Buy new or make do? {I think you know the answer!}

I have been drooling over the new Tim Holtz Distress markers since I saw a video of him demonstrating them at CHA. I really WANT them but I don’t NEED them with all of the supplies in my craft room. So I was brainstorming a way to try some of the techniques that he does with the markers with something else. I have other brands of water-based markers and while they are great for coloring the rubber and stamping with they don’t blend like watercolors (or the new TH markers) but then I remembered my well loved watercolor crayons! I love the result! BTW if you do not have watercolor crayons you can use watercolor paint and a brush to do the same thing!

If you want to learn how I made this card and stamped with the watercolor crayons check out this video. You might want to click on the fullscreen button to see more detail. Please note, I moved my water bucket out of the way but I still dipped my crayon on the water each time I colored with it. I just didn’t think it was fun looking at my nasty water bucket for the entire video 🙂

I used the sketch at Oriental stamp Art to make my card. BTW, if you want to join a wonderfully supportive stamping group and you happen to like Asian art you should check out the Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group. I love the window, it is a fun touch, I love how it reveals a surprise on the inside. I stamped and blended with my watercolor crayons and then stitched a layer of vellum over the inside panel, filled it with glitter and stitched the rest up. I used double stick tape to adhere the panel to the inside of my card so the stitches wouldn’t show.

I hope you enjoyed the video and you will see what you can do with the supplies you already have:)

BUT, if you are itching to spend some money you can check out the 50% off sale I have in my shop now through Saturday (nice segue huh?) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: DIY Honeycomb Paper!

Edit: I created a SVG and a SCUT2 file to cut the file folder to make the glue jig. You can download it here. You can download a .cut file here for use with Design Studio, use layer 1 if you have George cart or layer 2 if you have Plantain Schoolbook. You can use a 12″x12″ mat, just let the rest of the file folder hang off the edge or use the 12″x24″ mat. Line the fold up to the 10″ mark so the slits will start 1/2″ away from the fold. See the video for an explanation of the technique before cutting the jig. 🙂

I love the look of honeycomb pop-ups on cards and tags. What I don’t love is the price. I have seen the Inky Antics Honeypop paper in a few online shops and it is $6 for a 5″x7″ piece of honeycomb tissue and, while beautiful, it is just too expensive for tissue paper (for me anyway) so I decided to try to make my own…and I did! Here is my homemade version:

It is easy to make, albeit a bit time-consuming. It take about 20 minutes to make a pad of tissue paper but it is something I can do while I watch TV (better than polishing off a bag of chips, know what I’m sayin?) and it saves me a bundle, it costs me about .30 cents to make vs. $6 to buy. See the video to learn how:

Here are some close up pics of the projects in the video:

This is a close up of the large pom-pom made with coffee filters I sprayed with ink and let dry before gluing.

Try it, you’ll like it! There is something magical about seeing that honeycomb paper the first time! If you have any questions just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Build a Batch of Christmas Cards!

Howdy folks, there is nothing like the feeling of being ahead of the game. I decided this year I would make all of my Christmas cards ahead in small batches instead of mass producing 75 in November.  If you missed the first batch of cards you can see them here. Here is the second batch of 12 and they were so fun and affordable, each card and envelope cost about 10 cents to make with scraps left over, you can’t beat that! Please note: I did not count the cost of the stamp and ink or sewing machine thread, I’ve had them all for years and have more than gotten my money’s worth out of them;)

Cardstock: Paper Co., Pattern paper: DCWV, Stamps: Rubber Stampede

I did not buy anything new to make these cards.

  • I chose 12 Christmas papers leftover from old Die Cuts with a View paper stacks (I bought the 180 sheet stacks for $10, that is about 7 cents a sheet) and I trimmed them to 8.5″ square and used my score pal (tutorial is here) to make the envelopes keeping the pattern to the inside for a faux liner look.
  • You will end up with 3.5″x12″ and 3.5″x8.5″ scraps. Trim the 3.5″x8.5″ scraps into strips (the short way) and save the longer scraps for other cards.
  • Cut 8.5″x11″ kraft cardstock in half (8.5″x5.5″) and fold to make a standard card. I bought a 50 sheet pack of Kraft cardstock by the paper company on sale at Joanns for $2.50 (that is 5 cents a sheet or 2.5 cents per card!)
  • Stamp the Christmas postmark with brown ink on the card.
  • Clip the strips of paper to varying lengths and arranged them in a tree shape and sick them down with a glue stick then use a sewing machine to zig-zag stitch down the middle to make a trunk and help secure the papers.
  • Stamp “Merry and Bright” in the lower corner.
  • Print out a bunch of stamps from the 12 Days of Christmas set from Lettering delights on cardstock, cut them out with stamp edge scissors and glue them to the card at the base of the tree.
  • Attach a star brad to the top of the tree. (I bought a bulk pack of these at Target many years ago, I think it was 100 for $2)

You will end up with a bunch of paper strips leftover too, you can do this tree arrangement on brown paper lunch sacks for cute unique gift wrap, perfect for kids classmates or gifts of baked goods, it never hurts to be prepared!

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Dutch Dare, Penny’s challenges (anything goes) and OWH-Stars and Stamps (pattern paper).

So now it’s your turn, go ahead, look through you old stash of papers and stamps and make a batch of Christmas cards, leave a link if you do so I cam marvel at them;)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

CC&M Blog Hop Time!!!

Yippee Skippie, it is time for the Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop. If you just arrived here from Jen’s blog thanks for joining us and WOW, wasn’t her project FAB! If you are jumping in in the middle of the hop make sure you start from the beginning over at the Die Cut Diva blog…rumor has it that there is some blog candy hidden along the way 😉 Here is my Creative Cuts project, I used the Castle mini album cut from brown chipboard:

Album: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Imagenesance, Watercolors M Graham, Paper: Autumn Leaves
Album: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Imagenesance, Watercolors M Graham, Paper: Autumn Leaves

Tip: I used a Bic Mark-it to color my clear rhinestones pink!


Wing Stamps: Sunday international, Swirl: Autumn Leaves, From Imaginescense
Wing Stamps: Sunday international, Swirl: Autumn Leaves, Frog: Imaginescense
the horse was a coloring page downloaded from:
the horse was a coloring page downloaded from:
and another of the sweet little imagenessance (I have no idea how to spell that!) stamps I won a couple weeks ago!
and another of the sweet little imagenessance (I have no idea how to spell that!) stamps I won a couple weeks ago!

First I traced all if the pieces on to Autumn Leaves paper, trimmed them and glued them to the blank chipboard pages. Don’t forget to color the backs! Then I sanded and inked the edges, added photos, stamped images, bling and punches. I bound the book together by punching holes with my Crop a dial and inserting a cheap-o binding coil from Staples (you get 25 11″ long coils for $5!) Who need a Bind it all? OK I’d love one but it’s not in the budget so this will have to do 🙂

Now that you have seen my Creative Cuts and More mini Album (I know your disappointed that I have no candy for you 😦 ) you can hop right on over to Guest Designer Eva’s blog to see what she has in store for you. Thanks for stopping by and as always happy crafting!

Make your own Dew Drops!

OK first I need to thank Linda from Vegas for her comment yesterday, she asked if I knew how to make my own dew drops. I thought that you could make something similar with hot glue, a non stick craft sheet and alcohol ink.  I think they came out really well:

Home made "dew Drops" made with hot glue!
Home made “dew Drops” made with hot glue!

Here is how to make faux Dew Drops:

Lay out a non stick craft sheet or hot glue mat. They are made out of silicone and nothing sticks to them! Heat up a glue gun with a clear hot glue stick in it.

Drops of hot glue on a non-stick craft mat
Drops of hot glue on a non-stick craft mat

Squeeze out little drops of glue.To avoid “strings” twirl the glue gun in a small spiral when you lift it off the drop. Don’t worry if you get glue strings, they will pull off easily later.

Color the "dew drops" in a baggie, so neat!
Color the “dew drops” in a baggie, so neat!

You can leave the drops clear or put some in a baggie with 2 or 3 drops of alcohol ink and smoosh them around with your fingers. Dump them out on a scrap of paper to dry. They dry quick!

Ta-Da! Almost as good as the real deal!
Ta-Da! Almost as good as the real deal!

I’m gonna make some more tonight! you can get a hundred form a 10 cent glue stick. How cool (and frugal) is that! If you don’t want to bother with making your own you can buy them at The Rubber Cafe.

Have fun making this, try making other embellishments with hot glue, squeeze out hearts, frames and swirls, you can even make faux wax seals by squirting out a dab of glue and pressing a small rubber stamp in it then painting the cool glue seal with metallic acrylic paint. Just be sure to protect your stamp by covering it with clear ink first and let it cool before you remove the stamp from the glue!

Thanks for stopping by and as always happy crafting!