Product Play with Marabu!

One of the lovely additions to our Art Retreat at The Whatever Craft House was the amazing products supplied by our sponsors! What a treat to get to play & experiment with new products during our artsy weekend!Marabu Creative was wonderfully generous & we were able to play with art sprays, art crayons, Aqua Pens, Aqua Inks & Easy Marble! It didn’t take long for everyone to find something new-to-them to try out & it was an even quicker trip to falling in love with new products!Here’s a rundown for you of the products & some projects using them:

Art Sprays

Marabu’s Art Sprays are so much fun! Super vibrant & pigmented, intense & perfect for splatters, drips, stencils & texture, we just had a ton of fun using these on various projects. Check out some below.

Perfect for use on fabric & through stencils, we created art supply pouches in no time with lots of gorgeous color!

Art journal backgrounds are a perfect fit for the art sprays. They break the blank page & give amazing bursts of color!

Tags & banners are taken to the next level with a little spritz of color or shimmer!

Art Crayons

Marabu Art Crayons are super vibrant & creamy! They can be used directly on your surface or you can use a wet brush on the tip to pick up color & then apply….or a slew of other applications! They smudge and move beautifully & maintain their vibrant color!

Graphix Aqua Pens & Inks

We used our Graphix products for use in our Faces Tutorial, using them to create amazng layers of color, shade & highlights. Simply activate with a brush & some water & watch them move. Layer & repeat for more depth!

Easy Marble

Check out our Easy Marble session photos & videos to see how easy & beautiful our creations were!

We are so unbelievably grateful for Marabu as a sponsor & all the fun things we were able to do using their products! If you have ay questions, feel free to ask. I am a Marabu Artist Educator & can answer any you may have!

Saying Yes

So, this past weekend, I had the glorious opportunity to create with other creatives. Which is a gift. Which doesn’t happen as much as it should. Which is often viewed as an extra until you go & do it & then you realize how much of a need it actually was for your soul.

We are in a world of go-go-go, busy-ness, to do lists. Being a creative amongst all of that can be draining. However, when we view our art as a hobby or an extra or a ‘when I have time’ pastime, well, it’s honestly amazing we create anything at all! Creativity needs space to breathe, not ‘I have 20 minutes before I need to pick up the kids, so I need to be creative now & it better be good!’ Talk about pressure! No wonder we find ourselves doubting our talents and abilities or going through a “creative rut”.

I began to wonder, What if we said YES to our creative needs? What if we devoted time to leave all of the ‘other stuff’ for just a few days & let ourselves sink into the space of creativity? What if we did it together, with others who understood that calling of our heart? What might happen?

Well, I’ll tell you, Magic happens.

We journeyed from all parts of the country, meeting internet artsy friends at the Wichita, Kansas airport & made our way to the Whatever Craft House. This space alone is enough to make any creative’s mouth fall open in awe. It is a feast for the eyes, pure delight around each corner…

And soon we filled up the tables with our supplies, our stories, our laughter, our tears, our art and our friendships…

We made glorious messes & beautiful art. But mostly, our simple answer of “YES” lead to us making friendships, connections, & memories. It led to a soul-filling space to open up that part of ourselves that is so often squished into a corner of the room for 20 minutes here & there, to let it roam in a space made specifically for creating, to a time frame that was limited only to the departure time of our flights days away. Like I said, it led to magic.

Stay tuned for my next 2 posts which will feaure our sponsors, Marabu Creative USA & Gelli Arts, with tutorials & project ideas!

If you are interested in attending a retreat, please check out info on this site & feel free to email with any questions ( I would LOVE to have you join us on our next magical weekend!

Finding Time for You

Hello lovelies! It’s been too long since posting here…ah, such is life as a mom & small business owner!

I’m popping in today to share a project with you as well as some food for thought. I am currently in a season (literal season as my husband is a chef in a seasonal town & crazy busy now) of busy-ness, of moming nonstop, of solo parenting when hubs’ working hours span the whole day, of kids home, of kids at ages 3 & 4, of planning art camps & birthday paint parties…phew, just typing it makes me tired!

HOWEVER! No matter the busy-ness of life, I truly believe that self-care & time for you is so important. But, it is not easy to always find that time. I’d love to be finding time for yoga & working out (to lose those extra pounds & save my sanity) or to get my hair or nails done (to relax & feel pretty) & while I’m not finding time for those big things, but I am finding ways to feed my soul…

A glass of wine & some art time

Sketching while kids play


Art makes me feel myself & sneaking in the time is so important. What feeds your soul & makes you feel you? How can you make time even in the busiest of seasons to work that into your life?

Here’s a video from the other night’s me time, where the sacrifice of an extra hour of sleep was so worth it!

Find Your Wings

This art journal page kept taking left turns, things did not go as I planned & I kept feeling the urge to pitch it. Numerous times, I thought, that ruined it. But then I kept working or took a breath & kept at it. No matter how much you make art, there will be pieces that feel more challenging & pieces that flow out of you beautifully. It’s the ‘sticking with it’ in the challenging ones that help you grow. It’s easy to make art when it just comes without effort, but like anything, growth happens when challenges are surmounted, when you feel out of your comfort zone, when you really need to flex that art muscle to get through it.

Check out this Crash the Stash to see how the process can have so many peaks and valleys & still turn out great!

List Products Used:

Shawn’s Stencils:

Old World Minis

Mini Doodle Masks

Numbers 1

Trees 2


Marabu Fashion Sprays in Flamingo, Apple, Shimmer Aquamarine, Shimmer Apricot

Marabu Art Crayons in Black, Kiwi, Aqua Green & Turquoise

Daler Rowney Inks in Turquoise & Process Yellow

Pitt Pen

Stabilo All Pencil

Gelli Prints

Book Pages

Tim Holtz Scrapbook Paper

Mixed Media Play Date!

Hello everyone!

By now many of you know that I am a Creative Team Member in the Mixed Media Play Date 2019!

I am super excited about being able to teach alongside a group of AMAZING artist instructors!


And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away a 1 year spot in this amazing creative community. Continue to learn more.

To enter the giveaway, head over to my Instagram or my Facebook pages for details. (Facebook:


Or enter on the site here:

Winners will be announced December 1st.

Mixed Media Mania YouTube Hop!

So excited to be a part of the Mixed Media Mania YouTube Hop! We have amazing sponsors who are giving away unbelievable prizes & tons of talented artists creating some gorgeous pieces!

Check out how I made this goddess girl here:

Then hop along & don’t forget to comment and subscribe to enter win!

Thanks for watching!

Our Favorites YouTube Hop Winners!

Thank you to all who hopped along & watched all of the amazing tutorials & videos on our YouTube hop!

Also, a huge thank you to all of our incredible sponsors! Their generosity is amazing & we are so grateful!

So now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Our Winners!

-Marabu: Prize Package: Re-used Muse

-Marabu: Prize Package: Luanna Pierce

-Joggles: $25 gift certificate: Crafting and Relaxing

-Joggles: $25 gift certificate: Eden’s Canvas

-Joggles: $25 gift certificate: Susan Jerrell

-Joggles: $25 gift certificate: Mieke Middlehuis

-AB Studio: prize package: Stefania FALASCO

-@slightly_askewed/Katie Mixed Media: collection of stencils: Allison Verboot

-Studio Magda Polakow/@magda_polakow_stamps: $25 gift certificate: Beth Perry

-TCW: prize package: Joy Hurley-Deluna

-Erin DeCoste/@happilywego: watercolor set: Katie Baird

-Alexa Doebler/ @bluewoodsdesign: mounted print of piece in video: nwlady1949

-DecoArt: mixed media line prize: Didi Roche

-DecoArt:mixed media line prize: Valerie B

-Nicole Watson Art/@nicolewatsonart: prize package: Mary Mailloux

-7 Dots: $25 gift certificate : Elizabeth Richards

-Snip-art: surprise gift pack: The Toolgirl42

-Lindy’s Gang: $25 voucher: Alice Dean Hendon

-Lindy’s Gang: $25 voucher: Cheryl Sigler

-Lindy’s Gang: $25 voucher: Susan Schultheis

-Julie Campbell/Creative Little Hut: mixed media book: Pamela Henry

-Canvas Corp Brands: 4 Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists: Uroo Creations

-Mudra Craft Stamps: $25 worth products with free worldwide shipping: cattimir

-Ali Imperiale: original artwork from video: Rachel Angela Art

-Finnabair/Mixed Media Place Store: Voucher: Elaine Place

-Gelli Arts: prize package: Midnight Crafter16

If you see your name above, please contact me with your mailing info & email address. You can message me on Instagram ( or FB ( or email me at

Congratulations to all of our winners! & Thanks again for watching!

Use Your Wings

I often find themes running through my work. Some come through for a short time, reflecting life or thoughts or experiences at the time, but others stick around indefinitely, always popping through my art.

It’s no surprise as they all speak to my soul, to what is written upon my heart!

This piece has one of those themes…that wanderlust joy of travel & exploring, seeking new adventures & trusting your journey to take you to new places!

Hope you enjoy!

Where Faith Resides

Faith is an interesting word. One that is defined so differently for people.

Faith often gets intertwined, for good reason, with religion. However, they are indeed separate. I grew up going to Catholic School…I had a strong faith and strong religion then. Now, my faith is just as strong, probably stronger, but I’ll let my Catholic Guilt tell you that I’m bad at getting to church, bad at remembering to not eat meat on Fridays in Lent… get the idea. My religion is not great at the moment. But my faith, well, that is bigger than those things.

Some see faith as God, some as the Self with the capital ‘S’, some don’t look at faith as tied to a being or state, but rather a belief in something you cannot see, a belief in the bigger picture.

In this piece I put a cardinal, a sign for many of loved ones who’ve passed giving a sign of more, a sign they are with us. But I also included my personal sign of faith, Poppies. Before my 2 children were born, I was pregnant with my first child. We lost that child, a child we called Poppy, after those points where you should be “in the clear”. And I will tell you, nothing has the ability to throw all of what you know upside down more than the loss of a child. While for some, this could be devastating to their faith, to their belief in something bigger, well, for me, it led to something much bigger, much deeper than obeying church rules ever could.

Within days, through the blurry fog of sadness, I received multiple ‘signs’ from our angel baby. Poppies started appearing in the strangest of places- a book that hadn’t mentioned poppies for 256 pages suddenly was talking of poppies, a poppy given to my mother by a friend who did not know of what had happened, a friend on Facebook sent friends a pic of a flower, chosen at random to brighten their day, again, she did not know of what happen, and you guessed it, she sent me a poppy. All of these things happened within 2 days.

I immediately knew. I knew things would be ok, I knew there was something greater, I knew there was more to this story of me being a mother & I needed to have faith, to trust in a bigger picture, to believe that my Poppy was meant to be a wonderful guardian for the kids I would have.

And she has not let me down. Poppies arrive when I most need a reminder of faith, when I need to remember that this moment was meant to be & will lead to something greater. Even if the world feels blurry, a Poppy is always clear to me, it refocuses my world.

I’m sure cardinals or dragonflies or whatever it might be do the same for many.

So, this piece. It’s meant to be a bit out of focus, all but the cardinal (and for me the poppies). That glimpse of proof for our faith in times where it’s hard to see.

Thanks for sticking in here for the story of this piece. I hope it touches your heart in some way.

Watch the process here:

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