IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE - #55 - WHAT'S THE WEATHER?

COLD!!

Using Ike's Groundhog Day, Winter Scene and Mr. Sun for IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE - WHAT'S THE WEATHER.  This is a sketch, with Ike's images as the body and then fill in with all black and white on top of Carpenter Products that are left over from my house renovation. Loved the process. Not crazy about the outcome.








and I will end with this


Toodaloo
Simple...LOVE

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ONE STITCH AT A TIME # - TIC TAC TOE


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This is the Opening Gala for my blog - Simple... LOVE.  My mantra for 2016 is SIMPLE, (literally the word "simple") so the name change seemed fitting.  LOVE, and verses, poems, writing, prayers, journalling relating to LOVE or the lack thereof,  has always been the theme for my blog, from its inception, 22 years ago.

It is my pleasure to return to "arting and blogging", after a 6 month house renovation leave, with a creation from Kaz Kraftz for One Stitch At A Time and to offer my usual "food for thought."

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I chose to take this VERY literally and complete the entire map of the TIC - TAC - TOE with Kaz Kraftz beautiful Flourish Swirl black embossed on transparency in each of 3 corners.










Toodaloo!
Simple... LOVE

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ONE STITCH AT A TIME - #241 - ANYTHING GOES WITH CHILLAXING



I love the images that are monochomatic (I first typed monotone - I guess it is the same thing, so to speak.)  They give such a range of motion for the art piece.

For this one I decided to go "Samara Crazy" and just see where it would take me - which meant Mixed Media.



Starting with the Sentiment seemed easy enough.  I meditated on that for a bit and decided my favourite place to Chill...in Nature.  So a nature scene it was.

Get out the trees (of course newsprint) the natural pastel colors, and the vellum.  Go with raw string rather than the gussied up stuff and don't shmancy fancy up the images.  Just play - use watercolor, pastel, crayon, prisma, cutting, pasting, pencil and let it evolve.






This was definitely influenced by a friend asking me yesterday what I thought about moving onto a desert island with them - getting away from all the influences of modern day.  I actually was quite intrigued, I fear to say, by the idea.  So the two people represent my friend and I, the 3 circles my cubs standing away and just allowing my process and all the "thems" up in the trees who may think it is the craziest (oh, not may - will) ever.  I figured we'd have string, trees, mountains, feathers, bushes, flowers and lots of time to just lay there and ponder, chill and visit - alone and together.

So my Chill project is also a preoject about romance...chilling with that romantic notion of moving on a desert island - away from it all!

Now is your turn.

How do you chill?  I'd love to see.  If you go over to ONE STITCH AT A TIME you can show us. We all consider Chilling in different ways - some clean, some beach, some eat....let's see what you do! 

Looking ahead to visiting your blogs.

Remember that 5 pack images from Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet for the Winner!!!!

HAPPY SUNDAY
SAMARA

ONE STITCH AT A TIME - #241 - ANYTHING GOES WITH CHILLAXING

THEME:  Chillax (I know how to do that!)
DIGI:  Wishful Thinking and Dream Sentiment
ARTIST: Floppy Latte
STORE:  Stitchy Bear's Digital Stamp Outlet


What a great Theme!  I remember a time where I couldn't stand still.  A friend challenged me to stand still in the centre of a room for one half hour.  Yup - do nothing.  What?  Really?

I'd never heard of such a thing.

Try it - tell me what happens to you?

For me, it was murderous - but I kept at it, over and over and over. And I got it - it was a precursor to learning how to meditate, to do Yoga, to learn Mindfulness and increase insight to my behavior, thoughts and impact on myself and others.

It's brilliant!

It is now the only way to centre myself - to sit in Silence.

Alot!

And you?












happy chillaxing - 
or standing in the middle of your livingroom for one half hour!!!!
samara

MIXED MEDIA JUST FOR ME...

A DAY OF CREATING JUST FOR ME!

It isn't often this happens, but I have felt the need to just "mess things up" and get down to throwing things on paper.

You will see 2 pieces from the last 2 days - one is called "EYE EXAMINATION" and the other is a self examination - and named "BROKEN" - of the result of having a "BROKEN" Cell Phone, Computer and uncharged Ipad - and what that felt like.

It was glorious!

It was pure FREEDOM.

I now find I don't answer texts "in the exact second I get them", don't open my email each day and don't sweat if the Ipad isn't charged.

There have even been days where my only phone (my cell) has been left behind when I have gone on a day of errands.

WOW is this a nice transformation!

So here we go.


1. EYE EXAMINATION
2. FREEDOM










ENJOY!
Samara

IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE - 41

DIGI: Face On


Oh I love this Digi.  Ike did a series of Digi's together of wonderful faces, all in various and sundry positions of oddness and freakoness...something I just love that she does.  There are two I am crazy about (so go check out her faces at www.ikesart.com and everything else of course too!)  This would be at Ike's Store.  This one speaks to me so loudly of "do we want to hide beneath our skin or do we want to reveal what is under our skin" and in any moment this digi gives that choice.

So for the theme FANTASY, I decided I would give our gal the choice, to have her castle and her wonderful stars and flutterbyes and her options - full and beautiful - and of course lovely colors to go with it!

IKE PROVIDES A FREEBIE AT IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE SO SCOOT OVER (I can hear you now!!!!)  See you there...I'll be watching you from the castle!

Can you relate to anything about this digi?

HAPPY TUESDAY
Samara


























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  • ONE STITCH AT A TIME - #240 - ANYTHING GOES WITH RED, WHITE AND BLUE


    Challenging!  Two colors (white being the absence of color) but yet I am one known for leaving no white space so double challenging for me!




    I had these lovely word art pieces from Brave Girls, left over from a workshop, and they seemed perfect for this piece.




     It felt like a piece about staying strong, meeting the struggles of life, not giving up, keeping it simple.




    Yet acknowledging how dimensional life can be, can get, can seem - even when we do our best to keep it simple.

    We pray, we meditate, we breathe...but sometimes it all just seems out of our hands.




    However, when we least expect it, something happens.  An "aha" moment, the moment of "rapture", the solution we have been seeking or just quite simply that sunny day we have been praying for.

    And before we know it...we are right back in balance, ready to meet a new challenge...but happy, strong, resiliant - and moreso than before the last problem or challenge started!





    Now your turn.  Head on over to ONE STITCH AT A TIME - let's see what you can do with Red, White and Blue.  Surprise us!  Let us see real creativity.  I for one can't wait.

    And you know you will receive Stitchy Bear's Digital Outlet Price Pack of June's 5 Image Pack!
    And that is nothing to sneeze at.  So see you there. Can't wait - especially on this one!!!!  :)


    HAPPY SUNDAY
    SAMARA


    IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE - 40




    It may show from previous challenges that my main Spiritual Focus is Metaphysics, and within Metaphysics - Buddhism.  The Dalai Lama has been someone I have revered, seeing him twice and admiring his way, his path and his perseverence, persistence and patience in life.

    He is someone I consider to live "Close to the Ground" in every way, so when I decided to ask IKE to draw up The Elements for me, I had in mind The Dalai Lama.

    His Worship, is simply the Backdrop for the Worldly Elements as I perceive it - so this was very straight forward for me...I had only to play with the wonderful way in which IKE detailed the digis until I was happy how they shadowed over the image.

    I hope you like the outcome.

    And see you over at IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE
    Where IKE will give you a freebie to use -
    Just Cuz!

    HAPPY TUESDAY!
    Samara





















    (I have not entered  other challenges - I have the flu)

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    ONE STITCH AT A TIME - #239 - ANYTHING GOES WITH MEN





    Well, this card has alot of meaning for me. When my first born, Jordan, came along I fell in love with this stuffed monkey and gave it to him as his "beloved" toy.  And so it was - it went everywhere with him. 








    G-d forbid I should lose it (as I did with his sister's Puffalump, as you would have read a few posts back!)

    From that moment on, I surrounded Jordan - more like suffocated his room with monkeys - of every color, form, size and brand.  Yup - my OCD was in full form.





    At 19 he finally said to me "Mom - I think it is enough with the Monkey's" and I am sure he was dying to say this to me for years!  But mensch (man) that he is, he didn't hurt his mommy's feelings when he got one for each birthday and holiday.  (omg this is embarrassing now that I think of it and he is 30 years old and a father!)

    Well - my Jordan had a baby girl who is now 7 months old.  When I went to see Cadence Rose one day - the day she got her high chair - I went into the kitchen and she was with her mom upstairs.  I talked to Jordan and we began to cook together.  I turned around to get something he asked me to get and just about fell over!!!!

    Guess what was sitting, with one arm propped on the high chair table - YUP - Jordan's original Monkey - that one I bought him when he was a wee little baby!

    He decided he would pass on the tradition to his little girl.  Ohhhh I was in tears.  My first born thought enough of this to give the tradition (it sounds like Fiddler on the Roof at this point) to his offspring!!!!





    So, as Jordan was sure to know - Cadence Rose has received a few Monkeys and will continue to, until one day she says to me "Granny, I think it is enough with the Monkey's."




    And that is the story of why I went over to Stitchy's and then to Coosty's Creations and chose Baby Chimp for not only my man project, but I then turned it into my son Jordan's Birthday Card for his 30th - hee hee hee! Somehow, with Cadence covetting Jordan's original I felt I had permission again to give my Jordan this Chimp!!!!


    Enjoy!

    (I have not entered challenges - I have the flu)















    IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE - 39

    THEME:  Inspiration from Lyrics
    ARTIST:  Ike of Ike's Art Store

    CHALLENGE:  IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE







    Wow what a fantastic version of Happy Birthday!

    I could not resist this Video - even if it is not so fitting for the digi I chose to use.

    It is inspirational - fun - and most of all, because it is sung by children - innocent!

    So BIRTHDAY LYRICS is my inspiration I offer to you.

    And Marshmellows is the inspiration IKE offers to you in her art.

    Oh, yummalicious - who can resist mellows on a fire!!!

    I hope you enjoy both the art and the vid

    And...

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


















    Now is your turn to go over to IKE'S WORLD CHALLENGE and if you don't have an IKE'S IMAGE, there will be a freebie for you, should you want to use one of IKE'S IMAGES.

    HAPPY TUESDAY
    Samara