Diamond Painting for Beginners

Below you’ll find all of the information and products used in this video:

Link to snowman diamond painting kit on Aliexpress: https://tinyurl.com/wzgnx6f  I chose the square drills and 15 x 15 cm…..You’ll pay a little over $3 for the kit. It comes with the pink pick up tool, a plastic holder for the drills and the pink wax to stick inside the pink tool.

Victoriasmoon.co.uk is the company that sent me the large diamond painting kit with a photo I emailed them of my nephew, his bride and their dog the day after their wedding. Here’s a link to the diamond painting for wedding photos. https://tinyurl.com/sowzcm6 My painting is 50 x 70 and used square drills.

Tips for beginners:

1. Get the round drills instead of the square as the round are easier to work with (according to my friend Sherri who has a facebook page for diamond painters)

2. Get large drills (diamonds) vs. smaller ones.

3. Buy a storage container for your drills and put the embroidery floss numbers on the lids as well as the code for that particular painting.

4. Each kit you buy will come with the pink wax, the applicator tool and the little bin that you’ll use to shake from side to side to turn the diamonds right side up and to put the diamonds on the painting.

5.  When you have a large area all one color, use the checkerboard system that I demonstrate at 29 minutes and 40 seconds.

6. If you have a wrinkle in your diamond painting, Studio Sam has a great video that shows you how to fix it. It’s link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDfVWcjkQq4&t=129s

You don’t need to buy these, but I do recommend you buying:

a. Light pad…this lights your diamond painting from behind…I didn’t like that it doesn’t come with an electric cord, instead the cord needs to connect to an outlet like on your computer… Link for the light pad I bought..https://tinyurl.com/rous9cc It was $11.99 Mine came with a big blue clip and that is a great tool to hold the diamond painting where you want it on the light pad.

b. When doing a large diamond painting, you should get parchment paper to cover the unfinished surface of your painting so you don’t get your clothing stuck to the painting so much that it’s no longer sticky.

c. Washi tape to surround the edges of your painting that will be unfinished, and are sticky, so the edges don’t end up covered with clothing fibers.

How to start a new painting:

1. Make sure you take washi tape and surround the painting, making sure the lines are completely straight with the edge lines of the painting.

2. Buy storage containers for the diamonds (drills) and label each container with the code for this painting as well as the number used for embroidery floss (as this is the number that will be consistent from painting to painting. I cut the numbers out of the plastic baggies that came with diamonds and taped this to the top of my containers. I also added the symbol for this painting to the top of the container. You will definitely benefit from creating a storage system, as it will make you crazy looking through 38 baggies for the one you want each time you change colors.

3. You can start at any point, but I found that I like starting at the top left corner and trying to cover across the painting and moving down the painting worked best for me..especially when it’s as large as this one is. You’ll want to make sure you keep the unfinished portion covered with either the paper that lines it to begin with, or parchment paper, as it will lose it’s stickiness if you don’t. I cut lines in the cover paper about 4″ long and spaced 4″ across so I could keep as much covered as possible.

4. When you empty one color into it’s storage container, I recommend that you put them into a tray first and lay another tray over it and rub them together to fix any diamonds that have adhered to each other during production.

How to finish a diamond painting:

Once your painting’s done, you’ll want to use a rolling pin or a brayer to roll over the painting to ensure all of the diamonds are well adhered. If you use a wood rolling pin, put a towel over the painting so the rolling pin doesn’t damage the painting. You’ll need to seal it. I watched a video by Studio Sam called Sealing your Diamond Painting, What’s Best, and she recommended Deco Art Triple Thick Brilliant Brush On Gloss Glaze. I brushed it on my painting to seal it so the diamonds don’t fall off and so it doesn’t collect dust. You can add some glitter to hide some of the problems you might have with lining up your diamonds, and if you do this, use as little glitter as possible. I tried using the Tim Holtz glitter sprayer and didn’t have good luck with it, so just sprinkled glitter on.. I brushed off excess glitter and used a baby wipe that I added baby shampoo (1 tsp. with water in a spray bottle) to remove some of the excess glitter…it worked ok. Let it dry. Clean the brush as soon as you’re done with it as the Gloss Glaze will ruin it if you don’t.


Rich and I spent a quiet New Year’s Eve at home with the dogs.  We’ve never been much for New Year’s celebrations, so it wasn’t a change from our norm.  We made pork with sauerkraut so we didn’t end up destroying our chances for a good 2020 because we didn’t eat pork.  The superstition suggests because a pig roots forward, eating pork on New Year’s Day helps a person to move ahead.   OK, so we already screwed that up, because we ate pork on New Year’s Eve and didn’t feel like eating it again on New Year’s Day…we went out for a late lunch and I had (Gasp!!!) chicken fajitas..Here’s the rest of the superstition.. The thought is you don’t want to eat chickens, which scratch backwards in a direction nobody wants to move….   Crap, I’ve already (apparently) looked backward or am moving backward or scratched backward…..I should have considered my fate when choosing chicken…that’s why I’ve been eating bacon with Rich ever since…haha

I’ve been working like a crazy person on the diamond painting of my nephew and his bride and their dog.  It’s really coming along.  I honestly thought I would be laying diamonds on this thing until the 12th of never, and that’s a long long time.  (I don’t know the song that came from, but every time I work on the diamond painting, it comes back to me…just that line, not the actual song.)

I spent part of yesterday balancing our checkbook, and if you know me, you know I’m an ex-banker….With that being said, it’s embarassing to admit that I haven’t balance the checkbook since June, and the guilt has been overwhelming.  I used to balance the checkbook monthly, and when I was working, sometimes more often than that.

Today, I got a late Christmas present in the mail.  Rich and I have been looking for a good camera for videos.  If you’ve noticed the poor sound quality on my videos in the last few months, it’s because I’ve been using an older camera than the one I’ve always loved using.  The problem with the one I loved (OK, the second problem) is that I dropped it, and it no longer works….the other problem is that it required double A batteries.  I hated that, even though I used rechargeable batteries, because I never knew when the camera stopped recording.  Each video would record for twenty minutes, and then it would stop and I’d never know it stopped.  I’d have to either use a timer, (andthat was way too distracting,) or just randomly stop and start a new video, so I wouldn’t lose some of the things I was doing.  I found a Canon camera that I really liked that uses a battery that has it’s own charger, and lasts a long time…Rich bought me an extra battery and it just came, and already Honey’s afraid of it.  It makes a tiny noise when it’s turned on, and that’s the end of Honey.  She ran from the room like she’d been beat with a stick.  She already hates it when I go in my craft room, so this is just one more reason for her to hate it…darn…

On another note, Honey got a present today in the mail as well.  We ordered her some Charlotte’s Web CBD oil gummies for dogs with anxiety.  I’m hoping that these make a small difference in her overly anxious life.  I’ll be sure to let you know how they work.  Charlotte’s Web, for those of you who don’t know much about CBD oil, is the foremost CBD oil producer in the USA.  CBD oil is found in marijuana plants, but does not give you the highs of marijuana, just the medicinal benefits.  It’s legal everywhere in the USA, and although you can find CBD oil at your local retailer, Charlotte’s Web has a lot more of the active ingredient in it than in most of the other brands.  It’s also kind of expensive, so when we saw they had a 40% off sale, we decided to give the gummies a try.  I really hope they help, as Honey seems to be getting more anxious instead of less, as time goes on.

I’ll be uploading the video about diamond painting for beginners and hope you enjoy it…





I feel terribly when I realize it’s been so long since my last post…To bring you up to date, we spent a quiet Christmas Eve with the dogs and opened presents early Christmas day.  Rich bought me a three camera “security device” that I wanted to watch the wildlife that we feed.  You know you’re old when you think watching animals with a night vision camera is entertainment…Rich thought it would be nice to have one camera for inside the house when we are on vacation, so we can look in on the dogs and make sure they’re OK.  I told him that will be great, only he needs to check it first, to make sure they’re not freaking out about something, and then I’ll watch them.  You can talk through the cameras too, and he thought I might want to talk to the dogs.  I think it would freak them out, so I’ll use the talking feature for my front door camera, to talk to the UPS guy.

Christmas day, we spent with our college friends and had a nice time.  We watched the new Rambo movie on a loop…meaning it ran non-stop all afternoon.  The men loved it and the women just shook our heads.  One time was plenty, believe me..  Rich hasn’t been feeling well since Christmas…At first we thought he ate something that made him ill, but he’s still not over it, and I’m thinking we should call our doctor if he’s still sick tomorrow.   We were supposed to visit our closest friends on the day after Christmas, but Rich was really feeling lousy that day, so we stayed home instead.  I think we both needed the break, as we’ve been so busy the last week, that we were exhausted, and slept a lot that day instead.  I worked on the diamond painting of our nephew and his bride, and have been working on it a little (or a lot) every day this week.

The 27th, we did go to our friends and spent the day with them.  Their son is a movie writer in L.A., and we only get to see him once a year at Christmas.  We’ve been playing movie trivia games at Christmas for the last several years, and this year, our girlfriend found a really fun movie game that included hum-a-zoo’s so you could hum the theme songs of movies for people to guess.  No one else would try to hum-a-zoo but me, and I am apparently gifted at it, because they guessed almost every movie theme (correctly) that I hummed.  Their son thought it must not be very hard (since I made it look so easy, hahaha) so he took one of the remaining hum-a-zoos and the cards, and hummed a theme song.  For some reason it sounded like “Another one bites the dust,” which, of course, is not a movie theme….so he tried again…same result…we all thought it was the same song.  So he tried a completely different theme song, and I swear it sounded exactly the same to me.  He’s also a musician, and he thought that using a hum-a-zoo could not be that hard, but quickly realized that I am, in fact, a hum-a-zoo prodigy (hahahaha)…..I will say this…if he ever needs to hum “Another one bites the dust,” all he has to do is hum whatever theme song he hummed for us…and, we never did figure out what he was humming, because we were laughing so hard he wouldn’t tell us..  I know it’s wrong, but I couldn’t help myself.  He always beats us at movie trivia as he knows everything about every movie ever made (I swear), but this year, the hum-a-zoo gave the rest of us a fighting chance against him, and it was hysterically funny.  I wish I knew the name of that game because it wasn’t your typical trivia game..

Yesterday we went grocery shopping and I worked on the diamond painting.  It rained all day today, and neither of us felt great, so I read and worked on the diamond painting.  I’m pretty sure you’ll be reading that I’ve been working on the diamond painting for the foreseeable future, because it’s really big….I’m not kidding, BIG!!

Rich hasn’t felt like uploading any videos for me, and there are three that need to go up, and all three are pretty long, so I’m not sure when he’ll get serious about them.  I’ll try to get one uploaded before the end of the year, but am not making any promises.  It really will depend on how he feels.  I really hope he feels better soon…I’m starting to worry that he’s still not feeling well.

If I forget to make another post before New Years, here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year and more importantly, a healthy 2020…..

Easy Christmas Card w/ Large Christmas Tree Die from Inloveartshop.com

I made a cute decorated Christmas tree card and thought I’d share it as my last Christmas project for this year.

I used a Christmas Tree Die SKU: DMZH711 http://bit.ly/32vDDGN $4.69, plus if you use the code FSUNSANDY it’s good for 15% off this die. The die came from a company called In Love Art and can be found at Inloveartshop.com.  I put a link in the video to the haul I received from Inlovearts, and you are entitled to use the discount code on any of the items in that video.  Here’s a link to the video so you can look at the other items if you are interested.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1pjfZ497cg   As always, I don’t receive any monies from anything you purchase from InloveArts, I only receive the original products, so we know if I can use them or not, and how well they work for someone with hand/wrist issues.

I really liked the way this die cut, and used it on thick mirror cardstock from Crafter’s Companion from their luxury collection(sometimes available on HSN.com), and it cut through it with no problem whatsoever. To make the card, I started with Michael’s Recollections Heavyweight 110lb. cardstock in white and cut it to 8 1/2″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall. I scored it on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ to make a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card (also called and A2 size card)…. I took a Distress Oxide Ink Pad in Fired Brick and rubbed the ink pad on the edges of the front of the card so the edges would be red.  Since I was layering another paper over the card base, only the edges would be showing. I had some glittery paper that looked Christmasy that came in a paper stack (that I took the title page off and discarded, so have no idea the name, sorry.) I cut it to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and put a piece of kid’s fun foam on the back with tear tape and adhered it to the front of the card base. I then cut out the Christmas tree die with Crafter’s Companion 40 piece Luxury Cardstock Collection. Before Christmas, they offer a green/red combination, and currently they only are offer a metallics collection, and here’s the link to it on HSN.Com. https://www.hsn.com/products/crafters-companion-40-piece-luxury-cardstock-set/8555808 I also went to Crafter’s Companion’s website and the green is sold with 30 sheets, and you only get green’s whereas on HSN, you’ll get two colors and 40 sheets. I can’t recommend their glitter/mirror cardstock in the luxury collection enough. Here’s the link to their green luxury cardstock, but it is also not available there currently…Maybe if you read this in a few month’s, you’ll be able to order it. https://www.crafterscompanion.com/luxury-cardstock-pack-green.html

I attached the Christmas tree to the front of the card, and used a simple holiday greeting die to cut the sentiment for the inside of the card..I glued this and the tree with wet glue from Ad Tech called Crafter’s Precision Glue. It’s inexpensive and I don’t have any trouble squeezing glue out of the bottle, like I do with other fine tips. Here’s a link to the Ad Tech glue. https://tinyurl.com/sjewegr.   I have a bunch of small pearls and stick-on gems in my stash, that I attached all over the tree in a variety of colors. I took a string of Michael’s Recollections Bling on a Roll (sorry, it was hard to understand what I said there)..and here’s a link to them. https://tinyurl.com/rqjwft2.   I laid them across the card beneath the tree to give the tree a place to land and called the card finished.

I hope you enjoyed my last Christmas project….It was simple, but looks really pretty in person…


Today, Rich and I did our annual Christmas shopping trip.  If you don’t know the story, we don’t have many people to buy gifts for at Christmas, and neither of us really need anything, but we missed the idea of shopping for gifts.  So a couple of years ago, we decided we would (just for fun) go to Erie, and shop in several store until we met our goal….The plan is that we could only spend fifteen minutes in a store, and we both need to buy a total of five gifts for ourselves and the total can’t be more than $25.  (Neither of us need anything and it’s sometimes hard to come up with ideas once we’re out there, but sometimes, like today, it was simple.)

We started at T J Maxx, where I bought two bottles of OPI nail polish I found on our way to checkout for $3.99 each.  They normally are around $10 each, so I was thrilled to find them.  Then we went to Bath & Body Works where they had a Sugar Cookie mist for $6 and another Lemon Cookie scent, also for $6.  I had a coupon that gave me another product free, so got one of their room sprays, and I was at my five items and under my $25….We went to H&K and I found a cute pair of earrings for $2, so I ended up with six items for $22.  

Rich bought a stocking cap for $6 at TJ Maxx and got a great deal on boxer briefs at H&M $6 for three pair, and we went to Ollie’s, a discount store, where he bought some things to wash the car and a touch-up pen for paint on our car (I think it’s a sealer), and Rain-ex wipes and a crossword puzzle book for our vacation in February.  I’m not sure of his total, but I know he was under budget too.

We don’t wrap these things, just have fun shopping and sticking to our time limit and our budget.  We do buy each other a couple of gifts as well, but this has given us a way to add some fun back into our holiday season.  When you don’t have kids or grandkids to buy for, it’s not as much fun.   We have a few friends we exchange gifts with, but it’s not the same as when our parents were alive and we focused on making sure they had a good Christmas.  Since they’ve all passed, our traditions and family events have gone with them.

Luckily, our college friends have decided to spend the day together and we’re all making one dish for the meal and we’ll be spending Christmas together, watching movies.  I think there will be four couples, so our quest for family has been satisfied.  You never know where your “family” will come from…and we’re so lucky to have wonderful friends to share the day with. 

Here’s wishing all of you a Merry Christmas, and a happy and healthy 2020.

Simple Dollar Tree Hand Soap Turtleneck Sweater Party Favor or Stocking Stuffer

I wanted to make an easy gift for a dinner I was going to, and decided to use what I had on hand….I made a turtleneck sweater for a Bath & Body Works pump hand soap link: https://www.bathandbodyworks.com/s?q=… and put it inside a Dollar Tree women’s red fuzzy sock. I couldn’t find the red fuzzy socks on their website, but our Dollar Tree still had some in stock this week. You’ll put the hand soap inside the sock and pull it so the soap is at the bottom of the sock, with the heel of the sock to the back of the bottle. I then took the top of the sock and folded it inside the top until the top of the sock was below the pump of the bottle. I tied a clear white ribbon around the neck of the bottle, and added a snowflake ornament from the Dollar Tree to the front with hot glue. The snowflakes come in a pack of (I think) eight and I couldn’t find them on their website either, but did they were still in my store last week…I removed the clear plastic tie that was on the snowflake, as I didn’t need that to attach it to anything, but you could avoid the hot glue if you used the clear plastic string to drape it around the neck of the bottle…


Yesterday, we were invited to a friend’s house for a Christmas party with some of our college friends.  I had been talking to one of the wives, and wondered if maybe we should take small tokens to give to the other wives, and she finally got back to me and said, yes, we definitely should.  By then I had about four hours to decide what to buy and where to find them in the small town I live in, and honestly, that was the big challenge.  I’d already bought an oversized plush blanket for the woman that was hosting the dinner, and had wine ready for them, but hadn’t really thought about what I should take for the other women.  I needed three gifts, and after a lot of deliberation, decided I could make something that would be OK….I have to be honest, I didn’t think I had a choice, since our town doesn’t have a lot of quality stores to shop….I didn’t think a candle from Big Lots or Walmart would be a great option, and that was the suggestion my girlfriend had for me..  I know the gift I ended up making isn’t terrific, but with short notice, it was the best I could do.  I created a video and will make it the next post on my blog.

Today I focused on trying to clean the chaos that is my house, and afterward, decided to read a book.  I haven’t had time for anything but Christmas preparation for so long, I decided I deserved a break.

The women last night were really gracious about the hand soaps, but since I didn’t know one of them at all, and only slightly knew another, I wasn’t really worried.  I did the best I could with the time I had.  I probably would have told them that if I knew them better…and, we probably would have laughed about my gift attempt, but like I said, I didn’t know them well enough to worry.