Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ladies, I Promised

So, here it is. This will be a long post to get caught up before my eye surgery.

I know it has been awhile since I last posted, but this is Texas after all.
By that, I mean that you have to make hay while the sun shines.
Come March everything starts growing, including the weeds in the flower beds. Living in the country, it is impossible to completely eliminate them from the beds. Unfortunately, that means they have to be pulled.
I enjoy working in the garden, even pulling weeds, when the weather is nice. Around here, cool spring weather can turn into a heat wave quickly. You get it done, no excuses, so that means everything else gets relegated to the back burner.

In addition, my Dad moved himself into a nursing home which was a surprise. To do so, he had to sell his truck. That ended up being a blessing. He is 91 years old and does not need to be driving. I was dreading the conversation which has now been avoided. The nursing home provides transportation to his doctors, to do some shopping and a few outings which he doesn't like. For family visits and just to get out excursions, and he needs them, we go and get him.

We've also been inundated with severe rain storms. It has been our wettest May on record and the third wettest month ever. 57 tornadoes, so far. Luckily, we have avoided a complete power outage, a novelty for us, but have had on-off spikes. As a result, my computer is often shut down.

Still...I have been working. Remember the rooster I painted with alcohol inks? I finally decided to make an easel card.
My daughter, granddaughters and I spent several days melting ink in National Geographic Magazines. It creates these wonderful abstract pages that can be used for whatever your imagination can conjuror up.

I looked through them to find something to use for my background and layered everything else on top.

I created some chicken wire, a sunflower, leaves and a fence and cut them out with Make-the-Cut

I painted the chicken wire with iron paint and rusted it with a rusting solution.
I painted the fence with watercolors.
The sunflower and leaves were cut from watercolor paper and painted with, you guessed it, watercolors.

I finished it off with a denim bow and a saying cut from vinyl.

Next! When I was little my Mother, Grandmother and Aunt all had a set of plates. One had a man on it and the other a women all created with fabric and sewing trim. It was the fad at the time and I remember them well.

My cousin asked me to create a card for his mother, my aunt, with a lady reminiscent of her plate. These are also easel cards. I added a sentiment to my aunt's card after I took this photo.

I decided to do the man just for fun.

About the time I was finishing these, Scrap Factory released a Couples Expansion Pack. They are adorable. Within that pack was Grandma and Grandpa. Another love of mine. I used bits and pieces of both and created a line drawing in Make-the-Cut. I painted the line drawings with alcohol ink, shaded them with Inktense ink pencils and cut them out with my digital cutter. I used the the Inktense pencils because they are water soluble and would not re-open or erase the alcohol inks. They are also very intense colors that dry permanent. I painted the eyelashes with a brush and acrylic ink.

I will say, this is the first time I have worked with paper with so much humidity in the air. What a pain!

I am hosting a birthday swim and slumber party for my granddaughter's 14th birthday. Where does the time go?
My Granddaughter and her friends spent the night in the tent camper last night and of course it rained. We may get enough of a break in the weather this afternoon so that they actually get to swim. I sure hope so! At any rate, I am looking forward to the burgers.