From Idea to Product making art come to life


Hello Everyone!

I am so excited about this post. I love to draw, always have, probably always will.  I have never formally taken a class or had any sort of training so I have always been shy with my art. Recently I have decided to just start drawing and putting it out into the world.

For Christmas my fantastic parents bought me a whole bunch of different types of Sharpies!!!! I love sharpies. They are fantastic to work with. If you missed my free Valentines Day Cards Downloadable post you can check it out here:

I used all sharpies to make the valentines day cards.

So I thought it would be a fun idea to make my mom and dad a thank you picture using all the cool markers they bought me for Christmas.

Here it is getting started:

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Getting Colored in:

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Almost Done:

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I liked it! So I took a really high resolution photo of it, and had it made into real Thank You Cards!

Here is how they turned out!

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I also decided that they would make awesome Thank You coupon cards for my etsy store.

I am super happy with them.

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The Thank You Cards are available on my Sugar Beet Crafts Etsy Store Here:

If you love to doodle or draw or take pictures, don’t be afraid to take your art to the next level. It is really fun and easy to do.

Have you been inspired to draw lately? I would love to see it, feel free to post a link in comments.

A little rain in California..

We finally, after a long dry year, had some rain!! For me rain means mushrooms! I am a total mycology freak. I have always love mold and fungus, it fascinates my soul. So here you go some Cali Mushrooms!

What a perfect day for a mushroom family picnic.

What a perfect day for a mushroom family picnic.

A season for mushroom love.

A season for mushroom love.

Stay close to momma mushroom to stay warm

Stay close to momma mushroom to stay warm

A great day for a mushroom family photo.

A great day for a mushroom family photo.

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you have nothing but wonderful-ness to come!

I Tried it! Reviews! Printed Treasures Iron-On Inkjet Printable Fabric made by Dritz

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Review: Printed Treasures Iron-On Inkjet Printable Fabric made by Dritz

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Overview: Printable Fabric, Package states: Quick & Easy, Superior Washability, Paperlike Quality, 200 thread count pima cotton. Print, Peel and Iron. Ideal for Photo printing.

Three 8.5in x 11 in sheets to a pack

Price ranges anywhere from $8 to $13.

The pros and cons:


  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy
  • Good for pillows
  • Big sheet to work work with
  • Easy to sew
  • Not expensive
  • Many of possibilities


  • Possible fading over time.
  • The sheet is thin – I would not put light picture on dark background.

Other people’s opinions:

I checked out reviews from and and overall they received really great reviews.

Both site’s reviews gave the product four and a half stars.  Everyone that used it found it really easy to use and thought the pictures came out great.

There were some comments that stated after a few washings the picture fades.

Final opinion:  

I tried the Printed Treasures printable Iron-on fabric on a pillow project.

I created a Memorial Pillow for by friend when her dog went up to the big doggy park in the sky.  I loved that dog!

I printed the picture with no problems, I started with an image that was a bit blurry but it came out just like the picture.

The back was easy to peel off and once you iron it down it’s completely stuck. I didn’t notice any issues with fading but, I gave it away, so I really didn’t get to see how it was washing it.


For my project I was going to be putting a light picture on a dark pillow, the fabric was black with red and white writing (love in cursive).  The picture of Jake was really light because he was white.

  1. I ironed the picture onto a white pillow case first.
  2. Cut it out.
  3. Then I took the cutout picture and sewed it to the fabric with the dark background.
  4. This prevented the black fabric pattern to show through the picture. This totally worked! It was an extra step but if you’re using a strong pattern it helps the picture pop.
  5. I also added a little boarder. When your ironing on a thicker piece of fabric the printed picture is not flat it is a bit stiffer and more raised than the fabric your ironing on, so the border gives it better transition.

I really like this product. I would totally use it again for future projects.

the Jake pillow

the Jake pillow

The Jake Pillow for my friend Dianne

The Jake Pillow for my friend Dianne


  • This product is great for pillows and quick personalized projects. Would also be great for quilts.
  • Read the directions carefully and follow the directions.
  • If product looks old it probably is, the quality might not be as great. There should be no yellowing or peeling.
  • Make sure you are familiar with how your printer feeds. To insure it picks up the paper correctly.

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Fun Free Download – Keys

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Why hello there! I hope you’re doing fantastic!  

I was clearing out some of my crafting things when I came across a bunch of random keys. I collect them to use for projects and stuff. Well, I thought it would be neat to scan them in to use in digital art or whatever.  

I have uploaded two different formats – well I hope.  The jpeg is supposed to have a white background the PNG is supposed to be a transparent background.

Feel free to download and play around with them. I thought they were cool so maybe you might too.

If you want to play around with they keys, and do not have Photoshop, there is a program to experiment with.

There is a really neat program that is very close to Photoshop called Pixlr Editor: .  It’s a web based program so you do not have to download anything and it is so much fun. I hope this helps.

Have fun!


Download link here


Download link here