MY STORY, TOLD IN MY OWN WAY
And yet recently I feel I’ve been pulled into the games that platforms like Instagram and Facebook want you to play with entertaining reels, stories, lives. It annoys me (and I am a very laid back, people-pleaser that doesn’t easily get annoyed) that my content doesn’t get shown to the people who have requested to follow me unless I jump through those hoops. Don’t get me wrong, all of those platforms have a valid place but maybe not so much in my story. I want to keep up with technology but equally, I’m a bit past pointing to words on a screen to a pop soundtrack on TikTok!
I’ve always been one to want to take a moment to look at the world around me, wander the path, weaving my way through those beautiful moments and during this time where my health and the health of those around me takes priority I want to create in a way that nourishes my soul in doing so. I want my posts and newsletters to be a slow, gentle story of the gorgeous new products that I’ve been trying, written between friends. And not to feel stressed and frenzied with the social media channel puppeteers pulling my strings!
I won’t be leaving social media, but I will be trying to tell my story in my own way and at my own pace – the old adage quality over quantity. We say these things though because they have been tried and tested over time and proven to be true.
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Interestingly, my daughter, who studies computer science, and I guess you would say is very much involved in the modern world of technology; she was saying how she likes to be entertained on social media but when it comes to learning or doing something she likes it in a written format. So the old ways aren’t dead yet!
Thank you for being here. The support of this community is amazing. I really have felt like a multitude of warm embraces has held me gently while I’ve recovered from this latest flare-up. I treasure your friendship.
As for this card, part of my therapy is to puddle with paints. In line with inspiration such as Emily Jeffords, one day I pulled out a few acrylic paints and just went with it on a piece of watercolour card pre-treated with gesso. I mixed Tim Holtz Speckled Egg Distress Paint with white for the sky and pulled in some deeper colours along with some peachy pink made with Dina Wakley Sedona, Buff and white.
I kept in mind the big skies over the mountains in Wales when we visit relatives. Those skies are anchored by the lush greens of the landscape which I represented with Tim Holtz Rustic Wildnerness Distress Paint, Dina Wakley Olive and Sedona. I got some deeper shades by mixing in Dina Wakley Night.
Once my painting was dry, I die cut it with an A7 Thin Frames die and mounted it onto an Ivory mat again cut using the A7 Thin Frames die set. I then mounted onto a card base cut and scored from Neenah Desert Storm card in the 100lb weight for sturdiness.
To finish off I stamped a greeting from the XL Greetings 3 set in clear embossing ink on vellum and white heat embossed before die cutting with the matching die.
The Creative Bundle 2021
While I am here, I thought I’d let you know about the Creative Bundle 2021. Many of you enjoyed the original Creative Bundle and so I thought you might like to know about the latest edition.
From arts and crafts to calligraphy to planning to weaving to resin and digital art there really is so much included. In fact, there are over 50 classes, courses and ebooks. Valued at over $2500 it is a steal at only $70. Of course, I’ll be heading straight for the watercolour content 😃 Take a look and see what I mean!
The Dried Flowers Watercolour Class and Sketch Journal Basics look just the ticket for me as we head into Autumn.
For now, I’ll leave you with a phone snap of Oaky and those Welsh hills and mountains I talked about. I’ll pop in next week as there’s a new release from Simon Says Stamp coming soon that I really want to share with you. See you then.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
Debby, there is a beauty in your work that is unmatched and has always drawn me to you. And your work is true art. I have fun creating, but I would not consider myself an artist. To me, you are an artist in every amazing sense of the word. I’ve never been one for hoops or social media myself and I agree with your daughter – I need written word or video tutorials (with talking!) to learn something. I would follow you no matter where I had to go to find your work. I admire you and appreciate this post!
Lindsey, thank you for your kind and beautiful words that warm my heart and support me! I am feeling somewhat better having taken the healthier steps to look after myself physically and mentally. I will continue to post because I love to share my passion, but it will be in my own gentler way moving forward. Thank you once again, and have a great week ❤️
Debby, may God bless you as you heal. Along with all your other loyal followers, I always look forward to anything you have to share and teach. Take care of yourself first and know that our love and best wishes surround you.
Thank you, Kathy, I really appreciate you reaching out and giving support and encouragement. This community is truly the best, filled with the most wonderful people ❤️ Take care of yourself and stay safe.
Thank you for this message and I will subscribing to your newsletter. I’m inspired by your videos
Debby, I love your written and video tutorials posted on your blog. I have learned so much from you and I find your teaching manner and your voice relaxing and soothing to my soul. I just want to enjoy learning about techniques to create beautiful cards and mixed media projects. I’m not into all the social media that’s available out there…. I feel it “robs” me of my time and is an invasion of my personal space.
I’m so happy that you are doing what you need to do to take care of yourself. Smart woman! Thank you for being you and sharing your talents with us.