Lets Crop!

I have met so many cool crafters over the years online and I wished we could all get together for a craft night, well now we can! Next week in Celebration of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff 1 year Anniversary I am having my first ever virtual crop and I hope you will join me:

All you need to do, if you havent already, is join the MyGrafico Community then when accepted you can join the crop room {a virtual classroom} and you can crop with me next week! It is free of course and you can win fabulous prizes so what are you waiting for, sign up now 🙂

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber stamps: SU!, Inkadinkado, Paper: DCVW, Sketch: 2s4y

I was looking for some inspiration this morning so I popped over to 2 sketches 4 you and mad 2 cards using both Laura’s sketch #49 and the bonus sketch. This card uses the bonus sketch and the “Baby” theme from Caardvarks:

The chick digi is from the cute easter stamp set from Lindsay's stamp stuff. See stamping tip at the end of this post 🙂

There are some fun techniques on this card. I stitched 4 pieces of 2″x7″ tissie paper together, fringed  and crinkled it (I got that tip from Johanna on Leah Fung’s blog) and hot glued it to my card, fun! Also I embossed the little dots on the scallop circle with my Crop-a-dial just by placing my paper in the eyelet setter part and giving a squeeze.

All of the die cuts were done with Sure Cuts a Lot  (SCAL) software using fonts! You can save 10% on scal until the 14th with coupon code: 8774959 SCAL lets you cut fonts from your computer with your Cricut machine, cool huh!

I colored the scissors from the Sew Pretty set with copics.

Here is another cool tip from Johanna, look at the little bow, all you do is fold a scrap of ribbon in 3 and tie it with thread, saves time, money and look how cute!

I had a bit of trouble stamping the “it’s a girl” on the tall card, the ink kept beading up on the cheap-o clear stamp so I scuffed it with an emery board (fingernail file) and now it works so well:

Use a fingernail file or fine grit sandpaper to improve a cheap clear stamp! Please note, this if for the silicone cheapos that you find in the craft store (like the dollar stamps) high quality clear stamp will not need this step. Stamp first, scuff later:)

Boy that was a lot to get through! Thanks for sticking with me and til next time happy crafting!

2S4Y & CC&M!

Yippee, today I get to play with two of my favorite creative things: the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You and die-cuts from Creative Cuts & More!

Die cut: CC&M, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Stamp & Ink: SU, Markers: LePlume
Die cut: CC&M, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Stamp & Ink: SU, Tool for peircing: Scor-Pal & Scor-Bug, Markers: LePlume
This stamp is from a retired Stamp Up stamp set called Farm Fresh. I wanted this set foy years and found it a few weeks ago on ETSY! Yay! Aint it perty?
This stamp is from a retired Stampin' Up stamp set called Farm Fresh. I wanted this set for years and found it a few weeks ago on ETSY! Yay! Ain't it perty?

You can play along too, this weeks winner at 2 Sketches 4 You will get the Fall All-Occasion Card Kit from Creative Cuts and More! What are you waiting for, go play!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cute as a button!

When I saw this sketch over at 2 sketches 4 you today I had to make a baby card ASAP:

Stamps: Pink Persimmion, Inqie Botique, Cardstock, ink: SU!, Die Cut: Cricut Accent Essentails cart)
Stamps: Pink Persimmon, Inqie Boutique, Cardstock, ink: SU!, Die Cut: Cricut Accent Essentials cart)

I used scraps of blue paper and stamps from Pink Persimmon and the sentiment is an oldie from Inque Boutique. Thanks for looking and till next time happy crafting!

Isn’t it Romantic…

I made this card a while back and realized that I hadn’t shared it:

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado, Hero Arts and others, Cardstock/Ink SU!
Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado, Hero Arts and others, Cardstock/Ink SU!

It’s cardstock and stamping with a flower and die cut for embellishment. It was based on one of Laura’s Sketches over at 2 Sketches 4 You but not this weeks sketch (I hope to get a crack at that one this week!) Easy. Simple. Good. Till next time 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!

The Ultimate Card Showdown!!!

I couldn’t resist, I had to enter the 2 sketches 4 you ultimate card showdown (every time I hear that name I think of the monster truck show announcer “This Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY it the Ultimate Card Showdown! Get your tickets, Kid’s seats are still $5!!!” what, is it only me?)  even though the competition is huge. The grand prize winner gets $500 worth of scrapping/stamping supplies including (what I am really in this for) a beautiful pink Bind it All!!! OK enough Jibber-Jabbering, here is my card:

Cardstock: SU!, PP: Autumn leaves, Basic Grey, Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Technique Tuesday, Rubber Stampede, Font: DB Boho Banner, Felt: Queen & Co, Other: Window screen, washers, ink
Cardstock: SU!, PP: Autumn leaves, Basic Grey, Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Technique Tuesday, Rubber Stampede, Font: DB Boho Banner, Felt: Queen & Co, Other: Window screen, washers, ink
Here in an uncluttered look at the card;)
Here in an uncluttered look at the card;)

The base is one sheet of SU! kraft paper folded in half. I score some decorative lines on the edge and inked it. I stamp the paisley and birthday definition on color gloss lazer paper. Tip: Gloss Lazer paper (from the office supply store, I used Hammermill color lazer gloss)  is great for detail stamping and a lot cheaper than glossy cardstock, you get 300 sheets for less then $10! then I sprinkled green, brown and gold powder on it to give it a patina look. I also stamped bolts down the side to up the “manly” factor and I “borrowed” some washers form hubby’s workshop and altered them with rust embossing powder. I added screw top eyelets to the flowers cut form map paper and the scallop boarder was cut from fiberglass window screening then painted brown and stapled on. I added a bit of die cut felt for texture and I made the transparency banner by printing a banner form the DB boho banner font onto a transparency and typed “happy birthday” on it before printing. Tip: I printed a whole sheet of banners while I was at it so I didn’t waste the transparency sheet, see:

DB boho banners font
DB boho banners font

Well, there you have it, I’ll let you know next week weather I made the top 30 or not;) Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

My free Cricut cartridges came today!!!

Minutes ago the fed-ex guy dropped off my cricut rebate cartridges that I sent for back in early January. I got My Community and Printing 101, With 3 kids in school I think they will come in quite handy! Since I got something free today I think I should give out a freebie too, pay it forward KWIM? I made this card inspired by this weeks sketch at 2 sketches 4 you and thought you might like the shaped card file so you can make one too if you have a cricut and Sure cuts a lot software:

stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: MME, cupcake tag: Cricut
stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: MME, cupcake tag: Cricut

Download the fancy bracket plate SVG here. Download the SCUT file with the bracket plate sizes, welded and ready to cut here. You can use the SVG to shape paper or make journal spots, very versatile, enjoy!

I borrowed my Moms Doodlecharms Cartridge and used it to cut the cupcake tag then backed it with pattern paper but you could do the same thing if you have a circle and cupcake punch.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!