Kinetic Card: Blooming Bouquet!

Hi freinds! Today I am going to show you how to make a card that moves when you pull the tab!

Watch the video to see how!

To see the colored pencil blending demo for these flowers/leaves check out this video.

Supplies: (affiliate links used)

I got a great suggestion from a couple of viewers who suggested using clear plastic packaging or acetate cut into strips for the blooming mechanism and that is a perfect idea! I hope you give something like this a try and til next time happy crafting!

Winning Ways with Watercolor Markers!

Hi friends! Today we are going to take an in-depth look at water based markers. You probably have some in your stash already. Some common brands are Tombow, Momento, Marvy LePlume, Spectrum Aqua, and even Crayola! There are more brands coming out every day like these inexpensive ones I am using today and there honestly is not a lot of difference between them but depending on what you want to do with them you might want to take a look at the tips. Most dual tip pens have a felt brush tip on one end and finer tip on the other end.  Some markers have a hard plastic fine tip,some have a fineliner felt tip and others have a bigger bullet tip. How you like to use them will determine the right style for you. If you rely on your pens for writing letters, scrapbooking or art journaling you would want one of the pens with the finer tips. If you are mainly stamping and coloring you might prefer ones with the bullet tip. It is totally up to you and your preference.

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If you are trying to determine whether or not your pens are water based you can smell them, water based markers will have no odor unless they are a Mr. Sketch marker and those will also work well for today’s techniques! Man, I used to love those markers when I was a kid! You can do the projects in today’s video with any water based markers. I am not talking about real brush markers today but you can use those too, the only thing the real brush pens are not great for is directly coloring on rubber but they will be fine for all of the other techniques. I hope you give these techniques a try!


The markers I am using are the 60 dual tip watercolor marker set from Ohuhu. I wanted to review these because they are very inexpensive (60 Ohuhu pens for $22 vs 10 pens for $20 for Tombow) I didn’t want to spend the entire video reviewing these pens so I decided to focus on techniques instead. Honestly these are comparable with the other dual tip markers I have used. They are a bit shorter than Tombow and the caps are a bit harder to remove. I made a swatch of the colors in the set and several of the colors are quite similar but that doesn’t bother me as you will eventually use those colors up so you have spares. I swatched all the colors out, waited 15 minutes and then tried to move the colors with water. I swatched in my Canson XL mixed media journal.

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Ohuhu 60 Dual Tipped water-based Marker Review


  • Price: $22 for 60 pens
  • High quality nibs: Felt brush on one end and felt fineliner on the other
  • Blends well on watercolor paper using a waterbrush or clear blending marker
  • Compact and comes in its own storage canister. *I recommend laying it on its side for long-term storage.


  • Markers do not have color names or numbers. The caps are the only thing that indicates color.
  • Caps can be hard to remove
  • Some colors are so similar they almost seem like duplicates


Technique Review:
1. Coloring directly with the markers and blending dark to light
2. Using a tile as a palette by scribbling swatches of marker then applying with a water brush or water based blending marker.
3. Coloring directly with the markers and then blending with the water brush or blending pen.
4. Use it like an inkpad: Coloring with markers directly on a rubber stamp, breathing on the stamp and stamping.
5. Dragging color with a wet brush (from step 4) and filling in the design for a painterly look.

Bonus tips!
*Use the fine tip end to add detail over colored image (after the image is dry)
* Scribble the marker on a tile and pick up the ink with a sopping wet brush and spatter on color


These techniques work best on watercolor paper or bristol but as always you can try with whatever you have. I used the smooth side of this watercolor paper by Arteza for today’s projects.
I have also had good luck with the following papers:

I use the above papers for watercolor stamping projects because they are inexpensive yet are high enough quality to give beautiful results. Those papers are not what I would use for paintings which require lifting and scrubbing or many layers by they are ideal for the techniques I showed in the video.

Here are the stamps and other supplies I used!

I had a couple of people tell me after I posted this tutorial on YouTube last night that they tried out these techniques immediately! Yay! That makes me so happy to hear. I think sometimes we make creating “a big production” but all you need is a piece of paper, a stamp and a few markers to try out these tips and have a good time. So, what are you waiting for? Happy crafting!

This is How a Paper Hoarder makes a Card!

Hi friends! I have a serious problem and I think many paper-crafters can relate. Precious paper. You know that stuff that is too pretty to use, and to add insult to injury sometimes there is a gorgeous paper on the back side too! I seriously feel like I need to buy a couple of sheets to use and a couple to keep. Luckily my frugalness keeps me from buying 5 sheets of the same piece of paper but cutting into my one and only sheets pains me. Today I am going to show you how to stretch that lovely paper and make a cute card!


Watch the video for instructions!

Supplies: *Sponsored by Tupelo Designs

1. Stamp several images to build a scene. Work big to small so everything fits and is balanced.

2. Color with markers.

3. Adhere papers and stamped panel ad embellishments to card.

I hope you try some of these techniques and I also hope you use some of the precious paper in your collection because if there is one thing we know for sure, there WILL be more pretty paper to buy in the future.Thanks for stopping by ad til next time happy crafting!

Fluttering Hummingbird Card!

Hi friends! Today I want to share the card I made my sister for her birthday:


I used action wobble springs to make the birds wiggle about. The coloring was done with alcohol markers and distress ink. Watch the video to see how!


*Affiliate links to Simon Says Stamp and Blitzy, I earn a small commission on the sale but it does not cost you more and it helps support my channel, thanks!

I also wanted to let you know that I will have a live painting class tomorrow (Friday) at 12:30pm ET so I hope to see you then as well. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Easy Layered Mixed Media Card!

Hi friends! I know a lot of people are intimidated by using “messy” supplies on cards but I hope to help you get over your fear with today’s simple card:


All you need is cardstock, a stencil, foam and rubber stamps and acrylic paint. You can use either a cosmetic sponge or foam brush to apply the paint and yes they can be washed and reused. Watch my tutorial to see how easy it is!


The stamps and stencil came in a kit from Stampendous, they have 3 of them, one with an indian/elephant theme, one nature bird theme and this urban theme. I have all 3 and they make mixed media layering a breeze. When I first posted the video they had the sets at Simon Says Stamp and Blitsy but now both places are sold out:( I bet if you ask your favorite stamp store they will order it for you (these are brand new so they should:) plus that helps you local stamp store if you are lucky enough to have one, win-win!  If you are not sure if you like this sort of thing I recommend trying one and see if you care for it before stocking up on all 3. I hope they make more kits like this!


Don’t forget to add some light-colored paper to the inside of the card if you are working on dark cardstock to make an area for writing. I use pattern paper scraps for this, hey, the back side is white, why waste it? A little bit of washi tape can also snazzy up the inside without making it to fru-fru!


If you would like more in-depth lessons on Mixed Media please check out my new class at Craftsy, I am giving a 50% discount to all of my readers, just click the 50% off link here. I break down the process of creating interesting mixed media paintings into manageable step by step layers. I am really proud of this class and I think it can really help beginners learn the “Why” as well as the “How” of some of the popular mixed media materials and techniques out there all while keeping your budget in mind by getting the most use out of versatile supplies. I don’t like to buy a product that has only one use that ends up sitting on the shelf collecting dust and I don’t think you do either! You can take the class at your own pace and you have lifetime access to the class so there is no rush BUT if you want the 50% off savings enroll in Mixed It Up Mixed Media Step By Step soon! I can’t wait to see your artwork in the classroom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



Embossing Powder Fun and a Fancy Fashion Card!

Hi friends! I made this card a couple months ago and thought it was about time I shared it!


We will use a lot of techniques here, mainly playing with embossing powders and adhesive sheets, I hope you enjoy the tutorial!


Embossing powders are so versatile and I hope this video inspired you to use them more!

Double stick tape and sheets (Punch Place Plus/Craft Chameleon) Check out their Adhesive Sheet Seconds for fantastic quality at a lower price-basically there might be a wrinkle on the backing paper but the adhesive is fine, why pay more?
Embossing Powder (rust tapestry and gold)
Stamps & Stencil: (Stampendous: vintage labels & Fashion Dame)
Patterned paper: DCWV-Hippie Chic matstack
Ribbon: Burlap and grosgrain
Alcohol markers
Ink pads in black (pigment versa color) and brown (memento)

I hope you give these a try! Thanks to Craft Chameleon for sponsoring today’s video and til next time happy crafting!

Layered Gelli Prints: Make a fun pocket book!

Hi friends! I am just about to head to the airport but I wanted to share a fun project before I leave. Also I have 3 videos scheduled to post on my YouTube channel this week while I am away so make sure you subscribe to me over there too so you don’t miss them (There will be a travel art kit, DIY “gelli” printing tools and watercolor tutorial posting in my absence.) and hopefully I can bring some of the fun of my working trip to you here on my blog. Here’s hoping for free wi-fi LOL! OK, enough of that silliness, here is a peek at today’s project:


This is a great beginner gelli printing project. You will learn how to layer and use supplies you probably already have to create interesting prints and a very useful project. I plan to use this during summer road trips to collect memorabilia.  What would you use yours for?


If you can’t find the open top report card envelopes just get 6″x9″ manila envelopes from any office supply store, you can cut off the flap and use a circle punch to make the notch if you like but it might be nice to have the flap, it’s your call!

Envelopes (I recycled manila report card envelopes)
deli paper (or scrap paper)
Rubber/Foam stamp & Stencil kits: Stampendous
Acrylic Paint
Stencil and sponge brushes
Soft Rubber Brayer
Gelli Plate (A homemade gelatin plate will work just as well)
Binding machine and comb (you can use a hole punch of you don’t have a binding machine)
Tools like a silicone spatula and hair combs for the dollar store.

More info with video tutorials:
Homemade gelatin printing plate recipes:
Temporary Gelatin Plate Recipe (You only need unflavored gelatin and water, freeze to preserve for long periods)
Permanent Gelatin Plate Recipe (see recipe in description of video)
More printmaking tutorials
How to use comb bindings with or without a machine
More bookbinding tutorials

Thanks to Lava Soap for sponsoring this video, thank YOU for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Embossing Powder Techniques from A-Z Book Review!

Hi friends! Tonight I am going to recommend a book that I received not too long ago. It’s called Embossing Powder Techniques from A-Z. It’s by Fran Seiford from Stampendous and I think it deserves a spot on every stampers workdesk.


In today’s video I give you a sneak peek and tell you why I love it so!

Now, a lot of the techniques are not new to me, I have been stamping for 15 years but having them all on one place is awesome! It is such a good resource and it will help me use my rather impressive stash of embossing powders. I am really looking forward to trying Fran’s Encrusted Jewels technique because that is new to me! The price of the book is $16.99 and did I mention it is a real book? When it comes to art resource books I want a real book that I can have at my craft table with me as I work.

If you have a lot of embossing powders this is a must have. If you are thinking about getting into heat embossing Embossing Powder Techniques From A-Z can save you money by explaining the tools you need and what powders yield what effects. The most endearing thing about this book is that it is designed to work with any brand embossing powders, you don’t have to use the Stampendous brand (although they make great powders) and Fran even shows us how to mimic her Frantage line of products. Fran Seiford (the author) has been a gift to the stamping industry for 35 years and this book really illustrates that. It is the best craft reference book I have come across in years, I fully recommend it!

Disclaimer: This is Not a sponsored post, my reviews are my own and I was not compensated for this video although I received a complimentary copy of the book. That said I probably will end up buying a few copies for gifts! Happy crafting!

2 Videos For the Price of 1: Coloring and Cardmaking!

Hi Friends! Technically the videos are FREE but 2 for 1 had a nice ring to it LOL!


I am trying out some “new” supplies tonight. First up Winsor & Newton PROmarkers and Brushmarkers (formally Letraset) and Winsor & Newton marker paper. I ad not used marker paper before because as a stamper I like cardstock. Today I will demo these markers on this paper and then use the image to make a card!

First: Marker & Paper Review and Coloring tutorial Video (Super helpful if you don’t have many markers as the demo is done with a limited range of colors.)

Please note that I was using the markers that came in the 24 mixed marker set (12 Promarkers, 6 Brushmarkers, 3 metallic & 3 neon markers) I used an old Letraset clear blender marker I had in my stash.

Budget Tip! If you are new to alcohol markers and on a budget purchase the light and pastel shades of art markers (Promarkers/Brushmarkers are a fine choice-shop around though, the prices can vary greatly!)  because you can use them to blend with cheaper permanent markers that you already have or can be bought in multi packs (like Bic Markit or Sharpie) at an office supply store. You can get the look for less and upgrade the brighter shades to art markers as they run dry.

Bottom Line on the Winsor and Newton markers: I like them! I don’t care for the way they set up the 24 mixed marker pack though, the neon and metallic markers are not compatible with the PRO/Brushmarkers and you could ruin a drawing if you grabbed the wrong one, I will remove those from my case and replace them with more pastel shades and a blender. I thank as a beginner you would be better off buying open stock (one at a time of the colors you want) instead of the bold colors in this kit. If you are a seasoned artist and you want to try 4 kinds of markers and can splurge you will like it I think. The 24 set retails for $99 and the individual markers go for $5 each retail.

Winsor & Newton Marker paper:

  • Pros: Bleed-proof paper uses less ink than cardstock, easy to blend, longer working time than cardstock.
  • Cons: Very thin, wrinkles easily, if card making you need to glue it to a substrate so it does not wrinkle or bend.

Now that we have spent the time coloring let’s put the images to good use on a card!

If you are fretting about the wasted cardstock that I tore out of the middle you can die cut or punch it into a shape for later! The stamps I used in these videos are the Birds and Branch set by Stampendous. I also used Prima Oil Pastels as a background for the card.

I hope you found these tutorials useful! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s Begining to Look A Lot Like CRAFT-mas!

Howdy friends, now tell me, you sang that headline, didn’t you? 😀 I am so excited to share the first videos of the 12 Days of CRAFTmas collaboration with some of the most awesome YouTubers in the DIY space! Today I teamed up with Vicky from the Website Clips and Cuts, you can see her video HERE, please check out her channel, if you like cardmaking, stamping and art journaling you will LOVE her videos, she is a great lady too! Here is my project for the collab:


I had a viewer request to make big gift tags, these are made from a half sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ cardstock. Have fun playing with your supplies on this one, you will need stamps, stencils and coloring media. I encourage to use what you have but I will list the supplies I used below for your convenience.

Watch the Video!


  • Cardstock (I used the heavyweight 110# ivory cardstock from Recollections at Michael’s)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Bakers Twine
  • Buttons
  • Cedar branches
  • Stamp & Dies (Stampendous)
  • Ribbon
  • Color burst powder
  • Pearl Ex mica powder
  • Texture paste & Stencil
  • Prima water-soluble oil pastels


For the next 6 weeks we will be bringing you holiday inspiration, 12 projects in all, so there is sure to be lots of projects you can make for your friends and family. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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