Stamp Winners & a New Tutorial!

Howdy folks! Last week I hosted a giveaway from the generous and fabulous About Art Accents and we had so many people enter the first night, and with it being Christmas ans all, the owner said I could pick two winners! Yay! and (drum-roll please) here they are! Kim Ferguson and Jackie P! Congrats ladies, you have some fabulous surprise stamps coming your way! Be sure to check your email for details! Speaking of great stamps, check out this chickadee stamp from About Art Accents, it is part of the 50 state birds & flowers collection:

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I think though, after the weather we have had in Maine this week I should have given my tree some snow and icy glitter! BTW BIG THANKS to all of the road crews, tree cutters and linemen (and women) who worked tirelessly through the holiday from as far south as Rhode Island to get the power back on in Maine, we would still be in the dark if it wasn’t for you! Sorry about that brief aside, I’m just feeling grateful to have electricity ūüėÄ Anyway, here is the tutorial:

I hope you got enough tips and techniques there to make it worth watching a 20 minute video. Here is a look at the cards close up.

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Tips!

  1. Make an envelope (I use the Kreate-a-lope) and use the scraps to decorate you card!
  2. Speaking of scraps save them in files sorted by color, that way you won’t need to cut into a full sheet of cardstock for paper piecing or when you just need a bit of a color. Plus you get interesting pattern and color combos when scraps mix and mingle!
  3. Speaking of paper piecing, take a look at your punches, what else can you make from the tired old shapes, my notched circle punch became a pine-cone, a balloon can become an Easter egg, dig out the old tools and use them in a new way!
  4. Switch out scissors for a craft knife and ruler, you will be surprise how quickly you can cut smooth banners and even mats, your die cutter will get lonely!
  5. Before you run to the store to buy the latest and greatest think about the tools and supplies you already have and see if you can duplicate it! Creativity is a muscle, use it or lose it! I think we can all enjoy that workout, am I right?

Thanks to About Art Accents for letting me pick two stamp winners this month and thanks to you for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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I’m cleaning today (and I don’t even have anyone visiting!)

I know what you are thinking “Good one Lindsay! April Fools Day joke right?” But sadly no, I am¬†actually¬†spending probably most of the day cleaning today. It is so muddy out that between the kids and a dog who is always on the wrong side of the door my floors have a nice coating of grit on them to match the fine coating of dust on everything else. Luckily I am listing to a¬†riveting¬†audio book at the moment (11/22/63 by Stephen King) and it will make even the task of cleaning pleasurable. Usually I will tidy and sweep at the end of the day, do it in a mad-dash of sorts because when I start in the morning I end up cleaning all day because once you get one thing clean you notice how filthy everything else is! Thank goodness for the audiobook! Well, you¬†obviously¬†don’t read my blog for cleaning tips so here is a quick card I made last week:

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I¬†realized¬†I had never used this bamboo and bird stamp from¬†About Art¬†Accents¬†(the stamp is 50% off too!) before so I colored it with markers and stamped it on¬†plain¬†white cardstock and sponged in a background. I mounted it on a shaving-cream marbleized paper (I stuck it with hot glue because the paper is slick, hence the slight crookedness ūüôā added another layer, a charm, stuck it to a kraft base and called it a day! Well, I suppose I ought to get cracking on the housework, it’s not going to clean itself (unfortunately) and if I get done early I’ll have some bonus crafting time! Happy Monday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Poppin’ Parasol!

Before I begin I have fabulous news to share (drumroll please…) I have been offered my very own column in Scrap & Stamp Arts magazine!¬†Guess what it’s called? The Frugal Crafter!!!¬† I am beyond excited, my column will debut in the October 2012 issue! OK, I better stop patting myself on the back before I dislocate my shoulder. ūüôā You might have noticed this card from¬†Monday’s video tutorial. I used the sketch from Oriental Stamp Art again to decorate the front:

 

But the fun happens when you open it up…

 

It’s a pop-up parasol!

 

Here are the details: All stamps on this card are by About Art Accents/Art Neko. I colored the geisha with Inktense watercolor pencils.  To make the parasol you need honeycomb paper. You can buy it or make your own using my honeycomb paper tutorial. You stamp the parasol on a scrap of paper, cut it out and fold it in half and trace it on the honeycomb paper. Cut that out and glue to the inside of the card. Be sure to do all of your stamping and coloring first.

Tips for working with honeycomb paper:

  1. Make sure the design you are cutting from the honeycomb is symmetrical and the middle of the design will line up with the fold of the card. I had to stamp my geisha crooked so the parasol would lay flat on the fold. Live and learn ūüôā
  2. Large shapes work better, 2″ tall shapes are great but anything over an inch will work.
  3. The tissue is delicate, be gentle while opening it. If you see a spot come unglued just put a wee dab of glue from a glue stick (you can use a toothpick to apply it) on the spot and close the shape to let it dry. Good as new.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing my awesome news today, til next time happy crafting!

Playing with my new airbrush!

Howdy! I got a new Letrajet Air Marker to play with last week. It is an airbrush that you can snap your Promarkers into and spray apply the marker ink! It is so cool! I am going to get a little more practice under my belt and then make a video on using the air marker but today I wanted to share a card I used the Letrajet Air Marker on-dig the background:

 

I had embossed the white cardstock background and swirled on some watercolors and it just did not “pop” so I grabbed a few shades of blue promarkers¬†and started spraying the background. It was very easy to use once I got it hooked up to my air-compressor. All I had to do was click in the marker, turn on the air compressor (or you can use a can of compressed air) and press the air lever down. You can gradually build up rich colors with this too. Quick Tip: I did not have any light blue rhinestones for the dragonfly body so I used my Promarkers to color my clear ones!

 

And to give the fish a “wet look” I painted on some clear glitter fingernail polish, it dries really fast and doesn’t smear my stamping ink ūüėČ

 

I hope you liked this airbrush¬†sneak-peek, I’ll be sure to use this new toy a lot in my cardmaking! Be sure to check back soon for a demonstration video! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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