On My Way – Mission Inspiration June 2017

Another month, another fun and challenging art journal challenge from Mission Inspiration!

The challenge prompts for this month:


We are currently in the middle of packing up and moving to another state! So obviously you can see where the inspiration came from on this one. 

Patterned paper fragments for step 1.


Ranger texture paste and a Tim Holtz stencil for step 2.

A thin layer of gesso followed by some watercolors.


For my visual image, I found this picture of a woman carrying her suitcases and thought that was perfect for the occasion. She’s even wearing some black converse shoes like me! 👍🏼😉


Then I added some journaling, ” I’m not sure where I’m going, but I’m on my way!” 

I used a few different rolls of washi tape. A yellow gelato to smudge in some borders on the squares of paper. And a blue gelato border. 

Confession. I just now realized that I wrote the wrong word! Grace. It should have said Grow! Oh well. They both work 🙂

And that is it. 

I’m excited for our new adventure we are going on. From California to Las Vegas. Looking forward to seeing what new opportunities await us there. 

Have a great day everyone. 🦋

Galaxy practice


My first shot at a watercolor galaxy painting. It was definitely fun to play with this technique and I intend to do many more. 

I watched a couple videos on how to do this on YouTube before I took a chance on it. But one of my favorites who stands out to me is called Maremis Small Art. She does beautiful artwork and I highly encourage you to check out some of her videos.

For my page I used a cheap watercolor set I had on hand and it worked pretty good. I’m really getting into watercolors lately though, and I really want to give this some more tries with better quality watercolor paints and see what happens. 

I also had my 9 year old son Anthony by my side. We watched some art videos together and then we took on the challenge of painting our own galaxies together and had a lot of fun doing it! ❤️ 


Love. Create. Reach for the stars. ✨💫

Have a great day everyone. 🦋 

Reach- Mission Inspiration May 2017

“Ordinary people can do extraordinary things.”

This month’s challenge prompts:

I loved the color scheme selected for this month! Some of my favorite colors. ☺️

I began with glueing down some lined paper from a journal my mother gave me, and some book page fragments. 


Next I applied watercolor paints in teal, light purple, and grey. I sprayed more water on top and let the colors move around and play.


I added some pretty washi tape that went perfectly with the color scheme. (I didn’t have any ribbon to go with this one)

I found this particular washi tape at Michael’s and it is by Jane Davenport. Some of the patterns were very whimsical to me and gosh darn it I’m a lover of all things whimsical. 💫💕


Step 6 was to make marks with household items. I found a piece of grip liner and a gold bracket of some sort, and used them both for stamping. I also used a toy yellow plastic cookie cutter to make circles.


The big butterfly in the middle was made using teal acrylic paint with a Butterfly stencil by Recollections for the outline and I filled it in with lavender acrylic paint that I smudged in with my finger. 

I used a Martha Stewart butterfly paper cutter with an old page I had leftover paint spray on that happened to match nicely with my page. Love when that happens. 😊 

I blackened the outer edges of the paper butterflies with black archival ink and a distressing tool. 

And that’s it. May mission complete.


Words can’t express how much I love art journaling. It’s so good for my creative little heart and soul. I feel accomplished every time I take a blank page and make something personal to me out of it. I can look at every page I have created and remember what was on my mind in the moment, what parts of the page were easy, which parts I struggled in. Some parts I did, and then covered up and re-did. And all of it was fun because all of it was growth and learning and letting go. 

If you would like to join in these monthly art journal challenges then check out Mission Inspiration on Facebook to inspire and get inspired! 

Have a blessed day everyone. Be extraordinary. Reach for your goals. Reach for your dreams. Reach for the stars. 🦋💫

Blossom – Mission Inspiration April 2017

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anais Nin

This is one of my all time favorite quotes. It reminds me that sometimes, change is necessary. As scary and as trying as it may be at times, we all face challenging periods where the only thing that can bring about a different outcome is being willing to accept that something needs to change. I have also learned that things have to get real uncomfortable at times before we are able to find the strength needed to surrender and allow those changes to happen. 

I used to be afraid of change, …. but now I know that change leads to growth.  And growth always leads to something new and beautiful. 

So that is what was on my mind as I started my new page.

This month’s Mission Inspiration challenge included a suggested color scheme of orange, purple and green and I went with the word prompt, blossom.

The prompts:


I almost always start my page with a thin layer of gesso. Next I stamped some pretty butterflies using stamps by Finnabair and purple archival ink by Ranger.


Next I sprayed water on my page and then added orange watercolor paint in random areas. I followed that with another generous spray of water so the color would move around freely on the page and then gave it time to dry.


Next step was to add fabric fragments. For this step, I took apart one of my toddler’s old headbands. The band was made of pink lace and it had a pink flower made out of several felt circles. 

I painted gesso on to the lace to cover up the pink. Then I painted it green and glued it along the bottom of my page to act as grass. (The flower will be added on a later step.)

Step 4 was to add layers of torn paper or card. I tore some patterned paper and then I decided to go ahead and incorporate step 7 at this point as well by adding my quote to the torn paper. I used alphabet stamps with Ranger ink in black.

I added some colored borders to the torn paper using purple Archival ink, and distress ink in evergreen bough and applied with distress ink tools. 


After gluing the torn paper to my page, I also made a stem and leaf for my flower and glued them down as well. 

For step 6, I used a purple gelato to outline my page and then used my finger to smudge it in. A few doodles here and there and this page was done. 


If you would like to join these monthly challenges feel free to look up Mission Inspiration on Facebook and ask to join. It’s a great place to get inspired and to put your creativity to good use. 

Have a great day everyone. May you have the courage to bloom and blossom and grow. 🦋

A New Season


No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow. – A proverb

If you watch how nature deals with adversity, continually renewing itself, you can’t help but learn. 

Everything is everything. What is meant to be will be. After winter, must come spring. Change, it comes eventually. -Lauryn Hill

I love new seasons. Each season offers so much new beauty.

Changing colors, cleansing rain, 

gentle breezes, winds of change. 

I never take for granted the unique beauty that each new season brings. 

When seasons change, it always feels like a good time for reflection. A good time for letting go and starting new.  I like to get quiet and think about what things in my life could use some change. Sometimes I take walks and reflect. Sometimes I write in my journal. Sometimes I meditate. And sometimes I create things in my art journal and see what comes up. 

Right now I’ve been focusing myself on what I’m grateful for. A lot has changed in the last six months of my life. I’ve been forced to let go of so much. But no matter how much I’ve lost, I know I’m still so blessed to have some of the most important things that gets me through. A loving rock of a husband, 4 beautiful kids who mean the world to me, a few good friends and family members who love and support me through it all, and a very strong faith. And when it comes right down to it, that is a lot!

Things will change eventually. And then……..they’ll change again.

In between all the changes, I’m just learning to ride the waves. 💗 🌊 

Art Details:

I did this page on a Prima watercolor pad. I was playing with a new method that I’ve seen in many art videos. I applied a fairly thick layer of gesso and then used a putty knife to press down and lift up here and there to create texture and then I let it dry overnight. 

I then sprayed my page with water and applied different colors of watercolor. Then I sprayed again and tilted the page in different directions to let the colors drip and play together on the page. 

I used Tim Holz Ideology tissue paper scraps (which I love!) and mod podged them down. 

Word stickers also by Tim Holtz. 

And a purple archival ink border by Ranger. 

Have a beautiful day everyone. Live, love, and create. 

And ride the waves of change. 🦋

Mission Inspiration -March 2017 ~Regeneration

Regeneration- an act or the process of regenerating; spiritual renewal or revival; rebirth. 

“She had grace in her heart, and flowers in her hair.”

This is my contribution for this month’s art journal challenge for the Facebook group Mission Inspiration. 

The inspiration for my page starts from a different place every time. Sometimes it starts with a color scheme. Sometimes a visual image. Sometimes it’s inspired by the quote I’m using. And on and on. This month I had this idea in my mind of a girl with a big display of flowers in her hair. The quote followed the idea. And then the rest came to me as I went. Here’s a picture of the idea I started with before I began. 


The prompts:


I started the first step with some beautiful Tim Holtz tissue paper I just got. I mod podged it down in fragments across the page. 


For step 2 I tinted some gesso with yellow acrylic paint and watered it down. I ended up feeling like the background needed to get toned down a bit more a little later so you may notice that I began to tone it down more as I went. 

For step 3 I used a 12×12 stencil (didn’t realize it was that big when I ordered it! But it worked.) from The Crafter’s Workshop called Capricious. Along with some green acrylic paint.



Steps 4 & 5, I added my focal image, the girl with the flowers, and then I stamped a couple of fairies around her and a couple butterflies (because I am a whimsical kind of girl after all.) 💫


And last but not least I added some brown credit card marks, a quote, and a subtle brown border to my page. 


May you have grace in your hearts and flowers in your hair. And may you let go of anything that does not serve you. 

Have a great day everyone. 🦋


Love Heals Everything- Mission Inspiration- Feb 2017

Love heals everything. 

This month’s challenge prompts:

I used Ranger texture paste through a Donna Downey butterfly stencil. 

Added color with Dylusions ink spray in teal to go along with the suggested color scheme. 

The book text was ripped from patterned paper I got from Michaels. (Helpful tip: That is one of my favorite ways to build up my collection of various patterned and colored papers for collaging! Michaels has a whole section of single patterned papers that often have 5 for a dollar type of deals. That’s always worth taking advantage of. IMO.)


My selected quote is “Love heals everything.”

I then added a big red Love heart, (its February after all 😉) 

Then I added some shadowing and some music note washi tape. 

A few splatters of black paint and a little smoky border and I called it done. 


How does Love heal everything? Well one way for example, I think about times I’m having struggles with myself. In those moments I have learned that is when I most need to find compassion for myself, to be gentle and patient and to find love and understanding for myself.  And then eventually I feel stronger and I’m ready to try again. 

When I’m struggling in relationships. Again, I refer back to Love. After taking a step back and wading through my feelings,  I will eventually come to a place of finding compassion for them. I find gentle patient loving understanding. I feel stronger. And then I’m ready to try again. 

I may have to take a step back at times to sort out my feelings, but in the end I will always choose love. 

Love heals everything. There are SO many ways that love heals. ❤ 🦋

Next mission starts march 4th. Join Mission Inspiration on Facebook if you want to participate.

Spirit Angel ~Trust


Trust your own voice. 

I have always been a highly creative person. I started writing poetry at an early age. I’ve dabbled in all sorts of various arts and crafts all my life. A couple of years ago I accidentally stumbled upon mixed media art and suddenly felt like I found the thing I never knew I was looking for. Best feeling ever. 

I’ve been playing with art journaling for quite a while and I love it. What a beautiful way of expressing the words you can’t always find. 

Currently I am taking an online painting course called, “Spirit Wings” which I am really excited about. It’s a beautiful course by a lovely artist named Kelly Rae Robertson. I have loved her art since the first time I discovered it several years back in a store near Portland, OR when I was visiting at the time. Recently I came across her website and saw that she offered painting courses. I was so excited! I got so super lucky when she sent out emails advertising an amazing deal on her courses and I jumped on it immediately. 

This is my first angel painting. The Angel of Heart Whispers. 

At the beginning of the course, Kelly Rae walks you through several soul searching excercises that helps you find your inner mantras, feelings, and desires. For me, “trust your own voice” came up a lot which has been a sort of theme in my life. I grew up in an unhealthy environment that caused me to question myself constantly. It takes time and a lot of courage to undo all the patterns that create self doubt, but with time and new experiences to practice, ..you learn, you get stronger, and you love yourself a little more everyday. 


I’m really enjoying this course so far and I’m already half way through my next angel, the Angel of Courage. So stay tuned to see how that one comes out. 

Love and peace. 🦋