Wednesday, January 9, 2013

When Inspiration (Avenue) Strikes!

  Yesterday I was visiting a few blogs and among them Jessica Sporn and Jan Debellis posted their poppy art which they were sharing on Inspiration Avenue for the poppy challenge. If you know me well then you know by now how much I LOVE poppies so I just had to check it out. Before I even thought about the art a haiku came to me:

                                                                   beautiful poppies
                                                              delicate, crepe like petals
                                                                     intoxicate me.

   I took the photo of my neighbor's poppies last spring.

  Here are two poppy projects I created, first up is a card:

  Without going into every little detail, the poppy is a photo I took and transferred to fabric. The script background is a piece of vellum. I printed a poppy quote and layered it to fabric bits.

  This is a 5 x 7 canvas:

   The background is printed tissue paper. That beautiful image is from Paper Whimsy. Again, I used a poppy quote added some lace and a silk poppy and leaf at the bottom.

   I'm linking this up to my first visit at Inspiration Avenue.Thanks to Jan and Jessica for steering me there. Also linking up to Artists in Blogland Show and Tell Saturday #33.

  Now for my latest projects for the online class 52 Weeks of Creative Abundance. You can read more about it by clicking on the badge at the top right sidebar. Or you can read about it and see where I began in this post.

  For our second week we were prompted to use the word " allow". I immediately decided to allow myself to just say no. Here's the simple page I made for it:

  Nothing fancy-just a scrap of paper I wrote on, added a stamped image and taped it to the page with masking tape.

  And here's the tag I made as per Christi's suggestion to make a creative reminder using mostly white:

  I stamped words in grey ink on the tag then sewed around the edges with silver thread. The dancing goddess was cut from white cardstock and embellished with silver glitter glue swirls and white feathers for wings. I used letter stickers to spell "allow" and a circle garland from Studio Calico and embellished it with a white pen. I glued my goddess to the tag, then onto the page which was covered with some torn gold thread embedded mulberry paper.(sorry, it's not a good photo-much prettier in person)

  For week three we were prompted to quickly think about and list our wishes and then allow ourselves to take steps to move towards the fulfillment of at least one of our desires.

  I used my gelli plate to make the background for this spread.

  On the left side I doodled the words along with tiny painted flowers. Tiny stickers were added around the page for sparkle. The pocket front was made with a decorative napkin (one of many) I received from my friend Patty (thank you!) along with that gorgeous bit of hand dyed ribbon. The napkin says " How do you do it? I use a magic wand of course!" Perfectly suited for this exercise. I tucked in my tag with my list of wishes after embellishing with gold Stickles glitter glue.

  There is so much more to these wonderful lessons; I'm only touching on parts of them. I am so grateful to be a part of this beautiful community of women, along with the very empowering words and lessons from our instructor Christi.

  I will say that at first when looking at my list I thought-how is any of this going to happen?-but I erased that thought when something Dr Wayne Dyer says often replaced it. This is not a direct quote but it's basically the thoughts from his book Wishes Fulfilled. He says that no matter how big the desire may be or how impossible it may seem, ANYTHING is truly possible because the universe is always working in your favor. It is not for you to worry about the "hows" of wishes being fulfilled. Just keep putting them out there and affirming you already have them. Then you can start to take steps of action to bring you closer to achieving your desires.

  Next post will be about my play date with my friend LuAnn.There will be lots of gelli papers involved:) See you soon.

                "If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place."  Eckhart Tolle


  1. If only we could all 'just say no' on occasion. We get bogged down doing what 'other' people want at the expense of our own creativity.

  2. You always manage to get so many projects done, Linda! I am going to copy your haiku to put in my journal; I have my own little book of haikus that I have written that I add to here and there.

    The gelli plate is intriguing to me - must look into that someday soon. Your backgrounds are beautiful!

  3. I am happy to help! When I saw the prompt for IA, I did think of you and remembered that you are a POPPY GIRL. Your pieces here are just beautiful, Linda. And I'm happy you are playing along with us this week!
    I want to grow some Poppies in the garden this year now that I have a fence to keep the deer out. I saw some WHITE ones that really caught my eye, but if you are going to have them, you MUST have red/orange ones, too! Wish me luck


  4. You had me at poppies and your glorious creations dear Linda and then your fab gelli plate journal background = WOW! How sweet that you used some of the napkins from our swap...still marvel that we had no repeats with all the napkins we shared ;)

    Thank you for sharing the Wayne Dyer inspiration and upliftment ... I needed to hear that.

    Can't wait to see more of your gelli print fun ... our local mixed media art group is playing with gelli monoprinting this Sunday = yippee!

    Hugs to you dear one

  5. loved reading more about how you did your journal page for 52 weeks of creative abundance and so glad to be in that class with you!

  6. So glad you posted the poppies! They are my favorite flower, too.

    The link on Inspiration Avenue did not take me to this post, but I found it anyway.

    Thank you for posting!

  7. Linda - I love seeing how inspiration evolves with you and love your class piece too! :)

  8. I love your poppy photo. A perfect start for the beautiful card. The canvas is wonderful too...the little girl is so pretty. Thanks for playing at Inspiration Avenue this week ~ I hope you'll be back to play again!

    I also love the pieces you've done with your gelli plate. It looks like such fun...I'm going to try using one :)

  9. A very interesting post. I love your poppy pieces, especially the canvas, and your Haiku is fabulous. I rally like you 'white' tag as well. Fab work.

  10. Visiting from IA! Your poppy art is exquisite!

  11. Lovely artwork. I really like the wishes journal page.

  12. Your poppy images are lovely! My favorite is the one with the little girl because of the lace and the flower. I really enjoyed seeing your work.

  13. All wonderful!!! I love your canvas!!!

  14. Beautiful work, especially the poppies, I love them too, mine are just finishing flowering and have heaps of seed pods that are intriguing as well.

  15. The gelli plate background looks awesome Linda. Your creative play with the poppy image is wonderful.


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