DIY Business Card Holder!

Hi friends! I made cute stands for my business cards to match my new craft fair packaging. All you need are dominoes, alcohol ink and hot glue.

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Watch the video to see how easy this project is:

I worked on editing some if the footage I took of my booth at the craft fair so I can have a recap for you in a few days. I’m also going to have some giveaways coming up so make sure you check back every day:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What can you do with a soda can?

You can make fabulous earrings!

And a card from the box the cans of soda came in!

Here is a video to show you how! You will also learn how to make your own jump rings. I apologize the vaguely obscene hand gestures I made when explaining how to properly open and close a jump ring, but I bet you won’t forget the right way to do it! :D

Here are the earrings I made in the video:

 

If you have any questions about this project just leave a comment and I will get back to you. BTW I have a video on showing how to make beads from plastic bottles too, it’s a moldy oldie from a year ago with my old camera but still worth a look if you want to check it out here. You gotta love free beads!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Photocopy Transfer Tutorial and a Freebie!

Well, hello there folks! I have been playing in my studio and wanted to share a quick and easy project I made. First I printed out some digital stamps from the Fancy Flower set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff, then I had a photocopy made so I could transfer them on to tiles. Wouldn’t thse make a cute Mother’s Day gift?

I colored the tiles with my new ProMarkers, it was so easy! Here is a video showing you how to do it:

Here are close-ups of my favorites:

EDITED TO ADD: the background on this tile was done by coloring it with a blue marker, then dabbin the same marker randomly on top. If you marker is not juicy enough you can use a q-tip to drop denatured (or rubbing) alcohol on top for the same effect. Just play around until you like the look!

And here is a peek at the Fancy Flowers digital Stamp Set I used:

Fancy Flowers Digital Stamps

With easter on its way I thought you might want a handy little basket to make so for this weeks freebie I give you a basket and notecard, click the pic to download.

Basket Freebie

It coordinates with my new Basket Bonanza set, 6 baskets in all including a covered picnic basket (that is my favorite!)

Basket Bonanza

And the Egg Basket Templates:

Egg Basket Template

Today’s project qualifies for the following challenges: Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Clear It Out!, Top Tip Tuesday, Tuesday Throwdown, Paper Playtime, Stamp with Fun, Stamps R Us, Aly’s Sunday Challenge, Crafty Pad, Creative Inspirations, Make it colorful, and Wee memories.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Homemade Embellies for Pennies!

Phew, what a week! It has been so hectic around my house lately, I’m glad to finally have a chance to slow down and just breathe. My favorite way to unwind is to play in my craftroom. While I was in the dentist chair Monday I had an idea: I wonder if I could make some cool embellishments in my clay molds with hot glue…ya know what? I sure can!

I used some digital stamps from the Love Grows and Posh ‘n Trendy sets as focal points on my card. the pretty double-sided paper is from GSD Studios, I couldn’t pick which side to use so I cut the paper a little longer than I needed, punched the edge and folded it back on itself to make a pocket and stitched it with my sewing machine, I great way to fully use your double-sided paper {It’s just too pretty to hide the backside!} I used Copic markers as my coloring medium.

Tip: If your papers and embellishments don’t quite match try tinting them with the markers you colored your stamps with as I did here. I colored the red {punched} bird with markers after seeing the paper did not show up too well and the sentiment that looked to stark when it was white. I also used them to color my hot glue charms.

To make some nifty hot glue embellishments you will need:

Make sure you use silicone molds because the glue will stick to ceramic or plaster and it will melt plastic molds (Don’t ask me how I know.) :)

  1. All you need to do is lay the mold on a flat surface and squeeze hot glue into the molds. Let cool completely, the large the mold the longer it will take. The letter tiles took a minute but the Celtic knot took more like 5 minutes to cool.
  2. There are a few ways to color your embellies, you can use alcohol ink, or alcohol ink markers. My Copics worked great and they matched my card perfectly! After I colored them I drybrushed a little acrylic paint over it to bring out the detail. You could just paint it with 2 coats of acrylic paint if you want a solid opaque color too.
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    Variations on a technique:
  • Try writing or drawing with your hot glue gun on a silicone mat to make a custom title or embellishment for you next scrapbook page.
  • Make fake “wax” seals by squirting out a gob of glue on a silicone mat and pressing a rubber stamp in it. Leave the stamp in the glue until it is cool then peel off the glue. Be sure to ink up the stamp with clear ink or glycerin first so the glue does not stick. This looks amazing!

I love all that you can do with hot glue! With Valentines day on Monday you might be scrambling around for ideas for cards and classroom favors. Here is a look at the sets I used today and some other sets you can use to make quick and easy valentine projects:

 Posh'n Trendy StampsValentine Party Add-onValentine Party Printables & SVGFreebie: Vintage Sheet MusicA Lttle Lovin' Clips & CuttingOoh La La SVGPretty Packaging SVGCupcake Carrier SVGFun Favors SVGBox Bonanza!SweetTreat SVG3-D Mailbox TemplateLove Grows Here Digital Stamp SetEnvelope Bonanza!

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff DT has cooked up this week, I bet we’ll see lots of LOVE!

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Fireworks!

Howdy folks, I hope you had a safe and fun 4th of July. We took the kids to see the fireworks for the first time and it was amazing, I even took 70 pictures of fireworks and most of them came out well! The challenge at oriental stamp art this week was fireworks so I thought I would do a tutorial video on painting some (I say painting but it is super easy, you need not be an artist!) here is a card with one of the papers I made. I will show you a scrapbook page later this week using the big firework paper. The dragonfly and sentiment rubber stamp is from About Art Accents and the little swatch of paper in the lower RH corner is from the Grunge Flowers CS from Nicecrane Designs (it covers up a stamping boo-boo ;)

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: Gold pattern 9DCWV), Inked Background (see video) Swatch on right (Nicecrane), Markers: Copic, Ink: Memento

So, wanna see how I made the “fireworks” paper I used on this card as well as two other fun techniques? Well have a gander at my new video:

Do try these easy techniques, they are fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

OSA Theme Challenge: Haiku

I was thrilled to find out that the Oriental Art Stamp Challenge was Haiku this week, I looked at websites trying to find a poem to use and none fit the bill so I wrote my own. I’m not a poet but I do like the way my card turned out:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Ranger, Staz-On

Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Ranger, Staz-On

here is the inside of the card

here is the inside of the card

I like how you can see parts of the poem when the card is closed, kind of eartheral.

I like how you can see parts of the poem when the card is closed, kind of eartheral.

I used leftover plastic packaging that some of my daughters Christmas presents came in last year…I remember them well because they were very expensive dolls that each of my girls wanted (they peed on a potty you see, why anyone would want such a toy I do not know) so they each got one and they rarely play with them. At least I am getting good use from the packaging LOL! I cut a piece of plastic 10″x6″ and scored it in the middle with my Scor-Pal. This stuff is very thick so scoring is a must! I folded it and dabbed it with alcohol ink. Stamped the Chinese woman and butterflies (both from About Art Accents) with black staz on and sprayed the inside of the card with shimmer spray. After that was dry I painted the geisha (from the back if the plastic) with gold alcohol ink. I added hot glue drop colored with red alcohol ink as a finish. Also a bit of copper string to gussy up the inside.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Simple “Thanks”

For those times you need a quick card that will fit in a standard business envelope try this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, CVardstock: DCWV, Die Cut: Cricut (accent essentails), ink: Ranger

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: DCWV, Die Cut: Cricut (accent essentials), ink: Ranger

I used sketch #31 over at Oriental Stamp Art (A wonderful Yahoo group devoted to Asian themed stamping) to make this quick card. I use color laser paper and alcohol ink to make the background and punched 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ squares to stamp on and mat. The stamps are from About Art Accents (my favorite place to find everything Asian!) and the cardstock is by Die Cuts with a view.

So the next time you don’t think you have time to make a handmade card give this sketch a whirl, it really couldn’t be simpler ;) Happy Crafting!

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