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It's ok to just breathe

It's ok to just breathe

Today I am sharing the make of a card of which a similar one was published earlier this year in the in May. It's a bit of a personal story why I made this card and this is what I shared with the Craft Stamper's New Beginnings section of the magazine back in May:

What triggered me with this theme is the fact that to me every day is a new
beginning. With every day you can start a new and it's okay if you did "No Thing" and
just breathe. This card is designed to send someone comfort in difficult times, Like
when someone is suffering from a Burn-Out. The traditional "get well soon card" just
isn't what someone needs in that position and I am speaking from experience. The
sentiment "Just breathe, you are here" is so much kinder. It helps one to re-frame
one’s mind and begin again.

When you have suffered from a Burn-Out (like I have now 2 1/2 years ago) it is not in your healing process to receive cards like "hope you'll be your old-self soon" and "get well soon" because it actually works counter productive. Every one of us takes their own time to heal.  So I am sharing the make of this card so that in case you wanted to make something similar to someone who needs to hear this message.

It's ok to just breathe

I started off with covering a gelli printed ghost print with disstress inks and blended them with a blending tool. The colors I chose were pickled raspberry, wild honey and shabby shutters. I thought they made a nice blend together.

It's ok to just breathe

Then I did some stamping with Indigo Blue Ledger & splats, coffee rings from Tim Holtz and spatter drops by Marianne Crafts stamps with Staz-On Royal Purple.

It's ok to just breathe
As my focal point I chose Marsha from Stampotique Originals because I like her and she will be pointing towards the sentiment. She is stamped in black so that when I cut her out and adhere her, the details like shoe laces will be there.

It's ok to just breathe

I colored her in with letraset promarkers (alcohol markers) on sticker paper.

It's ok to just breathe

Fussy cut her out and adhered to the page.

It's ok to just breathe
Grounded her with washi tape and the "you are here" is also a washi tape.

It's ok to just breathe

I added a few more Tim Holtz texture stamps in blue and green colors in the background for more interest and then added the beautiful sentiment from Viva Las VegaStamps!
"sometimes it's okay if the only thing you did today was breathe"

It's ok to just breathe

As a final touch I added some color with distress crayons in the similar colors as the inks I used. 
It was a pleasure to combine stamps as focal point by my 2 fave companies I have the honor to work with, Stampotique Originals and Viva las VegaStamps! 

I really loved making this card design, it was such a calming and healing process. I hope this will also be the case for you and that you can send a card like this to someone whom needs to hear just this message. 

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!


Art Journal: Supernova Bear

Art Journal: supernova bear

Today I wanted to share with you a fun and quirky art journal page I made using watercolors and the "magic ink" technique combined with stencils. It's a fairly simple process but you have to work quickly like I have described in that blogpost. I used india ink and red and orange fountain pen inks. Sadly memory fails me which fountain pen inks I used, but it were samples I needed to use up, I'm sure!

Art Journal: supernova bear
The sentiment is remixed from this Viva las VegaStamps! sentiment stamp and I have made it say "Shine like the FREAKING AWESOME SPARKLY RIDICULOUS SUPERNOVA-SELF you are meant to be"  which I lined with Stabilo marks-all pencils in black and white. 

This page definitely fits the theme "Poetry in motion" over at Art Journal Journey wouldn't you agree?  Every time I look at this page it just makes me giggle :)  Hope it does the same for you! 

I am also entering this in the HLS august watercolor challenge with optional twist Bloom -
and it's a play on words as I see this as "blooming into what you are meant to be" :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!


SDC280 - Inchies (activity cube)

Inchies challenge - SODC

It's Wednesday and that means it's time for another fun challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog! This week a new challenge theme has started and it's Inchie Art. What is an inchie? It is a piece of artwork made on 1x1 inch format and just like ATC's the materials you use does not matter, it's the size restriction that counts. So this was a hard challenge for me as I rarely make these and this past weekend I sat down and had an idea to make an activity cube/die with great Stampotique images! And the above activity cube was made!

Inchies challenge - SODC

I used a template for the cube, all the squares are one inch exactly. I have glued the printed cube template on an index card for some strength and then stamped the images you see above making sure that the activity for each image stays within the one inch square. The activities I portrait here are sleep, read, collage, color, go for a walk and prep work. The idea behind is, when I am stuck or listless, just roll the cube and do that activity to get into a different frame of mind. 

List of stamps used for this cube: 

Everything was colored with Tombow dual brush markers. 

So what do you think of this idea? If you create your own activity cube, let me know as I would love to see it! And any inchie art is welcome to be entered at our challenge so be sure to link up your new work and read the rules carefully so you won't end up being disqualified. 

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by :) 


Her Sparkly Star Shaped Self - VLVS!

Hi all, it's my turn over at the VLVS! blog and I made a little something for you to inspire you for our August Challenge. I have made an index sized art card inspired by the colors and imagery from our mood board below

Isn't it gorgeous and don't you just long for a summer sunset at the beach? 
It has inspired me to make the following

I am just absolutely in love with that Fancy Mermaid, the large moon and all the mixed media journaling stamps from the latest release. I've mixed a few oldies too, like the sentiment which is is a part of Tired of trying to cram stamp, which I LOVE! A full list of stamps and materials used is (including a time to stamp process video!!) is to be seen at the VLVS! blog post.

Hope this will inspire you to play along with out monthly challenge where you could win some great quality rubber stamps!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Mail Art Monday: Summer Hiatus (+process video)

MAM summer Hiatus

Hello my dear friends! With the summer holidays here I am slowing down my productivity and having a little hiatus from the weekly Mail Art Monday posts for august/september. This time is to relax, replenish and regroup to come back with more creativity in the fall. I plan on making some more Mail Art tutorials on my You Tube Channel like I did for the one above for Viva Las VegaStamps! A few months ago :)

Hope you enjoyed watching the process video and if you do I would appreciate a 'like' in the video and if you would like to follow my channel then you'd be notified when I have more process video's up (there are a bunch waiting in the editing line....) 

Thanks so much for stopping by, your support means a lot! Have a wonderful summer and do drop by for my DT and art journal posts in the coming time :)