Christmas in July!

OK, so this year I am not going to wait til the last-minute to make my Christmas cards, last year I waited too long and had to send a digitally designed photo card. Not that there is anything wrong with that but I love making my own Christmas cards by hand so this year I am doing them early in batches of 12:

Stamps: About Art Accents/Art Neko, Sentiment: Lettering Delights, EB folder: Tim Holtz

This card was simple, I used the sketch from 2sketches4you, Christmas stamps from About Art Accents (and they are on sale too!) and scrap Christmas paper left over from Christmas’ past. The Sentiment is from the Peppermint Holiday Expressions set From Lettering Delights (also on sale! And you can save $10 when you spend $20 with coupon: SpendTen) This year instead of making 70 identical cards I decided I would do 7 batches of 10-12 cards to keep the mojo flowing. Dont’cha hate Christmas card burnout?

Don't foget to make the envelopes! I used muy scorpal and old x-mas paper to make them. Tip: Keep the pattern on the inside of the envie for a lined look! It is easier to adress too ;)

This card qualifies for the following challenges: 2sketches4youCute Card Thursday , The Cuttlebug spot, Flourishes, Magical crafts, Ooh La La creations (Christmas), Digi doodle Shop (use up scraps), Pixie Dust (forest green & cranberry)and  Practical Scrappers (old stash)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Back on the Wagon!

Happy Monday folks! I hope you had a fab weekend :) It is a bit ironic that I am writing a post about being “on the wagon”  while doing a challenge from the Drunken Stampers blog LOL, they have challenged us to make a card using only black and white, I took the challenge and used the sketch from 2sketches4you to make this “cheerful” birthday card:

Stamps: Inkadinkado (chandelier), SU! (happy birthday), EB folder Tim Holtz, Rub on: Royal, Buttons: Rebeca Sower, Punch SU!, Cardstock: Bazzil, GP

Here is a head on look at the card:

So the “wagon” I am refering to is the craft supply buying vairety. I do not need any more paper, dies, stamps, eb folders, ribbon or inkpads but I am always tempted by a good deal (note the brand new eb folder in this card and yesterday’s crafty loot) to make matters worse a good friend of mine was selling all of her full size SU! inkpads for a song and I always wanted them so I jumped at the chance! Honestly I am glad I did because I found awesome plans on the Rebel Inker blog to make a inkpad holder from foam-core and hubby made it for me for mother’s day!

Check out my bodacious ink pad holder:

The plan for this holder is from the rebel inker blog, click the picture to go to Stacey L King's blog for the pattern.

So now I am back on the wagon, no more new crafty supplies for me for a while (trading and borrowing is OK) but no more buying! I am always suprised how creative I become when I am forced not to get any new stuff, not to mention that my craft room stays more organized!

Thanks for reading my ramble today, til next time happy crafting!

Gotta love convo hearts….

Don’t ya just love those chalky Necco Conversation hearts? Well maybe not eating them but looking at them makes me happy :) That is why I nearly fell over when I saw the cute new Valentine stamps from About Art Accents because there are 4 conversation hearts in the sets! There are 4 plates (sets) of stamps for $10 each but they are running a special: all 4 plates for $19.99! Wow that is 50% off! Best of all they are sugar free! I used this weeks sketch at 2s4u to make this card:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: DCWV

Here is a close up. Notice the dotted background of the hearts, it is a stamp from the About Art Accents Valentine plates and it is the same size as the convo hearts! Brilliant!

I used the marble ATC background on the card, they have some new valentines ATC backgrounds in the new Valentine sets but I chose this subdued one because I was using bright colors already and it would just be too much (yes, I have SOME restraint LOL!)

Well that is all for today, I am teaching a new painting class today, I can’t wait, I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow :)  Till then Happy Crafting!

8 Birthday Cards and a Freebie!

Isn’t it funny when you need to get something done for a deadline you struggle but when you have a free day you can knock out 6 cards in an hour? That is how it is for me anyway :) I never seem to have enough birthday cards so I decided to make a set of 8 using my new Recipe card and Folio SVG cutting file with my All Around Phrases, Sweet Stuff and Love Grows here digital stamp sets:

Stamps, Template: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

All of my stamp sets work well with each other, I think the most versatile is the All Around Phrases digital stamp set because you can pop any other digi stamp (use the png version) in the center and you have an easy to trim element, plus anything in a circle is just cuter :) This card features this weeks sketch from 2s4u, when you need a quick card nothing is easier than using a sketch:

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: K&co, Sketch: 2sketches4you

Here are more of the cards in the set:

Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: K&Co

Stamps/Bingo card: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: K&co

How about a freebie? I am trying to better organize my scrap space so I have another ribbon organizer for you. Last weekend I gave you the ribbon bobbins, here is a ribbon/fiber card to cut with your Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software. If you have a cricut you should have SCAL, it has been around for almost 2 years and has great customer support AND I have a coupon code to save 10% on SCAL: 9388463 it is good til the 18th. If you have SCAL 2 and havent updated recently the new update (SCAL 2.006) is great, you can break apart a design to arrange it on you mat, auto fill, and convert simple clip art into cutting files FUN! The update is free if you have scal 2:)

Here are the fiber cards loaded up with ribbons and fibers, pretty!

Download the Ribbon/Fiber Card SVG here. This make any size card you want!

Download a version that will cut with Design Studio if you have the George Cartridge here. This makes the larger card.

Here is a look at how I cut the cards in SCAL. SCAL lets me re-size the cards however I like for large or small ribbons. I think if I cut more big ones I'll use chipboard for strength.

Now lets see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Senior DT has been up to this week, the have a new Guest Designer this month too, take a look:

Cindy Coutts *January Guest DT

Janet Rossi

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Diana Stout

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Jennifer Bliss *visiting us from the Monday crew!

Reserve a day for creative play in your craft space, who knows you might end up making 8 cards in an hour! All of the stamps and templates used in today’s project can be found in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop, Remember for ever $5 you spend there you get a free single stamp OR at my shop at MyGrafico where you get your stamps INSTANTLY (but no free stamp, sorry.) Another reminder today is the last day to enter the recycling challenge, make a card using ANY digistamp and something recycled, leave me a link to it and I will toss you name in a hat for a chance to win a free set!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Now I'll have a birthday card ready whenever I need one!

Feeling a bit Challenged today…

…but in a good way! I had a chance to play in my studio this morning with my new pile of “rubbah” from About Art Accents (I so needed to get inky) and I got 2 challenges done! The first is this weeks sketch over at 2s4u:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Sketch: 2 sketches 4 you

I know the simple sketch would showcase the beauty of these stamps. Isn’t the bamboo lovely? The rectangle with the blossoms on it is from this plate of lovelies. The bamboo and sentiment is from this plate. You will notice that I cut the english word and bar apart from the calligraphy, that is the cool thing about unmounted stamps (or clear for that matter) you can cut them apart to suit your needs. I will write the meanings of the caligraphy on the back of the stamp (and the orientation) so I don’t forget! All About Art Accents stamps are REAL RED RUBBER so they take ink really well for a perfect impression every time, try them you won’t be disappointed;) They are a good deal too :)

Stamps: About Art Accents, Tool: Cricut Die Cutter/SCAL software, Cart: Storybook, Font: DB Asian Serenity

Over at Oriental Stamp Art they challenged us this week to use a panda in out artwork. Can you believe I don’t have a panda stamp? (I probably just need to look harder LOL!) so instead I used my Cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) software to cut this panda dingbat from the font DB Asian Serenity. I sized the panda to 3″ and cut it in normal mode from black, then cut it from white with the shadow blackout mode on and pieced it together. I love how I can cut the fonts and dingbats on my computer with SCAL, it is perfect when I just need a little something for a card!

The mat is from the Storybook cart, it is a sneaky peeky shape, press the key that says “from” and make sure the accent shadow button is lit up and there it is, I thought it looked Asian ;) This is my first time using this cart as I just bought it on sale for $24 last week, yay me!

All the stamps on tha panda card are from About Art Accents as well. thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Style Swap {Day Two!}

As soon as I saw this cute Birds & Blossom Set from Sarah Paris Style I know I wanted to make a gift set:

Digital Stamps: Sarah Paris Style, Paper: DCVW

I used the sketch from 2Sketches4you to make this, I used Kazan’s Sketch #41 for the tea tin and the bonus sketch for the card, talk about easy!

I love these bird stamps, I'll be using this set again and again, I used the bonus sketh at 2s4y as my inspiration;)

Get inspired! Use a card sketch to decorate a tin! I used Kazan's #41 at 2s4u and Stamps from Sarah Paris Style!

The elements in the Birds and Blossoms set are black and grey. It was super easy to color them just the way I wanted. First I chose the png versions of the files I wanted and pasted them into a new 8.5″x11″ document in PSP. Then I used the paint bucket tool to color it in, easy peasy! The “inked looking” boxes around the elements are done by using the rectangular selection too to make a box around the image, then I used the art media tool (colored pencil selected at a large size) and I drew along the edges. I saved my printable sheet so I could print it again when I wanted to make another set. Here is a screenshot of my colored sheet:

Click this picture to see all of the stamps in the Birds and Blossom set!

You can find gift packages of the tea tins in department stores this time of year, they are fun to decorate and add to gift baskets, if you wait til after Christmas you can by them for half price and use them for gifts throughout the year. As a bonus the recipient has a pretty storage tin when the tea is gone! I had so much fun swapping products with Sarah Paris Style, be sure you stop by her blog to see the beautiful card she made with my doodle flowers set and check back at her blog tomorrow to see what else she has in store using Lindsay’s Stamp  Stuff products. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

2 sketches 4 you and a request

Howdy folks. I got a chance to play with this weeks sketch from 2 sketches 4 you and made this card with my new Coffee Talk stamp set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff.

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Coffee word paper (freebie on yesterdays post), other PP: DCWV

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Coffee word paper (freebie on yesterdays post), other PP: DCWV

Be sure to check out yesterdays post and grab this weeks digital stamp and card kit freebies!

I know stampers have some of the biggest hearts in the world, my friend Erin (a fabulous stamper) asked me if I would put up an announcement on my blog asking for cards for a girl in the hospital. Her name is Paige and she is one of Erin’s neighbors. Erin has set up some blog candy for everyone who sends a card, check out her blog post for details.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

You’re a Doll!

I got 2 sketch challenges done today, not bad for a Monday, eh?

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: My Minds Eye, Clip Art: Lettering Delights, Ink: Colorbox Chalk Amber Clay

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: My Minds Eye, Clip Art: Lettering Delights, Ink: Colorbox Chalk Amber Clay

The first card uses the sketch over at 2sketches4you, I love to “do” the sketches over there because it is a nice warm up to my other artistic endeavors and I can usually guarantee that I will get one thing made on a Monday:

Stamps: About Art Accents, PAper: MME, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

Stamps: About Art Accents, PAper: MME, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

Also over at Oriental Stamp Art (a fabulous yahoo stamping group) there was a layout challenge, I think it was supposed to be a quick and easy one but, well, I did not get mine done in under 10 minutes LOL!

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: MME, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: MME, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

All of the stamps I used are from About Art Accents, They have a fabulous selection of Asian themed stamps as well as wonderful vintage Christmas stamps, fairies and some teacup mice that are so sweet that you will get a toothache when you see them and if you buy 2 mice you get one free (they are next on my list LOL!)

The Kokeshi dolls are clip art that from lettering delights, I love how all of it works with the pattern paper from My Minds Eye.

That’s all for today, that’s for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Look Look!!!

I have four of my stamp designs available exclusively at The Rubber Cafe in honest to goodness real red rubber! Here is one of the stamps (I designed the poppy) on a card made with the sketch over at 2 sketches 4 you:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: GP, PP: K&Co., Other: Hot glue "pearls" Tool: Scor-Pal, Scor-bug

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Cardstock: GP, PP: K&Co., Other: Hot glue "pearls" Tool: Scor-Pal, Scor-bug

Here are the others:

The 3 other stamps I designed for Thre Rubber Cafe!

The 3 other stamps I designed for Thre Rubber Cafe!

They are red rubber stamps mounted on E-Z Mount foam that will cling to your acrylic blocks so you can see where you are stamping and it saves storage space too which is great for me ;) I drew these stamps last fall and they are just coming out now! I am so excited to have such an awesome company produce my designs!

I stamped the Inked Poppy in waterproof black ink then loosely colored them with watercolor crayons and blended them with a blender pen, it is a very quick way to color something!

Color the stamped images loosely with the watercolor crayons, the blend with a damp brush or blender pen.

Color the stamped images loosely with the watercolor crayons, the blend with a damp brush or blender pen.

If I need to sharpen my crayons I do so over a reusable plastic palette so I can save the shavings. Spray them with water and you can paint with them! Great for blending and getting into tiny spaces. BTW the “pearls” are just little dabs of hot glue that I dusted with pearl ex, for a tutorial click here.

Save those shavings! watercolor crayons shavings make great paint, I sharpen mine with a craft knife.

Save those shavings! watercolor crayons shavings make great paint, I sharpen mine with a craft knife.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

2 New Cards {2sketches4you}

Happy Friday folks! I got a chance to play with the sketches from 2sketches4you and here are the cards I came up with:

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

I used Laura’s Sketch 30 as well as the versatile bonus sketch. I printed the cupcake digital stamp on yellow cardstock and colored them with prismacolor pencils (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) then trimmed it and adhered it with foam tape. On the other card I cut a flourish with my cricut but I didn’t like the color so I flipped the paper over and inked it with whispers vanilla ink then I added one of my crocheted flowers, a ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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