Happy 4th of July & Create with Freedom!

Hi friends! I want to wish all of my american readers a happy 4th of July!

And I am going to show you how to make this card:

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The motorcycle stamp is from Local King Rubber Stamps. The “Happy birthday” is SU! (retired) and the Frame is Inque Boutique (retired) the stencils and dauber bottlers were from Oriental Trading Company.  It was rough going, there were a couple of times during  this tutorial that I thought I might have to toss it and start again but I persevered and I liked the outcome. The best part of have a project go downhill is that there is no where to go but up! You should keep at it because you can’t make it any worse, you have nothing to lose…Didn’t Janis Joplin say something like that? Are you curious how it went? Watch the video:

It is raining n Maine right now so no fireworks tonight. We are going to have a family movie night instead, we are going to watch The Parent Trap! In fact, I better go make popcorn! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Take me out the the ballgame!

Hi friends! Need a quick card for a baseball lover? Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make one!

I used a snow globe stamp from TooMuchFun Rubberstamps and turned it into a baseball. You can customize the colors on the baseball cap insignia to match your recipients favorite team. It is quick and easy and you could even put a pocket in there to hold tickets! I demoed my new envelope punch board I received from Oriental Trading at the end of the video, what do you think? It is pretty easy;) I hope this inspired you to look at your stamps in a new way! Happy crafting!

Wicked Cool Stamped Stained Glass Technique!

Hi Friends, you know I mean business when I use the word “wicked!”  I could not wait to use the new stained glass stamp I bought from DRS Designs from the Heirlooms show on Saturday. I’ve had this iris stamp for years, I think they work so well together:

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You can make any stamp you have look like stained glass with that stamp, see how I did it in today video tutorial:

My friend Cindi and a youtube viewer suggested trying a large crackle stamp to get this effect. That is a neat idea and I am a big believer of using what you have. I am also a fan of buying supplies that make my other supplies more useful. Just think of all of the stamps you can try the stained glass technique with!

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It’s been a long day and I am ready to call it a night! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Show Ticket Winners and a Card Tutorial!

Howdy friends! First, let me announce the 8 lucky folks who won tickets to the Heirloom Productions stamp show in W. Springfield Mass for next weekend: Lynne, Debby Graham, Ginny Maxam, Maureen Robertson, Chris Baxevanis, Richard, Amalia Montano and Marie Mordeszewski!!! Yay! I hope to meet you all at the show! No worries if you did not win, you can still purchase discounted tickets online until the 3rd for $6 or at the door for $8. I can’t wait to go! Winners, I have sent your names and emails to Heirloom Productions and they will email your personalized tickets within a day or two.  Since we are all about the stamping today I thought I’d show you how to make one of my famous “Headin’ out the door on the way to a birthday party” cards:

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This card was made for a friend of my daughters right before we left for the party. Watch how quick and easy it is as I make the card in real time in under 20 minutes coloring included!

The stamps are from Penny Black and the paper is from Fancy Pants. I just realized I got the cardstock and patterned paper both on sale for cheap at the Heirloom show last year, cool huh? If you want to buy one of the bow making jigs my husband makes you can here.

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I hope you enjoyed this quick card project and try a quick and simple card yourself sometime, remember this is supposed to be fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

And the Stamp Winner is…..

…Jennie! Congrats, you have won some stamps from About Art Accents! Check your email for instructions on how to get them:) Don’t worry if you didn’t win, you can use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your non-sale rubber. Here is another card I made using some fishy stamps from About Art Accents:

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I think this is my new favorite set of stamps! The background of the card was made by pressing plastic wrap onto a scrap of Yupo paper that was painted and flicked with watercolor. I let the paper dry with the plastic wrap on it and got a cool texture. You can do this technique with cardstock, glossy cardstock and photo paper as well, it is a neat look! At first I was going to stamp the octopus on the background paper but the inked stamp removed the watercolor from the Yupo and not in a good way, so I stamped it on a scrap of cardstock and colored him with metallic colored pencils. I was not happy with the white background so I inked up the jellyfish with clear embossing ink and stamped the swirly bits all over the image then dabbed chalk over it, I repeated that with a couple other stamps from the set to add subtle texture. I still wanted more texture so I ran the panel through an embossing folder. The best part of stamping with clear ink then chalking it is that you don’t have to wash your stamps after! The glycerin I use to re ink my stamp pad conditions the rubber! To embellish I added strips of painted drywall mesh and some clay sand dollars I made ages ago. Here is a look at the gorgeous stamps in the Marine 1 stamp set:

Jellyfish, octopus, sea-shells and asian-script on a sheet of unmounted rubber stamps.

I hope you have some creative time planned this weekend, if so, tell me, what are you going to make? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

We go together like….

…painting and stamping!

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I had this card I painted a couple of weeks ago sitting on my desk, it needed something so I stamped this quote on the front and happy birthday on the inside. Now I am all set for the next birthday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make a Minion Card!

Howdy Friends! Last week when I made my nephews monster card I thought the oval monster body from the Make a Monster set by Stampin Up looked like a minion from Despicable Me, then I got to thinking about the crazy purple evil minions and I just had to make a card:

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It was easy, you just need to add a few lines with a pen. I’ll even show you how to draw a minion if you do not have this stamp set in today’s video:

These cards will be great to have on hand. I decided to try and find some funny sayings and quotes that could go with these minions…minion memes LOL!

  • Families are like fruitcakes…mostly sweet with a few nuts.
  • Friends: They know how crazy you are and still choose to be seen with you in public.
  • Good friends don’t let you do stupid things…alone!
  • We’ll be friends until we are old and senile…then we’ll be new friends!

Birthday:

  • You’re only young once but you can be immature for a lifetime!
  • It’s nice to be young, healthy and full of energy. Can you remember?!
  • Old enough to know better…Young enough to still do it.
  •  You are only as old as you act.

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I have been struggling with weather or not to do my videos in real time (like this one and most of mine are-see you can make a card in 20 minutes!) or if I should try and chop it down shorter. I seem to have no problem chatting for 20 minutes strait and hopefully you find the tips and hints worth the length. Let m know what you think please! well, that’s it for me today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

And the winner is…..

Howdy folks! It’s time to draw a winner from last weeks About Art Accents stamp giveaway! And the winner is Emilie Boyd! Congrats! I’m sure you will find many ways to use that beautiful Kokopelli stamp set! Well, we made it to the beach yesterday, it was a glorious 85 degree day and the kids played and had a ball. I met one of my best friends who also has 9 year old twin girls (our twin sets have been friends since they were a few months old!) and my son brought a friend he has had since kindergarten and they were all so good. No whining, no injuries, it was a great day! I drove my kids and the boys and I loved overhearing their conversation about the recent Red Sox game and which players were best. I’m so glad they are into other things besides tv and video games. We stayed at the beach until dinner and when we came home I was exhausted, boy that lying around in a beach chair, watching the kids swim really takes it outta me! LOL! I did however, eek out enough energy to make this card:

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I stamped the geisha on purple and embossed it then painted it with metallic watercolors. I used up some backgrounds I made recently (I seem to love making background papers but never use them, must correct that!) and I also used one of those Making Memories metal tag curler tool thingies that I have had for years! I win the day!

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The stamp is by About Art Accents. I wanted to try a stamp I have never inked before (shameful I know, I hat the think how many stamps I have in the “uninked” category, one time I said I was not going to buy another stamp until I had used everyone I had at least once…ok…you can stop laughing now…really, stop.)

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I have another busy end of summer day today, the dog has her yearly checkup (and shots!) and we are going to visit my parents. Wow summer is ending fast! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Make Art, Not Trash! {and my 5 year blogaversary!)

Holy moly, can you believe that I have been blogging for 5 years! Well, maybe it feels longer for you LOL but for me it seems like just yesterday I sat down at the computer and opened a wordpress account! Writing this blog has helped me develop as an artist and opened the door to so many wonderful opportunities from freelance art and design work to writing my own column for Scrap & Stamp Arts. The lovely comments from readers make my day and the support I feel from you is overwhelming. I have received sponsorships from many art & crafts companies which I am thankful for but also I have tried to stick to my frugal crafting roots by offering up low-cost and recycling projects (like the one I have for you today.) This is my 1300th post, how am I doing? Here is a card I made for the occasion using some prints from Styrofoam trays that were headed to the trash:

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Some people had a hard time obtaining the ingredients to make a gelatin plate or finding the rubber gasket (I posted a tutorial on printmaking on plumbers gasket last week on YouTube, that video will be at the end of this post) I used for another printmaking project. Then I remembered how much fun it is to make prints from Styrofoam trays. All you need is a Styrofoam take out tray (cut out a flat panel with a craft knife), acrylic  paint, a brayer or paintbrush and some mark making tools. Let’s go!

I used the prints I made on this easel card. The stamps I used are by Pink Persimmon. Tip! Flip your clear stamps around on your block and stamp with the backside for custom shadow stamps like I did for the 3 circles on this card!

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As promised here is my rubber plumbers gasket printmaking video. I scored a bunch of 12″x12″ sheets of rubber for 99 cents each at a hardware store, I have die cut it into custom stamps, cut it down to fit my Big Shot for an embossing pad and used it for various household projects. Plumbers buy this to cut custom leak-proof washers. I guess I was lucky to find such large sheets cheaply because others have had trouble obtaining it. You are not limited to what you can make prints on, some ideas are: Plexiglas (or plastic packaging, scuffing it with sandpaper is helpful), silicone mats, glass (be careful!), EZ cut sheets, and if you look around with a creative eye I bet you can find more ways too! anyway, here is the video, it is very much the same as my other printmaking videos, just with a different materiel as a base. I don’t blame you if you don’t watch the entire video :D

Thanks again for sticking with me over the past 5 years of blogging, I hope I am still at it in 5 more! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Easy Gift Card Holder {baseball themed}

Here is an easy gift card holder that will fit a standard A2 envelope:

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When you open it up it looks like this:

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BTW the stamps I used are by Local King. Here is a video to show you how I made it:

For reference here is how I cut my 8.5″x11″ paper: Cut in half the long way (you get 2 11″x4.25″ panels), cut one of the panels at 5″ and set aside the 6″ long piece. Fold the long panel ink half to make an A2 size card. Score the 4.25″x5″ piece at 1″, 2.5″ & 4″ and fold it in half and fold the short sides up then punch or cut the slot for the gift card and assemble as shown in the video. any questions? Leave a comment! And til next time happy crafting!

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