Good words – the best art comes when you create from your soul – even when you feel a little less soulful.
Get more out of your art, by making art with your art. Enjoy this snowman book mark on those cold icky days where you just wanna snug in with a good book….or those days you wanna craft and you need a place to hold your spot in a book you’re inspired by.
Click on the photo – right click – “save as” or “save photo as”
I hope you 2013 is starting out on a great creative foot! Dream BIG!
This is how I see myself…maybe not as others see me…
I don’t think my journal can have enough words….I’m also going to include some pictures….
quote at the bottom reminds me “nothing can dim the light that shines from within – Maya Angelou”
It’s up to us to make ourselves radiate light and positive thoughts.
Here’s a fun grungy style doily that will give your art journal some texture – use it digitally or print it out and cut around it. To download click the photo – right click and save picture as (it’s a PNG file)
I’m so honored to be asked by Julianna to be part of the debut of her new dies with Spellbinder’s.
Embrace who you REALLY are! Really no one can be you, or copy you, better than YOU! A saying I’ve heard over and over again from Jewels is “Live Your Truth” or as I put it “Embrace who you really are”. We all have strengths and weaknesses, we all have different talents and abilities, but that doesn’t change our value as a person. And that’s what makes us all interesting and individual!
The “Positively ME” collection of Spellbinders dies by Julianna Hudgins celebrates women, empowerment, and strength. I LOVE Jewels dies and am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Spellbinders Blog Frenzy and to use these dies more in future projects.
For my project, I knew I wanted to make an art journal, something I could write my daily thoughts, ideas, sketches, just any sort of jibberish that came to mind at any given moment. I also happen to love dress forms. (My mom has one that was my grandmothers and I simply love it’s shape and style)
So naturally I chose the Jewels Goddess small – Sku Name LF-013 Jewel Goddess
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Spellbinders Die – Jewel Goddess Small, Heart Large and Heart Small Sku Name LF-013 Jewel Goddess
- Spellbinders Die – Kite Sku Name S5-097 Jewel Treasures
- Composition Notebook
- Decorative paper (one for the background, one for the dressform and one for the dress)
- Cardstock in either black or brown
- Decorative trims – I love beaded eyelash trims
- Paper doily
- Sequin ribbon
- Fabric scraps
- Collage Pauge
- Stencils of choice
- Stickles glitter glue – silver or color of choice
- Permanent Marker – black fine tip
- Distress inks in coordinating colors
- Objects to add textures such as bubble wrap, bottle caps etc
- Sanding block
- Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Sign up for the Speelbinders Blog Frenzy and you’ll be entered to win an assortment of dies.
My blog is open for entries from 12:00 am, January 13, 2012, until 11:59 pm, January 14, 2012, EST.
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To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each and every Blog Frenzy within its designated time period, send your entries from the same email address for each entry. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1900 and includes the complete Spellbinders line of die cutting and embossing templates released at the 2012 Winter CHA show, and a Spellbinders Grand Calibur® Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!
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Be sure to check out my fellow designers and how they used these AWESOME dies!
Tiffany Windsor http://www.Cool2Craft.com
Colleen Schaan http://www.distinctivetouches.com/
Suze Weinberg http://suzeweinberg.typepad.com/
Coming home from CHA and all I can say is…I FEEL GROOVY!!!…Wow! What a wonderful…creative..inspiring…friendship building week it was…and thru it all…and even trudging thru SNOWMEGEDDON to get home….I’m home and just sitting back and thinking of how blessed I am to be in this industry…to be honored to be among a great group of women entrepreneurs and to be able to inspire and share with all of you…
I made this art canvas not too long after I made Hippie Chic…. I was in my groove….and creating really lifts my spirits and I just plain ole feel great when I’m in that mode.
Without my Flip-Pal(TM) scanner…these scans simply would not be possible. You would see me climbing high on a ladder (and I don’t do heights that well) and dangling over my work…”trying” to get the lighting just right and sure enough…there’s be a light spot in the center. I simply can not say enough about how thrilled I am with the performance of the Flip-Pal.
Thanks to everyone who’s commented on my posts during the hop…I would sure love to have you subscribe to my feed and love to continue to share with you!
Be sure to take a moment to hop on over to all the other artists who participated in this hop!
LEGAL STUFF: Linda Peterson was compensated by Flip-Pal to review their product….but just so you know…she’d have said the same thing even if she’d had to buy it…..She LOVES it!!!
Continuing on the theme of Hope……sometimes, you have to have courage….
That’s tough! Courage is a tough thing to muster when you’re in unfamiliar territory…or when you don’t know what lies ahead ….and everything around you seems bleak….
So another glimpse into some really raw emotion….that I just had to get down on canvas…..
Anyone who is diagnosed with cancer….definately has to muster up the courage to FIGHT!
It’s not just a battle for those diagnosed…it’s really a family disease…it affects everyone around you….
And so I made this canvas… It reminds me of the courage it took for Mariah, my daughter to fight….and the courage it takes my Mom to fight now….and it also reminds me to take courage when things are a little dim…
I cut words from the newspaper….mod podged…painted…stripped…glued…sewed…just about every technique I could think of….and it was soooo muuuccchhh fun!!!!
Even though this canvas is small ..it’s really bumpy and I did try to see what would happen if I just plunked it down on my scanner….and no go…It was full of light and dark spots….so that’s what makes the Flip-Pal(R) Mobile Scanner sooo wonderful is that what it scans is so close you get a nice crisp picture with no light or dark spots and no shadows….
Yes, Im a day late with this hop…as my Dad would say, “A Day late and a dollar short”….yep…always at LEAST a dollar short!…But better late than never.
Last Monday, Tiffany Windsor devoted her whole Inspired at Home show to “Gratitude”…what are you most grateful for? It was a beautiful show – in fact…if you missed it, read on as I’ll give you the link at the bottom of the post.
Gratitute is one of those words that really makes you stop and think. A quick answer would be to say…I’m Grateful for my friends – like all you readers who I can’t believe would read a thing that I write….and my family…because they’re awesome….but dig deeper….
Would you say your grateful for some of the more difficult times in your life? Hmmmm…probably not….
But I say…for the most part…Yes! That’s exactly what I’m grateful for. Challenges…Rough times…downright ugly times where you just wanna crawl in a hole and hide times….
I’ve been there……recently….and I made it….
and if you’re experiencing very trying times right now…..I understand….and you’ll make it….and you’ll get thru it…..and you’ll be stronger for it…..I am…..
I made this collage about 4 months ago on a canvas….it was my first canvas to ever work on and I wasn’t even sure that I could do it…..My mom was in the hospital….and things were not going well….and I couldnt even get out of bed somedays…..but I really really really wanted to make this canvas…..I really wanted to put all the uglies bugglies outta my head…and just leave them stuck like glue to the canvas….cuz you can walk away from a canvas and if the ugly bugglies are glued to it….guess what…you walk away from them too…..
So …..I sat up late one night….and painted this face…not perfect…neither is life….didnt matter…at least it looked like a face….but it needed a little photoshopping…..
And then I put on the background of the canvas…..I looked around at all the things I could use other than a paintbrush to paint design and texture…..and before you know it…..
those ugly bugglies were glued right to the canvas……
And I began to smile….as I looked at what I made….I ripped and tore..and glued and dug out stuff..and painted and stamped…and just had so much fun…..and now……Hope! has replaced the Ugly bugglies…
So what about those challenges and dark times that made me grateful? Well…if I didnt have them…I wouldnt know my inner strength….I wouldn’t have created this artwork…..who know’s what I would have done? But I can tell you that creating artwork thru difficult times is so much better than crawling in a hole and hiding.
Here’s the link to Inspired at Home – The Gratitude Episode – Click here
Be sure to Hop on over to my other very talented friends who are also on this FLIP-PAL hop – You’ll be inspired by their artwork too!:
Welcome to week #2! Wasn’t last weeks hop amazingly talented??? Breath-taking and inspiring artwork!!
I’ve used my Flip-Pal(R) Mobile Scanner soooooo much, I actually wore down the batteries…seriously….but..thank goodness before I did…I got some great great scans in!
I’m moving to my studio to a new location, which also means going thru some of the old boxes and pitching stuff out. I found one of my favorite dresses that my daughter, Mariah used to wear. It’s a little yellow and pink floral dress (um…didnt get a picture of the dress) with yellow gingham accents and trimmed in sage green. She was about 2 or 3 when she wore this dress….and it was a very difficult time in her life. She was going thru chemotherapy to treat a brain tumor. I bought her this dress after a surgery and she just shined..she looked like a little blossoming flower! Maybe that’s why I kept the dress….(Im a pack-rat you know…)
So I grabbed my scanner and scanned different elements of the dress….the little pink and yellow flowers, the gingham trim….and loaded it into photoshop, where I printed it out on paper.
Last Saturday, I got together with my “Scrappin’ Sisters” for our monthly Scrapbooking crop. This was the perfect opportunity to use the new paper I made for one of my collage paintings…..
First I started with the color pallette based on the colors of the dress…..
Flip-Pal(R) Mobile Scanner is giving a scanner away each week. So click here to go their page to register! Hope you win!!
It’s really an honor to be asked to participate in a blog hop and I really couldn’t pass up the opportunity create more art and challenge myself even more.
So – Welcome to the kick off of the Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner Blog Hop! It’s the first of 5 Fabulous weeks of artwork by 5 fabulous designers in the industry!!! Woot Woot!!!
It’s a new year and personally, I couldn’t be happier to see 2010 go ….and 2011 arrive.
2010 was a year of extreme challenges personally and to share a inner bit of myself….a bit of depression too. When you “want” to create with all your soul…but your heart is hurting…it’s a very difficult thing….
I created this piece towards the end of 2010, when the year was coming to a close. I decided that this wasn’t the way I wanted to live…I did not want to be depressed any longer and so I began writing….at first, random thoughts….and then random paragraphs….and then I sat down with a canvas……
And I glued….and glued….and glued……with my fingers mind you…no paint brush for me…I decopauged recycled newspaper onto the canvas….and stepped back to reflect……then I added layers of paint…and layers of glitter and whatever my creative soul wanted at that particular time I added….and I let go of negative thoughts…I wrote them outta my life…. and just like that the layers of happiness and creativity began to unfold….
I thought “inspiring” thoughts……and I began to feel my sadness being lifted and a new person inside begin to soar…..and I thought…wow! You really have amazed yourself…(yep..sometimes you just have to be your own cheerleader…it’s okay..toot your horn!)…I didnt know I had any of this art in me……
I used the Flip-Pal(TM) scanner to digitize this canvas which is 12x 24. I love love love how easy it is to now capture my wall art and rearrange to make other great art!! It’s so versatile.
Next, I arranged the image in photoshop and created my very own personalized iPhone skin! How cool is that???
For a limited time, you can get this skin for your Iphone. I’ll ship it free! Why not start your year on an inspiring note and remind yourself when you see this skin, that you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to accomplish!?!?!
Only $14.99 – Click here to place your order thru my e-commerce store
In the next few weeks, I’ll share more of the art I’ve been creating from the soul…peeling off the layers to reveal new artwork and a new style….
I hope you enjoy my journey!! and I look forward to seeing what everyone else has to create too!….
So please take a moment to follow the links of the other amazingly talented artists on the hop!
- Amy Anderson – Mod Podge Rocks
- Chef Stephanie Petersen:
- Pat Sloan:
- Melissa Langer
- Christy Tomlinson
- Kathy Peterson Inspired
Flip-Pal(R) Mobile Scanner is giving a scanner away each week. So click here to go their page to register! Hope you win!!