Crafting with Easter Egg Dye!

Hi friends!  I bought this Easter egg dying kit a month ago with the best intentions of dying eggs with my kids but between the school play and their busy schedules we never got around to it. I knew if I saved the kit until next year I’d forget where I put it so I thought I would mix up the dyes and color some craft materials. My girls loved these bookmarks and they will last longer than an egg for sure.

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I liked the soft colors I was able to get on the ribbons. They have a vintage vibe too because of the crinkled seam binding and vintage art supply stamps. Watch the video to see how fun it is to work with egg dye! I bet you can pick up some of these kits on clearance right now too!

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Supplies: *may contain affiliate links

Directions:
1. Dissolve dye tablets in water.

2. Stamp images on manilla tags with waterproof ink and color with clear crayon if desired.

3. Dip tags and seam binding in dyes. Let dry.

4. Re-dip tags if a darker color is desired.

Tips:
1. Use less water or leave materials in the dye longer for stronger color.
2. Do not add vinegar as you would for eggs because the acid could damage paper over time.
3. Keep leftover dyes in spray bottles if desired for other craft projects that won’t need to be washed.

This project came out much nicer than I expected and I am glad I have some dyed and crinkled seam binding leftover for other projects. I just love the soft vintage feeling it gives a project especially in the pastel colors. I also love that you can get a 100 yard roll of white for about $12 and make tons of colors to suit your needs. When it doubt buy white as you can always alter it! Thanks for spending some of you day with me today and til next time happy crafting!

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Create Beautiful, Lacy, Cut, Tuck & Fold Wreath Cards Using Supplies You Have!

Hi friends! I love the elegant and refined look of braided lattice folds. I shared in previous tutorials how to do a lattice braid along the fold of a card and today I’ll show you how you can create a wreath or frame using a similar technique.

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I’ll be using a standard craft knife and self-healing mat but if you have a swivel knife and glass mat I think it would go a bit smoother. My cutting is not perfect but by the time you fold and stamp the imperfect cuts are not really noticeable. Watch the tutorial and then try it yourself!

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Supplies:

Directions for making your custom tuck and fold lattice frame template.
1. Cut a circle a bit larger than to size of your wreath. Fold that in half, then in half again, then in half again so you end up with a circle divided in 8. Trace over each line with a pencil and ruler so you can see it clearly.

2. Mark 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the center point on each line. This is the point you will start tracing your half shape. The larger the space between the center and the mark you drew the larger the space in the center of your frame.

3. Choose a symmetrical shape like a circle or a heart (paper punches are great to use as templates) cut it from paper and fold it in half to make your template. Then place the folded side of the template on your line (lined up to the point you marked) and trace. Repeat on every line.

4. Trace the same shape but smaller inside of the first shape so you have a double line. Trace the double lines with a black pen so it will stand out when you trace it on your project cardstock.

Keep the template you made as you can use it over and over again. You can trace it onto your nice cardstock using a light box or a window. Use a craft knife to cut on the double lines and fold and tuck to create your dimensional wreath and then accent it with stamping!

I hope you give this project a try and dust of those supplies you already have! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How’s Your Handwriting? Good enough for a card… it can be!

Hi friends! I am going to come clean with you and admit that I have lousy handwriting. It is a barely legible half cursive, half printed chicken scratch mess. Anyone reading a handwritten note from me would believe I was a doctor! (OK the only people who will get that joke will have to be old enough to remember when doctors wrote paper prescriptions I guess LOL!) The fact is I don’t take the time I should to write neatly and if  you think about writing as “drawing your letters” you can make them look a lot better!

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In today’s video we are going to make a pretty stamped watercolor card with a hand written sentiment that will be pretty enough to impress your 3rd grade cursive teacher! Plus I’ll share my 5 tips for prettier handwriting!

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5 Tips to quickly make your handwriting look better (and these tips work because I have terrible handwriting!)

1. Make guide lines with pencil.
2. keep the vertical lines of the letters parallel to one another.
3. Try to keep an even space between letters.
4. Press on your pen more on the down strokes to make thicker lines and lift upon the upstrokes for thinner lines.
5. Make the letters look crisper by going over the letters with a fine black fountain pen. Add swirls, loops and flourishes to dress it up with the same black pen.

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I also wanted to add some info on the wreath card that I was frustrated with in case anyone like it and wanted to try it. Let me know if you want a tutorial on this and I can do one. Basically I punched a circle and folded it in half a couple of times so it looked like a pie with 8 slices, traced the circle on paper and marked each fold. Then I stamped the jade succulent on every other mark. then I masked and filled in stamping with other succulents repeating them around the circle. It looked too cluttered to me so I scrapped the idea but it would be pretty if it was a bit more sparse I think.

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I do think it looks better now that I have stepped away from it. I think when I am getting frustrated by a project I see it with “ugly eyes” and it often looks OK later. What do you think? I hope you try some handwriting on your next card and til next time happy crafting!

5 Cards & 10 Fun Techniques with 1 Stamp Set!

Hi friends! Have you ever bought a stamp set and made one card with it and then never inked it again? Maybe I am the only one guilty of this but I know I feel better when I find many ways to use one supply. The other benefit is that you end up with a whole bunch of cards from one crafty play session so if one technique fails you still can feel good about what you made. I find that trying new things, even if they fail, spark new ideas!

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We will do the following techniques (in no particular order)

  1. Resist: Heat emboss resist
  2. Resist: Versamark on Glossy paper
  3. Rainbow Brayer technique
  4. Leftover ink brayer technique
  5. Coloring: White gouache on kraft paper plus colored pencil
  6. Coloring: Alcohol marker on cardstock
  7. Background Technique: Stamping with clear in and chalking
  8. Selective Glitter technique
  9. Background Technique: Using pigment powders
  10. DIY Domed paper dots

Here is the technique packed video!

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Here is a closer look at the cards:

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I hope you try some of these techniques the next time you are crafting. If you don’t have the exact supplies I used try the technique with the most similar product you have before buying new. There are so many products that can do double duty in our stash and trying them out is half the fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

5 Ways to Use Circle Stamps!

Hi friends! Sometimes it’s fun to see what you can make with a simple supply, in this case, circle stamps!

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Circles are fun shapes. Think bubbles and beach balls, they just scream “playtime!” You can go bright with confetti colored circles or use a soft palette for a gentle friendly pastel card.

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In today’s video I’ll give you 5 ideas and 4 finished cards using circle stamps.

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Experimenting with your supplies is a great way to learn what they can do and come up with new and unique ideas. Don’t expect everything to be perfect because you will learn just as much if not more from the attempts that are not successful. Give yourself permission to play! 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!

5 Ways to Rainbow! Trendy Card Looks with Supplies you Have!

Hi friends! I love rainbow and color wheel themed projects. There is something so satisfying to see colors all lined up next to their color friends in rainbow order. Maybe it’s because I have a hard time picking a favorite color so I just use them all!

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From candy, to clothing to home decor the rainbow trend is catching on. You might not be ready to redecorate your home but it sure is fun to play with rainbow colors on a card!

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Left to right: Watercoloring with markers and using markers to stamp.

Today I’ll show you 5 ways you can get the look with supplies you already have! Watch the video to see how!

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Left to right: Mini ink pad stamping and rainbow in pad technique.

5 rainbow techniques you can try!

1. Use Acrylic paint to stencil and stamp. Use a Foam cosmetic wedge to apply to stencil or stamp.

2. Use water based markers it ink up a rubber stamp!

3. Use water-based markers or ink pads (pressed or scribbled on a palette) to paint in an image stamped in black.

4. Use a rainbow ink pad!

5. Ink up stamps with mini ink pads: Yellow first in the middle then overlap magenta and turquoise on each side.

I hope this article gave you some ideas on how to incorporate the rainbow trend in your net card. If you enjoyed this tutorial please share it with your crafty friends with one of the handy sharing buttons below! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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