Stamp School: Quick Christmas Cards!

Hi friends! I know Christmas is a couple of months away but if you like to send handmade cards it’s never too soon to start. Here is a quick batch you can make!


Watch the video to see how easy it is! Feel free to pop other items in the jars for other event and holidays too!


Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Use coupon code HOLIDAY25 to save 25% on all individual holiday stamps and holiday peg stamp sets! Sale ends September 30, 2016, so don’t miss out!

Holiday stamps can be found here.

White cardstock or watercolor paper
Christmas themed scrapbook paper
Mason Jar die cut
Peg stamp sets:
Gingerbread WreathEmbellished Holiday WreathPoinsettia Flourish 
Memento ink

Don’t wait to start holiday card making so you can send a special card and not be stressed when December rolls around. Also don’t wait to shop the 25% off holiday stamps at Rubber Stamp Tapestry, the coupon HOLIDAY25 expires on 9/30/16! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

StampSchool: Colored Pencil Blending & Giveaway!

Hi friends! Today I will share some colored pencil blending techniques with you. I will also be giving away the stamp I used in today’s project. Just leave a comment below for a chance to win. I will contact the winner via email in one week:)


You can use any colored pencils you have for this but regular colored pencils will work much better than watercolor pencils because regular (wax) colored pencils are more opaque and will blend better in a dry fashion. I like to use colored pencils on colored paper because they show up well. Some people asked me about blending with solvents but I only do that on white paper because it makes my pencils more transparent.


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Stamps: (Dragonfly) (steampunk shown in video)
Kraft card stock
Black ink
Assorted pattered paper
Colored pencils (Spectrum Noir Colourblend)
Dragonfly brad (Eyelet Outlet)
Purple rhinestone

I am planning on a colored pencil drawing tutorial using these Colourblend pencils. I want to try them on several kinds of paper before I do a proper review of them but so far I like them! If you have a suggestion on what I should draw with the pencils let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a comment if you want a chance to win the dragonfly stamp I used today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LIVE! Watercolor Pencil 101 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! Today I am going to answer all of the questions I get about watercolor pencils (and I have gotten a lot over the years!) We will go over bet paper to use, best brushes and also what pencils are the best for each budget and application! I will cover both fine art applications and rubber stamping/crafting applications.



We will be live here and on YouTube at 12:30pm ET but the replay will be available if you can’t make it. If you have a question and want to chat live be sure to watch live on YouTube during the broadcast. I will also respond to questions in the comments section after the broadcast it over.


  • You can find most of the pencils I will talk about (all the “art” brands) at our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama!
  • I will also mention a couple of craft company brands that are very nice: Spectrum Aqua and Prima and they can be found here.
  • The stamps I am using are from Rubbernecker
  • Blender pens for use on cardstock so the paper doesn’t pill

Want more info on watercolor pencils or drawing? How about a class? Any Craftsy classes you buy via my link (including my class! Here is the 50% off link for followers) supports my channel and keeps my daily videos free for you! See what’s on sale at Craftsy!

I hope to see you for an hour (or so) of watercolor pencil fun! Happy crafting!


Stamp School: Quick One Layer Birthday Cards and Invites!

Hi friends! Today’s project is a good one when you need a batch of cards or if you just want to practise with a new stamp set because it is on a flat sheet of cardstock. Limited supplies=fast & frugal!


Watch the video to see how it’s done! I apologise for the long video but this is a “stamp School” video and I want to make sure all the steps are clear. If you are making a batch of these I suggest you work “assembly line” style and stamp each item on each card before grabbing the next stamp, it saves a ton of time!


You can find the supplies I used from our sponsor Luvin’ Stampin’ *Use the host code to receive free card kits when you order. Here is the current code valid through Sept. 24th A636C73Q (After that check for the current one!)


For more fun projects visit “Luvin’ Stampin'” Wendy Cranford’s YouTube Channel

When stamping one layer cards think about the ink you are using for subsequent layers. Blue stamped over yellow may take on a green cast and a lighter color stamped over a darker color may not show up at all.

When you are using a layering stamp but you don’t have many colors of ink you can keep overlapping the same ink color until the desired darkness is achieved.

Don’t worry about being perfect, these fun cards area fantastic way to get to know a new stamp set and when you are done you have a new batch of cards to show for it! Besides, people love to get a handmade card even if it isn’t perfect!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School Free Class: Coloring “Metal” with Markers & Pencils

Hi friends! I am going to warn you right now, todays video is a long, content packed, follow along with me class on coloring. I went searching the topic of coloring shiny and metallic objects and could not find what I was looking for so I decided it was a video that needed to be made. I also wanted to make a tutorial that could be adapted to the limited supplies the average or beginner stamper would have on hand. Today I will show you how to get a realistic metal look for your stamped images on paper.


You are going to see me use many brands of markers in today’s video. I am using alcohol based markers but if you don’t have any you can use water based markers or even watercolor pencils (just gently blend them with a damp brush) or watercolor paints for the first layer. If you do substitute water media on cardstock do not over work it, it will not take the amount of blending as alcohol markers do. My advice for stampers looking to get into alcohol markers is to buy the largest set of office supply store alcohol markers they can get (My pick is the 36 pack of Bic-Mark-its that are about $20 at any department store) and then, as you can afford it, buy the super light shades of markers and a clear blender from an art supplier. I also recommend you try different brands (buy different colors so you don’t get duplicates because they all play nice together) as you are collecting the lights because as you use up the office supply markers you will know what you want to replace them with and replacing them one at a time does not hurt the wallet too much. One more tip! If you have a clear blender and a few sharpies or even bottle of alcohol ink you can make a palette of colors on a tile or white plate (just scribble them out or add a drop or two of ink) and you can use the clear blending marker to pick up color and mix colors to get the shade you need. It will take longer than just having the right markers but by golly you will be a pro when you are done! This technique is called “palette blending” and I have a tutorial for Alcohol markers here and water based markers here if you want more info on that.

I also want to say that you can use any colored pencils you have. No excuses folks, let’s make it metal!


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As you probably realized by now the techniques you learned today can be used for any metal you can think of, from coloring a rusted pick-up truck to a shiny pewter frame. You just need to change the color and pay attention to the highlights. Practice and you will get it:) And that is the key, it is nice to know how to do it in theory but you don’t really learn until you do it. Use what you have, improvise and see if your supplies will work before going out and buying the latest and greatest coloring media or you might end up not knowing how to use it and you become a collector rather than a crafter. Go on,dust off those markers and pencils and get to work, I know you can do it! Happy crafting!

Stamp School: Cutaway Card & Beginner Tips for Scene Stamping and Watercoloring

Hi friends! Do you get confused when you try to mix several stamps together to create a scene? Today I’ll show you how to do it as we create this fanciful one layer card!


When you are mixing stamps, especially from different sets, it can get chaotic real quick. That’s why we are keeping it simple by using watercolor to tie everything together. This flat card is not boring though, because of the clever peekaboo cutaway we have put on the front so the inside can be just as fun as the outside. Watch the video to see how!

Video! *Note, this is a beginner video so advanced stampers might want to skip around or watch in fast mode:)

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Please note: This is a beginner stamping and watercoloring tutorial. Feel free to skip around if you are a more advanced stamper:)


When stamping use your largest images first then fill in with the smaller ones.

Use a big brush for a loose washy look and a small brush for detail.

Dig through your stash for old shape cutters that might make cool cutaways on your cards.

If you don’t have watercolors use reinkers or press a dye ink pad to a place to make a makeshift palette!

I hope you try this technique using the stamps and color media you have! Let me know how it goes in the comments below and share this project with any beginner stampers you know! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Mounting Rubber Stamps & Watercolor Look With Markers!

Hi friends! In today’s stamp school I am going to show you what to do with those sheets of red rubber you see at stamp shows or order online. It occurred to me that most new stampers buy their non wood mounted stamps in craft store from large stamp companies and they come prepared to use on your clear blocks. If you only buy from the big box craft stores you miss out on the wonderful diversity that the independent stamp company has to offer. I will show you how to trim and mount your stamps and then we will make this card!


Watch the video to see how it’s done!

Supplies are available from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Use coupon code: SCENE to save 20% on all $10+ orders of mounted stamps! Coupon expires Sunday, September 11, 2016.
*The new unmounted scene sheets are priced at a low $12 and not eligible for further discounts.

Watercolor paper or heavy cardstock
Water based markers
Stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry:
Retro Sundress
Near the Reef
Summer on the Farm and here are the other unmounted sheets I showed
Round watercolor brushes: #0, #5
Stamp mounts (they have the rock a blocks I showed at the end at a great price!)
Spray bottle with water

Here is a list of stamp mounting supplies:
Cling Cushion (EZ Mount)
Aleenes Tack It Over & Over glue
Glue stick
Heavy Scissors (I use KAI brand)

I hope the options for stamp mounting seem less intimidating now, I like mounting my own because it saves money and I can use whatever method is right for my storage and budget. I also hope you give watercolor markers a try (borrow the kid’s Crayolas if you don’t have any!) because that is such a fun technique too! Thanks for stamping with me today and til next time happy crafting!

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