Simon Says Stamp Card Kit November 2014

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Hey Crafty Friends! After missing a few months of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit Club, I’m BACK! I really liked these fun, retro colors and I knew that the bunnies would be a big hit. By the way, if you have any questions about the Kit Club itself, check out the FAQ here. I’m not affiliated with SSS in any way, I just happen to like an occasional kit and am an avid card maker.)  Let’s take a peek […]

Review it & DO IT! Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

Spooky Goblets using Krylon Frosted Glass Effect

I love to decorate for the different holiday seasons-and I especially love making crafty items for our parties and family get-togethers. (And Halloween crafting is my FAVORITE!)  But what if you don’t want to *store* all of those decorations and supplies? Well, then make something that you can re-use for the next season, of course! And today I’m going to show you how you can use Krylon Frosted Glass Effect to make a spooky design on your goblets… and then […]

Embossed Autumn Cards using Pan Pastels

Embossed Cards Using Pan Pastels

Happy first day of Autumn! I’m not gonna lie, fall is my favorite. I like the cooler days, the crisp apples, and the happy advent of the mega crafting season! Today I have  a flash-back card for you- one I did for CraftsUnleashed back in 2011. I’m reposting it because I still kinda like it. Is it me or is is the grungy, distressed look finally winding down? So I decided to take a fresh look at that embossing folder and try […]

Acrylic Block Stamped Backgrounds

Acrylic Block Stamped Backgrounds

The other day my new friend Linda posted some GORGEOUS cards- and they knocked my socks off! I got so smitten with the technique, I had to try it myself. And while I was on a roll, I had to make a video, too!     Here are some of Linda’s cards…beautiful, right? I’m completely hooked! I challenge YOU to make a card and post it in the linky below. Let’s share the inspiration! And I’ll pick 3 folks at […]

Comparison of Colored Pencils and Paper When Blending with Gamsol

Comparison of Colored Papers and Pencils when Blending with Gamsol

Earlier this week I shared an overview of Gamsol, an odorless mineral spirits used for dissolving the wax in colored pencils so that you could blend and shade them the same way you can with oil paints. Naturally, though, my curiosity got the better of me and I wondered if better (artist-grade) colored pencils really had an edge over cheaper, student-grade ones. And did the paper really matter? Well, I set out to answer those questions!   I tried five […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: irRESISTIble Pico Embellishers

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I love painting and drawing, so seeing a product that I could both paint and draw with, intrigued me. I was sent 10 of the 29 colors of Tsukineko‘s irRESISTible Pico Embellishers, to test out and do a product review. These are a resist, designed to work with their Texture Spray. It can be used with watercolor paints, and likely water based inks and sprays. I’m not familiar enough with alcohol based products to test them with this too. Description from website: […]

Jellyfish Wind Sock Tutorial

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I shared some BIG NEWS with you all last week, and I teased that I was going to make a Jellyfish for one of my segments. Well, I did. But I decided not to wait to share it with you. You all get first peeks! This is a fun project for a party, kids’ room…heck, I’d love a whole school of them in my studio. For real. Materials List: 5” Styrofoam ball rubber band plastic knife acrylic craft paint/brush (optional) […]

Scrapbook Soup 403-1; Making a Card Using Custom Stencils and Masks

You may remember that earlier this spring I visited the set of Scrapbook Soup and filmed two segments. If you follow along with me on Twitter or Facebook, you may know that last spring I was a guest on Scrapbook Soup for a few segments. I demonstrated how to use the Brother Scan N Cut to make stencils and masks with the rubber stamps you already have and then made a card. It’s an idea that I’ve shared on my […]

BOOK REVIEW: Foxy Epoxy by Kristal Wick


I was send a copy of “Foxy Epoxy: 44 Great Epoxy Clay Projects with Serious Bling” by Kristal Wick, to review. To properly review the book, I was sent some Swarovski Ceralun Epoxy Clay too. You can see the review for the clay, here. This is an advanced jewelry making book, focusing on the use of epoxy clay for various designs. Many of the jewelry making techniques are not basic, requiring existing jewelry making skills. The book is publish by Lark […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay

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I received a sampling of Swarovski’s Ceralun Epoxy Clay to test out. I don’t make a lot of things with clay, since I normally manage to ruin it during baking. However, this clay is self-hardening! Got to love that! This particular clay was formulated to use with the Swarovski chatons, when making jewelry. The chatons have a cone bottom and faceted top. Though it was made for the chatons, you can use it with various small objects. I tested it […]

Review of the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month

Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month July 2014

Sometimes you just need a little creative kick in the pants, and I’ve found that a kit can do just that. I have ordered some Simon Says Stamp products recently, and decided to take the plunge and try out the Card Kit of the Month. Since July is my first one, I thought I’d share the contents- and my results- with you! Here’s a peek of what was inside the box! First,  a video:   And here’s some detail photos […]

“Firecracker” Rice Treat Pops

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The other day I saw a super cute cookie treat idea  for the 4th of July on CakeSpy– you make cookies with Pop Rocks Candy and then roll the creamy filling with more Pop Rocks for a “firecraker” type of effect when you eat them. I loved the idea- but I needed to crank out my own lazy-and-cheap version. So what’s a gal to do? Hit the Dollar Store, of course! There I picked up the basic necessities: craft sticks […]

Product Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer


Hello crafters!  I am so excited to show you the new Distress Marker Spritzer from Ranger and Tim Holtz!  When I first saw Tim demoing this at CHA last January I was ecstatic!  It works so well with masks and stencils and you can pretty much use any marker in your crafty stash with it.  I was so excited about this tool I just couldn’t resist doing a video about it!  See it below to become familiar with the basics […]

Doctor Who Inspired Galaxy Shoes

Doctor Who Inspired Galaxy and Tardis Shoes- video tutorial on

My little girl is a full-on Doctor Who super fan. She watches the shows obsessively and had started requesting more clothing and craft projects that center around the Tardis, sonic screwdrivers, weeping angels and daleks! So be prepared, folks- there will be more Doctor Who crafts showing up here soon. But back to today’s project. We were attending a Doctor Who live event at our local movie theater and she needed some shoes to accent her Tardis Dress from Hot […]

Book Review: Never Been Stitched by Amanda Carestio

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I have been sewing a long, long time. More than half my life. But that doesn’t stop me from keeping my eye out for books for beginning sewers, like this book “Never Been Stitched” by Amanda Carestio, with the contributions of others. I have lots of friends who want advice on learning how to sew. And since I can’t send them to my mom’s house to learn on a hand-crank Singer like I did, I like having some basic books […]

Personalized Tablet or e-Reader Case- Gift for Dads and Grads and More!


It was just Father’s Day here in the US, and I’m always stumped. I have a husband who doesn’t want or need “stuff.” He doesn’t collect anything, abhors tchochkies and knick-knacks, doesn’t wear ties or drink coffee or drink liquor. So my gift options are kind of limited. But he does like to read on an e-reader and he likes English Premiere League Soccer- but those kinds of fan items are hard to find in the US. Lucky for me, […]

Upcycled Mint Tin Craft Inspired by Alice in Wonderland

Upcycled Mint Tin Inspired by Alice in Wonderland using Collage Clay from Plaid

Remember that part in Alice in Wonderland when she finds the little cake that says “Eat Me?” Well, that passage sparked my creativity this week and, paired with my new love of Collage Clay by Plaid, I was inspired to upcycle a mint tin and create today’s tutorial for you! For this tutorial you’ll need: MOD PODGE Plaid Collage Clay OR Golden Artist Colors – Light Molding Paste palette knife OR old gift card piping bags and tips candy-themed buttons […]

AnyHero Cards for Operation Write Home- Sketch 266 (Patriotic Cards)

AnyHero Patriotic Cards for Operation Write Home- sketch 226

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek. Monday was Memorial Day, and I committed a good 2 hours to making AnyHero Cards for Operation Write Home. For those of you who maybe don’t know, I make cards out of the supplies I get here to review on CTD and then donate them to a wonderful organization who ships them out to the troops so that THEY can send cards home to friends and family. Because, […]

Clay Extruder Comparison on Polymer Clay Tutor

One of the things I love about the world of crafters is that there is SO MUCH good information out there! Recently I came across a great video comparison of the Walnut Hollow polymer clay extruder and one that is manufactured by Makin’s. I actually have the Makin’s one and LOVE it- but isn’t it great to know that Cindy Lietz has compared the two for us? You can see her whole post here, but all of the pertinent information […]

Review: Clover Bead Loom Kit

Review: Clover Bead Loom Kit

  Not too long ago I wrote a Review of the Clover Bead Loom and in it I said that I’d always admired beadwork but that I was intimidated because of the intricate designs. If I had known how relatively easy weaving on a loom could be I would have checked it out sooner. But then, the Clover Bead Loom Kits make it easy to get started with bead weaving.     Here is what the kits include – instructions along with […]