My Name is on the Masthead!

Ha ha ha ha ha! (maniacal laughter) I am so thrilled that my name is officially on the masthead at Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine!

 

Well, la-de-da I’m an editorial advisor! I have been freelance writing for them for a couple of years but now I have my own column!!! It’s called (what else) The Frugal Crafter and you can see it in every issue starting October 2012! I just got my copy in the mail and I am delirious with excitement! Yep, I’m easily amused. I also had a few cards in Just Holidays! magazine too also from the same publisher.

 

That’s all for now, I should have a new video tutorial up tomorrow, til then happy crafting!

Poppin’ Parasol!

Before I begin I have fabulous news to share (drumroll please…) I have been offered my very own column in Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine! Guess what it’s called? The Frugal Crafter!!!  I am beyond excited, my column will debut in the October 2012 issue! OK, I better stop patting myself on the back before I dislocate my shoulder. :) You might have noticed this card from Monday’s video tutorial. I used the sketch from Oriental Stamp Art again to decorate the front:

 

But the fun happens when you open it up…

 

It’s a pop-up parasol!

 

Here are the details: All stamps on this card are by About Art Accents/Art Neko. I colored the geisha with Inktense watercolor pencils.  To make the parasol you need honeycomb paper. You can buy it or make your own using my honeycomb paper tutorial. You stamp the parasol on a scrap of paper, cut it out and fold it in half and trace it on the honeycomb paper. Cut that out and glue to the inside of the card. Be sure to do all of your stamping and coloring first.

Tips for working with honeycomb paper:

  1. Make sure the design you are cutting from the honeycomb is symmetrical and the middle of the design will line up with the fold of the card. I had to stamp my geisha crooked so the parasol would lay flat on the fold. Live and learn :)
  2. Large shapes work better, 2″ tall shapes are great but anything over an inch will work.
  3. The tissue is delicate, be gentle while opening it. If you see a spot come unglued just put a wee dab of glue from a glue stick (you can use a toothpick to apply it) on the spot and close the shape to let it dry. Good as new.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing my awesome news today, til next time happy crafting!

It’s Finally Here!

Last summer I designed a stamp set for Pink Persimmon and it is finally available to buy! Being mainly a digital designer I get the instant gratification of designing a set one day and listing it that evening but designing physical product is a whole new ball of wax but oh, it sure is sweet pressing that stamp to paper! Here are some ideas using my new Cupcake Party Stamps I designed for Pink Persimmon:

For the full instruction on making this party set please see the March 2012 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts!

I was also able to use the new Cupcake party stamps along with other fabulous stamps from Pink Persimmon to design a party set for Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine. It is the Stamp-A-Party article in the March 2012 issue on newsstands now, check it out!

SSA March 2012

It was really fun to design a set I know would be stamped, rather than printed. You can see the stamps below, you simply stamp a cupcake wrapper section four times next to each other and you get a perfectly sized wrapper! You can use whatever color you like and mix and match the patterns if you want. You can also use the wrapper for stamp kissing since you get a sizable swatch of pattern on each stamp. It is such a fun set!

Vintage Cupcake Clear Polymer Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my excitement! Til next time happy crafting!

These are a few of my favorite things….

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…well, that’s nice and all but my favorite things are of course a little more artsy. I was looking at this card I made in June but had not posted (I had to wait to post it because it was published in the Winter 2011-2012 issue of Rubber Stamp Madness) and I realized that it used some of my favorite things.

Melon Mambo ink and Button Embossing die (Stampin’ Up)

Button Clear Stamps (Pink Persimmon, I also used the Soda Pop Alpha and Holiday Favors sets)

Promarker Blending Sets (Pastel & Muted marker kits)

Ribbon & Stitching (Grossgrain ribbon is from the Dollar Tree)

My Die cut machine (I used the mat from the Fancy Cupcake box SVG set by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff)

So, what are your favorite crafting supplies? Leave a comment and let me know, I can’t wait to hear! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

I’m Jolly!

Hey! I am so excited! I just got my copy of Rubber Stamp Madness (winter edition) in the mail today and I had this card published!

I used papers from my Handmade Holidays kit and a bingo card from my Vintage Christmas Labels set and as a bonus they are on sale for 40% off today {Wednesday the 21st} only along with everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff so you can stock up and make a few more last-minute goodies:

Vintage Christmas LabelsHomemade Holidays Paper PackGingerbread House SVGWee AlbumsPretty Packaging SVGChic Calendar Scrapbook kit

Don’t you just love the cute santa and alphabet stamps I used? I just love combining digital and traditional products. It is the best of both worlds. I keep a stash of  printed bingo cards in craft area so I can stamp on a quick sentiment when I need it (I also like to keep a stash of library cards on hand too like the one in the Teacher’s Helper set, they are so handy!) Also I love printing just what I need for paper. I tend to hoard my favorite sheets of traditional papers for just the perfect project but with digital papers I can simply print another sheet. The rubber stamps I used on the above card are by Pink Persimmon:

Both sets are so versatile! I’ll show you two other cards I made with that set later this week!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to have a visit and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: Homemade Paper Tape!

Hi Folks! I’ve been waiting to post this video since August! I used some awesome button and Jewel stamps from Pink Persimmon in this tutorial and they kept selling out of them so I wanted to wait until they were back in stock because you might want them after seeing this! I made paper tape out of stamps and sticker paper, it was so fun and easy, you can see the tape on this card, the video is at the end of the post:

I made a ruffle out of crepe paper and used glitter nail polish to add quick drying bling to the jewel. I colored my rhinestone with marker to match and made my own seam binding. You can see more tips like that in my latest article in Scrap & Stamp Arts!

Also I wanted to tell you that I have a new article out in the January 2012 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine! It is filled with my favorite tips on making your own craft supplies titled, what else? The Frugal Crafter! Check it you on newsstands or get your copy here.

SSA January 2012

Here is the video, enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and til net time happy crafting!

New Publications!

Howdy folks! Boy, summer has been crazy! My craft room looks like a tornado went through it and I have been creating like a mad woman to try and get projects set out before submission deadlines. Since I have nothing new to share with you today I thought I’d show you the magazines that have shown up in my mailbox over the last week with my work featured in them…shameless promotion I know :)

 

I really encourage crafters to submit their work, it is so fun to see your creations in print! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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