Day 5 – Feeling Playful – Listen to your inner child!

Today is day 5 of our 21 Day Happy Adventure together! Feel free to follow along at any time. You can read more information in the first blog post here.

I was trying my best to dedicate 21 consecutive days to meditating with Oprah and posting a new piece of artwork each day…. but I have to be honest with you. I’ve fallen behind slightly and I’m behind on my blog posts. Nevertheless, I hope to finish the blog posts with you. It has been a fun adventure thus far and I’m learning a lot.

During today’s meditation we learned about the benefits of being playful and how play helps connect us to our joyful self. We learned how to listen to our own inner child and bring more fun and joy into our daily life. During the lesson, Deepak reminded us  that through the expression of play, our hearts, minds and bodies are lighter and happier. Play is essential to rejuvenation.

Today’s centering thought: Being playful renews the spirit.

For today’s piece of artwork I decided to showcase a mixed media canvas board that I made while taking an online mixed media course by Kelly Rae Roberts called “Hello, Soul Hello Mantras.” I had such a fabulous time taking her class and learned how to simply play with paints. I highly recommend it if  you get the chance!

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I titled this piece “Listen to your inner child at PLAAY.” I found it slightly ironic that I accidentally added an extra A in the word “play.” Once I saw it though… I thought it was a “happy accident” that ended up reinforcing the playful concept.

Here’s the first layers of paint and collage paper. You can see how I started off with some goblin paper with warm colors.

Just Play - The first layer As I was playing around with the papers and colors I decided to add cooler tones and added Dorothy with some unicorns dancing into the sunset.


I enhanced the canvas by having the Goblins peak out behind more layers of paint.

Throughout the canvas I have words such as “laugh” and “giggle” hidden behind the paint layers.


The title “Play” was added last….. of course I played around with the word “play” until it felt right…

Play - a few more layers

I think that finding a way to remain playful is key to enjoying life fully. Recently I’ve been playing around with tons of paint colors to learn how to create mixed media pieces without having a destination in mind.

As I randomly added paint layers to the canvas below I painted messages such as “release” and “let go” to remind myself to free up creative energy. When I let go of how I wanted the painting to turn out, I was able to spend more time having fun and being playful with the process. Instead of letting my left mind think about the process too much, I let my right brain follow my heat and encourage the painting to emerge itself.

Simply Play




Let go of overdoing and over thinking


“A grownup is a child with layers on.” – Woody Harrelson

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ― Plato

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!”
― George Bernard Shaw

Check out 10 Ways to Make Your Life More Playful

Day 4 – Feeling Love


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Today is day 4 of our 21 Day Happy Adventure together! Please join us any time. You can read more information in the first blog post here.

Every day I plan on meditating and using a new Close to My Heart stamp set.

Wild About Love
Today I used the February CTMH stamp set called “Wild About Love.” I thought it was appropriate since our meditation today was about feeling love. The colors used in the sample are “Cotton Candy” and “Gypsy.”

I was having fun playing with some different techniques to see which one I liked best. Below I stamped different versions with some heat embossing powders.

Love you Foxy

During meditation today we learned the path to happiness is best accomplished by releasing preconceived notions of love. Instead of thinking of love in terms of something we “seek,” we can shift our concept of love to something we “are.” Instead of wanting and searching for love outside ourselves, we can simply make a paradigm shift to understand that “we are love.”

Deepak teaches us that once we are able to discover that love is the core of our true self, then we can transform “I want love” into “I am love.” This is something that can never be taken away from us. As our  awareness expands, we can begin to recognize that we are connected to everything.

Our centering thought for today is: I am Love

I am Love Centering Thought
What a liberating concept to know that I don’t need to continually seek out love that simply put… “I am love.” I haven’t quite captured this awareness in my heart yet but it was liberating to meditate on it and try my best to comprehend it. Personally, I have always thought of love in terms of:

  • How can I love myself?
  • How can I love someone else?
  • How can I make someone else love me?

The journal prompt today invited us to think about how this shift could change the way we relate to other people. I think that this new way of thinking  could move me away from my need for giving and receiving love into a more open concept of simply “being” love. This frees me up to radiate love more openly.


Tutorial on Mermaid Canvas- Using Julie Nutting Stamp

Hello fabulous Divas,

I’ve had some requests to post a tutorial on the mermaid canvas.

Mermaid Canvas


  • 11 x 14 canvas panel
  • Julie Nutting Mermaid Stamp
  • Close To My Heart Sparkles Flourishes (Z1708)
  • Dreamweaver embossing paste (any time of paste to create dimension)
  • Stampers anonymous stamps to create background (use any circle stamps)
  • Stencil or plastic mess for mermaid tail
  • Prima flowers & small sea shells
  • Folk Art green metallic paint
  • Acrylic paints: blue, yellow and white
  • Copic Markers and/or colored pencils for the skin color and hair
  • Aleene’s Original Tack Glue (or any other all purpose glue)
  • Mod Podge
  • Old Credit Card
  • Staz On Black Ink


As you create your canvas make sure each layer of paint dries before painting over it. I describe the steps below by explaining how to make each section of the canvas but you may want to work on multiple steps in the process as you are waiting for paint to dry during various stages.

Step 1. – Create your ocean

Chose a light blue acrylic paint and mix with a little white paint to get a turquoise color for your ocean. Then paint 2/3 of the bottom of your canvas using an old credit card. Use broad strokes and make some of the blue paint look like waves are crashing in the middle of your page (this is where you will adhere your mermaid later). Once the first layer of blue paint is dry you can create extra dimension by adhering some ripped up scraps of blue pattern scrapbook paper to your canvas with Mod Podge.

Step 2. – Create your sky

Chose a light yellow acrylic paint and mix with a little white paint to get a lighter yellow for your sky. Then paint 1/3 of the top of your canvas using an old credit card. After the paint is dry use some circle stamps or background stamps to create some dimension by stamping randomly using a slightly darker yellow color. I used Stampers Anonymous stamps but you can use any stamps you have. Create some texture on your canvas by spreading some modeling paste through a stencil. (I used the same stencil that I used for the mermaid tail in the background to create some dimension in the sky). Make sure the paste dries completely then paint over the paste with light yellow acrylic paint.

Step 3. – Create your mermaid

While your canvas is drying start making the mermaid. Create the mermaid tail by spreading some modeling paste through the crisscross stencil on a piece of white paper then let dry for a few hours. You can speed up the drying process by blow-drying it. Then stamp the mermaid onto the dried paste design. The paste design will end up being the mermaid’s tail. Paint over the scales with acrylic metallic green paint and cut out the mermaid tail.

Mermaid Tail

Stamp the mermaid onto a white piece of paper using black Staz On permanent ink. Color the mermaid the skin color of your choice using withe Copic markers or colored pencils. Color your mermaids hair (I used a red Copic marker). Cut out your mermaid. After the mermaid tail is completely dry you can adhere the tail to the cut out mermaid that you just made. Position your mermaid in the middle of the canvas where your waves are crashing behind her.

Step 4 Finishing touches

  • You can finish the canvas a variety of ways with various embellishments. Adhere Prima flowers to the lower left hand corner along with miniature sea shells with Aleene’s Original Tack Glue.
  • Use Close to My Heart’s Sparkles Flourishes to add sparkle to the waves. You can color the white sparkles with a turquoise Copic marker. Use a piece of the turquoise sparkles flourishes for the mermaid’s headband. Find two small sea shells for the mermaids swimsuit top and color them with yellow glitter. TIP: If you buy clear sparkles you can always decorate them with any color of Copic markers and use them on all your projects!
  • Add some blue glitter to the background and some silver speckles for additional dimension.
  • Add one of your favorite quotes to your canvas. Quote






I hope you enjoy your new mermaid canvas! If you decide to make one please send me a picture and/or tell me what you think in the comments section. Thank you for stopping by and checking out this tutorial.

I’ve taught a few classes and the Divas have loved the final results so I hope you give it a try!

Mermaid Canvas Class


Mermaid Canvas Class

Mermaid Canvas



Mini Album Taught by Shonna July 19th

I’m so excited to announce a very talented mixed media art teacher will be coming back to Scrap Diva Retreats in July! Shonna Bucaroff is an amazing local artist and teacher from San Diego. Check out her gorgeous art journal pages on her blog here:


Shonna's Mini Album Class


Class: Art Journal Mini Album (18 pages)

Date: Saturday July 19th 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Cost : $45


We will create our own papers by painting, doodling and using the Gelli Plate and then we will create a mini 18 page journal with the backgrounds all ready to add photos or more mixed media. We will also learn how to make mixed media stamps out of foam sheets!

Shonna's Mini Album Class 3

**All supplies are included! No prior experience necessary!***

Here’s the Supply List we will be using:

Microsoft Word – Mini Mixed Media Art Journal

  • Various paint colors (including black)
  • Paint pens (Sharpies or Painters by Elmer’s is good)
  • White gesso
  • Paint brushes
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads (various colors including black)
  • Black Gel Pen
  • White-Out Pen
  • Bling
  • Small flowers
  • Various collage items (book pages, scrapbook paper, rub-ons, Washitape, ledger paper, stickers etc.)
  • Tiny Text Quote sheet by Cosmo Cricket (I used ”Dear Dreams”)
  • Black thin ribbon or brown Jute
  • Manila File Folders
  • Newsprint paper (18X24)-They come in a huge 50 sheet Pad.
  • Thin fun foam sheets (like little kids use)

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Start Living with Unlimited Possibilities!


Kelly's Mixed Media Collage

Start Living With Unlimited Possibilities!

What does being a possibilitarian mean to you?

To me it means that anything is possible, even my wildest dreams….even the wild dreams that I haven’t even considered yet! Here’s a few wild dreams I had last night:

♥  What if I take a vacation to Costa Rica next year with Flora Bowley, Kelly Rae Roberts and other artists to paint and inspire my soul?

♥  What if I wrote an autobiography that demonstrated the American rags to riches story and showed how someone from humble beginnings could achieve their wildest dreams…

♥  What if i created a blog with inspirational content that attracted a worldwide audience to pursue their dreams & realize it is possible to accomplish wild aspirations?

♥  What if I developed a female entrepreneur group that provided mentorship and support to one another?

♥  What if I created a program for “at risk” female youths that incorporated dream visualization, artwork and action planning into a system focused on enhancing self esteem and accomplishing big dreams?

♥  What if I created a series of positive affirmations/mantra art that was licensed and then mass reproduced on canvases, greeting cards and other merchandise to spread positive energy with the world?

♥  What if Oprah Winfrey wants to interview me because she is amazed by my positive energy, thrilled with my inspirational work and intrigued by my Autobiography?

I Believe I Can Fly

Kelly’s Mixed Media Collage

” I believe I can Fly”

In one of my reoccurring dreams as a child… I would fly. I would soar high above the world and soar into the clouds. Flying, wings and birds are all themes that frequently show up in my artwork. I’m taking an awesome online class by Ali Edwards called “One Little Word” and one of our assignments for March was to create a collage that was inspired by our word for the year.

My word for 2014 is Inspire.

This part of my collage says “Discover all the possibilities Live with gratitude”. This year I have found a lot of gratitude and it seems the more I recognize everything that I have to be grateful for, the more blessings come my way. This life is a miraculous, inspirational journey and I’m extremely grateful to be sharing it with all of you.

Inspired by Extraordinary Optimism

Optimism is one of those amazing gems that allows us to recognize we all have a choice how we view each situation. Think of all the miraculous opportunities and possibilities that can come your way when you view a situation with Extraordinary Optimism.

Think of how inspired you will be! Optimism is free it doesn’t cost anything.  When you walk into a room wearing optimism you are wearing confidence and since you are expecting a favorable outcome you have the power of intention to influence the situation.

op·ti·mism: “a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome”


Extraordinary Optimism is what opens hidden doors and it is often the magical key to open up hidden opportunities. It opens your heart and soul up to unlimited possibilities.


Believe in yourself

Believe that everything happens for a reason

Believe that whatever happens to you no matter how difficult it may seem… it is truly “the best thing that could happen to you”. Because if you truly believe this then your possibilities in life are endless.

Always believe in yourself and believe in the power of your dreams!

What does being a possibilitarian mean to you? What are your REALLY BIG Dreams?

Check out Kelly Rae Robert's Possibilitarian Project!

—– Check out Kelly Rae Roberts’s   Possibilitarian project