Wednesday, 23 July 2014

behind the scenes: my latest adventures in jewellery making!

hey there lovelies! i hope you're having a wonderful day, wherever in the world you may be. today i wanted to share some sneak peeks of my jewellery making adventures. i wanted to try out some of my newer sketches as jewellery, as well as making good use of the gorgeous jewellery findings i had tucked away in a drawer from wholeport.

i started off by printing off my art onto some photo paper. i create my jewellery printables in word, as that way i find it easier to envisage exactly the size of the pictures i am using. i also fill a whole a4 page with images so i can print onto one sheet and cut them down from there. it's more economical (not to mention sensible).

i lined up my images with the frames to see what would fit where. i then drew around the glass cabochon so i could cut them down to the right size.

all ready to be glued and added to chains!

organising my findings too - just to be sure i have enough of everything.

those teeny little flowers have tiny cut outs of collage papers inside and are attached via jump rings.

ta-da! necklaces all ready to put into their little silver boxes, ready to be sold.

it took me an age to get around to it, but i eventually managed to list them all in my etsy store. i have a good selection of wearable art necklaces over there now. you can check out the whole selection here. i've reduced the price of these lovelies too - only £8 each!

you can also purchase your choice of two necklaces for only £14 - check out the offer in my special offers section.

have a great day lovelies!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

lovelies: yummy chocolate

hey there lovelies and a very happy tuesday to you. recently, i was reminded of the importance and restorative power of chocolate.

i was feeling a little overwhelmed and heading towards a little down. enter a bar of chocolate and all was once again right with the world.

here's my pick of some gorgeous chocolatey goodness from all over the internet. enjoy!

i've always fancied trying some of those chocolate coated coffee beans. i love coffee and i love chocolate so surely i'd love them together?

the very idea of a morello cherry chocolate bar makes me feel hungry and warm inside all at once.

raspberry white chocolate? yes please and lots of it. this sounds so yummy!

or some orange chocolate - i really love fruity chocolates of all kinds.

this looks gorgeous too - i bet it would be great on ice cream.

and for a day that's really in need of a chocolate boost, this gift box would be pretty cool.

what are your favourite kinds of chocolate? i'd love to know.

have a great day lovelies!

Monday, 21 July 2014

insta-art: art heals, creativity is magical

hey there lovely people and a very happy monday to you, wherever you may be. today i wanted to share with you the making of some gorgeous recent art i made, based on a daydream.

let me explain - i recently notice in my local area a gorgeous little shop come up for sale. the storefront is all black and gold and magical looking and my imagination ran wild at the sight of it!

i could host art and creativity workshops everyday for adults and children! i could have a room in the back to have piano lessons and other music lessons in! i could sell my art and other goodies on it's walls! i could run my whole online world from there too, and it would be awesome.

whilst i do think the shop is out of my reach for the time being, the shop sign most definitely isn't!

so, i set to work! here's how i created my very own shop sign for my own imaginary shop :)

i started off with a thrifted canvas i found at a local charity shop. it was a set of three canvasses with pretty flowers but that were a little faded and old. i managed to pick up all three of these canvasses (quite large ones too!) for only £5! bargain!

first up, a layer (or two or three) of gesso to ready the surface.

whilst that dried, i worked on some of the collaged elements i wanted to include on the canvas. i used my reeves watersoluble crayons and pitt artist pens on these (plus some glitter!)

next for the shop's title! i put my slice machine to good use along with some of my stash of collage papers.

once i had everything cut out, i played with the rough composition on my desk. love my shop title, even if i do say so myself!

next it was time to ready the canvas fully. i began with layers of paint and brayering. i was going for a magical, moonlit sky look eventually. we all have to start somewhere though - and dots and splodges of paint it was!

the first, mystical layers - looking kind of lagoonish here, but i have more shades of blue to add yet :)

some blue brayered on, plus water resist techniques plus smooshing with a wet wipe. definitely more sky like!

time to spray on some inks. i used my favourite two inks - a metallic purple and a shiny pearlescent white and my favourite stencil too. loving the dots. after all, i have to be happy with my own imaginary shop sign, no?!

playing dress up at this stage -just experimenting.

gel medium added - i step back to admire my handiwork.

now it's time to add more detail around the border with some lovely stamps from wholeport and my favourite black ink.

i added some shade to the collage elements too, using a black charcoal pencil.

here is the finished product, all ready for when i open that magical shop/workshop space for real!

in place of a real live workshop space, i have my online workshop and creative space: the curiously gorgeous sisterhood.

my special offer is coming to an end today so if you would like to get involved as an affiliate and bag yourself the discount price of only $75 for a year's membership you can do so today and today only!

click on the picture below to take you to the sign up page with all of the juicy details.

have a great day lovelies!

Friday, 18 July 2014

freebie friday!

hey there lovelies and a very happy friday to you, wherever you may be.

it's freebie friday once more and this week i have a gorgeous greetings card template to share with you. it's one of the cards from the cgs collection. 

to view, save and download the card template simply click on the picture above. to print i would recommend a6 card blanks, which you can get from any local craft store (or online).

have a fantastic friday and a wonderful weekend lovelies!

ps. if you liked this freebie download then the cgs is full of them! the gorgeous offer below is only available until 21st july. don't miss out! click on the picture below to find out more :)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

life is like a merry-go-round

hey there lovelies and a very happy thursday to you, wherever you may be. 

today i wanted to talk a little about the merry-go-round that is the creative life.

i am so very busy at the moment and i'm loving it! i have been to so many craft fairs and shown off my gifts to lots of people.

i have made lots of connections and followed lots of new leads. made lots of new friends!

i have also begun working with some new coaching clients and i love it! i have a group art workshop happening this week which is sold out.

i have a new art student from wales who i am coaching online plus a web//blog student all the way from california.

the opportunities are flooding in and i couldn't be happier!

i am loving living this curiously creative life of mine.

for any of you who may be hovering on the edge of being more creative my words to you are go for it!

for anyone who thinks they may not be good enough to be creative. not talented enough. doesn't know where to start my words to you are start where you are now. it's all totally doable and totally learnable. (yes even the art stuff!)

for any of you who feels trapped in a life that isn't creatively enough i say add in more creative projects and ideas each day. you'll be surprised how quickly it lights up your life and makes you feel more centred.

i personally am happy with my merry-go-round ride - are you?

have a fantastic day lovelies!

ps. this offer is still available, but only for a short time! click on the pic below to sign up for all the creative inspiration you can handle at such an amazing price. offer ends on 21st july!