Christmas Cookies, Digital Embossed Mats and Freebies!

Yep it’s Thursday as you could probably guess from the title! I had an idea rattling around in my head for a while of making printable paper mats that had embossed edges. You can use the png version of any digital stamp to add them to the mat before you print it too! I made them in white but you can recolor them digitally or print them on colored paper. They are good for digital scrappers to as the png versions can be plopped on a page and used for journaling! Here is a card I made with the new Embossed Mats set and the Babies and Bows and All Around Phrases digital stamp sets:

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Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff (all Around Phrases, Babies and Bows and Embossed Mats sets)

To print the Congratulations stamp on the card base I first printed it on plain paper then taped my card down to the paper where I wanted it printed and sent both through the printer again!

I like the look of the embossed shadow ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The cradle was colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with goo-gone;) The "pearls" are drops of hot glue dusted with pearl-ex.

Here is the set for $3 in the shop:

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I also wanted to make something Christmas-y and giftie so I came up with the cookie tower, it uses a 12″x12″ sheet of paper. I use American Crafts new pattern paper, not cardstock, and it was still very sturdy!

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The template for the box does not include the window cutout. You can use whatever cartridge/file/template you wish for that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here are the Freebies!

You can a version to cut with your cricut if you have Design Studio and the plantain Schoolbook cartridge here.

Here is a, SVG version if you have SCAL Software.

You can get the printable version of the template and the stamp and the embossed scallop mat I used to make it here for free!!!

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Click the picture to download, Pattern paper is by American Crafts not included in the freebie, it is for example only.

Also in the shop this week I have this “cool” 2 stamp set for $1.50.

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Now let’s see what the rest of the Design Team has been up to,ย  Just a reminder I am taking applications for new designers until the 7th (details here) …speaking of new designers Erin Baily is joining us full time, yay Erin!

Now lets see what the fabulous Lindsayโ€™s Stamp Stuff DT has for us this week:

Erin Bailey

Tamara

Cindi *Altered Art

Shannon *a cool tutorial on using gradients!

Diana

Margie * Christmas Project!

Lisa *Digital Stamping on Candles!

Janet

Melissa Craig

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Freebie Thursday!

Yes it’s that day of the week again where you can add to your digital stamp collection with a free stamp from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff, but wait, there’s a catch you need to find it ๐Ÿ™‚ it is on one of the design team members’ blogs. Here is the stamp you get for free this week, Primitive house:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: Basic Grey, Rubber stamps (little letters) Studio G

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: Basic Grey, Rubber stamps (little letters) Studio G

I printed the house on White cardstock and quickly colored it with my Prismacolor pencils and blended it with a dried-up blending pen filled with goo-gone {gotta love recycling!} Then I printed my Doodle Daisy stamp really tiny and colored it, punched it out and mounted it on a heart shaped clip I designed:

one of the clips you can download below

one of the clips you can download below

You can download this set of clips I designed for free!

grab these handy clips for free in both svg and .cut!

grab these handy clips for free in both svg and .cut!

For a Cricut Design studio version using the George Cartridge click here. Each clip is on it’s own layer but on a diffrent spot on the mat so you can cut them all from one peice of paper and it is baby bug compatible ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can cut this with the free trial of Design Studio if you have the baby (6″x12″) cricut.

For a svg version that you can cut with SCAL software click here. All of the clips are in one file, re-size as desired.

For a printable version click on the image above and right click to save the image. You can print this directly on the back of the cardstock or patterned paper then cut out the inside of the clip with a craft knife then cut around the clip with the scissors.

Ready to hunt for that primitive house digital stamp Freebie? Well just check out the fabulous LSS design team, you get to be inspired and get something for free, that sounds like win-win to me!

Leanne

Tamara

Margie

Melissa Craig

Lisa

Row

Katt

Melissa Bove

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Erin Bailey July Guest DT

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

An Easter Freebie for You!

Daylight saving time is here, that means that spring is just around the corner and boy howdy am I ready! I thought I would get as jump start on the Easter season by crafting a little chick and basket with my Cricut and SCAL software and of course sharing them with my blog readers. Don’t you love my dainty spring colors?

Paper: MAMBI, Eggs: Accucut, Flowers: Sizzix, Chick and Basket my Design (download below)

Paper: MAMBI, Eggs: Accucut, Flowers: Sizzix, Chick and Basket my Design (download below)

Dainty, Ha! I live in a part of the world that is perpetually greyย  (or blindingly white) 5 months out of the year so I crave the COLOR! I’ll have to work on the dainty thing I guess ๐Ÿ™‚

I used spray adhesive to cover the chick with yellow fun flock. TIP: Before using your flock shake it in a larger jar to fluff it up a bit then pour it over your glue. Do this over a sheet of paper so you can dump the leftover flock back in it’s original jar. It’s amazing how much flock they pack into a little jar!

This is a 5 1/4" basket!

This is a 5 1/4" basket!

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As you can see you can cut a fairly large basket from a 12″ sheet of paper.

Download links:

Get the Chick SVG here.

Get the basket SVG here.

Get the basket Design Studio .cut file here.

Get a printable basket here, and chick here.

The chick SVG includes 2 wings and 2 legs that are not attached but if you want to attach the legs or delete them you can do so in inkscape, I don’t mind a bit ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also think this would make a cute rubber ducky too!

I made aย  smaller basket in Design Studio using the George cart and the 6″x12″ mat. You will need it resize each shape to make a larger box (yes, I know it’s a pain, maybe one day PC will include a select all feature.)

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Do you have a spring project to share? Well if you do you could win $50 worth of clear stamps! Check out the Pink Persimmon blog to see how. Have fun with your spring projects and till next time happy crafting!

Fit for a tween! (and an envelope freebie!)

My mom was complaining the other day that she can never find the card she wants with the right sentiment and she asked if I could come up with a set of versatile cards with different sayings that could be added. Being the obliging daughter I am I said “sure!” Well I’m sure this isn’t what she had in mind but I was itching to use the new dollar stamps my Imaginessance I got at Judy’s the other day so I came up with this…I’ll work on something a little more sophisticated for mom LOL!

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I used my homemade dew drops for inexpensive embellishing! I colored the frog with Watercolor Crayons and a blender pen but you can get the same effect with chalk.

There are 8 blank cards in the set with envelopes made from pattern paper. It’s a great way to use up the extras that come in pads. I but most of my paper this way because it is only pennies a sheet that way, the paper I used here is by My Minds Eye, Everyday Tango Collection.

You can download the envelope templates here:

Expression users (with Design Studio and the George cartridge) click here for a file that cut 2 envelops on a 12″ paper.

Cricut users with the original 6×12 machine, design studio and george click here for a single envelope that will cut on a 6″x12″ paper.

For a SVG file compatible with SCAL and re-sizable to any size you want click here.

Assemble the envelops then use my envelope glue recipe to seal them.

I covered some plain pencils with pattern paper to match. You could even stick fake flowers or feathers to the top to make it extra fancy! The box I am using was rescued from the trash pile, it contained a paint your own piggy bank by the Melissa & Doug toy company. Such a cute sturdy box, and pink too, how could I toss it. I added some crackle medium and acrylic paint and die cuts and viola! A stationary box!

And I made a little notebook to match by cutting a large tag out of two scraps of mat-board and cut pages out of a sheet of cardstock. I joined them with a screw-post then decorated it.

I think this design has a lot of possibilities. You could save yourself some work and increase the recipient’s fun buy giving blank cards, the stamp, ink and, ribbon and colored pencils and let her design them.

Have fun and make some cards with a tween today!

More Valentine’s Day, Rubber Cafe, Freebies, Templates and Tips Today!

I’m a poet and I didn’t know it LOL! Well I got a box delivered on Tuesday from the Rubber Cafe and it was like Christmas all over again! And since I got an Expression for Christmas I thought it was the perfect chance to try them both out! Here is the first card I designed:

Got SCAL? (or Design Studio) grab the free files below!

Got SCAL? (or Design Studio) grab the free files below!

Prima, Dew Drops, Ribbon

Same Design Different paper: Supplies: Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Flower: Prima, Dew Drops, Ribbon

Here is the Print n cut template, it’sย  a small file, just re-size it to print it on a 8 1/2″x11″ sheet or when you go to print select “fit to page” from your printers window. For Sure Cuts A Lot users here is an SVG version of this card, and an SVG version with a heart instead of a triangle for an arrow point. The Design Studio cut file is here, I used a heart for the arrow point because I thought it was cuter! If you want a triangle point just delete the heart and add on a triangle, Just don’t forget to weld! On the following card I simply welded two hearts together, I rotated one so they looked like mirror images then added a heart in the middle one one heart to make the window. Make sure you don’t weld the window or you won’t have one. I stamped “heart strings” on a piece of acetate then painted the back of it with acrylic paint, let dry and attached it behind the opening of the card with double stick tape. All of the supplies on these cards are available at The Rubber Cafe. There are some good sales now too, check out the Halloween stamps for next year and there are some beautiful NIJI pearlessent watercolors too that are a good deal and their shimmers are on sale as well.

Another cute card to cut with your Cricut!

Another cute card to cut with your Cricut!

Get this stuff at The Rubber Cafe!

Get this stuff at The Rubber Cafe!

So you are probably saying “cute card…but how the heck do I mail it?” No fear, I have a cute square petal envelope for you to download in both SVG (for SCAL users) and a cut file for design studio users and of course I made it with the “George” cart so most people can use it. The cool thing about the SVG version is that you can make cute mini petal envelopes too! I love the Expression for cutting envelopes…what, no Expression? No worries, You can make the same envelope with a circle cutter, see my tutorial here.

It's hip to be square...A cute envelope to mail square cards in!

It's hip to be square...A cute envelope to mail square cards in!

TIP: Well, maybe not a tip perse but if you bought (or someone bought it for you as a Christmas gift) the Cricut Expression between October 15th and December 15 2008 you can get two free cartridges from Provo Craft. You need to fill out the rebate form and mail them your receipt and $8. Not bad for 2 free carts, they will send you my community and printing 101, not my top choices but with kids in school they will come in handy!

Thanks for stopping by and reading throught the looooong post! Til next time happy crafting!

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