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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

10 Minute Valentine!

That's RIGHT! I said 10 minutes!

**Disclaimer.....you must have all materials where you can find them! LOL!

The challenge.........keep it under 10 minutes!


Yep, the challenge on Eileen Hull blog is keep it under 10 minutes!

Materials needed:

Card stock - I used DCWV Jet Black Stash
Eileen Hull Needle book die
Glue Dots ®  Glue Lines
Glue Dots® Ultra Thin
Red Marker - I used Bic
1 Red Gem
Small Treat Size Candy Bars

Gather all of your materials

Cut Mat board and paper to the size of the die

Adhere the EASY-CUT ADHESIVE to the Mat board
Peel back top paper and adhere the paper
 Run this through your die cut machine using the Needle Book die

 Use a Glue Line on the inside of the book

This is where your candy bar will go
Adhere the book closure onto the back of the book with glue or a Glue Dot
I used small Velcro circles that adhered to the book and the closure to hold it closed
Add small Gem

I took part of the paper and colored it with a marker and adhered it to the inside of the book


 Take it just one more step and add a heart to the front!

9 minutes 18 seconds!

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Thanks for stopping by! Till next time.......Stay crafty!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Octopus with Easy Sculpt

I just want to share a quick blog post about a class that I took while at CHA! The class was with teacher Ann Butler and she was teaching us how to use Easy Sculpt (click on it to find out more) 

As most of you know I use Creative Paperclay and I have been wanting to try out other options!

This was my chance!

This is what the product looks like out of the box. We had to take part of A and same amount of part B and mix them together. We did the whole batch, which took some strength. Normally you would not be mixing the whole batch. Once we did that we put it into a mold that was made for us to use! It was the cutest frog! But we had to wait for it to set, so we were able to play with our clay that was left. 

So I started to play and what fun it was! Everyone in class was making different sculptures, mine was this a squiddy octopus! I thought I had taken pictures of it in its form at class. I can't find them?
So here is a picture after I added gesso to it. When sculpting her I did not have time to add details to her, so when I returned home I added the eyes and the suctions. I used beads for the suctions.

 I went on to paint it with Deco Art media fluid acrylics.

 I just had to put her in a water background! LOL!

I have to say I will be using this product again and I really enjoyed the class!

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December Art with Heart - Favorite Things!

Are you ready for Christmas?

I for one am NOT! I think this is the first year that I am not ready at all! I swear last time I looked at the calendar it was October! How is it that November flew by and now it is a few days before Christmas?

Tis’ the season for a new Art with Heart Challenge! December is “Favorite Things” and we want you to play along!  This month is essentially anything goes.  Just share your favorite things whether it be a die, paint, ink, color or project.  

So My favorite die is.......

Sizzix ScoreBoards XL Die - Blocks/Cubes, 3-D

You may ask why and I will tell you why. It is because I can use it for so many things. 
Just watch and see!
So for today's project I used the 3D Blocks/Cubes
Little Sizzles Mat board
Using my Big Kick I cut all my pieces out
I adhered all my paper on
I used a Tim Holtz Die to die cut the word Joy on the largest block
All pieces are now ready to be put together
Once put together - I die cut some feet for my tower. I used Eileen's new Sewing box die. I love the feet/base on it and am using them on so many projects.
Once I attached the base I used some distress ink and adhered some snowflakes. I added a knob at the top. In the bottom block I added a 
battery operated candle.
Using the same die I have made these projects and that is why this die is one of my favorites!
 Christmas gift box/keepsake

Valentines tower filled with candy
Halloween tower

All of these are made with the same die! And that my friends is why!

Please join us in this month's Art with Heart challenge! It's is so easy to join and just show us your favorite die, paint, paper anything!

Thanks for stopping by!

I am signing off until after CHA! I will be back in January.

Merry Christmas and have a safe and wonderful New Year!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

A Special Night at Barnes & Noble

Do you LOVE books? Well this is the ULTIMATE destination for book lovers!
BARNES & NOBLE Booksellers is a magical place!

BOOKS! Those magical things you hold in your hands and turn the paper pages and you can get whisked away to far away places. You can learn new things!

Only half of the group

On this special evening, it was a Creative group outing that brought us to BARNES & NOBLE. Out fearless leader Laura Kelly Walters was being honored for being featured in the magazine WHERE WOMEN CREATE. The creator of this magazine Jo Packham was also on hand at this private reception! What a privilege to have been included in such a wonderful event that empowers creative woman! 
Laura Kelly Walters

As I strolled around BARNES & NOBLE I noticed how many people were engrossed in books and magazines. Young and old, from all walks of life. Guess what? Each and everyone of them had something in common, BOOKS!
This is how I felt!

As part of a creative group I was very excited to learn that on that night BARNES & NOBLE was having a SPECIAL EVENT! They had a COLORING EVENT! They had supplied markers, crayons and colored pencils. They had wonderful images on fabulous card stock and the cutest envelopes, just waiting for someone to color them!

It is so outstanding of BARNES & NOBLE to have events like this!
Check your local Barnes & Noble Events page!

Did you know that BARNES & NOBLE have a kids club? YES they do! I think this is a great way to keep the next generation reading and learning new things. To explore places they may never reach, but can because of a book! For birthdays, Christmas I always like to include a book or two and have since my Grandchildren were born. Bonus benefit the children get a cupcake on their birthday from the cafe! Who doesn't love a cupcake?

This of course is not my first trip to BARNES & NOBLE. I have been going for years, in fact it is one of our favorite things to do on a Saturday evening. My husband and I will go to dinner followed by a night at BARNES & NOBLE. It is so relaxing and comfortable. One more reason I LOVE BARNES & NOBLE was my daughters first job was with them. They gave her such a great experience that I credit them with her work ethics today!

Thank you Laura Kelly Walters for being our fearless leader in our creative field and to Jo Packham for helping us all become STRONG woman!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Let's Make This Season Udderly Smooth!

A smooth season sounds amazing doesn't it?

Well you can have Udderly Smooth skin for this season!

No, not the holiday season!

But the DRY CRACKED skin season!

This would be an amazing gift for the mailman or your child's teacher!
Anyone who works with their hands!

 Super fast, fun and easy!

I found this little black box at the dollar store (3 for $1)
Guess what? While you are at the Dollar Tree pick up some more Udderly Smooth products!
How fun is this!

Don't forget about yourself though, keep some near your work space as your wrapping your gifts!
Handling all that paper your hands tend to dry! I have been using the Hand & Body lotion and love it! But the Udderly Smooth Foot Cream is the best! I love it! The Foot Cream is actually helping the horrible dryness I have had since moing to Colorado! In Minnesota I did not have to worry about dry air as much as I do here in Colorado. Since using the Udderly Smooth Foot Cream I have noticed a improved apperence and feel to my feet! Just my humble opinion!

Ohhhhh and then after all your shopping your are going to want to sit down and put some of this amazing Udderly Smooth Foot Cream on! Calm those sore aching feet with a little TLC!
Slip on some cozy socks and enjoy!

Thank you to Udderly Smooth who has kindly included me in this campaign.
All experiences and feelings are all my own!

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Design your own Christmas bags


Christmas gift bags are easy to make and customize for your celebration. All you need are kraft bags (or recycled paper bags with handles), Glue Dots and cardstock. Designer Donna shows you how to make easy, custom gift wrap for your holiday.
Designed by: Donna Budzynski
Time: 25 Minutes
Level: Beginner
Size: 8” X 10”
Here’s what you need:
  • Ultra-Thin Glue Dots®glue-dots-christmas-gift-bags-supplies
  • Kraft bag
  • Cardstock – Canvas Corp farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory
  • Twine
  • Red burlap scrap
  • Colored pencils
  • Gamsol – OPTIONAL
  • Paper trimmer
  • Small stapler
Here’s what you do:glue-dots-christmas-gift-bags-finished 
  1. Cut three strips from farmhouse Christmas.
  2. Cut red cardstock base to fit your wide strip.
  3. Adhere strip to red cardstock using Ultra-Thin Glue Dots.
  4. Adhere Happy Holidays and snowflake strips above and below middle strip.
  5. Color any areas on strips to add color – OPTIONAL blend with Gamsol.
  6. Using Prismacolor pencils draw some designs between the strips – OPTIONAL Blend.
  7. Attach red burlap with staple and tie twine around bag handle.
*This bag would be fun to do with the kids! Children are great at doodles!
 Either format of Ultra-Thin can be used for this project: