Stop Hoarding Those Supplies and Start Using them! (Crafting Old School)

Hi friends! Today we are going to make some pretty cards using bits and bobs you likely have in the craft room. You can use printed ephemera, pattern papers, tags, envelopes, bits of trim and lace, stamps, wax seals, buttons, twine and anything you like. You can use any combinations of things you like. We have been collecting these precious things for years so we will have different things to hand but that is what makes our cards unique.

Gather up some supplies, and maybe a cup of tea and craft with me!

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I hope this inspired you to use some of your crafty treasures, til next time happy crafting!

Shabby Chic “Farmhouse Flowers” Mixed Media FUN Art!

Hi friends! If you joined us live on YouTube today you would have seen this painting unfold, if not you can watch the replay below!


I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun playing with acrylics! Yes, I said acrylics! I used other stuff too but the acrylics were the star!



I hope you enjoy this long real-time tutorial, if it’s too long you can click on the gear icon on the bottom of the video player (after you start it) and choose to speed it up. I know an hour and a half is a long time!

Below are the supplies I ended up using. *Amazon and Consumer Crafts affiliate links used. Consumer crafts has really great prices and they have 20% off this weekend in the paper crafting category so you can snag the stencils and gelatos even cheaper, use the code: SCRAP518 if you end up placing an order. Also I linked to the Studio 71 acrylics because I have used them and they are a great deal and much cheaper than Liquitex but if you prefer the Liquitex brand you can find them here.

I ended up painting the edges of my panel white and then I mixed the violet paint I used in the painting mixed with white to make a lavender and I stamped a flourish design on the edges. I also stamped the corners with that stamp in white. This stamp is an old one from Tattered Angels but you can probably find a similar flourish stamp or stencil it. Foam stamps also work great for this, use what you have!


I hope you enjoyed this mixed media project, I sure did and it was fun to work on a rigid wood panel vs paper. I am going to hang this up in my kitchen! Hubby is repainting the cabinets white and I think this will look charming! So, are you going to give this project a try? I hope so and be sure to let me know how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


Hello Friend

Howdy folks! I just got the new Couple of Cuties stamp set from Crafty Secrets and had a play around with them and made these 3 cards using the Simply Shabby Spring paper pack (only $2) from Lettering delights:

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Pattern Paper: Lettering Delights (digital), Markers: Copic, Prismacolor, Ink: Memento

Aren’t they cute? I love digital paper because 1. I am not afraid to “use it up” because I can print more and 2. I can change the scale of the print to be dainty for my cards or larger for my scrapbook pages. I printed all of the paper I used on the cards on one sheet of cardstock, no scraps, no waste! Just cut and paste!

Cardstock: Neenah (white for stamping) Stapeles (cream for cardbase) I colored this image with my Prismacolor markers.

I have had the fabric sentiment sticker in my stash for YEARS! Glad to finaly use it! I colored this one with Copics.

BTW these cards qualify for the following challenges: Aimee’s Challenges (for a friend), CAS-tastic (pick 3: Stamped, inked edges, paper piercing), Crafty Creations (happy/sweet), Frosted Designs (border punch), Gingersnap Creations (use Markers), Our Daily Bread, Raise the bar, Stamping w/Dragon (distress it), Sweet Stampin Challenge (vintage),

Tip: Stamp your sentiments on the same white cardstock (for me it's Neenah) when you stamp your foacl images then color the cardstock to match, here I colored the "Hello Friend" the same blue as the backgrpund og my image;)

Did you see the new boy scout collection from lettering delights? Wow, I just snagged them all, my son will go to cub camp for the first time and I am so ready to scrap it! Oh, and it is on sale too! the whole bundle (a $76 value) is on sale for $19! Or you can buy the sets by themselves at $2-$4 a pop. Oh and there is a coupon, spend $20, get $10 off your purchase with the code: SpendTen.

That’s all for tonight, til next time happy crafting!

Oh happy day!

Happy Saturday! Wow what a busy week, but fun too. I had a lot of time to scrapbook and craft this week (my studio is a mess!) and I made this cute new baby card.

Digital Stamps (hat/banner) Lindsay's stamp stuff, Rubber stamps: Crafty secrets, CTMH, Vintage pic: MOL CD-ROM, Paper: DCWV

The vintage photo is from a memories of a lifetime CD-ROM (Sandra Evertson-Baby) and the hat was one of the freebies I gave away during the virtual crop. the banner is from the Pretty Princess set and colored it with copics then stamped “Oh happy day” over it (crafty secrets) with brown ink. the post mark stamp is from the only CTMH set I own (and love!) Other than that I used bits and scraps lying about, that is what I love about shabby chic, anything goes…now, if only someone I know would have a baby girl!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!