Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Earth Day



Hope you are having a fabulous weekend enjoying this lovely planet of ours!

XO,
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Magic Latte


When I asked my coffee this morning if we were going to make it to the weekend...



Cheers friends!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Printables!


Happy Tuesday friends!

How is your week going? The weather here in Indiana is GORGEOUS today and I'm soaking in the sunshine and spring blooms.

I have two new printables in my Etsy shop to tell you about today!

I was so excited about creating my bible journaling kit for Illustrated Faith that I dreamed up a few more for my Etsy shop...



These embellishments can be used for bible & art journaling, scrapbooking, or mixed media art. And the long embellishments make perfect bookmarks!

Click on the images above to find them in my shop!

XO,
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New Product + Encouragement for YOU!


Happy Wednesday friends!

I have some exciting news to share with you today...a new product launch!

So a little back story...if you can humor me for a minute. And I promise there is a reason for the story that I think will encourage you.

About a month ago I posted a new pattern on my Instagram... 



A new Insta friend, Elaine, commented on the pattern that it would be lovely for bible journaling, and asked if I had a printable of it available. 

How did she know that I've been wanting to start creating scrapbooking illustrations? It was like she read my mind.  

When I saw that she works for Illustrated Faith, I sent her a direct message and asked if she had any tips on what types of items would be popular for bible journaling, since that is a completely new concept to me. 

She replied with a few tips, but also an invitation to be the April guest designer for the Illustrated Faith digital shop!

Talk about an exciting invitation! And one that I didn't need much time to deliberate. 

Umm, YES PLEASE!

Those who have followed me for a long time know that I used to be an obsessed scrapbooker which makes this new adventure all the more exciting. Creating my OWN scrapbooking embellishments?! 

Holy.Cow.

Even though I don't scrapbook anymore, I've always had a huge thing for the patterned paper, the stickers...all of it.

Because Elaine loved my pattern so much, I took it as my starting cue for the collection, and went with a theme of hope and faith in things unseen, because that is a huge mantra for my life these days. 


The kit includes a page of embellishments and another page with four journaling cards. 

There are a few things I really love about it.

It is authentically me. The hand drawn images, the child-like feel, and the message of hope. It is all ME. I'm a ridiculously hopeful person and I also believe in the magic and mystery of what we can't see and how it brings together fantastically wonderful opportunities for us in this life. 

This kit pulls together all of that into a sweet little printable you can buy for $4.50. I tell ya that is quite a deal, right? Right. 

I'm just over the moon about it. 

Right now I'm using one of the bible margin covers (the long skinny pieces) as a bookmark which is just perfect, especially for my new Anne Lamott book (all the heart eyes!)...


You can check out the lovely things Elaine did with the kit over on the Illustrated Faith blog. That girl is good! 

Here is one of her images showing the embellishments close up. Gah they make my heart skip a beat!


And I'm super happy to share that I'll be doing another kit for them in May! I can't wait to see what comes together for the next one. 

So the lesson in all of this?

Keep going. 

Keep sharing. 

Keep doing the things you love and the threads will connect together in the ways they are meant to. 

Those things that you can't not do with your time? The ones that excite you so much that you stay up too late on a work night or wake up first thing in the morning thinking about? 

Keep doing them! Even if you aren't sure where they might take you. 

That's where the magic is.

XO,

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Hello April!


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Can you all believe it is April already?

I tell you, February was a crazy mess of sickness in our house, but March was full of so many lovely things.

And April? Whew! I have some really exciting new projects I'm working on that I can't wait to share with you!

So let's go April! We're coming for ya!

(I created that fun lettering video up there in the Procreate app on my new iPad pro with the Apple Pencil. Such a fun app!)

XO,
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Creative Process + Dream Art Supplies




"The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there's ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it's really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow." -Carlton Cuse

I've been learning a new creative process over the past week with my new iPad and Apple Pencil (dream art supplies!). Let me just say my poor sketchbook is lonely! I'm amazed at what I can create, and how quickly, with them. 

I've been playing around with a new technique I learned that I used in the floral motifs up there, and in this lettering...


I am really loving the smoky, etherial effect. 

I'm also having fun replicating my usual pen and paper lettering...


The Apple Pencil is truly amazing...I didn't expect it to be so similar to using pen and paper but it really is.

I also created my first pattern using it...


I could seriously create ALL day!

Hope you're having a good week friends and follow me over on Instagram if you want to get a daily peek at my illustrations!

XO,

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Courage = Confidence


Have you ever taken on a project that required every ounce of your courage to see it through? 


Something you know was meant for you, and would help you grow, but darn-it if it didn't scare the crap out of you?

I spent the past two Saturdays working on my scare-the-crap-out-of-you project in the most beautiful space full of light and nature...


and I discovered that when you decide to use up every ounce of courage available to you, it looks a lot like confidence.



It may look on the outside like you have it all together, but inside you are holding on for dear life.

But when you don't give up, and decide to hold all of your scared parts together, magical things can happen. 


Like this cutie patootie snail.

I also learned that you can turn a daisy into an echinacea flower with a simple addition of purple and brown.



So the next time a project comes up that scares you, remember that you don't have to be 100% confident, you just need to gather up all of your courage. 

I promise it will work!

XO,
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Living Inside Your Art


I was chatting with my Mom the other night about a new retail shop in town that is full of succulents, organic goodies and gemstones. 

I told her they have a necklace that has a crocheted pocket to hold a gemstone which sounds so lovely. 

And then declared with a giggle that I'm totally turning into a hippy. 

And she replied that I'm becoming who I was meant to be. 

Isn't that a wonderful thing?

Becoming who you were always meant to be?

Remembering who you were when you were a child and returning to your roots? 

When I was a kid, I drew a lot. And I collected rocks.



I was obsessed with both.

And now I am again.

I'm finding so much joy in my art, and in collecting pieces of nature that help me feel grounded and connected to something larger than myself. 



It is something so special and yet scary at the same time. 

When you get to that place of truly knowing yourself, it feels like you are walking a tight rope without a net below you, because there's no more facade to fall back on. 



You're just....you! 



The real, stripped down, cleanest, and most pure version of yourself. 

A friend commented on one of my Facebook posts the other day that she loves how I "live inside my art." Goodness what a compliment. And it really got me thinking about the idea of living inside my art. 

I do really feel like I'm starting to do that. To incorporate my art into every facet of my life. 



Or is it the other way around?

Either way it feel fabulous.

And "art" can mean so many different things. It is the thing that makes you come alive. The thing you can't go 24 hours without doing. 

Do you know what your art is? 

If not I really encourage you to think back to your childhood and what you loved. What you would do with your time if you didn't need a paycheck. 

What would life look like if you were living inside of that art?

I'd love to hear what you think about this in the comments!

Happy Friday friends,
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Pattern Collection


I seem to go through spurts with my pattern making, and I've been in a major ON phase the past few weeks!

I was going through my old sketchbooks and came upon a page full of fun floral motifs that I hadn't done anything with yet, so of course they became a bunch of happy patterns!

Here is the original image from my sketchbook to give you an idea of where I started...


And here are the patterns!





This last one is my favorite because of the flowing movement to it, and I have a ridiculous love for those little balloon-ish flowers. I want to draw them on everything!

Happy Tuesday friends!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fun with Paint Pens


I got some new paint pens over the weekend and couldn't resist trying them out right away on this little canvas...


They are Uni Posca paint pens and I am in LOVE with them! 

The colors are lovely and the paint comes out smoothly and is nice and opaque.


I also used my favorite Paper Mate Flair pen to add some outlines and make the shapes pop...


As soon as I find the time I'll be making a few more of these little paintings!

Do you have a favorite new art or crafting supply?

XO,

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Luck (and a bit of magic)






Luck is the thing that happens when you listen to that still, small voice, you keep taking chances, you put your broken & messy self out into the world and offer up what you were created to do, and all of those lovely threads connect into something SPECTACULAR.

I also like to call it magic. 

Sending happy spring flowers your way!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

New Pattern Collection


I sat down last night with the iPad and drew some happy flower motifs and then went nuts making patterns!

Goodness these make me SO happy. 









Hope you're having a fabulous weekend friends!

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