Thursday, May 31, 2012

Feature Book: Country Primitives #16 by Maxine Thomas

Maxine Thomas' book Country Primitives #16 is full of classic homespun designs that are sure to capture your heart. Whether you choose to paint the entire design or a single charming element, each will be a treasured piece for years to come. Find this book and more of Maxine Thomas' books at

The signs above are painted on tin ornaments but we think they would great painted on a Rounded Square Wood Frame Kit. Many of the designs in this book can be adapted to fit flat wood shapes, browse for ideas.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Zentangle a pair of Shoes!

Zentangling is fun and fashionable! Turn the inexpensive plastic shoe on the right into something wild like the one on the left through the art of Zentangle. Using only a black Identi-Pen and inspirations, a one-of-a-kind fashion statement was made. You can easily make your own unique pair too! 

These plastic shoes were tangled with an Identi-Pen (we tried many and found this pen was the best) and then heat set with hair dryer. Let them sit for a few days and then burnish by rubbing the entire design with a paper towel. Results may vary depending on the materials in the shoes. 

Canvas shoes are also a great surface for Zentangles. The Identi-Pen was used for these shoes. Although there is no need to heat set, they should be left for a few days before wearing. The owner of these sneakers is an eleven year old who wears them every single day and is the envy of all her friends. 

Enjoy making your own shoes with an Identi-Pen and designs from Suzanne McNeill's Zentangle books.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Design a name tags using wooden shapes (wood cutouts)

Personalized name tags can be designed with any small flat wooden shapes. Cindy made this beautiful nature inspired tag three dimensional. She designed it using the following shapes: 1 1/2" Pin Back, 3" Oval Leaf, 1 1/2" flower and 2" flower. Browse Stockade to find other wood cutouts to design your own name tags or gift tags.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Quilling 101 Tutorial and Sampler

This step-by-step tutorial is a great introduction to quilling. Sandy has posted this sampler design on her blog, The Sweet Spot. It includes all you need to know (with detailed instructions and photos) to make 16 common quilling shapes. Browse her site to see some of her beautiful designs including this one:
For all your quilling supplies visit Stockade.
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