Ch-Ch-Ch-Chevron!

Oh, wow, I love chevron patterns! After spending a frustrating time making a chevron scrapbook page last week (with lots of time and paper wasted) I decided (after my friend Cindi suggested it) to create a chevron template set to make my life (and hopefully other crafters) easier. Here is a 10 minute scrapbook layout I made with one of the stencils in my Chevron Chic SVG & Printable template set:

 

I used my die cutter and SCAL software to cut out the stencil 1 design and simply spritzed it with ink, easy peasy! I was almost a shame to cover this pretty background up but I have to say the photos of my cutie-pie nephew definitely improves it.  :)

 

Here is a look at my stencils made from plain cardstock (yes, cardstock works just fine but if you want to get fancy you can cut it from a transparency-be warned, it will dull your blade.)

 

The stenciled stars on the layout were also sprayed, I saved the leftover piece from some stars I die-cut out a while ago and it was perfect. You can watch this quick tip video if you are curious on making your own stencils (it only takes 2 minutes .) :)

Here is a look at the Chevron Chic set, I will have a bunch more projects for you with this because it is just so fun to work with and best of all no waste!

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS the basket freebie I mentioned in the video will be up shortly…I had to Easter-ify it:) Check back in a day or two!

Brown Bags & Old Books & WOYWW

I don’t often do a WOYWW {what’s on your workdesk Wednesday} post, either my desk is tidy or I am too ashamed of he slovenly mess I have created :D to share. I decided to snap pick halfway through the project (you can see the pic at the end of this post) I am making with he kids at the library this month. The theme is valentines and old books…yeah baby, we are recycling!

 

I grabbed a .25 cent book from the library book sale table after making sure the librarian would not have a heart attack if I defaced the book in the name of crafting and she was cool with it (in fact she suggested a few other books she wouldn’t mind seeing altered :)  so yesterday I tore out a bunch of pages and painted them with watercolors and let them dry overnight. Then I die-cut a bunch of  hearts from the painted pages and set to work!

I love the fringed edges on the circles. I watched an episode of Heidi Swapp’s Create to Remember show on My Craft Channel (lots of great free shows-do not go there unless you have some time to kill LOL!) and she showed us how to make fun things with fringe scissors and I was so inspired I ran down to my craft room and played with my newly painted papers. I love the effect and since I already had the old book pages and fringe scissors it cost me nothing. Of course you can create fringe with regular scissors too, just cut slits ever 1/8 if an inch.

The brown background paper is brown grocery bags. I simply cut a grocery bag into panels (you get a ton from one bag!) to cover a card nd ran it through my BigShot with an embossing folder. I am going to emboss lots of panels with different textures for the kids to use for their cards tomorrow. I know the kids might not dig my vintage projects so I am going to have some stamped Robots and Aliens (You’re out of this World Valentine) and some animals (I’m wild about you, Valentine!) and I will emboss the bags to match. I will have my special “artist” colored pencils for them to use and if they want to highlight the embossed texture of the paper they can rub it with crayons. Oh the possibilities!

 

OK, now here is my desk, thrilling huh? Actually, I love seeing that pile of watercolor book page hearts!

 

If you want to see the tutorial on how to make the hanging heart pocket you can see it here. If you want to download my tutorial and sheet music freebie you can here.

 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

40% Off Today & Die-Cutting Tips!

Happy Tuesday folks, it is election day in the US and I always wake up with a feeling of joy and optomisum voting day! That is what’s great about fall, you have so many things going on, Thanksgiving is a couple of weeks away and before you know it, Christmas! To get ready for Christmas card making I decided to make a template set of the most common sized envelopes crafters need. You gat a 4.25″x8.25″ for photo cards, 5.25″x7.25″ for 5″x7″ cards and 4.5″x5.75″ for standard A4 cards and they all have plain and fancy liners to match! The new Envelopes and Liners SVG set is on sale 40% off alone with everything else at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff too! What a great time to plan ahead for Christmas and craft fairs:

 

Die Cutting Tips:

The intricate shapes on the envelope liners actually cut very quick and cleanly (a must for me!) but here are a few tips whenever you cut detailed designs:

  1. Pick your paper: For envelopes you want a thinner paper and sometimes thinner scrapbook paper snags in your die-cut machine. I love the paper stacks from Die Cuts With a View (the regular 180 sheet stacks), they always cut well. In the examples I used last years Christmas stack.
  2. Use a sticky and smooth mat. I have a Cricut Expression but my old mats were nasty and the blades did not seem to be lasting the way they used to so I switched to using Sizzix Eclips mats and blades and they work so much better and they were about half the price!
  3. Sometimes even a new blade with snag your paper, take the blade out of the machine and blow any lint off the blade and try again.
  4. Use the correct pressure, for this regular weight scrapbook paper I used medium pressure, for cardstock I’d use high, don’t overdo it or you will be cutting your mat and your paper and shortening the life of your blade!

I hope these tips helped you! Be sure to check out all of the great sets at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and save 40% today through Thursday!

Envelopes & LinersHoliday Bazzar Craft KitChristmas Follies Clips & CuttingClassic Fall Clips & CuttingHomemade Holidays Paper PackPretty Packaging SVGNature's Christmas StampsFun Favors SVGChic Calendar Scrapbook kitWinter Wear SVG freebieNifty Gifties SVGHoliday Sweets Party PrintablesGingerbread House SVGVintage Christmas LabelsWee AlbumsBox Bonanza!Posies & Plant Pics SVGEnvelope Bonanza!Recipe Cards & Folio SVGPretty Banners SVG3-D Advent Calendar and Favor KitChristmas Cookies Freebie

Thanks for stopping by and til nect time happy crafting!

LSS Design Team Wrap Up!

Hello and happy Tuesday! The design team at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff has been busy lately making delightful cards and projects for you, let’s have a look shall we?

Up first we have Tracey with two cute projects:

A beautiful Journal and a lovely gift box using the Pretty primitive digital stamp set! The gift box also uses the Doodle flowers set and there are lots of great photos of the other sides of the box on her blog.

Karin is rockin’ the papers this week with this one using the Mod Summer Paper kit:

And another card using the bold black and white papers:

Jennifer puts her spin on the build-a-blossom kit with this awesome journal page:

And she also found time to make this richly colored chickadee card:

Cassandra has a lovely, cool, layered, steampunky,…well you just need to see it card using the Stempunk Style kit:

And last but not least Diane has two cute teacher classroom ideas, first is a reward chart using Bold Black & White papers and the SVG files from the Cupcake Carrier set:

And check out this cute banner made for her daughter’s classroom made with the Movie party banner kit, I think Diane get’s an A+ on these projects!

Here is a look at the Lindsay’ s Stamp Stuff  products the designers used today:

Doodle Flowers Digital Stamp SetPretty Primative Digital Stamp SetMod Summer PapersBuild A Blossom SVGBold Black & White PapersChickadee Digital StampSteampunk StampsCupcake Carrier SVGMovie Banner & Wrappers!

You can see more photos of the design team’s projects on their personal blogs (ans see all the other crafty stuff they have been up too!) I think all of their projects are so inspiring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Bright baby cards and invites!

Hello there! Today I thought I’d show you how you can make some baby cards that are cute as well as quick to make. Think of using one of these shaped designs the next time you need to make a card for a new parent or when hosting a baby shower. I used SVG die cuts from my Sweet Baby SVG set (I cut them with my electronic die cutter and SCAL software) but the kit also has printable templates too! These cards are easy on the wallet too, I made 12 shaped cards using 6 sheets of 12″x12″ cardstock, stamps and scraps of ribbon/trim.

The diaper cards are my favorite! I like how quick and simple they are. After I die cut all of my card templates I used round and scallop paper punches to punch shapes from any excess paper. Then I layered my punch outs on my card as shown. I stamped “cute as a button” (Pink Persimmon) on the circle them stamped one of the buttons from the kit on a 1″ circle of cardstock then I clued 5 1″ circles together with the stamped button on top to make the 3-D button. I used my heavy-duty Crop-a-Dial to punch out the button holes and tied a short ribbon through before gluing it on my card. A bit of organza ribbon threaded through the slots in the front of the card finishes it off nicely.

 Another thing I love about the diaper card is the liner. I simply cut a sheet of white cardstock in quarters, cut off the corners where the leg holes in the diaper are and used a scallop border punch along those edges and along the top. Then I slipped the lined in the diaper card and trimmed the top corners to fit. You can see how to trim a 8.5″x11″ sgheet of cardstock by looking at the following diagram:

The rattle cards were also quick to make, I was able to cut one diaper card and one rattle card on a 12″x12″ sheet, cutting both together saves paper. The rattle cards were stamped and layered much the same as the diaper card:

 

The onesie cards are a big hit! These always sell well at craft fairs so make a few extra. You can cut two from a 12″x12″ sheet of cardstock.

Here is a look at the Sweet Baby SVG set, only $3 from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff:

So the next time you need to make invitations to a baby shower or a card for a new mom skip the store and craft one instead! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

25% off all weekend!

I hope you are having a nice weekend (A long one for must of us in the States) and to celebrate everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff is 25% off Saturday and Sunday!

I have a brand new set in the shop too: Bag Bonanza! You get 7 SVG and printable templates, look at what you can make:

Now let’s see a few of the Design Team Creations from this week! Here is Karin’s lovely heartfelt sympathy card using the Birds and Branches digital stamp set:

Next up is cute chic card from Rhonda, love the clean and fresh look using the bicycle image from the Posh ‘n Trendy digistamp set:

Diane has a fun Summer card using {what else?} the Summer Fun SVG set:

Now here is Cassandra with her pretty coffee themed tag using the Coffee Talk digistamp set:

Thanks for sharing part of your weekend with me! Remember the 25% off sale is going on until Sunday at midnight at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. Happy crafting!

LSS Weekly Wrap Up {yay!}

Happy Sunday folks! What better way to wind down the weekend then by seeing what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff design team has been up to. First up is Micki with a beautiful Vintage Alice card:

Easter-Card-Alice-Style

Karin used her favorite flower image from the set Fancy Flowers from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff today, isn’t it sweet!

My sweet friend Jennifer, who has had awful internet problems all week, made this lovely card with the flourished peacock stamp for us today. What a trooper Jennifer!

Rhondacouldn’t decide on one card to make this week so she made 3! She used Fancy Flowers found HERE, Steampunk Style  HERE, Sweet Stuff found  HERE, and Around Phrases found  HERE

And last but not least, Diane with a very artsy arch using the new Gothic Arch SVG set and Bold Black and White PApers:

Such fabulous inspiration this week! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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