Friday, May 24, 2019

Prime Blogger Conference & Haul

What happens when 24 Craft and Food Bloggers go to a conference for two days to learn about being the best Bloggers?  A lot of new friendships are made, and existing ones just create a stronger bond!  You'd think in this dog eat dog, competitive world that the opposite might happen, but not with us, it seems that we believe that collaboration is way more profitable.

So, I went to the Prime Blogger Conference held in Chicago last week, the first ever.  I have to say this was an event not to be missed and if they do it again I highly recommend it if you are a serious blogger and professional crafter or foodie!  The conference fee was well worth every cent.  I got so much out of that investment, more so than other conferences I have attended. Plus, the food and the SWAG was AMAZING!  But did I mention how great this group of bloggers is?  Hello!  If you ever wanted to be in a room filled with talent, this was it!

Below I have a video for you highlighting all the crafty goodness I brought back that will be used in future projects I will share with you!


If you want a fabulous recap of our conference, you might want to check out my friend's blog postCindy deRosier at My Creative Life.

                                              We got to eat Chicago style yummy food!

                                                  Plus we got to play and make stuff too!

The event was sponsored by some fabulous companies that you can check out for yourselves.  See below.

Darn Good Yarn                                                Rust-Oleum

Thermoweb                                                       Tonic studios

DecoArt                                                              Oliso

Leisure Arts                                                       >Morecommerce

FaveCrafts                                                         RecipeLion

                                            *psst, this is the Favecrafts/Recipe Lion kitchen!
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Thanks so much for stopping by and please check out the links to the bloggers, Prime, and the Sponsors.  You will be so inspired to get your craft on!

Monday, April 29, 2019

How I Art Journal

Hello, I hope that you are here to learn how I go about creating in an Art Journal!  I want to inspire you to get creative and to feel free to express yourself without any rules.  The fun thing about playing in an art journal is that everything you do can be seen by as many or as few eyes as you wish.  So feel free to try things, relax, and enjoy the process.

The number one rule when doing mixed media and art journaling is to "Have Fun!"  Whether you want to play in a bound book or on loose sheets of paper, cardboard, canvas, you name it is up to you!  If you prefer to work on sheets of paper and then want to bind those pages into a journal later, go ahead!

Art journaling can be a way to keep a diary of your days, your feelings, goals, dreams and more.  I art journal because I like slapping on paints and gluing things down.  I also art journal to try out ideas I have for future canvas or 3d projects.  I create art journals to work out emotions.  There are so many reasons to make, and none have to be justified to anyone!

In the videos, I link below I talk about using a lot of Products from Pebeo.  I was given these products to try out from the company without any obligation.  Please, feel free to use whatever you want.  I always suggest using what you have first before investing in products.  I do these posts and videos because I want to share with you what works for me, and what I like.

Video: How I art Journal part 1:

Here is a list of all (or as many as I can remember) of the products I used in the videos.
                                                             THANK YOU PEBEO!
Pebeo Products:
-Studio Acrylics (available in 62 High Viscosity Colours)
 - #354 Iridescent red blue
 - #371 Fluorescent pink
 - #357 Iridescent blue-green
 - #350 Iridescent precious gold

-Studio Acrylics Modeling Paste

-Studio Acrylics Sand Textured Gel (Yellow)

-Fantasy Moon (Pearlescent opaque colours that five a hammered or marble effect, alkyd oil based)
  -#34 Chocolate

-Vitrail (Intensely luminous colour high gloss finish, alkyd oil-based)
  -#14 Yellow

-4Artist Marker (available in 18 opaque colours, oil paint markers, xylene-free)
  -Copper (4mm)

-Studio Acrylics Matte Gel

Other Products:
 -Hot Glue
 -Aleene's Tacky Glue
 -Masking tape
 -Drywall tape
 -Paper napkin
 -Sponge dauber
 -Disposable dropper
 -Acrylic gem
 -Metal embellishment
 -Metallic Brown gel pen
 -Vellum sentiments
 -Printed image
 -Used tea leaves

-Brass stencil (stash)
-Balzer Designs Mini Burst TCW 287s
-Ronda Palazzari Mini Climbing Vines TCW

Art Journal
-Water Color Papers with Discs

Video: How I art Journal part 2:

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art journals

Friday, February 15, 2019

Diamond Art Painting with Annmakes

Who knew there were still new crafts out there for me to try and fall in love with?  I tried Diamond Art Painting and I Liked it! Links included below (some affiliate links that pay me too). See it all in the video:


I started a YouTube playlist for Diamond Art as I seem to truly enjoy this new to me craft, and I think some of you do too.

Thanks to LeisureArts for gifting me with "Red Dala Dress."**Affiliate Link Here.

Thanks to Needle Art World for gifting me "Midnight Cat."

Thanks to Wizardi for gifting me "Charm  Dreamcatcher - Pink." Find Wizardi at

Thanks to Plaid for gifting me "ModPodge Ultra"  in Gloss And Matte. I used the Mod Podge Ultra to seal the Diamond Dotz, and I am pleased with the results.  The dotz retained their shine, and once the product was dry it was not sticky! Note this product is not yet available on Amazon.

Stay tuned to see what I make with the Red Dress Diamond Painting.  Thanks for stopping by.