Waterolor Crayon Windowbox Cards

Howdy friends! When you embark on this crazy hobby we call stamping there is no end to the accessories we can accumulate for our craft. I was a painter long before I ever picked up a stamp so when I first begun stamping I would use paint to stamp with because the thought for spending lots on money on ink pads seemed crazy (and this was back in 2002 where there weren’t as many options as we have today!) If you are new to the hobby you might be wondering how you can stamp in color without breaking the bank, well there are many options!


I am using watercolor crayons but you can also use water-based markers or even watercolor paint applied with a flat brush (just make sure it’s not to wet.) If you have water-soluble oil pastels, scribble sticks or gelatos they can work too. Try what you have, if the media rewets with water it won’t hurt your stamps. You can even use acrylic paint but care must be taken to ensure you clean your stamps well and don’t let the paint dry in the crevices of the stamp. The only other thing I want to say about this technique is not to expect perfection, you will end up with a loose painterly project and that is part of the beauty of it. Have fun and see where the stamps and crayons take you!

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Card Panel Sizes:
watercolor panel 3″x4.1/2″
Embossed layer 3 3/4″x5″
Card size: 4.1/4″x 5 1/2″

Project tips!

  1. Don’t let the stamp get too wet of you will have blobs. You want to have a crisp impression and you can drag around color with a wet brush if desired.
  2. Don’t worry if you get some blobs because it will add to the painterly effect!
  3. If you don’t have watercolor paper don’t worry, it will still look nice on cardstock but your dragging and blending of the paint may be limited.
  4. Feel free to substitute! Try your art supplies and see what you come up with!

I hope you try this technique on your stamps, it’s a lot of fun! Happy crafting!



Couch Art?

Hi friends! When I hear the term “couch art” it is usually referring to pretty paintings that you would hang above the couch but today I am going to share a sketch created from the couch.


Sometimes you just need to let go of perfection, take away the pressure to produce and just draw with no expectation. I think that is why adult coloring books are so popular nowadays.  We just need some quiet time to create. Coloring, drawing and painting can be very meditative and soothing, in fact you might be hard pressed to worry about anything when you are being creative. 🙂 So, if you are feeling restless, anxious, tired or down have a rest on the sofa, make a nice hot cup of tea, grab your supplies and create some beautiful couch art. Take care of yourself and 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!

A Limited Supply {artsy} Scrapbook Page!

Hi Friends! Today we will make a scrapbook page! You only need watercolor crayons, white cardstock or hot press watercolor paper, stamps (Bugz set and background) and a journal stencil. The stencil and stamps are from Lost Coast Designs. You will also want a black pen and colored pencils if desired. You can make this an art journal page too if you like but if you are making a scrapbook page you will also need photos and adhesive!


Watch how easy it is to make this!

The video is a bit long, I almost feel compelled to apologize for it but I have had so many people tell me how much they enjoy the longer videos because it feels like they are crafting with a friend. Awww, thanks guys:) That makes me so happy! I guess it is nice to have a mix of both:) I hope you try some artsy limited supply scrapbook or journal pages. You will be surprised at what you can do with just a few things! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You say Ta-MAY-to I say Tam-Ah-to, let’s just paint some!

Hi Folks! Today I have a water media tutorial that will get the dust off of your watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons (or water-soluble oil pastels) and watercolor paints. I’ll also show you how I work through an error I made in drawing so it turns out all right in the end.  You can find the beautiful photo by Lilian Bell I used as a reference here. It is from a site called Paint my Photo and it is free to join too! The video is sped up and voiced over. the painting took one hour to complete so don’t feel like you have to rush. Remember, painting should be relaxing and enjoyable! Here is the tutorial:

I hope you try mixing your watermedia! It is fun to build up layers and you can correct mistakes more easily than with regular watercolor painting, plus, it is just plain fun ad that is reason enough to do it! I hope you have some time to be creative today. I will be at the ball field for a baseball double header so I will have my crochet bag with me. What are you making today? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Learn to Stamp a Masterboard and a Freebie!

Hi friends! Today we are going to hop in the crafty time machine to when rubber stamping was in its hey-day. Scrapbooking was not a popular hobby yet so we did not have access to all of the gorgeous papers that we can get today so we had to make our own backgrounds. Well, everything old is new again and we are making backgrounds with gelli plates and other mediums but let’s not forget about our good old stamps! I am using stamps from the More Bugz set from Lost Coast Designs. Here is the journal page I made that inspired this tutorial:

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But I wondered if I might like it better without the stenciling and collage so I made this card:

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I just could not decide so I will show you the entire process and YOU can decide where you want to stop. This is known as creating a master-board:

I mentioned in the video that you might love your creation so much that you will want to photocopy it so you do not have to cut up the actual paper. I asked Linda, the owner of Lost Coast Designs if I could share a high-resolution photo of the master-boards I made for my blog readers to print and use and she said “Sure, why not!” so if you click on the photos below it will take you to a larger image you can save and print. Thanks Linda! It pays to do business with good companies like Lost Coast Designs!

click the photo for a high resolution image

click the photo for a high-resolution image

click the photo for a high resolution image

click the photo for a high-resolution image

That’s it for today. I just ordered a new microphone and I have a project I want to try it out on! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

I forgot the ballerina!

Hi Friends! I have to thank blog reader Kelly for reminding me that I never shared the tutorial on how to draw the ballerina from this art journal page. I posted the tutorial on youtube as soon as it was requested (odd, right?) but it never made it to the blog. I blame summer the kids are home from school brain, it is quite similar to “placenta brain” when you are forgetful and pregnant or having a “senior moment”  and since neither of those scenarios apply to me it must be “summer brain” LOL! Anyway, here is the tutorial:

Here is the link to download the photo I worked from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ballet-Ballerina-1853.jpg

I hope you try this fun approach to drawing and til next time happy crafting!

PS I am having “Scrapbook Week” on the blog starting tomorrow! I do hope you enjoy it! Please check back every day for motivation, support and tutorials!

9, 10, a big fat hen!

And I will show you how to paint one with watercolor crayons today!

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Watch the video to see how!

I hope you enjoyed this, I know it is an odd thing to paint but hey, I’m one odd duck,…or is it hen? Hee hee, I don’t know. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW {my de-stressing kit}

Howdy friends. I’ts Wednesday and time again for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. I apologize as I won’t be able to visit many desks this week. We are still a midst the health issues here. There is a downside to being an optimist, you think, OK we will get through this week and we are golden! Then wham! Nope not quite, OK really just a few more days and good as new…nope…I never learn. I do think a week from now things will be a lot better, we have surgery this week so please send all the positive vibes you can our way. So anyway I made a little de-stressing kit, as in calming down not as in making things shabby LOL! I put my mini set of Caran D’ache watercolor crayons, a waterbrush and some watercolor postcards in a Ziplock bag and I can pull them out when I need a creative release. I sat on the porch and painted the other day, my kids joined me but I don’t know what they did with their paintings. I thought I would add some stamping to them, I stamped some squares on the rose one and was nonplussed with the result.

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Other than that there are odds and ends from other projects around. The dumbbells are on my desk because I use them to weight down my tripod when I shoot a video. I have decides to just turn on the camera sometimes when I make stuff, it it is any good I’ll post it (even if it isn’t that good LOL!) no pressure videos and blogging for the summer. I hope I have uplifting news to share next week, we have a surgery to get through so wish us luck and thank you for all of the wonderful messages of support last week, I truly appreciate them;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to make a starburst pattern on a card & WOYWW!

I have the habit of falling in love with stamps that are unusual. Sometimes these stamps can be hard to use. I couldn’t resist the Isle of Aud stamp set from Lost Coast Designs and I finally found a great way to use them:


I have been wanting to try a starburst background on a card or scrapbook page but there seemed to be a lot of measuring involved and I was not about to put that kid of time into a card but then I saw a pretty card by Amy Heller on Pinterest and she simply cut strips of paper from corner to corner and pieced them together, no measuring, genius! Here you can see the background in progress. I let the edges hang off then I trimmed them flush with the paper after the glue was dry.


Also since it is nearly Wednesday this is my desk for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, actually it IS Wednesday in Jolly Ol’ England where this challenge originates from. You can check out other craft desks at Julia’s blog. Here are some close-ups of today’s creations:


I used party streamers for the rufffle on the bottom of this card and the fringe on the other card!

I sponged ink through a stencil to make the animal print background.

Since the animal stamp was too large for this card I simply punched out the head, make it work people! I colored the image with watercolor crayons, blended with water and added details with watercolor markers.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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