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See More Hope

Perspective has everything to do with hope.  Hope is created or destroyed in the heart by how the eyes choose to perceive a situation, circumstance, or even a person.  Realizing that perspective and hope went hand in hand it provided the perfect foundation for creating this art journaling page, using only a Copic Multi-Liner Pen, to doodle various lines, shapes and dots.  When I created this page, it was out of desperation to see aspects of my life with new perspective.  I ached for the ability re-train my eyes to see more hope in situations, circumstances, and even people. 

There are lots of hidden messages in the page. 

May this encourage you to see more hope!

Halloween: Cute, Practical, Fun

This idea uses the party favor and water bottle drink to decorate the table for the perfect Halloween party. 


The little tin buckets were painted black and decorated to look like a black cat.  The tiny bucket was easy to fill with small items such as spooky hand sanitizer, Smarties, Pop Rocks, and spider rings.  This darling black cat looked amazing sitting next to the mummy water bottle.  A bottle of water wrapped with white crepe paper and finished off with some wiggle eyes almost made this water to cute to drink!  🙂  These party favors and party drink made for wonderful decorations and also eliminated spending extra money on table decorations, that will just have to be stored away when the party is over.

Operation Halloween

It’s a synch to recycle a few milk jugs.  If you dare, use a black sharpie marker to create a spooky ghost.  You can even cut a small hole in the back of the jug and slip a small battery operated tea light candle inside.  Those battery operated tea lights are stinkin’ amazing……{just sayin’}

This is an activity that can be done early and enjoyed all month long. 

Your little goblins will enjoy making them with you and beg you the entire day to turn the tea lights on.  🙂 

You Rock with Red Hair

Wouldn’t it be great to receive a card with the message “You Rock?”  It’s awesome to be reminded that someone, somewhere thinks you are a total rock star in their world.  So that is what inspired this funky grunge, rock star card.  

The creating began with embossing the guitar image, from CTMH, with fine detail black embossing  powder.  Then stamping the splattered ink image, in the same CTMH “You Rock” stamp set, randomly all over the background.  Using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and a foam applicator inked the entire background with the yellow ink and then faded the purple ink into the center beginning in the corner where the guitar was stamped to spotlight the guitar image.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed with fine detail black embossing powder and was given the “grunge” look by adding stamped black dots and layered on torn black paper.


The rock star herself is an image from  She was colored with Copic Markers and hand cut with fine detail scissors.  Her hair was colored with the intention of having it look red.  As I colored I kept asking my 7 year old daughter….”what color is her hair?”  I was pleased when my efforts progressed from brown…..brownie…..brownish……RED!  Her enthusiastic response satisfied me enough that her red hair was mission accomplished.  A piece of torn black paper was the perfect layer for this raw and funky music star. 

I hand drew the stars on polka-dot purple pattern paper and cut them out, and layered them on black paper.  Once the stars were layered I rubbed them over with purple metallic rub-ons, to make them grungy.

Have a great weekend, and by the way…. {you rock}

Lend A Helping Hand

Fall is the best time for lending a hand because there is so much to be done in order to prepare for old man winter.  {burr & not quite ready for winter} 

This card is a fun “out of the box” whimsical fall scene.  The Sassy Cheryl’s fireman image was used to help blow leaves instead of squirting water to put out fires.  Sassy Cheryl is having a sale right now and it’s a doozy: Buy 2 get 1 FREE!  You can find her adorable out of this world images at:

The stone wall and tree branch are stamped images from Stamps By Judith and Heather. 

The blue birds and owl are stamped images colored with COPIC Markers and hand cut. 

Each leaf was colored and hand cut using fine detail scissors and adhered to the card base with small crinkles to give the leaves a more realistic look.

The background color was created using Tim Holtz Distress Inks and foam applicator.

Hope this card inspires you to make a difference in the life of someone this week. 


Do you remember the paper beads I posted a few days back?  If not, below is a link to catch you up:

It was my desire to make something for a friend who needed a little encouragement. 

Knowing her favorite color is purple, I searched my stash of scrapbook paper for the perfect shades of coordinating purple hues.   

Since this bracelet was made for the purpose of encouragment I added a silver dangling charm “believe.” 

This carefully chosen charm was to remind her that God has a plan for her life, and this plan is one that will prosper her and give her a hope and a future.  

It’s my prayer that everytime she wears this bracelet her mind will reflect on believing that God keeps His promises.