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Convenient-font-b-Plastic-b-font-Storage-Box-Mini-Multi-Boxes-9-font-b-Drawer-bHappy Saturday my CR8TiV kittens ! So last night I made a trip to my local RiteAid Pharmacy for some prescription refills and they generally take about 15-20 minutes to get the refills done. So I browse the store for snacks, maybe a drink for the drive home, see what’s new in their stationery section. But I always browse their bargain rack where they have items priced from $1~$3.

Yesterday I found some really great storage boxes but I bought like the one shown above. It’s not the exact brand but it’s pretty much the same. It’s black in color – plastic – and has 9 small compartments … Perfect for polymer clay storage, eyepins, small gems, and other craft supplies. It has two(2) holes on the back to hang the box onto your walls. The best part was it was $3.00 !! I was tempted to go and buy all of them so I can have a vast storage system hung on my wall with all different types of craft supplies in each compartment. But the hubz says one is good enough.

I immediately put this baby to work and stored my Premo clay bricks in them and they perfectly hold two(2) stacks of clay bricks. I’ll try to take a photo of it so you guys can see it. But in the lower compartments I organized my clay scrap balls by color which made it so much easier. Red, Yellow, Green … I had to put a small cardboard divider in the red to store some of my blue scrap clay. But for $3 this is totally worth it !! I think Akro Mils has a similar storage box that sells for like $15-16 bucks.

For those of you who live in Los Angeles here’s the address/location of the RiteAid I found mine at …

531 n. Glendale Ave. Glendale, CA 91206

The Bargain section is near the soda/beer display and a small rack at the end of the laundry detergent aisle. If you walk down the laundry detergent aisle … make a right and it’s at the end of that aisle. There were some other stackable storage boxes in bright colors for $2 I think which I was itching to wanna get but I don’t really have space for stackable boxes at the moment. I’m not really sure if all RiteAids carry this storage box but I just wanted to share with you a great deal and steal if you do see it … I recommend to get it !!

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Happy Thursday my Crafty Cats ! We’re getting closer to the weekend. Do you have something CR8TiV in plan for the weekend ? (n_n) I have something CR8TiV going on everyday but today I wanted to share with you my thoughts on coloring and markers. The image you see posted above is a handrawn artwork of Briar Roses using a Google image as a reference guide. I drew them while my husband was at a doctors appointment. As always I did the rough sketch in pencil and then outlined using my Uniball Micro pen.

I have to recommend Uniball Micro pens if you are a crafter/artist on a budget. It costs are $12 for a dozen @ Staples where I usually big up my pack from but they last a really long time the one pack is pretty much all you’ll need. After I outlined I then went into to color the image to complete it. Many people have asked me if I used Copics to color them or Prismacolor markers. I can only wish I could afford those ! (=~=)

I actually used Crayola Paintbrush Pens *Shown Below*. They only come in 5 colors … Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple. They don’t exactly blend together to create other colors like if you were to take Red and Yellow to make orange. They aren’t exactly paintbrushes either. They’re pretty much just Crayola markers with a flexible paintbrush like tip. It would be nice if they had them as regular marker sets in all the colors a their Pipsqueak marker sets comes in.

Now talking about colors I have learned that you don’t really need to have a VAST spectrum of colors. I have several Promarkers and I could never find the right dark pink or my sky blue wasn’t really dark enough for something I was coloring. I could go out and buy markers with the right colors but a trick I found was layering your colors. If your pink is not quite dark enough then just go over it again with the same marker to get a darker tone. On the Briar Rose drawing you’ll see that I colored the center of the roses a deep dark red. But you’ll see in the marker set pictured above there is no deep dark red. I achieved that deeper tone of red by just going over the first layer of red again and it darkened the tone.

So if you’re ever looking to create an Ombre effect *coloring going light to dark* and have a very limited amount of colors to chose from just go over with the same color. Now if you’re going to do this with say coloring pencils and not marker just apply a little more pressure to get a darker tone. So if you wanted a pink Ombre just lightly color with your pink then gradually apply more pressure to get darker tones. Creating art doesn’t have to be expensive ! We all have a long wish list of Art supplies we wish we could get … I know I do ! But make the most out of the things you have and you’ll realize you don’t really need all those other more expensive art supplies.

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Testing Make-Up Glitters/Shimmers …


Happy Monday my CR8TiV crafters ! So I was cleaning up a little around my computer desk and came across a few of these Mabelline Wet Shine Diamond Liquids. The photo above is just for color reference and isn’t mine. I only have like three(3) the pink of the far left, far right, and the white *clear gloss* near the middle. But they have a pretty good assortment of colors.

Back in my younger years I wore them as I loved the shimmer they gave and the light color tint. I’m not a big makeup wearer where I cake up my face like a clown like some ladies do. I only wear makeup on special occasions and even that it’s generally just lipstick, maybe eyeshadow, and powder foundation if I have any. But these were from a long time ago so I wouldn’t dare put them on as they’re most likely passed the expiration date if there is such a thing on makeup.

So I decided it’d be a waste to throw these away and they’re so pretty with high glittery shimmer. Being the CR8TiV person I am I decided to see if there were other uses for them instead of on your lips. If you read my previous blog posts I’m currently in a handmade card phase making handmade greeting cards. I tested out the white *clear gloss* on a Just Because I Love you card for my husband. The work great !! Now I don’t know how they’ll react in the long run whether the color would fade or if it’ll become tacky/sticky … Only time will tell !

They are SUPER easy to apply since it comes with a little cotton swabbed wand inside the cap and when you apply it to the paper it kinda just looks like petroleum jelly with glitter added to it. It leaves behinds a bit of a shine from the petroleum jelly like substance I’m guessing but also leaves a great glittery shimmer. I’m gonna test these out for a bit and get back to you on how it works.

I think these might work for resin or even polymer clay ? Add a layer of the wet shine diamond liquids then add a layer of resin or polymer clay gloss to set it ? Right now when I touched parts of the card I applied it to … it’s a bit oily to the touch. I think you can probably seal away that oily-feel by adding a light brush of mod podge or white glue mixed with water ? But that might actually wipe off or remove the wet shine diamond liquids. I’m not 100% sure. Either way dig through your old makeup bag and see what you got in there that might be used in other ways than on your face. I think I’ll see if I can use old eye shadows *I have this one pallet with tons of colors* as blending chalks or chalk pastel on cards and set them with a mister bottle mixed with white glue and water mixture.

B3 CR8TiV !! You don’t have to go broke for craft supplies. Sometimes craft supplies are right in your makeup bag and even at the dollar stores. Just B3 CR8TiV … B3 B0LD … B3 iNSPiR3D … and JUST TRY !!

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Gettin’ Back in the Groove …


Hey, all you MYT CR8TiV bunnies !! Sorry I’ve been quiet lately and kinda MIA “Missing In Action”. Been dealing with some personal issues that was fogging up my creativity. I’m not going to go into detail about my personal issue as they’re called Personal for a reason. But I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things. While I’ve been under the gloomy Eeyore cloud I’ve just mainly been watching YouTube videos, sifting through Pinterest, and just doing everything and anything to keep my head above the gloomy cloud.

Valentine’s was sadly gloomy also and this year spent uncelebrated so to speak. But I’m getting back into my groove and working on making Easter cards. I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube tutorials on card making by KWernerDesigns ** , LawnFawn **, and JenniferMcGuireInk ** The videos by KWernerDesigns really was the spark that started my interest in Card-making.

Like I said before I’m kinda an ADD creative artist to where I’m always bouncing from one interest to another. If you remember my last interest was watercolor and I was trying out many resist techniques. I bought a set of watercolor paint in the tubes and not the dry chalk looking kind. But after watching card-making tutorials by Kristina *KWernerDesign* My Watercolor phase sorta blended away. It’s still there but not as dominant as before.

So I tried making my own cards using whatever materials I had on hand. I had some cardstock both plain colors and some with patterns. I have my Promarkers and a few stamps I’ve collected. Mainly they’re dollar stamps from the JoAnn’s dollar craft section and stamps I’ve found for cheap like 50¢ in a bargain bin. So my 1st card I made came out really great and my husband says … Is there anything you make that doesn’t look great ? (ñ~ñ) He kinda flattered me by saying it’s Hallmark worthy. L0L I’ll post pics up of my 1st greeting card I made tomorrow … Hopefully !

But I was looking through StampinUp, SimonSaysStamps, LawnFawn, and a few other websites that sells stamps and oogling and googling over wanting this one and that one and this one and that. Mama Elephant stamps are really cute !! But when I designed my 1st card I hand-drew the tulips on the card. It LOOKS stamped but I hand-drew those tulips and colored them in with my Promarkers. The only stamp I used was a Thank You stamp. The banner was hand-drawn and cut out with regular craft scissor not die-cut.

So I was looking at this card and it dawned on me !! I have the largest stamp collection ever … it’s called my artistic brain !! I don’t really need to go purchase some cutesy stamps bcuz I can hand-drawn any stamp design I like. I admit I’m still gonna buy some if the prices are within my budget like sentiment stamps and flowers. I Love Flowers ! But I’m gonna add my hand-drawn/handmade cards as one of the many things I’m planning to post up when I open up a shop.

It won’t be anytime soon as I’m currently still not quite ready to open up my own shop. There’s still so many skills I need to perfect, things to learn, supplies to collect, and a dedicated space to create in. Hopefully soon maybe within the next 2-3 yrs. my hubby and I will purchase our 1st home so I can call dibs on a room to dedicate completely to create my own MYT CR8TiV studio. I have plans to start doing video tutorials on YouTube for you guys.

I said to my husband even if we don’t have space for me to create a dedicated art studio if we have a roomy backyard we can buy one of those large garden sheds and convert it into a art studio space. I have seen some at HomeDepot that look like they could be a small playhouse for children. A few DIY skills and knowledge + a MYT CR8TiV mind and you can turn one into a nice man cave if you wanted.

Anyways stay tuned to my Facebook page for Art updates and subscribe to my blog. I appreciate your likes to my Facebook page and even though I don’t have a store per say I do accept request via private message or email @ and more than happy to work with you regarding an art request or custom request til I get an actual shop open.

**********UPDATE **********

I said I’d share pics of my 1st handmade card made without any stamps. Well, I used one stamp which is the tiny Thank You sentiment. Everything else was handrawn from the Tulips to the Banner around the stamped Thank You. I thought I’d post it here for those who haven’t liked my Facebook page ** to be inspired to create cards without store-bought stamps and to encourage those like myself who can’t quite afford to start a stamp collection with LawnFawn, MamaElephant, StampinUp, SimonSays, etc. stamps to just create your own ! I think cards made with your own handrawn art makes it a bit more special and unique compared to one made with a store-bought stamp that millions of other handmade card makers are using. So without further ado … Here’s the 1st handmade card I created with handrawn art. Hope you like it and it inspired you to go without stamps or how I like to say tippy toe quietly instead of stamping loudly ! L0L

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Paper Bag Upcycle … Rainy Day Craft Tip !!

CatInBagWell, today is a rainy day so rather than go out in the rain. My husband and I decided to enjoy our day indoors. So we started by cleaning up the house a little and started with the kitchen. It was there that I was bombarded by stacks and stacks of paper grocery bags. Since the plastic bag ban went in place many stores now give you paper bags for 10¢ per bag. Some places like certain Targets, Walmarts, and grocery stores still offer plastic bags but most have gone with paper.

If you don’t like the idea of hoarding those reusuable grocery totes then you’re most likely like us and just take the 10¢ paper bags but I didn’t realize how many we have accumulated. My husband was asking what are we going to do with all these paper bags is there a place to recycle them for a few bucks in return ? I know some grocery stores like VONS has bins that recycle Plastic and Paper bags but being the CR8TiV mind I was trying to think of other uses craft wise.

I could use them as a placemat to cover the table when I paint or do any crafting that is messy but it still seemed wasteful as after I’m done I’d end up crumpling it up and discarding. Back in my schooling years I used to use paper bags to cover my textbooks then doodle all over them. When it was completely covered in doodles I’d get a *new* paper bag and start over. But I don’t have any textbooks to cover anymore. So continue on to my journey on repurposing these paper bags.

*Bright Light Bulb click on above my head* AH HA !! I had recently watched a YouTube video where a crafter took brown craft paper and a envelope template to create an envelope then stamped a image to color it in with colored pencils. Craft paper is a very popular item right now and so the light bulb above my head clicked on. I grabbed a pair of scissors and cut up one paper bag into sheets.

(>⌂<) OH EM GEE !! I first penciled in a sketch of coneflowers then used a fine liner to ink it in and colored with colored pencils. The colors weren’t as bold as they would of been if I used Prismacolors but I gifted my Prismacolors away. I gotta get a *new* set or save up for a *new* set.

Anyways it looks great !! I’ll post up a pic on my Facebook page soon. (=~=”) I capped my data plan on my phone so I gotta wait til the 18th for it to reset so I can’t post any photos at the moment with the reduced data speed *Damn you BoostMobile*. But most grocery store paper bags are very thick so they make great craft paper for anything from die cutting, acrylic paints, chalk paint, and colored pencils.

If only I knew where my tote bag of dies for my Sizzix BigShot went I’d give it a try. I think if you cut up the paper bag into sheets, doodled on them or used stamps, embossing powders, etc. you can then cut them with a paper trimmer to use on a greeting card. So DON’T throw away those paper bags or think they’re garbage ! Use them as craft paper, art journal pages, or just use them like you would with any other Art paper.

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