It’s Begining to Look A Lot Like CRAFT-mas!

Howdy friends, now tell me, you sang that headline, didn’t you? ūüėÄ I am so excited to share the first videos of the 12 Days of¬†CRAFTmas collaboration with some of the most awesome YouTubers in the DIY space! Today I teamed up with Vicky from the Website Clips and Cuts, you can see her video HERE, please check out her channel, if you like cardmaking, stamping and art journaling you will LOVE her videos, she is a great lady too! Here is my project for the collab:

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I had a viewer request to make big gift tags, these are made from a half sheet of 8 1/2″x11″ cardstock. Have fun playing with your supplies on this one, you will need stamps, stencils and coloring media. I encourage to use what you have but I will list the supplies I used below for your convenience.

Watch the Video!

Supplies:

  • Cardstock (I used the heavyweight 110# ivory cardstock from Recollections at Michael’s)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Bakers Twine
  • Buttons
  • Cedar branches
  • Stamp & Dies (Stampendous)
  • Ribbon
  • Color burst powder
  • Pearl Ex mica powder
  • Texture paste & Stencil
  • Prima water-soluble oil pastels

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For the next 6 weeks we will be bringing you holiday inspiration, 12 projects in all, so there is sure to be lots of projects you can make for your friends and family. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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It’s Not Easy Being Green…And a Stamp Winner!

Howdy friends! It is 11pm on a Friday night as I am writing this. I am so excited because tomorrow I can sleep in!!! Woohoo! For those of you who suffered my silly sleep deprived craft videos this week on YouTube I want to thank you again, so much, for watching. I had been up early every day to get kids to camp, andyet could not manage to get myself to bed any earlier and, well, wackiness ensued is it usually does if I do not get my 8 hours of beauty sleep a night ūüėÄ First up tonight I want to announce the winner of the stamps I used in last Friday’s post and a gift certificate to Art Neko…drumrolll…Sheilla!!! Congrats! Check your email for all the details;) Tonight I have a tag made with the large frog stamp from the Garden Friends stamp set from Art Neko. BTW that stamp set is on sale for $12, regularly $20! Use my coupon code Lindsay10% to save 10% on non-sale rubber if you shop:)

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And a step by step video tutorial to go with it! Lots of tips on copic coloring and background stamping AND Mr. Frugal makes an accidental cameo…

I hope you enjoyed that sill bit of crafty fun! Now I am off to sleep! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

A Murder of Crows!

Hello Friends! I had some fun this weekend playing with some new stamps. The Murder of Crows set from Lost Coast designs:

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I decorated some manila tags and laminated them to make bookmarks. I colored them with PanPastels but you can use ink and a sponge or regular chalk to get the same effect. Watch the quick video to see how:

Here is the tag from the video, I was able to get the text on the tag by inking up half the stamp, stamping, cleaning the stamp and inking the other half and stamping it on the other side of the bird. An easy trick that comes in handy when trying to fit all the stamps you want on a small tag.

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I think I will use these stamps a lot, I got some old Edgar Allen Poe books that were being thrown away by the library that will be great with these stamps. I can’t wait to play more with them! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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!

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!

A Stamping Tip for Beginners (or anyone frustrated by splotchy stamping!}

Howdy folks! I just wanted to pop in and share some beginner stamping tips with you today using this quick tag as an example. The cool camouflage ribbon I am using is from Papermart.

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One of the biggest mistakes new stampers make is not leaving the rubber on the paper long enough and not using the right ink or paper. Here are some easy tips to improve your stamping now:

  1. Choose silky smooth paper for stamping. You can visit a print shop and buy a few sheets of the different kinds they have, it is a great way to try out paper inexpensively and they can order you a ream of paper at a lower cost that the office supply store! Notice how crisp and clean the orange stamped image looks on the white paper. That is my favorite cardstock: Neenah 80# super smooth in Solar White, it also is great for alcohol ink markers!
  2. Choose the right ink: notice the difference in sharpness between the orange stamped image and the brown wood-grain on the manila tag. I used Stampin Up Dye base ink on the white panel (a stamping ink) and distress ink on the tag (a specialty ink made to give a distressed look). Also, white manila tags are fun to stamp, and stamp pretty well, they are not quite as good as a super smooth stamping paper. It is totally fine to stamp on anything, but you should try out different stuff so you can learn to get the effect you want!
  3. Don’t rush it! I know it is exciting to stamp and¬†you wan to see the image ASAP (step away from the stamp ma’am) but you need to give the ink time to transfer. ¬†First ink up the stamp well, tilt it to the light to make sure the entire surface is shiny, you might even want to breathe on the stamp to¬†moisten¬†the ink a bit more. Gently but firmly press the stamp to the paper and hold it in place for a few seconds (roughly the amount of time it takes you to sing the song “happy birthday” then lift the stamp straight up. Viola a great image!

I hope these tips helped some of the newbies out there! I also recommend curved stamp mounts like Rock-a-blocks and the Mega mount because they make even the most finicky detailed stamps stamp well. I have a tutorial on using those here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Bounce! {add crochet to a card!}

Happy Monday folks! I don’t want to jinx things by saying this out loud (wait, I ‘m typing, this doesn’t count then, ha ha) but this morning went so smoothly. ¬†I taught one of my girls to crochet this weekend , she was inspired by the totally rad poncho I was working up, she was instantly “hooked” (‘scuse the bad pun!) ¬†The kids were all up early and after¬†breakfast¬†the girls sat knitting and crocheting quietly in the¬†living room. What a relaxing way for them to start the day, much better than me nagging them to get up for school! Why am I talking about crochet you ask? Because I¬†crocheted¬†a border for this card:

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This was for a birthday we went to yesterday. To make the crochet border you simply punch holes in a strip of cardstock and pull the yarn though as if the holes are your foundation row. It is the same technique I showed you in the Crochet Heart Video.

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I love to use yarn on cards because then you can use the yarn to tie on a tag to the present or even use in place of ribbon on a gift. Yarn comes in so many textures and colors (remember the¬†comedian¬†Gallager and his bit about “colors only found in yarn” LOL!) and it is pretty cheap. A great use of yarn leftovers!

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Another fun tip is to decorate the envelope if you have the time. All I did here was press 3 small inkpads along the edges of the envie (wow, it would totally rock to use this technique as a border on a scrapbook page!) and stamp 2 of the stamps I used on the card and tag over it. I colored the presents because the pink ink was a bit dark and I wanted them to stand out.

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So, how is your Monday going? If you are feeling stressed might I recommend some yarn therapy? Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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