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!

Pearls and White — A Cut Cardstock Hop!

I am super excited to be joining in the amazing Cut Cardstock Hop. I hope you find my creation inspiring and useful. Before I share with you my project let’s go over the amazing prize for this hop and how you can win it. Up for grabs is a $40 gift card to Cut Cardstock! All you have to do is stop at each creator’s blog, check out their project and leave a comment or upload a project that includes Cut Cardstock products. That’s it! How awesome is that?

I created a goodie bag and matching candle base for a reception table.

These table settings came together in under 45 minutes with the help of a Mandalay die from Brutus Monroe and similar bag die from Tonic Studios. I used Vellum and Shimmery Black Metallic cardstock on both pieces. To adhere the vellum to the cardstock I used adhesive sheets. These worked wonderfully with the vellum! All you need to do is lay the vellum on the adhesive sheet on one of the sticky sides and run it through your die cut machine. I ran my vellum through with each die three times to make sure it cut all the way. Simply peel the vellum off to reveal the adhesive and place on the cardstock.

Liquid adhesive is the best option when assembling the gift bags. Place the vellum piece first on the bag before it is put together. Once the vellum piece is in place, the bag can be put together.

For the candle I die cut the same image on both the cardstock and vellum. I simply layered them by offsetting the vellum on top so the gorgeous shiny black could be seen.

This tablescape would be perfect for an elegant evening reception (black and white is classic) or a bridal shower.

Now it is your turn to hop on through to Judy’s blog. Also, make sure you check out CutCardStock for more inspiration. Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog before you leave. What is your favorite wedding color scheme? Please consider following my blog too! I switched platforms and have not gained back all my followers, so I feel like I am at ground zero again when really I have been doing this for twenty years.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Add a Transparency to A Waterfall Card

Waterfall cards are a lot of fun, but sometimes I like to use die cuts on the piece that slides. This can be tricky because they tend to get stuck. I recently learned a trick through a Lawn Fawn class on how to make them slide easy and smoothly with dies cuts. A layer of transparency is the solution. Here is a video on how to do it: Video

Here is what the card looks like:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Grateful Mini Icon Card

The new stamp set and die bundle from Close to My Heart is my new favorite thing. I have been having so much fun playing with it. There are so many things a crafter can do with this bundle. For this card I wanted to use as many of the cute little icons as possible from the Fall themed stamp set.

A Few Tips…

To give the card a homespun autumn feel I opted for kraft paper as the card base topped with a dark orange. I used Stazon Crimson to stamp the images and tie the card together. Twine was the perfect accent with a little tag I made from left over scrap paper. The red smears are the result of Dew Drops that went wrong. Usually I can scrap those off if I place them in the wrong spot, but this time they smeared. Instead of tossing the tag I just smeared on some more!

Moral of the card: If you make a mistake, just do it a few more times and make it a feature 🙂

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Christmas In July — Ombre

I found a cute stamp set and matching die set on the Picket Fence Studio website. It stumped me when at first. I did not know how to incorporate the die and sentiment because they are both large and do not fit on a standard card front. So, I created this:

I created an ombre effect in green using Distress Oxide ink and a little mist of water. The image on the die cut was stamped in Candy Apple red Distress Oxide ink. I embossed with clear embossing powder. Pop dots were used to adhere to the card front. I heat embossed the sentiment in gold. To make sure the gold only embossed on the sentiment I ran some cornstarch over the sentiment spot before I embossed it. It was still looking a little on the boring side. I finished it off with a few Nuvo drops in gold.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Coffee and Jesus (Blog Hop)

There is nothing much better than coffee and Jesus in the morning. Today is the Coffee Lovers blog hop sponsored by Joy Clair Stamps.
Joy Clair will be offering a promotion for the Coffee Themed category in the shop. Use the code: MAYCOFFEELOVE take 25% off coffee stamps.

Please make sure you hop on through to all the amazing blogs and be inspired. Make sure you comment to be entered in a chance to win a prize.

Back to Basics: How to Create A Card

To create this card I went back to the basics with embossing and layering. The floral pattern on the coffee cub is just perfect for spring! I wanted to showcase it and used color pencils to make it pop. To see how I created this card please check out my video:

Make sure to start the hop here!

Until next time~ Happy Crafting!

Shiny Gift Bags and Butterflies!

I absolutely love Rinea Foiled paper because it can be used not only in papercrafting, but also home decor! This month I created a bunch of layered butterflies and gift bags for the Rinea channel.

Here is the link to the video I created on how to make these gorgeous gift bags:

Here is the tutorial I created on how to make these layered butterflies.

Both of these projects came together easy and fast!

Please do check out both of the videos and subscribe to the Rinea channel. There are lots of great ideas that I am sure you will find inspiring!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Hello Beautiful!

The Hello Beautiful kit by The Fairy Tale club is the perfect compliment to my daughter’s Homecoming. Everything from trying on dresses for the dance to the big night goes with this kit! I actually ordered this separately because I had the perfect pictures for it. Once it arrived and I saw all the cute little deer I knew I had even more uses for it! Check out what I was able to create with it!

Everyday Magic

The last weekend of summer break we went up north to escape the heat and spend one last day together before school resumed. One of our stops was at the Deer Farm.

Fairest of Them All

I have mentioned a few times that my daughter is like Snow White in that she communicates with animals like no other. The deer were following her everywhere. It could be because she had food, but we all had food for them. They just liked her best.

True Beauty

Ironically I was having so much fun documenting our trip to the Deer Farm that I forgot about the reason I purchased the kit! Once it dawned on me I created two pages. The first is of my daughter trying on dresses (goofy and all!).

Beautiful Life!

I did not know how I was going to get all of these photos on the same page, but I knew I needed too! I just started layering and they all came together.

My Favorite Car

Funny and heart warming story about this one. I took a close up of the journaling for you to read. The sassy sayings are from Ink Road Stamps — Sass Master set. If you order anything using the link I just provided you will get 15% off your total!

Final Touchs

I really do not add much to these kits by The Fairytale Club. They can be a bit busy, so I always have coordinating card stock. I ink the edges a lot and use pop dots to amp up the style. I almost always add Crystal Drops to everything that comes out of my craft room that is paper related. Here are my top 12 picks!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Practically Perfect!

Back Story

As some of you may know I have a goal to catch up on my scrap booking. Originally I got in this industry because of it. When my Mom was admitted to ICU with a staph infection and triple by pass surgery, I had to take a step back. She lived in another state and I had three little ones under the age of 6. Between caring for her and my family I had to set my design teams and the industry aside. It broke my heart because I truly loved it.

Well Meaning Friend

Nine years later I reluctantly came back. The industry had changed so much! It was not all about scrap booking anymore, but mixed media. A well meaning friend told me my layouts were “not where it was at” (I took that as meaning they were not good enough anymore). I took it to heart, got back into the industry and ended up three years behind in my album as of December 2018.

I really missed scrap booking and in January 2019 I made a goal to focus on it. Bring it back to my blogs. Use layouts to meet design team assignments. Apparently people do think scrap booking is still where it is at! I get more positive comments and interactions on my layouts than on any other things I do. As of today, I am entirely caught up on my scrapbook.

So What?

I share this backstory with you for two reasons. First, always stay true to your passion no matter what is in style or what people say. The intentions of others may be good, but sometimes they are dead wrong. Second, its not all about the money and making it in this industry that gives you value as a creative person. I am actually going to share with you a company that I am not affiliated with at all that I love!

I am not making a dime off of The Fairy Tale Club. In fact, I don’t even know if the owner of the company knows my name or even that I am sharing her great box on my blog. That’s okay with me. Creating these and sharing with you a wonderful resource makes me happy. I may not be able to cash that in at the bank, but I can be proud of staying true to me and passing on a great resource to others.

The Fairytale Club’s Practically Perfect Kit

The following layouts are from the Practically Perfect Kit.

There are many reasons why I opted to subscribe to these kits. First, I tend to scrap more if I am using a kit. I don’t know why. Maybe it is because it takes the guess work out of trying to dig through my stash to find the perfect coordinating products. The bright whimsical theme is present in all the kits. It is different and cute!

There are two things that I struggle with while using these kits. One is that it is a lot of paper products! In my opinion, I would rather swap out some of the die cuts, title cuts, and tags for a mist or a paint. With that being said I always use up most of it! The second is it is not monthly. I signed up for 12 months thinking I would get one every month for a year. Had I read more on the website because it is listed, I would have learned they don’t come out every month. I could be getting these kits randomly over the next two – three years. That’s kind of a big commitment. Regardless, I have thoroughly enjoyed them!

Imagination Layout

A random picture of my two youngest in Walmart masks lent itself well to this page. This was actually the first layout I created with the kit! The theme is Mary Poppins, but it works well with many different types of pictures.

Sprinkls

When we were in Georgetown on vacation we did a cupcake crawl through Sprinkles. Love how well the pinks coordinated with this picture. I backed one of the tags on glitter card stock to create a title.

For the Birds

My daughter is like Snow White in that she communicates with animals like no one else. She has no fear and bonded with this Cockatoo.

Jolly Holiday

Sibling love is priceless when caught on camera. These two have a great relationship!

Sass Master

Every time I think of Mary Poppins I think of sarcasm. There is no way someone actually thinks she is perfect. I played on that in the following two layouts.

Practically Perfect

I found the sarcastic sayings at Ink Road Stamps. If you click on Ink Road Stamps in this posts you will automatically get 15% off your order. How cool is that?

Leftovers

I make cards with the leftovers from these kits. I never know what to do with the transparency sheet that comes with them, so I designed a universal pattern to use them on cards. Here is a video created with leftovers and the transparency from this kit:

Extra Touches

To amp up the cards and layouts created using this kit I did two things. First, I used pop dots to add dimension. Second, I added Nuvo drops! I have created a list of my dozen favorite drops that I use on a regular basis.

This was a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I liked creating it for you. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Magical Theater Presents the Love Princess

Magical Theater, by Rita Barakat, is the base for creating the Love Princess. It is a downloadable book full of whimsy and magic. This is a wonderful art resource to have on your hard drive. Not only are there tips and directions on creating your own paper dolls, there are also a few scenes completed. For this project I used things created in the book and added the finishing touches.

The base is a piece of cardboard from a package I received in the mail. Mod Podge was used to seal and attach the scene to the cardboard. For the princess I used a foam board as her base to give her structure and dimension.

The finishing touches on the piece were a mix of glitter glue, Nuvo Dew Drops and gems from the dollar store.

I used Glitter Mod Podge for the Princess because she needs to shine! Bits of extra trim from my stash was used along the edges.

It is okay to borrow other people’s creativity to spark your own. Or, perhaps like me you want to create something from the heart, but are limited on time. The Magical Theater is a great resource to have!

Here is another piece I created using it.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!