Creative Jumpstart 2021

Creative Jumpstart 2021
Join me for the 10th Anniversary of CJS2021

Friday, October 30

From a few Weeks Ago

A few weeks ago I shared this image, (if you scroll down a little you'll find it.) before I had colored it in and thought you'd be interested in seeing how it turned out. I love the pink flowers and the way the background turned out.

Hope you have time to color today! Thanks for dropping by!

Thursday, October 29


One of the gals I work with brought this rose in from her garden for me, which totally made my day and made me think of this quote:

Good Friends Are Like
Beautiful Flowers
In The Garden Of Life

Thanks for dropping by today, have a creative day!

Tuesday, October 27

Time for Creating

Hello, it's been a few weeks with no posts -- life is SUPER busy. I have had little time to create, but today I thought I'd share a few pages that I have managed to squeeze into early morning and late night moments here and there.

Not much in the line of coloring, but lots of illustrating and Positivity Pages. Take a look:

I'm also working on my NEXT release that will debut in January at the Craft + Hobby Association Meeting in Aneheim. I am really loving the different designs I've been working on. If it was up to me it would be All on Flowers -- but thankfully I have a lovely mentor helping me push myself to explore new imagery.

I think you're gonna love what's coming! Thank you so much for dropping by, have a LOVELY day!

Friday, October 9


I wish I had time for this kind of stuff this week. Drawing is really soothing.

Have a creative day, thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 8

DecoArt Media Halloween Haunts Mixed Media Challenge

Just a quick reminder about the Mixed Media Challenge that is happening on the DecoArt Media Blog. For a round-up of the projects that the team created, visit this post:

And, the best part -- you can play along too, just follow these basic instructions: 

Join the DecoArt Mixed Media Design Team in a spooky Halloween challenge from October 1st through the 28th! Have a peek at our talented designer's projects on this page and be on the look out for our full tutorials on the DecoArt Media Facebook page throughout the Mixed Media Haunts Challenge! 

Feeling inspired? Create your very own spooktacular piece, using DecoArt Media products, and submit it below through the Inlinkz link at the bottom of our Design Team project photos. Entries will be accepted until October 28th at 11:55pm.

On October 29th, Andy Skinner will choose his two favorite pieces. The runner-up will receive $50 worth of DecoArt Media product and the grand prize winner will receive $100 worth of DecoArt Media goodies!
Have a great day, thanks for dropping by. 

Wednesday, October 7

Positivity Journal -- all in one!

Hello and HAPPY Wednesday. It's been one heck of a week so far so today I'm hoping for some calm and quiet so I can finish working on my next stamp release.

I've had such an AMAZING response to the Custom Journal Cover video I created this week that I wanted to put the important videos I've created for my Positivity Journal Project together in one post to make it easy for you to find them, in case you are planning on making one in the near future.

So, without prolonging this writing any longer, and because my coffee is ready -- here we go: 

Video 1: Getting started, and the MISTI

Video 2: Journal Pages


Video 3: Creative Masking

Video 4: Drawing and Painting your journal cover and attaching it to your chipboard

You will find more videos on my youtube channel related to creating journal pages, but these are specifically related to getting started and putting it back together again. 

THANKS for dropping by, have a wonderful day -- and do something creative in the spare moments!

Tuesday, October 6

Creating a Custom Cover for your Art Journal

I know I've mentioned this before, but I have to say it again!! I really like working with DecoArt® Media products. The quality is amazing, not to mention the colors they have are pretty great too!

For quite some time I've been working on a "DecoArt® Media Art Journal" -- meaning all the pages are created using their Media line in one way or another and sharing my process with you. I've got quite a stack and since I have just a few pages left to finish up, I thought that I should take a minute or two to create a custom cover to protect my precious pages so my cover looks as great as the inside pages.

Since I've been into making videos lately, I created a little video so you can see exactly how I do this.  Get a cup of coffee or tea and watch my video below and then get started making your own custom cover!

For this project I used the following supplies, you can find most of them at your local (or on-line) JoAnn Craft store or at the DecoArt Media website, which is here.

Thanks for joining me today, have a wonderful day and I hope you get some time to get creative!

Thursday, October 1

Try something new!

Sometimes when you get in a rut -- whether it's creatively or emotionally -- trying new things can boost you enough to get out of it. And sometimes shedding old "schtuff" is necessary, but I digress.

I took a fun class over the summer and learned how to make this fun little woven decoration for a rock. Those who know me know that I'm obsessed with cool rocks, and seeing that I like to play with them and make little cozies probably won't come as a surprise.  At the end of the day, I came home with this little beauty -- a favorite rock found for me by a favorite kid in a favorite place.

And it will sit on my desk for eternity. But, I couldn't stop thinking about OTHER ways to incorporate this new technique into something cooler and more interesting.

And I came up with this sweet little heart. Only, this is a piece of sea glass wrapped with wire. Same technique, but wholly different supplies. I just love how getting out of the box can really knock your creativity into overdrive!

And this is what it looks like today -- and it's hanging in my window as a quiet reminder to nurture my creativity and try new things. What are you doing to nurture your creativity?

Have a wonderful day, thanks for dropping by!