Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Hello and thank you for visiting today!!  I have a super fun project to share with you!  I call it "splatter flowers"!  It's a really easy technique that gives big results!


I placed my shell stencil on my watercolor paper and applied molding paste with an old gift card.  I prefer an old key or gift card to apply molding paste because I can cover a large area quickly.  When you are done, remove the stencil and let the molding paste dry.

Now it's time to splatter!!  I used the shell stencil so the paper would have some texture for the paints to move around in.  Add a LOT of water to your Twinkling H2O's (or any watercolors) and dip a round brush in it.  Start with the yellow and splatter all over the paper by tapping the loaded brush all over the paper.  Remember to dip your brush often and continue to add water to the paints.  When the yellow is dry, move on to the yellow-green and do the same thing and let dry.  Now pick 2 of the same color family, get the paints really wet and splatter them in a more concentrated area on the paper.  Do this in 4 separate areas.  *TIP*  You can use inks or spray inks to do this technique too!

I know it looks a little like a hot mess but have faith!  It will be awesome!!  As you see in the 4 areas, the paint really moved around leaving some white areas and some areas where the yellow paint shows through.  I love the 2 areas on the top and the bottom right. The bottom left got too much solid color so I didn't use it for this project, but I saved it to use somewhere else!

Now we stamp!  Attach your stamp to an acrylic block and using the black ColorBox Archival Dye Ink, to ink up your stamps.  This ink is perfect for a watercolor project because it is permanent and won't bleed or smear in wet media.  Stamp a flower over each of the 3 watercolored areas.  I cut the 4 sections apart so they were card sized, and stamped a flower on each.

WOW- I- LOVE- THIS- SO- MUCH!!!  I actually thought I would like this flower least because the leaves wouldn't be green but I was so wrong!!  I like this one best!  The abstract look is fabulous, the texture from the stencil is amazing and the splatter is awesome!!

OK,  It's a tie.  I LOVE the blue flower on the right too!!  Oh which one to like best???  TOO HARD TO CHOOSE!  Because the purple flower is lovely too!

I hope you try this super fun project for yourself!  I can't wait to see what you make!

Monday, July 27, 2015


Color Love.......PINK!!

It's time for some Color Love on the Tombow Blog!!  And the color I love is PINK!
So I got a bunch of pink Tombow Products together and made a video about them!
Tombow Products Used:

A close up of the project using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and the Blender pen.  Don't you just LOVE how the blender does the shading for you???  I know I do!  And you can use it with the color pencils too?  Outrageous!!!

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you make something AMAZING with your Tombow products!

Monday, July 20, 2015


Planner organization is one of my FAVORITE things!  I can't do anything without my planner, and if it isn't organized I fall apart!
This is a picture of my planner on the month of October.  This is the only month that isn't filled up, so I could share it with you.  The first part of planner organization, for me, is only writing things that are absolute in pen.  Like here I have my husband and my son's birthdays.  I post every Monday for the Tombow blog, but sometimes my day changes because of things like blog hops or events. So, I like to remember that Monday's are taken, but until I have the October schedule I don't write it in the planner. Instead, I use sticky notes (that I make myself) to show me something is there.  Also, I use my homemade sticky notes on the "notes" section because I like to write things on it and stick it on my computer, or on my desk, to tell me what I need to do.  I write notes in that section that are things I want to remember for me.  
Every year I buy the same planner.  It usually costs $3.  It is a no frills planner, just weekly and monthly dates.  My planner isn't about family memories or anything like that.  It is all about everything I need to remember for the month.  Design deadlines, appointments, kids activities, parties, oil changes, etc.  It doesn't have a pocket, so I make my own.  I like to have a place to put all of the special things I get throughout the year, like cards, notes and such.  I take a file folder and cut it to the size of the back cover and adhere it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

I make sure to leave room at the bottom, where the folder expands, so I can fit a lot of things in it.  i use ribbon on each side to keep it together.  I also use Tombow Mono Multi Glue to attach it. 

When I make the pocket I fold over some of the folder and make a small pocket in front of the big one.  This is for small things like business cards and stuff.  That is where I put my ultra AWESOME congratulations note from Tombow for being on their design team!

These are my home made sticky notes.  Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue is repositionable when dry so if you put a thin line of glue on the back of your paper, let it dry and stack them on top of each other you have your own sticky notes!  And they are the exact size you want!  My date boxes in my book are 1 1/4" x 1 1/8" and now I have the exact size sticky notes!!  How awesome is that!!

I like to put the stacks of them on the inside of the front cover of my planner.  

And now I have the super awesome ultra ah-MAZE-ing Tombow AirPress Ballpoint Pen!  Oh my heck this is the best pen EVER!  it writes on dust, on wet paper and it even writes upside down! It is soooo smooth to write with and it has a sweet rubberized grip.  The clip on the side fits perfect in the spine of my planner!
I hope you try some of my planner organizing tips!

Monday, July 13, 2015


Hello and welcome to "Creative Coloing Week" on the Tombow Blog!  Adult coloring books are super hot right now so we are having a blast with them this week!

We all got 3 of  Joanne Fink's "Zenspirations" coloring books (Inspirations, Flowers and Abstract). Joanne is an amazing artist!  She says "These coloring books are designed for people to add their own patterns and embellish the illustrations as well as coloring."  She also has 2 new books coming out in October "Birds and Butterflies" and "Expressions of Faith", which will be available for pre-order on Amazon next month! Sweet!
I used a page from the "Abstract" book.  It was soooo much fun to play with!

Here is the cover of the book and the page I used.


I started by coloring the whole page using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens.  Or, if you'd rather, you can doodle first and then color it in.

Then, I used 2 Tombow Markers to doodle.  I used the black Tombow Dual Brush Pen and the black Tombow Twin Permanent Marker.  They are both great for doodling.  Each has a different point so you can doodle with different tip sizes.  The Dual Brush Pen has a brush tip and a fine tip and the Twin Marker has a fine and a broad tip.

I had soooo much fun coloring and doodling!  I hope you do some creative coloring of your own!  And a HUGE special Thank You to Fox Chapel Publishing for giving us these coloring books!!  Did you know Fox Chapel Publishing also publishes our Signature Designer Marie Browning's books?  If you haven't seen Marie's books, click the link to check them out!  They are AWESOME!!


Monday, July 6, 2015


Hello and thanks for visiting!  I have an Easy D.I.Y. Coaster project to share with you today.  These Easy D.I.Y. Coasters are the perfect way to personalize your party.  You can use stamps (like I did) or just write your event name right on the coaster with permanent ink.


To begin this Easy D.I.Y. project, you have to get coasters.  I got mine at the store where everything is a dollar but you can find them anywhere.  At the craft store, the party supply store, and in the party/seasonal section of the big box stores.  Or, when you go out to eat, they usually give you a coaster for your drink.  You can use them for this project too.  Just flip it over to the blank side and have fun stamping or writing!
For a summer party we were having, I thought ice cream was the perfect image.  Nothing says summer like ice cream (or watermelon).   I stamped this ice cream cone on my coasters with permanent ink.  

 Then, I used my Tombow Recycled Colored Pencils to color my images in.  These pencils are super awesome!  They color beautifully and they are perfect for layering.  I used several different colors of pencils and used my Tombow Dual Brush Blender Pen to blend the colors. Each 10 pack of Dual Brush Pens comes with a blender pen, but you can also purchase it separately.  And you can use the blender pen with these colored pencils too. It works wonderfully!

The reason I have used all permanent (non water based Tombow products) is so I can seal the coasters.  I used Tombow Mono Aqua Liquid Glue to do this.  Using the broad tip of the glue, I put a thin layer of Mono Aqua glue over the top of the coaster so they won't get ruined if they get wet.  These coasters are meant to be thrown out, but with a little Tombow Mono Liquid Glue you can use them several times!  And look at how shiny and pretty they look with a little glue! The coasters standing up have glue on them and the flat coasters do not so you can see the difference.  Awesome!

I hope you enjoy making your own personalized coasters!!