Thank you Local King Rubber Stamps!

Hello Friends! I received some goodies in the mail this week from Local King Rubber Stamps! I have been a customer of theirs for the last 3 years picking up a few sets at the Heirloom Stamp Show in W. Springfield each June. You have probably seen me use these stamps in tutorials. Well, the owner gave me a stack of rubber as a thank you for sending new customers her way!  How cool is that! Here is a card using one of the new sets Asian Invasion:

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Want to see what else I got? Have a look at this video, I’ll show you my new crafty loot as well as so you how to make today’s card:

I hope you try this stamping/painting hybrid technique. It is so effortless and looks fantastic! All you need are some watercolor paints (even the kids kind) a flat brush, stamps and paper. Give it a try! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

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Happy 4th of July & Create with Freedom!

Hi friends! I want to wish all of my american readers a happy 4th of July!

And I am going to show you how to make this card:

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The motorcycle stamp is from Local King Rubber Stamps. The “Happy birthday” is SU! (retired) and the Frame is Inque Boutique (retired) the stencils and dauber bottlers were from Oriental Trading Company.  It was rough going, there were a couple of times during  this tutorial that I thought I might have to toss it and start again but I persevered and I liked the outcome. The best part of have a project go downhill is that there is no where to go but up! You should keep at it because you can’t make it any worse, you have nothing to lose…Didn’t Janis Joplin say something like that? Are you curious how it went? Watch the video:

It is raining n Maine right now so no fireworks tonight. We are going to have a family movie night instead, we are going to watch The Parent Trap! In fact, I better go make popcorn! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A quick card for a Dude.

Hi Friends, I find cards for men hard to make. Here is one I made for my husband for Father’s Day:

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I just got the stamp set from Local King Rubber Stamps at the stamp show because I knew it would be great for quick guy cards.  Watch the video to see how I made it:

Tips for masculine cards:

  1. Keep a clean simple design.
  2. Take color cues from nature (ocean blue, bark brown, moss green etc.)
  3. Use natural textures like this jute rope.
  4. Don’t stress about it, I know a card doesn’t feel done until it has lace, buttons and ribbon but think about who you are making the card for. Some guys will appreciate lots of textures and details but most are happy with a clean and simple look.

I hope this did not sound sexist, i know many ladies that love a clean and simple card with earth tones and I know many men love the bling. I just want to give you an easy option for a quick non-frilly card. Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Gift Card Holder {baseball themed}

Here is an easy gift card holder that will fit a standard A2 envelope:

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When you open it up it looks like this:

DCF 1.0

BTW the stamps I used are by Local King. Here is a video to show you how I made it:

For reference here is how I cut my 8.5″x11″ paper: Cut in half the long way (you get 2 11″x4.25″ panels), cut one of the panels at 5″ and set aside the 6″ long piece. Fold the long panel ink half to make an A2 size card. Score the 4.25″x5″ piece at 1″, 2.5″ & 4″ and fold it in half and fold the short sides up then punch or cut the slot for the gift card and assemble as shown in the video. any questions? Leave a comment! And 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!

A new background idea & my stamp show splurge!

Howdy folks! Today I want to share my most extravagant purchase from the stamp show.  I have wanted a Mega Mount from Impression Obsession ever since I got a couple of stamps too large for my rock-a-blocks but I wanted to see one in action before I plunked down my cold hard cash for one. When I saw the Mega Mount demonstrated my brain went wild with all of the possibilities for creating backgrounds! I got the deal they had at the show for the mount and 3 large background stamps and realized I could also combine them with the stamps I already had. The lady showed us how to layer backgrounds to creat unusual designs, I did that for the background on this card:

 

You don’t have to have a Mega Mount to layer backgrounds, you can use your regular background stamps. I have to say that before I practicly had to stand on some of my stamps to get a good impression or place my stamp rubber side up and put my paper on top and rub it to get a good image but no more! It was the best craft $$ I ever spent! Check out the technique in my video:

The farm stamps came from Local King Rubber stamps, I learned the technique for coloring them at their booth. You can see the tutorial for that in yesterday’s post.

 

Before I got the Mega Mount I was using a large heavy candle jar to stamp, you can see the video tip here. I know you might think that a $25 stamp mount is not frugal…you are probably right but I have used it so much already and I do not regret it. After all if you use it than it is mony well spent. If you buy it on sale and never take it out of the package it is not a good deal at all.  BTW, I agonized over this purchase and made sure that the last 15 minutes a the show would be at the Impression Obsession booth so I could make my decision to buy or not.

 

For me, this was my most exciting purchase, I cannot wait to see what other background combinations I can make with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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