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!

Beautiful Cityscape {I love this stamp!}

Howdy friends! I spent some time today just playing at my desk stamping. I got a new stack of rubber from Lost Coast Designs and in it was this beautiful cityscape stamp:

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The markers, buttons, doily and washi tape were all left on my desk from a previous project and I was just playing with no expectation…and sometimes that’s when you end up with something you really like. You can see how I made this card here:

So, what new products are you wanting to play with? They don’t even have to be new, sometimes when you revisit old product that you haven’t used in a while it is just like buying something new. No, really. I have been in the process of going through old tins of colored pencils and pastels and just playing (to curb my desire for the set of 72 Inktense Blocks that I have been coveting for months now) and I find that trying new techniques with old products fills that need for “new” and I get to feel good that I used something I already had rather than the guilt of buying yet another medium. Then when you do get something new, like the stamp I used today for example, it magnifies the uses of your old product and keeps it fresh. New stuff is fun but trying new techniques with old products is fun too and not to mention free since those supplies are already bought and paid for. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Giveaway! Year of the Horse Stamp Set!

Howdy friends! I had another chance to play with my new Year of the Horse rubber stamps from About Art Accents (you can see another project with them here)  and here are the results:

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2014 might be the year of the horse but I can see myself using this versatile stamp set over and over again in not only my Asian themed cards but in general cards too. Watch this video to see how I used my watercolor pencils to stamp and paint on plain cream cardstock. It is so easy!

Here is a close up of the finished card. If I didn’t use origami paper I think the card would have a Southwestern flair! Totally versatile!

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So, now do you want to win these stamps from About Art Accents? Leave a comment and I will draw a winner next Friday the 24th! That’s all there is to it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Winners & a New Tutorial!

Howdy folks! Last week I hosted a giveaway from the generous and fabulous About Art Accents and we had so many people enter the first night, and with it being Christmas ans all, the owner said I could pick two winners! Yay! and (drum-roll please) here they are! Kim Ferguson and Jackie P! Congrats ladies, you have some fabulous surprise stamps coming your way! Be sure to check your email for details! Speaking of great stamps, check out this chickadee stamp from About Art Accents, it is part of the 50 state birds & flowers collection:

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I think though, after the weather we have had in Maine this week I should have given my tree some snow and icy glitter! BTW BIG THANKS to all of the road crews, tree cutters and linemen (and women) who worked tirelessly through the holiday from as far south as Rhode Island to get the power back on in Maine, we would still be in the dark if it wasn’t for you! Sorry about that brief aside, I’m just feeling grateful to have electricity :D Anyway, here is the tutorial:

I hope you got enough tips and techniques there to make it worth watching a 20 minute video. Here is a look at the cards close up.

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Tips!

  1. Make an envelope (I use the Kreate-a-lope) and use the scraps to decorate you card!
  2. Speaking of scraps save them in files sorted by color, that way you won’t need to cut into a full sheet of cardstock for paper piecing or when you just need a bit of a color. Plus you get interesting pattern and color combos when scraps mix and mingle!
  3. Speaking of paper piecing, take a look at your punches, what else can you make from the tired old shapes, my notched circle punch became a pine-cone, a balloon can become an Easter egg, dig out the old tools and use them in a new way!
  4. Switch out scissors for a craft knife and ruler, you will be surprise how quickly you can cut smooth banners and even mats, your die cutter will get lonely!
  5. Before you run to the store to buy the latest and greatest think about the tools and supplies you already have and see if you can duplicate it! Creativity is a muscle, use it or lose it! I think we can all enjoy that workout, am I right?

Thanks to About Art Accents for letting me pick two stamp winners this month and thanks to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Exploring Gelatos & a {late} Stamp Winner!

Happy Saturday friends! First let me apologize, I completely forgot to announce the winner of last weeks About Art Accents stamp giveaway! It’s: Dee Snow! Dee, check your email for instructions;) I get so thrown off schedule when the kids have short school weeks!

I got a request from a  YouTube viewer to show some techniques for use with Faber Castell Gelatos and Gel Sticks.  They hare chapstick like tubes of creamy color. They are pretty strait forward to use but I completely understand the wee bit of creative paralysis one get when faced with a new supply. The best way to learn about a new medium is to use it I think so to break the ice for you I made a card using most of the techniques I could think of. Grab some cream cardstock and let’s play!

In the video I mentioned Nancy Waterman’s excellent e-article on Gelatos and Gelsticks, you can download it for free here. I’m sure by the end of that booklet and my video you will be coming up with even more ways to use these little beauties! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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