Day 18 of 100 Days of Creativity ~ Hanging Florals 2

On day 14 I showed you some images I had colored from the Hanging Florals stamp set by Pinkfresh Studios.  As I shared before, I like to stamp out images that I can color later.  The previous cards were made using Zigs and a little bit of water to blend.  This time I wanted a more watercolor feel to the image so I used more water on paintbrush to blend out the Zig markers.

As you can see, this image is much softer and the edges appear a bit blurred.  I stamped it in Distress Ink so that it would look like no-line coloring.  I think my favorite thing about this painting is the blue in the circle.  I made the center very wet and continued to add more color.  What type of sentiment do you think I should use for this when I turn it into a card?


Dy 17 of 100 Days of Creativity ~ Sew Sunday

Technically these pieces weren't created during the 100 days, but I don't think I've shared them with you yet and I love these bright colors.  Not to mention, the fact that I learned how to create them.  I took a sewing class at our local Quality Sewing & Vac with my friend, Mandy. I decided to make 2 blocks instead of one.  In the class I made the white background pieces.  I wanted to see the contrast of a black background and a white background.

Paper piecing was confusing to me and I'm so glad I took this class.  Sometimes you need an instructor that can help you work through your struggles.  I didn't finish the block while at the class.  I did use my seem ripper lots!  haha In the end though, I'm so glad I figured it out because I LOVE the sharp angles and tiny pieces that line up perfectly!

Now that the blocks are done, I need to decide how to finish them.  I'm considering making them into 2 small wall hangings.  They would also make cute pillows.  I could combine them into one wall hanging, perhaps adding another block or two. 


Day 16 of 100 Days of Creativity ~ Corvette C7 Cooler

Do you remember the cooler I decorated and donated to Corvettes de Olympia for a fundraiser raffle?  Here is another one I made just for my family to take on trips.  The first one I only did the background image of the C7 emblem because I was in a hurry and didn't have time to redo if the cut file didn't cut the intricate emblem the first time.  For our cooler I took the time to try out the complete image and I'm glad I did.

Obviously this cut file wouldn't work for everyone, but you could die cut any image, name or word you want to out of vinyl to customize your cooler or lunch box.  It's oddly fun to do this.  Of course, I've always like playing with stickers.

My tip for transferring all those little vinyl pieces is to use Glad Press'n Seal.  It has a low tack that keeps everything in place without leaving a sticky residue.

p.s. I found this cut file on an Etsy site.  Sorry I didn't save the link, but I'm sure you can find it with a quick search.


Day 15 of 100 Days of Creativity ~ Feather Painting Practice

For those who don't know, I am a Rodan + Fields skincare consultant.  My team is called "Dream Chasers".  I chose this name because we don't just day dream, but we CHASE our dreams.  Anytime I see a feather now it makes me think of our team.  Something about that symbol makes me think of making dreams come true.  When I saw they were doing a row of feathers for Let's Make Art I got very excited.   Then, like I usually do, I became fearful of tackling it because I didn't want to fail.  That's when I took out a piece of watercolor paper and gave myself "permission" to just practice and play with the feather concept.  Here is one of those practice pieces. 

I actually really love the texture of the blooms I was getting on that feather.  My finished feather did not turn out as eye-catching as this practice one.  Funny how that works.  When I was just "playing for fun" I made something I enjoyed far more than when I was trying to do what the teacher was doing and "get it right".  Lesson learned. 


Day 13 of 100 Days of Creativitiy ~ Flower Photography

Sometimes being creative means taking pictures of "pretty things".  Recently I played with setting on my iPhone to take pictures of florals.  It is interesting to see how different settings can change the image even before editing.  My favorite for flowers is portrait mode.  It gives a soft background like the macro setting on my DSLR. 

Many of these pictures were taken at the Hearthfire Grill in Olympia, WA while my husband and I were on a date night.  <3  Others were taken on a visit to Alderbrook Inn.

When was the last time you took out your camera and played with settings?  Have you tried taking pictures from different angles in different lights?  What do you like to photograph?