Monday, August 22, 2016

Tuesday Tipz ( a bit early)

From a blog called Genuinely Artsy:

Mailing Tip: Make Sure it Fits


Isn’t it fun when you open your mailbox and there’s a hand-made card waiting for you? Much better than all that junk mail and those darned bills.
Extra thick or lumpy cards may require extra postage and if it’s not added before you mail it, the recipient may be charged when the card is delivered. We don’t want that, do we?
Here’s a quick and easy way to check if your card will make it through the postal guidelines for thickness…
The slot on most paper trimmers is 1/4” wide. This just happens to be the maximum thickness allowed for first class mail cards and letters. Slip the card into the envelope, then slide it through the slot on your paper trimmer. If it fits… it ships!

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Monday Make Itz

More Oldies but Goodies!

Sometimes a new craft product can spark creative juices
into using some older craft products.
I ordered the Clearly Creative Kit from Paper Wishes.
This included acetate sheets (for us Old Schoolers think overhead projector sheets.)
that are printed on one side and can be colored on the other.
Since I needed to find coloring instruments that would stick
to the plastic, I started 'shopping' in my supply closet.
I came up with glitter glue, permanent markers and patterned paper.
It is fun to use oldie but goodies in new ways!

Clearly Creative Kit from paper wishes. 

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Freebeez

Here is another great free Download from Paper Wishes!
This would make a fun sigh for your craft area.

click here to download

Click here to download!
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thursday Treatz


After record days of above 90's temps,
rumors of cooler weather brings a taste for soup in the crock pot.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wednesday Websitz

Check out Mr. Food's daily newsletter.
It's filled with comfort food and easy recipes!
Fill the crock pot and have more time for crafin'!
Click on link below to cruise the website and sign up for his newsletters!

Mr. Food

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday Tipz

Fun with Water Color Pencils

Watercolor pencils can be used in a variety of ways.
Best thing is no messy tubes or pots of paint,very portable.
Play around and practice on a scrap paper before using on a project.
FYI--an aqua painter is utensil with a brush at one end and a place to hold water
on the other end. Fill the 'handle' with water, replace the brush.
Push down to fill the brush with water.
Most craft/art stores now carry these in the artist sections.

1. Wet brush--this is great for large areas or backgrounds.
     Use pencil to lay down color in area.
     Take a wet paint brush or aqua painter to blend and soften the colors.
     Be careful not to use too much water.

2. Wet pencil--for intense color, dip the pencil into water, then color.
     This is best for bold details and shading.

3. Wet paper--wet your paper with a clean brush, aqua painter or spray with a mister.
     Use pencils to lay down colors. Blend with brush or aqua painter.
     Be careful when blending certain colors--unless brownish tones are what you need.

4. Wash--use as a wash over dry and wet embossed areas.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday Make Itz

Oldies But Goodies!

Torn Paper and Tissue Paper are trending again.

Tissue Paper
Dig out your stash of tissue paper and use for card backgrounds or overlays.
   1. Cut a piece of tissue paper a bit larger than your project/card.
   2. Crumple up a few times, the more wrinkles the better.
   3. Smooth out.
   4. Use spray adhesive or glue stick all over front of card.
   5. Place smoothed out tissue paper over the adhesive.
   6. Press down to adhere.
   7. It's ok if there are wrinkles, gives it texture.
   8. Let dry before stamping or adding embellishments--cut around excess tissue to even up
       around card.
   9. White or very light tissue can be used over a stamped image to give it
        a snowy or shadowy look. A tint of very light blue would be nice.
  10. Run the tisse glued piece of paper through an embossing folder.
  11. Highlight the wrinkles on the paper with an ink pad.
  12. Stamp tissue before wrinkling for a fun look.

   1. Tear patterned paper so there is a white edge.
   2.  Highlight the white edge with a stamp pad.
   3.  Adhere to front of card.
   4. Use torn paper strips for accents.
   5. When using acetate sheet embellishments, tear paper to place behind sheet instead
       of coloring the sheet.

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