Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What I'm working on right now....

Happy Wednesday Gorgeous Blog Readers

I thought I would pop in today to let you know what is on my studio table right at this moment.  I am working on a brand new card kit. (clap, cheer, yay, finally!!! I  hear you say...)

This kit is one that combines my love of uplifting and inspiring others and making beautiful art.  You could almost call it a motivational card kit.  All the card sentiments have an inspiring message.  Which means you guessed it, you don't have to wait for a special event to send or give a card.  Let it be a randomn act of kindess.  Kind of the like the ole days of writing and sending letters to communicate.

This card kit combines creativity with beautiful thoughts to bring sunshine to others.  In fact a couple of the cards are just plain tags almost like uplifting oracle cards that you can pop in a kids lunch box, or on your partners car dash to see when they get in their car to drive off, or give to a randomn stranger like a RAK.

However you can also use them as traditional gift tags if you so wish.

Having said that I am in my element creating and the papers are so gorgeously divine that I absolutely know without a doubt you will love creating this kit.  So I am off to get it finished so it will be up on site very very soon for you all to be inspired and enjoy.

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I would love to finish this post with the Quote on my big chalkboard in my studio this week - "to be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible.".  That my friends is the key to doing what you love, find what you are brilliant at and what makes your heart sing and then go forth and teach and inspire others to love it too. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Let's talk Easter.....

No sooner have we finished Christmas (insert big sigh here) and Easter is just around the corner.

Some of the cutest, most divine, colourful, bright and happy looking papers I have seen in a while and perfect just for your easter crafts have just been delivered by the Courier.

Three Bugs In A Rug One Fine Day Paper Collection
here are the two which are Easter themed

Some additional inspiration otherwise know as oldies but goodies are these.  I have restocked these little furry bunny ears for all your Easter decorating needs or

no time to spare and want them all done for you

There is still plenty of time to get your Easter crafts sorted.  I am hoping to pop up a few more sample ideas this year.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

If you love making art then why aren't you doing it?????

FYI - It's time for a pep talk......long post ahead..

So lately I have embraced getting down and dirty.  In the past I have been way too busy to be creative for the sake of it and this year I have made the commitment to change that mindset. I'm at the point where I am happy to pay someone and outsource the mundane stuff for more creative time. 

When I create for the kits (which I love to do) it's really difficult to use all the supplies I would normally use making one off items.  It wouldn't be possible to include things like paints and inks and every little tool I use at it would bump the cost of a kit through the roof.  Nor can I assume that all my customers have all the supplies at home.  Therefore I am limited with what I use, if I use it, it has to be in the kit.  The only exception to this is that I often suggest that I use inks to distress my work and these are all available on site.

Also if I put hundreds of little steps in for each card, it would be really confusing for the end user as well as drive me crazy. 

So these tags have been transformed with a bit of paint and ink and all things yummy.  I know its not my usual style but I am loving the grunginess of it, if that's a word.  It's refreshing to throw all that perfectionism out the window and just create with no rules, or boundries and SO WHAT if there are mistakes who cares it's all part of the process.  I think as creatives we really need to allow ourselves to do that.  Stop having to be so PERFECT.

In these tags I just played and added bits and cut pieces of other tags and papers I had distressed.  I have to thank this lady for inspiring the tag creating thing.  I also am so inspired by Christy Tomlinson.  Addicted to her videos and blog and would love to meet her one day she has an amazing personality on camera I can only assume she is like that in real life.  The way she creates on film cracks me up (in a funny way).  I sometimes think, What are you doing?? but it always looks so amazing in the end.  She is so free and easygoing with such a great attitude to her creating.

I am a lot like her, that messy impatience and never putting things away as I go and just making the biggest mess.   I love to be organised just so my head is clear, but when it comes to creating and being in that space, the mess just doesn't matter.  This is why we must allow for mistakes and failures in our art, to not be scared of picking up a brush or some ink or to stamp on the wrong spot.   Do not wait for that perfect pocket of time where all the stars are aligned and you are inspired.  Where the kids are playing quietly, the house is spotless, dinner is the oven and you are relaxed and well now you allow yourself to create becuase there is nothing else that is urgent.  Tell me how many times has that happened??  Yeh I thought so, if you are anything like me well the simple answer is never.  I can say I am never up to date with everything in my life and if ever I was it wouldn't last long. LOL!!

So the answer is simple, show up, suit up and shut up.  Stop complaining that there is never any time and just get your stuff out and DO IT.  Stay up late, get up early, pencil it into your diary, create the time somewhere and show up and just create.  That is the hardest part of the whole project.  It's like going to the gym, getting there is the hardest part, once you are there you just go through the motions and do your workout.  It's the same with art, its the same with everything in life.  Stop the mind games with yourself, bypass the beliefs that you don't have time, or you are not creative or there are more important things to do.  If creating art makes you happy then why aren't you carving out the time?

JUST DO IT!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Little Update

Wow thank you everybody for commenting on my video (post below).  I received feedback via email, on facebook and on this blog.  I am so greatful to all of you who took the time to view and even to comment.  I certainly realise the video could have been improved and I have a few ideas of what I will definitely change in upcoming videos.  I am looking forward to many more.  As for the UM's and there were a few of them, that's a work in progress.  I think the problem is I have 20 million thoughts speeding out of my brain faster than I can put into words.  Then again I can talk pretty fast too.  LOL!!  Lots of practice needed!!!!

So here are some adorable products I wanted to showcase on the blog:

These albums have been reduced to nearly 50% off.
Perfect for a Valentine, Family Album, so cute I love the
fake wood cover.  Only a few in stock

Love Love Love!!
Inside the centre of the frame is a cute little glittered image, the perfect embelishment or addition to any project

Also some exciting news, these little bags are now available in a mid size so I have ordered a fair bit in only a few colours to start with, they should be arriving in a week or so.   I am super happy about that.  The tiny size pictured below are very small,  I think this new mid size is perfect for a lolly bag.  How bright and beautiful are they??This Chevron Pattern is super cool at the moment and popping up everywhere in decor and clothing, definitely the flavour of the season.  The Chevron bitty bags shown below are in store here

I have so much more to say but it will have to wait.  I have a huge party here this weekend my eldest is turning 14 and has over done it with the invitations 50+ kids attending.  Lots to prepare and busy on the work front as well as getting the kids all settled in their first week back at school.

That's all from me
thanks again for your sweet video comments
Happy Wednesday everyone


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