Cute Little Berry Boxes & Sandwich Board Cards!

I hope you are enjoying summer. I am! I wanted to have some little berry boxes to use in projects but it was hard to find ones that were not stained by berries (and I didn’t want plastic ones) so I made my own:

DCF 1.0

To make them sturdy I used a sheet of kraft cardstock and a sheet of printed cardstock to make the box!

DCF 1.0

I have been loving the trend of chalkboard art (not that I’ve mastered it) so I wanted to try stamping some. I made this card that looks like a sandwich board that would be on display on a sidewalk in front of a cafe:

DCF 1.0

You can get my printable templates & SVG cutting files here. I designed the printables to be printed right on your good cardstock so you don’t have to trace. You get two cards on one sheet of cardstock (2 different sizes) a box and tags. The project makes up in minutes perfect for summer crafting!

Berry Basket  SVG

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Cardstock Demystified

Just a quick post today, I have been wrapped up in a design project all week but I wanted to share what came in the mail yesterday:

I was so happy, Scrap and Stamp Arts published part 2 of my Cardstock comparison Series. The first part is in the September 2010 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and it dealt with the best cardstock to use with Copic markers and part 2 is in the December 2010 issue (on newsstands soon!) and it deals with the best card stock for die cutting in a Cricut machine. If you can’t find a copy you can always check out the Scrap & Stamp Arts website, you can order from there too;) Both articles have tear out charts so you can keep a copy with your Cricut and Copics, Let’s take out crafting from Frustrating to fabulous!

30% off and a freebie!

OK now that I have your attention check out the latest stamp in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop:

Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Paper: K&co, Punch: SU!, Markers, Copic, Cardstock: Papertrey ink

I love the vintage look of this “sewing stuff” stamp, it would be pretty for a birthday, thinking of you, sympathy or thank you card. Doesn’t it just remind you of your mothers sewing basket? that stamp and EVERY stamp in my shop is 30% off today through Sunday! Don’t wait, stock up on all those goodies you have had your eyes on!

*please note, If you happen to find something in the Shophandmade shop that is not marked on sale don’t worry. I had a bit of trouble updating some of the prices, if you order anything at full prince I will add the 30% savings to the free product you earn just for shopping my shophandmade site! I have contacted the webmaster there and hopefully will have all of the prices changed over but just incase you find something not on sale, don’t worry, I will make it right πŸ˜‰ Remember you get an extra free stamp for every $5 you spend in the Shophandmade shop!

I printed the image on Papertrey ink white cardstock and colored it with my copics starting with the darkest colors and blending to lightest. I think I only used about 9 markers on the whole image, I think less is more when it comes to colors. I attempted a subtle shadow on the “ground” and I think it looks pretty darn good IMHO πŸ™‚

I made an envelop to match my card, still keeping up with the resolution!

Since St. Patrick’s day is next week I though I would give you this little stamp I make a while back and forgot about, it is a leaping leprechaun, hope you like it!

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Now let’s see what the fabulous LSS senior DT has been up to this week:

Tracy Vinson *March Guest DT

Rebekah Doak

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Leanne Garner

Don’t forget 30% off sale in both of my shops! At my Shophandmade shop you get a free stamp for every $5 you spend (but you have to wait for me to email your order) and over the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop atΒ  MyGrafico you get you stamps instantly. Happy shopping (and crafting to!)

Gifts for Crafters

OK, todays post is not for my regular readers, it is for their husbands, boyfriends and non crafty friends. It’s 3 days before Christmas and you are wondering what to get your crafty loved one. Here is a list, print it and take it to the craft store or if you have one your locally owned independent scrapbook/stamp/craft shop.

For Paper Crafters:

The one thing almost every crafty friend I have wants (if they don’t already have it) is a Cricut Expression. This is a digital die cutting machine that sells anywhere from $200-$500. You an even find these machines at walmart as well as the big craft stores. Call around and see who has them in stock and the best price. There are 2 smaller Cricut machines that are a bit cheaper but many folks who buy the smaller one want the larger one.

If they have a cricut take a peek on their computer and see if they have software to use it with. The cool thing about software is that they can get a lot more use out of there machines. I like Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software because you can call your computer fonts with it and you can convert clip art to cut with it. It is $75 and you can order it and download it from the website instantly (not going to the store on December 22 is a good thing!) they will email you the activation code that will allow you to run it instantly. This is available for PC and MAC computers;) You can use this coupon code:8665847 to save 10% of SCAL right now!

Cricut Design Studio is good if she has a bunch of cartridges because you can only cut designs from the carts you have.

If she hates computers don’t bother with the software, get her a new cartridge instead (you may want to make a list of what she has and take it to the store so you don’t get a cart she already has) again call around to see if any stores has them on sale (AC moore has them for $45 this week in store.)

Cardstock: You can’t go wrong with cardstock for card makers or scrapbookers. I love Die cuts With a View, Bazzil, and Co’ordanations brands. You can find them at most craft stores and they are good quality.

Pattern Paper: this is tricky, stick with cardstock unless you know for sure what she likes ans does not have, if she frequents a scrapbook store call the owner, tell her how much you want to spend and ask her to fill a bag, trust me, she will know what to pick:)

For Jewelry makers you can visit a bead shop and pick out some fun beads, it is hard to go wrong! If you want to wow her get a fuseworks microwave bead kiln, call around to find this. Stained glass supply shops may have them or you can order them online (but you may not be able to get it by Christmas) these kilns run $80-$130 but are totally awesome! BTW you don’t have to use the glass made by that company, I get scraps from my local stained glass supplier that are cheap, beautiful and melt just fine;) The kit comes with some glass to get you started;)

Knitters love fun novelty yarns, a ball of funky yarn can go along way as a trim or a scarf, grab a few fun skeins of yarn to fill her stocking with.

Whatever the craft your lady enjoys she is going to love whatever you choose because it is so sweet of you to take th time to shop for crafts, big hugs to you, and have a merry christmas. If your crafty friend is a guy sorry about all the “shes” and “hers”, have fun shopping ant til next time happy crafting!