Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Say it with Flowers (stamped flowers, that is)

What's the best part of spring? The colors? The birds singing? The sunshine? Yes, yes and yes. But don't forget the flowers, the holidays and the great family time! There's also birthdays, special occassions and there's always room for a simple thank you. (Its all about gratitude, right?)

Today I'm bringing you the red floral version in the floral handmade card line I've recently created. Didn't they turn out great?! Each special, each a little different, and perfect for your loved one.

And don't forget your grads! These would make a perfect keepsake greeting card for her to cherish in her scrapbook of her special graduation day.
They're even so pretty that you could frame them and display them as artwork in your home.
Just a few ideas to get you thinking. I hope you start thinking outside the box as to what you can do with handmade cards to turn your house into a home.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 25, 2015

More from the Garden

Hello and Welcome Again!
Hope you are enjoying your long weekend and have taken a moment to honor our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day.
Doesn't May just *inspire* you?! I love spring and all the flowers and beautiful colors that nature has to offer.  With that in mind, here is another version of the floral cards that I've created for a very good customer of mine. 
As you'll see, these are the same style of greeting cards as in the previous post, but that offering different floral imagery and sentiments will offer a greater range of appreciation for her customers.  And, its just pretty! :P

This line was so much fun to create!! I love the versatility of these images and sentiments. They really can be used at any moment for any last-minute or special occasion.
I hope you've enjoyed this post and its inspired you to get stamping!
Leave a message below and let me know what you think!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Garden of Cards

Welcome Back.
I've been taking a break lately from my rubber stamping because I've been having to deal with life and I just haven't had the time. 
Last night I busted out the stamps and created a floral line using a number of different stamps and colors.  Pictured below are a birthday card and and just because card, perfect for any occasion.

My customer specifically asked me for floral pieces, so I hope she likes these.  What do you think? Do you have anything else to add? Leave a comment and let me know!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Questions to Spark Your Creativity

I've been trying to jump-start my creativity. A few weeks back I posted another entry which featured some great questions from a book to help get you thinking in your creative mindset.  I thought I could find some more to help get me moving in that direction again.
These questions were found at Carolyn Rubenstein's blog and are some great questions to help get you in the creative mindset.  I have edited the list to fit my needs.  My answers are provided. Try answering these questions yourself and see what you come up with!

Where would I like to explore (anywhere in the world and beyond!)?
Chichen Itza, the Mayan temples in Yucatan

With an afternoon all to myself, what would I do with it?
Ideally, take time for myself  to recharge by going for a hike or to the beach.

What is my favorite spot in this town/city/state?
Anywhere that I can see the ocean or hike in the woods away from people.

How does the weather inspire me?
In Seattle it rains and is overcast a good chunk of the year. That can be a real downer! So when we have nice weather (it's gorgeous in the summertime) I make it a priority to get out an enjoy it. That means movement! Movement allows your mind to wander, so I guess it has to do with the sun encouraging movement and brainstorming of ideas. Then again, the rain or gloom provides a nice chance to curl up and play with my stamps, too!

If I could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
The power to read minds because it's always great to know exactly what and how people think.

What is my favorite genre of art?  Now I should try to find a new artist within that genre and let them inspire my next steps.
Lately I have been ver inspired by painting. I also love paper, music and dance. I'm always trying to learn more, experience, try new things, and gather inspiration and knowledge through listening, watching and researching new artists that intrigue me.

What is distracting me and how do I create a distraction-free environment?
When I am creating, there is nothing more distracting than my cat laying across my paper project! So I set up a box for her to lay in that is close to me but still gives me the space I need. Also, I turn the computer monitor off and remove the keyboard from within arm's reach.

Do I need to declutter my mind to move forward?
Of course!

What piece of my everyday routine can I challenge myself to improve?
My breakfast.  I'm beginning a blend/smoothie breakfast in order to feel better.

Have I complimented my own creativity recently?
Not recently.

Am I relaxed?
Yes! I just got back from vacation! :D

What can I learn from little kids?
Everyone can learn sheer, unbiased and brutally honest truth from children.  (Fortunately, I'm outspoken and am always brutally honest!)

Imagine a beautiful finished product.  How can I work backwards to get there?
By keeping the finished product in mind and working on it piece by piece.

What feeling do I want to elicit in my audience?
Love and caring.  When we care, we share.

What magazines can I check out that might spur me along?
I love vintage Life magazines and Just Cards!. They help get the gears going.

What can I do to take a break from work pressures?
 When I'm feeling overwhelmed in the studio I love to go do something completely off the wall or something to get moving.

If I could create something with an unlimited budget, what would the end result be?
Wonderful. And expensive. :P

Am I organized in a sufficient manner to take on my next project?

How can I make the everyday more colorful?
I try to do something creative every day, be it either writing or creating.  Lately its been writing.

When am I happiest?
When I am calm and at peace.  Usually after a good workout or walk.

What small purchases make me most excited?
Any little treasure I can find at a thrift shop!

What is my favorite family vacation/staycation memory?
My childhood trips to Manzanita, Oregon. Before it got all touristy.

What is the scope of what I hope to accomplish next?  How can I break this down into smaller pieces?
I have so many options for what I want to accomplish next. When I plan, I make sure to set the big picture plan, break it down into smaller pieces and then just take it day by day.

Would I rather have complete freedom in creativity or a jumping board to get started?
A place to jump off of is always nice.

In the past, what constraints have sparked my creativity?
Asking myself questions like these questions have helped me; they get you thinking.  I also find researching different inspiring artists very helpful.  Their life, their work.

What is one thing I wish people knew about me?
Sometimes I don't work on art for weeks at a time and its very irritating. Not because I don't not want to work on it, but because I've either got life going on or other things that I need to address.  And sometimes I'm just not motivated to create.

How can I let go of any creative pressure I am feeling?
Realize that its just me putting pressure on myself, take a deep breath, maybe have a beer and get back to basics with it. Have fun and remember why I love my craft.  Its *my* business. I set the deadlines, not anyone else.

How can I start off in simplicity and let the details come later?
I start off with a main idea and let it all fall into place how it may.

Should I start out with a blueprint?
With paper, its often easier to start out with a sketch of the project one wants to create.

How can I wash away my own criticisms?
I cannot do so, but often times we're harder on ourselves than others are.  If I'm insecure about a project, I ask myself why.  And then I seek outside validation.  But mostly, if I don't like it, there's something wrong and I try to figure out what that is and why it bothers me on my own.

Can I place myself into a new environment to brainstorm?
Not to brainstorm, but I've found that movement and getting excercize often helps the creative mindset.

How can I feed my creative muscles?  What are they hungry for?
By visiting museums or researching other artists or playing with new textiles.

What does my dream creative studio-space look like?
A room with teal walls and white trim with two tables and brown carpeting.  A sewing machine, a computer and a closet full of art supplies.

What is my current creative attitude?
My current attitude is to do simple projects that I can get done quickly. I rubber stamp and set up an assembly line in order to get a large quantity of items completed.

Hopes this helps you all and you take some of these questions and answers to heart.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Life Hack, Level Up!

Welcome back all!
If you're like me, you have a lot of jewelry. I have a very small tabletop jewelry box and I needed some way to display my long necklaces so that I could actually see what I have. So I went to good will and found this little beauty! 
How perfect is that?!
I looked it up when I got home.
Apparently it's a scarf holder, but I gotta say, this works better for me! I even have enough room to display my rings!
Sweet! Gotta love it! I paid all of $3 for this hanger, which retails new for $24.95. What can I say?! I love good will!
What do you think? Anything interesting to add? Leave a comment and share your ideas!

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