Learn to Paint Lilacs: Free Video!

I picked a bunch of lilacs from the big tree at my parent house this weekend. I couldn’t believe they were in bloom already! I love their fragrance and seeing them all around my house in cheerful mason jars just makes me happy!

Lilacs are so easy to paint too! Here is a quick video showing you how to paint them in watercolor. You can even your children’s watercolor paints (The Prang brand is really good but any will work) if that is all you have. You will also need some watercolor paper, a #6 round (or the brush that comes with the kids’ set) and a 1/2″ flat (for the leaves) as well as a little salt (table salt will work just fine) and you will be painting lilacs in 10 minutes!

Wasn’t that easy? Hmmm, it’s like the staples “easy button” for painting!  I like to mount these small paintings on greeting cards. It takes the pressure off knowing that every painting doesn’t need to go in a frame. Woulden’t it be special to receive a hand painted card? Oops, I just realized that I forgot to sign it!

 

If you enjoyed this free video tutorial please check out the beginner watercolor painting packets I have for sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. You get easy to follow step by step instruction with lots of photos all for $3 each! The birch trees kit is on sale for $1 so you can try with little risk.

 Learn to Paint Sweet PeasLearn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Steampunk Thank You Card

Howdy folks, It is a beautiful Monday in Maine, I’m so glad to see the sun (Let’s hope it stays!) Here is a thank you card with a steampunk flair. I like the fact that you could replace the sentiment with “Happy Birthday”, “Congrats” or whatever. I have a hard time with cards for guys so this could fit the bill for many occasions:

 

Stamp Credits: The schematic blueprint stamp is by Technique Tuesday, the 3 men is by Tim Holtz and the “Much Obliged” is by Inkadinkado.

Tip: Ink up the embossing folder before embossing for a letterpress look as I did for the gear panel at the bottom of the card.

Allrightie, I think I need to make something pink and frilly now:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How About a Hand-Painted Mother’s Day Card?

It’s so easy anyone can do it! This pretty design is painted in less than 10 steps. You can find the instructions in my Learn to Paint with Lindsay! Sweet Pea painting packet.

And then all you do is adhere it to a card front, or maybe in a frame! Mom still likes to keep all of our artwork doesn’t she? If you like this watercolor painting project be sure to give these tutorials at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff a look:

Learn to Paint Sweet PeasLearn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

If you have any ideas about what you would like to see in a panting kit just leave a comment! I am planning more kits in the future and I’d love your input. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Teacher Cards & Creatopia Tips!

Hi there! I have had many people ask me how I like my new Creatopia machine. Being that I won it (free) I am quite pleased with it, it is a fun new toy. The downside is that since I have been crafting a long time I have other tools in my arsenal that will do the same jobs as the Creatopia. Will I use my Creatopia every day or will I reach for my tried and true tools? I decided to create a card from start to finish with this new machine and video tape it so you can see how easy (or not) the machine is. Here are the cards I made:

The machine is versatile, I made these cards entirely with the machine, from cutting the cardstock and embossing to gluing it all together. Is it simpler that my normal methods? You be the judge.

Well, I don’t know if this machine fit’s my style of creating, it takes getting used to, I imagine I will always cut my paper with my 15-year-old Xacto paper trimmer and reach for my hot glue gun and double stick tape but I’m sure this machine would be just the ticket for a crafter just starting out or downsizing their tool chest. One thing I did not like was the wastefulness of the Stickz and Proctectz cartridges. They are expensive and you have to throw away a big huge chunk of plastic when you change the roll. I’d rather just replace the adhesive or laminating rolls. I did not get a laminating roll so I think when I run out of adhesive I am going to try to retrofit the old cartridge to hold clear contact paper for laminating. I’ll let you know how that goes:) Also I wish that the die-cutter was wider, the machine is 12″ wide so why is the die cutter only 6.5″ wide? I would still need another die cutter if I wanted to cut the large Spelbinders (not that I have any but still.) You can see a list of Creatopia tools and prices on the Xyron website and decide for yourself.

Bottom line, it is a good product but I’m not sure if it is for me. I’m grateful to have won it but I would not have bought it unless there were more embossing options at lower prices and less wasteful and cheaper consumables.  Just because it is not the perfect fit for me does not mean it won’t be right for you. I just want to pass along my findings because I have gotten so many emails about my new toy. If you have any questions just leave a comment and I will try to answer them:) Til next time happy crafting!

My First Creatopia Page &WOYWW!

Happy Wednesday folks! I spent a lovely rainy day yesterday playing with my new Xyron Creatopia. Here is the page I made:

 

Stamp by About Art Accents/Art Neko.

I used the large embossing rollers to emboss an entire sheet of kraft cardstock then dry-brushed pastel yellow paint over it. I used the rotary cutters to cut scalloped strips and the smaller embossers to emboss the dots on the strips. I used the die cutter to die-cut paper, cardstock and burlap. I tried out everything except the adhesive because that would require me to look at the manual since I have not used so much as a sticker maker before LOL!

 

Tip: I saved the burlap bag that my basmati rice came in and cut a strip to make the ruffle under the main photo. I painted a piece if burlap to keep it from fraying before I die cut it in a heart shape. Place the burlap between a piece of wax paper to keep paint from transferring to the die and to keep fibers from unpainted pieces from going everywhere.

 Since it is WOYWW I snapped a photo of my desk during my creatopia experiment:

 

I have since cleaned it up and found a permanent spot in my craft room for the machine (it is about the same size as my Cricut expression!) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Mail {my Creatopia arrived!)

Howdy folks! About a month ago I won the tip of the day contest at My Craft Channel and the prize was a Creatopia prize bundle from Xyron! I took this video minutes after the mail man arrived with my packages. Here you can see just what I got as I open the box!

Can you belive all the goodies? I am heading down to my craft room right now to play with the Creatopia (or at least get it put together!) so hopefully I’ll have a project done with it to share tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty & Vintage: Card & Boorkmarks

I like to listen to audio books. I listen when I fold laundry, drive, cook and craft. I really feel like I can savor a good book this way since I tend to skim over the slow bits of a book when I “read” or I fall asleep mid page. I’d much rather be multitasking:) I also have the bad habit of bailing of a book halfway though and returning it to the library or a friend with my bookmark still inside (I have left bookmarks all over town!) so it is nice to use up my scraps and make a few every now and then to replenish my stash. Oh, back to the audio book, I was listing to the book “The Help” when I made these:

 

I honestly could not tell you how any sewing theme stamps I own, I started collecting them about 6 years ago, I have been able to pick up quite a few sets lately because of the growing popularity of vintage sewing stuff. So my collection keeps on growing! The thing I love about vintage is that it will never go out of style. Collect away girls! BTW the stamps I used were from a Cling Mount (real rubber) set by TPC at Joanns, it was $6.99 but I used a coupon and got it for $3.50 BUT I think all of their stamps are 40% off this week!

 

 I finished “The Help: this weekend so I’ll have to find another audiobook to listen to, any suggestions? I think I am the  mood for a thriller now! Who knows what I will make listing to it 🙂  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy International Scrapbook Day & DIY Scrapbook Kit!

Hey crafters! Today is international scrapbook day. I hope you find a few moments to make a page or take some photos (I’ll be snapping away at my son’s Little League game!) I want to share an inexpensive scrapbook  idea with you today. I love patterned paper but I tend not to buy pre-made embellishments to go with it. I am also fond of the 180 sheet stacks the big craft stores sell. I saw this 12″x12″ pads of My Minds Eye paper on sale for $10 at ACmoore the other day and I loved every sheet in the stack. Since you get 3 sheets of each paper I don’t feel like I need to save it for the perfect page. I tore out a few sheets right away and made a scrapbook kit that would coordinate with the papers in the stack:

 

I started out by stamping a bunch of frames on cream cardstock. Frame rubber stamps are so versatile, you will always find many ways to use a a frame stamp:

  • Use it to house journaling on a scrapbook page
  • Use it to frame a sentiment on a card
  • Use it to frame a photo (you can stamp directly on the photo if you are brave!)
  • Stamp in clay to make a 3-D embellishment.
  • Use it to frame a focal element on a card

Frames never go out of style and are so versatile. To make the journaling tags I used the ATC Frames from About Art Accents/Art Neko (mention my blog or uses coupon code Lindsay10%  to save 10% on everything in the shop!) and  stamped them on 2.5″x3.5″ cream cardstock. Here’s a tip to cut your cardstock with little waste for ATCs: Holding the paper long ways cut a 2.5″x11″ strip, then another 2.5″x11″ strip and you are left with a 3.5″x11″ strip. Then trim the strips so they are 2.5″x3.5″. Easy! You will get 10 ATC size cards.

 

For the tags I trimmed 2 sheets of 12″x12″ paper into 3″x6″ strips and cut the corners off the tops for a tag look and I cut 3″x3″ squares for contrast. Layer the papers and stamped cards for cute journaling tags or even bookmarks! I also took 4 sheets of pattern paper and ran it through my die-cutter with some flower, heart and frame dies so I would have some easy embellishments I could make on the go. I added a handful of buttons from my “vintage brown” jar and put them in a plastic container that I can slip on my crap bag with the stack of papers for unlimited options when I am scrapping on the go.

 

I know of a crop happening in town today, now if I find I have an hour or two IO can just grab my bag and go! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Clean & Simple Dragonfly Card

Edit 5/4/12: Hey, Annette over at About Art Accents/Art Neko gave me permission to offer my blog readers 10% off regular AND sale price items in her shop (and her prices are reasonable to begin with!) just use the coupon code: Lindsay10% in the PayPal customer comments box. Now, go on, check out their stamps, you won’t be sorry! Thanks Annette for letting me pass on the savings to may awesome blog readers!

I was puttering in my studio last weekend playing with some stencils and spray mist making a mess when I took my wet stencil and pressed it on a scrap of cardstock. I liked it so much I used it as a base of this card. All the stamps are by Art Neko/About Art Accents:

 

I like how the ATC frame has spots for rhinestones but unfortunately I did not have any oval ones so I made do with round ones.

TIP: Rhinestone are expensive, whenever you buy them get the clear ones and color them with a permanent marker like I did with an emerald-green one. that way you will not end up with a bag full of colors you will never use!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!