Speaking of random….the winner is……

Where is my son with a drumroll when I need it! The winner of the About Art Accents fairy stamp, thanks to Random.org, is #15 Toni Leli! FYI I removed 2 duplicate entries and that made Toni the winner! I will email you for you mailing address so you can get your prize!

 

Speaking of random here is a Witch Hat Ring Toss game I made for this years school Halloween party, It took only a few minutes to make. First I took an old Witch’s hat and stuffed it with crumpled newspaper then hot glued it to a circle I cut from cardboard. Then I made rings with pipe-cleaners (I believe they are called “chenille stems” for you fancy folk) to toss on the hat. Easy peasy!

 

This would be fun for a birthday party too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Make a Tulle Tu-Tu! {Video Tutorial!}

Happy Monday folks! I had a fun weekend, I went to a Halloween party Saturday night and I got to wear the Tulle Tu-Tu I made the other day:

I used Orange and Black Polka Dot Tulle from Paper Mart. This is an inexpensive project that only took minutes to make. I think if you made smaller tutus in pinks and purples they would be a great craft fair sellers as well. Watch the video to see how I did it:

The skirt was really fun to wear too because it was so flouncey and bouncy. I felt like a Halloween princess LOL! Every girl should have some tulle in her life 😀 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

My thoughts on scrapbooking…

Happy Sunday folks! I always think the Sunday is a great time for scrapping, especially during football season. Working on a page with the “game” on in the background and the family milling about is just kind of nice. I was putting the finishing touches ona pile of scrapbook pages I made at a crop last month and I was getting ready to photograph them for my blog when I thought “Nah, no one want to see 10 pages of summer camping” well, no one except my family and that is OK. I did photograph one layout to share because I thought someone might find the paper pocket I made useful to stash maps and other ephemera on a page:

 

I used to approach each scrapbook page like it was a painting, it had to be completely different, artistic and take hours to complete…Did I mention that was back when I had one kid? Now my priority is getting the photos printed and in books. Sure, I like to try new techniques and play with cool crafting product but If I don’t have a perfect embellishment or paper I still scrap it and put it in my album. Why? Because no one who is interested in my pages will care if I used 5-year-old paper and buttons or if I ran out and spent $20 to make the page. They want the photos and the story. I wanted to write this post today for all of the “collectors of scrapbook supplies” out there who think that every page has to be perfect or it is not worth creating. It is worth creating! The products mean nothing it is your special personality that will transform your photos, story and supplies into a meaningful memory. Don’t worry about being perfect, just do it! I was reminded of this when my daughter Maizy asked me if she could make a video after seeing me film a scrapbook page video. I said sure. I think it represents the fun carefree way we should all approach our scrapbooks, like a child, with no judgements just joy, have a look:

I’m so proud of her! And I love how she makes double-sided tape work for everything LOL! thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: How To Fix Frizzy Doll Hair!

Oh my goodness! I just has to post this because I just transformed my daughters frizzy doll’s hair into silky awesomeness! I can’t believe it worked so I decided to share the joy! This will work on Barbie, American Girl and other dolls that have the silky plasticky hair. Let me start by saying that this was not how I planned to spend my Saturday. But daughter Maizy was so upset at the state of her dolls hair that I thought I at least had to try. After I tamed that beast into submission (the doll not the daughter) I decided to try the not as crazy mane of Lila’s doll. Let’s start with that method as it was easier and there is no point to go through all of the steps I needed for Maizy’s doll if the hair is not that bad. Here you can see lila’s doll, one side of the hair is fixed, the other is not…I think you can tell which is which….

This was an easy fix. I simply took a pump of frizz serum and worked it through the dry hair. Then I combed out a section and pulled the section through my hot curling iron. You can use a hair straighter for this too but I don’t have one. Repeat until you have done all of the hair. You can snip any ragged ends if you need to. Easy peasy, about 15 minutes total time.

Maizy’s doll was a different story, have a gander ant the “before” picture:

 

Yikes! Sorry about the poor photo, I had one of the girls snap a pic before we started so we could see before and after (I didn’t think it would work!) and I didn’t plan to blog it but it was such an amazing transformation that I had to share! Here are the steps I took to turn this dolls hair from scary to silky!

  1. Brush hair as best you can, don’t worry if you can’t get a comb through it.
  2. Wash hair with mild shampoo, rinse well.
  3. Condition with about 1/4 cup of conditioner.
  4. Comb through the hair with the conditioner in then rinse in hot water.
  5. Squeeze out as much water as you can by hand then squeeze with a towel to remove more water.
  6. I let the hair air dry a bit but I  got impatient, I’d say it was 90% dry when I added 2 pumps of frizz serum to the hair.
  7. Plug in a hair straightener or larger curling iron and let it heat up.
  8. Working on the left side first comb through a small section of hair then pull the hair through the curling/straightening iron and comb again. You might need to repeat a couple of times on each section. Trim off any straggly ends. Place the finished hair to the left. Note, I held the doll with my legs so my hands were free to manage the brush and curling iron. Repeat with all of the hair.

I found it easiest to put the hair in a ponytail after I washed it but that is up to you. In the photo you can see the hair I did not straighten yet on the right and the silky straightened hair on the left. The hair was still a bit damp when I worked. I think you can do this on dry or damp hair as my other daughters doll’s hair was dry when I straightened it. Here is the finished doll and happy daughter:

 

Well, this was not so much a crafty post but I’m sure many of you mom’s out there will find it useful. If you have any questions just leave a comment. Til next time happy crafting!

A Fall Collage Craft for Kids! {video Tutorial}

I had a really successful time at the local library last week with this craft. I had a hoard of children all happily tearing and glueing and creating fall masterpieces! This time of year it is hard not to be inspired by the beauty that surrounds us (in Maine anyway!) so why not translate it into a craft? It is perfect for a classroom too! Just remember my rule when working with kids ABP (Always Be Prepared!) that means have all of the supplies laid out and the tissue paper squares cut before you invite them to craft.

 

You will need: 1 sheet of blue construction paper, 1/4 sheet of brown construction paper, a strip of green paper and scraps of red, yellow and orange. Glue sticks and white glue, a pencil and tissue paper or crepe paper (party streamer) squares. I used leftover gift wrappings and party streamers. If you need to buy tissue paper I recommend getting rolls of green, red, orange and yellow at the dollar store. Watch the video to see how easy it is!

You can use the same techniques for other art as well. I don’t know what is so charming about this craft but it captivated all of the children in the library. Twisting and glueing is almost meditative I think and the results are so pretty! If you try this leave a comment and let me know how it turned out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Go To The Hop! {& 50% OFF at MyGrafico!)

Howdy folks! Just a quick note that everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and MyGrafico is 50% off until midnight tonight! Here is a new kit I added this week perfect for any 50s themed retro party or sock hop:

You get a card, favor bag as well as the show clip art for other projects. It’s fun and easy to make! You can cut the templates by hand using the printable version or cut the SVG files with your electronic die cutter! Here are some other kits you might enjoy:

Crafty Creature SVGLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsPhoto Booth Props!Midnight Dinner PartyTom Turkey CraftGhosted! SVGHalloween Doodles StampsClassic Fall Clips & CuttingSoccer Party KitHalloween Favors SVG

Don’t wait, the sale is over at midnight! Happy crafting!

A Marker Mingle & WOYWW!

**Hey, you can still sign up for the stamp giveaway on yesterday’s post!***

Howdy folks! I’m still sick (in case anyone cares) so today I listened to audiobooks and indexed my markers. I figured it rated slightly higher than lying on the couch and watching TV. I’d been on the fence as to whether or not I wanted to put all of my different brands of markers together in one rack. So, today in a decongestant and caffeine stupor I did just that:

Now, play nice markers! Oh, yeah, it is Wednesday (almost for me anyway) so here is another pic for What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday. I’m surprised my box of tissues didn’t show up in the picture as I have been such a snot factory (I can sure paint a picture with the words) the last few days. Did I mention Vegetarians aren’t supposed to get colds? No. I think it’s an outrage…oh well. I also put my waterbased brush markers together. I mostly just use these for multi color stamping so they don’t need to be in any particular order. In fact I like seeing the odd color combos that happen in the disorganized heap. Ya know, I don’t remember buying this many markers…I think they breed in there LOL!

So here’s the deal. Copic does a wonderful job of representing to color of the marker ink on the marker cap. Prismacolor has labels on the ends but the colors are way off and Promarkers have no color on the caps. So I grabbed a small circle punch and some sticker paper and made my own perfect color reference labels for the ends of the caps!

 

See how in the video. Let me just remind you that I have a cold, hence the voice. On the upside I am a bit mellower in this vid. Small  favors.

I realize that I really did not need to make a video but I am a better talker than typer so I could share more this way. Heck, if you don’t like it you don’t have to watch right? Hmmm, I think I am a bit cranky, I apologize, I’ll get a good night of sleep and hopefully be done with this cold foolishness in the morning. Til next time happy crafting!

AAA Giveaway & A Question for You!

EDIT: This giveaway is closed, check back every month for a new About Art Accents Giveaway!

Well, I spoke too soon. I officially have a cold. I am stuffy and cranky and even the dog wants no part of my company which is just as well. I am holed up in my craft room with a cup of tea, Netflix on my Kindle and my markers (neener-neener). OK that is all the self-pity I can muster, on with the show!  Lookie what I colored. It was fun AND I get to give away this stamp by About Art Accents! All you have to do is leave me a comment and I will draw a name next Monday.

I am a curios sort though,  so,  I have a question for you (since you are commenting anyway): What tutorials would YOU like to see on my blog? Be specific or be general. What crafty stuff do you want to learn more about. Let me know and I may do a tutorial on it. That’s it, no strings, just leave a comment and good luck! You will also get the smaller matching stamp as well. The stamp is deeply etched red rubber. I just used a bit of double-sided tape to attach it to my rock-a-block and got a beautiful impression. I find that when I use a curved stamp mount I rarely need cushion on my stamps saving me storage space and money. I love that the stamps from About Art Accents are so deeply etched that I can still get all of the detail without the cling-cushion.

This is an easel card, it stands up like this for display but folds flat to mail in an ordinary envelope. I tried to keep the embellishments to a minimum so it would not be too thick to mail.  I colored the fairy with a combo of Promarkers, Copics and Spectrums, they all play nice together LOL! In fact, I’m thinking of just mixing all of my markers up in one rack or bin by color, marker intergration…a big marker party, Copics, Trias, Prismacolors, away with original packaging! Can’t we all just get along?

Well then, I’d better stop before I start considering resorting my paper by pattern instead of color…that’s just nonsense. Til next time happy crafting!

And don’t forget, leave a comment on this post to win stamps from About Art Accents! If you want to do some shopping there use the code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your order!

I can breathe!

Happy Sunday folks! I am up way too early today but I was happy to look at the clock at 6:20am and then take a huge breath through my nose! I have been stuffy for the past 2 days. I always get quite put-out whenever I get sick which luckily is not often. I feel that  with my superior vegan diet I should not get sick at all. I don’t suffer in silence either. I whine, complain, lay around on the couch and refuse to take any medicine that might help me decongest because it tastes “icky.” I act very much like a 5 year old…now fetch me my crayons will you?

I like to get craft fair stuff done on Sundays. I feel like I can get a lot done while the football game is on (Go Pats!) I put on Christmas music and craft up a storm. The kids float between the living room TV and my craft room making little crafts to sell as well. There is nothing like selling something you created no matter how old you are! I wanted to share my glass bead packaging for the craft fair. Since they are small and could easily get lost in transit I wanted packaging that would keep them safe, together and nicely displayed:

 

I slip the carded earrings into clear trading card bags I buy from uline.com. They happen to be FDA food safe too so I can also use the bags to package food items! What a find! I stamped an ATC frame from About art Accents (the set is 50% off right now and you can save an extra 10% with the coupon Lindsay10%) on cardstock and poked holes to attach the earrings and pendant. To get the ombre color gradation on the stamp I used sponge daubers to apply the ink. Easy peasy!

Well, I’m off to walk the dog in the lovely October rain and hope to avoid getting sick again. Nobody wants that ha ha 😛 Til next time happy crafting!