Sunday, December 18, 2016

From the Archives...It All Started With the Straws!

Hello! Happy Monday and Happy Christmas week! To get you in the holiday crafting spirit, I thought I would share one of my all time favorite Christmas projects. In fact, it still hangs on my tree today!

This post is from the archives. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!!!

Recently, I was snooping around on Etsy for some washi. I quickly found what I wanted, but then I decided I should take advantage of shipping and get the most for that fee...

Well, you know how that goes.

And then, I got these straws...
And found this cute little tin at the dollar store...
Surely with some UTEE, I can come up with something here?
 I don't have one of those fancy melting pots, so I am just going to hope for the best here:
I will say that a large portion of this UTEE was blown out as soon as this heat tool came on. I know, I really should have seen that coming, especially now that it seems totally obvious.
But, I persevered! Heat, melt, add more, repeat.

Maybe some alcohol ink will dress this up a bit?
Well, that's a little darker than I expected. 
Oh well, that's what creative play is all about!
Let's forge ahead...
 Alrighty! With that all melted and hot, I just stick the straws right in...
That was easy. But, it is still a bit dark. Perhaps some glitter will counteract that darkness?
 Oh, I kinda like that!
 A little more glitter, and some pen work and I decide to call it done!
Well, that was an adventure that produced a super shiny, fun, and rather funky holiday ornament hanging thing-a-ma-bob...
Note to self: Get a melting pot.

I hope you are finding some time for random Christmas crafty play time!

Monday, December 12, 2016

VIDEO - Studio Chat and a Page!

Hey hey! Happy Monday!

I have a little studio chat and a junque journal page to share with you today...

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you soon!

Monday, December 5, 2016


I've been playing around with texture, specifically texture from my trash can!

Little bits are getting torn into even smaller bits and I am using various types of liquid adhesive to get them down on my surface...
Once my background is set, I am playing with paints...

Now she just needs to dry and I will add more yummy painty goodness...

I'm having fun trying new things here in the studio! I hope you are too...

Monday, November 28, 2016

October Pocket Pages!

Hello there! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week with family and friends. I was able to snag some studio time in and I finished my October Pocket Pages!

Here they are!

As always, lots of the gorgeous Buttons Galore and 28 Lilac Lane goodies were put to use on these pages. Links in my FAQ page.

Have a great week!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ready, Set, and all DONE!

All done... with what, you ask? Christmas shopping and wrapping! YAY!

I have a personal mission each year to finish all the Christmas stuff no later than Thanksgiving. I love having it all done and being able to just enjoy the holidays and time with sweet family. So, this past weekend, I spent a little time putting the finishing touches on some gifts...

To get the ball rolling, I first cut some snow flakes on my Brother Scan N Cut...
Then, as shown in the photo above, I gathered some glitter and some gold flakes, along with glossy medium. Then, once the snowflakes were covered in the glossy medium, I applied the shiny fun! For the flakes, I simps pressed them right into the jar...
And there they are... 
Once dry, I cleaned off the excess and painted another layer of gloss medium on top.

Then, I added them to my wrapped presents, along with some pretty buttons from Buttons Galore and More...

Love it!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Studio Update...

Hello there! This week in the studio was a productive one... not with creating, but with tidying and purging. 

I am a minimalist at heart. Having a husband and four kids makes this an interesting endeavor. But, nonetheless, I persist and am continually tidying and purging. I hit a room a week, going through the house every 8 weeks with a thorough clean, purge, and tidy. Doing it so often really helps keep things at bay. But, I tend to slack off in the studio as it stays pretty messy with projects. Don't get me wrong... I am totally ok with that! After all, being a minimalist is about making sure that what you have is indeed adding value to your life. And, most of the time my creative messes do just that. 

Ah, but having some big projects finished up and a class recently produced, the creative mess had gone from creative to chaotic. And, not in a good way. So, this week, the studio got most of my tidying attention...

And here we go...

This is as clean as the desk gets:
My pile of scraps to the right, remains... That's ok, though! I use them and love them!

I pulled some scrapbooks to remind me to do certain pages...

And I even wrapped some Christmas presents...

AHHHH... white space...

The embellies are getting low...

and the punches are organized...

As are the stickers!

Woo hoo!
It feels so good to do a thorough clean out/purge of my space! Now, with some welcome white space and room to breathe, I am off to do more making!

Sunday, November 6, 2016


I recently spent a fun afternoon away from home with a dear friend and we scrapped! It's been a while since I created away from home and it was great fun. Here are the layouts I made:

I had loads of fun using up bits and pieces and putting some of my stamps to use!

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon!

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Large Painting is DONE!

Oh yes, yes it is! It feels good and I am already itching to start another large scale piece. Here is the progression, up to the finish line...

Now... to sign it, seal it, and get a proper photo...
this might look neat as a small art print too, huh?
...stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Announcing.....A NEW CLASS!

One of my favorite ways to add an artistic touch in my paper crafting and art journaling is through the use of stamps. Stamps really are just another mark-making tool in our crafty belt. In this class, we will explore artistic ways to put your stamps to use!

Please have a look at this little video for more info:

Want a few more details?
Here you go...

With this course, you will receive instant access to the following:
  • SIX intro videos discussing why I buy a stamp, how I stamp, and tried and true design concepts for stamping success.
  • TWELVE start to finish project videos: 6 layouts, 3 cards, and 3 art journal spreads, all voiced in real-time.
  • That comes to a total of 18 videos, with just over 3 1/2 hours of video content. 
  • A PDF download of course content.
  • Access to me via email for any and all questions, ponderings, etc...
  • Ability to download videos to your own personal computer or compatible device for permanent archiving and viewing.
  • Twelve exclusive projects that is are available to students in this class and are guaranteed not to be shared elsewhere.
  • Online access to class as long as my website is active (which should be a very long time).
  • Comment form in which to chat and share links to your work.
  • And, what I hope, is an abundant amount of inspiration!
You may purchase class now for only $23

Questions and Answers:

How are these videos different from what you already post for free on YouTube?
  • While I do share a bit about my process in those videos, these videos are much more in-depth. I provide more detailed descriptions and more comprehensive tutorials of my process. My YouTube videos are either fast forwarded, voiced over, or both. All of the videos in this course are voiced in real-time and nothing is fast forwarded. In addition, I have not done a complete and comprehensive stamping video on my YouTube. This course is indeed the first of its kind!
What supplies do I need?
  • I encourage you to take this course regardless of the supplies you currently have! The tips and ideas should provide you with plenty of inspiration to get you started, even if your supplies are limited. That being said, I do realize it is helpful to know more than that. So, the bare minimum supplies I suggest for this course are the following: 
A pen
Some sort of paint (even old house paint will do)
Three stamps: a small, a medium, and a large. (An alphabet stamp wouldn't hurt but isn't necessary)

  • The classroom page will contain a detailed supply link list
Do I need to know how to stamp to take this class?
  • Nope. While I do operate and approach this coarse with the assumption that you have a very basic knowledge of stamping, it is not required. You are welcome to email me any time with questions!
Do you offer a money-back guarantee?
  • While I feel this class is an extremely good value for the price, I would not want anyone to be unhappy with their purchase. If that is indeed the case, please contact me directly and we can work together to resolve any issue you may be having.
Speaking of price, how much is the course?
  • Only $23! 
How do I buy this course and access my materials?
  • You may purchase this course in my ETSY SHOP HERE. Upon purchase, you will be sent an email with the PDF download. This PDF also includes the private classroom page link as well as the video passcode. If you have any difficulties with the email, the links, or the PDF... simply email me ( and we will resolve any and all issues asap!
What if I have a question that wasn't answered here?

Thanks so much for your loyal support and I look forward to seeing you in class!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

Gift Toppers...

Faced with a growing pile of scraps, and not wanting to recycle them just yet, I decided to play with layering and embellishing (lots of lovely 28 Lilac Lane goodies) to create some fun gift toppers!

These will be perfect on some presents wrapped in a solid kraft, or even gold...

Such a fun way to use up scraps!

See you soon!

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