Birthday week begins and choosing love Sunday inspiration

There is so much happening in the world. So much division.

My prayer most days is that we would love more. That we would live with compassion and understanding.

That we would choose love over hate, courage over fear and joy over despair.

I know that my thoughts are simple and that what’s happening in our nation is more complicated than that, however if we could heal our bitterness, our insecurities and our loneliness things would change. If we worked on our own souls, learn to forgive ourselves and others and wrap that with love… we could have a little more peace.

I just keep saying over and over.

Love over hate

courage over fear

joy over despair

Enjoy your Sunday inspiration video


Supplies Listed: 8×10 mdf board, collage pak from 11-13-17, Deco Art media fluid acrylic, Americana acrylic paint, brayer, charcoal pencil, vintage quatrefoil stencil

Crash the stash this week was fun, fun you can see it HERE

More live video and I finished the first paint the quote challenge you can see it HERE ant join

Today starts my 6th annual birthday week celebration and sale. TODAY select stencils are only $5.50! Get them HERE
Collage paks and mdf boards are 25% off, originals 50%off and prints on wood 40%off. Freebies everyday including free originals and prints and maybe a stencil or two. Instagram and facebook giveaways. So Check HERE daily to find out what’s new and free for the day!
 I do all of this to say thank you for sharing the journey with me!
Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!



It’s a Celebration!…. this is perfect for birthday week!

I thought this was perfect for the start of
my birthday week!  This really makes me happy, I’m not sure if it’s the colors or the lovely grungy background that I got with the brayer or the colors in the papers that I pulled from the stash. It just all works and has a happy tone.

Enjoy your Crash the stash video


Supplies Used: Canson mixed media journal 9×12, papers from the stash, Liquitex matte gel (because the papers were heavy), Deco matte medium, Americana glazing medium, Deco Art Media fluid acrylics (quinacridone violet, blue green light, green gold, cobalt teal hue, Titanium white, english red oxide, cadmium red hue, burnt umber) Americana seabreeze, blue grass green and titanium white (for stenciling) Marabu black art crayon for shading, Liquitex paint marker in black and white, brayer, charcoal pencil

Stencils Used: Round abouts and scribbles


Select stencils, prints on wood and original on sale some up to 40% off!! See all the details HERE

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!!


Gratitude takes the ordinary and makes it extrodinary

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

My heart is full and feeling very grateful for so much. Lot’s of really great things happening here and also doing things a little different so that I can find some soul space. Some quiet time and time to plan what’s next.

I know I say it a lot, but if you’re anything like me, I need to hear it and be reminded.

Gratitude leads to joy.

When we’re feeling down and grumpy… stopping and taking stock of all the things we have to be grateful for… changes us from the inside out. Before you know it… joy creeps in and things are lighter… the burdens don’t seem so heavy and we have something to give others.

Enjoy your Sunday Inspiration video


Supplies Used: 8×18 mdf board, Golden mate medium, crackle paste, modeling paste, Finnabair platinum crackle paste, black pan pastel, Golden fluid acrylic in raw umber and nickel azo gold, Golden heavy body in teal, Liquitex heavy body quinacridone blue violet, Golden glazing medium

Stencils used: Vintage quatrefoil, fave words, garden, flourish, background 1, old world 1

Collage pak used:  Grateful 3-12-17 get it HERE


This weeks quick tip video… how to stencil with detailed stencils and crisp clean lines. You can see it HERE

You can see it HERE

This last week in the creative souls cafe Facebook page – I did 3 live videos. Showing the process on and original and also doing a Marabu crayon comparison to distress crayon and gelato. You can join the groupHERE   and post projects and enter discussions.

Part 2 of the 5 part Series “creating with Liquitex markers” is up in the Subscriber Resources

It’s my annual Birthday week!!  It starts next Sunday August 20th. Lots of sales and free originals and prints. I will have a schedule of what will be on sale each day and what will be free. Next week.

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

This journal page grew on me, I wasn’t sure about this but I did find some new loves!

This page actually grew on me. I wasn’t sure and then once I got some of the Marabu crayons on I was starting to like it.

It’s still really busy and doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy, but the lessons I learned and the experimenting I got to do will be used again!

I love the black modeling paste and want to play some more with it. I also will be heading to the store to get some more Marabu crayons they are wonderful to use and oh so creamy. They worked well on all that texture. Cant wait to try them in a few more applications.

The texture that the modeling paste left, as well as the gesso DOES make me happy and I love how I can see the papers through the stencil design.

Always be willing to step out of your comfort zone… it’s all trial and error and some amazing discoveries!

Enjoy your Crash the stash video

Supplies Used: Canson mixed media journal, Deco Art media modeling paste, black gesso and matte medium, Mandala stencil, Marabu crayons (rose pink, black, chili, gentian, turquoise, cherry red caramel) Deco art fluid acrylic blue green light, Krylon fixatif, Stabilo woody in white

Be inspired, create and know that you are loved!