Classic Americana & Versatile Kraft!

Hi Friends! One of the most versatile supplies in my craft room is Kraft paper. One minute it is covering my work surface to protect it from ink and paint spills and the next moment is it being used to beautifully wrap a gift. Kraft doesn’t just stop at paper, you can get so many products from Papermart made from sturdy kraft paper and cardboard and with just a few supplies tun them in to beautiful custom party decor and gift packaging.

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The big reason I like kraft is that it goes with everything! It is may favorite neutral. Sure black is elegant and white is a pure blank canvas but kraft is comfortable and since it is a mid value color already you don’t have to do much to it to make it look done. Watch the video and see what I mean.

Here is a list of supplies I used:

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Directions: Distress the kraft paper products with gesso and ink. Layer on paper and stamp. Embellish with jute cord and star garland.

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Try dressing up your kraft paper products with pastel shades of acrylic paint for Easter, bridal and baby showers, try mint and gold for weddings and try stamping polka-dots with a wine cork and any color acrylic paint on kraft paper to make a cheerful birthday wrap! The more you use kraft paper the more ideas you will come up with! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

 

 

Wanna Win Some Templates from GreenSneakers?

Hi Friends! Today I want to show you a fun papercraft project and give you the chance to win some of the templates I used OR you can pick different ones!

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My Friends at GreenSneakers are letting you pick your prize! All you have to do is visit www.greensneakers.com and find 2 templates you would like to win, then come back here and tell me what you would like to win by leaving a comment. How cool is that? Maybe you would like to win a Kreate-a-Lope envelope maker, A2 slider card, or the baker’s box templates I used in today’s tutorial. It is up to you! I will draw a winner at random next Wednesday the 26th. If you feel like shopping you can get 20% off your order with the coupon code Lind20 and don’t worry if you shop and then win, they will let you pick a different prize, that way everyone can take advantage of the sale and the contest! Happy shopping and picking! Now watch the video to see what you can make with some of their awesome templates!

I’m sure you can think of a lot of ways to use these templates! I hope you didn’t freak out too badly when you saw what I did to my stamp but hey, sometimes you have to take drastic measures for your art! I want to thank GreenSneakers for partnering with me to bring you this fun giveaway. I hope it gets your creative juices flowing and maybe inspires you to make a batch of Christmas cards or note card sets for Christmas gifts or craft fair items. The coupon code Lind20 is good though 11/30/14 so don’t delay, they only run this sale once a year! Thanks so much for playing and til next time happy crafting!

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Contest and Coupon Details: Contest is open to US residents only. Winner will be selected at random 11/26/14. No purchase necessary. Coupon code Lind20 good through 11/30/14 and 20% off sale is available worldwide. You must log in at www.greensneakers.com to see the discount in your shopping cart, don’t worry, it’s easy. Good luck to all who play!

 

 

Orange & Pink: A fun color combo!

We were challenged to use the colors orange and pink at Oriental Stamp Art this week. Since I had to make a card for a little girls birthday party my daughters were invited to (at a swimming pool no less) I thought this Asian inspired mermaid stamp from Sweet Pea would be perfect! Hey, I used my new baker’s twine from Papermart on this set too!

I grabbed a bunch of orange and pink markers and quickly colored the image and grabbed some animal print stencils and home made spray ink to do the backgrounds on the tag, card and muslin bag. I also stamped the birthday girl’s name on the bag. As you can imagine there are lots of girly goodies in the bag!

I like to make a pretty tag for my gifts, I often get told by parents that the kids save the tag and use it as a bookmark or decoration. Awww. Totally worth the extra few minutes to make it special!

Well, I better go or I am going to be LATE for the party! Til next time happy crafting!

Style Swap {Day Two!}

As soon as I saw this cute Birds & Blossom Set from Sarah Paris Style I know I wanted to make a gift set:

Digital Stamps: Sarah Paris Style, Paper: DCVW

I used the sketch from 2Sketches4you to make this, I used Kazan’s Sketch #41 for the tea tin and the bonus sketch for the card, talk about easy!

I love these bird stamps, I'll be using this set again and again, I used the bonus sketh at 2s4y as my inspiration;)

Get inspired! Use a card sketch to decorate a tin! I used Kazan's #41 at 2s4u and Stamps from Sarah Paris Style!

The elements in the Birds and Blossoms set are black and grey. It was super easy to color them just the way I wanted. First I chose the png versions of the files I wanted and pasted them into a new 8.5″x11″ document in PSP. Then I used the paint bucket tool to color it in, easy peasy! The “inked looking” boxes around the elements are done by using the rectangular selection too to make a box around the image, then I used the art media tool (colored pencil selected at a large size) and I drew along the edges. I saved my printable sheet so I could print it again when I wanted to make another set. Here is a screenshot of my colored sheet:

Click this picture to see all of the stamps in the Birds and Blossom set!

You can find gift packages of the tea tins in department stores this time of year, they are fun to decorate and add to gift baskets, if you wait til after Christmas you can by them for half price and use them for gifts throughout the year. As a bonus the recipient has a pretty storage tin when the tea is gone! I had so much fun swapping products with Sarah Paris Style, be sure you stop by her blog to see the beautiful card she made with my doodle flowers set and check back at her blog tomorrow to see what else she has in store using Lindsay’s Stamp  Stuff products. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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