Quick and easy card set!

Ever wonder what to get for the person who has everything? When I saw the color challenge at the Playdate Cafe I knew I had to make a stationary set with my new Mod Summer Papers. Be sure to play along on this challenge because it is sponsored by one of my favorite stamp companies Pink Persimmon and as a prize they have donated a $40 gift certificate to their shop and let me tell you they have the highest quality clear rubber stamps on the market ;) BTW all the stamp used on this set are from Pink Persimmon!

 

First I printed out the papers from the Mod Summer paper pack on my standard 8.5″x11″ printer, if you don’t know how to print digital paper check out my tutorial here. Then I cut out a card box using my Recipe Folio SVG set, it is made to hold the recipe cards that come in the kit but it works great for holding a set of 4 cards and envelopes too! Then I simply stamped the deer, tree and sentiment from the Oh Dear! Silhouette stamp set from Pink Persimmon, since they are solid image stamps there is no need for coloring, that is a time saver plus it give the set a clean and modern look!

 

Making a set of coordinating cards is as easy as making one because you have all the supplies out and ready to go already and it make such a thoughtful hostess gift too!

BTW I made the brad with a scrap of Mod Summer paper and my I-Top brad maker. Use up all the scraps!

Here is a look at the products I used today:

Mod Summer PapersRecipe Stamps & SVG Special!

Be sure to play along at the Playdate Cafe for your chance to win $40 of Pink Persimmon products and til next time happy crafting!

A Sock Monkey Birthday Card!

I love to make cards for kids and one of my go-to stamp sets for making a quick kid card (say that 3 times fast!) is the Sock Monkey stamp set from Stampin up.

 

Isn’t he cute? The trick to making it quick and easy is watercoloring. And I mean easy, I just slap on the paint and I do not worry about staying in the lines because I will cut it out. To show you how sloppy I am here is a look at the banners I stamped and painted for the card. This awesome set is from the Banner Set (Small) clear stamp set from Pink Persimmon, I add these cute little banners to EVERYTHING!

 

Neatness does not count if you are going to cut it out! Save time and have fun and paint OUTSIDE the lines! Yes, you are a REBEL! Be proud ;)

Here is a straight-on view of the card. I am trying something new and photographing my cards made on white cardstock against black, what do you think? I can never tell what looks better ;) also I have to point out that the layout and paper I chose was a happy accident, I took the few scraps left over from a scrapbook page, matted them on white and pieced them together. Actually I had the background done and sitting on my desk ready to go when I started to stamp. Also I punched 3 small 3/8″ circles from green cardstock and embossed the back of them with a stylus on a mouse-pad to make fake eyelets. So really it was mostly scraps here, a card from leftovers, gotta love that! Oh, another great thing about watercolor is that you can use the cheap GP cardstock and it looks as good as any other, not so with markers, so let’s hear a big hurrah for watercolor!

That’s  it for today ant til next time happy crafting!

Make Your Own: Baker’s Twine!

Hello folks! I spent a good part of the afternoon making beautiful bakers twine with plain cotton thread (#10 crochet cotton) and my ProMarkers. Check it out, it looks like the real deal, no?

I found a great video tutorial from UKmaryanne on you tube and she showed how to turn ordinary crochet cotton string (you can get a big honkin’ ball of it for about $3 at the craft store) into lovely striped twine, now why didn’t I think, of that!?!  Here is her video:

I decided that I needed to use my new twine straight away so I made up a few “kid’s cards” using some of my new PinkPersimmon stamps:

I just LOVE this twine!

Check out the orange flag and button, I heated up fun-foam and stamped it to make 3-D squishy embellishments.

Here is a closer look at the button:

Well, that was my fun for the day. Thanks to UKmaryanne for sharing her totally awesome baker’s twine idea, I do hop you’ll try it, it is such fun and s quick to make and it looks just like the real thing for a fraction of the cost!

Today’s projects qualify for the following challenges: A Spoonful Of Sugar, Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge , Top Tip Tuesday, Bunny Zoe’s Crafts (bright cards for boys), Incy Wincy Designs, KB Cute Monday, Stamp with Fun , Aly’s Sunday Challenge, Card Cupids (pastels-pink and green cards), Pile It On , Fussy and Fancy, Paper Cutz, Art Impressions Stamps Challenge  and Aud Sentiments Challenge

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

C’mon, Let’s make buttons!

Sometimes you just need to play in your crafty space, am I right? There is no better way to recharge the creative batteries then to experiment with your art supplies. I was having a hectic few weeks and once everything settled down I went down in my craft room and spent an entire day making buttons with stuff I already had lying around…in fact I even raided the recycle bin, here is a look at what I made:

Wanna try? Well I made a video tutorial showing you exactly how I made the above buttons, Grab a cuppa, sit back and relax and learn howe to make custom (aka faux) buttons for you cards and scrapbook pages.

Hey do you like my groovy tunes in the video? I learned how to add a music bed, I like it but if it is distracting  (or if you like it better!) leave me a comment and let me know, I am open to suggestions :)

EDIT: I removed the music under the video, the general consensus was that it mad it to hard to hear my “lovely” voice LOL! :)

Here is a closer look at some of the buttons:

This photo shows buttons made from punched cardstock circles and fun foam. Button stamps are from Pink Persimmon. Seam binding ribbon is from sewtrue.com.

The gold buttons are real, glued to the button card made from a frame stamp from About Art Accents. The faux buttons are made using the Ellison Embosslits die (SU!) then I rubbed the black ones with metallic rub-ons and the green ones with an olive green ink pad.

Just a reminder, if you haven’t had a chance to enter my ProMarker Give-away you can here, you have until March 13 to enter :)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Postage Due:)

Happy Monday folks! I had on of those weeks last week where all of my well-intended plans fell apart…you’ve all had those weeks where despite your best efforts nothing turns out right..good deeds never go unpunished…you know. Well, I virtuously had made 17 thank you notes for the guests of my twins’ birthday party because I wanted to get them out in a timely fashion, and I addressed them, place on a 44 cent stamp and popped them in the mail box and off they went to be delivered to all of the guests postage due.

I was so embarrassed.

The crepe paper and button I think are to blame because although the card was light enough for a standard stamp the extra thickness required 44 more cents. My apologies folks. Lesson learned.

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, Paper: DCWV, Idea for Button Medalions: Creating Keepsakes

The good thing was that I was able to hand deliver some of the cards. I need to get one of those cardboard thingies that they have at the post office to test the thickness of a card to avoid future shame :) At least I sent thank you notes right?

The week got better though and I won Card of the Week at 2Sketches4You (I know, can you belive it!) and top 3 at Gingerloft Challenges. Shameless bragging, I apologise :)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Wild About Woodgrain!

I love the look of woodgrain paper, I’ve seen th trend around for a while but there were no woodgrain pattern papers in the scrapbook shop in my neck of the woods so I made my own:

Card by Lindsay Weirich, Stamps: Pink Persimmion

It is really fun and easy to do! You can get inexpensive woodgrain tools at your local hardware store, they are fun to use on furniture but you can use them on paper too. Here’s how:

Lay out a sheet of heavy paper like cardstock or even a paper shopping bag. Squirt some acrylic paint on top. Pull the woodgrain tool through the paint and watch the magic happen! You need to work quickly when using paper because the paint will absorb and dry and you never know how it will come out until you do it. If you get a paper you love scan it so you can use it again and again. I scanned some of mine and you can download them for free from this post.

The stamps I used on this project are from Pink Persimmon in the Oh Dear set.

Well I’m off to enjoy a stressful day, half way through our remodeling project our flooring installer just quit, the house is in shambles and I have no idea what I am going to do. Oh, well, such is life right? Until next time happy crafting!

Wordle’s the word!

Have you heard? Well, it is now exactly new but there is a fun application online called wordle that lets you make word clouds like the ones I used on these cards:

These first two cards use stamps from About Art Accents.

Stamps: About Art Accents, Brads Dollar Tree, Paper: today's freebie

Stamps: About Art Accents, Brads Dollar Tree, Paper: today's freebie

Stamp: About Art Accents, PP: Making Memories, wordle paper freebie, die cut: cricut

Stamp: About Art Accents, PP: Making Memories, wordle paper freebie, die cut: cricut

This card uses the Cherry on Top digital stamp for Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and a die cut from Creative Cuts and More:

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: Crafty Secrets, PP: todays Freebie, Die Cut CC&M

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: Crafty Secrets, PP: todays Freebie, Die Cut CC&M

I made these cards for the September 2009 issue of Vamp Stamp News, the challenge was making computer generated backgrounds. If you missed that issue you can order it here. I used some pattern paper I made a while pack to make this card, isn’t she cute, I used the Little Red Wagon stamp set from Pink persimmon:

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, Paper: Today's Freebie

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Paper: Today's Freebie

If you would like the papers I made for the cards you can download it for free here.

Click to dowload today's Freebie, enjoy!

Click to download today's Freebie, enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Were off to see the wizard, and hop with Creative Cuts too!

Yahoo, it is time for another blog hop with Creative Cuts and More! If you just hopped over from Steph Zerbe (what an awesome project!) you are in the right place! If you are starting here make sure you hop over to the Die Cut Diva blog (where you can get a coupon for 15% off!) so you don’t miss any of the fabulous prizes! This month’s giveaway is a Halloween castle album kit, be sure to sign up at the Die Cut Diva blog for your chance to win! This month out theme is Halloween and I wanted to do something a bit out of the box with Creative Cuts and More’s Dress and Tux boxes, there not just for weddings anymore!

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and more, Stamps: (dog) Pink Persimmion, (Title) Inkadinkado, All others: The Stamping Ground

Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and more, Stamps: (dog) Pink persimmon, (Title) Inkadinkado, All others: The Stamping Ground

That is a lot to get into one photo  so here are the favor boxes closer up:

For Dorothy I used the dress box in blue and hand-drew an apron, cut out and added it with stamped elements.

I'll get you my pretty, and your little dog too! For Dorothy I used the dress box in blue and hand-drew an apron, cut out and added it with stamped elements.

I used a rust colored tux box wrapped with fluffy yarn to make the cowardly loin.

I used a rust colored tux box wrapped with fluffy yarn to make the cowardly loin.

Are you a good witch, or a bad witch? Glenda is my favorite! I used the Angel diecut and trhe dress box cut from pearly pink cardstock to make her! Did you know the actress who playes Glenda was 51 when she played the part, I'll have whatever she's having!

Are you a good witch, or a bad witch? Glenda is my favorite! I used the Angel diecut and the dress box cut from pearly pink cardstock to make her! Did you know the actress who plays Glenda was 51 when she played the part, I'll have whatever she's having!

Oil Can! Here is the tux box again. Tip: when stamping on pearlessect cardstock besure to heat emboss it to prevent smearing!

Oil Can! Here is the tux box again. Tip: when stamping on pearlessent cardstock be sure to heat emboss it to prevent smearing!

If I only had a brain...Why does this sonk keep playing over and over again in my head?

If I only had a brain...Why does this song keep playing over and over again in my head?

Don't forget the ruby slippers! These were cut from Metallic red cardstock, I stickled the buckles and glued them on.

Don't forget the ruby slippers! These were cut from Metallic red cardstock, I stickled the buckles and glued them on.

Here are the Die Cuts I used:

Dress box

Tux Box

Witch

Buckle #01 set

Baby Shoe

Angel

Hot Air Balloon

I also used Stickles Glitter Glue on the shoes and Glenda boxes.

Now that you have seen my project check out Jen’s fabulous creations! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy hopping and crafting too!

Cute as a button!

When I saw this sketch over at 2 sketches 4 you today I had to make a baby card ASAP:

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, Inqie Botique, Cardstock, ink: SU!, Die Cut: Cricut Accent Essentails cart)

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Inqie Boutique, Cardstock, ink: SU!, Die Cut: Cricut Accent Essentials cart)

I used scraps of blue paper and stamps from Pink Persimmon and the sentiment is an oldie from Inque Boutique. Thanks for looking and till next time happy crafting!

Back to School Minibook (with free template!)

As promised I made a mini-book with the template I designed for you yesterday:

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, PSX, Paper: DCWV, Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-Dial, binding combs, DYMO label maker

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, PSX, Paper: DCWV, Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-Dial, binding combs, DYMO label maker

I just cut the bracket edge card ( you can download a printable version or SVG versions to cut with your cricut from yesterday’s post) with my cricut and scal software and cut each layer a bit shorter than the last. I used my deep cut blade set at depth 6, pressure max to cut the shapes first out of chipboard (I saved it from the back of a paper pack but you can use a cereal box since you will be covering it with pattern paper), then used my standard blade to cut the same shapes again from pattern paper. To cover the backs of the pages I put my paper print side down on my cricut mat and cut it again, Best of all you can make this on the small cricut machine because the largest page is 6″x12″!

Aren't they the cutest!

Aren't they the cutest! Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Coloring stuff: Ink: Stampin Up!, Prismacolor Pencils, Goo-Gone

The kid stamps are from the little red wagon set from Pink Persimmon, I love this set because they look a lot like my my kids, I stamped the girl twice because I have twins and I will have photos my 3 children on their first day of school. The letter stamps are moldy oldies from PSX (my very first stamps actually!) but I love them and they are classic so they never go out of style!

To bind my book I used my crop-a-dial and a cheap comb binding from staples, you get 25 11″ long bindings for under $5 and you can cut them whatever length you want. To see a tutorial on binding a mini-album with a Crop-a-Dial click here. You could also use a Bind-it-All but I don’t have one so I’ll make do for now :)

You could embellish the book however you like but I’m keeping mine flat so I can slip it into a page protector in my family album, I find odd sized mini-albums hard to store otherwise and this way it won’t get lost.

I hope you can swing by on Monday for the Creative Cuts and More blog hop! You will be “Clearly” impressed with the work the Design Team Divas have cooked up for you! Until then Happy crafting!

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