Giveaway, Uncategorized, Video Hop

Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop

Join us on Monday, February 12 at 9 AM EST for a Save the Crafty YouTuber Video Hop!


I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing event!  Our Save the YouTuber hop was put together in order to help out the many crafters that are affected by new YouTube rules that require a number of views and subscribers in order to earn money. Some of the biggest names in the industry, along with some companies, have come together to help those in need and to bring YOU, the audience, some amazing new tutorials from artists you may have never seen before.

So mark your calendars for Monday, February 12 at 9 AM EST and join us for the hop!

(The links below won’t work until the morning of the hop.)

Justine H
Lindsay A
Pretty Pink Posh
Barbara R
Lesley O
Jenn S
Janette K
Karen Burniston
Catherine P
Ardyth B.
Marie Nic.
Candace G
Neha P
Laura G
Jenny H
Jessica F
Betz G
Christopher A.
Josefine F
Neha T.
Jessie B
Lisa P
Kari W
Jenny C
Teresa M
Tantalaya M
Marika G
Maaike U
Janelle B
Lydia F
Nadine C
Ingrid B
Karen H
Laura V
Laurel B
Chrissie T
Jeannie L
Veerle M
Olga Disktorenko
Mindy E
Ashlea C
Monique V
Michelle S
Teresa P
Lisa C
Kerri Ann B
Erin R
Berina F
Alex G
Christiana R
Jasmine B
Monica Taylor

And be sure to visit our AMAZING sponsors!

Sponsor Post YT


July Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

For today’s card, I used the Simon Says Stamp July Card Kit, Handwritten Floral Greetings.  For those of you who haven’t tried out the card kits yet, this is a great one to start with!  I love the stamp set, which I think will be incredibly versatile and includes some great, universal sentiments.   I C.A.S.E.D one of the cards on the included design sheet, a beautiful card by Nina-Marie Trapani, adding some simple changes–vellum front, more muted colors–to make this really simple and quick card.

Details for supplies I used are below, as well as the video showing the steps I used to create this simple card.


Check out the full video below:


DIY Picnic Table Redo!

As a bit of a departure from my normal papercrafting projects, I decided to work on a Pinterest-inspired project this weekend.  My fiancé built this for us about five or six years ago and I love it.  It’s sturdy and seats about 12, if we’re really friendly. It’s functional, but was looking a little worn. An update was in order.


First step: primer.  Even as worn as the wood was, I wanted to prime the surface so it would accept the paint better and cover a few stains.  Kilz is great at covering stains, even the greasy kind. This is two coats of Kilz, un-tinted.


Next step, tint the remaining Kilz.  This part was definitely an experiment. But, if it didn’t work, I wouldn’t lose much.  A half a can of $8.00 Kilz and couple of hours sanding and repainting?  I could risk it.

I didn’t want to buy more paint if I didn’t have to and I didn’t want to waste the remaining Kilz.  I decided to try and tint the Kilz with a colorant I already had.  I didn’t think acrylic paint would be vibrant enough, so I went straight for the hard stuff:  Dr. Ph. Martin’s India Ink in blue and green.  I added a little of each and stirred and repeated until I got the color I want.  I was nervous that it would separate from the Kilz or not be a smooth coat, but this is the result.  I loved the custom color once it dried, but I admit to being very nervous when it went on and looked mostly white with a blue tinge. It dried much darker than it looked wet and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  The picture below is pretty accurate for color.  It’s the perfect shade of aqua to play up the colors I planned for the details.


Next step: stencils.  I used my Silhouette Cameo and made simple stencils of bees and ants. I also made a really not-so-simple stencil for the sunflower but ended up not using them and freehanded that instead. Here’s one stencil of the bee – I’d removed the outer part of the stencil but hadn’t yet peeled off the interior stuff.


And then the bee got some details. (No these are not my hands.  I enlisted the fiancé’s help!


And here’s the final product. Everything was painted in multiple coats of FolkArt acrylic craft paint. The sunflower and bees contrast nicely with the color of the table, I think.  The little ants crawling here and there are one solid color – a mix of red and chocolate FolkArt acrylic craft paint.  I used the same paint for the sunflower with brown as the base coat and then a coat of orange before I put the yellow on top. The final detail was the little flight trails for the bees, one of which makes me think his picnic may have included a adult beverage or two.

I put two coats of Varathane water-based urethane over the top and will probably add some more coats over the next week or so.  The manufacturer recommends a minimum of four coats but I want it to dry completely between coats.

I’d love to know your thoughts on my DIY Picnic Table redo!  Leave a comment below.


Uncategorized Giveaway!

From the website:

If you’ve ever daydreamed about trying out the Sizzix Big Shot Plus, this is the giveaway for you! The $2500 Ultimate Sizzix Designer-Bundle Giveaway is an an amazing chance for 5 winners to receive a $500 Big Shot Plus Starter Kit PLUS loads of accessories from designers Stephanie Barnard, Eileen Hull and Jen Long. More details here. So, drop everything you’re doing–unless you’re, say, holding a baby or a crystal vase–and enter this giveaway now for a chance to win big!

Make sure you swing over to to check out the prize package. This is an incredible giveaway!



Using EverNote with A QR Code Scanner for Craftroom Organization

At work, I’m a label making, calendar-using, clear surfaces, 43 folders, GTD, Pomodoro Technique, all things productivity related  fool.  In my former, corporate job, I did these things to manage processes and labor in 200+ stores for 3,000+ employees.  My work life today is far less stressful.  I manage 1 employee and that includes me. I have no direct supervision, day to day, so if my desk is a mess or if I jump from one project to another 50 times a day, Nobody Knows it But Me.  (You’re humming right now, aren’t you?) But habits Die Hard (and now you’re thinking about Bruce Willis) and I still tend to maintain a pretty structured work life.  (Especially if you ever run into a member of my Board of Supervisors!)

At home, it’s a whole different ball game.  I try to maintain the same level of organization, but it just doesn’t work, so I settle for controlled chaos, especially in my craftroom.  One tool I’ve found that really helps is EverNote, which is, just as the name implies, a note-taking system.  Possibly the note-taking system. Available on Android and iOS, tablets, iPads, phones, and your computer, it gives you a go-anywhere (anywhere you can access the App) method for staying on top of your to-do lists.

In my craftroom, I use it to keep track of inventory.  If you’d told me ten years ago that I would need something to keep track of my craftroom inventory, I would have laughed hysterically.  Now, it’s a tool I cannot do without.  I have supplies on top of supplies and when I go shopping, I often forget if I have something when I come across a good deal or forget that I’m out of something that I may need the next week.  I use EverNote to keep a basic inventory of paper, ink, adhesives, etc. so I avoid purchasing duplicate products and so I never run out of things I use on a regular basis.

This is nothing new.  Crafters everywhere use EverNote and I’m sure there are many that use it as I do, in conjunction with the barcode scanner that’s available as a free download.  But I couldn’t find simple instructions to set it up to work efficiently, so as a Die Harder DIYer, I did some web searching and created the following YouTube video to make a great app even more efficient… I can spend more time organizing my scrapbook supplies scrapbooking!

Watch the YouTube video below for more information.  Supplies (such as they are) are listed below the video!

Thanks for visiting me!


Altenew Whimsical Flowers Card with Gansai Tambi Watercolor


My card for today was really simple.  I used my brand new set of Gansai Tambi Watercolors (I nearly swooned when the big, brown Happy Truck arrived that day, I tell you what) and the most awesome Altenew Whimsical Flower stamp set on Ranger Watercolor Cardstock with some Archival Ink in Jet Black.  The only embellishment I used was some Hemptique Black Twine.  I even kept the sentiment simple: just a few “Thanks Yous” on my Smith Corona Classic 12 Typewriter.

You can see the whole process video for this card here:

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section and I’ll answer them as soon as possible.


Using the Photo Sleeve Fuse to Create Better Two Page Layouts

So, I know I’m picky, but there’s this problem that’s been plaguing me for awhile in my scrapbooks.

When you complete two page spreads in a 3-Ring Scrapbook, the pages don’t stay together, so you lose some of the look of inter-connected-ness. (I’m making up words here, but I couldn’t come up with the precise term for the look I want!) I love the way postbound scrapbook pages look, especially the two page spreads. But I despise working with postbound scrapbooks. You either have to make many, many thin scrapbooks or you have to deal with extension posts and then the scrapbooks feel like they’re going to come apart. I switched to 3-Ring scrapbooks immediately after my first two scrapbooks seven years ago and I’ve never regretted the decision. However, I still miss the look of continuity you get in a two-page layout in those postbound scrapbooks.

I was thrilled to discover the We R Memory Keepers Flush Bound Page Protectors (linked below, as usual) but don’t do enough two-page layouts to justify the additional cost for a whole package. There’s only a two dollar difference, but two dollars is a package of Thickers on sale! So I looked for a way to use regular 12×12 page protectors and create the same look.

In the video below, I show you two options, one using the Photo Sleeve Fuse tool and one using a sewing machine.