Let’s Make Rainbows and Chat!

Today we have a chatty video! I made this card for my friend Kelly who wrote the book The Rainbow Pants so I thought this card would be perfect. Grab your watercolors and let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Watercolor paint
  • Clear embossing ink
  • Black pigment ink
  • White and black cardstock
  • 1 sheet of 12″x12″ colorful scrapbook paper (K&Company from one of the 360 sheet pads)
  • Stamp, Happy birthday noteblock from Purple Onion Designs
  • A7 (that means 5″x7″ folks!) envelope templates from Greensneakers

All the instructions (including what not to do) can be found in the video. Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

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Let’s Pick a Winner & Make a Popcorn Box!

Hi friends! Tonight I have selected, at random, a winner for the GreenSneakers template giveaway…adkwyvern (AKA Angela)!!! Make sure you respond to the email I sent you so you can get your prize! I was inspired to use the GreenSneaker popcorn box template for tonight’s project:

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I think that this would be cute for serving popcorn at a party or for tucking some boxes of candy, and a DVD or cinema tickets in for a custom gift for a movie lover! Watch the video to see how it is done:

I want to thank everyone who played along in this giveaway. Don’t forget the coupon Lind20 is still good for 20% off your order through 11/30/14 so you can grab the goodies you want and save! Thanks to Greensneakers for sponsoring this giveaway and thank you 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!

 

 

DIY Enamel Dot Success! & Paper Feathers Without a Die!

I have lots of crafty goodness for you tonight! After my ill-advised and potentially dangerous attempt of making enamel dots from Perler beads last weekend I came up with something better and far less toxic:

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A reader, Viki B., mentioned using embossing powder in a comment on that post and I thought Ah-ha! I can dome scrapbook paper and coat it in UTEE! Best of all you can use up scraps leftover from a  project to make embellishments that match perfectly! Watch the video to see how easy it is!

I love making these “on demand” and as needed, not to mention no toxic fumes or potentially burning down the house. That’s what is known in the craftng world as a “win-win-win!”

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I also was admiring some of the feather dies out there but I hate to buy something that is trendy because when the trend is over you are stuck with a die you may never use again. I’ll show you how to hand cut feathers. It’s quick and easy and no two will be the same, it’s like having an infinite amount of dies for zero bucks! Here is the video tutorial:

What do you think of approaching the project backwards? First make the envelope (I used a Kreate-a-lope from Green Sneakers) then make the embellishments. Hardly any waste so it is perfect for the paper we have been hoarding and so cute and useful! They would make great gift sets too I think!

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I wanted to share my first embossing powder attempt. I first thought I could stamp dots on my card and emboss them with colored powder but the result was kinda flat so I added more powder but I lost the definition. I punched out those attempts and adhered them to the above card. I was not happy with that so then I tried punching patterned paper, doming it and coating with UTEE. much better. See we rarely get it perfect on our first try, keep at it, you will get it! 3rd time’s a charm right? I hope you give this a try, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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One Sheet Wonderful!

Apparently I have been under a rock because I have never heard about one sheet wonder cards. Basically you chop up a sheet of patterned paper into a bunch of sizes and make a bunch of cards with it. It is a great way to stretch supplies or make the most of a favorite paper. Here is my first attempt:

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Another thing I like about this clean and simple style of cardmaking is that it is a great way to showcase a focal point, in this instance some watercolor pencil stamped sea images from About Art Accents. I’ll show you a simple trick for cutting the sheet of patterned paper (we are going to dig out a moldy-oldie) and I’ll show you my latest method for using watercolor pencils to stamp. Have a look:

Here is the card from the video close up:

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I had used up all of my paper before I made that card but hey, I think it is pretty without it. Sometimes I get carried away experimenting with my mediums and I end up with pretty little stamped panels but I have no way to use them all, this is perfect!

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I keep all of my white scraps in a coupon organizer sorted by brand. I used my cheapest white cardstock for this (Gerogia Pacific) so I just kept experimenting on scraps until I got the result I wanted. This is my favorite!

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I like this one too:

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Since these cards are flat I can stamp a sentiment on them later with a clear stamp and have a custom card when I need it!

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Or I can leave it blank.

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I made some envelopes to match and put everything in a paper folder, both templates can be found at Green Sneakers.

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Closed up, neat and tidy!

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I made 12 cards in a sitting! Not bad.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

If you are on my Christmas card list Look away now!

OK,  I’d love you all to think that I am a super organized crafter who makes her cards months in advance and mails them the day after Thanksgiving but I can not tell a lie, these where whipped up with help of my kids and my husband last night at the kitchen table.

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It was a sight to behold, my daughters, my husband and me all making envelopes with the kreate-a-lope (I used up a good portion of old hoarded paper) until I was sure we had a sufficient amount. Then the girls went to bed and hubby cut the swivel cards out, my son cut tinsel strands and I manned the glue gun embellishing like the wind! The envelope and card templates I used are by Green Sneakers and they have free shipping to US customers with code: USfs2 or $10 off everyone outside of the states with code: OV10 on orders of $25 or more! The sale runs through Dec 15th. Tell them Lindsay sent you:) The cards are A2 size (4.25″x5.5″) and here is how they are made:

Seems quick huh? Oddly enough it took longer than I thought it would, we started making envies at 7pm and it was 10 as I glued the last bits of paper strip scraps on crookedly I might add.  That was with my husband working diligently to get cards done. Now all we have to do is sign and mail them (hopefully tomorrow.) I know I will need to do another panic batch or cards because I always seem to need more for friends and neighbors but I will keep them simpler because making 60 of anything takes time even with your husband wrapping tinsel around cards and folding holly leaf die cuts so they have the perfect crease. I love that man of mine! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Green Sneakers Template Winner!!!

Happy Monday! We have a warm rainy day up here in Maine, no point washing the floors with the muddy dog tracks that will abound today so that means a little more creative time for me! I’ll be back in a bit with a crochet project (perfect for a rainy day!) but first I wanted to share out Green Sneakers winner and her lovely comment:

Wow! This is such a great site. So much to send our imagination into orbit. I would chose the Portfolio Template and the Kreate-a-lope Envelope template. My 94 yr old mom would have a ball with these. Something we could do together, when she is not making cards.              ~Sharon Hannifin

Aww, I love that she makes cards with her mom. Sharon, check your email for prize details! Last Monday I asked me readers to choose what Green Sneakers Templates they wanted to win and I have to say it was an enabler-fest, I kept finding myself checking out the templates you guys were picking, I have quite a wish list myself now LOL! I guess I should take advantage of the 20% off coupon that Green Sneakers is offering: Lin20 but I better not wait (and neither should you) because it is only good til Thursday the 21st! Below is a pic of some of the envelopes you can make with the Kreate-a-lope rip and flip envelope templates. If you don’t have an easy way to make envelopes I cannot recommend these highly enough!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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