DIY Articles

Video - Winter Is Coming Wednesday 2022 Episode 7 - Tropical Holiday! Demonstrations & Tips

Publish Date: 
7/6/2022
Winter Is Coming Wednesday 2022 - Episode 7 - Featuring Sunkissed | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

I am playing catch up. I finished with my virtual sale of retired products and now I am going back to fill in missing content. I think this tropical card turned out great! I like the soft colors. I touch on this project in Episode 8 and then do a final reveal in Episode 9!

Video - Color Matching / Swatching Charts - Organizing (& Expanding) My Swatches

Publish Date: 
6/14/2022
Copic Coloring Comparison Swatch Chart

I love to swatch, there I've said it! I find it relaxing. It also allows me to get to know a new set of coloring tools and how they react on various papers. Finally, I get to see all those lovely colors! Some sets I plan to use in alot of scenarios so I may swatch them out on six or more papers. Other sets have a very specific use so I will swatch on very few types of papers. 

Since...

Coloring With DRY Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils - Featuring Simply Succulents - A Lovely Thanks Card

Publish Date: 
5/7/2022

Here is a continuation of a video I created late on 5/1 where I colored in real time and talked about a super stressful event that happened earlier that day at our campground. I wanted to take the colored succulents and turn them into a lovely card. 

I also qualified as an Amazon influencer and now have my own shop which is awesome because we do most of our shopping through Amazon. I...

Real Time Coloring Demonstration Using Dry Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils + A Peek At My New Planner

Publish Date: 
5/1/2022

I needed to de-stress before our big move to our favorite RV resort community. I like to color to de-stress, so I thought I would test out the dry coloring capabilities of the Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils. I color in real time for awhile, then I show you a completed image. Finally I share a new project I've been working on. I will follow up with using these two Simply Succulent images on a...

Taking A Quick Break To Color - Leopard Tutorial - Seven Hours And Counting

Publish Date: 
5/20/2020
Leopard Eye Study Tutorial | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

After crafting with my mom last week I took a very short crafting break to get in some practice time using my new colored pencils. I've spent hours and hours researching relevant YouTube tutorials and have downloaded the materials for a few of them. I chose to start with the leopard eye colored pencil study by Amie Howard. The tutorial is four and a half hours long, and I put in another two...

Video - Update On My Colored Pencil Journey - Storage, Swatches, Labels & Supplies

Publish Date: 
3/14/2020
Update On My Colored Pencil Journey | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

It always amazes me how much preparation it takes to start a new artistic endeavor! When enough supplies came in I jumped right into coloring, and while coloring I made a list of the inefficiencies I felt needed fixing. I've attached a short video showing how I am going to organize the new coloring supplies. I also discuss what I still need go add to my colored pencil stash of goodies. Video...

Blue Eyed Cat Face Colored Pencil Drawing & Video Of Alternative A2 Card Layouts

Publish Date: 
3/6/2020
Blue Eyed Cat Face Colored Pencil Drawing | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

Here's my latest colored pencil drawing. I am enjoying the challenge of realistic drawings using colored pencils, a medium I have used very little in my crafting life.

For those of you who love to create artistic bits like I do, they make lovely focal pieces on handmade cards. I filmed an inspirational video showing how you can turn your art into handmade cards. Video length 23 min 10...

New For 2020 - Trying Out Colored Pencil Drawing - Cat's Eyes Turns Into Cat Face

Publish Date: 
2/29/2020
Cat Eyes In Colored Pencil 1 | Tracy Marie Lewis | www.stuffnthingz.com

For the new year, I decided I would be embarking on a new art medium that I have not used before, artist grade colored pencils and watercolor pencils.  I've owned the two Stampin' Up! packs of watercolor pencils for awhile now, but I've never learned to use them until very recently. I have a 3 part video series demonstrating techniques, creating focal images, and then I put them on card fronts...