Sunday, July 26, 2020

Follow Your Star - Moonlight Fairy by Janna Prosvirina

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. 

Hey fellow creatives,

Follow your star...on whatever mystical adventure it takes you.  I'm following an exciting, brilliant new star that is leading me from my beautiful, beloved home of 30 years  in California to a lovely shiny new home in Utah, the state where I was born and lived for 23 years.  I'm beyond excited but also utterly exhausted. Packing up 30 years of family memories, especially my "adored-by-me" and "admired-by-all" craft room full of tons of irreplaceable treasures, is proving to be epic. Good thing I have lots of peanut M & M's and diet Coke for energy!

I colored this gorgeous image before I started packing away my craft supplies, not realizing that it would symbolize the start of my fabulous new journey.  My March 2020 Kit and Clowder class guided my coloring of THIS magical Moonlight Fairy image by Janna Fairy art.   She is fussy cut  and mounted  to a swirly frame that I cut with magenta foil card stock in Cricut Design Space.  I used the Cricut writing feature for my sentiment, then edged it and my other panels with a silver leafing pen.  

I'm happy I had some time to relax with my blog today while I still have access to my computer. 
Now, I'm off to drown in a sea of boxes.  Hope your day is fabulous.

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and follow your most brilliant star.
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Saturday, July 18, 2020

Shellabrate Like a Mermaid - Julie Nutting Sea Sally

Be a mermaid and make waves. 

Julie Nutting mermaid, Cricut Design Space tag card, Cricut seaweed shapes,
shell and writing feature, metallic flower, Close to My Heart Designer Paper,
 white Nuvo Drops for pearl necklace, white gel pen, aqua sequins for fin

Hey there,

Amid all the chaos and confusion around us, my world continues to be a thrilling adventure.  My hubby and I have just returned from St. George, Utah, were we found a beautiful new home!  I couldn't be more excited for the move, but packing up my craft room looms large as  an extremely daunting task.  I'm having some last minute fun creating a few cards to add to my blog que before I have to take a reluctant hiatus from crafting.  I know I'll be frantically unpacking boxes on the other end and arranging things in my shiny new craft room as soon as I get there.  It's #1 on my priority list, ahead of food and sleep.  I'm taking all my same furniture, so my room will look much like the room I have now,  only squeaky clean and organized for about 5 minutes.   I'm trying to keep the end in mind, so I won't get too overwhelmed but it might be too late for that.  I'll post my progress as I go along.

While going through my Julie Nutting paper dolls, I came across this darling Sea Sally in a folder with her fins and top already stamped in patterned paper.  I was elated that I had already stamped her cute face with a Peachy Keen stamp.  Some gorgeous Close to My Heart ocean themed paper, gifted to me by a friend, has been waiting to be used for the background of this tag-shaped card.  To my delight, I had already saved  the tag card base cut file  in Cricut Design Space.   I chose the shell shape from the image library and added the sentiment in a curve with the writing feature.  I easily found some sea weed images,  sized them to fit my tag, cut them on white card stock and  colored them with  Copics to coordinate with the designer paper.

I actually had the pleasure of taking a class from Julie Nutting a few years ago and I could hardly function because I was so awed by her presence.  She's a fabulous teacher and I came away with some fancy new skills for creating paper dolls.  Now I'm excited to  see what other treasures I discover while plunging head-first into my stash.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and plunge head-first into YOUR stash and find some fabulous forgotten treasures.
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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Ching-Chou Kuit Red Poppy - She is brave

Courage is fear that has said its prayers. 

Anne Lamott

Ching-Chou Kuit Red Poppy digi, Copic markers, Spellbinders frame die,
silver card stock, lavender dp, gems, white gel pen, silver leafing pen, sentiment stamp

Hey there,

When I get a free moment, I love to sit and quietly color an image with no particular purpose in mind, just being in the moment and enjoying the process.  This state of mindful relaxation is not a new concept but has become a big deal these days.  Our crafty secret to tranquility is out! Google says: Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. We used to call it meditation. Whatever they call it, it's my happy place and my key to sanity.   

When I have several images finished, I spend some time auditioning backgrounds, frames, and embellishments to create my card designs.  I like doing this for several cards at a time because I can move things around and what doesn't work with one image might look fabulous on another.   In the end, I have a panoply of cards in my stash,  just waiting for a sentiment and a recipient.  You'll often see tiny sentiments tucked away in obscure places on my cards because I haven't left space for them in my design. It's always a fun challenge finding places to put them.  

I still create cards for specific recipients and purposes, but it's nice to have a process where I don't have to consider every element from start to finish.  In this case, I had THESE gorgeous images from Ching-Chou Kuit's Fantasy Fairy Set 1 on my desk waiting to be colored and showcased on a card.  Her stunning images gave me many blissful hours in coloring paradise.  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and maintain some moment-by-moment awareness. 
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Grazia Salvo Woman of Flowers Digi - For the Love of Daisies

You have the power to change the world.  Use it to make a difference.

Grazia Salvo digi, Copic markers, Spellbinders frame die, paper daisies, gems,
white gel pen, silver leafing pen, lavender glitter card stock, white glitter card stock,
 silver glitter card stock, swirl paper punch, 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 card base

Hey there,

In this season of bewildering quietude,  I have been enjoying some extra time browsing my digi downloads and rediscovering some stunning art from my favorite artists.  The new pile of coloriscious images on my desk calls to me like a luscious box of See's chocolates.  If you've lost a little of your mojo and are starting to feel like a beached mermaid lately,  I  implore you  to go on a treasure hunt in your stash and dust off some abandoned gems to reignite your imagination.  I found THIS gorgeous Grazia Salvo Woman of Flowers image and couldn't wait to create a birthday card for my posy-loving bestie. All of  the design elements are there  for inspiration, so it came together quickly after I finished coloring.

The image fits nicely into this die cut square frame and I just happened to have a few small daisy flowers in my stash to embellish it.  I added some tiny lavender gems to my dainty blossoms for a little sparkle.  The finished card measures 6 1/2 x 6 1/2. 

There are oodles of incredible artists out there who are eager to share there creations with colorists like me. It's a match made in kaleidoscopic heaven.  

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and find some fabulous inspiration in your stash.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

DT for Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge #7 - Morgan Fitzsimons Fantasy Fae Digi Stamp 16

Morgan Fitzsimons Fantasy Fae Digi Stamp, Heartfelt Creations flower stamps, dies and molds, 
Cricut cutting and writing, Elizabeth Crafts Peel Off gems, clear rhinestones, Copic makers, 
gold leafing pen, white gel pen, white glitter card stock, purple glitter card stock

Hey there,

Each time I color a Morgan's Fantasy Fae digital stamp with my Copics, I grow more enamored with  the beautiful detail in her incredible artwork.  This lovely fairy looks so ephemeral and regal with her bedazzled crown, I just had to place her in a magical garden where I imagine she rules as queen.  It's a dream I have in my own life but my family doesn't share the same vision.

I created the arbor in Cricut Design Space and decorated it with handmade Heartfelt Creations flowers and leaves.  Her crown is made of clear rhinestones and the beads in her hair are Elizabeth Crafts peel off gems.  I used the writing feature in Cricut Design Space for the sentiment.

Now it's your turn to use your imagination to create something fabulous for our challenge.

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Morgan has a new shop that will be fully open soon but there are some digi images available for purchase now. HERE

Thanks for visiting,
Go forth and share your creative skills in  this month's Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge.  
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