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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Beginnings at Ike's World Challenge Blog

Every day is a new beginning, and this is especially true at Ike's World Challenge Blog, where a new challenge inaugurates a New year. New Beginnings is the challenge theme, and my inspiration came from this Ike's Art digi image called Crystal Ball, and the fact that most of us would like a tiny peek at what's ahead for us this year.
While 2015 ended on a sour note for me and my family, I am learning that the future is what you make of it. You need an optimistic outlook, a positive attitude, a keen eye for opportunities that pop up, courage to snatch those opportunities, and a grateful heart. With these as my weapons, I can just let go and Believe that Good things are on their Way, as my crystal ball shows us all.
I am also back to mixed media canvas. I haven't pulled out all the bells and whistles for a while, but it's a new year and I'm ready to begin again. My canvas is 7x7 inches, covered in patterned papers from my stash. The top layer is chalked,while the image is colored with Copics. I printed the sentiment onto transparency paper after chalking the misty innards of my future forecaster, and the year is created with stickers.
The rest is tchochki that I've collected throughout 2015. Broken jewelry, miscellaneous charms, leftover buttons and brads, even parts of a patterned card stock border. I love the freedom of mixed media, don't you? Have you ever tried it? You don't have to paint or Mod Podge a canvas - try making a card and throwing on embellishments that aren't standard crafting supplies.
Pinterest and YouTube are great places to inspire your new adventures. And link up with Ike's World Challenge blog this week with whatever card or project you decide to create. We'd love to see your art!
Challenges I am Entering:
Love to Scrap- New Beginnings
Our Crafty Corner - Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks - ANything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Mixed Media Goes


ike said...

This has come out so well - I love how you did the crystal ball and all the little elements look so cool. I have got me some canvases but I just sit looking at them !!! I have only ever made one and I find it very hard to be 'free' !!! Don't know why that is :-(
I hope that 2016 is going to be really good for you :-D
Thank you for making this for IWC and for being on my Team.


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Janis Lewis said...

Great project. Thanks for joining us at 2 Creative Chicks.
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Leslie said...

What a beautiful project with so many wonderful details! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us in the Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog's "New Beginnings!" challenge this time!
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Sammy said...

I work in a charity shop, and one of my favourite things is looking for items I can use in altered art, mixed media and the like. I love what you've done here. Some great additions there. Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

Rupa S said...

You've pepped up a simple! I love the detailing and the little add ons. Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative spirit this month, Good Luck. Rupa (DT).