Daring Adventures Sunday Inspiration

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“She dreams of faraway places and daring adventures”

We all have that still small voice in our soul that calls us to a place of dreams and longings. Most of the time we don’t answer it, recognize it, or give it time to talk. But what if we stopped for a moment to give our dreams room to bloom, to excite and bring passion to what it otherwise a crazy hectic life. What if our dreams are the spark that keeps us going and keeps us up at night longing, planning and preparing.

My love, don’t let the dreams that rest inside you die. It might not be the right time right now, but keep fanning the flame, keep writing out the plan, because we need that hope.

Never give up and if we are listening to the voice we will know when it’s right, when it’s time to take action and become a daring adventure!

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Supplies Used: Liquitex Matte medium, maps and Morrocan influenced papers, Liquitex basics acrylics (Bright aqua green, deep violet, dioxazine purple, cerulean blue hue) Golden Alizarin Crimson Hue fluid acrylic, tissue paper

I get asked all the time about my tissue paper effect. I have a video that is part of the beyond the basics series that explains it. You can GET IT HERE

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Stencils Used: Old world 1, vintage quatrefoil, background 1 

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Crash the stash this week , you can see it HERE

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I had been saving this pic of this women in the sunset for a long time…. I loved the peacefulness of it.  It’s perfect for the stamp that I used from Donna Downey. The papers were truly scraps that I pulled from the pile.

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Stencils used: vintage quatrefoil, vintage papers 2 and scribbles get them HERE

Most commonly used supplies .. you can see them HERE

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Keeping track of the good Sunday Inspiration

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From every day craziness to deep, deep hurts, it can be hard to remember that we have something to be grateful for. Some circumstances that we endure are easier to remember the good and some trials are harder to weed through to get to the good. But they are there… the good stuff, the small things that remind us that there is still something to be grateful for.

Today where ever you are, write down those things that you are thankful for. The hugs, the sunrise, the food in the fridge, the bed that you have, the friends that love you in spite of yourself, the children that are healthy, the job that allows you to pay the bills, the paint that you create with, whatever it is for you. Write it down, keep a record, make a list… because you will need to be reminded at some point in the midst of the grumbles and hurt and betrayal. Allow yourself time to feel and fluster and then search for your list of the good to bring you back to abundance.

Remember …… “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance” Eckart Tolle

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***Supplies: matte medium, vintage papers, gesso, acrylic paint (raw umber, bright aqua green, deep violet, cobalt teal hue, ) Higgins ink in magenta, teal. charcoal penicl, archival ink

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Happy mail from some dear friends…. a hand made journal, bling and some sweeeet papers! Thank you my friends you know who you are….!

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Orly Avineri . Artist. Journaler... her freedom and depth… makes me swoon!

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This week’s Crash the stash see it all HERE

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Walk away from the past Sunday Inspiration

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“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and pat so that we can live our dreams.” – Oprah Whinfrey

Today is the day to let go of the old tapes that play. We all have a past or things that we are not particularly proud of, or childhoods that were troubled or families that are broken or so many other things. Today is the day those things stop being excuses for what is happening in our lives. Today is the day to take ownership… let go of the old and step through the door to a new blameless, guiltless life. To go after the dreams that have been sitting on a shelf. This is YOUR life, YOU get to write the story. YOU can do this… no one else can make you happy, sad or keep you from accomplishing all that you desire. Go for it!

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Supplies Used: 10×10 mdf board, Deco art Matte Medium, Deco Art Fluid Acrylics ( Titanium White , Raw Sienna, English Red Oxide, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Burnt Sienna, Paynes Grey, Carbon Black, Titan Buff, Dark Grey Value, Raw Umber) Americana Glazing Medium, Deco Art Media Texture Sand Paste, Modelings Paste and Gesso.

Collage Pak from 5-1-16 (wood) and 7-3-16 small victories

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Stencils Used: Door 2 smaller and Bricks and Bubbles

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Just a few shares on what has excited me this week…

Amanda share her creations using my bricks and bubbles stencil… this is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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This from Laly Mille makes me happy. The texture! www.lalymille.com

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I put a quick tutorial together to help with download and printing of collage paks

CRASH THE STASH THIS WEEK

had lots of lessons and felt like a hot mess but I share with you real time what I learned. See it here.

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Learning from this mess – Crash the stash

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Well… this one was a struggle. Not every page or piece is a master piece but every single time we create there is a lesson. Our journals are the sacred places that we can grow and learn new things and not be worried about what someone might think. Be will to take a risk…. and learn. I walk you through to the very end and in real time share how I tried to make it better. Not perfect, but better and I share what I learned.

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Supplies are listed in the video but you can see my most used supplies HERE

Stencils used; Background 1 and vintage postage 1

If you create something using your stash or inspired by crash the stash… post it in Instagram with #crashthestash so I can share it. Have fun creating

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Be so bold and strong

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Be so bold and strong, that nothing can disrupt your dreams. Sometimes life has a way of changing our course, it sends us in a different direction. So we have to stay steadfast, and sometimes take a moment to look at the map to realize that we have gotten off track. To be so bold and strong to change direction. Don’t give up! You can do this.

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Supplies Used: Vintage paper, book pages, Matte medium, Gesso, Americana Acrylic paint, titanium white, blue mist, Coral blush, black, raw umber, My stencils: splatters, numbers, old type text

There are free vintage rulers in the free download section of my shop.

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Crash the stash this week…. See the video and pics HERE

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Crash the stash – watercolor

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I used a neutral color palette for the background and the bright colors for the focal point.  A good pull from the stash that inspired.

I also used some very old watercolor crayons… I wasn’t sure they would still work, but they gave beautiful color. Deco art Modeling paste, matte medium and gesso and then threw in some Finnabair turquoise glass beads.

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Utopia? It’s really simple

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Sometimes, well most of the time, I think we as humans complicate things. This quote this week was sent to me as a commission piece. Sometimes as I begin the creative process for a custom piece it takes a while to feel what the client is asking for, however that didn’t happen with this piece. The inspiration came immediately. The quote so resonated with me that I thought I would share the process and the thoughts for this Sunday Inspiration.

Life really is simple…. there are a few things that really matter and all the rest of the stuff is just fluff, distraction, fodder… it’s just stuff. There is not “utopia” it doesn’t exsist, life is not perfect and happy. But we can strive to make it the best life we have and if we really think about what makes the best life… For me it is the little things, a beautiful sunrise, friendship, deep connections with others, intimate love and creating. It’s just a few things that really matter. To love and be loved and all the rest is just filler.

So today, remember in the midst of all the “stuff” that you are doing. Take notice of the important things, the little things and cherish them.

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Supplies Used: 18×18 mdf board, Matte medium, collage pak, Acrylic paints, black, turquoise, raw umber, titanium white, gesso, glazing medium, charcoal pencil, fineliner, black acrylic paint marker, stencils (splatters, vintage postage 1 and 2, vintage papers 2, flourish, backgrounds, old world, numbers, let it fly 2)

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Collage pak: get it HERE

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Seeking truth , Crash the stash

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I used a ton of stencils in this one. I also broke out the oil pastels. I didn’t use the letters I just couldn’t make them fit with how I was feeling with the page. I also used my home made sprays. (combine airbrush medium and fluid acrylic ) Just an fyi… oil pastels were that last thing I used because oil and water don’t mix, If i tried to paint over the oil pastels it wouldn’t adhere.

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Beautiful stuff

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We are constantly and quietly being filled. The Trick is , knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. ~ Ray Bradbury

I needed this quote this week. I needed to take a pause and look around at all the beauty in my life that fills me up daily. The love of my kids, the love from my husband who supports my dreams. The love and grace of my creator. A roof over my head, food on the table.

I needed to remember all the good stuff so that I can share it.. use it .. So that I can share beauty and love. So that I can inspire and encourage.

I hope you take a pause today to realize and be grateful for all the beauty so that you can spill it out too.

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Supplies Used: Deco Art Media Matte Media, Deco Art Media Gesso, Deco art Media fluid Acrylic (titanium white, green gold, hansa yellow, english red oxide and Americana acrylic paint, (Blue mist, Sea Breeze Midnight blue, coral blush, deep burgandy, avodcado), Deco Art Media antiquing cream (patina, medium grey, titanium white, raw umber)

Stencils Used: flower gang 4, numbers, let it fly 2, vintage papers 2, damask duo, vintage postage 2, vintage quatrafoil, splatters, flourish

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Collage Pak: Get it HERE

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