Share this with a Bride-To-Be!

Hi friends! I have been very inspired to create wedding projects this spring because I have a couple of friends getting married! I think many young people are first introduced to DIY while planning their wedding as either a way to save money or inject their personal style on their special day. Todays project will help you do both. This tutorial is created with a beginner in mind so my apologies if it moves a bit slower but I am hoping it will make it helpful to any beginners. Also since this project is great to batch out you can use the same design for Christmas cards or anytime you need a bunch of cards.

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The supplies you need for this project are simple and inexpensive so I urge you to seek out quality items because it will make the cards feel really luxurious. The cardstock I am using is 110# Recollections cardstock from Michael’s, a ream of 100 sheets is about $13, that will yield enough cardstock for 150 cards with embossed panels with extra. You could get 50 reply postcards from the extra if there were no mistakes. Please note that all 110# cardstock is not the same, the Georgia Pacific 110# is much flimsier. For a wedding get the good stuff and at a big box store you can use a coupon. The other splurge is the embellishments but they are surprisingly affordable too. The buckles I am using are less than a dollar from Totally Dazzled and if you use the coupon code FRUGALCRAFTER you can save an extra 10% bringing the cost of your DIY wedding invitations to about a buck a piece. Don’t wait, the coupon code is only good through June 15th, 2016! To buy a custom invitation with layers, embossing, vellum and embellishments like this would cost $5 each or more! I’d rather spend that money on a honeymoon!

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Don’t be overwhelmed, watch the video to see how easy these are to make and glean some helpful tips!

Let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Rhinestone slides, buckles & charms (Totally Dazzled)
  • Heavyweight white cardstock (110# Recollections brand)
  • Embossing folders and die cut machine (or purchase embossed cardstock)
  • Ribbon, lace and assorted trims
  • Foam adhesive and double stick tape
  • Vellum (A pack of 50 ink jet vellum is $10 at a craft/office supply store)
  • Brads
  • Ink and patterned paper (optional)
  • Corner dies or punches (optional)

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Directions:
1. For each gate fold card you will need a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of cardstock. Score and fold 2 1/8″ from each side to create the base.

2. Trim embossed cardstock to 5 1/4″ x 1 3/4″ and adhere to each panel with foam tape.

3. Print wedding invitation words on vellum and attach to inside of the card with brads. Tip: attach to patterned paper and glue the paper in the card.

4. Add a rhinestone buckle on a length of ribbon, wrap around card and tie with a bow.

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Tips!

  • You CAN print on vellum with an ink jet printer, just give it a few minutes to dry before using.
  • Batch it up! Do all of the card base folding in one sitting, emboss all the panels in one sitting, do all the glueing at once. You want to do this assembly like style to make it quick and easy. Gather those bridesmaids and groomsmen and put them to work. (pay them with beer and pizza, just keep the food away from the invites LOL!)
  • Don’t worry about “rules” this is YOUR day, use the colors and motifs you like, nowadays anything goes! One of the prettiest wedding color schemes I have seen was my nieces Sarah’s wedding and it was green, black and orange, it was stunning!
  • Don’t go crazy if this is your first time crafting. Stacking ribbon and inking embossed panels can look great but every additional step can add a lot of time when making a big batch of cards. If you don’t think you will do a lot of crafting after the wedding opt for pre-embossed paper or a pattern paper you like instead of investing in a die cut machine and embossing folders. Better yet, see if you have a crafty friend who has a die cut machine you can borrow!

You’ve got this! Start early and don’t let it become stressful, if you are not already a crafter it may lead you down the road to a wonderful new hobby and if not at least you can say “I did it myself!” and that is an awesome feeling! Congratulations on your special day and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Totally Dazzled

PS Do you know someone getting married? Please use the handy sharing buttons below to share the love:)

PSS Below is the card I made my mom for Mothers Day, these Totally Dazzled buckles are great for ANY card-making occasion not just fancy weddings!

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Embossing Powder Techniques from A-Z Book Review!

Hi friends! Tonight I am going to recommend a book that I received not too long ago. It’s called Embossing Powder Techniques from A-Z. It’s by Fran Seiford from Stampendous and I think it deserves a spot on every stampers workdesk.

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In today’s video I give you a sneak peek and tell you why I love it so!

Now, a lot of the techniques are not new to me, I have been stamping for 15 years but having them all on one place is awesome! It is such a good resource and it will help me use my rather impressive stash of embossing powders. I am really looking forward to trying Fran’s Encrusted Jewels technique because that is new to me! The price of the book is $16.99 and did I mention it is a real book? When it comes to art resource books I want a real book that I can have at my craft table with me as I work.

If you have a lot of embossing powders this is a must have. If you are thinking about getting into heat embossing Embossing Powder Techniques From A-Z can save you money by explaining the tools you need and what powders yield what effects. The most endearing thing about this book is that it is designed to work with any brand embossing powders, you don’t have to use the Stampendous brand (although they make great powders) and Fran even shows us how to mimic her Frantage line of products. Fran Seiford (the author) has been a gift to the stamping industry for 35 years and this book really illustrates that. It is the best craft reference book I have come across in years, I fully recommend it!

Disclaimer: This is Not a sponsored post, my reviews are my own and I was not compensated for this video although I received a complimentary copy of the book. That said I probably will end up buying a few copies for gifts! Happy crafting!

Rubber Stamp Giveaway & Cardmaking Tutorial!

Hi Friends! Today I will show you how to make a lovely thank you card using the new Year of the Ram stamps from Art Neko. I will share a few techniques including watercoloring, embossing and tips on using new unmounted stamps. So, grab a cuppa and spend 15 minutes in the craft room with me while we make a card!

All you have to do for a chance to win the stamps I used is leave a comment on this blog post. This giveaway is open to everyone in the world!

Supplies:

  • Ram and Heartfelt Thanks stamp from Art Neko
  • Embossing folder
  • Patterned paper (So Sophie/My Minds Eye)
  • Die (Darice)
  • Cardstock (110# Recollections from Micheals)
  • Floral gems
  • Watercolors and brush
  • Hot pressed Watercolor Paper (Fabriano Studio #90)
  • Waterproof black ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Alcohol Markers
  • Adhesive

Follow along with the video for full instructions! Many of you have told me that you prefer the casual “craft with me” videos to the short edited ones so I hope you found this one fun and I hope it was not long and boring to everyone else.:) Good luck in the drawing and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Faux Cloisonne Trinket Boxes!

Hi Friends! Do you want to spice up your jewelry packaging? Today I will show you an opulent looking technique that you can achieve on the cheap using little kraft jewelry boxes from Papermart:

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The size I use in the video are 1 1/8″ x 1 3/4″ and you get a box of 100 for $23. They have many sizes available making it perfect for whatever you need to package. Tip: Get your friends together and place an order for several sizes and divvy up the loot so you can try a variety without having to keep 100 of each on hand. Although these are so useful you will probably use them up in no time! Watch the video to see how easy it is to make faux cloisonne:

Supplies: kraft paper jewelry box, black acrylic paint, rubber stamp (an open line art stamp works best, avoid stamps with a lot of detail), metallic pigment in, gold embossing powder, heat gun, metallic watercolors,a small round brush.

Directions: Paint the box lid with black paint. You can paint the bottom of the box any color you like. Let dry. Stamp design on lid and ink the edges of the top with metallic ink, add embossing powder and heat with a heat gun to melt the powder to get the shiny metal look. Paint the design with metallic watercolor paint.

I hope you try this elegant project, it is sure to impress both your customers and friends. The box is a gift in itself. Please check out Papermart if you are in need of any type of creative packaging, I don’t think you’ll find better prices or quality anywhere else. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ink, Emboss, Sprinkle, Heat, Smear, Spray and Create!

Howdy friends! from the blog post title you can probably guess that we are going to get inky today! But first I want to announce the winner of stamps and a gift certificate to Art Neko (formally About art Accents) congrats to Kimberly E.!!! Check your email for details;) Don’t worry if you did not win, the Garden Friends set it is still on sale and I have another idea for using it in today’s video:

Feel free to adapt this technique to suit your project. You can even just do the inked emboss and call it a day, that is pretty on it’s own. Here is a recap of what we did:

First we did an inked emboss by inking an embossing folder with pigment ink and a brayer and embossing white cardstock. Then we added a little bit of copper, gold, rust and verdigris embossing powder to the embossed panel and heated it with a heat gun. We scribbled metallic green, gold and brown gel sticks to the panel and topped it off with a spritz of homemade shimmer spray ink.

Here is my tutorial on homemade spray ink.

Here is my tutorial on the firm foam blenders for gelatos.

Thanks again to Art Neko for sponsoring this contest, remember to use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on your non sale rubber! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tool Man Card

Howdy friends! Here is a card you can make for Fathers Day or a birthday for a handy man in your life:

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It is fun and easy and will help you get more use out of the supplies you own. Watch the video to see how:

The stamps I used were from Technique Tuesday but you can use any tool stamps or use clip art. I used embossing folders for the backgrounds but feel free to use stamps. Take the ideas and fly with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Follow the yellow brick road…

EDIT: I forgot to post the printable sheet of Dolly Parton Quotes, you can download or print it directly here.

Happy Friday Folks! Well, I had plans of making a tofu scramble for dinner tonight but I was overruled 4 to 1 so I grabbed a pizza and we plunked in the living room and watched Once Upon a Time while we enjoyed takeout. They has pizza and I had a veggie Italian (and french fries…I’m a vegetarian, not a saint LOL!) I love how they are bringing OZ into story-line, I also love that it is a show I want to watch with my children and not some show with obnoxious teenagers in it LOL! Anyway, this recent TV show has inspired this card:

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Wizard of OZ stamps: Lost coast designs, Quote: Dolly Parton

I used the Wizard of OZ stamps from Lost Coast Designs that feature the precious illustrations from the original book. I did not use many supplies for this card and I bet you can make do with what you have too to make something like it! Watch the video for tips and hints on masking, embossing and coloring!

I hope that tutorial inspired you to dig out some of your older supplies and show them some love. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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