Nifty Gifties!

Sometimes inspiration is right under your nose. I have such an uber talented design team and every week they inspire me. When I saw the cool chapstick favors on Tamara Bennett’s blog Scrapcation Getaway (do check out her blog, she has lots of great craft ideas!) I was dumbfounded, I loved the chapstick favor idea so much that I incorporated the idea in my new SVG set Nifty Gifties:

This kit has all you need to create affordable favors and classroom gifts. I was at Big Lots the other day and they had 12 packs of Jolly Rancher lip balms for $6, you can get good deals on chapstick packs at any department store too. If lip gloss is not your thing you can cut the template larger and it can hold a pack of gum, rollos, lifesavers or mints.

Here is a look at the inside of the lip balm purse:

You can find packs of 20 flat holiday lollipops for $2 at the grocery stores. Make these cute trees and slide the sucker inside and viola, a classroom of happy kids for pennies a piece!

Need a versatile favor bag for any occasion? Here it is. this bag can be cut and assembled in about a minute!

All of the files in Nifty Gifties are designed to make quick, easy inexpensive favors, they are simple enough to make WITH your children as well so share the love of crafting with your little ones this year and you will have sweet little gifts made in no time. If you have a Cricut Machine and SCAL software you can cut them on your cricut but there are printable templates as well and they are laid out so you don’t wast paper: You get 4 purses on one 8.5″x11″sheet, 4 tree favors on another sheet (print them on 4 different patterned paper and mix and match the parts to make 16 favors!) and the box fills the 8.5″x11″ with enough room for two scalloped tags too. Whether you print or die cut the favors they are easy and fun to make.

You get these 3 darling svg/printable favor templates for only $3!

This project qualifies for the following challenges: AUD Sentiments (hohoho-on lip balm favor), Bunny Zoe (Christmas-not a card), Christmas Stamping All Year LongCraftyCatz, crafty sentiments, scrappy frog, Stamp it Crazy, (Christmas), A crafty Little Place, papercutz,(anything goes), Creative Inspirations (red, green, gold), DCD Christmas Club (die cut & Christmas), Ellephantastic, Embellish Magazine, (color challenge) and Hand Stamped Sentiments (favors, table decorations)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.

A Quick Gift Idea!

First let me say our girl scout leader does not have a computer so I am safe posting this :)

This is a desk calendar for my girls Daisy Scout leader, I used a 6″x12″ oak frame as the base, cut pattern paper (K&Co have wonderful Girl and Boy scout licenced papers!) to fit the frame and used my cuttlebug flower petal dies and embossing folders (got the whole kit on sale at Big Lots for $2 last spring!) to make daisy petals, inked them and glued them down. You know you could also cut the petals with the Cricut and just place them in whatever EB folder you like. I glued a tear away calendar pad from skybluepink.com over the petals then I used my Cricut machine and Sure Cuts a Lot software to make the “Daisy Girl Scout” title and mat.  If you are looking for the perfect gift for a Cricut user get them SCAL2 for Christmas, it will let you cut all of your computer fonts with your Cricut machine, it’s easy too and it is still on sale for $59 {reg. $75} and that is less than the price of  one Cricut cartridge!

The font I used is called LD This and That from Lettering Delights, it cuts like a dream and I love the funky mix of letters in this one. I have a 40% off your entire purchase coupon Lettering delights too: GiveThanks and it is good through Thursday so don’t wait!

I will later (if my computer and the new software we have installed cooperates) print a photo of the daisy troop and add it to the frame but if you have no picture you can also add a pad of post it notes to the frame, that would be handy!

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Alphabet challenge , Lots To do (e=embossing),  Bunny Zoe (anything for Christmas-not a card-does a gift count?), CRAFT challenge (create a gift), Charisma cards (for the girls), Craft Your Days Away (texture), For Fun, Hodgepodge shop, Inktegrity ,totallystampalicious, (anything goes), funwithshapesandmore, Make it crafty (anything but a card),  Inspired Crafters (3-D project with die cuts), Papertake weekly, artfulinkables (die cuts)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sometimes you just gotta get inky…

It is so true! There is nothing like good old rubber stamps, ink-pads and pattern paper to make a girl happy! I pulled out my trusty stamps from About Art Accents {my go-to stamps when I want strong design that needs no coloring} and some pretty paper from Hanko Designs {it is actually origami paper printed with pearlized ink that I did not want to waste with my poor origami skills LOL!} and my new letterpress plates from lifestyle crafts and made this set:

 

The only technology I used on this card was my Cricut and scal software to cut the cardholder box using an SVG file from the Recipe Folio set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. I was able to cut a folio big enough to hold six 5.5″x4.25″ cards and envelopes (5.75″x4.5″) on a 12″x12″ paper with room left on the sheet for a few tags too! You can make envelopes for the cards with the Envelope Bonanza set too to fit the box. The flourish on the front of the box was cut from the Storybook cricut cart.

To do the background on the white cards I used one of the wedding letterpress plate sets. See my post here on how to make your own letterpress and how to use it in your die cut machine. I used a rubber brayer and dye ink (SU! certainly celery) to ink my plate before cranking it through my Big shot. Note: You will need to use a thick soft printmaking paper for this to work, it will not work on regular cardstock because you will be denting {debossing} the paper. It will remain flat on the back unlike embossing.

To get the two-tone coloring on my stamped images I first inked up the Japanese Floral stamps from About Art Accents with Certainly Celery ink then rocked the edges in Old Olive ink before stamping, it is a great technique for stamps with a lot of solid area. It’s a time saver too!

For the green panels on the thank you cards I used the bamboo and thankyou plates from the kit and ran them through the machine without ink, then I used the same brayer and green ink to brayer over the design, notice how the ink does not go into the debossed design.

Gift card sets make great gifts and it is a nice way to try out some new supplies. After all, sometimes you just gotta get inky, right?

 

This set qualifies for the  Craftycardmakers challenges (card and gift set-this is a gift set of cards, it also qualifies for their card and fancy envelopes challenge)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

50% off everything at Lindsay’s!

Happy Black Friday folks! If you are not in the states Black Friday is the official kickoff to the Christmas shopping season and to celebrate I am offering 50% off everything in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop today and tomorrow only! You will not see a sale like this again so don’t miss out!

Stock up on new digital stamp sets, SVG designs, clip art, papers and party printables, it is all on sale but only Friday and Saturday! Here are a few of the many sets in the shop:

and don’t forget the Christmas offerings:

That’s not all! Check out the shop and see all of the great deals at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff for yourself! Remember the 50% off sale runs today and tomorrow only. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

40% off & Painted Presents {you can do it!}

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the USA, today I will spend Thanksgiving with the in-laws, I am looking forward to it, although sad that I will be missing dinner with my folks. I will contribute vegan garlic bread, stuffing and lasagna to the mix…I have never made lasagna (vegan or otherwise) before so this should be interesting. :)

I joined a group of painters last month and last week decided to paint some slates using designs from my Natures Christmas and Warm Winter Digital Stamp Sets:

 

This slate I painted for my Mother in Law, she does not use a computer so no worries there:)

You can make the wording generic like I did here and sell these at craft fairs too!

 

I wanted to let you know that everything at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff will be 40% off today only so when Hubby is watching football you can sneak over to the computer and grab some great deals!

Here is how to paint a slate:

Supplies: Slate (get them at craft stores or demolished buildings/worksites-you can sometimes get loads of these for free if you keep your eyes peeled-my SIL gave me these {and many more LOL} and I have a theory that if you leave them alone in a dark room they multiply LOL), Acrylic paint, Brushes, spray varnish, white transfer paper and a design.

Step 1. Print out {or sketch} a design on paper, I printed images for Warm Winter and Natures Christmas at about 5″ high-measure your slate to see what will fit well-then I used white transfer paper to trace my design on the slate.

Step 2. Paint it, no biggie, if you can color a digital stamp with markers or pencils than you can paint it with acrylics. Don’t worry if you are not a painter, imperfection adds to the charm {Mine is brimming with charm LOL!}

Step 3. Spray a coat of clear varnish over the slate and add twine or ribbon to hang it. Twine or wire id best for outdoor use but ribbon is pretty if it will be hung inside, I added buttons and ribbon to the one for my MIL because she lives in an apartment and it will not be outside. Little details make all the difference:

that’s all there is to it! Here is a look at the sets I used:

Don’t forget everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 40% off in the mygrafico shop today only so don’t miss out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Girls Night Out!

Have you ever been a Maid Of Honor-a “MOH” if you will?  If so you know how hard it is to plan the perfect bridal shower or bachelorette party. Make you next bachelorette party or girls night out memorable with this easy set of party printables from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. It is print and cut, so easy!

You get 6 printable sheets in jpg format that you can print as is or customize before you print by typing in text on the invites, beverage ID charms and crown or simply print the kit as in and write on them with a pen. Either way you have a perfectly matched set!

The Bachelorette Party Printable kit is only $5 and you can print it as many time as you want or need for your party!

This set qualifies for the following challenges: 4 Craft Chicks, ABC, Die cut Dreams, (anything but a card), Corrosive Challenges (inspired by the 80′s-love that hot pink animal print;),  Creative Friday (unusually shaped cards),  Digidoodlesshopbest, Hodgepodgeshop, (anything goes)and Drunken Stampers (no stamps).

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Check out this freebie!

Looking for a centerpiece to grace you table this Thanksgiving? My Friend Tanvi of Blackleaf Studios made this adorable template to make your own wishing tree, I decorated mine for Christmas but it would be adorable done for Thanksgiving too:

lindsay reshoot bltree3 A Wishing Tree Freebie for the Holidays

You can snag the free SVG/Printable file here and if you like that be sure to check out all of the great SVG cutting file sets available at MyGrafico!

lindsay reshoot bltree4 300x225 A Wishing Tree Freebie for the Holidays

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick and easy banner cards!

I had some scraps left over from Thursday’s High Flying cards project so I made these:

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut out the banners and envelopes for this set, I used these sets from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff on this set:

Up, Up & Away SVG set

Up, Up & Away Papers

Envelope Bonanza SVG and Printable envelope templates. The envelopes took seconds to cut and fold, I made the entire set in about 30 minutes!

To add the little letters to my banner I used my Studio G dollar wood mount alphabet sets. I was just at AC Moore the other day and they had tons of them! I have a bunch, now I just need to make myself use them more and these little banners are perfect for that!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

High-Flying Birthday Cards!

I never seem to have a premade kid’s birthday party card on hand when I need one (you know, like 30 minutes before said party) so I decided to make up a batch so I will always have some on hand (well, for the next 4 parties anyway!) I used the SVG cutting files from the Up, Up & Away Clip Art Set and the Brand new Up, Up & Away paper pack From Lindsay’s stamp Stuff to make these:

I printed 4 sheets of the Up Up & Away paper at 5″x5″, I love the way the paper looks scaled down! I took 4 sheets of 12×12 cardstock (blue, yellow, green and red) cut them in half and used one if the 6″x12″ pieces of each color for the card bases, then I took a 6″x6″ swatch of each color and arranged them on my 12″x12″ cricut  mat.

then I imported each file from the Up Up & Away Clip art/cutting file kit and broke it apart so I could move the shape to the section of the mat I wanted so it would cut out of the proper color. I saved the scut file for future use (I ALWAYS seem to need kids cards LOL!)

Then all I had to do was load the paper and press cut. I pieced all the parts together with glue and adhered them with foam tape to the prepared card bases. I used decorative edges scissors and paper punches to add a bit of flair to the cards. Here are close ups:

Todays project qualifies for the following challenges: Little Paper shop (die cuts),Patti’s creations (birthday), Stamping Royalty (pattern paper),  Totally Stampalicious (paper piecing) and Wee Memories (pattern paper).

Here is a look at the sets I used today:

When I was making the paper pack yesterday I made this paper but thought the black did not go well with the set but I liked the paper so here you go, enjoy, click on the pic to download.

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT is up to today:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Laurel Seabrook

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fancy Princess Craft!

My girls just love the Fancy Nancy books, who wouldn’t love a girl who makes life a little “fancier?” I was thinking of a fun craft to do with my girls and came up with this:

These would be fun to make at a birthday party or playdate! all you need to do is cut the mask, crown and stars ahead of time (I used my Cricut and SCAL software, the star is in the basic shapes menu and the mask is from my Masquerade SVG set and the Crown is from my Ooh La La SVG set) out of metallic poster board or cardstock then put out glue dots and embellishments out and let the girls have fun decorating them!

I used inexpensive embellishments I found at the Dollar Tree and other discount stores: rhinestones, metallic pipe cleaners, feathers, ribbon and faux pearl strands. I recommend also having glue dots on hand for the kids to use so they can wear their creations immediately!

To begin I loaded my 12×24 mat in my cricut, you can get 3 crowns 6 masks and 6 stars from one 12″ 24″ piece of poster board. You can get foil covered board too but you might need to order it online. Dollar stores also have poster board so check there first! You need to cut the board down to fit your mat, arrange the SVG files so they do not waste much paper and cut.

For the crown simply let the kids glue on rhinestone, sequins, trim (or whatever you like!) then wrap it around their head and tape it to fit when everything is dry.

For the wand wrap ribbon around a bamboo skewer and glue the ribbon at each end. Place a blob of hot glue (grownups only please) on one of the die cut stars and stick the pointy skewer end in it and cover it with the other die cut star. Let the kids add sparkles to the star.

The mask is super fun because they can hang it on their wall as a decoration after the party. Glue feathers on the mask from the back and decorate the front as desired. You can add a strap of elastic (get the cloth coated elastic cord made for jewelery making or narrow sewing elastic for this) to each side so the kids can wear the mask. Their hands will need to be free so they can wield the wands you know :)

Have fun with this project! The SVG die cuts I used are available for purchase at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff, they come with printable templates too so you can still make them even without a cricut.

This project qualifies for the following challenges: AI Factory (die cut), Crafts and Me (glitter), Crafty Purple Frog (sparkle), Gingersnap Creations (haute couture) and  Tiffany Doodles (anything but a card)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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