Sunday, March 22, 2015

Graphic 45 Design Team Audition 2015

For many years I have soooo desired to be a part of Graphic 45's Design this year I decided to be brave enough to audition!  :)  For years my husband and I have been through a whole lot getting qualified to foster to adopt our now adopted little girl.  It was a lot of hard work and all my arts and crafts have had to be on the back burner while we did everything we could to help our little girl have her forever home.
I did a lot of little projects and mainly worked in my handmade art journals the last 3 years as it wasn't easy to do my larger projects that I was used to but now that things have become more settled I felt it is time for me to continue on my art journey and work towards my personal dreams and goals.
One of my dreams and goals is to be a part of my most favorite company...Graphic 45!!  So this blog post is my official audition and below are some projects both current and the past to demonstrate my strengths and the variety of what I am capable of creating!  I have been creative all my life but began scrapbooking/stamping and card making for at least 20 years.  I even dabbled in Digital Scrapbook designing and still enjoy digital design but my first joy is in creating with my own hands and so around 2007 I began painting again and that led me to mixed-media art.
I am so excited about the idea of being a part of Graphic 45's Design Team and I would love to create so many amazing mixed-media art projects, scrapbook layouts and cards with G45!  Most of my work below is Mixed-Media Art...I pray my work is unique enough to gain a spot in the Graphic 45 Design Team!  Cre8tvlyYrs, Gina  :)




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Time for me to "Just Bloom" with my Art Business!!

Hello all my Family & Friends!  I have been praying for years for the Lord to lead and guide me on how to help our household with earning an income with what Creative and Artistic talents he gave me...especially because I have many private/health issues I deal with and now even more with having a very special little girl as our daughter now that I really need to be here for.

I feel the Lord has finally brought me to a place of understanding and led me to some very wonderful teachings about this.  The teaching I recently received was from Rich Mom, Renae Christine that just blew my mind!  I realized why I have been struggling with my Art/Creative Business and feel happy  to finally have that missing piece of the puzzle I have been looking for!  I am so excited because I know that I could do what she taught and can't wait to see the successful results from this information!!

So there a few main things I need to do to get things rolling...the first is to create an awesome business plan (I created a rough draft but I want to really paint a picture of it!!)  I also need to create and get me some business cards finally printed!!  I also have a dear friend who once told me I need to make T-shirts with my art and name on them so I'll be doing that ;)  Also, I need to create my "Base Product Line" which I will launch as soon as I get those completed...I am going to take great care in my selection process as well as continue to ask for the Lord's guidance as I need these "Base Product Line" Products to be what I feel best represents me as an artist/crafter/woman of God!

Meanwhile as I am getting all those 'business matters' put together...I also will be continuing my process videos for my YouTube channel as well as some exciting new Workshop Tutorial Videos for His Kingdom Come!  So you could see the Lord has definitely led me to where there are many open doors and he is raining down on me all kinds of ideas and keeping my creativity all brilliant with that sparkly rainbow colored rain to keep my creative flow from drying up!!  Love it, love it, LOVE it!!

Cre8tvlyYrs in Christ!!  Gina


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Hope with Purpose!

Hello Friends!  Boy have I been busy...the month of February is just as busy for me gift wise as the month of December because I have a birthday almost every day from my dad's to mine to my little girls and my brother and more!!  So I hadn't been able to produce the workshops I was hoping to have done by now except for the one for the photo I posted above called "Lovely Layers" but I'm most likely going to post the sale for that workshop on my etsy shop.  There are 2 more that I really need to focus on this month though for His Kingdom Come and more exciting things to come over there! 
I have so many changes I need to work on for my Art and Creative Business to be taken more seriously.  I just discovered that I've been running my business on the "Hope" marketing system and although I will never give up on "Hope" completely I realized that I need to set up a more purposeful business plan...because unfortunately "hoping" people will buy my artwork is not feeding my family or paying any bills!!  I am very excited that I've discovered this and fully believe this will bring an end to our little family's "just getting by" lifestyle...I believe that the Lord told me he wanted me to be brilliant this year for a reason!!
You see what happens to me is that I go through phases:  I get motivated and have this strong faith inside of me that I can not explain and I know that I know I am on the right path...I get so full of ideas I can hardly keep up!  I believe this is when the Lord is "downloading" wisdom and the know how to create all my ideas and I'll be going with the flow.  Then comes the part to sell my artwork and whatever else I've been creating and I'll flop or I guess you can say that's when I let down my defenses and all the negative thoughts and self doubt hit me and this hits me hard.  I do bounce back quicker than before but I'm at the point that I realize I can't allow this thinking in my life...our household needs me to have a steady income coming in from this business...especially now that we have a little girl.

So let me tell you how I discovered what I've been doing wrong all this time...I began by looking at YouTube videos and came across a few by Marie Forleo really spoke to me the most (I'm sharing the link in case anyone's interested)  Building a Business from the inside out  so much of what she said was exactly what I was unknowingly struggling with.  The part that spoke to me the most though is when she spoke about creating a "Painted Picture" - so that's what I need to get working on as I really believe that this will make a difference!  I will be documenting more of this as I go along with implementing what I've learned and as I continue to learn.

I also realize that the Lord gave me the gifts he gave me to share with others...not to hide them!  Soooo keep an eye out world...this child of God will now be sharing the Light of God's love in my heart through everything I create by visual arts, written works, and even using my vocals!
Praising the Lord and Cre8tvlyYrs, Gina :)

P.S.  I have still been busy creating...check out my YouTube channel for my process videos where I share my projects!  Don't forget to thumbs up and subscribe too!  Thanks!  :)