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!

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?

DCF 1.0

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:

DCF 1.0

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.)

DCF 1.0

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!

A Fabulous Girls Weekend {and yes, more beads…}

Happy Weekend Folks! I, like many of you went to see Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 last night! Yes, I know I am about a decade too old (OK maybe 2) to be entertained by this but oh, it was fun! We had about 15 middle-aged moms  joining us and we had a ball, plus the benefit of being 36 is that you can hit a bar afterward (neener-neener teenagers LOL!) We are a bunch of wild and crazy gals…now how many “points” was that mai-tai and basket of fries?…Wild I tell you.

Other than that I was quite virtuous, I used up all of the orange bead soup I bought the other day and most of the red…

But on the downside I ran out of silver earhooks, gold head pins and toggle clasps. Well, the email from Joanns rife  with coupons couldn’t have come at a better time. 20% off everything…hmmmm… A peeve though, you cannot use the Merry Moolah coupons with the 20% off, geesh…

So if you know me in “real life” you know that I hate shopping (excepting the crafty stash enriching expeditions) and in particular I dislike shopping with children. You might wonder how then I ended up at Jo-Anns on a Saturday afternoon (busiest shopping day of the week I reckon) with two 8-year-old girls. I’ll tell you.  The Weirich men were off on a Cub Scout outing so we ladies had the day to ourselves. After a brisk bit of cleaning I took them roller skating, then to the big indoor bounce house place. They skated and bounced all day. Since they were in good moods and a bit tired I told them if they could behave while I picked up a couple…cough…ahem..er, yes, let’s say a few..things at Joanns I would treat them to Chinese food. In the store they were wonderful, they perused the beads exclaiming “Look Maizy, these are fabulous!” and “See how beautiful these are Lila!” Old ladies smiled at me as they look adoringly at my precious angles. This usually is not how our shopping trips go…then again there is usually a 10-year-old boy in the mix. We waited in a  line that I swear to God wrapped around the store 3 times and I let my patient girls each choose two $1 crafts to buy and they were as pleased as punch. Me too!

Now the kids are in bed and I am off to make more jewelry, I have all my new loot spread across the coffee table and The first 5 episodes of Elementary ready to watch (I am in such Sherlock withdrawal hope this series is not disappointing, the BBC raised the bar pretty high though.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Speaking of random….the winner is……

Where is my son with a drumroll when I need it! The winner of the About Art Accents fairy stamp, thanks to Random.org, is #15 Toni Leli! FYI I removed 2 duplicate entries and that made Toni the winner! I will email you for you mailing address so you can get your prize!

 

Speaking of random here is a Witch Hat Ring Toss game I made for this years school Halloween party, It took only a few minutes to make. First I took an old Witch’s hat and stuffed it with crumpled newspaper then hot glued it to a circle I cut from cardboard. Then I made rings with pipe-cleaners (I believe they are called “chenille stems” for you fancy folk) to toss on the hat. Easy peasy!

 

This would be fun for a birthday party too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Another Stamping Tool YOU can make!

I have always had a problem with evenly stamping a background. Oh, I can stamp a random background just fine but a lined-up pattern….no dice. So, inspired by the new inkadinkado stamping gear I made a tool to stamp straight backgrounds and I used it to stamp the background in this card:

 

Here is a quick video to show you how to make it and use it, easy peasy!

 

Here is a photo of the two tools I made. I made one to work with my inkadinkado stamping gear paddle and one to work with my home-made stamp machine paddle:

 

Give it a try and you will never stamp a crooked background again (unless you want to that is!) Til next time happy crafting!

FYI, the stamps used in this card are: Fairy (Crafter’s Companion), Sentiment (Stampin’ Up!), Frame (Rubber Stampede), Background small flourish (inkadinkado), Background round stamp (Inque Boutique), background cover-a-card (Impression Obsession) PS-after stamping my background with my homemade tool I stamped a large swirl pattern over the entire panel.

Grab your watercolor markers!

Hi there! I had some fun yesterday playing with some of the goodies I bought at the stamp convention over the weekend. I learned a new watercolor marker technique, have a look:

 

Wanna, see how I did it? Here is a short (really! under 5 minutes, can you believe it?!?) video to show you how:

 

The only thing to remember is that you need a stamp that is mostly solid. I used a paper cut bird stamp from About Art Accents. Any silhouette type stamp will work. First I colored the stamp with water based brush markers and then tapped and scribbled darker shades on top nad lastly (this is the part that blew my mind) was that you randomly tap all over the rubber with black! I hardly ever pick up a black marker but I love the look! Also I never tried it on glossy paper, it is pretty on both but see how much brighter it is on glossy:

 

The type of card I made is called a twisted easel. It can be folded flat to mail like this:

 

The inside of the card looks like this. It is a regular card (you can make them ANY size, this is 5″x7″) but you score and fold the front panel from corner to corner. You can see this better in the above video. It was a challenge at OSA this week and it was the first time I tried that too!

 

Here is a side view, it is hard to get a decent pic of a card like this tho :)

 

While I was in Springfield the girlfriends and I went to Micheals (we don’t have one around here!) and I grabbed a $6 bag of floral small clear disks-yes I used a coupon LOL! I stuck them to my card and colored them with a permanent marker and viola-instant sparkles!

 

One last thing, the background. I saw an awesome demo from Impression Obsession and they were layering background stamps, that is what I did, I used no pattern paper! How cool is that! I’ll share how to do that later this week as well:)

 

Now I have the boring task of groceries BUT I think I can squeeze in some more stamping before the kids get home! Til next time happy crafting!

More Stain Dauber Fun & WOYWW!

Have you made any stain daubers yet? Here are two more techniques you can use them for:

Inking up a rubber stamp. Both the background paper and focal butterfly were stamped by using the dauber to color the rubber before stamping-I used 3 colors on the stamp lightest to darkest. You can spritz between colors to get a lighter image:

 

And you can use the daubers to color clay embellishments. The big butterfly was made with my homemade clay and a Martha Stewart mold, I let it dry and “painted” it with my daubers. I love the look! The small butterfly was made with Martha’s clay, I tinted it before molding it, I don’t care for that look as much.

 

Ans since it is WOYWW {Wednesday} here is a look at my workdesk:

 

But here is a secret, I cleaned it up and organized it after that! My work-desk is clean….no, really it is! Oh and that reminds me {shameless plug} my new article on cheap and crafty storage is out in the July issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts so snag your copy now!

SSA July 2012

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

By Request: Clay Flower Tutorial & WOYWW!

Happy Wednesday folks!  Last week I posted a recipe for Hybrid Art Clay and I had lots of sweet comments on the tutorial. I also had a request for a video showing how to make the clay roses. I decided to film a tutorial on how to make them as well as these simple Calla lilies:

 

That would also be pretty for Mother’s Day! I’ll also show you how to make the fluffy stamens from wire and styrofoam!

Here is a look at the roses you will also learn to make in todays free video:

The video is shot in frame (gasp!) so you can actually see what the heck I am doing (I really hope you appreciate this because I had to re-shoot it LOL!)

 

Because it is What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday I’ll show you a picture of my clay drying rack I made from old wire storage cubes. Do you remember those?  They used to always go on sale for $10 a set at Ames about 10 years ago and I probably bought 5 sets ha ha! I like how you can re-configure them in minutes and then take them apart and store them in a flat stack. I explain how to make it at the end of the video but in case you don’t make it that far I’ll recap. Assemble a 5 sided cube with the metal sections and corner connectors. Use small binder clips or zip ties to place as many shelves as you need inside. I used binder clips (you can get packs of 12 clips at the dollar sore) so that I can quickly take it apart. The clay is light so the clips are fine. If you want to use this for storing paper you can, just use zip ties instead to make it strong enough. I lined the shelves with window screening (you could also use sheets of plastic canvas) so the clay does not fall through but also so that air can circulate from all sides preventing warping and hastening drying time.

I did a little research and found that you can still get these but the price is higher. Target has them for the lowest price, around $25 online but I’d call before heading out to your local store to make sure they carry them and that the price is good. They were $44 at other stores online like walmart. Or wait for a yard sale, for some reason people like to get rid of these, little do they know how handy they can be!

That’s all for today and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: Make your own clay molds!

Howdy folks. I have been holding on to this tutorial for a couple of months. Why, you ask? Because I wanted to make a card with one of my hand embellishments before showing the tutorial and I did this morning, check it out:

 

I used a vintage button to make a mold {or mould} for the silver button on the card:

 

I tend to be a button hoarder, especially the really cool ones or really old ones I have saved from my grandmother. So I took the lovely buttons I could not bear to part with and made molds of them with scrap polymer clay so I can make as many as I like. Here are some of my handmolded buttons:

 

Scrap clay is the leftover scraps of polymer clay you save after you finish a project. Just toss them in a sandwich bag until you have a need for custom molds ;) I store my scrap clay in a fish ‘n tackle style box:

How to make Clay molds. If you don’t have scrap clay you can use new clay.

Step 1. Condition the clay. Knead all of the various colors of scrap clay for about 10 minutes in your hands, it will turn a uniform grey-brown color. You can use a clay dedicated pasta machine to speed things along.

 

Step 2. select a button, bead, key or whatever you want to mold. Dust it with cornstarch or baby powder so the clay won’t stick to it.

 

Step 3. Press the clay on the object making sure to pull the clay up over the sides so you get a good deep mold. Don’t encase the object though, you then need to remove the item you are molding. If it does not look good just knead the clay again and re press the object in the clay.

Step 4. Bake the clay. I bake it at 275 for 15 minutes per 1/4″ thickness but refer to your package of clay when in doubt. Most of my clay scrap is Sculpey 3 so it has a shorter baking time. Finer art clays like Sculpey Premo have a longer bake time.

Step 5. Take it out of the oven and let it cool. Then you can make as many of the embellishments as you like. For really detailed pieces you will want to dust the mold with cornstarch or Pearl-ex (if you want some sparkle!) so it doesn’t stick. Never bake the clay in the mold or it will stick for good!

I think making homemade molds and buttons is a great way to spend an evening!

Before I go I wanted to show you a variation of the new years card I made since I plan on mailing these cards and the buttons are thick. I found these great bottle cap stamps by inkadinkado months ago and could not find a use for them til now, I’ll hand deliver the clay button cards and mail the stamped bottle cap ones!

 

And in case you are wondering here is a list of the other stamps I used on my cards:

Mouse: Crafty Secrets

Banner: Pink Persimmon

Sentiment: My Sentiments Exactly

Numbers on banner: Personal Stamp Exchange (funny story here, I was getting ready to write this post and realized I forgot to stamp the year on the banners, Doh…ha ha, nobody’s perfect)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Recycled Pajama Craft!

I love cute Christmas jammies! my twins get several pairs of cute flannel PJ sets each winter but all too soon they are outgrown. I had thought of making a quilt with them {but I don’t quilt} then I thought of recycling them into something really useful. Hot/Cold packs! They make great gifts too!

I keep one in the freezer and one on top of the microwave. They are the best heating pad ever! I nuke my heating pack in the microwave for 2 minutes and it is the best for sore back. I also keep one in the freezer ready to go for applying to the bumps and scrapes of everyday life with young daredevils ;) Here is how to turn an outgrown pair of kids’ pajamas into hot/cold packs. You get 2 heat packs and 2 covers from 1 pair of PJ bottoms!

It is quick, easy and useful! And moms, the next time you child has an earache and you give her one of these hot packs (heated for 1 minute) you will thank me. Make sure you slip the hot packs inside the washable cover and they will last for years. BTW, if you buy rice/corn packs online or at a craft fair you can expect to pay $10-$30. How do you like me now? ;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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