These are a few of my favorite things….

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…well, that’s nice and all but my favorite things are of course a little more artsy. I was looking at this card I made in June but had not posted (I had to wait to post it because it was published in the Winter 2011-2012 issue of Rubber Stamp Madness) and I realized that it used some of my favorite things.

Melon Mambo ink and Button Embossing die (Stampin’ Up)

Button Clear Stamps (Pink Persimmon, I also used the Soda Pop Alpha and Holiday Favors sets)

Promarker Blending Sets (Pastel & Muted marker kits)

Ribbon & Stitching (Grossgrain ribbon is from the Dollar Tree)

My Die cut machine (I used the mat from the Fancy Cupcake box SVG set by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff)

So, what are your favorite crafting supplies? Leave a comment and let me know, I can’t wait to hear! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Flying by…

Howdy folks! Don’t you just love it when you find a use for a moldy-oldie tool in your stash? I sure do. check out this birthday card I made for my mom, I used a leftover die-cut card, some old stamps and an old Fiskars wood grain texture plate to make the wooden window box:

We sometimes forget about these wonderful plastic texture {embossing} plates and our trusty brass templates for embossing now that the cuttlebug embossing folders are all the rage but these tools still work, and you don’t need a die cut machine to use them. Here is how to use a texture plate, simply tape your cardstock to the plate and rub over the paper with a stylus, bone folder or the Fiskars texture tool (shown in photo, it is $4)

I bought all of these texture plates a few years ago when they came out, you got 6 double-sided plates (12 textures in all) for about $10. Way cheaper them embossing folders! If you have a die cut machine you can use the plates in that too. Check out my Embossing with stencils and Texture Plates in your Die cut Machine tutorial here.

In case you are wondering what the card looks like open…

I used the “in the Garden” set of clear stamps from Oriental Trading Co. (I wanted these stamps since they came out so I finally bought them on sale a couple of months ago!) to stamp the gnome, the butterflies are retired Inque Boutique and the balloon is a SU! S-A-B set from a few years back that I seem to use all the time.  Yes folks, it’s OK to mix and match your stamp sets, I give you permission 🙂 It is also OK to use stamps that are retired, they are not dairy products, they do not go bad 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Why not sift through your craft stash and see what moldy-oldie product you can give life to again? You’ll feel so good that you put these older tools to use! Till next time Happy Crafting!

Hellooooo!

I had a wonderfully relaxing holiday! After the hub-bub of Christmas was over I spent the last two days lounging around in my ne snuggie reading…what a life! It is so nice to relax after the holidays. I made this card a few months ago for the December/January issue of Ready Set Create and wanted to share it with you today:

Paper: K&Co, Cardstock: Neenah, Markers: Copic, Stamp: Jelly PArk, Ribbon: Sew True, Eyelets: Dritz

Oh if you like the crinkled seam binging ribbon you can see a video on how I made it below. Also you can get free shipping on the seam binding from Sew True with this code: 10122F. I reccomend buying the natural color, it crinkles better than white for some reason 🙂


It’s not to late to get your copy of December/January Ready-Set-Create! magazine packed with informative crafting articles, product spotlights and hundreds of scrapbook, card and craft projects, it’s ony $4 and you’ll have lots of new ideas and inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

mice+cupcake=cute!

Happy Monday! Do you have a stash of stamped and colored images just waiting to be used? I do, I often forget they are there or sometimes I don’t want to use them because my coloring skills were not as good back then. I decided to use this one even though it is not perfect on a card for my daughter. Waste not, want not right?

She just loves House Mouse, this image was one of the first ones I colored with copics (last year!) I had stamped out a bunch of my mom’s HM stamps on Paper Co. Cardstock and colored it on the spot with my brand new Copics. It is not the greatest color-job but I kept it anyway thinking I might put it on a card and so I did 🙂

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Creatilicious (colors challenge), Oldie but a Goodie (Pink & Girly) and the sketch (I put the vertical layout on a horizontal card) from House Mouse & Friends.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

More melon!

Happy Sunday! We spent the morning strawberry picking, the pickens were slim but we managed to get 4 quarts so I have plenty to make a pie or two and a batch of Jam, I’m not much of a cook but Jam I excel at! Speaking of strawberries I used my ne Strawberries and Watermelon digital stamp set to make this card (with a matching envie of course!)

I cleaned up my scrap pile for this card, the chipboard tag and slide were from a colorbok pack I got ages ago and the paper on the envie is from GSD (I think). I colored the image with copics, a quick and easy card!

I cut the cute ruler strip for a piece of pattern paper from the Inch By Inch collection from Lettering Delights, isn’t is sweet? I simply use a sheet of 8″ square pattern paper to make an envelope with my score pal to fit the card. I think the card and envie took 20 minutes to make, not counting the coloring because I like to color a bunch of digis in the evening while I watch TV 🙂

Reminder: Two cool sales are ending tonight! Summer products are $1 at Lettering Delights AND the Retirement sale at MyGrafico, all retired products are $1 until midnight and then they are gone so don’t wait!

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Crafty Catz (digital), Delightful Sketches (summer), Digi Doodle (anything goes),  Doodle Palace (red, green, white & summer), Handful of Stamps (summer), Little Paper Shop (bright & colorful), and Scrappekammeret (Love.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

a “Diamond” in the rough!

I tried a diamond fold card for the first time today, I’m not sure if this is something I’ll do again or not, it was easy enough and it is lovely but I’m not so sure it is my cup of tea:)

Stamps: About Art Accents, PP on card: Nicecrane designs, PP on envelope: K&co, Basic Grey, Dies Cuttlebug

I made the envelope with my scor-pal (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) and when you make these envelopes you have strips of paper left over, I scored some at 1/2″ intervals and accordion folded it to make the ruffled flowers next to the envelope in the above pic, you can find a tutorial here.

Pattern paper: Nicecrane Designs, Stamps: About Art Accents

For the beautiful poppy I stamped the image (About Art Accents) twice on white cardstock and colored it with copics (3 coral shades) and trimmed them closely. I crumpled the first one and glued it to the card then I cut slits between the petals on the second flower and gently bent then to add dimension before adhering it over the first poppy with foam tape.

T he beautiful Asian papers on the card is from the Washi Texture collage sheet and the Spring Flowers collage sheets from Nicecrane Designs. These patterns are so pretty and easy to work with, I just print and create!

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

Happy Earth Day!

I have lots of crafty goodness for you today but first a shameless plug:

There is nothing greener than digital supplies right, just print what you need on demand, save the trees!

OK, a few weeks ago I showed you how to emboss a frame by using a cardboard mat, a cuttlebug folder and a Big Shot machine. I had requests for a video so here ist is, also there is a mini Sure Cuts a Lot {SCAL} lesson too as we will make out embossing template with the Cricut:

Here are the finished projects. I used the poppy stamp from the Fancy Flowers set as my focal image and colored it with Copics. I got a bit carried away with the white ink in the background, it was a really juicy ink pad 🙂

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, CS: SU!, PP: K&co, other: Ribbon, white ink

On this one I placed the oval cutout on the card and sprayed ink on the frame area then rubbed it with an inkpad to bring out the embossed design. I stamped the butterfly (About Art Accents) in the center and heat embossed and colored with watercolor markers, added some ribbon and crocheted flowers and the Asian clip art (Garden Meditation set from Lettering Delights on sale for $1!) then I sewed it to my card base.

Stamp: About Art Accents, Envelope Template: Lindasy's stamp Stuff, Asain element: Lettering Delights

I made the custom envelopes using my Cricut and SCAL software and SVG templates from my Envelope Bonanza set (15% of for Earth Day!) the template also come in printable jpg as well as SVG.

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Happy Day!

Happy Saturday folks, and I mean happy because the stomach bug I had has finally run it course {11 hours of sleep light nigh really helped!} and I am back to normal!. Just in time too cuz Hubby and I have a date tonight!

Stamps: About Art Accents, Markers: Copic, PP: DCVW& AC, Font: Spatz

This is another Scrap-Pile card, the rainbow paper and red cardstock was leftover from my puddle fun cards on Monday and I had stamped the pretty Butterfly and colored it a week ago.

That butterfly stamp is from About art Accents comes in two sizes, this is the small one and there is plenty of room to color with my Copics, the large version I plan to use an Iris folding template, I’ll let you see my results after I try it!

This card qualifies for the “Use up those Scraps” challenge. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

2Sketches4u and Fabulous Prizes & Freebies!

Have you heard of the 2sketches4u blog yet? Well it’s pretty cool, every week they post 2 card sketches for you to do and then they pick a winner and they get an awesome prize. This week the challenge is sponsored by Creative Cuts and More! The winner will get a $20 gift certificate to the shop and let me tell you $20 goes a long way in die cuts! I don’t often use sketches because I’m afraid that I either following the sketch too close (just copying) or I’m way off with my ‘devil-may-care’ cardmaking style…what is sketch etiquette anyway? But for fun I thought I’d try, It was fun, here are my attempts:

This is my attempt of sketch #1. The girl is from a free font called Pucca club, you can get a link to that and my free Cricut cutting flies below.
This is my attempt of sketch #1. The girl is from a free font called Pucca club, you can get a link to that and my free Cricut cutting flies below.
I did this for the second sketch. Again I used a cute Pucca girl for my focal point and a sentiment from Inque boutique (Perfectly Paisley set), dragonfly is from Cricut
I did this for the second sketch. Again I used a cute Pucca girl for my focal point and a sentiment from Inque boutique (Perfectly Paisley set), dragonfly is from Cricut

Why don’t you try too? It could win you $20 in free die cuts! Speaking of free I have some freebies to share. I made cutting files for the Kimono card:

Get the Kimono card SVG file here (I used this file for my card), you can cut this with your cricut using SCAL software.

Get a Design Studio version made with the George cartridge here, it’s a bit different but the same idea.

Download a printable template here, it’s my first time making a pdf file and I didn’t add any text so when you print it you may want to write “Kimono card template” on it so you will remember what the heck it is!

Do you like the cute little Asian girls on the card? Guess what, it’s not a stamp, it’s a free font called Pucca and you can snag it for free here. Grab the word document I made to print my images here (you must also download the font to view it)

I laid out a 2 sheets of the images in Word and printed on cardstock and colored them with Bic Mark its. Ink Jet Printer ink is water/dye based so I knew that I could use solvent based makers on them and the colors would not run. You could also use Sharpies, Copics or Prismacolor markers to color them but I love the inexpensive Mark Its! To get a Copic-like effect start with light colors first and add slightly darker colors to shade around the edges. Easy Peasy! I trimmed my “girls” with my creative Memories circle cutter.

The real stamps I used on the card are by Personal Stamp Exchange (Asian Images) and Inque Boutique/Darice (sentiment). The PSX stamps were some of the first clear stamp ever made and IMHO some of the best. That company is now out of business but I still use their stamps regularly!

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I hope you enjoyed the cards and the freebies and I do hope you chek out the 2sketches4u blog and play along too! Till next time happy crafting!