A Sketch for you!

Hi there, If you like sketches try this! Here is a sketch I made for a sketch challenge at the Ready Set Create forums. Make a card or layout based on the sketch and upload it to the gallery.They will have a new sketch each week. Let’s get more pages scrapped!

Here is what I made with my sketch, I didn’t plan it but after I drew the sketch I was taking photos off my camera and saw these of Hazel with her frisbee. Perfect!

SCAL

Paper: Autunm Leaves, Stamps: Inque Boutique, Letters: SCAL

Hope you enjoy the sketch and play along, I can’t wait to see what you create!

Wedding Wishes & Quick Envelopes!

What a weekend! My sister got married! It was a beautiful wedding, we all had a great time but man when it was over we were all wiped out! Here’s the card I made her using my brand new Rubber Cafe stamps:

The Rubber Cafe Stamps, DCWV paper, SCAL/Cricut letters

The Rubber Cafe Stamps, DCWV paper, SCAL/Cricut letters

I used the Renaissance Fairy stamp and water-colored it and applied a thick coat of Martha Stewart gel glue and a generous amount of Diamond Dust glitter. I love this glitter because it is super sparkly but clear so you can still see the image beneath.I cut my title out of self adhesive vinyl (freebie from a sign shop) using SCAL software, Victorian LET font and my Cricut on pressure setting 3.

Why are envelopes so expensive? They are just thin pieces of paper with a couple of folds and glue and if you want a square one they are double! Well don’t fret cuz you will never need to buy another one! Here is how to make custom square envelopes:

Use your card as a template.

Use your card as a template.

Place the card you want to make an envie for in the center of a 12×12 piece of pattern paper. I like to buy the paper in stacks on sale so they are only 6 cents a sheet, then I use the less than beautiful sheets for my envelopes.

Fold the sides around the card.

Fold the sides around the card.

fold the two sides to the middle, unfold, then fold the top and bottom to the middle keeping the card in place. You can cut cardboard to your most often used card sizes and use that as a folding template instead of the actual card if you like.

Use a circle cuttr to make your flaps.

This is how the folds look.

Use a circle cutter to make your flaps.

Use a circle cutter to make your flaps.

Use a circle cutter (or trace around a plate) to cut your flaps.

We're Almost done!

We're almost done!

Place the card inside and fold the flaps around the card. Tuck the last flap under the first flap and secure with a sticker. The sticker will cover any gap where the flaps meet.

A beautiful (and cheap) custom envelope!

A beautiful (and cheap) custom envelope!

If your card is larger than 6×6 than turn it diagonally on the 12×12 sheet and fold in the corners rather than the sides so you will have more paper to work with for the flaps.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Lindsay

My Rubber Cafe’ Stamps Came!

The mailman must have thought I was hysterical today as I charged toward the mailbox looking for my loot..er I mean very serious stamping supplies! The stamps came and my kids took a nap, stamping serendipity! I got a chance to play with the free-form horse stamp. Here is what I came up with:

The Rubber Cafe Stamps, Cosmo Cricut Paper, SCAL software

The Rubber Cafe Stamps, Cosmo Cricut Paper, SCAL software

I used Cricut Inks and my SCAL software to make the “giddyup” labels, remember Kramer on Seinfeld LOL! I used my bracket frame freebie and typed over it with Chipperfield. Then I put the brown marker in my Cricut and clicked cut. I took out the marker and put the blade back in, deleted the text and clicked cut again and it cut around my shape…how cool is that!?! Money saving tip: I tried to make my own Cricut markers and it didn’t work so I went to JoAnns and bought them with my 40% off coupon. They are $2 less there than AC Moore and JoAnns will let you use your coupon on mats and accessories but not the machines or carts. The horse is colored with pastel pencils.

DCWV

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: DCWV

For this card I took a sponge and put reinker on the edge and streaked it on white card stock and stamped the horse over in black and cut them out. I thought it would make a cool congratulations card, or if something unusual happens, for instance, my cousin’s boyfriend grew the largest pumpkin in Maine State history last week…Now that’s something you don’t see everyday!

Have a great weekend, My sister’s getting Married, I’m so excited! I’ll be busy most of the weekend with that!

Happy Crafting,

Lindsay

Easy Treat Boxes!

I’m usually not drawn to cutesy images…until I saw these adorable Halloween stamps! They screamed for my faux Copic technique (you can read the tutorial here: part 1, part 2) I thought they would made nice treat boxes for Halloween. Until then they will serve as a decoration. I’ve got 3 kids so I won’t actually put candy in them until October 31!

Easy stamped treat boxes!

Easy stamped treat boxes!

By the way the Prismacolor blending marker works on colored pencils too. And they are still on sale for $2 at jerrysartarama.com!

Prismacolor colorless blending marker

Prismacolor colorless blending marker

Lets Make the box! For the bottom of the box you will need a 12″x12″ piece of paper but any size square will work. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner.

draw lines from corner to corner

draw lines from corner to corner

Fold the corners in to the “x” in the middle, unfold.

Fold each corner to the opposite fold.

folds are shown in red.

folds are shown in red.

Make 4 cuts as shown.

make 4 cuts

make 4 cuts

Rub a glue stick in the center square (with an “x” in it) and fold up flaps as shown.

fold and glue flaps to the center

fold and glue flaps to the center

WooHoo the bottom is done!

WooHoo the bottom is done!

To make the cover take a 6″ square of paper and score it 5/8″ for each side.

score each side

score each side

Trim edges with deco scissors. Make 4 cuts as shown. Fold on score lines and glue flaps to the inside edges of cover. Use double stick tape or wet glue on the cover, a glue stick wont cut it!

pretty, huh?

pretty, huh?

This is easy after you do it a couple of times. The box takes 5 minutes to make including the cover.

Make a bunch to give to all your little goblins this year! It works as a gift box at Christmas too, just change the stamps and paper! Until next time, Happy Crafting!

I’ve been tagged!

I always find it interesting reading someone’s blog who has been tagged…well, yesterday Jennifer tagged me. Interesting, we’ll see. Here are the “rules”:

Here are the rules:

1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

The facts (aka thefrugalcrafters secret life!)

  1. I have been vegan for 14 years
  2. I can juggle balls, clubs, rings etc (no chainsaws or anything on fire though :-)
  3. I believe any recipe can be improved by adding peanut butter.
  4. I own a unicycle (notice I say “own”, not, “can ride” LOL)
  5. I hoard boxes (if there is ever a box shortage I’ll be ready!)
  6. I used to work at a roller skating rink, I was the one skating backwards with the striped shirt and whistle. I think I caused more accidents than I prevented!
  7. I love politics and have voted in every election since turning 18.

How about that! OK so my victims,er…I mean lucky ladies to be tagged are: Melissa, Mitzi, Olena, Denitza, Sharon, Andrea, and Shirley.

Till next time, Happy crafting!

Bind it all with your Crop-A-Dial!

I was thinking of investing in a binding system but then I saw the prices of them! Egad! I can think of other ways to spend $60…stamps, paper, paint, etc…. So I thought Why can’t I do this with my Crop-A-Dial (heck, that baby does just about everything!) I went to staples and grabbed a pack of 25 binding combs for $5 and grabbed my CAD and went to work! This is what I made:

dan99.blogspot.com

Stamps: Inque Boutique, Sunday International, Hampton Art, SCAL Templates: dan99.blogspot.com

And you can do it too! Here’s how. Gather your supplies, papers/chipboard to bind, scissors for cutting your binging comb to size, binder clips, a pencil, original CAD and binder combs.

Gather your supplies

Gather your supplies

punch holes and insert binding

punch holes and insert binding

If you want to stamp your book do it before you bind it. Assemble your book papers and hold them in place with binder clips. Holding the comb on the book’s back cover mark where you want to punch your holes. You will need to punch 2 holes side by side for each binding comb leg to fit through. Punch holes. Feed the “legs” through the holes. Decorate and you are done!

The pages will lay flat!

The pages will lay flat!

wing covered in gold embossing powder, heated, them pressed with stamp.

wing covered in gold embossing powder, heated, them pressed with stamp.

If you like the book and wings I used I grabbed them at Dan’s blog. He has free SVG files every week, this weeks freebie is a wonderful pack of wings! Past files are available for purchase.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Crafting!

I Design For the Rubber Cafe’!

I just found out that I made the Rubber Cafe Design Team! Check out their beautiful rubber stamps, my faves are the fairies, mermaids and horses! You can see their stamps here.

Bridal Shower Set!

I threw a Bridal Shower for my sister yesterday (she’s getting married next weekend!) and I made this for her:

Bride wordbook and favors

Bride wordbook and favors

a pocket in the back to hold advice from shower guests.

a pocket in the back to hold advice from shower guests.

I’ve been playing will SCAL again. I made a bride wordbook with it and you can grab my files here. You will need to have the font Georgia installed for it to view properly. If you are a Design Studio user (free trial here) you can make this book by welding the rectangle form the “george” cart to the letters from “base camp”, of if you only have the free trial version of DS you can do it all in George!

Instructions: Using my files or make your own by welding a rectangle to a letter (make sure each progressive page has a longer rectangle so when the book is closed you can read the word) cut out each page of your book on pattern paper. Cut out each page again with the paper pattern side down on the mat to cover the back of each page.

Raid you cupboards and grab some cereal or cracker boxes (I used a big Goldfish cracker box from Sam’s Club) and trace the fronts of your cut paper and cut with an x-acto knife to make your “chipboard. *note: you can cut the cracker boxes in you Cricut with the regular blade, you may need to cut it a couple of times to go through but it will dull your blade. I’m frugal and x-acto blades are cheap so that is why I did mine that way!

Glue the pattern paper to the “chipboard”. I use yes! paste for all of my bookbinding projects because it dries slowly and it never winkles my paper plus a jar lasts many years! I apply it with a cut up credit card and squeegee it across my surface. Make sense?

Now the fun part! Decorate it! I inked the edges and printed funny bridal advise on big clear lables, cut out and inked (looks like vellum) and stuck them on, added vellum stickers, flowers brads and ribbon. I also but a pocket on the back to hold “bridal advice” recipe cards I made and gave to the shower guests to fill out.

To bind the book punch with a crop a dial or drill two holes 1/2 inch from the edge and slip a binder ring through each hole. Add ribbons and you are done!

For the favors I used Stampin up stamps, ribbon, and my Sizzix flower dies. For the instructions click here.

You can download the bingo card here. to play bridal bingo give each guest a card and have them fill in the squares with gifts they expect the bride to receive. The first to get 5 in a row wins!

BTW the party was a blast and she loved the book! Tomorrow I’ll show you how to bind a book without a bind-it-all. Get ready to save!

Happy crafting!

Lindsay

Thanks Jen!

Jen is a sweetie, she gave me this blog award. Thanks!

Free Bingo Cards for you!

Don’t you love the trend, started by Jenny Bolin I believe, of using bingo cards on scrapbook layouts? Don’t you wish you could customize them for whatever type of page you are making? Well, Now you can. I created some bingo cards in Paint Shop Pro and saved them as jpg files so you can download, print and stamp them! Here’s what I made with one:

To download the bingo card with number and a blank header (used in the layout) you can stamp click here.

A free bingo card for you "fancy"

A free bingo card for you

To download this fancy bingo card click here.

For the same as a bove with no numbers click here.

For a purple one click here.

For a blank bingo grid no words or numbers click here.

If you want free bingo cards to play bingo with check out this site: DLTK. It has lots of fun bingo games for kids and adults! I printed out a halloween bingo game and my kids loved it! If you make something with these cards leave a link so I can check it out! Feel free to tell other crafters about my blog so they can download some goodies too. Thanks!

I’ll show you a project with the blank purple card tomorrow. Until then Happy Crafting!

Lindsay

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