Just in Time for Earth Day & Cinco De Mayo!

Hi friends! Do you have any leftover plastic Easter eggs kicking around the house? If so you can make some fun Maracas!


With Earth Day tomorrow I thought it would be nice to recycle and use up some leftover supplies from past projects. Look around your stash, do you have some odds and ends that can be repurposed into a new treasure? Watch this video to see how to make these fun noise makers!


Recycled items:
Plastic Easter Eggs
Filler such as leftover beads, dried rice/beans or gravel

Papermart Stuff (leftover from other fun tutorials on this blog!)
Duct tape
Paper straws

I hope this inspired you to turn some trash to treasure and use up your leftover supplies rather than tossing them in the trash. If you hate keeping leftover supplies around you can always toss them in a box and donate it to a preschool or scouting group when the box is full, they will gladly make some art with your leftovers! Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Mirror Stamping & Brayered Backgrounds!

Hi friends! Today I have a couple of fun techniques for you to try! This will either introduce you to new supplies or help you get more use out of the supplies you have.


Watch the video for the tutorial! I will list options to get the same or similar looks with other supplies below in case you don’t have what I used.

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Stamp (artneko)
Charm (artneko)

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Glossy cardstock (not photo paper)
Colored Cardstock
Kaliedacolor ink pad (this is a blank one, it is cheaper to buy this way and you can use the dye based reinkers you have)
Memento black inkpad
Soft rubber brayer
Gelli Plate


Instead of using a gelli plate as a mirror stamp you can use a sheet of inexpensive rubber gasket from the hardware store, a piece of soft carving material like EZ cut, a large eraser from the dollar store, the reverse side of a fairly solid clear background stamp or you can actually buy a mirror stamp, they were popular many years ago and now they are coming back in style but if you have a gelli plate or any other of the mentioned items you don’t have to buy it!

If you don’t have a brayer you can use color dusters (or stippling brushes) or sponges to create the blended background. To do this add your yellow all over the glossy cardstock, then add orange on each side overlapping the yellow, make sure to leave pure yellow in the center. Then add read at the top and bottom. You might need to go over the entire panel with yellow again but do this last and then wash your sponge so you don’t contaminate your inkpad. You can also buff the cardstock with a tissue to help marry the colors.

A Warning!

Do not use photo paper when using a gelli plate as a mirror stamp, same goes for high quality photopolymer stamps, I once got photo paper permanently stuck to a nice clear stamp because it bonded too well to the glossy quick dry coating. It ruined the stamp and I don’t want anyone to ruin their expensive gelli plates.

I hope you enjoyed todays tutorial and think of many ways to use these techniques. The next time you are stamping a person or animal but wish it was facing the other way you can use the mirror technique and they next time you want a blended sunset you will know how. What will you try next? Let me know in the comments and happy crafting!

Sponsored by ArtNeko.

So what do you do with that coloring book when your done?

Hi friends! I am so pleased that more and more adults are coloring! I am even more glad that the adult coloring trend is pulling in the most non-crafty among us because I think when people see the value of creating they will be more inclined to delve into other crafts and wouldn’t it be awesome if everyone spent time everyday making something fun and worthwhile? Last year I reviewed a series of coloring books from Color-It. The thing I liked was that the pages were printed on thick, artist quality paper and when you colored on them your mediums looked radiant. Often on coloring books the paper doesn’t grab the pigment or show off the colors. I used both permanent markers and colored pencils and they both worked great!

This is a page from the Mandala book from Color It that one of my kids is currently working on. The pencils are the Soho brand from Jerry’s Artarama:)

I was contacted by the company Color It the other day and they told me that they have a Kickstarter going to fund their next project, an adult coloring book that is designed to be colored by adults and then given to, or read to, their children when it is done. I think something like this could be a treasured keepsake as well as an answer to the question “What do I do with this page after it’s colored?” You can find out more about their new coloring book here. You can also see some of the sample pages to decide if the book is right for you. I really like the octopus one! Color-It is a wonderful company and I wish them much success. Thanks for stopping by, tomorrow I will be back with a video tutorial, until then happy crafting!

Artichoke in Oil Pastel {beginner tutorial!)

Hi friends! I’m back with another pastel tutorial and this time we will take a look at oil pastels and paint an artichoke!


Follow along with the step by step video to get a feel for this fun medium! If you don’t have oil pastels try watercolor crayons or chalk/soft pastels. You will find that you can interchange many of the techniques. I got some great feedback from my onion pastel tutorial last week and one of the most interesting comments (made by several of you) was that some people were put-off by the sound of soft pastels or the dusty feeling on them on your skin. If you hate the chalky feel and sound but love the look try oil pastels!


Oil pastels are fun to use and the set of 50 Pentel oil pastels I am using is on sale for $6.69 at Blitzy. They also have Lowel Cornell set of 60 for $6.79. I love how you can get started so cheaply!

If you prefer water-soluble oil pastels Blitzy has the Portfolio by Crayola brand which I recommend in sets of 12  and 24.
The water-soluble pastels are larger sticks and very similar to the Primas for half the price. The Prima water-soluble oil pastels are a higher quality than the Portfolio and the best price I have seen the 24 set is Hallmark Scrapbook.

I have a review on water-soluble oil pastels and crayons on my blog here comparing the different brands and prices that might help you decide.

Here is a picture of an artichoke.

Please note, I used affiliate links to Blitsy and Hallmark Scrapbook in this post. If you click on the link and make a purchase I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Please use what you have but if you need supplies both sites have excellent prices on everything! Thanks for stopping by and til next time hapy crafting!

Sweet Kraft Paper Pockets with Seeds!

Hi friends! Even though I have a “black thumb” I can’t resist picking up little packets of flower seeds each spring. I love the potential of the flowers than *might* grow as well as the lovely designs on the packets. I also think they make a nice embellishment or gift to include in an invitation or card!


In today’s video I will show you how to make these cute little cards that would be appropriate for Mother’s Day, Bridal Showers or spring party invitations. It’s quick and easy too!

This is a great project to use up supplies you already have but if you want the specific supplies I used you can find then from our sponsor Papermart!

Kraft Paper
6″ Paper Doilies
Organza Ribbon
Bakers Twine
Fabric Flowers
Dry Adhesive (ATG double sided tape)
Rubber stamps (Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Ink (Kalidacolor)

1. Make sleeve/bag from kraft paper.
2. Cover with doily.
3. Wrap with ribbon and twine.
4. Stamp a tag and tie to twine.
5. Insert seed packet and fabric flower.

I hope you are having lovely spring weather this weekend! Happy crafting!


LIVE Today! Lily Bouquet Painting Tutorial & How to Fix Painting Problems!

Hi friends! We will have  a free live painting class today at 12:30pm Eastern Time. We will paint this:


As I was painting this picture I hit a few roadblocks, I almost trashed it but then I thought, what a great way to teach about ways to overcome problems and fix them in your paintings and save the picture from lining the bird-cage, LOL! 😀 You can watch the lesson live, or the replay in the player below but if you want to chat with your crafty friends or ask me questions as we go be sure to watch on YouTube.

I am not much of a flower arranger or photographer but here are a couple of pics I took of the bouquet we are painting.

lilyboquetphoto1 lilyphoto2

Supplies Sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama!


I am giving away a spot in my new mixed media class at Craftsy (launching soon!) Click here for a chance to win a spot in the class! If you know of anyone who would like to paint with us live today please share this blog post or video with them, the more the merrier! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Do You YUPO?

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to explore stamping on a plastic paper called YUPO. I was first introduced to this paper 14 years ago and I used it for watercolor but it is really fun to stamp on too!


You can make really fun backgrounds by wetting the paper or get crisp stamped imaged when dry. Watch the video to see some fun techniques!


I used the new release from Rubber Stamp Tapestry for my demo today (each set is listed below.) Deal alert! Get free shipping on USA orders of $10 or more with coupon code SHIPFREE16

Yupo Paper
Watercolor markers
Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:
Retro Sundress
Bright New Day
Between the Paving Stones
Stars & Stripes Forever
Spray bottle
Small round brush

Feel free to try these techniques on any watercolor paper for more subtle results! I hope you enjoyed this fun technique and try it for yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


W. Springfield Classes are Now Open for Registration!

Hi friends! I just got word that the classes I am teaching at the Heirloom Productions stamp & Paper Arts Convention in June in West Springfield MA at the “Big E” are open for registration! Classes will be on June 3rd, a day before the show opens so you don’t have to miss any shopping time if you want to attend one or both classes!

Here are this year’s classes I am teaching at Heirloom sponsored by Lost Coast Designs.

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

Mixed Media Layer By Layer 101 dives into fun mixed media techniques you can use on your cards, scrapbooks and art journals.

Time & Date: 12:30-2:30pm June 3rd 2016

You will learn:

  • Stenciling
  • Found object stamping
  • Watercolor background techniques
  • Highlighting
  • Collage
  • Flicking and spattering

You will use (Supplies provided by instructor for use in the class)

  • Watercolor powders
  • Inktense blocks
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponges
  • Brushes
  • Stencils
  • Matte medium
  • Ephemera
  • Household objects
  • Painting boards (art surface)
  • Black and white pens

Supplies are provided but you are more than welcome to bring your supplies if you want help learning how to use them.

DCF 1.0

DCF 1.0

More Mixed Media Layer by Layer!

Time & Date: 3-5pm June 3rd 2016

Want to make a day of it? Take both classes and really dig into mixed media. This class will be a bit faster paced and go into more advanced design and techniques. This class would also be suitable for crafters familiar with mixed media techniques who prefer to work at a brisk pace.

You will learn

  • Gesso resist background
  • Gesso rubber stamping for texture
  • Coloring and layering with Inktense and watercolor crayons
  • Watercolor powder backgrounds
  • Inktense backgrounds
  • Doodling/tangeling Pen techniques
  • Stenciling to guide your eye through your design
  • Selective stamping (stamp in the hand technique)

You will use (Supplies provided by instructor for use in the class)

  • Watercolor crayons
  • Inktense blocks
  • Watercolor powders
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponges
  • Brushes
  • Stencils
  • Matte medium
  • Painting boards (art surface)
  • White gel pen
  • Rubber stamps

I hope to see you in West Springfield in June, either in one of my classes or on the show floor at the Heirloom Productions Stamp Show, it is such a fun weekend and I have been going for years! Bes sure to say “howdy” if you see me! Please don’t wait if you want to take the class though, the classes filled in May last year and I want my blog readers to get first dibbs:) Feel free to invite your friends to the show too! I love stamp conventions and I want them to thrive and if you have never been I urge you to attend, they are so much fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!