You’re a Doll!

I got 2 sketch challenges done today, not bad for a Monday, eh?

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: My Minds Eye, Clip Art: Lettering Delights, Ink: Colorbox Chalk Amber Clay

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: My Minds Eye, Clip Art: Lettering Delights, Ink: Colorbox Chalk Amber Clay

The first card uses the sketch over at 2sketches4you, I love to “do” the sketches over there because it is a nice warm up to my other artistic endeavors and I can usually guarantee that I will get one thing made on a Monday:

Stamps: About Art Accents, PAper: MME, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

Stamps: About Art Accents, PAper: MME, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

Also over at Oriental Stamp Art (a fabulous yahoo stamping group) there was a layout challenge, I think it was supposed to be a quick and easy one but, well, I did not get mine done in under 10 minutes LOL!

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: MME, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: MME, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

All of the stamps I used are from About Art Accents, They have a fabulous selection of Asian themed stamps as well as wonderful vintage Christmas stamps, fairies and some teacup mice that are so sweet that you will get a toothache when you see them and if you buy 2 mice you get one free (they are next on my list LOL!)

The Kokeshi dolls are clip art that from lettering delights, I love how all of it works with the pattern paper from My Minds Eye.

That’s all for today, that’s for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

The Last Day of Summer Vacation!

Do you ever celebrate the last day of anything? We all scrap the first day of school but this year I decided to make a scrapbook page about the last day of the kids summer vacation:

Paper: Die Cuts With a View, Stamp: Autumn Leaves, Rubber words: Around the Block, Tool: Cricut/SCAL software, Font: Brazil

Paper: Die Cuts With a View, Stamp: Autumn Leaves, Rubber words: Around the Block, Tool: Cricut/SCAL software, Font: Brazil

Tip: Save $ on embellishments  by using memorabilia like i did with the movie tickets. All the paper came for a DCWV stack of 180 sheets that I got on sale for $9 (Jo Anns has them on sale all the time!) and the rubber words came in a grab-bag, they were a log strip and I cut out the words that went with my layout. I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the title. The layout cost about 20 cents to make not counting photos! Not bad, eh?

Have a great sunday and till next time happy crafting!

Back to school and a spooky freebie!

My son went back to school yesterday, I snapped this pic as the bus pulled up:

Digital stamps (Library card, bingo card) Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: K&Co, Autumn Leaves, Rubber stamps: Plaid, Inque botique, Tool: Cricut/SCAL

Digital stamps (Library card, bingo card) Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: K&Co, Autumn Leaves, Rubber stamps: Plaid, Inque botique, Tool: Cricut/SCAL

You can find the Library Card and the printable sheet of School Bingo Cards in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop for $1, you can’t go wrong! Here is a peek at the jornaling tag:

Libraty Card Digi-Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Libraty Card Digi-Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

And a card made from the scraps:

Printable Bingo Card: Lindsays stamp Stuff, Letters: Sizzix bar dies used with craft foam, punch: Martha Stewart

Printable Bingo Card: Lindsays stamp Stuff, Letters: Sizzix bar dies used with craft foam, punch: Martha Stewart

and I must admit i feel pretty cool to scrap a photo the day I took it!  When my son came home I asked how school went and her had a great report! I wrote my jornaling on the Library Card and attached it to a tag and slid it in the scallop pocket that you can download for free from this post. The Bingo Cards are new in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop today. you get a sheet of 6 printable cards that you can use over and over. The background is white so to get a vintage look I simply printed it on cream cardstock. This saves your ink cartridges too! Here is a preview of the bingo cards:

School Bingo Cards Printable Sheet (Lindsay's stamp Stuff)

School Bingo Cards Printable Sheet (Lindsay's stamp Stuff)

We have another hidden freebie this week and it is a spooky one! Be sure to check out the Design Team’s blogs to find it and see the terrific work they have for you this week:

Diana Stout (August Guest DT)

Katt

Melissa Bove

Margie

Lisa

Tamara

Row

Leanne

Janet

Olena

Melissa Craig

Kim *A yummy Mommy & Me project!

Tracey

On a sad note one of the original members of the design team passed away this week, Michelle Hale was jogging Monday morning when she was hit by a vehicle, my heart goes out to her family and friends, she will be missed greatly in the stamping community as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by, til next time happy crafting.

OSA Layout challenge 33 {and a freebie!}

Happy Tuesday! When I saw the sketch for this weeks layout challenge it immediately reminded me of the kaleidoscope scrapbook pages we used to make back in the day, there were plastic templates and hinged mirrors to help us crop our photos, Ahhh, memories….Well that had always been to fussy for me so instead of that I came up with this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: MME, Cardstock: Coordenations, SU!, Punch Martha Stewart, Die cut branch: Cricut/scal software using DB Asain Serenity font

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: MME, Cardstock: Coordenations, SU!, Punch Martha Stewart, Die cut branch: Cricut/scal software using DB Asian Serenity font

I used wonderful stamps from About Art Accents on this card, the look is simple but it was so fun to put together.

And I even have a scut file to make it even simpler that you can cut with your cricut if you have scal software, it will work in either version. The first shape is the mat, cut the other shapes out of pattern paper and slice the segments apart as shown. I also cut the branch in SCAL using the font DB Asian Serenity.

Download the star quilt card scut file here.

Or if you prefer a printable template you can download one here.

I’m off to enjoy the last few days of Summer vacation with the kids, til next time happy crafting!

Cute as a button!

When I saw this sketch over at 2 sketches 4 you today I had to make a baby card ASAP:

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, Inqie Botique, Cardstock, ink: SU!, Die Cut: Cricut Accent Essentails cart)

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Inqie Boutique, Cardstock, ink: SU!, Die Cut: Cricut Accent Essentials cart)

I used scraps of blue paper and stamps from Pink Persimmon and the sentiment is an oldie from Inque Boutique. Thanks for looking and till next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Marker Tips!

Happy Sunday folks! I was over at the Creative Belli Challenge blog the other day and they issued a challenge to use water-based markers in a design, I have lots of these that I have forgotten about since discovering Bic mark-its so I thought it would be a good time to show them some love:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cut: Creativecutsandmore.com, ribbon: Target, ink: Versafine, Markers: tombow

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cut: Creativecutsandmore.com, ribbon: Target, ink: Versafine, Markers: tombow

I made this card with a die cut from Creative Cuts and More and new Halloween stamps from the rubber cafe called Pumpkin Face Mix and Match, take a look at this set:

Pumpkin Face Mix and Match from The Rubber Cafe

Pumpkin Face Mix and Match from The Rubber Cafe

Yep they are clear! you can mix and match the faces for tons of variety and they are high quality clear meaning they stick well to the acrylic block and they hold the ink well! BTW I made the “magic Mesh” by swiping orange acrylic paint over drywall mesh I found at the hardware store. If you stick, creative cuts and more it to cardstock first you will have fun pattern paper after to peel up the mesh!

Watercolor marker tips:

1 Use waterproof ink to stamp your image or use pigment ink and emboss it in clear before you used the markers to prevent ink smears.

2. Work quickly: I colored the pumpkins yellow, added some light orange shading then dark orange around the edges.

3. My favorite way to use waterbased markers id to color on the rubber and stamp. A great way to may your stamp collection more versatile without buying more ink-pads! I used that technique on this project.

Thanks all for today, have a great Sunday and till next time Happy Crafting!

Tray Chic Part 3!

Well, the table is finally ready to ship off the the Maine Discovery Museum to be displayed in various storefronts in downtown Bangor Maine before being auctioned off in November. Absentee bidding will be offered for anyone not attending the auction in person, details soon on the Maine Discovery Museum’s website.

If you missed the previous instalments (and step by step how to) on this project you can see part 1 here and part 2 here, but wait, before your eyes glaze over and you start smiling and nodding I have something that may be of interest to all crafters. I will be using a product called Envirotex Lite on this table and will tell you all about it further down in this post ;) Now here is a pretty picture:

Here is the finished table, sorry about the crooked picture ;)

Here is the finished table, sorry about the crooked picture ;)

That is the finished table with and without the tray in place. I “Distressed it by using a  small amount of cream colored paint I made my mixing Titanium White with a touch of Burnt sienna (all paint for this project was generously donated by M. Graham & Co., thanks!) and dry brushing it across the surface with a fan brush.

Here is the finished table top

Here is the finished table top

To add a bit of flair to the table top I used 1/8″ Scor-Tape to make a border around the chess board area then pressed copper leaf over it, I used a 6″x6″ sheet to do all of this but an experienced leafer could probably get away with less :) Then I used DaVince style alphabet stamps (Hampton Art Stamps) and letter stamps (PSX) to label the board and add a funky design aspect. I “inked” the stamps with  a foam brush and the same cream paint. Be sure to clean your stamps as soon as you are done because dried paint on a rubber stamp is a BAD thing! I defined the dark squares (and covered up any mistakes) by side loading (adding paint to one corner of a damp brush and painting to make a blended shadow) inside the brown squares. If you paint make friends with this technique!

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here is the inside view of the tray

here is the inside view of the tray

At this point all of the painting is done. I coated the table and the bottom and sides of the try with a thin coat of spray varnish. To protect the inside of the tray I used a product called EnviroTex Lite so that it will have a thick, clear heavy duty coating protecting the paint from spills and moisture. There are some things you need to know about this product before you begin:

Place what you want to varnish on a level surface, this product will level itself so you want your project some ware flat.

Have all your supplies ready, once you begin you need to be able to finish it. You will need a stirring stick, a cup with flat sides and bottom, a timer (I used my oven timer) and if you have long hair pull it back in a ponytail.

Make sure you have all your supplies ready and enough time to compleate this project!

Make sure you have all your supplies ready and enough time to compleate this project!

This is a two-part resin that need to be mixed in equal parts, mix both parts together and whip quickly for 2 minutes (use the timer). Pour the mixture on the table. For the tray I tipped it back and forth until the surface had an even coating. Set the timer for 5 minutes, you will notice little bubbles in the Envirotex, breath on the bubbles and they disappear, the carbon dioxide makes them go away.

breathing on the resin removes the bubbles...really!

breathing on the resin removes the bubbles...really!

At this point if you see anything undesirable floating in the varnish such as a piece of cat hair or a speck of glitter ;) you can remove it with a toothpick. Leave it on the level surface to harden overnight after that you can relocate it but give it a couple of days before you use it to make ure it is fully cured.

Mmmmm Shiny! see the light fixture reflected in the resin, man, that's glossy!

Mmmmm Shiny! see the light fixture reflected in the resin, man, that's glossy!

I think the creative possibilities with this are endless, I think I will use the leftover portion to make some cast resin beads! I’ll let you know how they turn out! Also, another thing to remember, only mix what you need for a project because once it is mixed it will harden and don’t mix more than you will use in a year or it may go bad.

Thanks for staying with my through this long post! Big thanks to the M. Graham Paint Co. for donating the paint for this project and to the Maine Discovery Museum for letting me be part of this auction again this year, thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Halloween in August {and a freebie!}

***We are having some technical difficulties with the freebie link this week, while I sort it out you can download this weeks freebie here, Please be sure to visit the design team to see what you can make with it ;) ******

One of my friends took her family camping last weekend and the campground was having Halloween in August, wow what a cool idea I thought, and with my new Halloween stamps I am good to go:

digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), DCWV (orange), Bazzil (purple), Paper co (black), Colored Pencils: Prismacolor, Rubber stamps: Inkadinkado, InqueBotique, Tool: Scor-Pal, Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-dial

digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), DCWV (orange), Bazzil (purple), Paper co (black), Colored Pencils: Prismacolor, Rubber stamps: Inkadinkado, InqueBotique, Tool: Scor-Pal, Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-dial

On this card I used A Cute Witch and Harry the Spider digital stamps from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. I colored them with colored pencils then blended them with a blender pen that I had filled with goo-gone. Then I used a star background rubber stamp (Inque Boutique) and clear embossing ink to stamp around the witch and used a pom-pom to dab chalk over that to make the purple star design in the background.

I used my cricut and SCAL software to cut the spiderweb edge card (you can download that svg file below) then used spray adhesive to glue it to a 6″x12″ sheet of Bazzil cardstock, then I trimmed around the web. The cardstock backing adds color while making the card more sturdy. I embossed “Trick or Treat” (inkadinkado) with white on a black scrap, mounted it with orange and adhered it to the card and added eyelets for decoration. I cut the stars with my Cricut and SCAL software then gave them a coat of glitter glue.

Download the Spiderweb Edge Card SVG here.

Here is a peek at what is new in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop this week:

Flourished Peacock

Flourished Peacock

Cattails #1

Cattails #1

Cattails #2

Cattails #2

We have another Lindsay’s stamp Stuff Freebie hidden on one of the Design team’s blogs. Check them all out to find your freebie of the week, get ready to be inspired, oh yes and be sure to leave some love;)

Diana Stout (August Guest DT)

Katt

Margie

Lisa

Tamara

Row

Leanne

Janet

Olena

Melissa Craig

Kim

Tracey

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Pretty as a Peacock

I was attempting another Oriental Stamp Art challenge, this time to use a peacock in a design, and this is what I came up with:

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: DCVW, K&Co., Diecut: Download beloe, other: Metallic Thread, hot glue drops

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: DCVW, K&Co., Diecut: Download beloe, other: Metallic Thread, hot glue drops

Can you believe out of my thousands of rubber stamps I didn’t have one peacock! It’s true, so I grabbed my sketchbook and drew one! You can get the Flourished Peacock Digital stamp in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop. Here is what the full stamp looks like:

Here is what the full stamp looks like (Low resolution for web viewing)

Here is what the full stamp looks like (Low resolution for web viewing)

It is a 9″x12″300 dpi file so it won’t lose a bit of quality if you crop out just a portion to print like I did on my card. I printed the peacock on teal patterned scrapbook paper and colored it with Caran D’ache watercolor crayons then added a bit of blue metallic tempera paint (I scored an 8 oz bottle of the stuff at the dollar store!) to give it a bit of bling. My hot glue dew drops top off the card. The flourish (download link below) was cut in normal bode from teal paper and with a shadow of 3 from copper cardstock then layered.

Oh yes, I have a freebie for you: the die cut flourish on the card that you can cut with your cricut if you have SCAL software! Here is a tip if you are trying to design something symmetrical in Inkscape. First design one half of the image. copy and paste it that flip it, arrange it and save. Easy Peasy!

Download the flourish SVG here

Be sure to drop by tomorrow to find your digital stamp freebie and to see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team has been up to, til then happy crafting!

Pay it Forward! Who wants some crafty goodness?

I was over at Stephany Zerbe’s blog yesterday and she has a fun thing happening. Be among the first 5 people to leave a comment and get a craft! The catch is that you, in turn have to pay it forward and a handmade craft onto 5 people, and they agree to send a craft to 5 people etc.  You have a year to get the crafts made and out. It’s like a big chain letter of crafty goodness! So are you game? If so be one of the first 5 to sign up on this post and you will get a little goody in the mail handmade by yours truly ;)

******I have my 5 Pay it Forward Peeps signed up, you can still leave a comment if you like ;) If you want to PIF you can sign up on their blogs, just click on their names in the comment section;) **********

For you today I have made a card using sketch challenge #32 over at Oriental stamp Art. I used my Cattails #2 digital stamp (New in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop today) and my Elegant Dragonfly digital stamps.

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: MAMBI, Cardstock: DCWV, Rubber stamp (chinese charecter) PSX, Other: Hot glue drops, metallic thread, Markers: Bic Mark its

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: MAMBI, Cardstock: DCWV, Rubber stamp (Chinese character) PSX, Other: Hot glue drops, metallic thread, Markers: Bic Mark its

Here is a close up of the dragonfly, I printed that stamp out small and colored it with my Bic Mark-its then cut it out and attached the “body: of the dragonfly to the card and gently curled the wings. I then added stickles. Tip: to minimise your printer ink from smearing when using glitter glue first color the image with permanent marker to lock the printer ink ;)

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Glitter Glue: Stickles, Markers: Bic Mark it

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Glitter Glue: Stickles, Markers: Bic Mark it

Speaking of OSA and crafty kindness look what fellow osa member Sandra G. sent me yesterday:

Thanks for the card Sandra! Stamps and paper unknown.

Thanks for the card Sandra! Stamps and paper unknown.

As always I love to hear what you think;) Be one of the first 5 to leave a comment and I’ll send some crafty goodness your way, remember if you are one of the first 5 to sign up you will need to send out something handmade to 5 people too, honors system, I trust ya ;) Till next time Happy crafting!

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