Friday, May 29, 2020

Quick and Easy Rainbow Encouragement Cards

Create Rainbows of Color with these Quick and Easy Cards of Encouragement
created by Design Team Member, Beth Watson. 

How to Create Rainbow Cards of Encouragement

Materials Needed:

  • Mixed Media Art Paper
  • Dual Brush Tip Art Markers
  • Blank Cards with Envelopes
  • Adhesives
  • Circle and Heart Templates
  • Variety of Colored Cardstock 
Featured Storage:  Stackable Cube Organizers


  • Create patterned paper by drawing lines, in rainbow order, on four sheets of mixed media paper. Create two horizontal and two vertical sheets. This paper was from a pad, so I removed the perforated strip along the side. (Use any combination of colors that you want to create a custom rainbow.)

  • The cards are made with one half of an 8 1/2″ by 11″ piece of cardstock (8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″) folded in half to create a 4 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ card. 
  • Start by cutting four sections of the homemade rainbow paper into rectangles to fit the card fronts. I sketched and lettered messages onto hearts and circles with Brush Pens. 
  • Attach to the card fronts with a tape runner. Mix and match the hand-lettered words of encouragement with printing. Use letter stickers if you don’t care for your hand lettering.

  • For the second set of four cards, trace a variety of hearts and circles with the templates onto the handmade rainbow paper. You could also use paper punches. Mix and match adding the circles to colored cardstock with adhesive and foam tape for added dimension. 
  • Layer the embellished cardstock onto the blank card fronts. 
  • Add words of encouragement with a permanent marker, hand lettering, and printing.

  • For the third set of four cards, trace a variety of hearts and circles with the templates onto the rainbow and colored cardstock paper. You could also draw your templates. Mix and match adding the hearts to the card fronts and colored cardstock foam tape for added dimension.
  • Layer the embellished cardstock onto the card front blanks with adhesive tape runner.
  • Add words of encouragement with hand lettering, and printing.

Beth loves using the Deflecto Stackable Cube Organizers to keep her embellishments 
and work surface organized.  

Beth says..."Being organized allows me to be more productive in my creative flow.  Having everything at arms reach and visible through the plastic drawers has been a game-changer.  
I love how this storage unit looks on my work table in my studio."  (and we love it too!)

For more fun projects from Beth and how she uses the organizers visit her blog here.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Thank A Nurse Card

Card Designed By Nadine Carlier

Nurses do a lot and put up with a lot and don't always get the Thanks they deserve.

So if you get a chance, don't forget to Thank a Nurse.

This is how Design Team Member Nadine Carlier uses hers...

"I do a lot of ink blending and have a lot of different ink blending tools.  Some of them are small and hard to keep organized. I started using the Deflecto Stackable Cube with 2 Drawers and also with 4 Drawers. Because I have so many sponge daubers, I took one of the bigger drawers from the Deflecto 2 Drawer Cube and exchanged it with 2 of the smaller drawers from the Deflecto 4 Drawer Cube to fit all the daubers in and so that all of my ink blenders are all in the same cube."

There are several different styles of Deflecto Stackable Cube Organizers that lets you 
create custom storage.  Keeps your workspace clutter-free and supplies close at hand.

For More fun projects from Nadine you can visit her blog here.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Creative Doodling with Kids

Designed by Erin Reed  

Doodling with kids is a simple way to keep them busy and release a little stress.

Material Needed:
  • White Paper
  • Art Markers

Featured Storage:  Interlocking Marker Organizer

Creating doodles or small bits of art is easier if done one small space at a time.

  • Take a sheet of paper and fold it into quarters, making 4 panels. 
  • Doodle on one panel at a time.  
  • On the second panel, create a different doodle.
  • Create a different doodle in each panel.  
  • Having a smaller space makes it easier to be creative.  

For more fun projects from Erin you can visit her blog here.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Anita's Macaroons

Design Team Member Anita Scroggins has been obsessed lately with making macaroons.
She recently shared her tips and struggles with us in her latest blog post.  

Macaroon Ingredients:
  • Egg whites
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Almond Flour
  • Flavoring
  • Food Coloring

Featured Storage: Deflecto Small 3 Drawer Organizer

Anita uses the Deflecto Small 3 Drawer Organizer that has three divided drawers to keep her baking supplies neat and tidy.  The three drawer organizer is transparent which makes finding the right icing tip easy to find. 

Grab a cup of tea and head on over to Anita's Blog for the full macaroon process.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

How to Create Shaving Cream Art

Creating Unique One of a Kind Art with Shaving Cream is a fun project for the whole family.
Shaving Cream Art can get a little messy so a little prep work may be needed.
Project Designed by Sue Eldred

Materials Needed:

  • Foam Shaving Cream (not gel shaving cream)
  • Heavyweight Cardstock
  • Dye Base Ink Pad Refills or Food Coloring
  • Wax Paper
  • Craft Sticks
  • Scraper Tool
  • Disposable Gloves
Featured Storage ContainerDeflecto Stackable Caddy

  • For easy clean up…Place a piece of wax paper over a large baking sheet.
  • Add shaving cream onto wax paper.
  • Add several drops of ink onto the shaving cream.

  • Use a craft stick* to swirl the ink into the shaving cream.
  • Do not over stir or the shaving cream will become muddy.
  • Place card-stock directly onto the shaving cream and lightly Smoosh.
  • Carefully lift the card-stock from the shaving cream.
  • Use the scraper tool to scrape the excess shaving cream from the card-stock.

  • Without re-stirring the shaving cream, you can repeat the process several more times.
  • The first one will be the most vibrant and will get subtly lighter each time.

Each one will be different and will lighten as they dry.  
You can use this process to create even larger pieces of art. 

For more fun project from Sue you can visit her blog here.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Coloring a Rainbow

Is rainbow your favorite color?  

Learn how to draw, doodle and color a bright and cheery rainbow with Design team member Beth Watson.   

Featured Storage Container:  Interlocking Marker Organizer


  • Dual Tip Brush Art Markers
  • Fine Tip Permanent Marker
  • Pencil
  • Marker Paper
  • Light Box
  • Downloadable Version below↓

Step #1

Always start out with a sketch.  I have a spiral-bound book that I draw rough outlines of all my doodles and printable ideas.  This is a great way to save all those quotes I randomly come across.  

Step #2 

The Cricut BrightPad is one of my favorite tools when it comes to creating printable files, doodles and drawings.  By layering the rough sketch under the smooth printer paper I can quickly and easily create different versions of the same quote.  Ink in the image with a medium grey pen.  

Step #3
  • Next, take the shadow quote and layer a new piece of smooth printer paper on top.  
  • Trace around the quote with a fine tip permanent marker.

Step #4
  • Color the background in the lightest of blue markers.
  • Letter the darker words with the brush tip of the black marker.
  • Outline the block letters using the bullet tip of the marker.

Step # 5
  • Start out with a sample color palette to make sure the final piece will have the perfect combination.
  • Add the rainbow perspective to the word FEELS at the bottom of the quote. 
  • Outline the colors and the quote with the bullet tip of the black marker.

For more information on Beth's project and the free downloadable printable.
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