Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY: Embossed Foam

I am a follower of several art blogs, one being Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

In one post, she did a tutorial on how to emboss foam.  It looked so creative and fun, I thought I would give it a try. Click here to go to her tutorial and examples she made.  My favorite is the creation of layered foam:
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Gorgeous Right?!?!

Now on to my attempt...

Supplies:

Prep Work:



 

Insert DRYING TIME. 

Embossing:
 
 
 

Sanded....and Result:
 
 
 
I think my favorite is the stars. The words didn't turn out the greatest but I still found happy moments in each piece. I will probably use them as embellishments or cards for my Project Life.
 
Now if I could only find my textured plates with the bowties and a comb design. :(  My guess is it ran away with the missing bamboo brush into stencil heaven.  So if you were a textured plate, where would you be? And for that matter, a bamboo brush as well?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS: Make A Motivation Board, Read A Book

          
 
I figure since my blog is about my life, I should talk about the good and the bad.
This past week, while several were celebrating with fireworks, and family, and friends..
...my boyfriend, of a 1 1/2 years, & I broke up. 
 
Thus, it triggered my anxiety and panic attacks.  And several tears.
(If you suffer from anxiety, it is not a pleasant experience at all.)
I felt alone.
 
So after a few days, several phone calls and text with friends and family,
I decided I can't be like this....it is depressing, and stressful, and not healthy.
God has a plan for me...someday, somewhere, somehow... I will know what is my path.
Maybe I am not meant to get married, or have kids.  I don't know...and I just have to trust in Him.
 
So to start off my Hello Happiness practice, I turned my laundry doors into a motivation/inspiration board.  The first item, my 1/2 marathon training schedule.  I need something to focus on that requires commitment and exercise. I plan on using various washi tape to put them up to add some color and fun. (I will update as it gets further in progress, but it is a start.)
 
 
While trying to survive the days, and get my head from overthinking the Why's, I finished a book, "What Remains" by Carole Radziwill.  It put several things into perspective about living in the moment. 
So today, I looked for my next book, and grabbed
"DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF..." by Richard Carlson. I didn't know where it came from, and looked inside.  It was from a former boss as a holiday gift over 10 years ago.  He is a great guy who is very successful, loved by many, and happens to stutter.  He was older when he married a lady with a child. And he was happy.  I think this book was placed in my hand for a reason.
 
So I opened it up...and the first thing I saw was the chapter, "Remember that Everything Has God's Fingerprints on It".  It hit spot on, stating "can we learn to find the holiness in seemingly ugly circumstances-difficult life lessons, ...remember that God also created the person you are dealing with...you are truly blessed to have all that you do...The fact that we can't see the beauty in something doesn't suggest that it's not there.  Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough or with a broad enough perspective to see it."
 
Tomorrow is a new day, and I want to wake up with my eyes wide open... (no tears)...
& jumping for JOY!
 
 
 
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

SPRAY PAINT PROJECT: ARMY Canvas


Starting with a few stencil cut with my Silhouette and some spray paint, I created a fun canvas in less than an hour.  So easy and much enjoyed by the recipient.