turning 50

hello everyone

i am here today to share with you one of what i am sure to be many pieces i am sure to be creating from the beautiful photo’s from my wonderful ‘turning 50’ trip. it was a trip that i had imagined but never thought it would be possible.. seeing the sunset on my last night being in my 40’s and the sunrise on my first day of my 50’s in one of the most beautiful awe inspiring no words can describe place on earth.

for this my first project,  i started out by layering tissue paper and other bits onto a framed panel (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Idea-ology-MINI-FRAMED-PANELS-Structures-TH93582-TH93582?currency=USD) using matte medium. i then used many different things from paint, to sprays, clear texture paste, crackle and vintage mediums. i coloured using my distress crayons, archival inks and some more paint until i was happy with the background.

i added some remnant rubs in both black and gold both on the background, the frame and the card to give it some added depth. the ’50’ is from a birthday card i received and were so perfect from me that i wanted to be able to keep them in a piece. so i embossed and debossed and inked and stained and rubbed and sanded until i got it to the place i wanted it to be.the wings represent the love of life both in the here and now as well as for those gone before me. i am a very blessed soul who does love life and never take for granted every breath i take. the three little pearls are there to represent those ladies in my life who went before me and who if it wasn’t for them i wouldn’t be who i am… my mom, my nanny and my aunt ruby.

i truly hope you all have a wonderfully blessed and happy week!

diana

Sneak Peaks – Creativation (CHA) 2017 – Eileen Hull Designs

hello everyone!!

i am just jumping in here really quickly to share with you all some sneak peaks of some projects i have created for Eileen Hull (http://www NULL.eileenhull NULL.com)

this is the front of my favourite die this year !!

as well as this one. i have to admit i had a really hard time sending this one off. i filled it with lots of time and energy and it is so me!  this one is holding a special treasure … meaningful things to share…

and this is another version of the first two and will be sure to be filled with ‘home’i am so excited about this set of new releases from Eileen and i can’t wait until you see what she has and for you to get your hands on them!!

Eileen drives around 2,500 miles to the venue each year, along with her beautiful 1960’s camper van called Scotty. this years adventure was just that. she ran into some of the nastiest weather … brave lady. i sure couldn’t of done it… so if you happen to be at the event being held in Phoenix this year, do stop by and give her a hug and a pat for Scotty for me!!!
this is Scotty at CHA in 2016 all set up in the Make and Take area… i snagged this photo from a fellow inspiration team member!

i hope you have enjoyed the sneak peaks. i just have to say i am so honoured to be able to be a part of this new release and of this team. Eileen designs beautiful products, Amy Bowerman keeps us all on task as our design team co-ordinator and my fellow inspiration team are amazing….. i am a very very lucky girl!

diana

BE – word of the year

i started to write this up many times in the past; erased bits and pieces and now have decided that this is where i am/was/will be and that is part of my mission for this year.. to pause, to accept and move on, and do just BE

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hello everyone

2017 is here and i have decided that i need to be honest with myself and you.. not that i haven’t been but just open it up.. put it out there…

i am struggling… and have been for almost the whole year. i think running is what keeps me sane which is an insane thing to do here this time of year…. (maybe a marathon in 2017??)

sure it seems like according to my social media outlets that things are going well, and really for the most part they are.. but my life seems to be in fast forward motion all the while the things that need to get down are in slow motion. i have been spending a lot of time  trying to figure out what to do next and well honestly not really doing anything. i ‘ve come to the conclusion that i need a bit of help..I need a bit of balance. I need to start creating and living just for me.. I need to rest when I want to.. I need to acknowledge that I am not okay when it appears that I am….I need to stop putting pressure on myself and really just slow down and live

maybe I  have just hit that milestone in my life where hormone levels and brain fogginess seems to have taken over and there is some kind of imbalance going on…. to be honest i feel unbalanced.. not my ever level at my heart diana but instead someone who could cry at the drop of a hat…. (not that I have not always cried at the drop of the hat but this is different)  think the final straw really was when my aunt ruby passed in November… see here i am crying again…..

being off balanced is a serious thing … we all know that….. yet we chose to not acknowledge it even for ourselves most times while going about our every day lives supporting those around us.. helping them  get through what they need to get through

now  I have to say that this is not every single day, every single moment thing for me.. no.. not at all.. just waves that grab me and sometimes don’t want to let go and I sink and struggle to get back out again.

so instead of aiming to do it all and ending up doing nothing because i am too overwhelmed, I am going to work more on me and my balance.

I am going to actually do what I had intentions on doing  last year

I am going to pause, focus and just BE

I hope you all will still follow along this crazy path with me… that you will encourage and support and miss me when I am not here and check in and share……

much love…

diana

 

TTT – December 2016

hello everyone!

holy wow! I can’t believe that yet another year of Tim’s Tags has come and gone! the 12 tags of 2016-remix (http://timholtz NULL.com/12-tags-of-2016-december/)has been so full of inspiration and revisiting the techniques from years gone pass makes me realize how many things i have done and forgotten, and also makes me realize how far i have come!!

I know I  am not the only one who loves to look back and see what each tag/technique we have done gives us the inspiration we need sometimes when that mojo is missing. I personally have mine all hung above my work space and literally look at them each time I am stuck.  all the techniques can be transformed into an art journal page, a canvas, a scrapbook layout, a card etc….

so here is my final tag for 2016. as i was creating my tag this month i wanted to end my 2016 with a thought…. ‘cherish the moments’ is how one really needs to live each and every day so that is what i went with

 

december-tag

and  a few close ups!

december-tag-1 december-tag-3 december-tag-4

i didn’t follow exactly as tim did but that is what i believe he encourages us to do every month….recreate using his techniques but make it our own…..thank you so much tim for all your inspiration (http://timholtz NULL.com/blog/)though the years.

diana

quick cards using Sizzix

Hello everyone!
today I am jumping in here quickly just to show you how fast and easy it is to put a couple of cards together using Sizzix dies and festive papers

so for this first card I cut the large  oval out of the stitched oval (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/661188/sizzix-thinlits-die-set-pk-stitched-ovals)set, backed it with a bit of festive paper and die cut Eileen’s banners from the  banners and pennants set (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/660329/sizzix-thinlits-die-set-8pk-banners-pennants)…all that was left was to add the word Peace from the vintage tidings (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/661605/sizzix-thinlits-die-set-3pk-vintage-tidings)set
peace-on-earth
and then I used the oval that was left from the first card, added the tree from the woodlands thinlit (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.com/product/RESERVE-Tim-Holtz-Sizzix-WOODLANDS-Thinlits-Die-660978-660978TH?currency=USD)die and a simple chit chat sticker (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Idea-ology-SEASONAL-CHITCHAT-Stickers-TH93050-47066)
let-it-snow
see what I mean.. simple and fast! I might add a piece of twine down the side of this one!

so I believe that I may just take a few minutes tonight and cut myself out a few more and then call my cards for the year done!
how about you? have you finished your cards yet!
diana

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