Video: Gift Card Purse!

Happy Monday! I was asked to come up with a way to package a bunch of gift cards for a Christmas gift and I came up with this:

 

This cute little purse is so quick and easy and it is made from cardstock and standard envelopes. I made a video to show you how simple it is. I have a camera person (Hubby was in my craft area wrapping gifts so I asked him to film it.) He has mad camera skills such as keeping the project in frame. I know, fancy huh? Don’t get too spoiled, I’ll probably be back to the tripod for the next one LOL!

 

Who wouldn’t like to get a purse chock full of gift cards for Christmas? Fun, Frugal and Practical…that’s how I roll. Til next time happy crafting!

Caardvarks Holiday Hop Day3: Tablescapes

You have landed here on day 3 of the Caardvarks Holiday blog hop. today’s theme is Tablescapes. If you missed any of the other lovely blog hop projects be sure to pop over to the Caardvarks blog so you can start the hop at the beginning and sign up to win some nifty prizes from Creative Cuts and More!

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Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More

All of the die cuts are from Creative Cuts and More and all of my embellishments came from the Dollar Tree (or in the case of the fir branches my backyard LOL). It is so fun and easy to make decorations with die cuts, not to mention affordable! I used the sleigh box, the large matchbox and this accordion card insert all available from CC&M.

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For the sleigh I embossed the sleigh using a stylus and a fiskars texture plate because the die cut was to big to go though a Cuttlebug, gotta love the old-school tools! I rubbed two styrofoam balls together to make the snow that is one the sleigh runners (faux flower soft technique ;) and the scalloped ribbon is plain velvet wrapping ribbon I cut with scallop edge scissors, cheap and easy!

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The matchbox was so cue as is but I dry embossed it, inked it, heat embossed it, wrapped it with ribbon and added a stamped monogram.

The luminary is just 3 die cut window card insides hooked together. I punched the edges to give it a bit of flair, inked the edges and dusted it with silver tinsel embossing powder.

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wouldn’t you even say it glows… ;)

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Remember that paper is flammable, I put a tea light in a canning jar to be safe inside the luminary and the music paper was an online freebie you can get from Linda’s blog, I printed it on vellum and trimmed it with an oval cutter.

Next hop over to Pam Smerkers blog to see her holiday inspiration, till next time happy crafting!

Rockin Retro Reindeer!

Well I have been busy in the old craft room lately on projects that I can’t share yet. I remembered this morning that I have a bunch of Christmas projects that I made last year that never made it to the blog because they were being published in Ready, Set, Create! but I can share them with you now ;) Here is one of my favorites:

Stamp: All Night Media, Inkadinkado, Die: Ellison/SU!, Paper K&Co, Markers: Bic Mark-its

Stamp: All Night Media, Inkadinkado, Die: Ellison/SU!, Paper K&Co, Markers: Bic Mark-its

This bucket is tiny, it only used a half sheet of paper.

This bucket is tiny, it only used a half sheet of paper.

the card is 6"x6", i stamped the reindeer in a transparency and colored it. I stamped it again on tan card and cut out the body part and glued it on from behind.

the card is 6"x6", i stamped the reindeer in a transparency and colored it. I stamped it again on tan card and cut out the body part and glued it on from behind.

I used a fun Reindeer stamp from All Night Media (I got it on sale for a buck, it’s probably discontinued but who cares? It sure is cute!) and a sentiment stamp from Inkadinkado. I love to put a fun edge on my cards, it takes seconds but makes a big impact! The little bucket is just the right size to fill with goodies for your childs teacher too!

That’s all for today, have a great weekend and till next time happy crafting!

Mmmmm, Cupcakes!

Happy Saturday folks! My kids have all signed up for soccer this year (holy cuteness batman!) and their first practice is today and the twins are having their fifth birthday party today! Boy it is going to be busy! I just had to sneak away for a minute and share the cute cupcake wrappers I just added to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop:

Digital Stamps/Cupcake wrapper template:  Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Markers: Bic Mark its

Digital Stamps/Cupcake wrapper template: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Markers: Bic Mark its

They are so easy (you could even let the kids color them) I simply printed the sheet on white cardstock (you get 3 wrappers plus scalloped decorations to a page) colored them with my Bic Mark its and added a bit of yellow chalk in the background of 2 of them. So simple! You get the happy birthday cupcake wrapper sheet and a blank sheet incase you just want to print the templates on pattern paper for faster wrappers both fo a $1!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Caardvarks!!!

I am a happy girl because one of my projects is featured today over at the Caardvarks blog! I’ve played along with their fabulous challenges for some time now and this week I get to be a guest designer! Yay! The theme is bridal and baby showers so I made this little bridal shower set using dies for Creative Cuts and More:

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Magents, Rubber Stampese, PSX, PP: DCWV

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Stamps: Magents, Rubber Stampede, PSX, PP: DCWV

Wanna know something funny? When I was putting together the place card holder I noticed there was a extra piece…know why? Because it was supposed to be a matchbox like this:

An easy to assemble XL matchbox will hold a generous amout of mins or candy YUM!

An easy to assemble XL matchbox will hold a generous amount of mitns or candy YUM!

One great die, two cool uses! The does I used were the cupcake box and the large matchbox both cut from metallic cardstock. There is an insert in the cupcake box so your cupcake doesn’t go sliding all around, it is about 4″ square when it is assembled (try the killer red tacky tape) so you can leave out the insert and have a lovely box for an different gift as well and it is super sturdy too!

Check out the cute window on top of this box!

Check out the cute window on top of this box!

Thanks for stopping by, make sure you visit the caardvarks blog for some awesome eye-candy and check out their other DT members too! Til next time happy crafting!

29 Again…

No, I’m just kidding, I have no qualms sharing my age (33 today) and the sun is shining, what more could I want! Hubby and the kids let me sleep in and then made me breakfast and got me some wonderful gifts: A book I’ve been eyeing “100 flowers to knit and crochet”, a CD from the blues band Sapphire and get this my very own laptop computer!!! I am a lucky girl! I decided to make a birthday card with the sketch over at 2sketches4you and this was tricky for me, it took a few tries but in the end I like the results:

Digital stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper/Cardstock: American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Brads: Dollar tree, Rubber stamps: Rubberstampede, SU!, Die cut flourish: Cricut (Accent Essentails) Scallop Border font: DB Pretty Borders cut with cricut and SCAL software.

Digital stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper/Cardstock: American Crafts, Georgia Pacific, Brads: Dollar tree, Rubber stamps: Rubberstampede, SU!, Die cut flourish: Cricut (ercolor crayons tutorial, how to watercolor crayons, blending pen, waterbrush, 2sketche) Scallop Border font: DB Pretty Borders cut with cricut and SCAL software.

I used watercolor crayons to color my new Oriental Poppy digital stamp. I like to use watercolor crayons because they are quick, easy and non toxic. I usually will print out a sheet of images and use my little Caran Dache watercolor crayon set of 15 colors and color them with my kids while they are coloring in their colorbooks. Its great to do while listing to audio books, their favorite are the “Junie B. Jones” books by Barbara Park (I like them too!) Also I used the font DB pretty Borders to cut the scallop borders on the card with my cricut at SCAL software.

How to color with watercolor crayons:

Step one: Loosely color in your image with the wc crayons. (I’m using a digital stamp printed on Georgia Pacific White cardstock from Sams Club) Don’t worry about coloring right to the edge of the design, you can “push” the pigment around with your waterbrush or blending pen later. *A waterbrush is a paintbrush with a hollow handle you can fill with water or paint, a blending pen is a marker with clear ink inside, the clear ink is made from water and glycerin.

Step two: Use a Blending pen or waterbrush filled with equal parts water and glycerin to blend the colors. The glycerin keeps the pigment moving smoothly without damaging or wrinkling the cardstock (or making the printer ink bleed if using a digital stamp) scribble on a piece of scrap paper to clean the brush.

Step three: after coloring use a pom-pom dipped in chalk to color the background, it give a nice quick blended effect.

That’s all there is to it! Practice to get the feel of this fun medium. I confess that I have the full set of 84 Caran Dache watercolor crayons but I mostly use my travel set of 15 half sticks because I can blend then and achieve almost any color I want and they are easy to stick in my pocket and travel with.

Other tips:

Since the crayon is pure color there is no waste, when you sharpen the crayons save the shavings in a small watercolor palette, give them a spritz of water and you can paint with them rather than tossing all of that good pigment away. I usually use a knife to sharpen mine (which I don’t do too often) If I need a fine line of color I wet a fine nylon brush and lift the color off the crayon stick.

If you don’t have a waterbrush or blending pen use a nylon artist brush dipped in a mixture of equal parts water and glycerin. Keep a paper towel handy to blot off extra water. * if working on watercolor paper with waterproof ink  omit the glycerin.

If you cannot find watercolor crayons try water-soluble oil pastels. You can get a set of 16 at staples (portfolio line by Crayola) for about $9, cheaper on-line I’m sure! They are also wonderful, they are thick and creamy, almost like lipstick. I would use a paintbrush or waterbrush rather than a blending pen for these.

Thanks for stopping by on my birthday, I’m gonna get out and enjoy this sunshine ;) Till next time happy crafting!

Stars and Stripes Forever!

This is the first week of summer vacation. Imagine my surprise that I had a chance to finish a card using the sketch over at 2 sketches 4 You today. I had given my kids a stack of magazines, glue sticks, scissors, some old scrapbook paper and glitter and they collaged happily long enough for me to make this:

Digital Stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Hero Arts, SU!, Crafty Secrets, Paper: DCWV

Digital Stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamps: Hero Arts, SU!, Crafty Secrets, Paper: DCWV

I must say I wasn’t in love with the sketch because I was a bit to symmetrical and I am an asymmetrical kind of girl…you could call me off-balanced, I guess :) but you know what? This is what a challenge should be about, to push you to create something that you ordinarily wouldn’t.

I used many stamps on this project: The Flag Bunting is one of my Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Designs, the star stamp is a jumbo wheel from Stampin Up, The “4″  is from Crafty Secrets and the ribbon stamp is from Hero Arts.

Well that is all for today, I hear a soccer game breaking out in the hallway and I feel that parental supervision may be required (hey, at least the kids are playing together LOL) thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cheap embossing & last minute teacher gifts!

The countdown is on! 2 more day of school til summer, I’ll miss my 3 hours of “alone” time in the morning but I WILL NOT miss dragging the kids out of bed ;)

Last night I helped my kids make gifts for their teachers. We made decoupaged clothespins, I’ve wanted to try this for quite an while and they are easy enough for my 4 and 6-year-olds to do. I think they turned out adorable:

Stamps: Plaid (ruler), Stampin Up (alpha background wheel), Inque Boutique (boy) paper: Autumn Leaves

Stamps: Plaid (ruler), Stampin Up (alpha background wheel), Inque Boutique (boy) paper: Autumn Leaves

Tip: I used the cellophane bag theat clear stamps come in to package the clothespins! (See, told ya I never through anything away!)

Here are the finshed clothespins (not dry yet) don't worry about blobs of glue, they will flatten out when they dry)

Here are the finshed clothespins (not dry yet) don't worry about blobs of glue, they will flatten out when they dry)

OK, I admit I made the bag topper but the clothespins were all their handiwork! To make them is easy but when crafting with kids have EVERYTHING ready and laid out before you begin. You will need: wood clothespins (a pack of 50 was $1 at target), white glue or decoupage medium, a foam brush for each child, pretty paper scraps trimmed to fit the clothespin (about 3 1/4″x 5/16″), waxed paper to protect the work area and for the clothespins to dry on, and a couple of small containers to pour glue in (plastic lids work great for this). Simply brush a thin coat of glue on the clothespin with the foam brush, place the paper on top and brush a layer of glue over it. Let dry then repeat on the other side. you can glue magnets on them if you like or leave them as is, they are handy for closing chip and produce bags, in fact we have some plain ones holding out chip bags closed, I’ll have to get the kids to spruce them up!

So I told you I had a cheap embossing solution for you. This is so easy and looks so cool I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

A close up look at the embossed circle. Read below to see how I did it without an embossing die!

A close up look at the embossed circle. Read below to see how I did it without an embossing die!

This technique will work with any shape you can cut out either by hand or punch or die cutter. First cut the shape the size of the embossed area (mine was 2″) then cut a larger circle (2 3/8″ and I stamped on it) then using my Big shot I placed the spacer, cutting plate, 2 sheets of rubber gasket, my larger stamped circle face down, the smaller circle centered on that and the top cutting plate and I cranked it through. Viola an embossed circle! I inked the edges to make it stand out, can you believe it is that easy? If you don’t get a good impression you can add a sheet or two of cardstock between the rubber pad and the bottom cutting plate. Too much pressure and it will cut/crack the paper rather than emboss. It may take a couple of tries to get the right combo but when you figure it out you can emboss any shape! I’ll post a card tomorrow using a fancy bracket shape that I cut with my cricut and embossed and who knows maybe a freebie too. Until then happy crafting!

Free Teacher Card Templates and Cricut Cutting Files!

Happy Weekend! My Hubby got the playhouse finished and it looks like we will have some good weather to be outside and play! The school year is winding down for us, only one week left, so it is time to finish up those last minute teacher cards and gifts. while were at it let’s not forget the person who delivers our children safely to school each day, the wonderful bus driver:

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Templates: see below, To make the lights "shine apply double stick tape behind the holes on the yellow paper and sprinkle with glitter from the front.

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Templates: see below, To make the lights "shine apply double stick tape behind the holes on the yellow paper and sprinkle with glitter from the front.

I made both of these cards using my Cricut machine and Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software. These are scut files rather than SVG files so you will need to have the font I used installed on your computer, its a great font called Inter and you can download it for free here. You will find a lot of useful dingbats on this font with a school and transportation theme.

Free downloads:

Here is the SCUT file for the Bus Card for Cricut/SCAL users.

Here is the SCUT file for the Apple Card for Cricut SCAL users.

Here is a PRINTABLE template for the Bus Card.

Here is a PRINTABLE template for the Apple Card.

Remember when you use a SCUT file in SCAL you open it rather than importing it and it will be all laid out to size, no resizing needed;)

Have a wonderful weekend and till next time happy crafting!

Money/Gift Card Holders

I was wandering through the isles of my local dollar store when I spied a pack of 8 money/gift card holders with envelopes. I loved the colors and the Asian feel and I knew that they would go perfect with the Asian themed stamps from About Art Accents that I had just received in the mail. I bought a pack, took them strait home and got to work! This is what I made:

Money holder: Dollar Tree, Stamp: About Art Accents, Ink: Stampin Up, Emb. Powder: Jo Anns, Markers: LePlume, Whispers, Tombow

Money holder: Dollar Tree, Stamp: About Art Accents, Ink: Stampin Up, Emb. Powder: Jo Anns, Markers: LePlume, Whispers, Tombow

Stamps: About Art Accents

Stamps: About Art Accents

The nice thing about eastern themed art is that you can keep it simple! The card base was already made so all I had to do was stamp and embellish (the fun part!) I stamped the image on pearl cardstock and heat embossed  in burgundy then I colored it with Tombow, Le Plume and sugarloaf water-based markers. The coating on the cardstock allowed me to blend, happy accident! I stamped the stamp again on a scrap and colored the flowers, cut out and adhered with foam tape. I matted the panel on gold paper and adhered a coin with foam tape. I tied gold cord around the fold and strung on 3 inexpensive beads. I wanted to make a tassel from the gold but when it was done it was too gaudy for the small card, I was also hoping to find a good fortune to glue to the card, I even had 3 fortune cookies leftover from takeout the other night but all of the fortunes were lame so I left that off too! There is no such thing as the perfect project, just make it, have fun and improvise, trust me the person who get this with some cash inside won’t complain :-)

Here are the blank money holders, pretty cool huh and only a buck!

Here are the blank money holders, pretty cool huh and only a buck!

The pearl cardstock is by Gartner, Another dollar store find, it was actually a pack of 50 ink jet printable cards that I used one year to make x-mas cards and I had some left over because I bought 3 boxes! I bought the money holders at the Dollar Tree this weekend and it is a chain so maybe you can find them where you live, stamps are by About Art Accents.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

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