Keeping It Simple

Greetings!  My schedule continues to be very hectic, but at least it's been productive and fun.  This Thursday, I'll be taking my 5th Grade GT students to Mo Ranch, over in the Texas Hill Country.  Although we will be consistently on the go for 2 days, it will most likely be a marvelous experience and the beauty of the environment will makes it memorable for all.  My students and I are anxiously awaiting the day of our departure.

Greeting Card
Freshly Made Sketches 133
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Not so Mellow Yellow
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Keep It Clean & Simple
Try It On Tuesday - Springtime
Anyway, as to my collection of simple projects, I have the greeting card above, which was inspired by FMS 133 and the color yellow for SSSMC.  Since I also wanted to enter it to SSSWC and TIOT, I kept it clean, simple and spring like by making it airy and using the negative form of the flower die cut.  I used various scraps of paper, a scrap of linen, yellow staples,  and mini letter stamps, as well as the Tim Holtz picture wheel and Tattered Flower dies.

Eva & Kristin's Paint Party Friday
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Jenn's Artist Studio #104
This next piece, is a logo I was commissioned to design for a Jewish group that is going on a pilgrimage to Israel this coming summer.  They will be imprinting it on their group's t-shirts, so they wanted it to be a black line design to keep production costs down.  Having Father Abraham in common, I'm sure they'll visit many of the same places that I would love to be see as a Christian.

Moorehead Cawley Recipes
Calligraphy Labels
Lorik's Mandarin Orange Monday #91
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday
Baby Jurado
Simple Gift Tag
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #121
Denise, Roger & Leslie's ABC Wednesday - P is for Pacifier
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Challenge 130
Jen's In the Studio
Manon's Paper Saturdays
The two projects above involved some simple calligraphy work, which I always enjoy doing.  The first one was for some family recipe albums that my Mother-in-Law is working on and asked me to make the labels.  The second one is a quickie gift tag that my wife asked me to do on a short notice for a colleague of hers.  After punching a pacifier shape at the end, I used a calligraphic marker to write the baby's name and add border.  I think calligraphic work can be beautiful on its own.

Well, that brings me to the end of my post.  In closing, I'd like to leave you with a Bible verse found in 1 Timothy 2:1-3, that I believe is very apropos to my current post, "The first thing I want you to do is pray.  Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know.  Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation.  This is the way our Savior God wants us to live."  Thank you for all your thoughtful comments on my last post and blessings!


Jen Timko said…
Love your take on the sketch! Hope you'll join us again!
Jen Mitchell said…
You've created some great texture with this card. Both by adding fabric and using patterned paper. I'm so glad you were inspired by our sketch at Freshly Made Sketches! I hope to see you again!
fab card and I love the doodeling ...
Reader Wil said…
Shalom (שָׁלוֹם)
I wonder what it says on the T-shirts! In 2012 I was in Israel but I could only read ELAL.I was invited by my blogging friend Dina, who is Israeli.See her blog.She speaks Hebrew fluently.
Thanks for sharing your art with us! Shalom!
Wil, ABCW Team
Faye said…
You are correct in saying that calligraphy is beautiful in itself. Your tag is wonderful. Love the extra touch of the pacifier.
Bee and Dee said…
A great card, love the layout, thank you for sharing on the TIOT challenge, hugs Bee
Eliza said…
Fantastic work and I am with you I love calligraphy and do it myself when sending out cards and tags. Such a beautiful artwork within itself. Thank you for sharing and also for visiting already.

Hugs Eliza & Yoda 47
stampingbowd said…
Love the top greeting card! So fun with the fabric and cut out letters! LOVE the Star of David logo for t-shirts! What a wonderful design.
Chrysalis said…
I love that card, and hope you all have a wonderful trip away. Chris # 15
The hill country is so beautiful this time of year, and the bluebonnets were still out last weekend! Have a blast!
Meggymay said…
A wonderful spring greetings card, its a great design Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.
lorik said…
You are a man of many talents:) The calligraphy is beautiful, the compositions of your photographs are lovely. Thanks for sharing on Mandarin Orange Monday:)
good to be productive, I reckon

Hope you enjoy your trip.
Love the yellow card it's a great interpretation of the sketch.
Happy crafting, Angela x 49
Ali H said…
Thanks for visiting ! Great designs ! Ali #27
Michelle said…
Wonderful use of negative space. Such a fab detail! Thank you for sharing your work with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle
Mrs.B said…
This is a great card, love the design with the use of the negative die cut.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril x
Debbie said…
great collection of art today!
Unknown said…
Amazing how much you get done, even in a hectic week. Love the Star of David logo -- it will look great on the shirts!
bellefrogworks said…
I'm so glad to see what you have had time to work on. Love the card and your logo sketch. Have a wonderful time on your trip with your students.
Unknown said…
Really like that first card! I'm a sucker for awesome cards, as my site might indicate. I really like the vs. in 1 Timothy. I used to do spot prayers for peeps when I was out and about. Sometimes it helps when I see so many grumps. I feel less vulnerable and more like I'm part of a solution and less of a victim. Odd...don't normally share ;) Have fun on the field trip!
Leovi said…
Deliciosa creación, encantadora combinación!!
Linda Kunsman said…
lovely work again my friend! Glad to see I got you to check FMS-I love having a sketch to make cards with. Yours is wonderful! The t shirt logo is such a nice, clean design. Nice calligraphy work too. Have a great weekend!
Unknown said…
The tag is wonderful! Then again I love all of your work. Makes me want to practice calligraphy its so beautiful.
Unknown said…
Have fun with your class at the ranch. I'm always amazed how you juggle so many art projects. I likd the FAB greeting card. Great patterns and textures.
Irene Rafael said…
I enjoyed seeing your creations. I especially like the intricacies of the logo. Enjoy your upcoming trip.
Joy Murray said…
You always create even though you are busy and it's an inspiration. You create such nice work and I'm glad to see you use your talents to help out family. The logo is so expressive.
Bela criação...Espectacular....
Valerie-Jael said…
Beautiful work, have fun on your trip! Valerie
manomij said…
I love your photos Arnaldo they make me feel like I am there too. Great art again even though you are pushed for time. Have a great trip. Manon :)
Deepa Gopal said…
Lovely card and nice doodling...yes, calligraphy is great, in this part of the world it's an art in itself :)
Candy C said…
Arnoldo... You are a bundle of energy! I really like your take on the card sketch. So pretty! Your commissioned art for the Israel tour is beautiful ! I am sure everyone involved with that tour will really love their logo. Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for your sweet comment you left for me. <3 Candy
Giggles said…
Lovely art work and a wonderful reminder to pray for everything! So right you are!!

Hugs Giggles
Netty said…
Lots of beautiful work Arnoldo, have a lovely trip. Happy PPF, Annette x
carol l mckenna said…
Simplicity to me is beautiful ~ love all your creations ~ always very creative here ~ Happy Sunday ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)
Jez said…
Lovely work as always, and your logo for the group visiting Israel is outstanding. I do admire your calligraphy, it is beautiful.
Wonderful designs and I enjoyed seeing your calligraphy work. I've never tried it before. Maybe I will once I'm fully recovered! :)
sheila 77 said…
I do like your card, it is a super interpretation of the sketch and is something a bit different. Thanks for visiting Orange Esmeralda, it is always good to see you there.
Best wishes from Scotland.
Margik said…
Preciosa tarjeta, su gracia es que no está recargada, pienso que la simplicidad está más cerca de la perfección. Me encanta.
Un estupendo post!
GalleryJuana said…
I have fond memories of my elementary school field trips! Although, I now understand how much planning and work goes into those for the adults:)

sweet card and caligraphy work!
stefanie stark said…
I love the logo you made for the jewish group! There is so much life and character in it. Also the card and the tag are beautiful. Enjoy the excursion with your students! This trip sounds marvellous!
DVArtist said…
I really like this card. You always take time for PPF and I appreciate seeing your art.
I always adore the wide variety of your projects! You are truly talented in so many different aesthetics. I especially adore the FAB greeting card. Beautiful use of texture and negative space around the flower!
Monica said…
Enjoy the MO Ranch. The view down the river is quite magnificent although this year the river my be low, very low. What a busy desk and some lovely projects
Monica 64
Jen Price said…
Love the gift tag. That pacifier cut out is too cute! In The Studio was late going live this morning but it's up now! Thanks for always linking up!