We go together like….

…painting and stamping!

DCF 1.0

I had this card I painted a couple of weeks ago sitting on my desk, it needed something so I stamped this quote on the front and happy birthday on the inside. Now I am all set for the next birthday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: more watercoloring

Howdy folks! It is time to take another peek at crafty desks around the globe, that’s right it’s What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday!

DCF 1.0

Here I have the start of a watercolor painting and a few practice studies of dew drops. I’ll share a video on painting the dew drops as well as the finished peony painting in a day or two.  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Grab your watercolor markers!

Hi there! I had some fun yesterday playing with some of the goodies I bought at the stamp convention over the weekend. I learned a new watercolor marker technique, have a look:


Wanna, see how I did it? Here is a short (really! under 5 minutes, can you believe it?!?) video to show you how:

The only thing to remember is that you need a stamp that is mostly solid. I used a paper cut bird stamp from About Art Accents. Any silhouette type stamp will work. First I colored the stamp with water based brush markers and then tapped and scribbled darker shades on top nad lastly (this is the part that blew my mind) was that you randomly tap all over the rubber with black! I hardly ever pick up a black marker but I love the look! Also I never tried it on glossy paper, it is pretty on both but see how much brighter it is on glossy:


The type of card I made is called a twisted easel. It can be folded flat to mail like this:


The inside of the card looks like this. It is a regular card (you can make them ANY size, this is 5″x7″) but you score and fold the front panel from corner to corner. You can see this better in the above video. It was a challenge at OSA this week and it was the first time I tried that too!


Here is a side view, it is hard to get a decent pic of a card like this tho 🙂


While I was in Springfield the girlfriends and I went to Micheals (we don’t have one around here!) and I grabbed a $6 bag of floral small clear disks-yes I used a coupon LOL! I stuck them to my card and colored them with a permanent marker and viola-instant sparkles!


One last thing, the background. I saw an awesome demo from Impression Obsession and they were layering background stamps, that is what I did, I used no pattern paper! How cool is that! I’ll share how to do that later this week as well:)


Now I have the boring task of groceries BUT I think I can squeeze in some more stamping before the kids get home! Til next time happy crafting!

Using up some scraps!

I have been sifting through drawers and going through my scrap piles trying to use up some scraps, here is a card I mad with a 8 year old card base, scrap paper and a stamp I colored a month ago from the Birds and Branches digital stamp set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Rubber stamps: Inkadinkado, Cardbase: Paper Bliss, markers: Copic, Cardstock: GP

Notice the “dew drops” on the top of the card, they are my famous hot glue dots, there is a how to video on this post.  Here is a look at the Birds and Branches set:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Crafty Video: Make Pearls and Dew Drops!

Howdy folks! I’m at it again with the videos, I had a couple friends over to craft last night and I was playing with my glue gun trying to make pearl topped brads and it worked, see them on this card:

Stamps: About Art Accents

So I asked Tracy if she would film me making them along with dew drops so without further ado here is the video:

The stamps on this card are from About Art Accents and I’m not sure about the handmade papers but the brads do a great job of holding down the mesh sheet.

making faux pearls is fun and easy!

Tthanks for stopping  by and til next time happy crafting!

Weekend craftiness!

I had a chance test out the new fancy border svg set from Mujka designs this weekend, These are beautiful, very detailed frames so I set me cricut to cut while I made the card and colored my butterfly from the Winged Things set, you can find both of these sets at MyGrafico, gotta love one stop shopping!

Die cut: Mujka Design, Digital Stamp (butterfly) Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American crafts, Cardstock: Co'Ordanations, Rubber stamp (sentiment) SU!

Speaking of SCAL you only have 2 days to save 10%  (with coupon code: 9388463) on Sure Cuts a Lot so you can cut these wonderful files out with your cricut machine!

That’s all for today, I’ll be back on Monday with a few new projects and inspiration from the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff junior  DT, till then Happy Crafting!

Simple “Thanks”

For those times you need a quick card that will fit in a standard business envelope try this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, CVardstock: DCWV, Die Cut: Cricut (accent essentails), ink: Ranger

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: DCWV, Die Cut: Cricut (accent essentials), ink: Ranger

I used sketch #31 over at Oriental Stamp Art (A wonderful Yahoo group devoted to Asian themed stamping) to make this quick card. I use color laser paper and alcohol ink to make the background and punched 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ squares to stamp on and mat. The stamps are from About Art Accents (my favorite place to find everything Asian!) and the cardstock is by Die Cuts with a view.

So the next time you don’t think you have time to make a handmade card give this sketch a whirl, it really couldn’t be simpler 😉 Happy Crafting!

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