MyGrafico Halloweeen Giveaway!

Look at what you could win:

Pretty sweet prizes huh? For full details on this contest visit MyGrafico.com. Don’t wait, deadline for entries is October 31st. All are welcome to enter, whether you are an embroidery business or printing company or a cardmaker, scrapbooker or crafter. WE want you to show us your best work!

Good luck and til next time happy crafting!

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Sweet & Simple!

I had the idea to make the simple cards after seeing the sketch over at 2sketches4you. I gor the stamp from the dollar bin at JoAnns the other day (it’s one of the Studio G dollar stamps) and I thought of the cute button bits stamps from PTI (I want them but do not have them) and thought that this cherry stamp would be great to use in this fashion. I used a black marker to ink the stem and leaves and stamped that onto my punched circles then stamped the leaves again on a patterned green scrap and paper pieced it. Then I glued on the buttons, easy peasy!

Stamps: Crafty Secrets (hello sweetie) Studio G (cherries), cardstock: GP

For the card bases I cut a 11″x8.5″ white cardstock the long way to make 2-5.5″x4.25″ top fold cards. I used a cuttlebug folder (that a got with a set of dies for $2 at Big Lots in June) to emboss the front of the card, stamped “Hello Sweetie” on the front, tied on a ribbon and viola! It was done!

I wanted cool black and white envelopes for the cards but did not want to use up 2 sheets of this delicious paper to do it so I thought about it and trimmed the 12″x12″ sheet in half and using my scor-pal made the envelopes. I scored the envelope at 3.5″ and 9.25″ (you have to slide the paper down because there is no 1/4″ mark there) then I turned the paper and lined it up between the 3″ and 9″ and scored on the first triangle, then flipped the paper and scored the other side at the first triangle so it is symmetrical. Then I trimmed the rectangles on the top and bottom panels and glued up the bottom flap. It is great to get 2 envelopes form one sheet of paper! BTW if you want an envelope to cut in your cricut out of a 6″x12″ paper use the bb_envie file from my Envelope Bonanza SVG set 🙂 {{Shameless plug}}

This qualifies for the following challenges: 2sketches4you, All Sorts (paper piecing), Alphabet Challenge (punches), Aly’s Sunday (get dotty), Bee-Crafty (ribbons & Bows), I did It (anything goes), One Stitch at a time (punches), Sentimental Sundays (ribbon) and Stamptacular Sundays (buttons & bows)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Another Easel?

Yep, another easel card, these things are addictive {you were right Cheryl!} Seriously, they are so fun and easy to make and use very little paper but the fold is so cool it looks like you slaved over it (like the lady in the rice krispies treats commercial who pats some flour on her face before she comes out of the kitchen with a plate of treats) I love faux effort LOL!

Geisha digistamp: Mo's Digital Pencil, Rubber Stamp: MSE!, Pattern paper: Nicecrane Designs, Die Cuts: Cuttlebug

I used the Japanise Patterns Vol 1 collage sheet from Nicecrane Designs for this card.

Here is a tip: I wanted to print a bigger swatch of this paper rather than the ATC size that comes in the sheet so I cropped it in PaintshopPro and printed it the size I wanted. The papers are so well done that you an enlarge them quite a bit without noticing any image loss. I love that the Nicecrane design collage sheets are jpg, I can print them as-is or alter them so I don’t waste any paper or ink, yay!

Here is a 3/4 view of the card, this is an easel-fold card, it displays well but folds flat, nifty!

I used one of my new CB dies that I got for $2 at BigLots friday, I love the ornate flowers on the die! Also I used a butterfly corner punch (McGill I think) on the top edge of the image and PP so between the flower dies and butterfly punch this card qualifies for the Sir Stampalot challenge.

Here is a look at the sentiment, it is from my sentiments exactly:

I love this saying...My mom says it all the time and so do I!

Another note, craft with your kids! My son {age 7} asked if he could pick the colors of Copic markers for me to use and I let him, I love the colors he picked, it gives you a fresh look at things!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Kraft-the New Black

I know, you hear it all the time___ is the “new black” but honey, kraft is every bit as versatile as black and it compliments every color. My favorite is kraft and pink:

Cardstock: The paper co, PP: Autumn Leaves, Stamps: Imaginessence, MFT, Punch: SU!, Emb folder: Cuttlebug, Other: Ribbob, pearls, silk flowers

When I saw the “use kraft” challenge at Gingersnap Creations (GC52) I knew I had to make something, after all I bought 2 reams of Kraft CS from my Stampin Up! lady (I love SU! kraft, it is lighter than most and smooth, thick and dense, great for card bases, I go through a ream of each size a year!) and I grabbed a few reams of cheapo kraft cardstock at JoAnns a few weeks ago when it was on sale (it is the paper company brand, it is darker and earthy with a nice warm grungy-ness to it and it is usually out of stock so if I see it I grab it:)

I used a new set of stamps from My Favorite Things that I won last week from a “use up your scraps” challenge, what a nice surprise to get that in the mail! And a birthday calender stamp from imagenescence. I will circle the date and month on the card when I am ready to send it.

Thanks all for today, give Kraft a chance! till next time happy crafting!

Monochromatic Magic!

I was playing in my studio the other day and made this card, It qualifies for the current monochrome challenge at Caardvarks:

Digital stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, EMB folder: Cuttlebug, Sentiment: SU!

This card was all about using up leftovers and experimenting.

experiment 1: Watercoloring a digital stamp. I started by taking a digital stamp of a dragonfly from the Winged Things set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff and I colored it with watercolor pencils, the printer ink did not bleed, I was amazed, never tried watercoloring a digi before because I was sure it would bleed but it didn’t!

Experiment 2: I used my new fleur-de-lis emb folder with silver cardssock because I had never tired it before, it is swell:)

experiment 3: I showed a friend how to make a “faux bow” and I left the long thin ribbon that I tied the knot with attached (instead of trimming it close) and wrapped it around the front panel.

Also I used a mistake die cut (there is some unfortunate stamping on the back) to add my sentiment and finish the card. Luckily all my experiments were of a blue-green color scheme so they all went together nicely!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

How to Emboss a Frame

Ha! I figured out how to emboss only a frame around a blank center with a cuttlebug folder:

Stamp: About Art Accents, Clip Art: Lettering Delights

The “stick pins” are head pins with beads and the stamp is from About Art Accents, they have a lot of ATC motifs that are perfect to stamp in a Frame like this, so simple and pretty!

here is the embossed card inked to show texture.

It is so easy you will laugh! All you need to do is replace your bottom cutting pad with a sheet of rubber gasket and a cardboard photo mat so that combined they are about the same thickness as the cutting pad and since the center of the mat is open it applies no pressure to the folder so it remains flay while the outside is embossed. Here is the sandwich:

I added a little embossed line around the inside of the frame with my score pal to make it more finished:

Stamp: About Art Accents, EB folder: Cuttlebug

I am going to make an oval one next, great now I will need to get more EB folders LOL 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Big News and a Freebie!

Well the big news is that my sister had her first baby and I am an auntie! Woohoo!  Actually was an auntie already since my SIL had kids but they are nearly as old as I am LOL!  Little Mason was born yesterday and I took a bunch of pics and I just had to sit down this morning and scrap a few:

Bingo Card and Title Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: K&Co, Buttons: Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut and scal software

Bingo Card and Title Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: K&Co, Buttons: Autumn Leaves, Other: Cricut and scal software

i used my cricut and scal software to shape my paper. Notice the flourish frame on the photo, that is a digital stamp! I'll have a tutorial on changing the color of your digi-stamps on Thursday ;)

I used my cricut and scal software to shape my paper. Notice the flourish frame on the photo, that is a digital stamp! I'll have a tutorial on changing the color of your digi-stamps on Thursday 😉

Isn’t her adorable!?! Also I am sponsoring the sketch over at Inspirational Card Sketches. You can win free stamps ($10 worth, that goes pretty far at my shop!) just by making a card and linking it up to their blog. Here are the cards I made with the sketch:

My card based on the sketch at ICS! Stamps: Babies and Bows collection from Lindsay's stamp Stuff.

My card based on the sketch at ICS! Stamps: Babies and Bows collection from Lindsay's stamp Stuff.

The Framed Sentiment is the freebie and you can download a jpg version here and a png version here.

In celebration of my sisters new baby I am putting my Babies and Bows digital stamp collection on sale for %50 off! That’s just $3! Here is a peek at the set, I have revamped it by offering the 4 large stamps as png and jpg, the accessories are together in a png or jpg file and I added a sheet of printable baby bingo cards too!  *note, If you ordered this set before let me know and I will send you the updates at no charge, I can check back through my orders and check;)

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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