Rust Effects Pastes How To

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  Nothing says Mixed Media more than the look of an old, antiqued, rusted project. The color and texture of rust has a unique character of it’s own, and until now it’s almost been impossible to re-create that look. Last … Continued

My Artist Journal

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I began my artist journey many years ago creating journals for myself simply because I couldn’t find the ‘perfect’ journal to use. The journals that I found in stores were either to small, didn’t fit my style, or didn’t have … Continued

Easy Photo Transfers

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Recently I was teaching at the Art Is You Retreats in Santa Rosa CA and I had the pleasure of having Anna (the incredible Finnabair herself!) sit in on one of the classes that I was teaching. It was a … Continued

Poppin’ The Bubbly

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There’s just something about popping a bottle of champagne – the sound of cork, the bubbles exploding if you’re not careful, the smiles and giggles that soon follow when filling the glass. For those of you who follow me on … Continued

Tea Time with Patina Pastes

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I’d like to share with you today this project that I created using an old teapot with the new Patina Effects Pastes and Waxes. If you’ve been following the projects I’ve been creating online, you know how I’m basically addicted … Continued

Having Fun With New Products!

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It’s that time of the year when all of the new releases are shipping from the Creativation Show at the end of January! I’d like to share and inspire you with a few new projects that I’ve been working on… … Continued

Art Alchemy Explorations

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Although many of you are currently wishing for warmer weather with the cold and snow that January brings, I always look forward to this month because it means the release of new products from many of the arts and crafts … Continued

My Favorite Things 2016

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With the Holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to remember one of the important reasons for the season – thinking of ourselves and others. Sometimes we start to get overwhelmed this time of year, trying to plan the perfect dinner, getting … Continued

Changing Seasons

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The leaves are turning and the mornings are getting crisper – ah, Fall is in the air! For those of us that live in the Northwest, that means more rainy days which for me translates to more time to get … Continued

Where Did The Summer Go?

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When I looked at my calendar this week and realized that it was September, my first reaction was “where did the summer go?” The majority of my summer was spent teaching classes, with the realization that I was traveling more … Continued

Delicata Hearts

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  Many times I stumble across a new product that I absolutely fall in love with, and today I want to share with you just how easy it is to use Tsukineko Delicata inks with your Reilcs and Artifacts pieces. … Continued

‘Tidings’ Christmas Ornaments

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  It’s that time of the year, and with Christmas Eve here upon us I have this great project to share for some last minute ornament making, or even for decorating the table for Christmas dinner – these adorable mini … Continued

Handmade for the Holidays

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Everyone knows that I am a HUGE supporter of creating handmade keepsakes for the Holidays, whether it’s ornaments for the tree, home decor pieces or gifts for the loved ones. It’s this time of the year that we can truly … Continued

Faux Dichro Magic

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I absolutely love it when I have the chance to get creative with my mixed media supplies and findings, and this project that I created for the ICE Resin® Creative Team was definitely one of those times! I have many … Continued

‘Nestled’ Layout

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The Nestled paper collection from Authentique Paper is so versatile and can be used a variety of different ways! I know that the other members of the Authentique Paper Design Team went crazy for this line of paper when it was first … Continued

Photo Transfers onto Metal

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I absolutely LOVE the entire process of creating photo transfers onto a variety of surfaces! I became addicted to this entire realm of creating photographs back in my college days working on my degree in Photography, the days before Photoshop … Continued

Goin’ Back to Cali

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Thats right, I’m heading back to Cali to teach at some of my favorite stores – and introducing many new classes as well! Can’t wait to get on the road and to share some mixed media love with everyone. Life … Continued

In His Imagination

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    I’ve been involved in the craft industry for over fifteen years in one capacity or another – as a retail store owner, a wholesaler and for the past four years, I have worn many hats while working at … Continued

Unplug and Unwind

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There’s something to be said about “unplugging” for a few days, and I have to admit that I think that everyone should give it a try! We’re all so caught up with constantly checking our emails, Facebook, Instagram and the … Continued

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

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  Who doesn’t love the movie “Breakfast At Tiffany’s” with all the glamor and elegance? ICE Resin® recently had all of the Creative Team members create projects with their favorite movie as a theme, and I instantly thought of a … Continued

2 Cool 4 School: SoCal Roadtrip

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I’m excited to share with you that I’ll be in SoCal next week for some exciting classes at four different locations! Here’s a list of the classes and where I’ll be teaching – if you’re in the area, I’d love … Continued

“Lucky” Layout

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, I’ve created this layout featuring the “Lucky” paper collection from Authentique Paper! Besides that this collection coordinates so well together, I have to admit that I always get excited when Authentique releases a … Continued

Introducing the ICE Prince

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First I must say that I’m beyond excited to be able to announce that I will be continuing my adventures working with ICE Resin® on both their Creative Team 2015 and as an Certified ICE Resin® Instructor. Be sure to … Continued

Bezel Accordion Books

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Many things in life come in different sizes, and in this case I’m sharing with you how to create these fabulous mini accordion books on the ICE Resin Blog, complete with a short video tutorial on how to assemble the … Continued

“BELIEVE” Holiday Serving Tray

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Want to create a fun serving tray for the Holidays this year?  There’s still time with this simple project that I’ve shared on the Authentique Paper Blog featuring the “Believe” paper collection. This fabulous line of paper is perfect for … Continued

Memory Box Holiday Greetings

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With the Holidays approaching, I thought that I’d share with you one of my favorite techniques using IMAGINE Crafts’ Kaleidacolor inkpads with Fireworks craft sprays. By misting the brayer that’s inked with Kaleidacolor, the resulting blended colors sparkle with that … Continued

2014 World Card Making Day

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  Welcome to my creation for 2014 World Card Making Day! Call me old school, but I’m still a sucker for a hand crafted, hand written card – it shows just how much someone truly cares. They took the time … Continued

IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Blog Hop

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Welcome to a week of fantastic collaboration between IMAGINE Crafts and Magenta Rubber Stamps! Both companies are excited to share with you their products, from the latest inks from IMAGINE Crafts to the newest Fall and Holiday stamp releases from Magenta.     … Continued


Everyone has a “traditional” HOME sign, whether it features your house number or one of those Pinterest inspired salvaged palette painted letter signs (you know what I’m talking about!).  But that’s not my style, – I wanted something a little … Continued

NOLA Summer 2014

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As you may already be able to tell, this is not a project post.  Instead, I wanted to write and share some images from my recent trip to New Orleans – one of my absolute favorite destinations to travel too! … Continued

ICE Resin and IndigoBlu Blog Hop

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Welcome to the 2nd Day of the ICE Resin and Indigo Blu Blog Hop! I’m here to share with you this fabulous ornament I created with the new stamp images from IndigoBlu along with one of the new ICED Enamels … Continued

Upcycled Gear Journal

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It’s no surprise to anyone who knows me very well that I am an avid journaler and have been doing so since middle school.  My bookmaking journey actually began because I couldn’t find journals that were ME and I couldn’t … Continued

Sunflower Brooch

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I absolutely LOVE sunflowers – to me they are the true summertime flower!  The most vivid memory I have of sunflowers was when I stayed in this small hotel in Southern France, admittedly in the middle of absolutely no where. … Continued

Mixed Media Canvas

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“Mixed media” has so many definitions depending on who you’re asking.  And although I more than likely wouldn’t say that this canvas I created is truly “mixed media” by most people’s standards it fits right in.  A little back story … Continued

Metalsmithing 101

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After waiting 5 years of battling my calendar, I finally took an introduction to metalsmithing class – WOOT!  Yes, I can say without a doubt that this was a life changing experience for this artist and well worth the wait… … Continued

Quick Summertime Cards

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Authentique Paper and Avery Elle are teaming up over the next week to bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper and Avery Elle products! Summer is here in full swing, which means that I naturally want to be outside and enjoy all the sun … Continued


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For those of you who don’t know, “Glamping” is going camping, but with glamour. Think of staying in the nice lodge with fine dining and wine vs. pitching a tent and eating canned spaghetti around the stove. It’s what us … Continued

Switching Gears

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See original posting on the ICE Resin Blog. I’m going to start this post by saying that it’s been a long time since I’ve been stir crazy to release a post but alas I needed to be patient a bit … Continued

“Adventure” Mini Album

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Living in the Pacific Northwest, the outdoors is only 20 minutes or so away for heading out into the wilderness and enjoying nature. That’s why I was so excited when the “Adventure” paper collection was released by Authentique Paper – … Continued

Happy 4th of July

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It’s time to get a little patriotic with this fun necklace!  And what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a great necklace that shows that American spirit and with a little added bling will be sure … Continued

Radiant Neon Blog Hop

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I’ve created an exciting Art Journal for my project in the  IMAGINE Crafts and Stampendous Blog Hop this week.  My project incorporated Radiant Neon inks from IMAGINE Crafts with Stampendous Nathalie Kalbach and Mixed Media Stamps, along with the Stack Art Kit accentuated … Continued

ICE Resin with Faber Castel

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 ICE Resin® and Faber-Castell Blog Hop   Welcome to the ICE Resin® and Faber-Castell Blog Hop!  This entire week these two fabulous companies are teaming up to provide you with inspiration and instruction for creating your own works of art. The possibilities for crafting … Continued

“Elegant” Jewelry

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Jewelry has become even more elegant when using the newest paper collection from Authentique Paper – “Classique: Elegant.”  I absolutely love this new collection of paper with it’s stylized printed designs, and it doesn’t hurt that it features my favorite … Continued

Radiant Neon Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Radiant Neon Blog Hop sponsored by IMAGINE Crafts and CardMaker Magazine.  This hop begins at the CardMaker Magazine Blog and includes a total of 24 different artists. If you’re following the Blog Hop in order, you should have just … Continued

“Elegant” at the Sweet Stamp Shop

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Today I’ve joined part of the Authentique Paper Design Team in creating a project for the Sweet Stamp Shop Hop that’s going on this week.  I used the “Happy Hour” stamp set with Authentique’s new “Elegant” line of paper to … Continued

Hardware Finds

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I have to admit that I am constantly looking for interesting items that I can use as bezels everywhere that I go – thrift stores, salvage yards, with my two personal favorites being dumpster diving and yard sales. One of … Continued

Anchors Away!

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I’m here to help introduce the newest paper collection from Authentique Paper, “Anchored.”  This collection feature a nautical theme that is very Americana, making it perfect to use for those patriotic themed holidays (or everyday!) as well.  This is a … Continued

SUAVE Altered Cigar Box

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Featured on the Authentique Blog are easy instructions to create your own Altered Cigar Box featuring the “Suave” paper collection from Authentique!  I had an absolute blast making this project that incorporates recovering an old cigar box and creating the … Continued

Retro Thank You

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Time to get rid of those Winter blues with this bright and fun card that I created for Spellbinders® week of Thank You cards.  Be sure to visit the Spellbinders® Blog for the full instructions on how to make this … Continued

“Promise” Rings

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Time to start thinking about Spring with the new “Promise” paper collection from Authentique Paper!  I decided to try something different for a home decor piece and incorporated a couple of embroidery hoops to carry the swirl print found in … Continued

“Abroad” Explosion Box

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Featured on the Authentique Paper Blog today is the explosion box that I created for the CHA Winter 2014 Show with one of the new paper collections, “Abroad.”  And I have to admit, I absolutely LOVE this new line of … Continued

LOVE with ICE Resin®

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That’s right, in honor of sharing some LOVE for Valentine’s Day this year, I created this accordion style book that uses ICE Resin’s bezels, ICE Resin, ICED Enamels and other products.  This video tutorial takes you step-by-step through the process … Continued

ICED Enamels with StazOn

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It’s my first project for the ICED Resin® Blog!  For those of you who couldn’t attend the CHA Show last week in Anaheim, this was the project that I was demo’ing in the ICED Resin® booth!  We started with the … Continued

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

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These ornaments are created from metal cookie colors that were colored with StazOn ink, featuring the “Joyous” paper collection from Authentique Paper.  A quick and easy project that the whole family can get into!  Find my full instructions on the … Continued

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Welcome to the 2nd day of the Spellbinders Holiday Blog Hop!  To help get you inspired with Holiday ideas, I wanted to share with you this great Holiday ornament idea created with Spellbinders’ dies along with Imagine Crafts’ amazing inks! … Continued

“Glistening” Picture Frame

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This week Authentique Paper has teamed up with Petaloo for a Blog Hop.  We’ve partnered with Petaloo previously and I always look forward to working with their embellishments because they pair so well with Authentique Papers. Since it’s getting closer … Continued

FALL Home Decor

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It’s that time of the year when the leaves start changing- and those vivid earth tone colors come to life.  I have to admit that it’s my favorite time of the year!  We’ve all seen those home decor letters and … Continued

Authentique “Natural” Coasters

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The Holidays are coming and here’s the perfect project for making some quick, inexpensive gifts- coasters!  Check out this easy tutorial on the Authentique Paper Blog to see how I made these using paper for the “Natural” paper collection.

Authentique “Natural” Flag Book

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In all of the excitement of celebrating Friday the 13th (and my birthday!) last week, I completely forgot about my “Natural” Flag Book being posted on the Authentique Blog!  One of my goals this year has been to TRY and … Continued

Thrilling Non-Halloween Layout

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Today on the Authentique Paper Blog all of us on the design team had a challenge- to use the “Thrilling” collection to create a non-Halloween project!  Because my fav design from this collection is the “Superstition” paper with the skull … Continued

“Thrilling” Halloween Decor

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I’ve been waiting to share with you this home decor piece I created using Authentique Paper’s “Thrilling” collection– perfect for Halloween!  Check out the Authentique Paper blog today where this project is featured.  And don’t worry, you can always substitute … Continued

Be (you) tiful Graduate

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In the midst of traveling 3 weeks non-stop between CHA in Las Vegas, Florida to teach classes and then off to Arizona for the Spellbinders Design Team Retreat, I completely forgot to share with all of you the layout that … Continued

Take “PRIDE” in all you do!

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There’s some GREAT 4th of July ideas on the Authentique Paper Blog today- it’s not too late for some decorating ideas for celebrating the 4th or for some ideas for creating mini books for keeping those memories of your celebrations. … Continued

Up, Up and Away with Seasons: Summer

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Check out today’s post on the Authentique Paper Blog– this mini balloon that I created using the “Seasons: Summer” paper collection! For those of you who are into paper folding arts and find them fascinating like I do, I suggest … Continued

“Strong” Dad

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  Just in time for some Dad’s Day inspiration is the “Strong” Star Book that I created and is featured today on Authentique Paper’s™ Blog.  If you haven’t checked out the “Strong” line of paper, I encourage you to take … Continued

“Strong” Authentique Paper Cards

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Check out these great cards that I created using the “Strong” paper collection from Authentique Paper™ for the Authentique Paper™ Blog Hop with Therm-O-Web®!  These cards also feature Therm-O-Web® adhesives and Glitter Dust™, along with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukinkeo Memento™ dye inks … Continued

Authentique Paper “Cherish” Quilt

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  This project is perfect for paper crafters and quilters alike!  Visit the Authentique Paper Blog and check out my latest Design Team posting using Authentique Paper’s “Cherish” line of papers.

StazOn Lantern

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  This is the second project that I created for my Artful Whimsy art group exchange last month for my friend Teresa, whose favorite color just happens to be lime green. I’d seen this lantern for candles at Ikea for … Continued

GRACEful Authentique Project

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Just in case you didn’t get a chance to visit, here’s the link to my GRACEful layout post on the Authentique Paper blog with some great tips for making paper flowers and creating your own embellishments with resin.