Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Creative play is such fun especially when I am using some leftover supplies. For these tags, I pulled out stamps, stencils, dye inks, alcohol ink scraps and the play began.
As I finished them, I could imagine my husband asking one of his usual questions…..where will you put them?……what are they for?
If you are like me, creative play does not need a final goal. The word "play" in this setting means "journey" and the end result often defines itself. When I was finished, I thought they would be an interesting card cover - cropped to fit. At the moment I will probably uses them as journaling cards in an altered vintage book………or a gift tag……….or a bookmark…….it goes on and on…….

Products used:
Close to My Heart stamps
Alcohol Inks
Dye Inks

May you recognize many blessings this week!

Friday, April 18, 2014

EASTER EGGS - new technique (for me)


Usually I dye Easter eggs using a Martha Stewart technique of wrapping raw eggs in colorful silk and muslin. This year, I forgot and boiled the eggs ahead of time, so I had to come up with another method of making them colorful.

Off to the internet I went and found this fun, easy and a bit mess, Easter dyeing project. Ingredients: hardboiled eggs, Cool Whip®, food coloring, glass dish, tin foil, and paper towels.

Sidenote: I use a similar technique for making colorful background paper by using shaving cream (unscented if possible) with reinkers. (That's strange….my autocorrect converted the word reinkers to reindeers….LOL)

Back to the eggs…...I spread the Cool Whip (couple of spatulas full) in a glass dish, then dropped food coloring drops - 3 to 4 around the whipped cream. Then I swirled the colors with a toothpick - you could use a plastic knife or fork and swirl the colors, similar to making a marble cake.

Next: Roll a hardboiled egg through the cream I did it so that I covered most of the egg, but you could just roll the egg straight through the cream, picking up the colors. Set the egg aside on tin foil or cardboard to dry for about 10 minutes. Just like waiting for paint to dry, I dislike waiting, so I cleaned off the egg with a paper towel after approximately 5 minutes. The green color didn't seem to work well, but my food colors were cheap brands. Also, even after I wiped off the eggs, I was able to put them back in the cream with color and add some more color.

Your fingers will stain…I still have a bit of red on my fingers from yesterday. The marbled color is terrific.

Try this with children! You might want them to wear gloves. There are LOTS of references to this and other techniques on the internet, so I can say if any person or company owns this idea.

Happy Easter!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Cotton Candy Gals inspired by LifeBook 2014 course

I've been taking the year-long LifeBook 2014 online course hosted by Tamara LaPorte at Willowing Arts. The course has a wide variety of contributors. Cotton Candy Gals were inspired by Marieke Blokland's LifeBook 2014 tutorial. When I first saw this class, I thought, "Uhoh, am I going to like this?" The answer ended up being "YES".

It's so much fun to go to the extreme with colors and subject in my art, and come up with something that makes me smile. Candy Cotton is on watercolor paper and Comic Candy appeared in my journal. There are other gals who will be joining these two but their bodies aren't completed. :-) 

No matter what I already know, I ALWAYS learn something new and fun with an online course, so I highly recommend trying them. Tam is very generous with the pricing and quality of LifeBook 2014, so jump in.....the gals are prodding you on!!