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I'm so pleased to share that I created TWELVE new stencil designs for The Crafter's Workshop. The new designs will be released at Creativation (the craft industry trade show) this weekend! Over the next two days, I'm going to show you all twelve designs and the samples I made for the Creativation trade show. Today I'm sharing the first six. I worked really hard on them. They're a bit different from my usual. I hope you like them. This one is called "Big Flower." Thanks to all of the gelatin printing that I do, I have found that I now... Read more →


Hey you guys! The kind folks at Gelli Arts sent me their GIANT Gelli Plate (20x16). Because it's so big, it's perfect for printing on fabric fat quarters! (Fat quarters are usually 22x18.) In the video, I'm sharing my very first time using this giant plate (so fun) and demonstrating how quick and easy it is to print up tons and tons of custom fabric. Supplies Used: Fabric Paint Gelli Plate Brayer Catalyst Tools Now I just have to decide what to do about all this yummy hand printed fabric?! I'm sure I can come up with some ideas!! Thanks... Read more →


You guys, I have been a busy little bee. I have tons of new work to share with you! Some of it is faces, some of it is quilting, some of it is painting, some of it is stenciling...just lots and lots of art! Today, I want to kick off the sharing with some new work that I think is representative of where my work is heading. I really like it and I hope that you do too! It still feels like me -- lots of color, lots of pattern, lots of layers, lots of gestural mark making -- but... Read more →


Today I'm sharing days 16, 17, 18 & 19 of #CarveDecember! The prompt on day 16 was "fruit." This was my interpretation: If you receive this blog via e-mail and can't see the image above, click on the title of the blog post to be taken to my blog where you can view the images. And here are some other interpretations of the word, "fruit." The prompt for day 17 was "fit." This is my interpretation: And here are some other interpretations of the word, "fit." The prompt for day 18 was "eye." This is my interpretation: And here are... Read more →


I'm delighted to be sharing more #CarveDecember fun with you -- days 12, 13, 14 & 15. The prompt on day 12 was "circle." This was my interpretation: If you receive this blog via e-mail and can't see the image above, click on the title of the blog post to be taken to my blog where you can view the images. And here are some other interpretations of the word, "circle." The prompt for day 13 was "magpie." This is my interpretation: And here are some other interpretations of the word, "magpie." The prompt for day 14 was "garden." This... Read more →


Our first podcast of 2019 features a conversation with art advisor, Hadley Powell. On the podcast we discuss her job, her path to her job, art vs. craft, seeing art, being a new mother, and much more! 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.... Read more →


The new ScanNCut DX is slightly larger than the older ScanNCut 1 & 2 models. Therefore, it doesn't really fit into the original ScanNCut rolling tote. The great news is that the good folks at Brother have redesigned the rolling tote to accommodate the bigger machine... ...AND they've added a shoulder tote! I'm super excited. Watch the video to see all the details about the bags: You can fit any model of ScanNCut in either of the bags. And they will both accommodate a small sewing machine instead of a ScanNCut! Personally, I have found the bags useful both for... Read more →


I had a bunch of gingerbread dough leftover from my adventures in gingerbread house making. So, I decided to use the dough to make cookies for the new year! I thought I would share an icing flowers tutorial that I found very helpful: I love the way these cookies look, but I have to confess it's a bit too much icing for the cookie -- taste wise. Too much sugar! (I've been scraping off the flowers before I eat the cookies.) On a side note, the gingerbread has held up really well and is still soft, a week later! Next... Read more →


I wanted to share more of the #CarveDecember fun with you! Today I'm sharing days 8, 9, 10 & 11. Over the next few weeks, I'll share the rest of the days. The prompt on day 8 was "hideous." This was my interpretation: If you receive this blog via e-mail and can't see the image above, click on the title of the blog post to be taken to my blog where you can view the images. And here are some other interpretations of the word, "hideous." The prompt for day #9 was "rectangle." This is my interpretation: And here are... Read more →


Yesterday I went to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston and spent just about an hour wandering through 3 galleries and sketching. I used one page in my sketchbook and just started sketching birds. I have often said this, but I think it bears repeating, you don't need a ton of time at a museum to get something out of the visit. You don't even have to see that much of the museum. The key, I think, is to choose something to pay attention to. I didn't go to the museum with the intention of sketching birds. It's... Read more →