Thursday, July 31, 2014

Memory Box Resting Birds Die

Love this card Emily made!

She masked off the top and bottom portions of the card.  Then, she used Distress Inks and the ink blending tool to color the strip of paper.

The birds were cut from silver metallic paper using the Resting Birds die from Memory Box, and placed on a hand-drawn line.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Here's what's new around here:


Fun Holiday stamps from Mama Elephant! 

Adorable Halloween stamps from Mama Elephant (Bootastic Stamp Set shown below)

I couldn't wait to play with these.   Watch next week for the finished version of the cards below.  I'll be posting them on the blog!

Teresa Collins- Studio Gold collection for your pocket scrapbooks.  Also available in this collection are coordinating albums.  You've got to see them.  They're wonderful!  

We are loving all the gold that's showing up in the new collections.

More Teresa Collins-  Studio Gold collection for your Instagram / Square photo scrapbooking.  I'm taking these home!!

More gold papers!  We also have a variety of new, gold embellishmets.


Join us on Friday for our FREE "Make and Take".  We'll be making the card shown below.  Our "Make and Take" is available between 5PM and 7PM, while supplies last.

See you on Friday!


1.  Take a look at Mary's "Petal Party" card HERE.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Petal Party from Penny Black

I like this stamp set from Penny Black and keep thinking I could create some wonderful watercolor flowers with it.  Hopefully, I'll get to it soon.

In the meantime, Mary created this stunning card using the set.  She heat embossed the image with gold embossing powder and colored it with Inktense pencils.  Wow!  I love the way the gold looks with the deep colors!

It's hard to see in the image, but she added some gloss muli-medium (you could also use Glossy Accents) on top of the colored areas.  It gives it the look of an enamel piece of art.

Here's a look at the stamp set.


Monday, July 28, 2014

FREE Friday "Make and Take"

Join us on Friday for our FREE "Make and Take".  We'll be using a masking technique to make the card shown below.  Our FREE "Make and Take" is available between 5PM and 7PM, while supplies last.

See you on Friday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday (late, but still Wednesday) everyone!  Time for a look at what's new around here.


New Christmas stamps are starting to arrive!

Hybrid Inks from MFT Stamps. 
These pigment based inks dry like dye inks and are permanent on paper surfaces. They are acid-free, archival, and fade resistant. Inks can be heat set on glass, fabric, wood, plastic, metal, and clay. As these inks are fast drying and waterproof, they cannot be embossed with embossing powder.

Little B Christmas Embellishments
You'll love these just as much as their everyday embellishments.

Glow in the Dark Paint from Martha Stewart Crafts
A must for your Halloween projects!

Be sure to join us this week for our FREE Friday "Make and Take".  We'll be making the lavender bags shown below.  Our "Make and Take" is available between 5PM and 7PM, while supplies last.

We have a few spots left in the following classes:

Nautical Note Cards-  View class details HERE.

Introduction to Zentangles-  Class details can be found HERE.

Elizabeth Crafts Techniques-  Class details can be found HERE.

Fall Explosion Box- Class details can be found HERE.

Fun stuff you may have missed:

1.  Colorful cityscape card using Avery Elle's Bright Day stamp set can be viewed HERE.
2.  View some Zentangle inspiration HERE.
3.  Before and after photos of my thrift store chair.  View this fun project HERE.
4.  View some art journal inspiration HERE.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Avery Elle Bright Days and Memory Box Cityscape

We're sharing another card using the Avery Elle, Bright Days stamp set that was used last month in our Summer Workshop.  We've paired the stamp set with the Cityscape die from Memory Box (one of my favorites).

We stamped the sun rays with white ink onto kraft cardstock.  Then, we stamped the rays again, with a bright color, offsetting them slightly from the white, stamped image.  I love this technique.

The hello sentiment is from Avery Elle's, Oh Yeah stamp set.

Monday, July 21, 2014

FREE Friday "Make and Take"

Join us on Friday for our FREE "Make and Take".  We're still celebrating lavender and making this beautiful lavender sachet.  FREE "Make and Take" is available between 5PM and 7PM, while supplies last.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Art Journal Inspiration- Zentangles

Are you signed up for Mary's Zentangles Class?  It's going to be fun, and you'll be sad if you miss it. 

Since we have her class coming up, I thought it would be the perfect time to post a peek at some Zentangles from my art jouranl.  I find it lots of fun and super relaxing.  It's also an easy way to stay creative when you're traveling.  You only need some paper (I use my art journal) and a pen.  That's it!

If you'd like more information on Mary's Zentangles Class, you can find that HERE.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chair "Make Over" with Hazel and Ruby

I purchased this chair with the intention of transforming it into something fun and "artsy" for my studio.  That was several years ago! 

This past weekend, I decided to give it a new look with some paint, and Hazel and Ruby paper.

It was super easy and only required a few supplies!  I  used some spray paint I already had, Colllage Pauge, Hazel and Ruby paper (the over-sized sheets are perfect for projects like this), some painters tape, a craft knife, and a large paint brush.

 I taped off the feet with the painters tape and painted the metal parts with the spray paint.

I cut two pieces of the paper large enough to cover the seat and the back.  Then, applied a generous layer of Collage Pauge to the seat and placed the paper over the Collage Pauge.  I pressed the paper down with my hands, starting in the center and working my way to the edges.  I repeated this step until all the bubbles were removed and the paper was completely secure to the wooden seat.  I repeated the same steps for covering the back of the chair.

I used a craft knife to trim the paper along the edge of the seat and back, once the Collage Pauge was dry.  After trimming, I applied a layer of Collage Pauge to the top of the paper to seal it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

FREE Friday "Make and Take"

Join us on Friday for our FREE "Make and Take".  We'll be celebrating the Lavender Festival with this cute, scallop box.  Our "Make and Take" is available between 5PM and 7PM, while supplies last.

See you on Friday!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Art Journal Inspiration- Watercolor Flowers

Remember my flower from last week?  I wanted to add some color to them but I couldn't decided how or what I wanted to do. 

So, I drew them again on some of the new 140 lb cold press watercolor paper we received last week.  I then added water to the flower petals and dropped in some very wet, Tim Holtz Distress Inks.  I used Picked Raspberry and Festive Berries.  After the petals dried, I added some Black Soot to the centers of the flowers and some blues and greens (sorry I can't remember the colors I used) to the rest of the paper.

Once everything was dry, I used my white Uniball Gel pen to add some white dots to the centers of the flowers.  I think I'll try coloring them with Inktense pencils next week.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's New Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone.  It's time for a peek at some fun new products and a recap of what's new around here.


Want to make some of those fun mugs and plates you keep seeing on Pinterest?  We've discovered the Sharpie pens don't work too well and highly recommend the Porcelaine 150 pens.  The are specifically designed for painting on porcelain.  Visit our Pinterest Board for some inspiration and a look at some of the fun projects you can make.  You'll find that link HERE.  

We finally received our order from Little B's.  You'll love these adorable, amazingly detailed embellishments.  We also think you'll love their metallic washi tapes!

Look at the amazing detail in the close up images below!

Are you still addicted to Washi tape?  If so, we have quite a few of their beautiful, foiled tapes.  We have several, very thin tapes, extra wide, and regular width.  Most all them accented with foil!

I love how each of their tapes come carded, with a built in tape cutter!

We have several new adhesive in the store.

Here's my favorite!  Ever need a small foam dot/square for a tiny area?  No matter how small you cut it, you can still see the white foam.  Especially against dark cardstock!  Problem solved with Kool Tak Foam.

For the stencil lovers!  Stencil adhesive from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Not really new, but a favorite that many of you don't realize we carry.  Do you make envelopes with your envelope maker?  Use this to add the adhesive to your envelopes for later use.  A must if you're giving a set of hand-made card and envelopes as a gift.

I've been cleaning up our stamp displays to make room for some new, and Holiday stamps.  Yes, Holiday stamps, papers, and embellishments will be arriving soon.  So, I added loads of stamps to the sale bin.  Most are marked between 30% and 50% off!

Join us this Friday for our FREE "Make and Take".  Our "Make and Take" is available between 5PM and 7PM, while supplies last!


1.  We created a bright and colorful card using the stamp set from our June Workshop.  You can find that card HERE.
2.  Are you participating in our Embossing Folder Challenge over in our Creative Community Group?  We've posted some fun embossing folder techniques on Pinterest to inspire you.  You'll find that link HERE.