Anyone for Coffee?

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!

Subscribe to my blog to find out what I did with my coffee cup after using it to inspire my card designs.

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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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.

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