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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
12 Ways to Use Distress Inks

Distress Inks, by Tim Holtz are some of my favorite inks to use. They are water-based dye inks that have incredible color stability. Unlike other inks, Distress Inks react to water. It means that water doesn’t break down the color. Water also allows the ink to move on the paper. They are perfect for traditional ink techniques but their unique qualities open a new set of possibilities. Here’s how to use Distress Ink 12 different ways: 1. Aging The grungy shade of the ink is perfect for aging and distressing paper. This look is great for grunge, vintage and shabby-chic projects. Simply apply ink to the edges and some of the surfaces of a paper using a sponge or a blending tool. You can also wrinkle or tare the paper for a stronger effect. 2. Stamping We usually use ink for stamping and distress inks are no different. Distress inks stamp well on porous surfaces and can be used with …

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round Up

The LOVE season is here! I’ve rounded up some of the best Valentine’s Day crafts, recipes, parties, and printables to bring you the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round Up. With this many great ideas, recipes, and projects there is something for everyone. I know you are going to fall in love with them.  So let’s get this party started. Here is everything you need to celebrate the season of love. Crafts Valentine’s Day Wall Art – Tatertots and Jello Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Favors – Home. Made. Interest. 12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt – The Mama Zone I “DOVE” You Printable with Candy – Newlywed Survival Valentine’s Day Candy Filled Mason Jar – Savvy Saving Couple DIY Paper Heart Wreath – Blooming Homestead DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars – Thriftanista in the City Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks – Happy Go Lucky Blog Valentine Felt Envelopes – Good Morning Loretta Washi Tape Bubble Valentines – Moneywise Moms Coupons of Love Mini Album – Scrappin’ it Valentine Memo Chalkboard – Southern Couture …

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Valentine’s Day One Sheet Coupons Mini Album

Here’s a fast and easy project to create as a gift for Valentine’s Day! A One sheet coupons mini album. You can create a few of those and write different treats or gifts on the coupons according to who will get them. For a spouse or a boyfriend you can give a massage, a fancy dinner or even the s word. For a friend it can be a manicure, a movie or anything that you like to do together. The choices are endless! Just customize your coupons mini album with your choice of papers, colors and embellishments. You can even create a large mini album by attaching a few small mini albums together. Attach two ends of the mini album back to back with a little double sided adhesive. You will have more room for extra coupons… Isn’t that a really cool project? You have a gift, which are the coupons and what is written on them of course, and …

Friday, February 19th, 2016
Valentine’s Day Free Printable Cards

“Love is in the air everywhere I look around” February is here and the air is filling up with love, or at least it should be. I think it is a beautiful reason to celebrate and spread it around. Love has always made people crazy, in good or bad ways and it’s the only thing that can do that. It’s elusive, mysterious and it seems like we never really fully understand it but I think we can all agree it’s the best thing in the world! So celebrate your love, whatever it may be with this little gift from me. I created 4 love cards for you to print at home and use in your crafts, decorations or cards. You can turn them into coupons by writing on the back, or turn them into a little LOVE mini album by binding them together. Print them as many times as you want and make a little memory game or put them in …

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Creating a Canvas with a Printed Image

This post was sponsored by GraphicStock. All opinions are mine alone. Sometimes you need an image or an illustration for a craft project. There are a lot of free stock photos sites out there but their variety is limited. I tried GraphicStock.com and found exactly what I need. Now you might think I’m saying that because I have to but I really think they have a good thing going. First I like their search options. you can type in any word in the search box and get lots of results. Then you can narrow the search by choosing the relevant category for you. I searched the word vintage and then chose the background category. I found a really pretty background and downloaded it to my computer. From there printing it was easy.   I used the printed background to cover a 5×7 canvas and write on it. But you can find lots of images and illustrations there too. The good …