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Many of these lessons are geared toward beginners and the polymer clay lessons are meant to be completed in order. I have attempted to integrate design concepts along with practical information about the specific project. If anything is not clear or if you have any questions or feedback, please email me. Some of the files I created for these lesson plans are in PDF format. If you do not have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader plug-in needed to read these files, you can get it on the Adobe web site.

In some of the lesson plans, you will see references to the Open Door Art Studio. It no longer exists, but I was formerly a volunteer there and many of these lesson plans were written for classes that I taught there. I think all of us who were involved will always have fond memories of that place! We had some fun there.

Analog to Digital: Waste Paper From Stamping Projects Can Enhance Photoshop Art New Analog to Digital: Waste Paper From Stamping Projects Can Enhance Photoshop Art

Sometimes the pieces of scrap paper I put under my rubber stamping projects to protect the work surface from ink end up with really interesting markings on them. Don't throw these pieces out - when they're dry, scan them and import them into Photoshop to make interesting textures that would be difficult if not impossible to duplicate with only digital tools.

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Decorate a Celtic Gift Bag Decorate a Celtic Gift Bag

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day celebrations, here is an idea for decorating a drawstring muslin bag with Celtic designs. Fill with St. Patrick's Day treats or a gift for someone who would enjoy Celtic designs at any time of year.

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Collaged Valentine Candy Holder Collaged Valentine Candy Holder

I decorated this hanging candy holder for Valentine's Day, but the design is versatile and can be used for a number of occasions - just change the collage piece inserted in the front of the holder!

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Praying Mantis Beneficial Insects in the Garden

Are you interested in making your garden more habitable to beneficial insects? Here is a list of insects you might want in your garden, followed by a chart showing what plants are likely to attract them and what plants may repel pests.

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Pearl Ex Rondelle Beads Pearl Ex Rondelle Beads

Normally when I'm planning a new craft project, I try not to be too influenced by trends. The new Pearl Ex Chromatic colors however seem to be in harmony with some things going on in the world of fashion, so I decided that bead-making would be a great application for these bold new colors. Bright jewel and metallic tones are perfect for jewelry!

Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are a versatile pearlized powder that can be added to nearly any artist medium. They need to be mixed with or coated with some kind of binder for permanence. In this project we'll be rolling the beads in the powder to apply it to the surface of the beads, and then sealing the surface with Pearl Ex Varnish.

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Seed Packet with Collage Insert Seed Packet with Collage Insert

Seeds are a great spring gift for those in your life who like to garden - think Mother's Day, Father's Day, Arbor Day, Earth Day, Easter and spring birthdays! Whether you have seeds to give that you have harvested yourself or you buy some and want to package them in a more festive way, you'll find a use for this project.

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Button Headband and Bracelet Button Headband and Bracelet

Do you like to collect old buttons? Get some of them out of the jar and wear them! The rustic look of this headband is suitable for displaying an assortment of earth-toned buttons (and does not tax my rudimentary sewing skills). I wear headbands constantly and it gets frustrating to have to buy new ones when the elastic goes out. With this headband design, the main part of the headband does not stretch and the elastic in back can be easily replaced when it wears out.

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Mosaic Table Top With Textured Clay Tiles Mosaic Table Top With Textured Clay Tiles

I love to make things out of reclaimed or repurposed items. While I was digging my garden, I found lots of construction debris in the soil including a number of ceramic tiles, broken and whole. I decided to incorporate them into a mosaic table top on a table that was built for me by my Dad out of scrap wood.

The middle part of the table top is made of random pieces salvaged from the garden soil and other sources, such as broken ceramics and tiles that I made. If you're sad about having broken a ceramic piece that you like, it's very satisfying to incorporate the pieces into something good. I wanted a more regular edge for contrast so I made some square and rectangular tiles to order, some of which are textured with rubber stamps. I also took some scrap composite tile samples made from some kind of plasticy material that I got from Leftovers, Etc. and cut them into squares and rectangles to augment my ceramic tiles.

In this tutorial I'll show you to make some tiles and then incorporate them into a mosaic table top surface.

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Vintage Collage Necklace Vintage Collage Necklace

Combine tiny rubber stamps and paper scraps with clear acrylic shapes and a favorite charm to make a unique necklace.

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Shadow Boxes Shadow Boxes

Display a variety of memorabilia on your wall in found boxes or boxes manufactured specifically for decorating. You can even use an old drawer.

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Tiny Notecard Design Challenge Tiny Notecard Design Challenge

Do you have a lot of patterned papers that you have difficulty finding the right project for? If so, this project will help you stretch creatively by getting you out of your comfort zone. You'll also end up well-stocked with a variety of notecards for future occasions! The envelopes are sized to hold a gift card and with a hanging loop at the top for hanging on a tree, on a doorknob, or anywhere you would like to surprise someone. They also make festive gift tags. I'm including instructions and a template for a box specially sized to hold twelve notecards - a set would make a great gift.

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Vintage Look Box Vintage Look Box
I used a repurposed tea box with a sliding lid for my example of this decorated box. If you can't find a box exactly like this, any box with a flat lid would work.
Mosaic Box Mosaic Box
If you have a gift-giving occasion coming up, this one might be a winner for you. When my Dad saw this in my house he said "Is this for giving? Can I have this?" That's the reaction I want when I make something! For this project you can either purchase an undecorated wooden box from a craft store, or look through thrift stores to find one to repurpose.
Scrapbooking My Way - On the Highway New Scrapbooking My Way - On the Highway
Read about my rather unorthodox scrapbooking methods.
Valentine Pocket Card Valentine Pocket Card
Make a vintage look valentine card with a pocket in the front for a mini envelope for secret messages. Free template available for download.
Faux Postage Extravaganza Faux Postage Extravaganza
In this tutorial, you will learn to make Faux Postage using Faux Postage frames from the Carolyn's Stamp Store catalog. The finished simulated postage stamps can be used alone to decorate your mail or in a variety of projects including cards, shadow boxes and more.
Making Printable Backgrounds for Stamping, Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Making Printable Backgrounds for Stamping, Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking
Combine collage with monoprinting and Adobe Photoshop to make exiting printable background and accent papers. You will need at least some basic knowledge of Photoshop to complete the project.
Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland Inchies Holiday Card Holder Garland
On one occasion I was looking online for rubber stamping project ideas to see if there were any ideas for using inchies. I saw an inchies garland that someone made that I really liked, and decided to make my own version with spiral ornament hangars attached to use as clips for displaying holiday cards. It looks great hanging over a doorway.
Card With Squares Card With Squares
This project was inspired by the project "Tulipia" in the book Texture Effects for Rubber Stamping by and the Sketch Challenge sk091810 on Paper Craft Planet. Acetate layered over cardstock shapes will add depth and interest to this multi-occasion card.
Birthday Card with Ribbon Birthday Card with Ribbon
It's not really the time of year for pink things, but what the heck, I had a couple of cards to make for people who like pink, so here you go. You could give this card lots of different looks by changing the color scheme.
Small Journal with Pockets Small Journal with Pockets
Here is a small journal designed to make and bring with you on a special trip. Take notes and make sketches to remember your journey, or use it for a Letterboxing logbook. By folding the cover piece inward at the bottom, you can make pockets inside for tucking in loose pieces of paper, ticket stubs, photos and other memorabilia.
Barren Strawberry Plant Growing Information
A selection of plants that I grow in my garden.
Convertible Necklaces Convertible Necklaces
If you can't afford a lot of new things, accessories can really help jazz up your old outfits and make them more interesting. By making convertible necklaces, you can bring new life to an old necklace or make interchangeable parts for lots of combinations.
Create an Indoor Water Garden Create an Indoor Water Garden
Do you have an empty aquarium handed down from someone who was formerly in the fishkeeping hobby? Are you eager to work on your outdoor garden but are frustrated because it's not warm enough yet? Do you like the idea of water gardening but don't have space for a pond? If so, here is a fun project you might enjoy.
Thank You Card Thank You Card
Here is an easy Thank You card to make. The designs are abstract, so it's appropriate for any occasion.
Retro Interlocking Card Retro Interlocking Card
Make a retro greeting card for the hipster in your life - it's suitable for a multitude of special occasions. Free template available for download.
Recycled Car Seat Bead Earrings Recycled Car Seat Bead Earrings
By dressing up a couple of wooden beads from a recycled car seat cover, you can make earrrings that are not only pretty, but inexpensive and lightweight.
Muslin Bag Rubber Stamping Project Rubber Stamped Muslin Bag
Here is a quick easy project with bold colorful graphics that would make a good bag for a small gift. No templates to download this time! It's stamped with ColorBox Crafter's ink, which is waterproof after heat setting.
Floral Mosaic Card Rubber Stamping Project Rubber Stamped Floral Mosaic Card
Includes free template.
Petroglyph Card Rubber Stamping Project Rubber Stamped
Petroglyph Card

Includes free template.
Rubber Stamped Pillow Box Rubber Stamped
Pillow Box

Includes free templates.
Rubber Stamped Spring Faux Postage Spring Faux Postage
lIncludes a template to make a mask for a sponged background texture on your stamps.
Rubber Stamped Decoupage Beads Decoupage Wooden Beads
Cover wooden beads with rubber stamped paper pieces.
Polymer Clay Lesson 1: Introduction and Making Textured Beads Covers basic information about working with polymer clay that beginners would find useful and different methods of creating texture on beads.
Polymer Clay Lesson 2: High-Contrast Colors Learn how to mix contrasting colors and build simple cane patterns.
Polymer Clay Lesson 3: Analagous Colors How to mix analagous colors and use them in cane designs.
Charm Bracelet A good way to use odds and ends of old beads and jewelry parts.
Rubber Stamp / Eraser Carving Tools, techniques, where to get images, more.
Melt and Pour Soap Recipes If you can follow directions well enough to cook oatmeal or something simple like that, you can make melt and pour soap at home.
Accordion Book Hardcover accordion book with ribbon closure.
Ransom Note Poetry Book A simple project for play and loosening up.
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