Stenciled Backgrounds With Kaleidacolor Ink Pads

By Guest Blogger Heidi

My name is Heidi and I have been a papercrafter for over 10 years now.  I love the process of finding inspiration and using lots of fun supplies to turn it into a beautiful project.

Visit Heidi at her blog, Blue Scallop Creations today! 

Lately, I’ve been breaking out some older stencils and experimenting with ombre ink blending.  This is my comfort zone as far as mixed media is concerned, LOL!  I love the smooth look of the blended colors.   For this project, I used my Kaleidacolor ink pads along with the Daisy Flower Cluster stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop for even more color variation.

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Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

Happy Monday Everyone! I hope the Easter Bunny was good to you all. Well the CreateForLess Easter bunny has decided to do a little extra spoiling this week and has picked 2 winners! Congratulations to…Betty and Judy!! You have both won an ArtBin 12 1/2 inch  Quick View Carrying Case!

ArtBin 12 1/2 inch  Quick View Carrying Case has 4 compartments, 3 of the compartments have 6 removable dividers each. Lid has 2 latches to keep it closed, and a carrying handle. Box has grey base, clear lid, and aqua dividers. Case is stackable with other 12 1/2 in. Quick View Carrying Cases. Measures approximately 12 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch.

The winning answer to “What is your favorite thing about Spring” is…

“My favorite holiday is Easter, and spring is my favorite season! I love the feeling of the sunshine’s heat, and the freshness that permeates the air.”

and

“Mud season in the Colorado mountains! (Just kidding!)”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Free Stuff Friday!!

Happy Friday. I don’t know about you, but I have a full weekend ahead, between girls night, Easter egg hunts, and cooking Easter dinner, I will be busy. But it will be so much fun! Before things get TOO crazy, I wanted to share this weeks prize with you all. This week we are giving away an ArtBin Quick View Organizer with Removable Dividers!

ArtBin 12 1/2 inch  Quick View Carrying Case has 4 compartments, 3 of the compartments have 6 removable dividers each. Lid has 2 latches to keep it closed, and a carrying handle. Box has grey base, clear lid, and aqua dividers. Case is stackable with other 12 1/2 in. Quick View Carrying Cases. Measures approximately 12 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 10 1/2 inch.

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced on Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week: What is your favorite thing about Spring?

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Rainbow Easter Bonnet Hat Pattern

By Guest Blogger Crystal

Hi, my name’s Crystal!  I’m a wife and stay at home mom to two kids, E & O and we’re expecting baby P very soon.  I have been crocheting ever since my oldest was born.  I had tried to learn for years by reading books with little success, but then one day I came across tutorials on the internet and it finally all made sense!  I’ve never looked back.

I started my blog, Marching North to share what I’ve come up with, as well as things I’ve made following patterns I’ve found online from all the super talented crocheters out there (giving them all due credit of course!)

Easter is right around the corner! My kids have been making me aware of that for a couple of weeks now. My daughter is a big fan of rainbows and colorful things so I thought this rainbow Easter bonnet hat would be perfect for her. I imagine she’ll be wearing it any time it’s cold enough, not just at Easter time! It makes me feel so good when I make them something and they actually want to wear it!

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Ask the Experts – Washi Tape & Adhesive Remover

By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor

Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q:  What can I do with Washi Tape?

A:  There are many things that can be done with it including adding stripes or other design to a card, using it for a border or even use it as a background.  It’s fun to play with it and create your own uses for it, too!

Q:  I need something to remove the adhesive from my project after I put it through my Xyron machine.  Is there anything I can use to make this job easy?

A:  An adhesive eraser is made just for that.  You use it just like a regular eraser, but when the edges will no longer work, you just cut that area off and it’s ready to use again.

Q:  I have a stamp on a wood block that is lose.  Is there any way to fasten it down again?

A:  You can use rubber cement on the back of the stamp to attach it back to the block.  It will not harm the stamp.

Q:  Do I need a specific sewing machine to sew on a card or layout?

A:  No, any sewing machine you choose will work.  Remember, though, if you also want to sew with it you will need to change the needle.  Paper can quickly dull a needle so be sure to have an extra on hand.

Q:   I want to add a message on my card, but I don’t want to stamp it and am not sure what else I can use.  Is there anything?

A:  There are many choices that you can use such as stickers, punches, stencils and rub-ons.  Also, remember that many patterned paper kits include letter stickers, as well as, patterned paper that letters and words can be cut from.

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