Doing the happy dance

There’s nothing like seeing little kids dance. They don’t have the inhibitions many of us adopt as we become adults; they just let it go! The little girl in this image is striking her pose and I love it! It’s even more fun because she is doing it out of happiness for someone else 🙂

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girl and sentiment from Happy Dance Squidgy (Stamping Bella)

Challenges make me do a happy dance because they give me a starting point when I am otherwise drawing a blank. This greeting card was created using inspiration from the following two challenges:

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Rejoice and be glad

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

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sentiment from Christ is Born by Technique Tuesday

I keep meaning to start my Christmas cards but keep getting sidetracked. I had a layout in mind after seeing this wreath card, but when those attempts ended up in file 13 (recycling), I noticed the bird paper on my desk and ended up on a different path. By the time the rest of it came together, I knew I wanted a faith-based sentiment. This one, actually part of a Christmas sentiment set, made me think of the psalm above and how the right attitude in the morning makes such a difference in day-to-day life. It will put a song in your heart and help your step be light as a feather.

Notes: bird die Small Bird Trio by Gina Marie Designs, bird pattern paper Simon Says Stamp kit, remaining supplies Stampin’ Up!

What is artsy, anyway?

“I didn’t think you were artsy…?”

“Huh… aside from music, I didn’t think I was either.”

It’s still funny to remember the interesting look on my aunt’s face and how she kept glancing at me suspiciously. (If you are wondering, she liked the cards I had just given her.) Although I still have a hard time considering myself artsy, I truly enjoy the process of creating and love sharing the results with others. And here’s some truth: a layer of doubt fell off after visiting the Tate Modern in London this April. Walking around the museum and reading the placards made me consider that my concept of art was simply too narrowly defined.

One of the things I’m playing with these days is watercolor. I still can’t draw to save my life, so a technique worth learning is adding color to heat embossed images. The embossed lines help channel the color but continue to remain a part of the image, as well. You can find out more about the technique here.

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Beautiful Flowers (Simon Says Stamp), Wonderfully Made (Verve)

I haven’t decided whether or not to make this into a card. Maybe I’ll just slip it in someone’s Bible to give them a reminder of the artwork they are.

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One final thought, also shared at the Tate:

“I thought art was a verb, not a noun.” Yoko Ono

Fab is a frame of mind

Today starts a new adventure. I blogged for years (here), but decided to put that to rest a few months ago. While I don’t miss trying to sell product, I definitely miss the flow of sharing ideas and inspiration with such friendly people and can’t wait to share craft, home and food ideas in this fresh new spot.

Today a card 🙂

Fab Fri posted a fab layout which called for using a fab sentiment. And a fab flamingo, too!

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MFT Tickled Pink (sentiment), Avery Elle Flamingo Bells (images)