debbie’s dollar store challenge…by melissa cash

Hi there!
This week on the Tombow blog, Debbie has challenged us to transform something that was purchased at the Dollar Store.
I picked up these two mugs:
Pretty sad looking huh?
Here is what they look like after I made some new tags and added my own candy to them.
I cut the tags from a Silhouette cut file.  I embossed the mustache and beard with a swirls embossing folder and then added the mustache to the face using Tombow Foam Tabs.  I used Tombow Dual Brush Pens to color the cheeks and the details on the holly leaves.
For his hat, I added a thin layer of Tombow Mono Aqua and then sprinkled red glitter to make them sparkle.  I used a wee bit of Mono Aqua to adhere the googly eyes to his face.
Pretty simple project, but very effective.
Be sure to play along with Debbie’s challenge this week.  You could win this prize pack:
You will find all of the details for the hop on the Tombow blog.  We would love to have you play along.

Dollar Store Altered Clipboard By Jennie Garcia

This week the Tombow USA Blog has an awesome challenge for you!

The only thing you have to do is get a dollar store item and alter it! See? Easy!

For my project I altered a Clipboard!

I covered the clipboard with paper from the True Friends Collection from Fancy Pants Designs and washi tape at the top. To glue the paper I used the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. This kind of project is also a good idea for Christmas Presents!

I glued one of the Library Pockets from Fancy Pants to the clipboard and I made a pocket using paper from the 6×6 Paper Pad. I added some crochet trim to the pocket. To glue the pockets and wood veneers I used the Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive.

 To make the pockets I used two pieces of paper folded in half and tapered at the bottom. I put glue in the middle of the little wing I made, that way the pocket ha a little wiggle room for a few bulky items.

 This is the awesome prize you could win if you accept the challenge!


Debbie’s Dollare Store Challenge by Marie Browning


What a great challenge Debbie! I’m going to show you how to make Mini Cupcake Cloches using Tombow’s Power Tabs! This idea is great for a presentation of mini cupcakes or handmade goodies for a tasty gift – with the best part you are really giving them a set of stemless wine glasses! I picked up some clear glasses, plastic beads and beaded trim at the dollar store. You will also need some cabinet knob bases or flat-topped cabinet knobs.


With a Power Tab, attach the knob base to the middle of the upturned glass.


With another Power Tab, add the plastic bead. There will be exposed adhesive around the base of the bead, just enough to add a small piece of beaded trim for extra decoration.


That’s it! How easy is that! Your Mini Cloches are finished! Yes, they are strong enough to pick up by the knob if you are using the cheap dollar store glasses – you may want to use two Power Tabs for heavier cut crystal! After the presentation, simply pull off the knobs (tug hard) and fill with wine! Cheers

Now it’s your turn! Create with Dollar Store items and Tombow Adhesives to have a chance to win some Adhesives from Tombow!


Altered Christmas Gift Challenge by Debbie Fisher

This week I am the hostess for Tombow’s monthly challenge. My challenge for you  is to alter a dollar store item into a lovely gift to give for Christmas.

I made some candy bar covers using Xtreme adhesive to close the paper around the candy bars and to attach the hats.

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Here are some altered candles using Xtreme adhesive & Mono Liquid Aqua to adhere all the pieces. The fun thing about this gift is after the candle has been burned down, you can clean it out and then use it to store covered candies, buttons, tea bags, etc.

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If you would like to play along with us for a chance to win the prize below, please link up your project below.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with.

Thank you for stopping by,

happy halloween….by melissa cash

Happy Halloween!  I hope you are having a boo-ti-ful day!
Today, I am going to re-visit some of my favorite Halloween card creations.
First up is this adorable Witchy Prue card:
Prue was colored with Tombow Irojiten Color Pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I used Tombow Foam Tabs for the popped up parts and Tombow Mono Adhesive for the flat panels. Prue is a digi image from By Lori Designs.
Next up is Frankie:
Frankie is another digi from By Lori Designs and was colored with Tombow Dual Brush Pens and a bit of Irojiten color pencil for the shading.  The Dual Brush Pens and Irojiten pencils like to play nice together that way.  Try it out!
I used Tombow Mono Multi to hold this adorable Fry Box together.  The box is a downloadable file from the Silhouette store.
Last, but not least is another By Lori Designs digi file (can you tell I really love BLD?) called Marvin Mummy.
Marvin was simply colored with just a couple of Tombow Dual Brush pens and the Blender pen.  I added the shading with Dual Brush Pen #N95 and for his skin I used Dual Brush Pen #850 and the Blender pen.  When using the Blender pen, I like to scribble my color onto an acrylic block and then pick up the color with the Blender pen.  Tombow Foam Tabs and Tombow Mono Adhesive were used to hold everything together.
I hope you have enjoyed this little blast from my Halloween past!  Happy trick or treating today!

Halloween Girls By Jennie Garcia

Happy Halloween!

Today I have three sort of mixed media Halloween girls to share with you!

The first one is inspired by Candy Corn. I always draw using the Tombow Mono Drawing Pencils and then I outline the drawing with the fine tip of the Mono Twin Permanent Marker. I glued her collar with the Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.

This one is Frankenstein’s Bride! I colored my girls with the Tombow Dual Brush Pens. *Remember that if you buy any Dual Brush Pen 10 piece set you get a free Blending Kit using the code Treats.


I draw my girls on cardstock and then I fussy cut them to add them to paper using the Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent.


 I doodled around the border using the broad tip of the Tombow Mono Twin Permanent Marker.

Spooky Witch!

Happy Halloween!

Jen Cushman Sticky U


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Our NEWEST Sticky U STUDENT is Jen Cushman!


Jen Cushman is a natural storyteller who found mixed media art a decade ago and never looked back. She is drawn to the imperfect, the funky, the quirky, the artsy and the authentic: be it people or objects or art. She is also Vice President of ICE Resin Susan Lenart Kazmer.

Jen is the author of Explore, Create, Resinate: Mixed Media Techniques with ICE Resin®, which won a national bronze metal in the Independent Book Publishers Association as well as Making Metal Jewelry; How to Stamp, Fold, Form, and Forge Metal Jewelry Designs (North Light Books/ Jan. 2013).

Her art has been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry, Jewelry Affaire, Somerset Studios, Somerset Life, Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Mingle, Somerset Workshop, WireWork, Bead Design Studio, Somerset Home and others. For nearly four years she wrote a marketing column called “Art Chooses You” for artists in Belle Armoire Jewelry. She currently writes a column called “The Mixed-Media Metalsmith” teaching basic jewelry making and metalworking projects in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine.

Jen teaches at art retreats nationally and internationally. An enthusiastic and supportive instructor, she teaches more than crafting techniques. She encourages others to explore their authentic, creative process to make art that is real and personally meaningful. A dynamic public speaker, Jen is available for presentations, seminars and panel discussions on women in business, marketing, new media/social media, creativity and living an artist’s life. You can see her website at

We are in LOVE with the FUN Mixed Media Art Journal she created for StickyU!
Check it out:


You can see just how Jen created Mixed Media Art Journal by clicking here!

Keep up with Tombow’s Sticky University crafts by searching #StickyU on our Social Media Outlets!

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Frankie Box by Debbie Fisher

I’m not really big on Halloween, but for some weird reason I really like cute Frankensteins. So when I saw the Frankenstein Belly Box cutting file from My Scrap Chick, I just had to get it. In the file also comes a scientist and Dracula.

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I  used Tombow’s trusty Xtreme Adhesive for the majority of putting this box together. I used Mono Adhesive Dots for the little pieces and a Foam Tab for his nose.

Now this little guy just needs his belly filled with candy and he’s good to go as a gift or to have sitting on the coffee table or somewhere at home.

What is your favorite Halloween image? I hope you enjoyed this project.

Thank you for stopping by,



How to draw a CANDY MONSTER! by Marie Browning

I wanted to do something bright for this Halloween post; so….I came up with Candy Monsters! Here are the simple steps that you or your children will have lots of fun drawing and coloring with Tombow products!


1. Start with a MONO Twin Permanent Black Marker. They work perfectly with the Dual Brush Pens as they dry instantly with no smudging or color transfer! Draw a upside-down U shape. Easy, right?

2. Draw a line at the bottom of your U. Now you have the Candy Monster’s body done!


3. Add little arms and legs.

4.With the MONO Twin, color in the arms and legs. Add a rectangle for the mouth and place a line at the top and the bottom. These are going to be his teeth!


5. Add lines for the teeth. Add the tongue.

6. With the MONO Twin, color in the inside of the mouth. If you feel so inclined, blacken in a tooth! Color your monster using Bright colors of Dual Brush Pens. I gave a little bit of color variation by adding an outline of a darker shade to the body, then using the same color, but a lighter hue, color it in. The colors will blend creating the effect. Add a drop of MONO Multi Liquid Glue to attach the googly eyes (or eye!) Ta Da! Candy Monster is done!

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Now for the really fun part! With a simple design, it’s really easy to change your monster. Add different eyes, one eye, or three eyes…change the legs and arms so your monster is sitting or jumping….add candy…it’s endless what you can do! Decorate candy bar wrappers, treat bags or cards, you can but these little fellows on anything! Happy Halloween!

Blog hop with the Frugal Crafter

Tombow is excited to announce our Guest Designer this week:
Lindsay Weirich, AKA the Frugal Crafter.

artonfarm Lindsay describes her passion to be “helping others enrich their lives through art with monthly craft articles in various publications, free online videos and in classes that she teaches.”

You can check out her  personal and commercial use designs at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff.  She is also a columnist for Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine.
Lindsay has a VERY popular YouTube channel, called The Frugal Crafter. Here you can see her videos which showcase a wide variety of crafts such as cardmaking, rubber stamping, art journaling, mixed media, sewing, knitting, jewelry making, crochet altered art and more! According to Lindsay, “I never met a craft I didn’t like!”

The Prize for this week is:
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In order to be entered to win this prize, you must comment on all of the projects from this week!
We will announce our WINNER MONDAY 10/27!

Here is the Line-up:

TombowUSA Blog
Debbie Fisher

Melissa Cash

Jennie Garcia

Marie Browning

Lindsay Weirich

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Tombow will also be having our “No Tricks just Treats” Sale starting on our Website:

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Buy any of our 10-pc Dual Brush Pens and receive a FREE Blending Kit!
Click here!