Messy Mixed Media Birthday Card!

Hi friends! Today we are going to make a mess and make a card at the same time!

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I will also share ways to get a messy spattered background without actually spattering with paint! We will also give your supplies a workout. Watch the video then make a card!

Sponsored by Tupelo Designs! January is their birthday month and they have some amazing deals for you! For every order placed you get:
a) Free USA shipping on every order with no minimum ( we offer this every day)
b) Free desk calendar ( $15 value)
c) Free Ranger mini ink blending tool ($3) value
***For order over $20.17. Along with the above free gifts
d) A free stamp from my favorite things (MFT) ( $15-$18 value)

Check out their amazing selection, some of which was used on today’s project!

Supplies:

Tips:

  1. Choose pattern paper first then find coloring media to match. Working from a single collection can make mixing and matching easier!
  2. Hide mistakes by stamping or placing an embellishment over top!
  3. For mess free spattering place your card in a cardboard box before flinging paint or using spray mist.

I hope you try your hand at some messy mixed media cards soon! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Review & Comparison of NEW Prima Oil Pastels!

Hi friends! This week I got my hands on new Prima watersoluble oil pastels! I wanted to give them a try and see if they are different that what I have on hand already.

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I swatched them out along with some of the other similar products I had. Want to see the results? Watch the video!

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I really liked them and found them to be high quality. I also think they would be a welcome addition to your craft room if you did not already own a similar product. Below is a rundown of the products I compared and found to be similar along with price points. Keep in mind that you can find better prices online and with coupons, I did not pay retail for any of these LOL!

I compared the Prima pastels (retails for $20 for set of 24) to:

  • Portfolio Water-soluble Oil Pastels (set of 24 retails for $10)
  • Faber Castell Gelatos and Gel Sticks (Gelatos set of 15 for $25, sets of 4 for $10, gel sticks set of 12 for $13)
  • Lyra Watercolor Crayons (set of 24 retails for $39)
  • Caran D’ache Watercolor crayons (set of 30 retail $71)

The Prima water-soluble pastels are beautiful high quality pastels. You can get them on sale for $16.99 at Hallmark Scrapbook (affiliate link)

BUT…
I honestly do not see the need for these if you already have some of these other coloring media. They are good quality and fun to use but not that much different that what we already have. If you do not have any of the similar media they are a good buy. If there is a product you would like to see reviewed let me know in the comments below and I will see what I can do! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School! Playing with Punches & Prima Water Soluble Oil Pastels!

Howdy friends! Today we are going to talk about the power of a paper punch! These are workhorses of any stampers studio and if you buy wisely you can end up with a ton of looks from just a few versatile punches.

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I have to admit, I don’t have a ton of punches and the ones I use the most are basic: Circles, scalloped circles, flowers, tags and generic design elements like this mosaic punch (that I just got in the mail today and I think will b a new favorite-prepare to be sick of me using this LOL!) and labels.

Watch this video to learn more about punches and see how I made this card in real-time!

Supplies:

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Reasons why punches are handy:

  1. All in one tool, no die cut machine to fuss with.
  2. Quick, cute shape, no cutting!
  3. Versatile: Google “punch art” to see really creative ideas of embellishments you can make with basic shapes, you will animals, Sesame Street characters, minions and more made from basic shape punches!
  4. You can make use of small scraps of paper that otherwise might be thrown away.
  5. Portability: It is easier to grab a few punches to take to a crop instead of a machine and dies.

Punch Tips!

  1. Choose basic designs to start, a circle or oval will be more useful than a balloon shape BUT you can easily make a balloon from a circle or oval!
  2. The more detailed the design (like a lacy corner) the more limited you will be with materials it will cut. Die cuts are generally better for really intricate designs.
  3. If a punch sticks you can put it in the freezer and it will usually pop back. You can clean and sharpen punches by punching through aluminum foil and use WD40 or another light oil to lubricate them if they stick, just punch through scrap paper until no grease remains.
  4. Make sure to buy the designs you will use the most from a quality brand but it is OK to get the $1 novelty ones you are only likely to use a few times too. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this project and if you have punches you give it a try! You can always trace stencils or use die cuts to get the look that I have here. The most important thing is to use what you have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Awesome-I scrapped!

Often when I set out to clean my craft room I end up getting sidetracked by something cute, pretty or shiny and instead of putting it away I am inspired to create! That was the case this weekend when I made this page:

 

The paper was laying on one of my tables with a black and white pattern I liked but when I found the photos of my girls and their friends at a play I though “I just have to scrap this before I forget!” and the rosebud trim was sitting out waiting to be put away from a shopping spree last week, it was 50 cents a package-really how could I pass it up? Look how yummy it is:

After I finished the page I did manage to clean my craft room (only because I have a big party I am planning this weekend and need every inch of craft space available without distractions) and it is still clean right now. Two days of a clean craft space, for me it is a record! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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