Another Christmas card…

Well, I have been on quite the Christmas kick lately huh? I’m sorry if you are tired of seeing these but when I saw the holiday card contest at Lettering Delights I couldn’t resist making one more to enter in the contest, they have $100 up for grabs, how’s that for an incentive? I used clip art from the Peppermint Holiday collection and some double-sided paper from Heidi Grace leftover from last year to make this card and envelope set:

If you want to try your luck at $100 just make a holiday card using any Lettering Delight products and upload it to their website. Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Holiday Sweets!

Oh boy, I can’t wait for holiday parties in the kids classes, cookie swaps and all of the chances to get together and celebrate coming up in the next two months. I made this Holiday Sweets Party kit of printables to make holiday hosting a breeze! Are you ready to party?

You will be ready with this new Holiday Sweets Party Printables set. You can use this for classroom holiday and winter parties, birthday parties and more! You get:

1 sheet of 3 cupcake wrappers PDF

1 sheet of Pennats PDF (2 per sheet, print 2x for noel banner))

1 sheet with the four rosettes and “noel” letters for the pennants (PDF)

1 sheet of drink flags (PDF) 15 flags on one sheet

1 sheet of cupcake toppers (PDF) 12 toppers on one sheet

1 sheet with a party cracker favor box (PDF)

1 printable 5″x7″ invitation (full bleed-5.5″x7.5″ in JPG format for easy addition of text)

Print each sheet as many times as you want to accommodate your guests! It is fun, cute and super easy!Check out the Sweet Holiday Party Printables here, only $4.

Hey party planners, this kit is commercial use, as are all of the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff products available at MyGrafico. please see my terms of use :)

This project qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Christmas & OSSAT (winter), Challenge up Your Life (Blue & Green), Cute Card Thursday & Lexi’s Creations (anything goes), Scrapcreations (Christmas) and Moving Along With the Times (Nice & Bright.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Check out my prize from BIC!

Flu update-everyone is well and the house has been de-germed! Amidst my cleaning yesterday the UPS guy showed up with this, my awesome prize from Bic Mark-Its for being one of the winners of their pumpkin design contest:

Can you believe the loot! I love their markers (so much cheaper than copics for the same type of ink!) and I have wanted a set of the 36 ultra fine ones for a while but couldn’t find them and wow, they were in the pack too!  I recommend being a friend of their Facebook page because they have contests (like the one I won), giveaways and coupons (as if their prices weren’t good enough LOL!)

WEll, that is my excitement for the week, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Flu and a Freebie…

ack! It’s my turn, after a fast-moving stomach flu went through my kids and hubby it is my turn. I am so glad I made this quick card earlier this week with my new Vintage Christmas Label stamp set…oh, everything in the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop at MyGrafico is 40% off today (Thursday) only so check out all of the new goodies I have added!

I used the sketch at 2sketches4you to make this quick and easy card, actually I made 6…well almost, the parts are laying on my craft table waiting to be glued but you get the idea-great design for batch cards. This card also qualifies for the following challenges: ABC (H is for holiday), Anything Challenge and Crafty Cardmakers (emboss it), BeeCrafty, Bunny Zoe, Digistamps4joy, Patti’s Creations, Pile it on, Stamp & Create, Whoopsie Daisy (Christmas), Catch the Bug, Fairytale Challenge, Iris’s Spot (anything goes), Crafty Creations (buttons) and Instyle Stamps (photo insparation).

Here is a look at Vintage Christmas LAbles set-you can cut them with your nesties too or hand cut them as I did, so easy! And don’t forget they are 40% off today only!

I made a freebie to share with you today (better to share the freebie than the flu right?) and it coordinates with the Vintage Christmas labels set, click the pic to download:

Now let’s see what the LSS DT has for us this week:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Laurel Seabrook

Remember the 40% off sale is today only at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff! Don’t miss out! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A virtual crop and a gingerbread house!

Howdy folks, I love christmas crafting (well duh, you read my blog right?) and I have had an idea for making a gingerbread house that can be used as a decoration, gift box or ornament that you could cut with your Cricut machine and SCAL software. Well, yesterday I got around to designing it and I made a gingerbread house SVG kit with a bonus card and candy cane thing:

I added some chunky clear glitter to the gumdrops and inked the roof scallops to make the house more realistic looking, the longest part of the project was waiting for the glue and ink to dry! The card was an afterthought because I have some paper scraps left and I loved the layout of it so much I included it in the kit, the card only takes about 3 minutes to make so it is perfect for a batch of Christmas cards. I also added a candy cane with a shadow because it has a lot of uses too, be creative!

Here is a close up of the house:

And here is how the house opens if you want to put a gift inside:

of course if you want to make it an orniment you can poke a hole in the roof of the house and insert a ribbon loop then glue the roof shut, so many options! Here is a look at the Gingerbread House SVG set again, it’s only $3 at Lindsay’s stamp stuff!

this project qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Christmas Challenge (winter wonderland), Caardvarks (holiday and die cuts) and Little Red Wagon (use Red)

Also I want to let you know about the Thanksgiving weekend crop I’ll be hosing at the MyGrafico Community:

All you need to do is join the community (if you are not yet a member) and join the Crop Room and you will be all set to play with us Nov. 26-28, we will be making quick cards and whatever else you want to make, it will be fun and it sure beats shopping!

thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It’s all about the FUN!

As much as I TRY to be ahead of the game having stashes of premade cards ready for any occasion I always seem to be scrabling a half hour before we leave for a birthday party looking for (or making) a card. In my defence it us usually because I ask my darling children if they want to make a card for their friends birthday, and they say “yes” and then when it is time to leave and I ask isf they made the card they say “no MOM, you can do it.” Gee thanks LOL! Not that I mind, I find making cards for chirldren really freeing because they don’t care if the shades of blue you use go together or if the stickers are out of date of if the coloring is perfect, to them it is all about the fun, how about that! sounds good to me, here is a 10 minute card I whipped up on the way out the door to a party yesterday:

 

I used my SU! sock monkey set (I love that for kids cards!) and simply stamped everything in basic black ink, scribbled on some watercolor crayons and blended it with a blender pen, added gratuitous amounts of stickers, some brads and viola! Done and we got to the party on time!

paper: DCVW, Cardstock, Bazzil, Stamps: SU!, Watercolor Crayons: Caran D'Ache, Stickers: Dollar Tree

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Cards For Men (animals), ColorQ (color challenge), Digistamps4joy (circles), Party Time Tuesdays (Birthday), and the sketch at Sugar Creek Hollow (hi Tracy!)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Don’t miss this challenge!

Hey, did you see the new challenge up at MyGrafico? You can win lots of scrapbooking and crafting goodies (including a cuttlebug machine) and spa goodies too. All you need to do is make a great new project using ANY MyGrafico product (yep, this includes FREEBIES) and link it up to the challenge blog here. Winners will be selected by random draw so the more projects you enter the more chances you have to win! For full contest details please visit the MyGrafico challenge blog.

Make it Mini!

Forging onward with my plan to finish my holiday crafting before Thanksgiving (yeah right, shopping maybe, but probably not the crafting) I made 3 little mini scrapbooks using my Made in Minutes Wee Album kit. And truly, I made them in minutes, as long as you don’t count the hours I spent designing the kit (I did the hard work so you don’t have to LOL!)

I actually filmed a video making the album, it was 11 minutes long so when I have it trimmed up to under 10 so it can go on YouTube (which is mighty hard to edit since I don’t stop talking the entire time) I’ll have in the site for you to see.

Here is a look at the Wee Album Kit:

BTW I spray mounted the sheet of covers to chipboard (I used the white cardboard from the back of a pad of scrapbook paper) for extra support before cutting out the minibook covers.

And here you can see everything you get in the kit:

The design in based on an old kirigami (origami and cutting) method and is really fun! You get 6 minibook pages when you print a template sheet once, but you can print off as many sheets as you like and connect the booklets end to end for a ton of pages!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ready, get set…Christmas crafts!

OK before you through rotten tomatoes at me it is NOT to early to start getting ready for Christmas. Besides, wouldn’t it be nice to have all of your shopping done by Thanksgiving so you could actually relax and enjoy the Christmas season? That is my goal anyway. In addition to the store-bought gifts I buy I like to make gifts too (no plastic canvas toilet paper cozies either) I’m talking about stuff that people will actually want and use. Check out the easy and pretty calendar I made with the new Homemade Holidays paper pack from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff:

I made 4 of these in the course of an hour assembly line style, the more you make at once the more time you will save. As I was making these I realized that they would make awesome gifts for teachers, coaches and scout leaders as well as the family members I made these for (No one I know in real life reads my blog so I am safe LOL!)

I used 6″x12″ wooden frames meant to hold panoramic photos for my calendars. I bought a ton of these about 10 years ago with grand plans that never happened so this year I am using them up. You can use whatever size frame you want or have. Look around your attic or cellar, a quick coat of paint will make an old frame new! If you don’t have any frames check the dollar store, you can buy small wood frames there, these can be any size you want. If your frame has glass just place it behind the calendar papers so at the end of the year the recipient can use the frame for something else.

Supplies:

Frame, Tear-Off Monthly Calendar (Mine is from SkyBluePink.com), Cardstock, Pattern Paper (I used the Homemade Holidays Paper pack from Lindsay’s Stamp stuff), glue (either hot glue or tacky glue), double-sided tape, embellishments: felt stickers {from the dollar bins at JoAnns}, photo corners, buttons & bakers twine, Optional: Sewing Machine

Gather your supplies, I printed out full sheets of Homemade Holidays paper, to do this just choose the borderless photo setting on your printer, letter size paper and scaling to 100%. Tip: To save money on printing ink try off-brand ink cartridges, I get a set of 6 carts for my HP Photosmart printer (HP02) for $10 through amazon.com and they work just as well as the HP brand ones that are $12 each! Also take your empty ink carts to Staples because you will get $2  for everyone you recycle! It is like free ink!

Since I am using a 6"x12" frame I trimmed my cardstock to 6"x12" and my pattern paper to 5"x11", I used scraps to make the mat for the calendar. Paper punches can dress up corners and edges at no cost if you already have some (although I broke my Fiskars border punch during this project!)

Trim cardstock to fit the inside of your frame. Trim your pattern paper 1″ smaller and adhere it to the center of the cardstock. Use a sewing machine and cream thread to stitch around the edges. Make sure you do not put adhesive near the edge or it will gum up your needle. Adhere your photo over the pattern paper then cut pattern paper to mat your calender and adhere both of them down with double-sided tape. Glue on your embellishments. Place your creation in the frame and you are done! Easy peasy!

Small details really make a big impact: Machine stitching, threading twine through buttons and inking the edges of mats add homespun charm to any project.

This project qualifies for the following challenges:BabyBud (Scallops, buttons, bling), Bee Crafty, OSAAT, Marks Finest Papers, Stamp and Create, TopTipTuesday & Critter Challenge (Christmas), Craft Your Passion, Incy Wincy (anything goes), Craft’s & Me (make a Christmas Gift), Crafty Cardmakers & The Crafty Pad, Stempel Magie (stitching), Creative Card Crew (Punches), gingerloft, SSDS, Humble Pie (buttons), Inspired Crafters & Mami doodles (anything but a card) and Digital Tuesday (use a frame)

Lets take a look at the new Homemade Holidays paper pack from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

If you hate to print in color I have created a Bold Black &White paper pack too and I have a new set of clip art with SVG cutting files called Up, Up & Away in the shop this week too!

And now the moment you have been waiting for….the freebie! A fun pack of 9 papers with an 1980s flair!

click the image to download, enjoy! Thanks to Inferlogic for use of the zebra pattern.

Now let’s see what the rest of the LSS design team is up to this week:

Cheryl Gorka DT Coordinator

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Laurel Seabrook

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Faux Postage

Hello crafters, a few weeks ago I signed up to so a faux postage mingle at Oriental Stamp Art, we each had to make 10 fake postage stamps and mail them to another OSA member, I found this quite addicting, I made a ton:

Here is how I made the faux postage:

After you have inked and stamped over the mask, remove the mask and cut apart with stamp-edge scissors. These are only to be used as decorations, not to trick the postal system. Here I used some to decorate a card:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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