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Friday, July 3

Every Morning

In honor of the weekend, I thought I'd share another video I created using my Art Gone Wild clear stamps. You can see PDF with the 3 paisley designs in this Early 2014 Catalog by following this link: Art Gone Wild


THANKS for visiting, I hope you have a SAFE and Happy 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 1

Sharing some Gorgeous Work

Hello friends! Today I thought I'd take a time-out from the video sharing, (don't worry though because I have another one for Friday) and share these amazing creations that were shared with me.

I recently joined a Facebook Group called stamping enablers and was immediately blown away by the way one of the other members used my stamps. The coloring and artistry with which she made two cards is amazing.



I don't think she has a blog, but you can follow her on Pinterest, here.


I feel so honored that she did such a wonderful job creating with my stamp designs.


Thank you Mayela and thank you all for visiting! Have a great day and I'll see you back here in a few days for another video!

Monday, June 29

Funky Flower Stamp and Glad Press n' Seal

I always struggle with creating an art journal page that I love, and working on others without totally messing up that OTHER page I love. Here's how I protect the pages in my journal as I work on new ones ..... oh and another journal page using my Art Gone Wild stamps.


This one is Funky Flowers from my very first stamp release back in 2013. I love this stamp!

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful week!

Friday, June 26

What to do with all that LEFTOVER Paint?

Don't waste it! Today I thought I'd share some inspiration with you...oh and this technique is great for breaking out of a creative rut!


Have a wonderful day, thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, June 23

Finishing up an Art Journal Page with Color

Goodness, I'm so far behind. I have 3 videos in the cue to share, here's one of them! I can't believe I forgot to share this with you, anyway here it is!


Join me as a finish up my Risk Art Journal Page. Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Wednesday, June 10

Make your Own Shimmer Brushes

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to share how I used the DecoArt Shimmer Misters in a water brush to paint the background of this page in my Positivity Journal.


Have a great day, I'll be back before you know it and show you how I will finish up this page! Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, June 4

Workshop Freedom

My friend Cheryl Boglioli came to Maine and Merrymeeting Art House at the beginning of May bringing with her an amazing class that she taught on her East Coast trip with Glinda, her vintage trailer. I was lucky enough to have time and the room in the studio to play along -- and I thought I'd share my process.



First, Cheryl and I painted our base canvases, and then we swapped. The canvas above is the one that she painted and the canvas below that Cheryl is holding up is the one I painted. It was scary and FUN to swap canvases with her, I'd do it again.


After the base color we added collage bits. Love that little man from a vintage book.


More layers, gesso, modeling paste and pencil scratches.



Tomorrow is a new day, for sure.


This is where my painting left off at the end of the day. Definitely different from the others, but totally me.


I love the FREEDOM that taking classes offers. The ability to explore the technique and mediums while keeping true to my own style makes me happy and wanting to learn and experience more.

Here's a shot of three of us and our paintings that I snagged from Cheryl's Facebook Page.


Each painting is so different, but we were all super happy painters! Thanks for dropping by today, have a GREAT weekend!

Monday, June 1

Make your Own Positivity Journal

Thought I'd share a little video I created on How To Make your Own Positivity Journal using a Wire Bound Journal.


You can use other journals, but I really love taking the coil apart and being able to stamp perfectly on one page with no bulk or spine in the way.

You can see the sample page I shared below! I used a water-based marker and blended the color with a water brush to color in the design.


Once you have stamped on all the pages, you will re-assemble the journal and crimp the coil back together using your Cinch or Bind-it-All Machine. If you don't have one of those, you can carefully pinch the coil back together so it looks like it did before you took it apart.

I usually stamp all the pages over the course of a few days and then put the journal together on the coil. It's a great thing to carry around with me so I have something to color and fill in time while I am waiting for my son to finish his school and band activities. 

The supplies I used to create this page were:

Thursday, May 14

DecoArt® Media Fluid Acrylic Demo

Hey friends, sorry for the long absence. As things on this end get busier and busier I find it hard to find time to do what I love, which is blog. As a little get back in the routine, I thought I'd share this little video I created using DecoArt® Media Fluid Acrylic Paints, which I love!

Enjoy, and have a GREAT day!



  • Visit Art Gone Wild to see the catalog this stamp set came from: http://www.agwstamps.com/ It's the catalog with the bird on it. 
  • Visit DecoArt® Fluid Acrylics to see all the gorgeous colors they have: http://decoart.com/mixedmedia/fluid-acrylics
  • Visit Ranger for the Archival Ink pads: http://rangerink.com/?product=archival%E2%84%A2-3-jumbo-pads-2
Thanks for dropping by today, have a colorful day!

Monday, April 6

My Artful Life Planner -- April Pages

Well, it certainly looks like Spring has finally sprung around here -- we had some lovely weather over the weekend with warm temps and a bit of sun. It was so welcomed as I was about to lose my mind with the cold and snow! At this point if it snows again it will melt quickly due to the longer and WARMER days.

It's also that time of the month -- where I join Tina Walker (A Dog's Life) to share our completed pages from My Artful Life Planner with you.

For this page, I thought I'd do a little step by step -- so you can see my process. For this page I used mostly DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics -- and I am totally in love with them. I did supplement the color with some Color Burst Watercolor Pigment from Ken Oliver, which I also love.


For the blank page that is included in the planner,  I colored this page that I had prepared in February. I used a a real mixed bag of mediums on this one: colored pencil, watercolor, fluid acrylics, a gold gel pen and my trusty and beloved Tombow Dual Tip Brush Markers.    


I started out with Cerulean Blue Fluid Acrylic and watered it down to paint the background.


Color Burst Orange added a nice pop of color. 


And then back to the Fluid Acrylic, I just love this green color. 


Sakura Gelly Pens are perfect for a spot of opaque color. 


Next up, Purple Color Burst.


And finally some yellow fluid acrylic, with final touches of gold with a Uni-Ball Pen.


 And that's it -- coloring the pages is simple and fun - and depending on the medium you use -- very transportable!


I also added a tip in (page on the left below) and prepped the next grid page for April. I attach the tip-in pages with a patterned scotch washi on the outside and invisible tape on the inside. I like adding them as they give me a place to use like a notebook and I can hide notes etc that I don't necessarily want people to see if I'm sharing it.


Thanks so much for stopping by, have a lovely week and see you next month! Check out Tina's pages here, on her newly designed website:


Friday, April 3

Birthday Wishes

My sweet friend Kathie DeLuca sent me these pictures this week of a card she made using my Fall Release of Stamps with Art Gone Wild, and I just have to take a minute to gush about how gorgeous it is.

I love it so much.


She used the Clematis Cling Rubber Stamp (AGC2-2742) and embossed the design with clear embossing powder and then went to town watercoloring the background and flowers. 

To give the flowers some dimension and gloss she added some Glossy Accents to the petals.


A little twine, a sentiment and some ink and this is an amazing and gorgeous card. 


Thank you sweet friend for sharing this with me, and how you created it. It's lovely! Check out Kathie's blog here, Kooky DeLucy!

Thanks for dropping by, have a lovely weekend and a HAPPY Easter with your friends and family!

Monday, March 30

Ideas that won't go away!

Have you ever had an idea that you just can't stop thinking about? I have, and I find it maddening until I get the time, the technique or the supplies to work it out.


Right now I'm trying to figure out how to poster print an image from Photoshop and frankly, I'm struggling. And the idea that I need the image for -- it's just burning my brain out -- a regular old creative storm -- until I can get the darn image printed so I can go forward. I need to get this thing figured out so I can see if my idea will work.

PS. the image on this page has nothing to do with poster printing, but I had to keep you guessing. THANKS for dropping by, have a great day....and if you have any suggestions for printing -- please let me know.

Saturday, March 28

You Are Loved

Sharing another journal page where I combined my stamps with a Tamara LaPorte stencil to create a unique and colorful page. This stamp is from the Art Gone Wild Winter, 2015 Release -- you can find the daisy stamp here, in my Etsy shop.


To create this page I stamped the daisy cling rubber stamp 2 times, but at different heights and added color with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and a few tiny details with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

The Tamara Laporte stencils are so lovely to incorporate on a journal page. I think I need to practice my cursive!

Have a great day, thanks for dropping by.

Thursday, March 26

Before and After

I love to share my work on Instagram -- but don't always find the time to share it here, so today I thought I would.

This page started out with some stamped designs from my Late 2014 Stamp Release with Art Gone Wild on the bottom of the page, I used black Archival Ink and stamped the flower stamp 2 times across the bottom, changing the angle each time. (click on the link to see the set I used in my Etsy shop.)


I drew in some leaves and border lines to connect the elements and frame the page and added some journaling with my funky lettering style. The word "beautiful" at the top of the page started out with an Artist Cellar stencil from Tamara Laporte that I traced with a pencil and then connected the letters with a marker. 


For color I used a combination of colored pencils and Tombow Dual Tipped Brush Markers and a final touch was to add some shadowing to the letters with a platinum grey pen, and voila -- completed page. Super easy and very relaxing to work on while watching TV.

THANKS for dropping by today, have a great day!

Tuesday, March 24

Thinking of Spring


I had a fun couple in the studio last weekend for a watercolor painting class and this was the little samples I painted -- and it reminded me how much I love to paint. Wish I spent more time making sweet sketches like this!

Happy day, hopefully spring will be here soon.