Make your own double-sided paper!

I LOVE double sided paper (esp. Bo Bunny, Cosmo Cricket and K&Co.) I like to use it on cards where you can see the opposite pattern peeking out from the inside. But sometimes the opposite side of the paper isn’t quite right, of course I could head down to the local scrapbook store to see if they have paper that is just right or I can make it myself. Guess what I am going to do :) . If you are like me you have stacks of pattern paper lying around, many with 3 sheets of each design and you could scrapbook 3 lifetimes worth of photos before you made a dent in your stash…I’m not the only one am I? Anyway to make double-sided paper simply find two sheets of pattern paper and adhere them back to back with a glue stick. That is what I did here:

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye (blue), DCWV (pink), clear stamps: Inkadinkado, Cardstock Georgia Pacific (whitw), SU! (green), Twill Tape: Home Sew, Brads: Miss Elizabeth's

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: My Minds Eye (blue), DCWV (pink), clear stamps: Inkadinkado, Cardstock Georgia Pacific (white), SU! (green), Twill Tape: Home Sew, Brads: Miss Elizabeth's

The two sheets of pattern paper are sturdy enough for a card and this way I can use two patterns that I like from different paper companies. The stamp is one I designed called Flourished Chickadee (only a buck folks and you can print and use it as much as you want!) and boy it is so quick to use. I scribbled some watercolor crayon on the image, blended it with a SU! blender pen, trimmed it and added it to my card. I used natural twill tape as a ribbon, it is super cheap if you get it in bulk at homesew.com, they even have white cotton ric-rac there that you can dye to match your projects with reinkers and every once in a while they have free shipping. check them out.

That’s all for today, till next time happy crafting!

A diffrent way to use a digi-stamp, watercolor tips and make your own bow-maker!

Boy do I love it when I find a new use for something I already have! I have a bunch of digi-stamps (heck, I make them!) and they are fun to print and color but how about using them as a painting pattern?

Orchid Digi Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Clear Stamps: Inkadinkado, Watercolor Paper: Arches, Ink SU!, Other: Ribbon

Orchid Digi-Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Clear Stamps: Inkadinkado, Watercolor Paper: Arches, Ink: SU!, Other: Ribbon

That is what I did here. I simple opened up a new document in word, went under insert, picture ans selected my Sketchy Orchid stamp (only $1 in the shop BTW) and sized it about 4″ wide and printed it. Then I used a piece of graphite transfer paper to transfer just the basic lines of the flower on to a piece of 6″x12″ watercolor paper folded in half. (if you don’t have transfer paper just rub pencil lead on the back of your printout, flip the paper over and trace, easy peasy) Then I used my M Graham & Co. watercolors (these are my favorite, I’ve used them exclusively for 8 years) to paint the flower. Total time: 1 hour including set up and embellishing!

Buy quality paint ans store it in a pallette like this and you will save lots of time and money!

Buy quality paint ans store it in a palette like this and you will save lots of time and money!

This is how I keep my paint, I buy it in tubes and squeeze it out into a large well palette and let it dry. The M Graham paints contain glycerin and honey so they never mold and they stay slightly moist between painting sessions. My paint is ready to go when I am and since I just take what I need out of the palette each time none goes to waste! When I am done I spray the center mixing area with water and wipe it with a paper towel or rag.

My fancy bow maker!

My fancy bow maker!

I wanted to make a fancy loopy bow for this card but I don’t have a bow maker so I grabbed two clothespins and a jar I had laying around and made one myself. You can adjust how big you want the loops to be by moving the clothespins further apart. Wrap the ribbon in a figure 8 around the pins then tie a short length of ribbon around all the ribbon between the pins, very easy and quick! Money saved: $10!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you try your hand at water-coloring your next card, use one of my stamps as a pattern, don’t worry, I’ll never tell you didn’t draw it yourself ;) Til next time happy crafting and painting too!

Sending springtime, 2s4u, and a freebie!

Well, I can’t guarantee to send any spring your way (although we are having a gorgeous springy streak in my neck of the woods) but I can surely send you a freebie:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Sketch: 2s4u, Paper: K&Co.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Sketch: 2s4u, Paper: K&Co.

I made a quick little pocket to cut with my cricut. I have a cricut version to cut with the George cartridge, an SVG version to use with SCAL and a printable version for everyone else. The pocket file has no window in it so if you want one chose a shape (click on whatever shape you want in George or click the shapes tab in the font menu box and pick a shape) and place it in the middle of the wider rectangle. Do not weld this. click cut and you are good to go!

I used the cute sketch over at 2sketches4you as the inspiration for this card. I used the “Poppin Pastels” technique for the stamping. This is great if you want a soft look or if you don’t have many ink-pads. First ink up your stamp with clear embossing ink ad stamp your design on a light colored cardstock. (if you don’t have any clear ink just use a bit of glycerin on a make-up wedge to ink up your stamp, it is the same stuff!) then using a pom-pom or a cotton swab dab on chalk. For the dragonfly I used a tiny pom-pom to apply the chalk carefully and erased any stray smudges. For the butterfly and scroll stamps I used a big pom-pom and rubbed the chalk all over the place. Guess which way I like better ;)

All the stamps on the project are from the Rubber cafe, I was just over there the other day and Melissa has added a bunch of new stuff, I have my eye on the Herbal Leaf and Arabian Foal stamps!

Ribbon Letters: Jo Anns

Ribbon Letters: Jo Anns

Oh yeah, the little copper letters I used were from Jo-Anns, I got them years ago and they are meant to slide on ribbon but I wanted a touch of grunge and no frills so I stuck them on with my homemade glue dots.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

Cardvarks Challenge!

Have you heard of this fun blog?  I love it! When i have a bit of crafters block I can visit a challenge blog and look at my craft supplies with fresh eyes! The theme at cardvarks was fantasy so I used my Pretty Princess Digistamp collection to make this set:

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: Basic Grey, Cardstock: DCWV, Bag: Creative Cuts & More

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: Basic Grey, Cardstock: DCWV, Bag: Creative Cuts & More

The side gussets on this bag need to be folded before assembeling.

The side gussets on this bag need to be folded before assembeling.

The box is by Creative Cuts and More. This is a sturdy tuck and fold bag and it is a good thing I had two because I ripped the first one. Let me tell you how to make this bag without ripping it! As always the bag die cut from CC&M comes pre-scored but with this one you need to crease the gussets on the side inward before you fold the box together or it wont close tight and the closure tab on the front will rip off but as long as you pre-fold it you will be fine. I love it when there is a simple answer! I also folded the tabs on the bottom and side inward to make them fit though the slits then opened them up from the inside of the bag.

I used Caran Diache watercolor crayons and a Stampin Up blender pen for quick coloring!

I used Caran D'ache watercolor crayons and a Stampin Up blender pen for quick coloring!

To color the images I used watercolor crayons and a Stampin Up blender pen, I mention SU! because I have bought crappy blender pens elsewhere and the SU! ones are the only ones that seem to hold up! Since this is a water base medium I recommend heat setting the images before you begin to prevent the printer ink from smearing. I like the watercolor crayons on the smooth cardstock because they have a creamy consistency and don’t pill the paper when you use the blender pen. I used  a clear stamp from Inkadinkado to stamp the “believe” on the banner.

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I used my Cricut and Tags, Bags, Boxes & More to make the shaker bo Accent Essentails for the large scallop and Zoobaloo for the #3. The cupcake and library card stamp are also available in the shop.

Quilled flowers add texture to the page.

Quilled flowers add texture to the page.

I used my cricut quilled flowers on this page, to see my tutorial visit this post. Don’t forget I am still accepting applications for my design team, details here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A quick craft and a card from a friend

If you are hosting Easter at your house this year and will have lots of young children around or just want to keep a kid entertained try this fun craft. I used to teach a toddler art class and this project was always a hit, I am making this craft with my daughters’ pre-K class on Monday. This is suitable for ages 2 and up. Here’s what I did:

step 1. Gather your supplies: washable markers, a spray bottle of water, white basket style coffee filters and pipe cleaners (aka chenille stems).

step2. Use the markers to color 2 coffee filters.

step 3. Spray with water until the colors blend.

step 4. Bend a pipe cleaner in half and twist. Pinch the coffee filters together at the middle and put in the twisted pipe cleaner.

Step 5. Twist the pipe cleaner again and bend the ends to look like antenna.

Make this craft with your kids!

Make this craft with your kids!

And look what my friend Olena made with my Chick and Egg stamp! How pretty, thanks Olena!

Card Design by Olena, Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Card Design by Olena Levchenko, Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Don’t forget you can download the digital stamp for free from this post. Happy Easter and happy crafting too!

Product Review: Cricut Cuttables Stamp Sheets

I popped in to JoAnns Fabric Store the other day with a couple of coupons burning a hole in my pocket and what should I see but the Cricut Deep Cut blade and housing and packs of the Cricut Stamp Sheets. Since JoAnn lets you use coupons an cricut accessories (not the machines and cartridges) AND they will let you use multiple coupons I grabbed both to try! Here are my results, the birdcage and chandelier were made with the Cricut Stamp sheets.

Credits: Software: SCAL, Font: DB Ladybird, Die Cutter and Stamp sheets: Cricut

Credits: Software: SCAL, Font: DB Ladybird, Die Cutter and Stamp sheets: Cricut, Bird and Butterfly stamps: Inkadinkado

This is what the stamp looks like when it clings to the block.

This is what the stamp looks like when it clings to the block.

I have wanted to try the stamp material for a while but reviews of the product weren’t great and I hadn’t bothered to get the deep cut blade yet also because the reviews were lukewarm but I gave it a shot and I am one happy cricuteer…is that even a word? For my trail I used a new deep cut blade and deep cut blade housing (the blue one), a fairly newish mat, and a 6″x6″ sheet of stamp film and Scal software( one sale 10% off with this code:  1266018 until 4/12/09) but you could use Design Studio. I recommend the software so you can arrange it and pack as many images as you can fit in the 6″x6″ space and so you don’t make errors and waste the pricey film.  BTW the price of a 2 pack of 6″x6″ stamp film is $10 but you can use your coupon at JoAnns or shop around on-line for a good deal. Here is what to do. Firmly press the film to the mat, put it in the stickiest area of the mat, if you have a brand new mat use that. As an extra precaution I taped along the edge with masking tape. Put the blue blade housing with a deep cut blade set at 4.5 in the machine and load the mat. Set the pressure to high (#4) Arrange the images to cut in your software and click cut. for best results don’t cut anything with too much detail or lines thinner than 1/8″ or the stamp will be too flimsy. Solid or silhouette images work best. See how many images I got from one 6″x6″ sheet. They are stamped on a 8 1/2″x11″ paper for reference.

All this was cut from a 6"x6" sheet. You can really pack in the images!

All this was cut from a 6"x6" sheet. You can really pack in the images!

Take care when removing the images from the mat. Keep a pair of sharp fine tip scissors handy in case you need to make a snip here or there as I did with the chandelier stamp. The film is also available as a kit with clear blocks which is a good deal if you need the acrylic stamp blocks but if you have some already I would just get the stamp sheets. One disadvantage of the sheets is that they are very thin, be careful not to get ink on the block when inking up your stamp and keep a tissue handy to wipe away and rogue ink on the block before stamping.

Another tip, make sure you preview you image before you cut, if any part of the image looks too thin you can fix it now, for example the boy icon and robot dingbats had no neck so I welded a rectangle on so it could cut in one piece.

Bottom Line: I love this, I just grabbed another pack of the stamp sheets this morning (yes, with a coupon ;-) ) and I can’t wait to make more lovely stamps!

BTW If anyone knows whos blog I downloaded the beautiful chandelier SVG from please leave a comment so I can credit her.  The bircadge come from DB Ladybird (scrapnfonts.com) and the boy, girl, flower and robot are from the free font Efon. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

…you’ve got a friend…

I was crafting in my studio this morning listing to a CD my hubby made for me chock full of folky light rock goodness and the Carol King Song “you’ve got a Friend” came on and I realized how lucky I am to have so many awesome friends in the crafty on-line world! I have gotten so much support from you especially with the opening of my digi-stamp shop and I just want to say thanks. A few of you have shared some of the cards you made with the free digital stamp I posted the other day, take a look at these cards:

Melissa Bove created this lovely card with a pretty yet surprising color combination.

Melissa Bove created this lovely card with a pretty yet surprising color combination.

Michelle Hale made this lovely card.

This one is by Margie Visnick, how pretty!

The above card is by Tamara Bennett, love the colors!

Thanks gals for sharing these cards with me!

And my friend Cheri who is a very talented artist sent me a blog award. Be sure to stop by her blog and see her work and while you are there you can vote for her teenage daughter who is in a modeling contest.

I get to pick 5 bloggers who have an attitude of Gratitude and pass this award on too. These blogs inspire me with their willingness to share what they know and what they create with us.

Denise’s Scrapbooing Room, Paper Scissors, Paint Create, My Fence Posts 2Jen’s Brain Things , and The Artful Mama

That’s all for now, tomorrow I will review the Cricut Stamp Kit and share some projects I’ve made with it, until then, happy crafting!

It’s the Easter Beagle Charle Brown!

We dyed our Easter eggs yesterday, we started off with 16, I think there is 9 in the fridge right now. The dog benefited from 4 dropped eggs on the floor and the girls enjoyed 3 that were accidentally dropped on the table and well, Jackson will not eat an egg unless is it made from chocolate or some other confection. But we had fun! Oh how I love to see the little bowl of bright egg dye! I was playing with the cricut yesterday and figured out how to make a nifty Easter Egg and Business card holder. Check them out:

Die cuts: by me download them for free below!, Stamps: Stampin Up!, Studio G, Paper: DCWV

Die cuts: by me download them for free below!, Stamps: Stampin Up!, Studio G, Paper: DCWV

Here is the business card holder with my cards inside.

Here is the business card holder with my cards inside.

Here is the egg holder with the eggs inside.

Here is the egg holder with the eggs inside.

I used DCWV cardstock for this but I think for the egg holder I would recommend a more rugged cardstock like Stampin Up! if you have any on hand. I used my new sale-a-bration stamps on the boxes and the little bunny is from a cheap Studio G dollar set. Sometimes you have a stamp that that several images that you would like to stamp separately like I  did with the “Yummy” set. I double mounted the stamp to make it more versatile, see:

I cut apart the two designs on the rubber as well as the sticker before mounting them on opposite sides of the wood block. It is easy to line it up because I have the sticker opposite the rubber, KWIM?

I cut apart the two designs on the rubber as well as the sticker before mounting them on opposite sides of the wood block. It is easy to line it up because I have the sticker opposite the rubber, KWIM?

Here are the download links for the boxes. There are Design Studio Files that you can use with George or Plantain Schoolbook, and SVG files for SCAL users and yes they are baby bug compatible!

Egg holder .cut file for DS users with George and one to use with Plantain Schoolbook or an SVG version for SCAL.

Business Card holder for DS users with George, or Plantain Schoolbook or a SVG version for use with SCAL.

No Cricut? No Problem! Here is a printable version. when you print it set the width to 12″ in the printer dialog box and it will be to scale, it will chop off a bit on the end but you can easily add a little length with a ruler, instructions are printed on the sheet.

Just a reminder SCAL software is on sale for 10% off with this coupon code:  until the 12th!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

A lovely rainy Tuesday…

…I’m serious, the kids slept in so I had time to layout a bunch of cut fruit before they woke up so they could make fruit kabobs for breakfast (And I got a cup of “quiet coffee” yay!) When I picked up the girls from school we went to the natural food store to get eggs so we could dye Easter eggs tonight (they are currently boiling) and then we went to the library. While they were at school today I got a chance to make a card using the sketch from the 2sketches4you blog:

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: MME, Die Cuts: Cricut, Punch: Fiskars

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: MME, Die Cuts: Cricut, Punch: Fiskars

Using sketches is really growing on me, I think when I realized that you don’t have follow the sketch exactly I started to really enjoy it. I like this sketch blog because it is fun to see how others interpret the same sketch. I used the leftover My Minds Eye paper that I used on the layout “on my mind” last week and a new digi-stamp I designed for the card.  BTW I am having a call for design team members, click on the tab at the top of the page for details. Oh and get this, the stitching (except for the bit on the edge of the lace to hold it to the card) is fake! I threaded slivers of white cardstock through some of the buttons then glued them on the card and the sewing on the white paisley paper was done with my Cutterbee piercing bugs on a foam mat then I drew over the holes with a red pen. Easy and quick! To color I used Prismacolor pencils and a Prismacolor colorless marker, then I used a pom-pom to add light blue to the background.

Well, the egg timer is about to go off and I want to give the eggs a chance to cool before my oldest gets home so we can dye them! I’ve had a box of egg dye on the kitchen counter tormenting the kids for weeks, they can’t stand the antisapation! Speaking of eggs I have a fun freebie for you tomorrow…staytuned! Also, Tonight (in the states) ABC is running the Charlie Brown Easter Special at 8pm or 7pm depending where you live. Til tomorrow happy crafting!

SCAL coupon code save 10%!

We interrupt your regular scheduled blog post for a great deal! I just got an email form Craft Edge (The folks that make Sure Cuts a Lot software) and they are offering 10% off the software with this code: 1266018 If you have been waiting to get SCAL now is the time. You can use SCAL to cut any font you want plus SVG files with you Cricut die cutting machine.  The coupon will expire on April 13th. I’ll be back in a few hours with a craft but I had to share the coupon before I forgot. Happy crafting!

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