Mixed Media Fun: Paint Pouring & Stamping Gear!

Howdy folks. I have a simple art journal page for you today with lots of fun tips and tricks:

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I had a request to do some paint pouring and I will show you my no-waste method and share one of my neglected tools, the Stamping Gear, I also have a tip for keeping those pesky pages from curling, have a look:

I hope you enjoyed this mixed media tutorial and I will have another art journal tutorial for you tomorrow! It’s a mixed Media Weekend here at the frugal crafter! If you create something please share it over on the facebook page so we can all ohhhh and ahhh over it! Thanks to Oriental Trading Company for Supplying the Canson XL Mixed Media Pad, Bombay India Inks and Micron Pens I used in today’s tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Simple Scene Stamping!

Building a picture using only rubber stamps is a lot of fun! Last year I saw these cute sets of stamps from inkadinkado and I could not resist! I hadn’t used them though because I am not that great at scene stamping. So to get over my unease I grabbed some tags and started stamping:

It was really fun and quick, I can’t believe these stamps sat on my shelves uninked so long! Here is the city scape set:

And the Cafe set:

I used my color spritzer tool to add bursts of color to the tag:

They also had a farm set that I wish I bought, oh well, I guess I wait for the next big sale for that one:) Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!


Happy Friday! I have a busy day ahead of me. I’ll be decorating for the Blue & Gold banquet, then teaching a craft project to my daughters class, then taking the family to the banquet tonight. Then this weekend we have parties to attend. I thought I’d pop in quickly before my hectic day starts and share a card that was published in Vamp Stamp News this month:


The cute dancers are by Crafty Secrets (did you hear they are no longer making clear stamps!?! so if you want this stamp set you better try to find it, it is called “A Couple of Cuties”) and the bottle cap, tab and sentiment are by inkadinkado. The ribbon actually came off a box of Valentine chocolates last year and I saved it, perfect huh?

BTW my valentine craft class that the library was a whopping success with over 40 people in attendance and I was afraid no-one would come. I have to thank crafty moms who pitched in (Kathy & Robin) and a quick thinking librarian (Miss Audrey) who was Jhonny-on-the-spot with the photocopier when I ran out of sheet music (I had optimisticly planned for 22 people thinking I’d be lucky to get a dozen LOL!) I’m glad I brought plenty of plenty of card making supplies, the kids were so good about working patiently on cards while they waited for me to be done helping others.

Well, I better cut this short, I have breakfast to make and kids to get moving! Til next time happy crafting!

Faux Postage

Hello crafters, a few weeks ago I signed up to so a faux postage mingle at Oriental Stamp Art, we each had to make 10 fake postage stamps and mail them to another OSA member, I found this quite addicting, I made a ton:

Here is how I made the faux postage:

After you have inked and stamped over the mask, remove the mask and cut apart with stamp-edge scissors. These are only to be used as decorations, not to trick the postal system. Here I used some to decorate a card:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

French Flair!

I love that the French inspired art is all the rage these days, in fact I couldn’t resist picking up the summer in Paris Cricut cart last month! I must say I am not a fussy intricate die cut design type of girl (I like my die cutting fast and easy) but seeing the Eiffel tower on the cart I knew it would be great to cut from acetate and use as a mask as I did on the tag on this card.

Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Stampin up, Paper: DCWV, Tag: Lindsay's stamp Stuff (freebie)

I’ll warn you cutting transparency film will toast a sharp blade so I keep my oldies around for this purpose, best of all I can keep it and use again and again! This card is for my sister who saves my cards and scrapbooks with them and since she visited Europe 2 years ago and is still working on  her album this is perfect.

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Rosie D’s (burgundy, pink, cream), Clearly I stamp (thankyou), Stamp & Create (stitching) and Stamping w/dragon (3 buttons and transparency: I used transparency as an ink mask)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Glimmer Mist Tips & Tricks!

Happy Saturday! I got a chance to play with my shipping tag freebie SVG template the other day and made these:

I inked, masked, sprayed and stamped these

I was all excited to use my glimmer mist (OK, my one bottle of glimmer mist and my 8 homemade versions that work just as well!) because Elania from the gingersnap creations group showed us how to unclog our bottles of shimmer spray!

Here is what worker for me: How to unclog bottles of glimmer mist:

  1. pull up on the spray nozzle to remove the spray cap and soak in hot water for 20 minutes.
  2. poke a long straight pin down the exposed tube in the top of the screw-on spray part, this will remove any dried particles.
  3. take the spray caps out of the water and use canned air or an air compressor to spray air through the cap.

That outta do it! In some cases if the air does not work you can soak the spray cap longer. To prevent the mist from clogging again do not shake the bottles violently up and down, instead swirl the bottles in a “bell” type motion, trust me, it works! If you want to be really sure it will not clog you can pop off the cap and rinse the spray cap each time you use it but I’ll take my chances.

I used my cricut and SCAL software to cut some masks from cardstock and acetate to sponge ink over on the tags, they work great with the spray mists too!

If you want my recipe for homemade glimmer mist it is on this post.

These tags are for the gingersnap creations challenge to Case a Ginger and I chose Dan99, for one because I used his bird and wrought iron SVG files to make masks and two because he makes cool artsy tags all the time:)

Now I need to use these tags for something so they don’t end up in my ever-growing stack of UFOs (unfinished objects), I’ll keep you posted;)

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Lets Crop!

I have met so many cool crafters over the years online and I wished we could all get together for a craft night, well now we can! Next week in Celebration of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff 1 year Anniversary I am having my first ever virtual crop and I hope you will join me:

All you need to do, if you havent already, is join the MyGrafico Community then when accepted you can join the crop room {a virtual classroom} and you can crop with me next week! It is free of course and you can win fabulous prizes so what are you waiting for, sign up now 🙂

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber stamps: SU!, Inkadinkado, Paper: DCVW, Sketch: 2s4y

I was looking for some inspiration this morning so I popped over to 2 sketches 4 you and mad 2 cards using both Laura’s sketch #49 and the bonus sketch. This card uses the bonus sketch and the “Baby” theme from Caardvarks:

The chick digi is from the cute easter stamp set from Lindsay's stamp stuff. See stamping tip at the end of this post 🙂

There are some fun techniques on this card. I stitched 4 pieces of 2″x7″ tissie paper together, fringed  and crinkled it (I got that tip from Johanna on Leah Fung’s blog) and hot glued it to my card, fun! Also I embossed the little dots on the scallop circle with my Crop-a-dial just by placing my paper in the eyelet setter part and giving a squeeze.

All of the die cuts were done with Sure Cuts a Lot  (SCAL) software using fonts! You can save 10% on scal until the 14th with coupon code: 8774959 SCAL lets you cut fonts from your computer with your Cricut machine, cool huh!

I colored the scissors from the Sew Pretty set with copics.

Here is another cool tip from Johanna, look at the little bow, all you do is fold a scrap of ribbon in 3 and tie it with thread, saves time, money and look how cute!

I had a bit of trouble stamping the “it’s a girl” on the tall card, the ink kept beading up on the cheap-o clear stamp so I scuffed it with an emery board (fingernail file) and now it works so well:

Use a fingernail file or fine grit sandpaper to improve a cheap clear stamp! Please note, this if for the silicone cheapos that you find in the craft store (like the dollar stamps) high quality clear stamp will not need this step. Stamp first, scuff later:)

Boy that was a lot to get through! Thanks for sticking with me and til next time happy crafting!

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