Happy NSD, 30% Off, and a Video!

Howdy folks! It is a beautiful Saturday in the northeast, I’m sure many a lady is heading out to all day crops and scrapbook retreats in honor of national scrapbooking day (have fun girls and scrap a page for me!) and in honor of that everything in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop at MyGrafico is 30% off! Including the new Box Bonanza templates I used in this project:

Rubber Stamps: About Art Accents, Box and Envelope Temp;ates: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: American crafts

This was fun to make, you won’t belive how easy the box and cookies were to make so I made a video:

This was my first time making a stair step card, it was a challenge at Oriental Stamp Art (and fortune cookies was a theme so look at me, 2 challenges done!) here is a better look at the card and matching envelope (or course!)

Stamps: About Art Accents, Envelope Bonanza Templates: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: American crafts

The card compresses and goes right in an envelope! I use beautiful stamps from About Art Accents and my Envelope Bonanza Templates (30% off today!)

The stair step card neatly squashes down to go in an envelope, I think it is cute how the Geisha is peeking out!

Here is a look at my newest template set: Box Bonanza. You get 6 printable 300dpi jpg templates that you can resize and print directly on your cardstock or pattern paper (I kept any directions on the margins) cut and assemble and 6 SVG files to cut with your Cricut and SCAL software. The are adjustable and resizable too simply by dragging the to the height and with you want, you can make hundreds of different boxes with this one set!

Happy National Scrapbooking day! Til next time happy crafting!

Weekend craftiness!

I had a chance test out the new fancy border svg set from Mujka designs this weekend, These are beautiful, very detailed frames so I set me cricut to cut while I made the card and colored my butterfly from the Winged Things set, you can find both of these sets at MyGrafico, gotta love one stop shopping!

Die cut: Mujka Design, Digital Stamp (butterfly) Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American crafts, Cardstock: Co'Ordanations, Rubber stamp (sentiment) SU!

Speaking of SCAL you only have 2 days to save 10%  (with coupon code: 9388463) on Sure Cuts a Lot so you can cut these wonderful files out with your cricut machine!

That’s all for today, I’ll be back on Monday with a few new projects and inspiration from the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff junior  DT, till then Happy Crafting!

A Festive Christmas {and a freebie!}

When I saw the sketch challenge over on the Pink Persimmon blog I just had to play along:

Christmas Card and Gift box set: Stamps: Pink Persimmion, Bingo Cards: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts

I made this card and box set using the Cute as a Button set from Pink Persimmon (the sketch had a scallop border and the buttons were perfect for that!) I also used new Christmas paper from American Crafts, I like that the paper is sturdy enough to make a die cut box with and it has some glitter and varnish on it too, I’m sot sure if it shows in the photo or not but it is lovely. I also used some of my new Christmas bingo cards form my Christmas Potpourri set. I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut the scalloped mat out of mirror gold paper I got at Wal-Mart, I also designed the box in SCAL and DS and you can download that template below. Here is a close up of the card:

Fon an inexpensive embellihment strig beads on a stick pin and slip it through a ribbon!

And now for the freebies ;)

Click to download this pretty image ;)

Click here to download the vintage design.

Here are the download links for the gift box available in both printable formats and cutting files for Cricut if you have Design Studio or SCAL software.

Download the Gift Box .cut file if you have  Cricut Design Studio and the Plantain Schoolbook cartridge.

Download the Gift Box SVG file if you have a cricut and SCAL software.

Here is a printable Gift Box template.

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

8 years and counting!

Today is my 8th wedding anniversary, I have the most wonderful husband :) we went out on Saturday to celebrate and what a fun time we had. Every year I make a quick scrapbook page for the wedding album telling what we did to celebrate, it is key to do this the next day so you don’t forget. Here I Incorporated the movie ticket stub and the photo booth pictures and tickets from the machines in the arcade.  All the accents were cut with my cricut using scal software.

Paper: American Crafts, Stamp: Crafty Secrets

Paper: American Crafts, Stamp: Crafty Secrets

Check out the price of the movie, $3, gotta love that!

Check out the price of the movie, $3, gotta love that!

Thai food, and arcade and a geeky sci-fi pic, what more could a girl want? Love you honey, Can’t wait to see what the next 8 years bring!

Till next time happy crafting (and make sure you give your honey a squeeze too!)

Dip dye! Oh my! {and a contest!}

Hey peeps! I just had to pop in quickly and tell you about the sketch contest I am sponsoring over at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week. Here is the card I made with the sketch:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts, Friend rubber stamp: Inkadinkado

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American Crafts, Friend rubber stamp: Inkadinkado, Die Cuts: Cricut

If you want to play along visit their blog here, and make a card based on the sketch and you might win a gift certificate to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop! What fun! I used the dear deer stamp, and the primitive flowers stamp available at the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop. The “friend” stamp is from Inkadinkado and I altered it because it was too long so after I stamped it I cut it and inked the raw end. I quickly colored the images with prismacolor pencils and blended with Goo-Gone, Since I was going to trim them out I didn’t bother to stay within the lines, it really speeds this up!

Here is the dyed crochet flower! {and anoter one of my dollar Tree brads!}

Here is the dyed crochet flower! {and anoter one of my dollar Tree brads!}

I also wanted to share a fun technique with you today, dip dying! Here I took a flower that crocheted from white crochet cotton and I wet it then I sprayed a bit of liquid watercolor (a drop of reinker, or even a scribble of waterbased marker would also work) on a plastic baggie then dipped the edges of the flower in it and set it on a clean spot of the baggie to dry. It gives you a subtle gradient of color, it would be pretty on cloth or tissue paper flowers too and you can dye it to match your project. *note: If you plan to wash this then use a fabric dye and a soda ash fixative.

Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Scrapbook Bargains!

Well folks I hit the mother-load of scrappy goodness at the dollar tree the other day. I ran in for a swimming ring for the kids and took a swing down the scrapbook isle and they had 11 different sets of brads in different themes each with photo turns, mini brads, glazed brads and shaped brads, 46 pieces in all for $1. They had the cute pocket envelops {a ton of them} that I have been using lately, 25 for a dollar and the acrylic accents I used on this card:

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: American Crafts, Cardstock: Coordanations

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: American Crafts, Cardstock: Coordanations

If you check out the dollar three be sure to check out the other craft isle they have because they have gorgeous grosgrain ribbon too 4 yards for a buck too and some funky rhinestone packs!

Speaking of bargains the magnolia digital stamp I used on this card is only a buck too! It’s one of the new designs I released this week over at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff! If you spend $5 you get a free stamp too, how’s that for a bargain? The cool glimmered paper I snagged at Jo-Anns this week, 6 sheets for .96 cents! I’m not sure when the Jo Anns sale is over so call ahead.

Be sure to stop by the blog on Monday for the creative Cuts and More blog hop, they are releasing the cutest card kits, you have just got to see them! the blog hop theme is birthday and if the preceding hops are any indication you are going to see some wonderful fun projects and maybe even win some blog candy! We’ll see you back here Monday and until then happy crafting!

Here for You!

I played with my “Friends 24-7″ set from Stampin Up! a bit more and came up with this super quick card:

stamps/cardstock/ink: Stampin Up!, pattern paper: MME, American Crafts

stamps/cardstock/ink: Stampin Up!, pattern paper: MME, American Crafts

First I layered the 2 pattern papers and stamped over both of them and colored my image with colored pencils, then I used my Scor-Pal and Scor Bug to make the stitching holes (way easier than using a ruler on a foam pad and it is accurate!) I traces the holes with a pen, added the sentiment and used a stampin around wheel to make the border at the bottom along with another row of pierced holes. This card only took a few minuted and used up scraps left out on my craft table, I call it productive cleaning;)

Till next time happy crafting!

My first Cuttlebug Embossing Folder!

I was shopping at my local scrapbook store a few weeks ago and saw this lovely Cuttlebug “textile” embossing folder. I had not tried the CB folders before so I though “why not!” I love the crisp detail I got using it in my Ellison Big Shot Die Cutter:

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper/Cardstock/Ribbon: American Crafts, Emb. Folder: Cuttlebug, Die: Ellison

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper/Cardstock/Ribbon: American Crafts, Emb. Folder: Cuttlebug, Die: Ellison

If you don’t have a manual die cut machine you can still emboss with the folders using a rolling pin. Here’s How: Lightly mist the paper with water, place the paper inside the folder and roll over it firmly with a rolling pin, easy as pie…well actually easier than pie and calorie free!

Here is a close up! I love my little croched flowers, scroll down to last Fridays post for details!

Here is a close up! I love my little croched flowers, scroll down to last Fridays post for details!

I used stamps from Stampin Up (I ordered these back in February during Sale-a-Bration but didn’t get them inked up till today, oh the shame!) and American Crafts Pattern paper and cardstock. The stamped bits of paper are from the scrap pile!

To make the stamp I stamped the flourish in clear ink then dabbed it with chalks.

To make the stamp I stamped the flourish in clear ink then dabbed it with chalks.

I made my own decorative stick pins with eye pins from my jewelry stash, I like these because I can customize them with matching beads and they are stiff enough to poke through the ribbon but are blunt on the end so the recipient won’t get their fingers pricked (it’s nice not to injure people!)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Miss you card

A dear friend is moving away so a few days ago I sent her this:

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado Paper: American Crafts, Cardstock: DCWV

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado Paper: American Crafts, Cardstock: DCWV

How can you resist the cut ladybug with a suitcase? It is from Crafty Secrets. The paper is from American crafts and the blank Bingo Card is my design and you can download a sheet of 6 blank bingo cards here. I used my kaliadacolor rainbow pad to ink up the fun letter stamps from Inkadinkado (I love these stamps for this technique) then stamped “miss u” on the top of the bingo card. I use a lable maker for the “we will” and added a hit of sparkle wih my homemade dew drops. Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

A Card, A Tip and a Sale!

Hi All! I made another card with my handy-dandy SCAL software (scallop circle), Ellison dies (flowers) and Inkadinkado stamps. I love these stamps and at $10 a complete clear set you can’t go wrong, even better they are on sale all quite often for $6 at Jo Anns. Speaking of sales check out http://www.frugalities.com. They have everything 49% off through tomorrow! I have ordered from them before, they are the sister site to Addicted to Rubber Stamps (another of my online faves!) Now for the tip: If you want to add a stick pin to a card without poking holes in it which leaves puckers and bumps simply stick a piece of double sided tape on the back of a card stock element (the bracket frame in my case) and slide the pin between the tape and the card stock. It is neat and tidy and very secure!

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