopping, eating, drinking, shopping, wrapping, unwrapping, staying up to late, packing the decorations .... and now that the excitement is over sleeping again.  Hopefully I will have some energy to post something.  That would require actually doing something to post. lol

Every January, well it starts a little earlier, about the time that I finish the calendars and cards, I suffer from complete lack of interest in crafting.  Burn out I think is what it is and every year when this apathy strikes I think, 'this year will be different, I won't wait until the last minute.'  We'll see if I can make it happen this year.

Until Later
~Carolyn

24 Oct 2013

Really quick post

I've been terribly negligent in updating my blog.  It's sad but what can I say, I've been busy and by the time things are settled here it's 11:00 pm.  Well, there's only one thing to do at that hour; SLEEP. 

So what's new?  The calendars are in production.  I've got a bit of journaling left on the layouts and all of the calendar part.  I start with 12x12 blank calendars, make the layouts and then go back stamping days, months and numbers as well as holidays, lunar cycles ... All the stuff you would find on a store bought one.  Lastly, I glue in the layouts.  I don't want to post the pictures of those since they are Christmas gifts.

Wilbur is finally back from the mechanic and is better than ever.  The child has decided that 5:30 AM is a good time to get up.  The husband is grumpy, something about 5:30 AM wake up calls to play train. lol

I did manage to squeeze one in just for fun.  You might remember the picture. ;)


There's nothing really fancy going on here just paper layering.  The last of my BG Soleil  collection was sitting in a page protector in one of the boxes.  It isn't now.  And the project count is up one.  I should add one of those tickers here so I can remember where I'm at.

So, I'm still plugging away at my next 50 projects. it's actually amazing how fast stuff gets used like this.  I haven't been completely purchase free.  I guess I don't have the discipline but it feels fantastic to start seeing less stuff.

I can't remember if I said this or not but this round I'm completing UFOs.  If those boxes were out of the closet . . .  *sigh*

Hi Ho, Hi Ho it's back to work I go.

Have a wonderful weekend!
~ Carolyn


25 Sep 2013

Art Journal 1

My friend Crisann, responsible for keeping the WookieMouse challenge alive for so long and also for getting me organised, as much as that is possible, is working on an Art Journaling in a Jar project.

What she has done is put the names of her art journaling related things in a jar.  Then she draws out 5 names and with those she works on her art journal page.  I like the idea but I'm far too lazy too do that so this week when she pulled her names, I decided I would use her list. lol

This week it was
black
pens
watercolors
white
roller stamps
distress inks

I used a black pen, 2 colours of Sakura Souffle pens, Twinking H2Os for my watercolours, white acrylic paint on my one and only roller stamp, and green distress ink.  There's a couple of other stamps on there too but she didn't say she couldn't add product. ;)

Here's what I came up with



You can see her page for this week on her blog.

16 Sep 2013

Gelatos 2 - Gelatos and acylic paint

Wilbur is safe.  I'll probably do a couple of more posts about our journey later this week but, I've neglected the Gelatos project.  I would like to get this done. (and add 1 to the 50 count)

So picking up somewhere around where I left off, I mentioned that I loved them for going away because they are light, they don't leak, they are compact . . . I also love them because with just those and white acrylic paint I can make any colour of paint I want. Seriously they were meant for each other.

I did a short video to show you how but a few things first

1) Music Alert - I tried to talk but in the 7 minutes I had the camera running my super quiet kid became Tarzan, somebody's carpet cleaning crew arrived and turned on the industrial wet vac under my window, the neighbour came home and wanted to listen to music louder than the wet vac and 3 airplanes landed or took off. Grrr! It's different music this time if it matters.  I'm not up to voice overs yet.

2) ANY acrylic paint will do (craft paint, whatever you have) and it doesn't have to be white. If you want green and only have yellow paint use some blue Gelatos. I've used artist quality paint because it's the only white I have and I really wanted to show how vivid the colour stays. It's really old, so it's much thicker than it should be. I need to go shopping. ;)

3) Paper.  Petty much any heavy weight paper will work.  If you want to do a lot of thinning and mixing on your work then canvas, board, watercolour paper, or a gesso prepped surface are probably your best bets.

4) I'll only waste about 3 minutes of your life.

5) The light changed every time a breeze moved my blinds and I had that shadow throwing afternoon light.  Sorry I really needed the windows open. 



A couple of more things lol

6) although I've only used 1 colour there is nothing to say that 2 or more couldn't be mixed.  (Imagine blue and yellow mixed to give green with a touch of black to tone it down)  Be careful custom mixing to make sure you have enough made.  Matching custom colours is often easier said than done.

7)  The properties of the paint don't change.  It still dries at the same speed etc.

And Finally:

How cool would it be to tint some of the texture mediums.  Imagine how dimensional Frosty would be if the glass bead gel could have been tinted.



Have a creative week
~ Carolyn

10 Sep 2013

Adventures with Wilbur - pt6 - The Scenic Route

This Wal-Mart wasn't quite as nice.  We couldn't find a place out of the bright, overhead parking lot lights and it was directly on a major road.  Since it was a week day, there was morning traffic.  We were all up, not quite with the sun but for a vacation day, quite early.

We didn't bother with the phone or computer.  It was just assumed that there there were no bars.  So I, being given the job of navigator years ago, got out the maps and noticed that I80 and another road 30 made a rough parallelogram ending just east of Omaha.



Wouldn't it be fun to not have truck traffic tossing us around and not drive through Omaha?  DH was very concerned I would be upset about missing my trip to Archiver's.  I wasn't; we would be passing by on the way back.  What I really wanted was to do something today that was more touristy and less truck driver.  It took a while but I finally convinced him that he would not be held responsible in any way for me missing a trip to the scrapbooking haven. ;)

It was a brand new day, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and it had the makings of being a hot one.  One of the things about growing up in a similar climate, we could 'smell' the heat and humidity that was to come.  Still, the early morning is the best time so off we went to explore.  We had to back track a couple of blocks to 30 and it was somewhat intimidating to try a road that wasn't an interstate.  We did our best to forget Rock Springs. Keep Calm and Travel On.  lol


See what I mean about the green?  The ever expanding patches from yesterday were now one solid patch.  The crops, the corn fields, the architecture, even the types of trees and weeds were familiar.  A few rounds of Sweet Home Alabama were all that were required to boost the going home feeling to the point where we were sure the rest was downhill.  (Quite literally it is lol)

Notice the sky colour has changed?
Definitely homey, next month this would have been a hay wagon.  Farm equipment on the roads used to drive me crazy but this time I enjoyed bouncing along behind them.  It was kind of nice not to be the traffic obstruction for a change.

30 turned out to be a good road.  Not huge and there were still trucks but a much more fun drive.  It's flat and you can see for miles and miles.  I think Sid was intimidated by the landscape.  For the first time, he wasn't eager to get out when we stopped for gas. 

Before we cross the state line, a bit about Nebraska.   There are scenic drives that cross throughout the whole state.   Way back, before we left Santa Clara, I had decided that we would head north a little east of Cheyenne, WY, then through Scottsbluff, NE, north to Alliance, go see Carhenge and then take the Sand Hills Scenic Byway back south.  I had saved the map of the route but completely forgotten about them yesterday. :(  I was overjoyed when I saw the sign that said we were one one of the Scenic Byways, even if it wasn't the one I had planned on.


A little before noon, we came off of the hill and into a river valley.


The 'Engine Braking Prohibited' sign is really the only indication you will have that this was a pretty steep hill.  At the bottom, is a traffic circle with a very clearly posted sign of 25 mph.  Dustin missed that one and we went careening around.  I seriously  thought we were going to tip.  We didn't, but it was break time.

We left Blair, which really didn't have any where for us to stop, crossed the Missouri river,



and found the De Soto National Wildlife Refuge about 6 miles down the road.



It was a really lovely place to spend the early part of the afternoon. Coffees, walking, a museum, lunch, more drinks, bathroom breaks and spending an hour or more talking to the Park Ranger (? don't know if that was his title).  He was hilarious and told us of a campground that was really good nearby but had been flooded out.  If we wanted to come back next year, it would be open.  We might just do that.

I saw a Red-Winged Black Bird,  and Mr. Cardinal.  I didn't see his mate but I sure could hear her.  Familiar fauna too!  Naturally as soon as I got the camera out they disappeared.

Formerly a bird was here. lol
Anyways, Sid picked out a stuffed raccoon to bring home.  I wondered why until last weekend when a family of humpy back cats, as we call them, crossed our parking lot and headed onto the trail that backs our apartment.  Though he can't say it, he was homesick.  The more excited we got to be going home, the more anxious he got.  When we tried to do the outdoor walking tour he wouldn't leave the shade of the trees.  The wide open space really bothered him and we had no trouble when it was time to leave.


This detour reminded me just how accurate John Steinbeck was when he wrote in Travels with Charley.
"I sought out U.S. 90 [actually, I-90], a wide gash of a super-highway, multiple-lane carrier of the nation's goods. Rocinante bucketed along. The minimum speed on this road was greater than any I had previously driven. I drove into a wind quartering in from my starboard bow and felt the buffeting, sometimes staggering blows of the gale I helped to make . . . . Instructions screamed at me from the road: "Do not stop! No stopping. Maintain speed." Trucks as long as freighters went roaring by, delivering a wind like the blow of a fist. These great roads are wonderful for moving goods but not for inspection of a countryside. You are bound to the wheel and your eyes to the car ahead and to the rear-view mirror for the car behind and the side mirror for the car or truck about to pass, and at the same time you must read all the signs for fear you may miss some instructions or orders. No roadside stands selling squash juice, no antique stores, no farm products or factory outlets. When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing."
Well once we were back on the road, it wasn't long until we were on I80 being tossed around by trucks.  We promised ourselves that we would stay off the interstates unless necessary.  It was much more fun and interesting on the secondary roads.  Unfortunately this trip it was necessary.  There were just too many miles left to hit stops signs and go through towns all the way. :(