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Xyron Creative Station …

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Hello and Happy Monday, My CR8TiV Kittens ! Life has been SOo… hectic lately but it’s finally settling down to where I can stop procrastinating about this post and as Larry the Cable guy would say … Git Er Done ! L0L

So today I want to share with you guys a Birthday present I got for myself. I always do quite a bit of research before I buy anything and I’ve done quite a bit of oogling googling about the Xyron 510 Creative Station. Of course right off the bat I loved that it’s called CR8TiV Station. 😛 L0L

But what the Xyron 510 Creative Station is  … is it’s a sticker maker, laminator, and a magnet maker. You do have to buy separate cartridges to do each of those things but you get a Permanent Adhesive cartridge to start with when you buy the Xyron 510. It applies a strong adhesive to the back of anything you place into the machine.

The machine does not require electricity or batteries … it’s a manual self crank machine. I really love the Xyron 510 bcuz as a Card maker you sometimes have intricate die cuts that are hard to get adhesive on. Most just use a glue like the Tombow Mono-Liquid Adhesive or just rub a glue stick over it. But sometimes the glue oozes out the die cut and the glue stick isn’t sticky enough to keep the die in place.

Well, with the Xyron 510 you just pass it through the machine and the intricate die cut will immediately become an adhesive die cut. You can take photos, intricate die cuts, card backing that you’re going to adhere to a cardbase, ribbon, strips of fancy scrapbook paper you wanna make into washi-tape like strips, etc. The Permanent Adhesive cartridge will put a strong adhesive on one side turning it essentially into a sticker.

Another great thing about this is if you wanna use Deco-Foil … Run your die cut through the Xyron 510 or as I call it the X510 but put your die cut in face down so the adhesive goes on the front of the die cut instead of the back. Then peel off the plastic sheet and lay the die cut down on a sheet of Deco-Foil. Use a bone folder or old credit card to rub it all smoothly. Then gently peel off the Deco-Foil and you have a Foiled Die Cut without the process of printing in a Laser Printer and running it through the Laminator or using the Deco-Foil toner pen.

Many of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram (Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV@MYTCR8TiV) know that I am a Artist and I often draw many things. I know many have asked why I don’t have an Etsy shop or online shop and my 1st Etsy attempt didn’t work out as I wasn’t really ready for it. But I’ll have a online shop soon in the future.

But another reason I like the X510 is that they have a Laminator cartridge which applies a clear laminate on both the top and bottom of the item you put in. They also have a Laminate/Adhesive cartridge which laminates the top and puts adhesive on the bottom. I am hoping to get both those cartridges as the possibilities are endless for me at least. I can make cute handrawn stickers with a glossy finish or I can laminate my ATC “Artist Trading Card” or Art Prints without having to go to my local Office Supply store and have them laminate it.

Then there’s the Magnet cartridge which adheres a thin magnet to the back of your project. You can turn photos into magnets, a drawing into a magnet, etc. I am sure it is possible to put your item through the laminating cartridge then again through the magnet cartridge so you have a glossy film over the front and magnet on the back. Like I said the possibilities are endless on this.

If you are a Crafter or even an Artist … I highly recommend the Xyron 510. They have a larger one I believe it’s the Xyon 900 which will take wider items like posters but the Xyron 510 I believe can take up to 5″ widths. But it’s an awesome machine to make adhesive labels for your mason jars, your cupcake/cookie box labels, and able to make customizing a lot easier without a computer or electricity.

Definitely don’t think that the Xyron 510 will disappoint and with Craft store coupons like from JoAnns and Michaels the cartridges are affordable. JoAnns sells the cartridges for $19.99 but with coupon you can probably get it for $15 or less. I hope that the 1st handful of items I put up the next time I reopen my Etsy store will be some handrawn stickers, magnets, and a few laminated prints.

 

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Stamp & Scrapbook Expo …

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Hello, Everyone ! Hope you are having a great weekend ! Aside for the rain these past few days it’s been a great week and the weekend has started off pretty positive as well. Today I attended the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center and if you noticed I scratched out the Stamp from Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.

The Expo was great and there were so many inspiring projects but there weren’t too many stamp vendors to really validate the Stamp part of the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. It seemed more Scrapbook oriented. Stamp companies where are you ? Definitely need more stamp companies like LawnFawn, HeroArts, MamaElephant, Ellen Hutson, My Favorite Things, Avery Elle, etc. More stamp companies need to register for this expo so that the name of Stamp & Scrapbook can live up to it’s name.

I mainly shopped the most at the Stamps of Life booth but to be honest everything was pretty expensive. $120 dollars dissolved so quickly and not much freebies either. This was my first time attending a Expo specifically for Stamps & Scrapbooking but I’ve attended other Expos such as the Japan Expo which my Dad did a few shows at and when the LA Auto show rolls in town we try to go check it out.

Often times from attending those Expos we go home with a tote full of freebies like keychains, lanyards, magnets, pens, etc. I was kinda expecting more from this Stamp & Scrapbook Expo to give out more freebies but only freebie I got was a glue stick and a ink pad from the Stamps of Life booth for my purchases. I really hope that next year more stamp companies step up to the plate and give the Stamp part of Stamp & Scrapbook Expo more meaning.

Now on to the review part … Like I said above I spent most of my money @ the Stamps of Life booth since they were pretty much the only worthy stamp selling booth aside from Judith’s rubber stamps. Which were priced pretty reasonably ! I bought two(2) flower stamps for about $15.

But my review isn’t about that stamp. My review is about the Stamps of Life ink pad. They are made by Color Box under the Stephanie Barnard brand. I picked out the color Candy which is a soft cotton candy pink color. The ink pad is really great !! It stamps very clean and clear with no smearing or smudging. The color is also very vibrant ! I could see myself buying more of her ink pads in the future.

As for the stamp sets I purchased … I cannot say how much I adore the Stamps of Life stamps. If you read my previous blog post about her subscription plan if you haven’t subscribed yet … do it ! Every month is like Christmas when you go to your mailbox and find her monthly stamp set awaiting in your mailbox.

Her stamp sets always stamp beautifully without requiring any priming. What I mean when I say Priming is sometimes *new* stamps don’t take ink very well and either you have to rub a pink eraser over the image so that it will scuff and make ink adhere better.  Works like a charm every time !! But with the Stamps of Life stamps you don’t need to take that extra step. Just ink up and stamp away !!

I also bought some dies which I am eager to try as well. I purchased the Stitched Rectangles die and the Grid die set which I will definitely post up a card made with these dies soon. So stay posted on my Facebook page @ Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV or follow me on Instagram @MYTCR8TiV

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Slowly Growing … (ñ w ñ)

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(=~=”) I really need to get into the habit of blogging more often but Life always drags you away from doing what you wanna do to doing what you have to do. You don’t wanna but you have to ! 😛 Guess that’s why people always say … Do what you gotta do.  But I do create on a daily basis and making things or drawing something everyday it’s just sometimes I procrastinate or too lazy to post them up. L0L

Above is a impromptu handmade Thank You card I made last night for my husband’s coworker who gifted me a very cute and delicious mini banana bread loaf. I felt her act of Love and Kindness deserved a Thank you card. It was also my chance to try out some *new* stamps I had bought.

I know in a previous post I was talking about no always needing to go out and buy stamps when you can draw/create your own image on a card and it’d look just as good as a stamped card. But it’s a lot of work to think of an image to draw, draw it out, outline in, add in details, color it in, cut it out, and then mount onto your card base. As that favorite quote floating around the internet goes … Nobody Got Time for That !!

With the help of a gift card I had gotten for my Birthday to JoAnn’s I had bought my first few stamp sets from JoAnn’s and I was loving the stamp sets I got which were the Fiskars Teresa Collins Flora which is this one here … http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Teresa-Collins-Clear-Stamps/dp/B00UV6G2LY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1434742937&sr=8-5&keywords=fiskars+teresa+collins+stamp and I got a stamp set that has sentiments.

The Teresa Collins Flora stamp set has to be my favorite stamp set in my slowly growing collection. Thanks to JoAnn’s coupons I was able to expand my stamp set a little bit more and now I have enough that I need a small bin to store them in. I do still need to buy more sentiments and animals stamps.

The owl stamped on the card is from the Inkadinkado Pattern Birds and Bugs stamp set which is this one here … http://www.amazon.com/Inkadinkado-Clear-Stamps-8-Inch-Patterned/dp/B001UJYBKA/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1434743602&sr=8-11&keywords=inkadinkado+clear+stamp and the flowers that I added are from the Teresa Collins Flora stamp set which I linked above and the Fiskars Petals from Scratch stamp set which is this one here … http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Petals-Scratch-Stamps-01-005522/dp/B003CHJILU/ref=sr_1_56?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1434743747&sr=1-56&keywords=fiskars+stamp

I’m using Amazon links as references but I bought all these stamps at JoAnn’s. I highly recommend going to the JoAnn’s in Covina on Azusa Ave. *1460 NORTH AZUSA AVENUE, COVINA CA 91722* That is my JoAnn’s store now. It’s a bit of a drive from where I am but my previous post explained the reason I now drive further to go to a JoAnn’s. Totally different environment here then there !! Super friendly and helpful workers compared to the rude, unfriendly, bad attitude, inaccurate prices of the previous location. Also the Azusa Ave. location is SUPER organized and clean !!

Anyways where was I ? Oh yeah the card is generally a mix of stamps from my slowly growing collection of stamp sets. I wish that stores sold more recognized and wanted brands like LawnFawn, MamaElephant, BoBunny, etc. But most of the craft stores I know of like JoAnn’s and Michaels just has Fiskar stamps and a few small selections.

Like my previous post … Just make do with what you have. Maybe I’ll post up a picture of my stamp collection so you can see what I have available. Most of the cards I create I try to post for sale in my *newly opened* Etsy shop … Etsy.com/shop/MYTCR8TiV I am only posting up a handful at a time until I start making enough profits to be able to post up a lot more stuff.

I know it only costs .20¢ each to post an item up but I have A LOT of stuff and eventually I’d like to get my clay creations posted up as well but until I start reeling in some sales and profits I can only post up a handful at a time within my budgets allowance.

So it would actually benefit you if you shopped at my Etsy store bcuz the more you shop the more profits I will gain which will allow me to post up more things and eventually post up some craft supplies at a tad cheaper price than a craft store. I have two(2) Memento Dewdrop ink pads that are up for sale that I haven’t posted up on Etsy as it’s not in my budget at the moment. It’s Pea Sprout green in color.

I encourage you please shop my store and help me grow. Eventually in the future I plan to do YouTube tutorials and do a lot more with MYT CR8TiV™ but I am fairly limited at the moment. But it will get better in time … I promise you that !!

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Doing with what you have … Making with what you do best

Quotation-Haruki-Murakami-age-happy-Meetville-Quotes-58834Hello my CR8TiV Kats !! Lately I’ve been making handmade cards on a daily basis trying to create a good enough amount of inventory to sell in my Etsy shop *Etsy.com/Shop/MYTCR8TiV* There are soo… many things I would like to post up into the shop but lacking knowledge in secure packaging, money to ship it, and time to getting them shipped in a timely manner all hinder me from posting up anything besides handmade cards at the moment. So please forgive me for not having a large variety of items in stock as I get situated and learn to cover the areas I am lacking in.

Anyways I’ve blogged about this topic before about being content with what you have and stretching your means with what you have. Well, if you’re a cardmaker you know that Stamps are a crucial part of cardmaking and that many of the YouTube cardmaker like Kristina Werner, Jennifer Mcguire, Nichol Magouirk, etc. all have wonderful stamp sets that they use in their cards.

I could only wish to have their stamp collection but I use my artistic skills to create my own handrawn images which I used in my cards. You’ll see many of them on my Facebook page *Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV* and a few are posted up in the Etsy shop. So now when it comes to handrawing you want the best and highest quality art supplies. I always made due with what I could afford like Crayola markers, Colored pencils, etc. I was lucky enough to get a 48 color Prismacolor set but I gave it away to my nephew.

Originally my thoughts about Prismacolor weren’t so great. I had used Crayola colored pencils for so long and I loved how they were under $6 at Walmart for 50 colors and loved them more than Prismacolor colored pencils. I know right you’re thinking … (o ⌂ O) Are you insane ? But I recently got myself a 12 color Prismacolor pencil set from Walmart for $15 and I’m a huge addict to color variety so I wasn’t happy about only have 12 colors. I really wanted the 150 color Prismacolor set but that’s still a bit out of my budget.

So again I made do with what I had. Now that I had the chance to get to know Prismacolor pencils a bit better. My previous thoughts of it has changed. Crayola colored pencils aren’t what they used to be. Before they were highly pigmented so the colors were bright and lay out nicely. Now the colors are more or less faded and less pigmented. So I started to do some research *mainly YouTube based* on blending with colored pencils and doing more with them. I found tricks I already knew where used to tweak the colors of colored pencils like the baby oil and rubbing alcohol trick I blogged about awhile back.

Now there’s a solvent called Gamsol ← Not the name of actual solvent but the brand … the solvent is called Odorless Mineral Spirits some call it Turpentine/Turpenoid. I have heard about Turpentine when my Sister was studying art in college and know what it does for paint but did not know you can use it for colored pencils. I haven’t been able to get some, yet but will blog about it when I do.

Currently I’m using my blender marker that came with my Promarker set on my Prismacolor pencils and it blends beautifully. Now what I found in that my 12 color set is actually just as great as a 150 color set. Now I know you’re thinking … (¬~¬) How can a 12 color compare to a 150 color set ? Well, simply bcuz Prismacolor pencils blend together beautifully !! If you learn your color wheel and what colors mixed together make what color like Red and Blue makes purple then you really don’t need any more colors than the 12 in the set.

I needed pink for the nose, cheeks, paw pads of my animals but my 12 color set doesn’t include a pink. I simply just lighting colored in red then went over with the white til I got pink. 😀 I did the same for the peachy pink I needed for a hamsters hands and feet. I mixed orange with white til I got a pale peach color. It made me giddy to see that I can make *new* colors by blending the 12 colors I already have. The 12 color set comes with Red, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Green, Light Blue, Blue, Purple, Light Brown, Brown, Black and White. Now those aren’t the exact names of the colors as they each have fancy artists name like Ocean blue or Phthalo blue.

But it made me realize that if you have a high quality art supply you really don’t need to get all the colors. Just your primary colors and a white/black is all you need to mix and create your own colors you need. Just make do with what you got !!

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Back in the groove …

Portada1Hey, CR8TiV Crafty bugs ! Recently a lot has happened personally but it’s all come and gone. I’m feeling better and in a better mindset now. Thank you for those who sent me messages of concern and offered support during my difficult time. But it’s over and I’m ready to keep on moving forward.

I’m looking to start trying to sell my handmade items and trying to decide whether I should start by just selling them out by the curb “Garage/Yard sale style” or just bite the bullet and open an Etsy shop. I’m not really against Etsy or have anything against it … it’s just I prefer that 100% of the profits from the sale of my handmade items go to me. The person who made the product, the person who put in the time and effort !

I know that sound pretty conceited and selfish but if you’re a crafter you’d understand. Etsy takes out a 3.5% fee based on the sales price. I know it doesn’t sound like much and actually just like a few cents only but I really prefer that every bit goes to my pocket. Plus I heard that Etsy isn’t the best place to sell your handmade items. A few friends I know that sell on Etsy have given me the Pros and Cons of Etsy and #1 complaint seems to be that your item you have for sale on Etsy get’s lost in the billions of other items for sale.

A friend told me that your item can be shown on page 115 or even 200 which most people will not browse through every single page. But they told me having people know your exact Etsy shop link helps them to see your items rather than searching through the entire site. But we’ll see ! I’m not exactly at a spot where I can ship packages out at the moment so if I do open an Etsy it will most likely be to sell my handmade greeting cards since they’re easiest to ship at the moment.

Below I will post a few pictures of some clay items I have baked. (ñ~ñ¡) I procrastinated a bit too long over baking these clay items and a few had fallen apart needing repairs. I posted pictures of these on my Facebook page. I always place photos of my recent and current art projects there first so make sure you like my Facebook page and look there for my recent work. (Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV)

Hope you like the photos of my clay creations below. I promise that someday I will have a website with a shop and not just a craft blog …

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Be Back Soon … (ñ_ñ)

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Hi, All you CR8TiV Cats !! Many of you asked where I’ve been lately and why I haven’t posted anything on my blog. (♥ ε ♥) It’s really sweet that you guys miss me enough to message me a … Hey, where are you ? L0L Don’t worry I’m still here and trying to get in some CR8TiV crafting or art here and there which I’ll post up onto my Facebook page or Instagram.

But if you read any of my other blogs which I will list below. I’ve been semi-active on my PsychoBabblesBlog site which will provide you a slight insight as to why I’ve been so MIA *Missing In Action* here on my MYT CR8TiV blog. A lot of changes are going on in my Life right now that has been pulling me away from my craft station and preventing me from doing some of the things I love.

In the end it’ll be worth it and soon enough I’ll have plenty of time to return to doing the things I love and even have a shop for you to shop in maybe. So pardon my absents guys and I’m still around and doing arts and crafts when I get the chance. Just right now I’m taking a little bit of a break away from it chasing after my dreams and working towards what I need to get MYT CR8TiV™ to becoming even greater. So forgive me !! I’ll still pop in once in awhile to let you know how I’m doing or when I have something CR8TiV to share.

So for those of you who don’t know about my other blogs I have here is a list and short description of each below …

• PsychoBabblesBlog “PsychoBabblesBlog.Wordpress.com” – This is my personal blog where I blog about my thoughts, opinions, and anything that is on my mind at that time being.

• ItzJust4Fun “ItzJust4Fun.Wordpress.com” – This just as the same states is my blog where I blog just for fun. I share funny jokes, create random posts for fun like my post about naming how many recipes can you make from just a potato ? L0L

• MouseTales “MouseTales.Wordpress.com” – If you don’t know I have a stuffed animal mouse whom I’ve had since I was 3 yrs. old. His name is Mousey and he has been by my side since I was 3 and currently remains by my side. I made me a grown adult but I still snuggle him while I sleep and cannot sleep without him. I do not care what judgements get thrown at me when they see a grown woman cuddling this raggedy old stuffed animal in a car road trip or looking over at me to see a stuffed animal sitting next to me sharing a seat belt with me. This blog is in third-person mode so to speak as I blog as Mousey himself and share his adventures and tales with him and his brothers. *I have 5 of the same mouse* Someday I’ll blog about each of them maybe write a book about them.

Well, enjoy each of my other blogs besides this one. I try to juggle all four(4) and post in each of them but I’m not constantly actively posting in all of them but if you subscribe you’ll know when I have posted something *new* onto either of those blogs. Enjoy and B3 CR8TiV !! ~ MYTCR8TiV™

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What are you up to … Tuesday !

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Hello ! Lately life has been pulling me away from my CR8TiV desk but I’ll get back into the groove of things shortly. Some of you have been asking me what I’ve been up to lately … Well, I’ve moved on from cardmaking as I was up to my ankles in handmade cards with no one to gift them to or send them to.

Currently I’m into a craft called Kumihimo which is a Japanese braiding technique. It’s very simple to do and makes beautiful bracelets and necklaces. The braiding makes the cords very strong. I haven’t figured out how to use end caps to finish the bracelets but I have been experimenting with different threads and strings. Embroidery string makes friendship bracelet like Kumihimo, I’m currently using rattail cords to make thicker bracelets and necklaces.

It’s really a fun project and you should give it a try. I will post up pictures of what I’ve made so far once I figure out how to use end caps and finish the bracelets. I’m also working on a beaded one but I have to buy more seed beads. You apparently need 50 on each thread. (>~<)

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Can you buy over $100 worth of stuff for $8 ?

Hi, my CR8TiV kittens !! It’s Friday !! (ñ_ñ) So glad it’s finally Friday. So the title of this blog post … Can you buy over $100 worth of stuff for $8 ? The answer is … Only @ Walmart you can. Last night I was at Walmart browsing for some fancy business attire formal wear to wear to a meeting I am attending with my husband tomorrow. Being not the fancy schmancy type I don’t own ANY fancy special occasions formal wear. I only wear one pair of jeans and lots of tshirts.

But anyways that’s not what this blog is about. Straying off topic as usual ! (≥~≤”) Sorry about that. So how did I get over $100 worth of stuff for $8 ? Well, being this is my CR8TiV Art and Craft blog what I am gonna share with you is definitely worth the $8 bucks I spent for it. Check out the pictures below …

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/(O o o)\ Oh Em Gee … I know, Right !?! If you are a cardmaker or into cardmaking like I have been lately this is a great buy especially if you’re a beginner and just starting out. Also would make an excellent gift for a crafter. The picture doesn’t show it but the box of this thing is HUGE !! *Sorry for the flash spots in the photos. I have poor lighting in my house so when I take pictures they don’t come out so great without a flash.*

I ripped open this box like a hungry lion would to a gazelle carcass and was SUPER excited to try out the Paper trimmer. I currently use a Cricut Paper trimmer and it’s not horrible but it’s not good either. It does it’s job as far as trimming your paper but the cut isn’t clean. It’s very jagged and looks like you just scored the paper then ripped it apart. But nothing a scissor can’t clean up. You just gotta leave an extra ½” or less them trim off the jagged edge with scissor. No biggie ! But it does get annoying and tedious after awhile.

SOoo … I was SUPER eager to give the Paper trimmer a go. I cut through my 1st scrap of cardstock and it didn’t cut. I tried again and it didn’t cut. I looked at the trimmer blade and (≥⌂≤) THERE WAS NO BLADE !! I thought okay maybe they package the blade separately ? Looked for a blade packet … None. I fiddled with it to see if there’s a button maybe to retract the blade … Nothing. So boo hoo … I got a defective Paper trimmer that I was so excited to use. The Paper trimmer is a lot like the Fiskars Paper trimmer … it has a flap you lift up to place your paper under. I’ve used my sisters once before and this Paper trimmer looks a lot like the Fiskars 12″ Surecut Paper trimmer *See picture below*
41g6f-hDWgL._SY300_My CR8TiV resourceful mind is curious to see if maybe I can buy a pack of the refill blades for the Fiskar Paper trimmer and it’ll probably work on the defective Paper trimmer from this Papercraft kit. But I contacted the maker of the Papercraft Kit which is LeisureArts and they are going to send me a replacement trimmer so hopefully the *new* one they send me will have a blade and I’ll still try the Fiskars Paper trimmer blade refills on the defective one and see if it works. I’ll post up a blog post about it to share the results.

Anyways this kit contained SOo .. many things !! It came with a pair of scalloped trim cutting scissors, three(3) bottles of glitter glue, a packet of stickers, blank gift tags in three(3) sizes, glitter tape, pretty colored bakers twine, a adhesive tape runner, ribbon in rainbow colors, two(2) sheets of rhinestones: Bold and Pastel colors, and Plenty of Paper. The patterned paper choices is kinda slim maybe like 4-6 sheets of patterned paper in each pack *Small and Large* but they give you plenty of solid colors.

(¬_¬) I’m a huge lover of rainbows and bright colors so I’ve been looking for cardstock paper with bright rainbow colors and I have to say it’s hard to find something like that. Everything I find either has two colors of the same spectrum like Red with Pink, Blue with Light Blue, or too busy body patterned. I just want a simple but cute paper that has rainbow colored stars, dots, hearts, etc. I found a paper pad that said Rainbow Bursts … (=_=) The paper was just papers in the colors of the rainbow … Red with some kind darker red pattern, Blue with a dark blue pattern, etc. Not quite the rainbow burst I was hoping for. But I’m sure if I go to a proper craft store like JoAnns or Michaels I’ll find a pack of paper that I’m looking for.

Anyways this kit is really a great craft kit and for $8 bucks it’s pretty worth it to me. Check out your local Walmart to see if they carry this ! I got mine from the 24 hour Walmart in Baldwin Park but there were only a few left so make sure you hurry to get yourself one or two or ALL OF THEM !! L0L Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see a picture of the items it came with inside up close or if there’s something you’d like to see a better picture of. But I definitely recommend this kit if you’re on a craft supply budget.

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Who is that guy in the corner ??

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Hello and Happy Friday !!  So many of you are curious and have been asking me what is that emoticon looking face in the corner of my drawings. Well, (∩⌂∩”) that is my Artists signature !! It composes of the initials of my name MYT and F. (¬_¬) Now please be respectful and do not steal or use my Artists signature in anyway !! I am happily sharing and answering your question by showing you what the little emoticon means. So please respect that it is solely original like your signature on a personal check or document. Thank you !

*Ahem* (≥~≤”) So my Birthday name is Mary Yuuko Takahashi. I think I have disclosed before that I am of Japanese decent either on my Art Blog or my CR8TiV writing blog *WordPress.com/PsychoBabblesBlog*. So by initial my name is MYT. Let me give you a short story of the origin of MYT ! Growing in elementary like Kindergarten – 1st grade my belongings were often labeled MYT and my then friend asked who My T *Mighty* and I said I am. She giggled and said L0L You’re Mighty Mary ! 😛 From that day forward the nickname My T *Mighty* clung to me up until about maybe 3rd or 4th grade when not so pleasant nicknames replaced it.

Anyways don’t wanna get into the sob stories. But if you look at the image above I have broken down what every part of the emoticon *EMO con* as some of you called it is. I really LOVE my Artist signature as it gives me an endless way of CR8TiVity due to the open space above his head. Below main drawing I gave a few example of what I can do with the open space above his head. For a Birthday card I can put a Birthday hat, Easter … Rabbit Ears, Halloween … Cat Ears, A Wedding Card or Formal card … Top Hat and Bowtie, and could also be a Birthday card but a Crown. I can add anything I want and it gives my artwork a more unique charm !! ( ‘u^)

So that my fellow CR8TiV mushrooms is what that little emoticon guy in the corner of my artwork is. It is my unique and MYT CR8TiV Artists Signature !! I’d be happy to help you create a unique signature of your own just comment below or send me a message through my Facebook page …. Facebook.com/MYTCR8TiV

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Monday CR8TiV Challenge …

usewhatyouhaveHappy Monday my fellow CR8TiV worms ! So today I kinda want to give you guys a challenge and that challenge is to create something using things you have around the house. Like the image above captions … Use What You Have. I’ve been crafting for a long time but only recently started blogging about it and posting up my creations on a Facebook page. But I can tell you that creating art isn’t cheap ! To create anything Artistic or Crafty does require a decent sized wallet.

BUT that does not mean you have to break your bank account or go broke. I have found many frugal as some may say but I call it CR8TiV ways to still find art supplies if you are on a limited income or budget. For example … many artists use Prismacolor pencils but Crayola colored pencils work just as well. There are techniques you can use to stretch the quality of your colored pencils further even dollar store colored pencils. Like using a little bit of Baby oil. I found rubbing alcohol doesn’t work as great with Crayola colored pencils as they do with Prismacolor but they’re still colored pencils none the less.

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that I’m currently in a cardmaking phase and I’ll post up photos of my small yet growing handmade card collection on my Facebook page *Facebook.com/MYT CR8TiV* later today. But some cards like the shaker cards which are cards that have moving confetti or colored sequins inside a plastic window require you to have acetate film to make the shaker card window. I made my 1st shaker card a few days ago and it was really fun to make.

Now I have no clue where to buy acetate film or what that even is. I “Used What I have” which was an empty Q-Tip Cotton Swab box and I cut up the box giving me a small clear plastic rectangle. I gave the wiped the window with a baby wipe and used it towards my 1st shaker card … it worked great !! My 1st shaker card may not look so great as I lack supplies that could of made it better like using distressed inks and blender tool but as it was my 1st card and a card going to my Husband I didn’t think it mattered much as he loved anything I make for him.

My only tip is to double layer the foam tape you use to seal in the sequins or confetti put into a shaker card so that when you shake it the shaker items are loose and not clumped in corners like a single layer is. I only had enough foam tape to make a single layer and with that I noticed the sequins aren’t very loose and clump together. I am gonna double layer my foam tape next time I make a shaker card for more looser shakes.

But I challenge you to create using things you already have and to be/think CR8TiVly when you craft or create. Wishing you had a Tim Holtz blender tool for blending inks but can’t afford one or don’t have money for one ?? Make your own !! Dollar stores sell foam makeup pads those can easily be used and discarded after use or washed with soap and water then reused again.

If you MUST have the Tim Holtz blender tool you can easily make your own. Go to a Hardware store like HomeDepot and buy a cabinet drawer knob and ask the lumber department if they have any scraps of wood that you can have. Most have large dumpsters full of wood scraps and you can ask them to cut it into a circle. After just take some glue and glue the cabinet drawer knob to the wood circle base and attach self-adhesive velcro to a dollar store makeup pad and you have your own DIY Blender tool made for under a few bucks.

You just gotta think outside the craft store and use what you have. So I hope I inspired you to try to use what you have and I challenge you to create something using thinks you already have. Post up your creation(s) on my Facebook page or comment below. B3 B0LD … B3 iNSPiR3D … B3 CR8TiV … MYT CR8TiV.

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