• Holidays,  Life

    2022 Logan’s Candy Cane Tour Interest

    Hello friends, I hope this finds you well. Many of you know that for years, we’ve made it a tradition to enjoy Logan’s Candy Cane private tour. You can see more HERE and photos below. At this amazing place, you are able to watch and sample amazing fresh candy canes made, and experience this tummy tingling tradition. Not sure you’ve ever tasted such an amazing candy cane inyour life. They are such a wonderful family at Logans and they have become dear friends to us. They welcome us with open arms each and every year. I spoke with Jerry (‘the Candy Man’) and we are expecting another wonderful year. This…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Crafts,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Handcrafted Journals,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Be You-niquely You – Art Journaling Article

    It’s alway fun to see your art and words in print, this time in Art Journaling. Stampington & Company does an incredible job. Thank you to the amazing staff such as Amber, Christen and others! It’s humbling as well, sharing an issue with other amazing artists. I wrote this article with you in mind. Below are some peeks from a few of the pages. Know that you are amazing, unique, and one-of-a-kind. Looking to get your own version of Art Journaling, feel free to use the link HERE if you’d like to pick up a copy or you can find the issue at Joann’s, Barnes and Noble and other craft…

  • Art,  Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Holidays

    Artistic Christmas Gifts

    Recently I attended a boutique/craft fair and met the sweetest artist, Mindy Thompson. While she and I favor different mediums, we had plenty to talk about and chatted for quite some time. I’ve used resin (her medium of choice) on smaller scales for jewelry. To see her work on larger scales was so wonderful. I took some photos of her work (with her permission) and even bought a few things. I recently saw her at another boutique and she was probably one of the busiest booths. Her work is gorgeous, and prices are so reasonable for such unique pieces. She incorporates resin on platters, dishes, wood trays, coasters, shelves and…

  • Crafts,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Jewelry,  Mixed Media,  My Breast Cancer Journey

    Using your Gel Prints in Projects

    During this month of October, Gel Press is doing a fantastic print-a-long. Check out all the fun HERE. Different mediums, techniques, and substrates, this fun Print-a-long, is sure to inspire you. Gel Press shared a video today that I creaded using fabric as texture. What do you do with the prints? For me, all kinds of things, but in this case, I created a jewelry bezel with the print. The print adorns the inside of the resin bezel seen below. Of course I had to use some pink, as it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Additionally, I’ll be sharing some projects for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Gel Press ribbon…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Life,  Mixed Media,  My Breast Cancer Journey,  Thoughts,  Tutorials and How to's

    Pink Ribbon Pumpkins & Breast Cancer Awareness

    Each day is a gift! It has been nine years next month that I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I’m so thankful that I am here today. HERE is the original post and initial thoughts when I was diagnosed. Possibly it could encourage another. I’m forever grateful for the love and support of of family, friends, co-workers, the artist community, and more. So humbled and so grateful. Dear ones, can I please encourage you to make sure if it is time to get your annual check, you make that appointment or you do a self check. Men, encourage those ladies in your life, to get those checks. Some of you…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Mixed Media,  Tutorials and How to's

    Somerset Studio and Gel Printing

    I had the opportunity to share some gel prints and about my love for monoprinting with Gel Press plates in the latest edition of Somerset Studio. I’m so passionate about using my Gel Press plates to create one-of-a-kind art. I was excited that Stampington and Company also chose to use some of my prints for artists paper which can be torn out and used in your art. Here’s the first of a multi-page spread. If you’re interested in finding your own copy you can do so at Joann’s, Barnes and Noble or better yet . . . go straight to the source at Stampington and Company for this ISSUE. There…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Cards,  Crafts,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Life,  Mixed Media

    ICAD’s and Coming to a Close

    What in the world is an ICAD? Well you can find out more HERE and HERE. While I have about a week more to go on creating ICAD’s, I thought I’d share with you some views from the last couple weeks. How about you? What are you working on. I know some of you here have shared you’re participating as well. Yay. I really feel that creating on a regular basis is so beneficial. I post several of these and other art, prompts, thoughts, challenges and inspiration on my Instagram account if interested. You can find me HERE if you want to follow along. Oh how I love the creative…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Cards,  Creative,  Gel Press Creations,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Art Each Day Helps Stress Stay Away

    It’s proven that creating art helps to lower blood pressure and help stress. While it’s not 100%, creating does help! I’ve had stressors in my life recently and participating in the Index Card A Day challenge (ICAD) has helped me take even just a bit of time to create a small work of art. Most recently, below are some of the most current cards I created with lots ‘o texture. Interested in knowing more? Search #icad. I shared some from the first half HERE. It runs through the end of this month. I’m keeping up although it’s been challenging at times. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for art. Art sure helps save…

  • Art,  Crafts,  Creative,  Life,  Mixed Media

    ICAD What?

    If you’re a crafter and you hop on any social media platforms, you might notice the word ICAD? What in the world is an ICAD? Well, during June and July, a challenge takes place called ‘Index Card a Day.’ That’s what an ICAD is. The challenge? You create on an index card beginning June 1 and ending July 31. That is 61 artful index cards. So I’ve been sharing a few. While on vacation for two weeks in Minnesota, I had very limited supplies but managed to keep up some. It was fun challenging myself to create with just a few supplies. For a lot of my cards I did…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Artsy Adventures (Outings, Flea Marketing and More),  Crafts,  Creative,  Handcrafted Journals,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Not So Traditional Scrapbooking

    Art Journaling, the Flea Market & an Update

    Life has been busy recently with lots of ups and downs. We traveled to Minnesota where we explored waterfalls, visited dairy farms, cheese stores, a coffee shop in the woods near Duluth, held a memorial for my father in law, spent time with family, spent time at a lake house on Lake Minnetonka, and more. I also managed to get Bronchitis. Upon returning I lost a dear friend to cancer, attended a lovely wedding, and celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. It’s been a little wild. Whew. I don’t know about you all, but I love the adventure of attending a flea market.. Whether to stroll and just view the treasures…