Beauty and the … Stick Bot???

This was my challenge image over at Cute As A Button’s Progressive Challenge for March…. I was running late after a fun month of craziness and then my 5 year old decided that my picture was lacking a little something something.. enter the stick bot.  Apparently he thinks that we needed a Stick bot in it.. so here she is .. this is Flamenco Dancer and Stickbot.

You can find Flamenco Dancer in the Cute As A Button store This was done on Canson Mix Media with  Gansia Tambi watercolors and a touch of Crayola Color Escapes pencil. I added a double layer photo mat  and she’ll most likely wing her way into the Abandoned Art bucket we are filling up for our great adventure next month.


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Make your own portable mini desktop easel with storage

A while back I bought a bunch of these  cute little wooden boxes .. the idea was to use them to A: decorate and B: for storing some of my loose pens.  Well .. as you do, it just suddenly hit me.  I had the perfect portable storage to take my pens anywhere, but of course being me.. I hate coloring flat.  I built a super simple desktop easel last year using an offcut spare bit of shelving and two of my sons triangular wood blocks from his building set LOL.
Fabulous little thing.. I use it all of the time… but it’s not exactly idea if you  want to work on odd surfaces like the park benches with the wire tops… but THIS.. now THIS would work. I have had my pens in this box for a few months now and it never even occurred to me till NOW  lol.  I have everything I needed to make a portable easel with storage for my pens.. all I had to do was throw a handle on it if desired and  build the easel portion.  Pff .. NO brainer lol.. TA DA !!! 5 minutes and one pack of popsicle sticks later and I have  my portable easel which could be multi-positional if desired.
Right now I have a flexible band across the top holding extra pens.. but you could store pencil sharpeners, pre printed images or any extras in there as needed by adding an insert with elastic loops, or plastic pockets   These boxes are plenty big enough for a 72 set of pencils and  more if you were to include the top section by adding a strap.  It can be done with any size box, but  this one was  already here and already filled so I chose to use this one for the project. It is approx 8.5×8.5 and  3/4 -1 inch deep at the bottom and 1/2- 3/4 inch deep at the top.
I cut 3 different lengths of Popsicle for different working angles and just stored them inside.. but if this were something you would use a lot you could easily add all 3 angles permanently by fixing them to the box with a nut and bolt and or use metal bars which you can find at the DIY store and just fold out the one you wanted ( think Swiss Army pocket knife lol )
I added a Popsicle to the top with a strip of commercial grade double sided tape to give the paper a resting place so I wouldn’t have to use pins on it to stop it sliding.  I might replace that with a cute little wooden ruler I have once I cut it to size.
Just be sure to seal your box top to protect your wood and /or decor if you decide to  fancy it up; and carry a spare piece of card or something to act as a barrier and give a little padding beneath your project.  There are lots of options for  decorating the top  including a frame with a permanent perspex window,  or a slide in .. hell if you wanted to get fancy .. you could  make a cut out…frame in a sheet of perspex and pop a  battery operated light inside..VOILA !!! portable light box included.
You can take this base project idea  which will knock you back about $5 for the box and  a couple of bucks for Popsicle sticks if you don’t have them…. and totally go to town and personalize your portable easel… make it as quick and simple or  hi-tech and permanent as you want.  Possibilities are endless.

….anywho.. maybe someone out there will have a need for a portable easel with storage and not want to spend a gazillion bucks on one… so .. here you go..something to think about next time you are aimlessly wandering the aisles, coupons in hand.

.. you are welcome   🙂

This is exactly the same kind of box I used in a previous project, with the big cockerel on it.. for anyone who saw that post

Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.

LDRS Happy Mail – $1 Clearance Rubber Stamp deals

Now lets me just say.. not ALL of these LDRS Creative stamps were $1 clearance stamps before anyone goes to look for one and finds it is full price.  I did pick up a few full prices ones using the 25% Kit & Clowder Group discount which was running last weekend… but most all of these were $1 clearance stamps.  There are some still left.. so if you love a great deal.. you should definitely check out what they still have before it’s all gone. I originally ordered two of the London stamps with the intention of gifting one of them to someone, but alas they were out of stock so only sent one and a refund was issued..sorry .. I’m keeping that one lol.

I’m one of those who really likes to see stamps physically before buying, but these were such a great was worth a shot.  I loved these so much when they arrived..I ordered 11 more lol. They are mostly unmounted, but  the two Dove Art Studio stamps are mounted and what I thought was really cool… the mount has the image on it too so you can see it through the Acrylic blocks  🙂

The unmounted ones I just popped some Zig 2 way glue on.

Time to Dance Around the Cauldrons ?

Here is  another card I made using Rick St Dennis’s “Cha Cha Witch” ..I love this image.

Hope everyone had a Fab World Card Making Day!!  colored with Chameleon Pens and a dry inked backgroundrsd_witchy_ornage_wmd







Elfie Selfie… humorous Christmas card

The minute I saw this image ..I knew it would turn out to be a fun one.

It’s 4 am, so no big  explanation.. just a card to enjoy  🙂

This is KennyK’s “Elfie Selfie” image and I entered this card in the Facebook Challenge over at Club KennyK.








Spotlight Series Day 12, Jodie -BugabooStamps

Who are you ?

My name is Jodie Mackrell. I am the owner and creator at Bugaboo Stamps








Where are you ?

I live in Saskatchewan, Canada…where you seriously freeze your tushy off in winter!


When did you first start drawing/designing seriously

16 years ago. I first began with JDS Clipart. A website i created and drew mainly for digitizers and embroiderers.

(I DREAD seeing my pictures from waaaay back then. lol. You know the saying..the more you practice the better you get )

Bugaboo is 6 years old!


What’s your favorite event, or holiday of the year?

Christmas. I love the lights, the music, and everyone seems a little nicer and friendlier….just leave out the fruitcakes!


Do you secretly watch WWE wrestling when no one is around?

No, but i used to! i loved when it was the warrior, randy savage, hulk hogan, bulldogs…lol..loved it!

(and sat down with a pail of ice cream too) oh those were the days….=)


Would you go cave diving with sharks?

Not even if you paid me. Hell I still don’t go out too far whether it be an ocean ,lake or anything due to seeing Jaws when i was a kid! lol




What was the first product you ever had for sale?

Stick Digitizers were crazy about them so when i first opened Bugaboo i brought a few  to the store




What  job did you have BEFORE you started  drawing/designing for a living?

I waitressed! (sometimes i sure miss the


If you were getting a tattoo… what would it be?

I have two =) one is the name and footprint of my son who was born too soon. the other i got a few months ago…a butterfly that says dream.

NEVER EVER AGAIN. lol. i think i have turned soft as i got older…lol.. i love it…but NEVER AGAIN….lol


What’s your favorite horror movie?….when i was 10 yrs younger i couldn’t find a scary enough movie! Now you wont catch me watching them! I guess we become scardy cats as we get older sometimes!


When no one is listening…. do you sing in the shower?

no…i cant afford a new mirror


What is your best and worst personality trait?

I’ve been told my best trait is that i have a big heart and my worst….stubbornness..however i think it can be a good thing too no? =)


What is your favorite piece in the whole store?

that’s a hard one but id have to say this JJ digi. I had time to color her, which I don’t get to do often and I love how she turned out!


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Who is your inspiration/muse?

My inspiration is everywhere if i look up long enough…all around me, other digi companies, outside, my kids, its everywhere.

If you stop and take the time to notice that is


How many people work with/for you ?

A I think we have 22 DT members, and we always have guest designers as well.

Then when you count the Bugaboo fans too (we simply must),

That’s You see …our customers work for us AND with us as well whenever they create something using Bugaboo. When they post it, blog it,

pin it, tweet it,.get published etc. if Its about Bugaboo, we’re getting our name out there =) Even our sponsors work with us, helping us spread the word about Bugaboo. Reviews and word of mouth, all of it. It helps and promotes Bugaboo. So I guess the answer is alot…lol


Name your favorite cartoon?

Im not sure..just NOT CAILLOU! lol


What’s your guilty pleasure ?
Chocolate and Vodka


What’s your favorite color?

pink and purple


What was your favorite subject in school…?

Art of course =)


If you got offered a weekend in a haunted  house/castle etc.. would you say yes?

Maybe. Im one of THOSE ghost people..dont believe it till I see it . wait…..can I leave the kids home? then hell yes…=)


If you were a Cluedo Character, who would you be?

LOL….UMMMM I had to look up what cluedo was…


If you suddenly changed careers and went to work at Disney…what character would you want to be?



What is your most popular item in the store/shop?


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Who was your first celebrity crush…and have you drawn them?

My first was Patrick Swayze…and no I havent…yet. =)


If you weren’t doing what you are doing now…. what job would you have?

I would love to decorate!! I love to decorate and Pinterest drives me nuts…lol


How long have you been in business?

Bugaboo was 6 in January


What’s your favorite craftroom/business supply or tool that you couldn’t live without?

Mechanical pencils and paper. and i LOVE buying fresh new pads of paper and new pencils. If i found and collected all my pencils i bet id have about 200!


If you got locked in an elevator for 6 hours.. who would you most like to be locked in with?

My kids..which would make for a small elevator…BUT Im gonna pretend it would be Chris Hemsworth =P


If your parents had named you something else… what would you have picked?I

I like different things….so Id say something along the lines of Rain, Summer, Storm…


Which decade do you think had the best music?

80’s, 90’s, although i do love some of the golden oldies as well


Have you ever been on a blind date…. and if so..  was it fun, or a nightmare?

Nightmare…the guy was so shy he had like nothing to say…..was a loong dinner…lol


What’s your favorite hobby when you want to relax

What? i get to relax? well….now i need to find something…=P


How long does the average design/art work take from concept to final product?

It depends..and I mean really Im one of those who have a million tabs open at once. While Im drawing an image, I can write 30 ideas down and the picture is still not done. I can get sidetracked real easy. And sometimes no matter what i do, I just cant get the awesome idea in my head to cooperate with my hands to bring it to life.


What’s the one song guaranteed to have you shaking your booty anytime, anyplace ..anywhere?

Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King


Show me the drawing you think most closely resembles you physically or personality-wise

Its a mix…lol


…I look like JJ




…but i think more like stella 🙂












Kuretake Photo Tape…. I’m in LOVE..Foamtastic !!!

Some of you may recall previous posts/facebook conversations where I expressed my frustration at finding an affordable solution to my foam padding issue.  I like to use it in sheets as opposed to dots etc.  I find  using it on larger areas behind an image, provides more support and a really nice feel.

Wet glues.. too wet… large areas=wet warp ….ugg, my other tape runner…  love it… but not strong enough for the foam.  But NOW…. I think I found one solution, well …. technically….it found me…. Kuretake  Photo Tape.

I got this sent to me to play around with by my friends at ImageAbility.  Over the months we’ve discussed various crafting frustrations I have, they have a  wide selection of products through the various departments…  and I’m crazy enough to find a solution where it wasn’t intended lol.   I’m not sure he had this particular issue in mind when he sent it… but I am sooo glad he did.

At first glance I thought this was going to be another one of those 3 swipes you are out kinda little tape runners.   But on closer inspection… it  has as much tape as my big Mega Runner ….  32 meters (about 105 feet!) of 10mm wide tape.

The Kuretake Photo Tape dispenser is one of the small “in your hand” variety, but don’t be fooled… it’s got staying power.

I was convinced when I saw it that it would be just as hard to get it to work on foam as everything else I have tried… but I guess either the mesh design makes a difference, or the tape is stronger than I am used to.  I did a test piece when I first got it and  it’s stuck on their real good.

If you have been struggling with specific papers, card or  materials… and  your everyday tape runners just aren’t cutting it…. you might want to give this a look see.

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KuretakeAlso  in my latest box of goodies..and I will go into more detail over the next couple of days as I get to play with them all….

  • Kuretake 2 Way Glue.. apparently great for re-stickying old cutting mats too… can’t wait to test that out on my Cricut Mats, I have a tonne of old mats I keep for various purposes once they outlive their usefullness as cutting mats  🙂
  • Kuretake Zig Kurecolor Hair and Muted tones 12 pack ( I can already tell you … LOVE THESE !!! )
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors, the new 6 pack of pearlescent /metallic water colors…. dying to try those !!!
  •  Kuretake Zig Kurecolor refill pack for Pale Beige No. 731  WOOT !!!


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Scrapper’s Delights Friday Freebie DT Project 04/15

No… you don’t have to clean your glasses  *grin… this is my April 15, Friday Freebie DT project over at Scrapper’s Delights Facebook Group. It’s a pretty lipstick image  and is available  on request in the group… so hop on over and grab yours and join us in the April Challenge.

I tried out my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints on this one and I am quite pleased with the results, I am not a painter!

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Challenges: #4 April 2016 #4


Sneaky Peek… Hannah Lynn – Priscilla Project

While I am waiting for my Sizzix  replacement parts, I thought I’d have a play with  my Cricut and do another 3D/Decoupage topper.  This is Priscilla by Hannah Lynn.













She is cut in 6 layers and the base coloring is coming along nicely… this just gives me an idea of where I will be coloring on each layer when I come to do the  shadows and detail)



Isn’t she gorgeous… I love Hannah Lynn’s digi’s.  This is the first time I have  tried to do one in layers on my Cricut since I started hand coloring last last year…  should be a lot of fun.












Starting a big card project – 1 down

I am working on a big card project for a friend.. she wants a mix of cards for various occasions. I have free reign on design so that will be fun and I can play around with ideas and styles. Here is one I made…. it’s a welcome to the neighborhood/moving in card.

I kept the coloring cartoonish/childish to match the image ..I think it’s kinda cute. Nice and quick, simple card.


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