Upcycled Arts & Crafts

Hello all,

This weekend I finally made my way over to the new location of theClever Octopus’ Creative Reuse Center now located at 2250 S West Temple Salt Lake City, UT.  This company is a nonprofit company with a wonderful vision and great practices.  I love using recycled and reclaimed materials in my art work and the Clever Octopus is one of my favorite places to get it.

Even the oddest thing can be turned around into art work, like these square plastic graduation tags.  I thought these would make great little embellishments of cards, art journaling and mixed media.

For the examples below, I covered them in gesso, applied texture paste through a stencil and then painted with metallic paints.   It is a great little technique to upcycle these reclaimed tags.

Recycled art - plastic tags

  Another treasure I found were these 3.5″ x 6.5″ tags.

Tag Art Journal Upcycle project

I think these will make a great Mixed Media Tag Art Journal.  I have so many of them that it will be perfect for a workshop.  I am thinking that maybe a two day workshop where we make everything from the cover to pages.

Well,  that is it for me today.  I hope you will try using reclaimed and reuse items on your next mixed media project.  Not only is it just plain fun, it is a great way to help the environment as well!

Happy day!


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Create a Valentine’s Day Treat Box with VersaColor and StazOn Pigment — Imagine Blog

by Lori Warren Treat a special friend with a hand stamped Valentine’s day box this year, filled with their favorite treat. Gift giving is the greatest part of Valentine’s day! Skill: Intermediate Time: 20 minutes Directions Supplies Imagine VersaColor – Cardinal, Charcoal StazOn Pigment – Piano Black Other Simon Says Stamp Set – Valentine’s Day […]

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Sunday at play – StazOn Studio Glaze

Hello all,

Today has been a nice relaxing Sunday with some much needed time in the craft room.  I wanted to do some experimenting with Tsukineko StazOn Studio Glaze on tile.   I worked with some 2″ x 2″ Porcelain Glazed tiles (that I had laying around) and 3 different Studio Glaze colors (Cotton White, Spiced Chai, Gold).  In the end, I also added a bit of White Radiant Neon Amplify.   

I was delighted in the different textures that I could create just by spreading the glaze onto the tile with different brush strokes (used a Modge Podge Brush).  The result ranged from a nice smooth texture to a very granular texture.  Be sure to scroll down to find the step by step photos and instructions.

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Materials used:


Step 1: Apply StazOn Studio Glaze and Neon Amplify directly to porcelain tiles.

Step 2: Spread glaze with glue safe brush. Achieve fine texture by moving the glaze across the tile with smooth brush strokes or more texture by using a stippling motion.  Allow to dry or use heat tool.

Step 3: Continue to apply glaze in layers until you are satisfied with the results.  Remember to dry between layers.

Step 4: When the glaze is dry and the tile is cool, stamp image with StazOn Pigment Ink.


Try creating different textures.  The 2″ x 2″ tiles are the perfect size for experimentation!

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I hope you enjoyed this project!  Has it inspired you to try StazOn Studio Glaze on tile?  Please comment below.

Happy day!



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Mystical Dragonfly Mask & Event updates

Hello all,

Happy New Year!  It is hard to believe that we have put another year behind us.  My Creative Schedule is already pretty full and that makes me happy.   Creativation is only a few weeks away!   You can catch me demo’ing at the Imagine® booth.  I am so excited!

Creativation 2020

Next on the agenda is teaching a workshop at the Idaho Scrapbook Show on Friday, January 31st.  I will be teaching a Mixed Media Workshop; creating on a mini-canvas.

idaho scrapbook show

To round off the early 2020 schedule, is the Utah Arts Festival Unmasked Event (open to the public from 2/7/2020 through 2/21/2020).  I am creating a couple of masks to be auctioned off at this event.  The first Mask that I have created is shown below, Mystical Dragonfly Mask.  The mask features Dew Drops for The Robin’s Nest.   Creating the wings were pretty challenging, but fun!  I hope that it will do well at the auction.  Mystical Dragon fly Mask.badge final wm

My busy Creative Schedule in addition to my full-time day job has proved to be a challenge!  I have had to rely heavily on my organization skills to meet my project deadlines.  Being busy does make me happy so, all is good (Especially when I can keep it all together. lol)

Happy day!


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We are Excited to Announce our Design Team for 2020 — Imagine Blog

Sharing this post from the Imagine Blog.  Looking forward to working with this wonderful group of talented artists in 2020!  Thank you, Imagine!  Happy day! L

This year we hope to change things up a bit and offer two segments in our crafting tutorials. Beginner Tutorials will focus on quick and easy crafting projects that do not require extra crafting supplies and Intermediate and Advanced tutorials for those who have a little of an obsession. Meet Our Designers!! Beginner Designers Jowilna […]

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Happy Thanksgiving and Catch up

Hello all,

I hope you are all enjoying a lovely day with friends and family today.  Whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or just having a normal Thursday.  It’s best wishes to all!

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Next order of business, catching you up on projects.  I have already started with my Christmas Creations for 2019.  Below is a collage of the projects I have already posted to Instagram.  I love Christmas crafts so there are sure to be more projects coming up!

You may have noticed that many of the cards above feature images from my Winter 2019 Digital Stamp release.  It’s 8 new wonderful winter designs by artist Carri Sue!  Her work always delights me and I am so glad to be able to offer her images on my website, Lori’s Cards and Creations.  If you want to create really cute cards for Christmas, these designs are for you!    And…you can also save 30% off digital images, now until 12/5/2019!  Just use the coupon code 8E6N2 at checkout to receive the discount.  Woot Woot!!

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photo framed collage

You can find this next project over on the Imagine Crafts Blog.  All the details can be found on the blog post so I hope you will check it out.   Click Here!


Over on Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity, the “For the Man” Blog challenge has been going on for the past few weeks.   Click on over to the blog to find the details about the 3 projects below.  You also have the opportunity to link up your own project for a chance to win a prize!

I hope you enjoyed this catch up on projects.  I should have some news on upcoming events soon.   I will leave with one last project featuring the “Snowball” digital image by Carri Sue.

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Happy day!


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Create monochromatic watercolor with Mboss Powder and VersaMagic

Hello all,

Today I am over on the Imagine Crafts Blog with a card that focuses on the use of monochromatic color. It’s a great technique with a lovely outcome; especially when framed with White MBoss Embossing powder. 


Imagine Supplies:

Creative Artist Medium – Clear

StazOn Pigment Ink – Piano Black

Sheer SHIMMER Craft Spray – Sparkle

Fireworks! – Cottage Ivy

VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

VersaFine Clair – Nocturne, Rain Forest

MBoss Embossing Powder – White

MEMENTO – Northern Pine, Pistachio, London Fog

Other Supplies:

Joy Clair – Hugs and Smiles

Cardstock – white

Kaiser Craft Adhesive Pearls _ Ice Green

More details are available on the Imagine Craft Blog, including a Quick Tips Mixed Media video.

I hope you will go check it out!

Happy Day,




Dew Drop Ornament – Robins Nest

Hello all,
It’s that time of year, time for Christmas crafts!  I love whole crafting process of listening to cheerful holiday music to crafting with others and creating beautiful things.

Over on the Chattering Robins Blog, I have a post detailing my first ornament of the year!  A paper mache ornament painted and then embellished with dew drops.  I love how the Dew Drops really give this project detail and shine!

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The Robin’s Nest materials:
Other Materials:
  • DecoArt Chalky Gesso – White
  • DecoArt DuraClear Varnish – Matte
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
  • Imagine irRESITible Colored Texture Spray – Wedding Dress
  • Hobby Lobby Snow Flake Felt Ornaments
  • Celebrate It Ribbon
  • Ashland Paper Mache Ornament – Ball
  • Course Glitter
  • Christmas foilage

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I hope this project inspires you in your crafty adventures!
Happy Day,
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For the Guy – Blog Challenge

Hello all,

Today I am over on the Lost Coast Designs Portal to Creativity Blog with a Steampunk themed card complete with a hot air balloon and gears.  Perfect for the guy who loves steampunk.

Balloon Guys main

Lost Coast Designs:

Other Supplies:

  • Rinea Foil Paper – Gold
  • VersaFine Clair – Nocturne
  • StazOn Pigment Ink, Piano Black
  • Metal gears
  • Vellum
  • White cardstock
  • Corner rounder
  • Imagine Sheer SHIMMER Spray, Gold


1) Create mask of Balloon Guys image, lay over cardstock panel, spray with Gold Shimmer Spray.

2) Use stamping platform to stamp Balloon Guys image over the sprayed area.

3) Trim Balloon Guys panel to size.

4) Trim Foil paper to be slightly larger than balloon guys panel.  Use corner punch to round each corner of both panels.

5) Stamp Gears Background onto card base and add splatters with Shimmer Spray.

6) Stamp “Discover” onto velum.

7) Assemble and adhere onto card base.

8) Adhere metal gears.

So, hop on over to the “For the Men” Challenge Blog post to add your own creation for a chance to win!

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Happy Day,


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