Saturday Silliness! {My new You Tube Trailer!}

Howdy folks! I did some You tube training this week and switched my channel over to the new Channel One format. It was recommended that I make a trailer to welcome people to my channel…I hope it doesn’t scare any one away LOL!

What do you think? It is what unsubscribed people will see when they visit my channel. Feel free to subscribe BTW, I love subscribers! I hope people think “Wow, that’s some crafty enthusiasm!”  and not “Who is that crazy broad?”  Oh, I also wanted to mention that on the last Ask a Crafter vlog I said you could check out my Pintrest boards however I forgot to tell you my Pinterest user name is frugalcrafter, not Lindsay Weirich, honestly, I shouldn’t be allowed on a computer. You can click the button bellow and check out my crafty idea boards and follow me if you wish!

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great Saturday and as always Happy Crafting!

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!

How About a Hand-Painted Mother’s Day Card?

It’s so easy anyone can do it! This pretty design is painted in less than 10 steps. You can find the instructions in my Learn to Paint with Lindsay! Sweet Pea painting packet.

And then all you do is adhere it to a card front, or maybe in a frame! Mom still likes to keep all of our artwork doesn’t she? If you like this watercolor painting project be sure to give these tutorials at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff a look:

Learn to Paint Sweet PeasLearn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

If you have any ideas about what you would like to see in a panting kit just leave a comment! I am planning more kits in the future and I’d love your input. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Basics {video}

First off I have to say “Thank You!” To all of the folks who purchase my first ever painting kit! I am so honored that you will allow me to teach you. I have been busy today designing another beginner painting packet that I hope you will enjoy: Learn To Paint Pussy Willows, isn’t it so springy? Well, it’s what spring looks like here in Maine, brown, gray and white:

I decided to make a video explaining the basic watercolor supplies and a few basic techniques. I’m sorry it is so long, when I looked at the clock during filming I nearly fell over, it is almost a half an hour…as my husband would say, watching it take a commitment LOL! So you might want to grab a beverage and get comfy 😛

Here is the basic supply list I mentioned in the video, you can print it out and take it to the store with you.

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I still have the Introductory special on the Learn to Paint Birch Trees project going on ($1) so if you are curious about this series of lessons you can try for a buck, not much of a risk if you ask me 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorail: Coffee Filter Flowers!

Howdy folks! I love paper flowers, they are as much fin to make as they are to use! Here is a card I made today using a flower made from a coffee filter:

 

Huh, I always seem to craft with bright colors on rainy days…I just realized that LOL! The paper I used is from MME and the stamp is from Purple Onion Designs. Check out this quick video to see how to make the flower from a coffee filter:

Here are the steps written out:

1. Cut a round coffee filter into a spiral. You can cut several at once because they are so thin.

2. Spray with ink or paint with watercolors and let dry.

3. Starting with the outside of edge of the filter, roll the filter up to make a flower fluffing and shaping as you twirl.

 

Hope you give this a try, it’s a cheap frill for your next card, tag or scrapbook page! 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!

How to Choose {and use} a Binding Machine!

Howdy folks! I have been on the lookout for a binding machine for quite some time now. Every year when I make my scrapbook calendar gifts for my parents & in-laws I wish I had a proper matching bu the problem was I couldn’t decide on what machine to get as they can be quite an investment. Also I wanted to make sure the consumables (binding wires/combs) were going to inexpensive and readily available forever. I did not want to buy a cute machine to find out it was discontinued and you couldn’t find wires for it. So I pretty much decided that whatever I bought would have to take standard binding combs. My Friend Tracey let me borrow her Bind it All (Zutter) and It was cute, small and punched well but the holes were too small to fit the standard office supply combs and you have to keep moving your paper and punching multiple times if your book was wider than 3″. That’s too time consuming and for a $75 investment I want to do it all in one shot. I looked at the Cinch by We-R-Memory Keepers too but it was pricey (as were the wires for it) and it was still to small to punch the length I wanted. Note: you can disengage any of the pins in the Cinch to make shorter books, a unique feature. What I ended up buying was this office style binding machine for $19.95 from MyBinding.com and I couldn’t be happier! Here is my first project:

 

I am not affiliated with mybinding.com, I just wanted you to know what I bought and where I got it incase you wanted one. The regular retail price said $109 (weird) but it was on sale for $19.95 + $15 S&H so I paid $34.95 and it arrived in a week. This machine worked with the standard binding combs I picked up at Staples and other discount stores. My combs cost between .02 and .18 each, not bad. I wanted to shoot a video to show you some different ways to bind your projects (with or without a machine) and also share with you one of my favorite Christmas gifts to make (A DIY scrapbook calendar) so if you have 13 minutes to kill why not have a look-see:

Here is a link to the FREE website where I print my calendar grids.

Also, I want to share the Chic Scrapbook Calender kit I created to make a scrapbook photo calendar, all you do is add your photos and print! You can use it year after year because there are no dates on the pages, you simply print out your calendar pages from a website such as the one mentioned above.

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 I hope I gave you a few ideas and information on book binding and choosing (or not) a machine to do it with. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will answer you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Marker Blending!

Happy Saturday folks! Today I am having my first ever yard sale and I am sneaking away from pricing stuff to have a cup of coffee and do a quick blog post. I hope I don’t get any “early birds” because I don’t get going until at leat 9am 😉 Also I have to give a big thanks to my friends Glenna and Steve who helped us set up last night, I can’t believe how much one can accumulate! 

OK, now on with the crafting!  Today I am going to show you my process for blending with ProMarkers (I used the classic set of 12) but this will work with all of your alcohol ink markers:

First I add my darkest shadows, then I color over them with my medium value blending the color out, and then I color over the entire thing with my lightest color. Yep, that’s it, how easy is that!

OK back to work! wish me luck on my first yard sale and til next time happy crafting!

Chic Double-Duty Party Favors and DIY Cakestand!

First off I want to remind you that Everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 35% off through Saturday! OK now that the business is done let’s have some fun! I love making cute party favors for my parties but what’s better is when the favors actually serve as party decor, check out this paper cake made with the Cake Favor Box SVG kit:

Isn’t that fun? The bottom layer of the cake is 12 individual cake slice boxes. I cut them out with Sure Cuts a lot software and my electronic die cut Each box cuts in seconds, then you just need to score, fold and glue. The boxes open on the end so they can be opened without destroying them, great for make ahead favors!

Here is a quick party decorating tip: Use pretty wrapping paper (the black and white damask print is from the dollar spot at Target) as a table runner! It adds a lot of style and cost’s next to nothing!

The kit comes with cupcake wrappers and fancy labels too, I love coordinated party decorations!

So, I was trying to think of a way to make a cute cake stand and it hit me:

I simply covered a tin can with pretty paper and placed a shallow round casserole dish on it! It is so easy and you can make as many as you need for a party then everything can be put back afterward (no awkward cake stands to find a home for) also it is nice because party food looks so much nicer displayed at different heights and levels. You could even dress up the bottom of the can with crepe paper fringe or a ribbon ruffell.

Here is a look at the Cake Box Favor SVG kit.  There are printable templates in the kit too as well as a SCUT2 file with the above project all laid out for you for best use of cardstock.

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I’m Rockin! {Rock-A-Blocks that is…}

I’m gonna let you in on a little secret…not every image I stamp is perfect. Yes, it’s true…alas I ruin sheets of lovely cardstock trying to stamp a nice crisp image, especially with some of my larger unmounted stamps. So, when I heard about the Rock-A-Block stamp mounts from Crafters Companion I wanted to give them a try. I asked around on various stamping groups I am a member of to see if anyone had tried them and what they though and got mixed reviews and one lady said “If you buy them please do a tutorial because I have them and I don’t know what to do with them” So I did some reasearch online and found both sets of the Rock a Blocks on sale for $8.99 each set {Score! It was at Joann.com BTW not sure if it is still on sale though, if not they have the 40% off stamping sales every month or so} and free shipping so I decided to give them a whirl.

My first attempts were miserable. They worked no better than my regular acrylic blocks, then I decided to do something I don’t normally do…

I read the instructions 🙂

Here is what I made with my Rock A Blocks. I stamped everything in this set with the rocking stamp mounts. The large doily stamp and lace border I have had for months and I loved the design but never got a decent impression. I ruined sheets of paper trying to stamp it with my traditional acrylic block but with the Rock a Block it was perfect! This is one of the cheaper stamps that doesn’t like to hold ink and I used a dye based pad for this and it still worked well. I made this card for my niece’s birthday today and the purse (from the Bag Bonanza SVG set) is just large enough to hold a gift card 🙂

 

I usually stamp on a foam pad but that is not recommended with Rock A Blocks, but I think my stamp table is not perfectly smooth so I used a few sheets of scrap paper under my cardstock as a mild cushion. As you can see in the video these blocks are very easy to use once you get the hang of it:

Here are the blocks I bought: the set of 4 smaller blocks and the set of 2 larger blocks:

Note: I have the Claudine Helmuth set of Rock A Blocks,they are aqua, the original ones are purple. Sizes are approximate.

Here is what the block looks like from the side, the rails on the edge act as a guide for the stamp.

Drawbacks:

  • The largest stamp size you can use is 4.5″x7″ and I have a couple of finicky unmounted stamps larger than that.
  • You have to be careful not to get ink on the side rails or you will have tracks on your paper. You can wipe the rails with a tissue before stamping if you think you have gotten ink on the rails.
  • Since you are “rocking” the stamp and not stamping straight down placement can be tricky and these mounts cannot be used with a stamp positioner like a stampamajig.

Bottom Line: If you have trouble getting a good impression with your larger detailed stamps try them, keep in mind the largest stamp you can use on these is 4.5″x7″ but if you have no trouble with your stamps and acrylic blocks currently you can skip them. Personally I know I will save a lot of cardstock using these!

I hope this was helpful to crafters that already have the Rock A Blocks and those considering buying them. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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