My Art

My Art

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Art Supplies

I often get asked from new art journalers what are the must have supplies.
The list can be very long and quiet expensive this post is a few of
the basics. Its very important not to get overwhelmed or feel like you
can't create beautiful art if you don't have everything out there. 

Paper- this can be anything in the handmade journals I use, I 
have old magazine pages, manila folders, outdated calenders,
even junk mail!! You don't have to spend money paper is everywhere.

Paints- Cheap acrylic craft paint is perfect for art journaling. You can often
 find it for .50 a bottle, grab a few colors and don't forget you can mix it!!

Gesso- You can find this at any craft store or even Walmart.

Glue stick or adhesive- I prefer UHU glue-stick which I purchase on Amazon.

Stencils- You can make your own check out my hot glue stencil video HERE.
You can use produce bags, cut out shapes in cardstock you can use anything.

Pens or Pencils- I like a plain old #2 pencil and my fave pens are the
Uniball Signo 207 Bold and the Uniball Signo white pen.

Collage papers- Almost every single piece I create I use collage elements. 
Scrapbook paper, old letter, maps, magazines, newspaper really anything.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New Video

Fast forward Journal Page "Change"

New video posted on my YouTube channel walking you through 
a sneak peek into my art journal.  >>>Change<<<<

Monday, November 24, 2014

Deco Arts

I am super excited to announce that I will be a part of DecoArt's Blogger Outreach program. I will be bringing you lots of new projects featuring their products in the near future. 
They have a huge product line check it out DecoArt

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Trying something new

Try something new..... Spice it up.

I have been looking around for a unique purse that was "different" and fit my needs. I like to carry a cross body purse it is easier and not as painful on my shoulder. Anyway I looked and never found one that just "spoke to me" so I decided to paint my own. So you wanna see?? I have completed a few purses and who can have a boring wallet with a cool purse? Nope I had to paint a matching wallet too.

Here is my cross body purse which I LOVE!! I will have a few to sell if you are interested either email me at OR check back on the blog and you will see my post.

How freaking cool is this??

So think outside the box and try something new you never know
what may happen. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

New video and free cutting file

I did another video and this time I am showing you how you can use your own art work to create stationary and note cards. Leveraging your art, by coping and scanning it to create digital works of art is a fantastic way to reuse those pieces later. Take a look as I walk you through how to achieve these pieces.

Free cutting files for the notecards:

Thursday, October 2, 2014


Guys I just wanted to share a few pictures of my wonderful vacation. The ports of call were fantastic this is the second time I went on this cruise this year.Belize, Cozumel and Isle Roatan, Honduras. If you ever get a chance this is a great cruise, Carnival Dream was the name of our ship its the largest ship to sail out of the Mississippi. I am back home now and dreaming for my next cruise. I LOVE IT!!
Look at how clear the water is, COZUMEL Mexico.
I got a message right there on the water. AMAZING!!

Me and the birthday girl!! This was taken on one of our elegant nights.

These were our waiters, people who work on the ships
are the hardest working people I know. They just
don't stop!! These guys were so much fun!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Mixing it up Loves Cottonwood Arts Blog Hop

Welcome to the Mixing it Up loves Cottonwood Arts blog hop!
This is a closed blog hop just for the members of the Mixing it Up Every Day Face Book group so that we can get to know each other better. Having said that, if you are not in our group, please feel free to leave a comment anyway and come join us over on Face Book. We would love to get to know you better too.

Tiare Smith Woods
Cat von Hassel-Davies
Betty Guffey Richardson
Tommy Jo Vilello Anderson
Melissa Willard Edwards

Are you a journal hoarder? 
Now that's a good question I don't think so but I think if your a hoarder
you are probably in denial. SO ...... you be the judge.
How many do you have and why different ones?
I think I have 9 total and 2 completed, so 7 that I work in depending on 
my mood and medium. The reason I have different ones is because
I work on multiple pages at a time. If you have seen any of my YouTube videos
you know that patience is not a strength of mine. So instead
of sitting around waiting on the paint to dry I move onto another
page often in a another book until that one is complete.

We were challenged to create a journal page that represents you. For me I had to 
use bold colors that I am always pulled towards. I just LOVE bold neon colors, I think it goes hand in hand with my personality. The quote that is written around the circles reads :
"perfect doesn't matter. just be you. dream your dreams, like what you like and stick to your gut feelings. be 100% truly, deeply, uniquely, strangely, passionately you. because you are enough. promise."  - the quiet rabbit

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Winner IS......

The Winner of my Giveaway is on my YouTube channel. 
Who won??

If it was you please email me at: so I can get your address.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Mail Art Video

You guys asked for it so here it is Mail Art tutorial. I hope you enjoy and I would LOVE to see the pictures of what you create. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mail Art

What is Mail Art?

To me it is where the envelope is the artwork. It's more than just slapping a few
pieces of washi tape on the envelope and packing it full
of paper goodness. It's where you treat the envelope like it
were a canvas or art journal page.

 I LOVE making mail
art, I can just imagine the post worker going through their day and up
pops one of my envelopes. I hope that it makes them smile!!
Another reason is I know I love to get pretty envelopes in the mail,
its something about opening your mailbox to a beautiful piece
of art work that has to make you smile!!!

Here are a few of my Mail Art pieces.

Here is a tutorial I did on the Butterfly Mail Art

Sunday, August 31, 2014

300 Subscriber Giveaway!!!

I am super excited to have a giveway for my 300 subscribers I have on my YouTube Channel.
I wanted to show my appreciation for the support and giveaway a goodie bag o box of
mixed media goodness. So how do you enter?

1- Subscribe to my blog and Leave a comment here
2- GO over to my YouTube channel and subscribe and leave a comment
My YouTube Channel

3- Follow me on Instagram or Pinterest- Leave a comment on that pic or pin

Easy as 1,2,3 !!!

Entries must be in by 9/5 11:59pm CST
I will announce winner by 9/7 !!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Video ALERT!!!

I just posted a new video on how I paint multi color circles. Which I use in all
kinds of projects. Stop by and check it out and don't forget to subscribe to 
my channel. I will try and update this post with a few photos of
how I use them.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

New video Posted

I posted a new video today.... You ever woke up and had this crazy idea you just had to try..... well this video tells you how crazy I am.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Good Sunday Morning to you all!!

This is what my art table looks like this morning :) Looks like a good time to me...
So this morning I have published a new video on my YouTube channel. 
It's a tutorial showing you how to create a handmade envelope when 
you don't have a Envelope Punch or Sewing machine.

Here is alittle sneak peek at what I am working on in my journal.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


It has been a year since my last post :(  I have had so many things going on in my life and transformations that I just wanted to do a little catch-up. I will try to recap quickly as to not bore you with all the things that have been going on. So here it goes.....

  •  I have lost 50 lbs!!!! Yup since last year I have lost a total of 50 pounds I feel so much better and able to be allot more active. 
  • I have been diving deeper into the mixed media world to help with stress.
  • I also have started a youtube channel where I have lots of tutorials on how I do mixed media. Check it out CLICK HERE
  • I have been diagnosed with Alopecia (my hair falls out in clumps) I am fortunate to have curly hair so it isn't as noticeable to most people, but the emotional toll it takes on me has been rough.
  • So with all of those things going on I have been working on Art journaling to get my feelings and emotions out.
  • No I haven't stopped making jewelry or lampworking. I have simply taken a break and will be lampworking again once the weather cools down. It is WAY to hot to sit behind a torch.

So what is an art journal? Art journaling is also known as visual journaling, it can be interrupted in many ways some people don't write at all some people write and cover it up so there aren't any rules. I will show you have a pictures of mine here so you can see what I mean.

So I plan on being more active on here and keeping you guys updated on what I am doing.

This picture was done in an online class I took and it very outside of my comfort zone. I like BOLD Bright colors and this is way more neutral but I learned so much. You can find out more about the class by going to