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 :D 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!

40% off everything today only! {Happy Valentine’s Day!}

Let me be the first to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day! I love Valentine’s day, I always have, I mean what’s not to love? Also since it is February 14th that means that this (the shortest month of the year but in the North it feels like the longest!) is half over and I don’t know about you but I am ready for March to roar in and bring with it some spring! This has been the snowiest winter I can remember-and living in Maine that says something! Anyway, back to Valentine’s Day, here are some gifties for my peeps:

I wrapped the presents in this beautiful birdcage paper (dollar spot at target, it will be cheap tomorrow LOL!) and made some quick tags using my Cricut & SCAL software and the SVG files in the A Little Lovin set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff….

Did I mention that EVERYTHING in my shop is 40% off today only!?! What are you waiting for? SHOP :)

I hope you have a wonderful day with your loved ones, I can’t wait to see all of the lovely Valentines my kids will bring home from school today and I hope they enjoy the gifts from me…

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

$1 retirement stamp sets and new Valentine goodies!

Hey! It’s time to make room for new product in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop at MyGrafico and I have a bunch of retiring sets that you can snag for $1, You will still be able to purchase the sets in my Shophandmade shop {at full price} but why not grab a deal now?

I have been in the mood for Valentine’s day this week {with a cold New England winter ahead it is something nice to look forward too plus I have ALWAYS loved Valentines day!} Here are some cards I made with the SVG die cutting files that are included in my new A Little Lovin’ kit from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff, I used my Cricut and SCAL software to die cut all the shapes.

I love how these “sweet” cards are not Valentine specific, heck you can use these long after Valentines day!

And of course a valentines card for hubby {let’s hope he isn’t reading my blog today :) LOL}

Tip: When making a batch of cards arrange all of your die cuts on one mat separated by color, then place different colored papers on the mat. That is how I cut these designs all in one pass in about 5 minutes!

Now here is a look at the A Little Lovin’ set, you get clip art in JPG and PNG format plus fully editable EPS and SVG art files and SVG cutting files that have been specifically optimized for die cutting.

Did you know that most of my clip art sets come with SVG cutting files at no extra charge, gotta love a little something extra:) Speaking of a little something extra here is a cute Valentine digital stamp freebie. To download click on the image, then right-click on the larger picture and choose “Save as” Easy peasy (and no waiting for 4shared-I hate that!)

Now let’s see what the LSS DT have cooked up for you this week:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Laurel Seabrook

I hope you had a happy new year! Don’t forget the New Years Retirement sale is going on now through Sunday at MyGrafico, be sure to look through all of the great retiring products, you won’t want to miss this deal!

One last thing…a tip: to make a card really special hand stamp an envelope as I did to go with my “Who Loves You” card, it is a fun way to break in new rubber stamps or use some old favorites and as a bonus your card will brighten the day of the mail carriers who deliver it!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS: Today’s projects qualify for the following challenges: alys sunday challenge, catchthebug, ceschallenges, craftyourpassionchallenges, kaboodledoodles, onestitchatatimechallenge, southerngirlschallenge (anything goes), iftheshoefitsscrapit (use red), paperplaytime (use faces) and  thesecretcraftersaturdaychallenge (buttons & bows-girlfriend card)


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