Friday, August 29, 2008

Fun with Stamps Tutorial

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Looking for something to do over the three-day weekend?? Let’s stamp it out!!!
Today I am going to show you three techniques: 1. using Crayola on stamps, 2. making your own foam stamps, and 3. using cleaner on stamps to stamp with.
Let’s get started!

Stamping with Crayola Markers

You need a stamp (rubber or acrylic work best), some Crayola markers borrowed from your children’s stash, and paper.
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Pick out the stamp you want. I found this rockin’ baby at Dollar Tree!
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I love, love the Crayola Pip-Squeaks for several reasons. Like all Crayola markers they are washable so they will easily wash off my stamps. They blend well. And I love the colors they come in. Talk about choices! And you know what??? You can use them in your Cricut instead of those expensive Cricut markers. I found my set at Walgreens.
So I just colored in the image on my stamp, and stamped…
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Va-va-voom! Talk about a fun technique. Now instead of spending my money on ink pads in all colors I can use markers and spend the $ on shoes!!!

Making Your Own Foam Stamps

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Very easy! Get some regular craft foam. You can buy this at WalMart in the craft section for 10-20 cents a sheet.
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Find a pattern you like online or draw your own.
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Break out the scissors and cut away, baby!
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‘Scuse the blurry pic. This is gonna be your stamp.
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Cover with acrylic paint of choice. If you use mail as your splat mat and post it online be sure to block out addresses. ;)
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You may want a heavy book for this part. Flip your stamp over carefully onto your paper. You may want to use the heavy book to put weight on top of it. Be careful not to smear it around.
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That is your print! Wouldn’t it be fun to make swirl ones?? Note to self: Try that someday!

Stamping with Cleaner, Yes, Cleaner

This technique works best with the foam stamps. Have you ever heard of stamping with bleach?? Try it sometime. It looks cool. It makes a white imprint on your paper. I wanted a similar look but I didn’t want it to look white, I wanted it to look embossed. So my crazy brain got to spinning and I saw the generic Cleaner with Bleach.
I thought, “Why not?” And I ended up loving the results!!!
First, if you are messy like me, put on one of your messy, already bleach spotted shirts. All women have them from doing laundry. I have a large collection!
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Pick your paper and stamp out.
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Fold up some paper towel to make an impromptu ink pad.
Wet it down with your cleaner.
Dip your stamp in it just like an ink pad.
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Helloooo,honey! It looks embossed!
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It is just slightly lighter than the paper because the cleaner only has minute amounts of bleach.
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Here is a scan of it. It came out lighter than the pic but oh well, you can see the embossed look better.

The End?

Let’s put some of the components together to make something…
I made a Labor Day card for fun. :)
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P.S. I used my Crayola markers to “ink” the edges of all the items on my card!!!
I hope you have fun with these techniques!!!!

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!!

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Have a happy 3 day weekend, blog readers! I am taking a bloggy break until Tuesday! :) Feel free to play catch-up on the archives. I have nowhere big to go but I am going to concentrate on family time this weekend...it will probably make the last time this year we can get use out of our swimming pool,too. Be safe, have fun and see ya Tuesday!

Photo of the Day

Friday, August 29,2008
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Toy cars rule in this household!

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I got these from a wonderful stock site. I think these photos will inspire the photographers in all of us!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Photos of the Day

The theme this week is just snapshots from my day.

Thursday, August 28,2008
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Painting is the best thing in the world. Getting your fingers wet and blending colors. I love to watch Harrison paint. I love it when he tells me what his painting is supposed to be. This is a rocket, btw.
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We use ice cube trays to hold paint for him. Sometimes I let him paint on the tub while taking a bath. The ice cube trays float in the tub. Who knew?
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A trip to the library.
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This is not our local library, this one is a little bit of a drive, but the children's section makes it worth the drive!
Giant chairs...
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Beanbags to jump on and hug...
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And the computer has a Thomas game H can play by himself!
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Guess what arrived today?!?! Our butteflies!!! If you have read my blog in the past you may know about my son's grody bug collection.



We bought him a butterfly kit from Target. We had to mail order our butterflies.

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The box said "Open Immediately!!!" but it had been on the porch for an hour or so before we saw it. And it was hot today! So we had my cousin Alex open it because I was a bit squeamish. They are caterpillars in a cup with food.

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Harrison is in 7th Heaven over it.


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A few hours later, they started spinning some type of webby stuff so I guess they are making their chrysalis'...we have to put them in the pop up cage net thing. Then when they are born we have to free them. I am so taking pictures of every step of their life process!!!They are going to be Painted Lady Butterflies!

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Pretty!!!

Scrapper Inspiration

Since my office is a mess (going to clean it tonight-I promise!), I only scrapbooked and posted it a week ago. So since it has been a week without scrapping, I wanted to share some inspiration I found on scrapbook.com. Links to sources are included--these are not my scrapbook layouts, only sharing for inspiration.


























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Got any inspiration to share? Leave a link in the comments section! :)

Scrapbook Newbie??

Okay you may say, "Hey I wanna do this scrapbooking thing! I like paper and glue!" So how do you get started?? I found a great article on how to get started by sorting your photos. Click here for article. Even if you don't want to get into scrapbooking but just need to get your pics organized I suggest you read this.
In other news, my blog is being renovated by me (unless I decide I like my old design better). So you may see some changes going on this week. Don't mind my construction dust teehee. I am thinking of doing a dark green or dark blue type background but not sure yet--you know I love my black background! And I might do a new banner,too. I am so wishy-washy. Just bear with me folks. Oh, and can I say how much I love all my sponsors...rock on!
I love reading your comments (when I get them LOL) so thanks to all commentors. Luv ya lots!

My secret?

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This PostSecret card really touched me. It could have been sent by me! It wasn't. But I agree with the sender. :)
PostSecret Link

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Inspiration is all around us...

Etsy Inspiration!
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How cool are these magnets by "greenbeanbaby?"
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=14639099
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A cool Wizard of Oz tile necklace by "ItsAllAboutThePrint."
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14638402
I need in this in adult size, por favor...
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by "superflykidz"
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14605637
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This painting rocks! It is called "The Speaking Owl" painting by
"emmaklingbeil."

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14518963
I totally have this on my wishlist for H...
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Too adorable!!!! Tshirt by "nissalisa."
http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=10193334
And last, but not least, check out this detailed wolf mask!
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It was made by "Merimask."
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=13876709
Etsy is a wonderful place for eye candy!

Photos of the Day

I'm behind as usual so I am putting Mon.-Wed. on this post. Cool.
The theme for this week is bits and pieces from my day. A random pic from my day...
Monday, August 25, 2008
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My son was playing with his Moon Sand and used a heart cookie cutter. He said, "Mommy, here is my heart." Heartwarming, I know, but this is same little boy who says, "Hi Booger!" to me, too. LOL
Tuesday, August 26,2008
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Pooh bear. My son can't sleep without him! I love PB, and H's furry blanket,too. When we wash them, we both anxiously wait for the dryer buzzer to go off.
Wednesday, August 27,2008
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Snack. Sometimes I end up making us snack by color. LOL I guess creativity makes up for my lack in true cooking skills!