Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I know, this isn’t a Valentine’s card, but by this time, I’m already well past creating for Valentines.
Over the past week I’ve been super busy filming videos for my upcoming Falling Flowers online class. As a result, I haven’t had time to film brand new videos for my blog. Instead what I’ve decided to do is to pull some projects with video tutorials from my “stamping archives.” Each project that I post from the archives is a “never-before-publicly-seen” card. They are cards that I created for members of Paper Crafter’s Library. As I’ve pretty much shut down Paper Crafter’s Library, I’ve decided to start pulling out some of my favourite projects and sharing them with you all. read more…
To I wanted to share one of my all-time favourite cards with you. It’s one I made a little over a year ago over on Paper Crafter’s Library for one of my Creative Inspiration Collections. I love it because the look and feel is so totally me – bright vibrant colors with the bold contrast provided by the black die cut and sentiment. read more…
I am so excited! Before I share today’s Stampin’ Up! video tutorial I wanted to share some exciting news! If you’ve followed me for awhile then you know that I was a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator from 2006-2011. From the end of 2007 until 2011, I was posting all my Stampin’ Up! projects to my Sunny Stampin’ blog (which was here on www.andreawalford.com). In 2013, when I shut down my site on this domain and moved my blog, I thought that I had lost everything. read more…
As I have been moving content from my various blogs over to my new online home, I came across this post that I wrote a year ago when I was getting ready to launch a vision for a business I had called FIERCE Nation Inc. After I wrote it, life took an unexpected twist, which threw me back into “someday” mode, and put all my plans for that business on hold.
While I was devastated at the time, feeling like my plans were crumbling around me, in retrospect, the outcome ended up actually being better because I am in a much better place now, and I am finally feeling like I am on my way to re-building the RIGHT online business for me – one that falls within my vision and purpose, yet better fits the season of life I’m in and my current priorities.
Although I know that path I chose to follow this past year was necessary, looking back now, I realize that I didn’t have to remain stuck there for as long as I did.
As I read through this post, what surprised me is that this post was essentially almost an exact snapshot of where I am in my life right now. Which is why I decided to update it slightly and share it with you.
So here it is:
We want to do it today, but we just can’t seem to make it work.
So we begin thinking about doing it tomorrow.
But when tomorrow comes, nothing has changed. It seems just as impossible as it did yesterday.
Instead of thinking about how we can make the seemingly impossible possible, we keep pushing it off.
Next week, next month, or maybe next year.
The days pass, and nothing changes (because of course we haven’t changed anything), so we keep pushing it further and further into the future.
Telling ourselves that “someday” things will change. read more…
Well, it’s not perfect. In fact it’s far from ready – but it’s mine, and I love it! Yes, I’m talking about my “new”/”old” blog! “Old” because this domain was the home of my original blog when I ventured online for the very first time waaaaay back in 2006. And it continued to be my online home all the way up until about 2012,
when I somehow got hacked or got a virus (who really knows) and I pretty much lost everything. Yep, everything. All my content, all my posts, all my creations. Gone. ETA (Feb 7) : my sweet friend and go-to-web expert was able to restore everything so it is all here!
Then from about 2011 until the end of 2015 I had several online homes – www.sunnystampin.com, www.andreawalforddesigns.com, www.papercrafterslibrary.com and for a time www.fiercenationinc.com. Each blog was the result of it’s own vision, and each had it’s own purpose.
I’m sure you can already guess what a disaster that was. I have no idea what on earth I was thinking. Who can be in that many places at once?
Which brings me to this blog. My “new” blog. I’m back again on www.andreawalford.com and this time, it’s to stay. Everything I do will be posted here. And I mean EVERYTHING.
That means that you’ll be seeing my Stampin’ Up! creations (yes, I am once again a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator), my mixed media creations, my digital creations, any scrapbooking or 3D papercrafting I do……In fact, I’ve already migrated my posts from the Sunny Stampin’ blog and the Andrea Walford Designs blog here. I’ll be adding in some of my older content as well (eventually). read more…
Jan 2017 *** This was a post I published in Jan 2016 on one of my other blogs and migrated it over here*
With the dawn of 2016 I am finding myself feeling torn between conflicting emotions.
I am exhilarated, yet I am also scared out of my mind.
I am filled with anticipation, yet I am also feeling lost.
And I honestly can’t tell you which of these feelings is stronger right now.
For me, 2016 will be a year of both letting go and letting in.
It all started 4 months ago when I finally made a difficult decision that I knew would dramatically change the direction of my life. read more…
Welcome to my final Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang Tuesday!
Today is my last day as a member of the first ever Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang. It was such and honor and a pleasure to be chosen to work with Donna and Bill, and all the other talented artists that were a part of the team.
I’ve always strongly believed that creativity is a gift that we all possess – for some it comes naturally, for others it needs to be discovered and developed.
Interestingly though, creativity seems to ebb and flow – even amongst those who fully embrace and acknowledge themselves as creatives.
For the last few months I have found myself being swept along by a flow of creative ideas, and it’s been such a wonderful place to be! read more…
Welcome to another Donna Downey Studios Artist Gang Tuesday!
For my Artist Gang feature this month I decided to create an art journal page since it’s been awhile since I have had the opportunity to create anything.
If you’ve ever read any past posts of mine then you’ll know that for me, art is not about the finished product. Although I embrace art as an opportunity to grow and develop my creative side, more often than not, art is an exploration of my inner mental and emotional world. read more…
Since it’s been awhile since I have created and posted a video for you, (you can read about why HERE if you missed that post) I decided to do exactly that for today’s post.
The card I created today uses only Stampin’ Up! Products & the main stamp set and punch I used are from the Holiday Mini Catalog.
I incorporated a variety of different techniques. First off, to create the acorns – I stamped the top and bottom images one at a time, and punched them out. In the video I share a quick tip for minimizing cardstock wastage. read more…