I don’t know about you, but often I get caught up in buying the latest and greatest thing in the paper crafting industry. I end up with a pile of half used packages of embellishments and sticker sheets. Today I am sharing two layouts I did utilizing the bits and pieces I had in my stash.
I had a piece of glittered heart paper that I was never going to use. It was much to pretty to just get rid of, so I cut apart the hearts, layered them on pop dots and used them as embellishments. I wanted to keep the kid vibe to it and opted to hand cut the hearts instead of running them through my Brothers Scan n Cut.
Left over puffy rainbow stickers and little brads finish it off. The skating rink had a disco decor going on, so I mimicked the colors and retro vibe on the layout.
Birthday layouts are a struggle for me. I am not sure why, but I do not enjoy doing them like I do others. Naturally, I do not have a lot of Birthday things in my stash. For this layout I stamped the title and just used left over paper and stickers. To make the stickers pop I used pop dots on the back of them after I had powdered them to remove the sticky. I finished the layout off with Nuvo drops.
I confess that I really wanted to just get these pictures in the album. My intention was not to enjoy the process — just to get them done, but I did!
I get asked all the time what I like and what I do not like. I hesitate to share what I do not like because it is strictly my preference and opinion. I do not want to give a product a bad rep simply because I do not vibe with it. However, I am more than happy to share with you what I do like and use often. These five things I use in my craft room on a daily basis.
1) Neenah White Cardstock
This should be a given right? I know most paper crafters know exactly what this is and have a stash of it that is dug into on a regular basis. However, some of you have no clue what it is and why it’s such a big deal. Isn’t cardstock all the same? It really is not. Neenah cardstock lends itself well to stamping, ink blending and alcohol markers. It makes a great cardbase and is universally known for it’s superior quality. Since I use it daily it is only fitting that this is the top of my list! I like to get it here along with all of my cardstock because the prices are excellent, shipping is cheaper than most, they get the order out fast and have excellent customer service. Plus they have a lot more things besides cardstock like ribbon, pens, envelopes etc.
2) Dream Drops
I have been a huge fan of Nuvo drops for years, but Dream Drops is an evolution of the traditional Dew Drops. It is dreamy to say the least! I use them on almost everything that comes across my craft table and I have them in every color. You can find them here.
3) Blending Domes
I have a confession to make. Ready? Oh boy! Please don’t throw things at your screen as you read it, but……I do not like blending brushes. There I said it. In fact, I rather loathe them. Remember how in the beginning of this post I said I would not say what I don’t like? Well, apparently I lied because I don’t like those brushes. I can not ever seem to get them clean and they don’t blend smooth for me. I do like these blending domes by Scrapbook.com though! They are cheaper than the brushes and can be used on any handle you have. You can just get the refill instead of the handle and the domes. What makes these so awesome is they are cheap enough that I can have one for each ink pad and they blend effortlessly because there are no hard edges like on other foam or sponge blenders. You can get them here.
4) Silicone Mat
This silicone mat is my best friend. It seriously has been a game changer with my videos because I can put it over my glass mat and it cuts the glare plus I can still see through it. It stays put and has been able to handle everything I have thrown on it. I have really struggled with finding a perfect craft mat. Either it can withstand everything, but slides around or it can’t withstand much and stays put. I would have never considered buying this mat either. In fact, I have passed over it several times because I thought it was just another craft mat. I even rolled my eyes up in my head because I thought it was just another product on an over saturated market of craft mats. Ranger sent it to me and I have been hooked ever since! If you are a YouTube Crafter or enjoys doing lives on any social media outlet you are going to want this mat! The price point on it is not bad either. I have paid far more for less superior mats. You can find it here.
5) Rinse Well
Do not let this cruddy picture fool you! Rinse Well is awesome. I like to dabble in paint, but constantly having to dump my water to get fresh can be annoying. Not to mention the times I have accidentally mistaken my paint water for my coffee. I keep this on my desk. It actually has dirty paint water in it now that I need to drain. There are little grooves on the bottom of the bowl that you can really scrub your brush on. Once the water is dirty you just push the little valve. It washes away the dirty water and fills the bowl with clean water. There also are some handy spots to dry brushes. I paint a lot and only need to change this out weekly. The link for it is here.
I hope you enjoyed these five picks. Tell me in the comment what your go to craft items are these days. I want to know!
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I created a chipboard tag using the sassy dog full of attitude and the OMG die cut.
To create the tag I first covered it in white gesso. After it dried I stamped the dog and embossed it in black. I cut on oval from card stock, covered the image with it and sprayed it in Dylusions Black Marble and Bubble Gum ink spray. As it dried I die cut the OMG in pink and black cardstock. I colored the scarf and glasses with a aqua flow marker (I do not like using alcohol marker on gesso) and added glossy accents to the lenses. I adhered the OMG! on the base of the image and outlined the perimeter of the oval with Stickles. To finish the tag I added a few gems.
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I created these layouts from trash. Literally, everything was heading into the garbage can. Then I felt this overwhelming feeling of guilt. I just could not throw anything away! It went against every grain in my body. I am a scrapper at heart — meaning I like to use scraps to create. I love repurposed home decor pieces and using things in ways they were not intended to be used in. Same goes in my art! The older and more beat up the better. With that being said I made these two layouts from trash.
Now, I know you are looking at these layouts (especially the second one) and wondering why on earth I was going to throw any of that away. It’s shameful really…my reason….”last in the package” is the reason. I only had one or a few left. They were taking up precious space in my craft room. My real estate is valuable and I don’t have much room. It’s like Manhattan in craft land. Therefore, if it is just sitting there doing nothing it has to go! In this case, these items were spared.
I used nothing new on either of these layouts. I must confess that creating these was quite gratifying. Something happens in my soul when I am able to create something from nothing much less something from what I had decided was trash.
What are your favorite things to recycle? Tell me in the comments!
I discovered the Lawn Fawn Picture Changer Die cut about a year ago. When I purchased the die set and add on I also picked up a few Lawn Fawn Stamps to use with it. One set is not for the set, but it was so cute I just could not pass it up!
I love the Peacock stamp set! There are so many things that it can be used for in addition to this kind of interactive card.
I created a nont-traditional Christmas card with this little gingerbread man — Oh Snap. I did not get my placement correct on the card. This is one of those times that I say “Oops! Oh well”, shrug my shoulders and move on. I will mail it to someone who won’t mind!
Last, but not least, here is a video for all you Lawn Fawn Fans! I took the class at Creativation 2020 in which I learned how to create several cards with their new dies and saw the new products. I share them here:
I have had the pleasure of taking a couple Make and Take’s from Kelly — the Founder of Lawn Fawn. It truly is a pleasure! She is very personable and friendly. I am a Lawn Fan because of her. I like to support small businesses that are made of up genuinely good people — she is a great person!
I have always had a thing for creating hair in art. I like to shade it, color it, high light it and glitter it up. That probably is why I am obsessed with these Bun images from Ink Road Stamps. So far there are four available.
I created two different kinds of backgrounds for these four ATCs. The first two are created with Colorburst.
The last two I created using Colorburst and alcohol ink on Rinea Foiled Paper. I don’t know what have me the idea to try these two mediums together — much less on Rinea foiled paper. I am glad I did because it turned out amazing!
I have a video tutorial on how to color in these images here. The cute little bows are actually wee little resin pieces from The Ink Road Stamps. I thought they were perfect as embellishments for the buns.
I like to create my card bases all at once, so it is easy to just grab one and create when I am in the mood. Sometimes this results in my Watermark accidently ending up on the inside of the card. Instead of tossing the card or tearing it apart trying to save it there is a simple solution. This recently happened to me. I made this card:
Cute and Sassy, right? You can imagine the groan and slew of curse words I said when I opened it to see that my watermark was on the inside where my sentiment was to go.
The solution to this is really simple. In fact, I am kinda scared to share it with you because it is like “duh!” easy. Just take another piece of cardstock and adhere it over the side that has your watermark on it. Stamp the sentiment and no one will ever know that you messed up. Well, unless it is you getting a card from me. The only time I ever mat the inside of a card is when I mess up like this OR the card base is a dark color and I want a dark sentiment.
Make sure you watermark the back of your card before sending it off!
Here is a video tutorial on how to shade in the cute little coffee mug from Ink Road Stamps.
As I previously stated in another post, I had the pleasure of being a guest educator for the Clique Kits this month. I created a mini album featuring my bout with depression. I taught how to use a gel press plate to create background pages as well as different ways to use gelatos and foam stamps. I was sent a ton of beautiful paper that did not make it’s way into the mini album I created. So I made the following layouts with the paper as well as the odds and ends of what I had left.
To create this page I fussy cut and tore a few of the collage pages I was sent. After I adhered them to the 12 by 12 page, I outlined them and added some dots along the edges. I used a rainbow foam stamp with some gelatos to create the corners of the page and topped it off with a sweet layering butterfly stamp.
A combination of mixed media techniques were used to create the above pages. I love to splat paint in layers. Starting with a blank 12 by 12 paper that will be the base of the layout splat one paint color. Adhere pattern paper on top of the base and splat another color of paint. Finally, add the mats for your images and splat with another paint color. By layering the paint splats you create great texture without a bunch of bulk which can make it challenging to store.
…or something like that….I never claimed to get the lyrics right to a song, but chances are you know what song I am sing in my head (and now you are too — YOU ARE WELCOME!)
I have been creating a lot of interactive cards it seems as of late. My current obsession are spinners! People love to get them and are in awe that you made them. They are fun to make and super easy to create! Here are the ones I have recently made:
This sweet little tulip was the first spinner card I ever made. Lawn Fawn is where I learned how to make it. I took their class at Creativation 2020. Once I got home I remembered that I actually had a spinner die!
A few months later I found this stamp and had to have it! I created this card with it:
Then Close to my Heart came out with an Around the Clock stamp and thin cut set that I just had to have. Not only can you make cards with it on it’s own that are super sweet, you can create spinner cards too! Here is how to do it.
This is how to create a card without the spinner aspect:
The possibilities for spinner cards is endless! Here is a list of supplies to help get you started on creating these interactive delights!
I am currently obsessed with this scene buider fish stamp. The best part is for this month, April 2020, it is only $5! Needless to say I snatched it up and created two interactive cards with it.
I had a been playing with spinner cards all week. I had an idea stuck in my head on creating a card with this set as a spinner — but a little different. I actually wanted to expose the majority of the circle that spins to create an illusion that the fish were swimming. To hide the brad that is needed to make it spin I added the sand castle. Now the fish are swimming around it.
For the second card I was inspired by a porthole and knew a shaker would be perfect! To see how both of these cards were created please watch this video tutorial I made for you.
Here is a list of all the products I used to make both of these cards: