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Friday, October 31, 2014

Misting Sprays:Maybe a Story of Like?

I remember when Tattered Angels came out with Glimmer Mist.  Everyone loved them and then everyone hated them due to spray bottle problems.  Then came the fixes for the problems.  I sat on the sidelines, not sure if I wanted to venture into the world of misting sprays.

I did finally venture in with 3 bottles of Glimmer Mist and I used them sporadically.  I wanted to love them...I really did.  But alas, they were not my favorite product to work with.  I got seriously tired of cleaning out the pumps.  UGGGGGG!  I so wanted to love you misting sprays, but I felt jilted.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Crafter's Guide to Social Media Marketing

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Everyone is using social media to connect with others these days. And that's exactly where you should be marketing your craft business, too! But with new social media platforms popping up all the time, how do you choose which ones to use? Where do you start? What should you post? And how do you fit this into your already busy day? Come join us for this jam-packed 4-week, 8-lesson workshop where Shirley and Jeri's will help you wade through the social media waters so you'll be ready to jump in the deep end with both feet!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oct 27th Challenge: Misting Sprays

It's Monday and that means a brand new challenge.  This week we will be working with misting sprays.

Halloween Printer's Tray

Here it is....the finished Halloween printer's tray. :)

When I posted my 4 Product Challenge on Friday the tray was not yet complete.  I had plans to work on it over the weekend and I am excited to say I was able to finish the project.  That RARELY happens in my life.

You can see I made a few changes, mostly the center spot was just not working for me, so I moved it to a bottom spot.  My favorite are the flowers.  I will be using that technique again.  Check out Friday's post for even more ideas for using paint.

Happy Crafting,

Friday, October 24, 2014

Challenge: Paint-40 Ways to Use Paint

This week is all about paint.  I am pretty sure crafter's have been using paint since the beginning of time. It is pretty much a craft staple.  This week I wanted to see if I could come up with a list of things you can do with paint on your paper crafting or mixed media projects.   I made a list of 40.  Of course, I am sure there are more.  I would love you to share your ideas too.

A quick disclaimer:  As you can clearly see this printer's tray is not complete.  But I have a crafty weekend planned, yes a whole weekend of craft projects. I am so excited.  I will post completed photos next week.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oct 20th Product Challenge: Paint

This week we will continue to work with wet mediums.  This time around we will focus on paint.  How can we use it and how can be make it the star of our projects.

Friday, October 17, 2014

5 Ways to Use Inks Without Using Stamps

As I thought about this week's challenge, ink, I struggled with what to do.  I could have just created a stamped card.  But that felt really predictable to me.  That was just too easy.  So I flipped through magazines, idea books and Pinterest for inspiration.  

I finally decided it might be fun to work with inks without just using stamps.  So I came up with 5 ways to use inks without using stamps.  I am certain there are way more then 5 ways, but a girl only has so many hours in a day. :)  I will still be using stamps this week, but the challenge was not about stamps, it was about ink.  So I wanted to make ink the star of the show.  For most of my cards I use two shades from Tsukineko: Grape Jelly and Tangelo.  The colors were perfect for my Halloween cards.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Last chance to save 50% on Clean and Simple Card Workshop

Clean and Simple Card Workshop

Clean and simple (CAS) cards have been taking the card making world by storm.In the world of card making there are many different kinds or styles of cards, but they tend to fall into three categories. Cards that focus on products, cards that focus on techniques and cards that focus on design. It is that last type of card that is the essence of clean and simple cards. 
One should never confuse quick and easy with clean and simple. In fact, it can be quite the opposite. When I create a CAS card I know the design has to be perfect. So while the card may come together quickly in the end, it takes a lot of planning before assembly begins. Sometimes small changes can make a HUGE difference.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For the love of all that is good…..how do I find the right ink pad when I need it?

If you are like me….you probably have a lot of ink pads….in a lot of colors.  There are so many different kinds of ink and each performs a different job.  So you end up with multiple colors in different types of ink.

So how do you find the perfect color when you need it?  For example, I probably have 15 different colors of green inks.  Some are chalk ink, some are dye ink, while still others are pigment ink. The list goes on and on.  In the past I would get out several inks I ‘thought’ might work and then test each one.  For each project I would repeat the process.

Friday, October 10, 2014

The results are in.......Gelatos!

This week we are focusing on dry to wet products or products that are water activated.  Products like: Gelatos, Twinkling H2Os and watercolor pencils.  I choose to focus on Gelatos.  They are such a fun product to work with. So many possibilities.

MCL: Gelatos, Twinkling H2Os and watercolor pencils.

I focused on scrapbooking this week and also completed my Project Inspiration ATC card.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Last day to save on Twinklings H2Os workshop.

Today is the last day.  The last day to take advantage of a great sale.  Enroll today and starting playing, exploring and learning about Twinkling H2Os.

Color Inspiration: Twinkling H2Os!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Which watercolor paper is right for you?

Watercolor paper can be confusing and expensive.....so you want to make sure you purchase the right product for the job.  I am often asked about watercolor paper in my workshops.  When using a medium like Gelatos ore Twinkling H2Os I often turn to watercolor paper as my surface of choice.  It makes the color bold and vibrant.  But which weight is best?  What type of watercolor paper do I want to use for stamping? Collage? Backgrounds?

Choosing Watercolor Paper

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oct 6th Product Challenge-Dry to Wet

Happy Monday! It is time for a new challenge. :) This week we will be working with water activated products like Gelatos, Twinkling H2Os and watercolor pencils. I imagine most of your have one of those products in your stash, possibly hidden in a drawer somewhere. So let's dig them out and put them to good use.

 My 4 Product Challenge with week will include:

  • Gelatos (But I may find time to work with Twinkling H20s too.)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Stencils
  • 3x4 Journaling Card Dies
  • Pattern Paper by Scenic Route
Learn more about my challenge this week in the video below.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The Results Are In......Challenge: Low Profile Dies

Friday came quickly this week.  It was one of those weeks where I felt very grateful to get any crafting done at all.  My to do list seemed to regenerate all on its own.  LOL!  I am certain many of you deal with the same issues.

So I was very thankful to be working with low-profile dies, and specifically Spellbinders, as I feel so comfortable working with them.  Did you join me for the challenge this week?  You can read my Monday Post here.

The 4 products I used included:
  • Spellbinders Labels
  • Washi Tape
  • Text Paper  
  • Trim

Don't throw your dies away! Learn how to get a clean cut using intricate dies.

Spellbinders produces many stunning intricate dies that can be used to create beautifully layered cards.  They make my creative soul swoon.  And then my love turns to frustration as I struggle to get the die to cut and release properly.

Fear not my friends.....this crafty gal has a few solutions for you to try.