Vintage Style Box DIY & Super Fun Giveaway!

Hi Friends! I love trying new techniques and old techniques using new products. This week I got to play with a moldable plastic product called Plasty-Craft. I made all the embellishments in this box with it. Hey, do you want a chance to win a jar of Plasty-Craft? Let me know what you would use it for in the comments below!

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The thing I was really excited about is that I can get the look and durability of polymer clay without having to bake it. You simply heat the plastic pellets in hot water for 2 minutes (it will turn from milky white pellets to a clear looking clay like substance) and you are ready to use it in any molds you have or you can freehand sculpt things! I bet you could flatten some on a craft mat and stamp on it too, the possibilities are endless. My daughters really had fun playing with Plasty-Craft too, they made gobs of embellishments and then painted them for use in future jewelry projects. Watch the video to see how I made this box including a full tutorial with the Plasty-Craft.

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The Plasty-Craft embellishments are hard and rigid when cool. They take acrylic paint beautifully. If you decide you don’t want any of the things you made you can remelt it and try again. For that reason I would not paint my embellishments until I was sure I wanted to keep them. If you have any unused Plasty-Craft left after a crafting session (it is unlikely, this stuff is crazy addictive to play with!) simple flatten it out so it will melt quickly next time and put it back in the jar. Speaking of the jar, you get a whopping 17.6 oz pail of the stuff and if you don’t have crafty twin daughters it might last you a long time LOL! Plasty-Craft is offering an extra 10% off discount to my readers with the coupon code: TKTMI48N you will want this for the “Mom, I’m bored!” moments of your summer vacation as well as for your own artwork. Make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win a jar or Plasty-Craft, just let me know what you would use Plasty-Craft for in the comments below and you are entered. That’s easy huh? I will pick a winner on July 12th when I return from vacation.

Tips and Tricks:

  • I am not sure if my thermometer was off (I was using a meat thermometer because that was all I had-ironic huh- to measure the temperature of the water) but I had more success with hotter water. Using hotter water (200 degrees F) did not harm the plastic but if you are using this with kids make sure it is cool enough for them to handle so no-one gets burned.
  • The Plasty-Craft worked in all of the molds I tried. Flexible molds were easier to use because you can flex the mold to pop out the embellishment. Since the Plasty-Craft is rigid it is more difficult to remove from ceramic, hard plastic or handmade scrap polymer clay molds but it did work with them just fine. I used a pin to get between the mold and the Plasty-Craft and it popped right out.
  • There is no waste, simply flatten out unused Plasty-Craft and put it back in the jar. I was concerned that reheating the Plasty-Craft would make it tough and unworkable but it did not, the girls kept making stuff, melting it back down and making more stuff. They had a ball and we reheated the plastic at least 6 times.
  • If you need to rework an area of your design you can submerge that part of the piece in hot water to only soften that part too although I did not play with sculpting too much.
  • You can also use Plasty-Craft for repairing household items or making comfortable handles for tools, I know some ladies who use it to make crochet hook handles,

My only concern using Plasty-Craft was if it might melt on accident but after working with it and seeing that you need to submerge it in really hot water for 2 minutes I think it is unlikely. I would not leave it in a hot car or on top of a heat register though-I rarely do with my artwork LOL! I hope you give this a try, it is super fun and not very expensive (cheaper than other brands of mold-able plastic out there) and with an extra 10% off (with coupon code: TKTMI48N) even better and of course you might just be the lucky winner of a jar! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Plasty-Craft, Imagination Creations, LLC

Groovy Gift Wrap! {Brown paper + Stencils!}

Hi friends! I have a fun idea for you tonight, DIY wrapping paper using paint and stencils!

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I must confess, ever since I got a big roll of kraft paper from Papermart I have been making all of my own gift wrap! You can use it as-is or try stenciling it like I did tonight! Papermart also carries the kraft paper in white if you want a brighter look too. I think I need a big roll or white paper after now knowing how much I use the brown stuff. Watch the video to see how I make this paper and matching gift tag:

Supplies:
60# Kraft paper
Large Shipping Tag
Rainbow Ribbon
Paper ribbon
Stencil
Acrylic Paint
Gesso (or white acrylic paint)
Stencil brushes and make-up sponges

Directions:
1. Stencil design on kraft paper using acrylic paint.
2. Stamp tag using leftover paint and make up sponges. Wash stamps immediately after use.
3. Wrap gift. Add ribbon and tag.

Try this idea using any stencil for different looks, you can make any theme paper just by changing the colors and stencil patterns. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Papermart.

Stamp School #2 How to Ink a Stamp

Hi friends! In this weeks Stamp School lesson we will make this card:

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You will need:

  • 1 sheet of white cardstock
  • Inkpads in shades if red, green and black
  • Paper trimmer
  • Button and string (if desired)
  • Optional: Paint brush and water/waterbrush

The first technique you will need when learning how to stamp is how to apply ink to a stamp. I know it seems basic but many people get it wrong. Today I will show you a no-fail way and we will create a beautiful card. you will also learn how to make background paper which is a great way to practice and good for scrapbookers too plus you will always have paper to match your project! Interested yet? Watch the video to learn how!

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I hope you are enjoying stamp school, I sure am! Next week we will be sing water-based markers, I will use the Spectrum Aqua markers (affiliate link) but you can use whatever water-based makers you have. The Spectrum Aquas are nice if you want to pick some up though. You can catch last weeks episode on basic supplies here if you missed it. Thanks for stopping by ad til next time happy crafting!

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It’s Useful & Cheap! DIY Desk Blotter for Stamping & Crafts!

Hi friends! Tonight I have a quick, easy, cheap and useful DIY for you. We are going to make a desk blotter that is the perfect surface to stamp and craft on and if you make a mess simply pull out the top sheet and keep on creating! I am using 12″x18″ black construction paper and white drawing paper in mine because the black is great to shoot video against and the white is neat if I am using spray mists because I can use my paper as backing paper or gift wrap later but you can use whatever size and type of paper you like. If you have old 12″x12″ scrapbook paper you want to use up you can make it 12″x12″ and use the back sides of the paper, same if you have old 8.5″x11″ office paper. Make it whatever size you like and use up that old paper you don’t know what to do with. I recommend having a stack of paper about 1/2″-1″ thick to have a nice amount of give for stamping. Watch the video to see how to make it!

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Supplies:

  • Scrap paper
  • Cardboard cut to the same size as your scrap paper
  • Duct tape

If you do not have any scrap paper to use up you can simply tear the cover off an old phone book and use that as a stamping/crafting/gluing surface too, or grab a pad of newsprint at the dollar store and just tear off the top sheet when it gets too dirty. The thing I like about using the backs of scrapbook paper or office paper is that it is likely acid free and sometimes you end up with pretty waste papers after projects and if they are good quality they can spawn more art but really, use what you have. I will have episode #2 of stamp school tomorrow and this is the perfect stamping surface so I hope you give it a try, it only takes a few minutes to make and it is really useful. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hey Bloggers & YouTubers, this Art Marketing Videos is for YOU!

Hi friends! It’s Art Marketing Monday, I think that’s going to be a thing (at least until I run out of ideas) and today I want to talk to the bloggers and vloggers out there who enrich our lives with their inspiring content. I know many of you have blogs and YouTube channels and I know how hard it is to get your channel large enough to be hired or sponsored by companies or even get on design teams working for product. You likely have a passionate audience who often buys things you use and recommend, so why not get some of that money that you have earned? I am going to talk about affiliates today. Anyone with a blog or YouTube channel can sign up to be in an affiliate program. You put a link to the product you used and if someone clicks through and buys it (or anything else on that website) you get a small % of the sale. It will not cost your viewer extra either. It is a way your viewers can support you while purchasing stuff they want. I’ll explain more in today’s video!

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Unfortunately there some states where you can not be an affiliate with the major companies, Maine is one of them so no Amazon, Blick or Joann affiliations for me which is a shame because I send so many people over there anyway for the deals but I have found smaller companies who are more than happy to have me like Hallmark Scrapbook and honestly, I’d rather promote an independant family run business who stocks all the new products at the lowest prices. See what I did there? ;) I bet most of the bloggers you follow also take part in affiliate programs and I know of a few who make a near full-time income at it. They don’t live in Maine. Many other bloggers use it as a way to offset costs of keeping their website up and running. However you choose to approach it remember to be honest about your affiliations, it will only help you in the long run. I really hope this helps some smaller crafty content creators out there bring in some cash so they can continue doing what they love and (selfishly) keep inspiring the rest of us! The rising tide lifts ALL boats. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Oh, the Consumption…I feel faint…

My name is Lindsay and it’s been 28 hours since my last craft purchase. Hi friends! Do you ever feel like you are consuming more than creating? I feel like I have been very productive crafting but I have also been a productive shopper. I seem to go in spurts with shopping, I can go months with only buying necessary items for my business (framing supplies, packaging material) and then occasionally I fall off the wagon! June had been a big craft shopping smorgasbord with the Heirloom Stamp Show and tonight I will share some things I ordered on a great sale (to be fair I had a  gift card for all but $10 at Jerry’s Artarama.) Oh and yesterday, I needed new sneakers and while I was out I stopped into Joann and ACmoore and some 97 cent a roll duct tape and other deals leaped into my basket, phew, it feels good to get that off my chest. I feel conflicted when I post a haul, on one hand I am excited and I like sharing the deals in case anyone is also looking for the items I found and I am interested in hearing what you would like me to demo first BUT I don’t want anyone to feel let down if they do not have access to what I have. I sometimes feel like “How can I call myself frugal when I have so much?” Although I hope that my videos can help others save money I’d rather spend my money to test out stuff and see if it is worth it (and share it in videos) so others can make informed decisions with their money. But on the other hand it might be enabling people to buy stuff. Hmmmm, what to do. Post a warning maybe? This is a haul video and may cause the overpowering urge to buy craft supplies?

Watch at your own risk.

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I am actually really excited to try the creative palette vs the Gelli plate as the creative palette is generally cheaper and thinner to store. I hope to give it a try before my vacation, I am shooting double videos every day to make sure I will have videos for you when I go offline for a week. Let me know if there is any product you are excited about me trying, i have a very crafty week ahead of me! Oh and the other spree I mentioned earlier will be posted sometime when I am on vacation, I guess there are worse kinds of sprees to go on…nobody’s perfect. Thanks for stopping by and being my support group tonight and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Peacock Stamped Card!

Howdy friends! Today I have a colorful card using lots of fun stamping techniques!

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You can get the stamps I used from Carmen’s Veranda. You can get the Spectrum Aqua Markers at Hallmark Scrapbook (affiliate link, clicking the link and shopping supports me blog and YouTube channel, thanks!)

Other Supplies:

  • glossy photo paper
  • cardstock
  • patterned paper
  • Kaliedacolor (rainbow) ink-pad
  • chalk
  • color duster or brush for inking

I hope you see what fun you can have with your stamps, ink-pads, chalks and markers soon! If you liked this project please share it on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter :) Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

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