For those who've asked, I've added an explanation of this blog's name at the top of the sidebar on the right. It says,
WHY "DIVERS AND SUNDRY"?Because this blog does not consist of a single focus topic I chose the name Divers and Sundry where "Divers" means being of many and various kinds, and "Sundry" means consisting of a haphazard assortment of different kinds.
"I'd be obliged for a cup of that coffee." -Randolph Scott
Seven Men from Now is a 1956 traditional western directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott. You can never go wrong with a Randolph Scott Western. It's only an hour and 12 minutes long. Can I offer you a cuppa while we watch it? If you want authentic cowboy campfire coffee this link explains how to make it. I prefer mine filtered, so I'll be making a single cup of pour-over coffee. I'll be joining the weekly T Stands for Tuesday blogger gathering. Join me?
Slant Magazine gives it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars and says it bridges "the innocence of a genre’s past with the growing ambiguity of modern times." 100% of the Rotten Tomatoes critics give it a positive review.
I'm still enjoying making the ATCs and am learning as I go. I use some of the online challenges as inspiration, though I don't link up at their sites even when my ATC qualifies.
Last week's Think Monday Think ATC challenge was Books:
The Rainbow Card challenge is focusing on Orange this month, and this is what I came up with while thinking about that color:
The button sits up so far above the rest of the card that I was unable to get that pretty ribbon in focus.
started out as an attempt to make a fuchsia-colored background,but it ended up looking blues-related instead.
I made several cards without any embellishments in an attempt to focus on color and design:
The yellow one has stripes of bright neon yellow, but no matter what I did they showed up as white in the scan. The color is stand-out visible to the eye when looking at the card itself. I like these as-is, though I need to make a better effort to thoroughly fill in colored areas. These would also be good as base cards to add more to.
I looked back over some old Pick-a-Stick ATC challenges, and there are a lot of materials I don't have and won't get just for this, but there were some ideas I could use. This one required adding a pocket, outlining with pencil and then smudging, then adding something metallic:
I used a base card I was sent as part of a swap, used sandpaper for the pocket, and added a furniture nail leftover from replacing a chair seat.
This one required use of the color "slate" and using the steps 1) stamp, 2) drop, and 3) scallop.
One of the best parts about using challenges as inspiration rather than entering your link at their site during the challenge itself is that you can interpret them as you are led without the worry that people will judge you as not "in" enough to qualify for inclusion *wink*. I used gray for the background and stamped clouds with a piece of paper towel. I drew raindrops from cloud to ground, made scallops be part of the clouds and glued a piece of slate in the bottom corner.
I made two using aluminum foil:
I'm using what I already have around here, but I did buy a set of silver, gold, and bronze metallic markers at Target and have already used the silver and bronze.
I made this Valentine one:
having been inspired by this beginner 5-step process:
I've shared other ATCs here and have tagged each of those posts so they can be seen together.