Life and craft update, gesso accident and the most epic happy mail… :)

Hi friends,

I’m hoping you are all well. I know that lately, I’ve not been much active, but we had a bit of struggles with my son’s allergies and eczema. We have scheduled a visit to the regional hospital in Inverness, which is a 100 miles drive from our town, and then hopefully he will have his new meds sorted out and his condition will improve.

I wasn’t planning to make any videos, maybe just share a photo or two of the cards I’ve made. I’ve been working on some new inspirations of collections, which will be coming to the Craft Stash store shortly as well as unfortunately, I had to make not one but two sympathy cards.

I must tell you, my friends, that sympathy cards are the type I favour the less, always make them with a heavy heart but these are the cards I never say no to making as is someone is dealing with a loss the last thing I want them is to worry about the card. So here are two cards I’ve made:

And now something more cheerful!!!

I received the biggest, the best happy mail ever!! This unbelievably huge parcel come to me all way down from the US. This gift came from my dear friend Cindy, which I’ve met last year on the Craft World and we’ve been good friends since. Cindy is one of the most generous and kind people I know and I’m so happy that God has given me such an incredible and supportive friend like her.

Before showing you what’s in the parcel I must tell you, my friends, that I received it right before my shift at work. I know I wanted to open it so badly. so I quickly jumped into my studio and tried to clean up my desk so I could record it for my YT channel… And then it happened!! I accidentally kick the tub of gesso, and once it hit the floor all contend had splashed all over including my carpet, my desk, even my hair, lol

And by the time I finish to clean it all up I had to go to work. This was the longest shift ever, as I just couldn’t wait to go home and open my mail. So without any further ado, here is my video from opening that parcel:

this pack is absolutely humongous!!! and I love every single bit of it. not only me, but my son also loved his gift 🥰

One last thing my friends I wish to invite you all to my live I will have on Facebook this coming Thursday, where I will show you how to create some lovely papercraft gifts, which will be lovely creations not only as birthday gifts but also something you can use for this Mother’s Day coming and all your round!

And just to let you know, Craft Stash is having tons off offers and deals, which will be coming for entire week celebration.

Shop UK / Shop US

And here is a best highlight from today:

And there is more…

So please don’t forget to click on the link below and check the latest offers, as there is a birthday week celebration and Craft Stash is having tons of offers and deals for you, and if you decide to buy something and you enter the store via my link, you are supporting me and my family, as I’m receiving a small commission from the sale, which is not affecting your total price as you still pay the same.

shop UK 👉 https://tidd.ly/3w77o10

shop US 👉 https://shrsl.com/2x3pc

And as always I’m sending you lots of love and positive energy. Stay safe and blessed. Hugs. Marta

❤️

Happy birthday Craft Stash!!!

Hey friends,

Just a quick post to let you all know that Craft Stash is celebrating their 6th birthday !!!!

They will have lots of fun activities and great deals too! Today is a truly wonderful opportunity to stock up on Card Making Magic! There is these fabulous deal on 3 for £15 / 3 for $20 🤗🤗

Shop UK / Shop US

And here is a photo of a card I’ve made using one of the dies from that offer:

I’m wishing you all a lovely day and hopefully will see you shortly.😘😘😘

And as always I’m sending you lots of love and positive energy. Stay safe and blessed. Hugs. Marta

❤️

And just to let you know my friends, in my posts I use an affiliate links, which does not affect the price you are paying while making your purchase. By using one of those links I’m giving you here or underneath my YouTube videos and other social media, you are supporting me and my family as Craft Stash is paying me a little % for every time you are buying anything from the store by visiting it via one of my links, for which I’m very grateful as this helps me to add to my family budget.

So for any of your purchase in Craft Stash, if you wish to support me, please use one of the following links:

for shopping UK 👉 https://tidd.ly/3w77o10

for shopping US 👉 http://shrsl.com/2x3pc

Busy, busy, big boy birthday and… freebie!

Hey friends,

It’s been few days since my last post, but It’s been crazy time. I got a few commissioned work for magazines and few orders. Plus my son has just turned 3 last Friday!!! I cannot even tell you my friends how happy I’m with all the blessings happening to me right now.

Last few days I’ve been working on some projects I cannot share with you, but today afternoon I’ve decided to take a wee break and to do something for myself. Earlier on I was sneak peaking on What’s hot on the Craft Stash and noticed this awesome Flash Sale!!

Shop UK / Shop US

I realised that this offer includes one of the dies I really really love, so I’ve decided to play with it, and here is my step by step card:

Score A4 card in half
cut a slightly smaller layer
add texture with embossing folder
cut frames
3 from gold card and two from white
trace oval die on design paper
attach design oval to white one and add frame on top using layer of foam tape
add two gold ovals to the sides and main panel on the centre
stamp sentiment
use banner die to cut it out
tie a bow
attach your banner and bow with hot glue
as finish touch add a pearl button

I hope you will like this photo tutorial as this is quite new form for me and I’m still learning.

As a bonus my friends I have a little gift for you:

LINK TO DOWNLOAD

And to wrap up this post and send you a Drop of Sunshine I’m sending you a lovely photo I’ve made once we were having a fun day at the beach near by on the weekend.

And as always I’m sending you lots of love and positive energy. Stay safe and blessed. Hugs. Marta

❤️

And just to let you know my friends, in my posts I use an affiliate links, which does not affect the price you are paying while making your purchase. By using one of those links I’m giving you here or underneath my YouTube videos and other social media, you are supporting me and my family as Craft Stash is paying me a little % for every time you are buying anything from the store by visiting it via one of my links, for which I’m very grateful as this helps me to add to my family budget.

So for any of your purchase in Craft Stash, if you wish to support me, please use one of the following links:

for shopping UK 👉 https://tidd.ly/3w77o10

for shopping US 👉 http://shrsl.com/2x3pc

How to make your composition standing out… part 2

Good morning my friends, and happy Sunday everyone!

Here is a second part of the video with these white background ideas:

ALL CARDS CREATED IN THESE SERIES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE AUCTION SALE, WHERE MONEY RAISED WILL BE PASSED TO SUPPORT THE BRITISH RED CROSS, WHICH SUPPORTS PEOPLE IN CRISIS AND IT IS INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CHARITY

LINK TO THE AUCTION:

http://ebay.us/LKv2Bz?cmpnId=5338273189

Link to the Auction:

http://ebay.us/cv7BzF?cmpnId=5338273189

List of supplies:

CLAIREFONTAINE GOLDLINE WATERCOLOUR STUDIO PAD WHITE shop UK / shop US

CRAFT UK 6IN X 6IN CARD BLANKS AND ENVELOPES WHITE 250GSM shop UK / shop US

TEXT{URES} A5 EMBOSSING FOLDER FLOWERS IN A FRAME shop UK / shop US

PAPER DISCOVERY DIE SET CARD BUILDER PANELS shop UK / shop US

And just to let you know my friends, this is an affiliate link, which does not affect the price you are paying while making your purchase. By using one of those links I’m giving you here or underneath my YouTube videos and other social media, you are supporting me and my family as Craft Stash is paying me a little % for every time you are buying anything from the store by visiting it via one of my links, for which I’m very grateful as this helps me to add to my family budget.

So for any of your purchase in Craft Stash, if you wish to support me, please use one of the following links:

for shopping UK 👉 https://tidd.ly/3w77o10

for shopping US 👉 http://shrsl.com/2x3pc

And here is an extra bonus from our trip:

By the way yesterday me and my family, we had a great time exploring areas nearby our town and visiting places we have never seen before. it was an amazing day, but most importantly spending a day in the fresh air helps to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I’m encouraging you, my friends, whenever it is possible, to take a short walk or spend some time in nature. Do not underestimate your mental health and please look after yourself and everyone close to your heart.

❤ ❤ ❤ Stay safe and blessed. Hugs. Marta ❤ ❤ ❤

How to make your composition standing out… part 1

Good morning my friends, Today I wish to share with you a couple of ideas for the cards I’ve created, where I’m using a white background to enhance my composition and make it truly stand out.

I really like this white background cards and I think they are such a great idea for so many different occasion.

If you wish to download this printable sentiments you can find them on my previous blog post.

ALL CARDS CREATED IN THESE SERIES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE AUCTION SALE, WHERE MONEY RAISED WILL BE PASSED TO SUPPORT THE BRITISH RED CROSS, WHICH SUPPORTS PEOPLE IN CRISIS AND IT IS INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN CHARITY

Here are some photos of my cards and how they turned out their listing links:

LINK TO THE AUCTION:

http://ebay.us/AOF8Va?cmpnId=5338273189

LINK TOP THE AUCTION:

http://ebay.us/D3Nhj8?cmpnId=5338273189

List of supplies:

CLAIREFONTAINE GOLDLINE WATERCOLOUR STUDIO PAD WHITE (UK) – https://tidd.ly/32drhFK

CLAIREFONTAINE GOLDLINE WATERCOLOUR STUDIO PAD WHITE (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx03

CRAFT UK 5IN X 7IN CARD BLANKS & ENVELOPES WHITE 250GSM (UK) – https://tidd.ly/2RAyZYy

CRAFT UK 5IN X 7IN CARD BLANKS & ENVELOPES WHITE 250GSM (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx05

CRAFT UK 6IN X 6IN CARD BLANKS AND ENVELOPES WHITE 250GSM (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3fiSLkZ

CRAFT UK 6IN X 6IN CARD BLANKS AND ENVELOPES WHITE 250GSM (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx08

TEXT{URES} A5 EMBOSSING FOLDER SCRIPT (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3tM1PTJ

TEXT{URES} A5 EMBOSSING FOLDER SCRIPT (US) – https://shrsl.com/2wwzb

TEXT{URES} A5 EMBOSSING FOLDER FLOWERS IN A FRAME (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3ls8JdA

TEXT{URES} A5 EMBOSSING FOLDER FLOWERS IN A FRAME (US) – https://shrsl.com/2wwzd

HOT OFF THE PRESS DIE SET CLASSIC OVAL FRAME (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3c3SIHU

HOT OFF THE PRESS DIE SET CLASSIC OVAL FRAME (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wwzi

CARD MAKING MAGIC A5 EMBOSSING FOLDER TRELLIS (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3uVahAf

CARD MAKING MAGIC A5 EMBOSSING FOLDER TRELLIS (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx0e

DAISY MAE DESIGN DIE SET NESTED OVALS TORN EDGE (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3uO1AYH

DAISY MAE DESIGN DIE SET NESTED OVALS TORN EDGE (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx5v

DAISY MAE DESIGN DIE SET NESTED CIRCLES TORN EDGE (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3qaYprV

DAISY MAE DESIGN DIE SET NESTED CIRCLES TORN EDGE (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx5z

PAPER DISCOVERY DIE SET CARD BUILDER PANELS (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3mN62E6

PAPER DISCOVERY DIE SET CARD BUILDER PANELS (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx6c

PAPER DISCOVERY DIE SET FLORAL AND LEAF CORNER (UK) – https://tidd.ly/2Qvnh0U

PAPER DISCOVERY DIE SET FLORAL AND LEAF CORNER (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx6f

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD BY TIM HOLTZ | SPUN SUGAR (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3mqoCSe

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD BY TIM HOLTZ | SPUN SUGAR (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx0n

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD BY TIM HOLTZ | WORN LIPSTICK (UK)- https://tidd.ly/3cXMwBA

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD BY TIM HOLTZ | WORN LIPSTICK (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx0r

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD | CRACKLING CAMPFIRE (UK) – https://tidd.ly/32k1QCg

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD | CRACKLING CAMPFIRE (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx0u

RANGER ARCHIVAL MINI INK PADS KIT #01 BY WENDY VECCHI (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3gdARka

RANGER ARCHIVAL MINI INK PADS KIT #01 BY WENDY VECCHI (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx0x

CRAFTER’S COMPANION GEMINI DIE CUTTING MACHINE (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3dhrcaf

The Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose set is no longer available at Craft Stash, but they do have this brand new collection with stamps, dies and matching mould in a fantastic offer just now:

HEARTFELT CREATIONS I WANT IT ALL SWEET MAGNOLIA COLLECTION (UK) – https://tidd.ly/3uRehln

HEARTFELT CREATIONS I WANT IT ALL SWEET MAGNOLIA COLLECTION (US) – http://shrsl.com/2wx27

DISCLAIMER: And just to let you know my friends, this is an affiliate link, which does not affect the price you are paying while making your purchase. By using one of those links I’m giving you here or underneath my YouTube videos and other social media, you are supporting me and my family as Craft Stash is paying me a little commission for every time you are buying anything from the store by visiting it via one of my links, for which I’m very grateful as this helps me to add to my family budget.

Stay blessed, sending you my love and hugs. Marta ❤ ❤ ❤

Love yourself and be kind to yourself ❤️❤️❤️

My friends,

I’m hoping you are great and that you had a wonderful day. I was actually planning to post this early morning… but as they say better later than never.

I’ve made a quick video from all clips and photos I’ve recorded from one of our trips we had some time in February. I wanted to post it today as it is a very special day. Today is the last day of Easter Octave called Divine Mercy Sunday.

This is a time of forgiveness and receiving grace. And this is a perfect way of clearing your heart and forgive to yourself in order to love yourself.

I hope you will enjoy my quick video as well as a little bonus of printable quotes I’ve created for you my friends so you could create a lovely card or project.

LINK TO DOWNLOAD:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AZjIL-iN0NTdKkxMGSBw3_2MN3vxGKqA/view?usp=sharing

A few more photos I took that day:

It was a really beautiful day and we all enjoyed it so very much. I hope you like my today post and I’m wishing you all a wonderful day and a wonderful week. Hugs. Marta ❤️

The power is inside you…

Hey friends,

I’m hoping you are great. Today I wanted to share with you a super fun card idea that is very easy to recreate as long as you have some nesting dies and some colouring mediums. I’m using Distress Oxides as they are blending fabulously.

The focal point of my card is this lovely chipboard quote from Craft O’Clock, which says “The power is inside you” and this is the message I want to sent today to you my friend. You are absolutely amazing and you have this power inside you to follow your dreams, to make a change in your own surrounding and do whatever sparks your heart. With this message, I wish to cheerlead you to not give up and stay focus on the things which brings you joy. I’m praying for all of you my friends to have this amazing life filled with love and passion.

I also hope my today’s video will spark some creativity in you and will encourage you to create some cards using this lovely idea.

For my todays card I’ve used up few of the Distress Oxide inks, which as I’ve mentioned in the video are currently on the sale. There is a multibuy offer which allows you to get 15% OFF, whenever you buy a minimum 3 products from the entire Distress range.

USE DISCOUNT CODE: DIST15

HERE IS LINK TO THE OFFER 👉 https://tidd.ly/39Ncx4s

Supplies used:

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD 3IN X 3IN BY TIM HOLTZ | SEEDLESS PRESERVES – https://tidd.ly/3uHOH2r

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD 3IN X 3IN BY TIM HOLTZ | PICKED RASPBERRY – https://tidd.ly/31SvRJn

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD 3IN X 3IN BY TIM HOLTZ | SPUN SUGAR – https://tidd.ly/3mqoCSe

RANGER DISTRESS OXIDE INK PAD 3IN X 3IN BY TIM HOLTZ | WORN LIPSTICK – https://tidd.ly/3cXMwBA

CREATIVE DIE SET DL TORN EDGE RECTANGLES – https://tidd.ly/3mrK1L0

NUVO BY TONIC STUDIOS CRYSTAL DROPS BUBBLEGUM BLUSH – https://tidd.ly/31WB2YA

NUVO STONE DROPS GOLD RUSH – https://tidd.ly/3rWRPpc

And just to let you know my friends, this is an affiliate link, which does not affect the price you are paying while making your purchase. By using one of those links I’m giving you here or underneath my YouTube videos and other social media, you are supporting me and my family as Craft Stash is paying me a little commission for every time you are buying anything from the store by visiting it via one of my links, for which I’m very grateful as this helps me to add to my family budget.

Here is another card I’ve made using the same shape element, which I was using as a mask for my butterfly card.

❤️THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR STOPPING BY AND I’M WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL DAY❤️

❤️HUGS. MARTA / DROP OF SUNSHINE❤️

Wind in the sails…

My friends,

How are you all??

I’m just marvellous!!! Although I already know I’m not going to complete my reorganizational plan in 100 %. Three days is definitely not enough to do so. Also having a little helper around make some of the tasks taking twice longer than usual… But I’m thrilled to report to you, my friends, that I’m definitely on the right pathway.


The reorganization is not completed but I already feel this freshness and wind in my sails and all I did was going over some of my most cluttered drawers and trying to find a home for goodies that were all over the place. I still have plenty of things to sort out, but I’ve decided to more or less tackle it up as need to get myself ready for my big day tomorrow.


Having this amazing opportunity given me by Craft Stash I will have a chance to present to you my way of creating shaker cards. The thing I’m most excited about is a chance to create on Facebook live and have a chat with everyone.

I’m a little bit disappointed that I didn’t manage to go over all of my stuff. But even though I’m proud of myself as I’ve managed to do the most important thing. I’ve started… I’ve made that first step, which was the hardest one and the one I was notoriously postponing and this is what I’m holding on to and what motivates me.


I wish I didn’t forget to take a photo how messy this drawer was before I’ve started organising

It literally took me ages to go over some of those boxes…

My next step will be to quickly clean my desk and sort my materials for tomorrow live. I won’t manage to create a new video today but I wanted to share with you a few others, which I haven’t been sharing on my blog yet.

I also wanted to share with you that Craft Stash is having a fabulous sale on their magazines and you can purchase them at a fantastic 50% off price This promotion will last only till tomorrow, so if you missed some issues you wished to buy now it is a perfect time to do so:

https://tidd.ly/3u17JQE

Here are few of these promotional magazines and my creation made out of them:

CREATIVE STAMPING ISSUE 93:

LINK TO BUY MAGAZINE:

https://tidd.ly/2MsCnlW

SIMPLY CARDS & PAPERCRAFT ISSUE 213:

LINK TO BUY MAGAZINE:

https://tidd.ly/31tw0mk

SIMPLY CARDS & PAPERCRAFT 214:

LINK TO BUY MAGAZINE:

https://tidd.ly/3aQIuKa

I hope you enjoy my creations and you will stay tuned to see more of my crafty journey. If you decide to do so, please subscribe to the newsletter so you are not going to be miss my other posts.

And just to let you know my friends, I’m a part of a Craft Stash affiliate programme and links I’ve used are also a part of this programme. Clicking on them does not affect the price you are paying while making your purchase. By using one of those links I’m giving you here or underneath my YouTube videos and other social media, you are supporting me and my family as Craft Stash is paying me a little commission for every time you are buy anything from the store by visiting it via one of my links, for which I’m very grateful as this helps me to support family and helps me to bring you more inspiration and videos.

❤️THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR STOPPING BY AND I’M WISHING YOU ALL A WONDERFUL DAY❤️

❤️HUGS. MARTA / DROP OF SUNSHINE❤️

EAT THAT FROG…

GOOD MORNING MY FRIENDS,

I HOPE YOU ALL ARE WELL.

Last night I’ve started the biggest job I could ever schedule for myself in my craft studio… This had to be done for so long but it’s been one of those jobs on which I was really procrastinating…


I BEEN KEEP SAYING TO MYSELF ALL SORTS OF EXCUSES BUT REALITY IS THAT I NEED TO FACE IT!! I REALLY DO!


This is so overdue and I need it more than anything else. For the past few weeks maybe even the last few months there’s been a significant change in my crafting journey. I literally feel like I’ve been swapped from an old crapy car into a brand new Porsche and now from going 5 mph, all of the sudden I’m on the full speed… I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities and started so many projects that I feel like I need to finally face my biggest issue in order to be able to move forward and to be able to deliver to all of these opportunities on the professional level as they all deserve it.

Some time ago I read a wonderful book called “Eat that Frog”, which was written by Brian Tracy. This is basically about facing your biggest, most important and usually most unwanted task first thing in the morning so the rest of your day will feel like a piece of cake.


You will ask what is my frog then???

Well as much as I do not want to admit it, it is the mess in my studio. And I know at this point things are so bad that this frog has become a giant toad!


For the past months, I’ve been trying to use every single second I had, whenever my son was sleeping or playing with his dad to create and craft leaving this tedious job of cleaning for another day and then without even noticing days become weeks, weeks become months and so on… Partially because as I’ve mentioned I’m a mum and most of my days are filled with time spent with my little favourite person in the world❤️ so whenever I have a minute to work in my studio I tend to choose actual creating over cleaning and organizing.


Stuff started to pilling up and in order to avoid this visual clutter most of them ended thrown in random drawers, wherever I had a little bit of space I quickly filled it up with clutter.


This is not a sustainable way at all!!!


But it was never my plan though… I just filled one of my drawers with random junk, leftover papers and whatever was on my desk at that point… so I could quickly sit down to crafting and create something before my son’s nap time will be over.


And then…. without me even realising it, all my drawers and shelves started filling with random goodies, which weren’t supposed to be there! it is like gaining a little weight… oh I’m not worrying, after all, it is just a pound or two… not a biggie! And one day you wake up two stone heavier (but that’s another frog I need to eat and I need to deal with it ASAP🙈)

The gauntlet has been thrown, so to speak. My beloved husband agreed to help me and from this Monday coming he took a week holiday from work to stay home with our son so I could finally reorganise my space to make it up to the professional level that I need it to be.


So what am I doing here? should I not be going over that stuff from one on my junky drawers? Well… I probably should. But I also know if I won’t take that 30 minutes to write this post and make myself accountable in front of you my friends, I may not complete my job and once this week will finish I will be in exactly the same position as I am today.

This is a real disaster! I feel like I’m starting to spinning around, as finding misplaced tools, ink pads or stamp sets takes way too much of my time and really stress me out. This is why I’ve decided to say to myself: “STOP MARTA!!! You can’t do what you do now…”


My plan is to use this week to clean up all my drawers and make sure all my items are having a home, dedicated space where they will be put back once no longer in use. I will try to document my progress and that way make myself accountable for completing this job, as I’ve already tried this several times without success. The last time it was just three months ago when we were moving houses and you would think why did you not do it back then? After all, that was a perfect opportunity to go over my stuff while packing…


Well, I really had a great start and took that time to sort my paper collections, which I’m happily reporting, that I’m managing to still keep in order after 3 months time. But then we had to give the keys to our house much quicker than we thought so to speed things up with removal, I ended up wrapping up all my drawers with kitchen foil and drove them from one place to another with all the clutter inside… and as much embarrassed is to admit few of them are still intact since the day we moved into the new house.


And here I will stop this post. I just finished my cup of coffee and time to get some work done! I hope you won’t find this blog post too long or too boring.

Lastly I will just quickly share with you my latest creation I’ve made to shout out about this fabulous deal at Craft Stash:

I hope you will enjoy my cards and if you would like to check this sale here is a link to it.

👉 https://tidd.ly/3w77o10

And just to let you know my friends, this is an affiliate link, which does not affect the price you are paying while making your purchase. By using one of those links I’m giving you here or underneath my YouTube videos and other social media, you are supporting me and my family as Craft Stash is paying me a little commission for every time you are buying anything from the store by visiting it via one of my links, for which I’m very grateful as this helps me to add to my family budget.

The sale codes are as follow:

❤️ Thank you so very much for visiting my blog. I’m wishing you all a fabulous day. ❤️

❤️ ❤️ ❤️ STAY BESSED. HUGS. MARTA ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

how I became a self-made designer…

My friends,

Today I’m sharing with you a quick story… it will be about one little girl who was always afraid to even try… and as you may guess this little girl is me…

For many years I had a dream in my heart that I wanted to become a full-time crafter designer and rather than keep my crafts a side hobby I dreamed of being able to do what I love and make enough of it to keep my bread on the table.

But having dreams is one thing. It turns out, that much harder one is to actually work on them. For many years I was only wondering in my head how lovely it would be to work as a full-time artist and create my own brand of crafty products… But besides the daydreaming there was no much action to follow and as you can guess no results either.

Years were flying by but nothing was changing. The actual breakthrough came with my son. My little precious baby boy who couldn’t even speak gives me the most valuable lesson.

While I was watching him it hit me with that obvious truth… he never doubts himself not even for a second. If he couldn’t raise his head up or grab a toy with his tiny fingers he would try over and over and over and over again until he finally made it. Me quite opposite… I talked myself out from almost every opportunity I was given. If there was a tiny little chance that I could fail on that this would prevail me from even trying.

This really hit me. Did I ever even try hard enough to have this standing to justify my complaints? Of course not! How come this is possible that this little baby got so much perseverance when I have so little of it. I honestly felt embarrassed… embarrassed that I’ve been bragging about how I cannot move forward when I’m not even trying hard, well… forget trying hard I’m not even trying at all. I’ve been dressing myself up with another layer of excuses: I don’t know how to do it, I don’t have the equipment, don’t know where to start, don’t know if anyone would be interested in it… and so on, so on…

This had to be changed!

Apart from my precious little baby the help come in from my lovely friends and crafty family over the Craft World, they showed me so much love and support that I finally had to say it to myself: “Marta if not now then when???”

One thing I learned over the years of my life is that time is never right. We could always use another hour, another day, another week, month, year or decade… but do we really have all this time? So for the very first time I’ve jumped straight into these deep waters…. and guess what? I didn’t get drowned. All my fears which were holding me back for many years turn out to be unfounded projections on my own overthinking process.

I did it!!! My friends, I did it!! And maybe that may not seems like a huge thing. And I may not reach the summit of Mount Everest, but I did it! I reject my fears and not only survived but start flourishing.

And yes…but creating a few designs I didn’t become a world well-known designer or founded my own paper company, which turned into a huge success… but what I did is mine and most importantly for myself I’ve opened the door which were locked for many years and once I put some lights on my fears they turned nothing but that bogeyman under the bed, which gives us freight but doesn’t really exist.

I hope my story will help those who are scared to start something they hold dearly in their hearts… If you are one of them my friend please please do not give up! Whatever spark God give you in your heart please follow that dream, find that inner child who has this powerful mindset of trying things until succeeded. I’m wishing you that with all my heart and praying for your determination, perseverance and prosperity in fulfilling your own dreams.

And here I wish to share with you the videos of my designs… I did 3 so far and I’m still learning but I love it and being able to create and share it with others is what really brings me the joy.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blog my friends and I hope it will encourage you to follow your own dreams. I’m not on the top of the mountain but I’ve made my first steps into this journey and this year for a change I’ve decided to jump into every opportunity I will be given… and so far I can say that in these quick five months period from when I’ve started designing I did and probably achieved more that over the past 9 years of my cardmaking adventure. Do I regret that I haven’t started earlier? I’m trying not to, however… Even that we try hard to not live in the “Regretland” I’m sure you all have the same thought in regards to your own decisions and things which you failed to even try. What if….? So to avoid that haunting question of “what if?”…. just let go of all that limiting believes and give yourself chance to try.

❤️ ❤️ ❤️I BELIEVE IN YOU MY FRIENDS!!! STAY BLESSED. HUGS. MARTA ❤️ ❤️ ❤️