Fast & Fabulous Tags!

I have to admit I like making gift tags. I rarely make them ahead of time tho because they are quick and easy and I like to reflect the personality of the recipient. Best of all I can usually make use of the paper scraps sitting next to my paper-cutter! Here are two tags I made this weekend for kid’s birthdays:

 

Stamp Credit: Clear Dollar Stamps

And this one:

 

Stamp Credit: Inkadinkado

Use up those card and scrapbook scraps! You likely have a pile of coordinating scraps leftover from a project anyway so instead of putting them away make a tag today! Happy crafting!

Why the frog on the cupcake? {and a storage tip!}

I love making a custom card or tag the reflects the unique personality of the recipient. This tag was for my neighbor’s son on his 6th birthday, he is really into frogs:

I used the stamps Ribbit (Frog & Mushroom), Soda Pop Alpha (2 sizes), Vintage Cupcake, Carnival Alpha ( Small) and the little tag hole enforcer thingie is from Holly & Mistletoe. All stamps are from Pink Persimmon. I colored the image with my Promarkers.

Stamping tip: When you are stamping a word (like I did with the name “Brennon”) and you want it centered start by stamping the middle letter (in this case “n”) and work out from there, perfectly centered every time!

Storage Tip: Look for spice racks at yard sales, the bottles are perfect for storing buttons by color and they are so pretty sitting on your craft table!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Watercolor Pencils: Let’s use them!

OK admit it, you have a set of rarely used watercolor pencils buried deep in your crafting stash. Maybe someone bought them for you as a gift or you bought them for yourself with the best intentions but then got distracted by markers and other shiny new supplies that came your way.  Never fear, they are so fun and easy to use, by the end of my video today you will know how to work that watercolor!

I love the bright fresh look of watercolor pencils! It has rained the last 4 days and it looks like it will rain until Sunday and on a day like this I reach for the most bright cheerful colors for my projects. If this keeps up you will need sunglasses to read my blog come Friday :P I know, it is quite a change from the muted drab colors I normally choose LOL!

 

 

Supplies used:

Stamps: Vintage Cupcake set from Pink Persimmon

Watercolor Paper: Fabriano CP 90# I bought on sale here ($14.62 for 75 sheets! 9.5″x12.5″ a great deal!)

Watercolor Pencils: Inktense from Derwent (but any brand will work, Inktense is my fave)

HugSnug seam binding from Sew True (I died it with watercolors and crinkled it up and let it dry before using)

This project qualifies for the following challenges: A Spoonful Of Sugar, Claudia & Co, Clear It Out!, Everybody-Art-Challenge, Sweet Stamps , Top Tip Tuesday, Crazy Challenge, Make it Monday and Stamp with Fun

Happy crafting!

New Stamp Designs {and of course a freebie!}

Happy Thursday everyone! I’m feeling the busy July wind down and I am so ready for a lazy August. I had some time to design a few new stamps for the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop, here are two of them:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: K& Co, Rubber Stamps: Thanks (SU!) Sweet: Studio G, punch: fiskars

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: K& Co, Rubber Stamps: Thanks (SU!) Sweet: Studio G, punch: Fiskars (border) Martha Stewart (bird), Die cut: SCAL/Cricut

Irises are one of my favorite flowers so naturally I needed  an Iris digistamp!

And, well, you can never have too many cupcakes and at least this one is calorie free! Don’t forget you get a free stamp for every $5 you spend in the shop! (I’ll ask you what you want for the freebie when I email you your order;)

Speaking of free, one of my wonderful design team members has a brand new Lindsay’s stamp to give away and it is out of this world! Check out their blogs to see there fabulous work and to find the hidden freebie! Also a huge thanks to Erin Bailey our Guest DT this month!

Erin Bailey July Guest DT

Melissa Bove

Margie

Melissa Craig

Lisa

Tamara

Row

Leanne

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

2 New Cards {2sketches4you}

Happy Friday folks! I got a chance to play with the sketches from 2sketches4you and here are the cards I came up with:

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

I used Laura’s Sketch 30 as well as the versatile bonus sketch. I printed the cupcake digital stamp on yellow cardstock and colored them with prismacolor pencils (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) then trimmed it and adhered it with foam tape. On the other card I cut a flourish with my cricut but I didn’t like the color so I flipped the paper over and inked it with whispers vanilla ink then I added one of my crocheted flowers, a ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards for Kids!

Wow, April must be a popular month because my daughters have 4 friends celebrating birthdays in the first week! When you make birthday cards for children they should be fun, bright and quick to make (kids may not appreciate the hard work that goes into a card when there is a gift to open and cake to eat you know.) These are for a set of twins turning 5 and since I have twin girls myself I decided to play it safe and make identical cards, that way there will be no drama over who’s card is the prettiest or who got pink…it’s true, these are REAL issues, with my girls anyway…and milk DOES taste better in a glittery pink princess cup, you know what I mean?

Double Gate-Fold Cards closed and open. Paper: Die Cuts With a View (the glitter stack), Stamps: Inkadinkado, Crafty Secrets

Double Gate-Fold Cards closed and open. Paper: Die Cuts With a View (the glitter stack), Stamps: Inkadinkado, Crafty Secrets

The coolest thing is that these took only minutes to make! I cut a 12″x12″ DCWV glitter cardstock sheet in half then I used my Scor-Pal to make the double gate-fold card but if you don’t have one just fold your card at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″. Then I stamped some cupcakes and colored them with markers, punched them out and adhered them to the card (this by the way justifies the new clear stamp impulse buy I made the other day, I’ve used this Inkadinkado set 3x already, I think it is called Sweet Stuff.) I stamped the frame (also by Inka) ans then stamped “Happy Birthday” inside, that stamp is from the Crafty Secrets “girlfriends” set.  I cut the label on the inside of the card with my Cricut (Accent Essentials cart), inked the edges and drew on the stitches and adhered it with double stick tape. Try this next time you need a quick card!

It’s fun to make cards for kids because you can use all the fun unsophisticated stuff you wouldn’t use on a grown up card and colors, the brighter the better! Don’t forget to stamp on the envelope too, especially if you are mailing it, kids get a real kick out of getting mail! I hope I’ve inspired you to make something fun for a kid or just a kid at heart! Thanks for stopping by and until nex time happy crafting!

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