Watercolor Cards with Q-Tip Cotton Swabs

Not an artist? Not a problem! In today’s blog and video, I will show you an easy way to create cute watercolor cards with Q-Tip cotton swabs! I have all of the supplies I used linked below – but as long as you have a few basics, that’s really all you will need!




Supplies Used

Watercolor Paper     Watercolors     Distress Inks     Blending Tool     Glue Runner

American Crafts Pens    Glue Dots    Foam Squares    Acrylic Block    Jewels    Q-Tips

Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Nested Dies     Ribbon     Baker’s Twine    

Double-Sided Tape     Cutter Bee Scissors     QuikStik Tool    Stamp Set


The two cards (pictured above) were made specifically for Mother’s Day (for my Mom and Mother-in-Law) but I think they could work for other occasions. Also, this watercolor Q-Tip technique can be used in art journals, Bible journaling, on canvas – you name it!

To see the full video on how I made these cards, start-to-finish, please check out the video posted below. I hope you enjoy this technique. Have a craft-tastic day!! 🙂




Survivor: Craft Edition/Part 2

GraphicDesignHello everyone! I’m back with Part 2 of Survivor: Craft Edition! This will be the final installment of this two-part series. If you didn’t see Part 1 yet, I will link it HERE. Basically, this series is all about surviving your crafting game when supplies or tools may be scarce. So let’s jump right in!


↑ How to survive with no STICKERS

Sometimes, a cute sticker adds the finishing touch to a card or envelope. But what if you don’t have a coordinating sticker on hand? Never fear… Xyron Sticker Maker is here!! (I know, that was cheesy). 😉 The Xyron can turn any cutout into a custom sticker. Too cool!

survivor glue

↑ How to survive with no MOD PODGE

With gift-giving season (Christmas) coming up, you may want to decoupage your own handmade gifts. However, Mod Podge can be pricey. A great alternative is to make your own “Mod Podge” mixture using plain, white school glue and water. Add 1/3 water to 2/3 glue, mix, and that’s it! Note: This mixture is only appropriate for paper decoupage projects.


↑ How to survive with no Gesso

If you enjoy Bible Journaling or Mixed Media, then you probably have Gesso on hand. However, what if you run out or don’t have any on hand? In this instance, Acrylic Paint works very well. I heard this tip from Monica with Because Jesus Bible Journaling. I tried it and yes, it works very nicely!


↑ How to survive with no Gelatos

If you use Gelatos a lot but are looking for an affordable alternative, why not give Crayola Twistables Slick Stix a try?! I actually rave about them in my previous blog post HERE.

 survivor magazine

↑ How to survive with no IMAGES

The perfect image is often the focal point of handmade cards. If you can’t quite find the right image to go with your card, try searching through old magazines or old calendars. If you find the images from magazines are printed on too thin of paper, you can easily back them with a little cardstock.


↑ How to survive with no WATERCOLORS

Watercoloring has recently gained more popularity than ever before! If you don’t have any watercolor paints on hand you can make beautiful watercolored paintings using Distress Inks! Simply “smoosh” ink onto acrylic block or palette, add water, and paint!

survivor acetate

 ↑ How to survive with no ACETATE

Let’s face it… acetate is VERY expensive, but used often when making shaker cards. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, try overhead projector transparencies. You can get them at most office supply stores or online.

survivor shaker 

 ↑ How to survive with no SHAKER ELEMENTS

If you enjoy making shaker cards, you probably have lots of sequins and other shaker elements on hand. But did you know that you can make your very own shaker elements using shaped punches, beads, and cutout images?? To read more, check out my previous blog post HERE and look under “Shaker Confetti” in the article.


↑ How to survive with no COLORED RIBBON

Did you know that you can customize your ribbon to match other elements on your card?? It’s true! I originally saw this idea on Gina K. Designs YouTube channel. Simply use ink to dye your white ribbon any color! It’s a good idea to heat set the ribbon with a heat gun before use – otherwise, it may take a century or two to dry! 😉

↑ How to survive with no STENCILS

You can easily make your own DIY stencils using your Cricut Machine!! Simply have your machine cut out a series of shapes from cardstock and use the negative leftover paper on your mat. I like to cut a whole page of little circles for an awesome looking stencil!



↑ How to survive with no CRAFTY INSPIRATION

To revive your crafty inspiration, follow this blog, of course!! 😉 I can also be found on social media with other images not shared here. I will provide links below:

Facebook          Pinterest          YouTube          Instagram          Bloglovin’

Thanks again for stopping by today! If YOU have any craft survivor tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, have fun and happy crafting!!

Sources: gettyimages.com, scrapbook.com, cricut.com
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Lisa Frank-Inspired Card & GIVEAWAY!

EDIT: This giveaway is closed, but you can always visit my Giveaways & More page for ongoing giveaways, freebies, coupons, and more! Winner announced at the bottom of this post.

When I was younger, I absolutely loved the artwork by artist, Lisa Frank. My school pencils and folders were all covered with her art. She also has a few art pieces with animal print, which I love! So, the colors and print of today’s card are inspired by the artwork of Lisa Frank.

P.S. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post!!

Custom Leopard Backdrop card

For the card we’re making today, you will need the following supplies which are linked below:

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink          Sentiment Stamp

Rectangle Acrylic Block                  Distress Ink Mini Set

Sakura Brush Pen (Black)              Watercolor Paper

Gems or Sequins                               Glue Runner

Glue Dots                                             Scissors

Card Base                                            Cardstock

For full instructions, please refer to my YouTube video below:

Lisa Frank Coloring Book GIVEAWAY!


I will be giving away a Lisa Frank coloring book to one of YOU! And guess what?? This contest is open internationally!! This contest will only be open for ONE WEEK so get your entries in before August 5, 2017 at 12am CST!  It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter widget linked below…↓↓↓

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Upcycling: Coloring Book Crafts!

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved to draw, color, paint, and craft. For those of you like me, let’s bring our childhood creativity back to life! Coloring books have such fun, happy images in them that can be used for so many craft ideas. In this blog entry, we will touch on a few ideas to get the creativity flowing! Some fun crafts to make out of coloring book images are:

~Scrapbook embellishments

~Vinyl Wall/Window Clings

~Greeting Cards

~Hanging Mobiles

~Stuffed Animals

~Door Hangers

~Framed Art

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list – but maybe it will help inspire you. This is a great alternative to paying fees for downloadable images. In a coloring book, you get tons of images for a fraction of the cost. In fact, many Dollar stores will carry jumbo coloring books for only $1.

Alternately, you can upcycle used coloring books that either you or your child has colored in already. As long as the black outline of the image is showing, it doesn’t matter if the coloring is neatly done or not. You see, for many of these craft ideas, you will be tracing the image onto a separate sheet of cardstock anyway. Cardstock is much heavier and more durable than the thin paper used for coloring books, so I recommend backing all of your images with cardstock (if you wish to use the original image from the coloring book). Also, you may back your images with foam, felt, fabric, or any other item you choose!

Below is an image I made from a Care Bear coloring book. I completed this little guy by using the paper piecing technique. To see how to paper piece, click HERE.

Made from coloring book image, then paper pieced!

Made from coloring book image, then paper pieced!

This next image was made by using the original, hand-colored image from the coloring book. I cut it out, backed it with cardstock, added some glitter, and baker’s twine for the balloon strings.

Card made from coloring book images!

Card made from coloring book images!


~Many coloring books will have also text which could be used as a sentiment. You could make a card or even a super cute bookmark!

~Instead of using crayons or colored pencils, why not try to watercolor paint your coloring book image for your project or use your Copic markers?!

~Create your own scene by using images from different pages of your coloring books.

~Mix flat 1-dimensional images with 3-dimensional (3D) embellishments to bring your project to life!

~Use the coloring book image as a pattern by tracing the image on tracing paper, tissue paper, or thin white paper. Lightly adhere or pin tracing paper onto fabric or heavy cardstock and cut out along the edges of the image. If cutting out in fabric, duplicate a mirror image and sew together. Stuff with cotton and embellish for an adorable stuffed toy! I highly recommend a Light Box for tracing.

~Always back your coloring book image so it doesn’t look ‘cheap’, transparent, or too thin. This will also keep it from ripping. You can adhere anything to the backside of your image such as cardstock, fabric, foam, etc. (depending on your project). Alternately, you can use the image as a pattern only. It is totally up to your creativity!

~For a FREE coloring page download, click HERE.