Crafting and Cruising!

It seems that I’ve been living a whirlwind life of travel these days… we just got back from Melbourne and then we were off as a family for a Royal Caribbean cruise. Of course, I brought my travel kit and couldn’t resist taking a peek at what the craft activities offered on our ship, the Oasis of the Seas. While onboard, I made you a little video! You can tell I’m really in “cruise” mode because I’m not wearing makeup […]

Packing for a Polymer Clay Retreat!

Front flap zips down and clear pockets snap off.

Last fall my crafty BFF Vicki O’Dell, the Creative Goddess (you should check out her site VickiODell.com) and I took a little in-state road trip to the International Polymer Clay Associations’ polymer clay retreat! It was a weekend in Dublin, Ohio, at a hotel…but while the venue was small, it packed it a lot of fun and information! But…this post is about PACKING for the retreat. You see, it was the first one I’d even been to, and I just […]

Watercolor Comparison from Jennifer McGuire

Windsor & Newton Pocket Plus Travel Watercolor Kit

Watercolor painting is one of those things that ebbs and flows (pun intended) in crafting. It is as easy as adding water to a paint pan and smooshing it around…but for more professional (or tidy) results, it can be tricky and intimidating to some. And there is always the question of what paints are actually GOOD. This last question, at least, was partially covered by Jennifer McGuire. If you don’t know her work, she is primarily a card designer with an […]

Craft Field Trip in Melbourne and CRAFT HAUL!

Crafty Field Trip to Melbourne

I really had SUCH an amazing time in Melbourne Australia…. and part of the reason why is that there were so many artistic and crafty places there. Graffiti Alley, great architecture… and CRAFT STORES!   I made you this video- it’s almost 10 minutes long, so fair warning- but it includes photos of my trip and a video of my craft haul at the very end. I hope you enjoy it! I hope you enjoyed this crafty field trip around […]

Glue Resist Wall Art Featuring Faber-Castel Gel Crayons

Canvas Art using glue resist and Gel Crayons from Faber-Castell

Here’s a fun project that you can do with your kids or even for yourself! Make some wall art that speaks to you! You’ll need: canvas paper (it comes in pads and is very economical) or a stretched canvas if you prefer Gesso (read my primer on gesso if you are not sure what that is or why you should use it pencil white glue or gel-style glue. I found that the glitter glue from Elmer’s worked best. (affiliate link) Faber Castell […]

Polyslicer Combo Review from Polymer Clay Tutor Cindy Lietz

Photo by Cindy Lietz. http://www.beadsandbeading.com/

If you work in polymer clay, you know that making nice, thin slices is a skill that a lot of us don’t possess. And if you are trying to slice CURED polymer clay canes, well, good luck to you. A nail art technician invented a tool called the Polyslicer Combo that is VERY handy for polymer clay artists, as well. I haven’t reviewed this tool, but I stumbled on Cindy The Polymer Clay Tutor’s video and I thought it would be good […]

Review: Faber-Castell Gel Crayons

Nice barrel and grip!

What do you get when you cross a twist-up crayon and watercolor paints? A GEL CRAYON from Faber-Castell! These “crayons” are very soft and creamy- like a lipstick- and they are water-soluable, too. So it’s a two-fer. Here’s how they are described on the website: Budding artists ages 3+ love to experiment by drawing on different surfaces. Gel crayons are a great way of drawing on large surfaces, with their soft stroke and bright colors. Super soft and buttery Gel […]

DIY Travel Accessories Tutorial

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Thanks again to Fairfield World for sponsoring content on CTD. Please visit their site for more product information and free projects!  As I was preparing my post about Poly Pellets and Micro Beads for Fairfield World, I got inspired to get out my machine and make a few things. I had a pair of my daughter’s old leggings and knew that the knit fabric would be great to recycle – so I created a travel neck pillow AND a stress/sleeping […]

Friday Giveaway from Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft®

Contest open 3/27-4/12/2015. Must be 18 years old or older to enter, international entries accepted!

Happy Friday, folks! This is the last weekend of National Craft Month and I have a FABULOUS giveaway for you, courtesy of our friends at Faber-CastellDesign Memory Craft®. You know how much I love my Gelatos (you can see posts here and here) and now is your chance to win some of the newest colors! This is a YUMMY prize pack! I made you a video showing you these new colors.   Ready to enter? Of course you are! Click […]

Stuff It! Micro Beads or Poly-Pellets?

beads vs pellets: which is the right stuffing medium for you?

Howdy Crafty Friends! Today I’m here with a little “the more you know” moment courtesy of Fairfield World. We’ve teamed up to help you pick the best stuffing for your project, as well as to introduce you to two of their products- Poly-Fil Micro Beads and Poly-Pellets Stuffing Beads. So let’s just dive right in! First, let’s take a look at….well, how they LOOK. Micro Beads are white, super teeny, and a little squishy. Pellets are twice as large, clear, […]

Guide to Metallic Pens and Glitter Pens from JetPens.com

I was clicking through the internet neighborhood the other day looking for some glitter pens…and quite by accident stumbled upon this post- “Guide to Metallic & Glitter Ink Pens and Markers” on JetPens.com. OH MY SPARKLY STARS- so much good information!   In this comprehensive post, they cover what is the difference between metallic and glitter inks, writing samples of a slew of different pens on white and black papers, and even color charts for the different brands. If you have […]

Crafty Field Trip to Melbourne, pt 1: Kikki K!

Kikki K field trip, Melbourne Australia

While I was traveling in Melbourne, I found a Kikki K shop and wandered in. I’d been seeing a lot of planners online and was interested in them… so I treated myself! The shop was lovely, too. I finally cracked it open when I got home. I made a little video of unboxing and initial set up….     Do you use a planner? If so, what kind?  You also may enjoy my post on the art & architecture of […]

Giveaway: Stick With It Palette

Stick With It Giveaway! Open March 20-27 2015! International friends my enter!!

Yesterday I reviewed the Stick With It Palette- and today you’ll have a chance to win one! Here’s a little video I made about the giveaway, too:   You have so many options to enter, including a daily tweeting option! Good luck and thanks for entering! Click the blue text below if your browser doesn’t allow the widget to show. a Rafflecopter giveaway

New CHA Product- Stick With It Palette

Stick With It Palette

One of the things that I love about going to the CHA show is walking down the new vendor aisle. New products from new companies, all hoping to make a difference in the crafting industry- well, that’s pretty cool. And one of the products that caught my eye was the Stick With It Palette. Here’s how it’s described on the website: The Stick With It®  cosmetic palette is the ONLY magnet-free palette on the market and quickly becoming the premier tool […]

Melbourne Trip 2015- Art & Architecture

I love love love to travel…and taking in the public art and architecture is a BIG part of my travel experience. Just taking these new sights in really influences my art and craft design sensibilities. In this 4-minute video, I share with you the highlights of my week in Melbourne, Australia, focusing on old architecture, NEW architecture, public art, and GRAFFITI! Take a peek:   So…my broad takeaways of Melbourne: It’s a very “European” city- lots of foreign speakers, travelers […]

Review: Speed Sew / Dritz Liquid Stitch Fabric Mender

Speed Sew Adhesive

I love my sewing machine, but sometimes you need a quick fix or a convenient no-sew project. I was approached by the makers of Speed Sew (out of Canada) to give it a go- so I was absolutely game. They provided the product for this review. From the website: Credibility: Speed-Sew has been on the market over 45 years. Once you start using Speed-Sew you will continue to love Speed-Sew. Longevity: Speed-Sew has an amazing shelf life. You have no risk in buying 2, […]

Mod Melter Versus Hot Glue Gun- A Comparison

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Since yesterday I reviewed the Mod Melter, I thought it would be helpful for you to see a comparison of my favorite hot glue gun, the AdTech Hybrid, and the Mod Melter- in action!   Enjoy this video I have for you, and I’d love to hear your comments!  

Mod Podge Mod Melter by Plaid

Mod Podge Mod Melter

Disclosure: sample provided for review, but all opinions are my own and based on my first-hand experience with the product. Back at the CHA show in January 2015, the Plaid booth was all abuzz with Cathie and Steve and their new tool for the Mod Podge line, the Mod Melter. The Mod Melter dovetails with their other products, specifically the Mod Melts and Mod Molds– which we’ve reviewed on here already. So let’s dive in! From Plaid: The Mod Melter […]

The Best Glue For Polymer Clay? Results From TheBlueBottleTree.com

Glues for Polymer clay from The Blue Bottle Tree.com

As a polymer clayer, there are so many things to know and learn- and this is information that I’ve asked myself- what is the best glue for polymer clay? The answer is- well, it depends! What you are gluing to it, is the clay raw or baked, and what is the final piece being used for? Lucky for us, Ginger Davis Allman of TheBlueBottleTree.com has come up with a comprehensive list of adhesives, joins, and solutions! This is an excellent […]

Kid’s Sewing Kits by Jennifer Jangles

Jennifer Jangles Booth at the International Quilt Market

Last fall at the International Quilt Market I ran across one of the most colorful, festive and HAPPY booths- Jennifer Jangles. It drew me right in. And I’ve got a daughter who is crafty…so I wondered if some of these kits might be a good fit. Jennifer was gracious enough to send me home with a few. Since we’ve been deluged with snow days lately, it was the perfect time to crack open and kit and get my daughter going. […]