Baby Dragons

Happy Sunday, Crafties.

Its been a crazy couple of weeks for me, but I managed to find time for some claying.

I have to admit — although I’m a fan of any craft– I have my favorites. And polymer clay sculpting is becoming my top one.

Its scary to try and envision something that you want to create.

Frustrating to remember that you aren’t a master and as you are still learning you should stick to the basics.

But such a rush when you succeed in what you wanted to do.


I found these little treasure chests at Herannies (a craft store near me) and bought a few. They are very inexpensive the most expensive of them was R12.50.

When I saw them the first thing that popped into my head was Dragons!!!


So I set about creating some baby dragons to fit onto the boxes. Since then the next thing that popped into my head was Fairy’s and Mermaids so those will come soon

But for now here are my dragons.

Green baby first:


Then I did a purple baby, and she’s holding on to her teddy-bear.

Purple dragon


Then I did a red dragon.

All three of these babies have a home with my friend in the states. They have already been mailed off. She should be getting them soon.


Even the eyes are made by me on the purple and red dragon. I’m so proud of how they came out.

Needless to say I went and bought some more little treasure chests and I will be making more little sculptures soon.

Have a crafty day,



Dryad Coloring

Hi Crafters (waves a happy hello)

Yesterday in my chit-chat with you, I said I wanted to try a coloring project this weekend.

Well I ended up doing it yesterday.

I wanted to try a technique Lindsay (The Frugal Crafter) mentioned in one of her videos, and did a tutorial about.

She said, you can blend normal color pencils with baby oil.

This really intrigued me. I’ve been wanting to work with markers, especially the alcohole based one, but since I don’t have the budget to get any right now, a faux marker effect would be cool.

But what to color.

I did a google search on “coloring pages” I think it was flowers or roses, I’m not sure but I found this image.


It was so beautiful I couldn’t resist. I looked at her and she screamed “Dryad” at me.

Okay, she didn’t scream, don’t send for the men with the stylish long sleeved jacket that ties at the back. But you get what I mean.

I went to my trusty laser printer (because the toner won’t run with liquid) and printed it out on an A5 (half of A4) (8 and a half by 6 inches-more or less, I’m a metric girl, please forgive me if I get it wrong.)

I used some basic cardstock, in a creamy color that is pretty close to white and printed it out.

I stuck it to an old cutting board with some Micropore tape.

Quick note on Micropore tape:


It’s a medical tape you can get it at any drug store, its inexpensive. I’ve seen Simon says Stamp sells it, but you are going to pay for the fact that it’s a craft store. So buy it at a chemist (as we call it) or a drug store.  It works better than any masking or washi tape. It will not tear or damage your paper and its repositionable to an extreme. I can’t craft without the stuff.

I regretted the old cutting board once I got started, because it has a texture to it, and it came through as I was coloring. My hubby said it adds to it, but since I was going for the smooth copic look, I don’t like that bit. So if you want smooth, make sure your work surface is a) movable (like a cutting board so you can turn it as you work) and b) smooth – I think getting some Masonite for a drawing surface will work better for me.

Next, I hauled out my el-cheepo kids coloring pencils, I’m talking the dollar variety that you buy with back to school stocks.

Since this was an experiment and I don’t have the Spectrum Noir ones yet. I didn’t worry too much about the quality of the pencils. All that was important was that I had a dark, mid-tone and highlight for the colors I was working in.

I started with the rose, and put in my darker tones first. I like to work from dark to light (just like Lindsay) but others might prefer to work from light to dark.


I did her hair green because, duh, she’s a dryad. So it works, as long as you have your range of shades you could make it whatever color you like.

The hardest part? Skin tones with cheepy color pencils. I went to browns and yellows, and barely touched the paper with color, using the cream of the paper for my highlights and adding a touch of pink around the eyes and cheekbones.

This is what she looked like when I was done with the pencils:


Now for the experiment, and the hope that I hadn’t spent hours coloring and was about to mess it up.

Lindsay used blending stumps, one for each color. I have some in my drawing supplies, and some I got for a birthday from my sister in law, but I didn’t want to open up those (saving them for my noir pencils)


So I used a piece of fine grit sand paper to sand down the one I’d used on my last drawing.

And cleaned it off.

I decanted a little baby oil into a small ceramic jar ((note: it doesn’t have to be a ceramic jar, I have one from my nail art days I love and I like to use it)), and started blending with the roses. Every time I changed a color I sanded down the stump again so I wouldn’t transfer colors.

I used a firm pressure and quite a bit of oil on it.

It works like a dream!!

(forgive the double exclamation point)

This is the end result.:


So when I do get my noir pencils I’m going to be doing this technique quiet a bit.

I’ve decided to buy an art journal for these kinds of things, so expect a lot of posts with techniques and mini tutorials.

Added little bonus (Yes I’m a proud mommy):

When my 14 year old daughter saw my dryad she wanted one of her own, so I printed out a copy of the line art and let her have at it with her school color pencils.

This was her result:


Awesome for someone who has no art training at all. She has it in her, so I’m going to be working with her more and more too.

Happy crafting, Lovelies.


Stamp Cleaning Pad

Hello Crafters 🙂

I was a bit of an idjit (Supernatural reference – fans will get it.)

I ordered a Rubit-Scrubit (Inkssentials by Ranger) online thinking it would be something like the Inkadinkado Stamp Scrubber.  I was disappointed when my package arrived at all it is, is a glorified sponge with a foam backing.  6×6 inches.

Now I have nothing against this other than my own stupidity in not researching it properly before I bought it. This is a perfect solution for most people, but stubborn me wants what I want.  I want the rough side and the smooth side.

So I set my mind to finding a solution.

I want a stamp-cleaning box, not just the pad.

I dug around my craft room and found some things that would help me make what I want.

(For now—I am going to buy myself the Inkadinkado Stamp Scrubber as soon as I have the money.)

In December (during the splurge I mentioned in my Brother Label maker post) I lived in Her-Annies. It’s a craft supply shop near where I live and it’s my nirvana. (Okay that and Scrap-a-doodles in Irene)

I bought some clear Perspex boxes for storage. They measure 16×11 cm and they are about 3 cm deep. I bought them for my wood mounted small stamps but they are perfect for what I needed.

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  1.  I measured and cut my Ribit-Scrubit into two
  2.  Took two of the base parts of the Perspex boxes.
  3.  I used washi tape to make a hinge then reinforced it with clear, self-adhesive plastic. The kind you cover books with.  On both sides of the “hinge” inside and outside.
  4. Then I took one of my favorite washi tapes and covered both boxes neatly to give it some prettiness


  1. I used my brother label maker to make a label and glued my Rubit-Scrubit piece one in each side. One for wet and one for dry.


If you don’t like the way I’ve done it, hunt Youtube and google, there are loads of DIY stamp cleaner tutorials and ideas.

There we have it, a temporary, and perfectly useful stamp cleaner. Now I’m going to go find the recipe for some DIY stamp cleaning solution and mix up a batch.

I know for clear stamps its

  1. Mild baby shampoo
  2. Water
  3. Glycerin.

Not sure about the amounts though. I will keep you updated.