focusing, aka Mark Twain

just what I love, flipping through a fashion magazine seeing unrealistic shaped models wearing out of the stratosphere priced clothes that will NEVER be seen in the community in which I live. *Grin* But I DO appreciate the art of the AD's. And I enjoyed perusing the latest magazine in the break room. I actually loved this Fontainebleau ad, of which I 'lifted' the shades only.

The reflection in the lenses, one in crisp focus and one out of focus spoke to me. I hope you will see the irony as well. Sometimes we have to move slightly to see the true picture (or person). The Mark Twain quote:

You cannot depend on your eyes 
when your imagination is out
of focus.

I off stamped until I ran out of paper. And then used Washi tape to mark the date. There is more fun Washi tape running across the inside of the card.

Have a fantastically focused day, my artful friends.

Excuse me while I go clean my spectacles.


mirror, mirror, on the wall...

nightmares or dreams
 who's the fairest maid of all? Well, I know you said something about
embracing my imperfections, but heavens to Betsy, I never expected
to be seeing this reflected back at me.

The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers are looking for a few good
recruits. Do you have what it takes?
Check it out.
It's a SNARK OFF!!!

In thinking about what I could bring to the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, I pondered what my humor means to me.  I am not a teller of jokes.  Never can remember a punch line for one thing!
I like life events that are funny, I certainly have lots of those.  Puns are near and dear to my heart as well.  Many people have described my humor as wicked.  I am thinking them meant to say thought
who's perfect?
So here you have a classic beauty getting ready for a romantic evening on the town.  She is lovely, right? Well, in her head is Marge...40 years from now or is that Marge 40 years ago? No matter
the humor goes on. We are still our best selves inside. And laughter is the best medicine. I'll 
have mine now...double dose, pretty please.

Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect, it means you decide to see beyond the imperfections. Thanks for stopping by, hope you grinned while here.

what's the setting is yoUR dryer?

Marge (Art Impressions) is having a meltdown, what with it being Monday and laundry all at the same time!  When I spied an ad recently for these yellow dryers and washer in a fashion magazine,
I knew it would make a humorous card.

 Just look at the call over at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers: SoSS #56- J is for Joke.
Marge might be distressed, but let's dial down normal and see if it doesn't help.
I used a long retired Basic Grey 'Urban Prairie' pattern for the wallpaper background.
A bit of cotton trim, a few staples.
Marge was fussy cut and placed  along side that D-luxe dryers.
She was colored with Copics.

I definitely like my humor on the subtle side.  How about you?
Now about that spin cycle...

nature is the art of God

Being an observer of nature and the passage of seasons, it's definitely Spring in the Pacific Northwest. Every kind of bulb pushing through the earth to put on a show of color.  And I am guessing the caterpillars are waking up now that new leaves are unfurling on the perennials.  Those furry, creepy crawlers will eat their weight in my garden preparing to burst forth in a myriad of color, eventually spreading their wings and flying to and fro.

I am entering this into the Fashionable Stamping Challenges #109 Butterflies.  The call was to use butterflies on your work.  I managed to find a mix of butterflies and moths in my collection.
They were stamped on watercolor paper with Archival Black.  All were colored with Caran d'Ache watercolor crayons and Twinkling H2O's.  The sentiment is from Wordsworth.  It was inked with Memento Luxe 'Tuxedo Black'.  I used a Club Scrap bamboo fragment to make the frame.

Sunday Stamps 'Rainbow Fun'  is a riot of color.  Seeing their challenge made it easy to get those winged creatures out.  I remember when my sons were learning their colors, we had a saying for
RYOGBV:  [R]ainbows [O]ver [Y]ou, {G}od's [B]lessed [V]ow.  Red, Orange, Yellow, Green,
Blue, and Violet.

Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you a colorful week