I was blessed this week to receive a package of wonderful handmade items from Dee Webster, otherwise known as Betsy Doodle on YouTube. Dee generously gave away a few extra prizes after her “hand of friendship and card for Mr. Doodle” challenge. I am so thrilled I won because she is such a talented lady. Here are the items I received all the way from Lincolnshire, England.
Look at this pile of art supply goodness!
Here are some wonderful napkins to decoupage with. Being that I am originally from England myself, I’m partial to the Union Jack napkin!
Dee’s hand-made painty papers are to die for. I will share the projects I use these in if I decide to take them out of the hoard vault!!!
A large and small pocket folder, ATC, tickets and some marbled papers. I’m swooning.
I just love this prize and promise to use the items after I’ve enjoyed just looking at them long enough. If you’ve never watched Dee’s YouTube channel, do yourself a favor and check it out. I guarantee that after watching a video or two you’ll be hooked like I was.
The link to her channel is:
Thank you again Dee for such a lovely surprise and thank you all for letting me gush about it!
It’s been since September that I last entered a YouTube crafting challenge. With the holidays and my vintage and craft shows I was just too busy to enter any others. Well now that the dust has settled, I’m ready to enter some more challenges. This one comes from craftyirina on YouTube and it requires participants to make a three page flip book. I had never even heard of a flipbook until Irina explained them. The complete video about her challenge, the prizes and how to make flip books can be found here:
I decided to dig into my hoard vault and use the Prima Marketing “Princess” papers and embellishments I had won from another challenge.
I love these papers so much but this is where my dilemma began.
Flip books work well if the three pages are joined using washi tape because it is flexible enough for the pages to fold up. Unfortunately, none of my washi tapes came close the matching the papers. So I had to make my own with masking tape and a script stamp.
I’m not going to bore you with step by step photographs of the making of this flipbook, but here are pictures of the finished project.
At some point Irina will probably do a video showing my flip book. I will write a quick post and include the URL to the video when she does. In the meantime, go to craftyirina’s YouTube challenge video and see if this is something you are interested in entering.
I have never made a flipbook before, but this was such a fun project I will definitely be making more. This week I will mail my book to Irina. Wish me luck!
endless a few YouTube videos about mixed media and crafting recently, one video really stood out. It addressed the issue of using up gelli print papers, particularly ones you don’t care for. As it so happens, I had just made a batch of prints using a piece of glass instead of a gelli plate.
The video that inspired me is by YouTuber katetheskate22 and can be found here:
She cut the finished papers into ATC sized cards to give out as a type of business card. Because I have my brick and mortar shop, an Etsy shop and do shows there is no way I can make enough to use as business cards. I really wanted to make some so I came up with another use for them.
In a nutshell, here is katetheskate22’s process:
I started with a “gelli” printed paper.
I punched two sizes of circles from various papers and glued them randomly on the paper. Then I painted the circles with a few colors of paint.
I painted petals, dots, swirls and a few outlines around the circles using a couple bright colors.
Next I used darker paints, Sharpie markers, Faber-Castell big brush pitt pens and a white gel pen to do some more outlining and adding smaller details.
Because my flowers were not really close to each other, I filled the gaps by using a script stamp and black Staz-On ink.
Lastly, I cut them into ATC sized cards (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″), backed them with white card stock, signed them and then rounded the corners. Instead of putting my business information on the back I stamped them with special Scripture verses that I can give to people who may need a pick-me-up. They can even be used as book marks or tags. Like katetheskate22 did, I made sure I left room to write a personal message if I want.
I love the way these came out and the process was pure art play. You do not have to be an artist to make some cute cards that are bound to add a special little touch to someone’s day. I can’t wait to hand these out and then make more!
I am one of those unfortunate people who rarely ever wins anything. But my luck seems to be changing. I recently won a $25.00 Etsy gift card from a site that promotes Etsy sellers. The other prize I just won came from the Boston Home card challenge held by Beth Schrottman from the YouTube channel Bethsscrapbookroom.
If you look back through several posts of mine you will see one called, “Crafting With A Cause – Part 3”. This post explains the challenge and shows the cards made for it. Please note that I did not win based on my cards, it was a raffle type drawing for the prizes. Every person who entered the challenge had a chance at winning.
Beth is very generous and had several winners but I won FIRST PRIZE! She gave me a choice of two prizes and here is what I chose. It is a kit full of paper and embellishments from Prima’s Princess collection.
Here is what Beth generously sent me:
This paper is so beautiful I’m sure I will
hoard use it well. I’m so thankful to Beth not only for the wonderful prizes she gives, but that she sponsors challenges every month to make a difference in other people’s lives.
I hope you consider looking on YouTube and finding a challenge “to craft with a cause”. It could be a real win-win situation!
I don’t know whether it’s because we’ve had a terribly cold and long winter or what, but I seemed to have lost my creative mojo. I have been making crafts since before Christmas but have not done any mixed-media or art journaling.
Well I found a new way to get my creative inspiration back. It’s a process called Journaling by 5s and was created by Shannon Green. I have been a subscriber to her YouTube videos for quite some time, but this one really blew me away. Journaling by 5s seems to have taken the mixed-media world by storm. There are lots of people on YouTube showing their processes and finished journals.
Seeing how I am not on YouTube (yet!) I will tell you about the process and show you my results on this blog for the next five days.
In a nut shell there are a few rules you have to follow for Journaling by 5s, but thank goodness there are no rights and wrongs in what you come up with. Here are the rules:
1. You finish your journal in 5 sessions
2. There are ten media you can use in total, but only 2 per session
3. You only have 15 minutes each session
4. You have 20 pages you must work on each session.
Here is the link to Shannon’s video where she explains it better.
So in essence you are finishing a 20 page art journal in 1 hour and 15 minutes! Why would anyone want to do that? Because it frees you up from over-thinking your art and trusting yourself to create something wonderful.
So here are some pictures from my first session. In this 15 minutes I had to use paint and/or ink to put color on all 20 pages.
Tomorrow I will show you the results of putting background and recycled papers on each page. Can I redeem the heinous disaster page? Stay tuned to find out!
If you read my last post, “Crafting With A Cause, Part 1”, you know that I am now looking for craft challenges that benefit good causes. Well, I found another one. This one was sponsored by Stephanie Montgomery whose YouTube name is 2muchhurt. Her husband just finished his treatments for cancer. Stephanie wanted to make little “kits” for people still receiving treatments that would make their day a little brighter. As she just turned 39 years old, she decided to name her challenge Forever 39. Her goal was to receive 39 “kits” that she could take to the cancer center where her husband received his treatments. Here is what I made for my “kits”.
I made embellished paper pouches and then filled them with the goodies you see. Then the whole pouch was sealed in a plastic bag for protection.
Stephanie, like Beth in my last post, also collects ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). So I made her this one.
If you would like to see Stephanie’s YouTube video where she opens my box, you can see it here.
She shows my entries from minutes 6:45 to 11:56. Sadly, the post office looks like they played football with my kits, but I emailed Stephanie and she assured me she put them back together neatly.
That is the second challenge I have participated in. I can’t tell you how good it feels to make items for people I don’t even know, both the items for the challenges and the ATCs for the challenge hosts.
So if you love to craft, take some time and search YouTube for a challenge that strikes your fancy. You too can craft for a cause!