Stop Hoarding Those Supplies and Start Using them! (Crafting Old School)

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some pretty cards using bits and bobs you likely have in the craft room. You can use printed ephemera, pattern papers, tags, envelopes, bits of trim and lace, stamps, wax seals, buttons, twine and anything you like. You can use any combinations of things you like. We have been collecting these precious things for years so we will have different things to hand but that is what makes our cards unique.

Gather up some supplies, and maybe a cup of tea and craft with me!

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I hope this inspired you to use some of your crafty treasures, til next time happy crafting!

Colorful Rainbow Notecards, Bookmarks and Tags!

Hi Friends! This project is quick and fun and looking at it just makes me happy!

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Best of all it needs only a few supplies. I made all of these with 2 sheets of cardstock (cutting diagram below) and a few stamps and shades of ink. Look in your stash and find a sentiment, background/shadow and a filler stamp (like the butterfly) and try this fun technique. sometimes all it takes is changing the size in which you work or limiting your supply choices to bring back your creative sparkle!

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Watch the video to see how I made these and learn lots of tips and tricks!

Supplies

Directions:
You can get 3 card, 3 tags and 2 bookmarks from each piece of 8 1/5″ x 11″ cardstock. First cut it 6″x11″ and cut that piece into three 3″ wide pieces for cards and you will have a 2″ piece left for the bookmark. cut the remaining strip into 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles for tags or ATCs. (See cutting diagram above.)

Simply stamp each stamp in the same color of ink, overlapping the images as needed on the tags and cards and work on the bookmark each time you change ink color.

Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring this post today! Thank you for dropping by, please share this with anyone you think would enjoy it and til next time happy crafting!

 

Bookmarks for Back to School or Tags for Any Time!

Hi friends! I love to stamp on tags! I love it because they are smaller than a card. I don’t worry about messing it up, it is fun and freeing. I also love having a box of 500 large tags in my drawer because it feels like an endless supply and I don’t feel like I have to hoard them. If I run out I can inexpensively order another box from Papermart. I wanted to play with some old shadow stamps (if you don’t have shadow stamps you can use a foam bath block, acrylic stamp block or cut a piece of craft foam or Styrofoam and use that) because that was the challenge this week at Oriental Stamp Art and it really helps to create a cohesive layered design. Confused? Watch this video to see how it is done:

Supplies:

Use your favorite stamps and ink and follow along!

Directions:

  1. Stamp shadow stamp using your lightest ink.
  2. Stamp your focal stamp on top with two ink colors (rock and roll technique.)
  3. Stamp smaller background elements to fill in. Make sure to overlap images to anchor your design.
  4. Apply a stencil to the tag and spray ink over it.
  5. Add tulle to the hole in your tag.

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I hope you enjoyed this easy tutorial, now you can make bookmarks and gift tags until your heart’s content! Happy Crafting!

It’s Not Easy Being Green…And a Stamp Winner!

Howdy friends! It is 11pm on a Friday night as I am writing this. I am so excited because tomorrow I can sleep in!!! Woohoo! For those of you who suffered my silly sleep deprived craft videos this week on YouTube I want to thank you again, so much, for watching. I had been up early every day to get kids to camp, andyet could not manage to get myself to bed any earlier and, well, wackiness ensued is it usually does if I do not get my 8 hours of beauty sleep a night 😀 First up tonight I want to announce the winner of the stamps I used in last Friday’s post and a gift certificate to Art Neko…drumrolll…Sheilla!!! Congrats! Check your email for all the details;) Tonight I have a tag made with the large frog stamp from the Garden Friends stamp set from Art Neko. BTW that stamp set is on sale for $12, regularly $20! Use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on non-sale rubber if you shop:)

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And a step by step video tutorial to go with it! Lots of tips on copic coloring and background stamping AND Mr. Frugal makes an accidental cameo…

I hope you enjoyed that sill bit of crafty fun! Now I am off to sleep! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Quick & Easy Bookmarks & Video Tutorial

Last week at Oriental Stamp Art they challenged us to make a bookmark. I love to make bookmarks, they are useful and a great way to try out a new technique before committing it to a card or scrapbook page. I wanted to try something different for me so I made a corner bookmark. I used this corner accent stamp from Art Neko and it is on sale for $1.00 (regular $5) + .20 cents shipping! I love how fair their shipping is.

 

It is really simple. I realized if you wanted to make it even easier you can just stick a piece of scotch tape across the back to secure since no one really sees the paper inside you can line it with but, hey you are using up scraps so it really is up to you. Here is the video:

 

Here is a bookmark in action (action!?!) :

 

Try these in a variety of themes and colors, it will work with any corner stamp or just fold strips of magazine paper or other scraps. It’s all good. The kids will love to make these too!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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