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!

DIY Notepad // Great Gift for Teacher!

Hi friends! School is almost back in session in Maine and kids have already gone back to school in other parts of the country. Why not make this cute notepad for your teacher this year!


No teacher? That’s OK use your favorite colors and images and make one for yourself, it is fast, frugal and fun!


Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code: TEACHER to get a free Mini Apple Peg Stamp, OR any mini peg stamp of your choice, when you spend $25 or more. Coupon expires on Sunday, August 28, 2016.

White copy paper (Cut 3 1/2″ x 8 1/2″)
Cardboard 4″ x 8 1/2″
Grossgrain ribbon (Offray)
Stamps (Rubber Stamp TapestryFruit WreathCherry Blossoms (big branch), Bittersweet (little branch)
Hot glue
Paper trimmer
Cardstock/Patterned paper
Dies or Punches
Clothespins or binder clips
Die inks
Silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard
Buttons & twine (optional)

1. Trim copy paper and clip stack together, apply glue to short edge and smooth with a silicone spatula or scrap of cardboard.
2. Stamp apple and branch motif on white cardstock, punch out and set aside. Die cut any other elements you might want from cardstock or patterned paper.
3. Fold an 8 1/2″ x 11″ patterned cardstock in half and warp around the pad of paper to determine fit and score and crease to make a neat spine.
4. Cut a notch on the cover and feed ribbon through if desired, glue both layers of cover together.
5. Glue the other piece of ribbon for the tie closure to the cardboard backing. Also glue on a loop of ribbon for a pen/pencil holder. Glue the paper pad on top.
6. Attach the cover to the back of the pad (cardboard side) so it wraps around and the ribbon closures meet at the open side.
7. Embellish as desired.

The options with this litte notebook are endless, you can make stocking stuffers, party favors or even handly list pads to keep in your pocketbook. Add a magnet to the back and you can even put it on your fridge and best of all you can use up some of your pretty paper and ribbon scraps:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor & Alcohol and a Cute Origami Box!

Let’s have fun mixing up our supplies to make cute undersea gift boxes!


There are lot of fun techniques in this video, I hope you try one or more in your next stamping of painting project! Watch the video to see how!

Sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry: Use coupon code: ORIGAMI to get 20% off orders of $10+ of mounted stamps. Expires Sunday, July 31, 2016

Watercolor paper or heavy cardstock cut 9″ square
Watercolors (or dye ink pads pressed to a block to make paintable ink)
Dye ink pads in bright colors
Stamps by Rubber Stamp TapestrySeahorse GardenSea Turtle MamaSea Turtle HatchlingSand dollar and Starfish BorderShell Border
*Stamps are available individually as well as in the above sets.
Circle template and ruler
Scrapbook paper 8.5″ square
Rubbing alcohol (I used 70% from a drugstore)

origami1thumb These boxes are quick and fun to make and when you use your paint and stamps you can customize them however you like! The alcohol technique can be used in your watercolor painting as well when you want that bubbly look, just make sure you drop in the alcohol while the paint is still damp or it will not work. I hope you enjoyed this project! Thank for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A mixed media wal hanging (for the birds!) & a Haul!

Hi friends! First I want to announce the winner of the dragonfly stamps from last week, Catherine Hatt! Congrats, check your email for details:) Today I will show you how to use stamps to make a mixed media wall hanging that has the feel of on old lithograph.


We will also shop the backyard for some twigs for the frame and I will teach you how to do a Vaseline resist with acrylic paint! There is also a haul at the end of the video if you are curious to see the new goodies I got from the new Stampin Up! catalog. Let’s get to the tutorial!


Find the products I used from Stampin Up! (Wendy Cranford) Use the June-July host code to receive free card kits with your orders of $15 or more 64KHQ44Z through 7/24/16

Best Birds Stamp Set *Also available in a bundle with dies and in French:
Acrylic Craft Paint
6″x6″ Art Bites painting panel
Small branches
Hot Glue
Waterproof ink (Ranger Archival)
Petroleum Jelly (aka Vaseline)
Paint brushes #8, #1 round & 1″ flat soft nylon, flat course brush for Vaseline

Products from the Haul in order of appearance *Note, many sets are available in a bundle with matching dies and some sets are available in French and wood mounted if preferred.
Best Birds
Playful Backgrounds
In this World
Sweet Cupcake
Picture Perfect (layering set with flower,starfish and hummingbird)
Birthday Fiesta
Marquee Messages
Wherever You Go
From Land to Sea
Painters Palette
Jar of Love
Feather Together

Hostess sets
Fabulous Flora
Pun Intended
Gift of Love

If you plan on ordering from my friend Wendy be sure to use her host code 64KHQ44Z for the month to get free card kits UNLESS you are making a big order, in that case you probably will do better to get some sweet hostess rewards. Let me know what you would like to see me used next in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Easy Freehand Watercolor Pots to Stamp in!

Hi friends! Don’t you hate it when you can’t find the perfect stamp to tie a card together? Well, today I will show you how to freehand some sweet pots that you can use your small flower stamps with!


The small pegstamps I am using are from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry. SAVE! Use coupon code: WATERCOLOR to get 20% off all mounted stamp orders of $10+ at Rubber Stamp Tapestry through 7/2/16



1. Sketch pots on a watercolor post card using a watercolor pencil.
2. Use a wet brush or waterbrush to liquefy the pencil.
3. Stamp flowers in the pots. You can mist the stamp before pressing it to the watercolor paper for more vivid and painterly results.
4. To seal your postcard (to protect it from moisture en route to your recipient) rub clear wax, like a candle or canning wax, on the surface and then melt the wax with a heat tool if desired.

Tip! Look at your stash and see if you have stamps of items that would be nice to plant your flowers in! Mason jars, tea cups, urns, wheelbarrows, windows, arbors, fences and building would all look fantastic with some flowers!
Don’t forget to use the coupon code WATERCOLOR if you go shopping at our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry this week! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun Backgrounds with Colorburst, Liquid Metals & Rubbernecker Stamps!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share some fun background and stamping techniques!


We are going to use stamps, color burst powders and liquid metals to create these. You can get everything I am using at Rubbernecker and SAVE 10% with code FRUGAL10 at checkout!

Want to play along? Watch the video to see how this is done!

Stamp Daisy #953
Liquid Metals Precious Alloys (colorful, more transparent), Liquid Metals Heavy Metals (more opaque-better on black), Color Bursts
White cheap cardstock
Black glossy paper (Judikins)

I hope you try these techniques on your next cards or art journal paintings! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: Carve Your Own!

Hi friends! How would you like to have rubber stamps as unique as your imagination?Well, you can if you carve your own! Today I am going to take you step-by-step through the process of designing and carving a stamp. We will be using a soft printmaking block but you can also use an eraser. If you ever did a linoleum carving in school you know the basic process but don’t worry, these blocks are so much quicker and easier to carve and they stamp better too! Here is a collection of stamps I have carved with soft blocks over the years:


All of the supplies I am using in Today’s tutorial were in the June Smart Art Box, a subscription box that delivers art supplies to your door each month, you can also find a full list of supplies below. Feel free to skip ahead in the video if it feels too long, I kept it real-time with a lot of tips and advice for beginners. I hope you find this tutorial helpful.


For smaller projects erasers from the dollar store are ideal and I have never had any issues with them deteriorating with use. It is also an inexpensive way to start as you can make a simple design with a craft knife and eraser but I will say the lino carving tools are safer and more effective.


  • Soft carving block
  • Linoleum carving tool set
  • Printing inks (You can use any stamping ink pads or acrylic paints too!)
  • Soft rubber brayer (to apply ink)
  • Paper (The kit comes with Stathmore watercolor postcards but any smooth paper will suffice)

*You will also want a tile or plastic packaging to squirt ink on and baby wipes or paper towels for clean up.

1. Sketch or transfer your design on the soft carving block.
2. Working from largest tools to smallest remove a layer of rubber around your design. Use the smaller tools for details.
3. Clean the plate and ink it up with your brayer and pull a test print.
4. Carve away any areas you don’t want to print.
5. Clean the plate and make as many prints as you like.

You can use your hand carved stamps just like any of your store-bought rubber stamps (Except for high heat applications like ironing velvet or stamping in molten embossing powder, I’m not sure if they can handle the heat.)

I want to thank Smart Art Box for sponsoring today’s video, check out their monthly subscription boxes that contain everything you need to get started in a different type of art every month. You can also find select past boxes for purchase on their website. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


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