Stamp School! Playing with Punches & Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels!

Howdy friends! Today we are going to talk about the power of a paper punch! These are workhorses of any stampers studio and if you buy wisely you can end up with a ton of looks from just a few versatile punches.


I have to admit, I don’t have a ton of punches and the ones I use the most are basic: Circles, scalloped circles, flowers, tags and generic design elements like this mosaic punch (that I just got in the mail today and I think will b a new favorite-prepare to be sick of me using this LOL!) and labels.

Watch this video to learn more about punches and see how I made this card in real-time!



Reasons why punches are handy:

  1. All in one tool, no die cut machine to fuss with.
  2. Quick, cute shape, no cutting!
  3. Versatile: Google “punch art” to see really creative ideas of embellishments you can make with basic shapes, you will animals, Sesame Street characters, minions and more made from basic shape punches!
  4. You can make use of small scraps of paper that otherwise might be thrown away.
  5. Portability: It is easier to grab a few punches to take to a crop instead of a machine and dies.

Punch Tips!

  1. Choose basic designs to start, a circle or oval will be more useful than a balloon shape BUT you can easily make a balloon from a circle or oval!
  2. The more detailed the design (like a lacy corner) the more limited you will be with materials it will cut. Die cuts are generally better for really intricate designs.
  3. If a punch sticks you can put it in the freezer and it will usually pop back. You can clean and sharpen punches by punching through aluminum foil and use WD40 or another light oil to lubricate them if they stick, just punch through scrap paper until no grease remains.
  4. Make sure to buy the designs you will use the most from a quality brand but it is OK to get the $1 novelty ones you are only likely to use a few times too. :)


I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have punches you give it a try! You can always trace stencils or use die cuts to get the look that I have here. The most important thing is to use what you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Don’t mind the aqua snow & WINNERS announced!

Hi friends!  This lovely penguin was standing on lovely white snow until I added the glue and glitter LOL!


Ah well, at least I had fun making it! I used the paper mache ATC I punched with my Skilled Crafter Pro Hole Punch last week, hey, that reminds me, I need to announce 3 winners who will get an awesome 6-hole punch!

The winners are…

Linda Duensing

Barb Macaskill

Jennifer C

Congrats Ladies! Check your email because you will be receiving a note from Skilled Crafter (check your SPAM folder) they will ask you for your mailing address so you can get your prize! If you didn’t win the Pro Hole Punch is still on sale for $3 off if you want to get one!

If you were wondering what the cute stamps and dies I used on this ATC ornament you can order them from my friend Wendy over at Luvin Stampin! It’s up to you whether or not you have blue snow LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!



I can’t say “bye” to summer yet!

Hi friends! While I love Fall and the upcoming holidays, wood fires and crisp air I still feel the pull of hot summer days and salty air. I had to give summer one last hurrah and make some cards with the By The Tide stamp set I just got from Stampin Up!


I used my watercolor crayons to stamp with. I will show you how in today’s video. You can also use watercolor paints (ink the stamps up with a flat brush and not too much water) or watercolor pencils. I recommend experimenting on inexpensive cardstock until you get the hang of it. You can cut your practice up into matching tags too!

9″x12″ 140# Canson Watercolor paper (Cut into thirds to make 3 cards!)
Watercolor crayons or pencils
spray bottle of water and a water bucket
Stamps by Stampin Up!
By The Tide #129120
Perpetual Birthday Calendar (ink splotches) # 137167
Watercolor Wishes (the sentiment was from the card kit) #140406

Feel free to try this technique with any stamps you like! I want to thank Wendy from for sending me these fun stamps to try. She has lots of fun ideas on her website Luvin’ Stampin’ too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Lots of Cards, Lots of Techniques & Lots of FUN!

Hi friends, the other day I made 20 cards in under 2 hours. Now, I am not suggesting that you should rush but I had a ball. I challenged myself to use only what was in the Watercolor Wishes card kit from Stampin’ Up! and my own adhesive.


The really funny thing was I used a kit and my cards looked nothing like the ones in the directions that came with the kit but that’s OK, many of you said you wanted to see me use this kit on my last haul video and I would rather give you other options on what to do with the supplies. Add the 20 cards I demonstrate today with the 20 in the kit and you have 40 ideas! Woohoo! Don’t fret if you don’t have this kit, you can improvise with what you have at home, the techniques I am going to show you today will work for any cards or scrapbook pages.


This video is sponsored by Luvin’ Stampin’, home of independent Stampin’ Up Demonstrator Wendy Cranford, and the Stamp Luvers Club. If you would like to join her club you simply agree to spend $15 a month on YOUR CHOICE of supplies from her Stampin’ Up shop for 10 months. One month you will be the Honored Stamper and get $25 of your choice of supplies for free! Also you get a free live stream class and make and take every month. How cool is that? You can find out more at Luvin Stampin.


I think a kit like this is perfect for someone who wants to get the watercolor look but does not want the mess or someone who wants to make a bunch of pretty cards quickly and inexpensively. It is also a nice gift idea! I hope you found these techniques useful and you try them on your next cards! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Need More Marker Ideas? We’ve got ‘um!

Hi guys! Do you have waterbased markers? Marvy LePlume, Whispers, Distress, Tombow, Memento, Stampin Up or others? Today I am going to share a few techniques with you. Some might be old favorites, some might be new but hopefully by the end of the video you will see how versatile your watercolor marks are! Also, I’ll let you know what I think of a new waterproof inkpad I bought. Enjoy the video! :D

That card won’t win any awards but it was fun and isn’t that the point? The stamp I used is from Art Neko (formally About Art Accents) and it is available as a single image, a plate of 10 designs or a set of 6 plates with all 50 states birds and flowers plus bonus stamps, they are gorgeous and perfect if you love to color! Well, that’s it for me tonight, one of my favorite shows that has been on break for weeks because of March Madness is back on, I’m gonna watch me some Elementary! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

This is why I LOVE clear buttons!

Howdy friends! I spent the day scrapbooking. The. Whole. Day. Today was the monthly crop in town and I was excited to go. I decided a couple of months ago to store my unscrapped photos IN my current scrapbook so I could see and enjoy them before I scrapped them and if I did not get every photo scrapped it was OK because the pictures were printed and in there. I tend to use photo collage software to print my pictures in a pleasing arrangement on 8.5″x11″ paper so I can slip that in a letter size page protector and put it in my 12″x12″ D-ring binder with my other layouts. It works great and look fine even if I never trim out the collage and scrapbook it but it is easy when I scrap it because I am dealing with one collage rather than the 5-12 photos I like to put on a page. I also had the brilliant idea to limit myself to creating with the contents of my crafty junk drawer, you know, the bin where you stash the unused die cuts, stamped images, and other experiments that have gone unused or defy categorization to be stored elsewhere. I grabbed a pad of scrapbook paper and I was off to the races…or the crop as the case may be. About a half hour before I was set to leave the organizer of the crop called, she had a sick kid so she offered to unlock the space for me and I could welcome anyone else who came, she was expecting a few more people. I had planned to crop from 9-6 no matter what so I did not mind, hey, I got to create in an area that was not 52 degrees! Well, nobody came to crop. :( Lorraine popped in just back from Florida to say “hello” and I saw another  friend who was opening a preschool in another part of the building but no other croppers. This gets me to thinking…are crops a thing of the past? We have no local scrapbook stores and the big box stores do not have crops. I am the youngest scrapbooker who attends our local crops and I am no spring chicken! And to make matters worse many people are not even printing photos anymore. It kinda makes me sad. I have been feeling the same way about stamp shows too, the attendance gets lower each year with fewer vendors and the show-goers are getting older. How long will it last?

Well, that was just depressing, what I meant to blog about tonight was customizing clear buttons! I brought some with me today with the dream of every scrapbook layout I made having a cute custom button it but as luck would have it I forgot my wet glue and there was no one to borrow some from. Best laid plans…

But now! Oh, the buttons I shall make! I hope you enjoyed the video and my tale of woe. It’s just a reminder to go to a crop if you know of one because if you don’t there might not be any in the future.  If you have a hobby you enjoy help the local craft community thrive! Maybe I’ll see you at a crop or stamp convention soon! ;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Terrific Tags & Two Tutorials {on marker blending!}

Hello friends! I was in the mood to play with markers the other day and I remembered some cute stamps that came in an old issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine, I actually bought the magazine because of these cute stamps!

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Some of the images I colored with alcohol markers and some I did with water based markers. With all of the hoopla over Copics and other alcohol based markers (Promarker, TRIA, Prismacolor, Spectrum Noir etc.) I thought I’d do a tutorial on blending them. It an be confusing what to buy, then, when we get them home we forgot how we were told to use them. Well, this tutorial is for you, especially if you don’t have many markers. I’m going to show you a technique called priming that will help you blend colors that are not too close together. All you need is a clear alcohol based blending marker and some permanent markers (Bic Mark-its and Sharpies are an affordable option and they will work with the expensive art markers too!) Well, enough talking, let’s get coloring:

OK, so maybe you never invested in alcohol markers because you already invested in water-based/watercolor markers ( Tombow, LePlume, Whispers, Memento, Stampin’ Up and Distress are all examples of water-based markers) hey, I don’t blame you, they are super versatile, each one can be used like a mini ink pad, but they are great for coloring as well. Today I will show you how to blend them on regular cardstock using a water-based blender pen which is basically a clear marker filled with a water/glycerin mix. You can use a damp round paint brush (damped with water and glycerin if you don’t have a blender pen. Another benefit to watercolor markers is that the color usually will not bleed through cardstock.

The benefit to watercolor markers is that you need fewer colors and it is quicker. The benefit of alcohol markers is that you can fuss with the image as long as you like. Whatever your preference you can get a similar effect from either type of marker. Can you tell what ones were done with alcohol markers and what ones were done in watercolor markers?

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OK, you’re keen eyes probably can but I think they look super and it will be handy to have all of these tags on hand for upcoming birthdays! Here is a tip, the next time you color a  bunch of images grab a pad of paper and make a bunch of tags. I used to just color them and stuff them in a drawer but since I always need gift tags and grabbed my large shipping tags, tulle and leftover tissue paper flowers from Papermart and a pad of Fancy Pants paper (my 6″x6″ bin of paper was overflowing so I wanted to use some up!) and made some tags. I made faux brads/card candy by punching circles out of some of the scraps and doming them with a ball end stylus and hot gluing them to the tags. I had only itsy bitsy shards of paper left over after this and a batch of new tags for my trouble. Not bad:D I hope this helped you get more use out of your markers. If you have any questions leave a comment and til next time happy crafting!

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