A card inspired by macrame?

Hi friends! I love retro crafts and one that I love seeing in macrame. Now, I have never done any serious macrame (but I did make a couple of groovy plant hangers a few years ago and they are still in use today!) but I am going to use it as inspiration for today’s card.

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I love how we can get different effects from ink and paper. Today I’ll show you how to get a glazed ceramic look from alcohol ink and glossy cardstock too! Watch the video to see how.

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This card features many techniques so even if you have no desire to create a card like this you can use the know-how to craft something cool for your next card! Thanks for spending some of your day with me and til next time happy crafting!

A Watercolor Rose, Upcoming Projects & A Sale!

Hi friends! My work table has been delighted by many projects this week using a variety of media from mold making supplies, gel printing plates, acrylic paint, rubber stamps and embossing folders. I planned on sharing a big batch of gelli printed greeting cards on Tuesday but the batch got bigger and took me into yesterday to complete and I haven’t even looked at how much footage I have to go through!

The reason I am telling you this is because in the video I mentioned that embossing folders are on sale for $2 this week at Consumer Crafts but when the video goes up the sale will be over so if you need any grab them now AND shipping if half off too (or free on orders over $75.) I just don’t want anyone mad at me if they missed the sale (and I also don’t want to have to voice over the video since I narrated it live…OK I’m lazy, so sue me:)

Now on to today’s tutorial! I was not happy with this rose painting but I liked the leaves so I re-filmed the leaves only and shared that a week ago. I showed this card as well and said I would post the video for it if anyone was interested and surprisingly many said that they would like to see it. I think you just like to see me struggle LOL! Well, at least you can see how I think through a hot mess painting, in any event it is only a piece of paper so why worry?

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I hope you enjoyed that little practise and I hope it makes you realize that not every painting is a winner, everyone struggles, even people who paint everyday, it is part of the journey. Just to let you know I am back to normal live streaming time tomorrow so mark your calendar for 12:30pm Eastern Time tomorrow for a free live paint along! I will try to have all the supplies and details ready tomorrow morning so you can be ready to paint:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

$2 Embossing Folders & 25% off Total Purchase!

Hi friends! I am sorry I did not share this sale earlier but it is a great one! 25% off your total (non-sale) purchase at Consumer Crafts! The also have free shipping on orders over $75!

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They also have their embossing folders on sale for $2 each! It is a great time to stock up, it is where I bought most of mine because you can’t beat the price or selection but they do sell out fast so don’t delay.

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They also have the best prices on markers and colored pencils from Crafter’s Companion so if you have been waiting for a deal to buy these the time is now! They even have the watercolor markers I use a lot for stamp school on sale for under $16!

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They also sell a larger variety of craft supplies from painting to floral to jewelry making and storage so if you are in need check them out today when they have 25% off your total order. Any thing you purchase at Consumer crafts after clicking my special discount affiliate links in this post also help support the free tutorials I post here and on YouTube and I thank you for your support! Happy shopping and crafting!

 

 

Let’s Emboss! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! This week I will show you a few ways to dry emboss for texture on your cards:

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One way with a machine and two ways without! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies:
Red, Blue and brown ink
sponge
embossing folders
texture plates
stencils and ball end stylus
gelatos (gold)
Stamps by Technique Junkies

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I also wanted to congratulate my friend Glenna who is now a full-fledged American! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Don’t squeeze the pen so hard Lindsay!

Hi friends! I am feeling like a big doofus tonight because, as you will see in tonight’s video I am seriously clueless as to how to use a Wink of Stella pen. I just got my first real one this week and I loved how sparkly it was but at my rate of consumption I was going to use it up in a week! Apparently after you get it going for the first time you do not need to squeeze it (although I am pretty sure it says push or squeeze on the side of the barrel and I did by golly!) So, if you get one of these don’t squeeze it so much LOL! Many YouTube viewers said their pen lasted over a year and you can add water to it after round one is used up. Also don’t toss it because it is a really nice water brush when you are done too! Tonight I am going to use a very underutilized tool in my studio, embossing folders, with watercolor pens to create a couple colorful cards!

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Supplies:
Embossing folders
Watercolor Markers (I used Kuretake/Zigs but you can also use Distress, Spectrum Aqua, Tombows, or even Crayola!)
Watercolor Paper or Bristol Board
Waterbrush
Bender pen
Spray bottle of water
Wink of stella pen in clear

Try this technique with the embossing folders and watercolor markers you have (or pick up some at Hallmark Scrapbook, it helps support my blog) and til next time happy crafting!

Pick Your Prize,Make a Gift Set & 20%off at Green Sneakers!

Howdy friends and happy Veterans Day! Today I have an exciting giveaway for you from the fine folks at Green Sneakers. Whenever I host a giveaway I always hope the person who wins really likes their prize, well I won’t have to worry this time because you get to pick your prize! How cool is that? Go to Green Sneakers and find 2 templates you would most like to win, then come back here and leave a comment mentioning your picks. If I draw your name next Monday you get the templates you chose. Neat huh? Perhaps you would like to win the A2 Kreate-a-lope and Portfolio templates I used in my tutorial today:

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…or maybe you want something completely different. It is up to you! And to sweeten the deal they are offering a 20% discount to any of my readers who want to place an order! Use the code Lin20 as many times as you want between now and November 21st.  Please note: You must log in and use the coupon code to see the 20% savings.You can tell your friends too and make sure they come by for their chance to win or use the coupon to get a head start on Christmas shopping! Check out their kits and specials for additional savings.   Alright, now for a video tutorial so you can see these wonderful templates in action:

I think these DIY card kits would make a fabulous gift or craft fair items. It is also a chance to use some of those embossing folders we crafters tend to collect…or is that just me? I think I will make some in wild bright primary colors (hubby’s idea) for children’s cards and some with more sentiments. I am considering taking special orders for these and bringing them to my next craft fair, I think they are a super gift (but I don’t want to sell out of my stash because I plan on giving some too!)

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You could also use the portfolio to make a painting studio on the go, put a small palette of paints and a waterbrush on one side and cut watercolor paper on the other, instant art studio!

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Use this idea with the supplies you have in the colors you like. I’m sure you can make a perfect stationary set for anyone.

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So, to recap: Visit Green Sneakers and check out the goods, leave a comment on my blog letting us know what TWO templates you want if your name is drawn. That’s it. Easy Peasy. If you feel the urge to shop use the coupon Lin20 to save 20% on your order. This contest is open to U.S. residents only, sorry for any inconvenience:) Good luck! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A ‘punky’ gift for a funky friend!

Howdy folks, I hope you had a nice weekend! My husband was on an organizing tear yesterday, he cleared surfaces, assembled shelves, moved stuff around in the basement {not touching my craft-cave of course!} and really made some progress in the house! I decided I am not going to be the “slacker housewife” today and finish up some of the projects that he started. I had the kids put their post-Christmas nightmare of a bedroom(s) in order and my son did such a good job that I offered to sew him some new curtains for his closet (I went on a kick many years ago and removed all of the luan sliding closet doors from the bedrooms-that’s why all of the surfaces in my craft room are made from doors!) He had Thomas the Train curtains that I made him when he was 3…he’s 10 now…ah, definitely time for a change, we went with desert camo, DS and I picked out fabric and I sewed him the curtains and a bolster pillow (perhaps the only camouflage bolster pillow in the world) last night…well, maybe I’m not a slacker housewife after all LOL! 😀 OK you are not here to learn about my prowess as a homemaker, you wanna see some crafty goodness…well, here is a gift set I made for a friend for Christmas:

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This is an “activity” gift, you see my friend claims that she is not crafty BUT she likes to send handmade cards so I made her a kit so she can make 3 thank you cards and 3 birthday ones.

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First take a card base and glue on an embossed panel…

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Then add a sentiment…

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And a few fancy bits (AKA embellishments) and write your message on the inside of the card and place it in the matching envie!

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Look, it all fits in the altered box that I created for, and had published in, Just Steampunk 2 magazine:

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Easy peasy! I know some of you will want to know what I used so here is a list:

Sentiment stamps: Stampin Up

Steampunk Stamps: Inkadinkado (Clear set)

Embossing folders: Sizzix (there might be a Cuttlebug one in there too but I no longer buy products from ProvoCraft-they are on my list!)

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage Photo, Wild Honey and Broken China

Dies: Spellbinders

Oh, and here is the tag I put on the gift, the build-an-ornament stamp is from Oriental Trading, it is one of their $4 sets.

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: How to Emboss Without a Machine!

Day 2, broken coffee maker. Nuff said. I did manage to hot-wire a cup by pouring boiling water over grinds in a filter again and it is nice to know that during a zombie apocalypse I will still be able to make a decent cup of coffee, because hey, without the caffeine my brain wouldn’t even be fit for a zombie. I am a regular pioneer woman! Speaking of making do without a machine I am going to show you how to emboss paper without a die-cutting or embossing machine. It will be a good skill to have when the zombie apocalypse happens…or if you just don’t want to shell out the money for another expensive craft gadget. Here is a card I made with paper I embossed by hand:

 

So by now the 90% of you who have die-cutting machine are thinking “see you later, I’ll just use my machine thanks!” But wait, if you are embossing old-school you can emboss paper larger that what will fit in your machine, like, um, say a scrapbook page. Grab a cup of coffee (If you are lucky enough to have one) and check out my video tutorial…if I seem mellow today…it would be due to lack of caffeine 🙂

Easy huh? If you have any questions leave a comment and I will answer them. I’m off to fix my coffeemaker, apparently the ‘leaving it alone and hope it straightens itself out’ method  is not working. Til next time happy crafting!

Brown Bags & Old Books & WOYWW

I don’t often do a WOYWW {what’s on your workdesk Wednesday} post, either my desk is tidy or I am too ashamed of he slovenly mess I have created 😀 to share. I decided to snap pick halfway through the project (you can see the pic at the end of this post) I am making with he kids at the library this month. The theme is valentines and old books…yeah baby, we are recycling!

 

I grabbed a .25 cent book from the library book sale table after making sure the librarian would not have a heart attack if I defaced the book in the name of crafting and she was cool with it (in fact she suggested a few other books she wouldn’t mind seeing altered 🙂  so yesterday I tore out a bunch of pages and painted them with watercolors and let them dry overnight. Then I die-cut a bunch of  hearts from the painted pages and set to work!

I love the fringed edges on the circles. I watched an episode of Heidi Swapp’s Create to Remember show on My Craft Channel (lots of great free shows-do not go there unless you have some time to kill LOL!) and she showed us how to make fun things with fringe scissors and I was so inspired I ran down to my craft room and played with my newly painted papers. I love the effect and since I already had the old book pages and fringe scissors it cost me nothing. Of course you can create fringe with regular scissors too, just cut slits ever 1/8 if an inch.

The brown background paper is brown grocery bags. I simply cut a grocery bag into panels (you get a ton from one bag!) to cover a card nd ran it through my BigShot with an embossing folder. I am going to emboss lots of panels with different textures for the kids to use for their cards tomorrow. I know the kids might not dig my vintage projects so I am going to have some stamped Robots and Aliens (You’re out of this World Valentine) and some animals (I’m wild about you, Valentine!) and I will emboss the bags to match. I will have my special “artist” colored pencils for them to use and if they want to highlight the embossed texture of the paper they can rub it with crayons. Oh the possibilities!

 

OK, now here is my desk, thrilling huh? Actually, I love seeing that pile of watercolor book page hearts!

 

If you want to see the tutorial on how to make the hanging heart pocket you can see it here. If you want to download my tutorial and sheet music freebie you can here.

 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Now that’s what I call recycling!

Howdy folks! I have spent the last couple of days working on centerpieces for the Cub Scouts Blue and Gold banquet this weekend. I made a bunch (24) of blue and gold centerpieces for last years banquet (you can see them here) and they are going to reuse them but this year we have a bigger space to fill and more boys in scouts so we need more centerpieces. The theme this year is “Freedom is not Free” and the color palette is red, white, blue & gold so I came up with this:

I used 10 soup cans (free), 9 sheets of red cardstock (from of a pack of 50 that was $2.75), 2 sheets of white cardstock (.02 each), My electronic Die cutter and SCAL software, random 4th of July pattern paper from DCWV stacks (about 6 cents a sheet), a dollop of white and red paint (I have no idea how to figure that but I had it in my stash;), red and blue ribbon (I used part of a spool, each spool was .25 each), glue sticks and skewers (bag of 100 for $1) The flags were already owned by the pack but they had a price tag on them are were .50 each, we have enough so all of the other centerpieces will have a flag in it too. Counting the flag the cost of each centerpiece was less than $0.75! And I really did not have to buy anything because it was all from my stash! Here is a look at all the centerpiece parts boxed up and ready to go, I love those rosettes, they make me happy;)

Keep in mind when you are making a project like this that there ar many ways to lux up a design without spending a dime. Use the tools and supplies you have already bought and paid for instead of going out and buying new or going without. For instance. I use my embossing folders to add texture on the construction paper I wrapped around the soup can. A quick swipe of white paint makes it look like old denim! I also used an embossing folder on the red stars. It is not a patriotic pattern but it works and I already owned it. You won’t wear your embossing folders out so it costs you nothing! Also, the small stars on the rosettes, I remembered that I has a star button stamps and it happened to be just the right size as the sheet of stars I die-cut, nice! Using that stamp didn’t cost me a dime and it adds such a nice touch! I can hardly count the wee bit of ink and paint I used but it adds so much interest to the design.

Oh, and speaking of the star die cuts I saved the leftover scraps to use a stencils. When I dry-brushed paint over my embossed stars I did it on an inexpensive sheet of kraft cardstock and I love the grungy star (white) then I took the leftover piece from my white die cut stars and laid it over and dabbed metallic blue paint over the white then I grabbed the leftover from the red star die cuts and stenciled a big star…How fun! Now I can use it to scrap my 4th of July pics next year or pictures from the banquet this weekend!

Leftover die-cut waste = free stencils!!!

 

Now, I was going to use the centerpiece printables from my USA Mega Party kit but I found out that there is going to be a pitcher of water on ever table and there will be kids at every table and I only have an ink-jet printer (are you feeling me?) so rather than risk having my ink-jet printer in run I used stuff from my stash. But I did want to mention that the party kit as well as everything else at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff is 40% off through tomorrow😉

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I hope I inspired you to recycle and create and look at your scraps in new ways. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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