Wearable Flower Garden with ImpressArt Metal Stamps

Today I am excited to share my latest creation from the silversmithing classes I’ve been taking down here In San Miguel de Allende. I created this sterling silver “florero”.


It makes a beautiful accessory when filled with water and used to display flowers. It can be worn as a necklace or displayed in the home or office!


I created this piece with the help of ImpressArt’s Newsprint Lowercase Letter stamps. It features the Oscar Wilde quote, “a flower blossoms for it’s own joy.” It’s a really beautiful and powerful quote open to all sorts of interpretations! sc1316-3mm

I highly recommend ImpressArt for all of your customized metal stamping projects! Visit their site today to view their wide assortment of letter stamps, design stamps, metal stamping tools and accessories!

AdTech High Temp Precision PRO Glue Gun Product Review

Greetings fellow glue gun enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to tell you all about one of my favorite new tools, the AdTech Hi-Temp Precision PRO hot glue gun!


Crafters, hold onto your hats, THIS is the glue gun we’ve ALL been waiting for!!! Brought to you by Adhesive Technologies, the pioneers who invented the original hot glue gun, this new model features a handy Precision Nozzle for fine detail!  Gone are the days where you had to break out the liquid glue for fine detail work! This convenient new precision nozzle gets into all those tight and tricky spots so it’s perfect for all your crafting needs!


Another fabulous feature of the Hi-Temp Precision PRO is the sturdy base which allows you to keep the tool upright and ready to go! Plus it features AdTech’s snazzy new logo and a bright green Two-Finger Trigger which allows for optimal application control!


I decided to put this baby to the test by writing out the word “hello” in hot glue, which I then covered in glitter. The effect was awesome! Super easy to do and very clean results! I definitely plan on incorporating this method into some of my hand made cards!


Next I tried my hand at applying some ultra tiny detailed embellishments onto some 2″ clothespins. I used the Hi-Temp Precision PRO to apply tiny daubs of hot glue to the back of some faux pearl trim. Each tiny daub was perfectly placed with the Precision Nozzle and the Two-Finger Trigger allowed me to accurately control the amount of hot glue dispensed!


Loving my pearly little clothespin so much, I decided to create some more and challenge myself to apply some rhinestones individually! Notice the perfectly sized round drop of hot glue ready to accept the next little stone!


Here are my two adorable little embellished mini clothespins, perfect for holding papers or as a quick gift for your friends at the office! The AdTech Hi-Temp Precision PRO hot glue gun made this project super easy, fun and well crafted! I can not recommend this tool enough! The precision and control allows you to conveniently use hot glue on projects where previously hot glue was not an option! It’s an absolute “must have” for serious crafters!


Designed for smooth lines and small dots, the AdTech Hi-Temp Precision PRO hot glue gun is available at retail at Michael’s stores and on Amazon US. And if you happen to be a retailer who would like to carry this new item in your store, you may order it wholesale from Notions Marketing.

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Modern Surrealist featured on MSNBC Show: Your Business

I’m pleased to share this segment from the MSNBC TV program Your Business, sponsored by American Express OPEN.

During the episode my fellow craft industry colleagues and I share our favorite digital tools to help you run your small business.


We filmed the piece at the 2015 Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show, and I thank the CHA for giving me the wonderful opportunity to promote my business on this very informative show!

To get more great tips and tricks to enhance your business, access a wide array of videos targeted specifically towards entrepreneurs in various industries by clicking HERE. Wishing all of my fellow entrepreneurs much success in all your business endeavors!

Monogrammed Bling Mini Canvas and Stamped Mini Card with Westcott Brand

Greetings scissor happy friends! Today I am pleased to inspire you with two new projects I designed for Westcott Brand aka The World’s Favorite Scissors!

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I created this fun mini card with a cute cut out featuring a hand stamped image from JudiKins Stamps! Click HERE for a full step-by-step project tutorial!

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I also created this fun monogrammed mini canvas featuring adhesive rhinestone sheets from The Buckle Boutique, which I cut using one of Westcott’s fabulous LetterCraft stencils! Click HERE for a full step-by-step project tutorial! Stay tuned for more scissor happy inspiration projects coming your way from Modern Surrealist and Westcott Brand!

Molded Mini Canvases with AdTech

Greetings fellow crafters and DIY decor enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to inspire you with this fun new project that I designed for AdTech, the geniuses who brought you the original hot glue gun!

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Did you know that you can make your own custom molds with hot glue? Well that’s just what I did using the AdTech High Temp Project Pro hot glue gun! I replicated some of my favorite charms out of Makins Clay!

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Visit AdTech’s new blog for a full step-by-step project tutorial to learn how to make these fun custom molded mini canvases at home! And be sure to check back frequently for more hot project inspiration from AdTech, the pioneers who brought you the original hot glue gun!