Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do!

The Change

I am a big advocate for making life happen and not just letting it happen to you. My childhood and especially my adolescence was rough. I would think about other places I wanted to be. Things I wanted my future to look like I would ponder. I also had a learning disability and school was tough. Between the drama at home and having to start working at the age of 12 my GPA was a 1.5. In my junior year of high school I came to the conclusion that if I did not get out of the area I would end up at rock bottom.

I started prioritizing school and quickly jumped to a 3.5 GPA. Sadly, I had screwed up so bad the first two years of high school that no college or university would admit me. Plus, I could not afford the application fee to apply to multiple colleges. In my senior year of high school my German teacher encouraged me to be an exchange student. She said she could work it out so I could go over on the high school program. The cost was $5K and I worked really hard to earn every dime of it! I boarded the plane barely 18 with less than $200 to my name and 1 suitcase to live in a foreign country for a year.

Reflections

I have been asked over the years if I was scared. Not really. I had no where else to go. Anything was better than where I was and if I did happen to get worse off, it was just on me and would affect no one else. I knew sitting on my hands waiting for something to happen was just a pipe dream. I had to work my dream!

The Present

It took me a little longer to get through college, but I did get through it. First I went to a university and earned my BS and later pursued my M Ed. Though my background was tough I used it to make a better life. I worked my dream to make it a reality.

You can too! No matter where you are or what you are doing YOU have the power to change your life. Now, I can’t take all the credit. The one thing my parents did do right is made sure I was in church every week and though the church slapped a scarlet letter on me because of where I came from God did use it to draw me to Him. He protected and helped me in this time. He gave me opportunities to pursue, but I had to do some work too!

The Reminder

I created this piece as a reminder to always pursue the life I want. Here is a video of how I created the background with the new Mod Podge Ultra as a pouring medium:

I used the new Art Foamie Stamp by Rita Barakat to create the large fairy and pop dotted the fairy die to the other side. Th embellishments I painted with the new Plaid Dragon Glaze and Colorshift!

The clouds I created in the Rise and Shine Rita Barakat group on Facebook. If you have not checked it out yet, you should!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

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Felting with Rita Barakat and Clover!

This month Kunin Felt Clover and Rita Barakat have joined forces! We have combined felting with mixed media. I learned how to needle felt in 2007 using a Clover felting needle. However, the awesome brush was not out at the time, so I felted on a thick foam sheet. The brush is a lot better because it was designed to use with the felting needles in that you never poke yourself or damage your needle because you went to far. I know that probably makes no sense, so to help clarify here is a quick video of how to felt using the felting needle and brush:

When I saw this at Creativation I immediately thought a canvas of a girl with hair of felt flowers would be magnificent! For this collaboration I created this:

To create this masterpiece I used Rita Barakat’s Draw Stencil to create the face. I have a huge love affair with big hair. I love creating it. The bigger and more colorful the better. I used lots of texture with Jane Davenpot paint over pens, Stickles and Nuvo drops.

My intention was to create a bunch of felt flowers. In fact the first thing I felted was the flower up in the corner, but once I placed it on the canvas I thought it was overpowering, so I created felted circles using a mix of wool felt and felt sheets by Kunin.

Make sure you join Rita Barakat’s Rise and Shine group on Facebook because on Thursday April 11, 2019 I will be showing you how to create felt shapes from wool! If you miss it, don’t worry! It will be there for you to check out later. Also, please make sure you hop along with us starting at Rita Barakat’s website.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Few of My Favorite Creator Friends Blog Posts from 2018

Usually at the end of a year we go back and reflect on what has transpired over the course of the year. A lot of bloggers will do a roundup of their favorite posts they have published. I have decided to do something a little different. A few of my creator friends have sent me their favorite blog and/or YouTube posts. I want to share those instead of my own. We live in a world in which we get so caught up in doing our own thing that we often miss the awesome stuff others are doing. There is so much creative talent in the art world and a lot of artists go undiscovered. Here are a few of my favorite creator friends blog posts from 2018.

2018 Creator Post Round Up!

Bright Mixed Media Canvas

Pam Bray has created an exquisite canvas with lovely texture and color. Lots of color (which is my favorite!). She used a variety of mediums to achieve her masterpiece from July 2018.

Alcohol Ink

Kristie Taylor is an incredible mixed media artists. These resin pendants is her favorite pick and I adore them. She showcases another way to use alcohol ink outside of paper crafting.

Easter Ornament

Margie’s innovated way to use decorative tape is spectacular! How many of us have loads of decorative tape and can’t seem to burn through it? Anything to help me use it up is a good thing. I really like that she took it out of paper crafting and created a gorgeous ornament. This is not a typical ornament for Christmas – but Easter! Everything about this project is unique.

Junk Journal

Linda Israel picked this amazing rainbow junk journal as her favorite creation for 2018. If you are not familiar with Linda, she is a well known and most talented junk journal artist. She recently started curating a subscription box with all of her favorite things to create junk journals.

Colorful Bowls

Iris Rod is a fellow Canvas Corp Brand Crew Member (Designer). She created these lovely bowls with vivid colors using ink. She gives great tips on how to use ink on clay to create stunning pieces.

Mood Board Inspired

Amy Martin Jones created this dramatic piece from a mood board. Though it has no color the contrast and texture on this piece makes it a real show stopper.

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Found Objects

I swooned a little when I saw what Sanna Lippert submitted for her favorite blog post of 2018. The playing cards paired with the pop tabs is perfection. This is truly a wonderful example of using found objects in art.

Welcome Wreath

Lynn Lilly of Craft Box Girls made this incredible wreath! Lynn is known for easy to follow directions. I had the pleasure of meeting Lynn in New York. Her positive outlook is infectious and a joy to be around. I love her on trend fun projects she shares and look forward to her Tuesday shows on Facebook.

Painted Journal

Josefine created this journal with several different paints. The profile is stunning on the black background. She created a wonderful tutorial to create a similar piece.

Boys Will Be Boys

Sandi Clarkson created this gorgeous mixed media canvas. She altered chipboard pieces and used a heart substrate to showcase the perfect boy photo.

Steampunk Box

Linda Simpson created a steampunk box featuring perfectly paired medal pieces. The stars and small heart with wings is a great contrast of shapes.

CCB Junk Journal

Elizabeth Robinson made this amazing junk journal. The mason jar on the front really sets it a part from all the rest. The mixture of textures is beautiful!

Altered Board

Bea Grob created a colorful coffee sign. She up cycled a board to make it. Re purposing or up cycling items is a wonderful way to stretch your creativity.

Pink Teal and Gray!

Katie Lamb created this cheerful page with one of my favorite sayings. She was challenged to create something using pink, teal and gray. The color on this along with the whimsical feel is just perfect.

Card Set

Julie created 5.5 by 5.5 cards for Christmas that are lovely. In the video she walks you through how to create similar cards.

Meaningful Canvas

I have included my favorite post from 2018 — Have Faith (Dealing with Junk) . This is my favorite post because of the meaning of it. I make myself vulnerable and raw in the post.

I hope you enjoyed seeing other artist’s projects and found inspiration. Make sure to click through to the post and poke around a little. You may find your new favorite blogger or You Tuber.

Who is your favorite artist? Please let me know in the comments. What was your favorite project shared today? Let me know in the comments and tell me why.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

HUGE Fall Blog Hop!

Hello Friends! Thank you so much for stopping by today. You are in for a treat! Today I am participating in a  MEGA BLOG HOP!!!!!! There are lots of fantastic designers world wide that have come together to showcase terrific fall projects that you can recreate and put your own artistic touches on in your craft room. You have seen a lot of these designers featured on sites like Tattered Angels, 7 Gypsies and and Canvas Corp Brands! Do you see a trend? This is the  CCB Fall Blog HOP! Each of these designers have created a project to share with you on their blog. Some are offering prizes, so please hop on through to each blog. If you are inspired would you be so kind as to share the hop with others? We would truly appreciate it!

I am sharing with you a banner I created:

I found a CCB banner kit in my stash that I thought would be perfect for Halloween:
I used the black and white polka dot paper from the kit as a template to create the pieces. I first cut out the smaller piece and traced it 1/4 inch larger on different substrates as a backing:
I misted each piece with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and set them aside to dry:
I used the Halloween Kraft pack to create the smaller pieces of the banner:
I found some wonderful  images from the mini art fall paper pack that I painted with glimmer mist. I loved playing on this paper because it was such a beautifully strong substrate that withstood a lot of water. I waited for everything to dry and assembled the banner. I cut a few canvas strips to sew on to the top of each piece to hang from the rope provided in the kit. To finish it off I found gold chipboard letters that are probably over a decade old in my stash to spell out “SPOOKY”. 

I am giving away a small goodie bag filled with handmade (by me) cards, ATCs and supplies to one lucky winner. All you need to do is subscribe to my blog and leave a comment stating your favorite thing about fall. I will announce a winner on this post OCTOBER 5 2018! 
Please make sure you hop on through to the next blog in the list:
Marie Nicole Designs (Marie Heiderscheit) https://marienicoledesigns.wordpress.com/…/farmhouse-autumn…
Also, make sure you check out the Canvas Corp Brands Shop for all your Fall paper crafting needs here.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Challenging Canvas

In July the Canvas Corp Brands crew was challenged to do something with a blank sheet of canvas and we could use a pouch too. I created this:

 I glimmer misted a piece of raw canvas in blues and greens and then cut them into strips. I tied a knot in the bottom of each strip and adhered it to a circle that I had cut from double sided adhesive. I twisted the canvas strip and placed it on the circle. I also did this same technique with some pretty twine.

 For the leaves I hand cut them out of the green portion of the canvas, added some veins with a black water color brush pen and spritzed it  with a little water to soften the lines.

 I adhered it all to the pouch and added a few gems to fill it out.

When I was first presented with this challenge I was totally clueless on what to do. I just started painting and then got to this. What have you created that was unexpected?
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!