Stamping with Inktense blocks & a Stamp Giveaway!

Hi Friends! I am beginning to feel like a game show host with all of the fun giveaways lately! Up for grabs today are the butterfly and peony stamps I used in my video and a $10 gift certificate to Art Neko! This contest is open word-wide so everyone can play! All you have to do is leave a comment and I will pick a winner at random next Monday! Now watch this video for this fun technique!

You can also do this technique with colored chalk (pastels), watercolor crayons and in some cases watercolor pencils. Try what you have. You can also use water based markers for a different look but still beautiful. Try this technique with the stamps you have OR if you are inclined to shop for the ones I used you can use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on regular priced items your next order at Artneko. The Butterflies I used are also on the beautiful Cats set (A huge 8″x10″ pate) that is normally $29.99 but on sale now for $12.99 and the peony is available as a single stamp for $6 (reg price $8) or you can get it as part of this beautiful set of Assorted Ancient Asian Images for $14.99 (regular $29.99) I love it when the sets I picked to use are on sale! I have no idea when the sale is over so don’t wait if you want these. If you buy it and end up winning they will let you choose different stamps:) Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What YEAR is it anyway?

Hi friends! Yesterday I made a bunch of clay ornaments to use as gift tags on Christmas presents and I left all of my supplies out so my kids could make some if they wanted today. Well, my girls took one look at the ornaments and said “Mom, what does that say 2015?” To which I replied “Because that is this year.” The girls looked at each other and said “No it’s not!” I guess I am just ahead for next year! LOL!

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Luckily I only stamped the date on one ornament! Working with polymer clay is really fun. There are some pitfalls I want to help you avoid though. There are different kinds of polymer clay and they all have a purpose. I thought about making this video really short and showing only the step by step (that seems to be the popular thing to do among YouTube crafters) but I really wanted to explain a little more in-depth so you can avoid making brittle ornaments or burning your clay. Maybe it is over explaining, what do you think? You can let me know in the comments below. :D

Supplies:
polymer clay
stamps
ink (pigment-metallic looks really pretty!)
plastic wrap
rolling-pin or pasta machine
oven
needle tool, pin or straw
cookie cutter
mica powder (optional)

Directions (these are brief since I explained so much in the video):
Condition the clay be kneading or rolling through the pasta machine several times. Flatten the clay and place plastic wrap on top, cut with a cookie cutter. Remove plastic wrap and excess clay. Make a hole for the ribbon. Dust with mica powder if desired. Stamp snowflake with pigment ink. Bake according to package instructions. After cool, add ribbon for hanging.

I also wanted to give you some more info on the 2014 holiday lights contest sponsored by USA Today:

You can enter the USA TODAY contest by uploading a photo of your own holiday lights display here The winner of this photo contest gets a $5,000 gift card from USA TODAY!

It does not matter how big or small, they want to see ALL of your best holiday light displays! Don’t wait, you have until 12/10/14 to enter!

On the 12th you can vote for your favorite out of the 10 finalists! 2 voters will win $1000 and $1500 gift cards from USA Today! Voting begins here on 12/12/14

Good luck to all who enter and vote! Winner will be announced on 12/22/14

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Christmas Card Batch in a Flash & Giveaway!

Hi Friends! Every year I make a lot of Christmas cards and I have to organize my supplies or the cards will never get done. This year I used divided bento style containers from EasyLunchboxes to organize my supplies for assembly line card crafting.

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I like my Christmas card stuff to be portable so I can craft with the family upstairs or take my supplies with me to a crop and these boxes and tote are perfect for that. See what I mean in today’s video AND learn how to make this cute (and quick) card:

Do you want your very own set of 4 lunch boxes and cooler bag? Well, of course you can buy them directly from EasyLunchboxes they even offer free and reduced shipping though their Amazon store (they are the #1 best-selling lunchbox on Amazon BTW) for US and Canadian residents OR you can win them! To win you need to have a peek here in their shop, then come back here and leave a comment telling me something you like about their products.

That’s it, pretty easy huh? I will select a winner at random December 12th. This giveaway is open to US residents.

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I want to thank EasyLunchboxes for sponsoring this giveaway. Their products are sturdy, durable and BPA free so you can feel good about storing your food in them too!  They would also make a nice Christmas gift! I want to thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Layered Ribbon Season’s Greetings!

Hi Friends! I love the color combo turquoise and crimson. There is something about the crisp contrast and cool undertones that make me think of winter. I used single faced satin ribbon in red and turquoise from Offray.com, white cardstock and stamps to create the chic season’s greeting card:

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I like to have large spools of ribbon on hand for holiday crafting. Now is the time to stock up at Offray.com because you can use this coupon code FRUGAL15 to save 15% on your first order through 12/31/14!

Here is how to make this card:

You will need:

Directions:

  1. Cut a sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ cardstock in half the long way (you will have two 11″x4 1/4″ pieces.) Fold one piece in half to make a top fold card. Trim the other panel to 5 1/4″ x 4″. Reserve the rest of the sheet for stamping.
  2. Use an embossing folder to emboss the 5 1/4″x4″ panel. Accent the edges of the panel with an ink pad.
  3. Stamp Snowflake, label and sentiment and cut them out neatly.
  4. Wrap the 3″ red ribbon around the embossed panel and adhere to the back with tape. Tie a turquoise bow around the panel over the red ribbon then adhere the panel to the card base with foam squares.
  5. Layer the stamped & cut out images on the card as shown with foam tape for dimension.

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I hope you enjoyed this chic seasons greeting card. Thanks to Offray for sponsoring this post. Don’t forget to use my coupon code FRUGAL15 if you go shopping at Offray.com. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

*Details: Use FRUGAL15 during checkout on Offray.com to receive 15% off one order. Offer expires 11:59 PM eastern time on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Discount excludes applicable tax and shipping costs. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases. Subject to change or cancellation without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

Cheap Marker Review & Tutorial PLUS Stamp Giveaway!!!

Hi Friends! Last night I posted a haul video on YouTube where I shared my crafty loot from a recent trip to ACmoore and the Dollar Tree. I asked what I should use first and the answer was overwhelmingly “The Markers!” Why, because they were cheap, like $24 for a set of 18 art markers and I only paid $12 because I had a coupon, cheap.  And because I feel funny showing off all the new goodies I got I thought YOU should get something too so you can win all of the stamps I used in this note-card set! The stamps are from this plate from Art Neko and the entire set is half off right now! Don’t worry, if you buy them and then win the giveaway you can pick an equivalent in stamps. I do not know how long the sale is on for. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner next Friday. This giveaway is open to anyone in the world! Yay!

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Markers can be really expensive but good markers are a joy to work with. I have used everything from Sharpies to Copics and everything in between. You can get good results with all of these markers if you know some techniques that I will show you in this video.

I would rate these no-name gems to be as good as Promarker and Prismacolor markers, better than Bic Mark-Its and Sharpies but not as good as Copics which I think is pretty darn good given what I paid for them. They were all very juicy and the fine tip end was pointy and springy like a brush nib but smaller than Copic. The palette blending technique and a blending pen is essential to getting smooth blends with a limited palette of bright colors. You must have an alcohol based blender marker for this to work but any brand is fine such as Copic, Prismacolor, Promarker or Spectrum Noir. If these blenders run dry you can refill them with denatured alcohol. A blender pen costs between $3-$7 depending what brand you get but they all are very similar.

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I decided to make some envelopes to match these quick little note-cards. I think they would make a nice gift set for the holidays or a birthday gift.

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I hope you enjoyed this review and coloring tutorial. Don’t forget to leave a comment to win the stamps from today’s project. If you end up shopping at Art Neko you can use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your non-sale rubber. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Color and Make a Card with Tombow Markers & Win Some!

This post will remain at the top of my blog until the giveaway is over on Monday 10/27. Please scroll down for newer posts! Thanks!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make this card And I will give you a chance to win the markers I used! Make sure to read to the end to find out how to win!

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In today’s video we will make this card, from start to finish including coloring in under 20 minutes. It’s easy using Tombow Dual Brush Pens and blending kit.  Purchase any 10 piece set and receive a FREE Blending Kit! Offer is available 10/24-10/31

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I am happy to announce that I am the guest designer for October for Tombow! Have a look at how easy it is to use these makers:

If you want to win the markers I used then leave a comment here then head over to the
Tombow Blog where you can leave a comment, see full contest details,  and visit the rest of the designers on the blog hop!

I used the Layered Poppy stamp set from Rubbernecker. It is intended to be stamped and then the watercolor layers (which would be great to ink up with the Tombow pens) would be stamped on top but I found the outline layer so striking that I wanted to just color that. I love stamps and markers that are versatile in design, don’t you?

Make sure you I hope you try these techniques on your next card. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make a flip/swing card with basic supplies! No Dies needed!

Hi Friends! Tonight I am going to show you a very simple way to make a custom swing or flip-flop card using basic supplies:

The beautiful stamps I am using are from Rubbernecker (one of my favorite stamp show booths!) I used Wildflowers in the Wind and Cheesecloth background. I hope you enjoyed this back to basics tutorial. It is nice to know we can create something beautiful with cardstock, simple cutters or craft knife and stamps. Have a great evening and til next time happy crafting!

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