Ask a Crafter! First episode of season 3!

Hi Friends! We had the first power outage of the season this morning. I hope this isn’t a sign that we are in for another rough year (thank goodness for the wood stove!) So I thought I’d get this post up early in case we have another one! Kathy, Lorraine and I started filming season 3 of Ask a Crafter yesterday. We had 250 question between the blog and YouTube! Woah! I decided I would print off the questions every week, cut them apart and put them in a big bowl and answer them as we go along…will we ever get caught up? We will surely try! Without further ado, here is the latest episode of Ask a Crafter!

FYI if you are watching this on YouTube and you see “comments are closed” it just means I have printed off all of the questions from that video so you will have to leave your question on the next one. I hope that will keep me from missing any left on older posts. Wish us luck! If you have a question for us you can leave a comment here or on you tube! I love how you help each other out in the comments too, thanks! If you want more Ask a Crafter videos check out the Ask a Crafter playlist with a full day of videos! 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!

Fall or Halloween Home Decor Craft for Kids {or you!}

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a cute pumpkin themed wall hanging using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

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There are  a lot of techniques in this video but you can totally make this project with your kids. I recommend using thick ‘n tacky glue if the kids are helping out, otherwise the hot glue gun is handy. You can keep this plaque strictly fall themed or you can add a face to the pumpkin and some spiders and cobwebs and make it for Halloween like I did in this video:

Supplies:

  • Crepe paper in orange and green
  • Floral wire
  • Jute cord
  • green and black in pads
  • chalk and sponges/cotton balls
  • tacky glue or hot glue
  • Gold paint OR embossing ink and gold embossing powder
  • scissors, wire cutters, pencil, protractor, black paper scraps, cardboard or mat board scraps, cardstock or construction paper
  • You can find my spray ink tutorial here

Simply follow the instructions in the video for making the honeycomb pumpkin and decorating the wall plaque! Did you know I post many videos that never make it to my blog? Click here to be notified whenever I post new video and follow along in the fun! I hope this project inspires you to craft with your kids or grand kids and for yourself! Thanks so much for stopping by today and til next time happy crafting!

My First Time Working With a Scrapbook Kit!

Hi Friends! Do you ever get in a creative rut? Maybe you have trouble coming up with fresh new ideas with the same old supplies. I go quite a while between buying scrapbook supplies and stores where I live never have the new stuff so when Edith at Scrapbooking With Me Boutique asked me to be the guest designer for September and use the new kit I jumped at the chance. BTW they are having a Labor Day sale through Monday, prices reflect the discount, no coded needed:) Here is the layout I made with the kit featuring new 2014 My Minds Eye Paper and die cuts, stamps, stencils and more:

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On the video I will show you all the techniques for making these pages, we will make a page start to finish using the contents of the kit plus white cardstock, adhesive and 4 colors of gelatos from my stash:

Here is a close up on the page we made in the video:

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And the other page:

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If you are looking for a way to inject some fresh inspiration into your scrapbook pages check out the Scrapbooking with Me September kit. You can also visit their facebook group too or check out their store in Vinemont, Alabama. Here is a look at what you get in the September kit:

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These scrapbook pages came together really quickly (for me) and I love the way they look! No work, all fun. I think I will have to try kits again and I hope you do to! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Mixed Media Fun: Gelli Prints, Gesso & Colored Pencils

It’s Saturday, art journal day, yay!  Here is what we will work on today:

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I have 3 separate videos for these techniques, you can watch what you want. The first video will be making the page:

This video is on Gelatin printmaking, I collaged gelli  prints on the above page so here is how I made them:

This last quick video is a quick tip for keeping your painted and ‘podged journal pages from sticking together:

I want to thank Oriental Trading Company for supplying the Canson XL Mixed Media Pad, Micron Pens and Coloursoft Pencils I used in today’s tutorial. I hope you give mixed media art journaling a go and if you have any questions leave ‘um below! 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!

Faux Metal Mania! {got cardboard?}

Howdy friends! I spent most of today with sticks and twine and vinyl preparing for a cub scout project this weekend, the boys are earning their craftsman weblo pin and we are making badge and belt loop display boards to commemorate their years of cub scouting before they cross over to boy scouts. My friend Kathy J had the idea so to give the den leader a hand we decided to prepare the craft. I wish I snapped a photo of the prototype since this is a blog after all with photo capability LOL! Oh well, I’ll get a pic this weekend I guess:)  The other day I was playing in my studio with cardboard and hot glue and came up with two ways to make faux metal, first up pewter/silver:

And now grungy gold.

Try these techniques with the metallic paints you have in your stash, remember to use warm colors and browns in your warm metals like gold, bronze, copper or brass and blacks and greys in your silvers and cool metals. Have fun with it! Oh hot glue, is there anything you can not do? thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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