Ch-Ch-Ch-Chevron!

Oh, wow, I love chevron patterns! After spending a frustrating time making a chevron scrapbook page last week (with lots of time and paper wasted) I decided (after my friend Cindi suggested it) to create a chevron template set to make my life (and hopefully other crafters) easier. Here is a 10 minute scrapbook layout I made with one of the stencils in my Chevron Chic SVG & Printable template set:

 

I used my die cutter and SCAL software to cut out the stencil 1 design and simply spritzed it with ink, easy peasy! I was almost a shame to cover this pretty background up but I have to say the photos of my cutie-pie nephew definitely improves it.  🙂

 

Here is a look at my stencils made from plain cardstock (yes, cardstock works just fine but if you want to get fancy you can cut it from a transparency-be warned, it will dull your blade.)

 

The stenciled stars on the layout were also sprayed, I saved the leftover piece from some stars I die-cut out a while ago and it was perfect. You can watch this quick tip video if you are curious on making your own stencils (it only takes 2 minutes .) 🙂

Here is a look at the Chevron Chic set, I will have a bunch more projects for you with this because it is just so fun to work with and best of all no waste!

 

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PS the basket freebie I mentioned in the video will be up shortly…I had to Easter-ify it:) Check back in a day or two!

Easter Dresses & new SVGs!

My mom stopped by for a visit this week and brought my twins the most lovely Easter dresses! She sewed pretty cotton dresses with matching purses, my girls were delighted and can’t wait to wear them (which will not be before Easter because my girls have the tendency to go on woodland hikes and make mud pies regardless of what they are wearing!) Even though I don’t have pictures of them in their dresses yet I couldn’t help make a scrapbook page on which I will later add a photo of the two of them on Easter (BEFORE any mud pies are made LOL!) I use my new Party Dress SVG set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff for die cut:

 

For the title I used the fonts LD This and That and LD Buttercream from Lettering Delights. I discovered a quick tip for welding fonts in SCAL2(like I did on the word “Dresses” with the font LD Buttercream), after typing simply select the arrow tool and drag a binding box around the word, then click weld. I am embarrassed to say how long it took me to figure that you, I’ve clicked the word and clicked “weld” (that’s how you would do it in SCAL1) and it would not weld, dragging the box around the word is key! BTW there is no cursive font better for cutting than LD Buttercream, it is nice and chunky!

 

I sent this card to my mom as to thank her for the dresses, I love the sweet apron!

 

Here is a look at the new Party Dress SVG set I used in today’s project.

 Pretty Dress SVG

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Need some quick Easter favors?

Howdy folks, just a quick post today to share a new template I created. It is a cute bunny shaped basket that can be crafted in minutes. The Bunny Basket kit comes with an SVG cutting file and a printable template. I think it would be fun to print off the bunny templates on white paper and let the kids decorate and cut them out. It is really that easy!

And of course our bunny has a “cotton tail” it would be cute to use a white pom-pom in place of the tail cutout, don’t you think?

You can grab the kit here at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff and be done way before Easter rolled around, ain’t it great to be early for a change 😀

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hello Doily!

Howdy folks! I’ve had the idea for a doily SVG set rattling around in my brain for a while but I held off because I did not want to design a set that would be slow, snaggy and frustrating to cut. I use a Cricut machine and SCAL2 software (no longer available) and the Cricut is fickle when it comes to intricate designs so I know that If I can cut this on a cricut with a month old blade and moderately used mat anyone will have success with it! Here is a cute valentine made with one of the SVG files in my Decorative Doilies set:

Card size: 5"x5", SVG die cuts from Decrotive Doilies set (Lindsay's stamp Stuff), rubber stamps by Pink Persimmon

The fabby rubber stamps I use are by Pink Persimmon and can be found here.

Have I mentioned before that I am not a fan of intricate die cuts? Don’t get me wrong, I love the way they look.  In the past I have purchased Cricut cartridges with beautiful lacy designs only to waste paper, time and blades trying to get them to cut properly. I was not going to release a set that would cause others the same frustration so I tested and tweaked each doily file in this set until they cut clean and fairly quickly. Even then I decided to create a tip sheet so you can start cutting with the optimal conditions. There is also photo tutorials on the tip sheet on how to create perfect custom mats and shaped card bases. You can use that tutorial on any SVG file you already have so it makes your cutting file collection much more versatile! Here is a look at the Decorative Doilies kit:

And a couple more pics:

So, let’s say “No!” to frustrating intricate die cuts and say “Yes!” to fabulous, fun-to-cut doilies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fast & Easy Gift Card Holders!

Wow, Christmas is 11 days away and it really snuck up on me (which is quite odd since I have been working on Christmas projects since June because of magazine deadlines) so I made these cute gift card holders to wrap up my last-minute gift cards for the hard to buy for folks on my list. I used my new Gift Card Holder SVG set on this:

My favorite part is that the cuff of the mitten slides off to reveal the gift card:

Wait, did I say that was my favorite because I think I would love this one the most:

You could substitute movie or theater tickets for the gift card in the wine hanger for a truly personal gift.  And I must admit I do enjoy that wine in the pic and it is only $7 a bottle-score!

I like that these gift card holders can be hung on the Christmas tree so they won’t get lost or buried in a pile of presents and they are pretty to look at too. You can whip up a bunch of the ball ornaments and add a little embellishing for a tree full of charming treats:

You can snag this set instantly right here. Well, I have presents to wrap and cards to address so I am gonna scoot, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Be the “Light” of the party!

When I came up with my new Party Lantern set I knew that I was going to have fun with it. The thing I love about it is that it’s quick to make and so fun and there is very little waste. I can cut 2 lanterns from one sheet of 12×12 cardstock using my Cricut machine and SCAL software:

 

But then I can take the leftovers and make invitations, cupcake toppers and place cards!

So, do you want to know how to make these? Well it is so simple, you get all the directions and scoring guides on the printable templates in the kit and you can cut the templates out with your die-cut machine too. Here are some step by step photos to help you out:

Gather Your Supplies-You Will Need:

Here are the kits I used on this set. I die cut the lantern templates with my Cricut and SCAL software but you can use MTC or fairy cut if you prefer. There is a plain lantern in there too so if you want to put your own custom shape in it you can (like maybe a monogram letter or a heart or whatever.)

Party Lantern SVG

I printed the diamond pattern from this kit, I was able to fill the windows on 3 lanterns with the paper I printed on one 8.5″x11″ sheet of vellum. I get plain white vellum in a 50 sheet pack at JoAnns (The Paper Co. brand) for about $10.

Up, Up & Away Papers

And for fun I cut a cupcake wrapper from this free set, YAY, freeeeee!

Cupcake SVG Freebie

This set qualifies for the following challenges: ABC Challenge –  U is for Underneath(we see the underside of the lanterns in the tutorial), Crafty Creations, Digistamps 4 Joy , Penny’s Paper-Crafty andSisterhood of Crafters  – Let it Shine (the lanterns shine al right;)

 

BTW, how do you like the blue backdrop? I just repainted my kitchen yesterday a fabulous bright blue…I’m thinking that’s a good enough reason to have a party, don’t you?

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LSS is 2! {40% off} and easy bow tutorail!

Well, wasn’t that a mouthful? It is hard to believe that my little digistamp company is two years old this month! When I started this venture no one even knew what a digistamp was and now there are hundreds of digital stamp companies out there, what a revolution! I told myself back then that I would stick it out 6 months and see if there was any interest and 2 years later the answer is a resounding “YES!”  To thank all of you, my awesome customers and blog friends I want to give you 40% off everything at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff (mygrafico shop only) now through Saturday. Here is my latest product, a high heel shoe template in SVG and printable JPG format:

This is really quick to make, the template is in 4 parts and I cut the pair out of double-sided paper from MAMBI using my Cricut machine and SCAL software (the file has been tested and works in MTC and Fairy Cut too!). For the fluffy trim I simply crocheted a chain stitch out of fun-fur and hot glued on.

The little bow was so quick (like 5 seconds) and easy that I made a little video (2 minutes) to show you how. It is a great way to use up those little scraps of ribbon because you only need a 5″ length to make this!

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT Challenge, Partytime Tuesdays, Make it Monday, and Wee memories

Don’t forget the 40% off anniversary sale at LSS going on through Saturday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Last-minute Easter favors {quick & easy!}

Howdy! I took a few minutes this afternoon to whip up these cute Easter favors using {surprise} the Halloween favors SVG kit from Lindasy’s Stamp Stuff-BTW everything is 25% off through Sunday:

This took minutes and I cut both boxes from the same sheet of 12″x12″ double-sided paper (Heidi grace) using my Cricut machine and SCAL software. Since I squeezed both of them on one sheet I needed to open the holes a bit on the double test tube holder but that was easy 🙂 The test tubes are filled with Whoppers malted milk eggs!

 

I used my homemade bakes twine to tie on these cute little tags I stamped with a cheap clear stamp I picked up at the craft store a couple of years ago-TIP: If your clear stamp does not stamp well rub a fine sanding block or emery board over it a few times so it can grab the ink. Works great on the cheap clear stamps!

 

This sentiment on the front was also from one of those Studio G clear sets, the first time I stamped it was awful but a swipe across my sanding block did the trick! I colored it with Prismacolor pencils.

This project qualifies for the following challenges: Craft Your Days Away , Crafty Emma, ECP Challenges, Just Us Girls, Shannon’s Sentiments  , Stamp, Scrap and Doodle, Sweet Stampin, Fairy Knoll, Floweret , 4 Crafty Chicks, Paper Romance, Rainbow Lady’s, Sassy Studio Designs, Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Penny’s Paper-Crafty, and Sisterhood of Crafters

Thanks for stopping by and I want to wish you a happy Easter and safe travels if you are visiting family tomorrow 🙂 Don’t forget 25% off everthing at Lindasy’s through Sunday Midnight! Til next time happy crafting!

Vintage Lovin’, a Sale and a Freebie!

Hello folks! Before I tell you about my project today I want to let you know EVERYTHING in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop is 30% off through this weekend! Woohoo! Now here is a fun little easel card and envelope I made using Love Grows, On The Line and Posh ‘n Trendy digital stamps from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Here is a close peek at the bottom of the card:

Easel cards are fun, and so simple to make. For mine I took a 6″x12″ cardstock and scored it a 6″ and 9″, fold valley style at 6″and 9″ and you will see how it make a triangle shape if you look from the side. Now create a 6″x6″ panel of crafty goodness and attach it to the last 3″ that is folded over. In this photo I opened it up and you can see how it is attached, remember you are only adhering the bottom half of the 6×6 panel to the 3″x6″ fold over piece:

When you fold it back up the card stands proudly on display!

And look, when it is time to mail it folds neatly into a square! Cool huh?

Here is a look at the products I used on this card {Remember they are 30% off along with everything else at LSS right now!}

Posh'n Trendy StampsOn The Line StampsLove Grows Here Digital Stamp Set

Now for the freebie, I have a son in scouts and this month it is pinewood derby month so I made a checkerboard flag banner that you can use for Pinewood Derby, Soapbox Derby, a NASCAR party or even a Cars kids birthday party, it’s FUN and FREE! Click the pic to download 🙂

Checkered Flag Freebie

Now Let’s see what the LSS DT has cooked up this week:

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Those gals are so inspiring! Don’t forget about the 30% off sale going on at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff through the weekend and till next time happy crafting!

BTW this project qualifies for the following challenges: http://basicgreychallenges.blogspot.com/, http://bunnyzoescrafts.blogspot.com/, http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.com/, http://doodlepantryblog.blogspot.com/, http://creativecraftworld.blogspot.com/http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/,  http://sliekjescardschallenge.blogspot.com/, http://copiccreations.wordpress.com/http://www.claudiaandcompany.blogspot.com/, http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/http://paperplaytime.blogspot.com/, http://simonsaysstampandshow.blogspot.com/, http://stampingscrappingchallengecentral.blogspot.com/