9, 10, a big fat hen!

And I will show you how to paint one with watercolor crayons today!

DCF 1.0

Watch the video to see how!

I hope you enjoyed this, I know it is an odd thing to paint but hey, I’m one odd duck,…or is it hen? Hee hee, I don’t know. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW {my de-stressing kit}

Howdy friends. I’ts Wednesday and time again for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday. I apologize as I won’t be able to visit many desks this week. We are still a midst the health issues here. There is a downside to being an optimist, you think, OK we will get through this week and we are golden! Then wham! Nope not quite, OK really just a few more days and good as new…nope…I never learn. I do think a week from now things will be a lot better, we have surgery this week so please send all the positive vibes you can our way. So anyway I made a little de-stressing kit, as in calming down not as in making things shabby LOL! I put my mini set of Caran D’ache watercolor crayons, a waterbrush and some watercolor postcards in a Ziplock bag and I can pull them out when I need a creative release. I sat on the porch and painted the other day, my kids joined me but I don’t know what they did with their paintings. I thought I would add some stamping to them, I stamped some squares on the rose one and was nonplussed with the result.

DCF 1.0

Other than that there are odds and ends from other projects around. The dumbbells are on my desk because I use them to weight down my tripod when I shoot a video. I have decides to just turn on the camera sometimes when I make stuff, it it is any good I’ll post it (even if it isn’t that good LOL!) no pressure videos and blogging for the summer. I hope I have uplifting news to share next week, we have a surgery to get through so wish us luck and thank you for all of the wonderful messages of support last week, I truly appreciate them;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to make a starburst pattern on a card & WOYWW!

I have the habit of falling in love with stamps that are unusual. Sometimes these stamps can be hard to use. I couldn’t resist the Isle of Aud stamp set from Lost Coast Designs and I finally found a great way to use them:

 

I have been wanting to try a starburst background on a card or scrapbook page but there seemed to be a lot of measuring involved and I was not about to put that kid of time into a card but then I saw a pretty card by Amy Heller on Pinterest and she simply cut strips of paper from corner to corner and pieced them together, no measuring, genius! Here you can see the background in progress. I let the edges hang off then I trimmed them flush with the paper after the glue was dry.

 

Also since it is nearly Wednesday this is my desk for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, actually it IS Wednesday in Jolly Ol’ England where this challenge originates from. You can check out other craft desks at Julia’s blog. Here are some close-ups of today’s creations:

 

I used party streamers for the rufffle on the bottom of this card and the fringe on the other card!

I sponged ink through a stencil to make the animal print background.

Since the animal stamp was too large for this card I simply punched out the head, make it work people! I colored the image with watercolor crayons, blended with water and added details with watercolor markers.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Buy new or make do? {I think you know the answer!}

I have been drooling over the new Tim Holtz Distress markers since I saw a video of him demonstrating them at CHA. I really WANT them but I don’t NEED them with all of the supplies in my craft room. So I was brainstorming a way to try some of the techniques that he does with the markers with something else. I have other brands of water-based markers and while they are great for coloring the rubber and stamping with they don’t blend like watercolors (or the new TH markers) but then I remembered my well loved watercolor crayons! I love the result! BTW if you do not have watercolor crayons you can use watercolor paint and a brush to do the same thing!

If you want to learn how I made this card and stamped with the watercolor crayons check out this video. You might want to click on the fullscreen button to see more detail. Please note, I moved my water bucket out of the way but I still dipped my crayon on the water each time I colored with it. I just didn’t think it was fun looking at my nasty water bucket for the entire video :)

I used the sketch at Oriental stamp Art to make my card. BTW, if you want to join a wonderfully supportive stamping group and you happen to like Asian art you should check out the Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group. I love the window, it is a fun touch, I love how it reveals a surprise on the inside. I stamped and blended with my watercolor crayons and then stitched a layer of vellum over the inside panel, filled it with glitter and stitched the rest up. I used double stick tape to adhere the panel to the inside of my card so the stitches wouldn’t show.

I hope you enjoyed the video and you will see what you can do with the supplies you already have:)

BUT, if you are itching to spend some money you can check out the 50% off sale I have in my shop now through Saturday (nice segue huh?) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s all about the FUN!

As much as I TRY to be ahead of the game having stashes of premade cards ready for any occasion I always seem to be scrabling a half hour before we leave for a birthday party looking for (or making) a card. In my defence it us usually because I ask my darling children if they want to make a card for their friends birthday, and they say “yes” and then when it is time to leave and I ask isf they made the card they say “no MOM, you can do it.” Gee thanks LOL! Not that I mind, I find making cards for chirldren really freeing because they don’t care if the shades of blue you use go together or if the stickers are out of date of if the coloring is perfect, to them it is all about the fun, how about that! sounds good to me, here is a 10 minute card I whipped up on the way out the door to a party yesterday:

 

I used my SU! sock monkey set (I love that for kids cards!) and simply stamped everything in basic black ink, scribbled on some watercolor crayons and blended it with a blender pen, added gratuitous amounts of stickers, some brads and viola! Done and we got to the party on time!

paper: DCVW, Cardstock, Bazzil, Stamps: SU!, Watercolor Crayons: Caran D'Ache, Stickers: Dollar Tree

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Cards For Men (animals), ColorQ (color challenge), Digistamps4joy (circles), Party Time Tuesdays (Birthday), and the sketch at Sugar Creek Hollow (hi Tracy!)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Look Look!!!

I have four of my stamp designs available exclusively at The Rubber Cafe in honest to goodness real red rubber! Here is one of the stamps (I designed the poppy) on a card made with the sketch over at 2 sketches 4 you:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: GP, PP: K&Co., Other: Hot glue "pearls" Tool: Scor-Pal, Scor-bug

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: GP, PP: K&Co., Other: Hot glue "pearls" Tool: Scor-Pal, Scor-bug

Here are the others:

The 3 other stamps I designed for Thre Rubber Cafe!

The 3 other stamps I designed for Thre Rubber Cafe!

They are red rubber stamps mounted on E-Z Mount foam that will cling to your acrylic blocks so you can see where you are stamping and it saves storage space too which is great for me ;) I drew these stamps last fall and they are just coming out now! I am so excited to have such an awesome company produce my designs!

I stamped the Inked Poppy in waterproof black ink then loosely colored them with watercolor crayons and blended them with a blender pen, it is a very quick way to color something!

Color the stamped images loosely with the watercolor crayons, the blend with a damp brush or blender pen.

Color the stamped images loosely with the watercolor crayons, the blend with a damp brush or blender pen.

If I need to sharpen my crayons I do so over a reusable plastic palette so I can save the shavings. Spray them with water and you can paint with them! Great for blending and getting into tiny spaces. BTW the “pearls” are just little dabs of hot glue that I dusted with pearl ex, for a tutorial click here.

Save those shavings! watercolor crayons shavings make great paint, I sharpen mine with a craft knife.

Save those shavings! watercolor crayons shavings make great paint, I sharpen mine with a craft knife.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

New Stamp Designs {and of course a freebie!}

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m feeling the busy July wind down and I am so ready for a lazy August. I had some time to design a few new stamps for the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop, here are two of them:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: K& Co, Rubber Stamps: Thanks (SU!) Sweet: Studio G, punch: fiskars

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: K& Co, Rubber Stamps: Thanks (SU!) Sweet: Studio G, punch: Fiskars (border) Martha Stewart (bird), Die cut: SCAL/Cricut

Irises are one of my favorite flowers so naturally I needed  an Iris digistamp!

And, well, you can never have too many cupcakes and at least this one is calorie free! Don’t forget you get a free stamp for every $5 you spend in the shop! (I’ll ask you what you want for the freebie when I email you your order;)

Speaking of free, one of my wonderful design team members has a brand new Lindsay’s stamp to give away and it is out of this world! Check out their blogs to see there fabulous work and to find the hidden freebie! Also a huge thanks to Erin Bailey our Guest DT this month!

Erin Bailey July Guest DT

Melissa Bove

Margie

Melissa Craig

Lisa

Tamara

Row

Leanne

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

29 Again…

No, I’m just kidding, I have no qualms sharing my age (33 today) and the sun is shining, what more could I want! Hubby and the kids let me sleep in and then made me breakfast and got me some wonderful gifts: A book I’ve been eyeing “100 flowers to knit and crochet”, a CD from the blues band Sapphire and get this my very own laptop computer!!! I am a lucky girl! I decided to make a birthday card with the sketch over at 2sketches4you and this was tricky for me, it took a few tries but in the end I like the results:

Digital stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper/Cardstock: American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Brads: Dollar tree, Rubber stamps: Rubberstampede, SU!, Die cut flourish: Cricut (Accent Essentails) Scallop Border font: DB Pretty Borders cut with cricut and SCAL software.

Digital stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper/Cardstock: American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Brads: Dollar tree, Rubber stamps: Rubberstampede, SU!, Die cut flourish: Cricut (ercolor crayons tutorial, how to watercolor crayons, blending pen, waterbrush, 2sketche) Scallop Border font: DB Pretty Borders cut with cricut and SCAL software.

I used watercolor crayons to color my new Oriental Poppy digital stamp. I like to use watercolor crayons because they are quick, easy and non toxic. I usually will print out a sheet of images and use my little Caran Dache watercolor crayon set of 15 colors and color them with my kids while they are coloring in their colorbooks. Its great to do while listing to audio books, their favorite are the “Junie B. Jones” books by Barbara Park (I like them too!) Also I used the font DB pretty Borders to cut the scallop borders on the card with my cricut at SCAL software.

How to color with watercolor crayons:

Step one: Loosely color in your image with the wc crayons. (I’m using a digital stamp printed on Georgia Pacific White cardstock from Sams Club) Don’t worry about coloring right to the edge of the design, you can “push” the pigment around with your waterbrush or blending pen later. *A waterbrush is a paintbrush with a hollow handle you can fill with water or paint, a blending pen is a marker with clear ink inside, the clear ink is made from water and glycerin.

Step two: Use a Blending pen or waterbrush filled with equal parts water and glycerin to blend the colors. The glycerin keeps the pigment moving smoothly without damaging or wrinkling the cardstock (or making the printer ink bleed if using a digital stamp) scribble on a piece of scrap paper to clean the brush.

Step three: after coloring use a pom-pom dipped in chalk to color the background, it give a nice quick blended effect.

That’s all there is to it! Practice to get the feel of this fun medium. I confess that I have the full set of 84 Caran Dache watercolor crayons but I mostly use my travel set of 15 half sticks because I can blend then and achieve almost any color I want and they are easy to stick in my pocket and travel with.

Other tips:

Since the crayon is pure color there is no waste, when you sharpen the crayons save the shavings in a small watercolor palette, give them a spritz of water and you can paint with them rather than tossing all of that good pigment away. I usually use a knife to sharpen mine (which I don’t do too often) If I need a fine line of color I wet a fine nylon brush and lift the color off the crayon stick.

If you don’t have a waterbrush or blending pen use a nylon artist brush dipped in a mixture of equal parts water and glycerin. Keep a paper towel handy to blot off extra water. * if working on watercolor paper with waterproof ink  omit the glycerin.

If you cannot find watercolor crayons try water-soluble oil pastels. You can get a set of 16 at staples (portfolio line by Crayola) for about $9, cheaper on-line I’m sure! They are also wonderful, they are thick and creamy, almost like lipstick. I would use a paintbrush or waterbrush rather than a blending pen for these.

Thanks for stopping by on my birthday, I’m gonna get out and enjoy this sunshine ;) Till next time happy crafting!

4 new digi-stamps!

Wow, it’s Thursday again, where did the week go? I just added 4 new stamps to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop, all flower themed, here are some projects made with them. Don’t forget for ever $5 you spend in the LSS shop you get a free stamp!

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Strathmore, Stampin Up, Georgia Pacific, Pizza box Template: See free download links below.

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Strathmore, Stampin Up, Georgia Pacific, Pizza box Template: Lindsay's stamp Stuff

this is what the inside of the pizza box looks like, dowload links below

this is what the inside of the pizza box looks like

I used my Cricut and Sure cuts a Lot software to make the pizza box.I cut it from 12″x18″: Strathmore Art paper, I love this stuff for making boxes because it is very sturdy and has a nice texture plus it is super cheap, a pack of 40 assorted color 12″x18″ sheets is under $10, I’ve seen it around $5 on-line at places like Cheapjoes.com and Blick Art Materials. It also comes 9″x12″ and it cuts well in the cricut. To help fold the ridgid paper I used my scor-pal, since the box was bigger than the platform I had to maneuver it a bit to score it but it was worth the effort, I used my Scor bugs to make the pierced holes and I assembled it with scor-tape which I hadn’t tried before and was skeptical about, but it really stuck and I only used a little bit of the 1/2″ tape under each flap. The neat thing about the tape is that you can tear off the amount you need and that’s great for me because I always seem to lose my scissors in the middle of a project ;) Also I used watercolor crayons and a blender pen to color my digital stamps. You can get the layered lilly and pizza box together here.

Note: there is a wonderful tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers on making a mini pizza box so if you don’t have a cricut you may want to try it.

We still have design team members who haven’t given out their freebies yet (I designed a digital stamp for each of my DT members to give away for a week, you will need to check out their blogs and see who has this weeks freebie and be sure to leave some love!) Without further ado here is the fabulous design team:

Margie

Melissa Craig

Leanne

Lisa

Row

Katt

Melissa Bove

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Erin Bailey July Guest DT

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Babies, Babies Everywhere! (New stamps too!)

I just found out this week that my little sister is having a boy! I’m so excited for her and it give me a chance to do some “blue” baby stuff instead of always using my comfort zone color pink. Other exciting news my friend Michelle has a brand new grand-baby, congrats girls! Speaking of new, here are some cards made with my brand new Babies and Bows collection available at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Color Medium: Watercolor Crayons

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Color Medium: Watercolor Crayons

The collection contains 11 images all in one sheet for ease and the 4 larger focal images also come in a separate file so you can have greater flexibility. You can get the collection of 11 stamps for $6 or the 4 singles are $1 each in the shop.

Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Cardstock: The Paper Co., Pattern Paper: Autumn Leaves

Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Cardstock: The Paper Co., Pattern Paper: Autumn Leaves

These clips are simply colored and trimmed stamp images attached to large paperclips with hot glue. Stamps are from the Babies & Bows Collection.

These clips are simply colored and trimmed stamp images attached to large paperclips with hot glue. Stamps are from the Babies & Bows Collection.

These baby announcement were easy to make. First I colored the images with watercolor crayons and blended the colors with a SU! blending pen. I used a pom pom and yellow chalk to rouge the edges and attached the panels to my card. I added bits of ribbon, a flower and a die cut and of course my hot glue “pearls” to finish them. When I was pregnant with my twins I made all of the announcements before hand then after the girls were born I printed the details on vellum and added them to the inside of the card with brads. Easy, simple and pretty. If you know a mom on bed-rest it would be nice to print out some sheets of these and give her them with a box of colored pencils and she could have a nice relaxing and useful craft. The card base is simply a half sheet of cardstock folded.

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time happy crafting!

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