More “Scrap-pile” Cards!

I recently found a blog that have a challenge every week called “Scrap pile Saturday” andΒ  was all over that. Whenever I can I dip in to my paper scraps to build a card (I have to cut into a full sheet of paper) and I have quite a stash of scraps. This weeks challenge was to use 3 pattern paper scraps to make a card:

Everything I used here was from the scrap bin! The House Mouse stamps were colored in at my Mom's house when I fist got my Copics on Paper Co. Paper, I was going to toss them but I just love the mice! I'm glad I kept them cuz these are pretty cute I think:)

This card also qualifies for the House Mouse Monday challenge which is Easter! I do love those cute little mice, My mom has a great collection so I often stamp out a bunch when I visit, I have many too which my kids stamp and color more than I do! I sent this card to my mom:

Stamps: House Mouse (of course) and the sentiments are from Studio G (those lovely dollar sets!) paper is MME and DCWV

My Sister prefers the House Mouse bunnies so this one I sent to her:

Even the card bases are from the scrap pile, they were half sheets of cardstock (DCWV premium glitter stack) that were left over from some die cut projects I did last week!

Well, this was fun, I did both cards in 20 minutes (A house cleaning break LOL) and since it was all scraps the cards were free to make! If you like the envelop in the first picture it is available in printable or SVG (a file to cut with your Cricut if you have SCAL software, use coupon 8774959 to save 10% on SCAL) in the Envelope Bonanza template pack:

7 svg templates and 8 printable templates for only $4!

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

How to Emboss a Frame

Ha! I figured out how to emboss only a frame around a blank center with a cuttlebug folder:

Stamp: About Art Accents, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

The “stick pins” are head pins with beads and the stamp is from About Art Accents, they have a lot of ATC motifs that are perfect to stamp in a Frame like this, so simple and pretty!

here is the embossed card inked to show texture.

It is so easy you will laugh! All you need to do is replace your bottom cutting pad with a sheet of rubber gasket and a cardboard photo mat so that combined they are about the same thickness as the cutting pad and since the center of the mat is open it applies no pressure to the folder so it remains flay while the outside is embossed. Here is the sandwich:

I added a little embossed line around the inside of the frame with my score pal to make it more finished:

Stamp: About Art Accents, EB folder: Cuttlebug

I am going to make an oval one next, great now I will need to get more EB folders LOL πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

“Egg Mail” and a Video!

Wow, can you believe that Easter is this Sunday! You still have time to make some cute crafts before Sunday, here I made a set using my Cute Easter stamps, My 3-D mailbox template and my Egg Basket templates all available from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Stamps and Templates: Lindsay's stamp Stuff

I thought the 3-D mailbox would be cute done in an Easter theme, I was right (IMHO) πŸ™‚ This set qualifies for these challenges: Aimee’s Challenge,Β  C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, Dare U 2 digi stamp, Everybody Art Challenge, I Love Digi Challenge, Incy Wincy, Lexi’s Creations, Magical Crafts challenge, Paper Play Challenge, Stamp Simply/ No time to stamp, and Stamping for the Week end

This was so easy, it only took 10 minutes to cut and assemble using my Cricut and SCAL software:)

This box was fun and east to alter, it originally held a custom addy stamp but I repurposed it to hold candy. Would you like to lean how to color the basket on the lid? Well check out the video at the end of the post for a BEGINNER marker tutorial πŸ™‚

Watch the video at the end of this post to lean some basic marker skills! See how this image was colored.

Here is the inside:

If you have been stamping a while you are sure to have some of these boxes around LOL!

OK now I need to preface the next video, I started a yahoo group about a year ago called “What’s Digital stamping” because back then hardly anyone know what a digistamp was let alone how to use them. I asked the members if they wanted classes and they said “Yes!” so here is my first Copic coloring video, now please feel free to follow along with your Bic Mark its, Sharpies or Prismacolors, you do not need copics but the markers should be permanent for the techniques we will do. Also, please excuse my hand that is in the way sometimes, I am right handed so I should have set my camera to my left, next time i will know:) so if you have 10 minutes to kill enjoy my first copic tutorial:

Now let’s see what the rest of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT has for us today:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cassandra Cushman

Tanya Johnson

Rhonda Walker

Christie Parker

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Swap: Cheri Wenger Designs

Happy Saturday! This week I swapped stamps with Cheri Winger, a personal friend and new designers at MyGrafico! I Decided to use her new Elegant Name Plate set.

Here is one of the nameplates I recolored and printed on my computer and cut with my cricut, not perfect but we are getting there πŸ™‚

The pretty butterfly is rubber from About Art Accents. I stamped him with Black Memento ink and colored him with my Copics.

Now, having the capabilities of a Cricut machine and the fabulous SCAL software I wondered if I could cut out the printed nameplates with my bug. Here is a card I made with one of the cricut cut nameplates, there is a bit of trial and error but it might be just the thing if you need to cut a lot of pre printed graphics. Here is how I did it:

Look at some of the beautiful designs in this kit! They were so easy to color, I simply used the paint bucket tool!

Notice the black squares in to corner of the files. They are registration marks. After you print the graphics you can line up the squares on the mat corresponding to the squares on the designs on-screen, it might seem strange but stay with me:)

here is a black and white copy of the colored file, save that at 72 dpi as a jpg file (save the original file incase you want to print more later) to convert in scal2 or inkscape.

So then I traced the image in Sure Cuts Alot 2 (SCAL2) and lined up my paper to match what I see on the screen. Be sure to check the keep proportions box checked during this process because it you change the aspect ratio at all the cut will be off. I cut mine with a shadow of 0.15 because of the intricate cuts.

It takes some trial and error, I think when you try this for the first time you should pick a simpler design but these designs are so pretty I couldn't help it!

I always put a bit of blue painters tape on my paper when I cut, it insures that my paper will not slip.

Now that you have seen what I did with Cheri’s Designs check Cheri’s blog and see what she cooked up with mine:) Be sure to check out all of her lovely work and leave some love too! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Bring on the Coffee!

Today I thought I would use images from one of my favorite sets (the first set I created actually) Coffee Talk:

Digital Stamp and Templates: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Markers: Copic

I printed the coffee cups a few times on white cardstock and colored them with my Copics, I wanted them to look like postage stamps so I trimmed around the block with stamp-edge scissors and pierced around the elements. Cool, no?

I colored the stamps with copics on GP cardstock.
The rubber stamps in the background are from the pages seals set (company out of business, sorry) from Inque boutique

I like ATCs but honestly, I rarely make them but I had some leftovers so what is a girl to do? I was able to make both of the envelopes out of a single 12×12 sheet of paper (with the leftover scrap on the ATC) and the neat thing is both envelopes were cut from the same SVG file from the Envelope Bonanza kit, I cut them on my Cricut using SCAL software:

Both the printable and SVG templates can be resized!

Here is a look at the SVG and Printable templates you get in the Envelope Bonanza kit:

you get 7 svg templates and 8 300dpi printable templates for $4!

And now for your Thursday freebie: a printable sheet of 4 coffee themed papers and a coffee talk mesh svg file you can cut with your Cricut machine if you have SCAL software. Click the picture to download πŸ™‚

A little giftie! Free paper and an SVG, enjoy!

Now let’s see what the LSS senior DT has for us today:

Tracy Vinson *March Guest DT

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Rebekah Doak

Cheryl Gorka *bonus project!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Using up some scraps!

I have been sifting through drawers and going through my scrap piles trying to use up some scraps, here is a card I mad with a 8 year old card base, scrap paper and a stamp I colored a month ago from the Birds and Branches digital stamp set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Rubber stamps: Inkadinkado, Cardbase: Paper Bliss, markers: Copic, Cardstock: GP

Notice the “dew drops” on the top of the card, they are my famous hot glue dots, there is a how to video on this post.Β  Here is a look at the Birds and Branches set:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Spring Projects and a Crafty Video!

Hey folks! Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods so I thought this week I’d have the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Junior DT work on some Easter stuff. I used stamps from the Easter Freebie set, Birds and Branches, Sweet Stuff, Cute Easter and SVG templates from Envelope Bonanza and the Egg Basket set:

Stamps/cutting files: Lindsay's stamp stuff

Did you notice that there was a lot of embossing in this set? I didn’t use embossing folders, instead I used Fiskars texture plates, brass and plastic stencils and my Big Shot, watch the video to see how:

Here are close-ups of the cards, they qualify for the following challenges: Bee Crafty, By the Cute & Girly, Daisy Doodles, I Love Digi, Paper Popsicles, Pink Elephant, Rosie D’s, Spoonful of Sugar, Stampin’ B’s, Stamping for the Week end and Susies Sassy Challenge

This is the card from the video, nice and still:)
I layerd jellybeans from the Sweet stuff set with the "sweet" from the easter freebie to make this card!
I made my oen "stick pins" with jellybean colored beads (Fire Mountain Gems) and head pins!
I used the embossed paper from the video, scraps and digi stamps for this one!

Now lets see what the LSS Junior DT has in store for us today:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cassandra Cushman

Christie Parker

Jessica Hammond

Rhonda Walker

Tanya Johnson

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Toot toot!

Happy Sunday folks! I have great news, I just got my copy of Just Cards! Spring 2010 in the mail and I have 4 cards published and one is on the cover:

The really cool thing is that 3 of the cards feature digital stamps I designed from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff!!! The cupcake on the cover card is from the Sweet Stuff set, there is a card using the Cute Easter and Cute Halloween sets too! I am on cloud 9!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Card and an Envie, 8 Cents!

Holy moley, now that is frugal! This is the set I made for less than 8 cents using digital stamps from Mel’s Brushes:

Stamps: Mel's Brushes, Envelope Templates: Lindsay's Stamp stuff

I printed the cardbase and the digital stamps on a sheet of GP cardstock (2 cents) and I cut the envelope with my Cricut and SCAL software and the matting later out of a single sheet of pattern paper (my mind’s eye everyday tango stack bought on sale: 180 sheets/$8 around 6 cents.)Β  To make my base I made a new 5″x7″ document and recolored and printed the stitches stamps on it (you get 26 stitches for $5!) then I “inked” the edges with the art media tool. Since most of the paper is white it is easy on ink too! Then I pasted that into a 8.5″x11″ document, scaled it a bit smaller and printed the recolored shabby flower stamps in the margin so I got all of the elements on one sheet. Easy peasy!

Cards for pennies! it's a good thing!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!