A Toot & A Freebie!

Boy oh boy was I tickled to go to my mailbox yesterday and see the August/September copy of “The Stampers Sampler”, I was even more thrilled when I saw one of my cards on page 11! It is my first time in that particular magazine and the funny thing is I sent the card to them over a year ago, It pays to be patient I guess!

I’ve had the idea for a beach pail card rolling around in my brain for a few weeks, well today I got around to making it:

Pattern Paper: DCWV, Template: See download links below ;)

Pattern Paper: DCWV, Template: See download links below ;)

Inside of card. Stamp: Plaid

Inside of card. Stamp: Plaid

Seriously folks this is an easy one! It only takes minutes to make, and it only uses some cardstock, paper and a brad. Great for party invitations when you have to make a bunch! The templates include the card-base, shovel and handle. I cut mine on my cricut using SCAL software but there is a printable version too ;)

Here is a printable PDF version of the beach pail template.

Here is a svg version of the Beach Pail Card and elements to cut with your cricut+scal software.

Have fun making these quick and easy cards for your next summertime party! You could also make it smaller and stitch around the open part to make a hidden journaling pocket for a scrapbook page.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend and till next time Happy Crafting!

2 New Cards {2sketches4you}

Happy Friday folks! I got a chance to play with the sketches from 2sketches4you and here are the cards I came up with:

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

I used Laura’s Sketch 30 as well as the versatile bonus sketch. I printed the cupcake digital stamp on yellow cardstock and colored them with prismacolor pencils (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) then trimmed it and adhered it with foam tape. On the other card I cut a flourish with my cricut but I didn’t like the color so I flipped the paper over and inked it with whispers vanilla ink then I added one of my crocheted flowers, a ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Find the freebie and a new way to color!

Hello Folks, well it is Thursday again and time to find the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Hidden Freebie, which DT member will have it today I wonder? If you like free stamp be sure to play along with Tuesday Morning Sketches this week and you could 10 Lindsay Stamp Stuff Stamps! You can see a list of all DT members at the end of this post! Today I wanted to share a fun technique with you using supplies you likely already have on hand, and it is an easy one too: Colored Pencil on colored paper.

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: MME, Cardstock: SU!, The Paper Co., Font: Lettering Delights

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: MME, Cardstock: SU!, The Paper Co., Font: Lettering Delights, Tool: Scor-Pal/Scor/bug (for faux stitching)

On this example I used the Cherry Preserve Digital stamp printed on creamy yellow (so saffron: Stampin Up!) and I printed my digital stamps right on the colored paper, before printing I went under layer in pant shop pro and chose properties and reduced the opacity to 60% because I did not want the design to show much after I colored it. Then I put down my white highlights and deep red (black grape) shadows very thickly with colored pencil. Then I added a bit of the black grape lightly to the jar and cherries, I burnished (colored firmly) over the light layer if black grape with crimson red mixing the tow colors together. Then I used light blue to color the gingham fabric with a layer of white on top of that to blend. I used cream, gold, bronze and dark brown pencils to “paint” the gold band on the jar and apple green and dark brown to color the stems. A grey shadow under the objects finishes the design.

This is the way we blend the pencil early in the morning! See how opaque and bright the color is when applied thickly to cardstock! If the color get a dull waxy film ontop (bloom) simple rub it with a tissue or soft cloth to remove it and your colors will be bright and shiny!

This is the way we blend the pencil early in the morning! See how opaque and bright the color is when applied thickly to cardstock! If the color get a dull waxy film ontop (bloom) simple rub it with a tissue or soft cloth to remove it and your colors will be bright and shiny!

Remember I said that I would show you what I was going to do with the crocheted cherries yesterday? Well here they are on a button box.

I used Tacky Glue to adhere the crochet cherries to the box, I place an acrylic stamp mount ontop to hold it flat as it dried.

I used Tacky Glue to adhere the crochet cherries to the box, I place an acrylic stamp mount ontop to hold it flat as it dried.

If you missed the pattern you can snag it here.

Here is the set, I may give it to my MIL for her birthday Sunday, I figure everyone could use a little box to hold stray buttons, paper clips or safety pins ;)

Here is the set, I may give it to my MIL for her birthday Sunday, I figure everyone could use a little box to hold stray buttons, paper clips or safety pins ;)

Be sure to visit all of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team Members Blogs to see their fabulous work and find the freebie (it’s a sweet one!)

Tamara

Margie

Melissa Craig

Lisa

Row

Katt

Melissa Bove

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Erin Bailey July Guest DT

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Free Cherry Crochet Pattern

Well I’m still hooked {pun intended} on crochet! I was playing around with some embroidery floss and came up with this:

Red floss: DMC, Varegated green craft thread

Red floss: DMC, Varegated green craft thread

It is so easy to make. I start with the “magic ring” technique which is simply just wrapping the yarn around your finger, then crocheting strait into that rather than chaining stitches to form a ring, the best part is that you can pull the strings tight and have no hole in the middle!  Here is the pattern, I worked the cherries, stem and leaf separately but you can just change colors and work parts together if you like.

Crochet cherries pattern: Level: Easy

Wrap a loop of red yarn around your finger, slip it of and hold it where the string overlaps. Wrap a loop of yarn around the hook, slip it into the ring, wrap another loop around and hook it thought the first (it gets less awkward I promise :) Now make 10 single crochets into the ring, join to the first SC with a slip stitch and putt the end of the string tight.

second row: *Ch 1, SC in the next stitch, 2 SC in next stitch *repeat to end of round. Slip stitch to i stitch below at beginning of round (this give you the little “dent” at the top of the cherry. Make two cherries.

Stem (with green): Chain 17 (less if you want a shorter stem), turn work and single crochet into the next 4 stitches, chain 13.

Leaf (with green) : Chain 7, turn work and sc in 2nd stitch, half-double crochet in next stitch, double crochet in next stitch, HDC in next stitch, SC in next stitch. Turn (making the other side of leaf), ch 1, sc, hdc, cd, hdc, sc and slip in the final stitch to end leaf.

To finish I just tied the pieces together. This will go on a papercraft project but it would be cute on a hat or sweater too, in that case I’d probably just make the cherries and leaf then crochet the stem directly into my needlework.

Abbriveations: SC=single crochet, HDC=half-double crochet, DC=double crochet, SL=slip stitch, CH=chain stitch

I hope you find this pattern useful, it is my first stab at writing a crochet pattern ;)

Tommorrow I will show you what I am making with this, til then happy crafting!

Dip dye! Oh my! {and a contest!}

Hey peeps! I just had to pop in quickly and tell you about the sketch contest I am sponsoring over at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week. Here is the card I made with the sketch:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts, Friend rubber stamp: Inkadinkado

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts, Friend rubber stamp: Inkadinkado, Die Cuts: Cricut

If you want to play along visit their blog here, and make a card based on the sketch and you might win a gift certificate to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop! What fun! I used the dear deer stamp, and the primitive flowers stamp available at the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop. The “friend” stamp is from Inkadinkado and I altered it because it was too long so after I stamped it I cut it and inked the raw end. I quickly colored the images with prismacolor pencils and blended with Goo-Gone, Since I was going to trim them out I didn’t bother to stay within the lines, it really speeds this up!

Here is the dyed crochet flower! {and anoter one of my dollar Tree brads!}

Here is the dyed crochet flower! {and anoter one of my dollar Tree brads!}

I also wanted to share a fun technique with you today, dip dying! Here I took a flower that crocheted from white crochet cotton and I wet it then I sprayed a bit of liquid watercolor (a drop of reinker, or even a scribble of waterbased marker would also work) on a plastic baggie then dipped the edges of the flower in it and set it on a clean spot of the baggie to dry. It gives you a subtle gradient of color, it would be pretty on cloth or tissue paper flowers too and you can dye it to match your project. *note: If you plan to wash this then use a fabric dye and a soda ash fixative.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

It’s Blog Hop Time!!!

I am so excited to be a part of another Creative Cuts and More blog hop! They are releasing some brand new die cut card kits with a  birthday theme and they are too cute for words! They were put together by our own talented designer Pam Smerker and you can see several projects from the kits throughout the blog hop today. Also for taking part in today’s blog hop I have a coupon code for you to save 15% on your order at Creative Cuts and More, the code is: birthdaydt0915   Since we have a birthday theme here I made a layout to share with you using my favorite CC&M die cut:  11 1/2″ mini scallop circle.

Paper/Dies: Creative Cuts and More

Paper/Dies: Creative Cuts and More

I made a birthday card to go with it using the square scallop filligre frame:

Card: Creative Cuts and More, Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, Brads, Ribbon,: Dollar Tree

Card: Creative Cuts and More, Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, Brads, Ribbon,: Dollar Tree

I stamped swirls on the inside on the card and heat embossed them in with white EP, the cake is a digital stamp that I colored with Bic Mark-its then glazed with Elmer’s 3-d and glitter paint, the fun part is that the paint is scented so it really smells like a cupcake! Here is what the inside of the card looks like, I rubbed some metallic rub ons over the embossed areas so there is a bit of shimmer there too {it doesn’t show in the photo too well but trust me it simmers and smells like a cupcake!}

Cake Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Swirl stamps: Autumn Leaves, "Happy Birthday" Stampin up, Paint Elmers, Markers: Bic, Metallic rub-on wax: Craf-T Products

Cake Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Swirl stamps: Autumn Leaves, "Happy Birthday" Stampin up, Paint Elmers, Markers: Bic, Metallic rub-on wax: Craf-T Products

Yum!

Yum!

Be sure to stop by ALL the blogs along the hop, there are TWO chances to win a birthday card kit and it is CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!!! If you have jumped into the blog hop here you can start at the beginning (so you don’t miss your chance to win the card kits) at the Die Cut Diva blog. Next up on the hop is guest designer Dawn Lusk, hop over to her blog and see what she has for you and don’t forget to leave some love! Until next time happy hopping {and crafting too!}

Scrapbook Bargains!

Well folks I hit the mother-load of scrappy goodness at the dollar tree the other day. I ran in for a swimming ring for the kids and took a swing down the scrapbook isle and they had 11 different sets of brads in different themes each with photo turns, mini brads, glazed brads and shaped brads, 46 pieces in all for $1. They had the cute pocket envelops {a ton of them} that I have been using lately, 25 for a dollar and the acrylic accents I used on this card:

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: American Crafts, Cardstock: Coordanations

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: American Crafts, Cardstock: Coordanations

If you check out the dollar three be sure to check out the other craft isle they have because they have gorgeous grosgrain ribbon too 4 yards for a buck too and some funky rhinestone packs!

Speaking of bargains the magnolia digital stamp I used on this card is only a buck too! It’s one of the new designs I released this week over at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff! If you spend $5 you get a free stamp too, how’s that for a bargain? The cool glimmered paper I snagged at Jo-Anns this week, 6 sheets for .96 cents! I’m not sure when the Jo Anns sale is over so call ahead.

Be sure to stop by the blog on Monday for the creative Cuts and More blog hop, they are releasing the cutest card kits, you have just got to see them! the blog hop theme is birthday and if the preceding hops are any indication you are going to see some wonderful fun projects and maybe even win some blog candy! We’ll see you back here Monday and until then happy crafting!

29 Again…

No, I’m just kidding, I have no qualms sharing my age (33 today) and the sun is shining, what more could I want! Hubby and the kids let me sleep in and then made me breakfast and got me some wonderful gifts: A book I’ve been eyeing “100 flowers to knit and crochet”, a CD from the blues band Sapphire and get this my very own laptop computer!!! I am a lucky girl! I decided to make a birthday card with the sketch over at 2sketches4you and this was tricky for me, it took a few tries but in the end I like the results:

Digital stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper/Cardstock: American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Brads: Dollar tree, Rubber stamps: Rubberstampede, SU!, Die cut flourish: Cricut (Accent Essentails) Scallop Border font: DB Pretty Borders cut with cricut and SCAL software.

Digital stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper/Cardstock: American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Brads: Dollar tree, Rubber stamps: Rubberstampede, SU!, Die cut flourish: Cricut (ercolor crayons tutorial, how to watercolor crayons, blending pen, waterbrush, 2sketche) Scallop Border font: DB Pretty Borders cut with cricut and SCAL software.

I used watercolor crayons to color my new Oriental Poppy digital stamp. I like to use watercolor crayons because they are quick, easy and non toxic. I usually will print out a sheet of images and use my little Caran Dache watercolor crayon set of 15 colors and color them with my kids while they are coloring in their colorbooks. Its great to do while listing to audio books, their favorite are the “Junie B. Jones” books by Barbara Park (I like them too!) Also I used the font DB pretty Borders to cut the scallop borders on the card with my cricut at SCAL software.

How to color with watercolor crayons:

Step one: Loosely color in your image with the wc crayons. (I’m using a digital stamp printed on Georgia Pacific White cardstock from Sams Club) Don’t worry about coloring right to the edge of the design, you can “push” the pigment around with your waterbrush or blending pen later. *A waterbrush is a paintbrush with a hollow handle you can fill with water or paint, a blending pen is a marker with clear ink inside, the clear ink is made from water and glycerin.

Step two: Use a Blending pen or waterbrush filled with equal parts water and glycerin to blend the colors. The glycerin keeps the pigment moving smoothly without damaging or wrinkling the cardstock (or making the printer ink bleed if using a digital stamp) scribble on a piece of scrap paper to clean the brush.

Step three: after coloring use a pom-pom dipped in chalk to color the background, it give a nice quick blended effect.

That’s all there is to it! Practice to get the feel of this fun medium. I confess that I have the full set of 84 Caran Dache watercolor crayons but I mostly use my travel set of 15 half sticks because I can blend then and achieve almost any color I want and they are easy to stick in my pocket and travel with.

Other tips:

Since the crayon is pure color there is no waste, when you sharpen the crayons save the shavings in a small watercolor palette, give them a spritz of water and you can paint with them rather than tossing all of that good pigment away. I usually use a knife to sharpen mine (which I don’t do too often) If I need a fine line of color I wet a fine nylon brush and lift the color off the crayon stick.

If you don’t have a waterbrush or blending pen use a nylon artist brush dipped in a mixture of equal parts water and glycerin. Keep a paper towel handy to blot off extra water. * if working on watercolor paper with waterproof ink  omit the glycerin.

If you cannot find watercolor crayons try water-soluble oil pastels. You can get a set of 16 at staples (portfolio line by Crayola) for about $9, cheaper on-line I’m sure! They are also wonderful, they are thick and creamy, almost like lipstick. I would use a paintbrush or waterbrush rather than a blending pen for these.

Thanks for stopping by on my birthday, I’m gonna get out and enjoy this sunshine ;) Till next time happy crafting!

4 new digi-stamps!

Wow, it’s Thursday again, where did the week go? I just added 4 new stamps to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop, all flower themed, here are some projects made with them. Don’t forget for ever $5 you spend in the LSS shop you get a free stamp!

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Strathmore, Stampin Up, Georgia Pacific, Pizza box Template: See free download links below.

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: Strathmore, Stampin Up, Georgia Pacific, Pizza box Template: Lindsay's stamp Stuff

this is what the inside of the pizza box looks like, dowload links below

this is what the inside of the pizza box looks like

I used my Cricut and Sure cuts a Lot software to make the pizza box.I cut it from 12″x18″: Strathmore Art paper, I love this stuff for making boxes because it is very sturdy and has a nice texture plus it is super cheap, a pack of 40 assorted color 12″x18″ sheets is under $10, I’ve seen it around $5 on-line at places like Cheapjoes.com and Blick Art Materials. It also comes 9″x12″ and it cuts well in the cricut. To help fold the ridgid paper I used my scor-pal, since the box was bigger than the platform I had to maneuver it a bit to score it but it was worth the effort, I used my Scor bugs to make the pierced holes and I assembled it with scor-tape which I hadn’t tried before and was skeptical about, but it really stuck and I only used a little bit of the 1/2″ tape under each flap. The neat thing about the tape is that you can tear off the amount you need and that’s great for me because I always seem to lose my scissors in the middle of a project ;) Also I used watercolor crayons and a blender pen to color my digital stamps. You can get the layered lilly and pizza box together here.

Note: there is a wonderful tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers on making a mini pizza box so if you don’t have a cricut you may want to try it.

We still have design team members who haven’t given out their freebies yet (I designed a digital stamp for each of my DT members to give away for a week, you will need to check out their blogs and see who has this weeks freebie and be sure to leave some love!) Without further ado here is the fabulous design team:

Margie

Melissa Craig

Leanne

Lisa

Row

Katt

Melissa Bove

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Erin Bailey July Guest DT

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Happy Birthday!

In my family the summer is choc-full of adult birthdays so when I get a few spare minutes I whip up a birthday card:

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: MME, Cardstock: The Paper Co.

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: MME, Cardstock: The Paper Co.

I again used scraps lying on the craft table (these were actually left over form a friend who came over the scrap the other day) and I used my fave little old “happy birthday” stamp and “God’s Beauty” hostess set I got free with my SU order back in February. Talk about frugal! The “dew Drops” are little dabs of hot glue I colored with alcohol inks, for a tutorial click here. I stamped the butterfly on diamond dust paper with stazon ink and I used one of my little crochet flowers that I am addicted to making as an embellishment.

Homemade flowers and dew drops: Tey chic {and frugal too!}

Homemade flowers and dew drops: Treseye, butterfly, happy birthday, cardmaking chic {and frugal too!}

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you tomorrow when we check in on the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff DT, they have some great stuff in store for us as well as another hidden freebie! Til then Happy Crafting!

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