5 Fast & Fun Ways to Dress-Up an Envelope!

Hi friends! This project is for days when you are high on creative desire but short on time! I’ll show you 5 ways to fancify your correspondence with limited supplies!

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And please share the fabulous ways YOU have to decorate envelopes in the comments below, we’d love to learn from each other!

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Watch the video to learn how! Each techniques takes less than 5 minutes and I think I can spend an extra 5 minutes to make someone smile, that is a great investment IMHO:)

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Supplies:

Follow the directions in the video to make you very own envelope mail art!

Quick Ideas:
1. Draw a ribbon banner and write the address in the ribbons!
2. Place a strip of masking tape down and splatter paint over it. Remove the tape and write in the box left behind.
3. Stamp around a piece of masking tape or post it note.
4. Create a scene on the bottom of your envelope.
5. Use frames or container stamps to make a spot for writing addresses.
6. Use colored hot glue, embossing powder or sealing wax to make an envelope seal! The hot wax won’t hurt your stamp but I recommend inking it up with pigment ink or glycerin first so it doesn’t stick.

I hope you enjoyed this fun and quick tutorial! Have a great weekend and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Envelopes! (with Greensneakers)

Howdy! I was so excited to find a We R Memory Keepers Punch and Envelope board at the stamp show last month only 2 problems, they were sold out and only taking orders and when I want to try it the punch felt sticky and I was less than thrilled with the results. Of course it could have been crappy paper and overuse at trade shows but I was not as over the moon about the product as I thought I would be. After I came home I had a few people on my blog ask me where to buy cheap envelopes and I replied that I either buy the 5″x7″ card/envelope multipacks of 50 when they are on sale for $5 or I simply make my own from leftover “stack” scrapbook paper with my Greensneakers Fold-a-lope templates that I bout at Joann Fabrics years ago. Since you asked here is a quick demo:

I have to admit, I am addicted to cute envelopes and ways to make them, I use my score-pal, my die-cutter and of course templates and if I saw the punch and envelope board at my local big-box craft store I’d be willing to buy it with a 50% off coupon but sometimes the best tools are the simple, inexpensive ones;) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Stamp Huffing, Chalk Backgrounds & OSA Sketch #227

Howdy folks, Today I made a card using several products I bought at the Stamp Show last weekend:

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I used stamps and dies from Local king Rubber Stamps, A background stamp from Rubbernecker and ginkgo eyelets from the $1 bin at Eyelet Outlet. I also used this weeks sketch at Oriental Stamp Art.

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We have a month long technique challenge at Oriental Stamp Art too, this month it is stamp huffing. I made a quick video on how it is done. You need dye based ink pads and/or watercolor markers, it is a really pretty look.

I used the first stamped image as the focal point on my card and the second generation image (2nd huff & stamp) on the rectangle in the background. I die cut/embossed the focal image as well. I am not typically a fan of dies to match stamps (it just makes me feel a little too lazy) but the intricacies of this stamp plus the fact that the die embossed the image too sold me on the set (the buy 4 get one free deal at the show helped matters too!)

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I used one of my favorite background techniques, poppin pastels, on this card with a big tapestry stamps I scored on clearance at the stamp show from Rubbernecker. Look how easy the technique is, you can do this with any stamp or ink up a bunch of smaller stamps to make your own background. Any soft chalk will work for this!

One more tip!!!! OOPS envelopes!

Have you ever made a mistake scoring an envelope and you have an extra crease where you don’t want it? That happened to me with this one but I did not want to waste the paper so I folded the envelope right (I have 2 mistake creases in it) then ran it through my die-cutter in an embossing folder (basket weave from Darice) and you cannot see the mistake, only a pretty texture!. This might be best for giving the card in person in case the texture fouls with mail sorting equipment. Anyone know how an embossed envelope would fair in the mail? That’s it for me today. I’m glad I had as chance to play with my new goodies from the show. Til next time happy crafting.

 

Quick and easy banner cards!

I had some scraps left over from Thursday’s High Flying cards project so I made these:

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to cut out the banners and envelopes for this set, I used these sets from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff on this set:

Up, Up & Away SVG set

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Envelope Bonanza SVG and Printable envelope templates. The envelopes took seconds to cut and fold, I made the entire set in about 30 minutes!

To add the little letters to my banner I used my Studio G dollar wood mount alphabet sets. I was just at AC Moore the other day and they had tons of them! I have a bunch, now I just need to make myself use them more and these little banners are perfect for that!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

A Royal Summons!

Howdy folks and happy Saturday! Just a reminder that today is the last say to save 30% on EVERYTHING in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop at MyGrafico. This year my daughters decided they wanted to have a tea party for their birthday so what better way to make invitations then with my Vintage Alice ATC set:

I used both the black and white and colored printable sheets for these cards.

You get 2 printable sheets in this kit, a black and white sheet of 12 stamps and also a hand colored sheet, I used both sheets to make the cards. This set was very frugal to make, I cut 2 envelopes from each sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper using my Envelope Bonanza template set (use the bb_envie file) and I cut them with my Cricut  and SCAL software, so quick! Also it only took 3 sheets of pink pattern paper to cover the fronts of 18 cards, and 9 sheets of white cardstock cut in half for the bases. The punched edges add a fancy flair perfect for a tea party!

Here is a card made with the black and white sheet I colored with markers:

And here is one I made with the pre colored sheet:

These invitations qualify for the following challenges: Challenge up your Life (celebrations) and Polk-a-Doodle (vintage).

Here is a look at the set, you get both 8.5″x11″ printable sheets:

If you want a kit with more versatility try the Vintage Alice Printables with 30 classic Alice in wonderland illustrations on 5 printable sheets suitable for cropping and resizing.

And to make the perfect envelope try the Envelope bonanza kit with SVG files to cut with your cricut and printable versions you can resize as well if you don’t use a cricut!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and remember the 30% off sale ends tonight at midnight at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff! Happy Crafting!

Build a Batch of Christmas Cards!

Howdy folks, there is nothing like the feeling of being ahead of the game. I decided this year I would make all of my Christmas cards ahead in small batches instead of mass producing 75 in November.  If you missed the first batch of cards you can see them here. Here is the second batch of 12 and they were so fun and affordable, each card and envelope cost about 10 cents to make with scraps left over, you can’t beat that! Please note: I did not count the cost of the stamp and ink or sewing machine thread, I’ve had them all for years and have more than gotten my money’s worth out of them;)

Cardstock: Paper Co., Pattern paper: DCWV, Stamps: Rubber Stampede

I did not buy anything new to make these cards.

  • I chose 12 Christmas papers leftover from old Die Cuts with a View paper stacks (I bought the 180 sheet stacks for $10, that is about 7 cents a sheet) and I trimmed them to 8.5″ square and used my score pal (tutorial is here) to make the envelopes keeping the pattern to the inside for a faux liner look.
  • You will end up with 3.5″x12″ and 3.5″x8.5″ scraps. Trim the 3.5″x8.5″ scraps into strips (the short way) and save the longer scraps for other cards.
  • Cut 8.5″x11″ kraft cardstock in half (8.5″x5.5″) and fold to make a standard card. I bought a 50 sheet pack of Kraft cardstock by the paper company on sale at Joanns for $2.50 (that is 5 cents a sheet or 2.5 cents per card!)
  • Stamp the Christmas postmark with brown ink on the card.
  • Clip the strips of paper to varying lengths and arranged them in a tree shape and sick them down with a glue stick then use a sewing machine to zig-zag stitch down the middle to make a trunk and help secure the papers.
  • Stamp “Merry and Bright” in the lower corner.
  • Print out a bunch of stamps from the 12 Days of Christmas set from Lettering delights on cardstock, cut them out with stamp edge scissors and glue them to the card at the base of the tree.
  • Attach a star brad to the top of the tree. (I bought a bulk pack of these at Target many years ago, I think it was 100 for $2)

You will end up with a bunch of paper strips leftover too, you can do this tree arrangement on brown paper lunch sacks for cute unique gift wrap, perfect for kids classmates or gifts of baked goods, it never hurts to be prepared!

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Dutch Dare, Penny’s challenges (anything goes) and OWH-Stars and Stamps (pattern paper).

So now it’s your turn, go ahead, look through you old stash of papers and stamps and make a batch of Christmas cards, leave a link if you do so I cam marvel at them;)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A day late, and a dollar short…

I was so excited to make this set, there was a Paris challenge and a color challenge that I was doing this for, however I didn’t notice until after I made them that both challenges were over the day before, oh well, I still like the set! Challenges are a great way to spark creativity but let’s not forget the real reason we make cards: To express our creativity and to bring a smile to the people we love, these are for my Mom and Sister:

Stamp: StampFrancisco, Cardstock: SU, Paper Co, GP, Ink: SU, Envelop Templates: Lindsay's sTamp Stuff, Swirl: DB Dainty Swirl, Eiffel Tower: Cricut

I used my Envelope Bonanza templates for the envelopes. After I cut them with SCAL and my Cricut I stamped the text on the inside to add a bit of flair.

I repeated the stamp design on the cardstock and the envelope for a matching set!

I also used SCAL/Cricut and the font DB Dainty Swirl from Lettering Delights to make the white flourishes. I was a bit disappointed with the Eiffel Tower die cut, I used the new Summer in Paris Cricut cart and put in a fresh blade and the paper snagged and tore, I think I will try cutting it in design studio as maybe my speed was off, the designs are so pretty, I hope I can get it to cut well! For this I had to use my cutterbee scissors to go in and snip parts off where it did not cut all the way through, arrgh!

To make the "Merci" simply type the text in scal (CENA font) and drag a cylinder over it from the shapes menu, then you can use the cut out letters on another card (as I did) ans make use of small scraps!

Since my cutting did not go as planned I wasted a bit of paper  but instead of trashing it I made a cute bookmark!

adorable use of scraps, no?

Although I missed the challenges I was aiming for this set qualifies for the following challenges:  Aly’s Sunday Challenges (bows), Clearly I Stamp (flowers), Crafty Ann (lots of color), Whoopsie Daisy (as you like it), Incy Wincy (button up), Just Us Girls (use a template), Lots to Do (flourishes and swirls) and Sew Many Challenges (anything goes).

BTW the color challenge that I missed was to use Baha Breeze, Melon Mambo and Pink pirouette (Stampin Up colors) I made due with the closest colors I had, love this combo! It was from k Warners blog. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

a “Diamond” in the rough!

I tried a diamond fold card for the first time today, I’m not sure if this is something I’ll do again or not, it was easy enough and it is lovely but I’m not so sure it is my cup of tea:)

Stamps: About Art Accents, PP on card: Nicecrane designs, PP on envelope: K&co, Basic Grey, Dies Cuttlebug

I made the envelope with my scor-pal (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) and when you make these envelopes you have strips of paper left over, I scored some at 1/2″ intervals and accordion folded it to make the ruffled flowers next to the envelope in the above pic, you can find a tutorial here.

Pattern paper: Nicecrane Designs, Stamps: About Art Accents

For the beautiful poppy I stamped the image (About Art Accents) twice on white cardstock and colored it with copics (3 coral shades) and trimmed them closely. I crumpled the first one and glued it to the card then I cut slits between the petals on the second flower and gently bent then to add dimension before adhering it over the first poppy with foam tape.

T he beautiful Asian papers on the card is from the Washi Texture collage sheet and the Spring Flowers collage sheets from Nicecrane Designs. These patterns are so pretty and easy to work with, I just print and create!

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

Scor-Pal Envy

That’s what you get if you don’t have a Scor-Pal! {Bu-dum-bump ching} My husband came up with that one:) He saw the video I just made called Scorpal_envie (as in envelopes) after he watched it he asked: “What do you do if you don’t have a Scor-Pal?” then he said “Oh, you get score pal ENVY, I get it!” I used my scor-pal to make this envelope:

Digital Stamps and paper: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, tool: Scor-Pal, Paper for envelope: Keeping Memories Alive, Rubber stamp (resist flourish) Magenta, ink: SU! Kaliedacolor, Pencils: Prismacolor, Solvent: Goo-gone, Other: Crepe paper, pointy q-tip

We will get to the details on the envelopes in a moment but first let’s talk about the card, I saw the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab blog this week and I had to play with the peach and blue color combo as well as the frills! I box pleated a strip of crepe paper party streamer to add a frill to my card. Over at Gingersnap Creations the spicy supply challenge is to use pencils so I colored the magnolia stamp from the Fancy Flowers stamp set at Lindsay’s Stamp stuff with Prismas then blended them with goo-gone (less stinky that OMS but works just as well!) I layered the magnolia stamp in the grungy digital paper from the School Papers set and used my white paint bucket tool to fill in my flower image before printing, I love the layered look and it is so easy to do!

To get a rich color I colored the flower petals with 3 shades of color and blended with googone (using a q-tip) then while the goo gone was still wet I layered on more color in small circles. It was really quite quick:)

I masked my flower and stamped a large flourish in the corner then heat embossed it in clear and brayered blue rainbow ink over it, the resist lets some of my background paper show through. This card also qualifies for Challenge up your life (resist), Clearly I Stamp (flowers), Dare U 2 Digistamp (anything goes), ECP (spring), as well as Moxie Fab ( Tuesday Trigger)and GSC 54 (pencils).

OK, how bout we learn how to make envelopes with our scor-pal! I was in the craft store the other day and saw the new score board by Martha Stewart and it had a plastic triangle in the corner to use as an envelope guide…hmmm…I have a score pal and a 45 degree drafting triangle, can I use that to make envies? You betcha!

Here is how to set up your scor-pal, triangle and paper. Click on the picture for a larger image to print.

Here is a “cheat sheet” on how big to cut your paper, where to score, and the envie size you will get. There are blank lines to write your favorites on as well. Click the pic for a larger image to print.

Please note: I refer to the "first triangle" on the video as 3 5/8", it is the grove to the right of 3 1/2"

I hope you found this useful, making envelopes with the scor-pal is addictive, be warned!  If you have any questions or want to share your favorite envelope measurements please leave a comment!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!