Inspire Your Heart With Art Day Event

The 31st of January is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day and this year over at Unruly PaperArts we are celebrating with a Link Up Party.  Your'e invited to join us and share your art.  We want to see a piece of your work that has inspired your heart, uses products and themes that you love or that was inspired by your heart.

One random participant will win a wonderful Darkroom Door Stamp Set that has kindly been donated by Time To Create who are sponsoring this event.

All you have to do to win is link up your art on our blog between the 31st of January and 2nd of February and comment on at least 3 other participant's blogs.  

See you there.

Faces that Fascinate

This month over at Unruly PaperArts the theme is Let's Face It.  Featuring all things on how to incorporate faces into your Art.  From the whimsical to the realistic its all there.

So my article for Unruly this month will be sharing some musings,  a little bit of history and my project playing with Pan Pastels but it took a bit of a different turn to what I was originally working on so today I am sharing some of my original plans.

Oriental Faces of Geishas and those of Buddahs often grace my creations, and when I started thinking about faces in my everyday life I immediately thought of the Buddhas that contribute to my home decor, and Geishas, along with the calmness, serenity, the peace and wisdom that they so often symbolize and express.  

Perhaps that is a reflection of where I am personally as we kick off the new year also and hence why I was drawn this way. 

For my First ATC I have used the Geisha Image from the Rubber Dance Woman Collage Set. I have stamped this twice cutting out the Geisha, coloring her and mounting her onto the other full stamped piece with some pop dots. I have then added this to my collage (paper and paint) background and added a small snippet of G45 Birdsong Papers to the top corner, further color was added by inking the edges and adding some Gold Gelato to the circle of the stamped piece.

For my second ATC I have used the Rubber Dance Chinese Background Stamp on my background (various papers). To this I have added further paper pieces from the G45 Birdsong Papers along with a Film Strip Geisha Image from Darkroom Door.

I will share my Buddah Creations that will be part of my Unruly Article a little later this month here on my blog.

I hope that your year has started off peacefully for you.

Journal 52 - Pathways

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the start of 2015.  For me I have been doing a little bit of reflection and spiritual cleansing.  I am feeling good about what 2015 holds for us all.

Supplies Used:  Prima A4 Watercolor Pad by Jamie Dougherty, Faber Castell Gelato - Snow Cone, Pan Pastels Phthalo Green, Magenta and Light Gold, Ranger Black Archival Ink, Posca Paint Pen Black, Rubber Dance Stamps Body and Lock Images from Collage Elements 1 Set and Sentiment from Think Again Set , Stencil Girl Stencils - Union and Twist Lattice, Memento Marker - Love Letter, White Gesso. 

Do you choose a word to empower you or guide you through the year?
Being creative, either on a subconscious if it isn't a conscious level we are often in touch with our spiritual self or inner-self  and what I find is a lot of us tend to select a word or mantra to live by for the coming year. If you do this I'd love to hear what word/phrase you have chosen for yourself..........mine is TRUST.

The word Trust came to me about the same time I felt a positive change within myself a few weeks back and since then there has been so many signs that I am on the right path in life and closer to achieving my dreams then I truly had known, yes there are still some difficulties I am dealing with but in other aspects I am feeling the best about my life than I have in ages.  It feels like I am being guided and protected and that the universe is aligning everything perfectly.  I have to Trust that everything will fall into place.  I have always been a believer everything happens for a reason.

So anyhow when I saw the first prompt of the year for Journal 52 - Pathways, all these things were going through my head.  I had been sent some new stamps from Rubber Dance Stamp Co.....two I felt were perfect for what I was visualizing and I had three colors of Pan Pastels sitting together that were speaking to me.  The color of the Heart Chakra is Green and Gold is the color of my Aura or so I was recently told.

So that's what I am hoping to do coming into 2015 - Follow my Heart!  Will you be following yours?

Merry Altered Christmas Jean!

I forgot I do have one more Christmas Project to share, it is not Christmas themed but intended as part of a overall Christmas Gift to the very lovely Jean - owner of Altered Pages.

Each member of the Design Team was to create a FAT Page using products available from Altered Pages in rich and jewel like colors with a Feminine Theme.

Color and Texture makes me Happy so that is where my inspiration started for this page as I wanted to put my heart on the page.  I started by adding Paint, and torn pieces of paper.  Some papers were actually paper towel pieces with which I had sopped up excess Dylusion Spray Inks used on other projects.

Simple Stamped Sentiments that resonated with me for the new year ahead as I created this page I thought would resonate with the artist within Jean also.  I do believe Jean is doing what makes her happy in running Altered Pages and sharing her art and that of others.  

My page was a mix of different textures.  To the left of the above picture is a piece of Sari Silk Ribbon, overlapped by a piece of embossed acetate, to the right is a die cut scallop border covered with Texture Paste through a Stencil and Acrylic Paint.

This picture shows the die cut scallop border in more detail.  I changed White Petaloo Flowers to coordinate using Turquoise Dylusions Spray Ink.  The Gold Script Embossed Card was an inclusion from one of the Altered Pages Ephemera Treasure Packs.  Burlap adds yet another texture and the Dew Drops and German Scrap some dimension and shine.

Here you can see the embossed acetate in better detail and that the torn paper towel pieces (top left of photo) also add a slight texture.

My female imagery (from the Dancing Shoes Collage Sheet) is one that radiates with color.  She is dancing to the beat of her own drum, putting on a brave face she also courageously chooses to dance like no one is watching and because she does she brightens the world of all those who know her. 

I wanted to create a page rich in color, and tempting with texture urging you to reach out and touch it. as I am so touched that a little piece of myself and my art has now joined with others to let some one know how much we love them.  A big thank you must also go to Lyneen Jesse who came up with this wonderful idea.

If you stop by the Altered Pages Blog today you can see the entire book which was received by Jean on Christmas Day and all the pages created by my fellow Design Team Members.  

Happy Holidays!

To all my readers Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I hope that the end to 2014 is festive and safe for you all as you are on the road to visit loved ones or have family traveling to you.  Enjoy the time spent together and I look forward to spending time online with you here and on your blogs throughout 2015.

Thanks for all your support and comments.

This is a pic of my last Christmas Project for the year which is being shared with all the details over on the Altered Pages blog a little later today and it is actually my lost post as part of the Altered Pages DT. It features stamps from the StampTangles Range of Stamps available at the Just for Fun Rubber Stamp Co.

Some Recent ATC Makes

Today I am sharing some non Christmas Themed ATC's that I recently swapped and traded on ATC's for All.

Back in October I mentioned I was in a PAT Themed Swap where each of the five participants picks a theme that the others are to create for.  I had shared two of the themes (Buddah and Vintage Halloween) but hadn't shared the others.

They were Breakfast Foods and Exotic Fruits.

I also participated in the Halloween ATHON and made two Poe inspired cards.  Here's a look at one of those I traded.

If you are looking for a little Christmas Inspiration I have a post over on the Unruly PaperArts blog today entitled Table Treats.

Let's Create a RACK_ET!

In recent weeks I have been saddened by so many horrible events taking place globally and being shown on the news that I have kind of lost my Christmas Spirit. These include the Sydney Siege, The Pakistan School Shootings and the New York Execution of Two Police Men. There are so many more personal tragedies we don't hear about and other circumstances that mean not everyone will be having a FESTIVE end to 2014.

The true spirit of Christmas seems to have also been lost to the demands of being politically correct with the debate over Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays and the expectation of presents and lots of food to eat. 

I was touched also by the recent honesty of a crafty acquaintance who said she was signing off of Facebook for a while as she just wasn't in the mood to be Merry this year.  I wanted some way to let her know that I am thinking of her so have put together an arty bundle to send to her to help kick start her new year in a bright way.  And then I thought of everyone across the globe who would be feeling similar.

What we often forget and what I want everyone to spare a thought to as the year draws to a close is that there are many of us who for one reason or another are unable to spend Christmas with their loved ones, they may be dealing with tough times in their lives and so will not be celebrating or having a Merry Christmas this Year.  Perhaps that person is someone you know or it could be a complete stranger.

As always the best way to spread awareness is to create a RACKET about the topic and hence came the idea of my spreading some love and promoting Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.

Will you join me in Creating a #RACK_ET and putting right the Christmas Spirit across the globe!

Act of Giving, the g
iving your Time and Kindness ……via Random Acts of Christmas Kindness is the perfect way to share let the Christmas Spirit Shine.

Simply getting in touch and asking R U Okay? can brighten a person’s day, or why not extend an invitation to your Christmas Dinner if you know someone is going to spend the day alone or perhaps if you know a person has a good reason to wanting to be alone, simply take a plate of dinner to them to at least let them know you are thinking of them. Do some extra baking of Christmas Goodies and leave on a door step. For strangers it may be that you pay for their coffee at the local Coffee Shop, pay for their groceries or even adding a toy under the tree for those charities already collecting with the needy in mind. De-cluttering your home and taking the unwanted items to your local thrift store can be an act of kindness for another. There are plenty of ways to show kindness that are within your budget and means. Simply reach out and let someone who needs to hear it know you care!

I invite you to share ideas or what you have done, even photos of you in the ACT!

Let’s spread a little love this Christmas because it not only will brighten the day of those on the receiving end but it will make you feel good too!

Copy this badge and link to your blog, facebook or other social media account!

Create a ‪#‎RACK_ET‬ and share our random acts of kindness with each other and share a little Christmas Spirit and love via the Act of Giving!

Please share this page and your RAK this Christmas with your friends!

Time to Play, Live Laugh and Love Layout!

It's been ages since I have done a layout, but armed with some new supplies that I purchased yesterday I decided to scrap the one and only photo of Rod and I which I like taken from our recent holiday to New Zealand.  Its like a once a year occurrence for me, allowing a photo to be taken of myself and this one had a bit of significance given it was a few days before my birthday and this holiday was also our way of celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary.

Supplies Used:

  • Gesso
  • Acrylic Paint:  Colors Tropical Water and Yellow Oxide
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang:  Industrial Chic Starburst Sprays in Shabby Turbine Teal, Steampunk Sepia and Steel Shimmer.
  • Carabelle Studio Stamps:  French Lilly Background and Layered Strips by Birget Koopsen
  • Digital Chalkboard Sentiments by Gecko Galz
  • Black Archival Ink
  • Punchinella
  • Very Vanilla and Soft Suede Cardstock
  • Chipboard Stars, Die Cut Leaf & Gold Sequins from Embellishment Stash.

Close up of Photo and Stamping

Chalkboard Sentiment from Gecko Galz and
Layered Strips Stamping on Starburst Sprayed Paper

Die Cut Leaves, Chipboard Stars and Gold Sequin Embellishments

Smearing Paint, Spraying Color and Fussy Cutting was just what I needed to be doing this morning, I was Home Alone, enjoying the Peace and Quiet and avoiding the heat of the day (another extreme heatwave kinda day).  I am really happy with the color combo and how this page turned out given how long its been since I have done any scrapping.

I can see lots of potential for these beautiful new stamps and the chalkboard sentiments too!