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Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect Is Recalled & Will No Longer be Available In the USA
If any viewers know of any retailers (online or otherwise) that still have the Stamp Perfect for sale, please add a comment below so we can help our friends who haven't gotten one. Hopefully they might possibly find one as well. I got a message from a subscriber, Dena, who told me that HallmarkScrapbook.com sent her an email that said that the WeRMemoryKeeper and Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect stamping tools were not being sold within the US going forward as there is a recall on the products. The recall has to do with a patent infringement. I spoke to Hampton Arts and they said their products have been recalled from retailers. I did check with online and local retailers and couldn't find any major retailers still selling the Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect. I did not check on the WRMK tool as my concern was with the Stamp Perfect.. I did find Stamp Perfect's still available on Etsy and Ebay, and believe some small craft retailers may still have them. I also spoke to Acherryontop.com and although they currently do not have any Stamp Perfects in stock, they believe they can still acquire some if orders are placed. They said they would remove the Stamp Perfect from their website when it is no longer available. I tried to get more information from them as whether they are absolutely certain if they can get the Stamp perfect, but the woman I spoke with, reiterated that as long as the tool is on their website, they should still be able to get them. Ebay, Etsy and Amazon have them as well. Please check the comments below as our viewers are adding where they have found them as well. I'm sorry about this situation as I really felt this was a terrific tool for viewers, especially at the price it is being sold for.
Over 30 Different Craft Hacks from the Dollar Tree
I've been thinking about all of the different products I use from the Dollar Tree, but normally not for the purpose they are intended. Rich and I took a sneaky tour of our local Dollar Tree and showed you as many ideas as I could think of... 1. Color Palette--I use them for all of my water mediums, but I recently saw Lindsay, the frugal crafter, take a piece of sandpaper to hers to allow her to simply scribble a watercolor pencil or Gelato across the surface to release pigment, and I'll be showing it on an upcoming video. (Peg Stamp Storage is at the bottom, sorry) 2. Posterboard--use it for Xmas trees, ornaments, and I use it for the backgrounds of my photos on YouTube. 3. Finger Paint paper pad and Art Pad. I use these for stamp cushions and to layer behind my projects to absorb messes. 4. Paper pads--great for gifts. I've linked one of my videos to this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtg9Iq3grUE&t=489s 5. Washi tape-it's more papery than normal washi tape.  6. In auto dept., their masking tape isn't as sticky as others, so works for holding down watercolor paper and remove without ripping. If you're worried, rub it on your clothes or skin first to remove excess stick. 7. Foam tape in auto dept...great cheap foam tape. 8. Hair Gel--buy the blue for realistic water on cards, the link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GAk1E08GRs&t=8s 9. Hair Spray- works well for sealing projects with chalk or Mica Powder. 10. Spray bottles and pump bottles--work well for stamp cleanser and their spray bottle works like more expensive ones. 11. Hand Sanitizer--cleans MISTI and your hands. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJLZ1PCYgAA&t=1004s 12. Chap Eze use it to adhere red rubber stamps to adhere them to acrylic blocks or MISTI and clean up after is a breeze.  13.Shave Cream--use for marblizing card stock. link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6JW4OYPqOA 14. Eye Shadow applicator, cosmetic wedges and blender sponges, use for applying chalks or as blending tools, and use for stencils. 15. Large Make Up Brush...use it with a small closed plastic container with corn starch or baby powder for wiping cardstock before using embossing powders to remove fingerprints, excess powder and smudges. Nail products 16. Sanding block--great for removing rough edges on card stock 17. Eye Shadow in pots--use in place of Pearl Ex or for any time you want something glittery, link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJrymgnr1C4&t=10s In Laundry 18. Drier Sheets--use to remove intricate die cuts and leave nothing behind. In Kitchen --19. Chopping Mats--use it to protect pages in your art journal and use for cutting surface for craft knife, as well as to put your project on like a craft mat. In Child Dept. 20. Clasp Free Elastic Bands- use for book marks. link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QablQQu7oE 21. Baby Powder--for embossing, texture paste and DIY Gesso, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5BhWEv8AdE 22. Baby Shampoo--DIY stamp cleanser 10 parts water to one part baby shampoo..link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJLZ1PCYgAA&t=1004s 23. Baby Bibs-use in place of baby wipes (#24), as baby wipes add to trash, and baby bibs without plastic backing, velcro to the arm of my craft chair and clean up is a breeze. 25. Reading Glasses for those of us over forty. 26. Knee Highs--put two knee highs together and fill with 2 Tablespoon either baby powder or corn starch then knot them and cut off the excess. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4f7sStfkGs&t=2s 27. Decorator Dept. Take a small glass bowl and add flat backed marbles to hold your glue bottle with the point side down, so the glue is always ready to come out of the bottle. 28. Alcohol. I use 90% that's available at your big stores like Walmart/Target, CVS and put a few drops with a baby dropper into your alcohol based markers to re juice them if they get dry. I also use it to take ink off of the inside of the MISTI. See link at end of video. 29. Cotton Swabs-applying chalk to projects. Or, removing ink from a portion of a stamp that you want to color with another ink.  30. Sheet Protectors--put them into a 3 ring binder and put your larger embossing folders inside.  Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoFeYAp-IIE. 31. Peg Stamp Storage in plastic goods--I love using these to hold my peg stamps, as they stand upright and you can see them easily, and they come in a variety of colors if you want pink for flowers, blue for holidays, etc.  Link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UImWvOonwgw&t=36s Contact Info: email: [email protected]
Craft Room Tour, Crafting For Almost Everyone
This is my first video for Crafting for Almost Everyone. I wanted to share my craft room with you so you get an idea of how I arrange my supplies and tools so they are easily accessible for me. I am really excited to engage in this process so hopefully more people with challenges can try new crafts and know which tools works best under our different circumstances because of the trails and errors I've faced along the way. More importantly, Let's have fun with this! I've been asked about the Tim Holtz acrylic blocks and the knobs I attached to the blocks. The blocks are for Idea-ology and are called "Fragments." They were about $10 at Michaels, Joanns and Hobby Lobby before using a coupon. The knobs are also from Tim Holtz Idea-ology and are called Curio Knobs and are $8 at Hobby Lobby and $9 at Michaels before the coupon. The last items you need to make my blocks are a ruler, a black Sharpie and Super Glue. Please remember to make your grid lines on the top of your block so when you clean it, you lines stay in place. I think you'll really like how light and user-friendly these blocks will be for you. Please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel. I have so many great ideas to benefit crafters like myself.,
New Store....Twenty More Dollar Tree Craft Hacks
Our new Dollar Tree opened, and as promised, I made another crafty idea video... 1. Wax paper-used with dies so the paper comes out easily.. In your sandwich, lay your cardstock down first, then wax paper to cover it, then your die facing down, then the top plate. It makes the paper come out much easier and helps the dies work better, longer. fyi, If you add four folded new drier sheets under the paper, it will work even better.      2. Plastic wrap--to adhere napkins to cardstock..remove layers of your napkin until you only have the top layer left. Put a piece of copy paper under your project, then the cardstock, then a piece of plastic wrap just big enough to cover the cardstock, then the napkin with the pattern face up. Put another piece of copy paper on top and iron until the napkin has adhered to the cardstock.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Vbyw50KyY&t=19s 3. Coffee filters---they work great to catch glitter or embossing powder to then return them to their bottles. You can also wipe your work surface with the outside of the filter to get rid of the rest of the glitter.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMVNYO_abr8 4. Used K-cup coffees: Maremi SmallArt made a great video showing how to use coffee and tea in her art journals and mixing them with texture paste. I've seen other videos where they've used coffee grinds instead of tea to mix with texture paste, but couldn't find that video...this is Maremi's. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiQp3f6XNUY 5. Medical paper tape: great for holding down dies and you can make homemade washi tape with it as well.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHKxllorhtE 6. Pump bottle for homemade stamp cleanser- 1 tsp. baby shampoo to rest water 7. Make Up Brushes for wiping off spare embossing powders or use for wiping excess glitter off. 8. Toothbrushes....use your old ones for flicking paint and for cleaning your rubber stamps.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzT8KvFfLo8 9..Quick Erasers-use them to take watercolor paint stains off paint palettes. Lindsay the frugal crafter loves these for this technique. 10. 360 duster---use for wiping off excess glitter or embossing powder from your work surface. 11. Dog hair removers--use them to clean up after using glitter or embossing powder 12. Planners---remake them for gifts https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8Obw7M63Gc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DG471IwBdo 13. Paper clips-- I use them with hot glue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtg9Iq3grUE&t=489s 14. Stickers like enamel dots---color them with alcohol markers to change the colors to match your project  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ10b48x0Z4 15. Small tea lights...I just made a lighted card with them.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4Lk5b4NcEY 16. Picture frames--put a decorated paper inside and glue a Christmas ornament to the glass.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdhLkp_Kk3o 17. Gift bags for inside photo frames or as a layer on your cards or to decoupage onto wood for art. Here's a video where they did that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLvfbZefd10 18. Tissue Paper--use in art journals for decoupaging or to make into washi tape. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHKxllorhtE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g4m-yiECXc 19. Gift Sacks for albums https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJfr-T16I8A 20. Christmas ornaments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdhLkp_Kk3o 21. Kids wig, a mirror and a skull --best Halloween wreath ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpP05Spb5Ow&t=12s 22. Napkins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVqcVIU7yuw or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRx4PM_ZdRY 23. Silicone ice cube trays: use them in any shape for making embellishments with hot glue or caulking or, to make homemade candies in (but don't use the same trays for both type projects) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbXMsOcrg5Y 24. Paper towels...when you use paints or sprays and want a cool impression left behind, or for making your own mulberry paper  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Uyox2BhrR0 or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1-hG38b4gs 25. Socks---diy Gnomes not snowmen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMJpQjMIvxc 26. Tiny Vaselines for blending colored pencils. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWIvt50DiNQ 27. Chopping mats---use with dies to make stencils or a mask Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
How to Make a Dry Alcohol Marker Usable, an Easy Fix for Sharpies too!
I'm not sure if every crafter knows what to do when their alcohol markers start to dry out, so I thought I'd do a little tutorial on it. All you need is 91% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and a eye dropper (that you only use for this purpose.) Using a pair of tweezers, remove the larger nib and then using the eye dropper, squeeze 4-5 drops of alcohol into the opening of the marker where the nib was. Replace the nib and let the marker lay on its side overnight. It should work fine. If it's still not working, I'm not sure what else you can do beside buying a re inker for it or a new marker. Produced with CyberLink PowerDirector 14
Jennifer McGuire Crafty Haul and Card, a Thank You Video!
After watching my videos on "becoming Jennifer McGuire," Jennifer sent me this lovely box of goodies. She sent Hero Arts ink pads, Distress Ink mini pads, Distress Markers, a Simon Says Stamp Background Stamp called Elizabeth, and a really cute card (that of course I'm going to have to try this technique.) Thanks Jennifer, for the great box of goodies and card. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Impression Obsessions and a Great Background Technique
Rich and I attended the Adventures in Stamping Show in Akron, Ohio, and saw this great background technique at the Impression Obsession booth. I'll be doing an upcoming video to show you how I would make the same background technique.   Thanks Melinda, for the great technique! Here are the tools she used: Inks:    http://tinyurl.com/y93a75s5 Removable adhesive runner:   http://tinyurl.com/y9bsnjub Mega-Mount (Rocking mount)    http://tinyurl.com/yb2s3f53 Rolling Waves Stamp     http://tinyurl.com/yc46s5ln I couldn't find the french script stamp at the Impression Obsession website or the first leaf stamp she used, as she didn't mention the name of it, sorry. Here's the link to their website: http://www.iostamps.com/ Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Using Scrap Die Cuts to Make a Shaker Card
I had more of the alcohol ink backgrounds that I hadn't used, so I used feather dies from Simon Says Stamp that someone had given me (I apologize that I forgot!) I cut several feathers and laid them using tape runner on another alcohol ink background that I had made. I used a 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card base in green and added a the alcohol ink background cut to 5 1/4 x 4" and after laying feathers on it, attached a die cut of fun foam to it. I put 1/8" tear tape on the fun foam and laid a piece of plastic (from a stamp set) to the front after filling the inside with small beads and confetti from Hobby Lobby that looks like sequins but doesn't have the holes in it. I made a green piece that was 5 1/4 x 4" with the same size die centered on it that I used for the fun foam. Then I took a die that was one size smaller and a piece of another color green card stock that was 5"x 3 3/4" and attached the smaller green piece on top of my plastic. Then I took my sentiment that I cut on the smallest size dies from the set from Aliexpress that were $1.49 for the set. Here's the link where I found it. https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?ltype=wholesale&d=y&origin=y&isViewCP=y&catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20170523073003&SearchText=rectangle+die+set+metal&blanktest=0&tc=af I layered the sentiment on a light orange color onto a green die cut the next size bigger. I took orange ribbon and wrapped around the sentiment and used tape runner to attach it. I wrapped the same ribbon around the envelope after putting tear tape on the back of the ribbon. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Easy Big WOW Factor Starburst Christmas Card
First, an apology for where I put the Halloween card. At least you can see it (a little bit) later on in the video. Sorry again for that boo boo. Using Jack Frost paper from American Crafts 6 x 6 paper pad, cut long triangles in at least five different patterns that coordinate. I also used one silver glitter piece of cardstock as well. Cut at least five triangles of each pattern. I used Neenah pastel blue 110 pound cardstock that I bought from Amazon.com. I covered the front of the card with glue, wet, glue stick or ATG. I used ATG and tape runner. Find a point that you want to make the center of your starburst and lay your first triangle with the point there. Place the other cardstocks butting against the piece before it. Make sure that all of the cardstock is long enough to cover the edge of your card. I made a medallion out of 1 1/2" circle punch and 1 3/4" scallop circle punch. The stamp set I used was Hero Arts Bird and Branch Christmas and the ink I used was Stampin Up's Night of Navy. I made navy blue sparkly ribbon by taking embroidery/tatting yarn and held it against the Night of Navy ink pad with a baggy and pulled the thread through it several times until it was blue. I then put a dollop of glitter glue from Michaels (clear) on the baggy and pulled the string through the baggy to make the glue stick to it. After it dried, I attached it to the back of the medallion with dimensionals and then put more dimensionals on top of it to ensure they stayed in place and the medallion stayed on the card. I hope you liked it and will try it yourself.
Let's Talk Scissors
This video narrows down the most effective scissors I've found for my specific needs. Thanks to DianeinSparks from Splitcoast Stampers for giving me the scoop on the Fiskars scissors. This was a game-changer for me. Diane, I'm so grateful to you for this recommendation and now I can share it with others. I have three scissor recommendations that should cover all of your cutting needs. 1. For cutting rubber stamps and cardboard--Tim Holtz Scissors-Kush Grip Non-stick micro-serrated 7" snips (Prices were comparable at A C Moore, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby with coupon. $17.99 Michael's before 50% coupon). Don't buy the longer ones, we can't use them. 2. For cutting longer paper projects like giftwrap or if you can't squeeze much at all--Fiskars Easy Action Scissors 8" (Prices were comparable at A C Moore, Joann's, and Hobby Lobby with coupon. $19.99 Michael's before 50% coupon). 3. For fussy cutting or any small paper cutting=-Stampin Up paper snips $10.00. If you do not have a Stampin Up demonstrator, please use the link to my friend Linda Bauwin on my YouTube home page. This is not for any financial gain for me, but to repay her for her kindness and encouragement by referring others to her.
Fabric Covered Dollar Tree Glass Plate, Great Gift/Holiday Table Decor
I watched this done on another channel and they didn't use Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe...so I decided to try it for myself. I went to the Dollar Tree where they have clear glass full size dinner plates 10 1/2" across, and bought two of them to try this out. Here's a link to them. http://tinyurl.com/ycy8ohys I found Mod Podge Dishwasher Safe at Target.com for $3.98 and here's the link to it. http://tinyurl.com/ya79yjdx To begin this project, you'll need to wipe your plate with rubbing alcohol to remove any fingerprints/grime. I ran mine through the dishwasher then wiped it with alcohol just to be on the safe side. You'll need a foam brush, 1/2 yard of the material of your choice, and a good pair of fabric scissors. (I used my Tim Holtz small snips to cut the material once it was on the plate.) the 5" micro snips are my favorite...Here's a link to them. http://tinyurl.com/yb946teq After the plate is clean, and before you've removed the seal from the bottle of Mod Podge, lay the bottle on it's side and roll it around on your work surface to mix the Mod Podge. Then you will lay the plate face down on a work surface (I used a Dollar Tree cutting mat for under my project)....Coat the back (underside) of the plate with Mod Podge (dishwasher safe) with a foam brush, trying not to leave any gobs or uneven areas of Mod Podge.  Lay the material face down, making sure you've covered the plate on all sides with the material. (I didn't trim my material until after I'd glued it to the plate. ) Once the material is laid in place, coat the material with Mod Podge all the way to the edges of the plate. Make sure you don't have any bubbles underneath, and now's the time to pick up the material and re-adjust it if you have an issue with wrinkles or bubbles. I waited overnight for the Mod Podge to dry, then trimmed it from the edges of the plate.  I used Tim Holtz small 5" scissors, and trimmed to the edge of the plate.  I  added a second layer of Mod Podge and made sure that I went around and under the edges to ensure they were well adhered... Try to make sure you don't leave any big globs of Mod Podge, and that you've coated the fabric surface so you can see the Mod Podge everywhere. I cleaned the mat with my homemade stamp cleanser (1 tsp. baby shampoo in spray bottle filled with water), but really, once the Mod Podge has dried, it can basically be pulled off the plastic mat with your fingers. I added a third coat of Mod Podge the next day to ensure it was going to be well coated. NOTE: You need to let it cure (don't put it in the dishwasher) for 28 days. That means you can wash the top of the plate, but keep the underside out of water for 28 days so it has time to completely dry and set up. I wiped the edges of the plate while the Mod Podge was still wet to clean the spots where I got a little crazy with Mod Podge.... I also made a plate using Christmas material. The Christmas material had some thicker areas that were (fake) embroidered) and those sections were difficult to adhere to the plate evenly. I didn't have any problems with the first material I used, but I needed to cut the Christmas material around some of the leaves, so I could lay the material on the plate to ensure the material laid flat. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
An Accidental Technique Discovery for Colored Pencils
I bought these note cards at Michaels last week, which would have been the week of Halloween, 2016, in case you are interested in buying them. They were $1.50 for six of them. I started coloring them with colored pencils and didn't love the results, so I started using a white eraser from Prismacolor, and erasing my coloring. The result was a very subdued, vintage looking card. I also used some Vaseline to help with blending and erased that and was able to build more color on top of that. I really liked the end result and just added a few pearls to the centers of the flowers for some dimension and washi tape on the envelope. I hope you like this technique discovery and will try it for yourself. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
A Peanut Butter Pinecone Bird Feeder DIY, Easy Kid's Craft
I wanted to make some videos for kids to do while they are off on Thanksgiving break and this is an easy one. You'll need one or more pinecones, a jar of cheap smooth peanut butter and bird seed. I found my bird seed in the bulk section of my grocery store and only bought a pound of it. I made two pinecones and the project used the entire jar of peanut butter and most of the bird seed. On one pinecone I used floral wire and wrapped it inside the pinecone and twisted the wire so no edges were exposed. On the other, I used a jute or twine and tied it in a knot. I used a spatula to fill the peanut butter into the pinecone then put handfuls of bird seed on it and pressed them into it. Rich thinks it would work better to microwave the peanut butter and pour it onto the pinecone, but I was afraid it wouldn't stick. You can try it if you think it will work for you. Our birds are loving these and sit on it almost all day long. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
House Mouse Stamp Using Alcohol Markers, Distress Inks & Watercolor Pencil Techniques
I've had this Stampendous House Mouse Jelly Bean Nap stamp and wanted to make an Easter postcard and card using it as a viewer, Nenna, asked me to do a card using a House Mouse stamp. I also used a stamp from Just for Fun for my sentiment, and used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink and Spectrum Noir markers for coloring. My Happy Easter stamp came from a Amuse Studios set called For Peep Sake as did a chick that was used inside the card I created. If you make a mistake using alcohol markers (going outside the line or coloring something you shouldn't have colored), buy a blender marker as it is clear and will take away color. You can also use a very light color in the same color family to try to blend the color out if you don't have a blender pen For my background, I used Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Squeezed Lemonade and overlapped the yellow and blue to make a green. The brushes were from Harbor Freight Liquidators and sell for $9.99 for a set of 36 and are 1" chip brushes. I cut about 1/2" to 3/4" off the top to make them work for blending and distressing.. I really love these for blending and making a great soft background. I used Prismacolor and Caran d'Ache Supracolor watercolor pencils to highlight my jelly beans as they needed more shading. I liquefied them with a blender pen from Stampin' Up. I used pink paper from Stampin' Up for my backing for the postcard and for the card. On the back of the postcard mouse, I used a lot of tear tape to adhere it to the pink paper. My postcard stamp was a generic red rubber stamp that I bought from Ebay. I do have a really nice postcard stamp from Amy Tangerine, but couldn't locate it easily so used the generic one. In the end, it was roughly 4" x 5 1/2" wide and the card was 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and fit into an A2 size white envelope that you can buy at any craft store. I used washi tape from the Dollar Tree for the envelope. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
DIY Texture Paste with Two Techniques
I used Red Devil Latex Caulk and bought two tubes for $1.99 at my local hardware store. They were having a buy one get one sale. The molds I bought from Amazon and they are called silicone fondant molds and are around $5 each. 47CMC and the Frugal Crafter both have tutorials on this process and here are their links. 47CMC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHlfd2UoSC8 Frugal Crafter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9QazF5QaqI I combined both of their techniques and added some of my own. When removing the project from its mold, you must make sure you have waited 24 hours and remove the film from the top with rubbing alcohol on a scouring pad (not a Brillo pad, but one that you'd use on the inside of a pan.) I colored mine with craft paint, re inker, mica, and metallic rub ons. I saw the you can also spray paint them. Make sure you do NOT use silicone caulk. You need to use a latex based caulk that is white and then color it to whatever color you want.
300 Loads of DIY Dry  Laundry Detergent
To make my dry laundry detergent, I found the recipe from Adrielle Pyper on YouTube and varied mine per the video. She uses a hand grater and stirs her ingredients by hand. I'm not able to do that so I use my food processor instead. I want to make sure that you are aware that this puts off a lot of dust into the air when you use the food processor. So if you have any kind of allergies to dust or detergents, you might want to use the hand stir and grate method instead of mine. The ingredients are : Fels Naptha -you'd need three of these for one bar of Zote or Zote--I use this in white. Pink is scented and white is not. If you don't want to use the Purex Scent Crystals to make your detergent have a nice scent, you can go with the pink Zote. It's not overly scented, but does have more scent than the white Zote. You will find this in the laundry detergent section of your Walmart, Target or grocery store. I cut the Zote into cubes and then run it through the food processor on the shred function. I do all of the Zote before doing anything else. I make my detergent in three batches and use big bowls. I divide the Zote into three equal parts and put one part in the food processor with the cutting blade now instead of the shredding blade. I put the other two parts into big bowls. Zote is $2.64 for a bar. I also added one bar of Ivory soap which is 40 cents and ran it through the food processor. Add to them in three equal parts: a box of Washing Soda $3.97 Two 1 pound boxes of Baking Soda $1.64 for two a Box of Borax $3.89 An Oxy Clean type product--I buy mine at the Dollar Tree and I use three pounds or three boxes $3 The containers from the Dollar Tree come with their own scoop and the scoop is a little bit over 2 tablespoons. You can use these for the laundry detergent, as you use 2 tablespoon for a regular load. An extra dirty load, use 3 tablespoons. Purex Scent Crystals one bottle $3.47 (don't put this in the food processor) You will take all of the ingredients except the scent crystals and spin them through the food processor until it is finely ground then put the batch into a large container (like an old detergent plastic container). Once it's in the plastic container, add 1/3 of the bottle of scent crystals and stir them into the mix. Do the same process with the other two batches making sure you continue to add the scent crystals. Again, you use 2 tablespoon for a load of laundry and 3 for a really dirty or extremely large load. The total to make this recipe is $19.01 which is 6 cents a load for three hundred loads. Tide is roughly 18 cents a load on sale. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Let's Talk Blending Tools, Which Tool Will Work For You?
I am testing blending tools to show primarily people with physical limitations just how each tool will work and the benefits and disadvantages to each of them. 1. Make Up Sponge--I can't fold it to use it effectively, so this is not a tool I would recommend. It is only $1 for a bag though, so it's not a big investment to try them. 2. Hot Glue a Make Up Sponge into a pop bottle lid and then glue that into a plumbing fitting. Also very inexpensive, but I could not get a clean line when using it and it really wasn't worth the amount of effort to hot glue it together when other tools are better and not much more expensive. 3. Fingertip dauber--Come usually in a pack of three or more and sell for between $4 and $7 for three before coupons. Good for small projects, not for big. 4. Wood finger dauber --could not find one online as I bought mine at a craft show. Good for small projects, not for big. 5. Stencil Brush $7.99 for 15 at Amazon. I can't get these to work well at all. 6. Stipple Brush Nice fit in the hand but I got weird marks in my papers and couldn't use it properly. $2.39 at Create for Less for a smaller one than mine. 7. Stampin' Up Blender Sponge--You are supposed to cut these into quarters, but I didn't because I can't hold small things properly. I also could not get a good clean image with the sponge. $3.50 for three at Stampin' Up. 8. Ranger Round Blender Tool $6.99 before coupons at Joanns--works well but hard to hold. 9. Ranger Rectangular Blender Tool $7.49 before coupons at Joanns- works as well as the round but same problem in my hand. 10. Judikins Brush--Love the way this leaves a really light color on the paper and fits well in my hand. Could not find a price for it but I bought mine at Pat Catans at a stamp show. 11.Darice Ink Foam Pods--Looks like a marshmellow and comes in a set of 24 for around $7. The first time you use it, it absorbs a lot of ink and is hard to use because the ink won't leave the pod. Once the ink has dried into it, and you apply another color, it works well. It was a surprise to me that it worked as well as it did since the only other time I had tried it, the ink was not coming off onto the paper. 12. Tupelo Designs LLC custom made blender tool $4.75 at Tupelo Designs LLC website. I love the way this feels in my hand and it leaves a nice image. It is my favorite blending tool for the reasons I have stated. Plus it uses the sponges from the rectangular Ranger blending tool so customizing the sponge for the project is not more expensive than if you bought the Ranger one.
Monochromatic Ink Stamping with Misti
One of my New Year's resolutions is that I want to turn into Jennifer McGuire this year. Not in her organized way, I'll never be able to handle that, but in her cards. I think she has a remarkable eye for card making and want to try to be more like her. Of course that doesn't mean I don't still love Lindsay, she's my first crafty love, but she's doing more painting and worry that might be more than I can aspire to. With that being said, I watched some videos Jennifer did on Monochromatic Stamping. Here are the two videos that I combined into creating my own technique. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BOlNQv3Vjg&t=179s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp2RSg3Oo5s&t=219s I started with a bunch of sheets of different medium colored card stocks that were each 5 1/4" tall by 4" wide. I then laid my Bamboo Rose stamps from Altenew. and put my card stock on the 1" mark on the Misti. I inked the MISTI with Unicorn White pigment ink from Hero Arts and had to re-stamp my images a couple of times to ensure they were all really white. I found in doing this process with darker colored card stock. I recommend light to medium colors as the darks just did not look as good I thought they should. After letting my white ink dry overnight, I chose ink colors that were a little darker than the card stock and then moved my card stock to 7/8" or 15/16" on my MISTI and put the magnet on the top of the card again. I used Grape Jelly ink on the purple card stock from Color Box by My Favorite Things. If the color doesn't show up vivid enough, go for a darker or brighter ink. I used a wide variety of inks with my colored cardstocks until I got the colors I liked. I apologize that I forgot to show stamping the sentiments and heat embossing them. I used Pearl White detail embossing from Hero Arts and White Embossing powder from Hero Arts. After the inks were dry, I put a piece of fun foam on the back of my card fronts, I used wet glue, but I highly recommend using tear tape instead. Once I changed over to tear tape, my card fronts looked much more flat. The ones I used with wet glue, I had to put a heavy book on the cards to make them flat. I put matching washi tape on my envelopes and I really think my cards came out close to something Jennifer McGuire would have created. I have to say, for my first attempt, I'm really pleased with the results and hope you are as well. This isn't a difficult process, but it is time consuming. I could have used my heat gun to speed up the process, but I made so many cards, it would have taken a long time to heat them all. Please leave me a comment and let me know if you like this series! Also, I would appreciate it if you like a video, that you will send the link to one friend so they can see my channel and maybe they will subscribe as well. My other resolution is to grow my channel to 3,000 subscribers this year. I'd really appreciate your help with this quest I'm on. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Can You Live Without a Scoring Board..How to Make Your Own
I got an email from Elizabeth giving me her thoughts on whether or not you need a scoring board. She uses her paper trimmer and the indentation where the paper cuts to score her paper. It was a really good idea and it got me thinking about whether you really need a board to score on. I created my own score board with about a $2 investment rather than a $20 investment. You absolutely need a "T" ruler that you should be able to buy at any Walmart/Target. You will also need a pad of paper with a straight edge that is at least1/4" thick. Using your ruler, you need to make lines on your paper pad at 1", 2", 3", 4", 4 1/4", 5", 5 1/2", 6" and you can make more if you want. A normal card size is a standard size piece of paper cut in half on the 11" edge, so it will end up being 5 1/2" long and 8 1/2" wide. You will score the paper at 4 1/4" which is one-half of 8 1/2". Lining your paper up with the end of the paper pad and putting your t ruler on the 4 1/4" mark, find anything that has a point, and rub down the paper using the ruler as your edge. A knitting needle, smaller crochet hook, the eye end of a needle you would thread, a non working ball point pen, a mechanical pencil with the lead pulled inside, a butter knife, the back end of a small paint brush and idea you can come up with should work. I hope this gives the new paper crafter some ideas on how to save money. Produced with CyberLink PowerDirector 14
Ghost Stamping Technique
I really liked the way this card turned out. It uses a technique, Jennifer calls ghost stamping. I tailored my card after this video of Jennifer McGuire's. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBcoU7twL1k Here are some of the supplies I used: My Creative Times Many Greetings stamp set Avery Elle Petals and Stems stamp set Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink acrylic block craft card stock 5 1/2" wide by 4 1/4" tall (folded) peg stamps, caladium leaf and foliage leaf www.pegstamps.com Martha Stewart Florentine gold glitter white and henna prismacolor colored pencils Glossy Accents washi tape for envelope I stamped the flowers with the Unicorn white ink randomly on the bottom and sides of my card. Then dried the images with my heat tool. I used my corn starch pouch and wiped the top portion of my card and stamped my sentiment in Versamark Ink then used Ranger white embossing powder and heat set it. I chose a set of inks that are in the pink range of colors but in one container from Stampin' Up that is discontinued but you can still buy them from Kaleidacolor from Tsukineko. I re stamped using different pinks on each flower but offset a little bit. Once I had stamped all of my flowers, I took my Prismacolor White pencil and went around the images to emphasize the shadow. Then I took another pencil that was called Henna and outlined the flowers with it as well. I then used a Martha Stewart Florentine gold glitter with my Zig two way glue pen to highlight the centers of the flowers. I thought I needed some Caladium leaf and foliage leaf stamps from peg stamps and stamped leaves around my flowers. After I finished with everything, I added some green colored pencil around my leaves to make them stand out as well. I used Glossy Accents on all of the flowers and leaves to make them really look 3-d. I was really happy with the results and hope you like them as well. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Let's Talk Tape Dispensers aka ATG
I didn't realize that Rich had already put this video live and so I haven't added the information to it. I apologize for my tardiness. The first glue gun is the Snail from Stampin' Up. It sells for $7.00 from Stampin' Up that includes 40 ft. of adhesive. Refills are $4.50 for 40 ft. It is a small and convenient adhesive. Tombow and Darice make these as well for a lower cost and more accessible through normal craft retailers. The second is the Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro that sells at gluearts.com for a grey or green handle for $6.29 and refills are $8.99. I found the refills less expensive at Scrapbookpal.com for $6.11 for 40 ft. It doesn't have a trigger and pushes or pulls for ease of use. The adhesive is stronger than the other three guns. The adhesive also comes in Permatac (which is what I used), ExtremeTac, Repositionable, and ValueTac and all are the same price at gluearts.com for 40 ft. The third is the Xyron Mega Runner that sells for $14.43 at Amazon Prime for the machine and one refill of 100 ft. The refills are available at Joanns for $10.99 full price (use a coupon). Lastly is Scotch ATG that sells at Joanns $39.99 full price (use a coupon) or $22.74 at Amazon Prime and $21.88 + shipping at FRUUGO.com with two refills of 36 yards each or 108 feet. The refills are $6.49 for two at Joann.com full price, (use a coupon.) If you want a generic, Lindsay the Frugal Crafter buys her refills at the tapedepot.com for $26.64 for 12 rolls. The nice thing about this adhesive is that they sell it in 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4" widths. Then there's always tear tape if you prefer to avoid a gun. Here's my observation. The Scotch gun is heavy and difficult for the left handed user. The Xyron and the Glue Glider Pro are ok, but for me, I feel most comfortable using the small Snail and the tear tape. I'll try to use the three other guns in videos so you can see them in action, but I think I gave my reasons for my choices on the video. I hope this helps you make your choice of ATG. *Produced with CyberLink PowerDirector 14
Layered Birch Tree Die, How To Layer Die Cuts
Here's another use for the alcohol ink backgrounds I made. I bought a birch tree die from Aliexpress for $3.15. Their prices vary, here's a link to the birch tree dies there. https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?ltype=wholesale&d=y&origin=y&isViewCP=y&catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20170521130357&SearchText=birch+tree+die+metal&blanktest=0&tc=af I cut two of the tree dies, one on a bone cardstock 5 1/4 x 4" and a grey one that was the same size. I took Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and used a brush I bought at Harbor Freight Liquidators to highlight the trees to make them look shaded on the bone card stock.. Using a piece of white 110 lb Recollections 5 1/4" x 4" cardstock and a die from Aliexpress that was the largest in the set, I cut the center out of the paper. This set was $2.32 and here's the link to it. https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?ltype=wholesale&d=y&origin=y&isViewCP=y&catId=0&initiative_id=SB_20170521130949&SearchText=rectangle+die+set+metal&blanktest=0&tc=af After cutting the center of the white card stock, I took a piece of gray cardstock that was 5 1/8 x 3 7/8" and laid it under the white frame I just cut out. By doing this, you can find the right size die to create another frame that you'll be able to see inside the white paper. (I think this die was two sizes smaller than the largest die). Once you find the size die you want, you'll lay it on your gray paper, making sure to center it in the white frame, then holding it in place, tape it down with washi tape or medical tape, something not very sticky, and remove the white frame. Using the Vagabond, I cut this piece and then put tape runner on the white frame and laid the gray frame on top of it. Since the sizes are almost the same, make sure you can't see the gray paper on the outside of the white paper. Put tape runner all around the edges of the gray paper and lay the bone colored trees on it. I needed to cut two trees off of my die cut. Make sure you cut the same two trees off of the gray die cut as well. Carefully lay the bone colored trees down and glue them in place and then offset the gray trees so they look like shadows. I used wet glue (I think it was the Best Glue Ever) on the back of my bone colored trees to ensure the gray trees were glued well to them and so my branches don't stick up. You'll want your branches glued together if possible. I used a white card base that is 5 1/2" tall x 4 1/4" wide. I cut the alcohol ink background down to 5 1/4" x 4" and using tape runner, centered it on the front of my card base. Then I took more wet glue and applied my framed trees to the front. I took the centers that I die cut from my frames and layered them together with tape runner and put them inside the card where you would write. I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts Friend stamp set #L351 on a piece of the white card stock and took one of the dies from my set and cut it out and cut a piece of the grey in the next size bigger die, cut both out then layered them on top of each other and used tape runner to hold them together. I put foam pieces behind the gray piece. I didn't adhere it yet, as I decided my trees needed to be more white. I took a Prismacolor white pencil and colored them and then used a Uni Posca white paint marker and made white horizontal dashes on the trees to make them look more authentic. I had one branch that was sticking up, so added some wet glue behind it and then set my glue bottle on it to hold it. I put my sentiment in the center of the card and added some green leaf washi tape to my envelope and stamped the back of my card with "I made this for you." If you don't have a background, you can use any medium, watercolor pencils, colored pencils, gelatos, to create a background where one third is green, the middle is yellow and the top one third is orange for a sunset look. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Making Matchbook Notepads Inspired by Little Hot Tamale
I watched a video by Little Hot Tamale and it inspired me to create my own matchbook notepads. Here's her video in case you'd like to check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBtwvfDYVnQ I keep track of videos I watch in a journal and will link that video to the end. For some reason, I thought this video was older, but didn't realize it's a pretty recent video. I used my own measurements and changed things to accomodate the papers I bought at Joanns. They were on sale for 10 for $2 and every sheet had several pieces you could cut to create the front of your matchbook. Many of you know I'm a huge Halloween fan and am trying to help others with fun ideas for classrooms for Halloween. A friend is doing a fundraiser and I wanted to donate some things, and these are fast and easy to make. I used ten pieces of typing paper cut to 7 1/2" x 3 1/4" wide and fold them in half. If once you fold them in half, you have any edges that stick out, trim them with your paper scissors. For the outside, you will cut it 8 3/4" x 3 1/2" then score it on the 8 3/4" side score at 3/4" and 5" but be careful scoring trying to make sure you don't push so hard that you crack your paper. Fold the 3/4" score up and the 5" score down, so it looks like a matchbook. I used an electric stapler (as I don't have the strength to staple without it through this depth of paper.) Use your bone folder on the typing paper and really press that fold as thin as possible. Use the bone folder on both sides (flip it over), so you make that stack as thin as possible near the top so you can staple through them. I used an Infoguard electric stapler that I think I bought at Walmart for my stapling. Put your folded papers into the bottom where the 3/4" fold is, and center the 10 folded papers with the fold edge down into the bottom and use your stapler and staple on the bottom with two staples. I didn't like the way the backs of my staples stuck up, and worried people would catch the staple on their clothes, so I used pliers and squeezed the staples so they were flat on the back. I cut the papers from Joanns down so they would fit on the front of my matchbook, but not so it's sentiment might be lost under the bottom flap. I used tape runner and wet glue to apply my image, then used a brayer to ensure it was well adhered. I liked the idea of adding washi tape to the flap on the bottom so it would cover the staples and look like the thing you strike a match on. I used two layers on front and back to make sure the staples would be able to be well covered. Please make some of these and share them on my facebook page, crafting for almost everyone, as I'd love to see what others are making. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
How to Make a Box, Any Size, It's Up To You!
To make a box, you need to first determine how tall your contents will be. Make sure the depth is high enough to accommodate your contents without smashing them. This is your first measurement and let's assume it is 2" tall. Write this number down. Next, determine the largest object in length and width in your box. We will assume it is 5 x 7". You need to add some give room so add 1/4" to length and width. To determine the size of your paper: Add 5"width + 1/4" for extra width + 2" for one side + 2" for the other side total is 9 1/4" for your width for length 7" + 1/4" for extra space + 2" for the one side + 2" for the other side total is 11 1/4" in length You will cut your paper 9 1/4 x 11 1/4" and score each side at 2". Fold your score lines and cut small notches on the sides to the score line. Use really strong adhesive, score tape, tear tape or heavy duty liquid glue. This is the base of the box. To line the box, measure the sides (length and width) and subtract 1/4" and the sides should be 2" tall so subtract 1/4" and these are the measurements for the pieces to line the insides of your bottom of your box. To make the lid of your box, the height is going to be 1 1/2" tall. You need to add 1/8" to made your lid fix to the length and width. Width 5" 1/4" for excess which is 2/8" 1 1/2" for side 1 1/2" for other side 1/8" to make lid fit total is 8 3/8" Height 7" 1/4" for excess which is 2/8" 1 1/2" for side 1 1/2" for other side 1/8" for lid total is 10 3/8" Cut your paper to these measurements and score at 1 1/2" on all four sides then follow the directions above to fold, notch and glue your box and use the same directions to line the sides of your box for stability. You won't need to do this on a small box and can reduce your lid size by 1/16". Embellish your box as you would like. You've made a box!
Wendy Vecchi Demonstrating Her New Make Art Blendable Dye Inks
I was lucky enough to spend time one-on-one with Wendy Vecchi while she demonstrated her new Make Art Blendable Inks. Of course I bought some of them (ones that were available), and will be showing them in an upcoming video. Below are the links to find Wendy's inks and the other products we discussed. Tim Holtz-Idea-ology Finials https://stampersanonymous.com/tim-holtz-idea-ology-vignette-finial-set-th93573.html Wendy Vecchi Make Art Blendable Dye Inks https://stampersanonymous.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=wendy+vecchi&x=0&y=0 Matt Minis  When you buy the matt mini, you should buy the coordinated stamp, so you can stamp on the matt mini, then color it. It adds great dimension to your project. https://stampersanonymous.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=mat+mini&x=0&y=0  Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat    https://stampersanonymous.com/tim-holtz-glass-media-mat-1914e.html All Wendy Vecchi products available through the Stampers Anonymous website--https://stampersanonymous.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=wendy+vecchi+ Detail Blending Tool   https://stampersanonymous.com/detail-blending-tool-ibt62172.html Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
DIY Six Different Ways to Make Envelopes
The six methods are best viewed instead of written. I used copy paper for most of the envelopes and very thin scrapbook paper that you can buy loose at Joanns, Michaels or Hobby Lobby, Method one through four require no technology. Method five requires a Martha Stewart score board Method six requires a We R Memory Keepers Punch Board. Additionally, I decorated the envelopes, three with washi tape, two with a roller and the last with a paper ribbon I made with a border punch from Stampin' Up called Ribbon Lace. The dimensions are listed with each envelope. I hope you will subscribe and spread the word about this channel on facebook, instagram, pinterest and twitter. I'd really appreciate it.
Technique to Make a Wreath Using Peg Stamps & a Concord & 9th Stamp
I've been wanting to do a postcard for friends and family for Thanksgiving as a way to thank them for being so good to me. I started with the stamp set Love you, Mean It from Concord & 9th and a small "Happy Thanksgiving" stamp from the Simon Says Stamp set Thankful Heart. The circle and the big sentiment are both from the Love you Mean it set. I started by using a postcard stamp I had in my stash and stamped that in the MISTI on several cards in an assembly line fashion. I made a mistake on one of them, so used it in the MISTI to practice with the rest of my stamps. Using the circle as my focal point, I liked the idea of using my peg stamps to really turn these postcards into something special. I chose to use the large holly bough stamp, large berries, small berries, large pinecones and the watercolor leaf. I used Stampin' Up die inks in Early Espresso, Hello Honey, Really Rust and Always Artichoke. After I finished stamping, I decided the postcard would look better if I distressed the edges with Hello Honey. I also tried it with Really Rust and liked the way they brought the other colors to life. I hope you enjoy this project, I thought it really came out nice. You can find peg stamps aka Rubber Stamp Tapestry at pegstamps.com. I just got an email from them saying they are having a huge sale on the 28th of November, so it might be a great day to shop. You can almost always find discount codes on Lindsay the Frugal Crafters' videos that include peg stamps, so I would check her latest video as well for coupon codes. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Let's Talk Corner Rounders, Separating the Best from the Rest
Since making this video, I've found a corner rounder that I like even more than these. It's available on Amazon and is called a Sunstar Kadomaru Pro corner rounder...here's the link to it. http://tinyurl.com/yd4wo4p5 It has three choices for sizes of corners and the lever is easy to push. In the end, the corner rounder punches that I felt were most effective at consistent and accurate corner rounding were 1. Becky Higgins Project Life Corner Rounder best price is Michaels $7.99 before coupon 2. Creative Memories on Ebay, roughing $7 with shipping for a new one and on the Creative Memories website $10.50 plus shipping. This video was done without endorsement from any product and my opinions are strictly my own. I am really happy if you have a corner rounder punch that works for you. I did this reseach because I wanted to find the corner rounder punch that would work best for me and for others with physical limitations. My videos are for all crafters but can be used as tools for persons with physical limitations to help them find products that work more effectively given those limitations.
Tips on Swatching Colors for Colored Pencils, Markers Plus Pencil Storage
I bought a set of art supplies from Michaels at Christmas for $20 and although I didn't really like the pencils inside, I bought it because it would make great pencil storage. I now keep my Prismacolor water color set of 36 pencils (my favorites), as well as my loose Cara n Dache and loose Derwent Inktense. To swatch all of my markers, alcohol markers, colored pencils and water color pencils, I take a page of white stickers and cut it into strips, then color the strip, cut it off and wrap it around the pencil. For water color pencils, I cut the label into strips and color then wet the strip, wait for it to dry, then cut if off and wrap it around the pencil It makes it so much easier to see the exact color of the product I am using and I really recommend this system as it works so much better for me than swatching it on another piece of paper (that I never look at again.) Produced with CyberLink PowerDirector 14
Re-Making a Dollar Tree Planner, Plus Extras
Every year, I like to re-make a Dollar Tree planner with a paper pad included as well as a pen, decorated paperclips and a pocket. This year, my girlfriend asked me if I would make one for her ninety year old girlfriend. She's from the South, and as a Southern Belle, loves all things frilly. It's not a style I'm accustomed to using, but fell into this style with no problem at all. I started by covering the book like we did when we covered our text books as kids (back when schools used books). I made a book mark with about 12" of ribbon and putting tear tape on the back of the first inch and putting the ribbon inside the middle of the planner on the outside of the plastic planner and inside the paper we just covered it with. I covered the edges of the planner with a thin washi tape. That was a mistake, as the washi tape would not stick....so, plan B...I took off the washi tape and used ribbon instead. The ribbon is retired from Stampin' Up, but you can find it on Ebay. It's called pleated ribbon and here's a link to some I found on ebay. https://tinyurl.com/ebayribbon. I didn't use measurements, because every Dollar Tree planner is not exactly the same size. I will give you measurements to things that are consistent, though.   After you cover the planner, you'll want to put your pen holder in place. The paper should be about 3/4" tall by 3" wide, and wrap it around your pen under the clip and line up the ends then fold it around the pen, so you can see where the pen would fall. Put tear tape inside the paper, not right up to the pen as it has to be able to move in and out of the paper. Remove the backing of the tear tape and attach it together, making sure you can pull the pen in and out. Then put tear tape on the back of the paper that doesn't surround the pen, and take the lining off and adhere it to the inside front cover of the planner, making sure the pen is outside the book. I cut another piece of matching paper to fit the inside front cover, and covered the pen holder so you can't see it anymore. I added a note pad in matching colored paper (that I got from the Dollar Tree and show the package at the beginning of the video.) Put a lot of tear tape on the cardboard backing and adhere it to the inside cover. I took another piece of paper and cut it to fit the back inside cover and then made a pocket. My pocket was 1/2" wider than the inside cover paper and 3 1/2" tall. I scored it on the sides and bottom at 1/4" and snipped out the two bottom corners . To create the diagonal, I put the paper in my paper trimmer so the right top edge is on the cut line and then turn the paper so the left side is turned so there's enough of a diagonal to look right, then trim it and you'll need to snip out the top corner as when you turn the folded score down, you'll be able to see that scored piece. I put tear tape on the scored edges on the patterned side of the paper, then folded them under and adhered the pocket to the inside back of the book. I put the ribbon all along the pocket so it was easier to see. I made a pocket to hold my paper clips on the inside left side of the book. I used a piece of paper that matched that was 1 1/2" tall and 4" long and scored at 1/2" on either end. I put tear tape on the decorated side of the paper on the 1/2" ends and folded them under and adhered them to the inside left side of the planner.  I realized the paper wasn't sturdy enough to hold them, so glued a couple of the back pages of the planner together with tear tape so it would hold the paperclips without any problem.. I took matching buttons and threaded embroidery floss through the buttons and hot glued them down to big paperclips from the Dollar Tree.   I ran a long thin ribbon (about 18") around the planner in the center, so she could tie it shut. I laid tear tape under it and then put hot glue on the very ends to ensure the ribbon would not pull off the book. I added a clock embellishment on the front cover with tear tape, and more of the pleated ribbon on the left and right front of the planner with hot glue. If you're into frilly, this planner is for you. I added a little pink resin heart to the inside top corner... Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Nuvo Mousse Technique Demonstration, Sparkle N' Sprinkle
While at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Akron, Ohio, I stopped at the Sparkle N' Sprinkle booth and watched several demonstrations.    Here's a link to their site.  https://sparklensprinkle.net   If you are a new customer, they will give you five free glitters.  Here's the link to take you there.  https://sparklensprinkle.net/collections/5-free-glitters-new-customers This demonstration is done with Nuvo Mousses in four colors, then going back over the entire image with the last color .Lavender Lilac (catalog number 801N, Aquamarine Catalog number 807N, Cornflower Blue catalog number 806N, and Citrus Green catalog number 823N Beverly Cole, who did the demonstration, used a Tim Holtz Media Mat (catalog #1914e) as well as the Nuvo Dual Tipped Blender Brushes (Catalog #979n)...both available through Sparkle N' Sprinkle. https://sparklensprinkle.net I believe the embossing folder that was used in the demonstration was from Darice and is called Dainty Wildflowers. I couldn't find this embossing folder in the Sparkle n' Sprinkle site, but did find it online at Walmart.com. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
An Idea for Using Scrap Paper & Misti Technique for Stamp Alignment
I used my Misti, but you could simply put a few stamps on a larger acrylic block and stamp more than one at a time. I used stamp sets from Stampin' Up called Tagtastic, This Tag Fits You and the Wetlands stamp sets. The inks I used were my favorite black which is Onyx Black ink by Versafine and the mini pearlized inks that I made in a video I have attached a link to in the video. The colors I used were from Hero Arts Corn Flower Blue, Daffodil from Stampin' Up, Early Espresso from Stampin' Up, Smoky Slate from Distress Inks, and Rusty Hinges from Distress Ink. The cleaning cloth I used was from a pack of two from Dollar Tree that are found in the automotive section of the store. It compares to the Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy that costs $7.50, so the version from the Dollar Tree is a great savings. I used a piece of acetate that I had from packaging and put it over the tag shaped image and stamped the design I wanted inside the tag on the acetate to make sure it was lined up properly, then removed the acetate and stamped the image. I used several different shaped punches for my sentiments. Some were specific to the stamp shape and some were generic shapes. I especially like the Large Decorative Label Punch from Stampin' Up. Marvy punches are found at Hobby Lobby. I make note cards and don't put the sentiments on the cards, but include them in a small envelope so the receiver of the cards can decide if they want to add a sentiment. I include a small amount of dimensional foam dots for them to adhere the sentiments with. I hope you liked this video and please leave a comment if you would like to see something specific. Please subscribe and tell your friends about my channel on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I'd really appreciate it!
Is the Vagabond the Right Die Cutter/Embosser For You?
The Vagabond is a great electric die cutter/embosser. It is very powerful and heavy. It weighs over 16 pounds. If you have any questions about it, please put them in the comments and I'll try to answer them. I had to buy extra pieces that you don't need to buy with Vagabond 2. I just found Vagabond 2 on Amazon Prime for $139.53. It's a better price than I paid and I don't think you have to buy the extra pieces. The products I used were Tim Holtz Tattered Flower Die Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dot Embossing Folder Darice Hexagon Embossing Folder We R Memory Keepers Next Generation Woven Embossing Folder Spellbinders Nestabilities Marvelous Squares Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags Die Dienamics Vintage Buttons Die Here is the link to Tim Holtz demonstrating and discussing Vagabond 2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8L9qxtzUxHQ
Let's Remake a Dollar Tree Planner Into an Organizational Center, Pt 1
I did a haul video a few weeks ago and showed the planner, pen and washi tape I planned on using in this project. With planners being so popular, I thought it was important to turn a planner into more of a command center or organizational center that is portable and has everything you need to manage your time. Here are the things I used for this project: weekly planner from the Dollar Tree washi tapes from the Dollar Tree a zipper pouch that came with Lip Smackers two different sizes of post-it-notes a note pad that I tore in half and covered a 12 x 12" paper pad with different matching papers matching ribbon paper clips tear tape scissors For the cover, fold the top and bottom of 12 x 12" paper so the paper is close to the planner and make small folds. Do the same with the sides. Once you are sure your folds are close enough to the top and bottom, line the edge of the fold up with the side of the paper and that will ensure a straight fold. Using a bone folder, complete the fold and make sure it is flat. Do the same to the ends and slide the black plastic piece into the ends of the folded paper and your book is covered. For us old timers, it's what we used to do to cover our school books. To cover the front inside cover, measure the inside close to the spine but not all the way to the spine and measure top to bottom. Cut a matching paper and put tear tape on the back and glue it down. This is where I attached the Lip Smacker zip pouch. Any zip pouch will work as long as it's not too big. I used tear tape on the back of the pouch and glued it to the inside of the front cover with the zipper facing out. On the back cover, I measured like I did the front cover, only this time I made it twice as wide and scored it in the center so I had a folded paper. I put the fold toward the outside of the book, so that if something came loose, it wouldn't just fall out, the fold would be there to protect it. I used a lot of tear tape and glued it to the back inside cover. I then tear taped the back of three pads of post-It-notes and glued them to the left side of the folder and cut a piece of matching paper to 4" long by 1 1/2" high and put a line of paper clips on the paper then put tear tape on the two ends and attached this onto the right side of the folder. I added a ribbon to the inside of the black plastic and attached the ribbon with tear tape. I made it long enough to stick out the bottom of the planner and act as a book mark. I used another long length of ribbon to go around the planner and tie on the end. I added some small embellishments to the ribbon and added her initials to the front of the note pad that can go inside the planner or be separate. I did tie a length of matching ribbon and slid it around the center of the note pad for a cute embellishment and put her initials on the front of the note pad. I added three rolls of washi and a pen inside the zipper pouch and the project is complete. I hope you'll make yourself a planner/organizational center for you or a friend or family member. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Nuvo Shimmer Powder Demonstration by Sparkle n' Sprinkle
We were at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo and watched a demonstration at the Sparkle 'n Sprinkle booth. We were lucky to have our demonstrations done by Beverly Cole, one of the stamp designers for them. Beverly used Nuvo Shimmer Powders and created a lovely floral background. I loved how she gives all of the tips about using the product. She used 140 lb cold press watercolor paper with Nuvo Shimmer Powders in Blue Bliss and Cherry Bomb and here's the link to them. http://tinyurl.com/ybzdlga2 The embossing powder is called Midnight Madness and here's the link to it http://tinyurl.com/y7ytjt33 The image she used is one she designed and it's called Asters and here's the link to it. http://tinyurl.com/ybzgaxv5 When I got home with the background Beverly had created, I decided to turn it into a card. I cut it down to put on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base.  It was roughly 2 1/2" x 3 1/2". I rounded the corners of the image and a pink card base that was made from Recollections Heavyweight card stock. I used pink fun foam and wet glue to adhere it to the back of the image. I added glue to the other side of the foam and laid it on the card base near the top. I wanted to add something to the bottom, and needed a sympathy card, so used a die to cut out "With Sympathy" and glued it near the bottom of the card. It was a quick and easy way to make a card. I used a stamp set called Heartfelt Basics from Papertrey Ink to stamp a sentiment inside the card. I used a peg stamp called a cone flower type flower to stamp on the envelope with a blue ink called Ballet Blue by Stampin' Up. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Funny Birthday Card Using Crazy Dogs Stamps by Tim Holtz
My girlfriend loves dogs and this set was irresistible to me. I used a 10" x 7" cream Recollections 110 pound card stock base (scored on the 10" length at 5".) and added a layer of paper with a cork look that is 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" and then stamped a brick wall using a brick background stamp that I had in my stash (from Stampin' Up but name is unknown and stamp is retired.) I stamped the brick with Real Red from Stampin' Up and Versafine black inks on a brown colored cardstock that is 4 " high by 5 3/4" wide. Before I glued the brick wall down, I put a piece of thick string tied to the bone behind the brick wall and dangling just out of reach to the bulldog. I used tape runner to adhere both pieces of paper and offset the brick wall toward the right side of the card. I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color my dogs, bone and tennis ball. Inside the card, I stamped Happy Birthday. On a cream strip of paper about 1 1/2" wide, I put my sentiment that was from Ralph Waldo Emerson on the strip using Soft Suede ink from Stampin' Up. I created a banner making it long enough to not cover the center dog and placed the dog on the right up on dimensionals. The bone has dimensionals under it as well. I just used tape runner on the back of the tennis ball.
Mini Note Pad Cover with Pen Holder
Thanks, Schell Fabian for allowing me to copy your tutorial. Here is a link to her channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/babytweetums The paper sizes you will need are as follows: The paper that makes your pad cover is 8 3/8" wide by 5 1/4" tall score it on the 8 4/8" length on 3 5/8", 4" and 4 3/8" To decorate the cover, you will need three of the following: Plain color paper that matches your patterned paper (but is a different color than your cover) 3 1/2" x 5 1/8" tall and three of patterned papers that are 3 3/8" x 5" tall You'll need a strap to hold the tablet and that is the same color as your folder color and is 4 3/4" x 2" tall Plus you'll need some sort of embellishments for the front After scoring your paper, on the right side of the paper that is longer than the left, make a mark so you know this is where your tablet will go. This will save you some confusion later on. Next, fold it on the center fold and cut two snips with the first about 1 1/2" from the top cutting into the score line you can see. You will make another cut to the score line about 1/2" below the first cut. This will make your pen holder. Next, open your folder and fold on the last score line and close it. Your folder should be much longer on the back than on the front. This is correct. Next take your score tape and run a line of it down the length between the second and third score lines but omitting the section that will be your pen holder. Fold your back cover over and rub to make sure your tape adheres. Next fold on your center fold and stick your finger on the inside and push out the pen holder. Take the paper that is 4 3/4 x 2" and fold the edges around your paper pad. Put score tape on the back of the folded over edges.. Make sure you can pull your pad out so it can be replaced before you adhere it to the inside. Now adhere it where you made the mark for the paper pad and press firmly. Take your three sets of papers and attach the patterned paper to the plain colored paper and then adhere one to the front and one to the inside cover and one to the back. You should be able to find the paper pads at the Dollar Tree and the pens as well. Thanks for watching!
Adorable Mini Note Pad Holder wih Pocket, Pen, Post Its & Clips
I wanted to make a mini pad cover that was multi-purpose so started with Dollar Tree lined paper pads that come in a five pack and are lined and are not post it note pads. I took the top two pads and separated them from the rest (keeping the cardboard backing) and measured them. Mine were 7 3/4" x 5 3/8" high. Score at 3 5/8 and 4 1/8" on the 7 3/4" length. Make sure you measure your paper pads though because the Dollar Tree pads are not all the same size. I covered the back of my paper with tear tape including inside the score marks. I made an additional piece that was the exact size of the left side to the score mark and tear taped it down. My measurements were 3 5/8" wide by 5 3/8" high. Then I made the pocket and it needs to be 4 1/8" x 5 5/8" high. I scored 1/2" on the 4 1/8" length and 1/4" on the 5 5/8" across the bottom. I put score tape on the back of the scored areas but made sure the sticky part wasn't close to the edges. You'll need to cut a diagonal on the paper so it becomes a folder and trim on an angle and snip off the excess at the top and the little spot where the two score meet. I made another layer of paper the is the same size as my original outside layer but trimmed about 1/8" off the sides and bottom so it doesn't stick outside the original paper. This piece needs to go in pattern side down but don't put score tape on the left side. I put score tape on the back right side and the middle between the scores and this is when you will put your pen holder in place before you lay this layer down.. I cut a piece of thicker cardstock that I used for the outside and made it about 3 1/2" long and 1" tall and folded it around a pen and then put tear tape inside the folded paper keeping it away from the pen. I took the backing off and lined the two sides of paper up and squeezed them together, with the pen still inside so the pen shape isn't lost. Then I put tear tape on both sides of the length of paper and took the backing off and laid the pen outside the back cover but as close to the cover as possible so that it won't fall out but leaving room for the pen on the outside of the paper and then laid it down and pressed it into the back. Now you can lay the paper down that you cut just a little smaller than the original paper. I then cut a piece of pink sparkly paper and cut it so it was the same size as the left side of the layer I just put in and added 1/2" to the right side and scored on the right side at 1/2" and put tear tape on the score part and the back of the rest of it and then laid it on the left side of the paper we just laid so you aren't looking at the back of a piece of paper. I then put tear tape on the back of the tablet and laid it on the right side of this section. I put two mini post it note pads on the left side of this section and took some thin washi tape that matched my project and using about 1 1/2" threaded it through the top of a paper clip and squeezed it together and then trimmed the top on an angle. My outside paper started to crack from all of the folding I had done with it, so I surrounded my left edges with washi (front and back) for a more stable look. I also thought it looked cute. I took a scallop circle punch that was 1 3/4" and punched out a gold glittery piece of cardstock and then took a pink bottle top from my stash and the plastic piece that will go inside it . I put a "B" from my stash inside the plastic dome and then added some floral paper behind that with tape runner and pushed it onto the bottle top using wet glue to hold it in place. I also added wet glue to the back of the bottle top to hold it on the glittery paper. The seller and listing for the tear tape I bought on ebay are no longer available, sorry. I'm sorry this project is a little confusing, and here are some things you can do to make it easier. If you used double sided paper, you wouldn't have had to line anything and I couldn't give you exact measurements at some points because the Dollar Tree note pads are not consistent in size so you'll need to make your measurements yourself. I would be careful where you put tear tape as sometimes you only need it on the center between the scores and other times you need it all over. Make sure you put your pen in when I tell you to and not when I did.
Last Minute Stocking Stuffer #2, Button Christmas Tree Ornament
When I was a kid, my mom taught Sunday school and always made these cute little trees. Rich asked me why I didn't hot glue them together and that would be a lot easier, but this is how I learned to do it, and it makes the tree pliable, and I think that's kind of fun. You'll need to have several sizes of red and green buttons...I used two of the same size green that were a little larger than the next two smaller green buttons, as they make the base of the tree...Then you take your largest red button and a matching size green button and layer the next smaller size red then green button, and continue until your smallest size and put something on top for a tree topper...I used two Stampin' Up ivy leaves. I started with two strands of green embroidery thread with a large knot on the end..I ran the needle up through the tree that I'd already laid out in order and tried to keep as many buttons on the needle as possible until I got to the top...once there, I put the two ivy charms on then ran the needle back down through all of the buttons to the bottom, and then back up through as many of the buttons had four holes. My knot was too small, so the base of the tree came out of the thread and I had to rethread it... I knotted it near the top and put a dollop of hot glue on the very bottom and where the knot was at the top. After it was done, I ran some red and white twine through the ivy loops and created a hanger for the tree. I bought my buttons from Joanns and they were in a package called the big bag of buttons. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Storing Acrylic Stamps, A Quick and Easy Solution
I had kept all of my acrylic stamps in 3 ring binders, but realized I don't use them because the binders are too cumbersome for me to use. I had bought some used stamps from a lady that stored hers in CD cases and really liked this storage method. I was at a garage sale where they were giving away a milk crate full of CD cases and I started the process of converting all of mine over. I have to say, I'm using the stamps more and finding sets I forgot I owned. This system works well for me. I have a wooden storage box that I have them separated by the following categories--animals, flowers, sentiments, backgrounds and other. They are much easier to find and the wooden box I found (at a garage sale) has allowed me to find the sets I am looking for almost instantly. If you go to thrift stores, they sometimes get a bunch of empty cd cases and have trouble selling them. You can ask if they have any to sell. They just might give them to you. Same with garage sales, you might find them for little or no money. Check your basement or attic and you might find the ones you used to have. One additional idea is asking friends and family for their old cd cases. I'll bet they'd have enough for you to finish the project. If all else fails, you can purchase them from Amazon. Make sure you buy the standard size and not the slim as the slim is to narrow to hold your stamps. Here's an example of one you can buy that you'll use the screwdriver to remove the black insert, you'll copy and paste the information below. https://www.amazon.com/Premium-Standard-Single-Black-Jewel/dp/B002ROILDA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469112968&sr=8-1&keywords=cd+jewel+cases+100+standard Here's what I've been doing. Take a flat head screwdriver and stick it between the outside cover and the inside plastic piece and pull them apart. Recycle the inside piece and the paper inside if possible. Cut your stamp sets to fit inside and make sure your images face the outside of the case so you can read them easily. Use glue dots to attach everything to the inside of the case. Using your label maker, write the name of the company and the set and attach it to the end of the cd case that doesn't open. Produced with CyberLink PowerDirector 14
Painted Embossed Vellum Technique with Alcohol Markers
My friend Elishia and I decided to make a card using the same stamp set and putting videos up with them. Her channel is new and it's WanderingDreamer555 and here's the link to it. https://www.youtube.com/user/WanderingDreamer555 This stamp set is from Stampendous and is called Hummingbird. I chose to use the larger hummingbird and the large flower for this card. I used a piece of vellum that was 5" wide and about 8 1/2" long. I stamped the images in my MISTI with Distress Ink embossing ink and used Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder on it. After I heat set it, I colored the back with alcohol markers from Spectrum Noir. Use dark colors as light colors won't show up as you do your coloring on the reverse of the vellum. I used some Bic Mark It and Sharpie markers and found that the pearlized markers showed through the vellum much darker than the Spectrum Noirs. I used 110 lb Recollections white card stock 10" wide x 7" tall, scored at 5". I scored by vellum at 7" and then glued it to the inside of my card and put glue under different parts of the vellum. I cut a piece of card stock 1 1/2" x 5" and glued it over the vellum on the inside of the card. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Ways to Clean Stamps & Misti (or Other Positioning Tools)
I wanted to share the best ways to clean stamps, both red rubber and clear acrylic, plus your stamp positioning tools, including the MISTI,  Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and the Stamp Perfect. Red Rubber Stamps: I wanted to try to clean my Carolyn Shores Wright red rubber stamps that have been stamped with archival inks a long time ago. I wasn't able to get them clean at the time, and thought we'd give them a good cleaning to see what we could remove. I tried all of the stamp cleansers except the Hero Arts and they all removed a small amount of ink. I used 91% rubbing alcohol and wiped the stamp and it took a lot more of the ink off of the stamp. I recommend rubbing alcohol any time you are trying to clean archival ink, as I think it does a nice job of cleaning it. I used a Rub it Scrub it with my homemade stamp cleanser to get the alcohol off of the stamp. I also like to use an old or inexpensive embossing ink pad and stamp it all over your red rubber stamps after you clean them, so they are conditioned. Don't wipe off the embossing ink as it is glycerin and does a wonderful job of keeping your stamps in good working order. Close to My Heart Link: https://sanner.closetomyheart.com/default.aspx   Stampin' Up cleanser link: [email protected] you contact Lydia on email, she'll take care of any of your Stampin' Up needs. Ranger Inkssentials Stamp Cleanser Link: This is a dauber http://tinyurl.com/ybma8fd4 Hero Arts Stamp Cleanser link: http://tinyurl.com/ybmmkvnz My own homemade cleanser is 1 tsp. baby shampoo (I buy mine at the Dollar Tree) 10 tsp. water 1/4 tsp glycerin (optional) Rub it Scrub It link: http://tinyurl.com/y9hxp9j4 When I cleaned my stamps, all of the store bought cleansers work about the same. The Hero Arts will take more ink off of your stamps, but it is really harsh and smells terrible. I prefer the alcohol instead. Clear Stamps: I used my own stamp cleanser on an old dirty archival ink stained clear stamp, and then used Hand Sanitizer from the Dollar Tree to clean it. It does an amazing job of cleaning them. I used micro brushes to get in the grooves as well as QTips, and both do a terrific job of getting in the old ink off of your clear stamps. Aliexpress eyeshadow brushes: http://tinyurl.com/y8owovbh Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy Link: http://tinyurl.com/y8j3mb8c Absorber Link: http://tinyurl.com/ybgx6xnr The Absorber is supposed to work just like the Stamp Shammy and I wanted to try it, so I got a jar that has a hinged lid and I put a very small amount of my stamp cleanser in the bottom of the jar, and put the Rub It Scrub it inside as well as my Absorber piece. You need to leave an opening in your storage system so that it doesn't get moldy. MISTI or other Stamp Positioning Tools: Hand Sanitizer is the greatest cleaner Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Beginners, Doing an Acrylic Pour with Homemade Gesso Plus Texture Paste Recipe
I've always wanted to try an acrylic pour, so my great niece Erika and I did one. But we needed gesso to coat our canvas, so I had to make my own gesso so, here's the recipe I used to make it. Homemade Gesso Recipe Sitr all wet ingredients together 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup white acrylic (cheap) paint from craft stores You can make gesso in different colors, but I chose white. You can use acrylic house paint too, but I went with the craft paint since I'm only making a small amount of gesso. 1/4 cup white glue but not school glue, regular Elmers or Mod Podge (I used the shiny kind of Mod Podge because i'm trying to get rid of it) Mix your wet ingredients together then slowly stir it into the Plaster of Paris. Don't do this in reverse by putting the Plaster of Paris into the wet ingredients or you'll have a lumpy mess. Put your wet ingredients into your Plaster of Paris (or baby powder) and make sure you stir it really well until all lumps are gone. 1/4 cup Plaster of Paris (buy it at a hardware store) or baby powder (I don't like my projects to smell like a baby, so go with the Plaster of Paris) It should be a pancake batter consistency, so if it isn't thick enough, add a little bit more Plaster of Paris until it is thick enough. If it's too thick, add more of the wet ingredients. Homemade Texture Paste 1/4 c Mod Podge or white glue (not school glue, just Elmer's) 1/2 c homemade Gesso 1 cup Plaster of Paris or baby powder Add your wet ingredients that you've mixed well into the Plaster of Paris and make sure you get out all of your lumps, or you will have lumpy texture paste. I added small amounts of wet ingredients and stirred, then added more, until all of my wet ingredients are well mixed together with the Plaster of Paris or baby powder. I took a very small canvas and covered it with my homemade gesso and set it aside to dry. To do an acrylic pour, you'll need to do a mixture of acrylic paints, white glue, water and silicone and we used popsicle sticks to do our stirring. 3 parts white glue (Elmer's or Mod Podge, but not school glue) we used 3 tsp. 1 part water, we used 1 tsp. 2 parts paint, we used 2 tsp. Once you put your glue, water and paint together in a small plastic cup, (we used the cups you buy at the Dollar Tree for jello shots) stir it for a very long time, and it should be really watery. Leave the Popsicle stick in the cup you stirred it with, as you'll need to stir it again. You'll add a long squirt of silicone spray, that we bought at the Dollar Tree auto department, into each cup, and stir again until well mixed. You need to make sure that you stir these really well as you add ingredients. Then you will need a larger disposable cup to pour all of the paints into.Once you start pouring into this cup, we did not stir the paints again...Start with 1/3rd of your white paint mixture and pour it into the bottom of the bigger cup, then pour another color from up to one foot above the cup into the larger cup, then pour another color from the same height into the larger cup, and repeat all colors until you've used some of all of your paints, then add more of the white mixture into the cup, again from about one foot above the cup. To do a "dirty pour", you'll take a small canvas that has been gesso'd, and put the canvas on top of your cup, holding it tightly, flip everything over. You'll need something to hold any excess paint--we used an aluminum pie pan and you'll also need something to hold the canvas above the pie pan, we used small plastic cups turned upside down so the bottoms face up. After you've flipped over your canvas and are holding your cup of paint upside down on top of the canvas, put the canvas onto the small overturned plastic cups and lift the cup of paint off of the canvas, making sure to get paint over most of the canvas. Tilt the canvas so paint covers all of it, make sure you have paint covering all edges of the canvas and use your popsicle sticks to pick some paint off of the aluminum pie pan to coat the sides as well. What we found when we did this was that you need to stir your individual paint mixtures for a very long time until there are absolutely no lumps and it is watery. Then spray some of the silicone spray into the cup and stir it another long time. It probably took us 1/2 hour to stir everything correctly. We definitely didn't stir the gold paint mixture long enough and that's why our first pour looked so lumpy. It was a great learning experience and we did much better stirring our second batch, but didn't put enough silicone into the mix, so didn't really get any good cells. Our very last attempt was tremendous and had lots of cells. Erika added a lot more silicone in the last canvas and we stirred her paint mixtures a lot more than before.
A Curtain Fun Fold Card
I watched MayMay make a curtain fold card and thought I could do it. Below are all of the dimensions you'll need to make this card. I used a 11" scored at 5 1/2" tall by 4 1/4" wide white Recollections heavy weight card stock  for my card base. You'll need a piece of double sided card stock that you cut to 11 1/2" long by 4" tall. Once it's cut, you'll want to put it in your paper trimmer so the right side of your paper is lined up on the 1" mark to the right of your cutting bar, and your left edge is lined up with the 1" mark to the left of your cut bar.  This gives you the ability to create two curtain cards with this paper.  You need to score this on the 11 1/2" length at 1", 2 1/2", 3 1/4" 4 3/4",        5 3/4", 7 1/4", 8", 9 1/2", and 10 1/4". Which of the patterns you prefer to be the primary pattern for the curtain, have it face up and make your first fold (on the widest section of paper) folded down and under, then the next fold is up, the next is down, like a valley and mountain or a zig zag fold.  Once it's been folded, put wet glue inside the folds on the top and bottom and make sure you use a bone folder so the folds are flat on the top and bottom. You'll need two additional patterns of paper that look good with your curtain paper. One piece that is 2" tall x 4" wide, and one that is 4" wide x 5 1/4" tall. You'll glue the 2 x 4" piece on the top of the 4 x 5 1/4" paper and you'll glue your curtain directly below the 2 x 4" piece, so they are butted together. I added a 1/2" wide ribbon over the spot where the curtain meets the top paper. The ribbon should be 5" long, and you'll tape it to the back of the paper and wrap it around the front of the card.  Then tape it to the back on the other side, and add a little glue under the ribbon.  It should be half on the curtain and half on the top paper. I added three buttons that I threaded embroidery thread through and glued down with hot glue in a straight line on the ribbon. I added my sentiment that was from Rubbernecker (www.rubberneckerstamps.com) on a die cut of white paper using a die from Aliexpress, and glued above the ribbon toward the right of the card. I used tape runner to adhere the curtain paper to the top folded card base. I used a peg stamp on the inside of the card and another called Triple Delicious Flower on the envelopes with Night of Navy ink from Stampin Up. www.pegstamps.com. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Monochromatic Background Stamping Technique with 3-D Effect
I took one of Jennifer McGuire's techniques and made it look 3-d. I used craft card stock that is 5 1/4" tall by 4" wide and stamp it with a background stamp with a pattern that is consistent. I used Stampin' Up's Bitty Blossoms that is retired, but I found several on Ebay. . Make sure you stamp on the right or left bottom corner with Unicorn White Pigment Ink. Let it dry or heat set it and then take an ink that is darker than the card color, I used Baked Brown Sugar from Stampin' Up and moved my paper a little bit to the left of where I stamped it the first time. I cut my paper to incorporate about one-third from the top so I had enough room for my sentiment. The sentiment came from Blockhead Stamps and is called Feel Better. It's an old stamp set and I stamped it in my MISTI. I laid the two pieces on my white card stock that was 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored at 4 1/4" on the long side to make sure my inked card stock was cut short enough to incorporate the stamped sentiment and then put fun foam on the back of both the top and bottom sections of my background. I thought it would look better if I used Baked Brown Sugar matching marker to add what looks like a third color on the inked background and it makes it look three-D. I also used a Prismacolor white colored pencil and highlighted the white areas as well. I used matching washi tape on the envelope. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
How to Line Up Layered Rubbernecker Stamps
David Miller, one of the owners of Rubbernecker Stamps, showed us how to line up their detail stamps, as well as how to watercolor on them. Here are some of the products he used: Single Rose Stamp: http://www.rubbernecker.com/product-p/1038.htm Ken Oliver Color Burst: http://www.rubbernecker.com/searchresults.asp?Search=ken+oliver&Submit= Rose Image he holds up and explains it is all one stamped image: http://www.rubbernecker.com/product-p/1130.htm Link to the felt paper: https://www.rubbernecker.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=WCP We really enjoyed this demonstration by David Miller and hope you do too. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
Covered Notepad with Extras, Hot Glue Decorated Paper Clips
I started with card stock that is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" and put the 8 1/2" length in the score board and score it at 4" and 4 1/2". This is the outside cover. You'll need some scraps for the accessories for your notepad cover. I used Halloween type papers.. Trim two papers to 3 7/8" wide and 5 3/8" tall, for the front and back covers, plus one more piece 5 3/8" tall x 3/8" wide, making sure your pattern goes in the same direction as the two papers you just cut. This is the center piece for the outside cover. Cut another decorated paper to 4 3/4" wide by 3 1/2" high, then leaving your paper on the 3 1/2" on your paper trimmer, turn it on an angle in the trim bar, and trim off the top on an angle. You'll want to score three sides at 3/8" (except the angled side, leave that alone)..Score it on the back of the side of the paper you want as the front so you fold it correctly and it doesn't crack. Craft Chameleon sells "ugly tape" tear tape for 99 cents a roll and I bought a lot of it as it's a great bargain because you get a lot of it. I used tear tape on the back of the 3/8" wide strip and take the backing off of it and add a small amount of wet glue to make sure it stays well adhered. Take your 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" cardstock that is scored at 4 and 4 1/2" and lay the thin piece between the two score lines. Then take the two pieces you cut to 3 7/8" x 5 3/8" and put tear tape on the back of them and add some wet glue to ensure they stay on the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2" sheet, as these will cover the front and back cover of your note pads. You'll need two mini writing tablets from the Dollar Tree (they come in packs of five) as well as a pack of five gel pens by Jot from Dollar Tree. You'll separate the writing tablets, making sure you have a piece of cardboard underneath each pad you use. You will want to use thicker card stock (any you would use for a card base, that is 1 1/4" high by 6" long , and wrap it around the cardboard backing for your note pad leaving a small gap on one side, so you'll be able to slide the notepad out of it to replace it when your pad is empty. Trim the length, so that each side has about 1 - 1 1/2" cardstock wrapped around the back, then put tear tape on the flaps that face you.. I added wet glue to the flaps and then press them into the inside of my notepad cover. Do the same for the second pad and make sure they are centered and near the top of the cover and both lined up so they appear to be the same distance from the top and insert a pen into the center between the two pads.. I took the piece of cardstock that we cut and scored to make a pocket, and folded under my scored edges, and cut out the bottom corners so it looks professional, add tear tape to the folded up bottom then fold the sides onto the bottom piece and put tear tape on the folded sides (as well as wet glue) and adhere it to the back outside of the cover. The top is angled, so there is a piece of backing that will show, and you'll want to cut that off before adhering it to the back. Next, make bookmarks to match. Use 2" wide by 4" long scraps and a tag maker punch...If you don't have a tag maker punch, you'll want to snip off the top right corner on an angle, and put that piece on the left top corner as a template, and cut the cardstock at the edge of the template, then punch a hole in the center to create a tag. I use thin satin ribbon that's about 3" long and fold it in half, push the folded ribbon through the center hole and then pull the free ends through the loop and pull. Snip the ends to make them look angled and use some wet or hot glue to put under the loop to hold the ribbon in place. To embellish paper clips, I take a small silicone rose mold from Amazon Prime $4.19 https://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Chocolate-Sugarcraft-Decorating-Fondant/dp/B00YWL02TC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1506187403&sr=8-3&keywords=silicone+rose+mold or Aliexpress $1.02 https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4-Pink-Rose-Shape-Cake-Mold-Cooking-Tools-Christmas-Decoration-Silicone-Mold-Fondant-DIY-Wedding-Cake/32771795658 I use LA Colors eye shadow in white, and a paint brush and rub the inside of the silicone mold and then fill the mold with hot glue and shove a plastic covered long paper clip into the hot glue while it's wet, and hold it in place until it is a little bit cooled, maybe 20 seconds. Let the paperclips sit in the mold until the are cooled. Wipe off any excess eyeshadow.. To create a holder for the paper clips, use a 1 1/2" wide strip of matching card stock and score the length at 3/4" (fold it in 1/2 and glue to make a strong fold), then score on either ends at 1/4", fold under and add tear tape/wet glue and adhere it to the front of the notepad cover. Don't glue it tightly to the cover, as you'll want to attach the paper clips to it..I use two paper clips on the front and one, clip to the back pocket and put a page of the pad in the back pocket with a bookmark and paperclip. Decorate the front as desired.
What Brands of Paper are Best for Blending Alcohol Markers
I wanted to see if the papers I used made a difference in blending alcohol markers so I tried blending on six different papers. Two in particular are supposed to work really well with alcohol markers, the Neenah Solar White and the Strathmore Bristol papers. What I found when I blended the markers, was impressive. Please remember that I used Spectrum Noir markers, so maybe other alcohol markers would react differently to the papers, I don't know. I wanted to put that note in, though, because maybe Copics blend differently. The papers I used: from Michaels (as Recollections is a Michaels brand) Recollections 110 lb. cream card stock that sells there for $14.99 for a pack of 100 (without a coupon). Georgia Pacific 110 lb white cardstock for pack of 250, that I normally buy at Walmart, but did my price checking was done through Amazon so the price comparison is apples to apples. $7.27 Strathmore Bristol 100 lb. 9 x 12" pack $7.43 at Amazon Canson XL 9 x 12" 140 lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper $7.37 at Amazon Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 80 lb. 250 pack, $36.00 at Amazon Fabriano 140 lb. Hot Press Watercolor Paper 9 x 12", $10.98 at Amazon. I used Spectrum Noir markers DR1, DR4, and DR5 for my blending as reds sometimes are difficult to blend. I started with the Canson that is a watercolor paper. I started by putting all three colors in a row then used the DR1 to blend them all together. Then went back over with DR4 to ensure a good blend. After it was dry, it did not do a good job of blending as you can see the line between 4 and 5. Strathmore Bristol--after it is dry, this blends really well. Georgia Pacific--after it is dry it blends really well. Neenah--I could see a clear line between the 4 and 5 and didn't think it did a good job of blending. Fabriano-after it was dry, it blended well. Recollections (cream color)--even after re-blending it after it was dry, it did not do a good job of blending. You might wonder if using the larger nib on the DR5 made a difference in my blending. I used it on the Georgia Pacific, Neenah, Fabriano, and Recollections. The Fabriano and Georgia Pacifics were two of the three that I chose for best for blending. The papers that did a great job of blending were: Strathmore Bristol Fabriano Hot Press Georgia Pacific I hope this helps you to determine which papers you should use with your alcohol markers. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Blog: craftingforalmosteveryone.com Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
An Impossible Card Made More Impossible
I watched an impossible card being made on Mixed Up Crafts, and wanted to make mine more impossible by also heat embossing on acetate (clear plastic.) I started with an old Inkadinkado stamp #91406 of an old car and stamped it on clean acetate, then put black fine detail embossing powder on it by Ranger and heat set it. The secret to heat setting on acetate, is heating the gun a lot before taking it to the image, then heat, move away. Heat a different area, move away, and do it quickly. To make an impossible card, you'll need a 5 x 7" piece of card stock that isn't heavy weight, so I used 90 lb card stock. On the 5" length, make a mark at 2 1/2" across the entire card. On the 7" length, make a mark at      3 1/2" to the center line. On the opposite side of the center mark, make a line at 1" and 6" to the center. Then cut on the three lines we made to the center, but DON'T cut on the long center line, but score the center line, (even though I haven't seen anyone else do it.) I liked the look of rounded corners, so rounded all of mine. You'll want to flip one of your sides over so it makes it look impossible. I layered paper on mine, but if you want to make an example of this card that is super simple, you can make this with one layer and put all of your work into the center piece that is 2 1/2 x 5". I used Old Paper ink by Distress Ink and used a foam distressing tool on all my edges. I cut the black center piece to be 4 7/8" wide by 2 3/8" tall and cut the dictionary piece to layer on it, 4 3/8" wide by     1 7/8" tall, and used wet glue to adhere it. I cut out my car and put Glue Dots behind it so it is more dimensional (and you can't see the Glue Dots.) I cut another piece of black card stock to cover the back of the center piece 4 7/8 by 2 3/8" and glued it to the back so it looks finished too. Layering paper on the card is a little tricky. I cut a piece 3 1/4" wide by 4 3/4" .  To cut out the "leg," I trimmed it by putting the long length on the ruler of my paper trimmer so the blade cut at 2 1/4" and cut it upwards to 2 1/2" and then turned the paper so the short length of card stock faces the ruler on the paper trimmer. Move it so the paper is at 3/4" (to the left of the trim blade, and the trimming you've already done is to the right of the trimmer.)  Pull the blade from the top down to the cut line and it should cut the leg out. Round the corners if you've rounded all of your other corners like I did. (To make the second one, you could flip over the one you made, and trace it on another piece of matching cardstock and then cut it out.  An alternate way of doing this, is to lay the dictionary paper cut to 4 1/2" x 3" wide on the black card stock that's already trimmed  and make a mark where you need to cut the leg and where to cut the middle cut. It worked so much easier for me doing it this way and you might want to use this system for the black layer too by laying it on the card and making marks where you need to make the cuts.  If your paper has a direction, make sure it is left to right on the 3" width. Round your edges.  I cut two 5" long by 1" tall pieces of black card stock and rounded the corners. I used Princess Gold embossing powder by Ranger and an old Stampin' Up stamp for my sentiment. I stamped it with Versamark ink and attached one on the front and one on the back. I used two peg stamps www.pegstamps.com, Happy Birthday and Doggy Running Happy stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the envelope. #MadewithGlueDots Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone
An Easy Arrow Fold Card
First, let me apologize for the sound quality. as I dropped my camera and broke it, so had to go to my back-up. It's terrible, and I'm not making another video until I get my replacement camera. To make this arrow fold card (that I saw on Mixed Up Craft), start with a 12" x 6" card stock scored at 6". Make a mark with a pencil at 3" on the bottom which is the exact middle of the card. Then make a mark on both sides at 2" and 4". Make sure your card is open before doing the next step.  Score from the top edge to the center 3" mark at the bottom on both the left and right sides. Make sure you are right on the edge at the top score, so you have a good arrow. Then score from the 2" and 4" marks to the bottom center 3" mark. I used 65 lb. paper that needed to be lined on the back, but worked great for the scoring. After you've made your scores, fold the outer scores under, first with your fingers, then once the fold is in place, use your bone folder to make sure it's crisp. The next fold is folded up, and you'll use your ruler to lay against the score so you can make sure your fold is clean..then the scores closest to the center of the card, fold under. Next step is to use papers to line it with. 6 x 6" paper pads work really well for this. For the bottom layer of paper, cut 5 1/2" across the top and 5 5/8" on the sides. You'll put a pencil mark on the bottom center at 2 3/4" then draw a line from that mark to the top left and top right corners. Then cut this out. I showed doing it with a paper trimmer as well as with scissors, so you can choose which method works best for you. Keep the side pieces as they will also go on your card. The top layer of paper is 5" across the top by 5 3/8" tall. You'll make a mark on the bottom at 2 1/2" and draw marks with your pencil to the top left and top right corners so your center is a V. Erase the pencil marks once you've cut out the V. Glue the layers of card that you've cut out and glue those to the card. I used Tombow Mono Adhesive. The papers I used were from a retired Stamipin' Up paper stack set. I used a retired Stampin' up ink called Blush Blossom and a dauber to distress the edges  of the "V". I used a die to put my sentiment on from a Spellbinders set called DOMMarch 2018, and then laid a 1/4" strip of the same peach card stock on the center of the V then laid the sentiment on foam squares over the center of the strip I'd adhered. I used a small flower peg stamp from the set called Sweet Song of Spring that you can buy individually from pegstamps.com. I stamped the little flower on the sentiment and on the white edges of the V. The stamp set I used for the sentiment was from Hero Arts and was called Friend L351. I stamped another sentiment inside the card from the same set, and since it was a long one, put it on my ruler so it was straight (and to show you that you don't have to have a long acrylic block to stamp a long sentiment.) I showed how to cut the sentiment in half if you don't have the space for a long sentiment. I bend the sentiment in half and decide which word is closest to the center, then snip the stamp in half there. You can always put it back together if you want to stamp it in its original length. I used Baroque Burgundy ink from Stampin' Up to stamp the sentiment (that's also retired.) I put some wet glue under my fold so it looked more professionally done. Here is my contact information: Email: [email protected] Instagram: crafting for almost everyone Pinterest: saundralparker Google+: crafting for almost everyone Facebook: crafting for almost everyone