Monday, April 8, 2019

A to Z Challenge - G

Today is Day 7 of the A to Z April Blogging Challenge.
I am creating 3X5" collage cards - with a focus word and quotes.

G is for Gratitude
We should all have an attitude of gratitude. It lightens the heart, makes us happier,  lessens stress, and improves our health. (check here for more benefits)

"A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles"

I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude
Brene Brown

Never lose the childlike wonder. Show gratitude... Don't complain; just work harder... Never give up. 
Randy Pausch

Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you
Eileen Caddy

Saturday, April 6, 2019

A to Z April Challenge

Today is Day 6 of the A to z April Blogging Challenge.
I am creating 3X5" collage cards - with a focus word and quotes for each letter.

F is for FOCUS

Focus is my OLW (One Little Word) - and I have written about it here

Here are some other pieces I created for focus.

Friday, April 5, 2019

A to Z April Challenge -E

Today is day 5 of the A to Z April Blogging Challenge
I am creating 3X5" collage cards - featuring a focus word and quotes.

E is for Explore
There is a whole world around us - we should explore, learn, discover, enjoy, experiment.

(map is of southern British Columbia - what a place to explore!

It's in our nature. We need to explore and find out what's going on outside of who we are.
 Billy Dee Williams

 just like to explore all sorts of different forms - no, 'explore' is not even the word - enjoy. You don't want to limit yourself to a particular form.
Yoko Ono

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Mark Twain

Thursday, April 4, 2019

A to Z April Challenge - D

Today is day 4 of the A to Z April blogging challenge.
I am creating 3X5" collage cards - with focus words and quotes.

D is for Dream
We all dream - some have bigger dreams than others, some work hard to make their dreams reality and still others don't believe enough in their dreams.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. 
Walt Disney

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams. 
Donovan Bailey

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
 Harriet Tubman

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A to Z April Challenge - C

Today is Day 3 of the "A to Z April Challenge".
I am creating 3X5" collage cards, with focus words and special quotes for each letter.

C is for Choose and choice 

Life is not a race to the finish line, but rather an amble along the path, taking time to smell the roses along the way and choosing wisely as you go along.

Pause and remember-- Every moment is a choice. Every thought, word and deed is creating your future. Choose wisely and positively!  
Jennifer Young

We all come into this world the same: naked, scared, and ignorant. After that grand entrance, the life we end up with is simply an accumulation of the choices we make.    Darren Hardy

Our lives are composed of a finite set of moments that we choose how to spend.   
John Green

Your choices decide your fate. Take the time to make the right ones. If you make a mistake, that's fine; learn from it & don't make it again.
Robert Kiyosaki

Our future experiences will be colored by the choices we make in the present.  
Noah Levine

This fork in the road happens over a hundred times a day, and it's the choices that you make that will determine the shape of your life.
Liz Murray

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A to Z April Challenge - B

Today is Day 2 of the "A to Z April Challenge"
I am creating 35" collage cards, with focus words and special quotes for each letter.

 B is for Believe

We all should believe
 - in ourselves
-in the good of others
-in equality for all
- caring for the environment
- in love
- in helping the poor

As Nike says: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."


B is for Books

I cannot imagine a world without books. Books can take us to so many places and worlds.

Here are quotes about the value of books:

A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

 Books are a uniquely portable magic.  Stephen King

No two persons ever read the same book.
–Edmund Wilson

We lose ourselves in books. We find ourselves there too.

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
–Dr. Seuss

Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
–Frederick Douglas

Monday, April 1, 2019

A to Z April Challenge - A

Today begins the “A to Z April Challenge

I have decided to focus on creating 3x5 collage cards, with focus words and special quotes for each letter.

This quote by Myrna Wacknow expresses exactly why I love to create:

Art is in the doing. It isn’t important how it turns out. The process is where the pleasure, the learning and the experience take place. A day without some sort of creative endeavor is a wasted day.

Here is my first collage card:  

A is for ART

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A to Z Theme Reveal for 2019

Tomorrow is the deadline for the A to Z April Challenge. I have seesawed back and forth this past month about whether I’d participate or not.

I have taken part for three years and have enjoyed the process. I have done both writing and creating quote cards.

I finally decided to participate again last night, after revisiting Linda Gardiner’s blog “Pulp. Paper, & Pigment”. She is calling herself a Curious Creative – a perfect description of exploring what inspires her.

My Theme Reveal:
I too plan to be inspired each day to create. There are so many arts and crafts I am interested in and want to try, so why not explore these in April? I am looking forward to this challenge.

Here is a link to the A to Z Challenge

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

ABC Wednesday - F (and E)

This week at ABC Wednesday F is front and centre.

F is for FAITH

I wrote more for the ABC Wednesday blog - check here.

Last week, I did not post for E - but did create my journal page.

E is for Extraordinary

I couldn't include all the quotes I wanted to - so here are some others:

We are not called to do extraordinary thigs but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love. Jean Vanier

Be more splendid.
Be more extraordinary.
Use every moment to fill yourself up. Oprah

Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary.  Diane Miller

Monday, February 11, 2019

Art Sharing - a little late!

We already have some snow - and now more is on the way tomorrow!
I am a wee bit late for my usual ART on Friday share, but I did not want to let two weeks go by - so here are a few pieces I worked on this past week.

ABC Wednesday
I missed last week's E entry so here it is:
E is for Extrordinary

Take a Word Challenge
Last week at Take a Word Challenge, the theme was "Year of the Pig"

Try it on Tuesday
The theme last week week at TIOT was "Romance".

Here's my card last week for my OLW :

29 Faces
Here are a couple of faces I sketched last week:

Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Spread the Love (February Link-up)

Sunday, February 3, 2019

ART on Sunday

I usually post this on Fridays - but the past few days I have been working on finishing a writing piece for a competition tomorrow (AND ALMOST DONE!.)
I needed a break today so finished off a couple of art challenges.

Here's a few of the things I was working on this week:

29 Faces
Over the past few years I have participated in 29 faces - a month long challenge to practice drawing faces. I am cutting out some interesting faces from magazines and using them as models.
Here are my first 3:

Sunday Postcard
The theme for Sunday Postcard Art last week was "Ballet". I had already carved the ballet slippers stamp so used it for this postcard:

Tag Tuesday
The theme at Tag Tuesday is "Hearts"

Take a Word Challenge
The theme at Take a Word Challenge is "roses"

Here is my latest focus card:

Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Thursday, January 31, 2019

ABC Wednesday - D

Another week, another letter on the march through the alphabet. D gets the nod this week.

D is for dream and dance

Dare to dream.

Dream bigger

Dance as if no one is looking

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world did for D.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

ABC Wednesday - C

This week at ABC Wednesday, we focus on C.

C is for creativity - something that is important for everyone. And everyone is creative. It does not just mean painting or writing music or sculpting. How we arrange flowers, or decorate our house or design a shed or host a party - these are just some of the ways to express one's creativity.

Elizabeth Gilbert writes about the creativity and the importance of living a creative life:

An excellent book of hers to read is  Big Magic - how to get past fear and live a creative life.

Friday, January 18, 2019

ART on Friday

Another week has gone by - already the middle of January. Like many parts of the U.S., we face severe cold and snow this weekend. A good time to get some reading and creating in for sure!

Here are a few challenges I worked on this week.

Mary Oliver
I was shocked to hear of the poet Mary Oliver's death yesterday. She has penned so many beautiful poems. One quote from her that I love bears repeating:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

Another of her quotes I turned into a journal page:

Here is a link to more information about her life and work.

Take a Word Challenge
The theme at Take a Word Challenge this week was "Green and Blue". When I saw this quote I knew it would work with the colour theme.

Tag Tuesday
The theme at Tag Tuesday is "Mail, postmarks or Postage stamps"
I have hundreds of used postage stamps, so decided to use a few of these and created two tags.

My OLW is Focus and here is my second card.

Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday

Thursday, January 17, 2019

ABC Wednesday - B

This week at ABC Wednesday, B gets centre stage.

B can be so many things - butterflies, bees, birds.

But B is for Be - a word that Shakespeare used in a famous phrase: "To be or not to be"
Some have used the word as their OLW - their One Little word to define their year.

And there are so many things we can be:
Brave      bold     boisterous

But we can also be: amazing    capable     happy   flexible

Yes, there o many things to Be. 
Be sure to believe in yourself though and be present.

We can also "Just Be".

Be sure to check here to see what others around the world did for B.

Friday, January 11, 2019

ART on Friday

Time once again to share what I have been working on the past week.
There have been several challenges I have participated in as well as a new yearly project I started last week.

Here is the new card I created for my OLW - FOCUS:

Sunday Postcard Art
The theme at Sunday Postcard Art is "wings".
I chose one of my favourite quotes as well as a photo of my daughter when she was around 4.

Take a Word Challenge
The theme at Take a Word Challenge is "botanical".

Art Journal Journey
The theme this month at Art Journal Journey is "Geometric Shapes"

Linking with:

Paint Party Friday

Inspire Me Monday