Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Intention


The snow moon is known for its energies of cleansing, healing the spirit, inner strength and transformation.  Harness the super snow moon’s full potential by performing some simple rituals for healing, hope or transformation.  Light a white or silver candle and visualize the moon’s energy, charge a crystal under the moonlight, or just write out your intentions and burn them.  Don’t forget to take action in real life knowing that your efforts are blessed by your magical intention.
       Super Snow Moon
        February 19, 2019

I was drawn to the word "Intention" after February's Super Snow Moon.  I loved the idea of capturing the energy of the Super Snow Moon for its healing and transformative powers.  

I took the above description of the Super Snow Moon and played with the layout of the text so that it would show through the printed moon image.  I used a little glitter glue to give a little sparkle.  I was hoping the glitter glue would adhere the transparency to the text, but when that didn't happen, I used spray adhesive.  I found that the transparency wanted to warp and curl, so I also had to add a little double stick tape to keep the corners down.

When I got to this point, I really felt that the card needed a little something more, some embellishment.  I played with a number of different ideas, but in the end rejected all of them and just let the words to speak for themselves.



Friday, January 18, 2019

Welcome 2019!





I was planning to make a chevron cut Christmas tree for my December card.  Now that we are into January, I adapted my idea a bit.

I abandoned the traditional Christmas colors, and instead chose a “boho” inspired tree.  And, rather than using the Christmas tree to deliver a message of peace during the holidays, I broadened my vision. 

I began to think of all of the things that a tree has come to symbolize:  rooted, grounded, growth, cultivate, nourish, strength, flexibility, adapt, learning, knowledge, wisdom, reach, strive, aim…Seems fitting for the start of a new year.

This card also gave me the opportunity to finally try out my We R Memory Keepers typewriter!  I used the sepia ribbon and typed the words on the back of my card onto manila cardstock to give it a more vintage feel.  Then I used Tea Dye Distress Ink to color and soften the edges. 

Happy 2019!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Jester, Our Angel Dog


We had to say goodbye to our dear, sweet Jester boy last month.  It has been difficult adjusting to life without him.  His presence filled our lives for 12 wonderful years.  We are now left with only emptiness and deafening silence.  This month, my card honors his independent spirit. 

I chose one of my (many) favorite photos of Jester.  This was taken on the beach behind my parents home and it was a special place where he loved to play.  I love how this picture captures his regal, majestic stance.  

Since Jester has now crossed over the Rainbow Bridge and is in the company of angels, I decided to give him wings.  These wings were created by spraying a mist of water over the photo, laying a wing stencil down and using an awl to gently scratch the surface.  I think he wears his wings well.

Jester was a very special companion to all whose lives he touched.  He leaves a huge hole in our hearts but we take comfort knowing that his spirit is now happy, wild and free.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Explore (Chicago!)



 



I travelled to Chicago last month and the Windy City was all the inspiration I needed for this month's mindfulness card.

I met up with a friend from college who lives a few hours outside of Chicago and together we explored the City.  From the Riverwalk, the 
awe-inspiring Architecture Boat Tour (by night), Millenium Park, the "Bean," the Art Institute of Chicago, deep-dish pizza, Chicago hot dogs, Buckingham Fountain, the Sky Deck at the Willis (fka Sears) Tower, Stony Island Arts Bank and even walking two labyrinths--we did it all in just over two days.

I just knew that that I could share a lot of the sights of Chicago with this fun "napkin fold" pop-up card.  

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Respect




With the recent passing of the Queen of Soul, I decided to create my monthly Mindfulness Card by honoring Aretha Franklin.

I found a high contrast image of Aretha which I ran off on transparency.  I also wanted to use the "Respect" sheet music in my card.  I wasn't quite sure how these elements would all come together to create a 4 x 6 card, but over time--and after considering a few different ideas--I began to feel a 1960's vibe emerging.  After all, this image of Aretha is probably from the 1960's.  

The circle-patterned scrapbook paper really completed the look I was going for.  So instead of trying to incorporate the sheet music onto the front of my card, I used it to complete the back of the card. I found coordinating washi tape to bind all three layers--Aretha, scrapbook paper background and sheet music--together to create my card.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Fun with Pink and Orange

I had fun creating my page for this month's color journal.  When I think of Pat, I think "fun," "playful" and "funky."  It's no wonder her colors are pink and orange!

I don't know why, but the other pages created for Pat's color journal seemed to all feature faces.  I did not intend to include a face in my page for her.  I actually wanted to incorporate Pat's own image into my pages.  To do this, I stalked her on Facebook!

Pat had a number of images that I could picture using in my pages.  I chose this one:

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The first thing I did was to run off this image in black and white.


Next, I took white cardstock and colored it with pink and orange ink pads.  I then copied Pat's black and white image onto the colored cardstock.

Since she had used vintage Japanese newspaper for her background, I took Japanese text pages and colored them with Dylusion sprays in pinks and oranges.

I then cut out tresses of hair from the colorful text pages and re-imagined a new "do" for her image.  Pat usually wears hints of blues and purples in her hair, I gave her  pink and orange highlights for this spread. 


The Pat I know is not that recognizable to me in this image.  The Pat I know wears glasses, so I added glasses and now I see Pat!



Saturday, August 18, 2018

Unity


I had a lot of leftovers after working on the gold and cream color journal pages last month.  Since I had not yet started my mindfulness cards for August, I thought I would play a little bit more with Jane LaFazio's  "Recycled Circles."
When I was finished, I took a moment to study what I had created.  I love how the seemingly different pieces of tissue paper are united in harmony by the similar colors.  I love how the concentric arcs, though made up of separate bits and pieces, come together to form a complete whole, and I love how the stitches bind everything together into one cohesive circle.  All of this led me to this one word, "Unity."