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!

Awesome Washi Fake Out Stamping!

Attention Washi Tape Hoarders! Ahh, that got your attention didn’t it? I have a couple rolls of washi tape but I never seem to use it, either it is too nice to use, or it does not match my project or I forget I have it. Well, no more excuses because today I have a way for you to get the look of washi tape on your project without using or making tape! It is a masking trick and I will show you how to make the masks and use it and it is practically free! Nice huh? check out my faux washi card, nothing by cardstock and ink baby!

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Watch the video to see how:

I like this better than the fake washi stamps I was wanting. I love it when I can get the look of something I want with what I already have, don’t you? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Halloween Postcard: Quick & Easy!

Hello friends! In case anyone is wondering I am happy to report that I finished the parent/student cross country race yesterday. I was really hoping there would be some out of shape parents in the race instead of all of the fit military dads joining in. There were only a few moms in the race, what’s up with that? I didn’t overdo it, I jogged/speed-walked with another mom and we had a grand time gabbing and catching up as we navigated the course. I figured there was no point overdoing it and being sore for a week…I wasn’t “in it to win it” as they say but it does give you a respect for the kids who run this every day. My daughters ran the race too (and did far better than their old lady) so I think I will have 3 runners in the family next season when they are old enough to join the team. OK, today I have a quick Halloween postcard for you, this can also be adapted to make a 1 layer card or tag. I used stamps from About Art Accents and if you have not entered the prize draw on last Fridays post be sure you do so you have a chance to win some of their stamps!

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I filmed 3 videos yesterday and I have to say it was quantity over quality, really I think I was a bit off my game because I was nervous about the race. With that in mind here is the video:

Remember you can use my coupon code: Lindsay10% whenever you shop at About Art Accents, I think you put it in the paypal comment box and they refund the savings. That’s it for me today, I still have to walk the dog (she does not understand that I did a race last night so I am all set with exercise today LOL!) and get ready to film this weeks Ask-a-Crafter episode with Lorraine. I guess I better get cracking! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Easy Masked One Layer Cards!

Here is a fun, easy project to make this weekend. You don’t need many supplies and I bet you have everything you need on hand. The ginkgo stamps are by About Art Accents and the Sentiment is by Stampin Up! PS you can use this coupon code to save 10% off regular prices at About Art Accents: Lindsay10% PSS Most of the Ginkgo stamps are 50% off!!! Do you feel a spree coming on?

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Tip: To save money on cards and envelopes wait until the large craft stores (Joann, ACmoore and probably the other ones too) put their packs of 50 5″x7″ card/envelope packs on sale. They come in white, cream and kraft and go on sale for $5 several times a year, especially around Christmas. You can get a card base and envelope for 10 cents and no cutting! They are not the thickest cards out there but they are perfect for this technique!

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By masking I give the illusion of depth. Notice how the circle in the center seems to be on top? Neat huh? Watch the video to see how it is done!

Mistakes happen! Check this out, it is my favorite card because of a mistake I made while masking.

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Notice the ginkgo branch in front of the center circle, I forgot to mask the circle when I started to stamp! So I grabbed my colored pencils and colored it so it looks like it is there on purpose! Shhhhh…don’t tell anyone. :D I hope you give this easy card a try. Sometimes it is good to get back to our stamping roots and revisit old techniques. Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Faux Postage & Reverse Masking Video!

Do you want a quick and easy (not to mention inexpensive to make and mail) card technique? Well, read on my friend! Today I’ll show you some easy techniques while we make this card:

 

I used the sketch from Oriental Stamp Art and stamps from About Art Accents (all except the postmarks, they are Limited Edition and Hero Arts) Sorry about the length, it’s 20 minutes, but chock full of tips!

 

There you have it! Wasn’t that easy? Now go grab your ink and play and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Masking & Cats Wearing Hats!

I have several stamps in my collection of dressed-up cats…and mice, there is just something about animals wearing clothes that makes me smile  :)  I grabbed this set of Party Hat Cats from Lost Coast Designs at the stamp show I went to because they were too cute to pass up. I put them on postcards:

Since I was working on a postcard I needed to keep the card one layer so it could mail without stuff getting ripped off of it. When you want to make a one-layer card like this you need to mask, don’t worry, it is quick an easy. See how in my quick tip video:

One of my favorite tricks for putting glitz on a card it with clear nail polish. It dries quick and you can even sprinkle more glitter in it if you like, just seal it with more polish after!

One last tip! When working on photo paper don’t heat set it or heat emboss o it of the paper will crack. I took one for the team figuring that out LOL! I intended on white embossed words on the card but ended up with a tiny crack in the glossy coating of the paper…so now you know-don’t heat the photo paper LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A colored pencil tutorial so easy a 7-year-old can do it!

It’s true, I filmed this video yesterday and my daughter saw it when she came home from school and had to try it! I think one of the most fun techniques you can try with colored pencils is to use them on colored cardstock and patterned paper. Today I’ll show you how to color thickly and blend your colors so they pop out from the background.

This video is a long one (14 minutes) but there are extra tips and tricks so I hope you like it:

Here are some closer shots of the cards. I used the sketch at Oriental Stamp Art for this card:

I can not tell you how happy I am with this grossly expensive stamp set I bought last month (Stampin’ Up’s Occasion Alphabet, $31.95 on cling foam) I am using it all the time, I love the quirky, yet useful, sentiments and how it fits perfectly in the oval frame stamp I’ve had for years!

So, remember at the beginning of the post when I told you that my 7-year-old tried this technique? Well, take a look at her beautiful coloring job:

What are you waiting for? You can do this! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Loopy Felt Flower Tutorial & Lots of Tips!

Boy oh boy, am I ready for spring!  I am using flowers everywhere and when I saw an advertisement for Basic Grey’s new loopy felt flowers I had to see if I could make them myself. How did I do?

They are fun, easy and only take seconds. All you need is craft store felt sheets, you know, the .25 cent kind and a pair of scissors and a dob of glue. Honestly, they cost about 2 cents each to make so why not give it a try. Watch the short video to see how:

Here are the written instructions: Fold a 1.5″ x9″ strip of felt in half the long way. cut slits every 1/8″ (you can use fringe scissors to speed things up) then roll up the strip and secure with hot glue. You can cut leaves from green felt and add them if you wish. If you want a flower with a round center just use a 1/2″x4″ strip of felt and roll that up into a coil then attach the folded fringed piece and roll as before. Easy peasy!

More tips!!!

I loved the background paper I made the other day, so much that I did not want to cover it up so I stamped a magnolia collage stamp on top. Here are some tips for stamping on pattern paper

1. Color the image with regular wax-based colored pencils (like Prismacolor or Crayola) the colors, especially the light ones, are opaque and will block out the pattern underneath. Color firmly to blend.

2. Frame the image by using a reverse mask. I used Post-It notes to make a frame around my stamped image and sponged (a make-up wedge works great!)on brown ink. When you remove the post it note you have a pretty frame just like magic and you can still see parts of your beautiful paper!

3. This probably goes without saying BUT, use a dark ink on a patterned background so it will show up :D

One last tip!

Mix and match your frame and sentiment stamps for snazzy new looks! I have had this oval frame from Rubber Stampede for years, I love how well it pairs up with the Stampin Up stamps I just got this month. That oldie is not moldy anymore!

That’s all for today, I am having friends over to craft tonight so I must clean up the crap..er craft room!  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Faux Postage

Hello crafters, a few weeks ago I signed up to so a faux postage mingle at Oriental Stamp Art, we each had to make 10 fake postage stamps and mail them to another OSA member, I found this quite addicting, I made a ton:

Here is how I made the faux postage:

After you have inked and stamped over the mask, remove the mask and cut apart with stamp-edge scissors. These are only to be used as decorations, not to trick the postal system. Here I used some to decorate a card:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Published again!

Not that I want to toot my own horn (OK I’m Tootin’ here!) I just really love this card and I have waited months to be able to share it with you, see it was in the May issue of Vamp Stamp News as part of their stamp masking challenge and they want to keep their stamp art as fresh as possible for their readers so I waited til now to show you (cuz the June issue is now available and I think it’s OK ;)

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado, Paper: DCWV, Die Cuts: Cricut Accent Essentails cart

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado, Paper: DCWV, Die Cuts: Cricut Accent Essentails cart

I had a ball making this card and can you blame me the stamp is darling, it is by Crafty Secrets. First you stamp the girl/swing on a die cut shape then again on a scrap and cut the scrap out, place the scrap over the girl, ink up a brayer with a blue Kaliadacolor ink pad and roll right on over, then stamp a larger script stamp in black on that. Remove the mask and color with pencils. It’s really quite easy!

If you have never had the pleasure of reading VSN check them out, there is a list of stores that carry it here and it is only $4 an issue! If you subscribe it is less and it is packed with hard core stamping info. You can still order the May issue from the website if you want to learn more about masking, in the June issue it is all about die cutters (and yes, I have a card in there too but you will have to get the magazine to see it ;) It is a good investment if you are considering a die cutter purchase in the future. BTW I have no affiliation with VSN except being lucky enough to be published in there from time to time, it’s just a good magazine I think you should check out.

Have a great weekend, I hope the sun comes out after a week of rain, if not we will just have to stay inside and craft ;) Till next time Happy Crafting!

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