Saturday, July 4, 2015


Did a bit of shopping this morning, my battery charger for my camera wasn't working, a new one charged the battery in a flash.  We grilled out steaks for dinner tonight, just before another thunderstorm rolled thru, lots of wind with this storm too but our trees had no further damage.  The neighbors are not deterred from shooting off fireworks in spite of the rain. 

#ICAD34 Micron pen and colored pencils… my distress at NO INTERNET today, at least none until after 2pm today.  How much we depend on being connected.  I was able to use my phone for a few things, and we went to McDonald's for breakfast and used their free WiFi to check email etc.

Friday, July 3, 2015


A bad thunderstorm, roared thru our neighborhood yesterday, downing a huge limb from one of the huge oak trees in our back yard.  We were lucky it missed our garden fence, the chain link yard fence and our garden shed… so nothing was damaged.  We lost our telephone and internet connection then too, the phone came back on around 11pm Friday… but we went a full 24 hours without the internet… I posted this picture using my smart phone yesterday, not my favorite way to update my blog… but it worked ok.

#ICAD33 Used micron pen and crayola crayons to make some playful birds today.  

Thursday, July 2, 2015


My mother passed away today… so my heart is heavy today.

#ICAD32 About all I could muster for a card today…

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 :-)