The little moments….

The little moments….

Hello Folks,

Happy Monday. What a weekend. My day job has kept me quite busy so I worked throughout the weekend to try and stay ahead for this week. For those of you that don’t know, I am a graphic designer and I work a regular 8 to 5 job and then in the early mornings, weekends or nights I squeeze in the making of my art videos and blogging because it has become a passion of mine and something I really love doing. I love to create, and I’ve discovered I love to share and teach so my blog and Youtube channel, is just my way of trying to help others starting out or looking for inspiration. My post today though isn’t about the art, instead, it’s about a reminder, that in our hectic schedule to stop and take a moment to treasure the little things in life, those closest to us and to take care of ourselves. Right now I am trying once more to start on a new health kick with one simple thing, walking. As some of you know from my profile I am a cancer survivor, and I still struggle with fatigue, but with the slightly less humid weather starting here in Florida I have found myself drawn to nature. So my goal is to walk 5 out of 7 days a week for at least 20 minutes. I’ve been meeting it for two weeks now and it is feeling great. I am hoping this will help me with my weight loss journey. I realize that if I want to keep doing what I love which is sharing my ideas, creations and life with all of you wonderful follows I need to step it up a notch and take better care of me so I can have the energy to spend more time with you folks, my wonderful followers.

So with that, remember to take a moment today to hug a loved one, a loved pet, watch a cloud go by or just grab a second for you!

Here are some shots from my weekend around the house.

Morning walk selfie with the hubby, gotta love that humidity and my natural curls lol

Grandma & Grandpa stopped by with a new toy for the kids

Chappie watching over me while I worked….he was snoring in this photo, right in my ear

Boys night! Bed Time Story

Card game break, to beat my hubby at both games 😉

The first flower in my butterfly garden I have been trying to save from the summer heat


Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful week, and remember to stop and smell the flowers 😉

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July’s Mission Inspiration Page and a Short Break

July’s Mission Inspiration Page and a Short Break

Hello, my lovely followers,

So today to wrap up your week I am bringing you a page I did last weekend and got in just under the wire. My July 2018 Mission Inspiration, prompts art journal page. I had so much fun making this one because it allowed me to use a photo that is one of my favorites. It was taken when my husband and I went on our trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I find my soul there, I just felt so at home and I loved it. I can’t wait until we can go back to that wonderful city again and Guadalupe’s Stamp Shop! Since this months prompt required we include a photo I chose that one. Now about the short break. I am so sad about this but I am having some back issues. I have been logging a lot of desk time between my day job and my lovely work with you’ll, so I am going to take this coming weekend off and try to stay off the computer and moving. I may have to extend it to the following weekend. Don’t dismay though if you follow me on social media I will line up some throwbacks to keep you company until I am back.

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you on this one I tested Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz’s micro glaze! I am hooked, it worked fabulously.

Video: July 2018 Mission Inspiration Process Video

So here we go:

As always for your shopping pleasure, if you see anything in the video you want here is my supply list 🙂

Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Canson XL Media Journal (Blick Art Supplies)

Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste (Blick Art Supplies)

Liquitex Matte Gel Medium (Blick Art Supplies)

Archival Ink Sepia (Ranger Ink) (Joggles)

Distress Oxide
Project Colors: Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Hickory Smoke
and Wild Honey (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Tim Holtz Mica Spray (Ranger Ink)  (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:

Foam Sticky Dots (Amazon)

Pilot Multiball Pen Medium (Jetpens)

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Breaking out the art foamies and my dylusions paints

Breaking out the art foamies and my dylusions paints

Hello, there crafty folks,

It’s art journal Wednesday and this week I kept it short and sweet. I have been tired lately from day job work and I needed a little unwind one evening. I just received a new batch of Art Foamies and I decided getting paint all over me was just what I needed. For this project I:

  1. Grabbed two sheets of mixed media paper
  2. Took out several of my favorite dylusions paint colors
  3. Used my new gelli plates from the Dylusions Dina Wakley collaboration
  4. Picked two new art foamies to use.

I first applied the Dylusions paints to my Gelli plate, only 2-3 colors at a time and then flipped it onto the mixed media paper to make the background. This was quick, messy and fun!. I then grabbed my Art Foamies and dabbed them in black paint and stamped them onto my paper. I was first using my Gelli plate as my palette but that just didn’t hold enough paint for me. I then switched to by stamp buddy (the applicator that comes with the art foamies) and that did the trick. I did one sheet with a rose and the other with a start. I have really been in the mood lately to just make backgrounds and use my stamps on them to stash away for ATC swaps, happy mail, journal swaps or just for use later for a quick page.

You can see the photos below of how they turned out

Also here is my process video to get more detail on how I got these looks:


As always thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear from you. Let me know if there are other posts you’d like to see, projects, how-to’s or just say hello.

Supply List

(Below are my affiliate links, all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website)

Dylusions Paint (Black, Turquoise, Crushed Grape, Pure Sunshine, Fresh Lime,
Cherry Pie) (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Dylusions/Dina Wakley Gelli Plate Kit (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

Non-Affiliate Links

Art Foamies Website

Art by Marlene: Rose

Art by Marlene:Star Bright


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It’s Art Journal Wednesday with a Sewing Machine Art Journal Crossover share!

It’s Art Journal Wednesday with a Sewing Machine Art Journal Crossover share!


Phew, what a week last week was. I was on vacation but had family in town and it was wonderful. I got to spend some really great quality time with my niece and nephews and spend a day at the beach, a few days in the pool. We really all need that, to just unplug every so often to recharge. Well I am back with a new art journal share this week. It’s not alcohol lift-ink this time, I thought I would give you folks a break and do something in my Dina Wakley Media Journal with scribble sticks, art tags and my sewing machine. That’s right, you heard me, I put my journal thru the sewing machine and I am hooked. The wheels are churning and more goodies i’m sure will follow now that I have a taste for it.

You can watch the video here:

Here are some shots of the journal page. Such fun!

If you notice the girls face is from my previous post on Dina Wakley backgrounds:

I hope these photos will get those wheels turning and you will try your own hand at sewing in your journal and play with new mediums together.

If you want to find the goodies I used here is my supply list:

(Below are my affiliate links,all purchases made thru these links
help support my youtube channel and website)

Dina Wakley Scribble Sticks 2 (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Dylusions and Dina Wakley Gelli Plate Set (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Archival Ink- Black (Ranger Ink) (Blitsy)

White Picket Fence- Distress Ink Pad (Ranger) (Blitsy)

Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint- Penny 1 oz (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links

Brother Sewing Machine XR3774 (Amazon)

Sticky Thumb Dots (Adhesive dots) (Amazon)

Technique Junkies Stamp- Wasted (Grunge Background)

Technique Junkies Stamp- Stencil Rings



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Another Alcohol Lift-Ink Test, but with ArtFoamies!

Another Alcohol Lift-Ink Test, but with ArtFoamies!

Hello wonderful crafters,

I know I know, my fourth post in a row on Alcohol Lift-Ink but I am hooked. This time I had played with rubber stamps and stencils as you have seen but I wondered, would it work with my Artfoamies. Guess what, it did! but it has to be clean. If you have paint caked on your Artfoamies it probably won’t work, but if you have some clean ones give it a go. For this play, I used my 8″ x 10″ Yupo Alcohol Ink white cardstock paper. I wanted very bright colors, so I grabbed some of my neon alcohol inks in Lemonade, Raspberry, Pool, and Gold. I blended them using the Alcohol Ink Blending Solution and added some shimmery gold accents. I first tired a butterfly Artfoamie that didn’t give a very clean print but still had a cool aged effect. Next, I tried a new circle Artfoamie and that gave a clear print and very cool transfer onto a Dylusions Media Tag.

You can see the video here: Alcohol Lift-Ink and Artfoamies Play

Check out the colors:


I hope these last few posts have really gotten you excited about the Alcohol Lift-Ink and wanting to give it a try. It is just such a great new technique to add a great ghosting look to your tags, cards, whatever you can think of. Now, this will be my last post for a week or two as I have some family coming into town and I am going to take some downtime to spend with them, so as always happy crafting! Stay inspired, and create art every day.

Below is my supply list.
Some items are affiliate links and any purchases made thru these links help to fund my youtube videos and websites.

Affiliate Links:

Alcohol Lift-Ink Pad (Ranger)

Alcohol Ink (Gold, Lemonade, Pool & Raspberry) (Ranger) (Blitsy)

Yupo Paper 8″ x 10″ (Ranger)

Alcohol Ink Blending Solution: (Ranger) (Blitsy)

Felt Applicators: (Ranger)

Dylusions #10 size Journaling Tags Mixed Media (Ranger) (Blitsy) (Joggles)

Non-Affiliate Links:
Rebekan Meier- Butterfly Tile:

ArtbyMarlene- Circle Salad:

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