Introducing Inspired by Stamping

Welcome to the Crafts ‘n things Blog! Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Inspired by Stamping! I have been on the Inspired by Stamping design team since February 2013. This small “home grown” stamp company is based out of Brisbane, Australia. I have been enjoying working with their stamps and dies and wanted to share more about them with all of you.

Joanna Munster is the owner/designer/illustrator of Inspired by Stamping. Here is what she had to say about her company.

I started crafting 11 years ago when I started capturing my daughter’s special moments with scrapbooking. I quickly fell in love with all things crafty including cross-stitch, crocheting, knitting, drawing, and jewelry-making. However my love has always been towards the paper crafty industry. It is a place where I can lose myself in creating for hours.

Two and half years ago, my husband, myself, and our three children moved from the United States to Australia. While waiting for my working visa, I started drawing and paper crafting full-time with my blog. One of my dear friends suggested that I make a stamp set with one of my drawings and this is where Inspired by Stamping started. I love every moment of working in this industry, from the beautiful women and men that I meet daily, to the amazing designs that I see created with an Inspired by Stamping set. On October 15th, 2012, we celebrated our first year of Inspired by Stamping, and it is exciting to say that we are growing and expanding!

Website: www.inspiredbystamping.com
Blog: http://joannamunster.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Inspired-by-Stamping/219235878105725
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/inspiredstampin/

Inspired by Stamping has so graciously provided two $25 gift cards to two of our Crafts ‘n things readers! Leave a comment at the end of this post and two winners will be announced here on April 22nd!

I want to share some of the beautiful Inspired by Stamping stamps and dies with you.

I love flowers, and this beautiful rose from the “Flowers Bloom” set is stunning.

I stamped the image and colored it with alcohol markers, then trimmed it out with circle die cuts. I added a sentiment from the “Beautiful Iris” set.

The flower image from the “Beautiful Iris” set is also very pretty. I again stamped it and colored it with alcohol markers.

I die cut part of the image with a circle die template, however, I also used micro-tip scissors to “fussy cut” part of the flower. This is a fun technique for showcasing images.

For this card I used images from the NEW April Release. The “Creative Tags” set was just released yesterday and goes on sale at the Inspired by Stamping store April 10th!

Inspired by Stamping also makes die templates to match some of their stamp sets. I stamped an image from the “Flowers Bloom Set” and colored it with alcohol markers.

I then die cut the image with the matching “Fancy Label Dies 1″ template.

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Inspired by Stamping Flowers Bloom, Beautiful Iris, Creative Tags, Spring Blossoms
  • Ribbon: Inspired by Stamping Colonial Rose Satin; Really Reasonable Ribbon purple lace, red satin, purple sheer
  • Die cuts: Inspired by Stamping Fancy Labels 1; Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Small and Large, Nestabilities Big Scalloped Circles Large, Shapeabilities Foliage Two; My Favorite Things Die-namics Fishtail Flag Stax and Flag Layers
  • Embossing Folder: Couture Creations Bouquet
  • Cardstock: WorldWin Colormates Heritage White, Deep Lovely Lilac, Medium Lovely Lilac; American Crafts Black, Spinach; .Too Marker Corp. Copic Xpress It Blending Card White
  • Designer paper: My Mind’s Eye Cowboy; Echo Park Paper Co. So Noted, For the Record 2 Tailored, Yours Truly; My Mind’s Eye Six by Six Quilting Bee; Graphic 45 Secret Garden, French Country
  • Button: Buttons Galore and More
  • Pearls: Want2Scrap
  • Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
  • Twine: scrapbook store
  • Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Rhubarb Stalk; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint; Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
  • Embossing powder: Hampton Art
  • Markers: .Too Marker Corp. Copic
  • Adhesive: 3M Scotch Brand Tape Runner; Beacon Adhesives Fabri-tac; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Thanks for joining us today and make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win one of the Inspired by Stamping $25 gift cards by April 21st! The winner will be announced on April 22, 2013.

Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life (www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com)

Beaded Unity Candle

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your wedding ceremony with this sparkling Beaded Unity Candle.

Materials

  • Clear glass cylinder vase, 3-1⁄2” diameter, 8-3⁄4” tall
  • White floating candle
  • Rub-on wedding sentiment of choice
  • Bead Treasures Crystal Oblong Czech Glass Bead Mix (available at www.hobbylobby.com, sku #410704)

Tools

  • Deckle decorative-edged scissors
  • Ultra-fine iridescent glitter
  • Thermo O Web PeelnStick Double-Sided Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, tray, water

Directions

STEP 1

Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply rub-on transfer of choice to upper center of vase as shown.

STEP 2

Use regular scissors to cut two long strips of desired width from adhesive to fit around top and bottom of vase. Trim one long edge of each with decorative-edged scissors. Remove backing and adhere to top and bottom of cylinder, aligning straight adhesive edges with top and bottom of vase and overlapping short ends. Add small pieces of adhesive to fill any gaps as needed.

STEP 3

Remove remaining backing. Holding vase over tray, sprinkle bead mix over adhesive. Gently tap off excess and use fingers to press beads to adhesive. Repeat until all adhesive is covered. Sprinkle glitter over beaded areas; tap off excess.

STEP 4

Fill vase with water to just above sentiment; place floating candle in vase.

Tip

  • For a subtle yet different effect, change the color of glitter to match your wedding colors.

by Dawn Gehring

Bird Hut

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

With a cozy little perch to sit upon and plenty of seeds to nibble on, this hut is a bird’s idea of paradise! Paint clay pots to create an inviting retreat for all your feathered friends.

Materials

  • Clay pots: 3-1⁄2”, 4-1⁄4”
  • Clay pot saucer, 6”
  • Wooden items: ball knob, 3⁄4”; large oval (sign), 2” long; dowel, 1⁄8” diameter
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Licorice, Kelly Green, Thicket, Calico Red, Real Brown, Tapioca
  • Black cording, 3 yards

Tools

  • Fender washer, 1-1⁄2”
  • Steel nut, any size
  • Drill with 1⁄8” masonry bit
  • Plaid FolkArt Crackle Medium
  • Plaid FolkArt All-purpose Sealer
  • Paintbrushes: shader, flat
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, masking tape, scrap wood, sponge scrap, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Size

6-1⁄2” tall (not including hanger)

Bird Hut

1. Drill holes in center of saucer, ball knob, and just above rim on 4-1⁄4” pot. (Note: To prevent cracking, apply masking tape inside pot at drill-hole point. Hold scrap wood piece behind hole while drilling. Do not push drill through pot; allow bit to work its way through pot.)

2. On covered work surface, basecoat saucer Kelly Green, clay pots Calico Red, sign Tapioca, and ball knob Real Brown. Sponge paint saucer Thicket. Use shader to paint 1”x1-1⁄4” Black door hole as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Crackle Medium, then Real Brown topcoat to 3-1⁄2” pot.

3. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer details. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to trace sign lettering and details, and to draw shingles on roof (Figure 1) and wavy border around door hole. Apply sealer.

Figure 1

4. For perch, cut 3” length from dowel; insert end into hole in door hole. Adhere sign to roof.

5. Cut cording in half; fold each length into halves. Holding cording folds together, tie knot 2” from fold. Thread cording ends through hole in knob, then 3-1⁄2” pot, 4-1⁄4” pot, and saucer. Thread cording through fender washer; tie double overhand knot 6” from end. Thread cording through nut, then tie another double overhand knot. Trim cording ends.

6. To fill, place feeder horizontally on work surface, slide knob toward hanger, place seed inside bottom pot, then flip saucer up to keep seed inside. Adjust hanging cords by sliding knob down next to roof top. To release more seed, slide knob up, then lift bottom pot.

by Barbara Matthiessen

Welcome Baby Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Celebrate the new arrival with a fun, five-minute card that incorporates both “boy” and “girl” product collections.

Materials

  • Bazzill Basics Paper White OP Cardstock
  • Bella Blvd. Baby Boy Collection Cute Cuts Paper
  • Bella Blvd. Baby Girl Collection Embellishments: Ciao Chip Stickers, Flags
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Adhesive Pearls
  • Whisker Graphics Pink Divine Twine

Tools

  • Paper Smooches A Little Lovin’ Clear Stamp Set
  • Acrylic block
  • Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
  • Adhesives: paper adhesive, clear mini dots

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil

Directions

STEP 1

Make 6”x4” White side-fold card. Cut slightly smaller Cute Cuts paper panel; adhere to card with patterned side up.

STEP 2

Adhere chipboard elephant sticker to left side of card. Adhere flag to card above trunk, tucking pin end behind chipboard.

STEP 3

Tie small twine bow and adhere to elephant’s ear using clear mini dot.

STEP 4

Stamp Tuxedo Black sentiment at lower right. Adhere three pearls beneath sentiment.

Tip

  • Using a 6” or 8” square of patterned paper, transform this same design into a quick mini album cover.

by Ashley Harris (www.ashleyharris.typepad.com)

Boutique Knock Off Yo-Yo Display and Prize Winner!!

When I stumbled across a similar version of this adorable way of displaying handmade yo-yos, I was immediately inspired. It was a recent new product offered by a pricey upscale boutique, and the price was way out of my league. Fast forward two or three months later. I had just received my Summer issue of Crafts n Things magazine and ran across an ad for this innovative display frame, I immediately remembered the pricey yo-yo shadow box display frame. I set about making my own version of this pricey Boutique Knock Off Yo-Yo Display.

These boxes from Amos Advantage are perfect for displaying memorabilia such as ticket stubs, vintage photographs, collected seashells, and any other treasured items you would like to proudly mount and display. The special feature of these frames are two transparent, flexible silicone membranes which surround your exhibition items softly. In doing so, it gives the impression of your collection levitating inside the frame. In addition, you get both the front and back view of your collection. The frames are completely open with one side hinged. You place the object on the silicone membrane and close the frame. It is securely closed by a magnetic flap. The frames come in three sizes: 9-1/16″x7-3/32″x63/64″, a slender 12-7/32″x2-3/8″x63/64″, and a small 2-3/4″x2-3/4″x63/64″.

Creating my little yo-yo display frame was super easy. First I gathered some coordinating fabric fat quarters and buttons and set about sewing my yo-yos.  If you have never created yo-yos, there couldn’t be anything easier. Simply trace a circle to use as a template. The rule is to trace a circle that is twice the size of your finished yo-yo.

Thread a sewing needle and sew a long running stitch 1/4” from the edge of the circle. Pull threads together and form yo-yo with fingers. Pull the thread to the back of the center of the yo-yo and knot off. If desired, sew a button to the center of the yo-yo.

I used a dry adhesive such as foam squares to attach my yo-yos to the frame.

Here are a few more ideas for using these frames in your craft projects:

1. Create a Unique Wedding Gift- Save the invitation and mount it along with a painted monogram and some dried flowers or favors from the wedding reception. This will delight any bride to be.

2. Display your Garden- Gather flowers from your Spring Garden and press flowers using a handmade flower press. Display them in the frame in a pleasing manner to enjoy your flowers all year long.

3. Showcase Vintage Documents- Timeworn and treasured vintage documents such as marriage certificates, old photographs, well-worn award certificates, etc. are increasingly being proudly displayed as part of home décor. Show off your family history by mounting these treasured keepsakes in one of these frames.

“Nimbus Frames” can be ordered from Amos Advantage by clicking here.

WINNER ANNOUNCED

Several weeks ago, we announced that we were giving away a prize package containing Rit Dyes, a basswood box from Walnut Hollow, and more goodies that can be used to create this gorgeous Spring box filled with hand dyed and stamped ribbons.

The winner of the prize package sponsored by Rit Dye as selected by Random.org is Becky Garrison of Becky Garrison Paper Crafts! Thanks for your comments and I hope you check back here often for more exciting giveaways.

Until Then…

Live Life Creatively,

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Beaded Dangle Jean Charm

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Not only will this pretty beaded dangle charm add personality to your jeans, but the photo charm is a perfect keepsake to remember those you love.

Materials

  • Darice Big Clasp-Large Clasp: Silver
  • Beadalon Bead Stringing Wire
  • Blue Moon Silver Photo Frame Charm
  • Assorted beads
  • Silver crimp beads, two

Tools

  • Crimp pliers
  • Wire cutters

Basic Supplies

ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 5” wire length.

STEP 2

Thread crimp bead on wire end. Thread wire end through clasp and back through crimp bead, leaving 1/2” tail. Push crimp bead close to clasp loop.

STEP 3

Squeeze crimp bead with pliers to flatten and hold wire in place.

STEP 4

String 2-1/2” of beads onto wire, ending with other crimp bead. Thread wire end through photo charm loop and back through crimp bead.

STEP 5

Use pliers to flatten crimp bead, threading wire end back through two beads. Trim excess wire.

STEP 6

Attach dangle charm onto belt loop.

by Chris Malone

Beaded Woven Ribbon Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Invite spring into your home! Weave soft pink and chartreuse ribbons into an accent pillow to add a splash of color to your dècor, then highlight with a few beads for a bit of sparkle.

Materials

  • White cotton fabric (pillow back), 14” square
  • Offray Grosgrain Ribbon, 7/8”, 18 ft. spool: Chartreuse, Light Pink
  • Opal-lined E beads, 39

Tools

  • Pellon Fusible interfacing, 15” square
  • Fairfield Poly-fil polyester fiberfill
  • Sewing machine
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Iron and pressing board

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, straight pins

Directions

Size

13-1/2″ square

Pillow

1. Cut fourteen 14” lengths from each ribbon color.

2. Place interfacing, fusible side up, on pressing board. (Note: Cut interfacing larger to allow for ribbons shifting.)

3. Place Light Pink ribbons horizontally across interfacing. Pin ribbon ends to interfacing.

4. Weave Chartreuse ribbons vertically through Light Pink ribbons, keeping rows straight. Pin ends to interfacing to secure.

5. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse ribbons onto interfacing. Remove pins; trim to 14” square.

6. Hand stitch beads across center of pillow front.

7. With right sides together, machine sew pillow front to back with 1/4” seam allowance, leaving 5” opening at bottom for turning. Trim corners; turn right side out and stuff. Hand stitch opening closed.

by Lisa Bychowski

French Vintage Birdhouse

This project reminds me of spring, which is nice since the weather hasn’t been very spring-like where I live. Alice Golden with you today to revisit one of my favorite projects. This French Vintage Birdhouse was featured in the Crafts ‘n things March 2012 newsletter. (Have you subscribed to the weekly newsletter yet? If not, you can sign up for free HERE).

Many of the papers and elements on this birdhouse are actually digital images that I printed onto matte photo paper. Because the papers weren’t the exact size I needed, I decided to cut them into random sized squares, ink the edges, and adhere them to the roof like they were shingles. Some of them were also sprayed with a glitter spray.

I love the extra bit of shimmer the glitter adds.

This was also the first time I ever used iCraft adhesive. I had been given a prototype to try out and in fact, it was so new that when I submitted this project, the adhesive didn’t even have a name. Here iCraft was cut into a scalloped design and trimmed to fit the edges of the roof and then sprinkled with glitter.

 Another one of my favorite products was employed to create the “straw” – Scrapper’s Floss. Some is poking out of the doorway

and also tucked in around the edges. When my husband and I bought our fixer-upper almost 20 years ago, there was on old pear tree in the backyard that had a similar shaped birdhouse hanging from one of its branches. Unfortunately, a few years after we moved in the tree had to be taken down, but I salvaged the old birdhouse and it still has wisps of straw poking out in similar spots.

This is the view of the back.

Thanks for letting me share this project again. You can find the supply list and complete instructions HERE.

Happy Crafting!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

MAMBI Sticker Giveaway Winner

Stickers are so much fun! Not only are they easy to use, but they can spark creativity in various types of crafts – from paper to jewelry, kids crafts to home dècor. The possibilities are endless!

Alice Golden here to announce the lucky winner of a set of new motivational stickers by Me & My BIG Ideas.

These stickers were used in my Motivational Magnetic Board craft in my March 20th Crafts ‘n things blog post where I announced this giveaway. All you had to do to be entered to win was to answer this question by Tuesday, April 2, 2013 …

“If you could only make time for one hobby, what would it be?”

It turns out that it wasn’t an easy question to answer. Most of you toiled over selecting just one craft. I guess that proves all kinds of crafting are in our blood. Aren’t you glad we don’t have to limit ourselves to just one craft?

Our one lucky winner, as selected by Random.org is:

Barb Wagar

Barb, I will be contacting you by email for your mailing address.

Thanks to everyone for your many kinds responses.

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Butterfly Acrylic Pendant

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Make your own stylish acrylic pendant. Just print your favorite photo, design, or saying on Computer Grafix Adhesive Backed Film. Voilà… a custom look that will match any outfit! Learn more about Grafix printable art & craft films at www.grafixarts.com.

Materials

  • Grafix Clear Adhesive Backed Film, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Digital butterfly image
  • Clear acrylic flat-backed crystal
  • Black leather cording, 18”-24” length
  • Silver jump ring, 9mm

Tools

  • Computer and printer
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Hand drill with small bit or heavy-duty hole punch

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, copy paper

Directions

STEP 1

Crop image in photo editing program to match size of crystal. Add desired text to image. Flip photo horizontally to create mirror image.

STEP 2

Paste image into word processing program and size photo slightly larger than size of pendant. Print test image on copy paper. Place crystal over image to check size; adjust image size if necessary. Print image onto sheet of Computer Grafix Adhesive Backed Film; let dry.

STEP 3

Place flat side of crystal over image. Trace around crystal with pencil and cut out. Trace around crystal again on blank space on adhesive sheet; cut out.

STEP 4

Remove backing from image and adhere to back of pendant; do not burnish.

STEP 5

Remove backing from clear piece; adhere over image. Lightly burnish both pieces using finger.

STEP 6

Drill or punch hole and insert jump ring at top of pendant; close jump ring.

STEP 7

Cut cording to desired length; thread through jump ring. Knot cording ends together.

Tip

 by Tami Sanders for Grafix (http://www.grafixarts.com/)