A 4th of July Favor!

Hi friends! Today I have a quick and easy favor you can make for your 4th of July party!

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See how easy it is to make in today’s video!

Supplies:

Directions:
1. Wrap box with paper and ribbon fringe edges if desired.
2. Make pin wheel and rosette and attach to skewer.
3. Insert metallic spray, pin wheel and rosette behind paper at the back of the box.

I you want a pin wheel that spins I have a tutorial here, it does take a bit more time but they are really fun:) Thanks to Papermart for sponsoring today’s tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick and Easy Cookout Caddy!

Hi friends! Tis the season of weekend Bar-B-Ques so why not craft up some useful table decorations that double as organization!

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Best of all you can customize the design for whatever type of party you are having! Watch the video to see how!

Supplies from our sponsor Papermart:
Bin boxes
Burlap
American Flag Ribbon
Raffia Baskets

Instructions for DIY Spray ink

Tip! Stencil the bin box before assembling! I hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend! Just a programming note we WILL have a live painting class tomorrow at 12:30pm Eastern Time. I will post all the info here tomorrow morning and on facebook so stay tuned! Til then Happy crafting!

Patriotic Hairbows!

Hi Friends! Today I have a hairbow that you can make in 10 minutes using supplies from our sponsor Offray.

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In today’s Video I will show you how to make this triple-looped bow. It’s easy!

Video!

Supplies:
3/8″ Dippy Dot Red/White Grosgrain ribbon
2 1/4″ wide double faced satin ribbon (blue)
1/2″ Maggie 341 Sapphire ribbon (metallic chevron design)
Spring clip barrette
Star shaped rhinestone
Hot Glue
Bow making tool or strong clothespins/binder clips clipped to a box

Directions:
1. Place pegs 4″ apart in a bow making tool.
2. Unravel several feet of each ribbon.
3. Lay the smaller ribbons over the larger one and carefully wrap around the bow maker 3 complete times making sure to keep the smaller ribbons facing out. Do not twist the ribbon.
4. Clip the ribbon and twist the ends together, then wrap one end around the ribbon bunch and ties securely in a double knot.
5. Slide the bow off the bow maker and “fluff” the ribbon loops.
6. Trim the ends and secure with glue then glue the barrette over the knot in the back.
7. Embellish with a rhinestone if desired.

You can make these up by the dozen this 4th of July using the super size ribbon rolls from Offray! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Happy 4th of July & Create with Freedom!

Hi friends! I want to wish all of my american readers a happy 4th of July!

And I am going to show you how to make this card:

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The motorcycle stamp is from Local King Rubber Stamps. The “Happy birthday” is SU! (retired) and the Frame is Inque Boutique (retired) the stencils and dauber bottlers were from Oriental Trading Company.  It was rough going, there were a couple of times during  this tutorial that I thought I might have to toss it and start again but I persevered and I liked the outcome. The best part of have a project go downhill is that there is no where to go but up! You should keep at it because you can’t make it any worse, you have nothing to lose…Didn’t Janis Joplin say something like that? Are you curious how it went? Watch the video:

It is raining n Maine right now so no fireworks tonight. We are going to have a family movie night instead, we are going to watch The Parent Trap! In fact, I better go make popcorn! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

$3 off USA Party Printables!

How about a sale on something you want when you can use it? Cool huh! This is one of my favorite kits and I am putting it on sale through the 4th of July! Us the USA Mega Party Kit for your independence day celebrations or other patriotic events! You get this  mega bundle for only $5 now through Wednesday!

This was so fun to design that I just couldn’t stop, you get 16 full sheet printables and 2 cards/invites! Here are some closer looks:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Now that’s what I call recycling!

Howdy folks! I have spent the last couple of days working on centerpieces for the Cub Scouts Blue and Gold banquet this weekend. I made a bunch (24) of blue and gold centerpieces for last years banquet (you can see them here) and they are going to reuse them but this year we have a bigger space to fill and more boys in scouts so we need more centerpieces. The theme this year is “Freedom is not Free” and the color palette is red, white, blue & gold so I came up with this:

I used 10 soup cans (free), 9 sheets of red cardstock (from of a pack of 50 that was $2.75), 2 sheets of white cardstock (.02 each), My electronic Die cutter and SCAL software, random 4th of July pattern paper from DCWV stacks (about 6 cents a sheet), a dollop of white and red paint (I have no idea how to figure that but I had it in my stash;), red and blue ribbon (I used part of a spool, each spool was .25 each), glue sticks and skewers (bag of 100 for $1) The flags were already owned by the pack but they had a price tag on them are were .50 each, we have enough so all of the other centerpieces will have a flag in it too. Counting the flag the cost of each centerpiece was less than $0.75! And I really did not have to buy anything because it was all from my stash! Here is a look at all the centerpiece parts boxed up and ready to go, I love those rosettes, they make me happy;)

Keep in mind when you are making a project like this that there ar many ways to lux up a design without spending a dime. Use the tools and supplies you have already bought and paid for instead of going out and buying new or going without. For instance. I use my embossing folders to add texture on the construction paper I wrapped around the soup can. A quick swipe of white paint makes it look like old denim! I also used an embossing folder on the red stars. It is not a patriotic pattern but it works and I already owned it. You won’t wear your embossing folders out so it costs you nothing! Also, the small stars on the rosettes, I remembered that I has a star button stamps and it happened to be just the right size as the sheet of stars I die-cut, nice! Using that stamp didn’t cost me a dime and it adds such a nice touch! I can hardly count the wee bit of ink and paint I used but it adds so much interest to the design.

Oh, and speaking of the star die cuts I saved the leftover scraps to use a stencils. When I dry-brushed paint over my embossed stars I did it on an inexpensive sheet of kraft cardstock and I love the grungy star (white) then I took the leftover piece from my white die cut stars and laid it over and dabbed metallic blue paint over the white then I grabbed the leftover from the red star die cuts and stenciled a big star…How fun! Now I can use it to scrap my 4th of July pics next year or pictures from the banquet this weekend!

Leftover die-cut waste = free stencils!!!

 

Now, I was going to use the centerpiece printables from my USA Mega Party kit but I found out that there is going to be a pitcher of water on ever table and there will be kids at every table and I only have an ink-jet printer (are you feeling me?) so rather than risk having my ink-jet printer in run I used stuff from my stash. But I did want to mention that the party kit as well as everything else at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff is 40% off through tomorrow😉

USA Party Mega Kit!

I hope I inspired you to recycle and create and look at your scraps in new ways. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick & Easy USA Party Favors!

Howdy folks! Are you gearing up for summer Bar-B-Ques? Getting ready for the 4th of July Festivities? Or planning to get together with friends and watch the fireworks? Well why not whip up a few of these cute favor boxes. You can fill them with mints, candy or small trinkets. You get 4 boxes from 1 sheet of cardstock, I printed the star and stripe pattern papers that are included in the USA Party Mega Kit from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff to make these patriotic favors.

Each box takes a minute to make, watch the video to see how quick easy they are!

These favors can be adapted to whatever event you choose, I made similar ones for my sister’s wedding using cardstock of her wedding colors and I used a monogram to decorate it, it was very elegant (and she had no idea how easy they were!) Here is the USA Party Mega kit I used from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

USA Party Mega Kit!

This is a great go-to favor and I do hope you try making these for your upcoming 4th of July festivities.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Patriotic Page!

Well I did it, this year I actually got photos of the fireworks and they came out great! Here is a scrapbook page I made with the shots.

I used the free version of ShapeCollage software to make my firework collage, isn’t it nifty! I love this software! I used the large photo of my kids waiting to go to the fireworks to cover up the shapecollage watermark

**Important: If you use the free version of shapecollage do not upgrade to the new version because a watermark will be placed over the center of the collage and it is big so the photos will be unusable and there is no way to get the old version back unless you are lucky enough to have it on another computer as I did.***

Here is a close up of the firework shots:

And the glittered die cut, I used the font Madfont and cut it out with SCAL software on the cricut. The glitter is Diamond Dust brand.

This page qualifies for the Gingersnap creations “paint” challenge and For Fun (summer memory).

I painted the background with watercolor and masking fluid, this video shows how:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend! Happy crafting!

Freedom isn’t Free {but this stamp is!}

Howdy folks! Before I get to far I want to tell you that everything in the Lindsay’s  Stamp Stuff Shop at MyGrafico is 30% off til midnight tonight so be sure to check out all of my new product including the new Patriotic Collection. Here is a boxed set of cards I made with the digital stamps and printable card kit that comes in the collection:

Stamps, Papers (except for navy pattern) and elements: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I printed out the card kit and digital stamps in the kit and decorated a 6″x6″ paper mache box I got at walmart for $1. The stamps were colored with Copic markers. The cards measure 4.25″x4.25″ and I made envelopes to match and they will all fit in the decorated box:

how handy, this box holds 4 note cards and envelopes!

Here is a look at the Patriotic Collection, wouldn’t it be perfect for making cards for the troops?

9 stamps and a printable card kit for $5! (on sale for $3.50 til midnight!)

I designed this freebie with all of you crafters who make cards for veterans, it is sized to fill most of a card 🙂

click the picture to download, enjoy!

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Senior DT has for us this week:

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Rebekah Doak

Tracy Vinson *March Guest DT

After you check out the DT blogs be sure you check out the LSS shop at MyGrafico and save 30% on everything! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Patriotic Decor (and another hidden freebie)

Want a quick little something to spruce up your mantle before the 4th of July? Here is a set that is so quick to make using the Patriotic Card Kit and Patriotic Quilt Stamp from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Stamps and papers: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Clipboard, box: AC Moore, Tin: Dollar Tree, Ribbbon: Target

Stamps and papers: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Clipboard, box: AC Moore, Tin: Dollar Tree, Ribbbon: Target, Markers: Bic Mark It

Here are some close up shots:

Here is a close up of the box, I painted it buttery yellow before embellishing

Here is a close up of the box, I painted it buttery yellow before embellishing

I die cut the flowers with my Ellison Daisy die from red, white and blue cardstock and curled the petals before adhereing with hot glue.

I die cut the flowers with my Ellison Daisy die from red, white and blue cardstock and curled the petals before adhering with hot glue.

The cool thing about the clipboard is that the papers and stamped element is just clipped, not glued on so you can redo it for each holiday!

The cool thing about the clipboard is that the papers and stamped element are just clipped, not glued on so you can redo it for each holiday!

This is quick and cheap to make, the stamp is $1 and the card kit is $2 but remember they are digital so you can print them as many times as you want! The clipboard and round box were from AC Moore for $1 each and the tin container with a candle was from the dollar tree. A decor piece for $6, not bad huh?

I used my Bic Mark-It markers to color the stamped image (Adobe Orange, Summer Melon, Rambunctious Red, Prairie Berry, Oceanview Blue, Misty Blue, Deep Sea Blue and Midnight Navy). I like to color a section with a lighter shade then outline it in a slightly darker shade so it will blend plus it is quick! I also used a Prismacolor marker {Brick White) for the white stripes and outlined it in Tiki Hut Tan. All the Bic Mark its can be found in the 36 pack, I get mine at Sam’s Club for $13 (yep, I’m a frugal crafter!) BTW I have no affiliation with the Bic company 😉

Before we check out the offerings of my fabulous designers I just wanted to tell you that I will be away from my computer from Sunday the 28th to Tuesday the 30th so if you need stamps ASAP please order them by Saturday. Orders places Sunday-Tuesday will be emailed on Wednesday the 1st.

Now on to the designers! Remember one of our “Rockin” DT members has a stamp to give away today, just check out these crafty blogs to find it:

Margie

Katt

Row

Melissa

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Cindy (June Guest DT)

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

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