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Anyone for Coffee?… I mean Inspiration!

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.

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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.

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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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Also, Dragonfly Dreams which I used for the cards can be purchased from my store, link can be found below.

Dragonfly Dreams Photopolymer Stamp Set

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The business mojo I didn’t know I had!

 

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!

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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.

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Natures Light Finalist in “The Clifton’s Art Prize”

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.

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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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DEMONSTRATOR BENEFITS

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Just want to sign up?  Then click here.

 

Art Journal.

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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Step 5. Add your texture,spacious etc.

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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.

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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.

Buy the stamp set                          Crafting Forever

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Have a Magical Birthday!

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.

Click products below to find out more!

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Stampin’ Blends.

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:

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Inspiration?

Inspiration. Don’t you love/hate that word? Where do we get our inspiration? Is it something deep within us or is there an invisible resource that we tap into? For me its probably both, I sometimes pull ideas from nowhere other times I know that I have tapped deep within my mind where my creative ideas have been stored.

If you are having difficulty tapping into your resources I have some tips to help you get started and after all, getting started can sometimes be the most difficult part of creating.

1. When trying to create unique cards try and think about the person you are creating for. What is their favourite colour? What occasion is it? Do they have a favourite flower, pet, car etc? You get the idea, try and individualise your project to the person the card will be given to.
2. Designer papers are amazing inspiration and make design simple, tasteful and easily co ordinated to other Stampin’ Up products.
3. Go to the catalogue for inspiration. Whenever I’m really stuck, this is where I go for quick inspiration!
4. Just have a play, often I will get some scrap paper and stamp images, cut and colour and just see what comes from it. These can often be my greatest discoveries during these sessions especially when I approach these with little expectation of the outcome.
5. You can always just purchase a card kit from my store; easy to create designs with all you need pre cut and ready to go.

One of the best experiences is allowing a little creative time for you each week. Just enjoying the creative process will help make you a happier healthier person, well that’s what I truly believe!

Happy crafting ☺

Linda L

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Wedding Cards!

Sweet Soirée Specialty Designer Series Paper

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I was so excited when I received these gorgeous Stampin’ Up! papers, the co ordination is simply stunning. At this stage, I had so many ideas and designs running through my head, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on them and start creating!

The ribbons are simply beautiful and with the foil incorporated into the designer papers the options are endless. I decided to go with this theme, as my son was attending a wedding which sparked the inspiration. The above picture shows the designs I came up with.

If you love these gorgeous papers as much as I do, please consider visiting my shop where you can find these new exciting products plus more! Click here to view products used to create wedding cards Occasions catalogue

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Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper