Most Recent Tool

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint

So what’s cool about the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints? First, they are highly pigmented. Second, the finish is a chalky, fresco finish. Why is that cool? Because it has a matte finish, it takes stamping beautifully, as well as Distress Inks. The options just became endless!

Most Recent Technique

Distress Oxide and Ink Together

What happens when you don’t just combine the Distress Oxide and Distress Ink together, but you mix it? You end up with a beautiful mess and colorful fun.

Most Recent Project

Distress Oxide Watercolor Stamping

I wonder what it would look like to layer Distress Oxide and Distress Ink in a layered, stamped, watercolor look? The answer–fabulous!

Most Recent Review

Stencil Material for Making Custom Stencils

Stencil material is used to cut custom stencils with any kind of cutting machine, die cut machine, or even scissors. This is a review of my experience with three different brands.


Tools are what we use to create. They include the ink, paper, embossing powder and glitter, paint, brayer, stamps, stamping tools, gelli plate, and markers. You get the idea. The more you know about a tool, the easier it is to create and play with it.

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Techniques are where playing and learning come together. Here you will find ideas on how to creatively use your tools. Watching what someone else does with a tool helps spark the “What if I….?” inside of you. Those are the best “playing” words!

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Projects bring tools and techniques together. Projects are the finished product of an idea, a technique or two, and knowledgeable tool usage.

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What do I think about inks, stamps, stamping tools, pastes, paints, papers, and companies? Well, let me tell you! Be sure to leave your own thoughts in the comments! I love to hear about your experiences and opinions!

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A little about me…
Dixie Cravens

Dixie Cravens


Hi! Nice to meet you!

My name is Dixie Cravens. I am LDS and a wife, homeschooling mom (of 5!), on-line student, daughter, sister, and friend. That’s a lot of roles! I am also a crafter. That’s sort of an understatement.

This new blog is a project that I am working on for a business class. My hope is that this is just the beginning of a wonderful journey.

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