Another Stamp Giveaway! Yay!!!

Howdy folks! We went to my 4 year old nephews birthday party Sunday and had a great time! He had a bounce house and it looked fun, the kids were having a ball in there when my sister says to me “go ahead and try it, the guy from the rental place said that it is safe for adults!” Well, I had to try it! Somewhere between the toe-touches and the somersaults (I was having a grand old time!) I pulled something in my back because an hour later when I reached down to pick something off the floor I felt it. I’m gonna feel this tomorrow I think, better keep the Advil handy:) Before this nonsense I made a card and earring set using a Victorian style stamp from About Art Accents and I am giving this stamp away, just leave a comment and I will draw a name in a week! Well, that’s easier than a cartwheel in a bounce house, aint it?

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I had to make a thick envelope-box to hold the card and tag so I used my envelobox creator by crafter’s companion, boy it is slick! The earrings I made (I stamped the image at the end of a paper strip, colored it and rolled it up before adding two coats of UTEE for shine) are about 3/4″ thick and 2″ high, they are lightweight but bulky!

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I originally thought I would put the full stamped image on the card with an earring on each side for embellishments but it did not work well so I opted for simple and made the big image into a bookmark.

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To get the vintage enamel look I coated the design with utee and let it cool then I bent the paper to crack the embossing. I rubbed it with a brown inkpad and wiped off the excess so the cracks would show. Oh, and The coloring was done with Gelatos. If you want a better look at the stamp you could win by simply leaving a comment (hint, hint) you can see it here. Good luck and til next time happy crafting!

I lost my mind in the paper aisle {and a monster card}

Howdy folks! I had a great time shopping at Hobby Lobby with friends on Friday. There is something about that “new store smell” a 50% off sale and being in a giddy mood that makes me lose all sense of reason when shopping. More paper, really, yes apparently I needed more paper (like a hole in the head!) LOL! We did not even get through the whole store, it was huge! It had a little too much furniture and decor stuff than I thought a craft store should have but oh well, if it keeps them in business I’m all for it. We now have a Joann Fabrics, AC Moore and now Hobby Lobby all within a 1/2 mile of each other. I wonder if the economy can support it? Anyway, I needed to make a card (and decide if I am going to keep the $10 stack of 180 sheets of chevron paper) so I turned on the video camera and you can see how I make a card with no planning whatsoever. And yes, those are my jammies.

Well, that was something else huh? Here are some photos of the card.

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I made a gift tag too with the scraps.

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The party for my nephew (the kid this card is for) is later today! I hope he likes his Boom-Whackers! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s make a card with pressed flowers!

Hello friends! Last week I showed you how to press flowers in the microwave. Today I’ll show you how to use them in a card:

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I used this dress form stamp from Lost Coast Designs. This is a great image because you can use it on a steam-punk card or a very ladylike card as I did here! The trick to using pressed flowers on your cards is making sure you have adhered them well so they don’t peel back and get damaged. Watch the video to see how:

OK, the video was a bit silly but you get the idea! And, wonder of wonders I found the A2 kreate-a-lope I lost yesterday, it got closed in a stamp binder. When I cleaned a stamp and put it back I found it! Go me! I win the day! I used it to make the envelope for my card then I used another 3″x3″ envie inside the card to hold a secret note! Best of all someone can put the note in the mini envie and the card can be reused, I love up-cycling!

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You may notice that I dressed the card up a  bit from what the video showed, I used the rulers background (also from Lost Coast Designs) to add in some background (Yes, I know, I should have done that before gluing in the flowers but, hey, nobodies perfect) and a sewed on a  scrap of ribbon and glued on some die cut buttons.

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That’s it for me today! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pressed Flower Fairy Cards!

Happy Monday folks! It is a quiet day here as my kids are enjoying one of their last days of summer vacation. there is a lot of lounging going on! I took advantage of this downtime by printing my summer photos and playing a bit in my craft room. I made this card with the flowers I pressed in the microwave last week:

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I’m afraid if I put the flowers away I will forget about them so I plan on using them up! They were so quick to press that I can make another batch when I get more flowers.  I made the envelope with my Kreate-a-lope and i used the leftover paper and a panel of white to make an insert because the purple cardstock i used is kinda dark to write on. Also I clipped it inside because that way the card can be reused!

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I made an envelope seal to match my project, it was really easy! Take a 3″ long piece of clear packing tape and gently pick up a pressed flower with it, then press a punched circle of paper behind that, trim around the circle leaving a 1/8″ border of tape (so it will be sticky on the edges) and stick it on your envelope to seal it shut! You can make a bunch of these in advance and store them on waxed paper if you like! Another idea is to lay your flowers on your scanner and scan them and print them on sticker paper or labels and you will have custom envelope seals without having to use up your flowers!

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Here are the steps I used to make the card. I might do a video on this, if anyone is interested let me know. First I inked up my fairy stamp, except for the skirt, and stamped. The fairy stamp is the Christmas Fairy from Crafters Companion. Then I recommend you color the fairy (I actually stuck the flowers on first but it will be easier if you color first!), i used Promarkers and Copics. Then ink the background if you like. Add drops of clear glue all over the back of your flower, little drops, and press it on your card. Add clear glue where you want glitter and then sprinkle on transparent glitter. I stamped stars around the wand because I stuck my inky finger on there and have to hide the boo-boo but I like it!

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You can use glitter glue if you prefer, I am stickle-impaired so I used dry glitter.

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Well, that’s it! I think I will try and motivate my crew now and hit the grocery store. Fun Fun! At least I was good and cleaned before I played in my craft room (the rest of the house that is, the craft area is a hot mess!) so I’ll be able to come home to a clean house! :) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Old Office Labels and OSA Challenge #235

Good morning friends. The other day while digging through a  drawer I cam across a box of old office labels. I remembered a technique one when I painted across a bunch of them and used them on a card. It just so happened that they would be perfect for this weeks challenge at Oriental Stamp Art:

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It is a really fun technique and easier than it looks too. You can use any stamp you like but I used this Panda motif from About Art Accents (it’s on sale for $4 too!) to make mine. Watch the video for full instructions on making the card:

Easy huh? I think I have a package of small rectangle yard sale labels around here somewhere, If I can find them I will try this technique on a “window pane” looking card. Of course I’ll probably get distracted by something else (probably something shiny) while I am on the hunt.

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Let me know what you think and if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Stamp Winner, an Anniversary and a Rude Comment

Good Monday morning everyone! First off let me announce the winner of the About Art Accents rubber stamp giveaway….(drum roll please)… #78 Anne from France

Congrats Anne! Well that was the highlight of my morning. I received quite a scolding (3 comments worth of scolding) from a youtube viewer on my video Lindsay’s First Lampwork Beads I love it when someone says “I am not intending to be rude….” and then is quite rude LOL, I know I probably misled some people into thinking I was an expert with the title “Lindsay’s first lampwork beads” and by saying I am a beginner I obviously means that I am the end-all authority on the subject LOL! It takes all kinds :D So let me make a blanket disclaimer for any video I have ever made or might make in the future “I may or may not know what I am doing, proceed at your own risk, don’t burn your hands off, yadda yadda yadda.” LOL! Sorry to vent folks, OK here’s something fun:

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Our wedding anniversary was yesterday, 12 years, wow! I got the idea for the sentiment from a  card I saw on Pinterest and since hubby teases me about my “British TV obsession” I thought it would be cute for an anniversary card. My 10 year old son showed me a cool website to make the text (word cloud) background paper, it is a free app/website called Tagxedo and it is similar to Wordle but there are more options and you can save your designs as high resolution JPG or PNG files to use later where as I think you can just print the wordle tag clouds from the website…now, don’t take my word for it…I am not a tag cloud generating expert or anything…proceed at your own risk…I will not me held responsible for any injury resulting from improper tag cloud generation hahahahahaha :D

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I used a British phone booth stamp that I got free from Stampin’ up during Sale-a-bration, stamped in blue to look similar to the TARDIS. On the envelope I used a London postage rubber stamp that I bought years ago (one of my first stamps actually!) by Hero Arts, and the Dalek stamp I made with my Stampmaker.  So, you might be wondering if I have any tips for a happy marraige (not that I’m an expert or anything…) but I would say be nice to each other. Really, if you keep that in mind all the time you will be very happy I think. We have been together 15 years, married 12 and very happy. Think of how happy we would all be if we were nice to each other, what a concept…not that I’m an expert…thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Star Card How-To {it’s easier than you think!}

Howdy folks! This week at Oriental Stamp art the challenge is to make a star card:

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These are so fun and easy and I made a quick video to show you how to make them:

Here are the measurements to remember: use a 12″x10 3/8″ piece of cardstock. You will have three 12″ long sides. Mark the 6″ point on each side and score mark to mark. The second set of score-lines are 1 3/4″ from the first. Trust me, it makes sense when you watch the video!

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The butterfly stamp is by 7 Gypsies and the pansy collage stamp is by About Art Accents and it is on sale for $5!

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I hope you give this card a try, it is easy and fun! I think if you made them smaller they would make a lovely Christmas card, add a ribbon and a photo in the middle and it becomes a keepsake ornament! Thanks all for today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Masked One Layer Cards!

Here is a fun, easy project to make this weekend. You don’t need many supplies and I bet you have everything you need on hand. The ginkgo stamps are by About Art Accents and the Sentiment is by Stampin Up! PS you can use this coupon code to save 10% off regular prices at About Art Accents: Lindsay10% PSS Most of the Ginkgo stamps are 50% off!!! Do you feel a spree coming on?

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Tip: To save money on cards and envelopes wait until the large craft stores (Joann, ACmoore and probably the other ones too) put their packs of 50 5″x7″ card/envelope packs on sale. They come in white, cream and kraft and go on sale for $5 several times a year, especially around Christmas. You can get a card base and envelope for 10 cents and no cutting! They are not the thickest cards out there but they are perfect for this technique!

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By masking I give the illusion of depth. Notice how the circle in the center seems to be on top? Neat huh? Watch the video to see how it is done!

Mistakes happen! Check this out, it is my favorite card because of a mistake I made while masking.

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Notice the ginkgo branch in front of the center circle, I forgot to mask the circle when I started to stamp! So I grabbed my colored pencils and colored it so it looks like it is there on purpose! Shhhhh…don’t tell anyone. :D I hope you give this easy card a try. Sometimes it is good to get back to our stamping roots and revisit old techniques. Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Homemade Resist Spray {DIY Goosebumps!}

Happy Monday Folks! Last month while I was at the Heirloom show I saw Pat from Technique Junkies make some fun samples using the product Goosebumps. I planned on buying a bottle (Pat did not sell it or I would have got it from her) but then I got too distracted by all of the other goodies at the show and forgot I wanted some. So I decided to see if I could make my own, here is a project made with my homemade version:

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Not bad and totally fun! My homemade version does not have texture like the store bought Goosebumps spray but the look is pretty darn close. Watch this quick video for techniques:

Lindsay’s Resist Spray Recipe

1 Tablespoon white glue (non-washable)

1 Teaspoon metallic liquid watercolor or a bit of fine mica powder (optional)

3 ounces water

Place all ingredients into to a spray bottle (with a cap) and shake well before use each time. Make sure to replace the cap when not in use so that the glue won’t dry in the nozzle. Measurements do not need to me exact, if your sprayer will not spray well flush it with water and add more water to the mix. If the spray is too fine add more glue. Use what you have on hand for glue such as Elmers, Mod Podge, tacky glue or whatever.

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It is a fun way to make unique backgrounds for a card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Rainbow Pants Bookmarks!

Happy Saturday folks! Do you remember a couple of months ago I mentioned I was illustrating a children’s book? I just got the OK from the Author of The Rainbow Pants, Kelly Brooks Bay, to announce that it will be released in 2 weeks! You can check out the author’s blog here and please “like” The Rainbow Pants on Facebook so you don’t miss any of the upcoming events and release! Here is a quick and easy project I designed to go with the book:

If you are wondering about the dauber bottles I used I bought these empty ones from Oriental Trading and filled them with student grade watercolors and water to make watercolor stains.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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