Craft With May no rules, just happy crafting Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:54:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Creative play + quick card Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:54:37 +0000 038 copy

This card is made with a new Tim Holtz stencil. Paste. Heidi Swapp gold mist. As far as the background? I really can’t remember. Why? I was in the zone, man! I made all these backgrounds in a “I’m not feeling creative” frenzy and I think this one is distress and dylusions mists but I’m not sure.


But really? It’s cool. Because I tested a ton of new products, had a ton of fun, and ended up with backgrounds I have been turning into finished cards and projects! Expect to see more of these over the next few weeks.

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Technique phases Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:04:12 +0000 146

Here in my world, something I do a lot is to repeat a technique or look a lot. Oh, not forever… but I will get in a zone where I want to color all stencils then flip them and ‘stamp’ onto another piece of paper + rub gel or paste into the stencil (see above).

I just love doing that right now, and this isn’t the first or last technique to see this with me. It’s something I do. I will play with an idea a lot, then retire it or at least use it a more reasonable/rare amount. Right now though, this is my “yes let’s do that” every time I touch a stencil. In fact I’ve got a guest post going up in a few weeks (with video tutorial) and I’ll explain more then.

For now, I’m enjoying this technique and curious what the next phase will be…

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Celebrate: a birthday card Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:17:34 +0000 102 copy

Last week I posted the tutorial (here) for my daughter’s birthday party invitations. Thing is – I made more teacups than I needed. So… what to do? Make more cards, of course! Here’s how I used the trio of pre-painted/stamped cups on another card. Today is her birthday (and marks 10 years of me being a mom!) so seemed like a good day to share it.


Also used: Winnie & Walter “Big Bold & Party” stamp set for ‘celebrate’. You’ll be seeing more with that stamp set!

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Tag with a current favorite combo: purple & blue Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:50:58 +0000 011

I have always had the HARDEST time crafting with purple. Lately though, some minty greens, aqua, and blues have been pairing up beautifully with this color! Today I’ve got a tag to share – this features a new Rebekah Meier stencil.


Over on my YouTube channel I’ve been doing gesso, paste, and other medium videos so there have been a lot of tests going on. This is one of my favorites so far. Gotta love it when you can find new ways to craft your favorite color!

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anything challenge… Mon, 23 Feb 2015 05:00:14 +0000 081c

It’s ANYTHING GOES week! YAY! So how shall I avoid all actual work/responsibility and just play? hmmm…

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. It’s “anything goes” this week and so I’ve painted and sprayed up my most recently completed art journal.

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 Note: a paper towel in wet gesso is how I got the outstanding texture. LOVE me some paper towels!! My Art Journaling class (which is complete and available as a self-paced course) saw a lot of me working in this journal so I thought it was cool timing to complete the book with a bit of cover décor.

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Scrappy Saturday: sun spot Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:14:15 +0000 scrappy

This is a sleepy puppy torn between love of play and lure of the sun spot for napping. A new development, she’s being allowed to hang out/nap downstairs in this spot while I film crafty lessons and/or do housework. So far, the pull to just sleep and relax in this area is stronger than say the desire to dig in garbage cans or find things to destroy. A win-win situation indeed.

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Creative Disasters: Learn & Love Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:32:49 +0000 013 copy

I just finished typing + turning in some text for an upcoming feature in Somerset… we’ll talk more about that later. For now let’s just say jaw drop, no way, yes way, wayne’s world, not a bazinga. whoa nelly type moment there.

Anyhow, as I typed up some info I thought about how I’ve learned more from my disasters than anything else. This can be for life in general – but most especially when it comes to my creating! Sometimes when I sit down to make something I eliminate things based on knowing that I’ve done (and it hasn’t worked) in past.

The latest? Trying to use liquid adhesives to seal foil cardstock to a wood frame (pictured above). NOPE. The cardstock part just peeled right away and what a mess.

Am I upset? Unhappy? Worked up?

nope. Only way to know if something is going to work out is to try! I go all in on every project, and I don’t worry about if I might mess up or if it won’t work. If it doesn’t work – that just means that I know how NOT to do it next time.

This is also a reason why I love working in batches and testing out backgrounds in bulk (you’ll see more of those soon!) – sometimes I find big fails but sometimes I also find things that work well for me.

So I encourage you to get out there and try. Don’t sweat the fails – it’s part of the process. In fact, it can be the best part because sometimes there is a fail, but sometimes there is an accidental success, or a new idea that works out even better than you thought.

Enjoy that creative process.

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Art Journaling with new Dina Wakley flower stamps Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:44:53 +0000 057

Dina Wakley flower stamps = way fun. I decided to play with them in my art journal to give them a test.

It was a good chance to remind myself that positive and good things are what I want to always be looking at and “feeding” in my life. Feeling bummed or bad? I try to find people to compliment or do something nice for to refocus myself. (I know I’ve talked about that habit before)

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Anyhow – these stamps? really fun. I’m looking forward to playing with them more + doing more shading and cutting them out to layer in a bouquet and more. Loved just playing with them in this random way first though. Just testing out stamps is such a great way for me to get a feel for what I might want to use them on next.

Hope you’re having a fabulously creative week!

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Ever After High inspired tea invitation Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:48:55 +0000 065

I don’t often mass produce cards… but when my daughter requests party invitations that look like they are straight from the pages of an Ever After High book… well I can try to do that. MANY thanks to the amazing Tim Holtz who hooked me up with his new (and my current favorite!) die set so that I could make this happen!

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This card was super fun – and I had just way too much fun with it so I simply must share a video tutorial!

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You will definitely be seeing some more party DIY – so stay tuned!

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Challenge: Paradise Mon, 16 Feb 2015 05:00:09 +0000 031

This week our challenge is about paradise. I decided to be inspired in two ways. First, by warm tropical colors that make me think of Hawaii…


The second way was by playing with supplies I love to be in crafty paradise! I just love how this tag turned out. It was made in two sessions first the background stenciling, then I had to decide “ok… so what to put on this?!” and I got to play with my bird stamp and putting some bits and pieces onto this tag.

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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.

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