Learn to Stamp a Masterboard and a Freebie!

Hi friends! Today we are going to hop in the crafty time machine to when rubber stamping was in its hey-day. Scrapbooking was not a popular hobby yet so we did not have access to all of the gorgeous papers that we can get today so we had to make our own backgrounds. Well, everything old is new again and we are making backgrounds with gelli plates and other mediums but let’s not forget about our good old stamps! I am using stamps from the More Bugz set from Lost Coast Designs. Here is the journal page I made that inspired this tutorial:

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But I wondered if I might like it better without the stenciling and collage so I made this card:

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I just could not decide so I will show you the entire process and YOU can decide where you want to stop. This is known as creating a master-board:

I mentioned in the video that you might love your creation so much that you will want to photocopy it so you do not have to cut up the actual paper. I asked Linda, the owner of Lost Coast Designs if I could share a high-resolution photo of the master-boards I made for my blog readers to print and use and she said “Sure, why not!” so if you click on the photos below it will take you to a larger image you can save and print. Thanks Linda! It pays to do business with good companies like Lost Coast Designs!

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That’s it for today. I just ordered a new microphone and I have a project I want to try it out on! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Win these stamps & try this faux sumi-e technique!

Hi Friends! We have another great giveaway from the fine folks at Art Neko (Formally About Art Accents) today! You can win the stamps I used in this postcard:

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In today’s tutorial I will show you how to use a waterbased ink that bleeds with inktense blocks or watercolor paints to create to mimic the look of Chines brush painting and Sumi-e.  Watch the video to see how:

* You can see how I created my inktense block travel palette here.

Supplies:

  1. inktense blocks or watercolor paints
  2. crab, seashell and sentiment stamp from Art Neko
  3. postcard back stamp from Art Neko (this large stamp is on sale right now for .99 cents! regular $10, hurry!)
  4. thick smooth paper torn to 4″x6″ size
  5. black soot Distress Ink

Directions:

  1. Stamp images with black ink.
  2. Use a small brush to add paint, let the colors run.
  3. Paint swirls and accents around the card.
  4. Stamp large postcard lines on the back.

If you want a chance to win the Art Neko stamps I used on today’s project then leave a comment. I will choose a winner in one week. If you are heading over to Art Neko to shop make sure you use my discount code: Lindsay10% to save on your non-sale rubber. Good luck and happy crafting!

A Fathers Day Gift Kids Can Make Today!

Hi Friends! Today I have a craft for kids to make for their Dads or Grandfathers using items you have around the house or in the recycling bin and basic craft supplies:

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You will need:

  • Cardboard (mine is 9″x12″)
  • Colored paper (Blue, white and green, this can be construction paper, cardstock or typing paper)
  • Twine or string
  • Googlie eye
  • Markers or watercolor crayons (or something similar)
  • Metallic eyeshadow
  • a spray bottle of water
  • A hole punch and scissors
  • Optional: Patterned scrapbook paper to use as a mat, I used a 8.5″x11″ necktie pattern I’ve had in my stash forever.

Directions

  1. Distress the cardboard panel by pulling off bits of paper then you can add color, if desired, to the ridges with markers or crayons.
  2. Glue scrapbook paper on cardboard.
  3. Glue a smaller rectangle of blue on top and add a strip of green as shown. Accent with markers or crayons.
  4. Cut a fish shape (I used this free SVG to die cut one) from white paper and color with markers, spray with water to blend (or you can use spray ink) *I dry embossed my fish for texture so do that too if you like before coloring.
  5. While the fish paper is wet dust it with metallic eye shadow.
  6. Adhere fish and draw a hook and line on the background. Glue on googlie eye.
  7. Punch holes and add twine for hanging.
  8. Write or Type “Fishing you a happy father’s day” on a strip of paper and adhere.

Pretty neat for a last-minute gift huh? It would go great with a fishing licence and a new box of tackle I think! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Last Minute Valentines & 50% off!

Hey friends! Just wanted to pop in and let you know that EVERYTHING at Lindsay Stamp Stuff is 50% off today! Also I wanted to share a quick and easy last minute valentine you can make with your kids for their class:

Click here to print the sheet of saying for the back of the cards. I used large tags from Papermart for these, I love those tags!

If you are looking for other last minute valentine favors why not try these, they are 50% off today and you can print and cut them at home! You don’t even need to make a trip to the store  (unless you run out of candy that is!)

Valentines Galore! SVG and PrintablesBeautiful Gown SVGFunky Jar Digital StampsHugs & Kisses PapersDecorative Doilies SVGCake Box Favors SVGBag Bonanza!Fancy Cupcake Box SVGValentine Party Printables & SVGValentine Party Add-on PrintableA little loving Valentine SVG and ClipartOoh La La SVGSweet Treat Valentine SVG cutting files3-D Mailbox Template

Don’t wait, the 50% off sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff ends at midnight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Who wants to win some stamps? {and a Copic coloring video tutorial}

***Breaking news! Since we have had so many comments just hours after posting the giveaway Annette and Barry, the owners of About Art Accents/Art Neko, are letting me pick 2 winners! Leave a comment people! Good luck & Merry Christmas!***

Oh my goodness, I have so many Christmas projects yet to blog, what’s a girls to do? Hey, I know, I’ll give away some stamps!

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Since I was a slacker very busy crafter this month I forgot to giveaway some Christmas stamps from About Art Accents so the totally awesome, completely understanding owner said “go ahead Lindsay, post the giveaway and we will give away a surprise bundle of goodies” since my readers will need Christmas stamps in a week like a hole in the head. I like surprises and if you have a look at the About Art Accents website I’m sure you will love whatever the prize is. Just leave a comment and you are entered to win, it’s as easy as that! I’ll pick a winner next weekend!

I had a request for a Copic coloring tutorial and as you know I mix and match supplies so here you have an alcohol marker tutorial using Copics, Promarkers and Prismacolors. Look, they all play nice together, so you can try a marker or two from different brands and see what you like best and you won’t have wasted and money because they can be used together. The angel stamp I used can be found here and it is on sale for $4.90 (regular price $7). The papers I used to make the final card can be found at Oriental Trading Company.

Sometimes I forget how much I love coloring with markers. A tip is to stamp out a bunch of images and keep them in a bag with your markers (clear cosmetic bags are great for this) and you can take them with you to color in front of the TV, on trips, or wherever you might be. It is an easily portable project and the more you color the better you get!  That’s it for me tonight, leave a comment for a chance to win some wonderful non Christmas stamps from About Art Accents and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Poinsettia!

Good evening friends! I had just about dozed off knitting by the fire when I remembered that I promised you a tutorial tonight! Well, grab your watercolor paints and let’s paint a poinsettia! BTW, if you ever need a crafty fix and I have nothing new on my blog I usually have some new stuff on my YouTube channel that I haven’t had a chance to blog yet (there are at least 3 videos up I have not blogged yet currently) You can even subscribe to my channel and get notified when I post a new video! hmmm, that might be Lindsay overload huh?

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I used Yellow Ocher, Cadmium Red, Sap Green and Ultramarine Blue on this painting as well as a 1/2″ flat and #8 round. Remember limited supplies = harmonious painting. You can go up or down a size or two brush depending on what you have and what you are comfortable with. No hard and fast rules tonight! I painted this on a 140# cold press watercolor card.

Well that’s it for me, I’m going to see if I can finish a few more rows of my first cable knit project tonight before I get too droopy! Cables are super fun and awesome and I will be sharing soon! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s like a dystopian hug! {a free Katniss cowl wrap pattern!}

Edit: 12/4/13: I made another wrap with a crochet neckline, pattern at the end of the post!

Hello friends! I did it! I crocheted a version of the wrap Katniss Everdeen wore in the new Hunger Games movie. You can get my pattern here for free. I looked at other patterns but most were knit and they all were worked in 2 or 3 pieces and sewn together and I wasn’t crazy about the stiff rope neck most had so I came up with a simple one piece crochet number with a bit of knitting on the neck. What do you think?

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In case you are confused or work better from an explanation than from a pattern I took a break from romping through the woods to shoot this quick video explaining how I made it:

I wore this to a friends house today and got rave reviews from her and her teenage son who saw the movie!

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I even wore this in my unheated basement studio and was as cozy as a mouse and my arms were free for crafty adventures!

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Here are the materials I used. It was easiest to use the Denise interchangeable needles for the neck because I could just swap out the needles as needed. I have both the knitting and crochet sets, they are a fabulous Christmas gift because you have all the sizes right there for most any project.

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Here you can see how the garment is made. Refer to the printable PDF pattern here for all the juicy details!

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That’s it for me tonight. I have to thank my daughter Lila for her camera skills capturing all of the outdoor action shots. (She is working on her Girl Scout digital photographer badge.)  I truly feel like a district 12 rebel in this wrap. Well I guess this “wraps” it up LOL! Pun intended! Until next time happy crafting!

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Crochet option for the neckline!

So, many of you told me that you don’t knit and wanted a crochet version of the neckline, well here it is!  The stitch pattern we are doing will make a ribbed cowl, it is very stunning!

Using a size n hook (or whatever you were crocheting with)

First round: Half-double Crochet (HDC) into every other stitch in the neck opening, join with slip stitch.  Try and have an even number of stitches, crochet into an extra one if you have to to make the first round an even number.

Second Round: Chain 2, *Double Crochet (DC) into the front post of the next stitch, DC in the back post of the next stitch* and continue working from * to*  in a spiral until the neck is as tall as you like (about 8″)stop when you are about 6 stitches from the start of the round. You can look for the tail of yarn left when you joined the neck. Weave in ends and wear it!

Finishing: When you are 6 stitches away from the start of the round switch from DC to HDC for 3 stitches then SC for 3 stitches and join to next stitch with a slip-stitch.

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