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Mixed Media with Chrissie B #2

Good evening!

I am very excited to announce that I have posted a new Mixed Media with Chrissie B video, this is actually video #2, to be exact!

SIDE NOTE: mama is tired!! I am having a BLAST putting out so many new videos, but man, is it a TON OF WORK!!! I am hoping this will get a tad easier, in the next coming weeks, more to come!

Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled program!!

dsc07749As, I was saying, before I so rudely interrupted myself. I have a new Mixed Media video out, and this week I decided to go old school and do a full art journal spread! I thought that this would be a piece of cake, but in all honesty I have been doing 1 page, loose leaf, journal spreads for the past 6 months or so, and I found myself struggling more than usual to get something down on the spread! Plus, to start a spread from start to finish, is not easy on my poor brain right now! Mama is seriously busy, I have mentioned that haven’t I? 🙂

When I first started this spread out, I had a completely different direction that I was going to take this spread. The only thing that remained the same to my original idea was the sentiment! When I found this piece of gauze hidden in my tissue paper drawer, it just screamed to be used – so here it appears!! 🙂dsc07750

Here are a list of all of the supplies I used in this week’s project:

  • Golden’s Matte Medium
  • 1-1/2 inch utility brush
  • a piece of gauze
  • Ranger Heat Tool
  • Golden’s fluid acrylic: teal
  • Dr. Ph Martin’s Bombay India Ink: turquoise, grass green
  • Staz On Ink Pad: forest green
  • Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 stencils: Well Rounded, and I apologize, but I can’t find the name of the 2nd stencil. I will update this post with the name if I can find it!
  • Sentiment printed out on regular printer paper
  • Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • 1/4 inch utility brush
  • White tissue paper that has been stamped with various stamps, using black staz on ink
  • Ranger Craft Mat – used as a paint pallet
  • Faber Castelle Pitt Artist Pen Big Brush: Indanthrene Blue (247), Purple Violet (136)

Whew! That seems like a lot of supplies, but I am thinking that maybe is very normal for me! 😉

dsc07751On a more serious note: I chose this sentiment this week because I think that some time in the past 6 months this happened to me. I looked around at the life that I had created, and thought to myself, “How the hell did I get here?” It was like I had this plan for what I wanted to do, be, have, and experience, and then somewhere along the way I got sucked up in the rush of traffic of what is “normal”, “responsible”, and “expected”. When I finally really, truly looked around at this life that I had created, through all of my choices, and actions, I was shocked that I had ended up here. It was kind of like driving to work in the morning, and you let your mind start to wander, when you finally get to the parking lot at work, you do a double take and ask yourself, how did I get here??? That is what happened to me, and my life. It is not that my life is so bad, it is just that it is not what I had set out to create! That is freaking scary.dsc07767

So I am changing things up, some of those changes I do not have much control over, but even those changes that I didn’t choose has caused me to wake up and really look around at my life. So for that, I am so incredibly thankful!!

I keep saying to myself I want a happy ending! I want a happy ending!! I realize, that it is not too late to create that happy ending for myself, on purpose! And thankfully I have an AMAZING support system in place of AWESOME people who will help support me in creating this new life! I am not sure how all of these changes are going to come to fruition, but I need to remember that no matter how scary all of the coming changes are going to be, it is waaaaay scarier to wake up and realize that you have arrived at an entirely new decade of your life, and you have no idea how you created the life that you are living in, because you are too busy flying on autopilot!

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much!” ~Jim Rohn

I know this video was really short and fast this week, I will work on that for future videos! In any case, I really hope you enjoyed this video! I know that I learned a lot about myself while creating it!

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know in the comment section! I am always happy to be of help!

Here is to living a Beautiful Creative life! 😉

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Mixed Media Techniques #3

Good evening!

This week, for my Mixed Media Art Technique video, I had some fun showcasing 3 of my favorite quick and easy art journal background techniques. More specifically, 3 easy ways to take the fear out of getting started on a white art journal page! I find that some times when I am faced with a fresh new page, I can  overthink what to do first, and then end up getting frustrated, or worse, giving up and walking away. These simple techniques takes that fear out of getting started!

As promised here are the art supplies that I used this week:

  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paints: Wild Green, Tutti Fruitti, Tropical Blue, and Buttercream
  • An old plastic credit card (a palette knife could be used as a substitute)
  • Dina Wakley Media 1 Inch Flat Brush
  • and a small square of hard plastic, that I had repurposed out of a piece of the packaging of something I had purchased (you could easily use any flat hard item to do this, or you could use a piece of overhead projector plastic, cut into a square)

I hope that these examples give you some inspiration to go and try doing some of your own quick and easy backgrounds!  The sky is the limit on what you can do over the top of these backgrounds, but I hope I can help get you started. I am sure that in one of my future videos I will be showing how I finish each one of these pages, so please stay tuned! If you haven’t done so already, I would recommend that you subscribe so that you don’t miss a thing! 🙂

Thanks so much for visiting, and here is to living a Beautiful Creative life!

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Mixed Media with Chrissie B #1

Good evening!

I am so happy to report that I have a new art journaling video up out on YouTube. I will not lie to you, this is the longest video I have every done! WHEW!!! Watching this is more like watching a free art journaling background class!!! I am pretty happy with it!

As promised, here is a list of supplies that I used during this video:

  • Dina Wakley Media Stiff Bristle 1 inch paint brush
  • Dina Wakley Heavy Body Acrylic Paints: Lime, Magenta, Ocean, Tangerine, Lemon, Turquoise, Fuchsia, Night, White
  • Book Pages – I used pages from a small dictionary
  • Golden’s Matte Medium
  • Liquitex white gesso
  • Palette knife – mine was plastic
  • 3 mini Tim Holtz Stencils, Plus Signs, Dot Fade, and Schoolhouse
  • Ryan Reaveley Dylusions Journaling Block
  • Ranger Archival Ink pads: Manganese Blue, Deep Purple, Fern Green
  • Dina Wakley Media Stamps: Textures
  • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamps: Mixed Media 2, Bitty Grunge

I hope you enjoyed this video!! There will be many more to come! 🙂

Here is to have a Beautiful Creative life!

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Today I Choose!

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Quote taken from the movie, The Answer Man:

Kris Lucas: Why can’t I do the things I want to do? There’s so much I know I’m capable of that I never actually do. Why is that?
Arlen Faber: The trick is to realize that you’re always doing what you want to do… always. Nobody’s making you do anything. Once you get that, you see that you’re free and that life is really just a series of choices. Nothing happens to you. You choose.

Where you are standing in your life right now, is a direct result of all of the choices you have made over the entirety of your life.

You choose.

You may not have chosen events that have happened around you, what family you were born into, what your financial status was, or other events that may have directly happened to you, pain or suffering that others may have caused you, people who may have come, or those who may have left you. You may not have chosen those events, but you chose, either consciously or subconsciously how you responded to those events. You gave those events meaning, and you chose which path you would then travel after those events.

You chose.

You chose then, and you choose now.

The choices that you have made were innocently made. They were meant to keep you safe, to keep you feeling whole, to keep you free from pain, and to keep you alive. But since when is safe, whole, pain-free, and alive enough. What about having life in your life? Where is the joy? The connection? The adventure? The passion? The creativity? The wonder? The abundance? Where is the thing that makes you so excited to wake up every morning and go take on your life?

Every single day you have the ability to choose something new.

A different viewpoint, a different attitude, a different emotion, a different meaning, or a different path.

You choose.

That change happens in an instant, but you still have to choose.

If you do not choose, someone else will choose for you. You will not be happy. Your soul will feel unsettled, as if something is not quite right, and you may not even be able to put your finger on what is the matter, but your soul will know. You will feel like your skin is itchy, or a little too big, or maybe your skin is too small, but your soul knows that you were not meant for this. Your world will feel as if there is something missing, or lacking, or lost, or sad. You may not know what that something is, but your soul will know. You might find yourself repeatedly asking yourself, “is there more to life than this?” “Is this it?” “Is this all there is?”

Your soul will start to send you messages, small, quiet whisper, to try to nudge you to choose differently, to live differently, to be authentic. To live the life that you and your soul were meant to live. To do the thing that only you and your unique, awesome, supah-powah self could do. The longer you stay away from that path, the sadder your soul will become. It will start to get louder, more persistent. It wants so desperately to get you to where it knows you are supposed to be.

The path that only you can walk.

The adventure that only you can take.

We will start to hear it, your soul, even if we do not yet understand it. Our soul’s voice may sound so foreign, that we will ignore it as not possibly being our voice because we are so unfamiliar with it’s sound. But there it will remain, no longer whispering, but now whining, and persistent, clinging to your leg as you try to walk on someone else’s path, holding on, like a child afraid of their mama leaving, desperate for your attention, yearning for your time, crying out for it’s need to be fulfilled.

You might find a moment of clarity, when you look around, in your life, and you do not recognize this life that you have created. How have you gotten here? You don’t recognize yourself in your surroundings. It is as if you let yourself be lead on autopilot to some unknown destination where the language is foreign, the food tastes off, and the room is always a bit too cold.

You realize that are uncomfortable. How long has this been going on?

This is a moment where your soul has finally gotten your attention, and you get to see this world you have created , through your entire history of choices. You finally see your world without the lie filters of “normalcy” and “settling” and “status quo” and “fitting in” that we have a tendency to look at the world through. At this moment, you have a choice to make. Do you decide to do what is safe, and slide those glasses back on, and keep on living the benign life that the world has laid out for you? Or do you choose something different? Do you choose to leave those glasses of lies, sitting on a shelf behind you; knowing full well, that at any time, if you really need to you, can always rush back to your shelf and put your glasses back on?


You choose glasses free, and now glasses free, you take one step forward into your world, that world you have created. At first your world may frighten you, and make you sad, it may make you angry, it may make you feel resentful, this place that you have created. You might feel that where you are is not quite fair, that you deserve better than this. You see others who appear to be doing so much better than you, and it fills you with sadness, and maybe a bit of despair.

I am here to remind you that you choose. By making one choice at a time.

Make one choice.

Close your eyes. Breathe deeply, slowly, on purpose. In. Out. In. Out. Do this again and again, and think of nothing but that breath. Feel your heartbeat; consciously climb deep down into who you are. In. Out. In. Out. Move around in your subconscious. What do you see? Are there cobwebs? Clutter? Chaos? Do you need a deep cleaning? Start the process of cleaning your soul up, one choice at a time. Hug yourself tightly, be loving, and gentle, forgive, and be kind. Know that you are going to be okay. This process can be painful, slow, and lonely.

Choose to slough off one thing that doesn’t fit you, serve you, or fill you with joy! Be gentle with yourself, this is a process, but you must make the choice. You must take the action. After you have taken the action, sit with this new, fresh, clear space for a moment.

Close your eyes, and let that feeling fill you up. That feeling of, it was only one thing, but that one thing felt so authentically honoring to your soul, that you have a moment of clarity and peace. Your world is by no means perfect, and you may still not know where you are going, or even where you will end up. You know you still have such a long way to go, but you recognize that feeling of peace. It is a feeling that calls to you. It is a feeling your soul was born for.

As you start taking stock and cleaning up what needs to be cleaned, and you do the process of sloughing off one thing, and then another, and then another, you will start to notice that there will be rays of sunlight breaking through, here and there, and slowly but surely these rays will start filling your soul house with love, joy, recognition, and enthusiasm for what really has been in there all along, but hidden from mismanagement and neglect.

Soon, you will start to recognize your soul, as the powerful goddess that she is. She will no longer be a whining, child, hanging as a dead weight on your leg, dying to get your attention, but she will stand tall, and proud, and strong. The amazing Amazonian warrior that she is, and she will be standing right beside you, hand-in-hand. You will have empowered her to watch out for new and exciting paths for you and her to travel on.

You are a soul. You have a body. You only have this one vessel. You need to take care of her, and love her, and treat her like a sacred space. Feed her good, real, and whole foods. Provide her plenty of delicious, and refreshing water. Let her play in the sunshine, and dance in the rain. Give her opportunities to run, jump, swim, stretch, climb, swing, and twirl, every single day. Let her rest. Let her get quite and reenergize. Let her sleep, a deep, quality, and restful, healing sleep. Let her ask for help, and share her story. Let her connect with other soul sisters on a deep and meaningful level. You and she will be so much happier this way. You and she will be stronger, and have more energy, and you will have such a better ability to live the life that you were put on this earth to live.

What is your soul trying to tell you today? I dare you to stop, close your yes, breathe deeply and just listen for her whispers. She may need a hug, you may need to be extra especially gentle with yourself today, you may need a nap. Do one thing that moves in the direction of peace. That direction that leads you to healing, to wholeness, and to authentic you-ness. Only you can know what that is for you. You choose.

What will you choose today?

Here is to consciously choosing a Beautiful Creative Life!! 🙂

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Thankful for Tuesday Nights!

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I am at home, with my sweetie and our sweet Sophie girl! We are watching an episode of Murdoch, which is a new show for us. So far so good!

I can honestly tell you that I am T-I-R-E-D!! With all of the changes going on in my life, I am not sleeping so well! More specifically, I can’t seem to sleep past 5 AM every morning, no matter how late I got to bed. Mind you, I am really excited about what is to come for our future, but apparently my subconscious might be freaking out just a little bit!

Since, after October 28th, I will no longer be making a steady paycheck, I am SOOOO determined to create a business of my own, and right now that means SOOOOOO many hours of extra work hours. 40 for the hospital and who knows how many more for myself, not to mention commute, trying to stay on top of keeping a house, having some kind of a social life, and all of the other important things that need to get done during any given week! WHEW!! Just seeing all of that in writing has made me a tired girl! 🙂

Because I have been so busy, the two things that seem to have been easy for me to drop out of my daily schedule has been my meditation practice, and my daily exercise sessions. I am sure that is not helping my lack of sleeping/subconscious stress levels right now, so I have got to start making those two things more of a priority!

I will get on it!!

Back to my job, one of my favorite things about my current job, besides the awesome peeps I work with, is the fact that I am able to work 4 10-hour days. What this means for me, is that I get to have every Wednesday off! So, I trick myself by saying that every day I work is either a Thursday or a Friday, because that is what it feels like, which is a very good thing! but, it also means that I have a tendency to not remember what day it actually is! So, blah! blah! blah! It is Tuesday night, which means I get the entire day to work…errrr….I mean, play for myself all day tomorrow!! That is usually always a fun day, but ALWAYS a looooooong day!! 🙂

I am going to try and post a little something every day! Kind of a personal diary of how my efforts to build a successful creative business from the ground up! I am sure that there are others out there who are wanting to start a business of their own, and maybe I can, in some way, be a source of inspiration for others! Whether it be through mixed media, art journaling, the actual business side of business, I think that I would be thankful for that kind of insight from someone else going through what I am going through! That would be cool. So, I am going to create what I am looking for!

I realize that this is very long post, and it may not be interesting to anyone else but myself, but this is a new start for me! So, here is to documenting the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, and the inspiring!!

Here is to creating a Beautiful Creative life!! 🙂

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9/11 We Will Always Remember

the-twin-towersGood morning!

I realize that it is officially 9/12, however I awoke very early this morning, and while looking through FaceBook, because I could not sleep, I stumbled upon this video that I had never seen or heard of before. Apparently the Queen of England, broke with tradition the day after the attacks and during the changing of the Guard, the American National Anthem was played:

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This video touched me deeply. I can honestly admit, it made me cry, as if the events were happening all over again.

After watching this, I could not stop thinking about the tragic events of 9/11, and where I was and what my day looked like. I know that every single American alive at that time knows exactly where they were and what they were doing as the attacks were being happening. I know that that will be a day that changed many of our lives forever!

I had just awoken and was listening to the radio before getting ready for work. I think the alarm had gone off right at the beginning of all of the news starting to break out! Living on the west coast, we were 3 hours behind the time of the actual happening. At first I thought that the radio station was playing some kind of terrifying prank for it’s listeners. I listened a bit longer, before I realized the truth of the situation.

I awoke my husband and told him that he had to listen. He couldn’t believe it was real either. This “prank” was going on too long before we realize, this was no prank. This was really happening!

The first thing we did as we quickly got dresses, was to call our loved ones and made sure that 1. they were okay, and 2. they new what was happening. Not one single person we called wasn’t also either listening or watching the news as well. We just couldn’t believe this was happening. Not here, in our cozy little world.

My brother-in-law is from New York, and his mama worked not very far from the twin towers. I believe she could see the towers from her office building. He was beside himself, and when my husband called his mom, who happened to live right next door to my sis and brother-in-law, to check to see if she knew what was going on, she was concerned for our brother, and asked if we could come over right away. Of course we could!

We rushed right over and as soon as we got there, and made sure that our brother was alright, he wasn’t, he was beside himself, by the way. We all sat quietly, our brother, our mother, my hubby, and myself, watching the news, live, as it all unfolded.

The images were proof that what we were seeing was real. When we had arrived, I think we were still a bit in denial, because I remember watching the news thinking that I had to be seeing some kind of Hollywood movie scene. This could not be happening in my safe little world. But, was I ever wrong.

As we sat there, in silence, watching, the 2nd plane went into the tower. My perfect, safe, little, bubble that I had created for myself, burst. I was scared. I was seriously scared. I thought my life would never be the same. and in some ways it wasn’t.

My husband and I stayed at my sis-in-laws house for what seemed like an eternity. We staying through the disbelief, the shock, the revelation, the bubble bursting, the tears, and finally the towers falling. I couldn’t watch any longer. I couldn’t listen any longer. I think this might have been the moment that I experienced my first panic attack. The first of what would turn out to be so many – my new constant annoying, unwelcome, and belligerent companion.

I begged my husband to take me to work. I didn’t want to leave anyone, but I really needed to be in denial for a little while, and pretend like the world I had always known was still safe, and secure, wrapped in a pretty little bow. Against his wishes, he took me to work. I hoped I would be able to busy myself so much that I would somehow forget the events of that morning. That somehow if I went to work and busied myself, I would be able to come home and see that everything was okay. Like I had just had some kind of a bad dream. That was all.

No. That was not be. I was naive, and ignorant. I work in a hospital, you see. The city I live is was on high alert. We didn’t know if there were going to be any more attacks, or where they might happen. Nothing was “normal” at work that day. My job, at the time, was to call elderly patients and get them ready for a scheduled appointment that they would have coming up in the next 3 days or so. I would call to make sure all of their information was correct, and to make sure they knew all of their appointment prep procedures. That day, however, every single phone call – usually a 5 minute call – lasted a long time. Patients, who were also going through what we all were going through, just wanted to hear a word of comfort. A smile on the other end of that phone. We would do all of the necessary business-ey kind of talk, like usual, but then it would quickly morph into a human-call. A call where they wanted to talk about what was going on, and know that everything would be alright. I turned into a bit of a grief counselor that day. I was happy to accommodate, to be of some kind of help, especially since I felt so helpless. even though every single call ended with me crying and trying so hard to get it together so that I could make another required call.

I am sure that this was one of the worst days of my life. and I am sure that I am not alone.

I share all of this with you, because I don’t think I have ever shared that with anyone before, not even my husband. This has just been something I have been holding on to, as a deep dark family secret, that I am just so terrified to talk about because, maybe if I do, I will have to finally admit that all of that nightmare, really did happen!

I am going to wrap this up by saying, to all of you who have been deeply affected by these events, whether through loss of a loved one, or loss of that feeling of safety, and security that I had carried with me before that day, you are loved, you are known. and your story matters.

May the tragic events of that horrific day, a day that will never be forgotten, never be repeated.

With the utmost of sincerity,


Cuppa Chat #4: Starting a Revolution!

Good morning, my Beautiful Creatives!!

I am just so FREAKIN’ JAZZED about this week’s Cuppa Chat video!!


Hoo! Hoo! Hee! Hoo! Hoo! Hee!!

Ok, I am feeling a little bit better now!!

This week’s Cuppa Chat was in response to me going back to last week’s Cuppa Chat video, video #3, and not liking what I saw in myself! I have a tendency to wear a mask when I am scared, or about to be raw and vulnerable! To find out more about what I am talking about, grab a “Cuppa” of something DELISH, and pull up chair…

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How do you feel about starting your own PERSONAL REVOLUTION!!

Here is to our Beautiful Creative REVOLUTIONS!! 🙂

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New Website!


Good evening!

I am so happy to report that my new website is now up and running!!!


I can honestly tell that I have had to learn this whole website building thing as fast as inhumanly possibly, and that little adventure was not without it periods (multiple) of crying, cussing, and throwing my hands up and seriously considering quitting the whole darn venture!!

BUT NO!!!!

I have beat the stupid thing called technology!!

WHAH-HOO!!! and a HELL-YEAH!!! 🙂

Anyway, I have been actively making some behind the scenes changes to make things more user friendly around here, as well as setting Beautiful Creatives up for future growth.

My dream is that Beautiful Creatives becomes a place where you can come for advice and resources for all things pertaining to getting unstuck and living the juiciest life possible. I also want to make sure I have an undercurrent of all things creative: art journaling, mixed media, creating every day. I want to do this because I believe that when you tap into your creative brain, you clear the way to hear your soul and the Universe speak to you, and I am a firm believer that THAT is when MAGICAL TRANSFORMATIONS can happen! 🙂

If this sounds intriguing to you, and like something that you would like to be a part of, or at least you’d like to hear more of, please take a moment to join our mailing list. There is a sign up form on the right hand side of your screen! I promise you will not be sorry!! 🙂

More GOODNESS to come!

Have a FABULOUS evening!! 🙂

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