“Suddenlies” of Good Times… Good News…

Sweet Suddenlies with Family I thought it would be a good idea to give you a bit of a personal update. I have been more scarce than usual online, and here is why. There have been some “suddenlies” that have come as pleasant surprises and sweet answers to prayer. Our two grandsons from Texas came to stay with us for 10 days and we spent wonderful times with our family. We had the best time together!  August has ended up being an amazing family focused month and will continue through the end of this month with our anniversary, a wedding,… Read More

Celebrating Summer Art Journal …

Celebrating Summer Art Journal This summertime journal makes me happy. It was my demo journal in the Art Journaling Weekend Workshop in June. Helpful Tips for Making a Short Art Journal: Having a theme. It can be either an object, such as trees like I have here, or a state of being like praise, joy, sorrow etc. or both. I think this journal has the feeling of hope and praise in the context of nature, specifically trees. Picking a color palette to work with. I usually pick five colors with 2-3 as dominants. That way, no matter what is done… Read More

Painting Black and White Journal Cover – NEW Stencils

Painting Black & White Journal Cover PLUS New Stencils Launch There is something special about starting a new journal – pristine and full of possibilities. Adding black and white pattern with paint to a brown craft colored cover is easy and gives just the right amount of light, medium and dark contrast to make a dramatic statement that invites creative exploration. The cover is finished off with outlining the designs with a white extra-fine Posca pen and lettering first written in pencil and then gone over with a black Micron pen. Here is a video showing how I’ve use the… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – I – Imagination

The Mystery of Imagination – I in the A-Z of Mystery Journal Imagine is one of my favorite words and finds it’s way into my journals, by definition and illustration. This time I focused on Imagination. Imagination is the ability to form pictures or ideas in the mind, new and exciting things not experienced before. I love that! Seeing imagination through the filter of my faith helps me appreciate how uniquely made humanity is with our ability to hope for things not yet present, discover the unknown, invent life changing machines etc. It makes me glad to be alive, and… Read More

StencilGirl Stencils on Sale NOW!

All Stencils on SALE NOW July 6-8th StencilGirl Products has all their stencils on sale. FOR 3 DAYS ONLY! Here is the scoop with important info: It is time for Mary Beth’s Birthday Sale Receive 14% OFF all my StencilGirl stencil designs HERE! Use code:  MBS14 $100+ orders** CHOOSE 1 FREE Large STENCIL*** ***You MUST put the L### in the comment box at checkout. Sorry, no exceptions. **6 of the same size 10% discount is applied first! $100+ orders post-discount. *Sale does not apply to wholesale accounts or StencilClub membership. The stencil sale begins July 6th and ends July 8th at 11:59 p.m.… Read More

The Creativity of The Creator – Bible Journaling

The Creativity of the Creator July Everyday Journal Group Theme Evidence of the Great Creator is all around us. The name of God, Elohim, found at the beginning of the Bible begins with the Creator in the act of creating. Bible journaling the creation story in Genesis 1 has helped me connect with God in a deeper way as my Creator. It has also encouraged me as a co-creator with God. Looking up the meaning of “Elohim” and the Hebrew spelling and meaning of the letters has brought a richer understanding of God as Creator. The Creativity of The Creator… Read More

Cultivate ~ Art Journaling & Our Garden

Cultivate: Art Journaling Workshop & Our Garden June brings with it sunshine, gardening, and the annual Art Journaling Workshop. It’s a joy to open my studio and courtyard garden to fellow creatives who sign up for the workshop. In the workshop, having a theme, word, object, place, or idea to begin with is encouraged. Sending out prompts helps prepare for the 2 1/2 day workshop. My visual theme was trees, and my word: cultivate, as you see above. Cultivate means: to prepare and work the land in order to raise crops, till; to promote or improve growth by labor and… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – H – Harmony

The Mystery of Harmony – H in the A-Z of Mystery Journal It’s amazing how relevant the word “Harmony” is for me right now. Some relationships are especially challenging, and I need wisdom and discernment to know how to navigate disagreement, how to be kind and honest, how to love the other person and be true to myself. It takes courage. For me it also takes surrender and dependence on God. I can’t do it in my own strength. Every week seems to bring a challenge and need for courage. This really stretches my “flight” tendency. The verse that jumped… Read More

A-Z of Mystery Journal – G – Glory

The Mystery of Glory – G – in the A-Z of Mystery Journal The meaning of glory has always been illusive to me, a mystery, with a kind of “high & mighty” air to it.  When attributed to God, it sounds authentic to me. When applied to humans it seems unnatural, distracting, and self serving. What is it? Why use the word? Since the word shows up in my verse of the year , it seems like a good idea to explore it. “Living within you is the Christ who floods you with the expectations of glory. This mystery of… Read More

Art Journaling & Stenciling Video Tutorials and Inspiration

Art Journaling & Stenciling Video Tutorials & Inspiration Here is a post showing all in one place three videos demonstrating various techniques for ways to use the new stencils I’ve designed for StencilGirl Products®. Following the videos is a grid gallery of inspirational images that have used the stencils. If you haven’t checked out the post just before this, you won’t want to miss the step-by-step process of painting a vintage style book cover. The first video shows how to make a mixed media art journal page using my new 6×6″ & 4×4″ Spirit Wind and Spirit Swirl stencils by… Read More