Friday, 4 May 2012

Postcard Challenge & Paint Party Friday

Hi you all, it's time for our weekly parties again. At Paint Party Friday, hosted as always by Kristin and Eva, it's week 7 of year 2, and Darcy's Postcard Challenge has reached week 18. Our participants are visiting New Zealand this week; well, that's the plan....
On the home front I am still struggling. I dug out some old summer spandex ballerina-shoes yesterday, which I just about managed to pull over my poor toe. They were just the thing for a shopping trip in the rain, but better than nothing. I felt rather like Cinderella's ugly sister trying to squash my foot inside the shoe! As I was concentrating on foot wear, I forgot that I was wearing my baggy old work-out trousers, colourfully splashed and smeared with paint, gesso and co. Getting down the stairs was much worse than coming back up, but I made it. I must have looked like a bag-lady, limping behind my shopping cart and trying to avoid the puddles. But at least I didn't see anyone I knew, and managed to get back home safely, with my shopping, and even got a parking space in front of the door - how's that for luck? And I'm happy to say that I didn't notice the toothpaste dribble on my tee-shirt till I was back home - good thing, it might have demoralised me completely! Today I woke up with a sticky eye, and seem to have an oozing stye on the lid of my left eye. But it evens things out - right foot, left eye - these things are sent to try us. And to be quite honest, I feel VERY tried just now!

But now to Cissie and Jason:

Cissie is happy to be back with Jason and Thelma after her trip to Norway. They all enjoy going out for their usual fish-and-chip dinners, which Cissie declares to be much healthier than the Norwegian fish, because in England they fry all the fat out of it....!!! Jason seems to have recovered from his *flight* to Romania, Cissie just notices that his eyes seem to be rather red lately, and he keeps saying he fancies a big, rare steak; something he never used to want. He has been looking forward to flying to New Zealand, and meeting up with Sandie, an old friend from his Australian days. But then Cissie notices that his neck looks all swollen, and he says he wants to go to bed early.
Hallo, Jason wants to go to bed early?
This can’t be good. Cissie tells him he should sleep on her sofa, gives him some pyjamas from her dear departed husband, and sends for the doctor.
Dr Murks arrives and examines Jason, while clucking his tongue and shaking the dandruff off his head. *He’s got mumps!* he then proclaims. *Mumps is very serious in adults. He could develop complications, he could even get impotent!* Jason pales further at this announcement, and is so shocked he fortunately doesn’t hear that Cissie tells Thelma that that wouldn’t be a bad thing with Jason! Dr Murks says he cannot fly to New Zealand, and that he needs bed rest and light nourishment, which Cissie promises to provide him with. Jason is very down, stays in bed, and lets Cissie take his temperature and fuss over him like a mother duck with withdrawal symptoms. He cheers up a bit when he gets a parcel from Sandie some days later, with a huge flag of New Zealand, some felt sheep and a Maori mask. Jason begs Cissie to stick the sheep onto the flag, and then has his photo taken in front of it to send to Sandie, although he is not happy that his neck looks so swollen and lumpy. He also has a photo taken of himself wearing the mask. Cissie says, *This mugshot is enough to frighten the pants of anybody! Don’t dare to show it in public, they might lock you up!

Poor Jason!He doesn't get to see the wonderful beaches, Milford Sound, the kiwis or the beautiful sheep, of which he is so fond....





(Pictures by courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)

Here is the postcard he sends, not to Cissie, but to Sandie in New Zealand:



And here is Jason, hiding his mumps behind his precious Maori mask:


I sometimes think Cissie is a little harsh to the poor boy....


For Paint Party Friday I have re-purposed another canvas, once again using acrylics in purple and green shades. I have called it *Purple moon-walk*. The canvas is 15x15". I used my fave squares stencil and structure paste to do the background, before painting and adding Stickles, the moon and the umbrella men. The raised squares have been embossed with embossing powder and perfect pearls.






Congrats to all who struggled through to the end! Have a great day, take care of yourselves, and thanks for visiting!


54 comments:

  1. Aahhh, poor Jason being on the sofa... Mumps huh??? ;)
    I'm not sure if Aunt Cissie is harsh? Can't we all use someone who takes us by the hand and helps us through harder times when needed? In the end she does mean well! Yeah okay, I'll admit I have a soft spot for Aunt Cissie... :D
    Great card and I love the mask! ♥

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  2. Yeah, Auntie Cissie is my fave, too!

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  3. Love the story again, and the card - poor Jason looks so pale! Your canvas is really wonderful! Hugs, Sarah

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  4. Poor Jason and poor you! You're both feeling under the weather at the moment. Love your textured canvas. Have a nice restful weekend. Take care. Suze xx

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  5. Poor Jason! Great episode of your story..and great artwork!
    I love, love this canvas Valerie - purple and gold..a great colour combo!
    Sending hugs and sparkles in the hope that you feel much,much better soon.
    Hugs xx

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  6. Wow! A post and a half Valerie! Really enjoyed reading it (apart from your new woe which I hope clears very soon) and love the Jason story - can't wait for the next instalment.
    Fabulous textured canvas and just love the colours.
    Hugs, Fliss xx
    PS: Glad you got the shopping done and hope you can rest now.

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  7. oh dear Valerie you are certainly going through the wars, I do so hope you feel better soon my friend. Loving the latest installment of Jason and Cissie. The canvas is totally wonderful, woo hoo, love it. Annette x

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  8. I am happy you made it out and back all in 1 piece, too bad about your eye though! Love your canvas, the structured paste thing is fascinating, it adds so much to the painting. I must say I do love Aunt Cissie, I'll have to remember that the English fish and chips are much healthier as they are one of my favorites too! Take care dear friend.

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  9. Love your all your arty endeavors today and always. :-)

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  10. Oh, you have had a creative busy day today, Valerie! Fabulous, my friend.

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  11. You poor thing, Valerie! :) I couldn't help but laugh but I know it must have not been a laughing matter for you. You're taking it well, though. :) Great postcards! Love the tattooed face. :)

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  12. Jason's adventures make me smile! Does that say something about me if I smile because someone gets the mumps? Oh, dear. Your PPF art is fabulous- the sparkles on it must be amazing in person- just hints of it show through on the screen since they have not invented true reality photos that show the sheen and shimmer of glitter and mica yet...

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  13. Beautiful work...art and story!! Really enjoying your journey!

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  14. Seems like a lot of suffering going on: Jason with mumps, you with a stye, and me with a scratchy, burny eye (not a stye). But your art and your story are still up there at the top of the list. Loved the post today.

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  15. I think Cissie is a great charactor, she seems all soft inside and realy cares about Jason. Loved the latest episode. The canvas is awesome, faaabulous colours and textures.
    Get your feet up and have a good rest and look after yourself.
    Yvonne x

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  16. Wow - great minds think alike! Ha ha! You story and cards are fabulous. Is it really the Mumps?! Time will tell I guess. Your Purple Rain is gorgeous!!!

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  17. awww poor Jason, he looks very down in the 'mumps' lol but his mask is fabulous.

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  18. Is there a cure for vampire bites?! I am dying to see how you write yourself out of this one. heehee. ROFLing about "mucking fumps". Maybe it would be better if that's what Jason was truly suffering from! (safer for everyone concerned!)

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  19. Love your canvas!!! Poor Jason has himself in a world of hurt doesn't he ? HOpe you are on the mend too. Sending you hugs and healing vibes :0)

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  20. Poor Jason, what a shame :-( Love the story and your canvas is brilliant.

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  22. a great mask, your blog is always a good read...

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  23. Oh, you crack me up! I am so impressed by your imagination - and these textural paintings you've been up to lately are just brilliant! The colors and shapes are just perfect, xoxo

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  24. Oh, you crack me up! I am so impressed by your imagination - and these textural paintings you've been up to lately are just brilliant! The colors and shapes are just perfect, xoxo

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  25. ok I don't know where my head is this morning! For some reason I forgot we were in May!

    Here goes again...

    Lovely canvas Valerie. New Zealand looks fabulous, as does the 'mumps' mask!

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  26. Poor Jason- are you sure it's just the mumps tho? Anyway I liked the card and LOVED the portrait of him with the mask- too funny!
    As for your new painting- purple and green are my two favorite colors and when you add lots of texture and those wonderful umbrella men, I in love!
    Take care of your foot!
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie

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  27. where to start? firstly sorry to hear about your foot and your eye - I hope both are on the mend soon. I did smile at the image of you hobbling along with your sloppy joe clothes on though!

    Love the photos of New Zealand and Jason's postcards are fab as always as is his story.

    As for your painting - wow - there is something totally entrancing about this piece - I love everything about it!

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  28. Oh dear poor you, good job you have a good sense of humour! Great canvases today and the adventures continue:0) have a good weekend, Gay x

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  29. Good canvas, with am rain bient and purple colors.

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  30. Be well soon ~ your canvas creation or rework is magnificent ~ love the colors and glow to it ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

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  31. Poor Jason missing his trip, love him in his mask.Great read as ever. Fab canvas.
    Jen x

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  32. og goodness...love your story and your canvas is GORGEOUS!! Just amazing :)

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  33. Oh my... such stories to share, thank you for sharing a little of you with me.
    Hope all is well ((hugs to everyone)) :]
    Simple adore your canvas artwork.
    So much texture and glitter,so wonderful to see!!! <3
    You are so creative, Valerie... where do you find the time??

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  34. Hope Aunt Cissie has had the mumps!
    Hope your toe is on the mend too. Grandma Hornbostel would take a wide gold ring and rub it on a sty. Funny I can remember that but can't remember if it cured it or not!
    Hugzzzz,
    Narda

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  35. Hi Valerie. Poor Jason. Love the mask - such a lot of fun. Fantastic canvas. Have a great weekend.
    Regards Florence xx

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  36. yikes I hope jason feels better soon, mumps not good for a man, lol...

    love your canvas, the colours are lush, well done...

    maria xx

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  37. Brilliant, love Jason and his star hair, inspired idea! M!

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  38. Wonderful episode this week. I do hope Jason will soon feel better - although I think maybe he won't somehow. He does look very wan in the postcard. Love the Maori mask.

    Janet xx

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  39. You do know how to tell a grand story! Love your wonderful work!

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  40. AAAw poor Jason! ..and here was me thinking he was turning Vampire lol :D XXX

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  41. Fabulous, Valerie! Love what you did with the stencil.... this is scrumptious!

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  42. Oh no... not the mucking fumps... poor Jason!!

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  43. Love the new paintings! This series is just fabulous.
    I think Jason might need to consult a specialist...and I can't wait to hear where the next adventure is.

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  44. how lucky to not run into anyone while in the old tracky dacks... nothing worse... I saw a mum get caught in the pick up line and had to get out when her daughter couldn't get her school bag out of the trunk of the car and she was wearing a beautiful shirt, make up and hair done, and her pj's and slippers.... obviously thought she wouldn't have to get out of the car... made my day like you wouldn't believe....
    I am loving your recycled piece as well, and especially that photo which has the squares... just beautiful... hope you get some rest and the chance to fully recover and get back to your best very very soon...xx

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  45. Oh Valerie, poor you, but you do make me laugh even with your tale of woe! Poor Jason too, the wucking fumps isn't good at any age lol. I love your canvas, those colours are beautiful, and I love what the texture paste has done. Try and have a restful day and don't break anything! xx

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  46. You are funny! You did make me laugh about your sore foot and oozing stye and 'bag lady style'... how mean am I?

    I do hope you feel better soon!

    Poor Jason with his MF's! Never heard em called that before !

    Your textured paintings are amazing... love the gold

    TRY and take it easy!

    Karenx

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  47. Poor you, Valerie. You sound really under the weather - I think you need some sunshine, don't you?! I do hope you feel brighter soon.

    Poor Jason too, he would have enjoyed his trip to NZ. The MF's?!!!

    Lovely canvas, love the colours and texture.

    xx

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  48. Wow..what a super inspiring..fabulous and gorgeous post! I love your beautiful mystical art..those purple umbrellas speaks to my soul..i wish to be in that painting..dazzling! and such scenic beaches and photos..and LOVE the maori face.. I have always been very drawn to that..stunning!
    Thanks for sharing your magical universe!
    Victoria

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  49. Hi Val I'm back just in time to read your latest adventures from Aunt Cissie etc. So sorry to hear about your bad foot and nasty stye. Hope you feel better soon.xxxx

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  50. Mumps !! Trust Jason to catch something so old fashioned poor boy. Love all of those photos in your post and of course the amazing postcard. Your PPF piece is amazing , the colours and the texture are fabulous.

    Marie

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  51. I love that you're staying with the postcard project and I love reading your stories and seeing your creative cards. It's also a great canvas piece...I love the rainy day figures and that squared texture goodness!

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  52. Sorry for being so late posting here I've been working a lot lately this is one stunning canvas :)
    Von x♥x

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  53. Hi Valerie,

    I had to go back and back and back to catch up with your art and of course Aunt Cissie's trips.

    Poor Jason with the mumps and you with a broken foot. OUCH! I hope by now you are healing and can wear comfortable shoes.

    The art pieces posted today were featured on another craft blog. FABULOUS ART!

    I won't attempt to leave comments on all of your work for May but will view it in awe!

    Hugs,
    C

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