Seeing with new eyes


I set out this last week to document what I am grateful for, In this little town in Ohio. In the process I had a moment of clarity and a profound shift in my heart. I began to see with new eyes the beauty all around me. I often have to take the first steps, to take action, to make the gratitude list … and then the heart will follow… The heart will always follow if I allow it. If I don’t have my heels dug in… The change happens when I am tender and open. Do you need to find the beauty around you…. it’s there I promise…just be open.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration Video!


The Original is available HERE

Print on wood HERE

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You can grab the free sketch of the Window HERE


Pictures of my town through new eyes,,, as I drove around, it felt magical almost… and I knew that searching with a heart of gratitude would most certainly make a difference. In a moment when I desperately needed to find a connection with this place that I’m living in and to finally be able to call it home, my heart broke and I began to see the beauty…


Little pop up farm stands every few houses. It feels like I’ve stepped back in time.


Sunflower field around the corner from my house


Where we go kayaking


Huntington Beach, Lake Erie just minutes from the house


Our walk


Main street. flags hanging from the light poles and depending on the season the light poles are decorated.



Have a great week!

Be Inspired, Create and know that you are loved!



I took a trip to Phoenix this last week. I needed to go back home or so I thought. I felt unsettled when I got there, I felt that this wasn’t home anymore. I felt like no place felt like home. Ohio, phoenix neither were familiar. And then I had a moment when everything came together and there was peace within. It didn’t happen until I was on my way back to Ohio. Putting this piece together was truly putting the pieces together in my own journey. I share more about it at the end of the video.

I hope your enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video.

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This Original is available HERE

Supplies Used: 8×8 mdf board, vintage papers, matte medium, gesso, acrylic paint in blues, black, raw umber and burnt umber, glazing medium, vintage bird, birds, birds, birds stencil and Garden stencil


I am cleaning out old Originals…. some have been around toooo long, the first ones will be FREE!!!  I will even pay the shipping, and then the others will be anywhere from 10.00 to 20.00. Such a bargain!!! great for gift or to spruce up your home for the holidays.


I will be offering them on instagram follow me @artgirl38 and my business facebook page

I will offer several pieces each day. So if you see something get it fast.

So lets get started right now. This is free…. 100% free, I pay the shipping!


Those who give will know joy 10×8 Original on wood. FREE!


Trust Butterfly 8×8 Original on wood FREE!

Happy Sunday,

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

The time is now… grungy goodness


The quote that I originally was going to use, seemed a little dark or depressing… it was “Don’t die with your song still in you” so I opted for, now is the time to fly… as in don’t wait another day. Life has a way of stalling our plans. Some times it is necessary to pause, to care for children or parents or a miriad off other things that take our time and our passion. Mostly good things and some bad things. But setting all of that aside, I find myself thing about the time I have left on earth and all the things that I still want to do… and a passion to go get them. I just wanted to encourage you today to unearth the plans that you made or take the dreams down off that shelf and take small but passionate steps in the right direction. Now is the time to fly!

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video.

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This Piece is available HERE

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What is a quickie tutorial…? It is a quick, real time video to go deeper in technique, to go over my thought process when putting a piece together, finishing and background details. Anything that will help you create.

In the Quickie tutorial for this piece I go over how to approach the background texture, the best way to apply the paint for cracks, glazing, texture on the foreground and you will also receive two pages for collage that has the clock, butterfly and background ledger page.




This is the stencil I used in this piece. You can get it HERE

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Be Inspired, Create and know that you are loved! Oh and Fly!


A surprise ending and New Beginnings


New Beginnings happen everyday…. We wake up in the morning with the opportunity to start a new. A clean slate, to let go of yesterday and approach the new day with excitement. This piece was the perfect example of new beginnings. Once I finished the first piece… I wasn’t happy with it… it wasn’t what I had in my head… it wasn’t the idea of where I wanted to go with this piece… just like life can be. I know for me there was a day when I woke up as said, “is this my life? How did I get here.” My life is continually about new beginnings. My life is amazing but each new day is a chance to learn and grow.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration Video

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This is the collage pak for this piece: you can get it HERE

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Stencils used: Vintage quatrefoil, backgrounds 2, scribbles, get them HERE



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Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!


Love lives within


I love it when an idea that has been on my heart and rolling around in my head comes together and has a beautiful meaning. I have had this idea in my head for a while and wanted to search my heart for the meaning and it all came together this week. I am a believer of taking care of taking your soul.  I hope you love the project and the message. I LOVE how this turned out!!!

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video




Supplies used: Matte Medium, 8×18 mdf board, collage pak papers, acrylics, hose handle,  and escutcheon plate from Michaels, Time Holtz distress crayons, charcoal pencil.

You can take a look at all the collage paks HERE

This piece is also available to purchase HERE

Take some time today to make the repairs, clean out the clutter (bad tapes) and do what  you need to do to take care of your soul. Turn the lock to keep out those that don’t nourish you.

Be Inspired, create and Always know that you are loved!


Finding Peace


Boy of boy what a week…. I had the flu, orders…. the admin side of my business needed attending to… getting ready for a show… it was chaos…. and I had no inspiration to create this week. I was wearing too many hats and could not find anything that inspired me. I had to shut out all the noise in my head and in my house and find my peace in my journal page.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video.

Supplies used: Acrylic paint, gesso, 9×12 journal, modeling paste, vintage paper from collage paks, cheese cloth , ink stained papertowel. Stencils: damask duo, round about, garden, old text font

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Stencils used: get stencils HERE

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This last week in case you missed it. I was up on the Deco Art Mixed Media Blog, sharing how I made this fun little journal page. See it HERE


I was also a guest artist for Find out Fridays on Donna Downey’s blog.

I am truly honored to be in this group of world renown artists. We are given a box of materials, and create with it. Each month are different materials with different artist. I hope you can check it out HERE


Be Inspired, create and know that you are loved!


Beautiful things Sunday Inspiration


I was reading Glennon Doyle Meltons new book this week, Love Warrior and it is a brave, vulnerable story. It resonated with me in so many ways. A memoir of a women’s journey trying to find her worth and beauty in a world that tells us what we should be and look like.  In one particular part of the book she was trying to explain being beautiful to her girls and she said “Beautiful means being full of beauty”, so we have to fill our hearts with beautiful things and that is what beautiful is” Yes! Yes! Yes! Tears just rolled down my checks…  Beauty starts on the inside…. and radiates out…. So let’s allll fill our hearts with beautiful things!

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video!

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This original is available HERE

Supplies Used: 10×8 Mdf board, collage pak for this video, Liquitex modeling paste,  Wildfower 3 stencil, charcoal pencil, oil pastels, coffee grounds, walnut ink and burnt umber for drips

Collage pak for this piece: get it HERE

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This is the Stencil I used: Wildflower 3 get it HERE


Have a great Sunday, Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!

labor day sale and Beautiful Scars


Beautiful Scars

This weeks inspiration caught me off guard. I had a plan for something completely different, and then I read it…. the email that I read over and over and cried.

I have been part of Marie Forleo’s community for over ten years. She is a business coach and inspiration to me.

Her email started by quoting Chris Cleave from his book “Little Bee”

I will not share the whole email but I hope that you will read this a few times and let it soak in. THIS IS THE GOOD STUFF!

here goes……

“Please agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must see all scars as beauty. Okay? Because a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived!……… Chris Cleave “

Marie goes on to say…..

How many of us believe that our shortcomings and scars – whatever form they might take- make us weak, ugly and unworthy? How many of us feel a sense of shame over our perceived flaws, failings and imperfections?

The truth is, none of us are without scars. None of us are without flaws.

But embracing our scars, is the path to a fully lived life.

Our scars build strength. Our scars cultivate courage. Our scars deepen our compassion and widen our hearts to make space to comfort others.

Whatever your scars may be, know that they don’t diminish you one bit. They don’t make you less. They don’t make you damaged goods.


So let’s make a pact right now, that our scars are never ugly.

Our scars mean we’re alive!! (Marie Forleo)


Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video.

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This original is available HERE

Supplies Used:  8×8 mdf board, acrylic paints, paper doily, items from collage paks, Walnut ink, my Stencils- background 2 and numbers, Sealer


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Today and Monday only

Everything in the shop is 20% off, prints, prints on wood, workshops, collage paks, stencils, online workshops… everything!  Have fun shopping.

Hope your long weekend is great!

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved.



Sometimes things don’t go the way we planned…. Thant’s the story of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In the moment I’m not so thrilled, and I might throw a little tantrum…. but by now I have learned that my best growth happens in these moments. I know that something beautiful is going to happen.

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Collage pak for this piece: Get it here.

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Stencils used: get them HERE

Damask Duo

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Wildflower 2

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Be Inspired, Create and know that you are loved!


Something Different, be still and thank you!


I am beyond grateful for this last Birthday week. You are amazing! At one point there were so many in the shop that things just stopped working…. I had a little panic moment and then spent 45 minutes with the tech guys and we got it fixed.. whew! Anyway….. All orders that came in during the Birthday week sales are in the mail! Again thank you from the bottom of my heart!

This weeks Sunday Inspiration was fun and something that I have been wanting to try… I need a little bit more practice and time than and I this week, but I really do love how she turned out and plan on experimenting more.

As I started creating,  I asked myself as I always do, what I need to feel, hear or learn this week. And she came…. a woman that needs to be still for a bit and take care to create a peaceful heart.

I hope you get a chance to be still and recharge and invest in yourself for a bit this weekend.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video!




Be Inspired, Create and Know that you are loved!


50% off all Original the grande Finale!


Today is the last day of a fantastic week of giveaways. Today is no exception!

Because of all the server issues yesterday I am extending the 40% off on workshops use code: workshop2016 and for 50% off on all originals use coupon code: original2016


Free…..These two prints on wood… “Release” and “You are loved”

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Free…. These four Originals “Beautifully Broken” and “Freedom Let it go” and “Journey Butterfly”

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Free Instant download “Believe that your dreams can happen”

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Free collage pak get it HERE

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These two Originals are 60% off You make a difference and love always wins

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This has been a great week and lots of you got some really great deals! I am as always so grateful for you and that you are sharing this journey with me.

Be inspired, Create and know that you are loved.

40% off all Online Workshops, free originals and so much more



These two Originals are free today

Unfurl 8×8 and Hope Butterfly 8×8




5 Free Beyond the basics Workshops

I will have 5 of the first workshop in this series available free today! Get it HERE



1 Be kind 365 free 8×8 print on wood

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Unlimited Be brave 365 free 8×8 instant download

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These two Originals are 60% off today only $20.00

Get the discounted Originals HERE

Beautiful and Strong 8×8


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Tomorrow is our last day of this amazing Birthday Celebration… It is the grand finale where I will have more free and discounted items annnnd……..

All Originals will be 50% off. I am in the process of adding new into the shop so be ready to get some original art at amazing prices!!!

Thank you for sharing this journey with me

Be inspired, Create and know that you are loved!