Breathe…the big move!

If you have been wondering what I have been up to for the last three months, we have been organising a big move!  My husband and I made a decision to move to another state, from Western Australia to Tasmania. Yes, its been epic, with lots of fun and a few tears. Leaving our children and granddaughter back home in WA was difficult and I try to talk to them most days, of course they are planning to visit.

As for me personally,  so far its been a fabulous experience and I’m getting ready to start my crafting and painting as a full time career.  If the cat will get off my desk!

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The packing was great and very quick as we had people to do all the work …but the unpacking has not been so magical…I cant find anything and yet I’m finding things I didn’t know I still had!  The joys of a move, we are waiting on our cars to arrive so I’m house bound, which has been a blessing as I have no choice but to unpack, sort and organise (and create). More creating than organising!

We flew the dog and cat over a few weeks after us so we could have a look around the island.  Its been an interesting week since the pets have arrived. Miss Molly is still a little traumatised from the entire flight experience and giving us the cold shoulder, except at walk time (she perks up then!). The cat who is 19 has taken it in her stride but is choosing weird and inconvenient places to set herself down. The main thing is they are here with us now and helping to create the feeling of home.

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I have to say that Tasmania is really beautiful, lovely green fields, trees, historic buildings and beautiful turquoise oceans.  Some parts seem rugged and untamed whilst other are so precise and almost planned out that the contrasts are truly exceptional.  A small state, we have already travelled from one side to the other, but we plan to see it all and everything in between!

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Our gorgeous cottage is a historic home in town and very comfortable with fire places, quirky windows, tin sheds scattered around our massive yard and a big veranda around the home! Exactly what I had put on my vision board a year earlier! It even has a red door.

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This is a little snippet of my life, I have lots of crafty projects planned and hope to share these with you.

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Magical Mermaid.

I absolutely love this stamp set Magical Mermaid and when combined with the Artisan Textures set it works beautifully. I created these two cards last night, simple and fun! I decided that my mermaids tale would be multicoloured but any combination looks fab, even one colour looks beautiful. I also coated her with “wink of Stella” just to give that magical effect.

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I used two of the Artisian Texture stamps to create this look…

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I also used some cool embellishments on these projects check out the list below to create these cards yourself:

Whisper White A4 Cardstock

Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad

Night Of Navy A4 Cardstock

Night Of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad

2″ (5.1 Cm) Circle Punch

Many Marvelous Markers

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Latte…Art?

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.

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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.

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I started out by stamping out the pages using Dragonfly Dreams photopolymer stamp set.  This is a gorgeous stamp set that I have personally used in many projects.

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Linda xxx

 

 

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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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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