Let’s Paint a Vintage Rose!

Grab your watercolor pencils and let’s paint a vintage rose!

I also wanted to wish everyone a safe New Year’s Eve! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Awesome Washi Fake Out Stamping!

Attention Washi Tape Hoarders! Ahh, that got your attention didn’t it? I have a couple rolls of washi tape but I never seem to use it, either it is too nice to use, or it does not match my project or I forget I have it. Well, no more excuses because today I have a way for you to get the look of washi tape on your project without using or making tape! It is a masking trick and I will show you how to make the masks and use it and it is practically free! Nice huh? check out my faux washi card, nothing by cardstock and ink baby!

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Watch the video to see how:

I like this better than the fake washi stamps I was wanting. I love it when I can get the look of something I want with what I already have, don’t you? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Most Addictive Craft in the World!

Hello friends! We have another whopper of a storm headed out way, 6-10 inches of snow so I am going to schedule a few posts in case we are without power again. At least I have plenty of crafts to keep me busy! The kids all got Rainbow Looms for Christmas and they have been making bracelets like crazy! It is so fun! I can’t seem to pass by a loom sitting on the table without making a few myself, in fact I think I may have developed a bit of carpel tunnel making these darn things LOL! Anyway, here is a brief overview of the basics of these looms and bands:

I have a couple more videos on different things you can make with the stretch bands on my YouTube channel if you want to see more! I think I need to step away from the looms and go find the snow shovel. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Winners & a New Tutorial!

Howdy folks! Last week I hosted a giveaway from the generous and fabulous About Art Accents and we had so many people enter the first night, and with it being Christmas ans all, the owner said I could pick two winners! Yay! and (drum-roll please) here they are! Kim Ferguson and Jackie P! Congrats ladies, you have some fabulous surprise stamps coming your way! Be sure to check your email for details! Speaking of great stamps, check out this chickadee stamp from About Art Accents, it is part of the 50 state birds & flowers collection:

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I think though, after the weather we have had in Maine this week I should have given my tree some snow and icy glitter! BTW BIG THANKS to all of the road crews, tree cutters and linemen (and women) who worked tirelessly through the holiday from as far south as Rhode Island to get the power back on in Maine, we would still be in the dark if it wasn’t for you! Sorry about that brief aside, I’m just feeling grateful to have electricity 😀 Anyway, here is the tutorial:

I hope you got enough tips and techniques there to make it worth watching a 20 minute video. Here is a look at the cards close up.

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Tips!

  1. Make an envelope (I use the Kreate-a-lope) and use the scraps to decorate you card!
  2. Speaking of scraps save them in files sorted by color, that way you won’t need to cut into a full sheet of cardstock for paper piecing or when you just need a bit of a color. Plus you get interesting pattern and color combos when scraps mix and mingle!
  3. Speaking of paper piecing, take a look at your punches, what else can you make from the tired old shapes, my notched circle punch became a pine-cone, a balloon can become an Easter egg, dig out the old tools and use them in a new way!
  4. Switch out scissors for a craft knife and ruler, you will be surprise how quickly you can cut smooth banners and even mats, your die cutter will get lonely!
  5. Before you run to the store to buy the latest and greatest think about the tools and supplies you already have and see if you can duplicate it! Creativity is a muscle, use it or lose it! I think we can all enjoy that workout, am I right?

Thanks to About Art Accents for letting me pick two stamp winners this month and thanks to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Let’s Paint a Brazilian Cardinal! {watercolor pencil tutorial}

Hello friends and happy Friday! I shared this video on youtube a couple weeks ago and asked my viewers if they had any clue what type of bird I was painting and many thought it was a Brazilian cardinal, sounds good to me! So, grab your watercolor pencils and paint along with me!

That was fun! Just a reminder if you haven’t entered to win the surprise stamps from About Art Accents you can leave a comment on last Saturday’s post to be entered, I’ll be picking a winner tomorrow so don’t delay! We all like free stamps right? And I’ll be picking 2 winner so double the chances to win, double the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy New Year! {wait…what?}

Hello friends! New years is next week and before you accuse me of jumping the gun I have to tell you that there is a method to my madness. I found myself short on Christmas cards and the ones I sent out were later than I wanted. Rather than send out more late cards I decided to make New Years tags instead!

You can find the supplies I used at Papermart. Watch the video to see how I made them:

Wouldn’t it to be fun to receive new years cards or tags like this?

Supplies:

Shipping tags, star garland, tinsel wire, tulle from Papermart and the Party Hat Cat rubber stamp set from Lost Coast Designs. Now the reason I am sharing this project a week early is so you have time to make them.  Go you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Santas A Plenty!

Happy Christmas everyone! Well, we had a great Christmas, last night we had my Husband’s family over for dinner and to exchange gifts and this morning we had our tree then brought gifts to my folks house and had a great day with my side of the family…oh, and did I mention we had NO POWER?!? The weekend’s ice storm knocked out electricity in most of the state. Luckily we have a wood stove and lots of candles and a pizza parlor nearby cuz that’s what we served for Christmas Eve dinner, that and some liquid refreshments so no one minded the lack of lights or the unbathed hosts and guests. I felt like I was in “Little House on the Prairie”. Ahh, the good old days! Ha ha! The kids were really super, their biggest worry was that people would not come over if the lights were out but, heck, we are Mainers! A power outage is not an inconvenience, it’s a challenge!  I bet some of you got some art supplies for Christmas or maybe now that the dinner’s been cooked, presents opened ( and power back on) you might have some time to play with your neglected supplies so I have 2 tutorials for you tonight, one is how to draw Santa with pastel pencils…

…and the other is how to paint him with watercolors. Hey, make these on cards and you will have a few Christmas cards ready for next year, sweet!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Til next time happy crafting!

Last Minute Gift! Scrapbook Calendar!

Hello again friends! I am safe to post this project because neither my mom or my mother in law uses a computer LOL! Then again it is not much of a surprise because I make them one every year and it is my mother’s favorite gift (which she hints at every year starting in October!) The one year I didn’t make her one for Christmas (BTW it was the year my twins were born, they were only 3 months old by Christmas) she made feel so guilty that I made her one for her birthday in February, better late than never eh? I’ve simplified the process of these calendars a lot since I made my first one 11 years ago. I’ll share my tips and process with you so you can knock one or two of these out in an evening! You’ve got nothing better to do tonight right?

Recap!

  1. Print your calendar pages (for free!!!) here on white or light-colored cardstock.
  2. Print photos! I used 1/2 a sheet of 8.5″x11″ photo paper (Cannon Pixma glossy) per page.
  3. Choose a stack of paper so you won’t dig through your entire stash to match stuff up and trim paper to 6″x11″ (you get 2 pages from each 12″x12″ sheet!
  4. collect the cardstock calendar pages plus 1 for a cover and make sure they are in order (no, really, check) and bind them with a binding machine or see my tutorial here for binding with a Crop-a-dile hole punch)
  5. Glue on paper.
  6. Glue on photos.
  7. Write the “who, what, where” on the pages.
  8. Decorate the cover!
  9. Have a glass of wine and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

I raise my own glass to you my friend as you just nailed Christmas gift giving! I have to mention that the steal of a deal binding machine I bought for $20 2 years ago is now $75 but a YouTube viewer was able to snag another binding machine on clearance for $20 so keep an eye out if you want to buy one. Alternatively you can have them bound at any copy shop, like Staples, for a couple bucks.

I still have a couple more Christmas tutorials to share but if you are anxious to see them you can on my YouTube channel. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Relax, it’s almost Christmas! Let’s make a quick gift!

Hello friends,  if you are like most you are probably busy scurrying around to finish wrapping, shopping and crafting.  Today I am going to share an easy project you can make for a gift (or you might need one for yourself if you have been hunched over the craft table for days!) and it only takes about 15 minutes and it is always appreciated. A microwavable/freezable hot/cold rice pack! You will need: cotton fabric a fat quarter (or scrap fabric, mine was 18″x22″ but you can make them any size), rice and a sewing machine and thread. Watch the video to see how it is made:

You can even make them smaller for hand warmers!  These are a great addition to a gift basket or a lovely gift on their own, You can add whole flax-seed (up to a 1:1 ratio) and I hear that the bags will stay hotter longer. You can even add your favorite dried herbs to the bags for lovely smells. I’ll be back later today with more last minute gift ideas! Til then happy crafting!

This post is for your spouse {or boyfriend, girlfriend, kids etc…}

Hello friends! I spent most of the day wrapping and sorting gifts and listing to Christmas music, I’m not much or a country music fan but I could listen to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton sing Christmas tunes all day! I finished up needing to only buy one gift card, of course it is for a man, is it just me or are men just hard to buy for? Maybe it’s because I am a girl. So with that in mind I am writing this post to offer advice to people shopping for crafters and artists this holiday. First off let me say that there is nothing wrong with getting your loved one a gift certificate to their favorite art supply or craft store, that way they can get what they want and use a coupon or wait for a sale. By choosing a craft store gift card you are saying “I love you and support your artistic endeavors but haven’t a clue what you have or want.” I asked some of my YouTube viewers what they were hoping to get for Christmas and they had great ideas which I will share with you in today’s video:

If you want more ideas be sure to look at the comments on the YouTube watch page as viewers had some super ideas.

What if you are broke?

I know how cash strapped young families are during the holidays, why not make a coupon book with coupons for: 2 hours of uninterrupted craft time (for instance dad takes the young children out to visit grandma so mom can scrapbook at home in the quiet, or maybe you offer to babysit for your best friend so she can have some “me” time) or a trip to the craft store (dad stays home with kids so mom can collect her sanity while browsing the local Joanns) I’m telling you, when my babies were small that was the perfect gift! If you are handy, making a shelf or cabinet where your crafter can coral her supplies so they are useful would be a wonderful gift or maybe clearing out part of a spare room or cellar for her to have a place to create. These need not be expensive gifts to be the most useful and best loved. It is more than the gift, it is showing that you value and respect her (or him) and those are two thing you cant buy. Whatever you choose to do for your creative friend or spouse I’m sure it will be fantastic! If you have any questions or suggestions leave a comment, we can all help one another! Thanks for taking time out of your bust holiday to drop by and til next time happy crafting!

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