Victorian Valentines!

Howdy friends! Well, I did clean my studio today after yesterdays scary desk photo and managed some much needed organization tasks. It feels good to have everything neat and tidy. One of the projects that got my desk to it’s unruly state was this fun project: A Valentine favor cone AKA Mussie Tussie:

I used supplies from Papermart for this affordable craft. I love how they are three dimensional but so easy to make, you can easily whip up a bunch of these for classroom valentines or even classy wedding favors. There are so many options depending on what paper, doilies, ribbon, tulle, raffia and flowers you choose.  And the generous amount of supplies in a  package and low prices at Papermart are perfect for making these lovey favors in bulk for any event. Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m sure you were expecting the latest Ask A Crafter but it is still uploading (in 2 parts) I’ll be back with that tomorrow or if you get impatient you can check my YouTube channel later tonight. Til next time happy crafting!

Back to school and a spooky freebie!

My son went back to school yesterday, I snapped this pic as the bus pulled up:

Digital stamps (Library card, bingo card) Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: K&Co, Autumn Leaves, Rubber stamps: Plaid, Inque botique, Tool: Cricut/SCAL

Digital stamps (Library card, bingo card) Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: K&Co, Autumn Leaves, Rubber stamps: Plaid, Inque botique, Tool: Cricut/SCAL

You can find the Library Card and the printable sheet of School Bingo Cards in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop for $1, you can’t go wrong! Here is a peek at the jornaling tag:

Libraty Card Digi-Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Libraty Card Digi-Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

And a card made from the scraps:

Printable Bingo Card: Lindsays stamp Stuff, Letters: Sizzix bar dies used with craft foam, punch: Martha Stewart

Printable Bingo Card: Lindsays stamp Stuff, Letters: Sizzix bar dies used with craft foam, punch: Martha Stewart

and I must admit i feel pretty cool to scrap a photo the day I took it!  When my son came home I asked how school went and her had a great report! I wrote my jornaling on the Library Card and attached it to a tag and slid it in the scallop pocket that you can download for free from this post. The Bingo Cards are new in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop today. you get a sheet of 6 printable cards that you can use over and over. The background is white so to get a vintage look I simply printed it on cream cardstock. This saves your ink cartridges too! Here is a preview of the bingo cards:

School Bingo Cards Printable Sheet (Lindsay's stamp Stuff)

School Bingo Cards Printable Sheet (Lindsay's stamp Stuff)

We have another hidden freebie this week and it is a spooky one! Be sure to check out the Design Team’s blogs to find it and see the terrific work they have for you this week:

Diana Stout (August Guest DT)

Katt

Melissa Bove

Margie

Lisa

Tamara

Row

Leanne

Janet

Olena

Melissa Craig

Kim *A yummy Mommy & Me project!

Tracey

On a sad note one of the original members of the design team passed away this week, Michelle Hale was jogging Monday morning when she was hit by a vehicle, my heart goes out to her family and friends, she will be missed greatly in the stamping community as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by, 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!

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