turkey day count down! and a super short week for pezza and hubby too!
i am cooking here - after a particularly BAD thanksgiving meal at someone else's house when the boys were young they made me promise to never EVER make them eat tday dinner somewhere else so i have been making it ever since - even years when it was just me and the 2 kids i made the whole nine yards! this year my MIL, FIL and 1 BIL will be coming also. no drake though BOO!!!! him and GF both work at Best Buy and will be doing the crushing black friday retail gig.
i did a big batch of cooking this weekend too - split pea soup with sausage and carrots, chicken, rice and gravy, and meatballs with sauce - i made enough for meals now plus 8 full meals and 8 individual sized meals in the freezer! so nice having back up meals for days when i just can't get to it or when me and pez just feel like having cereal - hubby can't do cereal for dinner. even better - we are 95% done with our christmas shopping! i just have two items to make and a few things to get for pezza and a friend's kids. my kitchen looks like a bomb went off though so i will be working on that this morning when i finish this post!
so i have been feeling a bit lonely in my art journaling/mixed media switch-over lately. the card making world is so HUGE! i always participated in the card challenges on SCS and i asked over there about other folks who like this stuff. well they said card challenges don't really have to be cards! so i jumped into the challenge that day (friday) and lo and behold it was PERFECT for mixed media (and even hosted by my sweet friend wendybell) - she challenged everyone to use newsprint on their projects. AWESOME! i have been wanting to do that for ages and just hadn't gotten around to it. not only that but i had the perfect thing for it! I had created some foundations on MDF awhile back and was trying to finish them but i did not like the papers i had tried so far. turns out newsprint along with some music pages was EXACTLY what i needed to use!
Luminarte Silks acrylic glaze (to give them some shimmer!)
as a finishing touch i added some luscious shimmering orange swirls! I mixed a bit of Ginger Peach Luminarte Primary Elements into my heavy gel medium and smoothed it on through a stencil. Some large orange pez-a-bling completed them!
i still have two more boards to do - i think one will have a pennant banner and the other one a bunch of balloons. i DO think these would be fun cards - maybe have these pics printed onto card fronts and make like a card collection...? what do y'all think???
i also discovered something else with my post on SCS - Em over at stamping bella has been getting into art journaling - she has some great stamps out for it and issues a challenge on her blog every tuesday - then she posts the entries on her blog the following tuesday. the current one is to use your fingers on an art journal page so i have an entry done for that that i will be posting tomorrow along with a tutorial for folks who may want to get into the art journaling thing but have no idea how to start!