Zen Panda

The challenge over at Oriental Stamp Art this week was to use the sketch and Asian stamps to make a valentine. Here is mine, I call it Zen Panda aka Peace, Love and Happiness:

Stamps: Panda (inkadinkado) All others (About Art Accents)

The background and conversation hearts are from About Art Accents. The funny panda isΒ  a clear dollar stamp by inkadinkado I picked up in the dollar bin at Jo-Anns last week, I couldn’t resist πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Elegant {and easy}Christmas Cards

Have you ever used your water based markers to stamp? It is easy, quick and fun and look how elegant:

Stamps: About Art Accents

I used stamps from About Art Accents for both of these cards. The Deer image is from this plate and I simply colored the rubber with my Tombow markers, breathed on the rubber to moisten the ink and stamped. Thats it! a bit of gold cord and you are done!

Stamps: About Art Accents, Tip: Cut apart the words Merry Christmas so you can arrange the words the way you like πŸ˜‰

If you want a simpler technique on this one I used an olive-green inkpad to ink up the holly then used a Q-Tip to wipe off the ink from the branch and berries and filled them in with markers, oh so simple! BTW all of the Christmas sheets of stamps are 20% off! That’s like 28 stamps for less than $20 and they are all good designs!

Give this technique a try! Till next time happy crafting πŸ˜‰

Origami and other neat stuff!

Over at Oriental Stamp Art they challenged us to use origami this week.Β  Great! I had scanned some spin art papers that my son had made because I thought that they would be perfect for tea bag folding and I had a great vintage photo to use too.Β  Then I thought about the origami treat boxes I made last Halloween and how they would be perfect to store them bunch of $1 alphabet stamps I bought last year but never use because they are a pain to take out and put back in the teeny boxes they come in.

To make the blotter cut a peice of 13x13" matboard and cover with paper, cut 2 4" chipboard squares in half, cover with paper and attach to the corners from behind.

To make the blotter cut a piece of 13x13" matboard and cover with paper, cut 2 4" chipboard squares in half, cover with paper and attach to the corners from behind.

So I made some storage boxes (to make see my easy tutorial here and start with a 6″x6″ paper) and while I was at it I decided to take some scrap matboard ( cut 13″x13″) and mulberry paper (from the wrapping paper isle of the dollar tree) and make a blotter that I can refill with unloved scrapbook paper (hey the backside is white after all) and when I finished that I got around to making a card:

Stamps: Studio G, paper: green: HOTP, Purple:freebie see below

Stamps: Studio G, paper: green: HOTP, Purple:freebie see below

You can download the printable sheet of teabag papers here. Print them on copy paper, not cardstock so you can fold the easily.

click to download the tea bag papers

click to download the tea bag papers

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Feeling Sketchy!

Each week the folks over at Oriental stamp Art post a sketch and challenge their members to complete it. I don’t always get it done but today I found some time to make these:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, Paper Co, DCWV, Embossing folder: Cuttlebug, Tool: Scor-Pal/scor-bug, other: Homemade dew drops and crocheted flowers

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, Paper Co, DCWV, Embossing folder: Cuttlebug, Tool: Scor-Pal/scor-bug, other: Homemade dew drops and crocheted flowers

On this card I flipped the sketch:

If a sketch dosn't work just flip it!

If a sketch doesn't work just flip it!

On this card I rotated the sketch:

Stamps: About Art Accents

Stamps: About Art Accents

And I made this from the scraps!

Waste not, want not, make a card with the scraps!

Waste not, want not, make a card with the scraps!

I used lovely Asian stamps from About Art Accents, they have one of the most extensive selections of Asian themed stamps and accents on the market, really lovely stuff and since you can buy the stamps unmounted by the sheet you save a ton of money, poke around the shop, they always have hidden goodies on sale too!

Thanks for stopping by and till 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 πŸ˜‰ Happy Crafting!

Just For You!

This card started off as a castoff from another project (that you will see later this week) I was making a window card but cut the hole too big so rather than tossing the card I made this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper K&Co, Other: SCAL + Cricut+ DB Dainty Swirl Font

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper K&Co, Other: SCAL + Cricut+ DB Dainty Swirl Font

I cut the swirls with my cricut and SCAL software using the font DB Dainty Swirls, note this font is , well, dainty so you need to use a shadow of .50 to 1.00 to get a nice clean cut. The flowers were punched with an EK success punch and inked in turquoise ink. I used my homemade dew drops with a dusting of pearl-ex to top them off.

Here is a close up.

Here is a close up.

Free pattern at the Crocheted Sass blog!

The stamps I used are from About Art Accents,

and I stamped them on ivory cardstock with green chalk ink.

I found the pattern for the crochet butterfly on the Crocheted Sass blog, she has lots of nice patterns there. I used variegated thread and a size o hook to crochet it.

Here is a peek at the inside of the card, there is plenty of space around the focal image to write:

Stamp: About Art Accents, Paper K& Co.

Stamp: About Art Accents, Paper K& Co.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

toot toot!

What can I say, I’m having a good month πŸ™‚ I just got the June issue of Vamp Stamp News in the mail and I have a card in there! Woohoo! The magazine had a challenge to make embossed backgrounds with a die cut machine and well, I love my die cutters so I made a couple cards to send in. Here is one that did not make it into the magazine but I like it just the same so I thought I would share it here:

Stamp: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, PP: Basic Grey

Stamp: About Art Accents, Cardstock: SU!, PP: Basic Grey

I used a Fiskars Texture plate in place of one of my cutting pads, placed my folded cardstock on top then a sheet of rubber gasket material (form the plumbing section of a hardware store) then the other cutting plate and ran it through my Big shot. Then I distressed the card with brown ink and white acrylic paint. The focal image is from about Art Accents and a colored it with chalk and a blender pen for a vintage look.Β  made the die cut shapes with my cricut and scal software. SCAL is on sale for 10% off until the 26th with the coupon code:3847758. SCAL lets you cut any font on your computer and svg files with your cricut machine!

Speaking of Cricut, and die cutter in general, the June issue of VSN had a great article on choosing a die cutter and it review most all of the consumer grade machines out there so if you are in the market for a die cutter check it out!

Have a great Memorial day weekend, we are building the kids a playhouse, so much fun, I hope the weather stays nice for us, it have been lovely all week (hence a couple of days I didn’t post, I was too busy enjoying the weather!) Until next time happy crafting!

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