Posted on April 7, 2017 by creativeunblock
It’s Friday … and I have a few Fabulous Finds to share.
First, check out these fabulous pop-ups from Stampendous! And don’t even get me started on the Laurel Burch designs! Oh, those cats! I’ve always loved her colorful images and have some of her old, old stamps. So imagine my glee at discovering that Stampendous! is now carrying her brand. Check out the fab collection of designs here.
And speaking of pop-ups, Fran Seiford at Stampendous! has made pop ups easy by creating a full set of pop up dies. Check them out here. I haven’t done a lot of pop-ups, but these dies make it so easy I’m going to make some this weekend.
Oooh la la! Gotta love the artsy stamps from Carabelle, a French company that is working its way into U.S. distribution:
Aren’t those designs gorgeous?
I also love the variety in their line. Here are a few more:
Find out more here. To find out where they are sold, Google Carabelle Stamps.
Have a great weekend!
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Posted on March 17, 2017 by creativeunblock
I am always amazed and awed at the variety of styles Spellbinders presents each year. Here are a few catches from the latest release.
Love the soft watercolor look of these stamps …
… and the tiny details on stamps such as this one below:
… not to mention this pretty watercolor look:
And for something different, the mixed media stylings of the delightful Seth Apter:
Stay tuned for an upcoming project using THIS new Spellbinders stamp/die set! Have a great weekend.
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Posted on November 19, 2016 by creativeunblock
Would you believe I have never made a pop-up card? My goodness! It seemed so complicated to me … until I got the Stitched Hillside Pop-Up die from Lawn Fawn:
Of course, I had to play with it ASAP … so I started this card completely backwards with no idea of what I wanted to do. I just wanted to see how the pop-up was created. I cut the die from white card stock and attached it to a white card base, just to see how it fit together and how easy it was to construct. It was so cute I decided to go ahead and create a winter scene.
Here’s the inside:
I stamped and fussy cut trees using some old Hero Arts stamps and stuck them on. Of course, it was still too plain so I added some silver snowflakes (also from Hero Arts). And then the greeting. Totally unplanned; I just kept building the card.
I felt kinda dumb, because now I had a plain white front that would be difficult to stamp on. But then … ta da! … I watched this great Lawn Fawn tutorial and I loved the way Kelly Marie created a belly band for the front of her card! So simple!
And now I’m hooked! It’s not the greatest card, but it was fun and surprisingly easy — a good learning experiment!
Thanks for tuning in.
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Posted on June 20, 2016 by creativeunblock
Here’s a belated Fabulous Finds Friday…
It’s no secret that coloring books are hot, hot, hot!
And what stamper doesn’t love to color? So putting them together is a natural fit. Luckily, there are plenty of stamps that make it easy to create coloring cards — a perfect gift for all ages. I recently made a gift packet for a 10-year-old girl and it was such a fast and easy project — just stamping the images with water resistant black ink (I alternated between VersaFine Onyx Black and StazOn Jet Black, both from Imagine Crafts) and mounting the images to fold-over cards (I used 4-Bar note cards.)
Here are a few:
I found some great images from Dare2BArtzy and Hampton Art Stamps (check out the Color Me collection by Angela Porter!) There are many others out there.
As you can see in this photo, you can use a variety of coloring tools…
For my gift, I bundled a bunch of (uncolored!) cards, coordinating envelopes (with a single image stamped on the front) and a pack of colored pencils. I’m going to get several sets ready for Christmas! This is also a great travel gift, especially if you include a few postage stamps.
Thanks for stopping by … now go color something!
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Posted on July 18, 2014 by creativeunblock
A book featuring Pinterest pins?
When I first saw the book Pinterest Perfect! (published by Walter Foster), I thought, “Why do I need a book? Why not go directly to the source?”
But have you ever gone down that rabbit hole, disappearing into a never-ending spiral of great ideas and fetching projects? Where one pin leads to another … and another … and before you know it, it’s Easter and you completely missed Valentine’s Day?
Anyway, this book is a wonderfully curated collection of inspiring ideas, complete with step-by-step projects, creative tips and techniques directly from the artists, and hints on how to use Pinterest as inspiration. The book is broken up into eight sections, from paper crafts and doodling to mixed media and “crafts.” There are also empty pages ripe for sketching, brainstorming, note taking, doodling, etc. Skim the book with sticky notes in hand for marking favorite pages. Read it order or sip and glide as you will, randomly selecting a project here and there.
Here’s a peek inside:
Curious? Intrigued? You could win it! I have a copy of the book, donated by publisher Walter Foster, to give away! Just leave me a comment by July 28 on what you love about Pinterest and a random generator will pick a lucky winner. Sorry, you must be in the continental U.S. to win.
Have fun, and thanks for joining me today.
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