Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Sweet Life


 At the very last minute I am posting my newest journal spread for Art Journal Journey.  I did have more fun doing this than I thought I would have - maybe I am starting to relax and just learn to have fun.  My inspiration for this came from my sweet British friend Sarn at Stamping for Pleasure
She makes the best art journal pages.

Last time I told the story of being brought up by my grandparents and having the most delicious Southern Food.    I all but lived with my grandparents and they always had a garden in their back yard.  They also had a detached garage and it seems that there was always  a litter of wild kittens living with their Mama under the garage.  I would lay on my tummy and stick my skinny little arm way under the garage and occasionally I would get lucky and catch a little kitten.  But more times than not my arm came out with a bunch of little scratches.  YES!  It was a sweet life and I loved being with my grandparents!

I really want to do more work in my journal as I do learn a lot - I just hate messing up!!!!  I would also like for you to visit my friend Valerie who is one heck of a good artist - I love her posts and all of her pictures.  She is so much fun to visit.

Thanks for visiting - I do appreciate all of your encouragement.  You all are the best!

Sandy

I am going to link this post to Art Journal Journey

35 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous page for AJJ, I love your style, even at the last minute! This will be my last comment from AJJ as today is my last day there! BIG hugs, Valerie

dutchess said...

What a fabulous page and it shows that you had fun and enjoyed your creating Sandy....I have fond memories of my grandparents sadly they had all died by the time I was 13 but I do have a few photos to look back on to remind me.....
Keep enjoying your creativity xxxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Your page is so pretty - the background and the cat - it's just awesome together and the La Dolce Vita -says it all! I love to read your memories as well. I always had fun with the cats when we visited countryside as I was a child living in the city - a wonderful time to remember. I will visit your link now - thank you for sharing it and thank you for all your visits to my blog recently!
You are such a charming blogfriend!
Great you are with us at Art Journal Journey - hope to see you next month again there dear Sandy!
Art Journaling is just good for the soul!
Thank you for linking such a beautiful
STORY entry to the collection at AJJ!

oxo Susi

Marilyn said...

This is a great page Sandy and I love that silly cross-eyed cat. I like the story about Gram and Gramps place... that made me remember trying to tame wild cats at the farm when I was a kid.

cotnob said...

A beautiful page Sandy, so pretty - a fabulous cat and lovely warm colours.
I lived on a farm as a child and there were always wild kittens everywhere.
Pauline
x

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous page Sandy, love the textures and colour. That cat is so sweet, even the butterfly thinks so!
Great memories of your childhood.
Avril xx

Lori said...

Oh, this is wonderful! Love the sweet kitty looking up from the bottom of your page. Enjoyed your story so much - kitties are terribly sweet, but they don't know not to scratch!

SARN said...

WOW . .. such a wonderful art journal spread. Fantastic background & brilliant stamping & drawing on top. Good to hear you enjoyed letting go & had fun making it. Thanks for sharing a link to me, bless you.

Hope to see more of your lovely art journal pages mate.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Meggymay said...

This is a gorgeous journal spread, wonderful sweet little kitten with the butterfly on her nose. I hope to see more of your lovely pages.
Yvonne xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Your page and story is adorable, the little kitten surrounded by butterflies with it's sparkling green eyes is beautiful! Have a great week! J :-)

pam said...

Wonderful journal page Sandy, beautiful colours on your background, fantastic cat with butterfly nose..love the stamping on your background too.
Hugs Pam x

My name is Erika. said...

Sandy-that is the best journal page. I love that kitty. And your background is perfect! I think you need to keep on playing! I'm glad you managed to sneak in this page before the challenge closes! I really enjoyed your page! Hugs-Erika

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is wonderful, Sandy! I LOVE your journal page! The kitty is so cute and your background is gorgeous! I also enjoyed reading about your childhood memories!

Redanne said...

What a beautiful page Sandy, I just love how the kitten is looking at the butterfly, so cute. The background is wonderful with all the little butterflies too and the sentiment says it all really! It is wonderful to read your memories too, they must have been very happy days indeed! My favourite memory is dragging a snapping turtle home in a garbage can and thinking I could keep it as a pet! Hugs, Anne xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Lovely art pages Sandy so full of colour and I just love the cat with the butterfly perched on his nose...

Anne

Rainey's Craft Room said...

So much work has gone in to this lovely page Sandy. I enlarged the picture and could see all the texture from the overlapping strips of paper and the gorgeous delicate stamping. I love your cute kitten image peeking up from the bottom, this whole journal page is a delight.
Lorraine

Sara Barker said...

Sandy, you are so creative and talented! I can't believe you are afraid to mess up! I love your fun background with the texture and rich colors and you kitty is sooo sweet! Looks like my Biskit who had somewhat crossed eyes all the time-except when she's asleep! Did you draw the kitty? Sending hugs from the south to the souther!

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely wonderful Sandy, brilliant colours and layout, I love the kitty, so sweet, as ever a lovely story, Kate x

Stephanie said...

Oh Sandy, your page is oh-so-cute! I just love the sweet cat and butterfly on the nose :)

Wishing you a beautiful and joyous day! Love and hugs!

Pat said...

Gorgeous journal page Sandy, love all the beautiful colours and and the great images, love the cat.

Pat xx

Dorothy Donna Parker said...

Love your page, Sandy! Inspiring. Yes, let's all got and visit Valerie! That would be so much fun. Think you should go. As always, enjoyed your post so much. hugs, Donna

cathylynn said...

Hi Sandy! What an awesome journal entry with the most adorable kitty! You did have some fun creating this beauty! I always love reading your stories that go along too! Thank for sharing your talent and some life stories too. I adore you sweet friend. Hugs

Myrna said...

So glad I enlarged the picture so I could see all the layers you did! Wow! All those little pieces of paper. Beautiful colors too. What company are the leaves you used on the top of the page. Really like them. Awesome pages Sandy!

Neesie said...

Aww Sandy your journal page is delightful as is your retold memory of life with your Grandparents. I could almost see that little girl stretched out on the floor. The good life indeed!
Your cat is so cute and the background is gorgeous too!

Juliz Design Post said...

Fabulous journal page Sandy with such a warm glow to it and I love how sweet the cat looks with the butterfly.
Julie x

Sue said...

Oh I love this Sandy, that cat looks so cute - mine always used to chase butterflies, and yes she did eat them if she caught 'em. I know just what you mean about not wanting to mess up a journal, so I bought a cheap one and I've started to relax a bit - I also didn't start at the front so that took some pressure off too. Have a fun week xx

coldwaters2 said...

I would love to hear more of your stories of your life and times living with your beloved Grand Parents, Sandy it is so interesting and sounds so much fun, you have so many memories I am certain and your journal page is fantastic
hugs
lorraine x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am so late visiting, but am glad I made it again to hear another wonderful tale of time with your grandparents. I'm sure those were magical times.

You did NOT mess up and when you are working in mixed media or collage, there is NO WAY to mess up. After all, there are no rules. If you don't like what you created, there's always paint or gesso to cover it. There are images you can glue over what you don't like. So be fearless and have tons of fun with it.

Just saw your comment on the SuperBowl. I'm with you. Atlanta is MY team, too. And if that wasn't incentive enough, Wichita has a hometown guy playing. Enjoy the game. I hope I do!

~*~Patty S said...

It is really SWEET to hear about your childhood.
And I got quite a visual image of little you reaching under the garage for a kitten or scratches OUCH!
Your pages are really lovely and your playful kitten with the butterfly on its nose makes me smile too.
About messing up.
I have found when things don't go quite like I imagined that that is an opportunity for it to go it's own way. Gesso is your friend :-) It is easy to cover up what you're not thrilled with and you have another layer of richness to work with.
Keep having fun dear Sandy.
Be fearless and play! oxo

~*~Patty S said...

Oh and you are so right about Valerie.
It is always a delight to visit with her in her beautiful homeland along the Rhine ♥

Lynn Bean said...

How sweet! You are truly talented! Happy Valentine's day.

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Sandy
So sorry, must have missed this on my reading list.
Fabulous page and love the cat.
Your stories always make me smile.
Best wishes.
Ang x

Bonnie said...

This is delightful, Sandy! I love that kitten with the butterfly perched on his nose and I'm impressed with your journaling! What wonderful memories you have!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Sandy, I've been having some trouble with Internet finally able to get in to comment. I had to check as I thought I already commented here, but wasn't sure. Anyways, after all of that, I love your pages and your cat, the use of napkins is fun. Hugs, Shirleyxx

butterfly said...

A great page - I think it's clear you had fun with it. And journalling should be about fun, not "getting it right". I think a few scratches is a price worth paying if you sometimes got a kitten for your pains. Such detailed memories - I've got almost none from my early childhood - another lovely read.
Alison x