Adventures in Stamping 2015

I had the opportunity to go to the Adventures in Stamping Rubber Stamp and Scrapbooking Convention at the John S. Knight Center in Akron, Ohio on Saturday.  My friends Tonya, Charlene and I had a great time.  This was only the second year that Charlene and I had attended.  Tonya is a seasoned pro 😉

We got to learn some new techniques and create our own tags with Pat Huntoon of Technique Junkies.

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While at the Technique Junkies booth, Sally Lynn MacDonald showed us how to paint with Peerless Watercolors.

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It was such a pleasure meeting these wonderful ladies and we had a great time creating with them!


After the stamp convention, we decided to check out a place called, Palladian Palette.  It is a BYOB painting bar and they recently purchased The Stamp Pad, so they have an array of rubber stamps and supplies.  While we visited, we had a glass of wine and made a few stamped chipboard pieces.

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In the same building on the first floor you can find Akron Glass Works.  We were able to watch Chas and Polly Gilmore do their thing.  It was quite amazing!

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Then we ended the night with dinner at Rockne’s…and all I have to say is YUMMY!


Can’t wait to see what is in store for next year’s Adventures in Stamping 🙂

Have you been to any great stamp, art or scrapbooking conventions this year?  I would love to hear about them!

Recycled Art

My family and I celebrated Earth Day this past weekend by going to Lowe Volk Park in Crestline, Ohio.  They had crafts for kids, which included coloring caterpillars (egg cartons) and adding pompoms to them, as well as pictures to color.


There were reptile that you could observe.


And there was someone from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources there that explained to us the important roles that bugs and worms have on our environment.


We even took a hike through the woods where I stumbled upon this beautiful tree full of carvings from lovers past.


But I have to say that one thing that I enjoyed the most was seeing all of the recycled art made by:

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Such creativity with the use of recycled materials.  I was definitely impressed!

Have you made anything using recycled materials?  I would love to hear about it!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Gelli Plate Journal Workshop

I’m happy to announce that I will be co-facilitating a new workshop, Gelli Plate Journal, with artist Sandy Laipply.  We will be using different techniques on the Gelli Plates to create an accordion style journal, as pictured below:

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You can use any color combination of your choice to make five double-sided pages on several different sized gelli plates.

If you would like to see a quick gelli printing demo, check out this video:

  Once you have created your pages, you will fold and adhere them to create your accordion journal.  You will also decorate the covers and attach a ribbon to tie it all together.  You are now ready to use your journal for art journaling, doodling, writing or whatever you desire.

The class will be held at the Bucyrus United Methodist Church Outreach Center on the corner of Hopley and Walnut Streets in Bucyrus, Ohio, on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All supplies will be furnished, including lunch!

To sign up for the workshop or to get more details, click the link below:

Hope to see you in class!!!

April Product Pick

Anyone who is an art journaler, a card maker, or any type of paper crafter knows that it is nearly impossible to find an opaque white ink that will show on top of a dark colored background.  Well my paper crafting friends, wait no more, for I have found an inkpad that will rise to the challenge and believe it or not, the name of the color is actually “Unicorn.”  How appropriate.  May I introduce to you the Hero Hues color “Unicorn” by Hero Arts.


This little pad of pigment ink will show on top of dark acrylic paint.  For example, see how well it showed up on my brown art journal page.  I stamped the words “Happy Easter” with the ink.


And take a look at how well it stamped on to the back of my black Artist Trading Card.


Just beautiful!!!

I purchased my ink pad recently from for approximately $5.00.  You can also find them on in the price range of approximately $5.00 to almost $15.00

Do you have a favorite opaque white art or paper crafting supply that you like to use?  I would love to hear about it!

Thanks for stopping by and watch out for next week’s blog post when I will be announcing a new upcoming class 🙂

March Mixed Media Canvas Class

I taught another Mixed Media Canvas class in March and it was at Designs by the Chick N’ Coop in Lexington, Ohio.  It was a blast hanging out with this crazy group for the day.  We had fun gluing papers, smearing paint, stamping ink and doodling with pens and markers on our canvases.

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I even found a home for one of my belt bracelets and one of my girls.  Thank you ladies.

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One thing that I found very interesting was the fact that I have had a total of two men so far in my Mixed Media Canvas class and they both created canvases with houses on them.  They both also chose scrapbook paper designed by a man (or should I say “The Man”…lol) Tim Holtz.  Coincidence…maybe.

Everyone created great artwork and it was a joy to have them in class.


I will be posting new classes coming up soon but I am always happy to do private classes.  Just email me if you are interested.  Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope to see you in the classroom 🙂