Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'm Inspired





For all of you who have contacted me wondering if I'm alright, thank you. It's so nice to know that my friends actually miss me when I don't post for awhile. Well, I promised myself that I would only post to this blog when I felt inspired or had something meaningful to share, and frankly the past several weeks, I just haven't.

Today, I woke up and checked out the Inspiration challenge over at SCS and actually felt like creating. Nothing like a good Inspiration Challenge to get ya going. Try it, I know you'll like it!

I came across this pillow, called Brushstroke Square Pillow, I know "duh, kind of obvious!"



This got me thinking about using acrylic paint with stamps, a technique I absolutely love.  I whipped out my white paint and brushed it on a square stamp from a retired SU set called "Little Shapes" and stamped on black CS.  I was a little timid with the paint at first, so my squares had a shadowy effect that I wasn't all too happy about, so I went back and stamped again using more paint.  This made the squares seem to have more dimension, cool!  (Remember to wash paint off your stampsright away after stamping)

I stamped a heart from the CTMH set called "Game Night" in red acrylic paint. Again, this didn't have as much dimension as I wanted, so I stamped again on a separate sheet of CS, cut it out and popped it up.  I added the sentiment "Love" (Anna Griffin), and there you have it.

On another note, I've been trying to get back into scrapbooking recently and am almost done with a travel album that I will share soon.

Til then,

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Belated Happy New Year

The new year is creeping in slowly for me.  It's taking me awhile to bounce back from an illness, which definitely effects the stamping mojo, let me tell you.


I wanted to get my creative juices flowing this morning, so I headed over to one of my favorite challenges on Splitcoast, the inspiration challenge.  SmilynStef has a really beautiful site for us to explore today called Design Spirit, with lots of eclectic images to choose from.  I chose this clock magnet, as I loved the beautiful colors and patterns, as well as the clock design



And here is what I created:


I used a combination of DP from K&Company and stamps from CTMH and Justrite.  I also threw in a few punched shapes.  The clock face is embossed and gold and I added a few brass brads for embellishments.  This started out to be a valentine card (see the heart?), but the more I added, the more it started to be a piece to inspire me through the coming the months.  The words say "create-dream-inspire", and that's what I hope to do this year.  I want to create art that makes myself and others happy; I want to dream of possibilities for 2010, and I want to inspire others.  May you all create, dream and inspire this year and this new decade. 

Thank you for joining me on my creative journey.

Til next time,