Creative play with a new “old” tool & lattice edge cards!

Well helllooooo my crafty friends. I snuck down to my craft room to play a bit yesterday, here are the results:

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I even made 2 videos! The first is how to make the lattice edge braid on the edge of this card. BTW the can can girls stamp is from Lost Coast Designs. All you need is cardstock, scissors, a pencil and a ruler. A 45 degree angle is handy too if you have one, if not take a paper square and cut it from corner to corner and you are in business! Let’s make a lattice edge card:

Well, that was easy huh? I got rummaging around, as I often do, in my studio drawers and came across a tool I got years ago called a Roltap. It is like a tiny sponge brayer and I used it to do some nifty techniques, watch as I finish this card! I also dusted off the color dusters, stencil brushes and chalk!

So, then I got to thinking, I wonder if Colorbox still makes Roltaps because now I see how cool it is I want more so I have one head for each color family. No such luck, I guess I’ll have to come up with a frugal replacement…I’ll keep you posted! That’s it for me. If you have any questions on anything I posted today feel free to leave a comment, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

A 1st Place Float, a Book Signing and a Craft Fair Booth!

And that sums up my day! It was a wonderful Old Home Week event, or shall I say events, yesterday! The town showed up for the parade, it was covered by two news stations and my daughter’s girl scout troop won 1st place for their root beet float float!

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After the parade the girls sold hundreds of root beer floats to raise money for their troop! We did much better than we expected, in fact  one of the moms had to run to the store twice for more ice cream and root beer! I did a lot of running that day because it was the release date for the book The Rainbow Pants written by Kelly Brooks Bay and illustrated by me! Here we are at the book release party signing books:

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These fabulous photos were taken by Patty Violette of Little Pine Photography. If you live in the Bangor Maine Area and need a photographer do check her out!

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And here is my little craft fair booth, pretty much like it looked last time ūüėČ We had a pretty good day in sales, I sold 3 watercolor paintings, several bracelets, some earrings and a lot of cards! I had not sold any of my bracelets up until this fair so that was a relief! I hired my son to watch my booth while I was at the book signing and he handled it like a pro, he even made 3 sales, one of which was a painting! I think this is a great way to teach math, maybe next time I’ll put him on commission and teach him fractions LOL!

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What there was my day in a nutshell. I hope to check out more of the Old Home Week events this week…wiffle ball tournament anyone? Til next time happy crafting!

Highlights from day 1 at the Heirloom Stamp Show & Paper Arts Festival!

Howdy folks! I had a ball at the Heirloom Productions show in West Springfield yesterday and today I am going back for more. They are open from 11-4 at the Eastern States Expo if you want to come down and see what all the fuss is about yourself (although it might be hard to see it all in 5 hours-I did not get to everyone yesterday so I am glad to have another chance today!) The best part about going to a stamp show is seeing the new products available from stamp companies and meeting the fabulous demonstrators, in most cases the owners and designers themselves! Check out this fun demo from Judikins:

Here is one of my favorite stamp companies, Lost Coast Designs, and their rubber offerings, I went to their booth first for best selection!

Local King Rubber Stamps was new to me last year so I made sure they were one of my first stops yesterday (I have to hit my favorites before I run out of cash LOL!)

I have used the rip ‘n flip envelope templates from Green Sneakers for years (making envelopes is a great way to use up those leftover papers from a¬† stack) here Nick demonstrates his interactive card templates and then I bought some!

I also wanted to be sure to film the demonstrator, Melinda, at the Impression Obsession booth, she is so funny and sweet and the way she uses the backgrounds is fabulous.

I also wanted to share the fun designs at Too Much Fun rubber stamps. They will be at a show in NY next weekend and you can find the details on that here.

Stampland has some creative stamps too, their website is under construction right now but you should be able to order from them soon or find them at a stamp show.

So how did I do bringing the stamp show to you? I will post more from the show tomorrow including my personal haul (keep in mind I have been saving since last year!) but for now I need to get ready to go back! Thanks for stopping by and til next time Happy Crafting!

WOYWW & Ask a Crafter Week 6!

Hi Folks! It’s Wednesday and time for your weekly glimpse into my creative space. The fact that I have been able to create anything in here is a miracle! You know how when you have one home improvement project going the rest of the house goes downhill fast? Well, case in point, my studio! I have been ripping up my old kitchen tiles and trying the save the floor underneath and I must say I have never been so discouraged with a project! At lease once a day I have to escape to my craft fortress of solitude and make something however I have not been so inspired to clean up after myself. Today I will by golly, I will! So, what that huge disclaimer here is my What’s on you Workdesk Wednesday photo:

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BTW, after seeing all of the cool Gelli plate art on fellow WOYWWers desks I had a go at making my own and I made one and it works like a dream, recipe here if you are interested. You’re welcome.

And because it is Wednesday it is time for Ask a Crafter! Oh joy, how lucky for you, 3 pages of questions, 40 minutes of video, I suggest you just press play, crank the volume and go about doing chores or crafting, while you listen…nothing to see here folks LOL!

That’s it for me today. If you want to see other crafty desks head over to Julia’s blog for the complete list of WOYWW players! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Saturday Silliness! {My new You Tube Trailer!}

Howdy folks! I did some You tube training this week and switched my channel over to the new Channel One format. It was¬†recommended¬†that I make a trailer to welcome people to my channel…I hope it¬†doesn’t¬†scare any one away LOL!

What do you think? It is what unsubscribed people will see when they visit my channel. Feel free to subscribe BTW, I love subscribers! I hope people think “Wow, that’s some crafty¬†enthusiasm!”¬† and not “Who is that crazy broad?” ¬†Oh, I also wanted to mention that on the last Ask a Crafter vlog I said you could check out my Pintrest boards however I forgot to tell you my Pinterest user name is frugalcrafter, not Lindsay Weirich, honestly, I¬†shouldn’t¬†be allowed on a computer. You can click the button bellow and check out my crafty idea boards and follow me if you wish!

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Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great Saturday and as always Happy Crafting!

Paint with me!

Howdy folks! I have had fun this week painting with watercolors and I posted 4 new lessons in my shop Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. These new lessons are intermediate level. I don’t think they are any more¬†difficult¬†than the beginner projects but they do not have the in-depth explanation of each technique because if you¬†painted¬†my beginner projects (also in my shop) you would already know how to do them. Also if you have painted with watercolors before the intermediate projects should be easy. They are like a traditional painting packet you would buy in a tole painting shop or read in a decorative painting¬†magazine. So¬†basically¬†in the beginner lessons I assume you have¬†never¬†picked up a brush in your life and in the intermediate kits I assume you know basic techniques ūüôā Here is what you can paint!

Winter chickadee (this would be cute on Christmas cards!):

Magnolias:

Blue Bunting:

Crocus:

Don’t worry, it is really easy, I like to have several paintings going at once so I have something to work on while I am waiting to parts to dry. One change I made to the intermediate painting kits is that the pattern is a re-sizable jpg so you could print it¬†small¬†to go on a card or larger if you like. Keep in mind that you can change colors and leave out (or add more)¬†spattering¬†because they are YOUR paintings, have fun! All the kits are $3 and think of how much you can learn and the fun you will have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time Happy crafting (and painting!)

Learn to Paint: MagnoliasLearn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn to Paint: Blue BuntingLearn To Paint: Birch TreesLearn to Paint Sweet PeasLearn to Paint: CrocusLearn To Paint: Winter ChickadeeLearn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!

A Painterly Playdate!

Back to the ol’ grind today! I hope you had a nice weekend! It was a mini vacation here as the kids had nearly a week off for Thanksgiving break. We are in full craft fair prep mode. My kids have been crafting stuff to sell, as have I! This year I have conned…er I mean invited some friends to exhibit at a craft fair with me. My Friend Kath who is an extremely talented seamstress is making “American Girl” sized clothes to sell and we have gotten together several times for crafty playdates to prepare…¬†basically¬†we drink a lot of tea, chit-chat and occasionally make some product for our tables. On Friday she invited me over to craft, I was going to bring my beads and make¬†jewelry¬†but I decided it would be less of a bother to bring my watercolor supplies. Here is one of the paintings I¬†completed:

I started 6 paintings. I have a method where I start a painting and put in the background and then sketch out and paint the backgrounds on as many paintings as I can while waiting for¬†the first one to dry. I like to work on very wet paper to start so I would have quite lot of ‘sittin’ around waiting’ to do if I did not get to work on other paintings. I started 6 and finished 3!

Did I mention we had 6 kids between the two of us. Actually we each have a set of 8-year-old twin daughters who entertained themselves playing with their American Girl dolls while we crafted and our boys wandered about playing video games and chess. You would never have know that there were a half-dozen kids there LOL!

I have quite a stack of watercolors to mat and put in clear archival bags to sell at the craft fair, my booth is going to be so¬†schizophrenic¬†looking with the mish-mash of craftyness I have planned but oh what fun it is to plan for a craft fair! BTW, I will be working some of the new paintings into downloadable how-to painting packets for my shop, I’ll let you know when they are available! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Learn to Paint Lilacs: Free Video!

I picked a bunch of lilacs from the big tree at my parent house this weekend. I couldn’t believe they were in bloom already! I love their fragrance¬†and seeing them all around my house in cheerful mason jars just makes me happy!

Lilacs are so easy to paint too! Here is a quick video showing¬†you how to paint them in watercolor. You can even your children’s¬†watercolor paints (The Prang¬†brand¬†is really good but any will work) if that is all you have. You will also need some watercolor paper, a #6 round (or the brush that comes with the kids’ set) and a 1/2″ flat (for the leaves) as well as a little salt (table salt will work just fine) and you will be painting lilacs in 10 minutes!

Wasn’t that easy? Hmmm, it’s like the staples “easy button” for painting!¬† I like to mount these¬†small paintings on greeting cards. It takes the pressure off knowing that every painting doesn’t need to go in a frame. Woulden’t it¬†be special¬†to receive¬†a hand painted card? Oops, I just realized that I forgot to sign it!

 

If you enjoyed this free video tutorial please check out the beginner watercolor painting packets I have for sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. You get easy to follow step by step instruction with lots of photos all for $3 each! The birch trees kit is on sale for $1 so you can try with little risk.

 Learn to Paint Sweet PeasLearn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How About a Hand-Painted Mother’s Day Card?

It’s so easy anyone can do it! This pretty design is painted in less than 10 steps. You can find the instructions in my Learn to Paint with Lindsay! Sweet Pea painting packet.

And then all you do is adhere it to a card front, or maybe in a frame! Mom still likes to keep all of our artwork doesn’t she? If you like this watercolor painting project be sure to give these tutorials at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff a look:

Learn to Paint Sweet PeasLearn to Paint: Coastal LandscapeLearn To Paint Chinese LanternsLearn to Paint: Watermelon!Learn To Paint: Pussy WillowsLearn To Paint: Birch Trees

If you have any ideas about what you would like to see in a panting kit just leave a comment! I am planning more kits in the future and I’d love your input. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!