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Friday, 29 January 2016

COLOUR ME POSITIVE

Hello Everyone!
It has been a really really long time since my last blog post. TWO months in fact and a lot has happened in that time.
Apart from the fact that all of our families birthdays bar one or two are from the end of November to the end of January it is a pretty hectic couple of months in that respect. Throw in an anniversary, Christmas and New Year too so by the time it got to my birthday - a BIG one - I was all entertained out so no bash for me. Low key and fabulous.
I also have my nephew from Ireland living with me for six months. He has come here to get work experience before going back to university in September. He is working for my hubby :D
We have our delightful twins who have just turned 2 and I have a third grandbaby on the way. She is due in June sooo all in all things are pretty hectic here in the Thorpe household. Never a dull moment.
I am going away again this year - My birthday present - I am going to Netherlands, Amsterdam and Germany, Cologne to see Adele in concert and I am so excited about that.
In the midst of all this chaos I have had little time to create and even less mojo. I like to spring clean at the beginning of a new year and I did it this year but included a de-clutter and clean and tidy in my studio. It took me a whole week to do but I am more than happy with the results. I even colour coded all of my inks, stamps and paints for easy access and GUESS WHAT? I found my mojo. 





I know right? You also think this is pretty cool, not to mention a little OCD :D
I decided though this year I need to do stuff that makes me happy not stuff that I have to do and that is what I am doing. I joined the Colour me Positive group on Facebook. They run a weekly art journalling challenge and I am just loving it. Here are my first three pages that I created.
Week One - Gratitude

Week Two - Brave


I missed week 3.

Week Four - Believe in Yourself

I am really enjoying playing and finding out what make me happy.
I have also been making a lot of cards. I can try out new techniques with them and I am loving it.
I also signed up at My Craftsy to do a couple of their classes just to help me find my mojo and I did a couple of cards from their tutorials. Just love that site - some amazing stuff.


Clean and simple - just my style.

Then I got brave and started playing with water colour (using my Distress stuff) - I just love this.




Then I thought why stop there so I played with some digital stamps and water colour. :D I made these two cards for the twins for their 2nd birthday.



I am not sure I really love the cutesy stuff but I reckon for kids it is great.

Then I found this awesome tutorial on you-tube by Shari Caroll who is one of my favourite artists, and so I made two cards that I need for birthdays to include vouchers. These are pretty dam cool.



Now these two cards are the same just one for a him and one for a her :D - check out the inside.



So... the card has a little accordion fold in it which allows you to attach this little acetate folder (which has been stamped with white stazon) and then you can slip in tags and also the gift card. Neat or what? I thought it was very cool.

So I haven't been completely unproductive. I am also in the process of making 20 valentines day cards for my daughter, who is doing a fund raiser at the school where she teaches for valentines day AND I am also in the middle of making her a mini project life album documenting her pregnancy :D Watch out for that post.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and thank you so much for the comments that you leave, I really appreciate them.

Till next time - Happy Creating!




xox
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28 comments:

  1. Welcome back my dear friend. You have been a busy lady! I love your art journal...can I join? I really need to try something new this year and I missed out on the Wanderlust online course because I woke up to late and by then our measly rand have turned to dust. xx Love those cards...so full of texture.

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    1. Yeah I also looked at the Wanderlust but couldn't justify that amount :( I am sure it is a wonderful course...

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  2. Absolutely FLIPPIN' marvellous...your news....your future travels....your spring cleaning.....your CARDS.....& most of all, your purple art journal page. Yup. The purple one. Who'd have thought I'd like THAT best.....!!! Sooooo glad to see you back and posting. YAY!!!!

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    1. Thanks Lizzy and purple?? Who would have thought indeed :D

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  3. Wow!! You may not have posted for a while but you certainly have been busy!! Awesome creations! Love the journal pages .. the third one being my fave. Looove all the cards, especially the water colour ones .. they are awesome .. the cutesy ones for the twins are my second faves. Amazing post Val. Sounds like you are going to be super busy again this year what with the travels (jealous) and the new grandbaby (awesome).. can't wait to see the pregnancy/project life book. Welcome back!! hugs xx

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    1. Thank you Marg and thank you so much for your support. I am trying to find my place and right now I am having fun just playing <3

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  4. Wow! You had definitely been missed and here you are back in spades!! Love all the work, especially your journal pages. And, I can say that I knew you when you were just thinking about art journaling. Here you are journaling away like a pro! So happy that you got all cleaned up and are ready to begin again. Happy birthday, my dear friend. Enjoy your special gift and Adele!

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    1. Hi Kay... Thank you and for your support. Hope you are settling too.

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  5. oh wow Val, what a fabulous post, full of inspiration - if I had to pick faves I'd go for the last journal page and the first two cards, but then again I love the clever gift card design and those sweet cards for your littlies ... good to see you and find out what you've been up to :o) xxx

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    1. Thanks Annie. Having fun playing and trying new things.

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  6. Wow! Val...those are really incredible. I love your art journals. Fantastic.

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  7. Who was it that said "Life is what happens to you, when you are busy making other plans"? John Lennon I think. Sounds as though you've just been swept along by happy events of late. All part of life's rich tapestry. But you've found time to create lots of yummy project in the midst of it. Love the idea of the art journals and the water colour cards are special. I can't choose a favourite, they all have something which speaks to my heart. Enjoy the concerts and the new Bubba and I look forward to seeing more of your inspirational work throughout the year xo

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    1. Yes so true Helen and often overwhelming. Right now I am just going with the flow and letting everything else happen when it can. I love that there is no DT stress right now. I hope you are finding some creative time too <3

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  8. Hi Val, wow you are one busy lady. Love all these new projects you are experimenting with. Especially love the first watercolor card with the flowers it is outstanding.

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  9. Hi there! So lovely to see you creating again.. and creating so beautifully too.. you have been busy and another little blessing is on the way.. I trust you have a wonderful year ahead!

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    1. Hey Lizzy thank you and yes things are a bit hectic here. Just when all your kids have left home and are settled and you think you will have your own time you get proved wrong. A happy roller coaster <3

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  10. I love everything you have created. I am at a stage where I feel my mojo has left me and I have just no inspiration to be creative. I am going to look into some of the work of the artist you mentioned in your post ... maybe it will inspire me as well. Love your work ... and Adele in Cologne?? I am sooo jealous!! Hugs ... xxx

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    1. Hi Roulien. You have also been so busy. Are you still working? I was really feeling like that and trying to meet what I felt were others expectations. What is that all about. Now I am just having fun. I miss seeing your work. <3

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  11. Oh my, Val!! You have been busy. Glad to see you got your mojo back with all these BEAUTIFUL and FABULOUS creations!! Love your chart of inks ~ so clever. I miss you! January has been so busy for me! But with your mojo back and hopefully with me on a better schedule - we will see more of each other. xo

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    1. Hey Leslie... I miss you too. Trying so hard to keep up with everything and there just doesn't feel like there is enough time. But I am back. Maybe not so often right now but I am back <3

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  12. Sounds like lots of fun things happening for you Val! How fun! Your trip sounds exciting! Love all your creations! Thanks for the inspiration! Everything looks amazing!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment Mona <3

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  13. So nice to catch up on all your news Val...you sure are going to have a busy year! I am sure you are looking forward to your trip and then also the arrival of your 3rd grandchild. Sooooo nice to see your mojo back too and wow....so many beautiful projects...new techniques etc...all just amazing! Do what you love and happiness abounds!!!! xxx

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    1. Hey D... thank you for your sweet comment, continued support and sage advice. Yes I think that this year will be all about me, as much as it can be :D I need to stop being a people pleaser. It is all about fun fun fun <3

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  14. Wow Val! I am tired just reading your blog and seeing all of the WONDERFUL projects you've made! You are the energizer bunny! :) First of all, congrats on the grandbabies! I also have twin grandsons who are 7. They are so much fun! Your birthday trip sounds fantastic! Seeing Adele in concert would definitely be something to look forward to. Your positive art journal pages are really lovely. Love your vivid background and the black and white contrasts. You cards are also wonderful. Love the watercolor look using the distress inks. That basic white background with the splashes of color and then the black is very cool. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment! I'm betting your drawing skills are much better than you think! <3

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    1. Hey Candy - we will find out about my drawing skills. I am going to do it this year. :D

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