Funky Water-drop Background Technique! {Quick & Easy!}

Hi friends! Here is a quick and fun technique to use as backgrounds on your cards. All you need are watercolor markers and water! Have fun & watch the video to see how it is done:

Video!

Happy crafting!

I need more markers like a hole in the head…

Hi friends, let me tell you about the markers I just got! (collective groan) OK I have a lot of markers, they’re like potato chips, you can’t have just one. These markers are unique. They are liquid chalk markers by CraftyCroc. They wash right off non-porous surfaces with a wet rag but they hold tight to painted surfaces (I used them in a children’s craft class to decorate the trinket boxes I shared on the blog yesterday.) They are juicy and vibrant and have reversible nibs (bullet and chisel) and I am having a ball with them, in fact I used them on the tile of a scrapbook page I hope to share this weekend. And, I think they might just be my perfect white ink; matte, opaque and quick drying. I have had trouble with white inkpads not drying and needing to be heat set. In these cards I used the white marker to ink up a stamp and stamp with it. I love the look:

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I’m sure you want to see these in action so watch the video!

I was hit with the urge to doodle as soon as I saw the bold neon colors on black paper. Now that’s a marker! The best value if the 10 color pack of markers but if you only need white they also offer a 4 pack. The labels are available in packs of 64 in a  fancy and plain rectangle design. If you write on the label and change your mind you can wipe off the marker with a wet rag after it is dry, great for re-labeling containers.

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I love it when I find a unique product that does not duplicate items I already own. I can think of many ways to use these but do not use them on painted chalkboards (you know, DIY chalkboard made with chalkboard paint) because it will not come off completely) but go ahead on glass, metal and plastic. Sometimes we will right messages on out oven door (like “toxic” if I have been baking, and doodle on a skull and crossbones or bio-hazard symbol LOL!)

The marker package says that it is artist quality but I think they are just plain fun and playful and I hope you give them a try. What would YOU write on with these? I want to thank CraftyCroc for sponsoring this video and thank you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cute as a Bunny!

Hi friends! despite the fact that I woke up to snow falling this morning I have been feeling a bit springy today. Before you know it baby shower season will be in full swing. I have an idea for a quick and easy thank you card that can be made in batches and would be a thoughtful gift for a baby shower host to give to the soon-to-be mom:

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I always thought it was important to send thank you cards after a shower. But with a new baby things get busy. If a shower host, who has all the names and addresses of the guests because she invited them, made this set of cards for the new mom and included addresses for all the guests it would be so appreciated. Bonus points if you keep notes on all the gifts received;) You could even enclose a book of beautiful postage stamps and a pretty pen! (Of course I might just be an old fart and maybe people don’t do thank-yous anymore but you know what, it would make someones day to know they were appreciated and an email just does not show the same amount of care as a handwritten note.) That’s just my opinion, I welcome yours in the comments below:) Watch this video to see how easy it is:

Supplies

Directions:
1. Cut 8.5″x11″ cardstock in half to make 2 invitation size cards.
2. Add strips of washi tape to the bottom.
3. Tie bakers twine to the fold.
4. Stamp Bunnies and sentiment.
5. Color.

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I hope you enjoyed this project sponsored by Papermart. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s Almost Library Appreciation Week!

Hi Friends! Can I get a cheer for the library? I have always loved libraries. I love that anyone can take any book home for free! I am not one to read a book more than once unless it is a reference book so it cuts down on the clutter in my home not to mention the way my kids devour books, I would go broke without my library. The library is the heart of a community but often people take it for granted because it is “free” well really, it is not. It is free for you to use and enjoy but it costs money to operate so if it is not used funds might be cut SO go to the library, it won’t cost you a dime (unless you have overdue fees and my library does not charge them) but it will keep the lights on. And if you are planning a trip to the library this month why not whip up a batch of these goodies to give yo your librarians…

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…and if my librarian is reading (Hi Audrey!) you will find these in a box over overdue library books next week. Backstory, we borrow a lot of books out at a time and when it gets a little crazy I ask the librarian to email me a list of all the books we have out and we do a scavenger hunt and the kid that finds the most books wins. We call this “Library book scavenger hunt time!!!!” Feel free to copy this idea, we moms need all the help we can get. Plus this game is way more fun than “missing lunchbox scavenger hunt” and way less stinky…unless an overdue book is found in a missing lunchbox and well, then we need to buy the library a new book. :)  Are you ready to make some groovy bookmarks? Watch the video to see how:

Supplies:
Shipping tags (I used 3″x6″ manila tags)
Crochet lace
Baker’s twine
Paper ribbon
Mesh ribbon
Stamps (Glitz)
Ink Pads in black and shades of plum
scrap fabric, hot glue

Directions:
1. Stamp background design and ink edges of tag with plum ink.
2. Stamp lace and postmarks in black ink.
3. Glue on mesh, fabric and lace using hot glue.
4. Thread paper ribbon through the hole and knot it.
5. Tie bakers twin around paper ribbon.
6. Give to your librarian!

You can find many of the supplies I used at our sponsor Papermart! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Metallic Stamping with PanPastels & Stamp Winner!

Hello friends! Well, the last time I looked at a clock it was lunchtime. Ever had a day like that? That’s fine, I like busy days once in a while and I love days when I get to announce winners! I got over 500 entries on the Artneko giveaway post and the lucky winner is…. Ruth Pfinder! Ruth, check your email! OK, I’m gonna keep this post short but I do have a fun technique video using clear embossing ink and metallic chalk. I am using the metallic PanPastels Hubby got me for Christmas but you can use whatever you have. Watch the video to see how it is done:

Video! Sorry, email subscribers, I still can’t get the video thumbnail to show up in email so you’ll have to see it on my blog:( 

Did you like the triple looped bow? If you want to get your paws on one of the handmade wooden bow making jigs my husband makes than you can email me at artstudiosofbangor@yahoo.com and I will send you a PayPAl invoice and ship one right out to you! Thanks to the several people who ordered today already after watching the video, it is very much appreciated;) The butterfly stamp I used is by ArtNeko and papers and cardstock are from the scrap bin. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Bookmarks!

Hi Friends! Small projects are a great way to try out new techniques. I used a combination of stamping, drawing and water-coloring to make these 3 bookmarks:

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I used a few Caran D’ache watercolor pencils I recently purchased at MerriArtist, I ordered these and some other goodies last Saturday and got them on Tuesday! Fast service, great prices and wonderful customer service. I am not affiliated with them but they did give me a coupon code to share: 10off for $10 off an order of $100 or more and free shipping. Today I am reviewing the Caran D’ache Supracolor pencils, Caran d’ache water brush (a gift from MerriArtist) and Aquabee 90lb watercolor paper (a real bargain!) Have a look at the video for the tutorial and review.

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After the picture was dry I cut it into 3 panels. I inked the edges and added some stamping with black ink. The edge swirls are by Autumn Leaves, the corner flourish is by Inkadinkado and the Chinese calligraphy is retired from PSX. When I was happy with the look I ran it through my laminating machine (I got my laminator from LTD commodities for $17 and the refill pouches come in a 100 variety pack for $5, another steal of a deal and it has worked well for me for a couple of years, unfortunately I could not find a link to this online.) You can also use contact paper or packing tape to laminate them even cheaper! The lamination really enhances the color and will protect the bookmarks (and your books) from color migration. I also wanted to mention the there is another watercolor pencil by Caran d’ache called “museum” which are more light-fast and expensive that are probably better in quality. I did not know about them when I ordered these or I would have bought a few to compare. I do not know how light-fast these are but the laminating will help prevent fading.

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I think I see more bookmarks in my future! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Embossing Pouch!

Hi Friends! In today’s video I will show you how to make an anti-static embossing pouch so you can create perfect rubber stamped images! After that we will make a card!

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Embossing pouch supplies:

  • fabric scrap (thin material like cotton or muslin or old t-shirt)
  • corn starch or baby powder or Talc/talcum powder
  • rubber band

Directions: Cut a 6″ or larger square of fabric. Put 1-2 tablespoons of powder in the center of fabric. Gather up the edges and secure with a rubber band. To use simply pounce and wipe on your cardstock before stamping and heat embossing. You can also use this to de-static other things like glitter trays/funnels. It will also help in to stick to hard to stamp papers better even if you are not embossing.

Card Supplies:

BTW here is the ATG shim video I told you about. I am still having trouble with video thumbnails not showing up for my email subscribers,  I hope the issue is fixed soon and you don’t mind popping over here to see the projects. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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