LSS DT Wrap Up!

Happy Monday folks! I am very happy today, I have a free day (the kids are at grandmas!) so I can create til my heart is content, then tonight me and my hubby are going out to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary! I am one lucky lady ;)

OK enough jibber-jabber let’s see what the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff DT has been working on for us lately, I have the pleasure this week of having Margie Visnick back as a guest designer, see the cute cards she made for us this with the Strawberries and Watermelon stamp set week:

 And another card using Funky Forest and All Around Sentiments:

Check out Micki’s cool Movie scrapbook page using Retro Movie Clips & Cutting Files and Retro Movie Stamps:

Movie-Star-Close-Up-3

Next up is Karin also using the Retro Movie Stamps, what a fun card!

Karin also made this “Chic” Hello card using the Posh n Trendy stamp set:

Diane has been busy this week, she made 4 cards this week using the Cupcake Carrier SVG set, you can see them all on her blog but this was my favorite ;)

Last but not least is Cassandra with a tag using the Vintage Sheet Music freebie and the Retro Movie Stamps sets.

Here is a look at the sets the designers used this week:

Strawberries & Watermelon StampsAll Around Phrases Digital Stamp SetRetro Movie StampsREtro Movie Clips & CuttingCupcake Carrier SVGPosh'n Trendy StampsFreebie: Vintage Sheet Music

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Some crafty FREEBIES you might like…

Happy Saturday! I’m just getting up at 9am on a Saturday (thanks kids for arguing quietly this morning:) and was checking my email to find a few places offering some cool freebies today, check them out:

Sew True is offering free shipping now through the 17th with the coupon code:   11H51F   I love their Hug Snug seam binding. You can use the seam binding for making vintage crinkle ribbon (video tutorial here) or stamping on it (video tutorial here).  They have lots of other goodies too like blank buttons you can cover with fabric and loads of sewing supplies!

ScrapGirls has a new mega kit to download free here, check it out:

1 Scrap Girls A Narrative Collection

And Lettering Delights has the American Pride Mega Bundle set of 14 fonts, svg, graphic sets and doodlebats (a $50 value) for free! You will want it:) I couldn’t get a screen-shot of everything but trust me its a good one, I love the Scap States font-who needs the 50 states cricut cartridge now!?!

Well, I have a birthday party to get to happy freebie downloading and til next time happy crafting!

5 Photos you should take this Easter!

My favorite holiday to scrapbook is Easter. I love the frilly Easter dresses, brightly colored plastic eggs, fresh flowers popping up out of the ground and pretty pastel candy! this feast of springtime color is perfect to capture in photos. Before you head out (or host) this years Easter Celebration here are some photo tips for you!

Tip 1: Don’t Pose…Compose!

When photographing kids capture them being kids, chasing after eggs, playing and having fun. Check out this photo I tool last Easter of my nephew. My sister set him in frount of her flower garden and let him play and I got a great natural shot!

Don’t forget the candid action shots too:

Of course when you do have the family together and all dressed up it is a great time to…

Tip 2: Get a semi-posed family photo!

Tip 3: Do some still life photography:

Notice the photo of the baskets of eggs only, this after the hunt photo make a perfect embellishment for the page. Also consider taking photos close up in macro mode of jelly beans, easter grass and other candies for nearly free scrapbook embellishments and they will be authentic too!

Tip 4: OK this is a scrapbook tip-try kraft colored paper for your scrapbook pages, it looks great with pastel springtime shades (see above photos) a swipe of pastel paint adds a nice touch too and best of all you keep the focus on the photos!

Tip: 5-Photo the Pre-Easter Events.

This year I bout a Spin-an-Egg (Target/ $5) and we used that to color our eggs, what fun, get a photo of the pretty colored eggs:

Note: If I had to do it over I would have taken the photo outside with no flash :D Sometime your photos are not perfect but you should still scrap them, that’s what is important. You kids will not care that the lighting isn’t perfect, they will be glad to have the memories. Here I took a bunch of egg dying shots and used a egg-shaped puzzle template to make this page. Also I saved the egg-dipper and used it as an embellishment!

Here are some of the digital products from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff I used in the above pages and some other springtime goodies:

Basket BonanzaUp, Up & Away PapersUp, Up & AwayPosies & Plant Pics SVGEgg Basket TemplateCute Easter Digital StampsBirds & Branches StampsFancy Flowers Digital Stamps

And some freebies for you!

Basket FreebieVintage Journal FreebieEaster Sentiment Freebie

These projects qualify for the following chhallenges: Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Creative Belli, Creative Card Crew, Creative Craft World & Papercraft Star (recycled egg-dipper on last page), For Fun Challenges, Paper Pretties, Sisterhood of Crafters, and Going Grey With Scrap-Creations (digistamps)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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!

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 :)

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!

Kick it!

I think soccer must me the most popular kids sport out there. In my neck of the woods it is a 3 season game: Spring soccer, fall soccer and soccer camp in the summer and for all of the die-hard soccer players there are indoor soccer fields. Wow, that is a lot of soccer! I bet a lot of kids would love a soccer themed birthday party, how fun would it be to let a gaggle of kids loose in the backyard with a bunch of balls to, well, have a ball! With that in mind I designed a new soccer party kit with SVG cutting files and printables to create the soccer party of their dreams! Here is a look at some of the printables:

My favorite is the cupcake wrapper, how fun!

A fun and easy (not to mention inexpensive) way to decorate for a soccer party would be to get a piece of green outdoor carpet cut to fit your table (a picnic table outside would be perfect) and put all of the food and party stuff on top. It would look like a mini soccer field! After the party you can simply hose off the table, carpet and all. Now that’s my kind of clean up :D

The printable invites come in two parts so you can print both the inside and outside for a slick look and to save time!

You get 11 printable 8.5″x11″ sheets and 6 SVG cutting files all for $5. Here is a look at the soccer party kit:

Also today I wanted to share this weeks Dollar Deals with you, they will be on sale until next Wednesday and then they go back to full price, get them quick while there a buck!

Sweet Treats 2Shaped Cards vol. 1School PapersSchool Rules! stamps

And how about a freebie? Here is a little doodle who might remember from my ProMarker Video tutorial and give-away, a cute button flower:

Click on the picture, then right-click on the larger image and choose "save as" to download :)

Be sure to check back this weekend for the Lindsay’s Stamp stuff Design Team Wrap up, til then happy crafting!

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