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Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are having a safe holiday weekend (in the States) and enjoying a long weekend:) While you are relaxing be sure to swing by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff at MyGrafico to save 30% off storewide!

Here is a card I made with my new Seaside sketches set:

Digital Stamps/papers: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Markers: Copic

This card would be great for birthday, father’s day or any occasion. I have a hard time making cards for guys but I think this can work equally well for a man or a woman, just add a sentiment and you are done!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to stop by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff, the sale is over midnight tonight! Til next time happy crafting!

We are all mad here…

Oh Alice! I do love Alice in wonderland and when I saw the “Read” challenge over at Gingersnap Creations I have to pay tribute to Alice in Wonderland:

Stamp: Sweet Pea Stamps, collage sheet: Nicecrane designs

I used a stamp from Sweat Pea Stamps, isn’t is freakishly delightful! The vintage image tucked behind it is from the Alice Through Time CS from Nicecrane Designs, the images on the Alice collage sheets at Nicecrane are fantastic, it is hard to pick a favorite, luckily there is a Alice Collage sheet bundle you can get so you don’t have to pick! Too much of a good thing is wonderful! (yep, another Mae West quote LOL!)

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the shaped card above (font: kutups09) and the swirls on the card below 9font: DB Dainty Swirl).

Stamp: Sweat Pea Stamps, Die cuts done with Cricut and Scal software using the font DB dainty swirls.

This image seemed a little liquid to me, like it was underwater so I went with cool colors, I call it “Alice Underwater.” I hole punched the edge for a bubble effect and added dew drops for, well, water drops. The background on both of the cards is done by weaving 1/2″ strips of book pages from Alice in Wonderland and inking them. Fun!

These cards also qualify for these challenges: The ABC Challenge (vintage), The Crafty Pad (over the edge), Creative Craft Challenge (ribbons and bows-red card) and Oh Alice (use swirls+Alice image-purple card).

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fun colors: Jade & Peach

This week at Oriental Stamp Art the theme challenge was “Jade”, in  China the stone Jade is more valuable than gold or diamonds. As for me I just love the color and what better way to make it POP but by adding its compliment (opposite on the color wheel) coraly peach:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Washi Papers (digital): Nicecrane Designs, Pattern paper for envelopes: K&co

I used the Flowered Handled Teapot and the Papercut Carnation stamp from About Art Accents on this set. The washi papers are from the Washi Texture Collage sheet set 1 from Nicecrane Designs. I simply printed the collage sheet and cut up the papers, easy peasy!

I used the scraps from my handmade envelope to accent my card, waste not, want not!

I stamped the teapot  with clear ink then heat-embossed it with sea foam green sparkle embossing powder, then I used emerald green watercolor paint over that. I wiped it with a soft cloth to get the paint off of the embossing.

Tip: make envelopes with pattern paper but use the pattern paper on the inside, the envie will look lined and you can easily write and stamp on the outside. Also you can make a fancy envelope just by using a corner punch on the top flap! Clever, no?

I did a little stamping on the envelope. I love the paper cut carnation stamp, I used my Tombow and Whispers watercolor markers to color directly on the rubber, then I breathed {huffed} on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamped it on my envelope, it is a nice touch I think :) I made the envelope with my Scor-pal, if you ant to see how I have a video here.

This packet is 3"x3.5", perfect for a couple bags of tea!

I used the tea bag template from the TeaRiffic Digital stamp Set at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff to make this tea bag pocket. I stamped the carnation, punched it and layered it on green cs and trimmed with mini scallop scissors. I adhered only the bottom half of the circle so the flap could tuck behind it to close.

Here is a look at the tea packet open. The template comes in a printable and SVG version.

This set qualifies for the following challenges: OSA (Sketch and theme), Creatalicious (Asian), Lucy’s Cards (1 digital element), Pile it On (out of the box), Quixotic (Emboss it), Sisterhood of Scrap (embossing) and  Spoonful of sugar (celebration).

That’s all for today:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You can paint!

Woah, wait, stay with me…this will be easy, I promise.  You can easily use my new Seaside Sketches digital stamps and watercolor paint to make this:

Easy painted cards, you can do this!

To show you how easy this is to do please watch this video, It’s almost 10 minutes long so you might want to grab a nice beverage first ;)

Here is a close up of the card in the video:

see the video for a step by step demo

Here is a look at the other card, you paint it the same way, give it a try! These cards qualify for the challenge at The Crafty Calendar (great outdoors) and Sophisticat (splish splash).

This scene uses another stamp from the set.

Here is a look at the set, 4 highly detailed scenic stamps for $4 (but wait, for a limited time they are on sale for $3.50!)

What fabulous project will you make?

And now for today’s freebie:

Enjoy these card papers for free! Click the picture to download :)

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT has for us today:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Rebekah Doak

Karin Martin

Rhonda Walker

Thanks for stopping by! Til next time happy crafting {and painting too!}

A day late, and a dollar short…

I was so excited to make this set, there was a Paris challenge and a color challenge that I was doing this for, however I didn’t notice until after I made them that both challenges were over the day before, oh well, I still like the set! Challenges are a great way to spark creativity but let’s not forget the real reason we make cards: To express our creativity and to bring a smile to the people we love, these are for my Mom and Sister:

Stamp: StampFrancisco, Cardstock: SU, Paper Co, GP, Ink: SU, Envelop Templates: Lindsay's sTamp Stuff, Swirl: DB Dainty Swirl, Eiffel Tower: Cricut

I used my Envelope Bonanza templates for the envelopes. After I cut them with SCAL and my Cricut I stamped the text on the inside to add a bit of flair.

I repeated the stamp design on the cardstock and the envelope for a matching set!

I also used SCAL/Cricut and the font DB Dainty Swirl from Lettering Delights to make the white flourishes. I was a bit disappointed with the Eiffel Tower die cut, I used the new Summer in Paris Cricut cart and put in a fresh blade and the paper snagged and tore, I think I will try cutting it in design studio as maybe my speed was off, the designs are so pretty, I hope I can get it to cut well! For this I had to use my cutterbee scissors to go in and snip parts off where it did not cut all the way through, arrgh!

To make the "Merci" simply type the text in scal (CENA font) and drag a cylinder over it from the shapes menu, then you can use the cut out letters on another card (as I did) ans make use of small scraps!

Since my cutting did not go as planned I wasted a bit of paper  but instead of trashing it I made a cute bookmark!

adorable use of scraps, no?

Although I missed the challenges I was aiming for this set qualifies for the following challenges:  Aly’s Sunday Challenges (bows), Clearly I Stamp (flowers), Crafty Ann (lots of color), Whoopsie Daisy (as you like it), Incy Wincy (button up), Just Us Girls (use a template), Lots to Do (flourishes and swirls) and Sew Many Challenges (anything goes).

BTW the color challenge that I missed was to use Baha Breeze, Melon Mambo and Pink pirouette (Stampin Up colors) I made due with the closest colors I had, love this combo! It was from k Warners blog. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cheeky!

Happy Monday folks! I have a nice relaxing weekend relaxing outside and digging in the dirt (still sore from digging, I have no gardening muscles apparently;)

The other day I was playing with some of the Pin Up images from Nicecrane designs and came up with some more cheeky gems!

Image: Nicecrane Designs,

Image: Nicecrane Designs, Font: Giddyup, Quote: Mae West, Other: Magnet sheet, glue, brown ink

I used images for the Sexy Pin Up collage sheet, Grunge Pin-Ups Covers,  and Unique Pin Ups all by Nicecrane Designs. All of the images on the sheets are 2 1/2″x3 1/2″, perfect for ATCs, but instead of making ATCs I glued the finished cards to magnet sheets to make fun & cheeky magnets, I think they would be great as a favor for a “Girls Night Out” or bachelorette party! This project qualifies for the Gingernap Creations Challenge (quotes), Stamping with Dragon (naughty theme),  Diecut Dreams (words, no stamped image), and Secret Crafter (no pattern paper).

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Each magnet is 2.5"x3.5", click the picture for a closer look.

I get my sheet magnet for a local sign shop. They often have scraps that are too small for them to use and they will give it to you, I usually donate the magnet sheets to the local school but I will keep a few sheets on hand to make some more of these!

Since I have no need for 21 pin up magnets (I got a bit carried away making them, I couldn’t stop LOL!) I decorated  a little box to display them in at one of the local shops I sell at.

a simple covered display box;) These are addictive to make!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Seaside Sketches

It was so beautiful outside yesterday I left my basement studio to paint at the beach! Armed with pencil, watercolors and my trusty sidekick (AKA dog Hazel) we hit the beach and came up with this:

Watercolor on Strathmore 400 series.

While I was there I roamed around with my sketchbook and came up with a few drawings that I turned into digital stamps, I will have a tutorial later this week on watercoloring them, Here is the Seaside Sketches set and I have placed it on sale for $3.50 for a limited time!

4 highly detailed scenes for digital stamping and to use as painting patterns.I hope you have a fabulous weekend! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Rated “R” for Risque!

Don’t read on if you are easily offended or have delicate sensibilities. I saw the challenge over at Stamping with Dragon to make a “naughty” card and the challenge at Gingersnap Creations to use a quote and kraft cardstock on a card and I couldn’t help myself:

Pin Up Girl image: Nicecrane Designs, Stamp: Runner Stampede, other: Bridge score cards, playing cards, cardstock

The image is from the Sexy Pin-up collage Sheet from Nicecrane Designs.

If you are ever looking for a funny naughty quote you can't go wrong with Mae West!

They have 4 sheets of vintage pin-up girls over at Nicecrane designs, they are really fun to use when making cheeky cards!If you want the bridge score sheet and directions I used on my card you can snag them for free here, when you print select page scaling, 2 per page, and 50% and they will all print on 1 page at the correct size.

I hope I didn’t offend anyone and you got a chuckle on your Friday morning :)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Nifty Gifties & a Freebie!

Howdy folks! Can you believe it is May 2oth already? Wow in a few weeks out kids will be home for summer vacation! Why not make some end of year teacher gifts to show your children’s teachers how much you appreciate them. Here I have made a few containers that my children can fill with home-made goodies, I use the new School Papers, Uptown Houndstooth papers, Envelope bonanza, 3-D Posies, School Rules Stamps and today’s freebie from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff.

All supplies: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I used the sketch from 2sketches4you and the challenge at Gingersnap Creations to use a quote, and the black, white + another color at Magical Crafts. the tins are for the Anything but a Card challenge at One Stitch at a time

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A Super quick card! Simply trim the paper from the school papers collage sheet, wrap with ribbon and adhere it to a 4.25" square card, color the teacher quote stamp, cut with mini scallop scissors and adhere over, die cut 2 flowers from Posies SVG set, curl petals and attach with a brad.

The tins were great fun to make, I bought a new can opener that cuts the can slightly under the lid so there is no sharp edges and then the lid sets right back on as neat as you please. The can opener was the good cook brand and I bought it for $8 at the grocery store. I painted the tins red (use spray paint, the acrylic paint I used will scratch off easily, live and learn:) then wrapped them with strips of paper from the Uptown Houndstooth and School Papers set.

on this can I cut 3 flowers from the 3-d posies set and curled the petals, I put foam tape between the layers for extra dimension.

Tip: To print the papers change your printer setting to 8.5×11 borderless and switch the orientation to landscape, then choose center on page and print at 100%. You will get a borderless sheet of paper and the 11″ strips will more than wrap around the tins and you will have leftover paper for other cards. I printed the paper on cream cardstock and it is designed to use little printer ink ;)

A strip of printed twill tape and a few stick pins add a nice touch, I'm keeping this one!

It was fun to round-up found objects to use as handles on the lids. Spools, blocks or other toys work great for this! Before I glued the objects on the lid I Cut circles from the bingo cards in the school rules kit to adhere to the lid for a funky base.

Funky, no?

If you are a little pressed for time here is a quick little gifty, I used the ATC envelope from the Envelope bonanza kit to make a easy gift card holder, who wouldn’t love a gift card to Starbucks or a book store?

Quick, cute and easy, gotta love that!

And now for the freebie!

I have no idea who said this but I think I hear Tom Sellec say it on a public servise announcement once:) Click the pic to download. Enjoy!

Well, aren’t I a windbag today? How about we turn it over to the fantabulous Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT, let’s see what they have cooked up for us this week:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Rebekah Doak

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Ditties with a twist!

Howdy! This morning I was playing in my studio and found these twist cards I cut from my Envelope Bonanza set a while ago, hmmm, I thought, “let’s use up some of these scraps lying around so I don’t have to clean” and here is what I came up with:

Die cut twist card and envelope from the Envelope Bonanza set: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Honestly, my craft room is MORE of a mess now but at least I have some pretty cards right? I had printed the card papers that come in my School Paper pack at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and I found a scrap of paper from the Shabby houndstooth kit and some leftover ribbon roses and I went to town, a little sepia ink scuffed around the edges made everything match well enough.

Tip: Inking the edges og the paper gives the cards a vintage feel!

When I cut the twist card/envelopes with my Cricut and SCAL I cut 2 per 8.5″x11″ cardstock and there was room to cut a couple scallop circles on the paper too (I used the dingbat font Kutups09 from Clever Someday, it is a fantastic font and Free!) so it was just a matter of mixing, inking and layering the elements. Also I got to use up some of the flowers I crocheted last summer on this card.

this card qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Challenge (use your stash), Crafty Ann (anything goes), Cupcake craft challenge (Beautiful Blooms), Drunken Stampers (use your scraps), Stampin when I can (brads) and Little Red Wagon (brads).

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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