3 Cheers for Cheery Lynn & a Tip to “Die” for!

Happy Friday folks! A couple weeks ago I showed you how to cut an intricate die, a beautiful doily die from Cheery Lynn. I had struggled with that die but finally found a method that worked in my “antique” but hard used machine. Well, the president of Cheery Lynn Designs saw my valiant attempt and sent me a platform for my big shot. Apparently they don’t make the platform I was using anymore (it’s rather vintage you know) but I could not see how a new platform would be better than my old platform shimmed with cereal boxes and roof flashing…OK, maybe I can see how. He also through in 3 die sets and a real steel metal shim to play with. Well, do you want to see how they work? Well, have a gander at today’s video:

I didn’t think having a new platform would make a difference but really it is like having a whole new machine. If you Big shot/Big Kick is newer than mine it probably would have come with the tabbed platform, if not you might want to consider it if you like to use wafer thin dies. If not a cereal box and roof flashing does the trick LOL! The metal shim really helped the die cut, I think since my machine is 8 years old the rollers might have loosened up a bit making the dies not so tight. My aluminum flashing worked well too but if you have a magnetic platform you would want the steel one to keep your dies in place. BTW, now that I have the new tabbed platform and I don’t need the old one I am going to see if I can figure out how to turn it into a magnetic one, my husbands countersink drill bits and rare earth magnets are going to come in really handy this weekend! All of the dies from Cheery Lynn Designs cut like butter and the flourish die got an extra workout as my friend Kathy used it to cut a bunch for birthday invites.  I have some cards in progress with the steampunk high heel die he sent too, I’ll share them later. I am really glad I gave thin dies another chance, you just need the right tool for the job. Thank you Mike for sending me some fun new dies and accessories to play with, you can check out the offerings of Cheery Lynn Designs on their website.

Now for a $$$ saving tip! If you have old, bowed die cut pads I’ll show you how to clean and flatten them, no special tools required!

I hope I inspired you to straiten up those die cutting plates and go make a card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

I’m a little bit rusty..in a good way!

Hi there crafters! I was in need of a birthday card for a guy and came up with this:

 

I die cut some gears from cardstock and wanted them to look like metal so I inked them with pigment ink and used copper embossing powder and heat it…but wait? Where is my shiny finish?!? My old embossing powder had tarnished from either age, humidity or both and my gears looked rusty…but wait, I like it!

 

I even bent the gear in the center to crack the embossing and it flaked off like real rust, score! I never thought I’d be so excited about rust LOL! In case rust is not your thing you can get a metal look too, check out these tags. The one on the left I inked with tumbled glass distress ink and swiped with a gold inkpad (I also tried it with gold powder eyeshadow and it worked great too!) then I inked up an embossing folder with brown ink (the side that will face the right side of the tag) and ran it through my big shot. Since the tag was damp with ink I quickly dipped it in clear embossing powder and heated it for a glassy shine. Since I used some gold ink it look rather metallic but to enhance the effect you can use more metallic inks, it is all up to you.

 

To grungify the tag on the right I did all the steps as the other tag then brushed some acrylic paint over the raised area and sprinkled my tarnished copper EP on top. I heated it and the paint cracked and the EP got all rusty, overall a great old distressed look I think!

I guess I won’t be throwing away my old embossing powders after all :P Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Colorful Card {for your Monday!}

I was playing around with my homemade stain some more and made this card:

 

The tips on my homemade daubers are a little less than a half inch wide so coloring in the blocks on the embossed design was a snap! I also dyed the seam binding with the homemade stain!

Have a great Monday and til next time happy crafting!

A Manly Card

Happy Monday folks! I hope everyone had a good weekend and mother’s day. Friday was my husbands birthday. I am naturally drawn to feminine themes and colors but once in a while it is fun to make a masculine card. Here is the one I made for him:

 

It was actually quick to make because I have certain “go-to” ideas fo making guy cards. Here are my tips:

  1. Emboss a panel of black cardstock with a masculine design like diamond plate, gears, stars or anything that might have a manly feel to it, then ink it in silver and heat emboss for the look of metal. The messier the better!
  2. When in doubt stick with kraft, neutral, black, brown and cream, you cannot go wrong and it will look guy-ish.
  3. Embellish with hardware. I used hex-bolt looking eyelets from Creative imaginations but if you don’t have any craft hardware you can use washers and hinges from the hardware store (or hubby’s tool box!)
  4. Monkeys…Guys like monkeys, trust me, put a monkey on your card and you can’t go wrong.
  5. Skip the ribbon and use twine on your card for instant manliness.
  6. Grunge it up, crumple it, ink it, run it over with your car if you have to. Guys love the grungy look.

 

supplies: Stamp & Ink: Stampin Up!, Embossing folders: Cuttlebug, Spinner die: Sizzix, Number stickers: EK Success, eyelets: Creative imaginations, Ink: Jo-Anns

 

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Come and Get It Challenges, Creative Cowgirls , I Did It Creations, Let’s Ink It Up, Scrappy Frogs, 2 Sisters, Catch The Bug, One Stop Craft, Secret Crafter (the pattern paper and tag are 6+ years old!), Crafty Ann’s, Inspire Me Fridays and Divas by Design

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Make your own pearls, glimmer mist and rolled flowers…

I think my favorite part of scrapbooking is making homemade embellishments, why buy store-bought ones when they are so fun to make? I’ll share how I made the elements on this page:

The title element on this page was a lot of fun. I used self adhesive glitter fun foam (grab this on clearance at the craft stores after the holidays) and cut them with steel rule dies from Sizzix. (Actually this was a steal, I bought 3 different sets of alphabets that were normally $100 for $1 each at custom crops, can you believe that deal!?!) I always have my eye out for versatile thick steel rule dies because U can cut felt, chipboard, foam and more with my Big Shot. Another bonus is because each of the letters has a frame around it you get 2 letter for each one you cut. Here is a title block I made with the leftovers:

Notice the glitzy background on the title block? I saved the scrap paper I used when I glimmer misted my embellishments and it was so pretty that I saved it and used it here. If you want to make your own glimmer mist you can read my tutorial here.

I love crepe paper, it is so frilly, pretty, feminine and cheap! I pleated a strip for the title border and then tied a length of my homemade crinkle seam binding on top. Note the homemade bakers twine on the knot and on the title strip (thanks UKMaryanne for that tip!) To make a rolled flower I simply took an 18″ length of crepe paper and twisted it so i had a cord then I covered a scalloped circle die cut with low temp hot glue and starting at the middle I coiled the crepe paper pressing it into the glue as I went. For the pearls simply squeeze out circles of high temp hot glue on a non-stick mat and let dry, then dust it with pearl ex and glue them to the flower. I sprayed my flower with cheap hairspray (Aqua Net aerosol) before attaching it to my layout to keep the pearl ex stuck on good! Works for chalk too! Oh, before I forget the homemade button card tutorial is here.

I dug into my old stamps for this layout too, the name/date stamp is several years old and the flourish next to the flower was one of my first stamps from PSX about 10 years ago! Using what you have already in a new way is the best way to save money and be creative when you are scrapping! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

BTW this page qualifies for the following challenges: Get Hippity with Ippity, Kaboodle Doodles, Make it Monday, Pollycraft, Stamp with Fun, By the Cute & Girly , Scrappy Frogs, Catch The Bug, Sweet Stampin(rolled flowers are new to me:), Crafty Ann’s, Just Add Ink, Paper Cutz , Craft Us Crazy and Digi Doodle Shop’s Best

It IS easy being green! (and a hidden freebie!)

Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without! Those words are hard to live for a crafter who is constantly bombarded with the latest and greatest products hitting the store shelves every day but with with the environment in the state that it is in, not to mention the economy, we need to look for greener ways to craft. And don’t worry, you won’t have to sacrifice a bit of style!

A card made from junk, er...I mean recycled materails.

A card made from junk, er...I mean recycled materails.

This card is almost 100% recycled. Let me explain, when I print a digital stamp I always fill the sheet with stamps I’m sure to use later. I had printed this and colored the Doodle Tulip but it didn’t work with the card I was making so I tacked it up on my inspiration board. When I went to make my recycled card I grabbed that so I wouldn’t need to print a new image (I admit laziness had a part to play ;) ) I used thin chipboard that came as packing in a paper pack and trimmed it for the card base and added a piece of corrugated cardboard (from the recycling pile) on top. I peeled off the top cardboard layer, brushed on a bit of pink acrylic paint and sprinkled fine glitter on it while it was still wet. The tag was die cut (Ellison) from a piece of plastic packaging that I saved from one of the kids toys at Christmas and I stamped a sentiment (stampin up) on that with black Staz-on ink. I grabbed a scrap of leftover pink grosgrain ribbon slid it through the hole and stapled it down, oh and I painted the back of the tag with the pink paint too. The only non recycled element, rhinestones, were from my stash and I used my Bic Markits to color them to match my card. All in all I’m pleased with the results, just think, This could have all ended up in a landfill somewhere, at least now I can send it to someone before it gets thrown away LOL! Here are some other recycled embellishment ideas, If you don’t have a die cut machine no problem, hand cut for a unique charming (and very trendy by the way) look.

Some recycling ideas. All items were cut using the Ellison Big Shot with Ellison and Sizzix dies.

Some recycling ideas. All items were cut using the Ellison Big Shot with Ellison and Sizzix dies.

You could also cut embellishments from textured shelf liner, window screening, soda cans (iron them first so they dont curl), cork, drywall mesh, magnet sheets, leather and mis-matched playing cards. Look around and be inspired!

OK I know you have been reading my drivel looking for the hidden freebie, well keeping with the “green” theme this week I have designed a stamp that will be free for one week before going into the shop, it is available on one of my Design team’s blogs. So what are you waiting for? Check out these crafty chicas and go find that freebie! PS There will be a new hidden freebie each week! Fun!

One more thing, for every purchase you make in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Store 25 square feet of rain forest are protected, and since I email you the goods no resources are used to get my stamps to you. Feels good doesn’t it. And getting a free card kit with ever $10 you spend doesn’t hurt either.

And now check out the Designers:

Tracey

Tamara

Lisa

Margie

Katt

Row

Melissa

Janet

Olena

Michelle H.

Kim

Enjoy the DT’s work and don’t forget to leave them some love, until next time happy crafting ;)

Gorilla Glue and New to You cards!

Wow, what a week! My girls had 4 friends with birthday parties this week, my son had to give a report on Hawaii and there was a little party for parents and students in his class yesterday! After the party he went to play at a friends house and got roughhousing and broke his glasses jumping off something, don’t ask, I didn’t get the whole story. Of course like most accidents/injuries/breakdowns it happened late on a Friday afternoon so the chance of getting the glasses repaired by a professional was slim so I took my chances and my bottle of Gorilla Super glue and decided to fix said glasses. I can hardly believe it but it worked! The way the glasses came apart was weird, it was at the hinge and the strait part that hooks to your ear has slipped out of the hole where it hooks to the hinge, it had a little pin on it so I dabbed some glue on the pin and pushed it in the hole, took it out and wiped away any excess glue then slid it back in and let it sit for an hour and they are a good as new! I used the regular Gorilla super glue not the precision pen. Hopefully it will hold up, everything else I’ve used this with has and it contains rubber particles in the glue so it is not brittle like other brands of super glue. Well that $5 bottle of glue saved me $200 at the eye doctor!

I’ve been so busy getting my digi-stamp store up and running that I haven’t had enough time (really, is there ever?) to craft! so I thought I’d share a card I made with a cool Stampin Up set I borrowed from my mother. The set is called 5th Avenue Floral, ain’t it pretty?

Stamps: Stampin Up, Paper: SU!, The Paper Co, Ribbon: Dollar Tree

Stamps: Stampin Up, Paper: SU!, The Paper Co, Ribbon: Dollar Tree

Stamp: Stampin Up, Paper: Basic Grey, DCWV, Dies: Sizzix

Stamp: Stampin Up, Paper: Basic Grey, DCWV, Dies: Sizzix

Sorry, I don’t know what set this stamp was from, leave a comment if you know, it is a pretty one! That’s all for tonight, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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