Tags for Halloween!

I was in a bit of a creative funk last weekend. I had a couple big projects I needed to do but I just couldn’t get started. Has that ever happened to you? So, while the rest of my family watched the Patriots game I holed up in my craft room determined to make SOMETHING! I wanted to play and work on a project that didn’t matter (if I messed it up and turned out hideous) so I sat down with some Halloween supplies that I had lying around and I made tags!

I started by grabbing my trusty Big Shot die cut machine and my scalloped tag die (Ellison) and just started cutting tags from a Halloween mat stack from DCWV I bought at JoAnns last year (I was just in JoAnn Fabrics the other day and they still sell this paper in the 4.5″x6.6″, 8″x8″ and 12″x12″ sizes and it is the coolest Halloween paper I have yet to find and I like the cardstock weight and they usually have it on sale!) Then I trimmed some of the labels from the stack, grabbed some other punched shapes and die cuts and gor to work. Here are some of my favorites:


I used up some of the quilled shapes I made a couple of weeks ago, this ghost was so easy and so cute!

I love the dimension it ads:

I used a button die and strips of paper to make candy corn buttons:

How to make Candy Corn Buttons:

  1. Glue a strip of yellow and orange patterned paper or cardstock to a strip of white, the strip should be only slightly larger than your button die.
  2. Line the strip of paper up with your die and crank it through your machine, I usually crank it backwards to make sure it cuts through all layers.
  3. Ink the edges with brown.

You could use a triangle punch or hand cut the corn too if you do not have a button die, just use a tiny hole punch to punch the holes. The dies I used were to 4 pack button dies from Sizzix.

The last two tags have embossed die cuts that I accented with metallic rub-ons which is a paste that looks like cream eyeshadow and you rub it on with your finger, it is great stuff made by Craf-T products and it lasts forever! It was one of the first paper crafting products I ever bought and I am still using my first sets, great stuff!

What will I do with all of these tags you ask? Well, I think I will clip them on a ribbon and use them for a Halloween decoration then use some of them on my Halloween scrapbook layouts and I’ll probably give the rest to the ladies I scrap with every month 😉 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

More Mom’s Day and 25% off!

Happy Saturday! If you are still looking for the perfect card for your mother you still have time to make it yourself! How about making a pretty gift box to fill with goodies too? Your procrastination paid off because everything in the Lindsay’s Stamp Shop at MyGrafico is 25% off this weekend! Here I use the Fancy flowers digital stamp set and the Box Bonanza, Envelope Bonanza and 3-D posies templates to make this set for my Mother in Law:

Digital Stamps & Templates: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Cardstock: Bazzil, GP, PP: K&co, DCWV, Rubber stamp sentiment: About Art Accents

This was quite easy to make, I printed the poppy image on white cardstock and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils and blended it with goo-gone. It is quicker that coloring with copics for me and I love the results! The boxes, envelope and flower cut in seconds, truly a last minute gift!

I used a border punch to edge my card and mat, a nice detail that doesn't cont a cent!

I really wanted  a ribbon rose on my card but did not have the right colors so I took a piece of 1/4″ satin ribbon and made my own. Since I was in a hurry I secured it with hot glue but stitching is probably a better option if making a batch ahead of time:) The rubber stamped sentiment is from About Art Accents.

Challenges this card Qualifies for: Gingersnap Creations (Botanical), By the Cute and Girly (celebrations), Cute Daisy May, Double Dutch (mother’s day card and gift), Everybody Art Challenge (pastel colors),  Fab ‘n Funky (fancy Edge), Little Red Wagon (pink and green) and Stamptacular Sunday Challenge (mom).

Thanks for stopping by, be sure to grab some bargains at the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff shop during the 25% off mother’s day weekend sale and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Envelopes {and other fun stuff!}

I took my kids to see The Princess and the Frog this week, I have to say it was a wonderful movie, even my 7-year-old son liked it. That influenced my project this week, I used the Pretty Princess Digital stamp set, Pretty Favors SVG and Birthday Cupcakes Stamps & Templates:

Everything you need for a birthday party! Pretty stamps, favor bags and cupcake wrappers all easy and quick!

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!

SVG cutting templates make quick work of favors and decorations!

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 love how bright my colors look on the Neenah cardstock!

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:

An easy way to make an envelope in DS or SCAL!

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:)

Stamps/Template: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Markers: Copic/Prismacolor, Paper: DCWV, Punch SU!

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.

Download a scut file to cut with your cricut and any version of scal here. *note this is a plain flap envelope, you can shorten the vertical  flap and weld on a scallop or fancy shape if you wish.

Download a cut file if you have a Cricut and Design Studio and the George cartridge. There are 3 envelopes in this file, each on separate layers, The first layer only used George, the other two also use accent essentials, there is a fancy flap one like the envelope pictured and a scallop flap one. these make 5.5″ square envelopes but you can adjust them as needed:)

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:)

Enjoy this fun freebie! Click picture to download. Persona use only, font licensed from http://www.letteringdelights.com.

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!

Rebekah Doak

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Tracy Vinson *March Guest DT

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

New Papers & a Freebie!

I was looking for some basic houndstooth paper for a while and darn it, I couldn’t find any! So I decided I would make some myself and make them EXACTLY the way I wanted. Here are a few projects made with my new Shabby Houndstooth papers available at  Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Papers & Stamps & Heart pocket template: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pink Labels: DCVW, Frame Die Cut: Mujka Design, Ribbon, Target

Here is a look at the papers, the Shabby Houndstooth paper pack has a lightly distressed and textured look and the pattern is smaller, while the Uptown Houndstooth pack had a clean bold look with a larger print. All paper in both packs are 12″x12″ at 300 dpi and they are on sale for $2.50 each!

6 papers on sale for $2.50 for a limited time:)
Also on sale for $2.50 for a limited time!

To print my papers to scale on my 8.5″x11″ printer I selected “8.5”x11″ borderless” then clicked “center on page” and made sure the scaling box said 100%. You can print it smaller if you like too, it is digital so it is up to you! I also used Digital stamp from the Love Grows here set on this page and a cute SVG photo mat from Mujka Design that you can cut with your Cricut if you have SCAL software. I used my Cricut to cut the scalloped mat on the card and the woven heart valentine pocket, you can get that SVG in the Sweet Treat SVG set. The stamp on the card is also from the Love Grows here set.

I used inexpensive Bic Mark-it markers to color the digital stamps!
I used inexpensive Bic Markits to color the digital stamps!
To get a nice blended color with my Bic Mark-its I first colored the leaves with bright green, then colored the highlight with yellow (t will lighten the green like magic!) then I added dark green shadows and blended them with the bright green. The cherries are done the same way, I colored them bright red, colored the highlights with pink, then outlined them with a dark berry color and blended that with the bright red, it took seconds and the effect is wonderful!
I realized after I took the photo that this is the back of the pocket so the heart ribbon is upside down, oh well, nobodies perfect 🙂

And now for the freebie! I got a little wild making some papers the other day and I thought my blog readers could use a little bit of funkyness so here are some funky woodgrain papers for ya, enjoy!

Click the picture to download 🙂

Now lets see what my DT has been up to this week, be sure to swing by their blogs and leave them some love:)

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cheryl Gorka

Anette “Nettie” Robins

Cassandra Cushman

Tanya Johnson

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Gotta love convo hearts….

Don’t ya just love those chalky Necco Conversation hearts? Well maybe not eating them but looking at them makes me happy 🙂 That is why I nearly fell over when I saw the cute new Valentine stamps from About Art Accents because there are 4 conversation hearts in the sets! There are 4 plates (sets) of stamps for $10 each but they are running a special: all 4 plates for $19.99! Wow that is 50% off! Best of all they are sugar free! I used this weeks sketch at 2s4u to make this card:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: DCWV
Here is a close up. Notice the dotted background of the hearts, it is a stamp from the About Art Accents Valentine plates and it is the same size as the convo hearts! Brilliant!

I used the marble ATC background on the card, they have some new valentines ATC backgrounds in the new Valentine sets but I chose this subdued one because I was using bright colors already and it would just be too much (yes, I have SOME restraint LOL!)

Well that is all for today, I am teaching a new painting class today, I can’t wait, I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow 🙂  Till then Happy Crafting!

A Freebie that is Cute as a button!

Well, my goodness it has been a while since I gave a away a free template! I had the design itch the other night and came up with this:

Library card: Linbdsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber stamps, Pink Persimmion (buttons), SU! (words),  Technique Tuesday (Stitches), Paper: DCWV, K&Co., Punch: Marths Stewart
Library card: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber stamps, Pink Persimmon (buttons), SU! (words), Technique Tuesday (Stitches), Paper: DCWV, K&Co., Punch: Martha Stewart

I made the bracket edge card in PSP and save it as a .jpg file then opened up my handy-dandy Sure Cuts a Lot 2 clicked the “trace” button and poof! saved it as an svg! I imported in to the original scal just to be sure it would cut there too and, good news, it does!Here is the scalloped bracket edge card:

Scallop Bracket-Edge card, download links below ;)
Scallop Bracket-Edge card, download links below 😉

I used brand new paper from DCWV (it’s from the Be Mine and the Mod Retro stacks) The Library Card is one of my Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff digital stamps (only a dollar folks!) and the cute buttons are brand new from Pink Persimmon! This next card is a bit simpler, I used the regular bracket edge card template:

Regilar Bracket-Edge card, download link below ;) Makes a great minialbum too!
Regilar Bracket-Edge card, download link below 😉 Makes a great minialbum too!

And this one was the easiest! I simply stamped my image and embossed it with white EP on brown card and trimmed it into a circle, hot glued a flower on a 4 1/2″ card, hot glued my stamped panel then hot glued vintage buttons all around. I also used pink metallic rub ons (remember that shiny paste from back in the day) to give the edges of my card and the embossed circle a bit of shabby bling!

This only took minutes to make!
This only took minutes to make!

Here are the download links:

For a printable template click here. Both scallop and strait edge are on this template.

For the regular bracket-edge card svg template that you can cut with you Cricut if you have SCAL software click here.

For the scalloped bracket edge svg template that you can cut with you Cricut if you have SCAL software click here.

I hope you like this freebie! It is very versatile, in fact, I have used this template to make a mini album that I will share with you in a few days 😉 Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

A Toot & A Freebie!

Boy oh boy was I tickled to go to my mailbox yesterday and see the August/September copy of “The Stampers Sampler”, I was even more thrilled when I saw one of my cards on page 11! It is my first time in that particular magazine and the funny thing is I sent the card to them over a year ago, It pays to be patient I guess!

I’ve had the idea for a beach pail card rolling around in my brain for a few weeks, well today I got around to making it:

Pattern Paper: DCWV, Template: See download links below ;)
Pattern Paper: DCWV, Template: See download links below 😉
Inside of card. Stamp: Plaid
Inside of card. Stamp: Plaid

Seriously folks this is an easy one! It only takes minutes to make, and it only uses some cardstock, paper and a brad. Great for party invitations when you have to make a bunch! The templates include the card-base, shovel and handle. I cut mine on my cricut using SCAL software but there is a printable version too 😉

Here is a printable PDF version of the beach pail template.

Here is a svg version of the Beach Pail Card and elements to cut with your cricut+scal software.

Have fun making these quick and easy cards for your next summertime party! You could also make it smaller and stitch around the open part to make a hidden journaling pocket for a scrapbook page.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend and till next time Happy Crafting!

2 New Cards {2sketches4you}

Happy Friday folks! I got a chance to play with the sketches from 2sketches4you and here are the cards I came up with:

Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree
Paper: MME, DCWV, Digi-stamp" Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Rubber Stamp: SU!, Lables: Scrapnfont, die cuts: Cricut, Ribbon Dollar Tree

I used Laura’s Sketch 30 as well as the versatile bonus sketch. I printed the cupcake digital stamp on yellow cardstock and colored them with prismacolor pencils (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) then trimmed it and adhered it with foam tape. On the other card I cut a flourish with my cricut but I didn’t like the color so I flipped the paper over and inked it with whispers vanilla ink then I added one of my crocheted flowers, a ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30
This card was made with Laura's Sketch #30
This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.
This card was done with Kim's bonus sketch.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Spray it!

Looking for a fun way to make a background for a card? Try using mists and sprays on cardstock then cutting up the cardstock for card bases. Here I used my home made sprays to cover the cardstock then I placed a sheet of plastic wrap over it and let it dry:

Stamps: About Art Accents, White Cardstock (sprayrd) Georgia Pacific, Pattern Cardstock: DCWV (once upon a time stack)
Stamps: About Art Accents, White Cardstock (sprayed) Georgia Pacific, Pattern Cardstock: DCWV (once upon a time stack)

I used watercolor and water mixed in a spray bottle to make my color sprays (If you don’t have watercolor you can use re inkers) and I put fine pearl ex plus gum arabic/water (or use hairspray) and watercolor in other bottles. All the stamps on these cards are by About Art Accents and the paint is by M Graham & co. (2 of my faves there!) I love the effect and it’s Oh so Thrifty! To read my in depth article on making shimmer spray click here. Also the new issue of Vamp Stamp News features sprayed backgrounds, get your copy today!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!