3 Cheers for Cheery Lynn & a Tip to “Die” for!

Happy Friday folks! A couple weeks ago I showed you how to cut an intricate die, a beautiful doily die from Cheery Lynn. I had struggled with that die but finally found a method that worked in my “antique” but hard used machine. Well, the president of Cheery Lynn Designs saw my valiant attempt and sent me a platform for my big shot. Apparently they don’t make the platform I was using anymore (it’s rather vintage you know) but I could not see how a new platform would be better than my old platform shimmed with cereal boxes and roof flashing…OK, maybe I can see how. He also through in 3 die sets and a real steel metal shim to play with. Well, do you want to see how they work? Well, have a gander at today’s video:

I didn’t think having a new platform would make a difference but really it is like having a whole new machine. If you Big shot/Big Kick is newer than mine it probably would have come with the tabbed platform, if not you might want to consider it if you like to use wafer thin dies. If not a cereal box and roof flashing does the trick LOL! The metal shim really helped the die cut, I think since my machine is 8 years old the rollers might have loosened up a bit making the dies not so tight. My aluminum flashing worked well too but if you have a magnetic platform you would want the steel one to keep your dies in place. BTW, now that I have the new tabbed platform and I don’t need the old one I am going to see if I can figure out how to turn it into a magnetic one, my husbands countersink drill bits and rare earth magnets are going to come in really handy this weekend! All of the dies from Cheery Lynn Designs cut like butter and the flourish die got an extra workout as my friend Kathy used it to cut a bunch for birthday invites.  I have some cards in progress with the steampunk high heel die he sent too, I’ll share them later. I am really glad I gave thin dies another chance, you just need the right tool for the job. Thank you Mike for sending me some fun new dies and accessories to play with, you can check out the offerings of Cheery Lynn Designs on their website.

Now for a $$$ saving tip! If you have old, bowed die cut pads I’ll show you how to clean and flatten them, no special tools required!

I hope I inspired you to straiten up those die cutting plates and go make a card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Tips for Tricky Dies!

Hello Friends! I made a comment last week on Ask a Crafter that I did not care for detailed thin dies but in the spirit of fairness I decided to figure out how to cut them properly and I will share my results with you in this video:

It’s still a lot of work but at least I won’t waste any more paper. :D Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Die Cuttin’ & Airbrushin’

Boy oh boy, between my die cutting machine, new Copic markers and rediscovering my airbrush I am a happy crafty camper!

Stamps: House Mouse, MSE!, PP: DCWV, CArdstock: Bazzil, Punch: Martha Stewart

I cut and embossed the mat for this card using Penny Duncan’s nesting file. Then I stamped this cute house mouse stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black (my new favorite ink!) and colored it with my Copics. then I stamped the mouse again on a post it note and placed it over the colored image. Then I used my Paasche airbrush to spray alcohol ink (Piniata red + denatured alcohol) around the edges of the mat. By covering the image with a post it I can be sure no stray ink is sprayed on my image. The photo corners are a freebie from Thursday’s post. I cut them and the mat with my Cricut and scal software. If you don’t have SCAL yet there is a coupon for 10% off til the 28th (Sunday) so grab it quick: 4190114

Speaking of Die cutting  Micki wanted me to share a photo of my “die cutting center” so here it is, enjoy:

Everything is in arms reach, there is plenty of room in front and behind the cricut without taking up much counter space. I store my mats on the box under the machine.

Here is the inside of the box, I installed a power strip inside for my overhead light, cricut and laptop. When I am done cutting for the day I turn one switch off, easy!

A place for everything!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Homemade Letterpress!

I feel like an evil genius! I figured out how to make my own letterpress contraption to use with my Big Shot Die Cutting machine, lookie at what I made:

Some cards made with my homemade letterpress and printing plates from Lifestyle Crafts.

Here I debossed the images without ink then used a brayer to add ink over the debossed designs.

You may be thinking “what’s the big deal? It looks like stamping” but that is only half of it because when you letterpress it debosses too! You can just plain emboss, ink the plate first and have a colored debossed image or you can run your paper through uninked then brayer ink (or swipe it with an inkpad) over it to highlight the raised design. It’s totally cool!

This is how it looks without inking. I like it!

Here I inked the crown with purple ink before printing. The card base was pressed uninked then I used the same purple inkpad to rouge the edges.

When I saw the home letterpress kit from Lifestyle Crafts I was intrigued but I wasnt about to spent $150 on a whim especially since I had a die cutter and zillions of rubber stamps already, they also have a starter kit that has the contraption that you use the printing plates with, ink and paper for $70 but that is still a lot of money in my book. So I took an old plexiglass cutting pad from my Big Shot, a piece of Masonite and some duck tape and made this:

I hinged the plexiglass plate to a peice of Masonite with duct tape to make my press.

The results of my Homemade snowflate printing plate.

I purchased the Everyday letterpress printing plate at AC Moore, I just about fell over yesterday when I saw that they had the whole line of products (and I had a 50% off coupon in my pocket.) The plates sell for $24 a set but with the coupon they were $12, a reasonable price for a few hours of fun and experimentation I think ;)

Here is the set I purchased, I really like it!

For my first experiment I used Rives BFK printmaking paper because you need soft thick paper to get the full effect. I used the adhesive that came with my plates (double-sided tape will work too), stuck a printing plate to the plexiglass side, put my paper on the Masonite side, closed the contraption and ran it through my Big Shot. The debossing was gorgeous!

Then I inked up the plate with a pigment inkpad, it looked OK but I got a much cleaner result when I used a soft rubber brayer to ink up my plate.

Then I tried the plates un-inked again and used a brayer to apply ink over the design. I like that a lot.

So then I thought I would try to make my own printing plates. I used thick stencil plastic that my SIL who is a quilter gave me and my Creative Hot Marks (woodburner) with the tapered stencil tip on it to cut my own plates. I made an Asian character, a frame, and a snowflake. I printed the Asian design on paper and placed it under the film so I could see it as I cut and the others I just took die cuts from the Cricut and cut around them, both ways worked equally as well. I had to use a craft knife to trim away some of the plastic burrs on the plates but they were quick to make and worked nicely.

Some homemade letterpress plates made with stencil plastic and a woodburner.

I used my homemade Asian plate for this. the background is a LC plate inked with gold before pressing.

I experimented with paper and it seems that the ticker the paper the better it worked. Watercolor paper and printmaking paper worked the best, DCWV textured cardstock worked very well too, I wasnt as pleased with regular cardstock and paper though. If you try this and don’t get any embossing you may need to shim (or pack as they call it over at Lifestyle Crafts) your contraption. For my homemade plates I place a sheet of rubber gasket under my homemade letterpress before cranking it through, for the purchased plates I used 2 sheets of cardstock under my press for a shim. Do not over pack it or you my crack your plates, I noticed little stress cracks on one of my plates when I used too thick a shim. I have been “making art” for a long time so i had a lot of supplies like brayers, ink and paper on hand, if you don’t it might be cheaper to get the kit if you are dying to try this craft.

I would love to try the Lifestyle crafts kit to see how it compares to mine, my niece is getting married and I have been asked to help with the invitations and I think these designs will be beautiful for that. If you try this let me know how it goes, I sure did have fun playing with this today ;) 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!

Mmmmm Cupcakes!

When I saw the cupcake challenge over at the Pink Persimmon blog I knew I has to do it! I never met a cupcake {stamp} I didn’t like and while I am vegan (egg and dairy cupcakes are few and far between) I can enjoy all the cupcake stamps I want and best of all they are calorie free!

Digital Stamps: (cupcakes) Lindsays Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp (happy birthday) Stampin Up, Die Cuts: Cricut (Accent Essentails) Cardstock: DCWV

Digital Stamps: (cupcakes) Lindsays Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp (happy birthday) Stampin Up, Die Cuts: Cricut (Accent Essentails) Cardstock: DCWV

To make the box I used my Cupcake Tree digital stamp and this weeks mini Pizza Box Tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers. The plain box only took seconds to make with a scor pal and a 6″x11″ sheet of cardstock.  I think I will keep this pattern handy to display and gift my handmade jewelery in.

Mini Pizza box is 4"x4"x1" and a snap to make!

Mini Pizza box is 4"x4"x1" and a snap to make!

I used another digital cupcake stamp on the card too.

Cupcake Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Cupcake Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I love the embossed edges of the cardstock. I did that by cutting a 3 1/2″ scallop square (shift lock pressed) with my cricut and the Accent Essentials caridgete then I cut the same shape with the shadow button also pressed then used a bit of glue stick to stick the smaller shape to the back side of the larger and I ran it through my Big Shot manual die cutter with a couple sheets of rubber gasket. Here is a diagram of the sandwich I used. I don’t have a cuttlebug but the sandwich should be similar, The cardstock method works great in the big shot, you will have to experiment a bit with other machines.

Here is the sandwich I use to emboss with cardstock in my Big Shot/Big/Kick. You may need to adjust it a bit for tother die cut machines but use this as a starting point.

Here is the sandwich I use to emboss with cardstock in my Big Shot/BigKick. You may need to adjust it a bit for other die cut machines but use this as a starting point. If you are not getting a good impression you can shim it with a sheet or two of cardstock between the rubber and the bottom plexiglass cutting plate.

Now here is a cool trick. Say you have some digital stamps all printed out or stamped images from a friend, you can still cut them into shape with the cricut (this method works on photos too!) first load your mat and scratch paper into the cricut and cut the shape you want. Unload the paper and remove the cut shape and lif up the leftover piece but do not remove it all the way. Center your stamped image that you want to cut under the empty cutout, remove the scrap paper, load the mat and cut the same shape again! Easy Peasy. However if you are using a traditional rubber stamp it is easier to cut first stamp later ;)

Thanks for stopping by…I think I might have to whip up a batch of vegan cupcakes (or stamp a few more at least)…till next time happy crafting!

Find the Freebie week 2

It’s Thursday again and time to see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff design team has been up to! I grabbed this weeks sketch over at 2Sketches4you as the inspiration for my card:

Stamps and card kit: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cut: Creative Cuts and More

Stamps and card kit: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cut: Creative Cuts and More

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I used the Cool Girl card kit and the brand new Cupcake Tree Digital stamp colored with Bic Mark-its. I cut my stamp out with my cricut (accent essentials cart) and then cut the same shape 1/2″ smaller and used that to emboss it so I would have a “nestabilty” look without the price! See yesterdays post to read how I did it. Here are a few of the new stamps in the shop this week:

Patriotic Patchwork Quilt

Patriotic Patchwork Quilt

Jean Pocket Stamp
Patriotic ElementsPrimative Bird on SunflowerPrimative Flowers

We have a new Guest Designer for June, her name is Cindy Hooks and she is a crafting powerhouse, she has over 600 projects in her Stamp Shack Gallery and I can’t wait to see what she has for us today! And don’t forget that one of our Designers has a freebie for you so be sure to visit all of the designers blogs to find out who and snag a stamp for free!

And now check out the Designers:

Cindy (June Guest DT)

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Lisa

Margie

Row

Melissa

Janet

Olena

Michelle H.


Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

It IS easy being green! (and a hidden freebie!)

Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without! Those words are hard to live for a crafter who is constantly bombarded with the latest and greatest products hitting the store shelves every day but with with the environment in the state that it is in, not to mention the economy, we need to look for greener ways to craft. And don’t worry, you won’t have to sacrifice a bit of style!

A card made from junk, er...I mean recycled materails.

A card made from junk, er...I mean recycled materails.

This card is almost 100% recycled. Let me explain, when I print a digital stamp I always fill the sheet with stamps I’m sure to use later. I had printed this and colored the Doodle Tulip but it didn’t work with the card I was making so I tacked it up on my inspiration board. When I went to make my recycled card I grabbed that so I wouldn’t need to print a new image (I admit laziness had a part to play ;) ) I used thin chipboard that came as packing in a paper pack and trimmed it for the card base and added a piece of corrugated cardboard (from the recycling pile) on top. I peeled off the top cardboard layer, brushed on a bit of pink acrylic paint and sprinkled fine glitter on it while it was still wet. The tag was die cut (Ellison) from a piece of plastic packaging that I saved from one of the kids toys at Christmas and I stamped a sentiment (stampin up) on that with black Staz-on ink. I grabbed a scrap of leftover pink grosgrain ribbon slid it through the hole and stapled it down, oh and I painted the back of the tag with the pink paint too. The only non recycled element, rhinestones, were from my stash and I used my Bic Markits to color them to match my card. All in all I’m pleased with the results, just think, This could have all ended up in a landfill somewhere, at least now I can send it to someone before it gets thrown away LOL! Here are some other recycled embellishment ideas, If you don’t have a die cut machine no problem, hand cut for a unique charming (and very trendy by the way) look.

Some recycling ideas. All items were cut using the Ellison Big Shot with Ellison and Sizzix dies.

Some recycling ideas. All items were cut using the Ellison Big Shot with Ellison and Sizzix dies.

You could also cut embellishments from textured shelf liner, window screening, soda cans (iron them first so they dont curl), cork, drywall mesh, magnet sheets, leather and mis-matched playing cards. Look around and be inspired!

OK I know you have been reading my drivel looking for the hidden freebie, well keeping with the “green” theme this week I have designed a stamp that will be free for one week before going into the shop, it is available on one of my Design team’s blogs. So what are you waiting for? Check out these crafty chicas and go find that freebie! PS There will be a new hidden freebie each week! Fun!

One more thing, for every purchase you make in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Store 25 square feet of rain forest are protected, and since I email you the goods no resources are used to get my stamps to you. Feels good doesn’t it. And getting a free card kit with ever $10 you spend doesn’t hurt either.

And now check out the Designers:

Tracey

Tamara

Lisa

Margie

Katt

Row

Melissa

Janet

Olena

Michelle H.

Kim

Enjoy the DT’s work and don’t forget to leave them some love, until next time happy crafting ;)

I’m not a sticker girl…

Nor am I a rub on girl. I hate to run out of E’s, L’s and M’s and having to settle for the font and color they come in. Give me my stamps, computer and my die cut machines and I am a happy camper! Actually I use both of my die cut machines in this project but we will get in to that later.

The fabulous Melissa over at the Rubber Cafe sent me some wonderful goodies to work with this month including the Marrakesh paper pack by Basic Grey. The stamps and papers are so lovely and I did not do them justice but I thought I’d shave  my first attempt with them because I think there are some fun ideas here you can use!

A fun quick project with my new Rubber Cafe goodies!

A fun quick project with my new Rubber Cafe goodies!

I love the fun bright summery colors and busy patterns of the Marrakesh line and The same day they came in the mail I got the new issue of Scrapbooks Etc Magazine and I was flipping through and saw an ad for the paper. Well, in the ad were the cutest little paper flowers and a website address where you can download a .pdf template so you can make some! How nice of them! Of course I converted the template so that I could cut a TON of them out using my Cricut Machine and SCAL software. sorry I can’t share the file because it is copyrighted but you can snag the template at the basic grey website, and you can read my tutorial on converting .pdf files to .svg here so you can cut it with your Cricut if you have Sure Cuts a Lot software. I had so many flowers left over I made these cute paper clips:

So cute and easy, why not make a bunch!

So cute and easy, why not make a bunch!

The Basic Grey paper was sturdy enough to use without chipboard. I simply hot glued (yes, I love my hot glue gun!) the clip to the backside of a flower and glued another on top and layered on more. The hot glue makes it extra rigid too. I did not come up with this idea, I saw it at Splitcoast stampers, they had a nice tutorial but at post time it was unavailable :-(

Flower Template: Basic Grey, Leavs: Cricut, Hello: Sizzix, Stamp: The Rubber Cafe

Flower Template: Basic Grey, Leavs: Cricut, Hello: Sizzix, Stamp: The Rubber Cafe

As for the other die cut machine I used my Big Shot to cut “hello” out of black self-adhesive fun foam with Sizzix Original alphabet dies (the thick ones.) The cool thing about the font I have is that you get a positive and negative letter so no waste, and it’s a time saver too!

The beautiful stamp on the card is the Small Swirled Butterfly by the Rubber Cafe. the nice thing about this design is that it comes in 3 sizes, I can’t wait to try the large one, it should be fun to color! Speaking of color I used a blender pen and Pebbles chalk to quickly color the image, I love how quick and easy this method of coloring is but if you have  a cheap blender the tip my wear down and dry out. To remedy this take a pair of sharp scissors and trim the brush end at an angle (note: I am talking about the water-base marker blenders like the LePlume, don’t trim a waterbrush!) to restore the point. to re-ink my blender pen I pulled off the plastic at the fine tip end and squeezed in a couple of drops of clear embossing ink and put the end back on. You can also work some of the clear ink into the brush end buy squeezing out a couple of drops and scribbling the brush in it.

hello2

Thanks for reading my LOOOONG post! Have a great weekend and until next time happy crafting!

The Rubber Cafe DT Card Challenge and a Blog Award…or Three!+

Well, Melissa, the owner of The Rubber Cafe challenged us Design Team gals to make a card that was mainly white, clean no inked edges with a touch of red. Here is what I came up with:

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This is a movement card, the heart spins back and forth down the track. Here is how to make a spin or slider card. Using a craft knife cut a 1/4″ track  in the cardstock where you want your focal point to move. Then make your sliding object. I stamped a heart on a scrap of white cardstock and punched  it with a 1-1/4″ punch then matted it wit a 1-1/2″ punched circle.  Then I stuck a round foam dot, I cut mine by hand or you can use a round Pop-Dot. Then stick the other side to a penny. I tucked the penny through the slot and mounted the white panel to the red card with foam tape. The foam tape gives the penny in the back space to move. The stamp I used is by The Rubber Cafe, it contains 3 hearts, see upper right of card for it in it’s entirety, but I used a red Marvy LePlume brush tip marker to color just the heart I wanted to stamp and stamped it. I used my computer and the font Betsy for the sentiment and the swirls were also done on the computer with the dingbat DB dainty Swirls by Lettering Delights. Hybrid, Yay!

I punched 1-1/4″ squares and ran them through my Big Shot on a Fiskars texture plate. See how to use a Big Shot to emboss with any stencil here. If you want to emboss with a stylus or texture tool do it before you punch the squares. I used the circle and square punches from Creative Memories, I got them 6 years ago, I use them almost everyday and they keep on ticking! Both sizes are on one punch and they were expensive, $22 then, but they have lasted me!

If you wan to see more of the Designers’ challenges you can see and Melissa’s here (and be sure to wish her a happy Birthday too it’s tomorrow!)…The rest of the team is still working but you can check out their blogs under the Rubber Cafe Design team links to the right.

And I received 3 blog awards over the weekend! Thank you Sharon, Carla and Penny. You gals are so kind!

Have an awesome holiday tomorrow, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the States, and until next time happy crafting!

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