OK, the biggest deal in crafting is happening now, the CHA Winter show. I heard-tell of some new software that Cricut is releasing to work with all Cricut models-even the Imagine-and it is 100% free and online. I do not know when it will be officially released but I bet this week. I found my info on the Cricut Facebook Page, I “liked” it so I will catch any news on the new program, gotta love free!
As you know I am a Sure Cuts a Lot girl! I love SCAL and being able to design my own die cuts as well as cut my computer fonts. I’ve told you many times that I love using the fonts and doodlebats from Lettering Delights, and I’ve also told you that they design many of Cricut’s cartridges. Well now they are in the SVG business and they have like 40 SVG sets for sale! Cool huh? and many are 40% off right now so check out all their new SVG designs!
I used the blank cupcake wrapper template in the Birthday Cupcakes set and took the png version of the crown stamp from the Pretty Princess set and layered the crown on the wrapper before printing. The purple wrapper was cut with my Cricut and SCAL software using the SVG file included in the kit. The Birthday Cupcake set with the SVG template is on sale for $2.25 right now at Lindsay’s stamp stuff!
My friend (and fellow DT) Micki sent me some wonderful cardstock to play with, I printed all of the stamps for this project on Neenah solar white smooth and WOW! that stuff felt like silk to the touch, blending with my Bics, Copics and prismas was a breeze!
I have decided to make an envelope for each card make when I make it (not 5 minutes before I rush out the door to go to a birthday party) and I figured out a very easy way to make one with my cricut using either SCAL or Design Studio. all you need to do is take 2 rounded rectangles (make sure you check “weld” on each shape you use) and overlay them like this:
On the envelope I made here I did that but also I welded a label shape to the flap to fancy it up a bit:)
I know it is easy to do but You can download my envelopes if you like. They are sized to make a 5.5″x5.5″ envelope but you can simply drag them to the size you need.
And now for the freebie. I know many of you like to make ATCs (artist trading cards) so how about a stamp to use on the back. You can print out a sheet of these on cardstock and stamp and decorate the flip-side, how fun! Click the picture to download:)
Let me know what you think of this. If you like it I may make a full set of funky ATC backs!
Now lets see what the rest of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff DT has for us today, We have a new Guest Designer and a new Full Time designer, how exciting!
All of my stamp sets work well with each other, I think the most versatile is the All Around Phrases digital stamp set because you can pop any other digi stamp (use the png version) in the center and you have an easy to trim element, plus anything in a circle is just cuter 🙂 This card features this weeks sketch from 2s4u, when you need a quick card nothing is easier than using a sketch:
Here are more of the cards in the set:
How about a freebie? I am trying to better organize my scrap space so I have another ribbon organizer for you. Last weekend I gave you the ribbon bobbins, here is a ribbon/fiber card to cut with your Cricut and Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software. If you have a cricut you should have SCAL, it has been around for almost 2 years and has great customer support AND I have a coupon code to save 10% on SCAL: 9388463 it is good til the 18th. If you have SCAL 2 and havent updated recently the new update (SCAL 2.006) is great, you can break apart a design to arrange it on you mat, auto fill, and convert simple clip art into cutting files FUN! The update is free if you have scal 2:)
Reserve a day for creative play in your craft space, who knows you might end up making 8 cards in an hour! All of the stamps and templates used in today’s project can be found in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop, Remember for ever $5 you spend there you get a free single stamp OR at my shop at MyGrafico where you get your stamps INSTANTLY (but no free stamp, sorry.) Another reminder today is the last day to enter the recycling challenge, make a card using ANY digistamp and something recycled, leave me a link to it and I will toss you name in a hat for a chance to win a free set!
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
This cocoa packet is one of my favorites, I designed the template last Christmas time and it was perfect for giving Starbucks gift cards;) It works well for a cocoa packet too, an inexpensive gift for a teacher or bus driver. Get the templates here:
On this card I used the free gingerbread clip art (see freebie pack below) and the scalloped rectangle from the embossed mats set (I adjusted the color to green) and typed “Happy Holidays” over it and printed it out as one image on a piece of cardstock that was my card base. I punched 2 holes and threaded a shot piece of ribbon through and viola: a card in 3 minutes!
I just did this card this morning, I printed one of the card base sheets from the new Winter Printables kit and cut it in half (you get two cards for one sheet) and folded it. I used the Gingerbread svg file from the freebie pack (I cut it with my cricut and scal software) and glued that on my card over one of the tags from the 3-D Advent Calendar set, then I cut a slit on the fold of my card for my ribbon and added that and finally I added the happy holidays tag also from the Winter Printables set. I added a punched tab at the top and over it an element from the Christmas Cupcakes set. As you can see all of the stamp set from Lindsay’s stamp stuff coordinate beautifully together 😉
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:
Man, I love Thursdays! I get to see all of the awesome projects the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team has created for the week and I get to do my favorite thing: Share some freebies! (And it really makes my day when someone Leaves a comment or buys something from my digital stamp store too!) I have been playing with my brand new stamp set called “Creepy Crows“, take a look:
When DT member Tracey asked me to make a crow stamp for an ATC swap she was in I said “sure, I’ll make one to go in a Halloween I was working on…” one stamp turned into seven and I gave it a kit of its own, its called Creepy Crow and it was done with a dip pen and bottle of ink so it has a bit of an old gothic feel to it. This is my favorite stamp in the set, it is a journaling spot and it is big, it is available as a png and jpg as are all of the stamps in the set for ultimate versatility!
Wow, we finally have sun up in the northeast!!! I am totally in a beachy mood right now as you can see by my latest card:
I was inspired by the gals over at Caardvarks to make a window card. I filled a zip-to baggie with hair gel and taped it to back of my window. on the inside there is a gradient blue panel that I made with a kaliedacolor ink pad, brayer and homemade shimmer spray. Here you can see the card closed and open:
I have had the fortune to try out a Wacom pen tablet. My friend Micki lent me her tablet and I can’t stop playing with the darn thing (hey Micki, do you think you could explain to my husband why I haven’t had time to do any laundry this week LOL!) The digital stamp on this card I made by drawing it right on the tablet, what fun! To see more of my designs click here.
I know it is one of my first attempts with the tablet, I am used to drawing by hand and scanning it into the computer, what do you think? I also drew the sun in inkscape and made a svg file that you can cut with your cricut if you have Sure Cuts A Lot software. I have a scut file for the card base too and I did not forget my cricut peeps who only have the free trial of DS you can make this card with Design Studio using the George cartridge (I think there is a sun die cut on the George card as well that you can use in place of my sun svg.)
We dyed our Easter eggs yesterday, we started off with 16, I think there is 9 in the fridge right now. The dog benefited from 4 dropped eggs on the floor and the girls enjoyed 3 that were accidentally dropped on the table and well, Jackson will not eat an egg unless is it made from chocolate or some other confection. But we had fun! Oh how I love to see the little bowl of bright egg dye! I was playing with the cricut yesterday and figured out how to make a nifty Easter Egg and Business card holder. Check them out:
I used DCWV cardstock for this but I think for the egg holder I would recommend a more rugged cardstock like Stampin Up! if you have any on hand. I used my new sale-a-bration stamps on the boxes and the little bunny is from a cheap Studio G dollar set. Sometimes you have a stamp that that several images that you would like to stamp separately like I did with the “Yummy” set. I double mounted the stamp to make it more versatile, see:
Here are the download links for the boxes. There are Design Studio Files that you can use with George or Plantain Schoolbook, and SVG files for SCAL users and yes they are baby bug compatible!
No Cricut? No Problem! Here is a printable version. when you print it set the width to 12″ in the printer dialog box and it will be to scale, it will chop off a bit on the end but you can easily add a little length with a ruler, instructions are printed on the sheet.
Just a reminder SCAL software is on sale for 10% off with this coupon code: until the 12th!
I hope you had a great weekend. It’s been a few days since I’ve given away a free file so here is a cut little heart Carton that you can cut with your Cricut if You have Design Studio or Sure Cuts a Lot. The original template was designed by Kate Pullen from the About.com stamping forum. You can see her design as well as get a printable version and folding instructions here. With her permission I have made the file available for Cricut users (thanks Kate!) See download links below.
A .cut file to be used with Design Studio and the George Cartridge.
All the stamps I used in this are from The Rubber Cafe. I used Mystique glitter embossing powder by Judikins on the hearts after stamping them with a purple rainbow pigment ink pad (versacolor) although the shine looks way better IRL! I made the dark plum boxes with the Design studio (this will work with the original cricut too and the free trial of design studio) and the lavender ones with SCAL. The nice thing about scal is that it is easy to re-size the boxes, with DS you have to re-size every little shape (unless there is some group re-size feature I don’t know about in which case please fill me in!)
Have fun with this, they are very easy to make, perfect for school valentines!
Exciting News!!! I have been invited to join the Creative Cuts and More Design Team on a permanent basis!!! I am so excited, I love their die cuts, I’ll be sharing many projects I’ve made with them in February so stay tuned.
Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!