Taylored Expressions Designer Dangles with fabric and ribbon

A couple friends and I spend this last Saturday afternoon making earrings- I know right?!!!!  My amazing friend Jk showed me how she used Christmas ribbon to make some festive earrings, and then she said that she went out and bought some fabric-  AND the  WHOLE WIDE WORLD OF PATTERNS CAME ALIVE IN OUR MINDS!

So after playing and coming up with all the crazy combos that we could come up with we thought we needed to share the Love. So in this video, I have three examples of what we use to make earrings out of.  Fabric, and ribbon!

This is a huge game-changer, and I am totally getting some Disney fabric next time I am at the fabric store- which seems much more often now!

I would love to know if you have made these earrings? if so what material are you wanting to try?

Creating Mindfulness DIY Wrapping Paper #Mindfulness #DIY WrappingPaper ...

It's that time of year! Merry Christmas, I made this tutorial with my readers in mind- I think it's so important to be in the right mindset during Christmas and sometimes that means to do something creative- Why not put some craft paint on some craft paper and make some wrapping paper!

In this video, I share why practicing mindfulness with creative arts really helps you de-stress, and help you work through anxiety, and emotions.

Have a merry Christmas, and I hope that the New Year brings lots of joy with it!

Taylored Expressions Poinsettia with Liquid Watercolor

I enjoy painting with liquid watercolor! Here are all the details on how I created this card!

Happy Painting!


Nativity Card - Five Minute Card

I love those stamps that do all the work for you, All you have to do is show up! The Nativity Background Stamp from Taylored Expressions is my new favorite Christmas stamp to use!

I used
Taylored Expressions Nativity background stamp https://www.tayloredexpressions.com/nativity-background/

Ranger's Black Archival ink

Canson 140 lb watercolor paper https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=266832&u=1352891&m=30103&urllink=www%2Edickblick%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fcanson%2Dxl%2Dwatercolor%2Dpads%2F&afftrack=

Brushos https://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=266832&u=1352891&m=30103&urllink=www%2Edickblick%2Ecom%2Fproducts%2Fbrusho%2Dcrystal%2Dcolours%2F&afftrack=
and a round brush

Gratitude Journal- A creative Mindfulness Art Journal

The purpose of this Gratitude Journal is to help your feeling and thoughts work together to help you have uplifting feelings and thoughts. 

Curious- do you Art Journal. For me, art journaling is so near and dear to my heart. I wanted to share a version of art journaling with you. I call it my Gratitude Journal. and it really has helped change my life to feel more joy and God's love for me. You should totally try it.

Basically, I came up with this idea for tweens to have a place to go with their thoughts. I wanted their thoughts to be uplifting, what better way to feel uplifted by drawing, sketching and doodling what you are grateful for?

So I started a Gratitude Art Journal. a simple but effective way to put onto paper what you are grateful for, and a place that time and time again I have gone to when I felt like life is unfair. It's not.

A gratitude art journal should reflect you. It should be utilized with the things you love, and want to keep in your Journal. I love patterns and sentiments, so I was able to utilize the sentiment stamps that make me happy. USE WHAT YOU GOT! The whole point of this is for you to feel uplifted when you need to get your thoughts out- The purpose of this Gratitude Journal is to help your feeling and thoughts work together to help you have uplifting feelings and thoughts. 

Here are my gratitude prompts that I have kept in the back of my book:

Gratitude Journal prompts One way to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Below are 30 gratitude journal prompts to get you started. Draw, write, doodle!
  1. What’s something that you’re looking forward to?
  2. What’s a simple thing that you’re grateful for?
  3. What’s something that you are grateful to have today that you didn’t have a year ago?
  4. Write about a happy memory.
  5. Write about someplace you’ve been that you’re grateful for.
  6. What’s something about your body or health that you’re grateful for?
  7. What are you grateful for outside in Nature?
  8. What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?
  9. What is something that makes your life easier?
  10. Look around your house, find a favorite photo, Why do you like it? 
  11. What have you been given that you’re grateful for?
  12. What’s something or someone that makes you feel safe?
  13. What artist, author, or musician are you grateful for?
  14. What do you like about school
  15. How are you able to help others?
  16. What public service or organization are you grateful for (i.e. the library or fire department)?
  17. What book(s) are you grateful for?
  18. What piece of clothing are you grateful for?
  19. Write/draw about a friend that you’re grateful for.
  20. Write/draw about a teacher that you’re grateful for.
  21. Write/ draw about a family member that you’re grateful for.
  22. What did you accomplish today?
  23. What’s a tradition that you’re grateful for?
  24. What’s one of the personality traits that you’re grateful for?
  25. What mistake or failure are you grateful for?
  26. What skills do you have that you’re grateful for?
  27. What’s something that you bought recently that you’re grateful for?
  28. What’s something that you made recently that you’re grateful for?
  29. Look around the room and write about everything you see that you’re grateful for.
  30. Write/draw about 3 things you’re grateful for today.

Being Creative will help you enjoy life. It engenders a spirit of gratitude. Richard G. Scott. 

I also want to mention that while doing this mindfulness exploration- (play) that feelings and emotions should come up- feel those feelings, let them out onto paper. Enjoy the experience, and if your heart feels lighter then you did exactly what was suppose to be the reason for this play.

If thoughts of sadness or depression come up- take note of this. and maybe it's time to seek a professional that can help you with depression, anxiety, or other intense feelings. The best thing you can do is talk about it with a loved one.
I am not a therapist. I can not offer any professional therapy advice. However as a mom- I get it. I get those intense feelings. My pharmacist Husband and therapist both said that there wasn't much they could clinically do for me and my "depression" in a time in my life I cried every day for months. I was depressed. I had to find my own way out of it- I call it my creative deprivation time- I starved my creative self to the point that I was angry at the world and feel into a depression. I climbed my way out with mindfulness activities while nurturing my artist. This was one of the many tools I used.

Create 72 sentiment strips in 5 mintues with the help of a Memory MISTI

True story, I asked for a Memory Misti for my birthday from my husband, in May- and only used it like 3 times until... I found a whole new reason why I am using my Memory Misti.

Simple Strips are changing my life! 

Simple Stripes in the 12x12 Misti is my favorite ways to get a ton of sentiments made in no time!  I got 72 strips stamped all at once! (your memory MISTI can hold four sets of simple strips stamps at a time. That my friend is a great workhorse in your craft room!

As we head into the holiday crafting season, Blick art materials have a wonderful selection of paper crafting items!

I love their selection of Ranger Arts materials (Tim Holtz) And I desperately need some watercolor paper, like yesterday... so I am off to order lots of crafting materials today!

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