Are you ready to color! {and stamp too!}

Hello friends! I hope you are having a nice Friday! I feel like I have been bouncing from project to project this week but I have to tell you I love it! I’ll be starting my Mixed Media art Journal series on my blog tomorrow, I’m calling it Mixed Media Fun and each video will explore a specific technique or supply. I hope you check back for that! Today though, I have a couple tutorials for you on how I made the stamped panel for this card:

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I love the Flower Fairy stamp collection from Crafter’s Companion, I bought EVERY unmounted stamp set they offered on sale at Custom Crops a couple years ago and I am so glad I did because you can’t find them all anymore! There are a few (probably the most popular ones) sets of cling mounted flower fairy stamps available directly at Crafter’s Companion but they don’t have the massive amount of stamps that the original unmounted sets had and they are more expensive because they are mounted. But it is an option if you are looking for something similar and missed the boat.

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In the first video I will show you how to color the fairy using watercolor pencils and a blender pen:

I love the way she turned out but I did not like the white background so here is how to stamp a background without masking. You will need a clear embossing inkpad (or glycerin and a make-up sponge) chalk pastels and a pom-pom or Q-tip to apply the chalk, have a look.

You can get the set of chalk I used here at Custom Crops along with other color sets and the last time I checked they were on sale!

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I stamped the sentiment right on the background with purple metallic ink and then used embossing tinsel (OK show of hands, who has been stamping long enough to remember embossing tinsel, turns out it ages very well since I bought mine 8 years ago at a yard sale LOL!) to give it a bit of bling.

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I decided on an easel card because I wanted a little bit more space to decorate and the floor of the card gives me that opportunity.

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I decorated it with orphaned die-cuts that were sitting in the use-it-or-toss-it-basket, don’t we all have one of those? I hope you try these techniques and if you do share it on the facebook page, I’d love to see it! Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

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Babies, Babies Everywhere! (New stamps too!)

I just found out this week that my little sister is having a boy! I’m so excited for her and it give me a chance to do some “blue” baby stuff instead of always using my comfort zone color pink. Other exciting news my friend Michelle has a brand new grand-baby, congrats girls! Speaking of new, here are some cards made with my brand new Babies and Bows collection available at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Color Medium: Watercolor Crayons

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Color Medium: Watercolor Crayons

The collection contains 11 images all in one sheet for ease and the 4 larger focal images also come in a separate file so you can have greater flexibility. You can get the collection of 11 stamps for $6 or the 4 singles are $1 each in the shop.

Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Cardstock: The Paper Co., Pattern Paper: Autumn Leaves

Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Cardstock: The Paper Co., Pattern Paper: Autumn Leaves

These clips are simply colored and trimmed stamp images attached to large paperclips with hot glue. Stamps are from the Babies & Bows Collection.

These clips are simply colored and trimmed stamp images attached to large paperclips with hot glue. Stamps are from the Babies & Bows Collection.

These baby announcement were easy to make. First I colored the images with watercolor crayons and blended the colors with a SU! blending pen. I used a pom pom and yellow chalk to rouge the edges and attached the panels to my card. I added bits of ribbon, a flower and a die cut and of course my hot glue “pearls” to finish them. When I was pregnant with my twins I made all of the announcements before hand then after the girls were born I printed the details on vellum and added them to the inside of the card with brads. Easy, simple and pretty. If you know a mom on bed-rest it would be nice to print out some sheets of these and give her them with a box of colored pencils and she could have a nice relaxing and useful craft. The card base is simply a half sheet of cardstock folded.

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time happy crafting!

Make your own double-sided paper!

I LOVE double sided paper (esp. Bo Bunny, Cosmo Cricket and K&Co.) I like to use it on cards where you can see the opposite pattern peeking out from the inside. But sometimes the opposite side of the paper isn’t quite right, of course I could head down to the local scrapbook store to see if they have paper that is just right or I can make it myself. Guess what I am going to do 🙂 . If you are like me you have stacks of pattern paper lying around, many with 3 sheets of each design and you could scrapbook 3 lifetimes worth of photos before you made a dent in your stash…I’m not the only one am I? Anyway to make double-sided paper simply find two sheets of pattern paper and adhere them back to back with a glue stick. That is what I did here:

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye (blue), DCWV (pink), clear stamps: Inkadinkado, Cardstock Georgia Pacific (whitw), SU! (green), Twill Tape: Home Sew, Brads: Miss Elizabeth's

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye (blue), DCWV (pink), clear stamps: Inkadinkado, Cardstock Georgia Pacific (white), SU! (green), Twill Tape: Home Sew, Brads: Miss Elizabeth's

The two sheets of pattern paper are sturdy enough for a card and this way I can use two patterns that I like from different paper companies. The stamp is one I designed called Flourished Chickadee (only a buck folks and you can print and use it as much as you want!) and boy it is so quick to use. I scribbled some watercolor crayon on the image, blended it with a SU! blender pen, trimmed it and added it to my card. I used natural twill tape as a ribbon, it is super cheap if you get it in bulk at homesew.com, they even have white cotton ric-rac there that you can dye to match your projects with reinkers and every once in a while they have free shipping. check them out.

That’s all for today, till next time happy crafting!

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