• Art,  Art Journaling,  Faith,  Life,  Mixed Media

    A Successful Life and Relationships

    Recently I was reading a newsletter that was talking about successful tips on retirement. They were such great practical tips, not only for retirement, but for life and relationships. I definitely thought they were worth repeating. I added the first one and expanded a little on some points. Smile – it’s free and understood in every language. Be of service to others. There is a million and one ways to get connected in your community and even in your neighborhood. Is there a senior that needs errands done or something picked up from the grocery store? How about helping out a friend and driving them to an appointment. Volunteering at…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Gel Press Creations,  Handcrafted Journals,  Mixed Media

    A Daily Creative Practice – ICADs * Part One

    Life has been so busy for me the last couple of months. We’ve had some major life changes take place and time has been little for creative things. But I was challenged to do the Index Card A Day prompt. These itty bitty pieces of art take just a spot of time. You can keep a daily creative practice, without having a big commitment of time. I thought I’d share with you some highlights of my ICADs thus far. It’s a total of 61 cards between the months of June and July. I painted my rolodex pink a couple years ago, and have participated now for a couple of years.…

  • Art,  Art Journaling,  Creative,  Handcrafted Journals,  Mixed Media

    When do you Feel the Most Freedom?

    I’d like to ask you to consider, ‘when do you feel the most free?’ For me, there are three major time I feel the most freedom; when I’m creating, when I’m enjoying nature, and when I’m singing praises of worship. What are your top three? I think when I’m creating, time seems to slip by. I also feel like I’m in the present moment. When I’m creating, I’m not thinking about things that need to get done, or concerned about the future . . . I’m just in the moment creating something with my hands and heart. Below are some recent art journaling pages that I’ve created. Note that these…

  • 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…

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    Clearly Transparent in Art and Life

    I love using transparent items in my art journal. They offer a unique and fun element throughout the pages of an art journal. Transparency provides layers you can see. Some clear items you can include in your art journal; Print on saran wrap with acrylic paint Use clear post it tabs Keep packaging that’s clear and colorful. Use it to add surprising bits and pieces. Use your gel plate to print on a transparency Just as in art, being transparent in life has great benefits. While it’s important to have healthy boundaries when ‘putting yourself out there,’ there are so many benefits for those sharing and those listening. Being transparent…

  • 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…

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    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…

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    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…