Gansai Tambi Water Colours Set REVIEW & DEMO PLUS Stamping Techniques {2 VIDEOS!}

Hi Friends! I have been asked so many times to review the new KURETAKE Gansai Tambi Water Colours Set so as soon as Hallmark Scrapbook got some in stock I tried them out!

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Crafters have been super excited to get their hands on these because of their rich vibrant color palette and ease of use. See what I think of them in this video.

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Here is a look at the colors swatched out and you can see how vibrant the mixes are:

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I recommend you swatch them out because the colors dry in the pans are misleading:

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I really like how this layered flower turned out. To make the layered flower stamped and clear heat embossed 5 flowers (Blossom Beauty from Stampendous) and painted 4 with pink and red and one with yellow and green like I showed in the video. Then I simply cut out the flower parts and layered them. I used hot glue because it adds dimension.

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I thought it would be pretty on a mother’s day card. I just got some new stamps from Altenew and ink by Lawn Fawn and I thought it would be fun to try them out too. I will also show you a border technique using stamp wheels and masking tape. I used color dusters but you can use sponges if you want. Watch the video to see how!

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Here is a look at the finished card and envelope:

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I hope this helped you make your mind up about the KURETAKE Gansai Tambi Water Color paints. I also hope you try layering up some of your flower stamps. If you don’t have stamp wheels but want to try the border techniques just apply the tape first and stamp repeatedly with any stamps you have. Let me know what you link in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

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Classes are Open for Registration in W. Springfield!

Hi friends! If you left a comment on my 2015 classes page I emailed you yesterday to let you know my watercolor for stampers classes were open for registration. I wanted to make sure that anyone interested could get a spot so if you want to take the class you can sign up on the Heirloom Productions website. Here is a quick video to tell you all about it:

If you have crafty friends in the Northeast please let them know and help me spread the word. This is my first time teaching at this convention and I really want it to be successful! I will be attending the convention all weekend so if you are there shopping and you see me please say “howdy!” Here are previews of the projects we will make in the classes. Each class is $35 and there is no overlap between classes so you can take them both (as long as there is still room!) I will provide the supplies for use in the class but I recommend bringing your own scissors and adhesive for the techniques class.

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Tip: if you are buying tickets and signing up for multiple classes be sure to click the back button after clicking on the class you want so you can have everything on one order (they charge a $1 processing fee per order) so you can save a few bucks and that means more money for stamps LOL!

Class size is limited to 24 so please sign up early to be sure you will get a spot! Check out the Heirloom Productions website to register, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to make business cards and craft fair packaging!

Hi friends! Next weekend I am exhibiting in a really nice craft show featuring all Maine in Maine artisans. I felt like my business cards and packaging needed an overhaul, this is what I came up with:

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I wanted bright colors but also a streamlined professional look. I decided to use some watercolor images from GraphicStock for my new branding. I know you are probably wondering why I didn’t just use my own paintings for this and that is a great question. I find it extremely hard to simplify my own work, I want to show more than is suitable on a small canvas like a business card and the end result looks amateurish and confusing. I wanted a really clean look with info on how to contact me for future purchases and where to find me online. For the packaging I wanted the price, my name and vendor number so I can use this for craft fair packaging as well as in my retail space which is a rented booth in a multi-vendor antiques mall. I don’t want to have separate packaging at different places. Also I used to hand stamp all of my jewelry cards and I just don’t have time for that anymore. Today I am going to show you how to create a business card from start to finish using an image from GraphicStock (but you can use any JPG or PNG file you want) and the steps are the same for making packaging, signs and tags. Feel free to follow along, take notes and pause the video when needed to follow along. I am using Paint Shop Pro but you can use Photoshop, Gimp or other imaging editing software with similar results.

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You will need:

  • Photo editing software-I am using Paint Shop Pro but you can use the software you prefer like Photoshop or gimp or any image editing software.
  • White Cardstock
  • Graphics/logos you want to use
  • Computer and printer
  • Optional: Clear “cello” bags, laminator, scrapbook paper or kraft paper bags if making “grab bags” and any packaging supplies you normally use

Directions:
1. Download any images and graphics you want to use.
2, For a business card create a new 3.5″x2″ 300dpi document.
3. Copy and Paste in graphics and add text. Arrange elements until satisfied. Save this file in your software’s native format to make editing easier later on, then flatten and save as a JPG to use in the next step.
4. Make a new 8.5:x11″ document and copy/paste in the business card 10 times. Tip: set up a .5″ grid and use the snap to grid feature to help line everything up.
5. Flatten and print your business cards.
6. Cut them apart.

You can repeat these steps in any size to create sheets of tags, labels and signage.

Please visit our sponsor GraphicStock to get a 7 day FREE trial to download anything you want!  If you cancel your subscription within the 7 days you will not be charged but they are pretty sure you will find enough value that you will want to stay, it’s kinda like a Netflix for graphic lovers AND they have lots of lovely things for digital scrapbooking and hybrid crafting!

Next week I’ll show you how to make the cute business card holder! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Modern May Baskets {and pineapples?}

Hi friends! I can hardly believe that May 1st is next week! I have been preparing for a craft show on the 2nd and I am not quite ready for it (more on that tomorrow) but I always get there in the end. I have a craft fair superpower, the crafty ninja takes over and it all gets done LOL! Tonight though I am going to share a modern twist on the classic May basket:

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I used empty clear pails and other supplies from our sponsor Papermart to make this happen. Watch how easy it is!

I hope you enjoyed the craft fail share at the end. You know how I love to keep it real:)

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Directions:
1. Measure the can you are decorating and cut a rectangle that size out of paper.
2. Decorate the template with crepe paper and ribbon.
3. Roll up the template and insert into the pail and press to the edges.
4. Cut a piece of tissue and insert it in the pail and fill with candy.
5. Wrap pipe cleaners around the handle for a splash of color!

Leave this fun treat on a neighbors doorstep on May 1st! I hope you enjoyed this fun project and til next time happy crafting!

It was only a matter of time before I posted a funny cat video…

Hi friends! I just realized that with all of the internet content I have posted over the years I have not shared a single cat video! I am definitely not doing my fair share. Also my crafts have been kinda spendy lately so I decided I would remedy both of those issues with today’s video.

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National Hairball Awareness Day is this Friday April 24th and it is meant to remind you how proper grooming of your cat can help prevent hairballs which are yucky and stressful for your cats. If my silly video makes you remember to brush your cats then mission accomplished! If you need a brush check out the complete line of deShedding products from FURminator. You will find the perfect one for your pet along with other grooming essentials.

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I want to thank the folks at FURminator for sponsoring this video and for caring so much about the animals we love. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Too much cuteness…I can’t stand it!

Hi Friends! I sat down to craft with these new Pop Up Kitties Stamps and Dies from Stampendous and everything was fine until I added the bobble head and I was paralyzed by the cuteness.

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A fluffy bouncy cat face was just too much and it had me smiling from ear to ear and ready to make more cards. And it is really easy too, I’ll share my quick Copic marker coloring trick and also how to add the dimension to this quick and easy card. I hope you give it a try because I think this is the kind of card that can really brighten some’s day.

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I used action wobble springs to make the head bobble, they are a really cool product and will fold flat to mail but I have a DIY version tutorial here if you do not care about it being flat. You can find all of the animal stamps that Stampendous offers here. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Bring on the Bows!

Hi friends! Today I will show you how to make a Bow-Tie Necklace:

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You can even use this technique to make bows to put on barrettes and headbands too! Watch the video to see how.

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Directions:
1. Cut a 7″ and 2″ piece of gold ribbon. Glue the 7″ ribbon into a loop (right side out.)
2. Glue the edges of the short piece to the back. this will be the center for the bow.
3. Flatten and accordion fold the looped ribbon, then place it on the center strip.
4. Glue the strip around the pleated bow.
5. Cut 25″ of black chiffon ribbon and glue to the inside of the bow loops to make a necklace cord.

Thanks to Offray for sponsoring this post and til next time happy crafting!

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