Monthly Archives: July 2010


Zentangle 3 by Suzanne McNeillA few months ago, my friend Suzanne McNeill introduced me to the coolest technique called Zentangle.  You’ve probably seen it but maybe didn’t know what it was called. Or you thought what’s so new about this – it’s just doodling. Let me tell you, Zentangle is much more than doodling. Did you know that it calms the mind and helps reduce stress and improve focus. This relaxing process turns drawing simple patterns into artistic design.

Zentangle was developed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas at and it can be done practically anywhere plus no artistic talent is needed.

What I love about this newly released Zentangle 3 book is that I don’t consider myself an illustrator so Suzanne has written the perfect book for me – it’s all about Zentangling with rubber stamps!

Zentangle 3 - back cover

You’ll definitely want to check out this new book along with Zentangle Basics, Zentangle 2 and Totally Tangled :)

Yeah Suzanne for introducing the creative world to Zentangle. You definitely have me hooked!



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Cool2Craft LIVE at CHA

Cool2Craft LIVE at CHA

Been busy this week finalizing details so that I can finally announce that Cool2Craft LIVE TV will be broadcasting LIVE from the Craft & Hobby Association Summer show!  Rise and shine and join me and my cool creative friend Lisa Fulmer as we kick off the Cool2Craft LIVE TV shows with the Innovations Showcase on Tuesday July 27th at 9:30 am (Eastern) (8:30 am Central, 7:30 am Mountain, 6:30 am Pacific).  This one-hour event will feature 20 short product demonstrations selected from the Innovations Showcase by CHA’s panel of media judges. The judges will be awarding prizes for most innovative products for the 2010 CHA Summer Show. This is a must watch opportunity to see a sneak peek at 20 of the hottest products being launched at the show!

On Wednesday July 28th at 10:30 am (Central) Lisa and I are headed to the trade show floor for a 2-hour LIVE special where we will be featuring 10 LIVE product demos and make ‘n takes from today’s top craft manufacturers. We’re revving it up for this high-paced craft-packed tour of the show floor to see what’s new in the creative world.

On Thursday July 29th at 10 am (Central) Lisa and I return to the trade show floor for a 2-hour LIVE special featuring 10 product demos and make ‘n takes from new exhibitors and familiar crafting companies you know and love! It’s a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at what’s new on the crafting horizon!

On Friday and Saturday July 30 – 31st I’m broadcasting live from the iLovetoCreate booth at the CHA Craft SuperShow.  This cool event will highlight several different demos from the iLovetoCreate creative team! Stop by and say hello at this cool consumer event!

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Terrific Texture Techniques Class

My creative friend Linda Peterson has recently launched the coolest on-line LIVE classes at CrafTECH University. What I love about this format is that you can join live and watch Linda as she demos on webcam and craft right along with her. Then if you have any questions you can ask them live by webcam, my microphone or by phone. It’s really cool!

I have a long list of classes that I plan to teach through CrafTECH University and I have one class that is available right now for purchase on-demand. As many of you know, I LOVE texture paste so I have taped a one-hour class that features all my favorite techniques with texture including spreading, stenciling, sanding, combing, marbling and painting. If you want to learn how to use texture paste in your crafting, this is the class to watch!

To purchase my Terrific Texture Techniques on-demand class, click here! I also have a sampler kit available which includes Texture Magic, two stencils and a palette knife – click here!

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