Happy New Year!

I want to wish you a very happy 2011!

 

See more work like this in the Dec/Jan issue of Ready-Set-Create! Magazine

 

 

I’ve been reorganizing my craft room, hanging out with my family and enjoying our Christmas vacation! I’ll have pics for you this week of the improved…well, at least clean craftland :)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hellooooo!

I had a wonderfully relaxing holiday! After the hub-bub of Christmas was over I spent the last two days lounging around in my ne snuggie reading…what a life! It is so nice to relax after the holidays. I made this card a few months ago for the December/January issue of Ready Set Create and wanted to share it with you today:

Paper: K&Co, Cardstock: Neenah, Markers: Copic, Stamp: Jelly PArk, Ribbon: Sew True, Eyelets: Dritz

Oh if you like the crinkled seam binging ribbon you can see a video on how I made it below. Also you can get free shipping on the seam binding from Sew True with this code: 10122F. I reccomend buying the natural color, it crinkles better than white for some reason :)


It’s not to late to get your copy of December/January Ready-Set-Create! magazine packed with informative crafting articles, product spotlights and hundreds of scrapbook, card and craft projects, it’s ony $4 and you’ll have lots of new ideas and inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Merry Christmas 20% off today!

Happy Christmas Eve! You can save 20% off at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff and all of MyGrafico today through Sunday!

Happy holidays and happy crafting too!

Teriffic Tags, Quick Gifts to Make & a Freebie!

Wow, Christmas is almost here! I have been busy in my craft room making cards, wrapping presents and lately, making last-minute gifts! Here are a few tags I made to adorn a few gift baskets I am putting together, these only took minutes with the help of my Vintage Christmas Label stamp set to make the gift extra special:

I used my Vintage Christmas Label digital stamp set to make these. I printed out sheets of labels a while back knowing that I would want to make Christmas tags and gift bag toppers with them {it was so easy!} The cute treat cups are from Stampin Up! {I better order more the next time I see my demo!}

I needed a few quick gifts for my kids to give their teachers and here is what I cam up with using my Cricut, SCAL2 software and my Vintage Christmas Label set:

To make the pretzels simply melt chocolate wafers in a Pyrex measuring cut for 1 minute {half-power} in the microwave, then in 30 second intervals until melted. Dip the pretzels in the chocolate {you can use a spoon to draw the chocolate up the pretzel if your cup is too shallow} and lay them on a sheet of wax paper to cool. While they are still melty shake on some sprinkles for fun! I packaged them in my Uline clear self sealing bags that I use to protect my cards, the bags to double duty in my craft room because they are FDA approved food safe. This is a great project to do with the kids, mine have been making these since they were 3, just be sure mom or dad do the melting! Here is a look at the other toppers I made with the Vintage Christmas Label set:

OK now here is a fun freebie, I was playing with my SCAL2 software and my Stampin Up! Sweet Treat cups and thought I could make a cute ornament! I did not have a 1 3/4″ punch so I designed a scut2 file that will fit the cups perfectly:

You can snag the free SCUT2 file here. To cut more than 1 simply drag a box around the whole design and copy and paste it as much as you want. If you do not want to use the treat cups you could put a photo in the opening it could be a great christmas tradition-be sure to make one for grandma too!

BTW if you have not found a gift for the Cricut owner on your list see if they have SCAL2 and if they don’t get it for them! It’s on sale for $59.95, you could spend that on 1 cartridge and with this software you can cut thousands of fonts with your cricut for free:) You can download it instantly too so no waiting (or shopping) either.

Here is a look at the Vintage Christmas Labels set:

I challenged the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT to create some terrific tags for you this week, as promised they have quick and easy tags you can make today. All DT posts will be up by 10am Thursday morning ET.

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Cindi Hooks

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PDQ cards!

Pretty. Darn. Quick. I decided that I needed some more handmade Christmas cards, there always more people you think of after you send out your first batch so I made some extras{22 to be exact} and I did it in less than 2 hours! How you ask? With a little help from my Cricut machine & SCAL2 Software:

I cut the scallop twist cards from my Envelope Bonanza SVG set {2 on an 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock} out of kraft cardstock, Then I arranged the mittens, hat {from the Winter Wear SVG freebie} and 2″ circles to fit as many as I can on a mat in SCAL2 and I cut that from 3 different pattern papers. I cut all of the card bases first because they cut very quickly, then while I was waiting for the sheets of hats and mittens to cut I scored/folded and stamped the card bases. Then it was a matter of gluing the die cuts to the cards. Easy Peasy!

PDQ card tips:

  1. Use hot glue, it is quick, cheap and adds a subtle dimension to your cards, best of all you can’t fuss with it, one it is stuck, it’s stuck, move on :)
  2. If you have time ink the edges of your die cuts for dimension, if not skip the ink {and the guilt!}
  3. Use clear bags to mail your cards in. I used 3″x5″ clear self sealing bags from Uline, I love these because I can mail cards in them, package cards with envelopes for sale in them and they are FDA approved food safe so I can package yummy treats in them too! And they are pennies a bag! Using them as envelops as a fun touch of whimsy to the card as well. No worries about having a matching envie either!

Here are my cards in their plastic bags/envelopes neat and tidy! I will leave them in this box near my mailing supplies so I can pen a quick note when needed.

So, are you wondering how much it cost the frugalcrafter to whip up these cards? With the envelope each card weighs in at about 5 cents a piece! I used 3 sheets of pattern paper (from a stack of 180 sheets bought on sale for $10-DCWV), 11 sheets of 8.5″x11″ cardstock (50 sheet pack bought on sale for $2.50-The Paper co.), 2 hot glue sticks (.20) other than that I used a dollar bin stamp and an inkpad. The envelopes were about 3 cents a piece.  Using die cuts saves you $$! [Let’s justify out Cricut Purchase shall we} I must say that I got the paper at JoAnns and the Die Cuts with a View stacks cut really well in the cricut and do not snag like some other bargain paper does.

Here is a look at the Envelope Bonanza template set:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You can make this gift quick!

Howdy folks! Need a fun gift for a little girl this Christmas? This is a perfect gift to make for your daughter and her schoolmates.

Click here to read my instructions, it is a 1 page PDF file that you can print and file away or save it on your computer for later. Easy-peasy!

Just a reminder that the 25% off sale is going on through midnight at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A gift in a bottle and 25% off!

Looking for a fun way to package a gift? How about in a  bottle? I  saw a neat idea from Scrapalette over on the Cricut message board and I had to give it a try! But before I show you how I want to let you know that EVERYTHING in my shop is 25% off through Saturday!

OK, now that’s out-of-the-way on to the fun! I made a “Movie Night in a Bottle” using the 2 liter soda bottle label from the Movie PArty Printable kit:

I put bags of microwave popcorn, movie size candy and fun size candy in the bottle too. I will give this along with some wrapped up DVDs as a Christmas gift. Wanna know how I got everything in that bottle? Take a look…

Neat huh? Here are some tips on the soda bottle project:

  1. Rinse out the bottle before you cut, then after you cut the hole you can reach through it and dry the inside of the bottle with a paper towel.
  2. Put in the larger items first then fill in with smaller. You can always drop in really small items or shredded colored paper through the neck of the bottle to fill the top if needed.
  3. Type info in the printable label before you print for a polished professional look!
  4. Look in your recycling bin, you may find other cool bottles (like the square juice bottles) that will hold even more!

Here is a look at the Movie Party kit I used:

And here is your freebie, it is basic so you can use it anytime!

to download: click on the tag, then right-click on the larger tag and choose "save as" Enjoy!

The rest of the Lindsay’s stamp stuff DT has quick packaging ideas for you this week, have a look and your wrapping will be a snap this year! *DT post will be live at 10am Thursday ET.

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Diane Bove

Laurel Seabrook

Remember 25% off at Lindsay’s through Saturday!

This project qualifies for the following challenges: All Sorts, No Time to Stamp (last minute Christmas gifts), A crafty Little Place (use a tag),  Creative Card Crew, Digistamps 4 Joy, mamidoodles, OSAAT, Opus Gluei, Stamps R Us, Sugar Sweets Paper Treats, (anything goes), Cutie Sunday (Everything goes-but no Christmas on the artwork), Everybody Art Challenge (make a gift), Flourishes (yummy treats), My Sherri crafts (party project) and  Pile it on (wrapping) and the Let’s Party Callenge at YNS!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s all go to the movies!

In another week or so our little darling children will be on Christmas Vacation. It will only be a matter of time before we hear the lovely refrain “Mom, I’m bored!” Why not invite a bunch of the kids friends over and have a movie party?

I made a Movie Party Printable kit that has all you need to make a ordanary afternoon movie playdate something special.

The water bottle wraps and popcorn boxes have labels to write your guests names on so they will know what bottle and box is theirs {this time of year we don’t want them sharing with all of the colds going around!}

This is also an easy birthday party theme, the party hats are so fun! I added crepe paper fringe to mine! To do this simply staple 3 lengths of crepe paper party streamers together and cut a slit ever 1/4″ or so then hot glue the strip of fringe to the inside of the hat. You can roll a strip of fringe to make a pom-pom and glue it to the top of the hat too, fun!

I love the menu poster in this kit, what fun you could have with it. You could even type prices and give your guests play money from the dollar store to buy their concessions with!

I’m all for fun and frugal ways to throw a party and this sure is one of them. Here is a look at all of the printables you get in the Movie Party kit:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hello Monday!

Egadz!  I have a kid home sick, 2 dozen cupcakes to bake, a flooded basement (aka craftland) and I still haven’t sent out my Christmas cards! If you are in the same boat here is another quick design you can make in minutes with the Winter Wear stamps from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

The steps for this are so easy:

  1. Emboss the front of a 4.25″x5.5″ with an embossing folder. Trim 1.4″ off the bottom of card.
  2. Rubber stamp the sentiment (optional because the digistamp has a sentiment too, I just like the flat box on this EB folder for additional stamping)
  3. Color digistamp image (or leave it if you are really pressed for time), trim with a circle cutter and adhere to card over a ribbon.

I made about 8 of these in 45 minutes the other day. I used my Envelope bonanza kit to make my envelopes for the card. The BBenvie SVG template will allow me to cut 2 envelopes from a 12″x12″ sheet of scrapbook paper so it saves me supplies and money. I cut them with my Cricut and SCAL2 software (A great gift for anyone on your Christmas list with a Cricut machine and SCAL2 is on sale for $59!) I also made some of these with the mittens die cut from free  Winterwear SVG set also cut with my Cricut and SCAL2 software.

Well, I better get some work done before my sick kiddo wakes up, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s a Scrapbook and a Calendar!

Today I am going to share with you my most popular handmade holiday gift. The handmade scrapbook calendar. It started the year my son was born (wow 8 years ago!) I wanted to think of something to give my parents and my hubby’s mom for Christmas (you know the grandparents who have everything) so I decided to make them a calendar with photos of the baby. It was so popular that I did it again the next year, then I had twins and that Christmas I didn’t have time to make one and my mom was so disappointed that I ended up making one for her birthday in February.  I finally have the scrapbook calendar down to a science now and for the first time I have made my scrapbook calendar available as a kit you can print at home and make for your family this holiday! Here is my brand new Chic Scrapbook Calendar Kit:

I decided to offer 2 versions in the kit: a PNG version that has transparent windows that you can place your photos behind {just like a quickpage} and jpg versions for the more traditional crafter who might want to print the pages and adhere photos in a more traditional manner (there are no blank spots on the JPG versions so you can add your photos and journaling wherever you like!) Here are my pages:

If you are a bit behind on your scrapping {oh, not me personally..HA!) you can also use the Chic Scrapbook Calendar kit to quickly scrap a years worth of photos, just pick you favorite pics from each month and plop them on the page!  All of the pages are 8.5″x11 at 300dpi and the pages contain no year so you can use them forever!  I think I will make a calendar for my sister (she has a one-year-old) but I will just print out the jpg files so she can add her own snapshots as the year goes by. A great gift for a busy mom! In the kit you will find detailed instructions with a link to a calendar maker so you can customize your calendar the way you want it and make it for whatever year you want it too! This kit never goes bad:) Due to the size of the files in this kit (too big to email) it is only available at the Lindsay’s stamp stuff shop at MyGrafico.

This project qualifies for the following challenges: By the Cute and Girly (children), Cardmaking Mamas, Catch the Bug,   Craft your PAssion, creative card crew, (anything goes), Charizma Cards, scrap creations, (a Christmas Gift) and Digistamps 4 Joy & fussy & fancy (anything but a card.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting

PS-did you know it is only 15 day’s til Christmas?

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