Whimsy Warrior Bookmark

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Today I did a tutorial on YouTube on the Little Raven Ink Channel. It was awesome and soooo much fun!!!!!

Below you will find my little Whimsy Warrior. I will laminate her and add her to my Jane Davenport Book tomorrow.

Y’all have to make one if not some!!!! So if so come back and let me know how it came out for you!!!! I know I can’t wait to make more!!!

Until then, Happy Crafting!!!

Nati J.

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Planner Swap: Coffee Cup Mini Album

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Planner Meet-Up…and EVERYTHING WAS NICE!

So today, I wanted to share with you all pictures from the meet-up and the finish product of the swap I brought.

Planning Ladies. Here we are working on our Make-And-Take….a cute little plush pumpkin. As see below.

And here is my coffee cup album. I followed a tutorial by Wilna Furstenberg on You Tube.

And here is the swap I received.

So many cute planner goodies!!!!

I truly enjoyed the planner girl meet up and look forward to the next one.

Let me know if you have ever made a coffee cup album or if you are planning on making one. It’s such a great way to recycle your coffee cup and create something beautiful.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Nati J.

Fall Home Decor Candle Decorating Tutorial

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Just realized that this post didn’t go out so let’s get started!

Today, I thought I would share with you all a quick and simple way to decorate a candle.

Materials Needed:

  • Candle
  • Brads
  • Paper Piercer (or even a thumb tack)

First things first, once you have gathered your materials, you want to decide where you want to place your brads.

Next, poke holes in your candle, in those desired spots.

Lastly, place your brads in the holes that you poked.

And place in the desired area of your home!!!

That is it!!!! It is truly that simple!!!! And for the other candles, I simple wrapped some hemp around the candle and the tied both ends in a bow. Easy peasy and a great way to add a little extra to your decor!!!

Let me know in the comments what Fall Decor you have created in your home.

Until then, Happy Crafting!

Nati J.

Art Journaling 101

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This morning, I had the opportunity to join in on the Get Messy Webinar: Art Journaling 101.

Although I’m not new to Art Journaling, I thought it would still be fun and learn something new along the way. I think my biggest take-away from the webinar was to have a basic kit and to start with a smaller journal. When you start with a smaller journal, it will be less intimidating and easier to fill. For me this was good, because I’ve always had such BIG journals, so I think having a smaller one will help me to be able to create a habit of art journaling. And for this I am happy.

Below is my creation from the webinar.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and if you are interested in art journaling, be sure to check out Get Messy.

Happy Creating!!!

Nati J.

National Coffee Day

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Happy National Coffee Day Y’all!!!!

To know me is to love me….and to know me you have to known how much I love a good cup of joe!!!!

So in honor of National Coffee Day, I thought I would share some of my favorite moments with my Top 5 moments with my favorite drink…COFFEE!!!!

I hope you all were able to enjoy a nice cup of coffee today!!!!

Happy National Coffee Day!

Nati J.

Happy Fall Y’all!!!! + Candle Cover Tutorial

Hello, hello, hello Creative Peeps!!!!

So this week, I finished decorating my home with our Fall Decor so I wanted to share that with you all along with a simple DIY Candle Cover Tutorial.

I’m so excited about sharing this quick and easy tutorial with you all today, so let’s get started.

The materials needed for this project are as follows:

  • Candle of any size (pictured below is a large candle from Yankee Candle)
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue sticks
  • Adhesive Velcro Strips
  • Large ribbon of any kind to go around your candle
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo (or any type of ink pad in brown or black)
  • Distress Tool (or make up applicator)
  • Decorative loose leaves from Dollar Tree or Wal*Mart

First, I gather my ribbon and wrap it around to see how much I will need. In this case with the large Yankie Candle, I used about 12.5 inches.

Next, I cut my ribbon at the desired place.

Now, it’s time to start inking! I grab my Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and my Ink Blending Tool. I dab the Ink Blending Tool onto the Distress Ink and then rub the Ink Blending Tool on top of my ribbon. I continue to do this until I have the desired look.

Here is how my ribbon came out. As you can see I rubbed the Ink into certain areas and didn’t cover the ribbon with the Ink.

Next I grabbed my Velcro Strips.

I cut mine, but there is no need to cut the strip. I ended up adding the other half when I was done to give the other side more space to hold onto.

Here I added a strip of hot glue to the ribbon on both ends. When doing this, you must pay close attention. You will need to glue one Velcro strip to the inside of the ribbon and the other Velcro strip to the outside of the ribbon.

Here my strip has been glued down. Although I had adhesive backing on my velcro Strips, I still added the hot glue just to make sure the strip stays in place all season and beyond.

Above, I’ve added the Ribbon Candle Cover to my candle.

You can with be done with the candle cover here, or you can continue reading and add even more to your cover with this additional step.

For me, I didn’t like the ruff look of the edge of the ribbon in the back and since both sides of this candle will be seen, I decided to add some leaves to the cover the opening.

A few years back, I purchased a bag of loose leaves from either Dollar Tree or Wal*Mart (I’m sure you can get them from other places too).

I grabbed the hot glue Gun and two leaves. I added a small strip of hot glue to the edge of the ribbon at the top and the bottom. And then placed the leaves on top. For me, this was a great finishing touch to the candle cover.

Now, it’s time to add it to my bar with the rest of the Fall Decor!

Here is the front view of my Ribbon Candle Cover.

As well as the back.

And below you will find the rest of the Decor I place around the common areas of the house. I’ll say hemp cord was my good friend this year with my Decor. LOL. I love that stuff!

Candy Corn/Autumn Mix – the best Fall candy, which happens to be one of my childhood favorites!!!

Some Fall happiness in the bathroom.

A vase on top of one of our bookcases where I put used wine corks. I didn’t want to get rid of the corks, so decorating the vase was a plus!

While decorating my table….I found that glitter goes a long way!!!! Look how the Stickles really brought out something extra to the leaf napkin holder. I loved it so much that I added Stickles to all of my napkin holders!!!!

The tray on our coffee table came out just right!

Here is the fire mantel. I will be adding picture of us from the last year on the “Thankful for…” sign.

Here are some candles that are on one of the bookcases as well. I will have a quick tutorial tomorrow on an inexpensive way to decorate a candle (based on the middle candle pictured above). So be on the lookout for that.

The dining room table with personalized placemats that I made a few years back.

And lastly, the entry way! I love this sign from Hobby Lobby!!! And Texas is just the place for it to be y’all!

So until next time, Happy Crafting!!!!

Nati J.

Find Your Style

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I hope everyone has had a great weekend. This will be a different type of post. I took a webinar class with Get Messy yesterday. It was so much fun, full of knowledge and inspiration all towards finding your style. Lauren and Caylee the founders of Get Messy went over how to find your style as it relates to your art journal style. Even though the webinar was focused on art journals, it can be used in any creative area.

The four areas they discussed were Color, Tools, Surroundings and Techniques.

By honing in, practicing and educating ourselves on our various crafts we can begin to truly see and learn and develop our style.

For me, I like to think that my style is bright, fun and free flowing. I really try to go with whatever I feel at the time weather that’s with art journaling, scrapbooking, or even working in my planner. I do like the more clean and simplistic approached at times too. I’m also drawn to soft calming tones too. So for me, I want to go deeper and find my true style.

Anyway, at the end of the webinar, Lauren and Caylee, spent some time playing with those watching the webinar and asked that we play along with them and create a piece of our own. Using our favorite colors, a favorite tool and technique we played along with them.

I’ve always been drawn to pink so I picked to different shades of pink from my watercolor palette and also used a hint of yellow. I used a rub-on as well as a pen for some minimal doodling. I know one of my things is outlining whatever piece in Black usually do I did that as well. I was going to leave the piece as it was but in the end, I ended up writing a quote.

I had fun doing the exercise because it encouraged me to not think about what I was doing. I just painted what I was feeling in that moment and it felt good.

If you already know your style, please share it in the comments section as I would love to hear how you describe it and how you can to find it. For me, I’m looking forward to sharing more of my art journaling with you all in the future. It really is great therapy for the heART.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Nati J.