Category Archives: Crafty Stuff

Moving my Blogging Over to Cool2Craft

OK – I finally hit the tipping point :)  I am condensing all of my blog posts at http://www.cool2craft.com.  Come visit me there!

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Ahh……Zentangle

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 zentangle.com 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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Yep! I’m Copic Certified!

Julianna Hudgins and Tiffany Windsor at Copic Certification ClassNow I know what all the excitement is about with Copic Markers! While Julianna Hudgins and I were at the Puerto Rico Scrapbook Event a few weeks ago, we both took the Copic Certification Class where we learned all of the amazing stuff you can do with Copic Markers! Now I get to practice, practice, practice so that I can teach you what I learned about blending and shading, how to refill, what papers to use, airbrushing (yep! you can actually airbrush with these markers!) what tips to use — the list goes on and on!

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It’s Momma Aleene Day!

Aleene's Wood FibreFirst a sighting of Aleene’s Tacky Glue on Glee last night and today we received a gift for the Aleene’s Museum! Donna Brawdy of Pittsburgh, PA found these packages of original Aleene’s Wood Fibre in her old flower making supplies and sent them to me. Thank you Donna!  We’ve added this photo to the Aleene Jackson Craft Musuem! If you don’t know about wood fibre, you might enjoy reading the story of how Momma Aleene started her artificial flower business – just click on the year 1954.

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GLEE[K] Glue!

We love it when Momma Aleene’s Tacky Glue makes cameos. Last night Tacky showed up on the Gaga Glee episode in two scenes!  YEAH!

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Sewing is Sizzling Hot!

Julia Roberts talks about sewing on Oprah - Clip from The InsiderDid you see Julia Roberts interviewed on Oprah yesterday? She let the world know that she has started taking sewing lessons and even described some cool stuff that she had sewn for her daughter Hazel, kid pillows and even a pair of pants for her husband. Oprah asked “That he actually wore?” LOL!

It’s so cool to hear about the growing interest in sewing again!  I have definitely been feeling the sewing bug lately as I’ve pulled out the machine and started planning what I want to sew first. I’m not talking craft sewing here! I’m getting back to my sewing roots and feeling the need to start stockpiling fabric that’s larger that fat quarter size :) Are you feeling the sewing vibe too???

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Pajama Party LIVE!

Welcome to the Pajama Party It's almost time LOGOAs many of you know, I launched the Inspired at Home Pajama Party last year as a place for crafters from all over the world to drop by and share their creativity. It’s the coolest format where you can watch the Party right on your computer and join in the live text chat and if you like, come on webcam and share your creative projects.

Maria Nerius has been the Pajama Party host since almost the beginning and brought her amazing creative style and hair curlers to each week’s party.  Last week, Maria announced that she was moving on from her party hosting duties. Maria is an amazing crafter, has the most generous spirit and gift for sharing her creative adventures and she will be dearly missed by her adoring fans (who can keep in touch with her through her Facebook page).

So, that brings me to this week’s announcement of the coolest team of Party Girls who will be sharing the Pajama Party hosting duties! For those of you in the creative world, these are familiar names and faces who drop in to the Pajama Party on a regular basis:

Lisa Fulmer Lisa Fulmer – you know her as the singing party girl!  Lisa brings her own unique style and exuberance to the Pajama Party! She is also the one to thank for all the super giveaways each week! Lisa is the Marketing Manager at C&T Publishing, a regular guest on Cool2Craft LIVE TV and you can find her cool projects and shop for great products at her site – www.lisalizalou.com or visit her blog – www.lisalizalou.blogspot.com

Linda PetersonLinda Peterson has been a designer in the industry for the past 18 years and is the author of over 10 craft how-to books. Her specialties are polymer clay and the fan favorite Friendly Plastic.  She is a regular guest on Cool2Craft LIVE TV and has just launched CrafTECH University where she is gathering the coolest teachers to present on-line LIVE craft classes. Here’s a few of the places where you can check out Linda’s creative work – www.lindapetersondesigns.blogspot.com, www.friendlyplasticmarketplace.com, www.friendlyplastic.blogspot.com, www.craftechuniversity.com .

Heidi Borchers

Heidi Borchers has been trimming trash, decorating discards and glittering garbage long before it became a crafting trend. She has been creating thousands of designs for dozens of craft books and television for most of her life. I am proud to call her my sister! Heidi’s passion is eco crafting and she makes regular appearances of Cool2Craft LIVE TV and is a featured reporter on FaveCrafts Radio. Heidi’s newest Starbuck’s Coffee Cup artwork and a gallery of her creative work can be found on her website at www.ecoheidi.com and her blog www.ecoheidi.wordpress.com.

Andrea CurrieAndrea Currie is an avid independent crafter, designer and internet craft show host who loves the challenge of crafting everyday and special occasion crafts using recycled, found, daily life and cultural items in her projects. She hosts Craftastic LIVE on Tuesday nights where she shares her creative works. Andrea has an amazing enthusiasm for creativity and a laugh and smile that lights up the creative world! Visit Andrea at her website www.andreacurrie.com.

Cynthia GagenCynthia Gagen began her crafty journey through life at a very early age as she sat by her mother’s side and learned how to unleash her creativity. Despite some twists and turns she was brought back to her creative side following a car accident that taught her to cherish her passions. The more she crafted, the happier and healthier she became. She dabbles  in a little bit of everything but some favorites are collage, paper quilling, silk ribbon embroidery, and jewelry making. You can visit Cynthia at her blog – www.cynchronicity.wordpress.com/

These amazing and creative party girls look forward to seeing you at the Pajama Party on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Eastern (8 pm Central, 7 pm Mountain, 6 pm Pacific). Facebook Members Log-in: http://apps.facebook.com/inspiredathome Web Log-in: www.linqto.com/rooms/inspiredathome/participate.aspx


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