It’s Trendy and You Can Do It Using Supplies You Already Have!

Hi friends!  Since Christmas I have been going through all of my art and craft supplies and seeing what I have, use and need to let go of. As you know I have a home based business and over the year things can accumulate. Plus I get asked to review a lot of products that turn out the be the same as other stuff I already have. I tend to have a bit of a hoarding tendency (I think all crafters do because we see potential in everything but this optimism can be out downfall sometimes LOL!) So I called a teacher that runs a drama program and she is taking some unneeded leftover paint, fabric and yarn off my hands and I feel good that my excess will get used. While going through my huge totes of yarn I found all of my embroidery floss and craft thread. It was in a large ziplock bag with copies of crochet patterns for little flower and butterfly patterns I used to like to make for embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages. I would haul this bag of supplies with me everywhere and crochet up a storm. I realized when I did my huge Konmari clean out of 2017 I never touched the yarn totes. I guess I decided that the totes “sparked joy” as is and there was no need to open them (HaHa! What a naughty cheater I was!) but I did go through them last weekend and found lots of treasures! Both for me to keep and use and some to give away. I almost didn’t open the floss bag, I figured they were “organized enough” right were they were but then I thought I’d probably use them more if they were organized by color and I had a couple empty clear tackle boxes in storage so I decided to get to work!

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As soon as I started running my fingers over the smooth colorful threads I knew I wanted to use them! Any new skeins I sorted by color in flat open clear boxes and any open skeins I untangled and wrapped around cardboard bobbins and put in a divided tackle box by color. I will look first to the bobbin thread and if I don’t have the color I need I’ll go to a new skein and wrap the excess on a bobbin. When I crochet flowers I try to use up a whole skein in one go making about 3 mini flowers. One of my first ever YouTube videos was of me making the crochet flowers LOL! Remember that old camera that made me sound like I had a lisp? I redid a flower tutorial in my Crochet Basics video that might be better if you are brand new to crochet. I started thinking about how stitching was really popular right now in the cardmaking world and about all of the specialty products (stamps and dies) sold to incorporate stitching in your cards. These cards are pretty but I know I wouldn’t probably do it a lot so it would be foolish to invest in something so specific so I used what I had and made these cards:

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The stamp set I am using is Apple of my Eye by Stampin up. It seemed to be retired soon after it was released but I really liked it. I sometimes wonder if stamps get discontinued because they are unpopular or because they are trying to urge people to buy now. Stampin up keeps some stamp sets around for years so maybe it was unpopular, who knows? If you don’t have this set you can use any stamp you like that has a bold image. It doesn’t have to be fruit but I think fruit is fun for this technique because it reminds me of vintage embroidered tea towels. The technique I’ll show you today is satin stitch and backstitch. It is just like embroidery but when working on paper there are a  few things to keep in mind so it doesn’t tear through. Watch the video to learn more!

Supplies: (Keep in mind many supplies may be discontinued. As always feel free to substitute. You will get truly original cards that way! I have tried my best to find all the supplies I used and affiliate links may be provided.)

  • Stamps (Apple of my Eye by Stampin Up) *This set is retired but used sets can be found on ebay or Etsy
  • Jillybean Soup Lemonade stamp set
  • Small wood fruit stamps (Michael’s Dollar Bin)
  • Embroidery floss or craft thread *I recommend craft thread if you like to crochet with it as the threads are wounds together like yearn as opposed the floss where you can split the skein into smaller threads but either will work equally as well for this project.
  • White cardstock
  • Dye ink cubes (Gina K)
  • Dye markers (Ohuhu)
  • Dye for focal point (spellbinders label 22)
  • Ribbon polkadot (citrus slice ribbon is by American Crafts but I can’t find it anywhere)
  • Enamel Dots *Here is a diy video!
  • Foam squares

It feels so good to use what you have. You can erase any guilt associated with a purchase by using it. Then you can feel good again by mailing your creation off to a friend or family member! Remember, you bought these supplies to USE them! Besides, I’m pretty sure consumable supplies like embroidery floss multiply when you are not looking so don’t worry about running out LOL! I don’t know what goes on in my craft room when I leave for the night! I hope you found this post inspiring and if you have suggestions for older supplies you would like to see used and made new again let me know in the comments below. Happy crafting!

Fun Kids Birthday Cards You Can Make in Batches!

Hi friends! If you have children you have probably had to rush out to the store to pick up a card for one of their friends last-minute birthday parties. The cards I am going to share today are so fun and easy to make in batches that you may never need to go to the card store at the last-minute again!

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In all honesty I think these would be pretty nifty for adults too, I mean, look at those pandas!

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The great thing about making cards in batches is that you can explore several ideas with one set f supplies. It is a great way to make the most out of limited supplies or get to really know a new product.

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I stamped all of the images from this set out and then colored them with the new Stampin Blends markers. I was a bit worried that I wouldn’t be able to cut them out with my Scan n Cut2 because I stamped them fairly close together but it worked like a charm! I used a .08″ border to get a white outline.

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In today’s video I will show you how I made these cards. Enjoy!

I’m using supplies from Stampin Up including some free Sale-A-Bration products. With Sale-a-bration you earn a free product with ever $50 you spend making it a nice time to stock up! You can order from your local demonstrator or my friend Wendy Cranford. *If ordering less than $150 be sure to use the host code on her website, orders over $50 get extra goodies!

*Orders placed before March 31 qualify for Sale-a-bration freebies!

Supplies!

Other supplies:
Black pigment ink (Versafine)
Black embossing powder
Smooth watercolor paper
Pre Folded card bases
Sequins
Sewing machine and thread
*Also I used my Scan n Cut 2 Machine to cut out the stamped images:

One more tip to make these cards more useful: Put a pocket inside to hold a gift card! I have a hard time choosing gifts for kids I don’t really know and kids I do know are tricky as they get older. This way they will surely get something they like. 😀 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Make a Spinner Card! {Easy/Stamp School}

Hi friends! Do you ever feel like you are making the same card over and over again? We all get stuck in a rut sometimes so today I want to share an idea that you can take for a spin!

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It’s a spinner card and it is easier than it looks and you probably have supplies at home you can use to make it. I’ll list the specific supplies I used below and in the video I will share tip on what kinds of images work best for this card.

The punches and stamps are from Stampin up, if you don’t have a Stampin Up Demonstrator you can order from my friend Wendy Cranford she also has a blog with really lovely tutorials for free.  *If ordering less than $150 be sure to use the host code on her blog, orders over $50 get extra goodies!

Supplies:

I just wanted to mention is you don’t have dies you can use any cutting system that lets you cut a window out of the inside of paper or trace a stencil and cut it out with an xacto knife. Get creative with the stamps and punches you have and try it today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Coffee Cards Made with Shaving Cream Marbled Paper!

Hi friends! The other day I showed you how to marble paper with a kit from the Dollar Tree and water. Today I’ll show you how to marbleize paper with shaving cream!

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The benefits to shaving cream marbling is you get a bold color that does not lighten when dry and it dries very quickly! Watch the video to see how!

The products I am using are by Stampin’ Up! If you don’t have a Stampin Up Demonstrator you can order from my friend Wendy Cranford. She also had lots of fun free tutorials on her blog and YouTube channel!  Use the host code to get extra goodies: YRN7G7UW *unless you are placing an order over $150, in that case you will do better ordering on your own as you will get hostess benefits:)

Supplies:

Shaving cream marbling directions: Apply a layer of shaving foam to a shallow tray or plate. Drop in reinker and swirl with a stick. Place cardstock on top and press down. Scrape off excess foam with an old gift card or scrap of cardboard. Let dry or heat set before using.

*Note, shaving foam leaves a waxy residue on the paper so use strong adhesive if gluing things on top of the marbled paper.

 

I think that this technique is best when you want a bold design and you want it now and that is why I personally prefer it to the water marble technique.  I will admit that the water marbelization can look more elegant though:) What do you like best? Will you, or have you tried this technique? Let me know in the comments and if you enjoyed this tutorial please consider sharing it with your friends in social media using one of the hand sharing buttons below! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Hi friends! I am going to keep it short and sweet tonight with this sweet treat valentines day card!

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Honestly I am tuckered out! Today was big storm clean up day, they cancelled school again and try as I might I am not as productive with the kids at home and it looks like we will get another foot of snow tomorrow afternoon! I don’t know where we will put it, we have not had snow like this in a few years and it was spread out, not all at once. We are getting winter all in one week! That is why I love Valentines day, it is a bright spot in the depths of winter halfway through the shortest (yet feels like the longest) month of the year. Yay Valentines day! I realize it is probably a bit late to share this project but you can file it away for next year and be ahead of the game!

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Colored cardstock or premade card bases (mine were from Micheals)
  • Black Waterproof stamping ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Stamps: Yummy in my TummyAny Occasion (SAB freebie)
  • Sweet Treat cups #116802 (*I think these are discontinued but you could put a clear baggie behind the opening for goodies or make this design on a small treat bag. I think the small circle shape shaker from Jillibean soup is close to the same size)
  • Watercolors (I am using Jane Davenport Brights and the yellow from Neutrals but use what you have)
  • Watercolor brushes, stamping block and adhesive

 

I also wanted to wish my best friend Kathy (Remember Ask a Crafter) 🙂 a very happy birthday, 29 is a great year my friend! (I should know, I have celebrated it many times LOL!) Have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

FYI: Links to products are to my friend Wendy’ Stampin Up store (or you can order from your demonstrator) or to Simon Say Stamp (affiliate links) for non Stampin Up product:)

My Foxy Valentine! {Stamp School}

Hi friends! Today in Stamp School I will share several techniques for getting the most out of your stamp pads and reinkers and also show you how to make a bobble head element for your card.

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Watch the video for lots of tips and techniques!

This video is sponsored by Wendy Cranford at Luvin Stampin!

***It is Sale-a-Bration time so you can earn a free product with every $50 you spend, use the host code: GQTMCYYQ through Feb. 23rd to receive fun goodies like free card kits with the $50 minimum order, AND… she is also giving 12 FREE printable tutorials each month when you purchase $50 or more from her during the month… YOU MUST use the host code if your order is under $150 to get these benefits:)

Supplies:

I hope you give some of these techniques a try and if you liked this project please consider sharing it by using one of the handy sharing buttons below. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp School: REinkers & Bobbles: Cute Foxy Valentine

Hi friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a sweet card with a reinker watercolor background, you can stamp and paint with the same inks so you know everything will match! Plus it is simple. We will also use wire to make an interactive element!

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All the instructions are in this real time tutorial. I hope you enjoy it and find the techniques useful in your next card!

This video is sponsored by Wendy Cranford at Luvin Stampin ***It is Stampin Up Sale-a-Bration time so you can earn a free product with every $50 you spend, use the host code: GQTMCYYQ through Feb. 23rd to receive fun goodies like free card kits with the $50 minimum order, AND… she is also giving 12 FREE printable tutorials each month when you purchase $50 or more from her during the month… YOU MUST use the host code if your order is under $150 to get these benefits:)

Supplies:

I really think reinkers are a good investment, not only can you use them to refill a stamp pad 4-6 times (a bottle of reinker costs less than a new stamp pad!) but you can watercolor with them, make spray mists, refill watercolor brush pens as well as dye ribbons and other porous items. Look for supplies that do double duty in your craft room and you will save money, time and space and have a lot more fun creating! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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