A day in my life 2016

Blog posts on Artfully Carin may contain affiliate links to products or services I think are awesome. For more information, see my disclosures page.. It’s just over a year since I last wrote an “a day in my life” post (you can see it here). A lot has happened since then. Early last year I finally decided […]

10 lessons learned from trying to keep a daily sketchbook… and failing

I love the idea of keeping a daily sketchbook. I used to draw every day when I was younger and really enjoyed it. I also saw great improvements from sketchbook to sketchbook. It spurred me on and made me realise how important regular, persistent practice is. I’ve tried to pick the habit back up in the past […]

Why I draw

Alan got me a mug for Christmas that says “I might look like I’m listening to you, but in my head I’m drawing”. I giggled loudly when I opened the box- it is so true. I am always thinking about drawing. I neglected my sketchbooks and pencils quite a bit last year for a number of reasons, […]

How to make a sparkly heart canvas

After so many months of sharing mainly craft tutorials on the blog, I’m looking forward to sharing more art again this year. I’m finally out of my slump and have been drawing like crazy lately, with passion and purpose. In the meantime, this sparkly heart canvas bridges the gap a little bit. This is a simple little Valentine’s project […]

Make a 2016 wishing star

2016 is in full swing. Like many people, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working out my goals for the coming year.  I love my goals. They are a fun and interesting and I’m already working on fulfilling them. But I have a lot of general hopes, dreams and wishes too. I bet you do too. […]

Top 5 craft tutorials of 2015

Happy New Year my lovelies! Hope 2016 is treating you well so far. I have a lot of fun stuff planned for Artfully Carin this year, including a lot of videos, but before I crack on with all that good stuff I thought I’d share the top 5 Artfully Carin craft tutorials of 2015 as liked, commented on, and […]

Make beautiful embossed Christmas gift tags

When I made the embossed tins the other week, I loved the look and feel of the embossed canvas pieces I wrapped around the tins. I had some big scraps of sticky back canvas left over, so I decided to make Christmas gift tags too. I’m so glad I did. They only took about 10-15 minutes to make and […]

DIY silhouette Christmas ornaments

Hey lovelies, Sorry it’s been a bit quiet around here lately. But I’m back today with a lovely little memory-keeping craft for the holidays- silhouette Christmas ornaments. Do you like silhouettes? I love them. I always have and always will. They’re so simple, but say so much. I use them a lot in my art journals for […]

How to get back into crafting

Today I’m carrying on my series of posts on being a creative mum with one on how to get back into crafting after a long break. I remember how daunting it was to get back into crafting when I first became a mum. I suddenly had this need to create every day, but I didn’t have a clue […]

Make cute embossed tins for Christmas

I did a complete inventory of all my craft supplies when I did up my craft room back in the spring and found lots of things I hadn’t used in a very long time, or ever. One of those things was a packet of sticky back canvas sheets from Claudine Hellmuth that I bought to cover some journals years ago, but never did. This […]