How to Line an envelope & Make a Quick Card!

Hi Friends! Do you ever need a last-minute card to send? Or maybe you want to make a stationery set to give as a  gift or sell at a craft fair? Well today I’ll show you how to line and envelope and make a chic and trendy card in under 5 minutes!

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I think it took me 10 minutes to make the set of three! Talk about a great craft fair idea and you can do it affordably using supplies from our sponsor Papermart:

Supplies

  • white envelopes
  • scrapbook paper
  • cream cardstock
  • organza ribbon
  • adhesive
  • ink pads
  • embossing folder and die cut machine
  • Optional: Clear bags for packaging up your card sets for sale-I like the 6″x9″ size

Directions

  1. Measure envelope from under the glue on the flap to the bottom of the envelope. Measure the width minus 1/8″ Cut paper scrapbook paper to that size.
  2. Trace the flap of the envelope on the scrapbook paper and cut on the lines.
  3. Insert liner into envelop and attach with a bit of glue.
  4. To make the card emboss the front panel of a card with and embossing folder and fold in half. Ink the raised design if desired.
  5. Adhere a strip of leftover scrapbook paper to the front and tie a ribbon around that area.

I hope you try this easy cardmaking idea and if you need a large quantity of envelopes, ribbon or any other packaging supplies please check out Papermart and don’t forget to tell them Lindsay sent you. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Green Sneakers Template Winner!!!

Happy Monday! We have a warm rainy day up here in Maine, no point washing the floors with the muddy dog tracks that will abound today so that means a little more creative time for me! I’ll be back in a bit with a crochet project (perfect for a rainy day!) but first I wanted to share out Green Sneakers winner and her lovely comment:

Wow! This is such a great site. So much to send our imagination into orbit. I would chose the Portfolio Template and the Kreate-a-lope Envelope template. My 94 yr old mom would have a ball with these. Something we could do together, when she is not making cards.              ~Sharon Hannifin

Aww, I love that she makes cards with her mom. Sharon, check your email for prize details! Last Monday I asked me readers to choose what Green Sneakers Templates they wanted to win and I have to say it was an enabler-fest, I kept finding myself checking out the templates you guys were picking, I have quite a wish list myself now LOL! I guess I should take advantage of the 20% off coupon that Green Sneakers is offering: Lin20 but I better not wait (and neither should you) because it is only good til Thursday the 21st! Below is a pic of some of the envelopes you can make with the Kreate-a-lope rip and flip envelope templates. If you don’t have an easy way to make envelopes I cannot recommend these highly enough!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pressed Flower Fairy Cards!

Happy Monday folks! It is a quiet day here as my kids are enjoying one of their last days of summer vacation. there is a lot of lounging going on! I took advantage of this downtime by printing my summer photos and playing a bit in my craft room. I made this card with the flowers I pressed in the microwave last week:

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I’m afraid if I put the flowers away I will forget about them so I plan on using them up! They were so quick to press that I can make another batch when I get more flowers.  I made the envelope with my Kreate-a-lope and i used the leftover paper and a panel of white to make an insert because the purple cardstock i used is kinda dark to write on. Also I clipped it inside because that way the card can be reused!

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I made an envelope seal to match my project, it was really easy! Take a 3″ long piece of clear packing tape and gently pick up a pressed flower with it, then press a punched circle of paper behind that, trim around the circle leaving a 1/8″ border of tape (so it will be sticky on the edges) and stick it on your envelope to seal it shut! You can make a bunch of these in advance and store them on waxed paper if you like! Another idea is to lay your flowers on your scanner and scan them and print them on sticker paper or labels and you will have custom envelope seals without having to use up your flowers!

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Here are the steps I used to make the card. I might do a video on this, if anyone is interested let me know. First I inked up my fairy stamp, except for the skirt, and stamped. The fairy stamp is the Christmas Fairy from Crafters Companion. Then I recommend you color the fairy (I actually stuck the flowers on first but it will be easier if you color first!), i used Promarkers and Copics. Then ink the background if you like. Add drops of clear glue all over the back of your flower, little drops, and press it on your card. Add clear glue where you want glitter and then sprinkle on transparent glitter. I stamped stars around the wand because I stuck my inky finger on there and have to hide the boo-boo but I like it!

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You can use glitter glue if you prefer, I am stickle-impaired so I used dry glitter.

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Well, that’s it! I think I will try and motivate my crew now and hit the grocery store. Fun Fun! At least I was good and cleaned before I played in my craft room (the rest of the house that is, the craft area is a hot mess!) so I’ll be able to come home to a clean house! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Bounce! {add crochet to a card!}

Happy Monday folks! I don’t want to jinx things by saying this out loud (wait, I ‘m typing, this doesn’t count then, ha ha) but this morning went so smoothly.  I taught one of my girls to crochet this weekend , she was inspired by the totally rad poncho I was working up, she was instantly “hooked” (‘scuse the bad pun!)  The kids were all up early and after breakfast the girls sat knitting and crocheting quietly in the living room. What a relaxing way for them to start the day, much better than me nagging them to get up for school! Why am I talking about crochet you ask? Because I crocheted a border for this card:

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This was for a birthday we went to yesterday. To make the crochet border you simply punch holes in a strip of cardstock and pull the yarn though as if the holes are your foundation row. It is the same technique I showed you in the Crochet Heart Video.

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I love to use yarn on cards because then you can use the yarn to tie on a tag to the present or even use in place of ribbon on a gift. Yarn comes in so many textures and colors (remember the comedian Gallager and his bit about “colors only found in yarn” LOL!) and it is pretty cheap. A great use of yarn leftovers!

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Another fun tip is to decorate the envelope if you have the time. All I did here was press 3 small inkpads along the edges of the envie (wow, it would totally rock to use this technique as a border on a scrapbook page!) and stamp 2 of the stamps I used on the card and tag over it. I colored the presents because the pink ink was a bit dark and I wanted them to stand out.

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So, how is your Monday going? If you are feeling stressed might I recommend some yarn therapy? Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

PDQ cards!

Pretty. Darn. Quick. I decided that I needed some more handmade Christmas cards, there always more people you think of after you send out your first batch so I made some extras{22 to be exact} and I did it in less than 2 hours! How you ask? With a little help from my Cricut machine & SCAL2 Software:

I cut the scallop twist cards from my Envelope Bonanza SVG set {2 on an 8.5″x11″ sheet of cardstock} out of kraft cardstock, Then I arranged the mittens, hat {from the Winter Wear SVG freebie} and 2″ circles to fit as many as I can on a mat in SCAL2 and I cut that from 3 different pattern papers. I cut all of the card bases first because they cut very quickly, then while I was waiting for the sheets of hats and mittens to cut I scored/folded and stamped the card bases. Then it was a matter of gluing the die cuts to the cards. Easy Peasy!

PDQ card tips:

  1. Use hot glue, it is quick, cheap and adds a subtle dimension to your cards, best of all you can’t fuss with it, one it is stuck, it’s stuck, move on 🙂
  2. If you have time ink the edges of your die cuts for dimension, if not skip the ink {and the guilt!}
  3. Use clear bags to mail your cards in. I used 3″x5″ clear self sealing bags from Uline, I love these because I can mail cards in them, package cards with envelopes for sale in them and they are FDA approved food safe so I can package yummy treats in them too! And they are pennies a bag! Using them as envelops as a fun touch of whimsy to the card as well. No worries about having a matching envie either!

Here are my cards in their plastic bags/envelopes neat and tidy! I will leave them in this box near my mailing supplies so I can pen a quick note when needed.

So, are you wondering how much it cost the frugalcrafter to whip up these cards? With the envelope each card weighs in at about 5 cents a piece! I used 3 sheets of pattern paper (from a stack of 180 sheets bought on sale for $10-DCWV), 11 sheets of 8.5″x11″ cardstock (50 sheet pack bought on sale for $2.50-The Paper co.), 2 hot glue sticks (.20) other than that I used a dollar bin stamp and an inkpad. The envelopes were about 3 cents a piece.  Using die cuts saves you $$! [Let’s justify out Cricut Purchase shall we} I must say that I got the paper at JoAnns and the Die Cuts with a View stacks cut really well in the cricut and do not snag like some other bargain paper does.

Here is a look at the Envelope Bonanza template set:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Envelope Please! {and a freebie!}

I have been obsessed with making envelopes lately! I sell my card at local shops and I always scramble to make envelopes at the last-minute, well no more I tell you, now I make them when I make my card while I still have all of the supplies out 🙂 I have wanted to try printing my stamps on envelopes but I can never seem to get a good result printing on a premade envie so I made a 300 dpi template that you can layer your stamps on, print and cut! I printed my template directly on pattern paper along with stamps from the Pretty Princess collection:

I love matching cards and envies!

I colored the princess with my Prismacolor and Copic markers (they play so nice together!) and glued leftover die cut bits from yesterdays project to embellish the card. I rubber-stamped the sentiment.

Digital Stamps: Pretty Princess Collection (Lindsay's stamp Stuff), Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Inque Boutique/Darice, Paper Frances Mayer, Punch: SU!

Here is the Envelope, I printed the stamps and template together on light pink pattern paper. I knew this would be hand delivered so I made a “poistoid” in the corner in Paint Shop Pro. I colored the stamps with colored pencils (because they are opaque and will show up on the pattern paper and because the will not bleed through) then scored and folded the envelope.

The envelope is today’s freebie, it is 300dpi JPG file so that when you layer your stamps on to print they will be nice and clear. Download the free envelope here.

Here is an example on how I laid mine out to print. I colored the envelope pink for to make the template easier to see:

This is the easiest way to print on an envelope!

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Junior DT has in store for us this week. The are all making pretty envelopes and have great (and frugal too!) tips on how to make and decorate your own! Also I have added 3 new designers to our team, two of whom are posting today, Fun, Fun!

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cassandra Cushman

Tanya Johnson

Cheryl Gorka

Jessica Hammond New!

Rhonda Walker New!

Be sure to check out the new products added this week to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop including a new digistamp freebie! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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