I’m “batty” & 40% off!

Silence…my kids are back to school today, time for a second cup of coffee and some peace and quiet, ahhhhh. Rather than have another back to school project for you today I thought I’d fast forward a bit and show you a Halloween card I made with my new digital stamp set Halloween Doodles, that set is 40% off along with EVERYTHING at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff today {August 31st} only!

 

I had a nice time making this card. I like to listen to audio books while I craft and I was listing to a very creepy one (Cujo by Stephen King) while I was making this. First I colored the bat with 4 shades of purple promarkers then I masked the bat and moon and colored the sky with inkpads.

TIP: When you wan to mask a digistamp simply stick a post-it note over the image (you will be able to see through it enough) and trace the outline, then cut out the shape and stick it over the image you want to mask, easy!

I punched a 1.5″ circle (of post-it note) to mask the moon and dabbed away with several shades of blue ink pad over the masked bat and moon. then I used a foam dauber to swirl in some clouds. Finally I finished it off with white colored pencil to give the clouds more shape and the moon more definition.

 So, if you liked that be sure to grab the Halloween Doodles set or anything else that strikes your fancy at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff for 40% off today! Here are some products you might enjoy:

 Halloween Doodles StampsApple For Teacher SVGGothic Arch SVGBold Black & White PapersPretty Packaging SVGBoo Banner FreebieTeacher's Helper SVGHalloween Favors SVGVintage Halloween LabelsSteampunk Stamps

Today’s project qualifies for the following challenges:  Creative Card Crew, Digital Tuesday, Partytime Tuesdays, Passion For Promarkers Challenge, Tuesday Throwdown, Daisy Doodles Creative Challenge, Haunted Design House Macabre Mondays, Hooked on Crafts, Make it Monday, Stamps R Us, Aly’s Sunday Challenge, Corrosive Challenges and One Stitch At A Time

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick cards for kids!

Hi there! I needed a few quick kid cards for birthday parties a few weeks ago and came up with these:

I used the vintage cupcake clear stamp set from Pink Persimmon to make them. I filled a sweet treat cup (Stampin’ Up!) with jaw-breakers and adhered it to some circles cut from paper scraps. An upside down cupcake wrapper served as a Hot-Air Balloon basket. Quick and easy and the kids loved it!

Here is a look at the Vintage Cupcake set from Pink Persimmon:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Birthstone Challenge & Back to School!

Over at the Shabby Tea Room this week they have challenged us to make a project using our birthstone as inspiration, since mine is ruby I chose a panel of ruby stardream cardstock as my inspiration. The fact that my kids go back to school this week gave me the perfect theme. This weeks challenge is sponsored by Pink Persimmon stamps so you will want to play along and win some awesome rubber, all the stamps I used here are from Pink Persimmon:

I had lots of scraps of school themed papers and I used them to make this card and envelope. I am using a lot of photo corners lately because I just got a great Martha Stewart cut/emboss corner punch, I have been punching all of my small cardstock scraps with this and filing them away, I love the vintage flair they add!

The wagon and books is from the Little Red Wagon set (it was the first set I bought from Pink Persimmon years ago and still one of my faves!) and the ruler is rom the Hello Vintage Girl set. Love how well all of their stamps work together. Here is a look at the sets I used:

I just love back to school time, don’t you? Don’t forget to play along at the Shabby Tea Room for your chance to win some Pink Persimmon stamps! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Still Waters

First today I want to send my thoughts to everyone in the path of Hurricane Irene. Here in New England we will likely only get a very windy rainstorm and maybe lose the power for a while but nothing too serious, still we are stocked up with emergency supplies just in case. It is actually very calm and beautiful this morning, you’d never know a hurricane was on its way.

 

This is a card I made a few weeks ago, I stamped this Stampscapes scene on smooth white cardstock with memento ink.

Tip: when stamping a detailed scene like this ink up your stamp rubber side up on your tabel then press your cardstock down on the stamp and rub the back of the cardstock so all of the image transfers. Perfect image every time!

I used my Promarkers and Letrajet Air Marker to color this scene. I have fussed this scene with chalk, markers and watercolors before and was never happy with it. With a few swipes of the airbrush I had it colored to my liking, here’s how:  {I used colors from the Vivid ProMarker Blending set}

1. Place an Olive Green marker in your air marker tool and spray the trees.

2. Place a gold marker in the airbrush tool and spray the center of the image going over the trees, sky and water.

3. Use Crimson to spray around the gold overlapping it a bit.

4. Add Plum to the edges of the card completing the sunset.

Airbrush tips and tricks:

  • Work upright, I place a scrap of cardboard on my painting easel and tape my card to that when I airbrush.
  • Use darker colors, they will appear softer and lighter. Light colors do not show up well with the air marker.
  • Spray close to the cardstock for smaller areas and further away rom the cardstock when you want a wider softer band of color.
  • For a smooth look start spraying off the cardstock and move your arm as you spray across to avoid spots. Always keep the brush moving.
  • Sometimes you need to stop spraying to give the marker time to recharge the ink. If you are used to a traditional airbrush this can be frustrating by when working on a card sized project the air marker is perfect.
  • Practise, Practice, Practice, it is the only way to get good!

Take care this weekend, especially if you are in the path of hurricane Irene and til next time happy crafting!

Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team Projects & new STAMPS!

It  has been a treat to open my email this week, so many gorgeous projects from my design team, have a look and you will see what I mean. The ladies really outdid themselves this week using products from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. Two of the sets used are freebies too!  But first I want to show you a brand new set of digital Stamps called Halloween doodles:

It’s been a while since I designed some new stamps, it was fun to get the old sketchpad out!

Design Team Projects!

First up is Tracey with a gorgeous tag made with Sewing Bits SVG, Sew Much Fun stamps and the Shipping tag freebie:

Here is a cheerful card by Cindi using the Fancy Flower set:

I love the funny card from Micki using the Crafty Tools and Puns set…do you feel lucky punk?

I-have-a-gun

Karin’s card this week uses a freebie you can snag on this post that coordinated with the Coffee Talk digistamp set:

Make sure you stop by Karin’s blog because the made the most beautiful party favors, check out this 3-D cake!

Jennifer made a sweet tag using the chickadee digital stamp:

Diane has been busy with the card crafting, she has two cards to share today! This one used the Sewing Bits SVG on this card:

And I LOVE the punch of graphic goodness of this card using Mod Summer Papers and this eye chart freebie also by Diane:

Here is a look at the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff sets the designer’s used today:

Sewing Bits SVGSew Much Fun StampsShipping Tag SVG FreebieFancy Flowers Digital StampsCrafty Tools & Puns StampsCoffee Talk Digital Stamp SetCake Box Favors SVGChickadee Digital StampMod Summer Papers

You can find out more about the projects featured here today by visiting the designers blogs (you might as well make a pot of coffee, relax and plan to spend some time because these girls have brilliant projects all throughout their sites, just to warn you). thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wouldn’t it be nice…

Don’t you wish you could add a few hours to the day…a few productive hours that is, not more endless drudgery? I revisited a stamp set I bought from Sunday International a few years ago with funny fake product ads and I loved this one for Stop The Clock Grease:

 

I used my ProMarkers and Air Marker to color this. I love this new toy, all I have to do is snap a ProMarker in to the airbrush system, turn on my air compressor (you can use canned air if you prefer) and spray away! It is so quick too and these last few weeks of summer vacation with the kids home from school I will take any time save I can get! I know I promised you a video on using the new Letra Jet Air Marker but realistically it will probably not happen til September and the kids are back in school ;)

BTW the die-cuts are from the Steampunk SVG kit from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Stampunk SVG TemplatesSteampunk Stamps

Quick Tip! I wanted some vintage advertizing pattern paper in the background of my card but I had none so I did a search on the web and found lots of free vintage ad collage sheets here. Ain’t the internet grand!

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Top Tip Tuesday, Cards For Men, Craft Your Passion, Die Cut Dreams, Karens Doodles, Make it Monday, Paper Playtime, Pollycraft, Stamps R Us, The Outlawz , Here Come the Boys, Lollipop Crafts, and Outlawz challenge (CAS and make an embellishment-I made the die cut clock hands)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Women are like buttons…

They hold everything together! When I saw this quote on Willy Anderson’s blog I had to use it. I used the Hello Vintage Girl and Cute as a Button clear stamps from Pink Persimmon to make thes set:

The tags can be used as bookmarks. i love tags because hey are the perfect size to try out colors and techniques. For instance I made the background button stamp by heating up a foam block with a heat gun and pressing it on to a pile of buttons then inked it ip with light pink ink to stamp the background.

These cards can be sent to friends who need a “pick me up” or a bit of support.

I drew the stitching in with the new fine liner nibs from ProMarker, they come 3 to a pack and you just sanp them on top of your fine end of you ProMarkers and they work like a dream!

Here is a look at the products I used from Pink Persimmon.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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