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September 10, 2014

Cultivate Creativity

Hi everyone... hope y'all are having a wonderful week. Mine has been full of creativity.... projects, gifts, art challenges. I'm loving it. Awhile back I came across this wonderful tutorial  by Lost Wax YOUTUBE  . It provided me inspiration for the background technique I used on this project.
One of the challenge blog's I'm joining in with this week is SanDee & Amelie's Steampunk which their theme is Steampunk Stories. My title on my piece says it all for me. A few years ago I lost my house, marriage and job all within the same year or so. My one and only daughter recently moved to New York and I'm in California. So many changes have taken place in my life. I tend to be a happy go lucky optimistic person, but I definitely have had struggles this last year with all the changes. If it weren't for ART, not sure what I would do. I'm  fortunate that I have a room dedicated to my craft so I can go in there any time of day and play. It releases anxiety, depression, the thoughts of loneliness. Keeping my hands busy is so theraputic. I am very thankful for ART.
I encourage you to do something creative EVERY DAY...whether it's cooking, gardening, sewing, crafting.. it will help release those endorphins into your body to help you relieve stress from the everyday life. Hope you enjoy my canvas.  Have a beautiful week, and keep smiling :-) And stop by some of the challenges below for some wonderful inspiration to get those creative juices going. I am entereing this piece in the following challenges:
You can view my step by step process on this project here.
Check out How to Create Steampunk Background & Faux Metal Flowers by Toni Burks-Grijalva on Snapguide.

26 comments:

die amelie said...

Awesome background and even more awesome flowers, Toni!

And I love that you share a brilliant how to as well! It is such a treat to visit your blog!

Thank you for joining in our challenge at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk challenges!

Claudia x

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Such a pretty creation. Love those faux metal flowers! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Lisette Baker said...

Fabulous piece. Love that background and can't wait to give it a try, the flowers are fabulous too. Thanks for joining in at Anything But A Card this time.

Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous project! Thanks for joining us at TIOT! Valerie

Lin said...

I'm so sorry to hear you have had such a rough time. I can see that you have poured yourself into your creativity, and this piece is amazing. Love those metal flowers, and the background is perfect for them.

Thank you so much for sharing in our first ever challenge. I really hope you come back again.

Lin
The Mirror Crack'd

Julie Short said...

I hear you totally as I too believe in the power of creativity to change lives. I hope that you mend then blossom. Your metal flowers against the cool bakground is terrific! Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card and ...keep on creating!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Love all the different textures you added to this great piece. The metal flowers are the cherry on top! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Margik said...

Another great proyect with a super background and amazing metal flowers.
Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
Mar

Margik said...

Another great proyect with a super background and amazing metal flowers.
Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
Mar

lost coast scrapper said...

Fantastic project, love the background work too. I wish you the best with your new life! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Donna Idlet said...

Wow, love the metal flowers. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

Brigitte said...

Background and flower are perfect ! gorgeous creation !
Thank you for your participation at Sandee & Amelie steampunk challenges
Coutureuse

Christy Butters said...

Absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

Marina Johan said...

Love the metal feel of this project! Thanks for joining us at The Mirror Crack'd.

Gloria Stengel said...

This grungy, art project is perfect! I love all the texture. I am sorry you had such a bad year. I have had a string of rough years and I know that my art is what kept me going, in part. I pray that you find peace and happiness and that your art helps you along they way! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders!

Jag på Ekholmen said...

What a lovley card! What a clever background.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I stopped by because I'm also playing in the first The Mirror Crack'd challenge. At first I couldn't understand the relevance of the top hat, but, upon closer inspection, saw where you got your inspiration. This is truly lovely and very steampunkish.

Papercraft By Carole said...

So sorry to hear you have been having a tough time. Being creative certainly does get you through. You project is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at The Mirror Crack'd this time. Cxxx

Little Artbee said...

Ganz tolles Werk, genial diese Metallblüten. Gefällt mir sehr, sehr fantasievoll gestaltet.
Liebe Grüße
Sabine

JackieP Neal said...

What a great steampunk piece! I love the gears on the flowers and that background is yum! ")

Craftymoose Crafts said...

At his is really stunning! I'm a big fan of the steampunk look, too.

crafty creations said...

Brilliant and inspirational art

I too believe that art is a great healer

Hugs Hilda

Brenda Burfeind said...

Love your project

Thanks for playing along at ABAC

diane hasthorpe said...

This is an amazing piece. I love your steampunked flowers and the background is fabulous. Thank you for joining in at Anything But A Card. Cheers, Di

Ruth L said...

Loved your metal flowers, thanks for playing with us at ABAC!

Meresanth said...

That's so awesome! I love the flowers, they're fabulous!
Thank you for joining our challenge at SASPC!
Agnieszka

art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.