These cards turned out to be quite gorgeous and yet were so simple to create. I find it’s really important for me to choose my colour pallet first and gather my coordinating inks, card and… More
I was at a local Fremantle market last weekend and bought a coffee to sip as I walked around and viewed the market stalls. As I was about to throw away my cup, I took a second look at the gorgeous Bee design on it. I knew I had a stamp set at home that I hadn’t used yet and this cup was going to be my inspiration!
I kept that coffee stained cup and yesterday took it to my crafting studio where I used it to inspire these designs… just love it when a plan comes together.
What I am learning is that there is inspiration everywhere and we don’t need to act upon things immediately, the time will come when that picture cut out of a magazine, that little snip of fabric, or that takeaway coffee cup will need to come out of its hiding place and into your creative space.
I love going about my daily activities and looking around for inspiration, because you can find inspiration anywhere. Of course, there is the little problem of, where do you store all these snippet’s of inspiration? Lets see, you can always display them, take photos or you can always do what I love to do and have a little fun with your art journal!
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Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp Set
I had planned to make an art journal with a delightful coffee cup that had inspired me a few weeks ago. I finally tackled the challenge this weekend and initially was a little stumped as to how to begin, this sometimes happens when I don’t strike immediately when inspired. But of course, just when you think you have lost inspiration something turns up, I had a book on my desk that I had been reading on and off for the past month. I flipped it open and this was the quote that I opened on. I immediately photocopied the quote and knew that this was perfect for this project.
A cup of coffee and freedom? Mmmm… yes I feel a certain amount of relief and time to reflect on my day when I stop for a coffee…so why not spend that time focusing on all the areas of my life that are blissfully and freely mine, like this one right now, or when I spend an hour being creative or even just taking a break for a cup of coffee!
Below is a step by step set of fairly self-explanatory photos outlining how I created this layout. Colour inspiration came directly from the paper cup.
I continued to create a busy background knowing that only some of this will peek through by the time I have finished.
Then it was time for the paint. When I’m art journalling I always put my first layer of paint directly from the tube to my paper. Its liberating and helps me let go of the desire to control what happens on the page.
You can still see my coffee cup (untouched) below in the bottom left corner. Before adding my yellow and orange I used some Vaseline on my page in a few areas to create some resistance and hopefully reveal some white paper.
By this stage, the first layer was fairly dry (still a little tacky) and I then used a baby wipes to remove some of the paint and reveal the resisted parts of the page. I then added a dusty light blue. I was not happy at this point and feeling rather frustrated with this project.
My work needed more depth so to create this I darken the edges tearing in some areas. I placed a paper towel behind my project to protect my other pages and my table. The ink was used directly from my ink pad.
Next came the coffee cup and I cut it into three, I knew I wanted at least three cups on the paper. I used mat medium gel and liberally applied it to the cups both back and front. I knew by now this page needed to be lightened up so I got out my white gesso and using my fingers liberally spread white paint over my page. Also at this point, I added some lemons and oranges (designer paper) but later almost completed whited them out. They still peek through in the finished work.
Now that was fun…I love touching all my art and applying paint with my fingers! Next came the words that came from a book I am reading. I photocopied the pages as its a book that I will probably reach for again and again. The book is called “Living with Joy” by Sanaya Roman. Well worth a read.
At this point I also placed some green and white dotted paper on my page to bring out some of the green on the cups, this paper brought a greater depth to my page. I then added more white, after this, I placed my quote and a section of the page of the book where the quote was taken from. I also put a strip of washi tape through the page.
It still needs something else and I added gold sparkles Gold Glitter Flakes from Stampin’ Up and they are truly gorgeous. I’m in love with these, so beautiful and really rather glamorous! I also had some leftover white embossed bumblebees from a previous card project and I decided that they would complete my project nicely.
So here is my finished page, its rather sparkly in the sunlight and has many interesting nooks and crannies, it was a challenging project for me and I’m satisfied with the outcome but who knows it could change at any time, if I feel the need or maybe I’ll just move on to something else.
Happy art journalling
In a hurry to make a birthday card? When I am, I always turn to my designer papers for a quick and simple solution. It’s an easy way to co-ordinate a professional look and simplifies the entire process of making a card.
Just choose your paper. I used both sides of my designer paper for this first design. I also used a small slither for the sentiment from some other paper (Painted with love) that I had already cut out on my desk. A border of black ties down the design and draws the eye to the sentiment. My Daisy punch created the big bold daisies using the reverse side of the designer paper. You could recreate this card with many other papers.
I came up in total with three quick and easy designs, using Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper, metallic paper, daisy punch. Card base whisper white (I can’t fault this white it is so crisp) also on the bottom card I used Blushing bride.
Easy, fun and simple yet they look stunning, adding embellishments to the centres of these daisies would give you another look again. I still liked this simple look so I kept them as they were.
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Have you always longed to have a business that you can work from home? Around your family, even around a part time job, something that actually works!
Well this was me, always on the hunt for that elusive career, that perfect home business….
I can tell you I tried a lot, skincare, oils and a few others but although they had great products and fabulous reward schemes for consultants, none were super successful (for me) and often I was putting in more hours than I would a traditional 9-5 business for literally no financial return! I looked and I kept looking …
Then a few years ago I started painting, I had always had a passion for drawing, painting, making things and had been a successful art student in high school and also when I was studying for my teaching degree.
Although it had been a good 25 years since I had painted I eagerly picked up a paint brush and started a hobby just for me, no more home businesses. I was working in early childhood education a few days a week and pursuing my passion at home… and I was content with this.
Well sometimes things happen for a reason and as my passion began to build I soon found I had a house full of paintings. Friends began to comment on how they liked them, and then one day my daughter sent an email to a cafe and asked if they would like to exhibit my paintings… and they said they would love to!
Unknown to me at the time, my painting were causing much conversation amongst the customers and I soon began to sell my pieces. I couldn’t believe it!
I was selling without actually trying to sell, my art work was doing it all for me. Big bold and bright was the theme, inspired by nature was the inspiration!
Above one of the wall of my first exhibition.
I then put a painting into a international competition “The Cliftons Art Prize” and I was selected as one of the 10 finalists in Western Australia!
Wow I was really enjoying this and I now I had a real idea of what I needed to do to have success from home. I really wanted to do painting workshops to share this passion and help others release their creative genius, but struggled to find venues that could accommodate 15 artists creating huge painting. I began to rack my brain to come up with a solution as I really wanted to share my creative passion with others.
Then around April last year I started art journalling as one of my sons moved into my art studio, I had to scale down my painting… and I was now enjoying working on a smaller scale.
I was buying products on line for my art journals and eventually just signed up as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator for the discount and the fabulous products… I was totally addicted!
I had never even considered card making as creative pursuit but once I started there was no stopping me! Amazingly so much creativity came from this new endeavour and now I could post out my art work to friends and family all over the world. Plus I was making so many cards in my spare time that I was now selling them at markets and a few local shops!
Guess what happened next… people began to approach me about my card designs, would I teach them?
So it happened I got to run my workshops for adults and children all over Western Australia. In the beginning some workshops were better than others and I slowly began to find a style that worked for me and my students. It takes time and persistence to make anything work smoothly and successfully.
What an absolute joy it is to have a career find you! That is exactly what happened to me, I let my business find me and it fills me with joy every day and I know that my customers and students get the same joy when they join me at a workshop or even on line.
I still have a house filled with paintings, and I paint often but I also now fully fund my passions through my business.
I wake up excited to run a workshop, to create a new card to share something online, or to hold a class. To learn and try new techniques is so satisfying for the creative, and now I do this every day.
Stampin’ Up offers you all the tools to run a crafty business or pursue a hobby that you will never grow out of, in fact that is how I started. I went from perusing a hobby to starting a business.
Water colour cards (Above).
You can share your love of crafting with family and friends, create heart felt cards and gifts, plus enjoy the health benefits of having a creative outlet. If you are interested in creating a business or just pursuing a hobby, please email me or follow this blog to find how how you can save on products and resources. I would love for you to join my team of creatives.
Oh and I was asked to exhibit again at the same cafe and I currently have a new exhibition at Caf-fez Bunbury, WA, running until the 1st of May.
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Now lets have some fun today…
Art journalling is a fantastic way to explore new creative techniques, to use retired stamp sets and scraps of paper you may have held onto for some time. Its a fun creative escape that allows the perfect opportunity to get down and dirty with your crafting tools and paint.
Firstly, you need a art journal or some nice thick paper, that you can paint glue and basically fill with different products, in the coming weeks I will show you how to put your art journal together….but for today lets just get down to creating our first art journal page.
Below I have photos showing the stages that I have gone through to create my first art journal page.
Step 1. Gather together your paints,scraps of paper,stamps, inks, glue etc.
Get some paint on that paper. This is supposed to be fun so please throw away your perfection expectations and just go with the flow!
Step 2. Blend your colours to create your background, you can always use your heat gun to fast forward the process and even add different colours if you would like.
Step 3. I like to stamp on white card stock or scraps of paper while my paint dries, so this is when I stamp colour and fussy cut!
Step 4.This is when I start to glue on my scraps of paper, my cut outs anything that takes my fancy or that is relevant to my design. Please remember you can’t go wrong here you are just messing around and if you don’t like something cover it up, let a little peek out…its up to you!
Step 5. Add your texture,spacious etc.
Step 6. Add the extras, I added a boarder with wash tape and extra splashes of paint. I was quite happy with the page at this stage.
You can see the finished page at the top….this is such a fun way to experiment with your crafting supplies and apply your new techniques to your cards and other crafting projects.
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Today I took the new designer papers and challenged myself to come up with some simple children’s birthday card designs. I love to set myself a challenge and it really helps me come up with a design. These only took around 1 hour to create all three, and probably an hour to come up with my first design but after the first, the next flow easily.
I have used sentiments from other stamp sets, so you could use just a Happy Birthday sentiment, I also thought they could be cool birthday invites.
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STAMPIN’ BLENDS FEATURES :
Add just the right amount of colour where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
Each colour (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting colour.
I use these markers in my projects all the time and I love the different looks that I can create, see below for one of my card designs using blends: