I Got a Sequin Problem…

Hi friends! When I was going through my stash looking for sequins for a card yesterday I realized that I had a problem.

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Luckily my problem was not a lack of sequins! That will probably never be a problem because it seems like sequins breed when you are not looking or my buying outpaces my using. Who can say?

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If you too have a sequin problem you will love today’s project, a fun shaker card using stamp from our sponsor ArtNeko!

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Supplies:
White Cardstock (110#lb Recollections)
Pink, Red, Purple, Blue inkpads
Stipple brush (color dusters-Judikins)
Valentine Stamps (ArtNeko)
Dots/Background stamps (ArtNeko)
Craft knife
Sequins & beads
Foam tape
Plastic bag
Clear tape

Directions:
1. Score a 8 1/2″x5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock at 4 3/16″ and 4 5/16″.
2. Stamp head duo, mask it and stamp polka dots on top. Sweep with ink and a stipple brush. Also stamp a 4 1/8″ x 5 1/2″ panel with dots.
3. Remove ask and cut out inside of hearts.
4. Fill a clear plastic bag with beads and sequins and tape behind openings in heart.
5. Adhere stamped panel behind baggie using foam tape.
6. Embellish or add color to front of card if desired.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy shaker card and you try one for yourself! Happy Crafting!

Stamp School: Intro to Mixed Media & Watercolor Powders!

Hi friends! I hope you are having a wonderful week! I had a really fun time working on tonight’s project. It is a mixed media card and the thing I love about mixed media is that anything goes!

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I even used the scratch paper that protects my table to make the envelope! Watch the video to see how!

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Supplies:
Borders, flower and words stamps (Lost Coast Designs)
Waterprook black inkpad (Ranger Archival)
Gold pigment ink pad and gold embossing powder
Heat tool and iron (optional)
Nuance watercolor powders
Watercolor paper (hot press)
White Cardstock
Scrap paper to protect your work area (and will be used to make a matching envelope)
Washi tape
Deli Paper
Heart die cuts (or scissors to hand cut)
Lace trim or ribbon
Buttons
Stencils
***And anything you like! There are no rules, use what you have and most of all have fun!

As promised here is a swatch of the Nuance pigment watercolor powders, they are available in a set of by the pot. I have the set and the color names were not on the containers but you can tell the colors going by the chart on their website.

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Here is the link to the butterfly card tutorial, I used Mod-Podge as a resist instead of embossing powder on that one. Think of all of the supplies you have and how you can incorporate them into your next card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

A Valentine Carnation Craft (Cheap and Great for Classrooms!)

Hello there! It’s that time of year when we get ready to make valentines with our kids to send into school. Here is a sugar free valentine made quickly and inexpensively with supplies from Papermart:

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Watch this quick video to see how it’s done, let’s get inky!

If you want to see the tutorial for the DIY spray inks and daubers you can find it here.  I used 6″ paper doilies, twisted paper cord, tags and baker’s twine from Papermart on this project. These are supplies I find myself using over and over for projects. They are great to have around and  so inexpensive you won’t worry about the kids using them for their crafts too! I hope you enjoyed this sugar-free Valentine! Til next time happy crafting!

Victorian Valentines!

Howdy friends! Well, I did clean my studio today after yesterdays scary desk photo and managed some much needed organization tasks. It feels good to have everything neat and tidy. One of the projects that got my desk to it’s unruly state was this fun project: A Valentine favor cone AKA Mussie Tussie:

I used supplies from Papermart for this affordable craft. I love how they are three dimensional but so easy to make, you can easily whip up a bunch of these for classroom valentines or even classy wedding favors. There are so many options depending on what paper, doilies, ribbon, tulle, raffia and flowers you choose.  And the generous amount of supplies in a  package and low prices at Papermart are perfect for making these lovey favors in bulk for any event. Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m sure you were expecting the latest Ask A Crafter but it is still uploading (in 2 parts) I’ll be back with that tomorrow or if you get impatient you can check my YouTube channel later tonight. Til next time happy crafting!

Tool Organization Tip and another Quick & Easy Valentine!

Howdy folks! I hope all of the folks in the Notheast are enjoying the snow today, I’m glad I don’t have to drive in it, it is pretty though! Everything around here is getting cancelled ahead of time, it is going to be a nasty storm so do be careful out there…or better yet cozy up in front of the fire and play with yarn! Here are some easy crochet valentines I taught my beginner knitting class to make this week:

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If you want to see the video tutorial on making them you can on this post. So naturally, being the professional teacher that I am I prepared my students for the class by sending them the video and asking them to bring a crochet hook to class…the only problem was that I told them the wrong size and there was no way in H-E-double-hockey-sticks that those hooks were gonna fit through the holes I punched. Luckily I realized this BEFORE the class, and Joann Fabrics was having a sale on crochet hooks so I picked up a few extra to share with the class. The good thing is that the size hook I had them bring (I) is a good size for small children to begin crochet with.  That brings me to my organizational tip for today…

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Paint the ends of your crochet hooks, paint brushes, pens or other tools with a vivid color of nail polish so at the end of a class or crop you can tell what tools are yours! On larger items I might write my initials with a sharpie or stick an address label on them but the nail polish trick is perfect for stuff too small to write on. Now all I have to do is give the hooks a good Lysol wipe down as many of them came back quite sticky…why are small children so sticky anyway?!?

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cute Crochet Paper Hearts {anyone can make!!!}

I saw the cutest idea for a valentine on the Purl knitting blog the other day, it was a paper heart with a chain of crochet in the shape of a heart on it. There were no instructions but I was determined to figure it out so Tuesday while I was snuggling on the couch with a sick kiddo I grabbed a crochet hook, cardstock and a paper punch and figured it out! Then I wondered, how cute would it be to do this smaller with my Papermart bakers twine? As it turns out, very!

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Best of all it is a pretty quick project! I made a short video to show you how it is done. In the video I use a larger cardstock heart and yarn to make it easier to see but you can use whatever you like. Just make sure you can easily work the twine/yarn with the hook and that the hook can easily pass through the punched holes.

Here is another tip for you, it is much cheaper to buy big spools of bakers twine than the small packs but you might not want to haul the big spools with you so I stamped some cute bobbins (Stamp from Pink Persimmon) and wrapped them with the twine and it fits right in one of the pockets in my scrapbook bag! It is also a great solution for yarn scraps and fibers, they won’t get tangled and they will look cute so you will be more likely to want to use them!

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I hope you enjoyed this project. I think I might teach the kids in my knitting group this, it is a great intro to crochet since you don’t have to guess what stitch to put your hook through, the paper holes are the foundation!

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If you have any questions leave a comment, I know I am not the best at filming yarn crafts but hey, I kept it all in frame this time, points for that! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Brown Bags & Old Books & WOYWW

I don’t often do a WOYWW {what’s on your workdesk Wednesday} post, either my desk is tidy or I am too ashamed of he slovenly mess I have created😀 to share. I decided to snap pick halfway through the project (you can see the pic at the end of this post) I am making with he kids at the library this month. The theme is valentines and old books…yeah baby, we are recycling!

 

I grabbed a .25 cent book from the library book sale table after making sure the librarian would not have a heart attack if I defaced the book in the name of crafting and she was cool with it (in fact she suggested a few other books she wouldn’t mind seeing altered :)  so yesterday I tore out a bunch of pages and painted them with watercolors and let them dry overnight. Then I die-cut a bunch of  hearts from the painted pages and set to work!

I love the fringed edges on the circles. I watched an episode of Heidi Swapp’s Create to Remember show on My Craft Channel (lots of great free shows-do not go there unless you have some time to kill LOL!) and she showed us how to make fun things with fringe scissors and I was so inspired I ran down to my craft room and played with my newly painted papers. I love the effect and since I already had the old book pages and fringe scissors it cost me nothing. Of course you can create fringe with regular scissors too, just cut slits ever 1/8 if an inch.

The brown background paper is brown grocery bags. I simply cut a grocery bag into panels (you get a ton from one bag!) to cover a card nd ran it through my BigShot with an embossing folder. I am going to emboss lots of panels with different textures for the kids to use for their cards tomorrow. I know the kids might not dig my vintage projects so I am going to have some stamped Robots and Aliens (You’re out of this World Valentine) and some animals (I’m wild about you, Valentine!) and I will emboss the bags to match. I will have my special “artist” colored pencils for them to use and if they want to highlight the embossed texture of the paper they can rub it with crayons. Oh the possibilities!

 

OK, now here is my desk, thrilling huh? Actually, I love seeing that pile of watercolor book page hearts!

 

If you want to see the tutorial on how to make the hanging heart pocket you can see it here. If you want to download my tutorial and sheet music freebie you can here.

 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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