Life

Thoughts on Life, Faith, Everyday Moments, and More.

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Gel Press Creations,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Got Five Minutes?

    Just five minutes? The Ugly Art Club (TUAC) hosted by the fun Tiffany Goff Smith, Kristin Petersen, and DeeDee Cantron, offers a five-minute challenge to create and promote a daily habit of creativity. It’s a blast. Any medium. While I’ve had a lot taking place at work and home and haven’t been able to take those five minutes a day. But that doesn’t stop me from trying when I can. I find it so therapeutic. Feel free to follow the TUAC on Instagram HERE and follow along. Hopefully we follow one another on Instagram as well. Create along with me HERE. Here was my couple of takes thus far .…

  • Life,  The Homestead,  Thoughts

    Hope for the Holidays

    For me and mine, we celebrate Christmas during this holiday season. It’s a time of hope, comfort and joy. Even with loss and challenge, we still find the joy in the season because of all that it represents. You may celebrate the season differently. Whatever the holiday season looks like for you, know you’re thought of and cared for. For us it’s been quiet and different. We’ve had some healing to do and are laying low. But nonetheless, we pray we’ve been able to share some joy to others, and know we have experienced great blessing ourselves. I’d like to leave you with a little encouragement especially if this year…

  • 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…

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    Creative,  Life,  Thoughts

    Turn Up the Music

    Creativity is an amazing commodity in today’s world. I worked with a fellow artist for many years who helped forge a break through in fighting cancer. You see, science and math are not the only things that can help ‘find a cure’ or develop the next amazing invention. ‘Out of the box’ thinkers and Creatives also play a key role in solving problems or developing something that will enhance our lives. We all play a role. Some of us are mathematians, others artists, still others are good with fixing things. If you’re like me, I’m not a great mathematian, however I am creative. Like I shared, creativity has great value…

  • Art Journaling,  Gel Press Creations,  Life,  Mixed Media

    Mixed Media Favorite Resources

    Oh how I loved to combine, make old things new, and jazz up my art journaling pages. I thought I’d share a post about just a few of my favorite Mixed Media Resources. Be prepared to be enabled. Gel Press – mono printing at it’s best, these tools create one of a kind prints to frame, use in art journals, on cards, and more. Can purchase at Gelpress.com or at Joggles.com Stampington and Company – several inspiring publications that are sure to spark ideas and to view the amazing work of Creatives. UmWowStudio – Dee Dee Cantron has some amazing fun goods you can purchase at the UmWowStudio. They are…

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

    Life & Art

    Life can get busy. This month has been no exception with work, celebrations, living, caring for yourself, and more . . . time can fly. Art is definitely therapy for me when facing the stressors of life. Well, here we are at the end of the month of August. I thought I’d share a very brief recap. A group of ladies attended our annual Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach for our annual outing. It was fantastic this year and one of my favorite so far! Here are some highlights as to some art I’ve created in August. Is there a message that speaks to you? How are you…

  • 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,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Faith,  Handcrafted Journals,  Life,  Mixed Media,  Thoughts

    Purpose – An Art Journal Spread

    Recently I spent some time in my art journal and created this odd but fun spread with dinosaurs. The title that came to me was from a sticker and it says, ‘Found himself in a strange land.’ It just reminded me that sometimes I do find myself in odd places in my life but there is still purpose in those times and circumstances. Maybe those unusual challenging times stretch and grow us, or possibly they make us more grateful. Those strange times and events may be taking place so that we can help someone walk on this journey called life, or maybe in turn, they are encouraging us. I want…