Craft With May no rules, just happy crafting Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 quick love card with Maggie Holmes embellishments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:00:04 +0000 005 copy

I pulled out my Maggie Holmes embellishment jar (for cute… I just had to have one) to make this card.


A little stitching, some die cuts from another Crate Paper line (can’t find a link- sorry), a few drops of Heidi Swapp mist and boom! card is made.


I know it seems impossible… but February (and Valentine’s Day) are just over two weeks away. How did that happen?! I’m really not sure – but at least I have this lovely card to send out and not many more to make this year.

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This week my head is in the creative clouds.. Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:00:50 +0000 021

This week… well my head really was up in the clouds as I COMPLETELY went off topic and was playing with the pretty kit and just, well, forgot the challenge theme! WHOOOPS!


It’s cool though – I can tie this in because the theme is “in the clouds”! Simon is, as always, 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.


My project started simple (haha) and actually took less than an hour of actual craft time. Want to see how I made it?  I made videos! Yes!

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The 3-part series of tutorial videos – and many more to come – all are on my YouTube channel here. I’m almost into a good groove here of having new content up every week! So if there is anything you’d like to see featured – let me know!

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CHA 2015: Wrap-Up Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:21:19 +0000 cha (328) copy

So I’ve gone wild with my posts – I hope you’ve enjoyed coming along on the show floor! I didn’t get to show you absolutely everything, but you did see most of my favorites. So what are the trends? What other notable things do I have to report?

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  • Planners are the big “new thing” that companies want you to make pretty. Pictured above is Webster’s Pages
  • Party/DIY crossover is huge. You saw how many cupcake wrappers, toppers, banners, and other party friendly things I saw!
  • Coffee & Tea as hot icons. From Tim Holtz to Avery Elle we found these – rare to find such a widespread image/subject

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Another line (I didn’t get enough pics of the booth so want to mention it here!) is Pink Paislee’s Citrus Bliss. Love seeing all that citrus + tropical friendly colors!

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Over the next few months as these products release, you’ll start seeing me post about them here, adding YouTube videos, and more! I’m excited for this new batch of products, and incorporating them into my stash and my crafting.

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CHA 2015: Jillibean Soup Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:00:22 +0000 cha-2015 (193) copy

Lots of fun stuff from ephemera to papers… but also party stuff filled the Jillibean Soup booth.

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I liked seeing these paper goods for parties to be sure. But I also think they’ll be useful for paper crafting too.

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Here you see so much party cute!

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But again – that garland stuff? I can see it on cards too.

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Also? Super cute stamps!

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CHA 2015: Prima Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:00:17 +0000 cha-2015 (31) copy

From the Finnabair and Relics lines I’ve already covered to new stamps and papers- Prima Marketing absolutely rocked the CHA show! Here are photos of some of the many lines, stamps, and goods you can expect to see coming soon!

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Watercolor pencils in hair/skin tones? yes! New Jamie Dougherty stamps, new everything!

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Julie Nutting added a lot to her line – loving that banner shaped paper pad.

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I laughed when I got home because I realized it is the Archivist (not architect) line by Frank Garcia that I admired so much. Love all that neutral fun!

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Looking for pastels and flowers? Prima has still got you covered!

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a personal favorite – these scaled little gem/dots… love.

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babies to tea, flowers to butterflies in a wide variety of patterns Prima manages to stay true while adding fresh products.

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stencils to stamps too!

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Oh and the samples! So many beautiful works of art from their team!

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It’s great to see a company releasing so much great product – but now I have to decide what to pick!!

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CHA 2015: Faber Castell Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:00:10 +0000 cha-2015 (246) copy

with color mediums and pastes and such being all the rage – super good to see faber castell adding to their line this show. Mostly new gelato colors (yay!) but two more notables –

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texture mediums – always a personal favorite. I’ll have to test these out ASAP and share my results!

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Finding the art in your journal… Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:00:24 +0000 So excited that this is the week – the day in fact- that my “Finding the Art in Your Journal” class launches.  You just need paper + something to write with. All mediums/supplies other than that are optional.

The class starts now – and runs live for the next month. It’ll remain available as a self-paced class after that so no rush… oh except one thing. I keep adding SO MUCH CONTENT and value! So much so, that the pre-sale price of $15 is going away really soon – so sign up before Monday if you want to get in at the lowest price!


When I build classes I always price the pre-class/pre-registration price at where I expect students to get a good value. But when content gets carried away and I end up building a much bigger class than anticipated? well… that price can go up! So remember that with me? Signing up early always = best price. Another way to guarantee? Be sure you’re on my email newsletter (link in blog side-bar) list so you are first to know + get exclusive discounts!

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Alright that’s enough business talk for one day. I’m off to dream and doodle in my journal!

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CHA 2015: Dear Lizzy For American Crafts Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:21:11 +0000 cha-2015 (156) copy

Ready for some pretty paper fun from Dear Lizzy?

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stickers to tape strips, party fun to paper there is a lot of cute here.

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Here’s some of the embellishments..

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Seriously cute.

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We will be waiting a few months – I believe April is when we’ll see this line hitting stores.

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CHA 2015: Penny Black, Avery Elle, and Kelly Craft Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:58:04 +0000 A few more notable stamps to share –

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First up, Penny Black AMAZES with great stamps that will make coloring them for watercolor effects just such fun. Birds & flowers oh yes.

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next up, company Kelly Craft has a line of Duck Dynasty stamps. I think this is a great idea simply because we can always use more stamp subjects/styles/interests.

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last but not least, let’s visit Avery Elle!

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Loving this book stamp set, but they also had great pie stamps, vellum envelopes, papers, and more!

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That’s it from me on the stamping front – finally wrapping up these CHA posts!

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CHA 2015: More from Ranger Ink… Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:36 +0000 Let’s be honest – Tim Holtz and Dina Wakley stole the Ranger show for me. Between his announcement of 12 new distress colors (orchid-y purple… oh please…) to her paint tip tool… well I’m in love. I already posted about both of them (separately/previously) But WAIT! there’s more! Yes from new archival colors to more paste options Ranger has a lot. Here are my favorites.

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Ranger Texture paste is excellent. Super light, very good to work with, dries fast. Now ranger introduces “transparent paste” in matte and gloss. Is this not just gel medium?! I don’t know… but I’ve pre-ordered my jars and will report back! ANY way I can get more pastes is always good in my book!

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Which brings me to their texture tools. Perfect size and storage. great designs. Fantastic with paste. WONDERFUL for mixed media work. All around WIN here. Can’t wait! (yes, I’ll be sharing when I manage to get these!)

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Not a must for me – because honestly I am currently overwhelmed with all the paint and ink options out there- but notable that Ranger has dye, pigment ink, and also new dabbers of paint.

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Speaking of paint – there is now Dylusions paint. It’s more like a glaze/thin paint… it is interesting. I have a jar. Yes full review coming soon(ish)!

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I just loved this journal cover…

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Also that Dyan is doing her thing – and tapping into a trend I notice up and coming. That’s right. Skulls.

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Will we see loads of them in sugar skull and other forms by Halloween? We shall see…

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