28 Jun 2014

Always Remember True Beauty Lies Within

Yes, I am still around!  So many things are currently on the go and I have been SO busy!  Not only that, my scrapping mojo seems to have gone on a bit of an unexpected, unannounced sabbatical ... only to return to me this morning!
When I first saw CSI's Case File No S365-6, I was in love.  It's safe to say that Coral is speedily heading towards being my New Favourite Colour.  Have a look at what we've to work with:
Crazy Mad Beautiful!
I was prepared within 2 days of its release; but it was only today that I sat myself down in my craft room to get stuck in.  And this is what I put together.
I also managed to find a perfectly sunny, light spot in my home to photograph my LO! :-)
Scheme : Check
Evidence : diamonds, frames, gold, texture paste
Testimony : I found one from the 6 word memoir that I feel pretty strongly about: "Bound in image prescribed by others".  I have addressed a letter to Isabella as my journaling and pasted in on the back of this LO.
"My precious little girl.  It hurts me and tears me apart to know that there are going to be moments in your life where you will encounter hurt, and I will not be there to protect or defend you.  Life can be very ugly, which is a terribly stark reality.  People can be very ugly.  In the media today, beauty has lost its true meaning.  Apparently beauty means perfect features, perfect bodies.  But let me tell you something very, very important that I want you to carry with you always.  Beauty comes from inside your heart and shines out through your eyes and your smile and your actions.  When you meet someone who may not be the prescribed or expected beauty according to what has so clearly become the norm - get to know them to discover their true beauty.  Beauty is kindness, compassion, humour, love, tenderness, consideration, laughter, spirit, soul.
Similarly, if you encounter someone who does not think you are beautiful, merely pity them for they have no deep knowledge of what true beauty is.  Walk away and KNOW deep inside your heart that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.  You are exquisite.  You are perfection.  And it's because you are kind, sensitive, VERY caring, loving, affectionate.  Your love shines out you in the brightest beams I have ever seen.  Never, EVER let anyone dull that or tell you otherwise.  It is very important that you know all this.  If you have a good grasp on true beauty - no one can bring you down."
Here are some close up shots.

That feather is the most divine shade of coral I have ever seen.  I picked it up at The World Of Birds recently.  Everytime I see these birds in their cages (forgot their name!), I am completely struck by how vibrant their plumage is. Particularly on this day I picked up this feather; it was grey and gloomy and these birds just popped with colour!
I stacked up chippie frames, after inking them with navy and with coral and white to get a more peach colour.  There is a small section in the background where I used texture paste over a mask.

This title word 'beauty' is a very dark navy and to brighten it up, I brushed some Tombow glue lightly over each letter and then followed it up by lightly brushing some gold glitter.
Thanks for coming to take a look - I love getting your comments!!

7 Jun 2014

Do More Of What You Love

Hi there my few readers! :-)
Hope you are all doing well.  Winter is well and truly upon us here in Cape Town - it is GLORIOUSLY nippy and fresh and crisp.  I absolutely love this weather.
I didn't think I'd make this weeks' CSI file - last Friday, Isabella had her tonsils removed and grommets replaced, which resulted in her being at home with me this entire week.  Possibly not necessary, as she showed no symptoms of pain or anything - but it was SO stormy and SO cold and SO wet, I just didn't want to risk sending her outside.
Anyway, here is Case File no 125.  Such a gorgeous selection of serene and tranquil colours!
I was SO pleased to have found two hours yesterday to complete this!  Here is how I solved the case:
Scheme : Check
Evidence : flowers, wood (frames & 'LOVE'), buttons, quatrefoil pattern, resin accents, decorative frames
Testimony : I used a prompt from Daydream on Paper - namely "What is creativity? Can you define it?
My journaling on the back:
I've met so many people who have said that they don't have a creative bone in their body.  But I think that people define creativity as a physical or literal concept only.  Creativity is not limited to creating beautiful things.  Creativity comes from within and can manifest in so many ways; from the way you plan a meal, to taking a photograph, to how you go about planning a business meeting!
Every single person is creative in their own unique way.  Whether they are a talented artist, a master chef, an interior decorator or a ad exec - you are creative.
My own creativity is my therapy.  It is something that feeds my very soul and I know that this is something that I was MEANT to do.  It is my happy place and when I am creating my pieces, I feel such peace.  It is the space where I shut EVERYTHING off; all thoughts, stresses, worries.  It is my room to Just Be.
Creativity deserves to be nurtured, because it can be so very, very therapeutic.
We all possess it - we really, really do; we just need to break the stigma that has dictated it to be literal or artistic.
Here are some close up shots.

I recently saw this quote on FB and it just fit so perfectly with the point I was trying to make with my journaling.  I've always said that what you spend most of your time doing (in most cases, your job) HAS to be something you enjoy, otherwise you are not going to live a fulfilled life.  You spend practically half your life at work, earning a living; how terrible would it be if you didn't enjoy it.  Wouldn't that mean that you are not enjoying more than half your life?  Find something you love so that your soul can be fed.

The teal and green frame are wood and the white wine is a resin frame.

This is my scrapping desk.  It is RARELY neat and I am always cursing under my breath because I can't find things!!  LOL!!  And I pride myself in being a Virgo.....!  *blush*
I hope you enjoy the remainder of your weekend!