Sunday, July 5, 2015

art journaling magazine

my address label to stampington and company was published in the summer art journaling magazine. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

weekly planner - week 28

week 28 - what do you believe?
a long time ago, in one of my journals i asked myself this question.  i had a million (not really that many) things i listed that i believed.  i read them the other day.  here are a few of things that earlier journal page listed:

i believe in god.
i believe that there are no coincidences - only synchroncities.
i believe that two wrongs don't make a right.
i believe in the golden rule.
i believe you reap what you sow.
i believe that a mother's kiss make every boo boo better.
i believe there is a thin person inside of me waiting to get out.
i believe in karma.
i believe grandchildren keep you young.
i believe the eyes are the windows to our souls.

there are plenty more where that came from, but it is just a mere sampling of beliefs i had, and still have as i rewrote them.

for this journal page i decided to simplify and make a different kind of page.  if i can just let go, get out of my own way and let god handle my life, i know all good things will come my way.  i can see that already happening in my life over the years.  i am truly blessed.

so tell me, what do you believe?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

art journaling magazine

my scroll journaling made it into the latest art journaling magazine.  i hope you get a chance to check it out!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

the roc nicholas design team post

today the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post is brought to you by the awesome corrie herriman.  what a beautiful piece of artistry displayed here!  she has incorporated my scalloped lace border rubber stamp, my dog stamp and bird lady.  

to see more of corrie's art please go to her blog by clicking here.

to see my rubber stamps sold through stampotique.com please click here.

Friday, June 26, 2015

the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post

today the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post is brought to you by cathy parmelee, mixed media artist extraordinaire.  she used the scooter girl rubber stamp body in this wonderful piece of art.  don't you just love it!

to see my rubber stamp line sold through stampotique, please click here.

weekly planner - week 27

week 27 prompt - what makes you beautiful?
learning to love ourselves can be difficult.  we live in a society where we have such high standards of what beauty is.  we see skinny, beautifully featured people on magazines and in movies.   we are bombarded with airbrushing and beatutifying techniques everywhere.  it is a little unsettling to think that beautiful people still need technology to glamorize them even more.

when will it be ok to find beauty an internal quality rather than an external one?  in my opinion, i need to start with myself.  i can hear the internal chatter in my mind; you're too heavy, your hair is too straight and flat, you are starting to get wrinkles, you don't exercise enough...and then i tell myself to be quiet.

it is easy to talk badly to myself.  my ego wants me to be competitive with the beauty around me.  but honestly, when i quiet myself, i am enough.  i am really good right where i am.  are there things i can improve upon?  of course there are.  but life unfolds as it should.  i grow as i can.  

i know that i have many good qualities.  i do my best to remind myself of them when start to hear the not so good chatter.  i am a child of god, so how bad could i be?  i am growing in my own uniquely funky spiritual way. 

what about you?  what makes you beautiful?


Sunday, June 21, 2015

i'm published

i'm thrilled and honored to say that i've been published again.  i'll be in the next art journaling magazine that will hit the stands july 1st.  i have things dotted through out the magazine this time around, as well as a few pages in the bound for art section.  i'll be sharing more photos with you once the magazine has officially released.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team

today the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team is honored to have karen hayselden's beautiful project to feature.  don't you just love how she made the mane and tail three dimensional on my ponytail stamp?!  what a wonderful imagination.  the text is also my stamp called color her soul.

to see more of karen's work please visit her blog by clicking here.  

if you would like to see my entire rubber stamp line sold through stampotique.com please click here.

Friday, June 19, 2015

weekly planner - week 26

week 26 prompt - do you make assumptions?
this week's prompt was created by a conversation i was having with my husband over a news segment.  of course, it was a violent crime, and the conversation was mostly about how disappointed i get with people.  it is hard to understand what leads up to events that have violence against people or animals.

my mind can't seem to phathom the possibilities or rationale behind other peoples' action and their seemingly senseless behaviors.  i once saw a billboard that said something to the effect that nothing is good or bad, that is our beliefs that make them so.

when you really think about that, there can be a lot of truth to that statement.  if i grew up in other cultures and countries, my beliefs and behaviors would be very different.

in having this discussion with my husband i realized that there are many things that happen that it is quick to judge as bad or wrong.  i do not know what transpired  in anyone's life.  i don't have all the facts, only what is being used a media fodder.  i don't know what anyone's journey is here on earth.  i don't know what god has in store for anyone.  that person's journey is with god and not with me. 

in the end nothing is as clear as it seems in my assumptions.  my mind wants to have everything figured out and categorized so i can put it in a nice, neat, little package and try to make sense of it.  unfortunately there are many things that just are not going to fit anywhere like i want to envision it.

i am learning that making assumptions and being quick to judge doesn't allow me to grow as an individual.  it doesn't afford me the chance to seek compassion and understanding.  i am working on that this year.  i'm learning to allow grace and forgiveness, albeit sometimes difficult. 

what about you?  do you make assumptions?

Monday, June 15, 2015

the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post

today the roc nicholas rubber stamp design team post is brought to you by samantha read.  hasn't she done a terrific job of mixing up my stamps on her art creation?  sam has managed to use my learning to fly text stamp, my monster stamp for the body, my feline stamp for the face and my flying heart stamp for the wings!  love it samantha!

to see more about this piece please fly on over to samantha's blog by clicking here.

to see the stamp she has used, or all of my stamp line sold through stampotique.com please click here.