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If you've got lots of last minute greeting cards to make, you might try batch painting! You can get a peek at the process in this video: Some notes about the video: Monthly members have access to the real time version of this video. I didn't use fancy paper, just nice quality blank cards I bought online. I find that washi tape rips the paper less than painter's tape, but use what you like. You can turn these into holiday cards by choosing a color palette that works for that holiday. Add sentiments or additional designs as you wish. Here... Read more →

If you're like me, you have more ideas than time to get them all done! Today I thought I'd share a few projects that are on creative to-do list: A student of mine kindly gifted me a "Sew Together" bag. It has three zipper pockets within a larger bag. (This is not a photo of my bag because I'm lazy. But this is what it looks like, but with different fabric.) image source The "Sew Together" bag is an internet phenomenon and now that I own one, I know why. It holds sooooo much and is super duper useful. At... Read more →

About a month ago I went on a secret crafty mission to New York City. And now I can reveal the secret: I went to Marvel headquarters to film a quick video for them on creating your own Hela Headdress from the movie Thor: Ragnarok, just in time for Halloween: Check out the how to: If you like the video, I'd love it if you'd give it a thumbs up and even leave a comment on Marvel's YouTube page. Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

Jill Ongley has been reading and commenting on this blog for many years. So, I reached out to her and asked her if she had a favorite post from the archives. This is what she said: I discovered Julie's blog after taking a class from her in 2009 or 2010. At that time she was doing a lot of scrapbooking. I wasn't really a scrapbooker but I loved her art and blogging style, her openness, her curiosity and thought processes and she wrote as if she were talking to a friend in the room or on the phone. Over the... Read more →

I'm a little bit overly excited about today's project! I was told that I needed to create something that mashed together Steampunk, vintage, and Paris. This little project is what I came up with! Paris is obviously called forth in the Eiffel Tower and I used vintage French book pages. I'm going to give myself a pass on the Steampunk by claiming the metal rings as part of the piece. I built this 3-D sculpture from one of the built-in cut files in my ScanNCut and in the video I show you how you can too: And here's another look... Read more →

In honor of the $50 automatic rebate on the ScanNCut 350... ...I've got three ScanNCut video tutorials for you! The first video tutorial is a simple project that I was inspired to create after wandering the aisles at Staples. I found some chalkboard contact paper and I knew that I wanted to make something with it. Isn't it funny how you can be inspired by a simple trip to the office supply store? Take a peek at what I made: Please note that these are made from contact paper, so they're not dishwasher or microwave safe. But they're easily peel-able... Read more →

Last week when I shared Riv's paper flower bouquet made from the pages of Jane Austen novels... ...several commenters asked for a tutorial on how to create these flowers with the stems. Well, I listened. And so here's the video how-to: Here are the flowers I made in the video: A fun way to display just a flower or two is by using the book as a "vase." I hope you'll give this easy paper flower project a try! Florist Tape Floral Wire Tronex Angled Flush Cutters Beadalon Flat Nose Pliers White Flower Stamens Flower Stamens Mechanical Pencil Fiskars Amplify... Read more →

I'm pretty excited about today's project. It's a flipbook! Watch the video for the how-to: Download the file for free here. Thanks for stopping by! --- Disclosure: I am a paid spokesperson for the Brother ScanNCut. It is a machine that I love and use. All opinions and projects are my own. If you have ScanNCut questions, please contact Brother Customer Support: 1-877-BROTHER (877-276-8437), M-F, 9:00am to 6:00pm EST. You can also fill out this online form. Read more →

I'm back with more tutorials to inspire you and spark a creative project of your own! (Part one is HERE.) These are the remainder of my favorite tutorials from this blog in 2015: link link link link link link link link link Lots to explore today! Hope you find a tutorial that gets your mojo going for the new year! Thanks for stopping by! Read more →

It's time for my annual end-of-year "best of" series! Every day this week I'll be posting favorites from the blog in a variety of categories. Let me know if you see any of your favorites! If I may toot my own horn, I created a lot of awesome tutorials this year -- many of them videos (subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss a video)! I narrowed it down to my favorites but it was still a pretty sizable number of tutorials. So I've broken the rundown of my personal favorite tutorials that appeared on this blog in... Read more →