Inspired by Christmas Decorations!

Hi friends! I spent the morning teaching a workshop making DIY kissing balls, it was so fun! I wish I took a photo because you would not believe how lovely all of the Christmas kissing balls looked hanging in the greenhouse as my beginner students put the finishing touches on them. Now I am enjoying a hot cup of tea before climbing into the attic to fetch our Christmas decorations. We decorated the porch last weekend when the weather was nice and it has been so cheerful to come home to. I enjoyed the decorations on my porch so much that I thought it would be fun to create cards inspired by them!

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We still have a few finishing touches to add like icicle lights at the roof and greenery in the ice skates but all in all I really like it! We have a small ranch style home so I think it is enough to look nice, classic and cozy.

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Inspiration is all around you! If you feel a spark of creativity in your surroundings make a mental note and use it to fuel your next craft idea! Watch the video to see how I made my decor inspired cards!

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Tips!

  • Have a look at other stamps you own and ask if that can be combined with peg stamps for new looks.
  • Draw a line or circle if needed to help you placing your images. You can erase it later with a soft white eraser after your stamping ink is dry.
  • Peg stamps are great for adding little touches to tags and envelopes so leave a few holiday themed stamps and ink pads out when you are addressing Christmas cards or wrapping gifts so you can make tags and envelopes extra special!

I hope you have something fun and crafty planned this weekend. I’d love to know what your favorite holiday decoration is, let me know in the comments below! My favorite decoration from my childhood was a scene of ice skaters on a pond from the 1970s. There were white plastic snowbanks surrounding a mylar mirror-like pond and the ice skaters were brightly colored clear plastic. I used to skate those around the plastic pond all season long. I wonder if my parents still have that old decoration in their basement LOL! I am sure it is worse for wear with all of the skating I made those figurines do! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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The More the Merrier! Stamp a gang!

Hi friends! Do you have stamp sets that have several related characters? Today I’ll show you how to combine them using the masking technique so you can turn a solo stamp into a party!

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I have seen many cute stamps recently that will have a gaggle of characters grouped together like this but with those stamps you only get one option but if you have a set of single characters you can group them however you want giving you more bang for your stamping buck! Watch the video to see how and remember to save any masks you cut for future cards.

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Variations on a theme…

  • Draw or die-cut a Polaroid frame and use this technique to make a “selfie” themed card.
  • Use this technique when you are making a card from a  group of people, such as “Happy retirement from the gang!” or anytime you are going to have a group of people sign a card. People will have fun matching the stamped critter to the person in the office LOL!
  • You can get a more elegant look by using butterfly stamps and coloring the with jewel tones.

Whether you like cute or quirky, elegant or sassy you can get more bang from your stamping buck with this masking technique. Give it a try on your next card and til next time happy crafting!

Starburst Rainbow Stamping! (With a fun little gadget!)

Howdy friends!  This idea will add a bit of fun, playfulness and color to your next cardmaking project and you can use it for any occasion!

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I am still stockpiling Christmas cards so I used a Merry Christmas sentiment but it would but just as cute with a “happy birthday”, “thank you” or “thinking of you card” theme! Watch the video to see how it’s done!

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you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

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Cute little matchbook notepads

Hi friends! Today’s project will help you use up some scraps and make handy little notebooks.

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Watch the video to see how!

This video is sponsored by Rubber Stamp Tapestry  Use coupon code: LINDSAY and receive 15% off your retail order of $10 or more of peg stamps, peg stamp sets, and unmounted stamps! Coupon expires a week from this video publication. Continue to receive great deals by becoming a PegStamp VIP here. As a PegStamp VIP
you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

  • I used the Thorny Rose peg stamp setHere are some other rose peg stamps & sets you might like.
  • Dye ink (Memento)
  • Ink blending brush
  • Pattern paper (Joann Fabrics Park Lane patterned cardstock)
  • Paper fasteners (aka brads) I got them from Staples and painted them with nail polish:)
  • Scalloped circle (2″) and regular circle punch (1.5″) or dies or hand cut
  • Scallop edge scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scoring board (Scor pal)
  • Double stick tape and foam tape
  • Thin white paper or thin scrapbook paper with a white back you want to use up.
  • Heavy duty punch (crop a dial) or an awl you can poke through all of the paper layers.

Directions/measurements

  1. You can get 4 booklet covers from a 8.5″x11″ cardstock. Score the cardstock first. Score at 3.5″, 4″ and 7.5″ (you are scoring parallel to the long side of the paper so that last score is 1″ from the edge.)
  2. Cut the scored piece of cardstock in quarters so you have 4 pieces of 2.75″ x 8.5″ pieces of paper. When you fold on the score marks you will have the matchbook cover.
  3. Your inside pages will be 2.5″x3″ and I use 3 pieces of 12″x12″ thin scrapbook paper to get the pages for 2 books. You can make them as thick as you like, you just might need to punch your booklet papers in batches.
  4. Follow the video for full directions!

I hope you enjoyed this stash busting project and til next time happy crafting!

“Sweet” Happy Birthday Cards! [How to use layering stamps]

Hi friends! My twin daughters had a birthday last week and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to use the new layering stamps I bought from Impression Obsession a couple of months ago.

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Layered stamps are fun and you get a pop art-offset printing look with your stamping. I think it is super fun and I like all the options you can get by switching up your colors. Watch the video to see how to use layering stamps.

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Lindsay’s Tips for Layering stamps! (just so you know other stampers might disagree with this and that’s OK)

  1. If you don’t have enough colors of ink to create your picture ink up your stamp, stamp it off on a scrap and then stamp on your project for a lighter shade. This will waste some ink but if you only occasionally need that pale color it will work out way cheaper than buying and maintaining another inkpad. You can also stamp another layer of the same color for a slightly darker shade.
  2. Try ink cubes for less needed colors. You can still reink these pads just like you can larger pads if you need to and brands Memento and Gina K sell reinkers to replenish their old pads. If I had it to do over again I’d only get large pads in my outline stamping colors (black,brown, grey) and stick to mini cubes for colors. (Except for distress ink where I use the ink pads to color cardstock as I would ruin mini pads with that kind of use.)
  3. To assist with lining up your images look directly over the stamp block. Also you can ink up your stamps with black archival ink and let it dry so the stamps will be stained black easy to see.
  4. Start by stamping the largest (most solid layer) first with your lightest ink and gradually work darker as you go smaller.

I hope this project give you the confidence to try layering stamps. Some stampers get so frustrated with them if they are not absolutely perfect but I think they look beautiful even is they are stamped slightly off. If you have some layering stamps give them a try! They are so fun to play with! affiliate links were used in this blog post, I earn a small commission if you shop through my links without costing you anything extra, thanks! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fall Flowers!

Hi friends! Here is a fun card perfect for this time of year! We will also get some fun metallic effects on dark cardstock.

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Watch the video to see how easy it is to make!

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you’ll get a weekly deal via email plus links to fabulous tutorials by me, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter and other designers.

Supplies:

I like the Versafine Clair ink for watercoloring but your Ranger Archival inks will work as well so if you already have waterproof ink you like stick with it but if you are looking for some it is a good option. Always feel free to you what you have to follow along with a tutorial! When you add a new supply to your stash you want to make sure it makes your other supplies more useful, not redundant. I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial and til next time happy crafting!

Before You Buy Another Marker Try This With What You Have! 3 Beginner Blending Techniques!

Hi friends! Today we are talking about basic alcohol marker coloring. You can use whatever permanent markers you have for today’s lesson.

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As far as coloring mediums go alcohol markers come with the steepest learning curve. There are hundreds (well, it seems that way LOL!) of different marker brands from Sharpie to Copic offering alcohol based pens and they all have various features like brush, bullet or chisel nibs, different shaped barrels and matte vs shiny plastic but you know what? The ink is basically the same in whatever pen you choose! If you are feeling like you are not coloring up to your full potential because you don’t have the most expensive markers fear not. In this video I will share 3 simple techniques that will improve your coloring and make it easy no matter what brand you own.

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Supplies (affiliate links used)

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Blending techniques:
1. Flat all over streak free coverage. The key to getting a solid flat coverage is to saturate the paper with ink. You can do parallel lines of ink with the chisel tip or circled with a brush tip to achieve this. If it is mottled looking do another coat. This also works well for small areas where you have no room to blend.

2: Layering or layered blending. Use 3 or more shades of the same color. Color the entire area with your lightest shade of maker, then color the dar and mid tone areas with the middle shade and color the darks with your darkest shade. Use the lightest marker to soften the edge where the mid tone meets the light and use the mid ton marker to soften the area the dark meets the mid tone.

3. Dark to light blending. Again with 3 shades of the same color, color your darks, then color over the darks with the midtone and bring the color out, then use the lightest marker to color over the whole area.

More coloring tips!

  • If you messed up a blend or your colors are too dark apply a later of colored pencil or chalk in a paler shade of the same color, it will even out your coloring and add depth and highlights.
  • Gel pens come in a huge variety of colors and transparencies, use opaque pastels and metallic to add a bold highlight or detail over a solid dark color or use dark transparent and glitter colors to shade and add a subtle sparkle!
  • If your color is streaky add another coat of marker.
  • A clear blending marker actually works better as a color lifter or eraser so if you color outside of the lines wait for the ink to dry and use the chisel tip if the clear marker to push the offending ink back in place. Id that don’t work you can tidy up the background with a gel or paint pen.

I hope this was helpful and it encourages you to give your alcohol markers another try. Alcohol markers are a lot of fun when you know the simply steps to use them to get the effects you want. Keep practising and til next time happy crafting!

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