Use that Washi Tape! Gnome Matter What!

Hi friends! This project will have you using up that stash of washi tape in no time! As a bonus this card won’t get crushed in the mail.

Watch the video for the full tutorial:

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Supplies:

Directions

  1. Make an A2 card from white and cut a 3 ¼ x4 ½ from the scrap. Cut a heart window from the rectangle and use that to determine the placement on the foam layer. 
  2. From craft foam cut a 3 ¾ x 5” rectangle, then cut out the heart window so it will line up with the smaller white layer. 
  3. Stamp the gnome, mushrooms, leaf and grass to make a border at the bottom of the white rectangle. Stamp the snail at the top of the heart. Add a gnome brad if desired.
  4. Place the layers on the cardbase and mark the opening of the window. Place washi tape down to cover the window area.
  5. Use double sided tape to assemble the layers. Tip, apply the tape to the paper layer and not the foam as it will adhere better and not gum up the tape runner.
  6. Stamp sentiment on white and adhere using wet glue on the corners over the bottom of the heart window.

I love using washi tape as a background and I;ll be sharing another washi tape background trick next week so be sure to check back. Happy crafting!

A Stamp Winner, an Anniversary and a Rude Comment

Good Monday morning everyone! First off let me announce the winner of the About Art Accents rubber stamp giveaway….(drum roll please)… #78 Anne from France

Congrats Anne! Well that was the highlight of my morning. I received quite a scolding (3 comments worth of scolding) from a youtube viewer on my video Lindsay’s First Lampwork Beads I love it when someone says “I am not intending to be rude….” and then is quite rude LOL, I know I probably misled some people into thinking I was an expert with the title “Lindsay’s first lampwork beads” and by saying I am a beginner I obviously means that I am the end-all authority on the subject LOL! It takes all kinds 😀 So let me make a blanket disclaimer for any video I have ever made or might make in the future “I may or may not know what I am doing, proceed at your own risk, don’t burn your hands off, yadda yadda yadda.” LOL! Sorry to vent folks, OK here’s something fun:

DCF 1.0

Our wedding anniversary was yesterday, 12 years, wow! I got the idea for the sentiment from a  card I saw on Pinterest and since hubby teases me about my “British TV obsession” I thought it would be cute for an anniversary card. My 10 year old son showed me a cool website to make the text (word cloud) background paper, it is a free app/website called Tagxedo and it is similar to Wordle but there are more options and you can save your designs as high resolution JPG or PNG files to use later where as I think you can just print the wordle tag clouds from the website…now, don’t take my word for it…I am not a tag cloud generating expert or anything…proceed at your own risk…I will not me held responsible for any injury resulting from improper tag cloud generation hahahahahaha 😀

DCF 1.0

I used a British phone booth stamp that I got free from Stampin’ up during Sale-a-bration, stamped in blue to look similar to the TARDIS. On the envelope I used a London postage rubber stamp that I bought years ago (one of my first stamps actually!) by Hero Arts, and the Dalek stamp I made with my Stampmaker.  So, you might be wondering if I have any tips for a happy marraige (not that I’m an expert or anything…) but I would say be nice to each other. Really, if you keep that in mind all the time you will be very happy I think. We have been together 15 years, married 12 and very happy. Think of how happy we would all be if we were nice to each other, what a concept…not that I’m an expert…thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Love & Marriage…

Yesterday was my husband’s and my 11th wedding anniversary! It’s hard to believe we have been married that long, we dated nearly 3 years before we got hitched too, my how time files! I made him this card to celebrate:

 

The sexy couple on the card is a stamp from About Art Accents (save 10% with the coupon Lindsay10%) the set of stamps is called Best Day and it is on sale for $9.99 and the postage is only .75 cents, I love it that they don’t gouge you on postage. 🙂 The sentiment I found on the internet, it sums up my feelings perfectly:

 

I used a variety of my alcohol based markers for coloring. I picked up a pack of the new skin tone Spectrum markers by Crafter’s Companion on sale a month ago, I used them to color the skin. Both times I used them they felt really dry, I know the lighter alcohol markers often don’t feel as juicy as the darker ones but these were really dry.  Has anyone else had that problem or did I get a bum pack?

 

I wanted a little extra “oomph” around the couple so I stenciled a border for a stencil book I have, easy peasy! The rolled flowers are a Quilled Creations die (set of 3) I grabbed with a coupon. They had a whole display of quilling products at ACmoore the last time I was in and that makes me really happy because I love quilling and I am glad it is getting popular again!

In case you are wondering what we did for our anniversary, we went ti dinner, a movie and hit the batting cages…as they say growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional! Til next time happy crafting!

His & Hers Bookmarks!

I think my patterned paper is getting jealous! I have been using my background stamps like they have been going out of style since I got back from the stamp show!

 

I had some large wood mounted stamps that would “skip” in spots when I stamped them resulting in bad images and wasted paper. So I pulled them off the blocks and slapped them on my mega mount and they work perfectly! I had fun layering my large stamps on photo paper and then cut one piece up to make the 2 bookmarks and used another piece on the card. The Frames and Cameo stamps are from Micheals, I snagged that Recollections set when I was in town for the stamp show for $6. Good quality!

 

Tip: If your ink skips on a solid image like the cameo silhouettes simply fill in the bare spots with a matching marker!

Well, only a few more days of school for the kids here. I’ll be glad when I can let them sleep in in the morning, they are so “over” getting up at 7am LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Double Happiness

Howdy folks! Here is a card I made from scraps leftover from this project. I’d rather make a new card that put all of that stuff away LOL! I liked the results so much I submitted a sketch of it to Oriental Stamp Art and they are using it as this week’s layout challenge!

 

This could be a wedding or anniversary card. I kept it vague. The focal stamp is the Chinese symbol for Double Happiness. I like that 😀 Maybe because I have twins and 2 is better thank one, or that it is such a nice marriage wish or maybe it just reminds me of Chinese food…hmmm, I could go for some Sechwan Tofu! I stamped the image (Art Neko) in a silvery purple ink and heat embossed it with clear powder, see the shiny!

 

The other bit of shiny goodness is the cardstock rectangle I dry-embossed then clear inked and brushed with purple pearl ex. Boy, I just love purple, I can’t wear it but I’ll use it on a card any chance I get!

Thanks all for today folks, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A manly anniversary card!

I hope you are having a great Monday! Last week my husband and I celebrated out 10th anniversary and here is the card I made:

I stamped the game spinner (Stampin’ Up-Take a Spin set) twice, one with black pigment ink and once with red and cut out the anniversary piece and glued it over the same spot on the black stamped image. I first tried using watercolor markers to multi color ink it all at once but it did not stamp as well as i liked, the pigment ink gave much crisper results. I used the beach/seaside themed paper from Graphic 45 (man, it pains me to cut into any of my G45 papers, they are so pretty!) and I made faux brads by punching 3/8″ circles and rubbing them on a mouse pad with a stylus (there is a great tutorial here on splitcoast on making these but I don’t think it is necessary to make the cardstock template, just rub them on the back in a circular motion with a large ball end stylus.)

That’s it for me today, it is so nice out I’m hitting the beach! Til next time happy crafting!

Die Cuttin’ & Airbrushin’

Boy oh boy, between my die cutting machine, new Copic markers and rediscovering my airbrush I am a happy crafty camper!

Stamps: House Mouse, MSE!, PP: DCWV, CArdstock: Bazzil, Punch: Martha Stewart

I cut and embossed the mat for this card using Penny Duncan’s nesting file. Then I stamped this cute house mouse stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black (my new favorite ink!) and colored it with my Copics. then I stamped the mouse again on a post it note and placed it over the colored image. Then I used my Paasche airbrush to spray alcohol ink (Piniata red + denatured alcohol) around the edges of the mat. By covering the image with a post it I can be sure no stray ink is sprayed on my image. The photo corners are a freebie from Thursday’s post. I cut them and the mat with my Cricut and scal software. If you don’t have SCAL yet there is a coupon for 10% off til the 28th (Sunday) so grab it quick: 4190114

Speaking of Die cutting  Micki wanted me to share a photo of my “die cutting center” so here it is, enjoy:

Everything is in arms reach, there is plenty of room in front and behind the cricut without taking up much counter space. I store my mats on the box under the machine.

Here is the inside of the box, I installed a power strip inside for my overhead light, cricut and laptop. When I am done cutting for the day I turn one switch off, easy!

A place for everything!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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