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Week 8 of 365 Somethings

I don’t know about you, friends, but lately, the Universe has been sending me lots of messages and I’m not sure what to do with it all. I was involved in a car accident over the weekend. Thankfully I’m not hurt but my car is out of commission for a few weeks. I’ve had a few bumps in the past but never anything like this. Hopefully, my insurance will cover everything since I was not at fault (the driver in front me backed into my car when he tried to change lanes because the road was blocked at the light where we were stopped) but it’s still a bit stressful. Anyway, as I said, I wasn’t hurt which is the important thing. Things can always get fixed or replaced.

So, with that out of the way, let’s get to business! Above you can see my creations for week 8, which ran from February 19th to the 25th.

  1. For this card, I used a background I had previously done with watercolour. I used a silhouette stamp, stamping it a couple of times to fill the bottom and a simple “Thanks” stamp in the right corner.
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  3. I used patterned papers that could work for either boy or girl for these “Thank you” and “Baby” cards. With this set, I decided to make more cards in french with the idea of selling them at the school where I work (a french speaking elementary school) to help raise money for a charity.
  4. I love this feather stamp and wanted to try an ombré stamping technique. It more or less worked, in my opinion. I liked the result enough to make a couple of bookmarks (which where quickly given away to friends!)
  5. Remember the wrapping papers from week 7? Well, I needed gift tags to add to the packages! I made two but since it was so small and so quick to create, I only count it as one item.
  6. Finally, a couple of sympathy cards. Another Pinterest inspiration. I love the text for the inside. It reads: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven, where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. -Eskimo legend.

That’s it for week 8. See you soon with week 9!

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Week 4 of 365 Somethings

As promised, I’m back with my post for Week 4 of 365 Somethings.

As you remember, last week, when these items were created, I was suffering from pink eye. So on Monday night, which was the 22nd, I quickly grabbed a tag, two rectangle stamps with two green ink pads and made the background. Then I took a die cut feather from the night before and stamped a “Merci” which was then punched out with a circle (not my first choice but the other punch shape didn’t fit.) On the 23rd, we had our “snow day” so I had time to rest my eyes and even managed to make two cards with minimal colouring. On the 24th, I was starting to feel better and decided to take a chance with some watercolour and stamping, as well as heat embossing. It didn’t quite turn out how I had hoped because of the texture of the watercolour paper but I’m still liking the result. And I almost had to scrap the whole thing because when I sprayed some water over my project to make the splotches, the so-called water resistant ink started bleeding. I had to heat dry everything before giving it a second go and I re-stamped the girl to make her more defined. On the 26th, I made a birthday card for a friend and finally, on the 28th I made three postcards. Because I made them with watercolour and regular ink pads, I’ve decided to rub Micro Glaze on them to make them waterproof. That way, they won’t get ruined if they get wet in the mail.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy. And if you’d like to receive one of these in the mail, send me your address!

Ciao!

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Week 3 of 365 Somethings

Last week turned out a bit different than expected. I had a severe case of pink eye all week (started in the right eye on Sunday night, spread to the left on Monday night so I spent a couple of days with demon eyes… not pretty!) There was a bit of an ice storm Monday night, enough to have all the schools close on Tuesday which happens very rarely around here. In my 17 years working in schools, I think this was maybe the 4th time that schools were closed due to weather/road conditions. For me, it was a blessing since I could really rest my eyes all day and not worry about scaring my students or their parents! Then on Thursday, we had a ped day (no classes but daycare still open with activities.) So that was a really strange week at work.

Thankfully, everything else went well. Now, what I’m showing you isn’t what I created last week, but the week before, from the 16th to the 21st. And they are: 4 ATCs (artist trading cards) on the 16th; a “thinking of you” card on the 17th; altered kraft packing tape (the kind you have to moisten in the back) on the 18th; 2 colouring books on the 19th; and, 2 greeting cards on the 21st (inspired by cards I saw in one of my Facebook groups.)

I tend not to create on Saturdays because I spend the day with my mother. And usually, any creativity I have on that day is for matching cardstock colours for her embroidered cards or scrapbook pages. Or I do some colouring in one of my many colouring books. I might show you the results of that in another post.

By the way, any ATCs I create during my 365 Somethings are available to trade if anyone is interested. And I might do more mini colouring books if anyone wants to trade those as well. You know what to do if you’re interested!

I’ll be back soon for the week 4 update!

 

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Small beginnings

“From small beginnings come great things.”

A new year, a new beginning. In my little creative world, it means a new project. A new chance to get back into the habit of daily art, daily creativity. 2017 was a strange year for me for many reasons but I won’t talk about it here. This is not the platform for it. I want to keep this blog focused on creativity, on art and all the good things that come with that. The only thing I’ll say about 2017 is that it helped me to better understand myself, who I really am.

Anyway, on to 2018. Once again, inspired by Hanna and Tammy, I’m back in the blogging world and hopping on the Project 365 Somethings train. My goal is to use as many rubber stamp as I can during the year. I have way more than enough as you’ll soon see (Hanna suggested I do a video to show my collection and, well, I will!) And as if I didn’t have enough, I spent the whole month of December carving my own little collection for Carve December (you’ll also get to see those soon if you haven’t already on Instagram or Facebook.)

For my first project, I went with a simple card design using three stamps, one of which is text. I don’t know which company they’re from. I picked two inks and cardstocks which are old Stamping’ Up! colours: Pacific Point, and Kiwi Kiss. And that’s basically it! I made two cards instead of one because I wanted to layer the stamps a bit differently.

I won’t be making only greeting cards this year because I think that it would quickly get boring. I plan to also use my stamps on postcards, tags, art journal pages, mixed media pieces and whatever else I come up with along the way. And I doubt that I’ll blog every day but I’ll definitely make an effort to come back once a week at least.

On that note, I wish you all a Happy New Year and may 2018 be filled with health, love and creativity!

Art on!

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A bit of everything

I mentioned this month that I’m participating in a 30 day journal challenge. I think it’s the third time I’m doing it and I find it’s a good habit to develop. This time, I’ve been working in a small art journal in which I had already prepared a myriad of pages in the previous months. So I can focus on answering the prompts for the challenge. I haven’t shared any of the pages until now. This page seemed appropriate to share on my blog so this was my daily art for yesterday.

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Today, I made a set of ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) for a swap I joined over on Instagram. They are called clean-up cards. The only rule is to use scraps from the bottom of your pile. Well, I’ve have these scraps in a box for almost 10 years so I think it counts! I love how they turned out and I hope the people who receive them in the swap enjoy them.

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I’m also sharing a few photos from my fine motor skills activity today with a class of kindergarten students. We were doing “directed drawing.” I gave them each a set of 5 sheets on which they had illustrated instructions on how to draw certain things. Most of the students did very well on their own. I had to give more instructions to some but in general, the activity was a success. I took the time to look at how the kids were holding their pencil and the majority had a correct grasp and position.

We usually work for 45 minutes and then they get 10 minutes to use what I call “manipulation objects” from a basket: squeeze balls, stress balls, cut-down pieces of pool noodles, plastic pot scrubbers, etc.They enjoy the different textures and it’s a good exercise to relax their hands after some hard work. I’ll try to take a picture of that next time. Until then, have fun!

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Drawings

Now that I’m back at work full time, I realize that daily blogging during the week is too much for me. So I think I’ll post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from now on. With maybe an occasional weekend post.

Today is day 244 of my daily art project for 2016. Which means there’s only 1/3 of the year left! Also, I decided to keep my “free-for-all” art theme for September because I will also be participating in a free 30 day journaling challenge but I probably won’t share that on here.

Anyway, here are yesterday and today’s art: a white mandala and a shoe print zentangle.

Thanks for visiting!

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Weekend update

In case any of you were wondering, I didn’t post on Friday because I had a long day of cleaning at work and an evening of dancing which didn’t leave much time for in depth creating and blogging. In fact, my daily art was a quick sketch on a previously painted journal page. When I looked at the page, I immediately saw the elephant shape and the lady bust so I decided to sketch Marie-Elephantoinette! See what I did there?!?

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I will paint her at a later date. And over the weekend, I kept things simple again with some doodling on the painted branch for Saturday and a mandala on Sunday.

Finally, today, I altered my third and last clipboard. Once again, I only used acrylic paints (Americana and Distress) and stencils (Penny Black, The Crafter’s Workshop, and unknown for the fairies). And I decided that fairies were a great addition to go with the butterflies and birds.

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I’ll show you when all three clipboards will be on the wall.

Thanks for visiting!

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