Stamp winner and a New Card {And a sneaky $1 stamping tool!}

Hi Friends! First up congrats to Trish Wood, the winner of the ArtNeko stamps from the giveaway I posted last week. If you did not win you can use my coupon code to shop: Lindsay10% and it will save you 10% on non sale rubber. I have 385 entries for that giveaway, holy cow! You like those stamps huh? I don’t blame you, that is why I used their Jellyfish stamp in today’s tip laden video, you will also learn what my sneaky $1 stamping tool is:

Funny, it seems like all of my tips today were about how to use mistakes and push through crafty failure. Doesn’t it feel good to know you are not the only one whose creative mojo takes a hit now and then? What do you do when your crafty mojo is down? I’d love to hear your tips! Leave them in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Another Card with a Doily on it!

I’m making sure I get my money’s worth on that Cheery Lynn doily die I bought at the stamp show last month LOL! Today I snuck down to my craft room while the house was quiet and made this card using the sketch from Oriental Stamp Art:

 

The lantern stamps are from BoBunny and they set was another stamp show purchase, it was a steal of a deal at $3! The card came together quickly because All I had to do was stamp the lanterns on cardstock and then from paper scraps and piece it. All the paper is from a 6×6 My Minds Eye pad. The thank you stamp was one of my first ever stamps I got 12 years ago by PSX. So my tip for today is to mix the old with the new and let your creativity blossom! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

An Oriental Card & Stamping Tips!

Happy Thursday folks! Today I am going to share a card I made a few days ago. I used the sketch challenge at Oriental Stamp Art to plan the layout of this card:

When I saw the simple design of the sketch I decided I would pull out my rainbow ink pad and an Asian Scene stamp from About Art Accents and a die-cut and get to work!

TIPS!

To save space (and money) I do not usually mount my stamps on cling cushion, instead I spread a thin layer of Aleenes Tack It Over Again glue on the back of my unmounted stamps. Then I simply place the stamp on a clear block and stamp on a squishy surface like a silicone mat or mouse pad. Sometimes tho when I have a highly detailed stamp or a stamp that has a lot of rubber like this silhouette style stamp I need a little help to get it to stamp well. I discovered Rock-a-Block stamp mounts (crafter’s companion brand-I got mine at joann.com for 40% off when they had a stamp sale) last year and they work great for stamps like this and the curved surface made inking it up with my Kaliedacolor rainbow ink pad a snap! But, if you don’t have a rock-a-block you can find something similar to use around your house I bet! I have some finicky stamps that are too big for my RABs so I found a curved glass jar that works just as well (it will do until I can afford a Mega-Mount!) and best of all it was free!

Embossed label (without a nestie!)

For the octagon I used my electronic die cutter to cut 2 octagons, one 1/8″ larger than the other. I glued the smaller centered on the bigger one and stamped my sentiment then inked the edges for the trendy embossed label look, best of all you can do this with any shape, you can even cut them by hand if you have no die cutter. Just hand cut the smaller shape first, glue it to a larger piece of the same color and trim that 1/8″ larger and ink, easy peasy!

Got Creative Block? Use a Sketch!

This card came together in minutes because the layout was preplanned. Sketches are great because you end up placing elements in a new-to-you way. A sketch is a great way to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. And for those of you who think it is cheating take a look at the Oriental Stamp Art Challenge blog, you will see that we all use the same sketch but no two are alike!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Tomorrow I am going to share my clear/UM stamp reorganization project with you, I do hope you will come by and see! Til then Happy Crafting!

Exploding Box Ornament!

I am so into making ornaments this year, maybe because I am going to be in a craft fair in one week and I am desperate to make stuff to sell LOL! Or, prehaps just because it is fun;) Every year I make some sort of photo ornament for my folks and that is just what I thought of when I designed my Exploding box SVG kit:

By punching a hole in the lid and box bottom I was able to run a folded length of seam  binding through he hole and make an ornament.

Best of all it only took minutes to make since I cut the SVG file with my Cricut. I decorated it with papers from K&Co (double-sided paper is perfect for this because you see both sides!) and stamps from About Art Accents.

Here is what the exploding box looked like before I decorated it:

You can buy the SVG/printable kit here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Best Day {anniversary card}

When I saw this beautiful stamp from About Art Accents/Art Neko I knew that it would make a wonderful anniversary card.

I wanted to keep the look soft and simple so I used colored pencils to color the skin only of the stamped images. I used the flowers and fillers from this plate {a plate is a sheet of unmounted rubber stamps} to make my own background paper and decorate the envelope.

Here is a look at the sets I used:

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Creative Card Crew, Creative Craft Challenges , Lexi’s Creations, Challenge Up Your Life  and Inspire Me Fridays.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Crafter’s block {when the “muse” goes away}

I tell you, I have not been able to get out of my own way in my studio lately! It is clean and organized, I have time to create but where is that darn muse when you need her? Well, today instead of waiting for inspiration to strike I was just going to force myself to make something, my expectations were not high, mainly I just wanted to get inky and enjoy myself and here is what I made:

To kick myself into action I checked out the weekly sketch at Oriental Stamp Art (OSA is a great stamping yahoo group, the ladies there are so inspiring and it helps to surround yourself with like-minded stampers either in real life or online) and decided to grab some stamps and go from there. I used stamps from About Art Accents/Art Neko. Another way to overcome crafter’s block is to use colors you don’t normally reach for, in my case SU! Orchid Opulence (there is a reason they discontinued this color LOL!) I inked up the Chinese Coin Border stamp with that somewhat hideous purple, rocked the edges of the stamp in Elegant Eggplant and then used my rose red brush tip marker to color the coins-just be sure to scribble your marker on scrap paper after to remove any ink you may pick up from the stamp. I stamped that 3 times on white bristol board (Strathmore) then I colored the coins with my mustard and yellow-green copic markers. I was pleasantly surprised that the ink underneath did not smear.

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: Basic Grey, Ink: SU!, Markers: Copic, Die Cuts: Lettering delights

I decided that the card needed some die cuts so I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut pretty tags-one for the happy birthday sentiment, one for my label on the envelope and one for the inside of my card. I lined the inside of my card with an “experiment” from a few months ago. The die cut labels are from an SVG set called Delilah Tags from Lettering Delights, they look like the new Spellbinder tags and labels that arte hot right now but these are $5 and you can cut them any size you want!

So there you have it, sometimes you have to force the creativity…when I started a project with orchid ink and mustard markers I seriously doubted I’d have anything post-worthy but you never know, get inky and enjoy the process! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sometimes you just gotta get inky…

It is so true! There is nothing like good old rubber stamps, ink-pads and pattern paper to make a girl happy! I pulled out my trusty stamps from About Art Accents {my go-to stamps when I want strong design that needs no coloring} and some pretty paper from Hanko Designs {it is actually origami paper printed with pearlized ink that I did not want to waste with my poor origami skills LOL!} and my new letterpress plates from lifestyle crafts and made this set:

 

The only technology I used on this card was my Cricut and scal software to cut the cardholder box using an SVG file from the Recipe Folio set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. I was able to cut a folio big enough to hold six 5.5″x4.25″ cards and envelopes (5.75″x4.5″) on a 12″x12″ paper with room left on the sheet for a few tags too! You can make envelopes for the cards with the Envelope Bonanza set too to fit the box. The flourish on the front of the box was cut from the Storybook cricut cart.

To do the background on the white cards I used one of the wedding letterpress plate sets. See my post here on how to make your own letterpress and how to use it in your die cut machine. I used a rubber brayer and dye ink (SU! certainly celery) to ink my plate before cranking it through my Big shot. Note: You will need to use a thick soft printmaking paper for this to work, it will not work on regular cardstock because you will be denting {debossing} the paper. It will remain flat on the back unlike embossing.

To get the two-tone coloring on my stamped images I first inked up the Japanese Floral stamps from About Art Accents with Certainly Celery ink then rocked the edges in Old Olive ink before stamping, it is a great technique for stamps with a lot of solid area. It’s a time saver too!

For the green panels on the thank you cards I used the bamboo and thankyou plates from the kit and ran them through the machine without ink, then I used the same brayer and green ink to brayer over the design, notice how the ink does not go into the debossed design.

Gift card sets make great gifts and it is a nice way to try out some new supplies. After all, sometimes you just gotta get inky, right?

 

This set qualifies for the  Craftycardmakers challenges (card and gift set-this is a gift set of cards, it also qualifies for their card and fancy envelopes challenge)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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