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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Card making for the men in your life

I make almost every card that I give - and mostly they're pretty with butterflies/flowers etc...Not really good for the men in my life. Here are a few ideas I've used to make cards for men.
Using fabric scraps : 
Hot glue gun 'stencil' for the base and then try and get some serviettes with things like wine glasses, musical instruments, or other appropriate hobbies
Sometimes it's just a matter of keeping it very simple with your colour palette - this was for a friend when he left work
And sometimes lots of texture is what's called for. The background of this was an old encyclopedia page - look for some with technical drawing/flags/or his hobby again. 
I also love using that drywall joint tape for texture on the card - often I sponge through it as well for background colour
And my latest made for my lovely Dad started life a long time ago as a collaged base with gelli printing
then I had a play with stencil cutting and added spray paint
I have just cut an interesting piece out of it and machine stitched it on the front of cardstock base - really like it
Hope there is something there to inspire you to make cards for the men in your life. I have a Flickr album with all the cards I've made HERE.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Daily Journaling Week 3 and Summer Hols ♥

I am going to try and keep posting on the weekend for my Daily journaling, but I'm late this week because I've been on holiday :-) 
I'm following the prompts of the original Documented Life project 2014. Week 3 : Add an envelope from your mail box. 2 envelopes in my mail box the day I started this spread - both bills! But one  has this window...
Original spread had colour again - just as well because I started this not feeling very inspired
Began by trimming my windowed envelope to fit the page size. Love the glow of the left page, and the pretty soft colours generally so just started by adding more colour from that palette with stencils - feel like adding a couple of art cards to put in the envelope too
And quite soon I had this : 
There is now a blog for Life Documented 2017 where you can pick up the prompts very easily HERE. Week 3's prompt from there was to add a face. I already did that last week - here she is with holiday snaps added for memory keeping....
So this week I decided to add some favourite faces to one of the cards as a reminder of some lovelies that I am grateful for. Journaled on the back about them ♥
Here are a few of my holiday snaps so you can share my beautiful New Zealand : 
Brown Sugar cafe in Taihape - lunch on the way up the island. Lovely angel inspirations in Rotorua
Gannets at Muriwai beach in Auckland
And lovely walk at North Head, Devonport still in Auckland : 
Exploring old defences and lovely sea walk
And the gorgeous Auckland domain for a birthday picnic followed by evening celebrations for my niece 
Dixie Brown's highly recommended in Taupo for dinner AND breakfast the following day!
Back home again yesterday and this is my spread right now. Decided to leave my journaling page looser without lines so I can add photos or writing sized as desired and leave out some days if I decide I don't have things to capture.
There will be more additions to my spread and the other art card as the week progresses. I'll share in my next daily journal post. You can see all my posts about this project HERE and my Flickr album HEREHope you are fitting creativity and other happy things into your week.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

New supplies : Pretty and cheap

I know what I like to use regularly in my art so I don't spend as much on supplies as I used to. I'm forever on the lookout for things to use though, especially in unexpected places. Over Christmas I was in our new Bed, Bath and Beyond shop and found these beautiful serviettes
Only 2 ply (useful for arting - one less layer to remove) and only $2.50 per pack of 20!
My word for 2017 is SHINE, and I was shopping in Warehouse stationery soon after that decision and so my eye was drawn to the following....all on special - meant to be ;-)
Click on the photo to see it larger - the small container holds glittery tapes.
Note the word SHINE in the right stencil. 
Recently I've become interested in Oracle/Tarot cards - not for divination, but as inspiring works of art that can be used as a tool for self-reflection and intuition - helping me figure out what my heart is telling me.
This page was created in Life Book 2016  HERE.
I first started thinking about Oracle/Tarot cards for art with Effy Wild. She pulls a Tarot card every Book of Days session not as a means of prognostication but using them as a mirror - what do our responses to the card tell us about our inner landscape? You are checking in with your soul to see what is reflected back to you via the cards. I like what Susannah Conway says about their creative use HERE : they can help us access thoughts and feelings that we might not have been consciously aware of. The following are all available at Book Depository (free postage anywhere in the world)
Aren't they lovely?
And not an art supply but artful looking and also making me happy - a new iPhone case and only cost $17 including postage :-)
If you're interested in where I shop for supplies in New Zealand, I updated this link last month and it's always available up there on top right beneath my profile. Happy shopping
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