40% 0ff last day and a new SVG set!

Happy Saturday! Today is the last day of my 40% off Schools out sale at Lindsay’s Stamp stuff (MyGrafico shop only) and I just released a new SVG template set called Steampunk SVG and you get a sweet box and loads of accessories (watch hands, gears, cogs etc.) to add a bit of charm to your next project! Here I used it on a oh-so-not steampunk project along with my On The Line digi-stamp set:

I used the Envelope Bonanza and Steampunk SVG templates as well as the OnThe line digital stamp set from Lindsay's stamp Stuff.

I have been playing with printing digistamps on pattern paper by printing first on text paper them taping pattern paper over it and sending it through the printer again. I have a bottom load photo printer and I am always jamming it when I try, the card was printed this way, it jammed then went in crooked the second try so my bird banner was not centered (and one poor bird was cut off!!!) but rather than waste the paper I made it work!

It is liberating to start off with a big blunder on a card, it can only get better right!

The swirl stamp on the edge is a stamp I designed for the Rubber Cafe last year.

This box is easy to cut and fold (I always score first) and it is very sturdy!

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the box and envelope bonanza templates. It makes crafting a snap. If you don’t have a cricut you can use the printable templates in the kit. Here is a look at the Steampunk SVG set:

Remember everything at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff (MyGrafico shop only) is 40% off until midnight tonight! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Kid’s Craft: a fun Lollipop holder!

It’s always fun to craft with your kids, especially if there are treats involved. Check out these treat holders I’m making with my kids:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: DCWV

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: DCWV

I used the Pumpkin Face Mix and Match stamp set from the Rubber Cafe to make the cute pumpkins. On the top one I stamped two of the pumpkins from the set and over stamped the faces, trimmed and adhered to the pocket. Then I thought this would be great to do with the kids If I used circle punches for the pumpkins and let them stamp on the faces! Here is how to do this project with your kids:

Supplies:

flat lollipops, cardstock, pattern paper, glue stick or double sided tape, stamps, ink pad and a bit of time and patience;)

Be prepared, have everything out and ready before the kids sit down to craft. Make sure everyone has their own glue stick, stamps and inkpad and pre cut paper.

I cut my free Petal envelope svg at 6″ on my cricut using SCAL software, you can cut 4 from a 12×12 paper.

***NEW: I just whipped up a  version using DS and the George cart, download here,  there are two pockets laid out on a 6″x12″ mat, if you want to use the expression to cut it  you can simple copy and paste the shapes or cut it as is, put the mat in with the opposite end first and cut again!

Then I scored 3 of the flaps and taped them down to make a pocket. Older kids can do this but do this step if your kids are under 6. Then I used the accent essentials cartridge and cut the scalloped square (with the shift and real dial size on) set at 2 3/4″ and pressed the auto fill button to cut 16 scalloped squares from a sheet of pattern paper.

  1. assemble the pocket and glue/tape the scalloped square on top.
  2. Stamp pumpkin faces on circles and glue on.
  3. stamp bats on pockets if desired
  4. place lollypops in the pockets.

It’s so easy! If you dont have a cricut you can get a printable petal envelope from this site. Use a large punch or cut squares with decorative edge scissors instead of the scalloped square. Make this project your own and enjoy some time crafting with your kids. Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Joie de Vivre!

Happy Sunday folks! It is suddenly starting to feel like fall around here, it makes me want to curl up beside the fire with a good book and a glass of Pinot Noir, speaking of wine, have you seen the “Bon Appetit” stamp set from The Rubber Cafe? It is fabulous, here is a couple of cards I whipped up last night with it:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: Co'ordinations, DCWV, otherL clear ink, markers, embossing powder

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: Co'ordinations, DCWV, other: clear ink, markers, embossing powder

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to make the cards, you can grab my free template and cutting flies below. The purple bottle is cut from Co’ordanations cardstock with the lighter side on the inside so your writing will show up ;) The green bottle is textured cardstock from Die Cuts With a View. I used the Fleuradidy 2 stamp and clear ink to stamp directly on the textured cardstock (these stamps are so deeply etched and wonderful that they even stamp well on textured cardstock!) then I heat embossed it with gold powder. I smooshed the clear pad on the bottle top and embossed it to look like the foil seal that champagne bottles have, easy, quick,  clever! On the inside I did tone on tone stamping with the pretty leaf stamp, it just gives you a little extra flair i think ;)

here is the inside of the card

here is the inside of the card

To stamp the wine label I inked up the stamp in caramel then used tombow (use any water based marker for this, tombow happens to be my favorite) brush markers to add green, red and purple to the grapes, breath on the stamp to moisten the ink and stamp on cream cardstock, cut out and adhere to card.

Using markers to add multi colors to a rubber stamp is quick, easy and fun!

Using markers to add multi colors to a rubber stamp is quick, easy and fun!

Download my wine bottle card svg file to cut with your cricut if you have SCAL software.

Here is a printable template.

Don’t forget you have 2 days left to save 10% on SCAL software with the coupon code: 1847253 You will get the latest version of scal (SCAL v.2) with all the new bells and whistles such as converting images to cut and layers, it is so cool!

Have a great Sunday folks and till next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Marker Tips!

Happy Sunday folks! I was over at the Creative Belli Challenge blog the other day and they issued a challenge to use water-based markers in a design, I have lots of these that I have forgotten about since discovering Bic mark-its so I thought it would be a good time to show them some love:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cut: Creativecutsandmore.com, ribbon: Target, ink: Versafine, Markers: tombow

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cut: Creativecutsandmore.com, ribbon: Target, ink: Versafine, Markers: tombow

I made this card with a die cut from Creative Cuts and More and new Halloween stamps from the rubber cafe called Pumpkin Face Mix and Match, take a look at this set:

Pumpkin Face Mix and Match from The Rubber Cafe

Pumpkin Face Mix and Match from The Rubber Cafe

Yep they are clear! you can mix and match the faces for tons of variety and they are high quality clear meaning they stick well to the acrylic block and they hold the ink well! BTW I made the “magic Mesh” by swiping orange acrylic paint over drywall mesh I found at the hardware store. If you stick, creative cuts and more it to cardstock first you will have fun pattern paper after to peel up the mesh!

Watercolor marker tips:

1 Use waterproof ink to stamp your image or use pigment ink and emboss it in clear before you used the markers to prevent ink smears.

2. Work quickly: I colored the pumpkins yellow, added some light orange shading then dark orange around the edges.

3. My favorite way to use waterbased markers id to color on the rubber and stamp. A great way to may your stamp collection more versatile without buying more ink-pads! I used that technique on this project.

Thanks all for today, have a great Sunday and till next time Happy Crafting!

Scallop card and tag freebie!

I love it when I make something that is cute and easy. These cards only take minutes to make and what makes it super easy is that I can cut the cards and tags with my Cricut using Sure cuts a lot software, take a look:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, Other: ribbon, beads, eyepin, vintage buttons

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, Other: ribbon, beads, eyepin, vintage buttons

I used this weeks sketch over at 2sketches4you (Yay, I got it done on a Monday woo-hoo!) and the Bon Appetit stamp set from The Rubber Cafe. I colored the image on the front of the card with water-based brush markers (Tombow, Marvy and Whispers) then I breathed on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamped. This is a great way to make a multi-colored image with a rubber stamp. A word of caution: Don’t use solvent based markers (Copic, Sharpie, Bic Mark its) to color the rubber, they dry too quick and may stain or damage your stamp, also this technique does not work well with most clear stamps, the marker ink wants to bead up. I really like The Rubber Cafe stamps because they are deeply etched and they stamp perfectly every time so you don’t end up wasting a lot of cardstock trying to get a good impression.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe. Downlad the card/tag template below :)

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe. Download the card/tag template below :)

I was  inspired to make this svg that you can cut with your cricut if you have SCAL software after seeing a wonderful tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I would use their tutorial if you do not have a cricut and simply make a tag with scallop scissors. I cut my cards out  of K&Co double-sided paper, I love how you can see both sides of the lovely paper!

Downlad the SCallop tri-fold card SVG here.

Download the scallop tag svg here.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, tool: Cricut+SCAL software (download the template for free above!)

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, tool: Cricut+SCAL software (download the template for free above!)

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Fleuradidys & Calla Lilies!

Here are a couple more stamps I designed for The Rubber Cafe! I used the Calla Lily Collage and Fleuradidy #1 on this card:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, Cardstock: DCWV, Pencils: Prismacolor

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, Cardstock: DCWV, Pencils: Prismacolor

I am so blessed to be able to design for this company, all of the stamps are on high quality deeply etched red rubber. These designs are on E-Z mount foam and they stick like magic to an acrylic block! I save space by storing mine in page protectors in a 3-ring binder. I used my Score-Pal and Scor-Bug to make the stitching oles around the paper panels on the card then used a ruler and pent to draw the stitches, easy peasy!  If you don’t have a score bug you can use a Cutter Bee piercing bug, it is the same thing, just roll it along a groove on the Scor-Pal. To see another project made with my new “rubber” designs available exclusively at The Rubber Cafe click here.

OK that’s enough shameless promotion for one day ;) Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Look Look!!!

I have four of my stamp designs available exclusively at The Rubber Cafe in honest to goodness real red rubber! Here is one of the stamps (I designed the poppy) on a card made with the sketch over at 2 sketches 4 you:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: GP, PP: K&Co., Other: Hot glue "pearls" Tool: Scor-Pal, Scor-bug

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: GP, PP: K&Co., Other: Hot glue "pearls" Tool: Scor-Pal, Scor-bug

Here are the others:

The 3 other stamps I designed for Thre Rubber Cafe!

The 3 other stamps I designed for Thre Rubber Cafe!

They are red rubber stamps mounted on E-Z Mount foam that will cling to your acrylic blocks so you can see where you are stamping and it saves storage space too which is great for me ;) I drew these stamps last fall and they are just coming out now! I am so excited to have such an awesome company produce my designs!

I stamped the Inked Poppy in waterproof black ink then loosely colored them with watercolor crayons and blended them with a blender pen, it is a very quick way to color something!

Color the stamped images loosely with the watercolor crayons, the blend with a damp brush or blender pen.

Color the stamped images loosely with the watercolor crayons, the blend with a damp brush or blender pen.

If I need to sharpen my crayons I do so over a reusable plastic palette so I can save the shavings. Spray them with water and you can paint with them! Great for blending and getting into tiny spaces. BTW the “pearls” are just little dabs of hot glue that I dusted with pearl ex, for a tutorial click here.

Save those shavings! watercolor crayons shavings make great paint, I sharpen mine with a craft knife.

Save those shavings! watercolor crayons shavings make great paint, I sharpen mine with a craft knife.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Guest DT call for Creative Cuts & More!

Do you love die cuts? Do you love free stuff? Want the fame and fortune of a guest design team member…well, not so much fortune, but a little recognition anyway :) Then check out the Guest DT call at Creative cuts and more, you will be glad you did!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cuts/Cardstock: Creative Cuts and More, Pockets/ribbon: The Dollar Tree

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cuts/Cardstock: Creative Cuts and More, Pockets/ribbon: The Dollar Tree

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cuts/Cardstock: Creative Cuts and More, Die cut felt: Queen & Co.,Pockets/ribbon: The Dollar Tree

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Die Cuts/Cardstock: Creative Cuts and More, Die cut felt: Queen & Co.,Pockets/ribbon: The Dollar Tree

I used the leftover pieces of cardstock that came with a color-block template that I ordered from creative cuts and more to make these bitty cards and my cheapo pockets I got from the dollar tree in the teacher supply section. I also used stamps from the Rubber Cafe. Easy, Quick, fun. Now that is my kind of craft! Thanks for stopping by, Till next time happy crafting!

Sweet Slices

Ahhh Summer (at least that;s what they tell me, it’s been raining for 5 days strait!) Nothing says summer to me like cold crisp watermelon and I’m gonna show you a very easy way to paint (yes I said paint, now hold on, don’t freak out I swear it is easy) some realistic slices of the good stuff like I did on this card. I used this weeks sketch at 2 Sketches 4 you for inspiration:

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: Arches, Paper Pizzaz, Basic Grey, Tools: Score Pal, Score Bug, Cricut & SCAL software

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: Arches, Paper Pizzaz, Basic Grey, Tools: Score Pal, Score Bug, Cricut & SCAL software

Have you seen the cute Lori Renn stamps they have over at The Rubber Cafe? They took a bit of getting used to for me because they are rather large but that makes them perfect for scrapbook pages or as a focal work on a card. I hand wrote “let’s get” and stamped “Together” then wrote “for a B-B-Q” I love how it turned out because getting together is the best part of a barbecue IMHO :) I added a little texture buy using a Scor-Bug and Scor-Pal to make my stitching and I cut my Label, knife and fork with my Cricut and SCAL software. Did ya notice that I embossed the edges of my label? Check out yesterday’s post to see how.

Now on to the painting. You will need a sheet of watercolor paper (I’m using Arches 140# cold pressed but use whatever you have, white cardstock will work in a pinch just don’t pre-wet it) a 1″ wide paintbrush, and paint (I used Sap Green and Alizirian Crimson by M Graham & co.), plastic wrap and a jar of water.

step 1. Draw a circle on the paper (mine was about 8″ wide) you can use a compass or just trace a bowl. Wet the paper inside the circle with the brush. Dip one corner of the paintbrush in the green and paint around the edge.

watermelon painting step 1

watermelon painting step 1

Step 2. paint the middle of the circle with juicy red watercolor (the color will dry a shade lighter so don’t be shy with the color) if it starts to run into the green paint use a tissue or paper towel to blot the paper between the colors. Don’t worry if it looks sloppy, it will turn out just fine :) Quickly take a piece of plastic wrap and press it to the red paint and smoosh it so it created interesting patterns and let dry for a couple of hours or over night. The longer you leave it the more dramatic the results will be. I left mine on for a couple of hours.

step 2: press plastic wrap into the wet paint for interesting texture.

step 2: press plastic wrap into the wet paint for interesting texture.

To finish: Cut out the circle and cut it into slices (very easy with a paper trimmer). I used a teardrop punch and black cardstock to make my seeds. I think these would also be cute as place cards or as a pot luck dish marker.

when dry trim the circle and cut into wedges.

when dry trim the circle and cut into wedges.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you try this technique on one of your next craft projects. Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Be Creative (in 10 minutes or less!)

Wowzer! where did the school year go? In a few short days my dear children will be out of school for the summer. Does that mean it’s time to pack away my art supplies…of course not! Summer is the time for quick, fun crafts that you can pick at while the kids work on their own masterpieces. Here are some quick card I made the other day using stamps from The Rubber Cafe:

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, doublemates

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, double-mates

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: The Paper Co., Doublemates

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: The Paper Co., Double-mates

I used a tagger gun ti attach the buttons, it’s way quicker than stitching. The stamps I used can be found here, and here. The Cardstock is by Double-Mates and it is cool because it was all leftover squares form a colorblocking template I got from Creative cuts and more, frugal!

and remember the pack of 25 pockets I found at the Dollar store? I made one those too!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Pocket: dollar Tree, Cardstock: Doublemates

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Pocket: dollar Tree, Cardstock: Double-mates

Remember that summer is all bout having fun, try a quick card today! Till next time Happy crafting!

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