Sunday, January 27, 2013

I'm So Proud!


 Sarah is a pottery artist, living in Utah. We met on Etsy in 2012 when she ordered a few of my rubber stamp sets to use with her functional art. And what a great match that turned out to be! :-)

I LOVE Sarah's work, and I'm so proud to see how she uses my stamps. Come have a look at Sarah's shop on Etsy:

Sarah uses food safe glazes, and all her pottery is microwave oven and dishwasher safe. Not to mention BEAUTIFUL!! :-)

Stop by her shop today to see more of her awesome pottery.

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Monday, January 21, 2013

One Year, One Word

I don't have any New Year's resolutions this year.
What I do have, is a word that sums up how I want to be this year, and, as a result of that, how I want this year to be. For isn't it true that if I change, my circumstances change? I believe so! I have experienced over and over again that my own attitude is the only thing that can turn a lemon into lemonade (and, ouch - vice versa!).

By picking one word that will stay with me this year, the word will help me focus on what's important for me right now, and it will help me make better choices - both in how I choose to think and in what I choose do.

If YOU were to pick a word for 2013, what would it be?
Leave a comment below and share your word with us all, and you'll get a chance to win stamps from my line! That's right - all you have to do is to leave a comment telling us which word you'd choose (or have already chosen) for 2013. The winner will be announced here on Valentine's day, just because it's a date easy to remember :-) If you have blogged about your word, feel free to leave a link!

My word for 2013 is ENJOY!
I want to get better at enjoying the little things in life, to pay attention to the things I often take for granted. I also want to find something I can enjoy no matter what I do, including a pesky task such as taking clean dishes out of the dishwasher. I can enjoy having one! And when my back hurts, I will do my best to enjoy that my head isn't ...

For the first time in my life, I have started an Art Journal.
Well, I've made the cover for one. I painted it with colors that I - guess what - colors I enjoy! I chose turquoise for my word, a color that makes me happy just looking at it! :-)

A silly accident happened while I was working on my Art Journal cover. I needed more white acrylic paint, so I shook the tube with paint ... while the lid was open! I shook it twice before I realized what was going on ... White paint had hit my face... and my hair, and my new pair of pants, and the floor, a chair, and the window! I could have sworn, I could have cried, I could have called it a disaster! But I didn't ... Instead, I wondered if there was anything about this I could ENJOY! Well, there wasn't ......

Not until I was in the shower to wash off the paint in my hair and face - that's when I ENJOYED what had happened. For had it not, I wouldn't have taken a second shower that day, but now I stood there enjoying the hot water ...... Ahh, lovely! Just the fact that I have running water is something to be grateful for - and remember to enjoy. (In hindsight I realize that I also could have enjoyed that there was more white paint left in the tube ...)

Note to self: Never wear new pants while painting. Note to self #2: Close the lid before shaking any tube or bottle. (PS: I threw my pants in the washing machine right away, and the paint came off just fine!)

My Art Journal measures 12 x 13 inches, so there's lots of room I can play with!
The cover is made of thick watercolor paper. I've used ink sprays, acrylic paint, Silks Glaze from Luminarte, and soft pastels (the turquoise parts). I used a black pen to outline "enjoy", and black ink to stamp some floral branches, flowers and hearts (all from my own company), and oh, how I enjoyed adding glitter and turquoise confetti around the edges! For additional bling, I added some turquoise glitter dots from Elisabeth Craft Design here and there (they're hard to see on these photos, but trust be - they bling big time!).
Finally, I attached some paper beads and fibers to the upper ring of the back of the journal. The white lace in the upper left corner looks somewhat out of place, but hey - I enjoy having it there! ;-)

Inspiration to make this journal came from reading A year in the Life of an Art Journal, a blog you can find here:

Your turn: Remember to leave a comment below if you want to share your word for 2013, and by doing so you'll get a chance to win some stamps while you're at it! :-) The winner will be announced here on February 14th. If you are new here, you might like to see what you can win, huh? My line of nature rubber stamps can be seen on this page:

And, if you decide to make an Art Journal .....

.                                                                                                                              ENJOY! :-)))

Thanks for stamping by!