April ~ Mission Inspiration April 2018

April. “When nothing is sure, everything is possible. And so the adventure begins.”

This is my art journal contribution to the Mission Inspiration challenge for the month of April. Here are the prompts for the month:

Items used:

Prima watercolors -Pastel Dreams in rose and lemonade

Liquitex modeling paste mixed with light green acrylic paint

Crafters workshop stencil -Capricious 12×12

Tim Holtz Ideaology text stickers


Something about this time of year often brings big unexpected changes for our family. The season of renewal and new beginnings.

Change used to scare me, but now I try to remain open and even excited for new possibilities and new adventures, and I’m always open to new opportunities for growth! I learn so much about myself every time I take on something new. So cheers to new adventures and new beginnings! 🌈



Creative Zen

As a busy stay at home mom of twins, I’m all about creating your own zen moments whenever (and wherever) you can. In this case my girls asked if they could play at IKEA playground today. So I said sure! Grabbed my book, dropped them off, got myself some free hot water. (I always carry my favorite teas with me in my purse), …..and here I am!

They’re having fun playing. And I got a free hour to myself.

Win, win!


Mission Inspiration Challenge ~February 2018 -“Challenge the World”

Art journal page for Mission Inspiration group’s February challenge. It had a sort of steampunk like theme which I have not tried yet so it was to play with a new style.

The February prompts:

Items used:

Faber castell gold metallic texture luxe

Delusions ink spray in tangerine

Gelatos in red cherry and chocolate

Dylusions large stencil, old school number

Tim Holts tissue paper

Tim Holts ideaology sprocket gears

Ranger Black archival ink



“She reached for the light and told life, I’m not finished yet.”

This style of painting is from a Spirit Wings class I am taking by a beautiful artist named Kelly Rae Robertson who I am a huge fan of. Her techniques include some of my favorite things, collaging, mixed media, lots of wings, positive mantras, and using your intuition. 

This is my second spirit angel painting, the Angel of Courage. As I was working on this one, I was thinking about my sister Nicole. 8 years ago she almost died in a terrible car accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. Even the doctors were amazed that she lived. She’s one of the strongest persons I know. Although obviously her life has changed drastically, she gets through so many obstacles one day at a time. The hummingbird also has special meaning, it represents our sweet Gram who passed away a few years ago.  She was brave too. 💗

Have a beautiful day everyone. 🦋

Dance. Dream. Create. ~Mission Inspiration August 2017

August mission prompts:

 I started with gluing down book texts for step 1 and painted over it with some gesso that I tinted into a buttermilk yellow.

Steps 3 and 4, I used a script stamp by Recollections with Ranger archival ink. Washi strips from Recollections also I believe. My visual image I cut out of a ballet program from the San Francisco Ballet.

I mixed grey acrylic paint with texture paste and used my mini inspired words stencil by the crafters workshop.

Then I used the grey paint with a little water and a fan brush to apply light splatters.

And finally, a gelato border and a little quote.

To me, this one is about dancing to the beat of your own drum. Doing what makes you happy because it feels good, not worrying about what anyone else thinks. It’s about being brave and free and feeling alive. All of these things to me, allow more room for creating.

Have a great weekend everyone. 🦋

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. 🦋💫