Kraft-the New Black

I know, you hear it all the time___ is the “new black” but honey, kraft is every bit as versatile as black and it compliments every color. My favorite is kraft and pink:

Cardstock: The paper co, PP: Autumn Leaves, Stamps: Imaginessence, MFT, Punch: SU!, Emb folder: Cuttlebug, Other: Ribbob, pearls, silk flowers

When I saw the “use kraft” challenge at Gingersnap Creations (GC52) I knew I had to make something, after all I bought 2 reams of Kraft CS from my Stampin Up! lady (I love SU! kraft, it is lighter than most and smooth, thick and dense, great for card bases, I go through a ream of each size a year!) and I grabbed a few reams of cheapo kraft cardstock at JoAnns a few weeks ago when it was on sale (it is the paper company brand, it is darker and earthy with a nice warm grungy-ness to it and it is usually out of stock so if I see it I grab it:)

I used a new set of stamps from My Favorite Things that I won last week from a “use up your scraps” challenge, what a nice surprise to get that in the mail! And a birthday calender stamp from imagenescence. I will circle the date and month on the card when I am ready to send it.

Thanks all for today, give Kraft a chance! till next time happy crafting!

Thursday Freebies Folks!

Hi there! I hope you are all having a great day :) With mother’s day right around the corner I thought I would whip up a few cards using my new Old Paper set, my old Fancy Flowers set , my Envelope Bonanza templates and today’s freebie:

Stamps: Old Paper, Fancy Flowers, Envelope Template: Envelope Bonanza all from Lindsay's stamp stuff

Tip of the day: don’t be Lazy, make matching envelopes :) If you have a Cricut and SCAL software you can cut my Envelope Bonanza Templates in Seconds! If you don’t you can make the printable envelopes in a minute or two, no excuses ;)

These cards qualify for the following challenges: Clearly I Stamp, Craft Your PAssion, Creative Card CrewDare you to Digistamp,   One Stitch at a timePaper Cutz, Paper Popsicles and the middle card is for 2 Sketches 4 You.

The paper and stamps were all printed on one sheet of cardstock, I layered the stamps over the paper and filled the center with the paint bucket tool using white at 100% then added the flower stamp over that. I filled in the “torn” pieces with the paintbucket using white at 40% so it would be a bit lighter than the background then I added a drop shadow (very blurry) to give a little more depth, You get a nice 3-D effect that way! Here is how my sheet of cardstock looked:

By arranging this in Paint Shop Pro before printing I get all of the paper and elements for 3 cards on one sheet of cardstock! And I saved it so it is ready next time I need a quick card. I let the flower are white so I could color it with Copics:)

Now you could simply print the torn stamp on pattern paper and color the torn paper bits with a white colored pencil and cut out the center to layer over a stamped image too, it is up to you and how you prefer to craft:) There is no right or wrong way! Here is a closer look at the cards:

Now for the freebie, I made a little set of tickets you can use for cards, I love them because they are easy to color and trim and FREEEEEEE! Click the pic to download!

4 digital stamps: Personal Use Only. Font LD Adornment licensed from http://www.letteringdelights.com

Well, the DT had last week off to spend spring break with their families, now they are ready to wow us with some crafty goodness, check them out:

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper *a wee bit late, please check back :)

Rebekah Doak

Special announcement: The Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Junior DT girls that post on Mondays have graduated to the senior DT, they will start posting with us on Thursday next week, I can’t wait! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Monochromatic Magic!

I was playing in my studio the other day and made this card, It qualifies for the current monochrome challenge at Caardvarks:

Digital stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, EMB folder: Cuttlebug, Sentiment: SU!

This card was all about using up leftovers and experimenting.

experiment 1: Watercoloring a digital stamp. I started by taking a digital stamp of a dragonfly from the Winged Things set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff and I colored it with watercolor pencils, the printer ink did not bleed, I was amazed, never tried watercoloring a digi before because I was sure it would bleed but it didn’t!

Experiment 2: I used my new fleur-de-lis emb folder with silver cardssock because I had never tired it before, it is swell:)

experiment 3: I showed a friend how to make a “faux bow” and I left the long thin ribbon that I tied the knot with attached (instead of trimming it close) and wrapped it around the front panel.

Also I used a mistake die cut (there is some unfortunate stamping on the back) to add my sentiment and finish the card. Luckily all my experiments were of a blue-green color scheme so they all went together nicely!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

We go Together…

…like rama lama lama ke ding a de dinga a dong…that is what it feels like when I look at all the wonderful products from the talented MyGrafico designers. I got a chance to play with Ladybugs new Baby Animals 2 digital stamps and Babystar designs new Fruitcake papers:

As always I made matching envelopes to go with my cards using the Envelope Bonanza templates from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. It is a good idea to make an envelope when you make a card so you don’t scramble around at the last minute to find one :)

Run over to MyGrafico today and see all of the new products that go together like A wop ba-ba lu-mop a wop bam boom!

Til next time happy crafting!

She With the Most ____ Wins!

Happy Monday folks, back to a normal routine for me, the kids are back in school after spring break and I am back to work, today the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Junior DT has been challenged to make “girlie” projects. I chose to use the new Crafty Tools & Puns digital stamp set to make a few cards for some crafty friends:

Digital stamps & Envelope template: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, PP: BoBunny, DCWV, Markers: Copic

The envelopes were quick and easy to make with the Envelope Bonanza templates, I cut the SVG templates with my Cricut and SCAL software but printable versions are in the kit too. Here are close-ups of the cards:

I wrapped a strand of yarn around the card for an easy embellishment!

I treaded a length of twine through the buttons, a very chic look right now, try it:)

Here is a peek at the set:

Now let’s see how the junior DT did with the Challenge:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Earth week day 5

OK I’m gonna be straight with you, I am in a creative rut, I had a very productive week last week and made loads of cards and scrapbook pages and even banged out an article but this week I have been just plain flat, like an old can of soda! So I started to clean, and I found an old {worthless} comic book, I was about to toss it in the recycle bin but then thought “Hey! I can make something with this!”

It ain't the greatest but it's something...

I know these cards will not win any awards but I think the best way to break through a creative rut is to push right through it, well, it sure beats cleaning anyway! I used my Cricut and scal software to cut the solid robot out of the Cricut Cuttables stamp material {be sure to use a brand new sticky mat and follow the directions on the package!} using the free font EFON. I welded the head to the body with a rectangle in scal. I used some cute stamps from Basic Grey and a diamond plate embossing folder on the other. I love the screw top brads, they are by Creative Imaginations but other companies have them too. Well the present in the photo is for a birthday party we are rushing off to and one of the cards is too!

Thanks for listening to my crafting rut rant, til next time happy crafting!

Happy Earth Day!

I have lots of crafty goodness for you today but first a shameless plug:

There is nothing greener than digital supplies right, just print what you need on demand, save the trees!

OK, a few weeks ago I showed you how to emboss a frame by using a cardboard mat, a cuttlebug folder and a Big Shot machine. I had requests for a video so here ist is, also there is a mini Sure Cuts a Lot {SCAL} lesson too as we will make out embossing template with the Cricut:

Here are the finished projects. I used the poppy stamp from the Fancy Flowers set as my focal image and colored it with Copics. I got a bit carried away with the white ink in the background, it was a really juicy ink pad :)

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, CS: SU!, PP: K&co, other: Ribbon, white ink

On this one I placed the oval cutout on the card and sprayed ink on the frame area then rubbed it with an inkpad to bring out the embossed design. I stamped the butterfly (About Art Accents) in the center and heat embossed and colored with watercolor markers, added some ribbon and crocheted flowers and the Asian clip art (Garden Meditation set from Lettering Delights on sale for $1!) then I sewed it to my card base.

Stamp: About Art Accents, Envelope Template: Lindasy's stamp Stuff, Asain element: Lettering Delights

I made the custom envelopes using my Cricut and SCAL software and SVG templates from my Envelope Bonanza set (15% of for Earth Day!) the template also come in printable jpg as well as SVG.

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Earth Week Continues!

I like to think of everyday as Earth Day, hey that is kind of what this blog is all about: Crafting in a frugal way and what is more frugal than upcycling? another way to craft greener is to pay attention to what you buy, on this layout I used paper from the Green Stack for Die Cuts With a View, it is made from 70% recycled materials, that is voting with your dollar folks! I made this for two challenges over at Gingersnap Creations: The found object challenge (GC50) and the Copper and Rust challenge:

Paper: DCWV (The Green Stack), Stamps: Autumn Leaves, We R Memory keepers, Gears: Found objects, Photo collage software: shapecollage.com, tool: Cricut and SCAL software

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the arrows, words, number and bike. I love how I can cut my compter fronts and dingbats and make whatever I want with my Cricut. There is an amazing sale over at Lettering Delights-All fonts are a buck! I love to cut them with my Cricut!

The gears I saved from an old 3-puzzle (I wish I save the while puzzle because it was one of the moveable carousel ones, what was I thinking!?!) and some pieces I left as is but the white ones I coated in clear ink and copper embossing powder to fit the theme of the layout. The photo turns are done that way as well.

The photo collage was made with some free software I just found called Shape Collage, I used the free version and with that you get a small watermark at the bottom of the collage but the arrow die cut covers over that so no biggie, it is really fun and easy software. After I printed my photos I simply cut the collage out and adhered it to my page.

Happy Earth week and til next time happy crafting!

Blog Hop Winners!

Happy Tuesday, after a week of rain and gloom the sun is shining and I have prizes to give away! Woohoo! First of all I want to thank everyone who participated in the blog hop and virtual crop last week, it was so fun getting to know you all:) I have picked wild card winners who left comment on my blog during the hop and they are:

Sandy Christy

April Stevens and

Lisa Kamphuis

Congrats Ladies, you can pick ant stamp set from the Lindsay’s stamp stuff Shop as your prize!

But wait, there are more prizes that are to be won! Did you leave a comment on any of the design teams blogs? Well better go and check to see if you won, here is a handy list of links to their blogs:

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Rebekah Doak

Cheryl Gorka

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cassandra Cushman

Rhonda Walker

Now, as you know it is “Green Week” or “Earth week” and we all want to do our part to save the planet (not to mention our pocketbook) so here is a set of projects that use only 2 8.5″x11″ sheets of kraft cardstock and 2 sheets of pattern paper (one sheet was used to make (two 4.25″x5.5 envelopes!) I used digital stamps from Lindsay’s stamp stuff that I printed out ages ago and were in my “someday” folder, I colored them with markers and put these together in a flash:

Look at those cheeks, can you stand it! The stamps are from Fancy Flowers set and the paper is from DCWV. I swipe of pastel yellow paint along the edge gives it an instant shabby feel!

The paper is a patchwork style so it has lots of patterns, I cut the blocks of pattern apart and stitched them down, it was fun to make! I colored the daffodil stamps with markers and added them with foam tape. I crocheted the little flower with some cotton thread using a free pattern off the internet and viola, cute, fun and easy!

I made the cards the same way as the scrapbook page. I cut both envelopes from one sheet of 12x12 paper using my envelope bonanza templates that are available along with the featured stamps from Lindsay's stamp Stuff. I colored the stamps with Prisma markers.

I used stamps from Doodle Flowers and Sweet Stuff on these cards. I cut both envelopes from one sheet of pattern paper using the “bb envelope” (that stands for “Baby-Bug” because you can cut the envelope full size on the original 6″x12″ cricut using SCAL software) that is in the envelope bonanza kit. If you do not have a cricut all of the templates are printable too! This file will give you an envelope just big enough for a standard size card that is not embellished very much but since I had some lumpy doo-dads in my cards  made liners from my scrap paper and added then to the envies to make a bit of decoration and give me a bit more room to accommodate the lumps. I punched the flaps with a border punch, pretty, no?

Well I’m off to enjoy this beautiful day with my kids who are on vacation this week, If you won a prize and have not got it yet via email you will receive it tomorrow. For my wild card winners, let me know what set you want and I’ll send it out tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Craft supplies from the forest…

Hello folks, as you all know Earth day is this week and what better way to celebrate than by upcycling junk for craft use and finding supplies from nature? I was wandering in the woods near my home and found some birch bark on the ground (never remove bark from trees please!) and I save it and let it dry out knowing it would be great on a card:

Digital stamp (moose) Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Clear Stamps: Hampton art, PP:DCWV, Markers: Prisma & Copic, ink: Memento

I stapled the bark to thick kraft paper to make a frame then layered stamped elements over it. The moose id from the Funky Forest set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff {shameless plug} and all of the others are from Hampton art {one of those little flip books of stamps, be sure to scuff them good with an emery board before the first use} I stamped them in brown dye ink and colored them with markers and layered them with foam tape. The rainbow was cut from a scrap of paper. The fringe is simple tissue paper folded in half, fringe sniped and stapled on. easy peasy and eco-friendly!

This card qualifies for (or I hope it does) the GC48: Random Redhead Challenge – Growth.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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