Saturday, January 2, 2016

BUD LIGHT

I am a day late and a dollar short. My Nanny used to say that all the time. God rest her soul.

  I am going to art journal as much as I can and would like to have several completed by the end of the year.  Some I will bind and some will already be bound.  This is a big experiment for me as I will be using new dies, new stamps and new craft supplies that have never seen the light of day.  I do hope to learn lots of new technique (at least new for me) and improve the quality of my "art work".  Yes, I did use that term loosely! The journals will be full of notes about problems I had and techniques and colors I really liked.  Along with taking a couple of classes, this should be a busy year!

 Have I told you bout my cousins Billy Bob and Thelma Sue?   We're from back in the mountains of North Carolina and if you know anything 'bout hillbillies you'll understand what I am about to tell you.

We had a little New Year's Eve party and Billy Bob decided to come decorated as a  Christmas tree.  I guess he got New Years confused with Halloween.  But he sure did look purttie.  Thelma Sue thought she would put one of Billy Bob's fingers into an electrical socket to see if he would lite up like those flashing bulbs he is so fond of using.  Needless to say,  he went out with a bang ... A BIG BANG .......   KABOOM!+#!*#!

              WELCOME TO 2016!!!


Maybe I should have named this - "The Dark Side".  If you click on the picture and make it larger it might look somewhat better.   The image is called Tangled Enthusiasm from Stampotique Originals and I think these "critters" are so hysterical!  But I really need to learn the best way to stamp with them.  They have a lot of lines, consequently you end up with a lot of black ink.

Thanks for visiting and I hope y'all will visit me again.   Billy Bob and Thelma Sue will be back and bringing lots of fried chicken and biscuits n' gravy with them.  Now y'all come back ya hear!

Sandy

42 comments:

Stamps and Paper said...

HI Sandy....lovely to see you posting...your post really made me smile and what a brilliant card...
Wishing you both a Very Happy and Healthy New Year...

hugs
Anne

Mrs.B said...

Hi Sandy, lovely to see you posting - and a Happy New Year to you.
Sounds like Billy Bob and Thelma Sue really did add a 'sparkle' to your festivities.
It's a great card with a lovely inky background.
Looking forward to seeing your journals, something I'm keen to start this year.
Hugs, Avril xx

Pat said...

What a great post Sandy, your story made me chuckle. Great card with lots of super colour, looking forward to seeing your journals over the year. Happy New Year to your and your family.

Pat xx

Christina C. said...

Happy New Year, dear friend! I always enjoy reading your posts...you have a gift!!!! Ahhhh, journaling in 2016....looking forward to all the forthcoming art. I agree, this image is hysterical...a great welcome to the New Year!

Valerie-Jael said...

WHAT A FUN AND HILARIOUS POST; SO GOOD TO SEE YOU AROUND AGAIN sWEETIE! HUGS; VALERIE

pam said...

Fantastic Sandy, would love time to play like this! would not be me!!! but what fun..LOL.
You have come back in 2016 with a bang! great start to your journal, brilliant image..textures and colours.

Great to see you back.
Pam x

Sue from Oregon said...

Sandy!!! Well aren't you starting off the new year with a big BANG! Billy Bob looks electrified for sure! Happy to see you back at it girl!

sam21ski said...

Hey, long time no see, hope everything is okay and all the very best for a great, crafty, healthy year xxx

Craftychris said...

Fabulous post! Really had my laughing! Fabulous page - such a quirky image and lots of sparkle - love it! Happy New Year! xxx

coldwaters2 said...

Happy New Year Sandy love your fun filled post the accent sounds great so do Billy Bob and Thelma Sue they both sound a right couple of characters, lol, looking forward to your new projects this coming year it sounds very interesting, I will sure be checking them out.
hugs
lorraine x

Myrna said...

First off, you crack me up with your stories. Your journal should be a years worth of your stories then print it and sell it! ;-)
Your guy reminds me of Randy trying to untangle our lights every Christmas. I even bought him cool gadgets to store them on.
Awesome start to your year of journaling. I can't wait for the rest of the year.

Annie said...

Perfect start to your journals and the new year with humor! Love your funny hillbillie New Year story and the page illustrating it. What a cute character. And your page background is fun and colorful and great for a New Year's party. I can't wait to learn right along with you.

Lisa Minckler said...

I saw you joined up too and I was so excited to see a familiar face! I'm looking forward to hearing all about your journey and adventures this next year.
You electrify me is a hilarious quote to the image and perfect for the upcoming Valentine season. Amazing first entry my friend!!
hugs and so looking to the new year crafting with you.
Lisa x

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Sandy, I do enjoy reading your post, even if sometimes I lose some flavour, cause I don't always understand!!! :( but yes, I am addicted to your stories, I love your imagination, love your mise en scène of this page. and please, bring some more! your spontaneity is contageous. I would love to catch it!.... please send some my way. Happy new Year, 2016, dear friend. health and love your way. xoxo

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

Honestly, Sandy, you do make me laugh. Such a gift. I've been sitting here roaring! Love the card and look forward to your posts this year and your adventures with journals. You will have a ball. Thank you for bring you. hugs, Donna

Marilyn said...

I love this! Your work is always so original and refreshing and I'm happy to see you back posting and look forward to your creations.
Billy Bob is a fine specimen, isn't he? The sentiments are perfect for the image and you've made it into a fun, humorous piece instead of something dark and morbid... I like all the sparkle too, it really adds to the 'electrifying' theme!
Great work Sandy!

SARN said...

Happy New ART JOURNALING Year to you my friend.

You're off to a great start.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Pam Sparks said...

He's colored adorably and well lit up Sandy! hohoho! You're so creative! Cute story and yes I'm hungry now! I do the tree lights here and never have any problems...but what annoys me is when you're almost ready for company and a string burns out and there you are with a bare spot on the tree! grrrr I put so many on though, that I can move them around and hide it but still!
Happy and BRIGHT New Year to you, Art and family! :D

Netty said...

Happy New Year dear Sandy.........your story and page sure made me laugh.

Continue having loads of fun in 2016

Hugs

Annette x

Lau W said...

Haha ! Fun post !!!
Happy New Year my super Sandy ! Wish you all the best for 2016 ! and many posts like this ! :-))))
Superb colors, funny image ! Love your creativity !
Big hugs !!!! xxx

Sandra said...

What a fun story, Sandy! What a fabulous page. So much color and love the stamp, he is so sweet. Happy New Year, Sandy! Hugs, Sandra

cathylynn said...

Wow what a way to start the New Year! I love your journaling idea and this stamp is hoot! Biscuits n' gravy and fried chicken sounds fabulous!! It's so good to see you posting again and I always enjoy you stories. Sending love and warm hugs your way! Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Blessed New Year Sweetie!!!!

~*~Patty S said...

Billy Bob and Thelma Sue sure know how to have a good time
AND
so do you Miss Sandy.
Wishing you lots of time to play and create and enjoy all the things you have planned!
Happy Happy New Year
KABOOM
oxo

butterfly said...

Talk about the old year going out with a bang! What a fabulous image - I'm not sure I've seen that one before - and I love the blended colours in the background. Your journalling plan sounds so exciting - and I know one of the classes you're on! - can't wait to see how the journey develops. Happy New Year to you - hope 2016 brings you lots of good things.
Alison xx

Redanne said...

The Tangled Enthusiasm image really is hysterical, I just love him. I love the beautiful background you created too! I am so pleased that you will be journalling too, alongside Alison and me - I am very new to it and really want to learn, just like you!

I am now following you by email, that way, I will get all your posts. I checked Blogger and you are listed there, so I don't know what went wrong this time. Blogger has been playing silly beggers recently so I am blaming that.

Happy New Year my dear friend, I hope it brings you all you wish for! Big hugs, Anne xx

Redanne said...

PS - I love the story of Billy Bob and Thelma Sue too! xx

cheryl said...

Hi sweetie hope you are well looks like you sure had fun great post,love what you have done with the stamp hun great colours. Happy new year hun and may 2016 bring you love joy AND health hugs cheryl xxx

Sara Barker said...

Holy Sheep dip! Now I can stop leaving messages on that last post! Ha! Ha! I know Billy Bob and thelma Sue. I think they are 3rd cousins once removed, kin to my husband! In fact, it must be, because that is exactly what they would do! Ha! Ha! I have no room to talk; I've been fried a few times myself--really! It is no laughing matter! Ha! Ha! Well, it IS, now!

Great story to go with a great page! I'm going to do what Anne is doing, because I don't get how to follow someone otherwise. I just go visiting every now and again! You bring out the silliness in me, can you tell? I'm SOOOO happy you are blogging again! Hugs!

stampingwithpeggie.blogspot.com said...

Fun Stuff! Can't wait to see your next adventure.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Sandy
Great to see you blogging again and in your inimitable style.
You always bring a big smile to my face so thank you for that!
Happy New Year to you and the Clampetts lol!
Ang x

MaryH said...

So good to see you blogging & posting (and making art!) again. Yep, I know about Billy Bobs and hillbillies. This is just cute as can be, great background, and how clever to use the image as the focal point of your art! Can't wait to see all the goodness you'll be sharing, and I know that new sunny craft room is organized to a Purrfect T! Happy New Year. TFS & Hugs (oh yeah, I like fried chicken too).

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Thanks for your visit today on my blog Sandy, I'm glad my plaque made you smile as from your posts you certainly like a good laugh and to make others smile too.
I hope you enjoy your new venture in to journaling, I'm sure you will love learning all the techniques and tricks, stamping and inking. It is something I have always enjoyed looking at but never had the gumption to create for myself. My crafting tends to turn out neat and clean but I really like distressed, Steampunk and vintage creations that other talented bloggers produce.
I look forward to seeing your future journal pages as the one above is just brilliant.
Lorraine

Charlene said...

You always know how to get me laughing, Miss silly Sandy!Love it!!!

scrappymo! said...

Soglad to see you back posting. Your latest is very funny! You are a good writer, Sandy. Your art page looks great and I look forward to seeing many more this year.

Oh yes...welcome to the Christmas Card Club!
Hugs
Maureen aka Scrappymo!

Carol said...

Welcome to the club Sandy, you sound like a fun addition to our little band of merry women :) Love your art journaling, something I want to do more of. Will try to set up the email thingy but I've just arrived in New Zealand for a 6 week trip! Carol x

Lori said...

Oh, my gosh, Sandy - that's hilarious! Love the story to go along with your fun art page!

rachel said...

Hi Sandy - first of all thanks for your visits to my blog and the lovely comments you left! I'm sure you'll love the wanderlust journey! I certainly am! Love your make here - such fun! Big hugs rachel x

MaryH said...

Hey, just saw where you are joining us over at the CCC. Yay for you, be so glad to have a new 'old friend' in the group, and you'll get a good jump on your Christmas stash for 2016! You are starting the New Year off RIGHT! Enjoy that warm sunshine weather. It's a bit frosty here in the Carolinas! Hugs

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Sandy, great to see a post! Thanks for stopping at my blog as it made me check to see if I've missed anything. Your card is brilliant, quite fun with the story behind it. Beautiful painting and textures! Happy New Year, Shirleyxx

Sue said...

Oh Sandy this is such a fun piece, it's always such a joy to visit your blog. Good luck with the art journaling - they always scare me lol xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Hi Sandy, what a super start to your 2016 Journalling, look forward to seeing some more. Thanks for your visit and comments on my blog.
Hugs, Julie x

Pawsitively Creative said...

Bein a Southern girl myself, I am 100% on board with fixin some gravy and biscuits. Yummy! Now I know what I'm makin for supper. Your design is hilarious and the story is as well. Wowzers! Seems like they had a good time though. Fun, fun, fun! I am not an art journaling person but it seems like a good way to remember and write down what you liked. Genius idea! Hugz. ~Niki