1 Stencil 5 Different Ways!

Lately, I have been trying to get as much use out of my supplies as possible! I am embarrassed to admit this, but the first time I saw a stencil I did not know what to do with it. Was I suppose to trace it? Dab paint through it? After receiving one in a kit over two decades ago I just tossed it aside and moved on with my crafty life. Three years ago I became fascinated with them. Stencils look cool, but I was still intimidated by them. I started to buy them. Finally, I set out to learn how to use them!

Video Tutorial

The May 2019 Stamp of the Month from Close to My Heart is darling! It pairs well with a Prima stencil I had. I set out to create some cards using it as the background. Here is a video I created on five different ways a stencil can be used:

Up Close Pictures

The set was suppose to be pinks and grays. However, I forgot that as I colored in the images. Thankfully, they turned out lovely. Cards sets that flow and not perfectly matched are my style!

Foiled Background
Tinted Modeling Paste
Paint
Spray
Stamped
The Complete Set

The next time you play in your craft room with stamps, challenge yourself to use the set at least five times. Do the same with your stencils! You will be amazed at what you create.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Two Layouts Created from Stash

The title is a bit deceiving. These are created from my stash, but they all belong to Close To My Heart older lines. Years ago I got involved with Close To My Heart and have pulled out their products often. They are htimeless and easily adaptable to be on trend.

Make It Merry

My daughter and her best friend spent an afternoon taking Christmas pictures together while sipping on hot cocoa and snacking on fudge. They turned out amazing!

Creative Friends

One of my favorite things about attending Creativation is seeing all my friends and making new ones. Of course there are always a lot of photos. For this layout I wanted to get them all on one page. Thankfully I was successful! A few stamps was all it needed to complete the page.

After Thoughts

The title on Creative Friends could be better. I am not entirely happy with it. I was hoping for whimsical and got childish. However, I am so happy to be caught up on my scrapbook that I am leaving it. Sometimes you just have to do that. Put it in the album and move on.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Make 16 Christmas Cards from Three Sheets of Paper

One of my favorite things to do for Christmas is make all my cards. I love to send snail mail at this time of year. This year, however, is jammed packed with tons of activities. I just don’t have as much time as I would like, but I still want to make them! I decided to spend two hours on them and this is what I came up with — 16 cards!

Here is the video on how to create 16 cards in 2 hours:

The measurements for the half sheet (I used Rinea Foiled Paper ) is as follows:
You will need two of each:
8C: 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches
7B: 2 3/4 by 1 3/4
2E: 3 1/2 by 2
1D: 2 by 1 3/4
3C: 2 1/4 by 1/2

Here is the measurements for the cardstock:
Here is the measurements for the pattern paper:
If you have not watched the video, now would be a good time to do that. I share how to cut the paper without any waste and how to lay each card out. Once you get done watching it head back here and use these pictures as your guide to create your own.
Card 1:

 Card 2:

 Card 3:

 Card 4:

Card 5:

 Card 6:

 Card 7:

 Card 8:

The Nuvo Drops can be found here
The sentiment dies can be found here
Rinea Foiled Paper can be found here
I am so excited to have cards to mail out to family and friends that did not break the bank or take a long time.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Fall Ombre’

Close to my Heart released an awesome set of stamps that I thought would look fantastic with an ombre effect. 

 I started with the lightest 1 inch by inch ink pad and worked my way down the stamp to the darkest making sure I saturated the stamp as to not dry out.

 For the embellishments I took three buttons and filled them with Nuvo dew drops. 

Such a fun card to make and give!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Boo!

To me, nothing is more spooky and speaks of Halloween like a spider web! Therefore, I just had to create a card focusing on a great big web!

 I inked up my CTMH spider web in white pigmented ink and heat embossed it directly on a black card base. In the lower corner I did the same with the word BOO!

 I actually stamped the Boo! a little higher than anticipated, so I added two strips of washi tape. Sometimes mistakes work out so well 🙂

I finished it off with a sparkly spider! 
I hope you were inspired in the month of September and you have a few fresh ideas for using your stash to create for Halloween! In the month of October I am sharing some Fall ideas using my stash too! Please make sure you have subscribed (follow) my blog and come back soon! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!