Fun & Easy Watercolor Butterfly Doily Craft!

Hello friends! The project I am sharing with you tonight will make a great party decoration and craft to make with your kids! And it is affordable using supplies from Papermart. Watch the video to see how it is done:

To make the butterfly¬†I first sprayed the doilies with my homemade spray inks (you can see my homemade ink spray tutorial hereūüôā then shaped the doilies into wings. I also used the spray inks to color white raffia ribbon and¬†wrapped it around a marker so it ¬†would be curly when dry. Then I glued glitter on wooden clothespins and let them dry. ¬†The antenna was made from star garland. I clipped the wings, raffia ribbon and star garland antenna together and added googlie eyes and rhinestones and it was done! These can be made in bulk assembly-line style for a party decoration too. Have fun with this project and til next time happy crafting!

Puttin’ on the Glitz!

Hello friends! Today I am going to share some glitzy techniques for your cards and scrapbook pages. This video will show you how to incorporate a lot of hot trends quickly and easily in your cards, scrapbooks or art journals:

You can find the supplies I used from Papermart. I had a good time using these sparkly products, I have been using their awesome (and cheap, only 99 cents!) glitter for years and found that the Mod Podge held it in place beautifully. I wanted to use small mirrors on my scrapbook page but I was worried that they would cut the page protector, I don’t have that worry now that I made them from candy foil and cardstock! The bokah look stenciling and misting was fun and easy too! If you want to learn how to make the daubers and spray mists I used today you can check out my video here. Doilies, what can I say, I’ve used them a lot lately (and I have another doily project this week!) so if you buy some gold doilies you might want to grab a box of white ones too, they are ¬†a steal of a deal and so fun! The shipping tagsare also a steal if you don’t have them yet and now you know how to print on them! Well, I know you want to rush into your craft space and try out these techniques so I won’t keep you, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Honestly, I started to clean but…..

Seriously, I went into my craft room to clean and organize it today but fun projects kept happening! It started when I was trying to wash glitter off my silicone molds and well, if you have ever tried to get glitter off silicone you know. Nothing sticks to silicone except glitter and embossing powder it seems, so to clean it off I covered the mold with hot glue and smashed it down on the most convient scrap of paper (an old book page) but when I lifted it up it was so cool! I had to make something with it…right?

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So then I had to pull out some markers, spray ink, paper and envelope templates because you can’t make a card without an envelope right?

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What is a girl to do? I know, turn on my video camera (hey it’s still on my table from my last video) and film the madness!

And that is what you call trash to treasure my friends. You’re welcome:) All right, tomorrow I’ll clean, yep, I will clean while the Patriots are on, no distractions…hey, is that glitter over there? I’d better go check, til next time happy crafting!

Ink & Silliness? You’ve Come to the Right Place!

Howdy folks! We are supposed to get a whopper of a storm today, they have even called off school in¬†preparation¬† Over the weekend the kids and I took to re arranging the basement. We moved the old large (and flippin’ heavy-hubby had to do that part) TV downstairs. rearranged the kids craft area. Put away crap that had been dumped on the pool table, remembered we had a pool table and created more open space for roller skating…yes folks, it’s a¬†madhouse,¬† a madhouse I tell you. There is still a bit more work to be done but the kids will have the “basement of fun” to play in today until the snow flies and they can play in that. Also this weekend I taught my girls how to play “cat’s cradle” I made a tangle free version out of¬†para-cord¬†and they are getting the hang of it, I’m waiting for the trend to catch on again! So hey, how about some crafting?

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Rainbow-y eh? I am really enjoying the spray inks and daubers I made the other day. I love how quickly I can dye ribbon, cloth and silk flowers with them, no soaking and waiting, instant gratification baby! I really love dying ribbon because I can get large spools of Twill Tape and Ric-Rac from Papermart and color it whatever color I like. It save space (you only need one spool) and it saves money and you can get whatever color you need for a project!

An then just for kicks and giggles I thought I’d film myself making a card (you really shouldn’t encourage me…) and share some tips along he way.

Here is a better look at the card we made:

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And here is the inside, I like to decorate the inside of cards now and then, a lot of times I forget that I¬†like¬†to do that but with a dark card you need to so you have a place to write (unless you want to write with an opaque marker…which it totally fine.)

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I hope you have a great day and if you are being hit with the snow in the northeast I hope you have a cozy at home day and if you have to go out be careful  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

DIY Spray inks {& Shimmers} and Ink Daubers!

Happy Friday! Do you want something fun to do this weekend? How about whipping up a batch of spray ink and glimmer mists as well as sponge blenders for every inkpad you have…cheaply! Have a look-see at the ones I just made:

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I love that I can get the same look, effect and quality of the name brand tools and supplies for cheap. I tried out the 4 oz bottles and sprayers from Papermart and I am happy to report that they are high quality, they give a fine mist but do not clog up with the shimmer (please pay attention to my tips for non clog shimmer spray use) and they are perfectly clear so I can see what color I have in there.  Check out the video to see these spray mists in action and how I made them and check out the ink blenders too, they are made from the caps that come on the bottles!

Neat huh? I hope you make some of these inks and play along with me. I will be using them a lot in upcoming videos so you will learn some fun techniques with them! There is nothing worse than getting a new supply and having it just sit on the shelf, am I right? Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun with stamps and spray ink!

Howdy! Today is Saturday and I am getting ready for a day of face painting and crafting at the Parent Teacher Groups Spring Fair but first I want share a fun card to make and a few crafty tips! When I saw the challenge at the Papertrey Ink blog I had to play along. They challenged up to make spray ink. I misted the kraft cardstock with gold {homemade} spray ink and the ribbon was dies with spray ink too:

I mixed gold pearl-ex, water and a wee bit of gum arabic in mini spray bottle and sprayed my cardstock them ran it through my BigShot in an embossing folder. I thought I would be cleaning ink out of the nooks and crannies of my EB folder after that but amazingly it seemed to all stick to the paper. After the trip through the embossing machine the cardstock felt flimsy so I needed to re-enforce it with other paper, I chose a double-sided cardstock from K&Co and since I hate to see one side of the pretty paper covered up I freehand cut a fancy edge to revel some of the paper below.

and here is the inside:

  • Tip: to make a fancy symmetrical¬†edge on a card simply¬†cut one side and that the cutaway piece¬†and line it up on the other side and trace it then cut on that line for a perfectly mirrored shape!

I also used homemade spray ink in a few colors to die my seam binding (I have rolls of this stuff in white and natural and I dye it as needed to match my cards. Just mix some water and a few drops of re-inker or watercolor in a spray bottle, shake and spray! I use a heat gun to quickly dry my ribbon. I also made my own stick pin by placing a drop of glue on the pin near the head and sliding on a bead. A great way to use up leftovers!

Whenever possible I like to either make a matching envelope or decorate a store-bought¬†one. I cut a scrap of paper I used on the inside of the card to fit the flap and stamped butterflies and dots from Papertrey¬†Ink on the envie, it makes the card all the more special don’t you think?

Well that’s it for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Make your own pearls, glimmer mist and rolled flowers…

I think my favorite part of scrapbooking is making homemade embellishments, why buy store-bought ones when they are so fun to make? I’ll share how I made the elements on this page:

The title element on this page was a lot of fun. I used self adhesive glitter fun foam (grab this on clearance at the craft stores after the holidays) and cut them with steel rule dies from Sizzix. (Actually this was a steal, I bought 3 different sets of alphabets that were normally $100 for $1 each at custom crops, can you believe that deal!?!) I always have my eye out for versatile thick steel rule dies because U can cut felt, chipboard, foam and more with my Big Shot. Another bonus is because each of the letters has a frame around it you get 2 letter for each one you cut. Here is a title block I made with the leftovers:

Notice the glitzy background on the title block? I saved the scrap paper I used when I glimmer misted my embellishments and it was so pretty that I saved it and used it here. If you want to make your own glimmer mist you can read my tutorial here.

I love crepe paper, it is so frilly, pretty, feminine and cheap! I pleated a strip for the title border and then tied a length of my homemade crinkle seam binding on top. Note the homemade bakers twine on the knot and on the title strip (thanks UKMaryanne for that tip!) To make a rolled flower I simply took an 18″ length of crepe paper and twisted it so i had a cord then I covered a scalloped circle die cut with low temp hot glue and starting at the middle I coiled the crepe paper pressing it into the glue as I went. For the pearls simply squeeze out circles of high temp hot glue on a non-stick mat and let dry, then dust it with pearl ex and glue them to the flower. I sprayed my flower with cheap hairspray (Aqua Net aerosol) before attaching it to my layout to keep the pearl ex stuck on good! Works for chalk too! Oh, before I forget the homemade button card tutorial is here.

I dug into my old stamps for this layout too, the name/date stamp is several years old and the flourish next to the flower was one of my first stamps from PSX about 10 years ago! Using what you have already in a new way is the best way to save money and be creative when you are scrapping! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

BTW this page qualifies for the following challenges: Get Hippity with Ippity, Kaboodle Doodles, Make it Monday, Pollycraft, Stamp with Fun, By the Cute & Girly , Scrappy Frogs, Catch The Bug, Sweet Stampin(rolled flowers are new to me:), Crafty Ann’s, Just Add Ink, Paper Cutz , Craft Us Crazy and Digi Doodle Shop’s Best

Zen and the Art of Lunchmaking

Happy Tuesday folks, today is errand day for me but I could not face shopping before getting a crafty fix to I popped into my craft room this morning for a quick fix:

Stamps: About Art Accents, paper: Basic Grey, clip art: Lettering delights

I used the sketch from Oriental Stamp Art for this quick card (Ha Ha no it was not quick, thank you very much;) It was a simple sketch but of course it took me the better part of an hour to make…so sad really:) I used stamps from the Japanese Florals Plate by About Art Accents on the card and envelope, you can’t go wrong with the pretty Asian images, the paper is from¬† Basic Grey (Kioshi line) and the friend graphic is from one of the Asian sets at Lettering Delights and everything over there is one sale for $1 right now!

I made all of the embellishments on this card: Homemade crinkle ribbon, Decorative pins (I used jewelery eye pins and beads-easy peasy), and hand died twill tape. Here is a close up of the pins:

This card qualifies for the following challenges: OSA (sketch), Basic Grey (paper piecing-I pieced the rectangles on to white card to make the faux postage)and  Craftilicious (purple and green), Paper Sundaes (at least two coloring mediums-I used watercolor crayons, ink and glimmer mist.)

And now for something completely different-My lunch:

Here are the lunch deets: Wholegrain & Flax pita wedges, homemade garlic hommus, carrot sticks and grapes. Yum!

I found this awesome blog called Another Lunch and it is full of ideas on making bento style lunches and since my 2 daughters decided they are going to be vegetarians (this week) we are all about the cold lunch. When I saw them use silicone cupcake wrappers for lunch dividers I about fell off my seat, what an awesome idea and I have them so yea! another use for them! Not to mention portion control and since I have about 5-10lbs I want to shed I might as well make my lunch this way too!

Thanks all for today, til next time happy crafting!

Caardvarks 3-D challenge!

I love challenges blogs, it’s so fun to be inspired to create something new and see what others make too! One of my fave challenge blogs is Caardvarks, their DT us uber talented and always inspiring. This week the challenge was to make something 3-D, here is my take:

Stamps: About art Accents, Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More
Stamps: About art Accents, Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More
Here is a better look at the shimmer...mmmm shiney;)
Here is a better look at the shimmer...mmmm shiny;)

I used a die cut bag from Creative Cuts and More and assembled it with Killer Red tacky Tape then used stamps from About Art Accents to decorate it. After it was all put together I gave it a few blasts of my homemade shimmer spray…yes I sprayed it directly on my project!

Stamping details:

I stamped the fairy on Watercolor paper with black versafine ink, heat set and colored with Prismacolors and blended with goo-gone then applied glue to the wings and glittered them. The butterflies were stamped on trancparencywith black staz-on, flipped over and colored with Bic Mark-its then I put double stick tape over that and cut out and glittered. I attached them with glue dots.

Have a great sunday and happy crafting!