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Stamped Resin Holiday Coasters

Stamped Resin Holiday Coasters are

resin coasters


perfect for this time of year, I grabbed some plain wood coasters ( $1.50 from JYSK) and turned them into festive coasters. Using quilt pattern background stamps I was able to transform the plain wood in no time at all!

Supplies Used:

ColorBox® Ann Butler Background Basics quilt-themed stamps

ColorBox® Crafters’ Ink, Night

ColorBox® Ann Butler Crafters’ Ink, Aquamarine, Limelight

Recollections™ sparkle embossing powder, Blue Blaze

Recollections™ Opaque Sparkle, Vintage Blue

Castin’ Craft Resin Spray, clear gloss

Heat gun

ink blender

I stamped directly onto the wood surface, poured embossing powder over the wet ink, and then heat set with my gun.

Once cooled, I used my ink blender to work the colours into all the areas that were not embossed. It is very easy to clean up excess ink that migrates onto the embossed areas because the ink won’t stick to those areas and they just wipe away.

Pour opaque sparkle onto wet surface where desired.

Finish by spraying with Castin’ Craft Resin Spray. Castin’ Craft spray, from ETI, is a multi-purpose product allowing you to fix the glitter so it never comes off, seal your entire project, and provide a glossy protective surface! How easy is that?

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Creating Angels with Powertex

Creating Powertex Angels 

Powertex Workshop

I loved teaching at Karen Ellis’ The Art House Studio.  It is a beautiful store and she has a great space for teaching, especially a ‘potentially messy’ class like Powertex

Powertex workshop May 9th
Henny and Tanya

   Powertex workshop May 9th

Powertex workshop May 9th


Powertex workshop May 9th
Beautiful angels perched on their granite bases

Don’t you wish you were there?

Powertex workshop May 9th
Powertex workshop May 9th
We go through a LOT of masking tape


The workshop was 4 hours and the time zoomed by. 

Many thanks to Henny, Heather, Patrica, and Tanya for attending.  I think everyone enjoyed themselves; I know I did!

Powertex workshop May 9th
The Girls busy at work; wrapping their armatures in tarn.

Watercolour, Paint Chips, and Chinese Paint

Paint Chips strike again!!! (news at 11)   🙂

I took a bit of a detour from my usual interaction with paint chips, and took one of of one of the Decorating ‘books’ available beside the paint chips.  What I like about these is that there are no numbers on the colour and they are already ‘framed’.
They are the perfect size to incorporate into an ATC, too.

Like one of these from Olympic Paint

I cut out a colour and left a little white border around it. You could take a stamp and stamp each rectangle first, and then cut them out.

I stamped a small floral motif on the chip first and then started painting.

I added some glitter glue for good luck!

Quick and easy!

Happy Mother’s Mothers’ Mothers Day

Wishing all my mother-friends, family and ‘sestras’ ( Orphan Black reference) a most wonderful day!

happy mothers day

So, what is it? Mothers, Mother’s or Mothers’ Day?

According to

Take any group of people and ask them this question. Does Mother’s Day need an apostrophe, and — if so — where does it go?

After the fighting stops, the combatants will have settled into three camps. Let’s look at all three in turn.

Incidentally, because the names of holidays are written with an initial capital, we write Mother’s Day, not Mothers day, regardless of where you put the apostrophe, if any.

Choice 1. Mothers Day: no apostrophe

The argument here is that Mothers do not own the day, so no possession is involved. No apostrophe is thus needed. We are describing a day for Mothers, not a day belonging toMothers.

Choice 2. Mother’s Day: an apostrophe before the s

Here the argument is that the day belongs to one specific Mother (yours presumably). So, because possession is involved, Mother’s Day needs an apostrophe.

Choice 3. Mothers’ Day: an apostrophe after the s

Here the argument is that the day is shared among all Mothers collectively. We thus need an apostrophe after the s.

And the winner is…

As shown above, you can make a reasonable case for all three of the choices. This article makes clear, though, that the original campaigner for creating Mother’s day, Anna Jarvis, explicitly wanted an apostrophe, and she wanted it to be before the “s”:

… it was to be a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.

Having said this, you will continue to see all three forms.

If, following Anna Jarvis’s wishes, you employ the usage “Mother’s Day”, it would be consistent to write “Father’s Day” in the same manner.

So there you have it!

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