Jan 312017
 

Life changes and priorities change.  I am leaving the Stampin’ Up! family as of January 31, 2017.  My time spent with Stampin’ Up!  has been a wonderful experience.

Slowly, I am starting to take down my Paper Crafts Obsession site.  The content will be available until the end of February 2017.

If you need to find me, I will continue on Facebook as Donna’s Crafty Corner.

Thank you.

wattssiggy

 Posted by at 3:31 pm
Aug 012015
 

iLSC39 Linda 1_medHere is Linda’s interpretation of the card sketch at i Love Card Sketches.

She has used Sahara Sand for the card base and Very Vanilla and Basic Grey for the accent squares.  She added a little Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper on the left and set it off with Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon.

You cannot leave off the bling.  Just a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the butterfly wings doesn’t show up in the photo, but is just right in person.

To get a peek at more creations using this card sketch visit i Love Card Sketches.

ILCS39

Oct 292014
 

Hundreds of retired Stampin’ Up! products that I have been hording are now available for sale at significantly reduced prices.

Click on the Retired Stampin’ Up! tab above and you will see a drop-down menu with different categories.  So far I have a group of Christmas-themed stamp sets and Big Shot accessories.  I will be adding more items and categories as I can.  Keep checking back or if you are looking for a specific item, email me and I will check my stash.

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Mar 102014
 

Brayer imageLet’s review a few tricks on how to use your brayer.  The brayer is an inexpensive tool that is very versatile.  You can use it to make backgrounds, ink stamps, and apply ink directly to paper.

There are techniques that use a variety of found objects and the brayer to create backgrounds.  You can see an example of the bubble wrap technique on this card I made last year.  Experiment and you will find several items that make a beautiful background:  string, rubber bands, bubble wrap, dense foam packaging, and netting.

A popular technique with the brayer is resist.  Here is a link to another example of emboss resist.  You can use crayons or crumpled wax paper to create a resist on your paper and then ink over it with the brayer.

You can also use the brayer with masking.  Cover part of your paper with scrap paper and then brayer a color over the uncovered area.  Move the scrap paper and add another layer of color with the brayer and you get shades.  You can create landscapes with this technique.  brayered landscape

If you want a particular pattern or shape, try punching out a shape such as small hearts or flowers and use a temporary adhesive to attach them to your paper.  Now brayer over them.  Remove the punched out masks and you have a background of hearts or flowers, etc, all over your paper.  Petite Petal masks

 

 

 

 

Another fun way to use your brayer is like a paint brush.  Color your brayer with markers and then “paint” your paper.  To see this example and a few more CLICK here to see a downloadable .pdf.

These are just a few ideas for using your brayer.  Bring your brayer out of storage and try a few of these techniques.  Get inspired and then share your results.  If you would like more information about how to use your brayer, contact me.

 

Nov 202013
 
Holiday Card Making Class

Linda, Wanda, Kathleen

Holiday Card Making Class

Chris, Charlotte, Nancy, Betty, Rebecca

The ladies at the Lebanon Senior Center enjoyed making Holiday Cards and visiting this week.

Some of the ladies are first time stampers and others are experienced and were able to help out.  Sorry I missed getting pictures of two of the ladies.  They had to leave a little early.

We made two holidays cards from the templates I shared on my blog earlier.  You can see the cards HERE and HERE.

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Oct 142013
 
Since Christmas is coming faster than we always realize, it is never too early to start  planning for Christmas.  To help you out with planning, crafting and giving this year, I am giving away 12 weeks of Christmas ideas including cards, gift ideas, wrapping and tags.  The only way to receive the 12 weeks of Christmas is to join my mailing list. 
The first two weeks are already out there, but it is not too late to get these holiday ideas once a week for the next ten weeks.  If you sign up before 8 am Wednesday Oct 16, I will make sure you get the first two weeks, plus the next ten weeks of Christmas inspiration.  Get ahead of the crowd.  If you are not already signed up to receive the Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter, do it now.

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Mar 132013
 

If you are NOT on my mailing list, you missed out! 

  1. Paper Crafts Obsession featured a lovely card perfect to use for many occasions this spring.  The card project also included a short tutorial and a different way to mask using Window Sheets.
  2. Donna’s Stamping Corner highlighted the use of the brayer.  It is a fun way to get several unique looks and get out of that rut in your creative expression.
  3. And do you know how to clean those wonderful acrylic blocks we use when we stamp?  You missed the opportunity to find out what NOT to use.

It is NOT too late!  You can Sign Up Now to receive the FREE Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter.  You not only will receive the March issue of Paper Crafts Obsession, but you will receive a FREE tutorial for another card project.  Each month you will receive two issues of Paper Crafts Obsession right in your inbox.  You will never miss another card share, tutorial, Tip of the Month, or answers to burning questions about paper crafting.  Complete the Sign Up box below to get started NOW.

 

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Mar 012013
 

Secret Garden Flowers Color Challenge 4For today’s Color Challenge, I decided to try doing a video for the first time so I could show you how to make these cool 3-D flowers.  View the video below and let me know how I did!

As always, I started with a color combination from the Color Coach.

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies:
Cardstock:  Sahara Sand (#121043), Regal Rose (#105130), Tempting Turquoise (#102067) and Gumball Green (#126840) for the leaves.
Classic Ink:  Regal Rose (#126947)
Stamp Set:  Elements of Style (#120045) flourish
Secret Garden Framelits (#129372)
Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003)
Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (#115964)
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439)
1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon Regal Rose (#122965)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)
Bone Folder (#102300)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
Sponge daubers (#102892)

The base of the card was made with the Sahara Sand cardstock.  I trimmed the top of the Tempting Turquoise layer with the largest framelit from the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Then I textured the layer by running it through the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  The flower petals and leaves were cut using the Secret Garden Framelits.  After all the layers were put together I added the Regal Rose ribbon along the edge.

The video will show you how I made the flowers.

The video is a little rough in places, but hopefully you weren’t too distracted.  It is not just the video, I stumble over finding the right words in real life too.  I look forward to seeing your comments below and I’d love to see your samples using the same technique.

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