Jar of Joys for 2015

This year, I am starting a new tradition, a little jar of joys. In this jar, the moments that bring us joy will be written down and stored safely in the jar until New Year's Eve. As part of our celebration, we will read and relive all the little moments that made 2015. There are only a few moments recorded now.

From me and my husband:
The best date night ever, Seahawks Playoff Game at the Clink. Cam jumped the offensive line!

Seahawks NFC Champions! Super Bowl bound.

Budgie in a deep voice... Who took a little nibble of my sandwich?

From the bigger little:
McDonalds has Ninja Turtle TOYS!

From the littlest:
I got to make a card at school. It says I'm IN!

I decorated my jar with a handmade tag, ribbon, and some beads. To make the tag, I used kraft cardstock and stamped some deep blue circles lightly in the background. I added some washi, and then added dimension by using Smooch and glitter glue to highlight the stamping. I added some word stamps on the Washi, and hand lettered and fussy cut the word Joy. Once the flower was added, I felt the tag was ready to remind us to be full of joy.

The color scheme was part of SWATs Fresh Start Mood Board Challenge. Go ahead and join us by using this dreamy mood board to start your own project. Link up on the blog, and you will be entered to win a great prize! As always, I cannot wait to see your creations over at SWAT, and I wish you and yours many joyful moments.


One Little Word: Vivid

It is time again to reflect. The new year always seems fresh event though the day changes the same as any other dawn. "One Little Word" is a project designed by Ali Edwards. I like the idea of choosing a word to filter the year that lies ahead and have chosen several over the last few years. Two years ago, it was Joy. That year, I lost my father and grandfathers. That lead to Art, which I selected to help me navigate the changing world I felt overcome by.

This year, I select Vivid.

Why vivid?

I wanted a word that took me outside of myself. A word that embraced the person I am and want to be. I recently read Fierce Conversations and one of the take-aways I got from the book was that to be happy, the life you want and the life you live, the action you take must be in agreement. If it isn't unhappiness follows.

Vivid: 1. strikingly bright or intense, as color, light, etc.:
a vivid green.
2. full of life; lively; animated:
a vivid personality.
3. presenting the appearance, freshness, spirit, etc., of life; realistic:
a vivid account.
4. strong, distinct, or clearly perceptible:
a vivid recollection.
5. forming distinct and striking mental images:
a vivid imagination.

1. bright, brilliant, intense. 2. spirited, vivacious, intense.
The word comes from Latin roots, vie meaning to live.
What better word? Strong, real, bright, striking all things I want my year to be. I am going to live a vivid year and be the person I am keeping myself from. I plan to embrace the year, and grab moments that are spontaneous and real. I want to strive for more, for me.
 I created a canvas to celebrate my word. I think I captured the spirit well. I used a mix of acrylic paints, both fluid and regular. To make the star, I used foil, chipboard, spray paint and ink.
As always, SWAT wants you to play along, choose your own resolution or word, link up and earn a chance at a great prize!
Be vivid

SWAT Color challenge

Hi! It is time for another SWAT Challenge. This time, we are hosting a color challenge. For my take on this challenge, I decided the gold should definitely sparkle, because if you can, you should always shine!

I made a thank you gift for a friend who helped my husband with a major project. She adores Almond Roca, and I adore mason jars, and this is the combination of both!

I created a mixed media tag to include a special thank you note. I started with the Kraft base and added some Dylusions white spray. I selected my layering papers, and then added some ribbon flowers, sequins and buttons with collague pauge.

On the back, I added a white background and some washi and wrote my personal note. I decorated the jar with a chalk sticker on which I wrote thank you. To make it stick, I had to use some foam adhesive squares to keep the label secure.

I hope you are all well, and find someone to thank! Create a project using the color board, and of course use your own interpretation of the challenge. Don't forget to link up to SWAT to enter our great prize drawing.

This month we Have an amazing sponsor! And one lucky winner will win a $20 Gift Card to shop at......Flying Unicorn Store. How Awesome!


SWAT- Selfie

Hello! Happy June!

This month we begin with a Selfie challenge at SWAT! Creative Embellishments has a great prize for one of our participants, a $20 gift card! Link up to us with your selfie project and have some fun!

Henri Mattise

Vincent Van Gough
I decided to take a completely different spin on the selfie trend and go retro. Self-Portraits are the original selfies. Some of my favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Vincent Van Gough, and Frida Kahlo. Their portraits are self-critical, emphasising the flaws perceived in themselves, which is an interesting contrast to today's selfies, which focus on looking perfect.

Frida Kahlo
Generally, I feel pretty imperfect, and I thought that a selfie is a great way to reflect on my life for the moment. I tried to include elements of things around me.

For mine, I used mixed media to create a selfie. I used Uniball pen to make the face, and acrylic paint for the colored background. To get the background, I did a couple of Gelli Plate prints, and then rinsed them off in the sink. The detail work is a mix of Uniball and Sensai pens. As I was finalizing this project, my youngest insisted on helping. First instinct is to tell her no, of course. However, I asked her what she wanted to do, and she said "draw".  She reminded me she also said please. I gave her a pen and she decorated the space around my head with hearts, and then connected the hearts with lines. Her details were a perfect fit, and I am proud to have a collaborative work created with my daughter.

Budgie working on the hearts
 My selfie ended up an image of how I see myself, and how she sees me, which is with a lot of love. I'm pretty lucky.

Share with us at SWAT! Have some fun, and reflect on yourself for a bit.