Bunnies in Watercolor LIVE 12:30pm ET Today!

Hi friends! Thank you for voting yesterday to help me decide on this weeks live tutorial! You picked these sweet bunnies as our subject.

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The totals were really close though so I plan to create recorded tutorials of the other sweet animals as well, how could I not? You can watch the live tutorial (or the replay) in the player below but if you want to chat with us live and ask questions as we go be sure to watch on the YouTube watch page at 12:30pm ET today.

Supplies available from our sponsor Jerry’s Artarama

I hope to see you at 12:30pm on YouTube for this fun paint along! Til then Happy Crafting!

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DIY Invitations for Weddings or Spring Parties!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you how to make an elegant shabby chic invitation for a wedding or spring party using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

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This is a single panel card wrapped in a doily. It is very affordable to make these cards because they use few supplies and it is frugal to mail because they are light and will not require extra postage. Perfect for a bride on a budget! They are quick to make too! Watch the video to see how:

Supplies:
8″x11″ Cardstock cut in quarters
6″ paper doilies
Vellum (and a computer and printer OR you can hand write on it)
Paper ribbon
“Silk” rose petals: (bag of 144)  (bag of 400)
Baker’s Twine
Washi Tape
Brads (if desired)
Straight and decorative scissors and a paper trimmer
A4 envelopes
10″ square doilies for lining envelopes

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You will get 4 invitations from every sheet of vellum and cardstock. I recommend you work assembly line style when making these in a large batch (cut all your cardstock at once, attach vellum at once etc.) you can even enlist a friend to help! For this demonstration I am using a generic invitation wording but if you are making these for a specific event print all of those details on the vellum to save time and it will look really professional! I hope this project will make your next party a snap! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Expand your supplies with borrowed stash

Hello friends. Do you remember the early days of scrapbooking? When everything you owned for the hobby fit in one tote and you would dutifully drag the tote to weekly or monthly crops at the local scrapbook store to work? You would plan your purchases carefully depending on what your friends had, if Susie has the oval coluzzle template you would get the heart, you would buy different stuff and you would use each otherstools so everyone had a good assortment to work with. It was so fun because you got to learn and try something new each time (and everything seemed new back then.) Well, our local store closed so for a while we took turns going over to each others houses to work, it was nice but the “craft nights” got less frequent until they stopped all together. Most of us set up tables with our supplies at home or even devoted rooms to our hobby. It was just easier to stay home and scrapbook. The rest of them, not having a place to work and reminder to do it weekly just stopped scrapbooking. Were am I going with this depressing tale you ask? A couple of years ago I met a woman who had a monthly scrapbooking group who met at the church monthly. I decided to join them (It’s where I met Lorainne-AAC co-host 1 in fact) and it was so nice to have a bunch of ladies to scrapbook with again. Last Friday was crop day, my friend Kathy had some stamps I wanted to use and she wanted to use my new Cheery Lynn flourish die. The crop ended up having a late start so Kathy came to my house (which was in chaos BTW) to work. I made this layout using her stamps:

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This layout cost me 20 cents (the price I paid for a sheet of white cardstock) to make.  If I had to buy those stamps it would have cost $20, I really liked that Prima doll stamp but I know where it lives if I ever need it again just like Kathy knows my stamp collection is available to her whenever she wants it. So the moral of this story…morals?…is to craft with your friends more often, you can share ideas as well as supplies. Buy different things than your buddies have and you can swap them around. Sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Need some quick Easter favors?

Howdy folks, just a quick post today to share a new template I created. It is a cute bunny shaped basket that can be crafted in minutes. The Bunny Basket kit comes with an SVG cutting file and a printable template. I think it would be fun to print off the bunny templates on white paper and let the kids decorate and cut them out. It is really that easy!

And of course our bunny has a “cotton tail” it would be cute to use a white pom-pom in place of the tail cutout, don’t you think?

You can grab the kit here at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff and be done way before Easter rolled around, ain’t it great to be early for a change 😀

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Last-minute Easter favors {quick & easy!}

Howdy! I took a few minutes this afternoon to whip up these cute Easter favors using {surprise} the Halloween favors SVG kit from Lindasy’s Stamp Stuff-BTW everything is 25% off through Sunday:

This took minutes and I cut both boxes from the same sheet of 12″x12″ double-sided paper (Heidi grace) using my Cricut machine and SCAL software. Since I squeezed both of them on one sheet I needed to open the holes a bit on the double test tube holder but that was easy 🙂 The test tubes are filled with Whoppers malted milk eggs!

 

I used my homemade bakes twine to tie on these cute little tags I stamped with a cheap clear stamp I picked up at the craft store a couple of years ago-TIP: If your clear stamp does not stamp well rub a fine sanding block or emery board over it a few times so it can grab the ink. Works great on the cheap clear stamps!

 

This sentiment on the front was also from one of those Studio G clear sets, the first time I stamped it was awful but a swipe across my sanding block did the trick! I colored it with Prismacolor pencils.

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Craft Your Days Away , Crafty Emma, ECP Challenges, Just Us Girls, Shannon’s Sentiments  , Stamp, Scrap and Doodle, Sweet Stampin, Fairy Knoll, Floweret , 4 Crafty Chicks, Paper Romance, Rainbow Lady’s, Sassy Studio Designs, Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Penny’s Paper-Crafty, and Sisterhood of Crafters

Thanks for stopping by and I want to wish you a happy Easter and safe travels if you are visiting family tomorrow 🙂 Don’t forget 25% off everthing at Lindasy’s through Sunday Midnight! Til next time happy crafting!

Easter Sale and Favors!

Hello and happy weekend! As I mentioned earlier this week I love Easter 😀 I really love making candy filled favors for my family, it really feels like spring has arrived when I see the bright plastic eggs and pastel candy. If you are not ready fr Easter yet, don’t fear because you can save 25% all weekend long on everything at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff! Here are some favors to inspire you to craft this weekend:

Here are the products I used:

Egg Basket TemplateCute Easter Digital Stamps3-D Mailbox Template

Don’t forget 25% off all weekend at Lindsay’s! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

5 Photos you should take this Easter!

My favorite holiday to scrapbook is Easter. I love the frilly Easter dresses, brightly colored plastic eggs, fresh flowers popping up out of the ground and pretty pastel candy! this feast of springtime color is perfect to capture in photos. Before you head out (or host) this years Easter Celebration here are some photo tips for you!

Tip 1: Don’t Pose…Compose!

When photographing kids capture them being kids, chasing after eggs, playing and having fun. Check out this photo I tool last Easter of my nephew. My sister set him in frount of her flower garden and let him play and I got a great natural shot!

Don’t forget the candid action shots too:

Of course when you do have the family together and all dressed up it is a great time to…

Tip 2: Get a semi-posed family photo!

Tip 3: Do some still life photography:

Notice the photo of the baskets of eggs only, this after the hunt photo make a perfect embellishment for the page. Also consider taking photos close up in macro mode of jelly beans, easter grass and other candies for nearly free scrapbook embellishments and they will be authentic too!

Tip 4: OK this is a scrapbook tip-try kraft colored paper for your scrapbook pages, it looks great with pastel springtime shades (see above photos) a swipe of pastel paint adds a nice touch too and best of all you keep the focus on the photos!

Tip: 5-Photo the Pre-Easter Events.

This year I bout a Spin-an-Egg (Target/ $5) and we used that to color our eggs, what fun, get a photo of the pretty colored eggs:

Note: If I had to do it over I would have taken the photo outside with no flash 😀 Sometime your photos are not perfect but you should still scrap them, that’s what is important. You kids will not care that the lighting isn’t perfect, they will be glad to have the memories. Here I took a bunch of egg dying shots and used a egg-shaped puzzle template to make this page. Also I saved the egg-dipper and used it as an embellishment!

Here are some of the digital products from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff I used in the above pages and some other springtime goodies:

Basket BonanzaUp, Up & Away PapersUp, Up & AwayPosies & Plant Pics SVGEgg Basket TemplateCute Easter Digital StampsBirds & Branches StampsFancy Flowers Digital Stamps

And some freebies for you!

Basket FreebieVintage Journal FreebieEaster Sentiment Freebie

These projects qualify for the following chhallenges: Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Creative Belli, Creative Card Crew, Creative Craft World & Papercraft Star (recycled egg-dipper on last page), For Fun Challenges, Paper Pretties, Sisterhood of Crafters, and Going Grey With Scrap-Creations (digistamps)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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