You are on my mind

Today is just a really quick post to show you the card I have made for one of my many coloured images.

This is “You are on my Mind” from Tiddly Inks, and I think she is just the cutest.  I can see many different types of cards you could use this image on including  valentines, birthdays, anniversaries even sympathy cards would word with this image.

I covered the 3 hearts in the image with glossy accents (doesn’t show well in this pic) to make them stand out a little more but other than that it is a pretty basic card as I think the girl is all that is needed.  Hope you like it.

 

You are on my mind

 

Netty

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New Techniques

This week has seen me spending my time trying out some new techniques (by new I mean new to me!).  I have been watching a lot of Kristina Werner and Jennifer Mcguire, and I must say I find both of these ladies a true inspiration.  They are living my dream and their creativity is simply amazing.  I really loved the Q & A videos (first / second) they posted during this week.  It was lovely to see their beautiful faces but also to hear a bit more about what goes on in the background.

So I decided this week to try making my own embossing mask.  I was quite happy with it for my first try, but I will be working on my embossing sandwich a bit for next time as it was a bit tight and warped the paper a little. What is hard to tell from this photo is that the red center oval is actually inlaid into the debossed section created by the mask.

It was also the first time I have used two separate sentiment stamps and masked off parts to create my own unique sentiment. I was not brave enough to cut apart my stamps yet but I will get there. I know it doesn’t hurt them, I am just not sure I would ever be able to get them back to the way they were originally designed.

Embossing Mask

 

This second card was using some resist embossing with a combination of distress inks to creating a random water colour effect.  I had a lot of fun with this one, and my daughter has asked me several times if I made it for her because she loves rainbows. I think when I do this again I will only partially cover the section and also use only two or three bright colours. I need to get some thicker water colour paper for next time as well.  The paper I used warped quite a lot even with very little water so required extra adhesive to keep it flat on the card.

Resist Watercolour Distress Ink

 

I have also done some more copic colouring, I will post some of these over the weekend as I make cards with them.

Netty

 

The Weekend Is Here

What do weekends mean to you? They mean a number of different things to me, family, relaxation, indulgence, CRAFTING. Of course the time with my family is the most valuable time in my week. I am blessed that my crafting and workspace is actually in my kids playroom. This means I get to see, hear and sometimes join in on the fun.

This weekend is a bit different for me though, this weekend feels like it is more special, like there are more things to be grateful for. Why you may ask? Well this week I spent 3 days as a jury member on a trial. I am on call for the month of July and this was my first case I was impanelled on. Why would that make this weekend more special? Well I have a whole new view on how lucky we are as a family. No-one is involved in anything criminal, there is no-one likely to come and threaten us in our home, and we have a house full of loud noise, love and laughter (and the occasional argument). How lucky does that make us? This was further compounded this morning when I woke and read about flight MH17 being shot out of the sky. We have each other and that makes us luckier than many others. This weekend I am just a little bit more grateful for that simple fact.

I hope your weekend is full of fun, noise, laughter and love.

 

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Netty

 

The Awe of Awesome

Things have not been the easiest in our world lately. In the last 18 months the universe has thrown some huge challenges our way and these have gotten to me more than the rest of the family and perhaps more than it would have got to others. This has changed in a huge way for me in the last month.

If you ask what has changed, the answer is honestly….nothing! Really though, what has changed is my mind set and my determination.  There have been a number of things that have turned things for me.  It started with my own realisation that I can not control what others think of me, or what lies may be told about me. The second change, my boss arranged some training for me and my peers and it was truly life changing for me.

This training made me realise that I control me, only me, my thoughts, my actions and to some extent I can control my own feelings.  I am responsible to people but not responsible for people. You may ask how these things have made such a difference? I realised, if I am feeling down and stressed, I can fix it all by myself. I no longer need to let this become a spiral.  I can stop and remember a time that I was hugely happy. Not just remember it as a memory, but remember the way it felt in my body, remember how it felt to smile so much that my face hurt, to laugh so much I could hardly breathe, to be so excited the butterflies in my stomach feel like an elephant having a dance party. If I can remember those feelings and start to take myself to that place, the stress and frustrations suddenly seem insignificant, and what previously seemed impossible now seems not only possible but almost easy.

Don’t get me wrong, this took 3 days of, what at time was frustrating, listening and practising my self talk in an environment dedicated to it.  These three days meant that I have been slowly able to transfer this to everyday life (not every time but it is getting there).

So what you may say, good on you! This has been significant not only in my day job but with my kids, husband and even my puppy.  I have found myself staying calm where I would have erupted previously. I have seen myself digging deeper with my kids to find out the root of issues. I have found a new appreciation for how what I do makes other feel. To remember I am responsible to others but to for others.

Am I now perfect? No! I am awesome.  This is my biggest revelation.  I, as a human being, am awesome.  I am not perfect by any means but I now appreciate that I am awesome as a person.  EVERYONE is awesome as a human being. If we take the time to talk to people, to understand them, listen to their stories, you will see the awesome in everyone. It has helped me to appreciate all those around me, and even to appreciate myself….this is a big first for me to even contemplate appreciating myself.  I have found the awe of awesome.

 

Netty

 

Unusual Colouring Dramas

I have been doing a lot of colouring with Copic Markers recently to practice my techniques (and truth be told play with all my different colours).  I thought I would make a card tonight with two of the coloured images I had done during the past week only to find my daughter had fallen in love with one of them and accidently dropped it on the floor, where our puppy decided it tasted good.  Whilst the irony of the images being Puppy Love from Saturated Canary was not lost on me, I was not overly impressed. I decided instead to take a couple of photos of the remaining half of Puppy Love and also Canary Love also from Saturated Canary.  I hope you like them and would love to hear your thoughts.

Saturated Canary - Canary LoveHalf Puppy Love - Blog

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