Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aug. ARC

It seems like yesterday I just wrote the review for the June ARC....oh wait it was just yesterday that I did that. :) As I wrote in my previous ARC reviews that we are selling the house (As of this writing its still has not sold. ) So I've been reading as many hard copy of books as I can so I don't have to take them with me. Most notable hardcovers and larger books(see March and April ARC). So as of this writing it is March 8th and I just finished the book I will be reviewing for the July ARC. Now the Art is not done as of the writing, but I figure I have time to do that.

This month's ARC is "Who Died in Here" by Pat Dennis. Its a collection of 25 short stories mysteries centering around the bathroom. The stores are really short. Like only 3 or 4 pages long. So, it was a super fast read. And that is the only good thing for me about the book. I never got into the book. You couldn't get into any of the characters because stories where so short. But at least it gives me an excuse to use my potty people stamps from Viva Las VegaStamps! in my art journal page. :D




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Anything but a card Design team call!


Anything but a card challenge blog is looking to expand our Design team. If you love making projects other than cards this is for you.

If your interested than click here to read all about it! Deadline to e-mail your application in is Sept. 13. So hurry over to check the details out and apply! :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Anything but a Card Challenge 38: Lets get Zen

This month at Anything but a card the theme is repeating motifs/patterns.


As you know I won a spot in Soul Food class. I started out doing good with the lessons, but then it was getting to advance for me with some of the lessons. But one lesson was from Dana (who I won the the spot to take the class from her blog. ) Her lesson was how she makes a collage background then does her faces and she made an angel from music paper. I went for the part on how she does her faces. It was super easy. Course mine are NOTHING like her's. lol

For this months challenge I decided to do a face. I first drew her on graph paper. Made it easier for me to get the spacing right for the eyes. Then I copied it on the printer. Then I traced it on to copy paper using a light box. I colored her with Derwent 24 Studio rose pink color pencil. But it was so pail I had to use water color crayon in the apricot. I also used the red for the lips and blues for the eyes. I used the ivory black for the eyes and the nose. Instead of coloring her hair like I normally do, I zentangled her face. The patterns I found were from the books One Zentangle a day by Beckah Krahula, Online, and from the book Totally Tangled by Sandy Steen Bartholomew.



After drawing and Tangleing her, I had no idea what to do with her. I decided to use her for the Documented Life pages. This is for the week of July 23. The prompt for that week was use a quote from a book. For the background I wanted to play with the Ferro Special Effects paste by Viva Decor In Graphite. I took a circle stencil and used a pallet knife to put the paste through it. I made sure not to put the paste where I was going to put her. I let it dry over night, but It did dry pretty quick.

I glued her down on the page. I then went to find a quote from a book. After not finding one from Shelfira.com I went to brainry,com. First I looked at Dr. Seuss, But nixed that idea and looked for an Anne Frank quote I liked. I copied and pasted it in Word Pad. I used a font called Dean Martin swing. Cut the words apart and glued it down.


So come play along at ABAC and take a look what the other DT members have done.

Friday, August 1, 2014

SOLD!!!

As some of you may know weather on Facebook or Twitter or Youtube with my travel kit video, the house is finally sold! We got the offer in the beginning of July but never said anything because I didn't want to jinx it in case the deal fell through. There was a hiccup but we are packed up and ready to leave. Well we are almost packed up, there are some things my mom needs to finish up to pack. Me and my dad(and my aunt is going with us for the drive) are driving to Vegas and we leave on Aug 9, the day after the closing. My mom is leaving on the 7th with a trip to Kansas City before Vegas. I should be arriving at Vegas on the 12.

Til we find a permanent place(we are renting an apartments where my parents stayed when they were there for a month. I will have my own little apartment), I won't have all my stuff like my craft stuff or my computer with me, though we will bring the laptop but that will be with my parents. So I won't be doing much bloging. I will have my Kindle and my iPhone. I did prepost some blog posts like the Sept.challenge for Anything but a card challenge and posts for the artful readers club. I will try and do videos via my iPhone o my digital camera if I can get to upload them on Youtube on the laptop. 

So until next time. :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July ARC

This month for ARC I read the 2nd book in the Nathaniel Cade series "The President's Vampire" by Christopher Farnsworth.

In this book Cade, and Zach try and destroy these reptilian hybrids that Zach likes to call snakeheads. Once one of these things bites or scratches you, you become infected and turn into one yourself. For the last century Cade has tried to destroy these things, but know they are showing up in enemy territory. Cade and Zach team up with the Shadow Company to find out who is pulling the strings and get rid of the snakeheads once and for all.


While I liked Blood Oath, This one I had a hard time getting into the book.  Some parts were good, some were eh.


The journal page I did was a tangle that represents snakes. I used a 05 Mircon pen to draw it out. I wanted to use the black sharpie to color it but stopped because it was bleeding through the other side which was not good because I already finished that side and didn't want to ruin the other side.


Next book I will be reading is Who Died in here?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Anything but a card:Challenge 37 Open

This months challenge over at Anything but a card challenge blog is an open theme. You can do anything you want, as long as its NOT a card.

I made some atc's using things that were on my desk or near by me.


All were made on a piece of mat board. And the font I used for all is called groovy baby.

This one is probably my favorite our of the bunch. While I was digging through my envelope of collage fodder I saw her and thought she would be good on an ATC. The background image was from a book. I thought it would be cool to do a packing tape transfer with it. It kinda failed. but I still used it. I glued it on to the matte board. I cut the girl out did have to trim her a bit so she can fit on the atc. I then backed her on one of the tags from the tag pad by Prima so she was a little more sturdy. I used foam tape to put on the atc. The quote I got from Brainyquote.com Its from Marilyn Monroe.

This one I used matte medium to glue pink tissue paper on the the mat board. After that dried I took some of my gesso and my pallet knife on a hexagon stencil. I took a circle plastic canvas and sprayed Dylusions Bubble Gum Pink through it. I stamped the girl(from October Afternoon Midway collection) on white card stock with Black Versafine ink pad. I colored her skin with Faber Castell watercolor crayon. The rest I colored in with Inktense color pencils.used foam tape to put her on the ATC the quote is from Dr. Seuss.

This ATC I started out with gluing a scrap of scrapbook paper(Newsworthy from Paper Studio) onto the Mat Board. I then glued the dress form and the flower. While that was drying I stamped the Julie Nutting girl on book paper. colored her skin and hair with Faber-castell watercolor crayons. I dressed her with Cartographer ATC pad(though its 4x6) by Prima. I stamped the Eiffel Tower on to the background Then attached her. The quote is from Mae West.

I glued a napkin on the white side of the mat board with matte medium. The heart was made from a piece of corrugated cardboard and sprayed with after midnight Dylusion spray. I glued that to the ATC. The Julie Nutting girl I made for another project but never used, I glued her on the ATC.  The quote is from Charles Shultz. 



These 2 are the same just using different colors. Before gluing the Vellum (from Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers Rubber stamps (remember them from back in the day?! :P) that I had in my stash, I used my pearlesent water colors from Artist loft and color the background. Then I glued the vellum with matte medium. I took the plastic canvas circle and sprayed the top ATC with the bubble gum pink Dylusion spray. I then took the plastic canvas and turned it onto the other ATC and it picked up some other color that was in it besides the pink. I stamped the party girl from Julie Nutting onto book paper. color her skin and hair. The top dress the paper is by TCP Studios, her balloon is white cardstock that I later colored pink with a pink pen. The bottom dress is from The Create Collection and her .balloon is from Fab Scraps. The quotes are both by Dr. Seuss.

 So go to our website to see what the DT have done and don't forget to link up your project to the page! Don't forget to mention us and link back to us when you are writing the blog of your project


Monday, June 30, 2014

June ARC Book

The book That I read for June was "Blood Oath" by Christopher Farnsworth.

It is the first of the Nathaniel Cade series. Nathaniel Cade is a vampire. 140 years ago President Andrew Jackson pardon Cade, and made Cade a Secret Service by  making Cade take a blood oath to protect the country. Zach Barrows a  new hire to be the new vampire liaison to the president. Zach is replacing William Griffiin, she is soon to retire.

The story starts off in the Middle East where Dylan and Kahled became friends back in the state in collage. Kahled started telling Dylan things to get Dylan to work for him. Dylan decides to do the work. The work is to make umenschsoldat soldiers, which are like zombie soldiers.  Then We are introduced to Dr. Frankenstine....no really but only his name is Dr. Johann Konrad. Konrad is trying to get rid of Cade, for what Cade did to him way way way back in the day. Along with the "shadow company"

I bought this book along with the 2nd book in the series at Border when it was going out of business. It looked interesting from what i read in the back. I do like Vampire books, but not sparking, and not too much blood and guts. I like to read the ones that have a bit of humor to them and are light. This book was not one of them. LOL It did have a little bit of humor to it. It did have Blood and guts, but not the normal kind you get in vampire books. Once I started reading the book I didn't think I would be into the book. But I couldn't put the book down. It was a quick read. Took me 3 days to read it.



The book I'll be reading for July is the 2nd book in the series, President's Vampire.