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Mother Nature as Medicine

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Mother Nature as Medicine

I have struggled a great deal in the last year and have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to feel better, both mentally and physically. Fortunately for me I have opportunities to see and experience a lot of Mother’s Natures’ greatest works, and that, to so many of us, is huge medicine. Sometimes I get stopped in my tracks by the beauty painted in the sky, along the road or even in my back yard. Then I breathe it in, all the colors, textures and intense perfection and I step forward. One dark and foreboding day I feeling...

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JANUARY Sweet 16 Winner

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Sweet 16 | 2 comments

JANUARY Sweet 16 Winner

Our random choosers picked SANDY DAWKINS!!! I am sending her the butterfly card personalized to her, and this metal sculptured journal from Mexico with the butterfly on the front. Years ago I made an artists’ book about butterflies. The Denver Public Library now has it in their collection. I will tell you that story soon, suffice it to say butterflies are meaningful for me. In Japan they can symbolize the soul. The butterfly also symbolizes transformation. The weather this week was transformative. We had a record-breaking snow day on...

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Sweet January

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Giveaway!, Sweet 16 | 30 comments

Sweet January

Hello all, finally! Despite my best efforts I could not post here on January 16th as promised, as a chain of events including the disappearance of this blog got in my way. However, persistence is my middle name and here we are!!! This month I am offering a journal page, a card pattern and a project idea. I will also send my project to one of those of you who leave a comment and you get two chances if you share, another if you sign up for my newsletter which goes out a few times a year. I have been out of the loop for a while and intend to...

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Introducing “Sweet “16”

Posted by on Jan 4, 2016 in About me, Giveaway!, Gratitude | 24 comments

Introducing “Sweet “16”

I am going to give away stuff here on my blog on the 16th of the month for the whole year of 2016. Here’s Why: On March 3, 2015 I had open-heart surgery to repair an aneurysm I had no idea I had. The week before I stood in my kitchen and told my husband something was very wrong with me. I felt off, my “electrical” system felt jumpy and I had a deep cough. I made back-to-back appointments with my allergist and my primary care physician. Within an hour of the last appointment, I was Life-Flighted to a cardiac ICU. I spent five days there before...

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Diamond Stencil Winner!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Diamond Stencil Winner!

Diamond Stencil winner is Margaret Burgess! Thank you all for participating! Sign up for my newsletter on the right if you want to be notified of the next giveaway. Doing a big on on March 3, and a few before that. Happy...

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Diamond Series Stencil Giveaway!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2015 in Giveaway!, Stencils, Tutorial, Visual Inspiration | 103 comments

Diamond Series Stencil Giveaway!

My stencil company, Artistcellar has done it again! This new series of four stencils is called the “Diamond Series” and you can find them on the Artistcellar site. You can also win a set by visiting all the blogs listed below and leaving one comment per blog for eight chances to win. These are the best quality stencils on the market according to me, and since I do not have a delicate touch that matters! I used this new series to make papers on top of road maps. The primary medium I used was Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist and Radiant...

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21 Secrets Fall 2014 is Retiring! Big Sale!

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Giveaway!, Workshops and Classes | 1 comment

21 Secrets Fall 2014 is Retiring! Big Sale!

Hey Everybody! If you did not get a chance to sign up for Fall 2014 21 Secrets ebook journaling class, now is the time! Click on the logo above!!!! For a huge discount you can download an ebook of 21 classes (and how-to videos) and keep yourself busy for months. My class is called “Map to Happy” and it will guide you through how to make a game board map that leads you to your ultimate goal of happiness. SALE STARTS: Monday, November 30, 2015 at 4:00 am PST SALE ENDS: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 11:00pm PST Retirement PRICE OF...

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Exploring 10.29.2015

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in My heart journey, My Work, Written Inspiration | 5 comments

Exploring 10.29.2015

It has been a year of pause and adjustment for me. My art has been working on my new book, and working on my new me. I am floundering a bit. Maybe you are too. So instead of having great notions about the fabulous art I should be doing, I am making small pages of experiments. This one is wandering around a Yupo page with sumi ink and colored pencils. This one was a page I made to try out new pens and pencils. It started as a demo in a mapping class that I adored in a group of especially wonderful creative women in Minnesota. The page morphed...

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Creating Collage Elements Class in Denver

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

Creating Collage Elements Class in Denver

I am teaching new class in Denver called Creating Collage Elements Dates:  October 17-18, 2015,  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuition: $125 for members.  $155 for non-members (includes guild membership through May 1, 2016) Class size limited to 15 participants.  A waiting list will be maintained in case of cancellations.  No refunds unless your space can be filled. Location: Denver Bookbinding, 1401 W 47th Ave, Denver, CO 80211  (for map and directions see www.denverbook.com/) We will create three kinds of surfaces Art “skins” from acrylic gels and...

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My Heart Journey: Six months ago today

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in My heart journey | 9 comments

My Heart Journey: Six months ago today

Six months ago today I was wheeled into eight hours of open-surgery after five days in the hospital waiting. I was waiting and being tested to find out why I had a nine centimeter aneurysm in the ascending aorta of my heart. The doctors did not find out (it is genetic most likely) and I went to surgery anyway. The night before I signed a huge raft of papers and said goodnight to my husband and my kids. Very few of the complications possible in that scenario actually happened. Thank goodness. I went home and tried to find my mental and...

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