50% off at Lindsay’s, a freebie and new Christmas products!

Howdy folks, I know it is a bit too early to start thinking about Christmas…well, unless, that is, you are selling at craft fairs and in that case you need cute packaging ASAP! And today is the perfect time to grab your needed supplies because it is 50% off today at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff! I was asked by a crafty customer to come up with some printables for her to sell her movie gift kits at craft fairs so I came up with the Holiday Bazzar set. How cute would it be to wrap a few bags of microwaved popcorn, soda bottles and candies and package them in one of those large plastic popcorn boxes from the dollar store, you could throw in a DVD too for a super cute and inexpensive gift!

If you wanted to really spread some holiday cheer you could leave the baskets on a friends doorstep with a note saying “You’ve Been Elfed!”, the 5″x7″ notes in the kit would be perfect for that! You can also used the cards for invitations to a cookie swap and recipe cards!

If you want a cute gag gift for the folks in the office how about some reindeer poop? I found this funny poem online that you can print and slip in the bag:

I woke up with such a scare when I heard Santa call…
“Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”
I ran to the lawn, and in the snowy white drifts,
those nasty reindeer had left “little gifts”.

I got an old shovel and started to scoop
Neat little piles of “reindeer poop.”
but to throw them away seemed such a waste,
So I saved them, thinking you might like a taste!

As I finished my task, which took quite a while,
Old Santa passed by and he sheepishly smiled.
And I heard him exclaim as he rose to the sky~~~
“Well, they’re not potty trained, but at least they can fly!”

 

For the kids you might like to send them to school with “Snowman Soup” for their teacher and classmates! I found a poem for this too:

Snowman Soup
Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.
here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!

Isn’t that cute! Both of the poems I found at The Organized Home.com.

Here is a look at the new printable kit and some other Christmas products you might enjoy, remember they are 50% off today only and two of the below products are freebies!

Holiday Bazzar Craft KitChristmas Follies Clips & CuttingPretty Packaging SVGFun Favors SVGWinter Wear SVG freebieNifty Gifties SVGGingerbread House SVGHoliday Sweets Party PrintablesVintage Christmas LabelsWee AlbumsHomemade Holidays Paper PackChic Calendar Scrapbook kitBox Bonanza!Envelope Bonanza!Recipe Cards & Folio SVG3-D Advent Calendar and Favor KitChristmas Cookies Freebie

It’s been a while since I had a freebie so here are 2 sheets of tags you can use for your holiday gifts and packaging:

click the preview to download;)

While you are on the topic of holidays Halloween is right around the corner. Check out these spooky sets also 50% off today:

Halloween Odds 'n Ends Digital Stamp FreebieMasquerade Mask SVGHalloween Favors SVGVintage Halloween LabelsStampunk SVG TemplatesBold Black & White PapersHalloween Doodles StampsClassic Fall Clips & Cutting

Thanks for stopping by 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?

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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!

A few “toots” and a CASE & Freebies!

Well, my mailbox has been busy this week! I was asked (along with fellow MyGrafico designers Cheri Wenger and Blackleaf Studios) to design a custom digital stamp for Paper Crafts Magazine’s special publication Stamp It! Cards. You can download all of our designs here. Gotta love free right?

I really enjoyed this issue of Stamp It! Cards, infact I found many ideas I wanted to try. Here is a card I CASE’d (CASE=copy and steal everything), the original card is on page 89 of Stamp It! Cards and it was by Agniesza Malyszek, her’s turned out much prettier than mine but I still like it ;)

 

To make the card I stamped the butterflies in Versafine black and heat embossed them with clear then loosely splashed watercolor over them. Honestly I got a little TOO loose with the watercolor and I’m not sure what I was thinking with the flourescent coral sentiment block but, hey, it was fun!

Tuesday I got the September issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and I just about fell over to see my button cards on the COVER:

 SSA September 2011

BTW you can still get the July Issue of SSA with my marker review spreadsheet. Honestly, it is more than you ever wanted to know about Alcohol & Watercolor markers and extra ways to use them.

 SSA July 2011

Current Issue CoverOh and one more Pub…I have 2 cards in the July issue of Vamp Stamp News.

 

OK I think I just dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back :P til next time happy crafting!

A quick Father’s Day Card and a chance to win ProMarkers!

I hope you are having a lovely Saturday! Guess what? Tomorrow is Father’s Day and when I saw this image for free on the Letraset Blog I knew I needed to make this card:

 

Letraset is having a coloring contest and all you have to do is download one (or both) of the free images on their blog, color it and email a photo of it to them (or link to it the comment section of the blog) and you are entered to win! The contest goes til the end of the month and the winner gets a 12 set of promarkers and 4 coloring books, I think there is runner up marker prizes too so go ahead and try for some markers! You can read all about it on the Letraset Blog!

BTW I colored my image with the Vivid Promarker blending set with the addition of cool grey4, black and pastel blue;)

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Fashionista Friday, Glitter Geeks , Inspire Me Fridays, Just Add Ink, Mami Doodles, Poodles Parlour , Wags ‘n Whiskers, Craft Us Crazy, Crafty Sentiments, Delightful Challenges, Samuel Taylor’s Challenge, Shelly’s Images, Little Red Wagon, Paper Take Weekly, The Stamping Boutique, Cupcake Craft, Incy Wincy Designs, Ooh La La Creations, Simon Says Stamp and Show…, Squigglefly, Stamp-N-Doodle, Creative Inspirations, Dream Valley Challenges and Sentimental Sundays

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy Retirement!

This week the woman who has been out town librarian for 29 years retired. Here is the card I made for her using products from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

I rubber stamped and embossed an envelope to match the card! I used a library-style band stamp to spell happy retirement on the removable library card.

She will be missed but hopefully we will see her at the library as a patron now :)

 

Here is a look at the sets I used. They are perfect for teacher gifts this time of year too!

Back to School Collage SheetTeacher's Helper SVGSchool Papers

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!

Be the “Light” of the party!

When I came up with my new Party Lantern set I knew that I was going to have fun with it. The thing I love about it is that it’s quick to make and so fun and there is very little waste. I can cut 2 lanterns from one sheet of 12×12 cardstock using my Cricut machine and SCAL software:

 

But then I can take the leftovers and make invitations, cupcake toppers and place cards!

So, do you want to know how to make these? Well it is so simple, you get all the directions and scoring guides on the printable templates in the kit and you can cut the templates out with your die-cut machine too. Here are some step by step photos to help you out:

Gather Your Supplies-You Will Need:

Here are the kits I used on this set. I die cut the lantern templates with my Cricut and SCAL software but you can use MTC or fairy cut if you prefer. There is a plain lantern in there too so if you want to put your own custom shape in it you can (like maybe a monogram letter or a heart or whatever.)

Party Lantern SVG

I printed the diamond pattern from this kit, I was able to fill the windows on 3 lanterns with the paper I printed on one 8.5″x11″ sheet of vellum. I get plain white vellum in a 50 sheet pack at JoAnns (The Paper Co. brand) for about $10.

Up, Up & Away Papers

And for fun I cut a cupcake wrapper from this free set, YAY, freeeeee!

Cupcake SVG Freebie

This set qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Challenge –  U is for Underneath(we see the underside of the lanterns in the tutorial), Crafty Creations, Digistamps 4 Joy , Penny’s Paper-Crafty andSisterhood of Crafters  - Let it Shine (the lanterns shine al right;)

 

BTW, how do you like the blue backdrop? I just repainted my kitchen yesterday a fabulous bright blue…I’m thinking that’s a good enough reason to have a party, don’t you?

Thanks for stopping by 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!

LSS Weekly Wrap Up!

Happy April Fools day! Mother Nature pulled an AFD joke on  us in New England and dumped a foot of snow on us LOL! At least it was good sticky snow, we built a bodacious fort in the backyard and we have several new snowpeople gracing our yard.  Also it is Friday which means we can ogle all of the gorgeous creations that the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff DT has cooked up for us this week.

First up is Margie with a fabulous page using the Puddle fun stamp set (love those polka dots!)http://thefrugalcrafter.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/springrainlo.jpg?w=300&h=290

Next up is Tracey with a clean and elegant card using Bold Black and White digi papers:http://thefrugalcrafter.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/img_80522b2528large2529.jpg?w=300&h=200

Diane also used the Bold Black and White paper kit but she colorized them, how pretty and springlike!

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Cindi has made the cutest little sewing basket with the new Sew Much Fun digistamps and the new Basket Bonanza Templates, check out her blog for more photos and details:

http://thefrugalcrafter.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/pics2b0152b2528small2529.jpg?w=300&h=225

Speaking of sewing check out what Karin made with the Sew Pretty set:

http://thefrugalcrafter.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/img_2841-1.jpg?w=300&h=225

What could be better than a hot cuppa joe? This card from Rhonda and even better, it uses a freebie you can find here!

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That freebie coordinates with the Coffee Talk set.

WEll, now, don’t you feel inspired, I sure do! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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!

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