Magical Easter Card

This is an unusual year with the Coronavirus that is sweeping our world. I am so grateful that my children are teenagers and young adults. I enjoy their company and they don’t need constant supervision or entertainment. With all of that being said, we are aware that Easter may be different this year. It may just be the five of us around the table. However, we do still love our family and want to show them even if we can’t be with them right now. We all helped make cards to send out to our extended family over the course of the next few weeks. To keep teenagers interested I opted to create interactive cards using dies from Lawn Fawn.

Family Craft Night Prepping

To have a successful Family Craft night a little bit of prep work is beneficial. I die cut and stamped images for 20 cards (5 of us only needed to make 4 cards – 2 of each style). The stamp and die storage sleeves were perfect to organize each card kit. You could also use sandwich bags. The first card we create together and they do the next on their own. We repeat the process with each new interactive card.

Each card was signed by who created it and a note stating this was a family effort. It really makes receiving the cards extra special.

Magic Iris

To create the Magic Iris Card check out the video.

.Here are a few of the completed cards in the different phase of the card:

Picture Changer

The Magic Picture Changer card was a fun one to create! You just need to run a powder pouch over it to help it slide smooth. Also, It is easier to stamp and color the image after you have die cut it. The video on how to create these cards is here:

Which Interactive card is your favorite? Please share!

Until next time — Happy Crafting!

Big Toppers!

I had the urge to make huge toppers perfect for a flower arrangement. I really have no rhyme or reason on why I wanted to make these, but I did and they turned out darling.

To create a topper just use what is in your stash! I created two fans, glued them together and layered more paper on top. I used Lisa Kettell’s sweet little hand painted pieces as the center and attached the entire thing to a paper straw in my stash.

What is something you have created from your scraps? I would love to know! Tell me in the comments.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Day with my Girls in Scottsdale

My friends from The Paper Collage and I had a fabulous day in Scottsdale Arizona. We started off the day with vintage inspiration at a local market. We then made our way to Central Phoenix for a lovely lunch at Bianco — one of the nation’s best Italian food restaurants.

After lunch we window shopped in Old Town Scottsdale. It was fun, but not nearly as fun as checking out the beautiful cactus and flowers in the heart of it all.

We had a lot of laughs too! Everything from the nasty coffee we so desperately searched for to trying to get just the right picture of the same thing.

We all had a wonderful time and look forward to our next day together. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends? Tell me in the comment section.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Stretch a Bible Art Stamp Set

If I can’t use a product more than one way chances are I am just not going to keep it. That is one thing I like about stamps — they can be used a ton of different ways. Joy Clair has an extensive collection of Bible Art stamps that I adore. However, I like to use them in different ways as to get the most bang for my buck.

Rainbows

I always start first with the stamps in my Bible and then I create something else with the same set. For this set it was cards!

Something Patriotic

When I first saw this stamp set I did not think of the Armor of God like I should have. I thought of the Army, so I created a couple Patriotic Cards.

Not Really For the Bible

Than there are those sets that are not intended for Bible art. This particular set is probably the farthest thing most people would want to include in their Bible because it is tattoo art, but I like to create the unexpected. I decided on ATC cards for this set.

At the end of the day ALL things are used for His glory, so just pull out your Bible and start creating 🙂

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Trip Back to Where I Grew Up

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay area right by the water. I saw the bay almost everyday growing up. Back then I did not think anything of it. I did not know how much I loved the water until I moved to Arizona. I felt homesick for years and could not figure out why. I knew that my future was not in California and I really never wanted to move back, so why was I longing for it? I remember the first time I visited from college and it hit me. It was the water. I was sitting in my Mom’s tiny apartment watching the news and I glanced out the window. There it was — the bay! I immediately let out a sigh and realized it was what I was missing.

Now every time I go back home I make sure I take some time to visit the water.

I recently took a last minute quick trip back home. I saw the bay in a different light this time because I ran downtown and along the public shoreline. I started running 4 months ago, so this was a new experience for me. I had so much fun running that I did not want it to end, so I looped around again and ended up running 3 miles instead of the 2 I had planned. Here are a few pictures from my run that morning:

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a community garden right in the heart of downtown. It was open to the public to wander, but they asked that no one picked anything from it because each lot belonged to someone or an organization. Regardless, I was tickled to walk around and see the gorgeous plants, vegetables, flowers and how the sun hit it all.

I decided to end the trip taking my Mom out to dinner on the waterfront. I just was not ready to leave the water and wanted to soak up as much of it as I could.

My Mom lives less than two miles from downtown and the shoreline. She told me she does not venture into downtown much and I was taken back by that. It dawned on me that when I lived in the area I never went there either. I guess my point is, regardless of where you are living take some time to explore your area. Appreciate where you are at and find the beauty in it. Look at it from your artist eye and find the creativity in your area.

What is something you love about your hometown? Please share in the comments.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Electro Pop and Flock!

Thermoweb has blown my mind! They have come out with Transfer Gel Duo. It is a gel that allows you to foil without heat. It gets better. They came out with flock! I watched quietly as Rina K (Gina K‘s daughter) demoed her new Electro Pop line that has flock, glitter gel and ink. I then walked around the booth and saw the awesome samples created with the new line. I became instantly obsessed with it and asked if I could play with some to feature on my social media. They gave me a little of everything. I had so much fun creating cards with it!

What the Flock?

There are some things to keep in mind when working with the new Transfer Gel Duo line. It is super sticky, so take care when you are letting it dry and what it touches. You know it is dry and ready to be used when it is clear. It is easier to gel a batch of substrates and store them, than to do one at a time. Store them with a piece of wax paper between them as to avoid sticking together. Don’t throw out your scraps! Use them to create another substrate (see video above on how to do this).

Electro Pop Shine

This glitter gel is amazing! It is so BRIGHT — just the way I like it. The glitter is not super chunky, but it also is not real fine either. It is not runny either. It works best on stencils that are not fine detailed.

I am curious, are you more into flock, foil or glitter? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Gardenology at Sweet Salvage

There is a monthly four day shopping event for the salvage lover that is not only full of things one can take home, but also beautiful displayes fit for a palace! Each event has a theme. In February Sweet Salvage celebrated the upcoming garden season — Gardenology.

Here are a few of my favorite displays and things that caught my eye.

Of course I found a few things I just had to have and have started a new collection because of it….

Globes. I love globes. I have always had a slight fascination with them and now I am going to start a collection! I had a $100 budget and walked away with three globes and a book.

So, tell me…what is something you collect? I want to know in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Rad Cards!

Simon Hurley’s February 2020 release with Ranger is a lot of fun! Between the birds, dogs and nod to high school doodling I could not help but to create 25 samples and 5 videos. Then there is the ink! It is not only gorgeous and bright, but also blendable and easy to work with for a variety of techniques.

Bleach It

Don’t let the title fool you — no bleach is required. This technique can be used with just water. The results are awesome!

Here are the samples of this technique as promised in the video. The Bundle for this is here.

Tone on Tone

Super simple technique with stunning results.

The following samples I created as I was discovering this technique and playing with the new stamps. The bundle for these samples is here.

Pull Apart Backgrounds

Timber is a fun new background stamp in which you get to decide how many trees you want to create. You can have a forest or a single tree. Color them different or all the same. The possibilities for this stamp is endless! It pairs beautifully with the new bird set. The bundle for these samples is here.

Multi-Purpose Ink

Like I stated previously the new ink is full of possibilities.

Here are the sample cards I created while discovering all the amazing uses for this ink! The bundle used to create these samples can be found here.

Stencil Craze

I have to confess that when I saw the scene building stencil I was a little scared, but it ended up being my favorite! I also created my favorite card with it.

Here is my very favorite card:

Here are a few more samples created with the new stencils:

Your Turn!

Now that you have seen all the new Simon Hurley line, which one is your favorite? Tell me in the comments! I am torn between the Birds, Dogs and the scene builder stencil. What’s yours?

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Las Vegas Market

What is the Las Vegas Market?

I had the privilege of attending the Las Vegas Market Winter 2020 show. What is the Las Vegas Market? It is the world’s largest home decor, interior design, furniture and gift show in the industry held twice a year at the World Market in Las Vegas. There are three 16 story building full of show rooms showcasing the up and coming trends. The majority of these products are not available to the public right now, but they are what is going to be hot in 2020 – 2021. Here are a few pictures from the Las Vegas Market. To see all the pictures, full coverage as well as the companies these come from please follow my Instagram account.

Now, you may be wondering what this has to do with crafting. The trends we see in crafting are taken directly from what is hot in interior design. The crafting community is usually about a year or two behind what is being released in the interior design industry. This is a sneak peak of what will be hot in our industry in the near future.

Upcoming Trends for 2020

The 2020 Color of the Year is Classic Blue. I noticed that gold is being paired with blue instead of silver. In fact, I did not see much silver at all. A clean white palette will make a sharp comeback. Remember the days when having white walls was “out”? Well, white walls are back! The farmhouse style is changing too! Instead of silver and gray it is gold and black. Tribal pieces are not going to be seen much anywhere, but vibrant tropical will be everywhere. Pink Blush will be paired with Classic Blue a lot. The fabric I saw the most of was velvet and faux white fur. White furry chairs, benches and pillows are going to be big. The 1960’s couch and chairs seem to be making a comeback with a twist — scalloped edges. Fresh flowers full of color and greenery were everywhere! The southwest vibe was still present, but not center stage like is has been in 2017-2019. Surprisingly, unicorns, rainbows and sloths are still going to be around for awhile. I saw them everywhere! Snarky sassy humor is taking a center stage in stationary and gifts.

Bringing it Back to Crafting

I was inspired by the Market and wanted to bring it full circle into my craftroom. Therefore, I created this “Mood Board” type journal page to refer to over the next year.

Here are a few up close pictures:

I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to live creatively in your life!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

A Few of My Favorite Things in 2019!

I must admit that as a crafter of over 3 decades it is challenging to find new products that blow me away. My 2019 list of My Favorite Things are not all new things to the craft industry. The items I have listed are currently my “go to” things this year. Most are new, but not all and there is one that might surprise you! Here is the direct links to each item. To see them up close, in action and more information please check out the video I created for you!

The List!

Rinse Well The most go to thing on my desk to clean my brushes!

Ultra Mod Podge This is a multi-purpose medium! It is a glue, sealer and can be used to paint pour. I like it because I can use it as traditional Mod Podge and get no brush stroke marks.

Dina Wakley Media Journal The paper in this little journal is amazing! It is super absorbent with wonderful texture and thickness.

Make Art Station I think it is the magnets that set this apart for me. They don’t pinch!

Simon Hurley Stamps Not only are these super cute, but they also can work with other sets in his line.

Archival Mini Ink Pads The best waterproof ink pads around and in the perfect size for my over crowded craft room (my real estate in my studio is super valuable!)

Dome Ink Blenders Not only do they leave no harsh lines I like them better than blender brushes. They are cheap and can be used with a multitude of handles.

Catherine Pooler Mini Ink Pads Once again the size is what gets me! Take the best colored ink around and put them in an easy to store container. You will want the refills for these!

Etchall Stencil Spray I like this better than the trending Pixi spray because I can actually find it and it’s not sold out. I have been using this for years!

Tri-Blend Markers I appreciate that this solves all my shading questions in one marker! No longer trying to match and buy three markers. Tri Blends take the guess work out of it.

I hope you enjoyed this year’s list! Now, I want to know…what are your favorites for 2019? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!