Saturday, September 26, 2015

It's not healthy for me to keep this in.

I've lived so many places as I was growing up. I've been to quite a few states and lived in different parts of that state while I was there. Arizona is where I was born. I got to spend enough time there that it made a big impression and no matter where I went I always ended up coming back. It was nice to have somewhere familiar. Arizona is my home.

I'll tell you a little bit about Arizona for those who haven't been there. It's a beautiful place with so many wonders and adventures to be apart of. The history is rich, mysterious, and dangerous. It's a diverse place full of culture. I could go to a jazz club then go next store and experience authentic fresh sushi, then go to one of many art galleries and enjoy the art. The highways are decorated and beautiful. Murals that pay homage to native inspiration, and they are made out of rocks! There's no lack of things to do. Phoenix has a 5 story high library! 5 stories! Did I mention the train? Free trolley rides to places you want to go if you don't want to pay for the bus. Art festivals, and weekly functions open to everyone, performing arts theater around the corner from where i lived right next to the amazing library and contemporary art museum. Did i mention you can ride on a carriage pulled by beautiful Clydesdale horses. This is all in Scottsdale that I enjoyed... that's only one city . Yes, Arizona made an impression.

I've lived in Illinois, Missouri, California, Kansas, and now Kentucky. This is where it gets less inspiring. The culture here consists of no diversity. There's no inspiration or true life going on. I've met so many people who have no dreams, no ambition, no intention of leaving or doing anything at all. No one hopes for more or aspires to be more. The culture is factory work, and conformity. I have never conformed. I am me. I will stay me. So, I stand out, especially with my black child. Most people are very kind to him. But boy do I get the looks and judgment. I've even had someone call CPS saying I was drunk and on drugs. I had my first glass of mine in months last night. Cps saw my house, met my kids, told me i was doing a great job, closed the "investigation" and haven't talked to me since. My son's the only black person in our entire complex. I think that had something to do with it.

People here get so upset when I notice things. I'm causing drama because I notice things. Is that what drama is? Being awake and aware? Or that I point out things they don't like? My question is: Was I wrong? Was I lying? Or was I telling the truth? Is that what drama is? The truth. If that's what drama is than I guess I a am the biggest drama queen.

I'm a drama queen because I don't like this fake place. I don't like mistreatment of the people I care about and yes, I will say something! I don't like the constant judgment from people who think they are superior. People who judge me for having a black son and a white one. They are the sweetest boys. They deserve a better place than this and it's eating at me. I care. I care so I'm a drama queen. I guess I can live with that.

I keep to myself and stay inside. Yet, trouble still tries to find me. I take care of my boys and home but somehow I do nothing and I'm worthless.
Screw this place and their standards.
They don't know me, and they don't get to dictate how I live my life.
Adult bullying is a thing.

I miss my family and being free. This cage is so big and it's still so issolating. Don't get me wrong, it's beautiful here... but sometimes you shouldn't be somewhere just because it's beautiful. I want home. I'm going to find that.

End rant.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Mae West Journal

Well, this was an inspired journal! There's so much going on! So much to say! I'll just let you check out the videos! Haha

About the Cover

Inside the Completed Journal


Altered Wooden Plaque

This was a gift for a very good friend of mine, Anne! She is always her own worst critic so I wanted to make her a small reminder that she does wonderful work and to believe in herself!



Bulk Journals

WOW! I went all out! I have never done this before, so it was quite an experience. I didn't let a single bit of Chipboard go to waste! LOL
I learned a lot in this process! I hope you all like the journals! I still have a couple of these available on



Mixed Media Fairy Journal

I wanted to see what I could do with mixed media for a fairy themed Journal! This was a great way to express myself. I love mixed Media! 
Tell Me What You Think!



I'm hosting a give away with 3 winners to be chosen! I will post a video to the Give Away and a video to the prizes!
The Give Away ENDS OCTOBER 31st!
If you need to contact me, please email me at:
I hope you decide to join in!

                                                              GIVE AWAY RULES!!




Doctor Who Art Journal (The Clock is Striking 12!)

I absolutely LOVE Doctor Who! 
I was looking on YouTube and I couldn't find a single Doctor Who Art Journal Entry.
That's just unacceptable!
So, I did one of my own!



Guest DT PLP for EVG

This is the 3rd and final Guest PLP design. I had so much fun making this one. I was asked to combine Heartsong and Gentlemen and Scholars together. These are two very different kits! I was out of yellow ink and running out of time. I decided to print G&S over Heartsong to see what would happen, not only did the color mix well (due to lack of yellow ink) they looked wonderful! Inspiration kicked in as soon as I saw the first page!  I hope you enjoy.


If You'd like to try out any of her wonderful prints here are the links to EVG Kits I used!!

Vintage Journal for my Aunt

This is a gift I made for my Aunt! I wanted to do something nice, but also simple so that she could add what she wanted to it as well. I used Prima's Time Keepers Memories! One of my favorites by them! I hope you like it!


Boho Bracelets

I made a few stackable bohemian bracelets! These are so much fun, and so easy to do! They look so beautiful when you put them on. If you'd like to try your own, check out my simple tutorial!


Dark Truth Journal

It wasn't really just one idea when I made the journal. I've dealt with a few recent painful experiences while dealing with people in my life. People show you the face they want you to see and its only a mask because underneath they are screaming in pain. No one can hear it. And no one sees it, so they don't know. If they do see it, what kind of person is taking notice? What mask are they wearing? Is it the beautiful monster that notices, the one that would love nothing more than to make you scream louder. Is it the hideous angel that sees? The one that people fear, and longs for nothing more than a companion. My point? My theme, or inspiration? No one is who they appear to be, for better or worse. What if we could see clearly what people hide?  All of the images I chose reminded me of myself in someway, or they are the images I imagine of people I have met and had the pleasure/displeasure of getting to know.

If you'd like to see the process video for the making of the cover: 


My Completed Graphic 45 August Challenge! Using Rare Oddies

The challenge was to create a project using your favorite papers out of  Rare Oddities or Guilded Lilly! I made an altered box and Mini Album using Rare Oddies! It was a challenge to do at a couple of points because the first mini I started ended up being to lare for the box, so it was back to the drawing board to start a new one! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! I tried to keep embellishments to a minimum for the sake of making sure it would still fit in the box when it was done. I stuck with paper flowers, cut outs from the collection, and of course metal from Butterbeescraps! I love her metal pieces! Well, here is is, let me know what you think!
Here is a video, and some photos!



G45 Steampunk and Spells Cards

Hello, I wanted to share the Cards I made using the Graphic 45 Steampunk and Spells Paper Collection by Graphic 45! I used a few interesting techniques! This is the best time I've had while making cards! If you'd like to see a detailed video, click the link below!

My Junk Journal Junkies Design Team Project for the Month of August!

Hello Everyone, I wanted to share what I worked on for the month of August! I used the Kaiser Kraft, On Stage paper collection. I was able to implement the stamps and the dies that came with the collection as well. This journal was a step outside of my norm, so it was so fun to explore what I could do with it. I love how it turned out, hopefully you will enjoy it too. Here's a few photos and a link to a full flip through! Tell me what you guy's think!

Huge Thank you to Yvonne, and the amazing JJJ group for the never ending inspiration!