Sunday, September 20, 2015

K is for Kiss (+WOYWW & PPF)

The kiss, which can simply be defined as the gesture of touching with the lips, can convey a variety of feelings.  It can be as simple as a greeting between friends.  It can be a gesture of pure love and joy, as the tender kiss a parent gives his/her new born child.  It can demonstrate passionate love between spouses, as the one described in the Song of Solomon.  It can be bittersweet, as the kiss given to a loved one when saying goodbye.  And, it can also be the kiss of death, as the one Judas gave Jesus before betraying him for 30 pieces of silver.  Through out time, the Kiss has inspired artists of all genres such as Bob Carlisle and Randy Thomas, who wrote the father and daughter song, Butterfly Kisses; J. M. Barrie, who wrote about Wendy's innocent kiss in the children's literary classic, Peter Pan: and Auguste Rodin, who sculpted the adulterous couple in The Kiss.  So when you hear someone say, "A Kiss Is Just A Kiss," remember that it can really be a lot more than touching with the lips.

Happy Cupcake
Handcut Cupcake; Fiskar's Scallop Scissors; EKSuccess heart and musical-note-border punches;
Hand lettering; Tim Holtz Lattice embossing folder and Vintage Valise die (Spare Parts); and Basicgrey papers
Tag You're It! Challenge #30
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Die Crazy
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #202
Matthew 16:24
Art Journal - Sharpie Doodling & Hand Lettering
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk #329
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 29 Year 5
One of a Kind Gift Bag of Assorted Goodies
iPhone 4S Shot
Our Beautiful World: 115 Assorted
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #194
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - K is for One of a Kind
I apologize for my absence last week, but I was overwhelmed with work.  However, thank you for your visit and for leaving such thoughtful comments.  Blessings!

Monday, September 7, 2015

WOYWW - I is for Intuitive

According to, "intuitive" is an adjective defined as having the ability to know or understand things without any proof or evidence; perceiving by intuition; and agreeing with what seems naturally right.  I have been intuitive for as long as I can remember.  However, prior to my 20's, I did not always trust my intuitiveness, because I also tend to be a perfectionist.  This was not a good combination for a young man, because it made me doubt myself and sometimes stifle my decision making process as I strived for what I believed was "perfection."  As I've matured, I've learned to balance these traits, so that I may use them to my advantage.

Windows Into My World (Psalm 146:1a)
Gelli Print Collage; Watercolors; Sharpies; Charcoal; Hand-carved Stamps; & Handlettering
Let's Get Shabby: Challenge #67
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #327
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Kim's Show Your Face
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #193
Being intuitive has helped me make better decisions, because I've learned to balance the facts (or what seems logical) with what I feel is right or wrong (or what is intuitive) during specific situations.  My decisions aren't always the best, but most of the time it helps.  Being intuitive has been an asset in all my creative endeavors too.

Psalm 16:11
DCWV Card; Basicgrey Print; Martha Stewart Banner & Gem; WAW Scripture Art; Jute Cord & Button
Freshly Made Sketches #202
CropStop Linky Party #7
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #200
It has helped me know when working on a written piece, work of art, or craft; decorating a room in a practical and aesthetically pleasing manner; cooking a special dish; getting dressed to impress; conducting a lesson for my students; and even when interacting with my family, friends and others.

My Three Girls
iPhone Shot Edited on iPhoto & Pixelmator
Sue's Image-in-ing
Bella's 52 Photos Project - {Apple}…of My Eye
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - I is for My Inspiration
Do you consider yourself intuitive?  Do you value intuition?  I'd love to hear what you think.  Anyway, thank you for your visit and for taking the time to leave a comment.  Blessings!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

H is for Choosing to be Happy

It is so easy to look at a glass as half way empty, instead of half way full; to ignore the positive aspects of our lives, and focus on the negative; and to put our trust in the mundane, instead of in the Lord.  During the last couple of weeks I had an extremely difficult time at work which drained me physically, mentally, and emotionally.  However, with the support of my family, friends, and especially my Lord, I feel much better this week.  I am consciously choosing to focus on my gifted and talented students, who are a joy to work with.  My students are a constant source of inspiration, and challenge me to be a better person personally and professionally.  In addition, I have my studio where I can rejuvenate and revitalize through my readings, explorations, and creations.  Most importantly, through prayer and Scriptural readings, the Lord guides me through the darkness to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Thank you, Lord!

Hope For Tomorrow
Gelli Paper Print; Tim Holtz Tissue tape & Papers; Pastels; Watercolors; and Sharpies
Art Journal Journey - Through My Window
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #326
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make It Colorful
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 26 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Julie's Art Journal Everyday
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Relax, It's Tea Hour!
Handcut Teacup Pieces; Hand Lettering; Tim Holtz Clock Embossing Folder; and More
Tag Tuesday - Jewelry
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Trio of Colors
Tag Your It! Challenge #29
Colors… They Make Me Happy!
iPhone 4 Photograph Edited on Pixelmator
Our Beautiful World - #112 Beads
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - H is for Hans Hofmann
Sue's Image-in-ing
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #199
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #192
I want to dedicate this post to everyone that left a comment regarding my last post.  I was feeling extremely tired and stressed.  Your comforting words made me feel happy!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

G is for…

Have you ever had a week at work when you are so tired by the time you get home, that you can't find the energy to articulate your thoughts in a cohesive manner?  I'm having one, with all the back-to-school tasks and duties that I have had going on during the day.  Therefore, I am resorting to the wisdom I found in the words of others.

The Lord's Gift
Deedee's Digis' Goody Jars; Tim Holtz embossing folder and dies; and More
Karen's Word Art Wednesday #198
Tag You're It! #28
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Thy faithfulness is unto generations;
Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
Psalm 119:90

Glamour Girl
Mixed Media (Acrylic, Charcoal, Pastel, Oil Pastel & Calligraphy Marker) 14"x11" Art Journal Page
Lynn's Paper, Paint, Pencils & Pens! - Clothes & Shoes
Mixed Media Monthly - Challenge #15 Let's Get Texty
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 25 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
Glamour is about feeling good in your own skin.
Zoe Saldaña

MO Ranch Chapel
iPhone 4 Photograph
Our Beautiful World #111 - Stairs
Denise & Roger's ABC Wednesday - G is for God
Bella's 52 Photos Project {Summer Light}
Sue's Image-in-ing
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #325
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday #157
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #191
I believe in God - not in a Catholic God;
there is no Catholic God.  There is God,
and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation.
Jesus is my teacher and my pastor,
but God, the Father, Abba,
is the light and the Creator.  This is my Being.
Pope Francis

I hope you found the wisdom in these words as inspirational as I did.  Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.  Blessings! 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

F is for Fragile

Are children fragile?  Yes, in my opinion, they need an environment in which the needs of their body, mind and spirit are met, or they will grow up with deficiencies which may be difficult to resolve during adulthood.  Healthy foods, plenty of exercise, sound rest, a safe shelter, and appropriate clothing are the basic physical elements that will keep a child's body in shape.  The mind needs can be met with exposure to a variety of experiences, which should include conversations, reading of various genres, exposure to all the various fine arts, creative endeavors, problem solving activities and more.  The spirit can be strengthened through daily prayer, meditation, regular church attendance, involvement in age appropriate church groups, and more.  However, parents and guardians who overprotect, overindulge, and over-schedule their children are actually harming them too.  Children need to learn to cope with not getting everything they want, with disappointments, and with loss.  They need to learn how to entertain themselves, how to solve their own problems, and how to behave appropriately.    Therefore, children are fragile, but they need to develop appropriate life coping strengths through a balance of love and appropriate discipline.

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - August
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Citrus
Try It On Tuesday - Sending you Flowers
Moo-Mania - Embellishments
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Back to School
Inspired by children, I decided to incorporate them into my design  for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - August.  I began by making my background according to Tim's instructions.  However, I  used the Thinlits "Handwritten Love" collection and created my own words using the "Alphanumerics" dies.  I also used a much more lively color scheme.  Next, I cut a ruler from the "Crowded Attic" sticker collection and arranged the pieces on my background.  I stapled the ends to secure them.  I printed some vintage clip art from Paige Hill's Instant Memories - Children book and CD set to use on my tag.  I arranged them along with a Vial Label which I had embellished with some "Remnant Rubs - Words."  I stamped a swirly design from the "Purely Random" clear stamp set on the upper left corner for an added layering feel.  Next, I strung a "Type Charm" to a "Pen Nib" to create an embellishment to glue over the stamped area.  As finishing touches, I glued a dyed "Heirloom Rose" and strung the top with some jute rick rack and a strip of alphabet tape.

Art Journal Journey - Time
The Mixed Media Challenge - Get Texty
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday Week 24 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Alexandra's Sunday Sketches
With the theme of rearing children in mind, I completed new a mixed media page in my 14"x11" art journal.  It's on one of the pages that I had used to clean my brayer during my gelli plate session last weekend.  First of all, I stamped an original image of Christ that I hand carved a while back.  Next, I painted a dove to represent the Holy Spirit using "Cray-Pas Expressionist" oil pastels, along with a stick of charcoal to create some shadowing in the background.  Then, I used the Tim Holtz "Weathered Clock" die and cut it out of a yellow scrap of shimmer cardstock.  I distressed it and glued the parts on my page.  Finally, I used various styles of calligraphy to write the first verse of Ecclesiastes 3 using an EKSuccess calligraphy pen and a Uniball Air pen.  I believe this scripture teaches children a valuable lesson about the good and bad times that life will inevitably bring.

Karen's Word Art Wednesday #197
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 324
Denise and Roger's ABC Wednesday - F is for Flower
Sue's Image-in-ing
Our Beautiful World #110 Vacant
Maria's Orange You Glad It's Friday # 156
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #190
Last, but not least, I have a photograph that I took with my iPhone 4, at a quiet rest-stop nature-trail along Interstate 10, between San Antonio and Houston, Texas.  It is my submission as guest designer this month at Word Art Wednesday.  It's a gorgeous red-orange prickly pear bloom.  I cropped it digitally, edited it on Pixelmator, and layered this week's scripture art from Word Art Wednesday.  It is a the thirteenth verse from Romans 15.  It's a wonderful blessing that could be read to children when they go off to school, summer camp, or elsewhere.  It's also a blessing that I want to leave you with today.

Thank you for stopping by, as well as for leaving such thoughtful comments for me to read.  As always, I will reciprocate by visiting your blog and leaving a comment as well.  I also want to thank all my new followers, and I'm excited to see that I have close to 200.  Praise the Lord!  Once again, thank you everyone.