Thursday, March 21, 2019

come what may . . .

Hello to all who've stopped by today!
I am hoping Spring is in the air for you?  We are warming to the low 50's (deg f) during the day here in the N/W area of the USA; I'm happy to report! : )
True, we may have another few bouts with snow, but you can bet we are looking forward to longer days, warmer weather, flowers!  and that - - smell of Spring!
I was telling someone not too long ago about my early childhood in Michigan. When Easter and Springtime were near.  As the sun warmed the ground and melted all that winter snow, there was the smell of wet earth that permeated the yards. You could smell it as soon as you walked out the door~
The first signs of Spring for me!
                              FRENCH VINTAGE STYLE JOURNAL created Feb 2014
                               
Well, I must confess I was hoping Spring would bring with it a renewed creativity and energy~
I've been longing for that 'creative eye' - rummaging thru my lace and fabrics, papers and trinkets- searching for the perfect compliments for my latest creation~
But it seems I just haven't 'got it goin' right now : /  and I've had to make some decisions- to keep myself from sitting at the scrap table every night; just staring at my stuff! Facing the fact that it's just not happening right now is my first step; and believe me I've been giving it a real effort~

Yes I have created a few things over the last several months, but the love and drive, joy and passion for it seems to have evaporated right now; if I can be honest with you friends~ Yes, it breaks my heart a little.  OK, a lot.
But my attitude is key in times like these.  There may be many reasons why my creativity can "ebb and flow" as it does.

Sooo, I am not going to sit here every evening waiting for my date to Not show! ; ) LOL
I'm going to take a break from the table.  Get some walking in, more time with family,  and start spending more time out-and-about; at least for awhile~  But my heart just isn't ready to say GoodBye to Blogland all together.
I love you all so much! and want to continue visiting when I can.
You are an inspiration to me! even though my 'mojo' tank is on "E" <3

I would also like to keep posting for a while, so I am bringing out some things I created many years ago~ I hope no one minds.  I still want to - share~
I created this journal in 2014.  (before most of my grief had begun- long story)


On the cover,  I used mostly scraps of papers, (some from Maja Designs    http://majadesign.nu/products/  including the image.) I stenciled a canvas heart, there's twine, and a few bits of metal.  My flowers  hand-made.  There's also several strips of washi tape and bits of corrugated board.
The base front and back cover were from 7 Gypsies.  https://shop.canvascorpbrands.com/products/book-cover-roma-large 
I hope you enjoy it <3

 Wishing you a great week-end ahead!  Lots & lots of blessings & loving hugs to you- till we meet again.  ~ Karen <3

Thursday, March 7, 2019

One of my canvas bags~

Hi to all!  How has your week been going?  Have you had creative time? My visits out to blogland indicate that some of you have indeed been busy creating beauty and inspiration : )
I unfortunately have been busy taking care of other things and have not been at my craft table : /

 It is (once again)  time for Wen's monthly SIMPLY NEUTRALS TUESDAY Link party!
And (once again) I do not have anything new in neutral colors   to contribute : /  so I have (once again) dug into my past posts! (yay sometimes for 'past posts' : ) and am sharing some pics of a  canvas bag I created several years ago.
I believe this is the first one I ever made.  It is a smaller size; will hold a few medium-sized books.
It's a canvas base, with a corner (bottom-right) covered in a vintage hankie piece.  The body is covered with a wide band of pretty (not vintage) lace., and a width of cotton lace too.  I've collected some laces, hankies, and such from estate sales over the years, and was also gifted some beautiful pieces from my late-husbands mother and grandmother.  The pretty corner hankie piece is from Grandma~
The handle for this bag was made from 'ripped' strips of canvas; to which I added a strip of cotton lace to the center (lengthwise) and I re-enforced the ripped edges with zig-zag machine stitching along the sides.
 
 Here's a peek at the inside.  Made with a simple pocket for separation.
The rosette is a 'twisted & rolled up' hankie that had a bit of damage - so, a perfect use for it here!
I added a loose faux pearl to the center.

 My heart belongs to Simply Neutral Tuesdays!  : )   And I just don't like to miss out < 3
 So I am entering this at http://appleapricot.blogspot.com/
Our monthly link up party
 The Link party runs all month long!  Please stop in to see, and if you have a neutral based piece of art, or photo - why not link up!?
I hope all is well in your heart and soul today~   
The snow is still piling up here!  But I can see the beauty in this and know we will have a wonderful Spring melt because of it.
Blessings to you and big hugs too~
Karen

Thursday, February 28, 2019

waiting for April

Hello friends! I hope you are doing well?
There IS a small art project below-    but I did want to share so pics of my surroundings : )
We in the north-west corner of Montana are covered in a thick blanket of snow~
The rural area's near my home city of Kalispell are piled high with this cold white stuff!



 The shopping centers are inundated with small mountains of fresh-plowed snow.  There is just no where to put it!
 From my apartment window~  (no hint for you that there are mountains in the distance)
I am acclimatizing (did I say that right?) slowly; and learning to love the beauty of living in Montana~   My family won't believe I said that!  But what truly makes living here extra special is being so close to my daughter and all the grandkids : ) <3  I am blessed.

My mojo/creativity is still not happy with me.  As if I'm trying to wake it out of hibernation!  "Nooo, it's only February, let me sleep . . ."  Alas, I get some bits and pieces : )  and am just going with the flow right now.
Here's a little hanging tag I made; just trying to keep busy at the craft table.  A bit rustic and grungy; not too bad.  *smile*

Using some pressed and mulberry(?) paper, corrugated board, chipboard grasses painted with T Holtz Twisted Citron distress ink.http://timholtz.com/new-distress-twisted-citron/  The bird is T Holtz tissue paper (reinforced w/a cardstock back).  The branch above her head was cut with a Memory Box die http://www.memoryboxco.com/98187-Woodland-Branch-craft-dies_p_91.html  and painted with a few layers of Tattered Angels http://www.mytatteredangels.com/paint/starter-kits/  "Weathered Wood" sprays.  I added some Prills [search Amazon]  for dirt around the grass; mixing in some glitter too.
I simply stamped the letters and cut them out individually; inking the edges. [always forgetting about that! but I remembered this time friend~]

Yes, I am waiting for April - I cannot lie~  But learning to enjoy what the weather holds for me today, no matter what.  And not be (too) afraid to get out in it as well!  : )
Wishing you a great rest of your week, and a wonderful week-end coming soon!
I'll be traveling with some of my grandchildren.  A 4 hour trek through some of the Rocky Mountains;  taking them to their other Gram for an extended visit.     Then I'll be on an Amtrak coming home.  How beautiful that will be~
Loving hugs,
Karen

Saturday, February 16, 2019

For Dad, with love~

It will be my dad's 85th birthday next month; but it will be the first one without my mom by his side in almost 72 years..
They met at about the age of 12, in 6th grade!  and fell in love~  They have been devoted to each other all these years.
Since my mom went to Heaven in July, we have all felt the loss deeply - and of course, dad has felt it most acutely.   Married 65 years! That really is a lifetime, isn't it?
We are very proud of him and how he is carrying on with his music and doing his best to keep busy and productive; with a very broken heart~
This photo was taken when they were working in an office together for a while.   I believe it was before they were actually married.
I created this on a small paper bag,  and it will be filled with his favorite candy! (Tootsie Rolls : )
 and perhaps a gift card to a favorite restaurant or something~



It's a real 'eclectic' mix of papers and such, but I've incorporated things that have meaning to me as well.
There is stitching, thread, and a few 'button' cards (the yellowish 25c card & the pale green one) remembering all the sewing my mother did~  When we were growing up she made almost all of our clothes.
 

There's a bit of sheet music paper just above the 'Happy Birthday' that hints of dads musical ability~
He played 7 different instruments in his lifetime, and is still playing the piano and clarinet.
I used bits of ticket stub and filmstrip, reminding me of all the symphony's and musicals they took us too!  For years they would buy 3 season tickets, and each of us 6 kids would get one turn to go out for a special night with mom & dad! 
My love and thanks to you friends!! for taking time to peek in and see my card today~
I am still playing a little bit of 'catch-up' in my blog visiting, but I hope to stop in and see you soon~
Hugs to you,
Karen

Thursday, February 7, 2019

2nd time around~ & Please follow on Bloglovin!

Hi friends~  I hope all is well for you?  I'm doing pretty well, despite the 'deep-freeze' that has settled down upon us here in north-west Montana, USA.  Near freezing and below for several days/nights.
Even next week we will have <minus> over-night temperatures! Brrrrrr!

Please know that Google+ will be gone soon!! and so I've added a button:
 "Follow me with Bloglovin"
 near the top right on my blog - if you would care to follow that way  <3
I am pretty I.T.  illiterate! and don't understand what exactly will happen in April; but I hope to get better informed - so I don't loose my following at your place!  I enjoy Every blog I follow, and don't want to miss anything because I can't find you!~

I wanted to tell you, I have grown to love   Our monthly link up party  Simply Neutrals Tuesday at Wens' blog every month,
 
And so  - - I had to reach back into my past and find a "neutral"  to enter!
My creating has been so - - limited lately, and I did not have the time or mojo to get something new ready for today~  : /
                  "It's A Good Day"
This is one of the  . . .grungiest! cards I've ever made, and it happens to be one of my very favorites as well~  A birthday card for my nephew.
 I know Wendy is flexible about adding bits of color, so I'm hoping she will accept this for submission : )
I used:  Lots of layers of kraft cardstock, Kraft patterned paper, Burlap, twine, stamping words and postage, metal 'screw' brads - and the colorful bird w/music is actually from some (Prima?) packaging~
There's lots of  washi tape too, and if you can see him, the little bird resting on the "fun day" sign? he was die cut from some paper that was covered in pieces of washi.

So, there it is for me today.  : )  I hope you have a blessed week-end ahead!  And happy crafting time too~
Hugs to all.
Karen

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

just getting started~

Greetings friends in Blogland!  I was able to finish my business in CO earlier than planned <3 Whew~ and I've been home in MT now for a week; barely! : )  It was a good (and adventurous) trip - perhaps I'll share some of that one day ; ),  but for now I want to share the little bit of inspiration I have found at my craft table, since being home. (Mind you, the weather is Dreary! so lighting is bad)
A little tag I put together with some things on hand.  About 5"X3" (12.7X7.62cm)
The base paper (roses) is from an older collection by  Mr. T. Holtz,~  I punched the black strip, added T. Holtz tissue paper (nest) with some Modge Podge, and the 'bird and words' are paper by Jenni Bowlin.
I framed the edges (of the bird & words) with some tiny snippets of cotton lace that I recently received from my friend Jesse @ Lace Age Girl blog- Thank you dear Jesse!!  She blessed me with some belated Christmas cheer : )

 I think it added just the right touch to my simple start of new year creating.

 I must admit, the first card I created when I sat down to 'craft' (after being gone for weeks)  I really don't want to show you! (yikes)  Does that never happen to you?  It happens w/me more than I care to tell  : /   I start out with some (great wonderful fantastic) ideas; and then it's all Downhill from there!!  Oh well, I'm learning as I go~  I keep trying!  And feeling free to have fun AND make some mistakes along the way.  How 'bout you? 
Wishing you all a creative week ahead and lots of blessings too~
Karen~~~

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Big hello and some old treasures too~

Hello my friends in Blogland : )   And I noticed little 'ol me has a few new followers here @ Roosterhead Designs; and I want to sincerely Thank You!! for including me in your Reading List!
 I am not sure how to find your blog? to properly pay a visit : ) But thank you all the same~

 I'm still away from my crafting for a few more weeks, but I just wanted to say hi to all and wish you a blessed week-end ahead <3
I am including 2 (7") paper bag cards I made from Maja Design papers.  This was Many Moons Ago!
The tag is for writing out your sentiment and then it slides into the bag,  along with a gift or little treat.   I layered several papers from the "Vintage Autumn Basics" line,  and did some machine stitching too.  There's a bit of white corrugated board and twine and seam binding bow; {per usual : }
     I've also added a few buttons from Gramma's jar.

 Here below is one with a sewing theme!  Love the teeny wood spool accent and the 'scissors' washi tape~  There is a band of lace under the pale blue horizontal bow.  Some paper punching and postal stamping too~
I don't know that I ever had some much fun with any one paper company than I have with Maja design papers.  Although they come from Sweden (so shipping is $$,) they are of the utmost quality; thick and lovely! The colors and themes are rich & beautiful.  OK, that's my free commercial for Maja.

I am enjoying the little time I do have (while on work assignment) to visit around blogs and see what winter and pre-spring ideas are popping up!  I think momentum is building : ) LOL
Again,  have a blessed week-end, which I hope includes a bit of outdoors and creativity too.
~Karen~

Monday, December 10, 2018

Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

Hello to you and a great big Thanks! for looking in~
I want to let you know I may not be posting anything for a while; well, possibly till February~
I am a full-time bookkeeper and do lots of accounting and some work related travel  at the years end.  This is a busy time any way, with Christmas and New Years just a few weeks away!
Perhaps I'm jumping the gun a bit - - but just in case I don't make it back for a while, I wanted you to know why~  I certainly hope to do some blog visiting though;  So I'll see you at your place! :)

Well today I am posting a card I made a looong time ago!  - but is a favorite for me.
Old world Santa and burlap
I used a distressed card base, a layer of red burlap, then white burlap, a piece of corrugated board with some Gesso 'snow', the image from a friend, and a few berries & such, & a whisp of raffia. The white button is from Grama's jar.  There is a generous amount of white glitter too~

How are your holiday preparations going?  From what I see in my 'Readers List' there is much Creativity going on!!  Hard to believe Christmas Eve is just 2 weeks from today.  In my family we love the festivities of this celebration of Jesus' birth - along with reaching out to others with gifts of love, good will, and best wishes!
I Thank each one of you for your loving support and dear friendship~  My life has seen it's share of difficulties these last few years and I truly and sincerely appreciate your love and encouragement!

Wishing for you a very blessed Christmas and very Happy New Year!
Love and hugs,
Karen~

Monday, December 3, 2018

Neutral Christmas card~

Thanks to all who stop in!  I sure appreciate you taking time to look~
Hopefully  : ) just a quick post for me to share a card I created last week.
I couldn't seem to get a good clear shot of this one.  The sky has been quite dark and grey for days and so with just the artificial light - I get the shadows . . .

There is a bottom layer of pale pink cardstock, then black cardstock, cheesecloth, a pale greenish-blue that you can hardly see 'peeking thru'; and then the image. (From ShabbyArtsBoutique blog - KerryAnne is so kind.)
 I tucked in some white Prills beads, glitter and sequins.  Added bits of texture paste and paint, not too much,   just here & there along the top & bottom sides.
 A little punched snowflake~
I am hoping to enter this tomorrow at Wens:    Simply Neutral Tuesday's Party!!
Hope you can peek in on Tuesday and see what's new~  Always delightful art!

 Two white jingle bells, white cotton twill tape, seam binding, cotton twine and a pearl on top.
Thank you for the visit!  Wishing you a wonderful creative week~  We are cooold and a bit snowy up here in NW Montana~  Sure fits the Christmas Season to be sure~
Loving hugs to you,
Karen

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

A Paper bag Thank You~

Hello to all!! Thanks ever-so-much for stopping in~
I wanted to share something I made many months ago; but just recently got sent out to our friend Marie at Lost Bird Studio. http://marie-lostbirdstudio.blogspot.com/
She is an artist with great talent; and a woman of generous spirit~  I hope you'll take some time to enjoy her blog~  She was (and is) such a blessing to me during some extremely difficult times- and this is a very (very) long over-due little thank you card.

 
This is a small paper bag; lightly painted with white acrylic around the edges.  I then added some papers, a bit of cheese-cloth, some scraggly-torn tissue paper and the image- which was gifted to me by Marie~ Isn't that a sweet vintage girl!   The 'crown' punched piece of paper at top is the sentiment card that fits inside.  I wrote a few words &  tucked a few small things into the bag for her and finally got it sent off~



There is a smattering of prills, beads, sequins and glitter here & there.  Look at those boots! : ) <3 
(PS, I am such an amateur at this blogging! and don't know how to remove the spaces and gaps between photo's & text sometimes : p)
 

I hope this day finds you well?  And enjoying some creative time~  I am feeling Christmas so early this year.  I don't usually start things till after December rolls in; but my trees have been up for a week! That's just Not me~ hmmm
My dining table is covered with wrapping projects.  I don't shop this early! (who am I?:)
Well so-long for now dear friends.  I am still working full-time and my job awaits.
Wishing you blessings in the days ahead~
Love and hugs,  Karen