Photocopy Transfer Tutorial and a Freebie!

Well, hello there folks! I have been playing in my studio and wanted to share a quick and easy project I made. First I printed out some digital stamps from the Fancy Flower set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff, then I had a photocopy made so I could transfer them on to tiles. Wouldn’t thse make a cute Mother’s Day gift?

I colored the tiles with my new ProMarkers, it was so easy! Here is a video showing you how to do it:

Here are close-ups of my favorites:

EDITED TO ADD: the background on this tile was done by coloring it with a blue marker, then dabbin the same marker randomly on top. If you marker is not juicy enough you can use a q-tip to drop denatured (or rubbing) alcohol on top for the same effect. Just play around until you like the look!

And here is a peek at the Fancy Flowers digital Stamp Set I used:

Fancy Flowers Digital Stamps

With easter on its way I thought you might want a handy little basket to make so for this weeks freebie I give you a basket and notecard, click the pic to download.

Basket Freebie

It coordinates with my new Basket Bonanza set, 6 baskets in all including a covered picnic basket (that is my favorite!)

Basket Bonanza

And the Egg Basket Templates:

Egg Basket Template

Today’s project qualifies for the following challenges: Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Clear It Out!, Top Tip Tuesday, Tuesday Throwdown, Paper Playtime, Stamp with Fun, Stamps R Us, Aly’s Sunday Challenge, Crafty Pad, Creative Inspirations, Make it colorful, and Wee memories.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Paper Storage YOU can make {for free!}

I never met a box I didn’t like. I have drawers full of tea-tins, chipboard boxes, plastic packaging and all sorts of little containers that are begging to be altered and up-cycled so it is no surprise when I unpacked my groceries last week I found more treasures that I couldn’t bear to part with. I go to Sam’s Club (A warehouse store) one a month to buy large quantities of groceries and such and the products come in really sturdy boxes. Look what I made with the boxes my soymilk and organic milk came in:

The boxes are made of corrugated cardboard and 3 half gallons of milk come inside them, after I put the milk away in the fridge I squirreled the boxes away to my craftroom and made the above magazine and 12″x12″ paper storage boxes. Talk about storage, I can store 4-5 large paper stacks in each or about 20 magazines and it keeps them nice and unwrinkled. Wanna make some? Check out my video tutorial:

In case you have slow internet (or just don’t want to hear me gab for 10 minutes straight) here is a brief summary. Cut down boxes at an angle. Cover raw edges and corners with tape. Trim and attach pattern paper to the sides and front and embellish. pretty groovy eh? And it didn’t cost you a dime!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Lucky Day!

Wow! I got some great mail today! I got the new Just cards! magazine in the mail {2 cards published!} and a pack of embossed Core’diations cardstock {they had a contest when you post a link on facebook and if you win someone who signed up through you link would win too-I won and so did my friend Tracey-how cool is that!} Also on Saturday I got the June 2011 Scrap & Stamp Arts in the mail and I had a card in there too{I almost did not send that card in because it was so simple but they chose it-you never know what an editor will pick.}

Here are some sneak peeks of the issues:

Holy Moley, I almost forgot! I have a project teased in the new Decorative Painter Magazine I did the Members only Exclusive on-line project, that issue arrived in my mailbox on Friday (wow! what a week eh!?!)

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I’ll have a new video tutorial (get ready for some recycling!) Until then Happy Crafting!

Want to hear something funny {and win a die cutter?}

Howdy folks, I was on facebook yesterday and saw the most hilarious video! By know you have heard (if you are a Cricut user anyway) that they won (OK settled out of court) a lawsuit against Make The Cut (MTC_a software company who makes software that lets you cut computer fonts with your cricut.) Anywhoo, someone made a super funny music video about it:

I laughed my butt off when I saw it! BTW if you are using MTC with your Cricut now do not update the software, the new update blocks it I am told but if you already have it you should be fine. You can still buy Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) and it will let you cut fonts and SVGs with your cricut, they are being sued too but for now all is well, BUT you might want to get it while you can…

So, who wants a die cutter? Lettering Delights is giving away a new Silhouette SD Die Cutter,  all you have to do is enter a project in their gallery before April 20, it has to contain at least one Lettering Delight product (your choice-you can even use a freebie) and the winner will be selected by random draw so the more times you enter the more chances to win you will get! You can read the details here.

BTW Lettering Delights is still having their Dollar DAys sale so now is the time to stock up on some new goodies like fonts, clip art, doodlebats paper packs and SVGs.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LSS Weekly Wrap Up

Another week another wrap up! Here are the projects the fab Lindsay’s stamp stuff DT has been working on this week. Be sure to check out the new products in the shop, they are all 30% off through Saturday!

First up we have Tamara with a cute card using the Strawberries and Weatermelon digistamp set:

Here is Tracey’s beautiful black and white card, she used Bold Black and White Papers from LINDSAY’S STAMP STUFF.

Here is Karin with a very Posh n Trendy card:

Rhonda is having sew much fun with Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff sewing themed digi’s.  Here is a brand new set.  It is called “Sew Much Fun”.

Finally we have Jennifer with a stunning card using this peacock stamp:

Remember to check out the 30% off sale through Saturday at Lindsay’s, til next time happy crafting!

A video, a sale and a freebie! {oh my!}

****EDIT: 3/25/11**** I have ben asked by several readers where to buy the new blending sets, I have added a list of stockists at the end of my post as well as a list of al the colors in th sets so you can buy them a’la carte too***

Howdy folks! I can’t believe March is almost over! It cam in link a lion and, well, that has not changed LOL! I decided to stay in away from the slushy snow we received yesterday and make a card with my new Sew Much fun digistamp set and my new ProMarker blending kits.

And that set along with everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 30% off Now through Saturday!

If you want to see how I made this card and learn some coloring tips and tricks watch the video!

That was a fun one to make, I actually talked and talked til I ran out of film {no surprise there ha ha}, here is a look at the brand new Sew Much Fun digistamp set I used:

It goes well with these sets also from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Posh'n Trendy StampsCrafty Tools & Puns StampsSew Pretty StampsSewing Stuff Digital stamp

Now for the freebie, Vintage is so hot right now and I’ve seen a few rubber stamp companies come out with eye charts will, I came across a vintage eye chart and I cleaned it up a bit and made a sheet of them that you can add to your cards and crafts, click here to download. There is a printable sheet of 9 and a single too :)

This card qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Challenge, Crafty Creations, Crafts and Me, Clear It Out!, Digital Tuesday

Digital stamps (sewing machine and tape/ruler)Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber stamp/dies: stampin up, paper: Basic Grey, Crickle Ribbon: Sewtrue.com

Remember the 30% off sale in on now through Saturday midnight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ammended 3/25/11: The Blending sets are arriving in brick and morter store now, they will be available online within weeks. All of the colors in the kits are available open stock (in case you cannot wait LOL!)

Here are the colors in the ProMarker Blending sets:

Pastel set: Vanilla, Satin, Meadow Green, Apple, Pastel Blue, Powder Blue, Lavender, Lilac, Pale Pink, Baby Pink, Putty, Tan
 
Vivid set: Sunflower, Gold, Pear Green, Olive Green, China Blue, Midnight Blue, Plum, Aubergine, Crimson, Burgundy, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
 
Muted set: Buttercup, Tulip Yellow, Tea Green, Soft Green, Cornflour, Blue Pearl, Orchid, Purple, Dusky Rose, Antique Pink, Caramel, Cinnamon

Here is a list of store that sell Promarkers, please support your local art supply shops and check there first. I am not affilated with any of these retailers, I am just passing info along :)

USA-The best price for ProMarkers online is the Carpe Diem Store, they are $1.49 each and cheaper to buy the singles than the sets, here is the link: http://www.carpediemstore.com/listCategoriesAndProducts.asp?idCategory=2870

Many online art supplies have the basic Promarker sets: Blick Art Materails and Cheap joes are two compaines I order from oftern but do not carry them individually.

I am lucky that my Local Art Shop locatred in Aubachon Hardware in Bangor Maine carries all the ProMarker colors, if you are local check them out {Say “hi” to Fred for me :) } 

Aubuchon Hardware Store #174
21 Washington Street
Bangor, ME 04401
207-945-5542

Canada Retail Stores

Omer Deserres, 400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, Suite1200, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1L4
Tel: 1 800-363-0318  http://www.deserres.ca/
 Above Ground Art Supplies, 74 McCaul Street, Toronto,  Ontario, M5T 3K2,
Tel: 1 416-591-1601    https://www.abovegroundartsupplies.com/
 Art & Hobby, 755 Saint-Jacques St., Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, J3B 6S4,
Tel: 1 450-347-1517    http://www.arthobby.ca/
 Colours Art & Framing, 1340-16th Avenue NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 0L1  Tel: 1 403-289-1633   
Opus Framing Art & Supplies, 3445 Cornett Road, Vancouver, British Columbia, V5M 2H3  Tel: 1 604-435-9991
Also available at: The Artstore of Waterloo & Wallacks Art Shop
Anyone can order the markers directly from Letraset too: www.letraset.com They are based in England, you can see shipping rates on their website. Most likely you are better off to check with your local art shops, you will save on shipping and keep your money local. If your local art shop does not carry ProMarkers just ask them to, if not they can likely order them for you :)

A lil’ Scrapbookin’

I have been printing photos like a mad-woman the past two days, when I cam across these roller skating pics I snapped last year I had to make a page with my new Skate Card SVG kit, the die cuts work on a scrapbook layout just as well as on a card:

None of the shots are that great so I used ShapeCollage software to randomly arrange and print them, then I cut them out and adhered them to the pattern paper. I cut all of the shapes and letters with my Cricut and SCAL software. The fonts are from Lettering Delights and most of their sets are only a dollar right now!

This page qualifies for the following challenges: Anything Goes Challenge , Tuesday Throwdown, Gingerloft, Let’s Ink It Up, Secret Crafter , Fashionista Friday, Charisma Cardz and Digi Doodle Shop’s Best

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LSS Weekly Wrap Up {a wee bit late!}

Happy Sunday folks! Boy this weekend is flying by! I spent Friday at the pool swimming with the kids and yesterday on roller skates with my girls (oye! my poor shoulders are killing me from dragging kids around the skating rink!) and today I am off to do some art with the local cub scouts. So this morning I am taking a little break to blog the fun creations the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff DT has whipped up this week:

First up is Karin with a food related card for you today (Food, now we’re talking about one of my favorite things!)…She used the pie image from the set Sweet Treats 2 from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff

 

Next up is Margie with a sweet card using the Strawberry and Watermelon digistamp set:

Here is Micki with beautiful watercolor card using the Seaside Sketches stamp set:

Here are Rhonda’s Beautiful tags using the Sew Pretty set (there are more on her blog):

Diane has been busy this week making a cute St. Pattie’s card using the Organic Living kit:

And here is Jennifer with a lovely sentiment using the bicycle from the Posh ‘n Trendy set:

Thanks so much for stopping by, you can find the products my design team used in the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop and more info on making these cards on their blogs. Til next time happy crafting!

T-Shirt Transfers, a Freebie & 40% off today!

I realized that the kids had nothing green in their wardrobes so we did a bit of tie-dying this week then I though, hmmm, why not add some iron-on decals to our shirts as well? You will need Iron on Transfer paper, clip art (I used an image from the Organic Living kit from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff ), an iron set to dry and hot, scissors and a natural fiber t-shirt. The first thing you need to do is open your graphics software (I am using Paint Shop Pro) and arrange your artwork. Get as much as you can on a sheet because you will cut around the images after you print them. Use the PNG files so you can really pack them in :)

If you are using iron-on transfer paper for dark fabrics you can leave the image as is and print BUT if you are using standard iron-on transfers you need to flip the image:


Then I printed it using the everyday setting. If you are using MS word or another program that will not let you mirror your image then when you go to print click Preferences – Advanced – Mirror Image (switch to “on”) or check “Iron-on Transfer” under paper choice.

I will use the Vegetarian logo on this shirt and save the rainbows for other shirts.

Do not use your ironing board when doing transfers. You need a hard surface that can take a lot of pressure like a table or counter. Lay a cotton pillowcase on the table and iron it, then iron your fabric, make sure the steam is turned off. Cut apart your images and place them on your shirt exactly where you want them.

*Light color shirt transfers go face down. Dark color shirt transfers go face up and you use a special tissue paper over it to press, that is why you don’t need to flip dark color fabric transfers. If you have any questions check the instructions that come with your transfers

Honestly you need to press down really hard, use both hands, I only used one here because the other hand was holding the camera :P

Set your iron to the hottest setting. You need to exert a lot or pressure while you iron. If you are ironing an entire sheet set your timer for 3 minutes. You can use an oven timer or an egg timer for this. I used a quarter of a sheet and only needed to iron it one minute. Press the transfer firmly moving it so you do not scorch you fabric. when the timer goes off let it cool completely before trying to remove the backing sheet.

Enjoy your stylin’ new shirt…yeah, I look like such a dork :)

Here are the other shirts I made, the Rainbow is also from the Organic Living kit and the shamrocks are today’s freebie!

Since it is st.Pattie’s day how about a shamrock freebie, you can whip up some custom shirts for the kids before they come home from school (or just save it til next year LOL!)

click on the pic, then right click on the bigger picture and choose "Save as" This file is a PNG.

Here is a look at the Organic Living kit we used:

 Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT wrap-up. Til then happy crafting!

Is it too much to ask?

Is it too much to ask Provocraft (the makers of Cricut) to stop suing everybody?!? Geez Louise! Can’t we all just get along? I am among the vast group of users who wanted a Cricut because I could cut fonts and designs with Sure Cuts A Lot software. Here on this layout I used a die cut from the Summer in Paris Cart AND a die cut from the Good Company doodlebat font from Lettering Delights (on sale for $1 BTW)  the chandelier I cut with SCAL and the Eiffel Tower I cut with a cartridge. I think they go together like peanut butter and Jelly.

Also is it too much to ask to have a photo of me and my husband looking at the camera? Yep, about the same chance as PC not suing anyone LOL!

Provo Craft is now suing SCAL after a lawsuit they won against Make the Cut. If you are a Make the Cut user I strongly suggest you do not upgrade your software because MTC will have to disable the Cricut compatibility in the next upgrade.  If they win the lawsuit against SCAL they will also have to remove the cricut compatibility on future upgrades.  BUT if you already have it or if you buy SCAL now you will be OK, just don’t update it after.

Now, I have no complaint with my Cricuts (yes, Cricuts plural, I got the 0-bug for christmas 5 years ago and the expression after discovering SCAL in 2008) they both work like a dream, I use the “E” with scal and my Gypsy and lend my carts and O-bug to a friend who does not have one. They have received a tremendous amount of use and still work like a dream. The one time I had to reach customer service I sent an email (I heard the hold time was hours) and they sent me an email the next day-I had to replace my computer and I wanted to see if I could transfer my Design Studio software over so I would not have to buy it again and they released my serial number so I could, no questions asked. That was good service in my book. BUT I will not upgrade my DS or gypsy or try the new Cricut Craftroom that is due out next month out of fear that it might change my firmware and disable SCAL. I prefer SCAL to Design Studio any day, I wish they spent the $$ and time on developing better software rather then suing the companies who were making better software. Just my opinion.

There is even a facebook group called Boycott Provo Craft, people are really upset over this, many of the ladies are ready to dump their cricut and carts in Boston Harbor-OK I’m Kidding but they are rushing to sell them on EBAY and buy cutters that will work with outside software. I’m keeping my cricut, it is still going to work with SCAL and if it breaks some sad day then I will look at another brand.

So-How about some Money saving Cricut Tip? Yeah!

How to Sharpen your Cricut blades:

  1. Cover your mat with heavy-duty aluminum foil.
  2. Make sure your blade is in the machine as usual.
  3. Set your sped to min or 1 and pressure to low or 1.
  4. Cut some large letters, O’s and K’s are good as you get a lot of straight and curved lines. 4 or 5 large shapes should do the trick. The Eiffel tower cut was a test cut after sharpening an old dull blade.

Make your mats as good as new!

  1. Wash your mats with warm water, dish soap and a cotton dish rag. Scrub it well to remove all the paper lint, embossing powder and other grime that is attached. Air dry.
  2. If the mat is not as sticky as you like use quilter’s basting spray to make it more tacky. Use masking tape to protect the areas around the grid so you only make the cutting area sticky. You can do this without washing the mats too if you re in a pinch. I got a large aerosol can of the basting spray 2 years ago at Wal-Mart for about $7 and it is still mostly full. I bought 4 mats 2 years ago when I got my Expression and they are still going strong with this trick!
  3. Did you know that you can put the mat in backwards?  To further lengthen the life of the mat send the opposite end of the mat in first (one ends has the arrow and the other has the hang tab)

So, that is all I am going to say about the Cricut lawsuit business, if you want more info on this you can read a well written article on Scrapbook Update here and here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

P.S. I just wanted to show a close up of the crinkle seam binding, it is so easy to make, just dye white seam binding with reinker or watercolor, scrunch it up and let it dry. I used Hug-snug brand from http://www.sewtrue.com

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