Monday, July 24, 2017

Summertime Fun

 Just a detail from a watercolor and collage journal page but you'll have to wait to see the complete page:)

 First some great news!!! Todd and Kyra are finally moved into their apt.! Saw it earlier today and it is lovely. I have my art room back but will spend time reorganizing and purging in between making art. The clean out is way overdue.

 Summer seems to be flying by. I just saw a sign on Google that said "summer should get a speeding ticket" and I couldn't agree more.

 Recently I had a small celebration for my Mom's 75th birthday:


 and of course we toasted with champagne! Once I added the photos here I immediately noticed how her top coordinated with the cake, the dishes, the card and the tablecloth:). The tissue paper was a white paper I stamped all over using the same flower as on the card because I didn't have a regular paper big enough to make an actual envelope. Here  is the card up close and front:

 I apologize for not listing all the products I used as I somehow lost my notes on this:(  But  I can tell you that the flower and leaves is the Camelia Build a Flower stamp and die set by Altenew, the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink, and those Moonshine sequins I so love are from Simon Says Stamp. I am joining the Simon Monday Challenge blog with the theme of "you've got the edge" as i took my leaves off the edge of the card fold.

 As a post has to somehow tie in with a beverage (be it art, an actual beverage, anything that somehow pertains to a beverage) for T Stands For Tuesday I will share our water and champagne with you all.

 I have one more journal page to share with both Art Journal Journey (for the theme of summertime love), and for Paint Party Friday:


 This stencil (Art Minds) was a very recent purchase from Michaels. I thought $4 was a good deal as it is a large stencil, and I always wanted a nice bicycle stamp or stencil. Turns out there were two other sentiment stencils in the pkg. with this:) I just had to play with it immediately and the fastest way for me to do that was to brayer summery colors all over a gessoed page then simply stencil with black paint. Washi tape was used across the bottom.

 As of next week sometime I will be taking a short blogging break and unplugging so I can completely immerse myself in pure summertime joys before it passes me by. 

       'cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about... John Mayer

42 comments:

  1. LOvely, summery post. Your Mom looks great on her birthday, happy birthday from me! Great journal page, it's a wonderful cycle stencil. I got a cycle stamp and die recently, but no stencil (yet!). Have a wonderful break, take care, have fun! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. your mom Looks great and it was so Special you made the perfect Card and deco for her! i also love the bike stencil very much. and yes, the John mayer Quote... so true!
    happy t-day;)

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  3. Happy Birthday to your mum , she is the same age as me at the moment. Great to celebrate with your wonderful card and champagne.

    Love the Summertime page.

    Have a very happy T day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  4. I would have been here sooner, but the electricity went out on my block for about five hours last night. Now I'm trying to play catch-up.

    Oh Linda, what fantastic news about your son. Getting your craft room back must be pure heaven. Sort and purge, but don't lose track of what is important.

    Loved seeing your mom. Wishing her a very happy, albeit belated, birthday. She's still as beautiful as ever and was even color coordinated for the event. That cake looks fattening, but the champaign looks decadent.

    You lucked out on that stencil. It's a beauty. I must check out Michael's, too. It is truly lovely, including the beautiful background. Great use of the washi tape. It really genuinely looks like a road! Thanks for sharing it at Art Journal Journey. I didn't see the link at AJJ, though.

    Thanks, too for sharing your water and champaign with us for T this Tuesday, as well as your mother's birthday and whatever that sneak peek is. Enjoy your time away. I hope it's productive. I'll miss you, though, so please don't be gone too long.

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  5. You certainly celebrated in style for your mum's birthday and she looks like she is having a wonderful time - happy belated birthday wishes! The card you made is fabulous, such pretty details 😀. Your new stencil was a bargain and looks wonderful on your page, I wouldn't have been able to wait to use it either ... lol 😉. Wishing you a very Happy T Day and enjoy your summertime break! J 😊

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  6. Your mother does indeed tone in beautifully with her surroundings, the food and summer as a whole. Many (belated) congratulations to her! I too want to hang on to summer. Every sunshine day counts, specially as we have had so few of them so far.

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  7. It was a beautiful card for your Mom's special day, the cake looked yummy.
    It was a great summertime page, the bicycle stencil looks wonderful.
    Happy T day.
    Yvonne xx

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  8. Good morning, Happy Birthday to your Mom-you made just a lovely card for her and love your bicycle piece allot too.
    I agree summer needs a speeding ticket-going way to fast
    Happy T Day Kathy

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  9. Love all your art work as always, so many good idedas and beautiful colors. Belated happy birthday wishes to your Mom. You are right, everything well coordinated, cake, card and her top. You must think alike. Happy T day:)

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  10. Happy Birthday to your mom! I love the flower theme and also your simple joys of summer reminder. Champagne! What a treat :)

    Happy T Tuesday

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  11. Your mother looks so young - so lovely that the cake, card and her top looks so well coordinated - super nice!
    Your art is as always so beautiful - I love the wonderful page you made and linked to ELizabeth's Summertime-Love theme!
    Happy T-Day dear Linda!
    oxo Susi

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  12. Happy Birthday to your lovely Mom ~ wonderful card creations ~ favorite is the one with the bike ~ you are always creating very creative art work ~ xxx

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  13. Unplugging sounds like a good idea Linda... I may join you ..lol Happy Birthday to your Mom!! What a lovely party. I always love to see your artful endeavors... Congrats on getting your art room back!! Woot woot!! Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

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  14. Gorgeous card for your mom's birthday, Linda! I like unusual elements like your leaves that stick out beyond the edge. Nice touch.

    I like your idea for a fast page. Thanks for sharing that. I often procrastinate even starting because I always take so long on any project. Your "joys of summer" page is a great example that it doesn't have to be so!

    Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

    P.S. Your ATC is on the way from Mexico ;-)

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  15. what a beautiful card I really like those sequin touches

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  16. That is a gorgeous cake Linda. Did you make it? I also have to agree about summer needing a speeding ticket. :) Glad you son has finally gotten settled, and I can relate to cleaning up the craft space, but first I need to finish my daughter's room. When she left she left piles behind...oh daughters. I want to thank you for the lovely ATC and little gift package. It arrived today in the mail so I will post it next week for T Day. Happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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  17. Belated happy birthday to your mum. The card is beautiful, as was the colour coordinated cake.
    I do like your bicycle stencil. That certainly was a good find.
    Happy t day,
    Lisca

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  18. Hello! You caught my interest right away with the "savor good books tag." Book lover that I am, I'll definitely have to check back to see more about that.

    Happy Birthday to you mom! The card you made for her is gorgeous. How did you attach the sequins? I have struggled to find a good way to adhere sequins to my paper drafting projects.

    Happy Belated T Day! :)

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  19. I've been out most of the day. Just got home, in fact. Guess what I found in my mailbox? I bet you know. I knew immediately it was from you, NOT because of the incredibly beautiful envelope, but because you are the only person I know who doesn't include Bleubeard's name in the address. Even Patty has started using Bleubeard on the address (grin). Since I just got home, I haven't opened it yet, but as soon as I check out a few blogs, I'll go photograph, then open it. Thanks beyond belief for such a kind and thoughtful gift.

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  20. Happy PPF Sweetie, have a fun weekend, hugs, Valerie

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  21. It looks like the birthday celebration was a huge success for your very young looking mom. The card is so beautiful. It goes without saying that the flower is gorgeous, but I also love, love, love those sequins that look like water droplets.

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  22. Bet Mom had a great birthday and still love that bicycle card ~ Happy Friday to you ~ ^_^

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  23. Happy 75th to your mom, lovely card! The AJJ and PPF summer page is perfect, as is that Google quote.

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  24. Happy Birthday to your mum and thanks for sharing

    Happy PPF, thanks for dropping by my blog today

    much love

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  25. Happy Birthday to your mom! Love the bicycle art journal page and her birthday card, so pretty! I'm afraid I cannot purge nor unplug...being that I am addicted to my both art supplies and to the internet, lol Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  26. It's great to see you celebrate with your mom. Your effort shows, and I am sure is greatly appreciated.

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  27. Lovely post, Linda. Congratulations to your lovely Mum! We are at the same age ;)
    Happy PPF and weekend xx

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  28. You have a beautiful, young! mom...and the card you made for her is stunning! funny that you subconsciously coordinated the card, wrapping and tablecloth...mom was on the same page with her top ~ ♥ wonderful, sunny journal page too!

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  29. Sweet card and gorgeous mamma...xx

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  30. What a fabulous post! I loved your Mom's photo! Love the card you made for her! The stencil is a really lovely one and makes a great journal page! Belated happy T day! Chrisx

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  31. a beautiful way to celebrate your mother :)

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  32. What a beautiful mother's day card! Your journal page is also very sweet.

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  33. Sorry, I meant birthday card, it's lovely!

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  34. These are beautiful photos, of inspiring work.

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  35. Aww your bicycle tells from fun days in the warmth of the season!! I love the summer here so far! And yes I will take time to enjoy it even more!! ♥ Conny http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

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  36. Oh I love the beautiful photos of your mom!! You know her well!! Gorgeous cards and I love the bike stamp too... Wonderful post your mom doesn't look her age at all!! Great genes I guess!! Wonderful to hear the kids are settled!! Oh and Happy Belated Birthday to your mom!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  37. Lovely post Linda.... love that bicycle stencil.

    Enjoy your 'unplugged' time

    Karen x

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  38. Lovely card and your Mom looks lovely. The cycle journal page is very evocative of summer. Enjoy your summer break. Cheers, Indira.

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  39. Gorgeous card Linda :-) the flower is so pretty and I love the ribbon and sparkly sequins, the whole design is beautiful, I am sure your Mum loves it :-) Thanks for sharing photos of her too, aww:-)

    Love your journal page too, the stencilled bike is fabulous! LOVE it :-)

    Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
    Luv
    Lols x x x

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  40. Hello!! First of all, I am so so sorry for the delay in getting back to your sweet comment, I hope your Summer is going well - I LOVE your pretty and pink card, and I hope your Mom had a wonderful 75th! xoxo

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  41. Happy Summer! Lovely card for your Mom!

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