Let’s Paint a Pretty Bird & Q&A

Hi friends! You might have noticed if you follow me on YouTube and Facebook that I have been doing surprise live streams. I will continue to do my Friday at 12:30pm ET stream with Sarah as long as I am not traveling so don’t worry, those are here to stay but I also like popping in live when I have time to paint and chat.I decided to make the replay available after the live stream for everyone to see, I save questions til the end so if you want to hear them you can or you can stop watching when the tutorial is over. I hope this is helpful!


I am using the new Jane Davenport Watercolors from American Crafts! Grab whatever watercolors you have and join me for a fun time!


  • watercolors
  • 140# watercolor paper (Cold Pressed)
  • White Gel Pen(Uniball Signo is my fave)
  • Reference photo

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Don’t forget we have our regular live stream tomorrow at 12:30pm ET, hope to see you there and til then happy crafting!

Review: NEW! Jane Davenport Watercolors!

Today I am taking an in-depth look at the new watercolors from the Jane Davenport line of mixed media products from American Crafts sold at Micheal’s craft stores. Oh, before I forget I am doing a surprise live stream today at 10am Eastern Time on YouTube showing the little blue bird I painted in my sketchbook. I will make the replay available later if you can’t make it live but if you have questions about the paint you can ask me at that time!


Disclaimer: This is a review, I bought these supplies with my own money and I was not asked to review them by the manufacturer, nor, was I compensated to. As always these opinions are my own and are not endorsed by American crafts or Micheal’s craft stores.

I am reviewing the two watercolor sets available in this line, the Brights and Neutrals. Pigment information available on Jane Davenport’s website. I was unfamiliar with some of the pigments used in this paint but “The Spin Doctor” posted an analysis of the pigments from the Brights set on his blog yesterday (he plans to post info on the Neutrals today) that you might find helpful.

First a quick overview of each set:


  • 12 vivid transparent colors with cool undertones in a pretty teal blue metal tin. 8 out of the 12 colors are single pigments. Both best friend and Fairytale feature the pigment only as PR81 which is Rhodamine 6G, the Rhodimine die BV10 is what is added to Opera to give it its fluorescent glow, I wonder if additional BV10 might have been added to “best friend” to give it that punch, it is a pigment that does not need to be listed on a label, just like PW4 if used as a filler. I suspect if exposed to prolonged daylight “Best Friend” will deepen to the “Fairytale share” There are also 2 mixed colors that can be made from the other pigments in the set (70s eye shadow and jimminy can be mixed with the blue, green and yellow in this set.) That said these paints are marketed to artists that might not be interested in mixing colors and would rather have the convenience colors. To make this a more versatile set you could add a warm red and brown paint. The colors in this set mix very well and yield clear bright mixes. Skin tones are possible with 3 and 4 color mixes. This set is perfect for flower painters.


  • 6 out of the 12 colors are single pigment colors. The primaries in this set yield warm oranges, and muted plums and greens. This set contains many convenience skin tones. This set is ideal for quickly coloring in people and portraits for people who don’t want to mix colors. All of the colors have warm undertones but the red is fairly neutral so you can pink up cheeks in a portrait without it going too orange. 2 colors are redundant (buff and dove) as they can be made from colors in this kit. For versatility I’d add a cool red and pthalo green. Personally I don’t care for the black, white and grey in this set as I don’t often use those colors but this is geared to more of a graphic style of art and I think more crafters would appreciate them. These colors are semi transparent. This set comes in a brushed gold tin and would pair well with the bright shades of the mermaid markers or the other watercolor set.

Price: $29.99 (you can save 30%-60% with a coupon from Michael’s)

Bottom line, I think for the money they are a nice paint and I would place them among the same quality of Sonnett, Prima* or Koi* but bonus points that pigment info is provided for the Jane Davenport paints. I think they are nice quality and definitely with the money on sale:) These colors glaze and lift well. I am happy I bought them.

How do Jane Davenport paints compare with Prima Marketing Color Confections? Well, what do you want to paint? Both the Jane Davenport and Prima paints have specific palettes for specific themes. Get what you like! The tins are nearly identical and the paints do indeed seem similar but after comparing them side by side I found some colors overlapped and some did not. Perhaps they are made by the same factory (it is a common practice for media products to be private labeled overseas by the same factory) but I can’t say for sure. The texture of the dry paint was similar to the Pastel dreams Prima set but the Jane Davenport colors were more transparent and bright save for the light skin tones.

If you have any questions about this paint join me for the impromptu live stream today at 10am on YouTube and you can ask your question. I will take Q & A after the demo and I will leave that in the replay so you can see what others asked in case you can’t make it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy NSD, 30% Off, and a Video!

Howdy folks! It is a beautiful Saturday in the northeast, I’m sure many a lady is heading out to all day crops and scrapbook retreats in honor of national scrapbooking day (have fun girls and scrap a page for me!) and in honor of that everything in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop at MyGrafico is 30% off! Including the new Box Bonanza templates I used in this project:

Rubber Stamps: About Art Accents, Box and Envelope Temp;ates: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: American crafts

This was fun to make, you won’t belive how easy the box and cookies were to make so I made a video:

This was my first time making a stair step card, it was a challenge at Oriental Stamp Art (and fortune cookies was a theme so look at me, 2 challenges done!) here is a better look at the card and matching envelope (or course!)

Stamps: About Art Accents, Envelope Bonanza Templates: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: American crafts

The card compresses and goes right in an envelope! I use beautiful stamps from About Art Accents and my Envelope Bonanza Templates (30% off today!)

The stair step card neatly squashes down to go in an envelope, I think it is cute how the Geisha is peeking out!

Here is a look at my newest template set: Box Bonanza. You get 6 printable 300dpi jpg templates that you can resize and print directly on your cardstock or pattern paper (I kept any directions on the margins) cut and assemble and 6 SVG files to cut with your Cricut and SCAL software. The are adjustable and resizable too simply by dragging the to the height and with you want, you can make hundreds of different boxes with this one set!

Happy National Scrapbooking day! Til next time happy crafting!

Weekend craftiness!

I had a chance test out the new fancy border svg set from Mujka designs this weekend, These are beautiful, very detailed frames so I set me cricut to cut while I made the card and colored my butterfly from the Winged Things set, you can find both of these sets at MyGrafico, gotta love one stop shopping!

Die cut: Mujka Design, Digital Stamp (butterfly) Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American crafts, Cardstock: Co'Ordanations, Rubber stamp (sentiment) SU!

Speaking of SCAL you only have 2 days to save 10%  (with coupon code: 9388463) on Sure Cuts a Lot so you can cut these wonderful files out with your cricut machine!

That’s all for today, I’ll be back on Monday with a few new projects and inspiration from the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff junior  DT, till then Happy Crafting!

A Festive Christmas {and a freebie!}

When I saw the sketch challenge over on the Pink Persimmon blog I just had to play along:

Christmas Card and Gift box set: Stamps: Pink Persimmion, Bingo Cards: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts

I made this card and box set using the Cute as a Button set from Pink Persimmon (the sketch had a scallop border and the buttons were perfect for that!) I also used new Christmas paper from American Crafts, I like that the paper is sturdy enough to make a die cut box with and it has some glitter and varnish on it too, I’m sot sure if it shows in the photo or not but it is lovely. I also used some of my new Christmas bingo cards form my Christmas Potpourri set. I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the scalloped mat out of mirror gold paper I got at Wal-Mart, I also designed the box in SCAL and DS and you can download that template below. Here is a close up of the card:

Fon an inexpensive embellihment strig beads on a stick pin and slip it through a ribbon!

And now for the freebies 😉

Click to download this pretty image 😉

Click here to download the vintage design.

Here are the download links for the gift box available in both printable formats and cutting files for Cricut if you have Design Studio or SCAL software.

Download the Gift Box .cut file if you have  Cricut Design Studio and the Plantain Schoolbook cartridge.

Download the Gift Box SVG file if you have a cricut and SCAL software.

Here is a printable Gift Box template.

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

8 years and counting!

Today is my 8th wedding anniversary, I have the most wonderful husband 🙂 we went out on Saturday to celebrate and what a fun time we had. Every year I make a quick scrapbook page for the wedding album telling what we did to celebrate, it is key to do this the next day so you don’t forget. Here I Incorporated the movie ticket stub and the photo booth pictures and tickets from the machines in the arcade.  All the accents were cut with my cricut using scal software.

Paper: American Crafts, Stamp: Crafty Secrets

Paper: American Crafts, Stamp: Crafty Secrets

Check out the price of the movie, $3, gotta love that!

Check out the price of the movie, $3, gotta love that!

Thai food, and arcade and a geeky sci-fi pic, what more could a girl want? Love you honey, Can’t wait to see what the next 8 years bring!

Till next time happy crafting (and make sure you give your honey a squeeze too!)

Dip dye! Oh my! {and a contest!}

Hey peeps! I just had to pop in quickly and tell you about the sketch contest I am sponsoring over at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week. Here is the card I made with the sketch:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts, Friend rubber stamp: Inkadinkado

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts, Friend rubber stamp: Inkadinkado, Die Cuts: Cricut

If you want to play along visit their blog here, and make a card based on the sketch and you might win a gift certificate to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop! What fun! I used the dear deer stamp, and the primitive flowers stamp available at the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop. The “friend” stamp is from Inkadinkado and I altered it because it was too long so after I stamped it I cut it and inked the raw end. I quickly colored the images with prismacolor pencils and blended with Goo-Gone, Since I was going to trim them out I didn’t bother to stay within the lines, it really speeds this up!

Here is the dyed crochet flower! {and anoter one of my dollar Tree brads!}

Here is the dyed crochet flower! {and anoter one of my dollar Tree brads!}

I also wanted to share a fun technique with you today, dip dying! Here I took a flower that crocheted from white crochet cotton and I wet it then I sprayed a bit of liquid watercolor (a drop of reinker, or even a scribble of waterbased marker would also work) on a plastic baggie then dipped the edges of the flower in it and set it on a clean spot of the baggie to dry. It gives you a subtle gradient of color, it would be pretty on cloth or tissue paper flowers too and you can dye it to match your project. *note: If you plan to wash this then use a fabric dye and a soda ash fixative.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

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