• Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts,  Ramblings

    Breaking routine

    I spent the weekend with inky fingers, creating art with my peers at Artiscape in Dublin, Ohio. I had so been looking forward to the annual weekend-long event. My friend Cathy and I travel together – she’s the driver. We left Friday morning and took nearly the whole day to get there, stopping at any antique store along our path. We even ventured into one estate sale where we scored some interesting objects! We took a little side trip to Wapakoneta to visit Gild the Lily, a lovely little antique shop we visited about three years ago. We were so glad we made to effort to get there because Glenna,…

  • Art Journal,  Paper Crafts

    Making messy fun

    In the Studio we’ve been offering Art Journal classes for well over a year. In January of this year we started a new version of the class titled ‘Art Journal Adventure.’ We’re working in a smaller format. I think the pad is about 5 inches by 9 inches. I’m really liking the smaller format and we’re able to keep the classes to its two-hour time limit. As much as I enjoy the creative process, at times I tend to lose sight of that when I’m teaching. It’s my students who often remind me why I started teaching in the first place. My goal in class is never to aim for…

  • ATC,  Paper Crafts

    Building friendships with ATCs

    You know what I really enjoy about our ATC workshop/class? The students enjoy the class just as much as I do. When we began this class a little over a year ago, I struggled with it. Going from working on a 12-inch by 12-inch scrapbook page to a tiny piece of paper that measures 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches was a real challenge for me but I stuck with it – and the students stuck right there with me. Next to our Art Journal class the ATC class has become one of my favorites. In our class I teach a technique each month. Other than using that technique…

  • Mini Books,  Paper Crafts

    This mini makes me happy

    I’m often asked which Xyron machine is my favorite and for this assignment that’s exactly what the Xyron people wanted to know. Such a difficult question to answer – especially for me. I own, love and use them all and have for all my crafting years. My Xyron 1.5″ Sticker Maker was purchased on my very first night of scrapbooking at a crop. I had no idea what I was doing back then but realized quickly this was one little special tool! It didn’t take me long to purchase the 5″ Creative Station then before I knew it I just had to have the 9″ Creative Station because I make…

  • Paper Crafts

    Quick & easy holiday ideas

    It’s time for more holiday ideas through Xyron’s 30 days of Holidays!There is nothing I like more than a home-made Christmas. Brings back great childhood memories of making ornaments and decorations with my mother and siblings. I’ve come up – with some help from Pinterest – with some quick and easy decorations that really lend that home-made look to the home and gift items that are equally fun to do with the kids. First up is a book mark. This was so easy to make with Xyron’s laminate cartridge and it’s a great way to preserve your art or that of a child – show me a grandma or grandpa…

  • Cardboard Crafts,  Paper Crafts

    2-in-1 gift boxes

    So…would I do it again? Yes, probably would. Ever had a project in mind that should be pretty easy to achieve only to find out it’s a whole lot more complicated than you thought? That’s where I am with these adorable little Gift Boxes/Ornaments. They are more work than anticipated but the end result is so worth it! Welcome to Xyron’s Holiday Blog Hop! My first contribution is today and I’ll be back in December with another project. In the mean time be sure to visit all the other designers to see what they’ve been up to for Xyron – some amazing projects out there! I began with regular matchboxes…

  • Mini Books,  Paper Crafts

    Just a note…

    Thanks for stopping by on this wonderful Thanksgiving day! This is my last post as guest designer for Dreamweaver Stencils this month. I enjoyed my stint this month and had so much fun playing with Dreamweaver Stencils. The Dream Team challenge you to be especially “Thankful and Thoughtful” during this month. Link your creations with this theme in mind on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool and you could win the stencil of your choice. A bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. Today I want to share a technique to make another art journal background, but this time…

  • Paper Crafts

    A Simple Thank You

    As we officially head into the holiday season, the Dream Team are challenging all of our followers to be especially “Thankful and Thoughtful” during the month of November. Link your creations with this theme on the Dream It Up! blog using the Inlinkz tool and the end of this post. Our “thanks” to you is providing you with the opportunity to win the stencil of your choice, and a bonus stencil of our choosing could be yours for using Dreamweaver product(s) in your artwork. I hope you enjoy my post today. There are times I tend to over-think a project or struggle to come up with a new idea when…