Saturday, June 30, 2007

Untitled XXIV

Note card featuring justjohanna rubber stamps, Dr. Ph Martin ink, vintage book pages, Stardust (clear), Antique Linen Distress Ink, Versafine ink, homemade shimmer mist and doodles. (Scanned image.)

Friday, June 29, 2007

Men Without Hats

all images: justjohanna rubber stamps

Here's a fun one for the Wednesday Stamper theme this week: Hats.

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

How many stamps?

I just used 15...FIFTEEN...stamps to make one card...tune in tomorrow to see it!

Dirty Paris

Tami's challenge this week was to make a "metallic" project. Well....since metallic is my middle name, what could be so bad about that? French vocabulary lesson, gold paint pen, shimmer mist, Distress Ink, Bling Foil (whatever it is called) and a couple of justjohanna rubber stamps. Oui, c'est amusement ! (Would you believe it only took me one attempt with the foil on this one? The god's were with me last night!)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

I type too much...

Writing warm-up.

Three for Tea

This is a 4x4 canvas made with acrylic paints, vintage book pages, justjohanna images, pencil and wire. Wouldn’t it look cute hanging from your kitchen cabinets?

See you tomorrow! Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Meet Mrs. J. Townsend

Alphabet: unkown, flourish: justjohanna rubber stamps

Isa's is up to letter F this week. To make this card, I scanned in Mrs. Townsend's pass to the 1916 World's Fair (flea market find), which took place in my home town, San Diego, CA. I read that the fair played an important part in making San Diego what it is today, and before 1916 fairs were mostly held in large, already established cities around the world. I used walnut Distress Ink (Ranger) on the current map. I wonder if Mrs. Townsend had a good time....

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday Night Joke

Passengers on a small commuter plane are waiting for the flight to leave. They're getting a little impatient, but the airport staff assures them that the pilots will be there soon, and the flight can take off.

The entrance opens, and two men dressed in pilots' uniforms walk up the aisle. Both are wearing dark glasses, one is using a seeing eye dog, and the other is tapping his way up the aisle with a cane.

Nervous laughter spreads through the cabin but the men enter the cockpit, the door closes, and the engines start up. The passengers begin glancing nervously around, searching for some sign that this is just a little practical joke. None is forthcoming.

The plane moves faster and faster down the runway, and the people at the windows realize that they're headed straight for the water at the edge of the airport territory. As it begins to look as though the plane will plow into the water, panicked screams fill the cabin.

At that moment, the plane lifts smoothly into the air. The passengers relax and laugh a little sheepishly, and soon all retreat into their magazines, secure in the knowledge that the plane is in good hands.

In the cockpit, the co-pilot turns to the pilot and says, "You know, Bob, one of these days, they're gonna scream too late, and we're all gonna die."

(courtesy of Rion's Run)

Mind your bees wax.....

all images: justjohanna rubber stamps

I think I am at a turning point as far as making things goes....or maybe I am really far into the retrograde. Cat mentioned the retrograde clears on July we'll see if any of this sticks around.

Somerset magazine is so interesting to me. I can't put it down, and my condition (do-it-yourself-itis) is flourishing. I have accumulated SO many art supplies, it is now time to put up or shut up. I can't buy anything else. I have it all.

Case in point, my new melting pot (Ranger). It's awesome. However, it is not as easy as it looks to coat something with beeswax. You can't pick up the melting pot (well, I guess if you had potholders at your work table you could) and the wax turns to solid so fast. I made this piece by splattering some wax globs onto the canvas, heating them back up with my heat gun and then spreading them (pretty much just like frosting cupcakes) with a paint knife.

It took a long time to make this 4x4 canvas. I painted it with acrylic, then gesso, then stamping, then more gesso, then collage, then aged collage, then wax and then flashing. I aged the flashing with a little brown staz-on too, but the flash is a little too bright to pick it up.

I hope you like this! I am afraid the camera doesn't pick up the effects of the wax's soft and warm in person.

Until next time... Thank you for coming by!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Happy Saturday!

4x4" canvas door hanger..hanger is made with distressed wire. Acrylic paint, gesso, justjohanna rubber stamps.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Living in So Cal

Funny story?

Yesterday I went grocery shopping for supplies for my earthquake kit. I bought 10 gallons of water, tons of canned goods, first aid supplies, dog and baby supplies. I insist on housing all this stuff but worry that in the event we do need the supplies, we'll be in really bad shape. Of course, the checker thought I was weird...but he was from California too, so he understood.

For the last three nights or so, I have been having earthquake dreams and "the feeling", so I feel a little better that the kit is up to snuff and ready to go.

So I am sitting here, blurfing, and I hear two LOUD booms and the desk and chair shake for about 2 seconds. I instinctively get into "geological mode", ready to swoop up the Carry-On and head under the doorframe... the Luggage Pet did not move. Could have cared less... Spooked, but not panicked, I check my earthquake map. Small quake in Riverside a few minutes ago...2.6- that could have been it... could I have felt 2.6 all the way from Riverside...I'm no rookie...what the heck was it?

The Shuttle. lol The Shuttle landed in California today. Well, if the crew wants to stop by, there is plenty of spam and noodles here for them.

Three Cup Chicklet

This week’s Artword is “center”. For this project, I used an alcohol ink background and justjohanna images. This project was inspired by the street game “Three Card Monte” and the “Shell Game”, both lovely party games. You should set up a table at your next gathering!

Until tomorrow!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Wednesday Stamper: Eggs

ATC (Artist Trading Card) made with Basic Grey paper and blue vellum. I machine stitched the layers together with gold metallic thread and attached the quote. ) I ran newsprint through my printer and aged it a tad with distress ink.) Image: Cavallini.

Would you believe I have amassed approximately 22 justjohanna bird images and not one egg?? The other shocker? I DO own stamps other than justjohanna. Haha!

See you tomorrow for the Artword!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Double Dare

Isa's weekly challenge is for cards featuring the letter "E". "E" is for EAT...which I have been doing too much of. Dr. Ph Martin watercolor background, justjohanna images, pop dots. Thanks for a good challenge, Isa!

Daring Card Makers challenged us to emboss a project this week. I embossed these justjohanna images with clear embossing powder and embossed gold edges for a little zing. This card also features my favorite background with shimmer mist I make myself.

Thank you for stopping by today! See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Just like the white winged dove....

In 1982, Sony launched the first consumer compact disc player, the first Rubik’s cube championships were held in Budapest and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is released and quickly becomes the biggest selling album of all time in entertainment history.

Some people enjoy “tagging” their online friends to find out more about them. I don’t “tag”. How could you possibly find out more about a person than by reading their favorite songs of 1982? What could be so bad about that? Sheesh.

Eye Of The Tiger, Survivor
Centerfold, J. Geils Band
Don't You Want M, Human League
Jack And Diane, John Cougar
Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band
Harden My Heart, Quarterflash
867-5309 (Jenny), Tommy Tutone
Shake It Up, Cars
We Got The Beat, Go-Go's
Only The Lonely, Motels
Who Can It Be Now?, Men At Work
Pac-man Fever, Buckner and Garcia
Freeze-frame, J. Geils Band
Do You Believe In Love, Huey Lewis and The News
Our Lips Are Sealed, Go-Go's
I Ran, A Flock Of Seagulls
Don't Stop Bellevin', Journey (a new place in my heart)
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Police
Vacation, Go-Go's
(Oh) Pretty Woman, Van Halen (David over Sammy ANY day)
Hot In The City, Billy Idol
Kids In America, Kim Wilde
Working For The Weekend, Loverboy
Arthur's Theme, Christopher Cross (all time favorite)
Edge Of Seventeen, Stevie Nicks

I am running out of nineteen eighties! There are only three more weeks of 80's Tuesdays! Can you dig it? Don't forget to leave a post and tell me what your favorite songs of 1982 get extra points for sharing a little too!


Monday, June 18, 2007

Monday Monday

La la…laaa la la la.

Well what do you know? My pal Tami finally gave us a challenge I could get my hands around! I read Tami’s blog looking for the color challenge each week and I am stumped more than not! This week is monochromatic- you pick the color. Fair enough!

I made this background using Dr. Ph Martin paints, machine stitching (green thread) attached some cut outs from my Revolution and topped her off with my favorite stamps from justjohanna rubber stamps. Oh. That’s green ink too.

Time for me to go figure out what’s on the burner for 80’s Tuesday tomorrow. See you then!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Now we wait....

Well, I am still hunched over the lap top, waiting for my "normal" computer to come back, but I am making it ok. I made this Stampbord ATC while with the CCCC yesterday. We had a great time, but the Mercury Retrograde sure was rearing its ugly head. Jilly and I were in a funk all day. I forced myself to make a couple of small things while I wrapped up the details on the Carry-On's Father's Day present. Debbie, Auntie Stu, Cat and Johanna seemed to weather the retrograde much better than us weaklings.

Thank you for everyone who voted for me in the online contest last week! I will post the results once I see them. Thank you for coming by!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Last day to vote!

Please don't forget to cast your votes today! It's the last day of the card contest I entered! Click here to vote today. My project is #52.

Thank you!!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Wednesday Stamper: Polka Dots

Mixed media collage featuring acrylic paint and justjohanna rubber stamps. 5x7" canvas.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Mr. Luggage doesn't blurf....

Instead of moping around the house crying for my computer to be fixed, I was actually productive today! Here is a snip-it of 10 cardstock pages that I am putting together for the Carry-On to present to Mr. Luggage on Father's day. I have used acrylic paints, justjohanna images, collage and pen so far, but these are not near completion yet. Still a ways to go!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Well, I guess I am taking a blog break...

Mr. Luggage sent the new computer in for replacement and loaded me up onto the lap top in the meantime. Unfortuntely, all of my pictures are on the old computer and I cannot access them at the moment. Oh well. It seems I am now forced to make some new art instead of blurf for a few days.

If you have time, please vote by clicking here. You can vote twice daily through Saturday. Thank you!!

See you in a few days....

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Another flower card?

justjohanna image colored with prismacolor pencils on
watercolor background with shimmer mist.

Thank you to everyone who has voted for my card! You can vote every 12 hours by clicking here. I made card number 52.
See you tomorrow!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Card Contest!!

I entered a card into a contest I found online! I would be so happy if you could take a look over onto this link and vote for #52.

Thank you!

Oiseau Couture

justjohanna images, acrylic paint background, machine stitching.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Goodbye, Tony.

Just a small town girl,
livin in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in south detroit
He took the midnight train goin anywhere

A singer in a smokey room
A smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Strangers waiting,
up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlight people,
living just to find emotion
Hiding, somewhere in the night

Working hard to get my fill,
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin anything to roll the dice,
Just one more time
Some will win,
some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

Dont stop believin
Hold on to the feelin
Streetlight people

Sunday Part II

Yesterday I noticed some buds on my magnolia tree were just about to open. So I was making some cupcakes today and while I had a batch in the oven, I glanced outside and noticed bees buzzing away near the tree. I ran upstairs, grabbed the camera and got on top of a patio chair. I took these pictures of the bees working. While I was up on the chair, the little bird on the fence was angry that I was blocking his birdseed. Did you see that? He gave me the evil eye!

Today is the day.....

Well, we finally will learn Tony Soprano's fate today.
I am really nervous about it.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

It's a flower kind of day...

Ph Martin Shimmer background, justjohanna image colored with prismacolor pencils (no gamsol). Thanks for coming buy today! Happy Saturday!

Friday, June 8, 2007

Wednesday Stamper: Flowers

Here is a happy card for everyone during the longest week of my life. Two more days…two more days until the series finale of the best show: The Sopranos. Don’t come looking for me on Sunday…I’ll be in a trance in front of the television.

I used to think Seinfeld was the greatest show on television. That was until last Sunday. The “Blue Comet” episode blew everything I have ever seen on television out of the water! It was amazing. I think I have watched it 7 times already. Thank you to everyone who posted on the Sopranos thread down there…it’s been excellent to read all of your theories!

Back to reality- I made this background by gently brushing water colors through a paper towel. justjohanna images, some blue 3D crystal lacquer and a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson rounds out this week’s Wednesday Stamper challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

justjohanna sketch contest

Hidy ho, neighbors! There is a sketch contest this month over there on justjohanna’s blog. Clickity click to see how you can win 25 big ones!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Blog break today...see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Shut the front door! I forgot it was Tuesday!

I don't know what has come over me!'s time for 80's Tuesday!! Today, I hand picked my favorite songs from 1988. Sit down and have a listen!

"Bad Medicine" - Bon Jovi
"Ship Of Fools" - Erasure
"Chains Of Love" - Erasure
"A Little Respect" - Erasure
"Devil Inside" - INXS
"New Sensation" - INXS
"Desire" - U2
"Heaven is a Place on Earth" - Belinda Carlisle
"Push It" - Salt-N-Pepa (you know you like this too.....come on.)
"Man in the Mirror" - Michael Jackson
"Welcome to the Jungle" - Guns N' Roses
"I Get Weak" - Belinda Carlisle
"Pour Some Sugar on Me" - Def Leppard
"Circle in the Sand" - Belinda Carlisle

Slim list this about some movies?

Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise
Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy
Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis

Slim year, 1988. Those are my favorites, what were yours?

Artword: Dwelling

Live where your heart is.

All images: justjohanna rubber stamps. Vintage music sheet, my secret not-so-secret shimmer and Dr. Ph Martin paints. 3D crystal lacquer. Thanks for coming by today!

Monday, June 4, 2007

Chinese Food

Isa’s challenge this week is for a tag featuring the letter ‘C’. Cupcake, Cage, Chaise……Chinese!

I made this tag using a scan from a Hong Kong tourism booklet from the 50’s. This page lists all of the Chinese food that is a “must” while you are visiting Hong Kong. It is a neat book to look at. And since the project needed some stamping, I threw in a coffee cup for good measure.

Dr. Ph Martin ink background with my special blend of shimmer, machine stitching and justjohanna rubber stamps.

Thanks for coming by today!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Do you watch Sopranos??

Post your thoughts...

I am so upset. I have never sat through and hour of television in so much suspense in my life! I am going to have to sedate myself for next week!!

(And...if you do not watch, or have not watched, don't read the comments to this post.)

Sunday Night Joke

Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.

When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna’s heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, "Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph, hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead."

Edna replied, "He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?"

Isn’t that tweet!

Zorana gave us all a freebee collage on her blog! Thank you Zorana!

Here is a quick card using justjohanna images with Zorana art! Enjoy, I’ll be back for the Sunday Night Joke!

Saturday, June 2, 2007

The bees were busy today....

These are some pictures I took on a hike today with the Carry-on and Mr. Luggage. We live pretty close to the ocean, so the clouds never fully burned off today- making for very nice hiking weather!

Acid Cupcake

This week’s Daring Cardmakers calls for something “clear” in a project. For this card, I used acetate colored with alcohol inks, machine stitching and justjohanna rubber stamps. I hope you like it!

Friday, June 1, 2007

It's official!

Today is my first day on the justjohanna roster! I've got my own online gallery on the company's website and an official "bio" posted there. I am so excited! You can see my online gallery by clicking here.