vintage Pattern People {GAL-entines Cards}

Hi friends! I had a blast picking away at these cards over the past few days.

I was inspired by a sticker pack I bought containing hundreds of vintage fashion ladies that reminded me of the illustrations on sewing pattern envelopes. Since I buy what I like {and keep supplies that are my style regardless of trends and whether a product is discontinued or not} these dovetailed perfectly into my other paper crafting supplies. My advice to anyone starting a paper crafting or cardmaking hobby is to select the product they are drawn two and resist the trends. Often we think we like something that is trendy because it is familiar. Everybody else is doing it so we should too, right? Wrong! Grab the supplies YOU like and use the techniques I show you to make it your own. The only way to do it wrong is to not enjoy yourself! Let’s craft!

I did buy 2 new things for this project (affiliate links used)

Dig around in your stash for clothing labels, trims, extra buttons, and scraps of fabric you can use to make these your own. No rules, just fun! I wanted the cards to be able to be reused so instead of writing on the card itself I will write on the removable piece of cardstock I embossed with a frame embossing folder. I have a stamp that encourages people to reuse the card with no guilt:)

And there you have it, 10 cards that were fun to make! Happy crafting!

Let’s Make Cards! Fun Watercolor Marker Coloring made Easy!

Hi friends! Today I am going to share some fun cards you can make. You will need some water-based markers and a few rubber stamps. Feel free to use stuff you already have!

I think it’s great when you take an idea but recreate it using your favorite supplies because it makes all of your work unique!

Supplies (Affiliate links used, feel free to substitute!)

I hope you just of those oldies but goodies and make a card today! Happy crafting!

Let’s Make a Card! A Use What You Have Craft!

Hi friends! Sometimes it get overwhelming trying to keep up with all of the supplies out there. I was at a thrift store a couple weeks ago and there was a massive pile of thick dies for sale. I immediately found a few that I liked including the one I used on this card to make the flower.

I really wanted to share this project with you but I didn’t want anyone to feel bad if they couldn’t find this older die so I decided to show you how to make it your own using supplies you already have. Watch the video and get inspired to make those old supplies new again!


Supplies (affiliate links used)

I get such a thrill when I think of a new way to use my supplies. It’s just as good as getting something new, maybe better. Well, at least you can save what you would have spent and save up for the next unique thing you really like. Happy crafting!

Christmas in July with Thrifted Supplies!

Hi friends! Last week on YouTube I posted a haul of stamps I bought for a song at a yard sale. I asked viewers what I should use first and the basket stamp was the hands down winner!
This stamp is 24 years old so it’s unlikely you will find it (unless you already have it, then lucky you!) but there are similar free printable templates online, I put some in this printerest board for your convenience.

These projects were fun to make and also I have 4 little gift boxes and a variety of tags I can use this Christmas! Use this tutorial as a jumping off point to make party favors or gift wrap for your next occasion!

Supplies (Many products I love and use are now discontinued but you can always find something similar to buy or even better, in your stash!)

Apparently there was supposed to be a handle stamp on the edge of the wood stamp block (I bet that was in the big tote I rummaged through to find it!) but I think we managed just fine without it LOL! Affiliate links were used in this post. Happy crafting!

A Mother’s Day Card & More! Free SVG Cut File too!

Hi friends, Mother’s day is this Sunday so why not make mom a lovely card!

My mom (and sister) have a green thumb so we usually buy them some sort of plant from the greenhouse. They all open up around here about a week before mother’s day and there are always so many choices. Luckily mom can keep any plant alive so we can choose what looks pretty! I thought it might be fun to make some cute plant markers to customize the gift.

They would also make pretty bookmarks and I have a free SVG cutting file you can download if you want to make some. I cut them as is from white cardstock and then I cut them with a shadow on kraft for a matting layer. That way they would be sturdier and have a nice finished look. Check out the video to see how I made these and then dig through your stash for similar products and give it a try!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you enjoyed this fun DIY and til next time happy crafting!

The Lazy Stampers Guide to Layering Stamps

Hi friends, are you curious about (or frustrated by) layering stamps? Today I will take out some of the mysteries and help you decide what kind is best for you or if they are for you at all.

I will try and find links to the products I used or similar ones if they are retired. I keep and use my stamps for a long time so often they are unavailable when you are watching my video. There are new beautiful stamps being released every day so feel free to follow along with what you like! Affiliate links will be used if available.

Type of layering stamps:

Rubber-These were the first layer stamps I ever used. Stampin’ up made these on wood blocks and they were called “2-Step Stampin’.” To get perfect alignment you could use a stamp-a-majig (best $12 you can spend if you want perfect placement for ANY stamp. wood block or clear) but the best thing about these designs was that you didn’t need to stamp them perfectly for a beautiful result. My favorite stamps of this genre come from Rubbernecker. You can still get some of the old-style rubber stamp (the layered poppy I demonstrated is still available) but they have transitioned over to clear photopolymer for easier alignment (and to work with the new style hinged stamp positioners like this) and so they can be used with metal dies. Rubber stamps can use any ink or water-based markers to get excellent results. The downside to the rubber layering stamps is that they are harder to find and you don’t get photorealistic designs from them. They are the most durable kind of stamp and give the best impression in my opinion. They also tend to be on the expensive side.

Photopolymer: These stamps are clear, and easily stain, but give an excellent impression. You can use dye ink, pigment ink and water-based markers on them as you can with rubber stamps however you want to avoid harsh chemicals and inks such as solvents. Since they are clear they are easier to line up well and can be used in a hinged stamp platform to make lining up and making multiple of designs easy. Altenew has a great selection of photopolymer layering stamps including the Amaryllis stamp I used. These stamps are made by a process of exposing a gel to UV light and can also turn yellow or even be damaged is stored near a window so I recommend storing them away from light for longevity. The macaron stamp set I used is from Impression Obsession but it seems to be discontinued however some other sweets stamps from the same designer are 50% off right now! I did find a similar macaron stamp from Crafters Companion. Photopolymer stamps give a great impression but are a bit expensive and you need to take care of storing them and be mindful of what ink you use. Also never stamp them on ink jet photo paper as it may fuse to the stamp and ruin it.

Silicone stamps: These clear stamps are my least favorite but the cost is much lower than the other two options. You usually only see the silicone stamps in big box stores from large manufacturers because they need to order large amounts to make it worthwhile. silicone stamps are made, usually in China, by pouring silicone into a mold. They often do not stick as well to clear blocks (but sometimes come fused to the packaging!) and dye inks tend to bead up on them is there is a large solid area. Markers do not work well on this kind of stamp because marker ink is too thin. Pigment ink works best on silicone stamps. I like Versafine Clair but that can be pricey so you might want to choose a multi pack of mini cubes to get more variety at a smaller cost and less need for storage space. If you have trouble with ink sticking you can rub the stamp with an eraser prior to stamping.

I hope you found this helpful and it inspires you you pull out your layering stamps and make a card! Happy crafting!

Cards for Dads and Grads (Use what you have!)

Hi friends, as you know I love mixing old and new supplies to make cards. To be honest there aren’t too many stamps out there that can pull me away from my tried and true collection amassed over decades. If you don’t have a big collection and want to get something new there are lots of options!

The real inspiration of this card were some pretty metal look stickers I found at the dollar tree a few months ago. I thought they would be great for father’s day, graduations and vintage themed birthday cards. Feel free to use the techniques I share in today’s video in your next card!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

I hope this inspires you to dig through your stash and play with older supplies! Til next time happy crafting!

Do You know What Your Water-based Blender Can Do?

Hi friends! Today I am going to share many ways you can use a water-based colorless blending marker.

I’ll show you several ways to color with it, how to refill it and also how you can use it for embossing! Watch the video to see how! Oddly enough the technique I didn’t think would work well was my favorite!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I did a similar video on using the the clear alcohol blending marker too. You can check it out here. What was your favorite technique? Happy crafting!

Let’s Use Up some Crafty Crap: Chipboard

Hi friends! Do you have a stash of chipboard shapes from back in the day? Or maybe a stach of cereal boxes you have saved to make your own DIY chopboard shapes? Well, todayis the day we dig them out and put them to good use!

I have also been hearing of many people who have recently purchased their first gel printing plates so we will give that a workout too and create some really fun cards. This is a longer video so grab your supplies and craft along, or you can put this on as you do other things for a bit of company.

Supplies: (affiliate links used) *I have lined up to what I can find but I like to use old stamps that may no longer be available. Have fun and substitute with what you have!

Now I did whip up a few more cards with leftovers while I was at it that did not use the chipboard shapes. I think it is fun to make use of these extra doo-dads at the end of a crafting session. They are fun to mail out for a quick hello for no particular occasion. I hope something in this video inspired you and til next time happy crafting!