Thursday, August 15, 2013

It's WHATEVER Time or My Flamboyant Uncle and Cantaloupe Jam

Welcome back to The Whatevers Round 2. I hope you have decided to play along and enjoy the fun we are having. I'd like to share my story for August.


Once a week my Uncle Mike would drive to visit us while we were at Lilydale. It was always a party when he came. One never knew what to expect other than a loud rumbling noise and the horn blowing on his new automobile. Mama would always laugh and shake her head at her youngest brother and mutter under her breath…”he’s so flamboyant”.

On those times he visited we would all scramble into his automobile and take off for the backcountry roads where we would stop at all the farm stands along the road. It was always an adventure, especially when he started going fast down the roads.

Mama was always on the look out for fresh produce, especially fruit, for her pastries and homemade preserves. The visitors at Lilydale clamored for these and wanted jars of her now famous Cantaloupe Jam to take home with them.  Before we headed back home Uncle Mike would stop at the Pharmacy where he would let us pick out our favorite ice cream cone and perhaps even a banana split.

We hated to see him leave because it was like someone just sucked all the fresh air out of our bodies. We were back at the very strange place that I didn’t like…but that is a different story for a different day.

Here are links to CatherineCuchyNathalie & Vickie's creative stories about The Whatevers. Please stop by and see what they have created.

If you would like to play along this is what you need to know:
Here is how it works
  • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Nathalie and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page


Thanks for stopping by ;)
If you are playing along you can link up your story here:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blog Hopping With Nathalie Kalbach's New Stencils and Stencil Girl Products

I'm really honored to be a part of todays blog hop showcasing a fabulous stencil designed by Nathalie Kalbach for Stencil Girl Products. I've been waiting with great anticipation for her designs to come to the market place and I know that you will love them as much as I do. Let's take a look at the stencil and what I created with it.

If you remember what this is...raise your hand?

The TYPEWRITER...the bain of my existence for my college years! Every term paper pounded out on a double layer of onionskin with carbon paper in between. Typing along and then BAM...a mistake! Somehow though I made it through all those term papers and graduate from college!

Fast forward to do we communicate in the 21st century???? I love the new technology and I would call myself a techie, the new advances are so up my alley. That is the concept for this journal page using the fabulous new stencil designed by Nathalie Kalbach.

My background started as a MOP page in my Dylusions Creative Journal Page. This is the place where I mop up any excess ink sprays {can't waste that good stuff}. On this page are all the various Dylusions Ink Spray colors.

I wanted the this typewriter stencil to take center stage so using Wendy Veechi Studio 490 Black Embossing Paste I scrapped the paste over the stencil, removed the stencil and allowed the paste to dry completely.

To complete the journal page I took screen shots of all the various forms of technology, social medium platforms and communication that I use on a daily basis. The photos you will see are from my individual pages. The icons are all free social media icons found on the web, along with the composite picture of the Apple products I use. 

Do these look familiar to you? I'm betting they do! I am a creature of my own technology and communication forms and wonder how far these innovations will go. I'm hate to admit I will anxiously be waiting for all the new things to come.

Thank you for stopping by and I'm pretty sure you might find a GIVEAWAY over at Nat's Blog BUT...she tells me if you comment here too you will have another entry into her giveaway! As a matter of fact she will give you an entry into the giveaway for each blog you comment on--how cool is that! -Nathalie gives away one of the this Typewriter Stencils. You have five chances to win it. Leave a comment on each of the listed blogs and on my blog  and let us know how you like the projects and Nathalie will pick randomly one lucky winner. You have time to comment till August 20, 2013 - midnight EST.

Blog Hop Participants: