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Earlier in the week, I gave you a selection of cards to help you gather supplies for your own custom-made creative retreat. In today’s episode; Follow your Dreams.

I know not all dreams are possible, but some ARE. Take one small step toward your dreams and it could change your life. Dreams are important, follow your dreams, the small ones, the achievable ones. The ones that will lead you to the bigger ones you never thought possible.

Print out the next set of cards to help you find your dreams. Write them down and you will then see the smaller steps that take you towards them.

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 3; Follow your Dreams

Staycation Turned Art Retreat: Part 3; Follow your Dreams

How to Use

  • Click on the Download image you want to print, to open the picture to full size.
  • Right Click with your mouse and choose ‘Save As’ from the list of options.
  • Once it is on your machine, you can print it as, is or open a Word Processing programme and insert the image. This will give you more control of the final size of the page.

Options

  • You can of course use the retreat concept for any kind of creative style not just art.
  • Print out the new page and gather your dreams for S.T.A.R.

Hope you are playing along with STAR, what are your dreams?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie🙂

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If anyone spots Olympic Archery of whatever kind on a freeview available channel, pretty please can you tweet me?

@BillieCraftRoom

I’ll RT so others can see it too. Here’s my Twitter channel: https://twitter.com/BillieCraftRoom

I then promise to stop posting stroppy tweets bemoaning whats going on, where did the archery go.

The plan being with enough of us keeping an eye out, we’ll notice if it comes on.

Somewhat off topic today, and I promise the ONLY blog post I’ll make relating the Olympics., not everyone is a fan and that isn’t what this blog is about.

Reason being; DH has tasked me with recording all archery coverage available on freeview during the games. This was fine when I could set it and walk away but the schedlues have gone to pot and now you need a bank of TVs like on Springwatch to have any hope of finding whats on and when. Perhaps a crystal ball would be of more help. Have tried ‘following’ BBC sport etc for updates but until this morning they didn’t say a word about schedule changes.

We have limited internet access so haven’t the option of watching it online nor do we have satalite, just freeview, so here is my request.

Many many thanks

Billie

Back to more creative projects and posts next time x.

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Blog Tour 2012

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Many people know me from You Tube tutorials that I regularly post and I hope this video will encourage some of them to visit me here. For my regular readers you may have noticed that last year I re-designed the blog a far bit and I hope this little tutorial will help you get the most from Billie’s Craft Room. It’s no ordinary blog, I hope it will be useful resource tool for your own creative projects.

I’m also very proud to share the news that Seth Apter’s book; The Pulse of Mixed Media is now available from Amazon and there is a little something in there from me.

I am honoured to be involved with the project and the finished book is amazing. Congratulations Seth and many thanks for including my work too.

Check out Seth Apters Blog for more information about the book.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie🙂

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Today I’d like to share the complete bundle of goodies I made for my MIL for Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Gift Bundle

Mother's Day Gift Bundle

I started by designing the card using Serif Craft Artist software, using digikits from Daisy Trail. Once I had a design I copied it and reduced the size to make a gift tag and the topper I used for the mini book. Before you laugh at the fact the gift tag is as big as the book, we have bought her other things too, so it won’t looks oversized in the end😉

I have to say I’ve really been bitten by the digicrafting bug. I am a start from a blank piece of paper kind of crafter, ink/paint stamp from scratch. Thing is you can’t always find the same image in multiple sizes for using on the main card and then on a gift tag sized project. Thanks to digi kits I can resize any element to whats needed, reduce the opacity for a velum look inside my cards and make mini versions for the back of cards/gift tags and make papers to create gift bags too.

With digikits I can still craft from scratch, using elements and have so much versatility that I love it. Its also handy that you don’t make ‘quite such a mess of the dining table😉 Quick clear up for meal times😉

If you haven’t tried Craft Artist yet, please do, its amazing. Lots of print n play projects for total newbies but so much more scope for getting creative and adding your own personality to projects than you get with a lot of other ‘craft cds’. Check out the links below to find out more about the programe. Get yours now, and you can still using it to make this years Mother’s Day really special.

Links.

Daisy Trail. This is the online community for Craft Artist software, from here you can buy the software and digikits.

We all love freebies, if you want to try before you buy there is a cut down version of the software available for free and lots of free digikits to play with too. Going forward the digikits start from as little as £1.99 and there are often freebies too.

Treasure your Mother, you only get one. If you still have yours, let her know how much she means to you. I miss my late Mother so much, and at this time of year especially.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie🙂

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Today I’d like to share another watercolour painting I recently made.

Watercolour Rose 3

Watercolour Rose 3

At Christmas I received a book and DVD set by Billy Showell about painting flowers. I’ve been studying and practicing and this was my result. I have a long way to go, but I’m pleased with my progress so far. I added ink over the top of the sketch, on this one.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie🙂

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Today I’d like to share my first attempt with brayering glossy card stock. I’ll be turning this into a Christmas card, for very special people.

Brayered Christmas card with Anna Griffin stamps

Brayered Christmas card with Anna Griffin stamps

Definitely need a bigger brayer, mine was a short Ranger one and the card is A6! This card was stamped with various Anna Griffin Clear stamp images. If you have a brayer in the back of your cupboard, break out the dye based ink and glossy card and give this a go. It really is down to practice and the right card/ink combination.

The techniques I used were shown on Create and Craft by Barbara Gray from Clarity stamps. There is a regular tutorial show on the first weekednd of every month. Watch the Classroom shows online on; In the Classroom

Have fun

Best wishes

Billie🙂

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My First Bracelet

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the first bracelet I made. It was a while ago now, before I hurt my hand.

My First Bracelet

My First Bracelet

Love these beads, they were from a box of beads from Edinburg wool mill shop. They tend to stock these bead sets around Christmas time, so keep an eye out for them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie🙂

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