My 5 Favorites Crafty Finds

I get asked all the time what I like and what I do not like. I hesitate to share what I do not like because it is strictly my preference and opinion. I do not want to give a product a bad rep simply because I do not vibe with it. However, I am more than happy to share with you what I do like and use often. These five things I use in my craft room on a daily basis.

1) Neenah White Cardstock

This should be a given right? I know most paper crafters know exactly what this is and have a stash of it that is dug into on a regular basis. However, some of you have no clue what it is and why it’s such a big deal. Isn’t cardstock all the same? It really is not. Neenah cardstock lends itself well to stamping, ink blending and alcohol markers. It makes a great cardbase and is universally known for it’s superior quality. Since I use it daily it is only fitting that this is the top of my list! I like to get it here along with all of my cardstock because the prices are excellent, shipping is cheaper than most, they get the order out fast and have excellent customer service. Plus they have a lot more things besides cardstock like ribbon, pens, envelopes etc.

2) Dream Drops

I have been a huge fan of Nuvo drops for years, but Dream Drops is an evolution of the traditional Dew Drops. It is dreamy to say the least! I use them on almost everything that comes across my craft table and I have them in every color. You can find them here.

3) Blending Domes

I have a confession to make. Ready? Oh boy! Please don’t throw things at your screen as you read it, but……I do not like blending brushes. There I said it. In fact, I rather loathe them. Remember how in the beginning of this post I said I would not say what I don’t like? Well, apparently I lied because I don’t like those brushes. I can not ever seem to get them clean and they don’t blend smooth for me. I do like these blending domes by Scrapbook.com though! They are cheaper than the brushes and can be used on any handle you have. You can just get the refill instead of the handle and the domes. What makes these so awesome is they are cheap enough that I can have one for each ink pad and they blend effortlessly because there are no hard edges like on other foam or sponge blenders. You can get them here.

4) Silicone Mat

This silicone mat is my best friend. It seriously has been a game changer with my videos because I can put it over my glass mat and it cuts the glare plus I can still see through it. It stays put and has been able to handle everything I have thrown on it. I have really struggled with finding a perfect craft mat. Either it can withstand everything, but slides around or it can’t withstand much and stays put. I would have never considered buying this mat either. In fact, I have passed over it several times because I thought it was just another craft mat. I even rolled my eyes up in my head because I thought it was just another product on an over saturated market of craft mats. Ranger sent it to me and I have been hooked ever since! If you are a YouTube Crafter or enjoys doing lives on any social media outlet you are going to want this mat! The price point on it is not bad either. I have paid far more for less superior mats. You can find it here.

5) Rinse Well

Do not let this cruddy picture fool you! Rinse Well is awesome. I like to dabble in paint, but constantly having to dump my water to get fresh can be annoying. Not to mention the times I have accidentally mistaken my paint water for my coffee. I keep this on my desk. It actually has dirty paint water in it now that I need to drain. There are little grooves on the bottom of the bowl that you can really scrub your brush on. Once the water is dirty you just push the little valve. It washes away the dirty water and fills the bowl with clean water. There also are some handy spots to dry brushes. I paint a lot and only need to change this out weekly. The link for it is here.

I hope you enjoyed these five picks. Tell me in the comment what your go to craft items are these days. I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Fear Is A Liar

I drew a face. This is the very first time I actually drew a face. Once I had it drawn I thought it would be fun to go on Facebook and do a live coloring it in. That was the scariest thing I have done in a long time. First, I am not an illustrator. Second, my art is not painting. So why did I do it live? To show that just because you are a novice in an area does not mean you should not try it. It’s art. Art is subjective. Besides, if you mess up who cares? You can either toss it or gesso over it. With all of that being said I surprised myself with how well it turned out.

Everything I used to create this page is Dina Wakley Media except for the Stickles in the hair.

I did not come up with the title for this art page until the end. I did not even have a clue of what kind of words I would use on it. Then I realized that I almost did not do it because of fear, so “Fear is a Liar!” was it!

There are two things that I enjoy creating — landscapes and hair. I know completely opposite of each other, but true. I spent more time creating her hair than I did her face.

Here are the videos I used to learn how to draw this face.

I truly hope that this inspires you to venture out of your comfort zone and maybe face a few of your fears in art. You might just surprise yourself with what you can create!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Sloth Coffee — Joy Clair Blog Hop!

This is an exciting week! Joy Clair has new stamps out and I got to play with them! Be prepared for lots of fun new cards, ATCs, Bible Art, and more over the next few weeks! In the meantime, the Joy Clair design team has gotten together for a fabulous hop! Each designer is featuring a different new stamp today and tomorrow. I got to play with the sloths! I could not stop with just one project and created two!

Before Coffee…Feeling Slothy

My 16 year old daughter is the inspiration behind this card. She proudly claims the Sloth title in our house — especially before her coffee. To create this card I tore Bazzil Swiss Dot Cardstock for the grass and used a white Gelato and cloud stencil on blue Bazzil paper. I stamped all the sloths and colored them in with color pencils. After I fussy cut them out I used pop dots to adhere all the images making sure I attached the two branches to create one long one with the sloths on it.

Hang In There

I have this new thing I am doing. I am starting an ATC collection of all the new stamp sets I get! It is fun to warm up with them on a small substrate. For this ATC I used Vinyl as the base and used my fingers to paint on it. Once the paint was dry I stamped the sentiment and pop dotted the image.

Now it is time to hop! Please make sure you hop through each blog to see a different new set and a chance to win a prize! Just leave a comment on all posts!

Line Up:

Joy Clair Blog – https://joyclair.typepad.com/blog/2019/05/everyday-collection-new-release-may-inspirational-blog-hop.html 

Martha Lucia Gomez – https://wp.me/p5TnaH-6Ri

Jowilna Nolte http://www.jowilnanolte.co.za/everyday-occasions-with-joy-clair-stamps/

Connie Hyde Mercer https://www.craftygoodies.com/2019/05/new-release-blog-hop-with-joy-clair-day.html

Kerry Urbatch – https://thestampingbug.blogspot.com/2019/05/new-release-joy-clairs-no-problama.html

Angie Cimbalo – https://cimbacreativefun.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-new-release-blog-hop-everyday.html

Betz Golden – https://betzgolden.com/?p=4090

Karen Letchworth – https://karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com/2019/05/baby-shark-bazzill-joy-clair-stamps.html

Jessica Kaiser – https://freshbyjess.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-blog-hop-everyday-occasions.html

Ceal Pritchett – https://simplybeautifulcreations.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-new-release-bloghop-part-1.html

Lindsay Adreon – https://craftingwhilecaffeinated.wordpress.com/3-simple-handmade-fathers-day-cards

Helen Gullet – https://helengullett.com/?p=17261

Donna Idlet – https://myblogidlet.blogspot.com/2019/05/joy-clair-may-2019-new-release-blog-hop.html

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Felting with Rita Barakat and Clover!

This month Kunin Felt Clover and Rita Barakat have joined forces! We have combined felting with mixed media. I learned how to needle felt in 2007 using a Clover felting needle. However, the awesome brush was not out at the time, so I felted on a thick foam sheet. The brush is a lot better because it was designed to use with the felting needles in that you never poke yourself or damage your needle because you went to far. I know that probably makes no sense, so to help clarify here is a quick video of how to felt using the felting needle and brush:

When I saw this at Creativation I immediately thought a canvas of a girl with hair of felt flowers would be magnificent! For this collaboration I created this:

To create this masterpiece I used Rita Barakat’s Draw Stencil to create the face. I have a huge love affair with big hair. I love creating it. The bigger and more colorful the better. I used lots of texture with Jane Davenpot paint over pens, Stickles and Nuvo drops.

My intention was to create a bunch of felt flowers. In fact the first thing I felted was the flower up in the corner, but once I placed it on the canvas I thought it was overpowering, so I created felted circles using a mix of wool felt and felt sheets by Kunin.

Make sure you join Rita Barakat’s Rise and Shine group on Facebook because on Thursday April 11, 2019 I will be showing you how to create felt shapes from wool! If you miss it, don’t worry! It will be there for you to check out later. Also, please make sure you hop along with us starting at Rita Barakat’s website.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Color By Faith Blog Hop

I am participating in another exciting blog hop with Joy Clair! This hop is all about the Color By Faith stamp line. I must confess that I am still new to Bible art. These stamps are fabulous and have really helped me learn this new form of art. Over the last few months I have created several pages.

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the Color by Faith Blog Hop, Joy Clair Stamps is giving away a $25 Gift Card to One lucky winner. Winner will be chosen at random from the comments left on participating blogs, so make sure to visit each stop and leave a comment. Leave comments by 11:59 pm ET 04-05-2019 on all participating blogs. Winner will be announced on the Joy Clair Blog on 04-30-2019

Unashamed

The first page I created with the Color by Faith line was this one:

I shared this a couple of months ago for another hop.

My Cup Runneth Over

The next page is my favorite so far! The stacked teacups makes me smile 🙂

This also is the first Bible art page I did on YouTube LIVE!

Leave the 99

The last one I am sharing with you is based off of the lyrics of my favorite song –Reckless Love. The little sheep is just darling! Here is how this one came together:

Please make sure you hop through the rest of the blogs provided below. I am a novice on this subject and find so much inspiration in the designers listed below! I am sure you will as well. Also, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. I do a lot with Joy Clair stamps on it and you will get insight into upcoming design team posts 🙂

JoyClair Blog 

MarthaLucia Gomez 

Connie Hyde Mercer 

Angie Cimbalo 

Karen Letchworth 

Jessica Kaiser 

Monica Maier 

Kerry Urbatch 

Donna Idlet 

BetzGolden 

Lindsay Adreon 

Ceal Pritchett 

Jowilna Nolte Helen Gullet

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Kiss Me I’m Irish Pop Up Box

The leprechaun from the Lucky Clover Joy Clair set looks adorable, but naughty. I knew that I wanted to create something of a surprise with it.

From the outside it looks like a pretty little box, but on the inside…

This little guy pops out! Isn’t it fun? Here is now I created this pop up box.

Material:

The box is just an old jewelry box I have hung on to for years. The pattern paper is from a Christmas line as well as the gold ribbon. I ended up painting the box over with an artichoke color. The green pictured was a bit to bright. I never used the stickles, but had them out just in case.

Directions:

First layer on some Gesso as to prime the box and paint it.

Using a gold paint dry brush a flower just enough to add highlights.

As the paint dries, color in the stamped images and cut them out.

Once the box is dry add the rainbow and sentiment in the lid.

To create the springs cut two strips of card stock and according fold every 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Adhere to box and leprechaun with glue dots.

Now your box is ready to be given away!

Make sure to hop through to other awesome projects created by the fabulous design team!

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Until Next time ~ Happy Crafting!