Steampunk Stamps Giveaway! (& a Stamp School Video!)

Hi friends! With Father’s Day right around the corner I thought I would make a card that would be suitable for that occasion AND give you a chance to win the stamps I used from Art Neko! Just leave a comment and I will draw a winner next Wednesday!

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Watch the video for lots of fun techniques!

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Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko! *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!

Supplies:
Stamps Steampunk Fun (Art Neko) *Currently on sale, $5 off!
Pigment ink (black, gold)
Dye ink (Black)
Acrylic paint (black)
Gold embossing powder
Black cardstock
Washi Tape
Shipping tag
Pattern Paper
Charms (gears and filigree)
Heat tool

Follow the direction in the video to stamp in molten embossing powder to create an engraved look. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win these fun stamps from Art Neko (don’t worry, if you already have them or decide to buy them while they are on sale you can pick some different stamps if you win:)  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

If it Don’t Move, Stamp it! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! There has probably been a time in your stamping career when you wanted to add a stamped image on a  3-D or uneven object. This can be frustrating or impossible depending on the stamps and ink you choose. Today I am going to show you a technique using tissue paper and decoupage  that will allow you to apply stamped images to almost any surface you choose!

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It was easy to apply a stamped image to this ridged glass votive holder and I will show you how in today’s Stamp School video!

You can find the stamps I used at our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry!  SAVE 15% on your orders of Peg Stamps and Peg Stamp Sets $10 or more from May 19 – May 28, 2016 with coupon code:  VOTIVE16
Supplies:
Tissue paper
White glue (elmers, mod-podge etc)
Stamps (Aloha set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Paint brush (for glue)
Scissors
Waterproof ink (such as Ancient Page, Ranger Archival, Staz-On)
You can use this technique for transferring any stamped images onto rough or textured surfaces. Tissue paper comes in so many beautiful shades and since it is translucent it will blend in with your surface and since it is so thin it easily molds to uneven shapes. Give it a try and have fun! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Clay Play Day! Tips for Beautiful Beads and Stamped Pendants (with and without fancy tools!)

Hi there! We have had some stunning days in Maine this week. It was so nice outside I brought my clay supplies into the back yard and made some beads and pendants for jewelry:

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Watch the video for full instruction as well as tips for making these beads and pendants with or without tools. I will also post tips below the video for your convenience. If YOU have any polymer clay tips to share please leave a comment!

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Today I am using stamps from our sponsor Rubber Stamp Tapestry Use coupon code BEACH16 for 15% off any order of $10 or more through May 21, 2016

Supplies:
Polymer Clay: Sculpey 3
Ink: Versafine (any pigment ink is fine)
Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry : Starfish and shells, Crab SmallCrab, Sea Turtle Mama, Compass or you can check out all of the nautical stamps they offer.
Jewelry findings: earring hooks, earring posts, headpins, eyepins, jump rings, beaded chain, clasp
Tools: pliers, oven, needle tool, potters scraper or palette knife

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Clay Tips!

  • Condition the clay by kneading it well before use, or the beads will be brittle.
  • Remove rings before working with clay so you won’t have to clean off the residue later.
  • Sculpey 3 is good for chunky beads like we made today, it is also easier to conditions BUT if you are making thinner items use Premo or Fimo as they are more durable.
  • Use an oven thermometer to make sure your oven is accurate, otherwise you might burn your clay.
  • Use a timer so you don’t over bake the clay (your smart phone has a timer on it!)
  • Use pigment ink, chalk or mica powder on raw clay and it will become permanent when you bake it.
  • Use an acrylic based sealer if you wish to seal your clay after baking. Oil based spray sealer or nail polish my make your clay sticky down the road.
  • Rough edges can be sanded and holes may be drilled after baking if desired.
  • Avoid mail ordering polymer clay in the summer as the clay can get “Truck baked” if it gets hot. Most big box craft stores sell polymer clay and it often goes on sale for 88 cents a brick. Those sales keep stock fresh and fresh clay is easier to use.
  • And the most important tip is to have fun!

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This was a lot of fun! I like to make extra beads when I have my clay out to use on future projects. I hope you try this and let me know how it turns out. If you have never used clay before you can get a pack of 30 colors of 2 oz blocks of clay at any big box craft store for about $25 (or less with a coupon) that is a great way to get started and then pick up the 4 oz block in the colors you run out of when they are on sale. If you think your friends would like to try this project feel free to share it using the handy-dandy sharing buttons below, I sure do appreciate you spreading the love! Thanks for stopping by ad til next time happy crafting!

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Stamp School: Pop-Up Gift Card/Money Holder!

The next time you want to give the gift of cash (or a gift card) try this!

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This card was designed to hold money at a wedding but you can change-up the motif to suit your needs. Watch the video for full instructions!

 

Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko!  *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!  Visit ArtNeko here.

Supplies:
Stamps (Artneko.com) Polka dots and Backgrounds
Birds
Washi Paper
Money Envelope or gift card
Cream cardstock
Punch or die (or scissors)
Foam adhesive and double-sided tape
Washi tape

Directions:
Cut card base 3 1/2″x11″ and score at 4 1/2″, 5 1/2″ and 6 1/2″. Fold in the center and cut the gift card notch. Stamp and decorate as desired.

Another tip would be to make a bunch of the pop up card bases at once and decorate as needed (like the last-minute birthday parties your kids get invited to) so you will always be ready! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Colorful Rainbow Notecards, Bookmarks and Tags!

Hi Friends! This project is quick and fun and looking at it just makes me happy!

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Best of all it needs only a few supplies. I made all of these with 2 sheets of cardstock (cutting diagram below) and a few stamps and shades of ink. Look in your stash and find a sentiment, background/shadow and a filler stamp (like the butterfly) and try this fun technique. sometimes all it takes is changing the size in which you work or limiting your supply choices to bring back your creative sparkle!

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Watch the video to see how I made these and learn lots of tips and tricks!

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Directions:
You can get 3 card, 3 tags and 2 bookmarks from each piece of 8 1/5″ x 11″ cardstock. First cut it 6″x11″ and cut that piece into three 3″ wide pieces for cards and you will have a 2″ piece left for the bookmark. cut the remaining strip into 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles for tags or ATCs. (See cutting diagram above.)

Simply stamp each stamp in the same color of ink, overlapping the images as needed on the tags and cards and work on the bookmark each time you change ink color.

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post today! Thank you for dropping by, please share this with anyone you think would enjoy it and til next time happy crafting!

 

Share this with a Bride-To-Be!

Hi friends! I have been very inspired to create wedding projects this spring because I have a couple of friends getting married! I think many young people are first introduced to DIY while planning their wedding as either a way to save money or inject their personal style on their special day. Todays project will help you do both. This tutorial is created with a beginner in mind so my apologies if it moves a bit slower but I am hoping it will make it helpful to any beginners. Also since this project is great to batch out you can use the same design for Christmas cards or anytime you need a bunch of cards.

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The supplies you need for this project are simple and inexpensive so I urge you to seek out quality items because it will make the cards feel really luxurious. The cardstock I am using is 110# Recollections cardstock from Michael’s, a ream of 100 sheets is about $13, that will yield enough cardstock for 150 cards with embossed panels with extra. You could get 50 reply postcards from the extra if there were no mistakes. Please note that all 110# cardstock is not the same, the Georgia Pacific 110# is much flimsier. For a wedding get the good stuff and at a big box store you can use a coupon. The other splurge is the embellishments but they are surprisingly affordable too. The buckles I am using are less than a dollar from Totally Dazzled and if you use the coupon code FRUGALCRAFTER you can save an extra 10% bringing the cost of your DIY wedding invitations to about a buck a piece. Don’t wait, the coupon code is only good through June 15th, 2016! To buy a custom invitation with layers, embossing, vellum and embellishments like this would cost $5 each or more! I’d rather spend that money on a honeymoon!

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Don’t be overwhelmed, watch the video to see how easy these are to make and glean some helpful tips!

Let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Rhinestone slides, buckles & charms (Totally Dazzled)
  • Heavyweight white cardstock (110# Recollections brand)
  • Embossing folders and die cut machine (or purchase embossed cardstock)
  • Ribbon, lace and assorted trims
  • Foam adhesive and double stick tape
  • Vellum (A pack of 50 ink jet vellum is $10 at a craft/office supply store)
  • Brads
  • Ink and patterned paper (optional)
  • Corner dies or punches (optional)

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Directions:
1. For each gate fold card you will need a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock. Score and fold 2 1/8″ from each side to create the base.

2. Trim embossed cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ and adhere to each panel with foam tape.

3. Print wedding invitation words on vellum and attach to inside of the card with brads. Tip: attach to patterned paper and glue the paper in the card.

4. Add a rhinestone buckle on a length of ribbon, wrap around card and tie with a bow.

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Tips!

  • You CAN print on vellum with an ink jet printer, just give it a few minutes to dry before using.
  • Batch it up! Do all of the card base folding in one sitting, emboss all the panels in one sitting, do all the glueing at once. You want to do this assembly like style to make it quick and easy. Gather those bridesmaids and groomsmen and put them to work. (pay them with beer and pizza, just keep the food away from the invites LOL!)
  • Don’t worry about “rules” this is YOUR day, use the colors and motifs you like, nowadays anything goes! One of the prettiest wedding color schemes I have seen was my nieces Sarah’s wedding and it was green, black and orange, it was stunning!
  • Don’t go crazy if this is your first time crafting. Stacking ribbon and inking embossed panels can look great but every additional step can add a lot of time when making a big batch of cards. If you don’t think you will do a lot of crafting after the wedding opt for pre-embossed paper or a pattern paper you like instead of investing in a die cut machine and embossing folders. Better yet, see if you have a crafty friend who has a die cut machine you can borrow!

You’ve got this! Start early and don’t let it become stressful, if you are not already a crafter it may lead you down the road to a wonderful new hobby and if not at least you can say “I did it myself!” and that is an awesome feeling! Congratulations on your special day and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Totally Dazzled

PS Do you know someone getting married? Please use the handy sharing buttons below to share the love:)

PSS Below is the card I made my mom for Mothers Day, these Totally Dazzled buckles are great for ANY card-making occasion not just fancy weddings!

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A Gift for Mom! {You have time to make this!}

Hi friends! Here is a gift you have time to make for Mother’s Day! Your kids can totally make these too for grandma or aunts!

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This technique is great for small stamps like these from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. I also have a coupon code for 15% off your order of $10 or more from Rubber Stamp Tapestry: MOM16 but don’t wait, the coupon expires on May 14th, 2016!

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Supplies:
Cardstock
Markers (Pitt India Ink)
Colored Pencils
Stamps (Rubber Stamp Tapestry) sets used:
Aloha
Aunties Strawberry Garden
Pansy Garden
Lotus Pond
Bittersweet
Clear flat backed marbles
Magnets and metal disks
Double sided adhesive
clear strong liquid glue (I used Jewel It)

Directions for magnets:
Stamp images on cardstock with India ink markers or waterproof ink. Color images with colored pencils. Glue glass marbles on images and let dry. Cut around marbles and adhere a magnet to the back.

For the card:
Stamp a frame in wreath style along the border of greeting card. Add metal disks to the center of the card to hold magnets and cover with a panel of patterned paper or cardstock.  The metal disks will keep the magnets attached to the card for gift giving.

I want to wish all of the mom’s reading a happy Mother’s day.:) Why not treat yourself to some sweet little peg stamp sets from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Don’t forget to use the 15% off coupon code MOM16 but don’t wait, the coupon expires on May 14th. Happy crafting!

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