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In October of 2014, I posted a step-by-step tutorial for creating the look of dimensional embossed metal in your art journal using foil tape from the hardware store: Cat Kerr has her own take on using metal tape for beautiful faux metal pendants using Relics & Artifacts blanks: Watch the video for the how to: Isn't it a beautiful pendant? Cat Kerr is a Mixed Media Artist who enjoys working with metal, wood, resin, and paper. She currently teaches online and at locations around the US. Her work has been featured in over 60 publications as well as being featured... Read more →


A huge part of what makes this blog work is YOU! Your thoughts, your comments, your emails, your eyeballs! I think of this blog as a conversation between me and you. I love it when I meet blog readers offline and they say, "I feel like we're friends." What a wonderful compliment! Thank you for choosing to spend some time in your busy day with me. I appreciate it more than you could ever know! Group hug? ;) As I mentioned on Monday, on the weekends I'm going to be sharing some of the lovely testimonials that you sent in.... Read more →


I hope you know that I read all the comments that are posted. And I appreciate them. Sue Clarke has been reading and commenting (almost daily) for many years. I asked her for her favorite post from the past and this is what she said: That's a tall order as I've received so much inspiration from your blog. WOW, ten years! If I need to pick one then let it be Art Journal Every Day from 2010. It made art journaling accessible to me with an easy plan. The post gave me permission to just play in my art journal... Read more →


I'm delighted to bring you another episode of the Adventures in Arting Podcast! If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. You can listen to a podcast anywhere and at any time. It is a recording that is available to you whenever you'd like to listen. If you'd like to download it to your iTunes library, click here. You can also pause and rewind or fast forward as you desire. I like to listen to podcasts while I'm making art. It's a little like hanging out with friends while you art. Today's podcast features... Read more →


I have had a long and very happy relationship with The Crafter's Workshop. I was a customer and fan first, then a demonstrator for them, and eventually a signature designer! I'm so grateful for their support through the years. I have learned a ton in the seven or so years of working with them -- about marketing, about designing (both aesthetically and technically), about teaching, about branding...the list just goes on and on. The story goes something like this: Somebody introduced me to Jaime, the founder and owner of The Crafter's Workshop (You can hear our podcast with her from... Read more →


When I thought about who I should ask to pick a favorite post from the archive, the first person who jumped into my brain was Mom. Who else has read every single word I've written for the past ten years and then called me to correct the grammar and spelling?! Here's what Mom had to say: Blogposts about CHA generally list a catalog of products and services for sale, describe new ideas for crafting techniques, and offer glimpses of craft celebrities sighted among the crowds. "If CHA Were My Boyfriend" takes a different approach. Through the humorous and unexpected metaphor... Read more →


My first blog post was posted on December 24, 2006. It was just four sentences. No photos. I'm slowly trying to gather or take photographs of some of my recent art work. Of course, the holidays are never a good time to get much of anything productive done. But, hopefully I'll have most of it together within the first week or two of 2007. Thanks for visiting! There's one other post in December -- on Christmas day. So even though I technically started blogging in 2006, I'm going to count the real start as January 3, 2007 (check it out... Read more →