Saturday, April 22, 2017

SPECTRUM NOIR, COPICS, AND MORE

We all use some kind of markers and we all need a way to store them and travel with them....

CHECK THIS OUT!!!



Click above or CLICK HERE to watch my review of this marker storage case...you have to see it in action!!!

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Step Card Made Easy

I have a few followers and YouTube subbies that are beginner cardmakers and they don't have a lot of craft tools and machines.  I few requested I share some easy card folds that can be done with basic supplies.  I chose to share the Step Card.

There are many different Step folds....Side Step, Center Step, and more...but this is just the basic Step Card.


I know....a Christmas card in April right...lol  Well there are a lot of challenges that do Christmas cards year round :)

To watch my quick video on this easy card fold
just CLICK HERE 

The wonderful stamp and die set I used is "Woodland Wishes" from CTMH, but it was seasonal and no longer available.  I have to say that's one of the things I don't like about CTMH is that some things are only available for a few months and then gone...sorry.  And I wish the lighting had been better so you could see the sparkle (glitter) from the CTMH Shimmer Brush

Challenges
ABC Christmas Challenge - "H" is for Home, "I" is for Informals
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - Anything Christmas
A Snowflakes Promise - #39 Anything Goes
Season's Greetings - #5 Anything Goes
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - #3 Anything Christmas
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge - #243 Create A Scene
Crafty Friends - #55 Animals or Birds
HIMCR #297 - Tic Tac Toe (used center column)

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!


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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Upcycle - Distressed Weathered Shabby Chic Vintage Crackled Technique

It's amazing how you take something like a bottle or old cutting board from a yard sale... OR... old furniture... OR even a $1 picture frame... and turn it into something beautiful.  I love upcycling and I am LOVING this crackle technique!!!


I haven't yet decided how I'm decorating the old cutting board, but I am so thrilled with how the frame and bottle came out.  I will be doing this on a "ladder" plant stand next... and who knows what else :)

To see how easy this is too do and what I used to do it, just CLICK HERE to watch my tutorial on YouTube.

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!



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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bible Journaling For The Creative Soul - Psalm 27-1

I don't always do my Bible journaling in My Creative Bible...
I also enjoy  using a little binder I got from CTMH, it's called an Instalife Album , and that is what I used today.

The verse I used is Psalm 27:1


I hope you watch my video to see how I created this page and to hear my thoughts on this verse.  Links to products used are in the description box of my video.
CLICK HERE to see more.

Thank you for stopping by and....
HAPPY JOURNALING!!!


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Double Pocket Diamond Easel Card

Some of my favorite creations are a result of experimenting ...
and this card fold is no exception!
My Double Pocket Diamond Easel Card Fold


You might recognize the pink card in the middle....I believe I shared that a couple years ago.  I discovered this fold over 2 years ago and now I'm ready to share it with YOU. 

To watch my tutorial on how to make this card


Happy Birthday Maranda!

And here are some challenges....
A Perfect Time To Craft - Challenge #04
Creative Craft Cottage - #84 For The Girls
Crafty Girls Creations - Challenge 35
Crafty Creations Challenges - #338 Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - #116 Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends - Challenges #40
Crafting With Dragonflies - #77 More Than 2 Folds
Simon Says - Anything Goes


Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mixed Media Art To Inspire Beginners

Mixed media has interested me for a long time but I just couldn't seem to get started....until I watched my friend Stacy Evans, Pink Poodle Crafts on YouTube.  Stacy has been an inspiration to me and now I want to inspire YOU.  So I made my own video, 
Mixed Media Art To Inspire Beginners .  CLICK HERE to watch me take you through the process of making this project...I hope it inspires you.


If you love Arts and Crafts off all kinds  you should visit 

I can't forget the challenges!!!
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - #343 Flowers


Thank you for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!


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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Z Fold Card Made Easy - Beginners to Advanced

I have some followers and subscribers that are beginners at cardmaking and have requested to see some cards that are easy to make without the use of craft tools and machines that they may not have.  So this is for them....BUT...for you advanced crafters....I know you can take this easy Z Fold and go crazy with it creating something amazing!  Even you beginners can do amazing things with this fold :)


The cupcake was made with my Cuttlebug and Sizzix Balloons and Cupcakes stamp and die set.

CLICK HERE to watch my easy to follow tutorial

And now for the challenges...
Cuttlebug Mania - It's A Sketch
Crafting With An Attitude - Challenge #25
Crafty Girls Creations - Challenge #34
Cute Card Thursday - #469 Celebrations
Creative Craft Cottage - #83 More Than One Fold
Happy Little Stampers - March CAS / Die Cuts
Happy LIttle Stampers -  March Anything With Dies
Hiding In My Craft Room - #293  3x Designer Papers
Crafty Friends Challenge - #53 For A Child



Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!



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Saturday, March 11, 2017

DIY Vinyl Nail Wraps

I don't know about you, but I get tired of my nail polish chipping, and I don't want to spend a fortune on the "famous brand" of nail wraps.  Being a crafter I also do vinyl graphics and know that adhesive vinyl is known as "temporarily permanent" and withstands the elements, so one day I decided to make my own nail wraps.



My daughter and I love these and have been doing it for a while and finally decided to share it with YOU!

CLICK HERE to watch my tutorial on YouTube

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!



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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Chasin' That Neon Rainbow

I made this birthday card for my oldest daughter.....she has an old blue VW bus and she loves rainbows so it was perfect for her.  It was also inspsired by the song "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow" by one of my favorite country artists Alan Jackson.


The rainbow was made using Tim Holtz Distress Crayons with CTMH Shimmer Brush over the top to make it sparkle.  The sentiment is also from CTMH but is no longer available (sorry...I don't ever remember how old it is).  The VW bus is a Marianne Design Creatables cutting die, and I added an acetate windshield.  The flowers are Petaloo .  The woodgrain border was created using a woodgrain embossing folder and Tim Holtz Distress Ink .  It's a fun card and everything came together beautifully.

I actually found some wonderful challenges for this...
Hiding In My Craft Room - #291 Spring Colors
Heart 2 Heart Challenges - Time To Dream
Make My Monday - #41 Colours of the Rainbow
Kathy's Waffle Sketch File - March "Allsorts, Layered"
The House That Stamps Built - Tic Tac Toe M817
(I used the center column...diminsion, bright colors, and birthday)
Fab 'n' Funky - #341 Inspired by a Song
Mod Squad Challenge - Song Inspiration
Happy Little Stampers - March - Anything With Dies

Thank you for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bible Journaling For The Creative Soul - Using Distress Crayons

I love reading about Noah and his faith and obedience to God.  It fills me with hope and strengthens my faith.

For today's Bible journaling I decided to use Tim Holtz Distress Crayons.  I love that I can watercolor with them and they don't bleed through.


To watch my video please CLICK HERE 


Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY JOURNALING!!!


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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Transfer Your Photos On To Wood - Beautiful Home Decor & Gifts

Last week I showed you how to transfer photos and digital papers onto ceramic tiles and stone tiles....and...this week I'm going to show you how to create beautiful home decor projects by transferring your favorite photos onto WOOD.  These also make great gifts and are easy.


CLICK HERE to watch my tutorial :)

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

How To Transfer Photos & Digital Papers Onto Ceramic & Stone Tiles

I want to share one of my newest addictions with you!!!
I recently started turning ceramic and stone tiles into pieces of art that can be used for coasters, trivets, and home decor.  It is so easy to do and I know you will LOVE it!


CLICK HERE to watch my video with easy to follow step by step instructions

Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Docrafts Artiste Watercolor Pens - Techniques & Card

I recently received Docrafts Artiste Watercolor pens and wanted to share with you all the fun things I found to do with them....and hope to inspire you to find other uses as well.




The pens have a brush tip and a bullet tip.  The set I have has 12 pens, but Create For Less has both the 12 pen set and the 36 pen set in wonderful cases.


To see the techniques I used to make this adorable card and more please CLICK HERE to watch my YouTube video.

Challenges I've entered...
The House That Stamps Built - Inspiration Pallette Challenge - F1517
Cute Card Thursday - #465 No Patterned Paper
Alphabet Challenge Blog - "Y" for You Chose
Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 7 Anything Goes
A Gem Of A Challenge - #188 Your Favorite Color Combo
Dies R Us Challenge Blog - #67 Think Spring
Happy Little Stampers - February Watercolour Challenge
Happy Little Stampers - February CAS Challenge
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Challenge


Thank you for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Boundless Imagination - My First Mixed Media Artwork

I just wanted to share my very first mixed media artwork.  I was inspired by a friend of mine, Stacy Evans...Pink Poodle Crafts on YouTube....because of a Beginner Mixed Media Tutorial she made (CLICK HERE to watch it).

Here is my creation




This side view shows the dimension that was created by adding some tissue paper butterflies loosely over the top of the tissue paper butterflies that I had Mod Podged.
HINT: Don't throw away that tissue paper out of gift bags...save it...it will come in handy :)



Believe it or not, the base of this creation is cardboard from a cereal box....I love recycling and upcycling so I thought this was perfect.
I incorporated my favorite colors in this creation, and for texture I used Mod Podge to attach things like gauze, scraps of net tulle, and a torn piece of paper towel that had been used to clean up some of my paint (got that idea from Stacy).  The butterflies were die cut from tissue paper and outlined with a Sakura glitter gel pen.  The saying was stamped onto tissue paper, cut out, and Mod Podged on.  The stamp is from the Tim Holtz "Boundless Flight" stamp set Visual Artistry Collection   I felt that stamped saying was so very appropriate for this piece.

Challenges I entered....
A Gem Of A Challenge - Add A Butterfly
A Vintage Journey - Words That Are Special
Creative Artiste Challenge - #23 Anything Mixed Media
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - #402 Recycling
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog - #166 Recycle Somthing
Hiding In My Craft Room - #288 Super Scraps Saturday
Happy Little Stampers - February Mixed Media Challenge


Thank you for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Triple Pocket Card & Double Pocket Card

This card is so easy to make yet looks like it is complicated.  This is the first card I taught in a craft class about 5 years ago...and now I'm going to teach YOU!


To watch the tutorial on making this card



That sweet image is from Bugaboo and you can find her HERE

Both cards pictured are Triple Pocket cards, but in the video I also show how to make the Double Pocket card.

Below are the templates for the pocket liners and front pocket layer if you need them.  Click on them and then "save as" so that you can print them out to use.  Print them out full size.  Printing varies from printer to printer so you might have to experiment or make your own templates.


Challenges I entered....
A Gem Of A Challenge - #187 Add A Butterfly
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - #237 Rhinestones and/or Ribbon
Cute Card Thursday - #464 Lace or Frills


Thanks for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bible Journaling For The Creative Soul - The Beginning

Today is my first post in an ongoing series for Bible Journaling that I have decided to call "Bible Journaling For The Creative Soul".  Since it is my first post (and video), I thought the best place to start is Genesis.  It turned out be a more perfect place to start than I originally thought because chapter one is all about CREATION....God's creativity that He passed on to us when He created man in His own image.



To watch my video please CLICK HERE 

Thank you for stopping by and...
HAPPY JOURNALING!!!


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Saturday, February 4, 2017

The PUFF Technique...aka Selective Embossing

If you are looking for an easy way to add dimension to your papercrafting projects I think you will love this.  You can chose what you want raised / embossed on your image or printed paper and cardstock giving it unexpected dimension, like I did on the card I made for the SBC Valentine Hop.



To watch the tutorial on how to do this technique just

Thank you for stopping by and...
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Never Stop Dreaming

I love MHK Designs and today on the MHK Designs Blog Mynn posted this FREEBIE panel to use (there are rules).  It is so beautiful I couldn't wait to make a card with it and enter it in the MHK Designs Challenge!!!


Without altering the color of the feathers, I wanted to make them stand out so I used Twinkling H2O watercolors (in the same colors as the feathers) and painted over each feather to give them a shimmer.  Then I lightly chalked the white background with blue to give the appearance of sky.



I used a Close To My Heart Shimmer Brush to add subtle sparkle to the sentiment banner, then I add a few sequins and tied Close To My Heart gold & white twine around it for added interest.



NEVER STOP DREAMING

Now for some challenges....
MHK Designs - February Challenge
Brown Sugar Challenge Blog - #235 Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by and....
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!




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