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

TTT – November 2016

hello everyone!!

i am here today to  quickly share with you all my version of this months Tim’s Twelve Tags – Remix 2016 (http://timholtz NULL.com/12-tags-of-2016-november/). for all the step outs and the hows to’s drop on over to his site and following along!! you have one day left to post your take!!

for me this month was a reminder of how much i love to just lay a  sheet of remnant rubs (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Idea-ology-GILDED-HOLIDAYS-Remnant-Rubs-TH93250--TH93250-) on a tag and let be what happens after a quick rub..the randomness of the whole thing is what makes a wonderful background for the tag or art journal page and i love that

so here is my take:

november-tagi chose to use the white remnant rubs as i am in full Christmas mode in the studio preparing for an upcoming class and with the forecast of some snow i thought i would do the whole winter theme… i used the snowflake from the blueprint christmas (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Cling-Rubber-Stamps-CHRISTMAS-BLUEPRINT-CMS135-46738?currency=USD) stamp set along with an idea-ology piece and the back ground the snowflake from the layered snowflake (https://www NULL.simonsaysstamp NULL.com/product/Tim-Holtz-Sizzix-Bigz-Die-and-Texture-Fades-LAYERED-SNOWFLAKE-660040-660040TH) die

november-tag-believe i loved using the metal sheets as the background for my believe…shiny things make me happy!!november-tag-snowflakehope you all enjoyed creating your latest piece and that you have uploaded your projects for all to enjoy!

see you next month with some more pieces from me

diana

die cutting magic!

hello everyone!! I am here to share some wonderfully exciting news!

Eileen Hull and Bella Crafts Publishing have put together a brand new ebook featuring projects from myself and my fellow inspiration team along with many other creative and talented artists!!!

(http://bellacraftspublishing NULL.com/die-cutting-magic-with-eileen-hull?wpam_id=18)
It is jam packed with beautiful photos of 100+ inspirational projects using Sizzix (http://www NULL.sizzix NULL.com/) dies! Learn how Eileen’s versatile dies can be used to make 3D home decor pieces, gift wrap, mini-albums, stitching, layouts, 3D flowers, mixed media project, favors, and party accessories- there’s something here for everyone! Special introductory pricing for limited time only. Get your copy now: (we will get you the link)

so some more exciting news….
The magazine is regularly $12.97, but will be $2.97 during the sale, after which it will go up to full price.(after midnight on the 28th of November!)

I invite you to click on the link here on the right or above in the body and it will take you right were you need to be to purchase!!

happy creating everyone and please do share our fantastic news!

diana

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