Wednesday, July 1, 2015


Measured my little scissors today, I think they are legal for the airplane, less than 4 inches… but they are pointy (and my favorites so I don't want to lose them).  Now I'm thinking of just leaving the knitting at home… one less thing to carry, so that's a good thing.

#ICAD31 I probably should have done a Canadian flag as today is Canada Day… but the coming July 4th holiday was on my mind today, and my little American flag on my desk (which will get taped to the mailbox on Saturday) called out for a portrait.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


My mind on a single track today, Romans 12:2… Renew your mind… I found some twisty crayons, and thought I'd try using them as a resist.  Worked sort of, but not that great.

#ICAD30 Bye bye June… on to July, that blob in the middle is supposed to be a brain.

Monday, June 29, 2015


Got another email… detailing the walking distances for the workshops… time for me to seriously lighten my load of stuff… no way I can carry a bunch of stuff all over Chicago.  I don't walk very well, I have M/S so I'm proud I'm not in a wheelchair but walking 4 blocks… well that is a challenge for me.

#ICAD29 I found this 6 pen set of Pitt pens that I'd forgotten I had, they spent several years in a drawer… but are working fine now… I'm thinking of adding them to my pack for Chicago.

Sunday, June 28, 2015


I don't usually draw in the morning, and I rarely draw cups because… well you can see you yourself.  This is my favorite cup, it is supposed to be a tea cup, but I use it for my coffee.

#ICAD28 Today I was practicing my lettering so I figured I'd do some letters on my index card today too.

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Maya Angelo and John Wooden are both attributed with this quote, but based on timing I think John Wooden probably said it first.  Surely sounds like something a basketball coach would say, not so much what a poet would say.  Maya Angelo was way more than a poet however, she was an amazing woman in many ways and someone I admire greatly.

#ICAD27 More Distress Ink and my Pilot Parallel Calligraphy pen for the 'big' words, my Lamy 1.5 Calligraphy pen for the rest.  I used a Signo Uni-ball while gel pen on the word 'Long'… didn't show up as well as I'd hoped it would.

Friday, June 26, 2015


I'm a big fan of Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoons, and have a 'Dogbert' doll on my desk.  Dogbert is a consultant (in case you didn't know that) and so am I, so I identify with Dogbert's attitude.

#ICAD26 I was looking thru some drawers in my den/studio and found some crayons I had forgotten I had (along with some markers and other stuff).  So today's card is made with crayola crayons… the smell reminds me of fun days coloring as a child.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Just 6 months till Christmas, and two weekends, before I leave for Chicago.  I've ordered a stool to carry with me, but now I'm concerned it won't get here in time.  I may have to call them and opt for the two day shipping after all.  I wasn't going to carry a stool, but got an email yesterday that my afternoon workshop won't have anywhere to sit… no way I can stand for 3 hours, it suxs being old sometimes.
#ICAD25 Just some doodles with my gel pens, one of which has already quit working… this is not the first gel pen that has been a disappointment… on the one hand I like them, on the other hand… I don't.  

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Our pepper plants are producing peppers at a rapid rate these days, I see making batches of pepper sauce soon.  The surprise this year is the tiny Dragon peppers, most of them less than 1 inch long, and yet they pack a punch that will take your breath away.

#ICAD24 Used a new stamp I got today, to stamp this keyboard on a card.  Then I used some of my Zig Clean Color markers to color them.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Where did the day go….  off to feed the cat and dogs and hit the rack.

#ICAD23 Just fooling around with stencils, and washi tape and markers...

Monday, June 22, 2015


Ever since I bought the pencil for Paper53 and discovered it wouldn't work on my old iPad I've been thinking about getting a new one…. well today I took the plunge and got a new iPad Mini3 … and now my pencil works… yippee.  I only got the 16 gig one, the fellow at the store said don't you have much music or videos… and I said, well my old iPad is a 32 gig and I've had it for about 8 years and I've only used 12 gig… the biggest hogs on it are my art magazines on Vimeo and a painting video I loaded on there… I'm not throwing the old iPad away, in fact I'm thinking I'll use it to store those magazines and videos.  New toys… I have a crick in my neck from playing with it.

#ICAD22 Used some of the new 'Colorbox' ink and a butterfly stencil to create this card, purely fun.

Sunday, June 21, 2015


Happy father's day… I miss my dad every day, but father's day is always bitter sweet because it was the last time I talked to me dad… at least I got to say 'I love you'

#ICAD21 Just testing to see if matte gel medium will buck up an index card enough to accept watercolor…. looks like the answer is yes :-)

Saturday, June 20, 2015


Gracie is wearing the cone of shame, she has licked her poor feet raw, so to give them a break and time to heal… she's in the cone for now.  She's not happy with me, as I'm the one that put her in the cone.

#ICAD20 Color wheels.  I used my colored pencils to make these 2 color wheels, the one on the left the secondary colors (green, orange, purple) were made by blending the primary colors.  The color wheel on the right, I used the pencils of the secondary colors and didn't blend anything.  Interesting how close they are to each other.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Our SC Senator Tim Scott is a man of God, who knows his bible, he mentioned this scripture during a news conference today and I had to look it up.  It perfectly fits what is going on in Charleston today.  I am so inspired by the families of the victims, their faith and love triumphs over hate.  I feel the need to examine my heart after witnessing their deep and abiding faith in God after such an incredible loss. 
#ICAD19 I used Kiriagami to cut a snowflake.  I had to cut the Origami paper down to a 4" square a 3" square was just too small to fold.  So my snowflake is a bit too tall for the index card, fits in my card box though so I'm ok with it.

Thursday, June 18, 2015


Senseless loss of life last night, during a prayer service at the Emanuel AME church, 9 people killed.  Prayers for the families that lost loved ones, the pastor a young 46 year old father of two girls aged 6 and 11 was a respected much loved man of God.  The entire community grieves the loss. 

#ICAD18 to express the sorrow of the people of Charleston at the senseless loss of 9 people gunned down during a prayer meeting last night.  They are in the arms of their savior now.