Ideas for Embossing Folders & Bottle Cap Brooches!

Hi friends! When I was a kid my mom would mom would crochet holiday pins for me and all of my classmates. There would be Jack-o-lanterns on Halloween and wreaths on Christmas! My classmates loved to see what my mom had in store for them as a holiday approached. Today’s project was inspired by that happy memory, but instead of crocheting a wreath we are going to stamp one and turn it into a brooch that you can wear and as a bonus it arrives on a Christmas card as an embellishment!

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If pins aren’t your thing you can make a hairbow or magnet with your mini creation or just glue it to your card. You can also use this idea with any theme. You could make party invitations with another design entirely for example! Watch the video to learn all the techniques from flattening bottle caps, adding color to embossing folders and looking at your dies with fresh eyes!

Video!

Tutorial sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Take 10% off your mounted stamp order of $10 or more just use coupon code: PINS
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Supplies:

Don’t be freaked out over the supply list, you do not need to have all of these things, these are just all of the things I used but you can substitute or omit things you don’t have, it’s cool. In fact that is the best thing about crafting, getting inspired by something and making it your own. Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

PS I know this is a super busy week for folks in the USA but I have a couple of giveaways coming up that you won’t want to miss so make sure you check back every couple of days so you can see what I have in store for you!!!

Quick Tip: Fetch those buttons!

Hi Friends! I hope you enjoyed scrapbook week while I was on vacation! I admit this is a bit of a stretch for a scrapbooking video but we all use buttons on pages right? Here is a quick tip for dealing with them, beads too!

Here is the beaded stone tutorial I mentioned in the video.

I will soon be back online reading though the comments you have left during the week (My favorite!) I am wondering, did you get any scrapbooking done this week? Have you taken so  great summer photos? Let me know in the comments and til next time happy crafting!

Cheap Craft: Water-Bottle & Fabric Scrap Bracelet!

Howdy friends! In the states we have a long holiday weekend coming up. If you have kids at home you might enjoy this quick and easy craft using items you already have at home. Watch the video to learn how to make a water bottle bracelet:

Supplies:

A plastic water bottle, fabric scraps, scissors, embroidery floss, sewing needle, buttons

Water Bottle Bracelet Directions:

  1. Using scissors or a craft knife (grown-ups only) cut through the water bottle to make rings. You can get between 2 and 5 from a bottle depending on the style of bottle and the width of the bracelet you wish to make.
  2. Cut strips of fabric 1″-2″ wide and about 18″-22″ long.
  3. Wrap the strips one at a time around the water bottle ring. Don’t worry if you don’t like the way it looks, you can unwind it and wrap it again as many times as you like.
  4. Hold the ends on the last strip securely and sew a button over the ends. Embellish with more buttons.

Variations!

You can use old outgrown or stained clothes destined for the rag-bag for this craft (you can even save button from old clothes to embellish the bracelets with!) Try wrapping the water bottle rings with duct tape, rope, aluminium foil, washi-tape, yarn, string or other craft materials. This is your bracelet, you can use whatever you like!

This is a fun craft for girl scouts, summer camp or vacation bible school, or anytime you want to entertain kids while recycling. You can make the bracelet more suitable for boys by using rope, duct tape or paracord. Don’t you love a thrifty and versatile craft? If you have other ideas for these bracelets then leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Yet another way to make backgrounds & WOYWW

Here is something fun to try! Stick a bunch of small clear stamps on a  large block and viola! Custom background stamp! That is how I made the background of this card:

In case you want to see the technique in action here is a 1 minute video:

I have had so much fun making backgrounds this week:

And since it is Wednesday it’s time for WOYWW:

Nothing fancy, just the mess on my table while filming the video. Next week I’ll try to remember to post a photo of my kids art workspace. I am getting it nice and tidy before summer vacation because when they take time to create I get bonus crafty time too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

New ideas for old die cuts!

Are you kind of bored with the same old dies sitting on your shelf? Maybe you have some punches or shape cutting templates (Coluzzle anyone?) that need some love. Well, after today I hope you will look at them in a whole new way! On this layout (Yup, those are THIS years Halloween photos, I’m patting myself on the back) I used a tag die I’ve had for 5 years as a banner:

Supply Credits: Paper: DCWV, Echo Park, Cosmo Cricut, Stamps: Happy Halloween, hats: Pink Persimmon, Numbers and Events: Inkiadinkado, Spiders and web: Martha Stewart, Small date stamp: Inque Boutique, Dies: Tag: Ellison, Button: Sizzix, Spider: Cuddlebug

 

The candy corn are made from an inexpensive button die. It’s easy and if you don’t have the die don’t worry, you can hand cut them. Watch this short video:

I don’t have too many physical dies since I have an electronic die cutter and SCAL software to cut whatever I want but I like the thick steel-rule dies because I can cut through materials my Cricut can’t handle like felt, matte board, metal and thin wood. The types of dies I use the most are tags, hearts, flowers, clock hands and book-plates. I also picked up a few thick alphabet sets and I like cutting them from chipboard or adhesive backed fun foam. they look like “thickers” but I never run out of “e”s and “l”s. I have a few thin dies too and I have 6 button dies! I love them, I got a 4 pack at custom crops on clearance for .50, a Ellison one for $3 at my sister’s craft shop and my fave, the ellison embosslits from my stampin’ up lady for $11, it was a splurge but well worth it! Dies are an investment so you wan to be sure you can use them over and over again. Here are close-ups of the pages if you want to see:

Tip: If you have a lot going on during a particular holiday or event why not journal it in timeline fashion like I did here. We had so many parties going on around Halloween that by the time the big night arrived we were a pretty shabby bunch with costumes being held together with twist ties and hot glue but look at all the fun we had! I plan on doing a timeline page in december for all of the holiday activities that we do. Plus it is fast and easy and that is a plus when the holidays roll around!

 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope I inspired you to look beyond what your dies are intended to do and come up with even more ways to use them. Til next time happy crafting!

Women are like buttons…

They hold everything together! When I saw this quote on Willy Anderson’s blog I had to use it. I used the Hello Vintage Girl and Cute as a Button clear stamps from Pink Persimmon to make thes set:

The tags can be used as bookmarks. i love tags because hey are the perfect size to try out colors and techniques. For instance I made the background button stamp by heating up a foam block with a heat gun and pressing it on to a pile of buttons then inked it ip with light pink ink to stamp the background.

These cards can be sent to friends who need a “pick me up” or a bit of support.

I drew the stitching in with the new fine liner nibs from ProMarker, they come 3 to a pack and you just sanp them on top of your fine end of you ProMarkers and they work like a dream!

Here is a look at the products I used from Pink Persimmon.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Button, button…who’s got the button?

Well, today that would be you (check out the end of this post for a cute vintage button digistamp freebie!) I used said freebie on my project today too as well as stamps from the Sew Pretty set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Every designer has her favorites and this set is one of mine, you get 8 sewing themed stamps in png and jpg format but what I really love about this set is how easy it is to layer them to create unique “still lifes” or montages that you can color as I did here. I simply layered the png stamps and erased bits here and there (in paint shop pro but photoshop or gimp will work just as well) until it looked right. Tip: When you create a cool layered layout save it so you can print it again!

I used my new favorite markers to color this and if you have not tried Tria markers by Letraset you are in for a BIG treat (my poor copics might be gathering some dust now LOL!) I really like it because I can use them with my ProMarkers (the ink is the same, the big difference is that Tria has replaceable brush, chisel and fie tip nibs and are refillable) and they blend beautifully even though I have a small collection. BTW you are going to want to keep your eyes glued to this blog because I will have a FABULOUS giveaway in a few days that will totally color your world (hint hint, nudge nudge, wink wink 🙂 ) You won’t want to miss that COLORFUL giveaway!

OK now on with the show. I used the Sew pretty set on my card, this set coordinates with the Sewing Stuff single and the Posh and Trendy sets very nicely:

Sew Pretty StampsSewing Stuff Digital stampPosh'n Trendy Stamps

And here is your freebie-now grab it while you can because I’ve got some sketching brewing in my noggin that coordinate well with this and it’s freebie status might be in jeopardy if I end up tossing it in with a fab new set…as in get it while you can, don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂

To download click on the picture, then right click on the larger picture and choose "save as" from the drop down menu. Enjoy!

Are you ready for this weeks Dollar Deals? Remember these sets are on sale for $1 but only til next Wednesday so don’t wait!

Crafty Tools & Puns StampsPretty Primative Digital Stamp SetShabby Houndstooth PapersSweetTreat SVG

Be sure to check back tomorrow when I will have fabulous eye candy from the Lindsay’s stamp stuff design team! Til then happy crafting!

Another Quick Card

This time it’s for a baby shower:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: Bazzil, SU!, Ink: SU, other: Ribbon, twine, button, chalk

I use the baby carriage from Anita Louise Musette 3 Silhouettes Plate available for 50% off right now at About Art Accents, I love this plate, you get 16 silhouette-style red rubber stamps for only $12 and they are all so sweet, get yours before they are sold out!

Tip: To make a quick card chose a silhouette style stamp, since the stamp designs are solid you just stamp and go, no need to color, easy peasy!

The butterflies (…or are they moths?) are from the Cats plate from About Art Accents. You get 19 stamps (6 of which are butterflies) for $18, that’s 25% off!

This card qualifies for the followinf challenges: Annabelle Stamps (Ribbon), Caardvarks (embossing), By the cute and girly (old, new, borrowed, blue), City Crafter (button&bow), Creative Craft (ribbons and bows), Whoopsi Daisy (Ribbon&bows), Frosted Designs (buttons), KL Stampin& scrappin (shaped card), S2G (babies & blue), Marks Finest Papers (buttons and bows) and Gingersnap Creations (wings).

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!