stash winners, videos, and here goes nothing…

First up – email me mflaum@Comcast.net if your name is below – it means you won one of the random “share my stash” boxes!

Holly Denghel
Delana f.
Laura Mooney
Marileew

I met with the flooring dude (13yrs of being my studio carpet = current carpet is DEAD) and “between 5-14 days” from now the flooring goes in. BEFORE that happens? Well before that happens I have to have my studio 100% clean, empty, sorted, and painted. I am at the point now where a) the $ to do this project from a job I did finally showed up and b) I needed the push to get this DONE. Nothing like handing your money over and saying “let’s do this” to a third party to add the needed pressure! Ha!

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I will be back with a project or two this week/weekend and also? If you’re interested in product videos you’ll want to watch my YouTube channel! I have plenty of videos here – with new ones coming every 3 days or so. A lot of the new videos are product “first look” and review type videos which basically is me testing out and giving my first impressions of a product. Hero Arts Ombre ink, more from Ranger, Prima, Faber Castell, and more coming! (These videos are shot/in my computer… nothing new being made in the studio at this point!)

Have a GREAT day – I’ll be back tomorrow!

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Winners + RANDOM Happy mail post!

Long story short: I’m in the home stretch of the “cleaning & sorting” phase of moving every single item OUT of my studio. Want the long version? Stay tuned next month I will begin posting a weekly studio progress series!

My point: I just noticed the prizes sitting here… as in… I FORGOT TO DRAW!! So, random.org to draw numbers and the winners are:

Keetha Mosley – my class + random stamps/stencil goodies
Joanne Rosario – Simon Says Stamp stamps & dies
JBarnes – Hazel & Ruby big washi tape assortment

Email me mflaum@Comcast.net ladies and let me know which prize you won + where to ship it!! I will get it out ASAP!

But wait, there’s more!! I have stamps, dies, and assorted goodies and supplies enough to fill 2-3 flat rate USPS boxes that I will ship off to lovely blog readers here. One catch and I’m SO sorry – all my give-aways are international friendly normally – it would be 4x the rate to ship these boxes overseas so unless you’re willing to chip in for that kind of shipping this is a USA addy give-away please. So I don’t forget to draw for a week (egads where does time go?!) this give-away will be open until Thursday (march 26th) morning and winners will be randomly drawn and contacted. To enter for your chance to win one of these boxes of fun goodies just leave a comment here! Would you share them with friends? New and building a stash? Just want some fun crafty goodness? Let me know and good luck!

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Art Journal in flight (video tutorial)

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National Craft Month is a great reason to collaborate – and I’m here today with Nichol Magouirk doing art journaling and having such fun. Check out Nichol at her YouTube channel (one of my faves!) as well as her blog here. As I type this I’ve got no idea what she came up with today – we both just decided to art journal and play today and link up to each other. How fun is that?!

I took flight with the final page in my small art journal – and oh what fun I had!

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I filmed my whole process – in fact I made this page as I took breaks from cleaning and sorting here in the studio. Multi-tasking at its best! Here is the full video tutorial of how I created this page:

link to YouTube

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One stamp (what way?)

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When I get a new artsy stamp, I like to play around with it and figure out how it works best. See how it looks stamped, what colors work well, and what I like.

#1: Plain black archival ink

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First up, I always try archival ink in black. It’s a good primer for a new stamp and also is really basic. I definitely like how this looks!

#2: various colors of ink

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I put a bunch of distress ink colors onto the stamp (I used mini pads directly onto the stamp) and misted it with a bit of water before stamping. The blended watercolor look is cool, but not strong enough to really become a focal point image.

#3: black embossing powder + blended colors

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I like parts of the color and parts of the black stamped image, so I stamped + embossed (black powder) the stamp onto specialty stamping paper. Then I rubbed mini distress ink pads directly onto the stamped image. Finally, I blended the colors a bit using a water brush.

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The great part about this? Use a cool stamp and you can just attach it/make it the focal point for a card! I really like how this one came out, and I look forward to playing with this stamp a lot more!
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Simon is offering a generous $50 voucher that will be randomly drawn from the eligible entries each week. Join the fun by creating a project this week – and for your chance to win a $50 voucher you should hop on over and join in the challenge here.

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Unbreakable.

I’m playing with new Faber Castell clear gel medium stuff (video coming to YouTube next week) and I am also trying to work out ways to work in my art journal and have an area be left totally clean. This isn’t the technique/look I was going for but I’m getting closer to what I want. bit by bit. NO pressure here in my journal – I just play.

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My word is inspired by the new Netflix show Unbreakable. I watched it all very quickly as I worked so it isn’t surprising the word wound up in the journal. The show is funny and light – I wish it had gotten a bit deeper though. Could have been just as funny but with a bit more meat if that makes sense. The overall message is a real good one – she’s not a victim, she’s not going to give up or let life break her. She’s going to get up and go at it again. and again. Put in the work and make her dreams a reality. Love that!

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