A Tee-rific Father’s Day Card!

OK, I know I did not invent the Tee-rific dad pun but I thought it would be a fun idea to do with the kids at the library this month especially after buying a bag of 200 golf tees at Mardens for $3, talk about your cheap embellishments!

 

When I saw the golf tees I remembered that I had a golfing dog stamp form a Viva Las VegaStamps grab bag I bought last year and the card came together easily! The pattern paper was a freebie from Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine, you can download it free from their website, it prints great!

 

How to:

  1. cover a 5″x7″ card with pattern paper.
  2. Stamp and color golfer and adhere to card.
  3. Cut a scallop strip of paper and adhere where shown.
  4. Stamp and adhere sentiment with foam tape (I used tiny letter stamps to make my words, you could also use your computer/printer)
  5. Punch a 1.25″ circle from white and emboss with dots folder, smudge with ink and adhere.
  6. Adhere golf tee as shown.

Easy Peasy! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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DIY Pull-Strip for Cards & WOYWW!

I have been having the brainstorms this week! I loved the look of the cards the Papertrey Ink design team had made that had a pull away strip (think of the pull strips on cardboard ice-cream boxes you use to open them) and I really wanted to try that technique. The PTI girls used a die which I don’t have. I am picky about dies and almost only buy ones that are thick and can cut a variety of materials such as foam, burlap, mat board, metal etc, so I was not really interested in buying a die for such a novel purpose. The good news is that you can replicate this look many ways. Here is my attempt at it:

I am quite pleased with the results. In case you are wondering the seed packet and flower stamps are from Papertrey and the pointing finger is from one of those old Making Memories magnet mount stamp sets and the letters to spell “pull” are from a $1 wood peg mout Studio G set. Here is a close up of the pull tab:

There are so many ways to make the pull strip.

  • You can use a perferator wheel on your paper-cutter to cut two parallel lines and connect them on the pull end.
  • You can use a cutterbee perforating bug (this is the method I wanted to use but I could not find my perforating wheel!) and proceed as above.
  • You can use a Basic Grey Notch and Die tool to make 2 series of strait notch lines and connect then at the pull end with the tab notch.
  • You can use an x-acto knife and a metal edge ruler to cut two lines of slits and connect them at the pull end.
  • You can make a template in SCAL2 (or snag my free one here) so your electronic die cutter can cut it for you. For an explanation on how to make your own custom templates in scal2 please check out my screen shots:

The file I designed will cut 4 cardfronts for a 8.5″x11″ paper, if you are using a smaller cutter like a Cricut Personal just delete the bottom two designs and use a half sheet of paper. I am using SCAL2 and a Cricut Expression and the oval end perforations did not cut all the way through but I think it has more to do with my finicky Cricut than the cutting file 🙂

***FYI SCAL3 does NOT work with Cricut Machines****

Now Let’s put it together! You want to decorate the cardfront with the strip first. Then you need to stamp your sentiment on the card base. For placement I centered my cardfront on the card base and made little pencil marks on the edge at the top and bottom of the strip. Then I stamped my sentiments.  Put a strip of adhesive on both sides of the pull-strip, this will keep the card from tearing when the strip is removed.

Since it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday I snapped a pic of mine:

I hope you try this technique it is so much fun! Thanks for stropping by and til next time happy crafting!

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!

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