Saturday, November 19, 2011

Batik Repeat

I know! I know! I was supposed to be more timely than I have been over the past few months. You understand though that things just happen. But Carol and I finally got this video and one more done (but I think I have to redo the other one). At least you will have one new-old technique. This one was just a twist on a technique that you most likely already know how to do. I hope you enjoy what I called Batik Repeat. It's a good one for all you penny-pinchers.

Friday, October 21, 2011

CHA WInter 2011 Dreamweaver Stencils Paste Spreader

How silly of me! I just noticed that the videos from the Winter Show have never been uploaded to my blog, so I will attempt to rectify that over the next few days. I also want to apologize. I really have had good intentions of creating the old technique videos for you, but my videographer and I have had trouble arranging time to do this. First we had to get past the Christmas Workshop that is held each year, regain control of our lives, and then get back to work. My New Year's Resolution for 2012 is to do a better job of this. I will be taking some new videos at the 2012 CHA Winter Show so I will have some new things to add.

In the meantime, please take a look at this great tool. In the past I have used the icing spreader which worked fairly well, but this new tool is so easy. See for yourself:

Sunday, August 21, 2011

CHA Summer Show at Tsukineko with Ink Potion #9

John Peterson showed a different use for the Ink Potion #9. I know it's great for blending, but I had not thought of this use for the brayer and the Kaleidacolor pads. Take a look. John was such an enthusiastic showman. While I was at their booth, they also showed the new Vintage GlazOn and the Opaque Goosebumps. Tsukineko always has new products and great ideas! Unfortunately this was the last video I was able to make at this show because my batteries were dead. What a bummer!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rit Dye Backgrounds

This is another one of those revived techniques. Be sure to have plenty of cardstock handy because you will want to make lots of backgrounds once you start. It uses powdered dye that is normally used for dyeing fabric. The powder is in a granulated form. It sometimes breaks down to color the water used, but sometimes the granules remain somewhat solid to add additional texture to your background. This is a fun project although somewhat messy particularly on cleanup. You might want to vacuum up any extra particles rather than turning them into a dye with water. Enjoy! On the sample card I used VersaFine to stamp the card made with the Hero Arts To/From Petals set.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

CHA Summer Show with Juliana and Artistic Wire Mesh

I cannot believe how far behind everything I am. I need to start working 80 hours a week, and then maybe I will catch up. That's not happening! Anyway this video shows a wonderful new product. It's a very lightweight and flexible wire mesh from Beadalon. It's called Artistic Wire Mesh. Look at this video. Juliana was such an engaging person. Her jewelry was just gorgeous! And at the very end of the video check out the great wire card that was created for the show. I hope you'll enjoy this video. I only have one other video from the show because my battery died. What a bummer! There were so many things I wanted to record. I'm hoping I can remember most of them so I can share with you in some new classes for fall and winter. Do enjoy this new product with Juliana!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Marianne Walker on Copic Shading and Shadowing

At the winter CHA Show Marianne Walker was such a sweetheart to demo the use of one of her templates found in her book, Shadows & Shading: A beginner’s guide to lighting placement. She did such a nice job showing us how easy it is to use her technique. You might want to get one of her books. It is written for the non-artist. It certainly made me look at the world of light and shadow differently. I should have done a little editing on this video, but I wanted you to be able to see it. And my editing skills are just not what they should be. I'm still learning. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tissue Lamination

Another oldie but goodie uses Bleeding Tissue Paper, white matte cardstock and a twist - Spray Starch to create this beautiful background. Check it out on this video.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Economical Use of Making Memories Slice

When using my Slice machine I have found that I have wasted lots of cardstock. The machine tends to cut the item in a random spot. When cutting several of the same image, I have had trouble in the past trying to save cardstock because I just couldn't figure out where the second and third image should be cut out of my cardstock. I finally determined a simple way to use my cardstock conservatively. I hope you'll enjoy this technique as shown on the video. I would love to hear what you think of this concept.

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Again, I must apologize. I have spent quite a bit of time getting my website back up to speed. I hope you will check it out at There are quite a few new features that I think are extra nice. But I'm looking for more feedback.

I am having lots of trouble with my latest video on this blog. It freezes right after starting. If anyone knows how to get videos to work, I would appreciate some information. I have used Movie Maker to publish a movie with headers. Is there an issue with Movie Maker of which I'm unaware? I will keep working, so please don't give up on this blog. I have very good intentions.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Product Performers Catalogs

Product Performers came up with a new idea for distributing catalogs to my customers. I am once again having trouble with my website so I am giving you the option to view the catalogs here. However, I am in the process of migrating my website to a different service. I'm hoping it will be up and running this week.

This is not the intent of this blog, but in order to get the information distributed, I will share it here this time. Please let me know if there is anything that you would like to have, and I will place it on my next order to Product Performers. Wasn't this a great idea? You can view the catalog at Tim Holtz Catalog.

Their latest supplement is also available to you at Product Performers Spring Supplement.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dreamweaver Stencils with Paste Spreader

At the 2011 Winter CHA Show Kristi Parker Van-Doren demoed the use of the Paste Spreader. Look at the ease with which she spreads the paste. When using the icing spreader, you really can't go back over the paste as you can with this new spreader. I always have a tendency to do that. I don't know about you, but I think this is a great improvement over the icing spreader that has been used in the past.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Smooch Spritz Demo at Alvin & Co. Booth

We stopped at the Alvin booth at the 2011 Winter CHA Show and had the pleasure of meeting a very sweet person who was demoing Smooch Spritz. I liked what she did with the die cuts as a resist and as an embellishment.

Tim Holtz Demos Distress Stains at the 2011 Winter CHA Show

The first booth that we visited when the CHA show opened was the Ranger booth to see Tim Holtz. He was gracious as usual in letting me make a video of his demo. If you ever get an opportunity to take one of his classes, be sure to sign up. He is such a great teacher! In this video Tim displays the use of his new Distress Stains. All of the 12 colors are currently in stock.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

2011 Winter CHA Show with Tsukineko

Our lovely demonstrator, Kazuko, showed us several of the newest Tsukineko products. I first asked about the StazOn Metallic Pads. She then expanded her demo to include GlazOn. I had GlazOn in the shop, but it is currently sold out. More will be coming soon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Nail Polish Reactor

In this category, Reviving Old Techniques, I plan to make a video each month to show an old technique. There are so many blogs which focus on new techniques that I thought it would be interesting and informative to relive some older ones. I will be taking these techniques from older issues of stamping magazines or maybe from some old notes made at conventions from years ago. I hope you will enjoy this concept and let me know what you think about it. Then go try out the technique and let me know how you did.