Crafty TBT | Spring Poems Art Tag

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Spring Poems TagHappy Thursday!  On Thursdays I like to do a little thing I call Crafty Throw Back Thursday where I take a look back at a past project or tutorial.  It is a great way for you to see some older tutorials you may have missed or revisit one you may have forgotten about.   This week, I am throwing it back to April 2014. [Read more…]

Take Two | Choose to Shine Card

Choose to Shine Card tutorial by Tammy Tutterow | www.tammytutterow.comQuite a while back I had the notion to do a new category of posts called “Take Two”.  The idea was to do a second quick project based on the Tuesday Tutorial and share it later in the week.  The idea was to take the look, theme, or products from the Tuesday Tutorial and create something different with them.  I didn’t stick with it very long which is a shame because I think it was a really good idea.  Today I am bringing Take Two back and committing to challenge myself to make it a regular feature here.

Today’s Take Two is a quick card that shares the same basic products and theme as yesterday’s tutorial.  After I finished the tag I started thinking about how easy it would be to create a shadow with the stencil that matches the flower stamp (Coneflower by Wendy Vecchi, linked in supplies).  Since I love making backgrounds with Distress Inks that look like the sky I decided to create a nature scene for the flower and try out the idea of creating a shadow with the stencil.

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Tutorial | Leave a Little Sparkle

Leave a little Sparkle Art Tag by Tammy Tutterow | www.tammytutterow.comThis week when I went to my art table to create I had a heavy heart.  Someone very close to me had a life crisis that knocked her to her knees.  She felt broken beyond repair.  I know that feeling.  Sadly, I think we all experience that paint at one time or another in life.  If you have never have a crisis that has brought you down to your knees,  you should take a moment and give thanks.  There is nothing worse than being lost in despair, not knowing how you will survive to the next moment.  My heart ached for her, wishing I could say something, anything to make it better, something that would restore her hope.  I simply didn’t have words to make it better.  I turned to art, it always knows how to speak for me when words fail.

When I started making this tag with her on my heart, all I could think of was butterflies.  How easy it is to forget in a moment of despair that we all have wings.  We can all rise above.  We can all defy what seems impossible and hopeless and soar above it.  It may sound cliché to say “don’t forget you have wings” but I think the thought of it is beautiful, empowering, and hopeful.

When it came time to add the sentiment to the tag, I had planned on something about remembering to use your wings or rising above until I saw this quote on in the Small Talk set, “Leave a little sparkle wherever you go”.  This person, she is a kind, loving, and caring person.  She has touched lives all around her.  In her moment of crisis, the outpouring of love from those she has touched has been tremendous.  The sparkle she left on others has returned 10 fold to her in her time of need.  Isn’t that a lovely way to think about what we leave behind on others, “sparkle”?  We never know when or how, but someday the sparkle we leave will return to us and be just what we need to carry us through.  Leave a little sparkle my friends. <3

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Quotes for Art | March 22

Quotes for Art | www.tammytutterow.com | Keep your face always toward the sunshine and shadows will always fall behind you. -Walt Whitman

Quotes and great phrases often inspire my art. Sometimes the quote comes first, and sometimes it is the art that puts me on a search for just the right words. Either way, I love including the words of others in my art, letting their words capture the message in the art I make or using it to add meaning to the art. If you are like me and love great words, I hope you will enjoy the week’s selection of Quotes for Art. I hope they inspire you as you carve out time to create art in the coming week.

Quotes for Art | www.tammytutterow.com | Being deeply loved by someone give you strenghth. While loving someone deeply gives you courage. -Lao Tzu

Quotes for Art | www.tammytutterow.com | Keep knocking and the joy inside you will eventually open a window and look out to see who's there. -Rumi

Quotes for Art | www.tammytutterow.com | Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. -Lao Tzu

If you love great quotes you might enjoy my Pinterest board that is all about quotes. Find it here: Tammy Tutterow Quotes for Art on Pinterest.

You can also find a gallery of all of my Quotes for Art graphics here: Tammy Tutterow Quotes for Art.

And here are two of my favorite sites for finding quotes: Brainy Quote and Good Reads Quotes.

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PS. If you have a favorite quote you would like to share, please feel free to add it to the comments below. I would love to add it to the collection here!

Crafty TBT | Happiness Is…

Tammy Tutterow Tutorial | Happiness Is... tag

Happy Thursday!  On Thursdays I like to do a little thing I call Crafty Throw Back Thursday where I take a look back at a past project or tutorial.  It is a great way for you to see some older tutorials you may have missed or revisit one you may have forgotten about.   This week, I am throwing it back to April 2014. [Read more…]