Scrappy Happy Hour Replay

Hi friends! It’s spring (or so I’ve heard, the days just blur together lately) so I thought I’d share of our lovely spring weather. This white stuff knocked out the power to most of the state last night.

We just got power and internet back so I wanted to hop on and share a replay of yesterdays live-stream.

This is the left side of the double page layout.
This is the right side of the 2 page spread.

We made 2 scrapbook pages and 4 cards.

It was fun to chat and visit. This might be a nice friendly video to have on in the background as you craft.

I used a variety of supplies here. It’s really more about using what you have that will work than having exactly what I have. Many of my supplies are older and discontinued. I’ll try and list out the supplies you can find now tho. If available, affiliate links used.

That’s all for today! I had a pretty lazy day with the internet down, I sewed my first cloth face mask because they are saying we should wear them in public now. I haven’t been to the grocery store in 3 weeks and I don’t want to be shamed for not wearing one if I have to venture out for food tomorrow. Jason went last week and said only a few people had masks on but I bet most do now. I must finish this blog post and check out student work from my online classes as I was unable to check in today due to no internet, thanks for being patient (I have awesome students!) Oh and if you want to join any of my online classes you can use the coupon code: NOFOOLING to get 50% off for the month of April so you can learn some new skills while you are safe at home. Just click “add coupon” on the checkout page and enter the coupon code to get the deal. All of my courses have lifetime access for one low price, except Critique Club which is a monthly membership group. Have a nice weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Halloween Treat Bags-No Template Needed!

Hi friends!  Today we are going to make these sweet treat bags for Halloween! You get 2 bags from one sheet of standard cardstock (I am using the cheap stuff from Sams Club so whatever you have on hand is totally fine!) making these favor bags less expensive than store-bought treat bags.


If Halloween isn’t your cup of tea you can use the technique for making these bags for whatever occasion you like! You can change-up the dimensions of the box, all you need to remember is to keep the sides the same size,  and the front the same size as the back. You can save time by using thick patterned paper to match your occasion too! Watch the video to see how!

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I hope you found this project useful! You can make a wider, thinner box to hold gift cards as well. Just make the score for the bottom flaps equal to the skinniest side so you don’t have to cut off excess and it will make your bag a bit taller to hide the card. Add ribbon and you have a bag you could even hang on the Christmas tree! There are so many options for this, I hope you give it a try! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Patina Look With Acrylics {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! Today’s technique is a teeny bit messy but the result you get is worth it. I’m going to show you how to use acrylic paint to get the look of old clay pots and metal. It’s quick, cheap and easy too…well quick not counting about 30 minutes of drying time. 😀


You can find the full instructions in the video below!

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1. Stamp containers on scraps of rust and silver cardstock. Stamp the images again on a 1/4 sheet of white cardstock.

2. Use a palette knife to scrape paint over the images on the colored scraps. Sponge on light green paint on the pots and let dry.

3. Stamp peg stamp designs in the containers on the white cardstock and die cut the images when done. *If you would like more detailed info on using peg stamps please check out this beginner video.

4. Use staz on ink to restamp the containers over the dry acrylic paint and trim out.

5. Ink the backgrounds of the die cut panels with blue and green in and a blender brush.

6. Trim pattern paper to fit card bases and assemble cards embellishing as desired.

I hope you enjoyed this acrylic paint patina technique using new peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Make a Multiple Gift Card Wallet! {great gift idea!}

Hello Friends! Today I have a project that I hope you will enjoy. With the school year winding down you might be scrambling to find ideas to thank the scout leaders, teachers and coaches in your life. Gift cards are usually the way to go if you are unsure about their personal style and when you are giving a gift as a group everyone who wants can contribute a card to a place they think the recipient might like. It’s like giving a guilt free shopping spree! And this is a fun way to package and store them and you can make it affordable using supplies from Papermart. Watch the video to see how it is done:


I started by cutting a 5″x12″ piece of sturdy patterned paper then used a label die to shape one end of the strip. Then I scored and folded the paper so I had a cute purse with a gusset at the bottom. I sealed and cut the ends off three envelopes, stacked them and folded them in half then I punched tabs in the center of the open ends to make the gift cards easy to remove. I punched holed through the stack of envelopes and gusset area of the purse and used baker’s twine to tie it together. I made the handles from Jute cord. The flap is secured with hook and loop tape, only $2.39 for a 10 yard roll of each! I embellished the purse with die cut leaves and flowers as well as buttons. For further instruction refer to the video.

I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy project! Happy crafting!

My new knitting project {and a paper-crafty one too!}

I had a hankering to start a sweater project after finding the most yummy 55%/45% bamboo/wool yarn at Mardens last weekend. I couldn’t pass it up because they had a bag of three 175 yard balls for $3.99! I got two bags and realized that I had to knit it up or I would forget I bought it and that would be a shame because the yarn is absolutely scrumptious! I have a rather sordid past with sweaters, I am horrible at knitting them, mainly because I am too lazy to check my gauge, I just jump right in and make that sweater. Needless to say I had to give away my previous sweaters because they turned out too big.

FYI-a little info about me, I do not check gauge, I do not rip out stitches, I just keep on Forward progress only! 🙂 

So I was thrilled when I found a one-size-fits-all shrug pattern on the Lion Brand site for free! Feel free to knit along with me if you like! We can keep each other honest ha ha, no UFO’s here! There are no fancy stitches and I think my 6 balls of yarn will be just enough to complete it. If not, well, it will be a sweet baby blanket LOL!

See that yarn, isn’t it a lovely color, it is super soft too!

Anyway, I wanted to make a little notebook to jot pattern ideas down in so I covered a mini composition book with pretty paper and did some stamping and viola!


I was thrilled to find that a ruler rubber stamp I owned was standard scale so I made up a few bookmarks to share with the girls in my knitting group. They can write their names in the “Hand knit by” space:


On the back of the bookmarks I stamped a name/date line so they can record the name of a project and when they started/finished the piece. It will feel nice to see a list of completed projects while the bookmark keeps their place in their pattern book. Most of the girls in my knitting group are beginners so seeing a list of completed projects is a real confidence boost and they will be quite talented by the time they have 3 projects under their belt! Also since he ruler is to scale they can check gauge (ahem…theroretly for me of course ha ha…) or just measure a cuff or whatnot.


Here is a list of the stamps I used:

Name/Date, Hand Knit By (Stampin Up!), Ruler (Pink Persimmon from the “Hello Vintage Girl” set), Button card and Buttons (Papertrey Ink), Other Knitting Sets by (TPC Studios-I got them at JoAnns for 40% off and I think they are still on sale!)  BTW you might wonder what’s up with the thank you card…well, rather than file away the scraps on my desk I made a card…no big whoop.

Thanks for stopping by. If you want to attempt this project with me let me know by leaving a comment. I really recommend the patterns over at the Lion Brand Yarn website. I have knit and crocheted a few of them and they have all turned out well and they are free! You do need to register but it only take s a second and I have never gotten spam from them and I’ve used the patterns for years, check it out! Til next time happy crafting!

Happy Earth Day! (a wee bit late!)

To celebrate Earth day and also because they have a tree themed project over at Caardvarks I thought I would share this tree mini album with you. The best part is you are recycling! Instead of cutting the pages out of chipboard I used a cereal box.

"chipboard" tree minibook to cut with scal/cricut, download links below.
"chipboard" tree minibook to cut with scal/cricut, download links below.

I used a postmark stamp from Close to my Heart and circle punches to make the tire swing.
I used a postmark stamp from Close to my Heart and circle punches to make the tire swing.

I had a leftover tree so I made this card. More recycling! The clear base for the card was plastic packaging material that my Scor Pal came in!

Digtal stamps: Lindsay Stamp Stuff, Rubber stamps: SU!, Paper MME, DCWV, Other: Plastic Packaging
Digtal stamps: Lindsay Stamp Stuff, Rubber stamps: SU!, Paper MME, DCWV, Other: Plastic Packaging

The inside of the clear card.
The inside of the clear card.

I used my brand new Dear Deer stamp and  Primitive Bird digital stamps as well as the Trendy Trees set from Stampin Up. I colored the digi-stamped images with colored pencils and blended them with a Prismacolor clear marker.

I designed it in Inkscape so you can download my files can cut it with your cricut if you have SCAL software. I cut the tree shape out of a cereal box using the deep cut blade depth 5.5 and the pressure on my cricut on max (or 5) and yes it is baby bug compatible 🙂 Don’t forget to change back to your regular blade and housing and set the pressure to medium (or or 3) to cut the paper. To cover the back of each page either flip the shape in scal or place the paper pattern side down on the mat to cut. Here are the download links:

Download the tree shape  SVG file here, the treetop svg here, and the tree trunk SVG here. You can get a printable template here.

Tip: Cut the tree shape from the cereal box first then line up the trunk and tree top shapes on the virtual mat in scal to make sure you have the right size for the pattern paper before you cut.

Until next time happy earth day and happy crafting!

2sketches4you and a bit about chalk ink.

I made a couple of cards tonight using the sketches over at 2Sketches4you and I love the way they came out:

Father and Mother's day cards. Stamps: Fiskars, Technique Tuesday, Anitias, Die cut Cricut
Father and Mother's day cards. Stamps: Fiskars, Technique Tuesday, Anitias, Die cut Cricut

The first one using Laura’s sketch was so fun. It is a mother’s day card for mom (she doesn’t do computers so the secret is safe LOL!) And she has a thing for roosters so all the better. I used a new clear stamp set from Fiskars and charcoal chalk ink. chalk ink is great to use on clear stamps because it doesn’t bead up and it dries really fast. I tend to prefer brighter colors myself but I wanted a rustic look so I did all of my stamping on both cards with the chalk ink.

The Rooster Crows...
The Rooster Crows...

Inside of card:

But the Hen Delivers!
But the Hen Delivers!

I used Ewonne’s sketch for this Fathers Day card for Dad who also does not partake of the Internet. He worked most of his like as a builder and for the past 20 years owned hardware store so it is perfect (IMHO that is!)

Hmmm, this could be a nice many birthday card too...
Hmmm, this could be a nice manly birthday card too...

Remember if you want quick drying ink that will work well with clear stamps try chalk ink, it is not as bright as pigment or dye but it gives a subtle matte look and is very nice for direct to paper inking such as antiquing paper or inking edges. Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

Free Printable Spring Bingo Cards!

Heidi-ho frugal fans have I got something cool for you today. Well, I think it’s cool anyway. I am totally in the spring frame of mind (even though it is only 19 degrees out right now) and I thought I would share a card I made with some lovey spring stamps from About Art Accents:

Paper: Basic Grey, Stamps: About Art Accents
Paper: Basic Grey, Stamps: About Art Accents

As soon as I saw the image of the little girl with the bouquet I had to have this set and make a mothers day card. I took a cheap small plastic frame stencil and dry embossed a scrap of white cardstock, then I placed the stencil over the embossed design and used a stipple brush to add color to the lace design and around the oval. Finally I took a needle and pierced around the frame.  I used the rock and roll technique to stamp this. Here is how to do it. Ink your stamp up with a light color then rock the edges of the stamp in a darker shade of the same color and stamp! Try to use a clear block close to the same size as the stamp so you don’t get the block covered in ink. Check out the other stamps in the set:

And this collection is on sale for $12! that’s half price, I don’t know how long it will last (notice I made sure to get a set before I told anyone about it LOL!) It is a rubber plate and when you get it you will need to trim the stamps apart with sharp scissors (very easy) then you can put them on ez mount cling foam or just brush the back with a little Aleens Tack it Over and Over or Re-Position it, let dry and you are ready to stamp!

Did you like the bingo cards? Well, enjoy because you can download them for free!

A Freebie for you, see download links below!
A Freebie for you, see download links below!

Click to download the Spring bingo cards in Black, Pink, Lavender and green. Then just print and trim, easy peasy. To use these in digiscrappping simply open the file and crop the card you want and copy and paste it into your layout, also easy!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!