Tutorials and How to's

Here you will find video tutorials, step outs and more that are meant to inspire you to create and cherish your own art.

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    Artsy Findings E-Magazine – Issue One

    Artsy Findings E-magazine is a gift and free offering from me to you. We are currently living in an odd time, and living a new normal. One thing I do know, I’ve seen a lot of creativity come out of this pandemic. My goal of this gift is to provide you a little artistic respite, creative inspiration and joy. It’s focused on art, connection and life. I look forward to growing this free publication, and hope to include some other artists interviews and content. I plan to share ways to create and get the most of your tools, share inspiration, tutorials, and more. Without further ado, feel free to read…

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    10 Ways to Add Sparkle Using Stickles Glitter Gel – #4

    Again, I am sharing at least ten ways to use Ranger’s new fantastic luminous medium; Stickles Glitter Gel. Reminder that if you are local, you can pick Ranger’s Stickle Glitter Gel curbside by placing an order at Stamp Fever in Orange, California. Linda is a wonderful gal with a lovely shop. She’s happy to help with your creative endeavors. If you’ve missed past posts, feel free to check them out on past blog posts. Since Stickles Glitter Gel is a Ranger medium, it got me thinking about Ranger and Tim Holtz Distress Inks. I thought, what would happen if you added a little Distress Ink (or Distress Oxide Ink) to…

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    10 Ways To Add Sparkle Using New Stickles Glitter Gel

    Have you seen Ranger’s new Stickles Glitter Gel? Oh my the sparkly bliss! If you’re local, I’m happy to report that Stamp Fever in Orange, California has several colors of the glitter gel in stock. Linda at Stamp Fever is a delight and so is shopping at her store. Such great finds! You will find shopping there a lovely experience whether you’re a stamper or mixed media enthusiast. During this time of Covid quarantine, she’s offering curbside delivery. The colors are so delicious and depending on what you layer the stickles on, it can lend to different effects. Colors include Asteriod, Dark Matter, Moon Dust, Nebula, Solar Flare, and Super…

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    Bella Crafts E-Book and DIY ‘Be Inspired’ Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook

    Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook die manufactured by Sizzix is so versatile! The possibilities to create unique books of all kinds are endless. Myself, and several other crafters were a part of Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Release Party in October of last year. My original post can be found HERE. I’m excited to share again within the pages of Bella Crafts most recent E-book published which is chock full of inspiration and ideas to use the Pocket Notebook Die. This E-book chock full of E-nspiration for less than $13, will wow you will so many ideas on how to use this die. To download your own copy you can check more…

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    Making Paper

    One thing during these ‘Stay at home orders’ that I’ve learned and practiced is to use what you have and to simplify. The other day I wanted some funky simple paper that I could tear apart to use for collage. I couldn’t find what I needed so I quickly pulled out some old ink and made what I was looking for. Viola, your own paper great for use in art journals, cards or scrapbook pages. Materials I used included a handmade foam stamp, Glimmer Mist, paint brush, gelli plate, stencils, bird punch, rubber stamps, acrylic paint, brown paper bag, pastels India Ink, Tim Holtz Oxide spray and even a discarded…

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    Sending a Big Bear Hug – Card

    Thinking of someone I love who is battling a big health challenge, I created the below quick card to hopefully cheer them up. Here’s what I used and the how to. Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad in Tea Dye Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink pad in Wild Honey Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink pad in Fossilized Amber Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlit Theodore Die Dimensional Magic by Mod Podge Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlit Pattern Repeat Die Tim Holtz Distressing Tool Cardstock in dark brown and cream Embossing powder in bronze Elizabeth Crafts Bear Hugs Stamps Embossing Ink Pad The How to: Trim a piece of dark brown cardstock to fit on…

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    Making New Things Old

    I love the look of old things. I found an awesome old scrapbook at a sale for $5. The binding was hurting so I saved the front and back covers and added my own pages. I wanted to embellish it with old buttons but didn’t have ones that looked old enough. So . . . I made my own. Planning on making some yourself? You can use ‘old’ buttons to make jewelry, set in a cute teacup, or adorn your own art journal. Want to make your own ‘antique buttons?’ Simple. You’ll need: Red colored paint (Brand I used was Folk Art) Brown colored paint (Brand I used was Folk…

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    Upcycling Christmas Cards

    I love receiving Christmas cards. I love the ones with photos of friends throughout the years, of fun cards, personal notes penned inside the pages and those beautiful hand made works of art. Three cards I wanted to highlight are below. One is a store bought card (deer) but so beautiful. The other two are handmade. I was recently at a new Dollar Tree store that just opened up and thought I’d take a peek at what they had. I found these $1 frames and thought that would be perfect to frame the three cards. Check out below. Next year these beautiful cards will adorn a fireplace mantel or bathroom…

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    Making It – Gifts

    How many of you are enjoying another season of Making It on NBC? I know I am! It’s phenomenal. I thought I’d share some of the gifts that I made this year. I shared a quick tutorial HERE on making your own quick gift bags while using your stash. What’s behind those gift bags? Let me tell you.  I enjoyed personalizing them according to co-workers personalities. While it’s fun to receive, I think I experience a lot of joy making and giving. I’ll be making gifts for the guys in my work life as well. Handcrafted and homemade is fun for both the giver and receiver.  How about you? Are…