Not Just Cardmaking, Create a Cherished Keepsake

Graduation card
Most of us have that box of keepsakes in our closet of cherished mementos. Filled with notes, cards, ticket stubs and the like. We hold on to the things that are important to us because they have meaning. When creating a card for someone special, take time to customize it so it speaks to them.
This graduation card was done in the school colors of the recipient, and the year added. It’s a special year for them and you’d be hard pressed to find a card in the store with that detail.
If you are making a special card you can incorporate the style of the decade they were married, or born in, include a scanned photo printed on vellum or acetate. Find an embellishment that reflects the industry of the new job they just landed, and more.
In creating this card I stamped the verse in black ink. the cap and diploma was stamped off in red (first stamped on scrap paper then stamped over verse without re-inking) The numbers were dry embossed on vellum with Stencils by Ecstasy Crafts Because it was on vellum it was easy to do and line up vertically. I simply took a piece of scrap vellum and traced the numbers with a pencil so they lined up.Turned it to the reverse, lined up the stencil to the number, then layered the good vellum over the top. Dry embossed with stylus tool, making sure the strip of paper was long enough to fold around the back of the red piece and attached with tape.
Hope your next card creation will be a cherished keepsake.
All the best,

Diane Long

 

Crafting Just For the Fun of It

stamped photo card
The Stampsmith Company was having a Black and White Tic Tac Toe challenge so I thought I’d give it a go.
They have beautiful quality photo stamps and as an old movie buff, I have a number of them in my studio.
Many of the poses look so serious and dramatic, but that didn’t stop me from having a little fun!
I just typed up the verse on the computer, Who couldn’t use a laugh or a bit lighthearted cheer, see what stamps you have that you can turn into something funny.
Photo stamps can be a little tricky to work with and their website has some good advice. I prefer stamping on glossy then and again on clear acetate and layering.. I use this process when I stamp the Thomas Kinkade stamps too. You can see the video here.
Have some fun!

Most of us have that box of keepsakes in our closet of cherished mementos. Filled with notes, cards, ticket stubs and the like. We hold on to the things that are important to us because they have meaning. When creating a card for someone special, take time to customize it so it speaks to them.

All the best,

Diane Long

Great Craft Ideas for You

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As I’m finishing some remaining work on areas of the blog, I want to turn my focus on upcoming projects.
One in particular I wanted to do was a series, One Stamp, Many Uses. I haven’t decided exactly what stamp that would be and I’d like to ask you for help. Do you have a favorite stamp that is your go-to? Let me know, I may end up having a full blown challenge with PRIZES!!

If you think about it, part of our creativity is stretching ourselves to see how much we can do, and how far we can go. Sometimes that’s with limited resources. We don’t always have to have the latest products and everything stores have to offer, do we?? (I say this as HSN has a 24 hour craft day!)

Moving forward, I would love to hear from you on what types of projects, tutorials, ideas you would like to see.. I appreciate you and thank so many of you for your kind comments and emails.

You can reach me by email or let me know by leaving a comment..

All the best,

Distress Ink Easter Eggs

Distress Ink Easter Eggs
I had so much fun last year making Sticker Resist Easter Eggs that I thought I’d do it again this year. Yes, my family will be eating scrambled eggs all week but that’s a small price to pay for a holiday tradition. Using a large needle, I poke holes in the egg slowly making the hole larger (Using anything larger may crack the egg) Blow the insides out, rinse and dry. You can tape one hole and pour some thin craft glue inside the egg and let it dry. this will make it a bit more stable in case you drop it- and you will drop it. Lightly sand the egg in case their is any rough patches.
I used Starform Stickers, letters and circles. Applied Distress Inks, Archival inks and Adirondack Spray, heat set between coats, remove stickers (I put the letter stickers back on for the photo) Spray with clear sealer. Added gold dot stickers to the brown egg and white borders stickers to the misted egg.
For How to instructions on both sets of Easter Egg projects, Click the PDF
Need to finish up some other craft projects before the weather gets too nice to stay indoors.
All the best,

Diane Long

Craft Frenzy Friday

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The Long Grey Days of Winter

Grey Day stamped scene

It always seems like the dull grey of winter will never pass. but it always does eventually. There are not only grey days of our seasons but also grey times in our lives. I decided to take this opportunity while being stuck indoors to tackle some of my html computer monsters. An overhaul of my blog was well over due and took longer to figure out some aspects of it. That being said, I hope you find it enjoyable and please let me know if there are features not working properly (and how I’m supposed to fix them!!)

Here is another card using Stampscapes stamps. Making a scene in black and white actually takes a number of colors to achieve the depth to tone. I usually use Marvy Matchables Inks A subtle blue called Salvia Blue, Pale Orange, and Grey with a bit of Black on the edges.
March isn’t so far away.

Diane Long

More Flameless Candle Embellishing

Flameless Candle Embellishing

With so many stickers, stamps and art supplies now available, the decorating possibilities are endless. I just can’t get enough of micro beads and once again I covered the Love words printed off the computer, wrapped around the candle and added the beads. The second candle couldn’t be easier. Simply take letter stickers of your choice, and add stickers such as these to have as a sweet accent for a baby’s room. Perfect idea to keep a variety of craft  supplies and candles in various sizes on hand for a last minute, yet personalized gift.

All the best,

Diane Long

Flameless Candle Embellishing

Flameless Candle Embellishing

Embellishing flameless candles are a great way to personalize gifts and home decor. The first candle uses a rubber stamp from Impression Obsession, clear ink, sticky powder, and Martha Stewart glitter On the second I used gold vellum paper, a Martha Stewart punch, and the entire surface is covered in clear micro beads.(although it doesn’t show in photo) I also used a wedding photo covered in micro beads on a candle in a previous post. Lots more ideas on the way.

Happy crafting!.

 Diane Long

Serendipity

Handmade Stamped Bookmark

I just love using Stampscapes stamps. You just never know how the finished project will turn out. Coloring is done with regular dye ink. Applied with foam pads, nibs and even an applicator stamp. Bookmarks are such an inexpensive way to give a personalized gift or pick-me-up to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. You can also include a poem or inspirational verse on the back.
All the best,

Diane Long

Easier than you think Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas using Stamp Ink

I have always been inspired by my sister Cathy’s Easter eggs. She would dye rice and place them on a glue covered egg one piece at a time. Beautiful scenes and little figures placed inside of an egg which had an opening carefully pricked into it.and the side of the egg removed.

My version takes much less time and effort than the eggs my sister did and easy enough for anyone to do.
I took Starform Stickers (some refer to them as border stickers- see Ecstasy Crafts from my list) Place them on an egg, then apply dye inks, remove sticker to reveal masked design, You can place additional stickers on top, ink over it with a different color, You can also place a fresh sticker back on the egg as a final touch (as done with the striped egg) Try spritzing ink in a bottle onto the egg in various colors. You can add a sticker as a finishing touch on this as well. For complete directions check out Ranger Inks Yahoo Group Inkling project.
Have a Glorious Spring!
Diane

For tutorial on how to make these Easter Eggs in PDF, Click here

Fall Leaves in Rustic Metal

Metal Fall Leaf Candle

Although it’s always sad to see Summer go, it’s not so hard to replace it with a season as beautiful as Autumn. Here is a project to keep the look of fall leaves around just a little bit longer. Using a Leaf Punch, and some Alcohol Inks, this can be done in no time.
We are gearing up for the busy Holiday Season but please remember to slow down long enough to enjoy the simple things all around us.
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

Christmas in July- Easy Ornament

Beaded Clip art Christmas Ornament

This ornament is so much easier than it looks. I used clipart from Dover but you can use black and white photos as well to give a personal touch. Just print on Inkjet Printable Acetate. For complete instructions log on to Ranger Inks Yahoo Group.

The Holidays will be here before you know it!
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

Homage to Chocolate

Chocolate Collage

The joy of chocolate in all its forms! This collage is full of hand stamped elements including the photograph, black mat, lace and of course the M and M’s and Hershey bar. The chocolate pieces are made of polymer clay.
Every day needs to include i bit of chocolate in it don’t you think?
Diane