Inktober Day 4: Underwater

Hi friends! Today’s #inktober2017 prompt is “Underwater” so of course I drew a mermaid! You can learn more about inktober here. I was so excited when Jake Parker, the founder of Inktober said it was OK to do a pencil sketch before inking! So that is what I did!


I looked at a pose from the book Figure Poses for Fashion Illustrations (A wonderful book & CD of reference fashion poses by Sha Tahmasebi) You can find it here for $14.48  (I paid $24 at Barns and Noble sheesh!) It is great for working out a figure pose especially if you like the willowy fashion figures and dynamic poses with attitude! I recommend it!

Supplies I used:

OK, that’s the last post from me today! You are going to be totally sick of hearing from me with all of the Inktober sketches! I hope you are playing along, it is a lot of fun! Til next time happy crafting!

I hope to have a live show tonight, but for now a mermaid…

Hi friends! I am writing this post on Tuesday night, my van is packed with camping gear and I am about to head into the wilderness with a spirited group of 46 8th grade students. I am excited to chaperone this school trip but I am not a camper. I will get back in town late Friday afternoon and depending on what shape I am in I’d like to do the weekly live show at 7pm. If you are subscribed to me on YouTube and you clicked the bell icon you will get notified when and if I go live 🙂 I didn’t want to leave you hanging incase I am totally beat after this trip so I prepared a little mixed media painting in my art journal for you:


Providing I scheduled everything right you should be able to watch it in the player below, if not, wait and hour and try again (incase I messed up the times LOL!) Also, warning, this is a time-lapse, I know some people don’t like them but it was the best vehicle for this project. I hope you enjoy it!



You know the drill, use what you have. Mixed media is the “wild west” of painting! Be a rebel, splash on some ink, break the rules and have a blast! The main reason the video was not live narrated is because I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do next! Relax, let go and create with abandon! Giddyup!

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Wish me luck on the camping trip and hopefully I’ll see you live on YouTube tonight! Til then happy crafting!

A Brush Winner & a Mermaid

Hi friends! First off I want to congratulate Danielle Grater for winning a set of FabArt paint brushes! Don’t worry if you didn’t win because you can still use the 20% off coupon: 7L35VMG2 to snag some for yourself! My life has been pretty hectic lately, how about yours? I find that I am much more at peace with the world if I take a little time out each day to create for fun. The other day before my family was up I saw with my coffee at my desk and painted this mermaid. You might recognize the palm tree form a tutorial a couple of days ago.


Paintings like this are a stream of consciousness, I don’t really have a plan, it is more like playing. I like to do this kind of work in an art journal or sketchbook so it doesn’t feel too formal. If it turns out bad, no worries I just close the book LOL!

Supplies (Use what you have or find them below via my special discount affiliate links)

Make time for a little art everyday using whatever you have handy. You will be so glad you did! Happy crafting!


Triple Time {stamping} Take 2 & Tips!

TGIF! Do you have some crafty time planned this weekend? If so here is a really fun technique to try, it is called Triple Time Stamping. I made a traditional TTS card last week (you can see it and instructions here) but the thing I did not like about it was all the layers, there was a lot of paper hidden that you could not see, that seemed a bit wasteful. check out my waste-free Triple time card:


You still get the look of the stamped layers but you cut all of your layers from one piece of cardstock. First stamp and color your image. I used circle dies (these are from Lifestyle Crafts, they were free with a clearance gadget I bought a few months ago and I use them quite a lot…probably because I don;t have any other circle dies LOL!) to cut concentric circles from my stamped and colored image and from my matting cardstock. You can also use a circle cutter such as the Creative Memories ones many of us have. Notice how I lined the dies up the same way. the dies on the coral cardstock are a size larger than each of the dies on the stamped one. BTW the mearmaid is from Sweet Pea Stamps.


Now cut and layer, it is that easy!

Coloring tip! I stamped my image in Memento and colored it with alcohol ink markers but I did not like all of the white in the background so I grabbed my Faber Castell Metallic Gel sticks and colored in the background and blended it with a waterbrush. To give the mermaid the appearence of being underwater I brushed some of the gelato over the colored image. Since I was brushing a watercolor medium over the alcohol marker there was no smearing. Go ahead, mix that media!


I wanted this card to have a beachy feel so I glued sand and sea glass to the bottom flat part of the easel card. Be warned, it takes a full day for that glue to dry and it is way to heavy to mail  but what a nice look huh?


Like I said this card weighs a ton so I won’t be mailing it, I think I might use it as a decoration for my twins 8th birthday party. I really liked the turquoise and coral color combo so I decided to use it on my girls b-day invites.

So this morning I decided to make the invitations and I printed the wrong date! Really, can you belive it? I was already assembling them so I used a white out tape runner pen to fix the mistake and wrote the correct date in with a matching marker. I stamped the background with a chevron Cover a Card (Impression Obsession) stamp, printed the info on my computer and die cut the info out with the same circle dies as I used on the mermaid card. I am looking forward to making some simple favor bags and banners with that stamp.  

Well, how’s that for a really chatty post? Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

One stamp six ways!

I was thrilled to get the stamp Fairy on Rocks from The Rubber Cafe. I know many of you love this stamp but are thinking “what can I make with it, How many times can I use a stamp of a fairy?” Well many ways as you will see. I look at stamps as an investment and before I choose them I think of the ways the image can be used.

K& Co (Amy Butler)

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K& Co (Amy Butler)

On this card I used the whole fairy image, why not it’s beautiful! I stamped the dress portion on pattern paper and cut it out and glued it on top for dimension. I colored the image with colored pencils. I love the look of colored pencils on colored card stock, it gives so much depth.

For the basket I stamped only the wings and punched out a circle, colored and glittered it and used it as an embellishment. Get the idea?

My Minds Eye

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: My Minds Eye

For this layout I stamped the wings on vellum, added some color and used spray adhesive to attache them to this photo of my daughters from my sister’s wedding. I would have never bothered to scrap this photo cuz they weren’t looking at the camera or smiling and Maizy was cut off in the pic but I love it! I glued the transparency (Scrapnfonts DB boho frames) down with glitter glue which I used liberally around the page. Oh yes, and the pattern paper is by My Minds Eye from the wild asparagus pad and I shaped the edges with a fiskars shape express template that I scored at the “DollarTree” It reminds me of the pretty Pink Paislee paper I’ve been drooling over…

Around the Block, Vinyl

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, PP: Around the Block, Vinyl

Here is the whole image again but I stamped extra rocks to extend the length of the card. I raised the fairy off the card with foam tape. The moon is made from metallic self adhesive vinyl, a freebie from the sign shop!

Lucky Squrriel

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Shrink Plastic: Lucky Squirrel

I had some leftover shrink plastic from the mermaid earrings and stamped the fairy face on it, punched it and colored them with sharpies.

The Rubber Cafe, Strathmore Watercolor Cards

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Strathmore Watercolor Cards

Speaking of the mermaid, Here she is again with the “rocks” from the fairy stamp. I carefully inked only the rocks with a staz-on black ink pad and added a few lines here and there with a permanent pen then water-colored over it and glittered the mermaids tail. Before painting I rubbed a peice of wax where I wanted it to look like the water was reflecting and splashing, it left those areas white.

There you have it, six ways to usr the “fairy on Rocks” stamp from The Rubber Cafe. Think about all of the other ways you can use the stamps you already have! Have fun and Happy Crafting!


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