Guest Designer – Lil’ Man D ( 4yrs old ) laminated bookmarks

We had to go get new tires the other day and my lil guy.. much as he loves the dealership and checking out all of the cars and trucks..specially the trucks ( he is just like his daddy when it comes to trucks lol ) .. he gets bored after a while.  So this time I decided to take along my portable easel box I showed you in a previous post earlier this week and watercolors  in case they came in handy… plus it was a great way to test it out and see how well it worked out.

They have a seating area with comfy chairs, but also a large eating area with vending machines and coffee etc and part of that is a long bar area with bar stools…and lots of natural light from the big windows.  So we sat down  with some snacks and drinks and I started to color.. lol.. 2 seconds later as predicted “I want to color please mommy”

So here we go, these are 4 of the bookmarks he painted while we were waiting for our new tires.  I had already stamped everything out  on precut  strips of Canson Mix Media Paper and they were in the easel box ready to go with the H2o pen.  The easel box and the Gansai Tambi box are about the same size so easy to grab and go even without a bag.
I love this first Giraffe because he told me he was painting a rainbow on it too ..  I love his imagination, but I am sure glad he explains what some of it is sometimes haha.  Some of these will go to friends and relatives and others will go in the Abandoned Art box.  The Giraffe is a stamp we picked up at Michaels last month.  The father and daughter image is a Unity Stamp co stamp  that I stamped up for me to color, but he hijacked it haha

The finished pieces were mounted on some plain Recollections 65lb card stock and then laminated and a hole punched for them.  A little bit of ribbon and some beads and they will be all ready to go 🙂

This portable easel with storage is great .. he loved it so much he asked for one of his own so he could bring his pens along next time too.  These boxes are small enough and light enough for a kid to easily carry around and if required .. you could easy pop on a carry handle or strap. Once his is finished,  he will be able to decorate it as he wishes. He loves to paint wooden blanks and boxes,  so I know whatever it is…. it will be UNIQUE  haha



Unity Stamp co. First Love, First Hero

Stampendous “PenPattern Giraffe”

H2o brush

Gansai Tambi Watercolor set


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DIY lightbox .. what a difference the dollar store can make :)

I got so fed up of the crappy lighting in our apartment and my pictures never looking realistic/accurate color-wise. I confess to being very lazy in my photography.. shame on me. BUT I built a DIY quickie light box out of a cardboard box with the top side removed and some silver glitter card stock from the dollar store. Throw in  45 degree-ish lighting from my clip on magnifying desk lamp with daylight bulb and some white paper for the background…… and voila.. No more excuses and lazy pictures 🙂

From this….


To this…..  the colors are way more accurate  🙂   It’s been so long since I used any kind of “studio” lighting….I am a bit rusty, but for a junk box, $2 of glittery card and some  Duck Tape…. I’m not complaining lol.  Priscilla by Hannah Lynn  now looks even more fab than ever 🙂 A few tweaks here and there and I should be sorted 🙂 NOW …I can go finish off her edges and get her layers glued Priscilla_wmd

1 Happy Crafter with new toys :)

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I got my Epson Eco Tank Printer tonight… I have no idea why people complained it was hard and/or messy to fill the tanks.. it was easy, quick and clean.

I decided against the  more expensive models I had been looking at and  went for the ET-2550 instead. I already have a Workforce with Fax etc and have no need for that in this one.  This model has a decent resolution, more than good enough for printing out digital stamps and doing Print and Cut on my Cricut Explore… which was my main reason for buying a tank system.  I wanted something economical for  the “more than your average  homeuser bear” printing volume I expect to crank out.

So far I am happy with it, but I haven’t hooked it up to the WIFI yet. That could be a whole different story, trying to put in security keys on that screen with no keypad lol… we shall see.  Nor have I tried it on anything except basic white card stock, I’ll come back in a week or so with an update…  once I have had time to play with it properly.

5838473.01.prodAnd my other new toy….I finally grabbed a clip on desklamp….with built in magnifier and a daylight bulb.  So I am hoping that will help when coloring some of the more finer detailed images 🙂

again..we shall see…and updates will be had later in the week.

I had a bit of a sales/clearance/ coupons spree.. just a little one .. I’ll share those details later in the week too… along with ….HOPEFULLY… some new stitched dies and stamps I ordered last night.  So looking forward to those arriving 🙂

February, the month of love, romance and REFUNDS !!!  lol

It’s my anniversary this month too… “Happy anniversary darlin’ I got you a happy wife ..I hope you like it :)”


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