Saturday, July 24, 2010

Inspired by Cancer...

As a Daffodil Day volunteer each year, I get mail about the Cancer Council Arts Awards. I always look at it and think that I cant draw or paint nor can I write a good story, so I push it aside and think that I can't enter. This year when it came I thought, perhaps I should give it a go in what I can do best. That is use paper. So after a lot of thought, I decided to enter. The theme this year was Lost and Found and the idea is to express your experiences in a creative way through either visual art, poerty, film or short story.
The frame below is what I came up with. It is full of lots of squares of what people have found during their concer experience such as Hope, Courage, Strength, Embrace. There is one square missing. It is the square of the cure as this is yet to be found.
Along with this frame, I had to write a piece on what it meant to
me, however I would like to keep that to myself.

Unfortunately, I was not sucessful in winning in my category but I was really happy to complete this artwork. Currently the winning entries and some other handpicked entries are on display at 120 Collins st (the foyer of the building). So if you are in the area, you should stop by as there are some great pieces as well as short stories to read. My work is on display in the visual art book on the desk with all the other entries and my name is amongst those on a large poster in the foyer.

Inspired by two new little girls....

A busy week this week with more orders coming in. Thanks to Marina who ordered some frames and cards for the new babies in her life! Welcome Lylah and Ayla!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Inspired by Love...

What a better way to spend a Saturday night when home alone than to sit in the study listening to the footy and trying to get creative. Yes, my creativity side has sort of gone walkabouts of recent months. So much on my mind and going on in my life. I am slowly getting back into it but it seems to be hard at times. I hope that soon it gets back to not being a effort to sit here and make something and instead be exciting like it used to be. So tonights effort resulted in a few dud cards before one was created that I really loved. I have still got a lot of lace so I thought I would use it to make a wedding card again. It is shown below. Are you feeling the love? :-)

Inspired by new babies...

Heather from Babies and Kids recently asked for some baby shower cards as there appears to be a baby boom in the area and they are in high demand! Baby shower cards are a little hard to get right- most people don't know the sex of the baby so they have to be rather neutral. And then the wording on the front of the card needs to be considered. "Congratulations' didn't seem to be appropriate as the baby hasn't arrived yet. So I have gone with "best wishes" along with "the best is yet to be" and then have left one blank. I'm happy with using the pregnancy silhouette on the front of the cards and feel it makes it clearly a card for a baby shower. I created this silhouette for a baby shower invitation I did last year and have since gone on to use it for many creations. I look forward to getting feedback from Babies and Kids to see if they sell and what people say.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Inspired by my man...

I was engaged early this year and are busy planning the wedding for January. Our house is full of photos of family and friends and I wanted to add a creation of me and my other half. The photo below shows now what is on the wall of our living room. After it was up I said to him, "do you like the new piece I hung in the living room?", He said, "I didn't notice it". Mmmm, perhaps the fact that the tv is in the opposite corner of the room so his eyes only go one way! Oh well.

It is done on what is called a printers tray. It was done with the help of Julie from Scraptacular. The ideas are now going around my head about what I could do with our wedding photos. I have actually bought a large antique printers tray off ebay and will come up with something for that. But I think I need to plan the actual wedding first before I think of being creative with the photos!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Inspired by a babies arrival!

A work colleague of mine recently finished up to have a baby and of course I was the first one to put my hand up and offer to buy the present and of course make the card! So here is the card that I created. It took a few hours to make as it was so big- but that meant everyone got to write on it!


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