Sunday, January 1, 2017

Marker Storage Unit from NYE Stream-a-thon 2017

Hi everyone

This is just a short blog about my marker storage unit that I made during my segment of the 2017 New Year's Eve stream-a-thon.

Instructions & Measurements for Marker Storage Unit

You can make one or more of them. They are put together so that you can stack them side to side or top to bottom, depending on how many you need.

To make it you can watch the recorded stream from today or watch the condensed YouTube version. Here's the links:

Ustream Recording

YouTube Video

If you have any questions regarding it please contact me by email at:


Mr. Bojangles

Happy New Year everyone!

Here is my hubs playing a guitar he made. We couldn't get him to play it live while I was streaming so I had to record him.

I hope you all have a creative, safe and happy 2017!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Art Journal - Page #97

Hi everyone!

I bet you can't believe I am posting so soon after my previous post! Neither can I LOL.

I've been playing in my art journal a lot lately and I seem to forget to add the photos to my blog, so here I go!

I host an Art Journal Techniques group over on FaceBook and one of the most recent techniques we have been playing around with is Collage. This is not my forte I'm afraid LOL. So I thought the best way to ease myself into it was to play around with napkins trying to create scenes. This is what I did in this journal page.

You can view the YouTube video on how I created it here:

Art Journal - Page 97

Here are some photos of the page

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Dylusions Journal Page #5

So....we finally have our dear friend Eileen back with us and boy did we need her back! I couldn't stream without her because she's the one and only who can really push me to my limits.
And today was no different LOL

Today I was 'told' by Eileen to close my eyes and grab three tubes of paint. Well...I 'chose' burnt umber, deep turqoise and pale powder blue (which really looked like a pale lilac). That said I could also use white and black paint.

So we got the background down ok, then I couldn't work out what to do I just covered the entire page with black paint, then wiped some off and went from there.

Eileen said it reminded her of outer space, so I googled 'alien clipart' and came up with an alien saying hi with its fingers and thought HERE'S MY TITLE! "She's back", referring to our Eileen :)

I did record the stream and here are the links to part 1 and 2:

Dylusions Journal Page #5 - Part 1

Dylusions Journal Page #5 - Part 2

So for all you art journallers out there who are looking for new techniques, inspiration, or just plain old art journal fun, why not check out our Art Journal Techniques Facebook Group. We have links to videos, members posting their completed pages, hints, tips and much more! Come and join us here

Art Journal Techniqes - Facebook Group

It is a closed group so you will need to request to join. It's closed just to keep the spam to a minimal.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Card Series - Wedding #14

Well I've made another card! What's the go??? It's been so long since I've made a few cards in a row but I thought I was overdue, oh and the new stamp sets I recently bought helped :)

This one could be for either a wedding or an engagement card. I recently made a huge Simon Says Stamp purchase and one of the products I bought was the gift card slots wafer die by Simon Says Stamps. If you ever make cards and include gift cards in them then this is one die you will WANT to own! It makes attaching the card so easy!
B.Y.O.P. stamp set by Stampin' Up!
Gift Card Slots Wafer Die by Simon Says Stamp

Products, tools & supplies used to make this card:
  • Card base: white cardstock cut at 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" scored in half at 4 1/8"
  • Layer 1 (front): white cardstock cut to 5 1/8" x 4", edges coloured with mustard ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker
  • Top layer (front): watercolour cardstock cut to 5" x 3 7/8"
  • Inside top layer: White cardstock cut to 5" x 3 7/8", edges coloured using Krylon gold leafing pen and die-cut using the gift card slots die by Simon Says Stamp
  • Gift image stamped onto watercolour cardstock using VersaMark embossing ink and heat embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder by Ranger
  • Gift image (from I Break For Stamps) coloured using mustard and pale pink Zig markers and blended with an aqua brush
  • All other sentiments are from the Stampin' Up! stamp set called "B.Y.O.P." and stamped using sepia archival ink by Ranger
  • Mini Misti stamping tool
  • Paper trimmer & bone folder
  • Scissors, double-sided tape, dimensional foam tape, big shot

Click Here to view the video on how I made this card.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Card Series - Baby #7

I'm back with my first card blog for this year??? Unbelievable! I have made them and uploaded YouTube videos but not blogged about them - tsk tsk tsk!

So I have decided to try to add more information about the cards (and maybe journal pages) I create, from now here goes!

I recently made a Stampin' Up! order, one of the products I ordered was this adorable stamp set!

Baby Bear stamp set by Stampin' Up!

How stinking cool is this set??? It has a 3-stamp layering set of a teddy bear! As well as a 2-stamp layering ribbon bow set! Stamps just keep getting better and better! The sentiments included are also so adorable. I just love this phrase "to hug and to hold, from this day forward".

Anyway as soon as I received my order I started playing around with the teddy bear stamps, trying to work out the best layering steps and currently I love the following colours:

For the first layer I chose the solid bear (bottom left of above pic), I chose a medium shade (MementoLuxe Toffee Crunch), the next bear (bottom right of above pic) I chose the lightest shade of ink (MementoLuxe Wedding Dress), and the top layer, the remaining bear (top right in above pic) I chose the darkest ink shade Memento Rich Cocoa. I felt the darkest shade of ink needed to be the last stamped because it had those details that define the teddy bear - eyes and snout.

I've yet to work out which two colours work best with the ribbon bow, but I'm sure I will be using this stamp set for a long time and should work it out sooner or later LOL.

Now even though this stamp set is a photopolymer clear set, I still think that the use of a mini Misti stamping tool helps to align each layer perfectly. Yes, I broke down and bought one LOL.


Click here to see how to use this amazing stamping tool!

So here are the tools, supplies and products I used to make my card!

Card base (cream shade): 8 1/4" x 5 1/4" (scored in half at 4 1/8")
Front of card - layer 1: Kraft Recollections cardstock cut at 5" x 3 7/8"
Front of card - top layer: die cut from cream cardstock using the "stitched rounded rectangles" die set by Die-namics
Inside layer 1: Kraft Recollections cardstock cut at 5" x 3 7/8"
Inside layer 2: Cream shade cardstock cut at 4 3/4" x 3 5/8"
WRMK Corner Chomper - rounded all corners of card base and layers at 1/2"
Sentiments stamped with "rich cocoa" Memento Ink
Teddy Bear stamp - first layer "toffee crunch" MementoLuxe ink, second layer "wedding dress" MementoLuxe ink, and top layer "rich cocoa" Memento ink
Ribbon bow stamp - first layer "salty ocean" distress ink, top layer "versamark" embossing ink then heat set with light blue embossing powder by Ranger
Bow adhered with Glossy Accents
Top layer of front of card adhered to second layer with foam tape
All other layers adhered with double-sided tape
Other tools used: Scissors, paper trimmer, embossing pillow, Mini Misti stamping tool, heat gun

Click Here to watch the YouTube video I uploaded on how the card all came together.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Back to 'normal'?

Hi everyone!

Just thought I'd give you all a quick update as I've not blogged for a while. I have crafted some, but not as much as I'd have liked, as real life gets in the way of our crafting sometimes, as it should be LOL.

So...I have suddenly been thrust back into parenthood with the arrival of my 17 year old grandson, Cameron, our doorstep. Rebellious teenage years - oh how I remember them like they were yesterday, went through it all myself and with my 3 daughters. But who could predict I would have to go through it all again at my age!

Anyway, he's now settled in with us, he's attending one of our local high schools but has yet to find a casual job. If I remember rightly, it helps to gain employment if you actually get out there and LOOK for it! Sometimes I just shake my head, but continue to love him for who he is.

Anyway there has been a lot more going on, family coming and going for the past 3 weeks and it will continue that way for the next month or so. We are going to visit my ailing mother-in-law soon so we will have time to visit with other family members also, this can only be one heck of an emotional time, as my mother-in-law is 93 and recently had a mild stroke. So fingers crossed she remembers us when we visit and we can spend some quality time with her. We will try to visit as many family members as we can while we are there but with only 3 days to fit it all in I think we're deluding ourselves LOL.

Anyway, just wanted to say hi to everyone and let you know that I will be trying to keep my blog updated with my crafty adventures more regularly.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!