DIY, stamping, Tutorial, Video

Wood Stamp to Cling Stamp

Hello hello crafty friends!!

I am excited to share with you all how I converted my wood mounted stamps to cling stamps. I recently saw a fellow FB group member say she was doing this and I have been wanting to make this conversion for so long and did not know how that I could not resist! I watched her recommended video as well as a few others (these links can be found in the description section of my YouTube video for this project) and combined what I learned from them to create my own method.

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I begin by taking the wood stamps that I want to convert and stamping their images onto cardstock. I also use a Micron marker to write down the brand of the stamp and it’s name for reference.

Once they are all stamped I set the images aside and begin removing the rubber stamp, trying to keep the attached foam with it. If the foam breaks or will not come off it is ok to only remove the rubber without the foam. This can still be converted into a cling stamp.

Next I take Aleene’s Tack-It Over  & Over ( found on Amazon here) repositionable adhesive and apply it to the backs of the foam of the removed rubber and foam stamps. I use a wedge make-up sponge to do this and just make sure they all have a thing even coat. I leave the plain rubber stamps with no foam to convert later using a different method.

While they dry I return to my stamped cardstock and cut out each stamped image. They could alternately be kept all on one sheet. I separate them in case I want to categorize them or create specified sets.

I now grab a sheet of clear cling vinyl by Grafix (found on hereon Amazon) and stick my foam rubber stamps onto the vinyl side of the sheet. I then use nonstick scissors to trim them out, cutting as close to the rubber as possible. Once they are all trimmed out I remove the release backing for the vinyl leaving the vinyl adhered to the back of the foam.

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Here you can see the now cling stamp on an acrylic block and it gives a perfect impression.

Above I am taking a Scotch Thermal Laminating pouch and cutting it to 5 1/2 x 8″. I open the 2 sides of the pouch and lay my stamped images in between on the matte side of the pouch. Once they are all laid out how I want I fold a piece of copy paper and sandwich my thermal pouch with it’s contents in the fold of the paper. Then I insert that, folded end first, into my Minc which I am using as a laminator.

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Using my corner chomper I round those sharp corners and then I stick my rubber stamps onto the slick surface of the laminated sheets according to their image.

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I can now store these the same way I store all of my cling and clear stamps. I purchased these pouches on Amazon in a 100pk (find them here). For details on making the plain rubber stamps into cling stamps and for additional links please visit the tutorial on the YouTube channel.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I am looking forward to the next post where I let you know all about my upcoming GIVEAWAY!

Until next time! XoXo

 

Art Journaling, DIY, Handmade cards, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

Gel Plate Printing for beginners

 

Hi crafty friends!

I recently purchased a 6 x 6 Gel Printing Plate by Gelli Arts and needed to try it out. I have never used a gel plate before so I myself am a beginner as I experiment and play with creating backgrounds with my gel plate. You can see the process here.

The plate comes in a clamshell package and once opened it is covered by a sheet of acetate on either side. It is a good idea to keep these, including the packaging to keep your plate protected as you store it.2018-07-06 13.20.22

To begin using it I removed only one acetate sheet and left the other. I felt this would help me lift the plate and keep it stiff as I transferred it to my art journal (from my stash). I feel it also helped with applying even pressure.

Then I got my paints. For your color, you can use any acrylic paints you have on hand. I pulled out a bunch from my stash, but I only used:

  • Light foliage green: Ceramcoat #02537
  • Yellow Lemon: FolkArt #226
  • Aquamarine: Apple Barrel #20774
  • Pretty in  pink: Apple Barrel #21339

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I also used an old plastic palette to put my paint onto. If you don’t have a paint palette, you can also use any piece of plastic, acetate, or even an acrylic block.

I put small globs of paint onto my palette. Then picking up paint by using a brayer (by Speedball) I rolled some paint onto my gel plate. Again if you do not have a brayer you can use a paint brush, sponge, an old gift card or just about anything you can think of! The beauty of the gel plate comes from the texture you add to the plate.

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This texture can be added using almost anything, the sky is the limit. I used a stencil and stamp (honeycomb stencil by Tim Holtz and a polka dot foam stamp from a pack of Faber Castell gelatos) but some other ideas would be scrunched up foil or plastic wrap, a comb, sponge, the back of a paintbrush, toilet paper rolls, you get the idea!

Once you have your gel plate covered in paint and you have added any texture of your choice, you can lift it and flip it paint side down onto your paper or pad. You can also leave it down and place your paper onto the gel plate instead. For both methods, you want to add even firm pressure all over the plate, and give enough time for the paint to transfer from gel plate to paper.

If you have any paint left on the plate after transferring your color, you can grab another piece of paper or page and by pressing the paper to the plate again you will be able to lift some or the rest of the paint that is left on it.

That is basically it! There are so many different kinds of backgrounds that you can create and each will always be unique. You can use your gel paint backgrounds for art journaling, card making, scrapbooking or any paper craft you enjoy creating. I hope you will consider giving this a try and have enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by!

Until next time, XoXo!

 

DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Uncategorized, Video

Fuse Shaker Tags

Hello all!

To end my son’s school year I created some shaker tags using my fuse tool as thank yous for his school teachers.

While there is a YouTube video posted showing the process for these, I lost some footage and wanted to show some snapshots of the process here.

I trimmed some We R memory Keepers Fuseables clear 12 x 12 sheets to 3 x 5 1/4″ using my Fiskars triple track paper trimmer. I then fused 2 rectangles at a time on 3 sides, leaving one side open to insert my tag and shaker contents before sealing once more with the fuse tool.

I waited several minutes for the fuse tool to heat up before using it. It gets EXTREMELY hot and even melted my heat resistant cutting mat! This is why I am using a metal cookie tin lid. It worked out perfectly.

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Then I chose some pattern paper and cut them into tags sized 4 1/2 x 2 1/2″. I am using some paper from First Edition Paper Paradise Crush collection and American Crafts Dear Lizzy Lovely Day collection and some other loose pattern and solid color papers from my stash. To complete the tag shape I used another tag as a guide to cut the corners off.

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I added embellishments to my tags. I used most of the picture frame tags created in my last post. I also adhered the tags to a mat, leaving a border all around of approximately 1/16″ thick. Using a Hero Arts speech bubble die, I add sentiments behind each tag and I punch our some heart shaped thank yous out of this 6 x 6 sheet from American Crafts Everyday collection using a Fiskars heart punch.

Once my tags are all decorated and my message is adhered to the back I insert it into the plastic fused sleeve and matching sequins are added. Then the open side can be fused shut to seal in the contents.

After sealing my tags shut, I use my crop-a-dile to punch a hole at the top of the tag and seal that as well with an eyelet. The tag is now done. I then add a printed Amazon gift certificate with a ribbon and tie that to complete the shaker gift tag.

These tags were given to my son’s teachers after his moving-up ceremony. I am immensely grateful to them for all of the work and dedication they place on our children’s education and growth.

I hope you enjoyed this project and please check out the video for additional information. Thank you so much for viewing this post!

Until next time!

XoXo

 

 

DIY, embellishments, Handmade cards, repurpose, Scrapbooking, Tutorial, Video

Picture Frame Scrap Embellishments

Hello my crafty friends!

I have some embellishments to show you today. These picture frames came from a 12 x 12 Maggie Holmes: Gather pad.

I cut down the sheets to 6 x 6 then proceeded to cut the pattern out. These small picture frames can be easily replicated. They measure approximately 1 6/8″ x 2 5/8″ for the outer frame and 1 3/8″ x  1 6/8″ for the inner opening.

I layered elements that originated as scrap to decorate each one.

 

 

As far as supplies, I used the Maggie Holmes paper and lots of random scraps from my stash. I also embellished my frames with rhinestone stickers, buttons, pearl dots, enamel dots, doilies, twine, vellum and a shimmer pen. My tools include scissors, glue, glue dots, a stapler, paper trimmer, x-acto knife, hole punches, cutting mat, and crop-a-dile.

These were so much fun to make and I have already use a couple in handmade greeting cards. I plan to use some in a scrapbook layout as well.

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Hope you found some inspiration in this project!

Until next time! XoXo

 

 

 

 

 

DIY, Handmade cards, Video

Father’s Day 2018

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Hello crafty friends! How fitting is it that I return to blogging after exactly 1 year? =)

For this year’s Father’s Day cards I used the following supplies (pictured above):

PAPER:

  • 6×6 pattern cardstock in zigzag and polka dot light blue and navy; Pebbles Inc., Everyday paper pad
  • 6×6 light blue textured cardstock; DCWV®, Cardstock Stack Neutrals
  • 6×6 Navy blue textured cardstock; DCWV®, Cardstock Stack Pastels
  • White 60lb cardstock; Neenah Classic Crest® Solar White Cardstock

Glitter tape: Recollections™

Embossing folders:

  • Cuttlebug; Fabric Swatches Set
  • Darice; polka dots

Stamps: Woodware Craft Collection, Happy Father’s Day

Corrugated Cardboard: My stash

OTHER SUPPLIES:

  • Ranger clear embossing ink pad
  • Inkadinkadoo Embossing Magic
  • Ranger Embossing Powder, Super Fine Silver
  • Fiskars paper trimmer and Bypass paper trimmer
  • ScorTape
  • Cuttlebug
  • foam tape
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • American Crafts heat tool
  • Pencil
  • Spellbinders die Phrase set 2, Hooray!
  • Lawn Fawn die, Wishes
  • Recollections, Silver and white twine
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond

Here is a picture of the completed Father’s Day cards. These are extra special to me because they will be given to my dad and husband, I don’t know where my life would be without them.

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I was also determined NOT to leave scraps so I used as much left over paper as I had and created 3 more cards! They are also masculine and can be for any occasion.

A video is available on the creation of these cards and can be viewed here.

This is all for today!

Wishing all those amazing dads out there a wonderful Father’s Day!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

Father’s Day DIY Cards

Hello crafty friends! I hope all the dads are having a wonderful Father’s Day!

For this Father’s Day post I am including the uploaded DIY tutorial video for 3 cards I created. The theme was circles and faces.

I recently purchased clear stamps from my visit to Puerto Rico which were just a series of faces with varying emotions and I knew I wanted to use them for this project. For the circles I decided to use a hole punch, a stencil set I also purchased in P.R. which included a large polka dot stencil and some very old foam geometric shaped stamps I found in my stash.

I am having trouble uploading the individual photos for each card onto this post but you can see them each in the video below.

All 3 cards are standard A2 size. I used distress inks and the circle foam stamp on the first card, an ink blending tool for the polka dot stencil in the second card and a 1 1/4″ hole punch in the third. I am very happy with how these cards turned out and I sent one to my father, my father-in-law and I gave one to my husband.

SUPPLIES:

  • Clear stamps were by La Casa De La Tarjeteria, Stencils by American Crafts (Vicki Boutin)
  • Distress inks used were Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke, and Carved Pumpkin.
  • Onyx black Versafine ink
  • 110lb White Cardstock from Core’dinations
  • Black cardstock by Recollections
  • Patterned Cardstock American Crafts Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy

I love to be able to create one of a kind cards for my loved ones and friends. Every now and then I get an order for personalized or special occasion cards and I really enjoy making those as well. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will stop by again soon!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial, Video

DIY Card Kit – 5 Cards

Hi everyone!

I am very excited to share this post with you all. I am away and scheduled several video posts. Due to time constraints though I am only making one blog post that will complement all of the scheduled videos.

Let me just start with…it is LATE as I write this and I am exhausted from packing, prepping, organizing, etc for this family trip. It has been hectic. So please, please excuse any errors, typos or silly mistakes I have made to this post or any of the video posts!

I have been in awe and admiration of many of the great card kits I have been seeing out there and I have been wanting to purchase a subscription. Unfortunately I cannot justify spending $25+ a month on a card kit no matter how gorgeous it is. So like a child that has been denied their favorite toy, I turned to my stash and created my very own DIY card kit. I knew I was going to create multiple cards to scheduled for this trip and felt this was the perfect opportunity to do this. Below is the card kit reveal video (my version of an unboxing lol).

SUPPLIES:

Paper:

12 6×6 sheets, variety of scraps, 12 5×7 sheets, die cuts, doilies

  • Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes)
  • Prima (Hello Pastel)
  • My Mind’s Eye (Ashbury Heights)
  • American Craft Dear Lizzy (Lucky Charm)
  • Simple Stories (Vintage Bliss)
  • Scraps
  • Anna Griffin
  • Recollections

Color:

  • DCWV watercolor paint
  • Ranger Gold embossing powder
  • Stampendous White and Stardust
  • InkaGold Rub
  • Kaisercraft in Tangello, Lagoon, Saffron
  • Hero Arts shadow ink Rose
  • Gold ink pad (stash)
  • Distress ink Ground espresso and Old Paper

I had so much fun trying to think outside the box when creating with limited supplies. I really enjoyed that process. All cards are 5×7″ cards. If you have any questions on card specifics, tools, sizing etc. please let me know. For the most part I used standard sizing or eyeballed measurements (I truly HATE measuring).

I hope you were able to find inspiration in this card kit and card set. I have many plans for new videos and posts when I return.

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, Tutorial

Whatup Wednesday – Viewers Choice Card Pop-Up Rainbow

Hi crafty friends!

This post is so late! I apologize, I have been prepping for an upcoming trip and there has been an immense amount of extra work!

And I still have a lot left to do so this will be short and sweet 😉

For this viewer’s choice card I made a pop-up rainbow greeting card. It was quite the challenge seeing as I had never used the pop-up die cut kit (despite the fact that I have had it for like a year, ha!) I had a vision and I have to say that the outcome was very close to it.

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For the background I used mostly patterned paper. With the exception of the clouds which I created using a blending tool and a DIY stencil. For the sentiment I found in my stash this perfect quote. I thought it worked out perfectly.

For the rainbow I cur out several patterned papers into nested circles and cut that in half. I used one half on the inside and the other on the outside.

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I wish I had a bit more experience with the pop-up die kit. This card may have been a bit easier to create. I enjoyed making it either way! And it sure makes me smile. I hope it brings a smile to your face too!

SUPPLIES

Paper:

  • Precut folded blank patterned A2 card – Recollections
  • Patterned paper – Recollections, Simple Stories (vintage bliss), American Crafts (Amy Tangerine), Prima (Hello Pastel)
  • White cardstock – Recollections

Color:

  • Versamagic Archival multi-surface Chalk ink (SeaBreeze)

Other:

  • Clover Andabee Adhesive Quotations (Beauty)

Tools:

  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • EK tools precision scissors
  • Westcott nonstick scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cuttlebug
  • Sizzix Circle framelits
  • Stampendous Fran’s Make it pop cutting dies
  • EK Success hole punch 1 1/18″
  • Tombow glue
  • Gluedots
  • ScorTape
  • Foam tape
  • Inksentials blending tool
DIY, embellishments, repurpose, Tutorial

Margarita Monday – DIY Scrap Paper Embellishments

 

 

Hi everyone!

I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend! Especially all the mom’s out there =D

In today’s post, I will share some of the embellishments I created using scraps. I really hate to throw away my leftovers after projects…. just in case you know? I have LOTS of scraps. And no matter how much I tell myself that I will use scraps in as many projects as I can… I don’t. I start projects from scratch every time! If anyone has any tips on how to help someone remember to use their scraps PLEASE SHARE! =)

Here are the finished embellishments. I barely made a dent in my scrap stash, but it’s a start. I will definitely begin to make embellishment posts more regularly and perhaps in this way I will be able to dwindle down my scraps once and for all!

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I am going to skip the supplies list and let me tell you why.

I find that when creating embellishments it is more a feeling that an instructional process. I grab some of my scraps, and then I go grab tools that could be helpful. I do not always use all of the tools I gather and sometime I end up using other things entirely. This is really just a fun way to get creative with paper and use whatever you have on hand to accomplish that. So for these embellishments you do not need instructions, just a bit of time, scraps and creativity.

I hope you can appreciate the absence of a supplies list and find ways to incorporate what YOU have at home to create beautiful embellishments for any project!

Until next time XoXo

DIY, Handmade cards, repurpose, Tutorial, Video

Throwback Thursday – DIY 90s POGS Spinner Card

Hello crafty friends!

For this Throwback Thursday post, I took it back to my childhood. I was inspired by the new kid’s fad, the fidget spinners and remembered when I grew up we had fads that came and went too.

One of those fads were POGS milkcaps. They are cardboard chips with different pictures and designs on them that kids would collect and play with. You can read more about them here.

Below is my interpretation of “POGS” card using various stamps and a 1 1/4″ hole punch.

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I used various stamps on scrap paper and then punched out the stamped images. I then layered the circles into 4 paper layers with a clear thread between the 2nd and 3rd circle layer. The thread connected 3 “POGS”. Then by cutting out a frame in 2 sheets of cardstock, I adhered the thread to the top and bottom of the frame. The inside of the card features a flap to hide a sentiment and a textured layer that shows through the front of the card. For a clear tutorial please refer to the YouTube video -> https://youtu.be/RBVJXaLL9k8

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SUPPLIES:

Paper:

  • Yellow cardstock – Recollections (card is 10 x 7, scored and folded at 5″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Beige cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Kraft cardstock – Recollections (full size is 6 3/4 x 4 3/4″; inner frame is 3 1/4 x 5 11/16″)
  • Circles – variety of scrap paper

Color:

  • Onyx Versafine Archival ink pad
  • Clear Versamark ink pad
  • Embossing powder – American Craft ZING Gold and Recollections Canary
  • Micron Archival marker

Tools:

  • Clear thread – my stash
  • Elmer’s Craft bond
  • 1 1/4 hole punch by EK Success tools
  • Westcott nonstick KleenEarth Scissors
  • foam tape
  • SorTape
  • Martha Stewart bone folder
  • Cuttlebug
  • Darice dots embossing folder

This is probably one of my favorite cards. It took a while to make but I enjoyed every second making it. I believe someone will be very happy to receive this cards for any special occasion or even just because.

I hope this post sparked some creative inspiration.

Until next time XoXo