Cards in Envy - Happy Birthday Challenge

There is always a birthday to celebrate right?  So this fortnight the new Challenge at Cards in Envy is allowing you to do just that.........we want to see your birthday creations.

My card today is something a little different in color choices for me, a bit more soft and subdued then normal.  The vintage papers are from Prima, stamped cupcake and sentiment are from one of my Unity KOTM's and the collage butterflies are leftovers from a collage sheet from Altered Pages.

Sadly after I think three terms.....since Feb 2013 this will be my last time as a designer for Cards in Envy, as I have decided to step down from the team as life lately has afforded me little time to meet my commitments as well as I would like to. But I do hope to play along with the challenges still when I can.

For more Happy Birthday Inspiration be sure to pop over and view all the other Design Team creations and while there get all the details on how to play along too!

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

I am back from down south and visiting with family and am somewhat pleased to be back to slightly warmer weather.  The wind down there was freezing and went straight through you, which didn't help my cough which has come back a bit for the worse.  But I am now warm and comfy in my own home catching up on things, even the stuff I don't enjoy like house work.    

Anyhow this month Altered Pages are teaming up with the Leaky Shed who specialise in chipboard embellishments. And today over on the blog I am sharing a journal page I created using their delightful kites 3 piece pack and lots of products you can buy from Altered Pages.

To see my journal spread in full and all the details of what I used to create it, you will however have to pop over to the Altered Pages Blog here.

I hope you have a day!

Cards in Envy - Stars and Stripes

I'm away from home at the moment visiting family so this is just a quick post to remind you it's time for another fun challenge at Cards in Envy.  This fortnight's theme is Stars and Stripes.

My card uses paper from Glitz and Stamps from Unity.

For more fabulously fun cards and stars and stripes inspiration be sure to head over to the Cards in Envy Blog and I hope to see you play along too!

Digital Scrapping Layouts!

Hi Everyone!  It's been a while since I have posted any just for me projects let alone a scrap layout, but recently I joined the CT for Heidi Nicole Designs (Digital Scrapbooking) who is a Digital Designer over at the DigiChick.  My decision to join this team was to both challenge and encourage me to scrap more and it also challenges me to learn more about these processes and using digital editing programs such as Photoshop Elements.  It is a great method of creating when time is short and time has definitely been my enemy of late.

Anyhow I have got a couple of layouts to share with you all today, two which I created for the June Challenges over at the Digi Chick and one which I created simply to showcase some of the elements from one of Heidi Nicole's Kits.

My layout Paper Play uses the latest Mini Kit by Heidi Nicole Designs - His Purpose

His Purpose Mini Kit

My second layout Laugh and Smile uses Heidi Nicole's Mini Kit - Grind Brew Enjoy (a great one for coffee lovers) and was playing along with the Twisted Template Challenge for June which incorporates a Template from Cornelia Designs.

Grind.Brew.Enjoy. Mini Kit

And my third layout Spring Grove Sunrise was created for the June Use it All Challenge at the Digi Chick. This challenge provided a mini kit by Kimeric Kreations and you had to use every element in the kit (you could also incorporate other items of your choosing).  The colors of this provided kit were perfect I thought for my photo of the Sunrise here at Spring Groves.  The torn paper look layers were using masks from Dawn Inskip who you will find over at the Scrapbook Graphics Site.

I have also this week had some time to play traditionally too, I will share some of these creations a little later in the days to come.

Having a Smashing Good Time!

Hi everyone!  Just popping by to say be sure to pop over to the Altered Pages Blog today where you will see I've been having a smashing good time with my Staz On Inks which we received from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko this month.

It's an old favorite of mine, messy and random!

Monday Musings - 'How I got my Creative Mojo Back'

Recently my desire to create had been absent and I felt like my muse had left me and I had lost my creative mojo.  Sound Familiar?

I know I am not alone in this, hence why I am sharing my thoughts and suggestions today.  Often due to life in general we can lose our desire or simply time on our busy schedules to create and then when we go to get back into things we can't - we feel like we have lost our 'mojo'.  Often when we lose our 'mojo' it announces the arrival of self doubt and self criticism.

For me, I find my creating very therapeutic and I call it my Sanity Keeper, so when trying to get back my mojo and into my creativity I often find myself looking through some of my art books and other art stuff which I am sure you probably do to when you are at the point of needing inspiration to create and find your mojo again.

Looking for mine recently brought home a good reminder of ways that have worked for me in the past and I quickly rediscovered my creativity.

It started with a weekend away with my girlfriend which included a trip to the Scrapbook Expo and to the State Art Gallery, my friend has recently started watercolor painting and is a paper-crafter and it was her first visit to the gallery.  At the gallery we spent a few hours exploring the exhibits and interpreting the style, evaluating the brush strokes and guessing at the titles of the more abstract works and laughing at what they were, compared to what we thought they would be.  We were amazed by some of the gaudy and ornamental frames of the more dated works etc.  I am sure you get the picture.  It was a most enjoyable day, and put things back into perspective for me about art in general.

The other art stuff which reminded me where to look was my Art Journal Caravan 2014 notes. The overall theme for 2014 is using the Masters as our Muse and so I went back to where I have missed from -  Week 8 (yet another reason I am feeling bad given we are now in week 25).

The Main themes for Week 8 which resonated with me as I perused these pages again were the the creative prompt - CONNECT and the included study of Jackson Pollock who is famous for his abstract works.

It was one of his works and two quotes that spoke to me from these pages and lead me to finding my mojo, so I thought I would share them with you today.

Untitled, Jackson Pollock 1949.

'I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them' Jackson Pollock

It is important when in search of your creativity you don't put added pressure on yourself by trying to work on a set project ie.  your next Design Team project or commission or that card for your work colleagues wedding next weekend.

Scribble - with no rhyme or reason simply pick up your favorite medium be it paint, pencil or other and simply scribble, doodle, brush, color and draw all over the page.  Connect with the medium, the page and your feelings at that moment (be it the feelings you need to let out and then the feelings you are experiencing as you go through this process).

'I have no fear of making changes, destroying the image, etc., because the painting has a life of its own.' Jackson Pollock

Think of your favorite or a famous Artist and look them up on Google and read about them! Peruse some of their works, their thoughts and story and find something that speaks to you.  Why does it speak to you, What is it telling you!  Interpret what it is telling you, think about what you like about this work, is it the colors, the shapes, the style.  Very often famous artists have famous quotes, use them to change your thinking about your own art.
Using a work such as one from the above Artist as inspiration or even a project in a magazine you like or even something you have created before and love, recreate your version of it. Again this is to simply to get you connecting with the process of creating.

These steps have worked for me, I guess the overall point of this process is to not fear making a mistake and just go with the flow and see where it takes you.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on how you find your creative mojo again when it goes missing! Leave me a comment and let me know what you do!.

Textured Seed Packets

Today over on the Altered Pages Blog I am sharing a Spring Inspired Textured Seed Packet featuring fabulous products from Altered Pages and the Radiant Neon Inks from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko.

Throughout June Altered Pages is having a GIVEAWAY for the month of June to celebrate our partnership with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko. You can win simply by leaving comments on our blog posts. Comment every day for more chances to win! The winner will be drawn July 1st.

Cards in Envy - Fun in the Sun

Time once more to introduce the latest challenge over at Cards in Envy.  This fortnight's theme is 'Fun in the Sun' which is what I wish I had been doing this past week, but instead I have been in bed sick with the flu.

I had this image already stamped and colored and knew it was perfect for the challenge but had trouble deciding what to do for the rest of the card.  In the end I just went for a plain blue card base and used my Electric Green and Electric Yellow Radiant Neon Inks from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko with my Kaiser Bubble Wrap Background Stamp.

The main image is from Crafty Individuals and the Carefree Sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co.

To see more 'Fun in the Sun' Inspiration be sure to pop over to the Cards In Envy Blog and check out the work from the rest of the team!