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Sacred Heart Magnet Trio for Activa

I’m pleased to announce a new collaboration with ACTIVA Products!

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To kickoff our creative collaboration, I’ve designed this fun Mexican folk art themed project, a trio of sacred heart magnets!

This fun project is highly customizable and the Hearty Lightweight Modeling Clay is perfect for making magnets that stay well secured to your fridge!

Visit ACTIVA Products website to view the full step-by-step project tutorial today!

Blocky The Snowman for Sandtastik

Blocky The Snowman

I created this festive winter character for Sandtastik! Take ordinary Styrofoam blocks and make then extraordinary with Sandtastik Rappit Plaster Cloth! The plaster cloth adds weight and texture to the foam making it nice and sturdy, and ColorPlus Air Dry Clay is the perfect material for accenting your snowman with cute hand sculpted facial features!

Visit them online for a full step-by-step project kit!

My Art Box with Sandtastik Clay

My Art Box

Get artsy and organized at the same time! Store your original creations or art supplies in a box that’s as unique as you are! I created this project to highlight Sandtastik‘s wonderful assortment of creative products! Visit their site today to see the full step-by-step project kit! Embellish your box with embossed letters made with Sandtastik’s smooth Premier Light Weight Stone Clay!

DIY Advent Calendar with AdTech Hot Glue

Season’s Greetings crafters! Check out this fun DIY Advent Calendar I created with AdTech Hot Glue! Deck the halls with this cute mini clothespin advent calendar! This festive reusable holiday decoration is sure to get your family in the mood by counting down the days to Christmas!Advent calendarHide a special little gift, card or treat within each envelope and remember to put something EXTRA special in the 25th envelope! AdTech’s Precision PRO Glue Gun is perfect for adhering the miniature embellishments, and as you work with AdTech’s new scented hot glue, your craft room will be filled with the nostalgic aromas of the Christmas season.

Visit AdTech’s blog today for a step-by-step project tutorial!

Deck The Halls with Stencil1 Ornament Kits


Seasons Greetings crafters! I’m back with another fun project tutorial for Stencil1! This festive holiday project is made possible by the new Traditional Ornament Kit from Stencil1! This beautiful and highly customizable kit features blank ornaments that support a very worthy cause. Each set of eco-friendly ornaments is crafted sustainably by a company that rehabilitates and enables its workers formerly suffering from addiction, providing them with shelter and jobs!


For this set I worked with the Traditional Ornament Kit, but you could also make a set with the Geometric Ornament Kit! Stencil1 also sells the stand alone Ornament Shapes, cool Swallow Ornaments, and a beautiful Swallow Ornament Kit that would make a great early Christmas present for the crafter in your life! Click HERE to check out the complete assortment of kits from Stencil1! But back to the project at hand…


I began by applying a base coat of acrylic craft paint to both sides of the 6 included ornaments shapes in some festive holiday colors…IMG_2486 IMG_2491

Once the base coat was dry, I busted out the included set of 4 different stencils, 3 of which feature multiple stencil designs on one stencil! If you do the math, that adds up to a TON of different stencil design combination possibilities! Did I mention that math is not my thing?IMG_2495

For the red Christmas ball ornament, I topped the base coat with a generous helping of shiny red glitter applied with ordinary school glue.IMG_2498

Handy Hint! Work atop a coffee filter to easily collect the excess glitter and redirect it back into the jar!IMG_2499 IMG_2501

I set it aside to dry and repeated this step on both sides. I also glittered the two skinny ornaments with the same technique. IMG_2502

Then I was ready to begin embellishing the gold reindeer! I used a metal scraper (you could also use a palette knife) to apply thick texture medium to the ornament. For this one I chose the included Stripes stencil as it evokes a swift sense of movement to the reindeer, like racing stripes!IMG_2505 IMG_2506 IMG_2509 IMG_2510

While the racing reindeer was drying, I set to work on embellishing the red ball ornament. I mixed up some gold paint with the texture medium and applied it to the ornament, this time with the Ornaments stencil. IMG_2514 IMG_2516

Then I applied a layer of thick rustic gold glitter to the design as shown…IMG_2517 IMG_2520 IMG_2522

While that piece was drying, I added texture medium to the tapered bulb ornament this time using a different design from the same Ornaments stencil. IMG_2526 IMG_2529

Then I was ready to trim the tree! The tree ornament that is! For this one, I stenciled a layer of contrasting red paint onto the tree with the String of Dots stencil. IMG_2531

Then without moving the stencil, I applied a layer of school glue on top of the paint and then topped that with some bright chunky red glitter!IMG_2532

This technique made my tree look like it was adorned with little shiny red ornaments!IMG_2534

I also added some white textured stars to the wavy thin ornament with the included Star Rows stencil. Then I added more of the rustic gold glitter to one of the skinny ornaments using the Stripes stencil.


To add a luxe touch, I used a dry brush technique to accent the edges of the green ornaments with antique gold craft paint.


To add a sparkly touch of bling for the holiday season, I accented the reindeer and one of the skinny ornaments with gold adhesive rhinestones. I used the stencils as a handy guide for evenly positioning the bling. IMG_2540

The only reason I stopped was because I ran out of room to embellish! I had so much fun decorating these blank ornaments with Stencil1‘s trendy yet timeless designs! And all the while I was thinking about the very noble cause behind the manufacture of these beautiful blank holiday canvasses! Here are some close ups of the finished products…

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And here’s a shot of the complete set featuring a variety of dimensional embellishment techniques!IMG_2574

I highly recommend Stencil1’s Ornament Kits! They are perfect for crafting in groups, crafting with kids, solo crafting or for giving as an early Christmas gift to the crafter in your life! Display your finished pieces on the Christmas tree, on a wreath, or as a special gift tag for an ultra luxurious presentation of a wrapped gift, or dangling from a gift bag! You could even stick one to a mailed greeting card for a 3D and functional touch! The creative possibilities are truly endless!