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Date Joined: September 13, 2018
Last Online: July 21, 2024

Country: United States

About Me

I ran across a girl, Suzi blu, on Youtube who introduced my daughter and I to Art Journaling about 9 or 10 years ago. My first journal is hysterical but I have improved...a little...Early on, my daughter found out she didn't enjoy that hobby so she left me to learn on my own...I dabbled a little over the years, but really got steady with it in 2017...I do most of my learning by watching other truly amazing artistic people on YouTube....that's where I spend most of my time. My interests vary in different kinds of things one might put in a journal, trying my hand at all sorts of ideas...like one thing I started was learning how to draw faces, whimsical faces...I ran across Dina Wakely who says if you will do a hundred faces...you will be successful...so I have done many faces so far....some of those I like....and she's right...I feel comfortable with it but still need the practice....I like Art Marks....just random marks on a page or two using mixed media together...stamps, stencils, acrylics, watercolor, pan pastels, inks, distress inks and oxides, markers, etc...I also love making pocket letters and single ATC cards....My neighbor works in oils...tried that but found out I don't like oils...so I don't work with that media....I love collage and started getting ephemera kits from Etsy and collaging, along with my own scraps and leftovers, in a very large 12 x 14 book....that's an occasional journal, not every day....I just love Art....I am not a natural artist....I do have to work hard at it....I usually call myself the copycat artist but hopefully one day I will find my style....My kiddos are grown and off on their own adventures, so I have plenty of time for "arting"...papercrafting is my new time consumer as of late....like I mentioned before....ATCs,flipbooks, pocket letters and zines....so much fun to put together....

***One of my favorite things and one of the reasons I joined SB is because I SO ENJOY😃 seeing other people's art and what YOU come up with....I taught 1st grade before marriage/kids and art was my fav time with the kiddos and I still have several of the kids' pieces from my time in the classroom and I cherish them....so I can continue this hobby here and join the FUN!!😂🤣👏🤪! I have two art "boards" that display all the ATCs, pocket letters, zines, etc that I have received over this last year and love looking at it everyday...so proud of everyone's uniqueness and that I have a copy of someone's imagination!....love SB!

odds and ins

We have 2 cats and 3 dogs....

I love to read....not any one genre...just depends on my mood and the book except no gore/horror...

my two favorite books on my coffee table: "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by marie kondo and "the joy of leaving your sh*t all over the place" by jennifer mccartney...hmmmm...dilemma😳

would love to be a pen and ink wash drawing artist

I thought about selling my house and living in a van (van life)....once...

I would like to live in Europe for a spell...maybe in a van there..update... 3-9-23-this was day I came back from living in Switzerland for the last 5.5 months....it was amazing!!...but not in a van!😜

I was born and raised in Texas and I hate being hot but my favorite time of the year is summer because of how long the sun stays out....plus I love the lake and water skiing....

I lived in Holland for 3 years when I was 10-12 yrs old.... got to look around western Europe just a little bit while we were there....I liked Paris because of the crepe carts....oh so yummy!....But my favorite place was the south side of France.....I remember it seemed so pretty and peaceful than any of the other places we visited.....I have always wanted to go back and experience it again.... one day maybe....but I also want to go back and see our home there in Voorschoten...I have found it on that Life360 app, so I can go and look at it whenever I want...pretty cool!!

I have lived in Colorado for 4 years, my university days (CSU) and also in Kentucky, for 4 years as well....both places are beautiful and unique in their own ways....

Favorite Crafts

Craft "parts" I like...

...I like "Shabby Chic"

...I like "grundge"

...I like coffee/tea dyed/stained paper/scraps

Great Quotes

"Creativity takes courage" -Henry Matisse

"We don't make mistakes just happy little accidents"-Bob Ross

"Happiness is an inside job! Don't assign anyone else that much power over your life"

"Don't let yesterday take up too much of today"-Will Rogers

"Remember this December, that love weighs more than gold"-Josephine Daskam Bacon

"Art is the thoughts you can see"-Niamh Baly

"the view's always better from the high road"


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Comment: Please forgive the late posting. Thank you for the super cute Christmas card! I love that pudgy kitty! And thank you for the super cute kitty page/book markers! I love them! Happy New Year!
ShyAnn64 rated for Christmas Card & Cookie Recipe on Dec 26, 2023
Comment: Thank you! The spritz cookies look amazing!! ❤️
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Comment: Thanks so much! Happy Holidays!
Response: You’re welcome🎄
Comment: Hi Mary! Thank you for the beautiful card and extra goodies I love the bookmark❤️❤️
Response: You’re so welcome!🎄
Comment: Thank you for the nice card and cute bookmarks. Mery Christmas!
Response: You’re so welcome🎄
baseri rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #10 on Dec 17, 2023
Comment: Merry Christmas thank you for the nice card - I love the neat christmas tree bookmark! and the cool crown paper clip! Happy New Year.
Response: I am so glad you like it all!…happy new year to you!🎊
Comment: Cute card & paper penguin! Thank you~ Merry Christmas!
Response: You’re welcome🎄
Comment: Thank you for the adorable cactus card and cute paperclips! Merry Christmas!
Response: You’re so welcome!…glad you liked them….happy holidays, 🎄🎊
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and penguin page marker🤗🎄
Response: You’re so welcome!🎄🎊
andee73 rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #7 on Dec 11, 2023
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You’re welcome!🎄🎊
fbresnah rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #8 on Dec 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. I hope you have a happy holiday.!
Response: You’re welcome!…..Happy New Year, too🎊
Comment: Thank you for the pretty Christmas card and crown paper clip!! May your Christmas be merry and bright and full of delight! xx Gabi
Response: You r so welcome!!…❤️ the comment!…cheers🎄🎊
Comment: Thank you! Merry Christmas!
Response: You’re welcome!🎄
Comment: Thank you so much for the great card and the extras!!! I love that bookmark!!! Merry Christmas!!!
Response: You’re welcome…soglad you liked it!!…Happy Christmas🎄
Comment: Thank you for the cute card, paperclip and awesome homemade bookmark! Also love your writing. Merry Christmas ♥
Response: You’re so welcome…glad you liked them….I’ll tell you my secret to the handwriting….I use a ruler…otherwise, it’s chicken scratch!..(I’m assuming you are talking about that?)…happy Christmas🎄
me2az50 rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #8 on Dec 1, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the 3 Cactus Kings and the goodies. Love the cacti. Thanks for the crown paperclip and the unique bookmark. Have a Mery Christmas.
Response: 🎄you’re welcome!… glad you liked it!….hope you have a happy new years, as well🎊
suepier rated for MissBrenda's Christmas Card Swap #6 on Nov 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the pretty Christmas card and the handmade tree. What a cute idea.
Response: 🎄You’re welcome!!🎄…happy Christmas!
Comment: Hi there! I love the holiday card with cacti and the crown paper clip. Merry Christmas!!
Response: 🌵glad you liked it!….happy Christmas🎄

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OrigamiGrace on Dec 25, 2023:


Have a wonderful holiday!

hibiscus on Apr 19, 2023:

Great jam finish for the “magic” ballerina

sweetgypsy on Mar 19, 2022:

Thank you for my finished ATCoin Jam with the little snow girl. It turned out really nice!

AZmom875 on Dec 1, 2021:

I had to comment that I love your profile so far. I havent even got past all you info on Journaling. I am going to have to check out Dina Wakely. I would also like to encourage you to do a group swap about a you tube tutorial that you found helpful. Check my profile some groups Everything paper or Youtube Paper crafters.

HollyBear on Aug 11, 2021:

Thank you for the completed JAM. I really like how it turned out!

captkristi on Jul 30, 2021:

Just got the finished Jam and I wanted to say thank you!! It's really cute. I love that notecard too and will reuse it. It is beautiful. Hope you are having a wonderful summer.

Mimi7 on Apr 3, 2021:

Hi Mary Alice Did you receive the swap from me? I sent Journal Circles Journal 5 x7 Journal 4 swap on Mach 15 Thanks for letting me know either way

Mimi7 on Mar 24, 2021:

thank you for the wonderful pages in my journal!!

MamaD on Oct 6, 2020:


Thank you so much for the wonderful finished jam! It is beautiful! Thanks also for the great AIW card and Queen!!!

debtea2 on Sep 22, 2020:

Wow awesome finished on the jam thank you

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