What’s on my easel?

Most Fridays I do a post on Facebook called “What’s on my Easel?” It shows you…um…. what I have been working on that week. Last week’s post was a hit, everyone liked (and some shared) the painting. (Nobody bought it, but hey! Attention!)


This week was a colossal failure, so much that I forgot to post the WOME until someone called me out on it. I actually had 5 projects — here they are with i.d. numbers in RED — and I’ll explain what went wrong for each one.



1, Six ACEO/ATC cards. ACEO stands for “Artist Cards, Editions and Originals”. I designed them digitally. Actually these are okay. I haven’t fastened them onto a backing yet, but that will get done today. (I’m trying to get ready for a virtual “sidewalk sale” in my Frazzled Finch shop beginning this Wednesday).






2. A larger sketch of two finches on a Golden Chain tree. These are rainbow buntings, so the hen will be very differently colored from the male. The leaves aren’t blending well. The background is darker than planned. I am not sure what my deal is; it is taking so long to complete! As you can see…..miles to go before I sleep.




3. and 4. The two feather paintings, shown in frames on the initial photo and bigger below. The colors didn’t show like they should have, in fact these were done with the same colors in the same order but they have come out very different. And they’re drying lumpy, which probably means a re-do. Ugh. I do like the textured black background.


5. My plein air piece this week. This was going okay, but it’s done in oils so I work in layers, and I got to this point of “can’t do anything else or I’ll make a muddy mess”. Plus it was extremely windy that day. So I packed up my things and took everything but the easel with the painting to the car. When I came back, the easel and painting had face planted on the ground (you can see the grass al stuck to it). I left the grass on the paint so as not to smear it worse. One day I will clean it up and tackle the next layer. Right now it looks like a 5-year-old painted it.


So there you have it. Some weeks are like that, very little real production for your efforts. Till next time!


Poppies Junk Journal Kit – Red White and Black

The new junk journal kit I have for you today is something a little different. Officially it’s called “Red all over” from the ancient joke “What’s black and white and (read) all over?” Answer: The Newspaper.

Not everyone will get that since the news comes on our smart phones now!

Anyhow, here’s a preview of the new kit, please let me know what you think as I strayed away from the usual vintage and shabby chic. However it does have 2 CATS in it!

Contents include 50 pieces:

*10 12X12 sheets (you’ll need a bigger printer if you want to print them that large)
*10 approx. 5.5 X 8 inch pages already arranged in two’s so you can print them double-sided.
*2 pockets
*4 journaling cards or use them as photo mats
*Just a couple of vintage ads, couldn’t help myself
*Beautiful Word Tags
*Cut files: flower arrangements in a few sizes, a French antique ornament, doilies, and —2 CATS!
What are the cats doing here? Why, playing in the flowers of course!

Purchase here 


5 Journal Cards Poppies Kit



When to use Glue, Glaze, or Glossy Accents?

This post contains some affiliate links, which do not cost you anything, but if you use them it helps to defray the expense of running this site.
For convenience, I’ll repeat the links at the bottom of the article.


You know, most of us struggle with knowing when to use craft glue OR glaze OR Glossy Accents….then there’s Mod Podge…what’s a crafter to do?

There are various, valid reasons to use each one, but today I want to focus on one thing: a durable finish. You want to give your piece a little bit of shine, make it last in case it is sticking out of a journal OR it is at a much-handled spot on the page OR maybe it needs to bend upward a little for dimension.

Today I’m going to try to help you muddle through that mess. I took 3 butterflies — see why I said it might need to bend upward? The wings.

Anyway, it’s from one of my Digital Journal Kits, The Charlotte. [find it here] You can use any digital OR regular cardstock if you want to join me/follow along. I printed them out on 90# card stock and applied 3 kinds of finish over the top. They were:

  • Glossy Accents
  • Elmer’s Glue All
  • Fantastic Glaze & Glue

On the Elmer’s glue one, I also sprinkled on some Martha Stewart Glitter called “Sugar Cube.”
Here’s a link to that.

Watch the video to see the results of my experiment.

I liked them all, and would use each one again. The Elmer’s Glue butterfly finish proved to be the thinnest, and there are times when you’d want that flexibility in an embellishment. It still gives plenty of coverage, and the glitter held nicely in it — no glitter on your clothes and face!

The Fantastic Glaze & Glue  (not an affiliate link! ) is advertised as being made for glass jewelry. It had a distinct odor even though it says it is non-toxic and cleans up with water. I have pet birds, which are very susceptible to any chemical in the air, and the smell from this product had me worries. Yes I know it’s supposed to be non-toxic, but the odor is…. odoriferous. Kinda sorry I bought the big bottle, but maybe it’ll work for jewelry.

Glossy Accents [here if you use Amazon; here if you don’t] was my third selection. I really like using GA. I like that the bottle’s tip is extremely fine, so you don’t waste any glaze or glop it out onto your project. It’s easy to spread just using that tip, although you could use a toothpick for extra care in the coverage. And it dries fairly fast.

All in all, I liked the GA and Elmer’s better than Fantastic G&G. If you want to really strengthen an embellishment and create a shiny finish with some depth, use the Glossy Accents. If you just want to pump it up ‘some’ and maybe add some shine and glitter, go with the Elmer’s for a cost-saving measure.

You might wonder why I didn’t use Mod Podge. The fact is….it wasn’t on my desk! I grabbed the nearest 3 and churned out a quick video. We’ll do that one another day.

Here are the product links again:

The Charlotte Digital Journaling kit is in my etsy store.

Glossy Accents Ranger Ink - Glossy Accents - Clear Dimensional Embellishment - 2 ounces

Martha Stewart Fine Glitter in Sugar Cube

Craft Fantastic Glaze & Glue (checkout their tutorials while you’re there!)

My Youtube Channel

Thanks for watching!

New Digital Journal Kit “The Charlotte”

Hi there! I’ve created a new digital journaling kit called “The Charlotte.” As in Charlotte Bronte. There is a quote from her on one of the ephemera pages. There are also plenty of antique-style tags, ads, and buttons, and some rose cut files for decorating your journal cover or even altering a box or miniature chest.

The many pages, pieces and parts can be used for:

  • Junk Journaling
    Personal Journaling
    Art and Ephemera Book
    Card Making
    Creating almost any sort of paper craft.

It’s full of antique shabby goodness — grunged pages, pink roses, etc.

Here are some samples (note that I don’t give the sample photos the same quality your download would have. Please don’t let them turn you away!) The digital download will print at 300 dpi 8.5X11″ on your home computer. These are just a few of the elements:

You can purchase the kit here.
I’ll come back and update once I create a video making a journal out of the Charlotte Journaling Kit.

*A digital kit is one you download from the web; I do not mail you anything. It is an INSTANT DOWNLOAD.This way you save shipping costs, plus it’s on your own hard drive so you can print out as many copies as you want. That means if you mess up, just throw it away and print another! Or if you want to make scrapbook albums for all 6 of your daughters, print 6 copies! Digital is the way to go, in my opinion.

ATCs Examples and a Freebie

Hi there,

Some people were wondering: What exactly is an ATC? So I made you the video below, to try and explain all about them — the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly so to speak.

In the video, I talk about these products (affiliate links**)
Pre-cut Bristol Strathmore ATC cards http://amzn.to/2rx2wTX
Storage sleeves for ATCs http://amzn.to/2skldbp
Watercolor paper ATC-size http://amzn.to/2rwSEJW
Canson Mixed Media XL pad (18X24″) http://amzn.to/2skwuZe 18X24

I also created this file for you to print, with a template to put on the back of your ATCs. You will need it…well watch the video, it’ll explain. 🙂 To download the file, go where it says ATC and click the link. It will download to your computer.

Please note: I do participate in affiliate programs with Amazon and other companies. I may make a few cents if you click on the link and purchase something. This helps me stay online, so thank you! I will never recommend something I have not tried, and I won’t try to sell you junk. I only promote products I believe in.

Birthday Fiesta Card Set, Part 2 Creating the Cards

Hi there, Happy Crafters!

So today I’d like to continue our Birthday Fiesta Project (those cute li’l Alpacas, uh-huh!). If you don’t have the stamps, dies, and DSP (Designer Series Paper) called Festive Birthday, you really really really want to pick it up now. It goes into full retirement on 5/30/17.

Don’t fret though; I’ve already thought of another awesome similar project to take its place.

Let’s go ahead and make those cards, shall we?

Here’s the video, and the Product list is below it with links.

All images (c) Stampin’ Up.

Birthday Fiesta stamp set

Above Stamps, bundled With dies

Bloomin’ Love stamp set

Banners for you stamp set

Bunch of Banners die set

Crumb cake cards If those are gone, either select the crumb cake cardstock (below), you’ll have plenty to make the cards from it. Or you could subsitute the Very Vanilla card set.

Dapper denim cardstock

Whisper white cardstock

Crumb cake cardstock

Designer Paper Series Festive Birthday
OR if that’s gone by the time you watch this video, try Birthday Memories instead!

Colors of ink I used, feel free to substitute.

Dapper Denim Melon mambo
So Saffron Flirty Flamingo
Peekaboo Peach Emerald Envy
Tranquil Tide… comin soon! Ask me for details  Versamark


Stampin’ Dimensionals

Enamel Shapes

Snail adhesive

Heat tool

White Embossing Powder

Fiesta Time Gift Cards/Folder Tutorial

Good afternoon crafty friend!

Today I want to share with you this cute little card folder complete with 5 cards! It’s perfect for giving, or make one for yourself. I’ve done them with a base of Crumb Cake and accents in two colors, one for each folder — Watermelon Wonder and Dapper Denim. In the video, I’m working on the Dapper Denim folder.

Products I used are at the bottom of the page. If you need a template for the folder, drop me a note and I’ll send you one. Thanks!




Images (c) Stampin’ Up!

Products used: [pink indicates a link]

Crumb Cake 8-1/2 X 11″ cardstock 


        Dapper Denim Cardstock 8-1/2 X 11″ cardstock


Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (expires May 30, 2017)


 Fiesta Time Framelits Dies (expires May 30, 2017)


Birthday Fiesta Photopolymer Stamp Set (expires May 30, 2017)


Adhesive (
Snail Adhesive and
Multipurpose Liquid Glue)

2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes

Paper Trimmer


Paper Snips (these are the best little scissors!)


Enjoy! I’ll be back with Part 2, how to make the cards. 🙂

A Few Cards

Here are some card ideas for this month…

I thought this one turned our really well! It is made with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set + Flourish Thinlits dies. I taught it in my workshop this month, and also made one like it for mom for Mother’s Day. Of course I forgot to get a photo before mailing it!


Here’s another one from a workshop class… my theme was “Simple” and it really is, just layer up cardstock and adhere one small leaf design to it. The minty looking color is Pool Party and the yummy paper is the Oh So  Succulent Designer Series,which has run out, although you could do this with any coordinating cardstock.

Next up is a card I made for my Aunt Betty. The sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms set and the flowers are also part of that stamp set. I cut them out with a pansy punch.


Obviously these are not complete yet, but I used a napkin (!!!) from Michael’s for the background, and it coordinated very well with my Pop of Paradise stamp set. I tried double-stamping the flamingo [top right] as well as printing him black [top left]. I adhered a few flowers to the top left card; they’re cut out with the Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlits dies. Here they’re just laying on the background to see if I like it. (I do! I like it a lot!)


And here is a sneak peek into a video you will see soon… it uses the Festive Birthday Suite.


Images copyright (c) Stampin’ Up.