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I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a best friend a daughter, and artist.

If there was a way I could spend as much time in my studio creating as I do working my regular 40 hour job I would do it in a heartbeat. I am loving discovering myself through art and I can't wait to see where the journey takes me.

9.29.2013

Gelli Journey Cards

In a previous post I showed pics of some prints I have sewn together for a book for my daughter.

She is on a roller coaster ride in life right now, a true test of her strength, and faith in herself, which she is struggling with. It's been a rough year and a half and it's all taking its toll. That's where I come in. I want her to have positive messages to reach for in her unsure moments, and know that they come completely from my heart and soul.

I so know what it's like to have low self esteem, to feel constantly judged, and to question ones self on way too regular of a basis...I want to make this easier for her to go through and also let her know that even when she doesn't believe in herself, or what the future holds, that I do, and I always will...

She will be moving back home after this semester in college is over mid December and I want to have it for her as a welcome home gift when she gets here. I will be posting my progress on getting this done for her.















Thanks for stopping by.
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Monica

Here Comes the Sun

With such an exciting week this past week, I have been overwhelmed with happy feelings and am finally feeling like my future is going to be stable again.

The job market here in AR has been devastating for my career, and after working a part time minimum wage job for the last few months things were really getting scarey. Landing my new job with a government contractor, and the opportunities that presents to me is HUGE for me. It's exactly what I have been hoping, praying, yearning for. My art has been a saving grace for me through all of the changes in my life and I am so glad I have it as an outlet.

Then to find out I have been chosen for the Creative Inspirations Paints Design team filled me with happiness...

I did this art journal page using one of my Gelli Plate backgrounds, and images from Nancy Baumiller at Crow About StudioB deviantscrap.com . I love her stuff...

I used borders and images from the Wierdo's collection, then doodled and sewed on the page. It's bright and funky and makes me very happy.

























Hope you have a bright and funky week.
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Monica

9.28.2013

Sharing some most excellent news!!!!

I am SOOO excited!!!!! Earlier this month, I submitted my information and some art for the Creative Inspirations Paint design team call...Last night I received an email letting me know that I made the design team. Hubby and I were out for a celebratory dinner in regards to my new job and I didn't even get the email until this morning...I've already had an amazing week and this news just took it to a whole other level...

The announcement was just made on the company blog and you can check it out here http://creativeinspirationspaint.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-announcement.html

I can't wait to get to know everyone and have fun making art and inspiring other people to try new things.

Be sure and check out the other design team members blogs and follow us as we move forward on this journey.

Have a FaBuLoUs weekend...and STAY TUNED!!!!!

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Monica


9.23.2013

I am working on a little mini reminder flip book for my daughter. She is going through some emotional stuff right now, and I want her to have something to remind her of how awesome she is, and that she will get through this.
I am combining Gelli prints by cutting and sewing them. This is just the first step...more to follow.




The Evolution of a Gelli Print.....Part 1.



















More to follow....

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Monica
Got a couple of journal pages done. I really love my Gelli Plate...it makes the most amazing backgrounds. I love adding other papers, fabric, sewing, and whatever I can grab for.

























The first one is just a reminder to find something beautiful in each day.
The second one is for my hubby. It says (in French) You touch my heart, and kiss my soul...I love you.

I love making pages with messages for my husband and my kids. I am always thinking of them.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Monica

9.18.2013

Here's a picture of another apron I made for a friend...

They are so much fun to make.
























Have a colorful art filled day!!!!!
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Monica
Life is crazy, but it's a beautiful mess...
Between my job situation, my husbands knee going out on him, then his motorcycle accident, and my daughter being sick, art has been my refuge....

This journal page background is actually my scrap paper from the excess paint on my brayer doing gelli prints.

I added texture paste, drywall tape, sewed on some fabric scraps, and I received my new favorite butterfly stamp from Unity in the mail this week...

My life is a beautiful mess, and I am here to ART OUT LOUD.























Go make some art....
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Monica

9.08.2013

I got this gelli print altered up tonight. Even sewed on the inside of all of the stars...I love the song When the Stars Go Blue by Tim McGraw so the chorus worked perfect with this print...I added the words digitally and this was all I could do tonight...might mess with it a little tomorrow...























Thanks for stopping by...
Have a great Monday.
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Monica

A little canvas work

I got some time yesterday and a little today to work on and finish up a canvas. Haven't done much canvas work in awhile. I'm really happy with how this came out. I have 3 more so going to try to get them done during the week. I also have an apron to make, and 4 journals to do closures for, then I really want to get some things up for sale in my etsy shop...

Here's the canvas....Journey...



























I'm going to pick up another package of 4 6x6 canvases and do a grouping similar to this for my house. Hubby said to me today, you make all this art but you don't hang any of it up in our house...My art is typically very colorful, and my decor is industrial shabby chic, so I am going to do a grouping in muted colors with industrial embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Monica