These are a few of my favorite things….

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…well, that’s nice and all but my favorite things are of course a little more artsy. I was looking at this card I made in June but had not posted (I had to wait to post it because it was published in the Winter 2011-2012 issue of Rubber Stamp Madness) and I realized that it used some of my favorite things.

Melon Mambo ink and Button Embossing die (Stampin’ Up)

Button Clear Stamps (Pink Persimmon, I also used the Soda Pop Alpha and Holiday Favors sets)

Promarker Blending Sets (Pastel & Muted marker kits)

Ribbon & Stitching (Grossgrain ribbon is from the Dollar Tree)

My Die cut machine (I used the mat from the Fancy Cupcake box SVG set by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff)

So, what are your favorite crafting supplies? Leave a comment and let me know, I can’t wait to hear! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

I’m Jolly!

Hey! I am so excited! I just got my copy of Rubber Stamp Madness (winter edition) in the mail today and I had this card published!

I used papers from my Handmade Holidays kit and a bingo card from my Vintage Christmas Labels set and as a bonus they are on sale for 40% off today {Wednesday the 21st} only along with everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff so you can stock up and make a few more last-minute goodies:

Vintage Christmas LabelsHomemade Holidays Paper PackGingerbread House SVGWee AlbumsPretty Packaging SVGChic Calendar Scrapbook kit

Don’t you just love the cute santa and alphabet stamps I used? I just love combining digital and traditional products. It is the best of both worlds. I keep a stash of  printed bingo cards in craft area so I can stamp on a quick sentiment when I need it (I also like to keep a stash of library cards on hand too like the one in the Teacher’s Helper set, they are so handy!) Also I love printing just what I need for paper. I tend to hoard my favorite sheets of traditional papers for just the perfect project but with digital papers I can simply print another sheet. The rubber stamps I used on the above card are by Pink Persimmon:

Both sets are so versatile! I’ll show you two other cards I made with that set later this week!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to have a visit and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: Homemade Paper Tape!

Hi Folks! I’ve been waiting to post this video since August! I used some awesome button and Jewel stamps from Pink Persimmon in this tutorial and they kept selling out of them so I wanted to wait until they were back in stock because you might want them after seeing this! I made paper tape out of stamps and sticker paper, it was so fun and easy, you can see the tape on this card, the video is at the end of the post:

I made a ruffle out of crepe paper and used glitter nail polish to add quick drying bling to the jewel. I colored my rhinestone with marker to match and made my own seam binding. You can see more tips like that in my latest article in Scrap & Stamp Arts!

Also I wanted to tell you that I have a new article out in the January 2012 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine! It is filled with my favorite tips on making your own craft supplies titled, what else? The Frugal Crafter! Check it you on newsstands or get your copy here.

SSA January 2012

Here is the video, enjoy!

 

Thanks for stopping by and til net time happy crafting!

New Publications!

Howdy folks! Boy, summer has been crazy! My craft room looks like a tornado went through it and I have been creating like a mad woman to try and get projects set out before submission deadlines. Since I have nothing new to share with you today I thought I’d show you the magazines that have shown up in my mailbox over the last week with my work featured in them…shameless promotion I know :)

 

I really encourage crafters to submit their work, it is so fun to see your creations in print! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A few “toots” and a CASE & Freebies!

Well, my mailbox has been busy this week! I was asked (along with fellow MyGrafico designers Cheri Wenger and Blackleaf Studios) to design a custom digital stamp for Paper Crafts Magazine’s special publication Stamp It! Cards. You can download all of our designs here. Gotta love free right?

I really enjoyed this issue of Stamp It! Cards, infact I found many ideas I wanted to try. Here is a card I CASE’d (CASE=copy and steal everything), the original card is on page 89 of Stamp It! Cards and it was by Agniesza Malyszek, her’s turned out much prettier than mine but I still like it ;)

 

To make the card I stamped the butterflies in Versafine black and heat embossed them with clear then loosely splashed watercolor over them. Honestly I got a little TOO loose with the watercolor and I’m not sure what I was thinking with the flourescent coral sentiment block but, hey, it was fun!

Tuesday I got the September issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and I just about fell over to see my button cards on the COVER:

 SSA September 2011

BTW you can still get the July Issue of SSA with my marker review spreadsheet. Honestly, it is more than you ever wanted to know about Alcohol & Watercolor markers and extra ways to use them.

 SSA July 2011

Current Issue CoverOh and one more Pub…I have 2 cards in the July issue of Vamp Stamp News.

 

OK I think I just dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back :P til next time happy crafting!

Are you mad for markers?

Hiya folks! I just wanted to tell you that an article I worked on and researched for months is finally out in the July 2011 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine!

SSA July 2011

I reviewed 12 brands of markers (t’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it…) and rated them spreadsheet style on factors such as price, unique features, color range, medium (alcohol, watercolor, xylene, India ink), workability, nibs and whether they are refillable or not. Also there are tips on how best to use each type of marker. So if you are in the market for ew markers or just want to get more use out of the ones you have I hope you will give my article a read, it is on newsstands now or you can order a copy from Scott Publications.

Thanks for listening to me toot my own horn (what’s new, right!?!) and til next time happy crafting!

Lucky Day!

Wow! I got some great mail today! I got the new Just cards! magazine in the mail {2 cards published!} and a pack of embossed Core’diations cardstock {they had a contest when you post a link on facebook and if you win someone who signed up through you link would win too-I won and so did my friend Tracey-how cool is that!} Also on Saturday I got the June 2011 Scrap & Stamp Arts in the mail and I had a card in there too{I almost did not send that card in because it was so simple but they chose it-you never know what an editor will pick.}

Here are some sneak peeks of the issues:

Holy Moley, I almost forgot! I have a project teased in the new Decorative Painter Magazine I did the Members only Exclusive on-line project, that issue arrived in my mailbox on Friday (wow! what a week eh!?!)

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I’ll have a new video tutorial (get ready for some recycling!) Until then Happy Crafting!

I’m a Cover Girl!!!

Just a quick post tonight to show you what I found in my mailbox today:

The April 2011 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and my Tea Party project is on the COVER! Woohoo! What a surprise :D

On a completely unrelated subject today is “National Pancake Day” so I decided that I would make breakfast for supper and I whipped up these Tofu and Fruit Parfaits…they were NOT a hit but they sure were pretty :)

 

Actually I think they were quite tasty, Here is the recipe, I make it up myself, I hope you like them and if not, well, I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a great cook (no cooking required tho, just a blender!)

1 block of tofu (any kind is fine but silken will work best)

soymilk

1 tablespoon vanilla

sugar (or your preferred sweetener)

a dash of salt

frozen berries (I used Maine Wild Blueberries and Strawberries)

Break up tofu and put it in the blender, add a bit of soymilk (Like 1/4 cup) and blend on high, add more soymilk until it whips up nice and creamy. Add vanilla, sugar (to taste, a couple of tablespoons) and a dash of salt and blend until it is smooth and creamy. thaw the berries in the microwave and add sweetener to taste (do this after heating so you don’t cook off the sugar). Layer the tofu blend and fruit in a pretty glass and enjoy!

I’m not sure why the kids did not like them, maybe they filled up on too many pancakes. These would make a great breakfast because they are loaded with protein.

I’ll have a much craftier post for you tomorrow, til then happy crafting!

Cardstock Demystified

Just a quick post today, I have been wrapped up in a design project all week but I wanted to share what came in the mail yesterday:

I was so happy, Scrap and Stamp Arts published part 2 of my Cardstock comparison Series. The first part is in the September 2010 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and it dealt with the best cardstock to use with Copic markers and part 2 is in the December 2010 issue (on newsstands soon!) and it deals with the best card stock for die cutting in a Cricut machine. If you can’t find a copy you can always check out the Scrap & Stamp Arts website, you can order from there too;) Both articles have tear out charts so you can keep a copy with your Cricut and Copics, Let’s take out crafting from Frustrating to fabulous!

Toot-Toot!

Howdy folks! Hope you are all having a great labor day in the US and a great Monday everywhere else. I just got his in the mail th other day:

And they published 4 of my cards! yay, happy mail for me! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting:)

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