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Howdy folks! Don’t you just love it when you find a use for a moldy-oldie tool in your stash? I sure do. check out this birthday card I made for my mom, I used a leftover die-cut card, some old stamps and an old Fiskars wood grain texture plate to make the wooden window box:

We sometimes forget about these wonderful plastic texture {embossing} plates and our trusty brass templates for embossing now that the cuttlebug embossing folders are all the rage but these tools still work, and you don’t need a die cut machine to use them. Here is how to use a texture plate, simply tape your cardstock to the plate and rub over the paper with a stylus, bone folder or the Fiskars texture tool (shown in photo, it is $4)

I bought all of these texture plates a few years ago when they came out, you got 6 double-sided plates (12 textures in all) for about $10. Way cheaper them embossing folders! If you have a die cut machine you can use the plates in that too. Check out my Embossing with stencils and Texture Plates in your Die cut Machine tutorial here.

In case you are wondering what the card looks like open…

I used the “in the Garden” set of clear stamps from Oriental Trading Co. (I wanted these stamps since they came out so I finally bought them on sale a couple of months ago!) to stamp the gnome, the butterflies are retired Inque Boutique and the balloon is a SU! S-A-B set from a few years back that I seem to use all the time.  Yes folks, it’s OK to mix and match your stamp sets, I give you permission 🙂 It is also OK to use stamps that are retired, they are not dairy products, they do not go bad 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Why not sift through your craft stash and see what moldy-oldie product you can give life to again? You’ll feel so good that you put these older tools to use! Till next time Happy Crafting!

The Rubber Cafe DT Card Challenge and a Blog Award…or Three!+

Well, Melissa, the owner of The Rubber Cafe challenged us Design Team gals to make a card that was mainly white, clean no inked edges with a touch of red. Here is what I came up with:

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This is a movement card, the heart spins back and forth down the track. Here is how to make a spin or slider card. Using a craft knife cut a 1/4″ track  in the cardstock where you want your focal point to move. Then make your sliding object. I stamped a heart on a scrap of white cardstock and punched  it with a 1-1/4″ punch then matted it wit a 1-1/2″ punched circle.  Then I stuck a round foam dot, I cut mine by hand or you can use a round Pop-Dot. Then stick the other side to a penny. I tucked the penny through the slot and mounted the white panel to the red card with foam tape. The foam tape gives the penny in the back space to move. The stamp I used is by The Rubber Cafe, it contains 3 hearts, see upper right of card for it in it’s entirety, but I used a red Marvy LePlume brush tip marker to color just the heart I wanted to stamp and stamped it. I used my computer and the font Betsy for the sentiment and the swirls were also done on the computer with the dingbat DB dainty Swirls by Lettering Delights. Hybrid, Yay!

I punched 1-1/4″ squares and ran them through my Big Shot on a Fiskars texture plate. See how to use a Big Shot to emboss with any stencil here. If you want to emboss with a stylus or texture tool do it before you punch the squares. I used the circle and square punches from Creative Memories, I got them 6 years ago, I use them almost everyday and they keep on ticking! Both sizes are on one punch and they were expensive, $22 then, but they have lasted me!

If you wan to see more of the Designers’ challenges you can see and Melissa’s here (and be sure to wish her a happy Birthday too it’s tomorrow!)…The rest of the team is still working but you can check out their blogs under the Rubber Cafe Design team links to the right.

And I received 3 blog awards over the weekend! Thank you Sharon, Carla and Penny. You gals are so kind!

Have an awesome holiday tomorrow, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the States, and until next time happy crafting!

Tee Pee Card and Metallic Cardstock!

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I spotted this gorgeous “mirror” card stock at Wal-Mart last night. I screamed to be embossed and turned into a funky metallic retro Christmas tree!

Christmas tree tee-pee card!

Christmas tree tee-pee card!

3-D, snazzy huh?

3-D, snazzy huh?

3 tee-pee trees by Lindsay Weirich 2008

3 tee-pee trees by Lindsay Weirich 2008

This card was made following a tutorial on Leann’s blog, aren’t her cards the cutest? Do your self a favor and spend some time being inspired by her work.

I embossed my card stock using the Fiskars texture plates and my big shot (tutorial here) because I was pretty sure the Fiskars texture tool (which I hate) would scratch it all up.

The stamps I used are the cheap dollar ones from Jo-Anns I bought during a momentary lapse of reason last year (I have a million xmas stamps already) so I had to use them so I don’t feel guilty about buying them! The Card stock pack was $8 for 20 or 25 12×12 sheets at Wal-Mart and it is glorious, thick and shiny! Have fun with this and thanks Leann for the tutorial!

Hope to see you at readysetcreate.com this weekend for the Fall Crop (I’m craftyvegan), until then, Happy Crafting!

Work that Big Shot!

So, how many of you have an old fashioned die cut machine collecting dust after getting a Cricut? How many are sick of paying big $$$ for embossing folders? Well hold on to your hats! You can emboss with your old Sizzix/Big Shot etc with a brass stencil or Fiskars Texture plate. Heres How: First I tried a brass stencil. I placed my spacer down, the a cutting plate then 2 sheets of rubber gasket material (plumbing section of the hardware store) then my paper (orange in demo photo) then the stencil and top cutting plate. Crank her through and you get this:

Embossed with a brass stencil + Big Shot

Embossed with a brass stencil + Big Shot

Stack rubber paper and stencil in this order

Stack rubber paper and stencil in this order


Then I thought ” Can I emboss with a texture plate or will it crack?” so I chose a lame raindrop plate thinking “if it breaks oh well, I’ll never use it” and it worked! And I made this cute baby shower invite with the embossed paper, It would be easy to make a bunch for a shower! Plus the Fiskars plates are cheap, a 12 texture pack for around $10, they have them at Oriental trading and I’ve even seen them at WalMart. It’s done the same way as the stencil method but if you are using the Big Shot you need to eliminate one spacer.
Embossed with Big Shot and Fiskars Texture plate

Embossed with Big Shot and Fiskars Texture plate

Texture plate embossing method

Texture plate embossing method

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