Tuesday, September 30, 2014

My Little Bit of Cheer

Tuesday. The last day of the month. Wow. I should say where did this month go but truthfully, I am always happy September is over.
Weird, yes.
Its because being the first month back at school I always feel like I have become swallowed up by the teaching and the kids. After a relaxing summer work just slaps you in the face and puts you back in your place.
So this card is made with lots of layers, lots of embossing, die cutting, coloring and a little bit of stamping.
A real little bit.
Not much else to say today. The clouds have come in and it looks like it will be a dark and dreary day. This is my little bit of cheer.
Stop back again soon.

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Few More Snapshots of a Beautiful Saturday

 I really don't have much in the art department to show you right now. Last weekend was so gorgeous (I think I told you that already). I was more inspired to enjoy the freak summery weather outside rather than in.
Here's more snapshots of our boating adventure.

I've definitely into shooting bird snapshots.

The sister-in-law and her husband in their boat.

These summer like days are mostly gone until next year. Unless we get a surprise again.
May you have smooth sailing on your day today.

Gorgeous Weekend

What a gorgeous summery weekend it was! We went from fall like weather back to summer! And it worked out perfectly to reach us on the weekend since we are now going back into autumn.
We went out on the boat and had a beautiful day rafting up with my sister-in-law and her husband.
Here's me-it was afternoon cocktails time. The hubby is not paying any attention behind me and that's my brother-in-law in the foreground.
Have you ever heard of an island closing? Must be because the state owns it and they are doing some end of season work before winter arrives.

Don't throw a soggy cracker in the ocean. These gulls think you're feeding them and they swarm at you.
Very very cool cormorant island.
 This was really neat to me.
The haunted island hotel and conference center. Closed until next summer.

I guess it could be awful walking from the house to the lighthouse so the keeper built this covered walkway.

Lots of sun. Lots of scenery. Lots of birds. A little  beer. Fresh air! Good company.
Couldn't ask for a better Saturday.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Few More Maine Photos

Lots on the agenda this weekend. Since I'm busy I thought I'd show you a  few more photos from last weekend's journey far up the coast of Maine.

I know these photos are just random shots. But hope you enjoyed them.
Have a great rest of your weekend.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Paper Dolls

So back in late August I took a class with Dina Wakely. The theme of this class was paper dolls- taking stamped images and making clothes and new hairdos for them. Just like with paper dolls.
I never thought of doing such a thing but what a fun idea!
In class I had a blast thinking of and playing with ways to change my ladies. Here's the link to my oroginal post with some of my ladies from that class: Dina's ladies post
So this week I played with some Stampotique stamps (Daniel Torrente) and dressed them up. They're going into the Halloween book I am playing around with.
I made clothes for them-sometimes I tried to match the bodies and sometimes I played with other shapes for clothing.  I used old paper towels that had soaked up lots of ink and paint from other projects.  I used paper that was painted and deli wrap gelli printed paper.  I colored in parts of the original stamp and added some paint dots. I made trim and used fabric trim. I added hair and used water brushes to add ink coloring.
I had so much fun I am going to do this some more and try out a little more complex clothing and hair,

Then I cut all these characters out. I got rid of the coloring outside of the lines and the overlapping edges.

I also played a little bit with some Halloween stamps from Oxford Impressions.

Here's a page with this dolled up lady. It didn't photograph the best- kind of shadowy on the bottom.

Man, this dress up is so much fun!
This post is linked to Paint Party Friday. Come on over and join the fun!