Watercolor Bookmarks!

Hi Friends! Small projects are a great way to try out new techniques. I used a combination of stamping, drawing and water-coloring to make these 3 bookmarks:

DCF 1.0

I used a few Caran D’ache watercolor pencils I recently purchased at MerriArtist, I ordered these and some other goodies last Saturday and got them on Tuesday! Fast service, great prices and wonderful customer service. I am not affiliated with them but they did give me a coupon code to share: 10off for $10 off an order of $100 or more and free shipping. Today I am reviewing the Caran D’ache Supracolor pencils, Caran d’ache water brush (a gift from MerriArtist) and Aquabee 90lb watercolor paper (a real bargain!) Have a look at the video for the tutorial and review.

Video!

After the picture was dry I cut it into 3 panels. I inked the edges and added some stamping with black ink. The edge swirls are by Autumn Leaves, the corner flourish is by Inkadinkado and the Chinese calligraphy is retired from PSX. When I was happy with the look I ran it through my laminating machine (I got my laminator from LTD commodities for $17 and the refill pouches come in a 100 variety pack for $5, another steal of a deal and it has worked well for me for a couple of years, unfortunately I could not find a link to this online.) You can also use contact paper or packing tape to laminate them even cheaper! The lamination really enhances the color and will protect the bookmarks (and your books) from color migration. I also wanted to mention the there is another watercolor pencil by Caran d’ache called “museum” which are more light-fast and expensive that are probably better in quality. I did not know about them when I ordered these or I would have bought a few to compare. I do not know how light-fast these are but the laminating will help prevent fading.

DCF 1.0

I think I see more bookmarks in my future! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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This is why I LOVE clear buttons!

Howdy friends! I spent the day scrapbooking. The. Whole. Day. Today was the monthly crop in town and I was excited to go. I decided a couple of months ago to store my unscrapped photos IN my current scrapbook so I could see and enjoy them before I scrapped them and if I did not get every photo scrapped it was OK because the pictures were printed and in there. I tend to use photo collage software to print my pictures in a pleasing arrangement on 8.5″x11″ paper so I can slip that in a letter size page protector and put it in my 12″x12″ D-ring binder with my other layouts. It works great and look fine even if I never trim out the collage and scrapbook it but it is easy when I scrap it because I am dealing with one collage rather than the 5-12 photos I like to put on a page. I also had the brilliant idea to limit myself to creating with the contents of my crafty junk drawer, you know, the bin where you stash the unused die cuts, stamped images, and other experiments that have gone unused or defy categorization to be stored elsewhere. I grabbed a pad of scrapbook paper and I was off to the races…or the crop as the case may be. About a half hour before I was set to leave the organizer of the crop called, she had a sick kid so she offered to unlock the space for me and I could welcome anyone else who came, she was expecting a few more people. I had planned to crop from 9-6 no matter what so I did not mind, hey, I got to create in an area that was not 52 degrees! Well, nobody came to crop. 😦 Lorraine popped in just back from Florida to say “hello” and I saw another  friend who was opening a preschool in another part of the building but no other croppers. This gets me to thinking…are crops a thing of the past? We have no local scrapbook stores and the big box stores do not have crops. I am the youngest scrapbooker who attends our local crops and I am no spring chicken! And to make matters worse many people are not even printing photos anymore. It kinda makes me sad. I have been feeling the same way about stamp shows too, the attendance gets lower each year with fewer vendors and the show-goers are getting older. How long will it last?

Well, that was just depressing, what I meant to blog about tonight was customizing clear buttons! I brought some with me today with the dream of every scrapbook layout I made having a cute custom button it but as luck would have it I forgot my wet glue and there was no one to borrow some from. Best laid plans…

But now! Oh, the buttons I shall make! I hope you enjoyed the video and my tale of woe. It’s just a reminder to go to a crop if you know of one because if you don’t there might not be any in the future.  If you have a hobby you enjoy help the local craft community thrive! Maybe I’ll see you at a crop or stamp convention soon! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Precious Birthday Card

Tomorrow is my nephew’s first birthday party so I dug out some of my jungle themed stamps (Mindy’s Zoo from Autumn Leaves) and some SGD Chic Bebe’ paper to make this card:

The image was stamped in bown and colored with copics.

The ribbon is the seam binding that I got on gclearence from SewTrue.com (color Tan #464 I think-it is on clearence for $4/100 yard roll) but I did not crinkle it like I usally do. It has a very light crisp almost organza like feel to it that is perfect for a baby card, I tied a button to the bow with bakers twine for a little extra flair 🙂

****This Just in-I just got an email that SewTrue has a free shipping coupon: 10H91F and it is good now though the 27th, they have black 1/4″ seam binding $3 for 100 yards, other clearence colors 1/2″ wide $4 for 100 yards and the normal stock of colors for 9.50 a 100 yard roll 1/2″ wide, I love free shipping!*******

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Really Reasonable Ribbon (Jungle), Creative Cottage (Birthday boy), Fresh Brewed Designs (Brown), Lollipop Crafts (all about boys), MamiDoodles (for a boy and some red in design), Paper Take Weekly (Animal Magic), Penny’s Challenge (anything baby), Polly Craft (cute and cuddly), Practical Scrappers (Ribbon), Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge & Spoonful of sugar (anything goes), Stamp with Fun (Stuffed Animals) and the sketch from Pixie Dust Studio used upside down.

OK, this is my last post today;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

2S4Y & CC&M!

Yippee, today I get to play with two of my favorite creative things: the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You and die-cuts from Creative Cuts & More!

Die cut: CC&M, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Stamp & Ink: SU, Markers: LePlume

Die cut: CC&M, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Stamp & Ink: SU, Tool for peircing: Scor-Pal & Scor-Bug, Markers: LePlume

This stamp is from a retired Stamp Up stamp set called Farm Fresh. I wanted this set foy years and found it a few weeks ago on ETSY! Yay! Aint it perty?

This stamp is from a retired Stampin' Up stamp set called Farm Fresh. I wanted this set for years and found it a few weeks ago on ETSY! Yay! Ain't it perty?

You can play along too, this weeks winner at 2 Sketches 4 You will get the Fall All-Occasion Card Kit from Creative Cuts and More! What are you waiting for, go play!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Back to School Minibook (with free template!)

As promised I made a mini-book with the template I designed for you yesterday:

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, PSX, Paper: DCWV, Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-Dial, binding combs, DYMO label maker

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, PSX, Paper: DCWV, Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-Dial, binding combs, DYMO label maker

I just cut the bracket edge card ( you can download a printable version or SVG versions to cut with your cricut from yesterday’s post) with my cricut and scal software and cut each layer a bit shorter than the last. I used my deep cut blade set at depth 6, pressure max to cut the shapes first out of chipboard (I saved it from the back of a paper pack but you can use a cereal box since you will be covering it with pattern paper), then used my standard blade to cut the same shapes again from pattern paper. To cover the backs of the pages I put my paper print side down on my cricut mat and cut it again, Best of all you can make this on the small cricut machine because the largest page is 6″x12″!

Aren't they the cutest!

Aren't they the cutest! Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Coloring stuff: Ink: Stampin Up!, Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone

The kid stamps are from the little red wagon set from Pink Persimmon, I love this set because they look a lot like my my kids, I stamped the girl twice because I have twins and I will have photos my 3 children on their first day of school. The letter stamps are moldy oldies from PSX (my very first stamps actually!) but I love them and they are classic so they never go out of style!

To bind my book I used my crop-a-dial and a cheap comb binding from staples, you get 25 11″ long bindings for under $5 and you can cut them whatever length you want. To see a tutorial on binding a mini-album with a Crop-a-Dial click here. You could also use a Bind-it-All but I don’t have one so I’ll make do for now 🙂

You could embellish the book however you like but I’m keeping mine flat so I can slip it into a page protector in my family album, I find odd sized mini-albums hard to store otherwise and this way it won’t get lost.

I hope you can swing by on Monday for the Creative Cuts and More blog hop! You will be “Clearly” impressed with the work the Design Team Divas have cooked up for you! Until then Happy crafting!

It’s Blog Hop Time!!!

I am so excited to be a part of another Creative Cuts and More blog hop! They are releasing some brand new die cut card kits with a  birthday theme and they are too cute for words! They were put together by our own talented designer Pam Smerker and you can see several projects from the kits throughout the blog hop today. Also for taking part in today’s blog hop I have a coupon code for you to save 15% on your order at Creative Cuts and More, the code is: birthdaydt0915   Since we have a birthday theme here I made a layout to share with you using my favorite CC&M die cut:  11 1/2″ mini scallop circle.

Paper/Dies: Creative Cuts and More

Paper/Dies: Creative Cuts and More

I made a birthday card to go with it using the square scallop filligre frame:

Card: Creative Cuts and More, Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, Brads, Ribbon,: Dollar Tree

Card: Creative Cuts and More, Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, Brads, Ribbon,: Dollar Tree

I stamped swirls on the inside on the card and heat embossed them in with white EP, the cake is a digital stamp that I colored with Bic Mark-its then glazed with Elmer’s 3-d and glitter paint, the fun part is that the paint is scented so it really smells like a cupcake! Here is what the inside of the card looks like, I rubbed some metallic rub ons over the embossed areas so there is a bit of shimmer there too {it doesn’t show in the photo too well but trust me it simmers and smells like a cupcake!}

Cake Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Swirl stamps: Autumn Leaves, "Happy Birthday" Stampin up, Paint Elmers, Markers: Bic, Metallic rub-on wax: Craf-T Products

Cake Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Swirl stamps: Autumn Leaves, "Happy Birthday" Stampin up, Paint Elmers, Markers: Bic, Metallic rub-on wax: Craf-T Products

Yum!

Yum!

Be sure to stop by ALL the blogs along the hop, there are TWO chances to win a birthday card kit and it is CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!! If you have jumped into the blog hop here you can start at the beginning (so you don’t miss your chance to win the card kits) at the Die Cut Diva blog. Next up on the hop is guest designer Dawn Lusk, hop over to her blog and see what she has for you and don’t forget to leave some love! Until next time happy hopping {and crafting too!}

Cheap embossing & last minute teacher gifts!

The countdown is on! 2 more day of school til summer, I’ll miss my 3 hours of “alone” time in the morning but I WILL NOT miss dragging the kids out of bed 😉

Last night I helped my kids make gifts for their teachers. We made decoupaged clothespins, I’ve wanted to try this for quite an while and they are easy enough for my 4 and 6-year-olds to do. I think they turned out adorable:

Stamps: Plaid (ruler), Stampin Up (alpha background wheel), Inque Boutique (boy) paper: Autumn Leaves

Stamps: Plaid (ruler), Stampin Up (alpha background wheel), Inque Boutique (boy) paper: Autumn Leaves

Tip: I used the cellophane bag theat clear stamps come in to package the clothespins! (See, told ya I never through anything away!)

Here are the finshed clothespins (not dry yet) don't worry about blobs of glue, they will flatten out when they dry)

Here are the finshed clothespins (not dry yet) don't worry about blobs of glue, they will flatten out when they dry)

OK, I admit I made the bag topper but the clothespins were all their handiwork! To make them is easy but when crafting with kids have EVERYTHING ready and laid out before you begin. You will need: wood clothespins (a pack of 50 was $1 at target), white glue or decoupage medium, a foam brush for each child, pretty paper scraps trimmed to fit the clothespin (about 3 1/4″x 5/16″), waxed paper to protect the work area and for the clothespins to dry on, and a couple of small containers to pour glue in (plastic lids work great for this). Simply brush a thin coat of glue on the clothespin with the foam brush, place the paper on top and brush a layer of glue over it. Let dry then repeat on the other side. you can glue magnets on them if you like or leave them as is, they are handy for closing chip and produce bags, in fact we have some plain ones holding out chip bags closed, I’ll have to get the kids to spruce them up!

So I told you I had a cheap embossing solution for you. This is so easy and looks so cool I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

A close up look at the embossed circle. Read below to see how I did it without an embossing die!

A close up look at the embossed circle. Read below to see how I did it without an embossing die!

This technique will work with any shape you can cut out either by hand or punch or die cutter. First cut the shape the size of the embossed area (mine was 2″) then cut a larger circle (2 3/8″ and I stamped on it) then using my Big shot I placed the spacer, cutting plate, 2 sheets of rubber gasket, my larger stamped circle face down, the smaller circle centered on that and the top cutting plate and I cranked it through. Viola an embossed circle! I inked the edges to make it stand out, can you believe it is that easy? If you don’t get a good impression you can add a sheet or two of cardstock between the rubber pad and the bottom cutting plate. Too much pressure and it will cut/crack the paper rather than emboss. It may take a couple of tries to get the right combo but when you figure it out you can emboss any shape! I’ll post a card tomorrow using a fancy bracket shape that I cut with my cricut and embossed and who knows maybe a freebie too. Until then happy crafting!

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