Friday, August 1, 2014

July in review, my plans for August AND a GIVEAWAY!!



Back in June I told you about my plan - because I consider this year a turning point in my life, I wanted to challenge myself,  ALL. YEAR. LONG. 

For the month of July I challenged myself to create an ICAD (Index Card a Day) for every day of the month. I had a hard time in the beginning but once I made the decision to share my ICADs, or heART cards as I call them, the ideas just flowed. I admit the daily video was a lot of work, editing takes loads of time. It isn't easy taking 30-60 minutes and getting it down to around 5 minutes! But I learned so much I don't regret it,  PLUS,  I have met quite a few new friends from all around the globe. I love that!




Okay so that's checked off my list!







Now for the month of August... I came across this pin on Pinterest. It was a blog entry by Melissa Speelman of FrecklePhoto where she explains a collaborative project she did with her art students. Together they created a giant color wheel using cutouts from magazines. I loved the whole idea and especially loved the end result. 

See, besides texture, I LOVE color! I of course have a Pinterest board for color, I call it "Color-licious".   I also love a good group effort so I decided to invite my friends to take part by asking them to trade  bright colored paper with me. Small scraps are all I need. They can be painted papers, gelli prints, wrappers, junk mail, patterned paper from their stashes, even a small found object - whatever! As long as it's colorful.  

I am planning to get a large piece of mdf and cut it in a circle, then I will just go to town creating. HOPEFULLY this will all be complete by the end of the month. I will then have another challenge completed PLUS a beautiful piece of art for my studio.  Of course the best part will be that all my friends took part in it! 

Do you want in too? Here are the guidelines:

  • Send up to 5 small pieces of paper (painted paper, gelli print, wrappers and/or patterned papers) OR a small found object.
  • Suggested size is 3.5" x 2.5" (ATC size)
  • Take your favorite piece and write your name and contact info on it.
  • Mail to me at PO Box 583, Rome NY 13442
  • I will in turn send you 5 of my papers which I have made. 

(Please,  no extra goodies. In order for this to go smoothly for me I need to prepack  my papers to be ready to mail out when yours arrive. If you send me goodies I will feel badly that I haven't included anything extra...5 small scraps is all I ask. I KNOW how generous my friends can be, but this one time please hold yourself back. LOL! Remember the purple bead avalanche?!)




    NOW for my July giveaway...here's the scoop:
                     
                            Prize :  $25 gift card for Amazon.com
                              Contest ends Thursday, August 7, 2014 at midnight 
        MY APOLOGIES I set the deadline for 12:01 AM but 8/8 sooo it's ended. :(


    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    Here are the July ICADs for your to choose from:



     For a better view of the cards here is a video review:


    Check back on August 9th to see if you are the winner.  And as always I thank you for stopping by,  for all your kind words and feedback. ~ Shelley  










    59 comments:

    Diane Beavers said...

    My fav is "Your Story Makes you Special"
    We are all ONE, we are all creative souls. Our story evolves in our actions, our acts of kindness , expressions of love and caring for earth and one another.

    juliehallfeldhaus said...

    I can't sleep caught my eye because I fell your pain:) I had 2 nights in a row that I couldn't sleep, last night was better and I feel better today:) Thanks for a chance at a great prize!!

    Shiles728 said...

    Hi Shelley. My favorite ICAD is #8. This is a card I would make because I love using butterflies in my art and because yellow, pink and orange are my go-to colors. I love it! Sue

    Anonymous said...

    Always live life between the lines! Such a cool quote.
    corsaravantine at yahoo dot com

    Countrymouse said...

    My favorite is #20, I love the colors and I am a flower person.... I really enjoyed watching all the vids!

    Sherri said...

    #2. The colors are great

    Sarah said...

    I love #14 with the cow! sarah@forrussia.org

    Mischelle said...

    Well of course I am gonna go with Your Story makes you special.... LOL I love it and have it right next to my computer desk.. When I am feeling down, I just look at it and instantly I feel better. Thank you so much Shelley. Have a great weekend!!!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Do you tend to get creative when you can't sleep? If I am sleepy but can't sleep I just can't do anything...must be old age in my case. LOL

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Thanks so much for hanging in there...it seemed like a super long month! Haha

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Don't you just LOVE color!!!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    He is kinda cute isn't he Sarah!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    That's one of my favorites too. Love colors all jumping out~

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Thanks...its a little wild living "between the lines", but never boring!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    I am so happy you like it Mischelle. Its nice when I can put a smile on someone's face...especially with an index card Hahaha <3 you!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Thanks Diane! Did you enter your comment above in the rafflecopter too? I want to make sure you are ENTERED in the contest!

    Shaiha said...

    My favorite is the black Dream Believe Inspire because I really believe that if you can dream it, it can come true.

    msmissy02 said...

    My favorite ICAD is #29 Reach for the Stars. Thanks for the fun giveaway! DamianMom at yahoo dot com

    Skye said...

    I loved quite a few of them, but my two faves are #24, since it's the absolute truth for me and the majority of my friends :) And #29 because I try to live it... don;t always succeed, but I try :)

    Christine said...

    I like #17 I can't sleep. This speaks to me because I can't sleep either!

    Anonymous said...

    I like #14 with the cow!

    Arianna M. said...

    My favourite is #23, Create 'till your heart's content. It's so pretty!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    So true Shaiha!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    That one seems to resonate with people...working on one word inspirational word items for my etsy now.

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Thank you Arianna. That one started out as a "oops" and ended up as my most viewed YT so far ...JUST goes to say, never give up on something - just keep at it!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Well #24 has been working for our long distance friendship, hasn't it?!!!
    <3

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    heehee!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    So many of my friends have been telling me this...wonder what's up with that?!

    Ruth Griffeth said...

    I would have to go with #28 "expect a miracle" In my life I have seen this happen many times. 25 years ago I gave birth to my oldest son and was told he had a 50/50 chance of living due to a heart malformation. We prayed and prayed on it, the Dr.'s said he was too small for the surgery, and 1 year he only weighed 16 lbs. Well lets just say my miracle happened, it took many hours but I have a wonderful, young man at 25 years old! I say Expect them but do not take them for granted.

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Beautifully said Ruth.

    Birdie Bee said...

    I love the "MIRACLE" one because it says it all.

    pippirose said...

    My favourite is #10. Too often, I get caught up in thinking too much, regarding an issue, or a problem. Or even something fun! I need to listen to my heart, more often. It would save me a lot of grief!

    beadrecipes said...

    I will have to find some paper for you Shelley. I'm sure I have some fun stuff languishing in drawers ;-)

    beadrecipes said...

    Oh and I like #16 best of course (my girls like it too. They keep saying "BElieve in Yourself -- BE YOU!!!" and then saying "get it Mum? Do you get it??"

    Cheryl Foiles said...

    My favorite is #22 because you made it for me :) And, because the sentiment really speaks to me. I'm so bummed that it got lost in the mail.

    Jean said...

    Well for me that is a silly question #13 because its orange....I love the words... and its MINE now!!

    Leah Tees said...

    OMG Shelley, they are all so wonderful!! How do I choose just one? OK, I guess if I have to pick only one, it is #23, because this has become my new philosophy.

    Michele said...

    I can't decide between 12 and 14......love them both! You rock, girlfriend!

    Pat Mitchelson said...

    hi
    Shelly, you are too funny, you make me laugh.....please add me to the give away

    anne driessen said...

    all these giveaways of yours are so exciting :) I wish I had lots of papers to send you I'd love to help out (but alas I don't :( )

    Marla said...

    Mine is the one I got of course! Love it. It is sitting on my desk in my studio. So wonderful to see all your art!

    beadphoria said...

    I would say that #25 is my favorite. I hadn't heard this verse before, but I love it and how you illustrated it.

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Awww thats so cute Melissa!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Oh Cheryl...I am sorry it got lost, or went home with someone else. I am sending you something special to take it's place. Be there hopefully by the 12th...HAPPY B-Day!!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Orange and blue is a popular color combo around my house too (NY KNICKS! and the DENVER BRONCOS!). Lol

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Leah, so strange, I didn't send one to you...and #23 is one of the most popular, CREATE!!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    You have a thing for camels and cows Michelle? Hahaha

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Pat, you think I am funny, you should have seen the video I messed up...I was crazzzzy excited as I opened up my packages today. But alas it wasnt meant for everyone to see me unleashed! Haha

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Anne, I don't need you to send me any paper...just your nice comments is good for me! Xoxox

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Aww thanks Marla. You are always so encouraging ...from my VERY FIRST swap until now, over two years later. My friend.

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Thanks Suzann... I actually used a word list and her word was miracle. I knew I wanted clouds and she would love a bible verse so I searched and found it. Its one of my favorites. Colors so much prettier and vivid in real life.

    aus_chick said...

    I like 30. I think I have to disagree with 31 - i prefer to live on the wild side!

    Mary said...

    My favorite one is #20 Happy, it just makes me smile looking at it.

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Between the lines on #31 is pretty wild! Haha

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    I like to work with the vibrant colors, did you notice?! LOL

    Kathy Davis said...

    I like # 19. "Your Story Makes You Special" because no one can walk in your shoes or experience exactly what you do. Your experiences make you who you are and that is one unique person!

    Rachel said...

    I like "create until your heart's content". I like how the background is calm and lets the message do all the talking. It also speaks to me a lot right now because this summer has been crazy and I need to refocus on taking even the small moments to create, relax, and be myself. (My apologies if this duplicates, I've been having trouble leaving comments.)

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Well said, Kathy!

    Shelley Graham Turner said...

    Rachel...breathe and create! One day at a time, one moment at a time.

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