Fun ideas with Sequins!

Hi friends! Today I have a couple of card and bookmark ideas for you:

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Watch the video to see the tutorial!

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*Note: To make the sealed pockets I am using a wood burning tool from Walnut Hollow called a Creative Hot Marks. If you have the Fuse tool it will work even better. If you don’t have any hot tools like that you can cut the page protectors (or clear plastic bags) with scissors and seal them with tape and it will be just as cute!

I hope you enjoyed this fun idea and til next time happy crafting!

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Multi Window Shaker Card Tutorial!

Hi friends! Today there is a whole lotta shakin’ going on with this card! I’ll show you how to create a multi window shaker card. You can use any shape you like to make it fit your needs. I love versatile techniques.

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There are quite a few steps here and lots of tips and tricks in today’s video. I hope you like it!

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This project is a bit more complicated than others. Please allow 30 minutes to an hour to make it if you have never made a shaker card. Complete instructions and tips in the video! I hope you give this project a try and let me know what you think. Happy crafting!

I Got a Sequin Problem…

Hi friends! When I was going through my stash looking for sequins for a card yesterday I realized that I had a problem.

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Luckily my problem was not a lack of sequins! That will probably never be a problem because it seems like sequins breed when you are not looking or my buying outpaces my using. Who can say?

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If you too have a sequin problem you will love today’s project, a fun shaker card using stamp from our sponsor ArtNeko!

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Supplies:
White Cardstock (110#lb Recollections)
Pink, Red, Purple, Blue inkpads
Stipple brush (color dusters-Judikins)
Valentine Stamps (ArtNeko)
Dots/Background stamps (ArtNeko)
Craft knife
Sequins & beads
Foam tape
Plastic bag
Clear tape

Directions:
1. Score a 8 1/2″x5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock at 4 3/16″ and 4 5/16″.
2. Stamp head duo, mask it and stamp polka dots on top. Sweep with ink and a stipple brush. Also stamp a 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ panel with dots.
3. Remove ask and cut out inside of hearts.
4. Fill a clear plastic bag with beads and sequins and tape behind openings in heart.
5. Adhere stamped panel behind baggie using foam tape.
6. Embellish or add color to front of card if desired.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy shaker card and you try one for yourself! Happy Crafting!

DIY Paper Sequins {without a fancy die!}

Hi friends! I was asked by a few folks if I could figure out how to make paper sequins without buying an expensive die. Well, I took that challenge! Watch the video to see how I did!

Well, what do you think, do they look like real sequins? Well, then you just saved $15 on a sequin die and used up scraps too.  Grab your small circle punches and make up a batch of pretty sequins for your projects this weekend. I bet these technique would work well for making small flower sequins with your tiny flower punches too. Get creative and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Fat Tuesday: Let The Good Times Roll!

I live nowhere near the Big Easy but that doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate! I made this colorful Mardi Gras mask using inexpensive products from Papermart. I have done this project in classrooms, summer camps and even as a birthday party activity. It is easy and fun and you can’t make it look bad. I used feathers, rhinestones, gold ribbon, metallic markers, hot glue, a bamboo skewer and cardstock to make this quick project. The mask template can be found here.

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You can change-up the colors and make photo props or decorations to hang on the wall, it is such fun. Watch the video to see how it’s done!

Remember, if you are doing this project with the kids you might want to use Thick & Tacky glue or glue dots instead of hot glue, let’s all be safe out there! {Don’t burn your hands off!} 😀

Thanks for stopping by and til next time let the good time roll, oh and happy crafting!

Woo hoo witchy woman {see how high she files…)

Happy Monday! I have has a cross between the song Gypsy Woman and Witchy Woman stuck in my head since Saturday when I volunteered to play the fortune-teller at my kids’ school (and yes, I scrapped it already…patting myself on the back as we speak LOL!) All weekend I have been singing the song Witchy Woman but saying “gypsy” instead of “witchy” because in general I am clueless about song lyrics and let’s face, it the song Witchy Woman rocks way more than Gypsy Woman so that is my theme song this week. So there.

Raven hair, ruby lips, sparks fly from her fingertip…that lyric inspired the glitter/sequin treatment on this page. After I had the page all laid out with photos and everything I dipped a fan brush in my Homemade Glitteriffic Glam paint and made big random swirls on the page. It was a bit of a leap of faith because I printed the photos 10 minutes earlier and I wasn’t sure the printer ink was dry. I am a rebel I tell you. Then I left it the heck alone to dry which only took a few minutes on the paper. Yay future floor wax! Here is a peek at my journaling, I rarely type it but I had a bit of space on the photo paper I printed the pictures on so rather than waste it I typed out my story.

For the title I wanted it to be a bit mystical, as in appear and disappear, so I used a scrap of metallic gold sign vinyl (my SIL works at a banner & sign shop and she gives me the scraps that are too small for their machines) and cut out the words “Gypsy Woman” using the gypsy font and my Cricut. Here is the deal for cutting contact paper or sticky back vinyl with you electronic die cutter. Use a depth of 3-4 and pressure at low. It will cut the vinyl but not the backing paper. The you can peel off the waste and you are left with just the letters and that is easy to deal with. Here is the title as it catches the light:

As for embellishments I kept it simple, Just a few sequins. I wanted to share how I made the background paper. I got an awesome stamp called Articulated Skeleton  from Lost Coast Designs all of the bones are separate so for the background I just slapped all the stamps randomly on my Rock-a-block and stamped away on a sheet of  very subtle pattern paper. Then I placed a wall stencil down and sprayed it with ink. I cleaned my stamp and switched to a standard flat acrylic block and stamped out the skeleton, bone by bone, on a piece of black cardstock, tor the edge and stapled it to the page. The leaf die cuts were done on a Sizzix Eclips when I was testing one out for my kid’s school, I had inked them and hot glued them on. Pretty fun, artsy and easy!

 I have to be honest, I had the page background done a month ago, I was just waiting for some Halloween photos to put in. I really like “pre-scrapping” because I have no fear of wasting the perfect photo, it is so freeing, you should try it sometime!

You might be wondering how I did as a “psychic”, well, not too bad judging from the long line of customers I had all night. But I must say towards the end I was running out of material, I actually told one kid that he was going to move to Peru and be an Emu farmer…do they even have Emus in Peru? And I did it all in costume with a thick Eastern European accent that sounded like a cross between Angelica Houston in the movie “The Witches” and Balki from the 80’s TV show “Perfect Strangers.” The PTG got their money’s worth that night…wait, I worked for free…ha ha, beggars can’t be choosers I guess.

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woo hoo witchy woman she got the moon in her eye…Happy crafting!

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