More Free Digital Stamps!

OK now that I have your attention we are in week 3 of “Find the Freebie” with the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff team and as a little bonus I am giving you the funny little digital stamp that I used on this card just in time for Fathers Day:

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Other: washers, nail drywall mesh, hemp cord
Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Other: washers, nail drywall mesh, hemp cord

Wouldn’t it be cute with a Home Depot gift card inside? I used embossing markers to color the image then sprinkled it with embossing powder and blasted it with the heat gun. Do one color at a time so your powder doesn’t mix and so the ink doesn’t dry before you get a chance to sprinkle it. First I colored the metal part of the tape measure with grey, then sprinkled it with silver EP and heated it. Then I colored the orange and sprinkled it with clear and heated it etc. Embossing markers are juicy markers that stay wet on the paper long enough to emboss, mine are by Tuskeno but try the markers you have first because they just may work for you.

see the shiny embossing done with markers
see the shiny embossing done with markers

To “Man Up” the card I embellished it with washers, nails, screws and rope. My “magic mesh” is just drywall mesh from the hardware store that I painted.

You can download my Most Tools stamp here.

Are you ready to be inspired by great work this week and score another free digital stamp? Great! Be sure to visit all of the Lindsay Stamp stuff Design Team for some awesome eye candy and loads of inspiration!

And now check out the Designers:

Lisa

Margie

Katt

Row

Melissa

Janet

Olena

Michelle H.

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Cindy (June Guest DT)

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Life is a Cabaret! (and freebies!)

Wow! Sequins, glitter and tulle all in one project! There is a challenge over at the Pink Persimmon blog to make any kind of paper doll and here is what I came up with:

16"x20" altered canvas by Lindsay Weirich
16"x20" altered canvas by Lindsay Weirich (scroll down for paper doll template)

When I started I had in mind a lovely vintage ballerina, but, when you make a doll it tends to take on it’s own personality and not far into this project I realized I had a sassy night club dancer on my hands! I started with a 16×20 artist’s canvas and tore black and white patterned scrapbook paper and decoupaged it on then gave it a wash of reddish pink M Graham & co acrylic paint, I only use the artist quality paint because it is transparent and is bright but will let the pattern of the paper beneath show through. I painted it on with my wet decoupage brush so it would be extra streaky then I cut (with my cricut and SCAL software of course) the paper doll and the title (cut with scal and the font Darnell), glittered the word cabaret and gussied up the doll with stamps, markers and chalk. Here headpiece is from a gift bag and her skirt is tulle and I scattered sequins around cuz, why not! I also taped a few sheets of magazine text together, accordion folded it and cut the paper doll border on the bottom from that. I also made some stencil paste by mixing latex caulking an the same acrylic paint and scraped it across a plastic stencil (see top left hand corner and bottom right hand corner. What do you think? too gaudy?

Since this was a Pink Persimmon challenge I decided to make a a card with their “ribbit” set:

Stamps Pink Persimmion, Die Cuts: Lindsay Weirich (see download below)
Stamps Pink Persimmion, Die Cuts: Lindsay Weirich (see download below)

I also cut the Mushroom (large) with my cricut and scal software. I colored the stamped mushroom with my prismacolors and blended it with goo gone.

Here are the patterns!

Download the Paper doll SVG to cut with your cricut if you have SCAL software.

Here is a printable paper doll template (PDF)

Here is the Mushroom card SVG to cut with your Cricut and SCAL.

Here is a printable mushroom card template.

Note: I use a circle punch to punch the holes in the top of the mushroom, there are no holes in the templates.

Thanks for stopping by and 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!

Freebie for the kids (and kids at heart:)

Happy Sunday everyone, sorry I didn’t have time to post over the past 2 days, my kids got out of school for the summer on Friday and yesterday I spent a lovely afternoon with my high school classmates for our 15th class reunion. What fun! I was nice to see (despite my classes reputation for being slackers and partiers) that we all turned out OK!

Today I made a little card kit. I was drawing with my children this morning and I sketched a couple “party animals” and I thought hmmm, that would be cute on a kids card, then I thought, hmmm why not make a card that a kid could color:

Party Animal Card Kit Freebie: Lindsays Stamp Stuff
Party Animal Card Kit Freebie: Lindsays Stamp Stuff

Just print and cut the sheet in half and you have two cards already embellished, let junior color in the animals and you’re done! There is even a “handmade by” on the back so your little one can proudly write their name when they are finished. Now you will never be caught short handed when a child’s birthday rolls around!

Download the ready to color card kit here.

If you just want the stamps you can download the elephant digital stamp here and the party chicken digital stamp here. *Note, I literally drew these on a scrap of paper with a ball point pen this morning, these are nothing fancy but if you can use them enjoy 😉

While I have your ear I woulds also like to ask for your help. My Friend Terry over at Creative Cuts and More has a customer with a sick child. She has a brain tumor that is inoperable but there is hope with chemotherapy. They are selling handmade cards to help with the financial strains on the family. If you have any extra handmade cards that you could send to her shop for them to sell, all money will go the the family to help with hospital bills I would appreciate it. You can mail any handmade cards to:

Creative Cuts & More
10940 South Parker Road #435
Parker, CO 80134

Thank you so much! Also Creative cuts and more is looking for some guest designers. If you can rock a die cut you should apply and I have to say that Terry is a dream to work for! Interested? Click here for details.

That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by, enjoy the freebies and till next time happy crafting!

Find the Freebie week 2

It’s Thursday again and time to see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff design team has been up to! I grabbed this weeks sketch over at 2Sketches4you as the inspiration for my card:

Stamps and card kit: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cut: Creative Cuts and More
Stamps and card kit: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cut: Creative Cuts and More

embossedcupcake2

I used the Cool Girl card kit and the brand new Cupcake Tree Digital stamp colored with Bic Mark-its. I cut my stamp out with my cricut (accent essentials cart) and then cut the same shape 1/2″ smaller and used that to emboss it so I would have a “nestabilty” look without the price! See yesterdays post to read how I did it. Here are a few of the new stamps in the shop this week:

Patriotic Patchwork Quilt
Patriotic Patchwork Quilt
Jean Pocket Stamp
Patriotic ElementsPrimative Bird on SunflowerPrimative Flowers

We have a new Guest Designer for June, her name is Cindy Hooks and she is a crafting powerhouse, she has over 600 projects in her Stamp Shack Gallery and I can’t wait to see what she has for us today! And don’t forget that one of our Designers has a freebie for you so be sure to visit all of the designers blogs to find out who and snag a stamp for free!

And now check out the Designers:

Cindy (June Guest DT)

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Lisa

Margie

Row

Melissa

Janet

Olena

Michelle H.


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!

Be Creative (in 10 minutes or less!)

Wowzer! where did the school year go? In a few short days my dear children will be out of school for the summer. Does that mean it’s time to pack away my art supplies…of course not! Summer is the time for quick, fun crafts that you can pick at while the kids work on their own masterpieces. Here are some quick card I made the other day using stamps from The Rubber Cafe:

Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, doublemates
Stamp: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, double-mates
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: The Paper Co., Doublemates
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: The Paper Co., Double-mates

I used a tagger gun ti attach the buttons, it’s way quicker than stitching. The stamps I used can be found here, and here. The Cardstock is by Double-Mates and it is cool because it was all leftover squares form a colorblocking template I got from Creative cuts and more, frugal!

and remember the pack of 25 pockets I found at the Dollar store? I made one those too!

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Pocket: dollar Tree, Cardstock: Doublemates
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Pocket: dollar Tree, Cardstock: Double-mates

Remember that summer is all bout having fun, try a quick card today! Till next time Happy crafting!

A “pink” and orange challenge!

Have you heard of the company Pink Persimmon? Well, I saw their stamps for the first time a couple of months ago and fell in love! I really wanted the Little Red Wagon set but it was sold out, well, they were back in stock last weekend and I snagged a set! Here is a card I made with it:

Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Little Red Wagon set, Cardstock: The paper Co, Ribbon: Target, Paint: M Graham
Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Little Red Wagon set, Cardstock: The paper Co, Ribbon: Target, Paint: M Graham

I also got the “Oh Deer”, “Ribbit” and “Polka Dot Mushroom” too and I used stamps from those sets on this card:

Stamps: pink Persimmion
Stamps: pink Persimmion

Crafty Tricks: Use both sides of the clear stamp as I did on the larger mushroom. Put the stamp on the block backwards and stamp it like a shadow stamp, wipe off the stamp and apply it correctly then stamp the outline over it, easy coloring! I cut a wave out of a scrap of paper and used it to mask the “sky” area of the card and blotted a green inkpad on the bottom of the card for grass. I colored the images on both cards with M. Graham Watercolors, another quick tip, if you are trimming your images out there is no need to stay inside the lines when you color, let the paint fly!

If you check out their blog they are having contests all month to celebrate their birthday (1 year!) and if you participate you could win yourself some stamps! Gotta love free stamps!

That’s all for now, It is such a beautiful day today I’m gonna get the kids outside to enjoy it! Till next time Happy Crafting!

Caardvarks 3-D challenge!

I love challenges blogs, it’s so fun to be inspired to create something new and see what others make too! One of my fave challenge blogs is Caardvarks, their DT us uber talented and always inspiring. This week the challenge was to make something 3-D, here is my take:

Stamps: About art Accents, Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More
Stamps: About art Accents, Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More
Here is a better look at the shimmer...mmmm shiney;)
Here is a better look at the shimmer...mmmm shiny;)

I used a die cut bag from Creative Cuts and More and assembled it with Killer Red tacky Tape then used stamps from About Art Accents to decorate it. After it was all put together I gave it a few blasts of my homemade shimmer spray…yes I sprayed it directly on my project!

Stamping details:

I stamped the fairy on Watercolor paper with black versafine ink, heat set and colored with Prismacolors and blended with goo-gone then applied glue to the wings and glittered them. The butterflies were stamped on trancparencywith black staz-on, flipped over and colored with Bic Mark-its then I put double stick tape over that and cut out and glittered. I attached them with glue dots.

Have a great sunday and happy crafting!