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Being Intentional in 2018

Hello friends. Can you believe it, we’re already a month into 2018. At the start of the new year, I decided to participate in One Little Word again. I participated in 2016, but I fell behind after a couple of months and eventually gave up. This year, I’ve decided to give it another go and to do things a bit differently.

My One Little Word is INTENTIONAL.  My goal is to make some major progress in the area of being more Intentional in my actions. Intentional about being healthier, about what I spend my money on, and about what I focus my time and energy on.

This year I’ve given myself permission to go at my own speed, to not have to “keep up”. I’ve also simplified my process for completing the monthly prompts by containing it all in a Travelers Notebook. I’ve also committed to spending time, every Saturday morning, working on my prompts and reflecting back on the week, seeing where I succeeded in my efforts and where I need to still improve.

January was a good month for me. I put my word into practice and made much better decisions. I cancelled subscriptions that I like, but rarely use. I began walking a few times a week, started sticking to a set amount of calories per day, did a little destashing in my studio, made a few less impulse purchases, and said no thank you to a couple of wonderful extra projects in order to create space for other opportunities.

The main thing that I’ve tried to keep focus on is to make changes that are sustainable for me. Nothing too drastic, no crazy dieting or killing myself with workouts I don’t enjoy. No “no spend” months…  just small changes that I can keep up over time.

So far, I’m going strong and I look forward to seeing what February has in store for me.

StencilGirl & Tim Holtz Ranger Blog Hop

Hi friends! This is such a Happy Day for me. Today is my turn to jump in on the StencilGirl / Tim Holtz Ranger blog hop that started yesterday. I get to share a video with you showing how I join together two of my favorite products, StencilGirl stencils and Distress Oxides, to create fun and vibrant art tags!

Before the art making begins, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of my post and leave a comment here on this page for a chance to win the giveaway.

When you’re done, please click on the rest of the StencilGirl team to hop on over to their blogs for even more artsy inspiration! Leave comments along the way, for multiple chances to enter the giveaway!

Now, let’s make some art, shall we?!

Stencils used:

I used the large and mini stencils from MaryBeth Shaw’s Private Collection 17.1 as well as her Hash Marks stencil

Carolyn Dube’s Scribble Scratch and Union Small stencils

Cat Kerr’s Starlight Starbright

and Rae Missigman’s Bittersweet Mini

 You can find my tutorials for dyeing your own ribbon HERE and HERE.


Be sure to visit the rest of the team. So much great stuff to see!

October 19: Distress Oxide Ink Pads
Gwen Lafleur

Belen Sotelo – You Are here

Tina Walker

Karen Gaunt

Louise Nelson

October 18: Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Mary Beth Shaw

Debi Adams

Cindy Gilstrap

Carol Baxter

Sandee Setliff


October 20: Distress Crayons
Sherry Canino

Torrie Gass

Mary C. Nasser

Kiala Givehand

Janet Joehlin


One lucky winner will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products!

Go to and Sign Up for The Scoop for your chance to WIN!

Then visit the blogs of Team StencilGirl and comment for MORE chances to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

One winner will be chosen at random from The Scoop subscribers and blog comments.

You have until Tuesday, October 24th at 11:50pm Central Time to leave your comments.

The Lucky WINNER will be announced on

StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Wednesday, October 25th.













“Currently”, In My World of Whimsy

Hello lovelies. Art and Whimsy here with something a little bit different for you today. I don’t normally share a whole lot of personal info on social media. Mainly because, despite my social media presence, I’m a fairly private person. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to have a decent social media following at the same time. Yes, my personal life is private, but I can still post things now and again. In fact, there is nothing stopping me from looking for an instagram growth service to help me gain more followers on this platform if I really needed to. I have also been reading about Instagram bots. Again, I can still keep my life private whilst building an Instagram following and an Instagram bot will make it a whole lot easier and less time consuming. I have heard rumours about an Upleap scam, but it turns out that isn’t true, so I may consider Upleap. To be honest, just having these options is good enough for me, as if I want to post more things on social media, I will already have the followers to check it out. But I don’t go out of my way to post as I really didn’t think that my everyday life would be something of interest to anyone outside of my immediate circle.

However, as it turns out, I’m getting more questions on Instagram and Facebook from people who just want to know random bits of info about my day to day. There’s no feature of it so far because I haven’t actually decided on what picture I want, but I’m soon thinking to change my processes a little bit such as looking to make your own diamond painting or similar, just for a little bit of difference when being creative. I thought this might be a good opportunity for me to open up a bit more and give you a peek into what’s currently going on in my colorful world of whimsy. So, here we go…

I’m Currently:

Obsessed With:

Planner bows and charms from DaintyKayPlans on Etsy. Seriously, these bows make me swoon, they’re so pretty. Tammy Kay does a gorgeous job with them and I love seeing them clipped onto my TNs.

Distress Oxides from ranger Ink and creating art tags. I purchased the first 12 colors of Oxides when they first came out a few months back and now I’m anxiously awaiting the delivery of the next 12 colors that I have on pre-order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

And of course, I’m still thoroughly obsessed with all things Frida Kahlo related, including the stunning Sandra Everston stamps from RubberMoon. If you’re a Frida fan, you’ll definitely want to check these out!

I’m Currently:

Working On:

I’m currently working on wrapping 10 prezzies for the #craftyplannergirlswap on Instagram, hosted by Florence Antonette. My swap partner is the sweet Kanani of Studio L2E and I’ve had such a great time shopping & wrapping these gifts.

Planning In:

So many planners & TNs, so little time! I’m currently planning in my No. 4 Mochi Foxy Fix that’s adorned with this gorgeous charm from PoshPiecesByMelissa on Etsy

Following on Instagram:

I follow lots of wonderful artists and Instagram feeds, but these are a few of the ones that I currently find myself frequently checking to see if they’ve posted.

soul_positive – I just adore Kristi and her feed. It’s filled with bright colors, inspiring words, and the many wonderful tags that she creates.

positivelypresent – This one just makes me smile. It’s all about positivity, awareness and self love.

travelwiththe1407 – Because they carry the cutest monthly traveler’s notebook kits, in like the history of Ever!

stencilgirl_products – Not only am I on their design team, I am a HUGE fan of their stencils. They have tons of fabulous artists that have designed stencils for them and many talented people to use them, so their feed is frequently filled with loads of painty inspiration.


I’m a total gamer girl. Love nights when Patrick stay in with a good game and play until the wee hours. Right now we’re playing Secret World Legends. It’s the updated version of Funcom’s RPG, The Secret World. In game I’m basically a blade wielding, fire throwing, bad ass chick who’s fighting in a secret war of good vs evil as supernatural forces threaten the modern-day world. Good times, good times.


I love to read, always have. I enjoy many different genres but lately I’ve really been into dystopian sci-fi and fantasy. Currently, I’m working my way through the Nightside series by Simon R. Green but I’ll take a break from this series as soon as I’m done with my current book to read the next installment in the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey.

Listening to:

I’m currently listening to a new podcast… Starving For Attention.

It’s basically a glimpse into the world of food, with Chef Richard Blaise and his wife Jazmin. It features back-of-house conversations with anyone and everyone in the culinary industry.

For someone that spends so much of her time with her boyfriend, talking about food, researching their next great meal, discussing chefs and foodie-ish things like the merits of eating with all of your senses, not to mention being a big time fangirl of Chef Richard Blais, this podcast is right up my alley.

(Did I tell you about the time he gave me a high-five at his restaurant, Juniper & Ivy for taking a photo of him taking a photo of Chef Anthony Wells??) Total #foodiefangirl moment!

I’m Currently:

Stocking In My Etsy Shop:

After selling out the first time around, I’ve finally restocked more Creative Collage Packs in my Etsy Shop. These are great for art journaling, collage and various other mixed media projects. Hope you’ll drop by for a look. I do run a small business, which is something that I am very passionate about. As the business recently sold out of collage packs, I had to restock them. Hopefully, people will buy these too. As a small business, it can be difficult to get website traffic on my store. However, one of my friends told me that I could always look into some seo services if I wanted more people to visit my e-commerce store. Perhaps that’s something that I should look into, especially now that I’ve restocked.

Thanks for joining me as I share a peek into my world. If you’ve found anything of interest here, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a message.

Wishing you a beautiful week,

XO, Belen






Art Marks – Week 1

My first week of participating in the Art Marks (Part 2) Challenge has been such fun and I’m excited to share it with you. If you follow me on Instagram you may have read that I post daily there and allow myself 15 minutes for each daily prompt. My Painty Papers Journal has been such a treasured place to just play and have fun with some of my favorite pens, paints and stencils.

It’s not too late to join the party!. You can find all the details on Rae’s Missigman’s blog.

Day 1 – Clustered

Day 2 – Repeating

Day 3 – Layered

Day 4 – Stacked

Day 5 – Round

Day 6 – Black & White

Day 7 – Arrow Like

Thanks for following along. I wish you a beautiful week & Happy Arting!

xo, Belen

**Closed** Choose Happy Giveaway!

I have something wonderful to share with you today. Brave Girls Club has published a new book that’s just chock full o’ happy and I’m giving away a copy to one lucky follower of my blog!

The pages of this little book feature the beautiful artwork of Melody Ross and her inspiring messages of truth, strength and love that encourage the reader to make the conscious decision to “Choose Happy’.

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For more information about Brave Girls Club, who they are and what they’re about, I encourage you to stop by their website, HERE.

Ok, so how do you win your own copy of this little gem?

>> Giveaway Rules <<

To enter the giveaway you Must be actively following my blog at through either email or WordPress AND leave a comment on this blog post.

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest?? Sweet, you can get extra entries! Just mention in your comment, here, what other social media sites you follow me on, and be sure to leave your screen name for those sites. I just may want to follow you back!

That’s it…easy peasy!

This giveaway is open within the US only and will run until Friday, May 15th. The WINNER will be announced on Saturday, May 16th.

Please make sure that you leave a way to be contacted.

Thanks for following Art & Whimsy and good luck to all!



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