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!

Rubber Stamp Giveaway & Nature Themed Cards!

Howdy friends! It’s giveaway time! Up for grabs are these beautiful snail and butterfly stamps from Art Neko (formally About Art Accents):

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The full 8″x10″ Garden Friends sheet of stamps that these images came from is gorgeous and on sale for $10 (regularly $20) so you might want to check it out. Don’t worry, if you buy it and end up winning it you can pick different stamps:) Oh and if you see stamps that are not on sale that you want to buy you can use my coupon code for 10% off: Lindsay10% I will show you how I made these cards with lots of tips and hints along the way in today’s video:

Here is a close up of the snail card:

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And the butterfly one…I think I need a sentiment here, what do you think?

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For a chance to win the stamps I used and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko just leave a comment on this blog post and I will select a name at random next Sunday the 25th. Art Neko ships worldwide so anyone on the planet can enter. Good luck and happy crafting!

What in heck do you do with quirky stamps?

Hello friends! If you are like me you have some real doozys in your rubber stamp collection. I love odd, weird and quirky stamps but these types of stamp can be very hard to use (c’mon, how many times can you use a roller skating rhinoceros?) But I am a believer that you should buy what you love for stamps, especially where there is so much samey-samey going on in the stores. I mean really, do 5 stamp companies need to make a stamp of a Polaroid frame, and does that really need to take up space on the shelf with 500 cute cupcakes and owls? Now, to be fair I have my fair share of cute cupcakes and owls but sometimes a girl wants a little strange. So, of course I was delighted when I discovered Lost Coast Designs at a stamp convention 3 years ago, I loved EVERYTHING in that booth. Linda, the owner, is such a nice lady and after a bit of begging on my part agreed to have me on her design team. Aren’t I a lucky-ducky?  :D The only problem is that it can be hard to figure out how to use these stamps in everyday cards. But then I realized that I just need to find an element to tie the cool funky stamp to the occasion I wanted to make a card for. Watch how I make an odd animal into a card appropriate for a graduation:

The tie ins were the hand drawn grad hat and the balloons. You just need to bridge the gap between the weird and the common, sketching on a hat or accessory is an easy way to do that. You could sketch a fishing pole in the dogs paw for a retirement card or stamp party hats on any animals for cute birthday invites. Take a look it the unused stamps in your collection and see if there is a way to “bridge the gap” and use them for an everyday or holiday occasion card. I bet you will come up with some really unique, fun and whimsical cards if you do! You can find the stamps I used today, Pencil background, Circus Dogs and Isle of Aud Animals at Lost Coast Designs and tell ‘um Lindsay sent you! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easiest Bows Ever!

Howdy folks! A couple weeks ago I asked my husband to make a stick of wood with some holes for dowels so that I could tie bows on it. He obliged and I liked it so much I asked if he would be willing to make more to sell. He said sure and I made this video and listed them here in my Shophandmade shop. Here are the Bow Making Jigs in action:

The original jigs were made from an extra walnut and maple chess board he had made. The thin strips of hardwood were glued on Plywood and strips of that were on a cherry base. I loved the way it looked but the amount of orders we received in the first two days completely used up our supplies! Then we started branching out into better woods, here are the new bow making jigs in walnut and maple.

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They are hefty at a pound a piece and are very easy to use not to mention pretty enough to leave out. We kept the price the same but had to charge a bit more for shipping due to the weight.  You can buy your very own Bow-making jig for $20 plus $6.75 S&H in my shop! (international shipping is more, sorry :( ) Bust since I HATE charging so much to ship it I decided to throw in another bonus, you will get my Pretty Packaging and Box Bonanza SVG & Printable template set, an $8 value,  with this purchase along with the $4 of free digital product you earn ($1 for every $5 spent in my Shophandmade shop) normally. The template set and free product of your choice will be emailed to you so be sure you look for my email after ordering.

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So, if you want a beautiful hardwood USA made bow-making tool made lovingly for you and shipped with the utmost care please check out the ones my hubby made! Thanks so much for enduring my shameless promotion tonight and til next time happy crafting!

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I can’t believe I didn’t post this card yet!

This poor card, I stamped and colored the image ages ago, all it really needed was to be adhered to a cardbase but it sat neglected on my shelf for months until, during a cleanup, I tossed it in to my “papercraft UFO (that’s un-finished object by the way)” drawer and I discovered it during the lonely crop last month. I needed a card so I finished it up, it really only needed 5 minutes of work, and the recipient loved it!

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I was thinking about what project to share tonight and it hit me, share the forgotten flower fairy, the image has been waiting on my computer Long enough I think! Here are the details: The stamp was one of the amazing flower fairy sets I got at Custom Crops when they first came out (so glad I did because now they are hard to find) they are manufactured by Crafter’s Companion but they did not have this one anymore on their website either.

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I stamped with waterproof black ink and colored with inktense pencils and a blender pen. I stamped some of the individual flowers from the set, colored and cut them out and adhered them with hot glue for dimension.

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I’m not sure why it took me so long to post this, I think it is like clutter, you see a pile of paper on the coffee table, at first you think, “I need to take care of that” a week later it’s like “I really should deal with those papers” and in a month you’re all “what papers?” because you get so used to seeing something that you don’t notice it. That is my theory, it explains why my coffee table is a cluttered mess too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

This is why I LOVE clear buttons!

Howdy friends! I spent the day scrapbooking. The. Whole. Day. Today was the monthly crop in town and I was excited to go. I decided a couple of months ago to store my unscrapped photos IN my current scrapbook so I could see and enjoy them before I scrapped them and if I did not get every photo scrapped it was OK because the pictures were printed and in there. I tend to use photo collage software to print my pictures in a pleasing arrangement on 8.5″x11″ paper so I can slip that in a letter size page protector and put it in my 12″x12″ D-ring binder with my other layouts. It works great and look fine even if I never trim out the collage and scrapbook it but it is easy when I scrap it because I am dealing with one collage rather than the 5-12 photos I like to put on a page. I also had the brilliant idea to limit myself to creating with the contents of my crafty junk drawer, you know, the bin where you stash the unused die cuts, stamped images, and other experiments that have gone unused or defy categorization to be stored elsewhere. I grabbed a pad of scrapbook paper and I was off to the races…or the crop as the case may be. About a half hour before I was set to leave the organizer of the crop called, she had a sick kid so she offered to unlock the space for me and I could welcome anyone else who came, she was expecting a few more people. I had planned to crop from 9-6 no matter what so I did not mind, hey, I got to create in an area that was not 52 degrees! Well, nobody came to crop. :( Lorraine popped in just back from Florida to say “hello” and I saw another  friend who was opening a preschool in another part of the building but no other croppers. This gets me to thinking…are crops a thing of the past? We have no local scrapbook stores and the big box stores do not have crops. I am the youngest scrapbooker who attends our local crops and I am no spring chicken! And to make matters worse many people are not even printing photos anymore. It kinda makes me sad. I have been feeling the same way about stamp shows too, the attendance gets lower each year with fewer vendors and the show-goers are getting older. How long will it last?

Well, that was just depressing, what I meant to blog about tonight was customizing clear buttons! I brought some with me today with the dream of every scrapbook layout I made having a cute custom button it but as luck would have it I forgot my wet glue and there was no one to borrow some from. Best laid plans…

But now! Oh, the buttons I shall make! I hope you enjoyed the video and my tale of woe. It’s just a reminder to go to a crop if you know of one because if you don’t there might not be any in the future.  If you have a hobby you enjoy help the local craft community thrive! Maybe I’ll see you at a crop or stamp convention soon! ;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Rub on Resist!

Hi folks! Just popping in quick to share a quick and easy technique using supplies you probably have in your stash and if not I’ll tell you how to substitute!

Thanks for watching! Have a great Sunday and til next time happy crafting!

A Colorful Card for Saint Patrick’s Day!

Hello Friends! Tonight I am sharing a card that is easy and fun to make:

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I love all of the cheerful colors available in corrugated paper from Papermart. Each package has ten 20″x27″ sheets for only $3.20 making it a great value for seasonal crafts and crafting with children. The most surprising thing about it was that I could use it with my paper punches! It adds great texture without extra weight and bulk so these greetings are great to mail.  What’s more the design is so simple you can change up the stamping and sentiment and use this idea for birthday invitations or everyday greetings. So, do you want to see how I made it? I’ll show you in this video:

How easy was that, the hardest part of that project was finding the box of eyelets I dropped LOL! Think of all of the crafts and decorations you can make with this versatile corrugated paper and other wonderful supplies from Papermart, the options are endless. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: Using Chalk Pastels to Stamp!

Howdy folks! My crafty mojo made an appearance today while I was playing with my chalk pastels.

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It got me to thinking, chalk ink is expensive but you can get  set of student grade chalk (aka soft) pastels at the craft store for cheap (48 for $10) so I used said cheap pastels to stamp with, have a look:

Extra bonus, this is a technique that I would use the expensive inktense blocks with and the pastels work just as well and they are more in the price range of average crafters. What’s more most of us have some type of pastel or decorator chalk in our stash from 10 years ago when it was all the rage (yes, if you can pop those suckers out of the palette they came in you can use them!)

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I love that you can stamp on dark-colored cardstock with these too! Is there no end to the fun we can have with these inexpensive goodies? Now, I got a lot of questions on YouTube about whether the stamped image needs to be sealed. Well, before I took the photos I rubbed may hand over the images, no smudging at all. Another reason I would not seal them is that it might darken the color or make them disappear on dark cardstock, also sometimes fixatives will make paper brittle over time (especially if you are a cheap skate like me and use Aqua-Net as a sealer LOL!)

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So there you have it! Another use for an old product you probably already have, if not you can obtain them cheaply. I spied many sets that looked pretty good for under $10 at my local ACmoore. Look for rich, vivid colors and you can’t go wrong. In case you are wondering if you should spend big bucks on artist grade pastels ask yourself this: Are you going to paint a picture with them? Do you have children who will share them with you? Do you have proper ventilation? I love artist grade pastels and I paint with them. The colors will last longer because they contain pigments, some of which are toxic such as cobalt, cadmium, and other baddies and you shouldn’t breathe the dust. You don’t have to worry so much about student grade products because they are non-toxic, I don’t recommended breathing the dust on purpose or anything but they are a lot safer and the results will still be lovely. Chances are if you are using them in a scrapbook, journal or card they will not be hanging in direct sunlight for an extended period of time either, the cheap stuff is fine for this, BTW all of the chalk in the scrapbook “archival” aisle is the cheap stuff with a bigger price tag. You’re welcome.  I hope this project unleashed some creativity in you today, feel free to share what you have created by leaving a link in the comments, I’d love to see! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Glimmer Bubble Paper, a Valentine and a Winner!

Well happy Friday friends! I’m just gonna jump right in and announce the winner of the About Art Accents Year of the Horse stamp set winner, it’s:  poetryoflifebyjane! Congrats! 172 people entered and your name was drawn, have fun with your new stamps! :D  If you didn’t win, no worries, the stamp set is on sale for $12.99 (regularly $19.99) and it is worth every penny:) Today I am using more stamps by About Art Accents, some Valentine stamps to make this card:

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I am entering in the Oriental Stamp Art challenge to use Mizuhiki cord but I didn’t have any so I used satin Rat-tail cord from Papermart instead. I make do. I also made the background paper using a moldy-oldie stamping technique that would be just right for all of the artsy-fartsy cards, scrapbooks and journals we like to make. Get some white glue, cheap eye-shadow and you heat gun cuz I’m gonna show you how it’s done!

After posting that video I was asked for ideas using it in a card, well, here it is:

I hope you have a crafty weekend! We might eek out of the single digits tomorrow (yeah, heatwave baby, where’s my suntan oil?) so that is quite exciting! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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