Inktober Day 5: Long

Hi friends! Don’t worry, there will be a live show later today but I wanted to pop in quickly this morning and share my sketch for Inktober day 5 where the prompt was “Long”:

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This was my most favorite Inktober sketch I have done so far. Watch the video to see how it came to life!

Today’s prompt was the word “long” so what’s more fun than a long rainbow braid? You can learn more about inktober here.

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I am loving the daily #inktober2017 challenge. I am not sure if I will post an inktober video each day but I’ll at least post a sketch if not. See you later for the live show and til then happy crafting!

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Layered Window Cards! {Stamp School!}

Hi friends! I have a bright and cheerful card for you today but if you prefer a more elegant look than you can change up the window shape and colors for a more subdued palette!

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I tend to need many children’s birthday cards so I figured you might too and it is fun to learn a new technique and have a very useful card when we are done but this would also be pretty done with an oval die and shades of white for a wedding. Use what you like!

Video!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry! Use coupon code: LINDSAY17 – 20% off peg stamps and peg stamp sets on orders of $10 or more. Coupon expires July 3, 2017

Supplies:

Follow the steps in the video to line up your cardstock layers when die-cutting. Remember to use your leftover bits on other cards! How did you like the glimpse of my “vintage” die cutting machine? I think I am the only “youtube crafter” using that model still. Heck, if it ain’t broke why replace it? Honestly that is the big reason when people ask me what die cutting machine I recommend I say Big Shot/BigKick, they are rugged beasts even after 10 years of daily use! I hope you enjoyed this project and til next time happy crafting!

Die & Jewelry Kit Giveaway! Rainbow

Hi friends! I have a fun tutorial for you tonight and a giveaway! Craft Chameleon has so many really clever products perfect to keep you (and the kids) creative this summer.

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I will be giving away 3 packages containing: 2 dies, 2 card packs, 5 bracelets, package of oval jump rings (shipping included US only) from Craft Chameleon. To enter just leave a comment and I will pick 3 winners next Friday! Good luck! Now let’s learn how to make these!

Supplies:

If you are doing this project with small kids you will probably need to open and close the jump-rings as it take a lot of coordination but they can help by die cutting plastic shapes and coloring them with permanent markers. It is a great family project! Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a bracelet kit! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick Tip: Using scraps of baker’s Twine (or ribbon, yarn, twine….)

Hello Friends! I think as crafters and artists we can become…well..pack-rats if we are not careful. I finished up a set of cards the other day and could not bear to throw away the scraps of bakers twine trimmings. So rather than dump it into my big ribbon scrap jar never to be seen again I decided to make a quick gift tag with it, have a look at how easy it is:

This technique can be used with ribbon, yarn, string or even slivers of paper. Cuz let’s face it, some of this stuff is just too pretty to throw away, even the tiniest scrap! To make the tag I cut a heart out of white cardstock and punched it out with a large label punch. Then I applied adhesive (score-tape) to a scrap of cardstock slightly bigger than the heart and adhered my twine scraps to that. I covered a manila tag with rainbow paper and adhered my twine square to that then topped it with my heart window with foam tape. Easy peasy and I have a gift tag ready to go and no guilt over throwing anything away. You can find the baker’s twine I used at Papermart, they have awesome deals on bulk supplies but that doesn’t mean we should waste anything. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Follow the yellow brick road…

EDIT: I forgot to post the printable sheet of Dolly Parton Quotes, you can download or print it directly here.

Happy Friday Folks! Well, I had plans of making a tofu scramble for dinner tonight but I was overruled 4 to 1 so I grabbed a pizza and we plunked in the living room and watched Once Upon a Time while we enjoyed takeout. They has pizza and I had a veggie Italian (and french fries…I’m a vegetarian, not a saint LOL!) I love how they are bringing OZ into story-line, I also love that it is a show I want to watch with my children and not some show with obnoxious teenagers in it LOL! Anyway, this recent TV show has inspired this card:

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Wizard of OZ stamps: Lost coast designs, Quote: Dolly Parton

I used the Wizard of OZ stamps from Lost Coast Designs that feature the precious illustrations from the original book. I did not use many supplies for this card and I bet you can make do with what you have too to make something like it! Watch the video for tips and hints on masking, embossing and coloring!

I hope that tutorial inspired you to dig out some of your older supplies and show them some love. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Colorful Card for Saint Patrick’s Day!

Hello Friends! Tonight I am sharing a card that is easy and fun to make:

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I love all of the cheerful colors available in corrugated paper from Papermart. Each package has ten 20″x27″ sheets for only $3.20 making it a great value for seasonal crafts and crafting with children. The most surprising thing about it was that I could use it with my paper punches! It adds great texture without extra weight and bulk so these greetings are great to mail.  What’s more the design is so simple you can change up the stamping and sentiment and use this idea for birthday invitations or everyday greetings. So, do you want to see how I made it? I’ll show you in this video:

How easy was that, the hardest part of that project was finding the box of eyelets I dropped LOL! Think of all of the crafts and decorations you can make with this versatile corrugated paper and other wonderful supplies from Papermart, the options are endless. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Rainbow Beads & Free Paper Bead Generator!

Happy Saturday folks! I found a really cool website all about paper beadmaking this week and on it there was a paper bead designer page where you could pick the size and type of bead you want to make and print out the sheet of bead strips for free! Here is what I made with the rainbow texture:

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Neat huh? It took a little getting used to. At first it would only print two strips then I changed the settings to make a bead 1 1/8″ wide and for bead type I chose “all over design” and I got nice rectangle bands of color. I cut the strips corner to corner to make a taper. Normally if you roll a strip like that you get a bell shape but you can get an even taper in the center if you trim the wide end of the paper so each of the side angles are equal or just compensate by centering the taper as you roll. No need to make it complicated! I used mod podge to glaze the beads and it worked very well. I was worried that my printer ink would smear (it is an ink jet) but the mod-podge was thick enough to keep the ink from running. I did notice a purple/gray tint to my brush once in a while so I wiped it on a paper towel and kept on podgein’!

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I use paraffin wax coated toothpicks to glaze my beads on, the wax keeps the mod-podge from gluing the bead to the toothpick. I stick the pics in Styrofoam to keep the beads from touching anything as they dry. Last weekend I went on a paper bead binge, look I filled my bottle with beads! I was very proud of myself! 🙂

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It was a small bottle but still, there is probably 400 beads in there! Now I have a lot of beads to varnish, that’s OK tho, It is a nice chill-out task I can do in front of the TV, much like making the beads, heck who needs relaxation medication? Let’s all make paper beads! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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