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!

Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do!

The Change

I am a big advocate for making life happen and not just letting it happen to you. My childhood and especially my adolescence was rough. I would think about other places I wanted to be. Things I wanted my future to look like I would ponder. I also had a learning disability and school was tough. Between the drama at home and having to start working at the age of 12 my GPA was a 1.5. In my junior year of high school I came to the conclusion that if I did not get out of the area I would end up at rock bottom.

I started prioritizing school and quickly jumped to a 3.5 GPA. Sadly, I had screwed up so bad the first two years of high school that no college or university would admit me. Plus, I could not afford the application fee to apply to multiple colleges. In my senior year of high school my German teacher encouraged me to be an exchange student. She said she could work it out so I could go over on the high school program. The cost was $5K and I worked really hard to earn every dime of it! I boarded the plane barely 18 with less than $200 to my name and 1 suitcase to live in a foreign country for a year.

Reflections

I have been asked over the years if I was scared. Not really. I had no where else to go. Anything was better than where I was and if I did happen to get worse off, it was just on me and would affect no one else. I knew sitting on my hands waiting for something to happen was just a pipe dream. I had to work my dream!

The Present

It took me a little longer to get through college, but I did get through it. First I went to a university and earned my BS and later pursued my M Ed. Though my background was tough I used it to make a better life. I worked my dream to make it a reality.

You can too! No matter where you are or what you are doing YOU have the power to change your life. Now, I can’t take all the credit. The one thing my parents did do right is made sure I was in church every week and though the church slapped a scarlet letter on me because of where I came from God did use it to draw me to Him. He protected and helped me in this time. He gave me opportunities to pursue, but I had to do some work too!

The Reminder

I created this piece as a reminder to always pursue the life I want. Here is a video of how I created the background with the new Mod Podge Ultra as a pouring medium:

I used the new Art Foamie Stamp by Rita Barakat to create the large fairy and pop dotted the fairy die to the other side. Th embellishments I painted with the new Plaid Dragon Glaze and Colorshift!

The clouds I created in the Rise and Shine Rita Barakat group on Facebook. If you have not checked it out yet, you should!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

You are My Person

I created this piece for one of my dear close friends. I am super happy that it is a magnet and she can hang it on her fridge or at work. It was a lot of fun to make!

I have a friend whom I met about three years ago at a mixed media camp. Her and I hit it off quick and she has been an amazing person to me. For my birthday she found a company that specialized in gluten free cookies (I have Celiac Disease and can not have gluten) and had a box sent to me. She is thoughtful, smart, talented and loyal. She is my person and the inspiration behind this piece.
To create this I found a large heart magnet at my local craft store (It is 6 by 6!). I added a layer of clear gesso, let it dry and then painted it Victorian Purple by Plaid Folkart paint. Once it dried I stamped Rita Barakat’s background art foamie stamp on the heart with Plaid Color Shift Paint in Purple. As it dried I cut a circle by hand from a piece of cardboard that I used the pouring technique with Plaid Folkart paint and Extreme glitter. To see how I did it check out my video here: 

 I inked the edges of the hand cut circle and heart magnet with clear embossing ink. I dipped all the edges in Rita Barakat’s Dragon Egg’ Embossing powder and heat set it. I stamped my sentiment and placed it in the circle adding some gems from my stash. Finally I stamped the BFF image, colored it in with Copics, cut it out and used pop dots to adhere it.


Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!
Betz Golden