A quick Father’s Day Card and a chance to win ProMarkers!

I hope you are having a lovely Saturday! Guess what? Tomorrow is Father’s Day and when I saw this image for free on the Letraset Blog I knew I needed to make this card:

 

Letraset is having a coloring contest and all you have to do is download one (or both) of the free images on their blog, color it and email a photo of it to them (or link to it the comment section of the blog) and you are entered to win! The contest goes til the end of the month and the winner gets a 12 set of promarkers and 4 coloring books, I think there is runner up marker prizes too so go ahead and try for some markers! You can read all about it on the Letraset Blog!

BTW I colored my image with the Vivid Promarker blending set with the addition of cool grey4, black and pastel blue;)

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Fashionista Friday, Glitter Geeks , Inspire Me Fridays, Just Add Ink, Mami Doodles, Poodles Parlour , Wags ‘n Whiskers, Craft Us Crazy, Crafty Sentiments, Delightful Challenges, Samuel Taylor’s Challenge, Shelly’s Images, Little Red Wagon, Paper Take Weekly, The Stamping Boutique, Cupcake Craft, Incy Wincy Designs, Ooh La La Creations, Simon Says Stamp and Show…, Squigglefly, Stamp-N-Doodle, Creative Inspirations, Dream Valley Challenges and Sentimental Sundays

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

2 new fairy cards {and 65% off markers!}

Happy Friday! Nope, that is not a typo in today’s blog post header, Letraset is offering 65% off the Tria Marker sets of 12 Friday June 17th only! The ink in Tria Markers is the same as in Promarkers but Tria markers are refillable and you can replace the nibs but the most wonderful feature of these markers is that it has 3 nibs! You get a brush end on one end (it has a nice “spring” to it, I like it better than Copic) and the other end has a chisel tip and a fine tip snaps over the chisel tip to give you 3 nibs in one. I love them. I have the Fashion set and it is fabulous. As my Promarkers are used up (not that any of them are remotely dried out and I use them all the time!) I will be replacing them with the Tria of the same color. To get the sale price on the Letraset website use the code: SHH-0611. Letraset ships worldwide too! Now on to the cards colored with Letraset markers:

The Flower Fairy stamps are from Crafter’s Companion, love these! I hope to own all of their individual fairy stamps someday, sigh…

Here are the close-ups of the cards. I stamped the fairies on Neenah Classic crest #80 with Memento black and colored them with my Promarkers by Letraset. I started with the darkest colors on the edges and blended them inwards with a lighter shade. The only difference between Promarkers and Letra set is that you can refill/replace the nibs and ink on Trias and there are 300+ colors in Tria and only about 144 in the promarker range. I have some of both and they work beautifully together!

The Library card digistamp is from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff in the Teacher’s Helper SVG set.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Don’t forget the Tria Marker sale at Letraset is today (June 17, 2011) only and you have to use the code: SHH-0611 when you checkout to get the 65% off!

Til next time Happy Crafting!

New Sewing SVGs & $1 Retirement Sale!

It’s that time of year again…time for a change in routine, the kids are getting out of school for the summer break, the days are longer and we are all ready for some serious relaxing! It is also time for the MyGrafico semi-annual retirement sale! I have lots of oldies but goodies going away to make room for all of the new kits up my sleeve…speaking of new kits here is one I just finished called Sewing Bits & Bobs:

You get 10 SVG files to cut on your Electronic die cutter (I use a Cricut and SCAL2 software but please note that SCAL3 will not work with Cricut Machines…also note that MyGrafico is giving away a copy of SCAL3 and a Silhouette SD-a far superior die cutter and I will be buying one when my Cricut kicks the bucket 🙂 -on their facebook page, it is an awesome prize and I love to see one of my blog friends win it!) Also I wanted to mention that the button die cuts match the Cute as a Button clear stamp set from Pink Persimmon, they are so fun to cut and stamp!

The bobbins can be used as decorations on your cards and scrapbooks but they ca also be used to store and organize your thread and ribbon, don’tcha love multitasking 😀

Here is a hang-card. I used it to make a button card but you can also use this to package and display hand-made earrings. I sell lots of my hand-made earrings at several shops and these little cards add a professional touch!

Dress-forms are very chic and you get 3 to choose from!

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Clear It Out!, Crazy Amigo Challenge, Going Grey With Scrap-Creations, Hooked on Crafts , House of Gilli, Make it Monday, There’s Magic in the Air, Top Tip Tuesday, and Paper Sundaes

Now on to the retirement sale!

All of these products have been reduced to $1 today through Saturday, after that they are gone! Get them while you can and save $$$!

Organic LivingWinter Wear StampsShaped Cards vol. 1Thinking of EweVintage Alice PrintablesVintage Alice ATCCarousel HorseShabby Houndstooth PapersLove Grows Here Digital Stamp SetWarm Winter Digital Stamp SetLeaf Prints Digital Stamp SetSketchy Leaves Digital Stamp SetCreepy Crow Digital Stamp SetCute Halloween Digital Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Storage (that’s cheap and chic!}

Howdy folks! I was reorganizing in my craft room this week {what’s new, eh?} and came up with a chic way to store my Pink Persimmon stamps. When you are organized you can craft pretty quickly. I put this tag together in minutes before a party on Saturday. I used the Wise Old Owl, Big Banner with Rosettes, and Carnival Alpha Large sets on this jiffy tag:

Since I like to organize by manufacturer this works out well and is so pretty, have a look at my storage binder and insert pages. For this project you will need 9″x12″ file folders, clear shelf liner (such as Contact paper), a hole punch and a 3 ring binder.

 

Please watch this video to see how I put it all together.

Written Instructions:

  1. Trim 1/4″ from each end of the folded file folder so you have a 9″x11″ folder and punch holes to fit in your 3 ring binder. Round corners if desired.
  2. Adhere index sheets to the folder, or you can simply stamp each stamp on the folder for indexing purposes.
  3. laminate the file folder with clear Contact paper. Or you can use a laminating machine if you have access to one.
  4. Re-punch the holes. You covered them when you laminated it.
  5. Stick your clear stamps over the indexed folders. Your clear stamps will cling to the laminated sheets and because they are indexed you can tell at a glance where the stamp you want is or if any are missing.
  6. Place folders in a  3 ring binder and enjoy your newly organized stamps! 

Also it is stamp release day at Pink Persimmon, check out the new “Hello Vintage Girl!” stamp set, lovely! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LSS Design Team Wrap-Up!

Happy Monday folks! I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was busy but this is the last week of school here so soon we will begin the lazy days of summer! The Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team is anything but lazy tho, take a look at all the pretties they have made this week:

First up is Micki with a sweet treat we could all use right about now using the Sweet Stuff  digital stamp set.

Ice-Cream-Bliss-View-2

Next is Karin with a beautiful all occasion card using Steampunk Style digital stamps.

Karin also made this card, perfect for this time of year using Birds and Branches Digistamp set.

Here is Jennifer also with a card using Steampunk Style digital stamps.  

Rhonda also used Birds and Branches stamps to make her card this week:

Cassandra also used the Steampunk Style digital stamps on her card this week:

And she made another “jar” with Doodle Flowers stamps too!

I think I am noticing a trend in the DT’s favorite stamp sets ha ha 😀

Here is a closer look at the sets they used from Linday’s stamp Stuff:

Steampunk StampsBirds & Branches StampsSweet Stuff Digital Stamp SetDoodle Flowers Digital Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Michele’s Push-Pop Cupcake Recipe!

When I saw the fabulous push-pop cupcakes from Michele’s Movie Party I posted Thursday I had to have the recipe and instructions!

Thankfully she was happy to share! She said she used these push-pop containers from amazon.com. They are disposable bust they can be washed and reused {love that!}

Push Up Tube For Ice Cream (Kit of 100 pcs included with lids) - Push Up Tube For Ice Cream (Kit of 100 pcs with lids included)

Here is what she said:

“Since Martha knows how to get things done, I used her recipe for chocolate cake:  http://www.marthastewart.com/346395/one-bowl-chocolate-cake 
and added chocolate chips to the batter.  I mean really, so many things in life are just a little bit better with the addition of some chocolate chips!
Same for her recipe for vanilla cake:  http://www.marthastewart.com/315436/versatile-vanilla-cake  
I baked them in 9×13 pans and torted (is that a word?) after they were cool, but I think next time I just might divide the batter between two 9×13 pans and skip the torte step. 
 
The frosting was a simple buttercream recipe 
Marshmallow buttercream
2 sticks of unsalted butter
4 cups of powdered cane sugar
a pinch of salt dissolved in 1 tsp of water 
1 tsp of marshmallow flavoring (I use LorAnn Oils)
1/4 tsp of Almond extract **
Cream the butter and liquid until creamy and slowly add the powdered sugar until all incorporated and it looks like frosting.  I’ll add a tsp of milk, 1/2 & 1/2 CoffeeMate or whatever I have available until it gets to the creamy consistency I need.  More liquid, thinner icing.  I made this pretty thick so probably one 1 or 2 tsp of liquid max. 
 
Orange Dreamcicle Frosting
follow the recipe above just substituting 1 tsp orange extract for the Marshmallow flavoring and i substituted 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract** for the almond.  
**I tend to play fast and loose with the extract adding a little more vanilla or almond as I think is necessary. 
 
Then I just cut the cake into little circles using a round cookie cutter that about the same size as the push-pop container (http://www.amazon.com/Ateco-5357-Piece-Plain-Cutter/dp/B00004S1CI/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1307639715&sr=1-1)  I subsequently put the cookie cutter down the garbage disposal.  I recommend you skip this step. 🙂  
Pipe a dollop of frosting into the bottom of the push-pop layer with cake and frosting until you reach the top.  Top with sprinkles and you are ready to party! 
Hope you get a chance to make them.  The push pops were fun to eat and I saved the containers (yes, I am cheap), washed them out and plan to use them again! “
 
Thanks so much for sharing this recipe and idea, I will definitely try this! Michele use the cupcake wrappers from the Movie Party Kit to decorate the push pop containers, genius!
 

Movie Party KitREtro Movie Clips & CuttingMovie Banner & Wrappers!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Customer Movie Party!

Howdy folks! Hot enough for you? Boy we skipped spring in New England and now we are looking at a heat wave, seems like a great day to stay inside and craft! Then go to the beach, then come home and craft some more!

Do you have a party to throw in the near future? I’ve got you covered with Printable Party Packs and SVG sets so you can make your own stylish favors and decorations. See what Michele from Grumpy Boy Cupcakes made with the Movie Party Kit and the Movie Banner and Candy Wrapper set:

and check out these push-pop cupcakes {Michele, may we PLEASE have the recipe and directions for these!?! pretty please with a cherry on top 🙂 )

Looks like the kids had a blast too! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome party with us Michele! Here are the kits Michele used for her movie party:

Movie Party KitREtro Movie Clips & CuttingMovie Banner & Wrappers!

And here are some other party products you might like!

Fancy Cupcake Box SVGBag Bonanza!Party Lantern SVGBeach Party PrintablesSoccer Party KitBaseball Party SVG & Printables!Pizza Party PrintablesValentine Party Add-onBachelorette Party PrintablesArcade Party Printables

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A cheap way to mount stamps!

OK, so I went against my normal “rule” and I bought a grab-bag of stamps. Now, I have a lot of stamps so I normally do not do this but my friend Jennifer got a grab bag from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and she was thrilled, plus really, how often do we get a nice surprise nowadays, I think a pound of rubber showing up in the mailbox is a pretty nice one 😉 Here is a card I made with some of my grab-bag goodies from Viva Las Vegas Stamps. the image was colored with ProMarkers. Note: See the end of this post to find out how you can win a set of ProMarkers!

I bought a pound of rubber, 25 funny sayings and 3 of the $1 bags of delinquent dies. I like what I got and found that half of the stamps I would actually use (good ratio for a grab bag!) what’s more is a lot of the stamps in there were of animals being silly and they are just perfect for my stamping kids! (Frog in a top hat anyone?-“hello my baby, hello my darlin’, hello my ragtime gal…” OH yeah!) So I decided I would add to their stamp stash but I had one major problem…”How do I mount these so the kids can use them?” My kids are too young to deal with unmounted stamps and clear blocks so I thought of a frugal way (free even!) to mount these for them so they can be used easily and stored conveniently, here is what I came up with:

Yes my friends I used discontinued Formica chips! My folks have a hardware store and when I was visiting last week I asked if they had any discontinued ones they did not need and Dad handed me a sleeve of them, SCORE! Here is what you need to mount stamps on Formica chips. You could also used old baby blocks or scraps of wood that have been cut to size and sanded as well.

Supplies: Formica samples, rubber cement, Clear sticker paper (Safmat by Letraset)

Step 1. Trim around the rubber image (die). Paint a thin coat of rubber cement on the back of the die and the back of the Formica chip. Let dry completely.

Please note: the "sun" stamp I am using in this tutorial is by The Stamping Ground.

Step 2. Press the two rubber cemented sides together.

Step 3. To index the stamp ink up your newly mounted stamp with dye-based ink and stamp it onto Safmat (this is an ink-jet printable clear sheet that can also be stamped with your regular dye based inkpads. Safmat is made by Letraset). Let the ink dry and cut it out and stick to the front of your formica chip.

Look how well it stamps! The Formica has a bit of flex to it so you can press the image down well to get a nice crisp impression.

Now stamp til you can’t stamp no mo’! The stamp I used in the card was one I donated to my kids stash but then when I saw the quote from the funny sayings grab bag I had to use it. I have to renew my license this month and I have not changed my weight on my license since I got it at age 17…yep, a little indescrepency there LOL! I love how the biker/scooter chick is letting it all hang out 😉

BTW you can win the Promarkers I used to color this card with. There is a giveaway on the Letraset blog so pop over for your chance to win a set of 12 promarkers. While you are there you can check out the Safmat by Letraset I used too!

One more thing…I must warn you that some of Viva Las Vegas stamps are a bit naughty and not for the faint of heart. Please look through their catalog if you are considering ordering, their stamps are not for everyone. I checked all of the stamps before I let my kids have them to be sure they were age appropriate and all of the images were in the pound of rubber but some of the funny sayings were adult only LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Party!

I love a good party! I especially love hosting one and my favorite part of getting ready for a party is making the favors and decorations! Why get store-bought when you can make the perfect party decorations with crafting templates from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and clear stamps from Pink Persimmon. It is a marriage made in crafty heaven if you ask me 😉

I designed the Fancy Cupcake box template to go with the Singing Birds stamp set. I love how the frame stamp fits perfectly on the mat, placecard and cupcake box. In SCAL2 and SCAL 3 the design will import perfectly to fit the stamps but if you are using other software just make sure the mat is set at 4″ wide (lock proportions) and you will be all set.

Of course you can cut the box whatever size you want like I did for the smaller favor boxes filled with gum balls. I also think these little boxes would be cute as wedding favors!

The boxes can be cut with or without the window. There are printable templates in the kit as well so if you do not have a digital die cutting machine you can print and cut. To cut the large cupcake box you will need to enlarge the pattern 150%. Directions and scoring guides for the templates are on the printable instructions.

This kit also comes with a quick cutting cupcake wrapper (say that 5 times fast!) and a scalloped cupcake topper. You can cut 4 wrapper from a 12″x12″ sheet of paper. Tip: Set up the wrapper templates on your virtual mat then fill in with the smaller topper shapes to save space! I personalized the cupcake topper with letters from the Carnival alphabet stamp set. I also used both the large and small carnival alpha stamps on the place cards:

After I made the fancy cupcake box set  thought about other template sets I had and how they would go with other stamps…I decided that this party needed a banner so I measured the stamps in the Big Banner and Rosette set and then opened my scallop banner die SVG cut from the Pretty Banner SVG set and set the size to 4″widex4.25″high and cut a bunch from pink cardstock. I stamped the large banners inside the die cuts then stamped them again on blue polka dot pattern paper, cut out the centers and layered them on the die cuts. Then I simply stamped the rosettes on scraps of cream (leftover from the cupcake box) and punched them out with my 1.5″ circle punch. I glued the layers together and clipped them to some ribbon with mini clothespins. Easy and quick!

What is a party without a favor bag? I like these scalloped favor bags from the Pretty Favors set because you can cut 2 bags this size from a 12″x12″ sheet of cardstock and they are plenty sturdy too. I used scraps of patterned paper and some pleated party streamers to decorate it.

You can make these party decorations ahead of time and you can save the banner to use again! Here is a look at the Crafting Templates from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff I used in this project:

 Pretty Banners SVGPretty Favors SVGFancy Cupcake Box SVG

Here is a look at the Pink Persimmon stamps I used :

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Aly’s Sunday Challenge, Scrappy Frogs, Catch The Bug, Ellephantastic, Drunken Stampers, Crafty Ann’s, Fairy Knoll, Inspire Me Fridays, Paper Crafting Journey, Stamp Insanity and Make it Monday

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!