Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
A found soft pastels on super clearance at Joann’s last week. In fact, if you have a “supercenter” Joann’s near you, you will be pleasantly surprised to find a boat load of fine art supplies on super clearance. Sad, because the future of fine art supplies is up in the air until we figure out what they’re doing, but good for the time being as far as your wallet goes.
Anyway, this is the first time I have drawn anything in my life. It was fun! The cockatoo on the vertical paper is “Rikki”. Still alive today, I think we got him when I was around 12 or 13 years old. I like that drawing the best…I should be able to come up with a rudimentary drawing of a cockatoo considering how long I have been able to look at one up close and personal.
Glad I bought the pastels.
Before anyone calls a psychiatrist, I would like to formally announce that I am not crazy. I can’t be crazy, because I sit here all day wondering if I am indeed crazy. Therefore, I am not possibly crazy, because if I was crazy, I would just be crazy and stop worrying about it.
Furthermore, this is not my Jack Nicholson “Shining” moment. This, my friends, is what happens when a song gets lodged in my brain. Case in point- “Words” by Missing Persons. Somehow, the chorus (correct lyrics or not) got stuck in my head last night. Pretty clever, if I do say so myself, the birds are flying overhead in ‘missing man formation’. Get it? Missing persons? I probably should stick to making things I don’t have to explain…..
Justjohanna rubber stamps; others unknown.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Check out justjohanna's blog for this cool background paper. You can print it our for ffreeeeeeeeeee! Anywho, she has a challenge to see how you use it. Here is a card I made for my mom. My mom rides a scooter around town, so this is appropriate. Just kidding. It's for my grandmother; she rides the scooter. Sigh..ok, neither of them ride scooters; I thought the banner was a cute idea flying behind the scooter.
Keeping in tune with double challenge cards- this one will also fit Wednesday Stampers "Frame" challenge!
justjohanna rubber stamps, homemade shimmer paper colored with distress ink + frayed burlap ink.
The image was stamped using Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Once cool, I used my brayer to spread a very thin layer of Antique Linen ink with a lot of water all over the card. I sprayed it with my shimmer water for a subtle sheen and once it dried, I ironed off the embossing powder. I like the result very much! Thanks Isa and Tami for the challenges!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
In 1989, as Luggage prepared to exit the most prestigious of academic institutions known as “Patrick Henry High”, the following songs topped the charts in the US:
"All She Wants Is" - Duran Duran
"Another Day in Paradise" - Phil Collins
"Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)" - Soul II Soul
"Lay Your Hands On Me" - Bon Jovi
"I'll Be There For You" - Bon Jovi
"Batdance" - Prince
"Beds Are Burning" - Midnight Oil
"Blame It on the Rain" - Milli Vanilli
"Buffalo Stance" - Neneh Cherry
"Cherish" - Madonna
"Do You Believe in Shame?" - Duran Duran
"Don't Wanna Lose You" - Gloria Estefan
"Dr. Feelgood" - Mötley Crüe
"Drama!" - Erasure
"Eternal Flame" - The Bangles
"Every Beat of My Heart" - Taylor Dayne
"Express Yourself" - Madonna
"Funky Cold Medina" - Tone Lōc
"Hangin' Tough" - New Kids on the Block
"Like a Prayer" - Madonna
"Listen to Your Heart" - Roxette
"Lost in Your Eyes" - Debbie Gibson
"Love Shack"- The B-52's
"Me, Myself and I" - De La Soul
"Miss You Much" - Janet Jackson
"Orange Crush" - R.E.M
"Ride On Time" - Black Box
"Right Here Waiting" - Richard Marx
"Rock On" - Michael Damian
"Round & Round" - New Order
"She Drives Me Crazy" - Fine Young Cannibals
"Stand" - R.E.M.
"Straight Up" - Paula Abdul
"The Look" - Roxette
"Veronica" - Elvis Costello
"What I Am" - Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
"We Didn't Start the Fire" - Billy Joel
"Wild Thing (Tone Lōc song)" - Tone Loc
"You Got It (The Right Stuff)" - New Kids on the Block
Boy! What a musical mess! Ok...your turn. Name your favorites and what were you doing in 1989?
Monday, April 23, 2007
I am working on a new project and I can’t wait to show it to all of my readers. Someone asked me a few days ago (I think it was Jilly but I can’t remember) what I did with all of the cards I make. My answer is that they sit in a pile in the corner. Why? I don’t pass them out. Not very often, anyways. I like to go back and look at them sometimes. There are a lot of cards in my corner. A big box full.
I normally don’t put sentiments on my cards. Part of the reason is that I don’t have very many sentiment stamps; but the main reason is that I prefer a blank note card over a juiced up greeting card any day. There is something about a note card. Perhaps it’s the excitement to receive one when it is not your birthday or Christmas. Maybe it’s because they are like little pieces of art to be treasured in a special drawer. Then again, maybe it stems back to my love of fine stationary as a child. I didn’t have very much money, so the box of blank note cards gave me the most mileage. I can’t quite put my finger on it.
All of this led me to think: What more is there to stamping than making greeting cards that will never see the light of day?
There is art. A lot of possibilities. One day, I dream of a gallery opening. One day people can walk through and see things I made on a wall. One day when I am ready. Which leads me to today.
I have started an “art book” which I will refer to as “My art book”. It’s not a journal, because I don’t like talking about myself. It’s weird, but to me journaling seems very lonely. I am making 8x8” cardstock paintings to be bound into my art book. You can come over and flip through my art book without seeing “Get well soon” or “happy birthday” all over the place. You can enjoy the pages without noticing that I had a hair cut on that day in history. You can imagine whatever you want about each page.
I finished 2 pages today. I love working with this size format. I love that there are not the standard 4.25x5.5” limitations. I just love everything about it.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Tonight's joke courtesy of the offices of our friend Anna P. Cont:
A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, just in front of him the light turned yellow. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
The tailgating woman hit the roof, and the horn, screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection. As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer.
The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed and placed in a holding cell. After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School'bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk. I assumed you had stolen the car."
Have a great week, everybody!
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
My infatuation with shimmer started in 1999. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in Chicago on business at the time the movie “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” was coming out. All of the fashion magazines were featuring girls with make-up resembling fairies. Essential to a fairy’s appearance? A soft, shimmery glow.
My cohorts and I scoured every make-up counter for the perfect product (you think I am obsessive with art supplies? You should have seen how I used to be while shopping for make-up!) to give ourselves that fresh glow. I can’t tell you how many dollars were wasted on bad shimmer. A lot of make-up ended up in the Luggage archives, only to be later thrown away. These days it’s easy to find a good shimmer.
Not so easy to find good shimmer in paper products though. So much of it is too glittery, which makes me think it looks like a grade school project. I was looking for the perfect subtle shimmer. Cut to the chase? How did I make these tags? Easy. A little bit of Perfect Pearls in a spray bottle. Simple as pie. Umm…pie. One photo with the flash to highlight the shimmer and one in natural light. I bent them a little on purpose to give them a worn look. Two of the tags are for my friend, so I matched them up with hand dyed ribbon.
All images: justjohanna rubber stamps. Holtz Distress Inks.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Did Blogger help it's picture software? Something is different today...better. I can't quite put my finger on it...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
It's 80's Tuesday! Today's focus is 1980. Let's start with a look at the US #1 Singles:
"Please Don't Go" - KC & The Sunshine Band (1)
"Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" - Rupert Holmes (1)
"Rock with You" - Michael Jackson (4)
"Do That To Me One More Time" - The Captain & Tennille (1)
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" - Queen (4)
"Another Brick in the Wall, Part II" - Pink Floyd (4)
"Call Me" - Blondie (6), best selling single of the year
"Funkytown" - Lipps Inc (4)
"Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)" - Paul McCartney (3)
"It's Still Rock n' Roll To Me" - Billy Joel (2)
"Magic" - Olivia Newton-John (4)
"Sailing" - Christopher Cross (1)
"Upside Down" - Diana Ross (4)
"Another One Bites the Dust" - Queen (3)
"Woman in Love" - Barbra Streisand (3)
"Lady" - Kenny Rogers (6)
"(Just Like) Starting Over" - John Lennon (1)
Here's your 1980 Acadamy Awards:
Best Picture: Ordinary People - Wildwood, Paramount
Best Director: Robert Redford - Ordinary People
Best Actor: Robert De Niro - Raging Bull
Best Actress: Sissy Spacek - Coal Miner's Daughter
Best Supporting Actor: Timothy Hutton - Ordinary People
Best Supporting Actress: Mary Steenburgen - Melvin and Howard
Best Foreign Language Film: Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (Москва Слезам Не Верит), directed by Vladimir Menshov, USSR
Do you remember the songs and movies of 1980? Luggage does. "Sailing" by Christopher Cross is one of my all time favorite songs. It reminds me of summer days every time I hear it. What about you?
I don’t have an interesting story to go with this week’s entry; but I can tell you that if there is cake around, it would not be uncommon for me to eat it for dinner. Not dessert. I said dinner.
6x6 canvas. I used Distress Ink to color the background paper for the cupcakes and color wash to color the canvas. To add some texture to the canvas, I covered it with painters tape and gesso. Once dry, I added the text. Pink pen highlights the Artword; and to finish, I covered all of the frosting with 3D crystal lacquer.
All images: justjohanna rubber stamps.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Laura Bush bought George a parrot for his birthday. She told Dick Cheney, “The bird is so smart! George has already taught him to pronounce over 200 words!” “Wow, that’s pretty impressive,” Cheney said. “But you realize that he just says the words. He doesn’t understand what they mean.” “That’s okay,” Laura replied. “Neither does the parrot.”
I made this card for a challenge on Isa’s blog. Isa challenged her readers to create a card using distress inks and water. For details on her technique, you can visit her blog. (By the way, I LOVE this technique and am a big Isa fan!)
To make the card, I used distress ink in Broken China and Shabby Shutters to make the background. On a separate piece of cardstock, I used Antique Linen and Scattered Straw to make the paper for the tree and stamped the tree with Frayed Burlap. I sprayed the tree stamp with a small bit of water before stamping to make I look slightly weathered.
The fabulous “wind” flourish were made with another piece of Broken China and Shabby Shutters paper using the Revolution die cut system. (My first die cut…I almost had to take a sedative…I am in love again.)
Finally, I inked the edges of the card with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink and colored the leaves with Sakura pens in green and gold. Oh, I almost forgot…that’s Scattered Straw on the card edges. Can’t have a weathered tree on brand new cardstock now…..sheesh.
Thank you for coming by today! I need a drink.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
There really is no explination for it. I eat, sleep and dream about these stamps! I've been thinking about a new banner for a long time and this is what I have come up with so far. You likey? Me likey. I have a lot to learn about photoshop still, so keep your eyes on the banner (so to speak).
Stop back by tomorrow; I'll show you what I made with the other half of this background. See you then!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
I get the shakes
When I see
Your buttery flakes
This must be love
You’re so perfect and round
I take every precaution
Not to let you fall to the ground
Oh Ritz cracker
You’re so delicious
According to your box
You’re even nutritious
Light and crunchy
Toasty golden brown
If I had a million dollars
It would be Ritz all around!
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Somewhere in my imagination, there are some birds quietly afloat on a beautifully upholstered chaise lounge waiting to be rescued.
I covered this 3x5 canvas board with paper I hand painted with Dr. Ph Martin ink. To obscure the color a bit, I washed a little Gesso over it and then attached the chaise. The birds are stamped onto a page from a vintage French Saint directory and covered in 3d Crystal lacquer. The last step was to age the corners a tad using Ranger Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Broken China.
Oh… the birds do get rescued. They always do.
Images: justjohanna rubber stamps
Monday, April 9, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Did you miss me?
How presumptuous, I know. I am aching to get back to normal here; whatever normal is. I have not been on a trip or anything, just taking a break from this blog to clear my head and get some maintenance done. The good news is that I should be back to posting some “art” tonight or tomorrow.
I am a tough customer. God bless Mr. Luggage. Our computer was very old and had been giving me some trouble for the last few months. I told Mr. Luggage not to get me a new computer because I wanted to make the move to San Diego with the old one so I could buy furniture around the new PC, etc. Well, I couldn’t take it any longer, so he built me what we refer to in Luggage Land as “The Ass Hauler”. This term of endearment is normally saved for fast cars, but I feel it fits this new beauty nicely. There is a kick ass new wide screen monitor (unfortunately, I have been informed that sticking ‘decorations’ to the new monitor will not be tolerated), all the brand new programs and even a subwoofer. I have to get used to a new keyboard (wireless and flat) and all the normal editing goodies are out…time to learn new stuff. Windows Vista is pretty and nice, but mama mia, Word is going to take some learning. Everything is so fancy, but at the beginning, fancy comes with a headache. (I will learn to love Office 2007. I will learn to love Office 2007. I will learn to love Office 2007…….)
I hope that everyone enjoys a beautiful day with their families tomorrow! We’ll be out of town for the day, but back in the evening for two very important events: The Sopranos and Entourage! Don’t have HBO? Today is the day to make that call!
Thank you to everyone for sticking around during the hiatus!
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Greetings from beautiful California! What a fantastic weekend we've had. I can't remember Friday, but I remember Saturday and Sunday...
Saturday Morning was the annual pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt at the local park. The Carry-On got one egg and was very happy. The Commander on the other had was again appalled by the behavior of the locals here in Orange County. The greed does not stop at anything. Parents ignored the announcer and let their older children hunt eggs during the toddler hunt...and many parents ran into the field to help their kids gobble up as many eggs as possible. I feel mortified with the possibility that some of the children did not walk away with any eggs. It was a disgusting display at the park that morning.
I had the opportunity to fulfill my Executive Chef duties in Escondido again this weekend. Luggage was very happy to have been able to help on Saturday afternoon and into the night.
With great difficulty, I woke up this morning to meet bigbadmike at the flea market. We were both excited to be able to get to this flea market. It was not an excellent day for finding treasures, but I was able to come away with a few things I can wreck in my beginning attempts of mixed media art. My favorite find was the 1966 Spanish Grammar handbook that was used by the Border Patrol. There are also 4 mini red leather books, some funny Mexican postcards from the 50's and a tourism book for visiting Hong Kong. All have great illustrations and potential.