Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sizzix Triple Play Blog Hop - WEEK 2 - Pop Up Box by Karen Burnisten

In yesterday's post, I gave you a sneaky peek at the thought process I was having in designing this project.  


I generally don't assemble pop-up's and Im not a paper engineer in any way, so I knew that I had a challenge awaiting.  Which left me a little....well..... apprehensive.... unsure...didn't really know what I was going to do. 


Can you relate? Ever have that happen to you when you tackle even the smallest challenge? Be it creative? or one of those little life's challenges that lay before you?  Feeling a little self doubt, what if I fail....what if ...what if...what if ....until you've What-If'd yourself right into a creative block or corner and you just want to hide....


Well...I needed to get those WHAT IF varmits out - so I grabbed my art journal and a few things that were laying around and let them go...I painted the paper real quick...wrote down my doubts...or just what came to mind at the time....and pulled them right out of my head!  Let go of them.....Amazing how liberating that was....and FUN!.EMPOWERMENT! WOW!..So this got me going....




jumpstart!


We all should have AH-HAH moments the I'm in control of me moments... and say with conviction....


just look at these ladies.....think they have a little of the "tude" goin' on??? OH YEAH BABE...I can assure you they do!  (I happen to know that the far one on the left is my Great-Great Grandma Sarah McClellan.....so now I know where I get it...)


I think we all go thru moments of self doubt when tackling some uncharted territory...so here's a little thought.. remember, all you have to do is............................



of course it doesn't hurt to


and know that you are loved.....
 (aww...Im feelin the warm fuzzies now...) 
and even thru the toughest challenges....just like an airplane that soars thru the clouds on a rainy day to find the sunshine..
tell yourself "I WILL...


When you take a look back at what you've accomplished..


you'll realize that you are STRONG and you - MY DEAR - are BEAUTIFUL and you've come out on top!


So while this box isn't a pop-up at all....I wanted it to be, but life's challenges got in the way of my creative time...so I turned this into a paperweight...It will be on my desk continually reminding me of these very things...and sometimes it will give me a swift kick in the batookie when I'm feeling a little sorry for myself...

Just simple little words........but OH SO EMPOWERING!


Now...the elements and why....

Sizzix POP UP Die by Karen Burnisten - because this was the basis for the project

Paper by Die Cuts with a View - it was precut from this cardstock.

Fabric..a little tattern and torn...cuz sometimes well...life roughs you up...

An organza bow - because...it's beatiful and delicate - just like our own personalities...

Buttons...just because they remind me of Grandma...

Words...I love words....they're fun...they're expressive...

Paint and ink because it's messy and I get into my work...Im more expressive that way..and it's a stress reliever..and I don't use a painbrush...I use my fingers...

Stitching because it makes me use my Mom's avocado green Kenmore sewing machine which is older than me... It sews two kinds of stitches...straight...and zig zag...nuf said...

Mod Podge because....not only does Mod Podge ROCK...it glues the seams of our lives back together when they fray..


So hope you're empowered today to accomplish what you've wanted to do... (like sign up for my newsletter and subscribe to my blog..which I know you've always wanted to do...)

But for now...quit reading this and GET HOPPIN!!!

Click on the Sizzix Button on the upper right to HOP ON!

18 comments:

Candice Windham said...

Linda, I love this. The colors are beautiful, and I love that you had a reason for using each design element.

Michelle Cummings said...

I love all the elements you used and that you also sewed it! great job!

Karen B said...

Oooh! This is ethereal, and inspiring, and positive! I love everything about it! Thanks for sticking with it and producing such a masterpiece.

Cheryl said...

Love the vintage look of your cube!!!

milkcan said...

It's absolutely lovely!

Jen Goode said...

I love how your project turned out.. so beautiful with all the different hand touched pieces and parts!

gscrapbooks said...

This is really pretty! Love what you did with the cube.

Cindy Rippe said...

Love your creativity and the story behind the artwork. Very nice!

Madeline said...

OK Linda I think this is really fabulous. Sure doesn't look like you were intimidated at all. Super cool project!

Denise Clason Studios said...

So VERY Pretty! Love all of the quotes and use of nostalgia!

Ann Butler said...

Linda I love the look, the colors and the meaning behind this...a wonderful project!

Brenda Pinnick said...

Linda, fabulous post and project! Thank you for sharing!

Phyllis Dobbs said...

I love this - a wonderful vintage creation!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

very pretty! So light and airy.

just me jan said...

Linda...lovely project! Also wanted to say that I recently attended the 3 day event Gilded Gathering in Dallas, Tx. I was the lucky winner of your book "Beading In No Time". Thank you SOOOO much for your generous contribution! I'm thoroughly enjoying my copy!!!
just me...eagerly buying beads...jan armentrout

Cindy Cade said...

What a special gift this would be. You certainly made it gentle yet powerful. Just lovely.

Melony Bradley said...

Adorable and inspirational! I love the idea of using the cube as a paperweight. You can see this beauty all day long

HawaiianLibrarian said...

You are beautiful! Mahalo for sharing a project that can echo those sentiments for us.

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