Let’s Color and Make a Card with Tombow Markers & Win Some!

This post will remain at the top of my blog until the giveaway is over on Monday 10/27. Please scroll down for newer posts! Thanks!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make this card And I will give you a chance to win the markers I used! Make sure to read to the end to find out how to win!

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In today’s video we will make this card, from start to finish including coloring in under 20 minutes. It’s easy using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and blending kit.  Purchase any 10 piece set and receive a FREE Blending Kit! Offer is available 10/24-10/31

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I am happy to announce that I am the guest designer for October for Tombow! Have a look at how easy it is to use these makers:

If you want to win the markers I used then leave a comment here then head over to the
Tombow Blog where you can leave a comment, see full contest details,  and visit the rest of the designers on the blog hop!

I used the Layered Poppy stamp set from Rubbernecker. It is intended to be stamped and then the watercolor layers (which would be great to ink up with the Tombow pens) would be stamped on top but I found the outline layer so striking that I wanted to just color that. I love stamps and markers that are versatile in design, don’t you?

Make sure you I hope you try these techniques on your next card. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Quick and Cute Halloween Favor & I was on TV!!!!

Hi friends! Yesterday I was on TV!!!! More on that in a minute, first here is a cute Halloween favor you can make with supplies you probably already have at home:

So the reason I wanted to share that tutorial today is because I also got to share it during my interview on the local ABC/FOX affiliate stations in Bangor, Maine. I could not manage to embed the video here but you can watch it here on the FOX22/ABC7 Website.

How cool is that?!? My apologies to my friends on Facebook who had to endure my excitement of this all day. I just can’t help it! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make a cute place card and display easel!

Hi friends! I know it isn’t even Halloween yet but I wanted to share a fun idea for your Thanksgiving table today:

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These place cards and display easels are fun and inexpensive to make using supplies from our sponsor Papermart! Watch the video to see how it is done:

You will need:

And here is the tutorial for making the spray inks

Directions:

  1. Glue 3 straws together to make the letter “A” then glue another straw on for the easel back.
  2. Decorate a shipping tag with doilies, lace trim and die cuts. Stamp a name on a strip of paper and adhere.
  3. Place the tag on the easel on your holiday table!

I hope you enjoyed this early Thanksgiving craft and til next time happy crafting!

AAK! Late Ask a Crafter!

Howdy friends! Sorry about not posting this last night! I got distracted with my son’s birthday. Can you believe my baby boy is 12? That’s almost a teenager! And I did bake a cake and it turned out pretty well too I might add. Keep that in mind while you watch this weeks Ask a Crafter:

Thanks to my friends Lorraine and Kathy for putting up with me another week and thank you for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Stop Comparing! {Start Enjoying} & Learn to Draw Banners!

Hi friends! I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed the other day (a rare treat these days as I have been so busy) and I saw this quote: I will not compare myself to strangers on the internet. It really struck a chord. We all do it though, don’t we? We compare ourselves to other parents. We compare ourselves to acquaintances and yes, even strangers on the internet. People with cleaner, nicer houses that know how to cook…people who know how to cook, not cooking houses…hey, I totally want a house than can cook now! If you have one of those I am comparing myself to you and you are totally winning. Just kidding. We need to stop the insanity. It is not fair to us. When I posted this on YouTube the other day a viewer Glen shared advice his dad used to remind him: “You know, everyone’s doing about the best they can.”  With that here is today’s tutorial. I sped up the process of this video because it was all lettering and seemed a bit dull to watch for the 30 minutes it took to create.

Remember how I messed up the banner? Well, it inspired me to make a quick and easy tutorial on how to draw banners! Use this on scrapbooks, art journal pages and cards for instant fancy flair!

Well, 2 for the price of one, I love it and I hope you found something useful here today, even if it is just a bit of encouragement. Let’s be kind to each other and ourselves OK:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How To Make a Book Safe!

Hi Friends! Today I am sharing a project inspired by an abundance of Reader’s Digest condensed book that arrived at my local library. They were donations for the book sale but history shows these do not sell (not even for a 25 cents) but they were in really good condition and the patterns on the covers were lovely so the librarian asked me if I could use them in a craft. I thought that it would be cool to turn them into something that would sell and bring in some money for library programs. Check out the DIY book safe project:

I am curious as to what you would pay for one of these considering it is a fundraiser. I think it would be cool for gifting money or gift cards (or even an MP3  player or some other gadget) for the holidays. Imagine how surprised a kid would be to open this book up and find an ipod or money! It would be cool for indoor letter-boxing too! I am hoping that we can get a group of library patrons to volunteer to make some of these. The librarian says we can make a party of it, how fun would that be!?! Please feel free to take this idea and use it for your next library fundraiser too. I have some ideas planned for using up the paper rectangles we cut out of these too so they won’t go to waste either. If you have any ideas for the middles let me know! Let’s save unwanted book from the landfills. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Duct Tape + Juice Pouches = Cheap Crafty Fun!

Hi Friends! I love recycling…or upcycling stuff because it is fun to make something useful out of things you normally throw away. I wanted to make a sturdy pencil pouch to go in my binder and I did so using 4 juice pouches, Duct Tape and a zipper. Watch the video to see how!

I used fun patterned duct tape from Oriental Trading Company in this project. They have Duct brand as well as their own brand of duct tape. Both are very good quality, the only difference I see is that the Oriental Trading Company brand is a tad bit less sticky but it has held up fine in any of my projects. The OTC brand is a bit less expensive and has 20 yards in a roll in most cases where as the duct tape brand is 10-15 yards usually. Since they carry both you get a fantastic selection at $4-$5 a roll and the skinny stuff is even cheaper. All of that info is in the product listing if you are unsure. I hope you try this, or some other recycling craft. I decided to put my pouch in the kids plastic canvas project binder to hold the scissors and yarn needles that are constantly slipping out of the binder pockets. What did I tell you, useful. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Peony in Watercolor Pencils!

Hello friends! Tonight I have a fun watercolor pencil tutorial for you. You can use any brand you like but I am using a few of my new Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils from Faber Castell. They preform very much like the Inktense pencils by Derwent but really you can use whatever brand you like! Follow along with the video and have fun!

So when you see a complex picture break it down to lines and marks and have fun with it. If it doesn’t turn out, just toss it or flip it over and paint on the back. You can find the reference photo by Lilian Bell at Paint My Photo. That’s it for me tonight! Thanks for visiting and til next time happy crafting!

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