No disrespect meant…

On Monday, I sent out my regular email to my email subscribers announcing that the Smooch Inks were in…I had someone complain that it was spam, so I’m guessing they read the title wrong 🙂 Seriously, no disrespect meant…that really is their name, Smooch Inks and they are so cool. They are accent inks in cool little bottles that look like nail polish bottles. The applicator of course is in the bottle, and the tip is foam. It’s so easy to get into small places or you can push down a little bit more to apply inks to a larger area.

Smooch Inks can be used on paper, plastic, metal, clay and much more! They can also be watered down to use a watercolor paint. Yep, so much fun! So anyway, didn’t mean to offend anyone. Have a great day!


Jewelry Making for Scrapbookers

Have you ever wanted to make a gift for a friend and wished you new about something more than just scrapbooking? Scrapbook making techniques can be used to do more than just scrapbook.

I’m often surprised by the crossovers between hobbies, but never more so than recently when I discovered I could use scrapbooking and stamping techniques to make jewelry, and in lots of different ways.

Although scrapbookers use stamps on paper, there’s no reason to feel restricted. Stamps can be used on many things, and depending on the stamp they can look great stamped into something soft just like the seal on a signet ring.

The scrapbooking method for doing this is to use many thick layers of embossing powder and keep them hot before plunging a stamp into them. You can do this onto card and then seal the card with enamel or PVA glue, but of course you can do exactly the same thing with any form of clay.

Most craft shops have clay cutter molds, but you can use normal household cookie cutters, it’s just that the size may be larger than you really need to create jewelry. Ideally roll out the clay until it is a thin and even layer, many people recommend using a pasta machine. Then cut out your shape and decide how you are going to use it. If you are making a pendant, drop earrings or a key-chain you’ll need to make a small hole in the clay in the center at the top. A cocktail stick works quite well, but make sure the hole is large enough to allow you to use a jump ring. If you are making a necklace or bracelet you’ll need to make two holes at the sides. If it’s clip earrings you’re creating you can relax. No holes required.

Once you have your cut out piece of clay, you need to find a stamp the right size and stamp into it. The easiest way to do this is to ink the stamp before pressing it into the clay as deeply as you can without coming out the other side. The ink should allow the stamp to make an impression without sticking. Then be sure the clay is flat and either dry it in the oven or leave it to dry. It depends on the type of clay. Once the clay has dried you have a lot of options, you can decorate it with ink, with perfect pearls or with enamels. You don’t need to do anything fancy, just rubbing a finger tip with some ink over the clay should pick up all the highlights. You can use glue and add tiny beads to the design or you can create several small stamped plaques of clay and use them together to make a necklace or a bracelet. Some clays come in wonderful colors like black with a sparkle finish, stamp into that with gold ink and then embellish with gold once the clay is dry and you can have a spectacular piece. Coating with clear enamel makes them stand up to the rigors of use and of course you need to add findings to create a brooch or pin, a bracelet or earrings or necklace, or if you want to do something very simple, a keyring or cellphone charm. For something like a key-chain you can create two pieces and glue them together with a weight in between, then finish the hole off with clear enamel or even just several coats of PVA glue.

As a final step you can add your stamped ‘jewel’ to other beads or even pearls to create something really unique. The divisions between crafts are entirely artificial, spread your wings and enjoy a walk on the wild side!

You can see Tim Holtz Distress Inks at where we sell lots of inks and other scrapbooking supplies.

Fun card using Distress Crackle Paint

When I got my shipment of distress crackle paint last week, there just happened to be one with no seal on it, so guess what? Yep, can’t let someone else have it if it’s “defective” ;), so I just had to try it out. What fun! No mess, just brush it on your paper and let it do all the work. It’s pretty thick paint, but you can easily thin it with a little bit of water and it will still crackle. What I like about it is that you can ink it, emboss on it, stamp on it, whatever strikes your fancy. So here’s my little card I made with crackle paint as an accent. Don’t forget to leave me a comment…always love to know what you think!

New products!

I’m so excited! There are over 200 new products at Dinglefoot’s Scrapbooking! Lots of Ranger products, like Stickles, Distress Stickles, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Distress Embossing Powders, Distress Crackle Paints…so much fun!

But wait, there’s more! Dazzles Outline Stickers and some new Hot off the Press Templates, as well as new Echo Park Scrapbook Paper! Phew, need to catch my breath after all that, so how about coming on over checking it all out!

Ranger Stickles on a Cricut Card

Whether it’s a card, die cut, flower or just plain paper, I think Stickles are my favorite accent for my projects that just need something extra. Several years ago when I saw my scrapbooking friends talking about them, I wasn’t sure even what they were. Then they said it was glitter glue and that didn’t impress me much. I mean, all the glitter glue I ever had, I would open it up squeeze it, and out would come a big runny mess of wet without really any glitter. So anyway, thankfully I made the plunge, got some Stickles, and I was immediately hooked! My favorite part is the small tip that makes writing easy and it comes out solid glitter every time, no wet messy junk first before I even get the half glue/half glitter hopeless mess that I was used to. I use them for the local nursing home bulletin board a lot, just to brighten things up on the different die cuts. They love it! So today I will show you this quick card that I made on my Cricut 🙂

Golden Wedding Anniversary!

When you find out that someone has been married 50 years, it’s definitely a time for major celebration! Some friends of my parents had their golden wedding anniversary this weekend and I was glad to be able to make a card for them. I wasn’t able to go since I live very far away, but I was happy that my dad asked me to make a card for them. I used 50th Wedding Anniversary Gold Foil paper from Stemma, gold flowers and Old Paper Ink on the inside white paper. For the writing inside, I printed out a poem on vellum, then rounded the corners to match the white paper inside the card and used a vellum adhesive to attach it. With the vellum over the top of the white paper, it muted the Old Paper ink just enough to make it look really nice. I was having a hard time getting the writing to show up clearly in the picture, so this sideways one was the clearest shot I could get. You might not be able to read it, but you can kind of see the Old Paper ink 🙂

Handmade Card With Ranger Ink Techniques

If you know me, it’s no secret that I absolutely love all of Tim Holtz’ products — ink, embellishments, whatever, I’ve never found even one of them that I don’t like 🙂 So this week I decided to play with the Ink Blending Tool & Distress Embossing Powder. The Distress Embossing Powder isn’t typically what you would expect from any embossing powder. It’s not shiny at all, and actually has a rough sand-like texture. But wow, it gives such a great vintage look! The cool thing is, it mixes with all the other Distress products, so you can stamp on it, ink on it, you can use it on top of the Distress Crackle Paint, whatever you want to do. It’s easy to use, but are a few secrets to using it, so hope this all makes sense when you see it 🙂

Giant Star Card

Templates are great fun for crafting! My favorite are the Hot off the Press Templates. Not only do they show you where to cut and fold, but they also have a small picture of the finished product along with written instructions. And, they have grid lines so you know if you have your paper straight. So this week I am going to show you how to make a card with the Giant Star Card Template. There’s just a little trick to getting it all folded, but it’s a spectacular-looking card that’s great for just about anything. My favorite is to use it for Christmas and 4th of July…maybe Christmas in July? 😉