Pretty as a Peacock

I was attempting another Oriental Stamp Art challenge, this time to use a peacock in a design, and this is what I came up with:

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: DCVW, K&Co., Diecut: Download beloe, other: Metallic Thread, hot glue drops

Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: DCVW, K&Co., Diecut: Download beloe, other: Metallic Thread, hot glue drops

Can you believe out of my thousands of rubber stamps I didn’t have one peacock! It’s true, so I grabbed my sketchbook and drew one! You can get the Flourished Peacock Digital stamp in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop. Here is what the full stamp looks like:

Here is what the full stamp looks like (Low resolution for web viewing)

Here is what the full stamp looks like (Low resolution for web viewing)

It is a 9″x12″300 dpi file so it won’t lose a bit of quality if you crop out just a portion to print like I did on my card. I printed the peacock on teal patterned scrapbook paper and colored it with Caran D’ache watercolor crayons then added a bit of blue metallic tempera paint (I scored an 8 oz bottle of the stuff at the dollar store!) to give it a bit of bling. My hot glue dew drops top off the card. The flourish (download link below) was cut in normal bode from teal paper and with a shadow of 3 from copper cardstock then layered.

Oh yes, I have a freebie for you: the die cut flourish on the card that you can cut with your cricut if you have SCAL software! Here is a tip if you are trying to design something symmetrical in Inkscape. First design one half of the image. copy and paste it that flip it, arrange it and save. Easy Peasy!

Download the flourish SVG here

Be sure to drop by tomorrow to find your digital stamp freebie and to see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team has been up to, til then 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!

Oriental Stamp Art Bunny Challenge

I just joined a fantastic stamp community call Oriental Stamp Art and you guessed it, it is all about creating with Asian themed stamps. I decided I would jump (or Hop as the case may be) right into this challenge to make some Asian inspired art with a rabbit as the theme. Well, I did not have a rabbit stamp so I sketched one with a brush tip pen so it would have a “sumi-e” feel and made it into a digital stamp, actually I made 3 stamps but who’s counting!

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PSX

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PSX

I had a lot of fun with this. I used a technique called “Poppin Pastels” to add color to my image, here’s how: First I printed out a sheet of my bunny digi-stamps and trimmed the ones I wanted to use. Then I used some old clear stamps I had by PSX (love this set so much but unfortunately PSX went out of business but you can get similar Asian calligraphy stamps from stores like About Art Accents) I inked them with clear embossing ink and stamped randomly over my image. Then I dipped a pom-pom in chalk and dabbed it over the stamped image. The embossing ink grabs the color making the pattern that you stamped show up like magic!

Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, PSX

Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, PSX

I made a cute little money holder too. My friend Tracy showed me how to make these once, you seal a standard No. 10 envelope shut, fold it in half and snip off the ends making 2 pockets. Then just wrap it in a half a sheet (the long way) of cardstock. I used magnet strips that I got free from a sign shop to keep the flap closed.

Download the SVG file for the Chinese charecter charm below.

Download the SVG file for the Chinese charecter charm below.

The pockets in this money holder are made by folding an envelope in half.

The pockets in this money holder are made by folding an envelope in half.

The Chinese character that is on the charm and near the rabbit means (you guessed it) rabbit. I made an SVG file of the character and put a circle around it in SCAL software to cut the charm out using my cricut machine. You can download the Chinese symbol here. I used stained glass tape to wrap around the stamped panel for a bit of glitz. 2011 is the year of the rabbit and since Chinese people give away money on the new year I thought this project would be appropriate.

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I had a lot of fun with this challenge, I hope you enjoyed it! Until next time happy crafting!

Strawberry Lollipop boxes and a free pattern for SCAL!

Good morning! Whew, I was up late last night discovering Facebook and finishing up this valentines project I started with one of my 4 year old girls. It was quite a production, actually, I cut everything with my cricut, I prefolded the strawberries, Maizy glued them, Lila threaded the ribbon through the holes and Jackson wrote the names of the girls classmates on punched out tags! Tip: To make the tags I used Microsoft Word and clicked the “tools” tab and envelopes and labels, I chose Avery standard labels and typed “To a berry Sweeet Valentine from Maizy” in the box and printed it on cardstock then I used my paper shaper tag punch (flipped upside down) to punch out the tags and Jack wrote the recipients name on the back. Easy Peasey. Here they are:

Strawberry lollipop holders, how sweet!

Strawberry lollipop holders, how sweet!

Lollipop holders close up

Lollipop holders close up

The Template is freely shared around the Internet and is by Sherrie Brickey. Please credit her if you use this;-) You can download her printable template here, or get a version to cut with your Cricut using SCAL software:

Strawberry box 1 SVG (this is the red pard, cut at 5″ wide)

Strawberry box 2 SVG (this is the top, cut at 2″ wide)

Here are my SCUT files laid out for the Expression if you want them:

Strawberry box 1 scut file (8 berries on a 12″ sheet (red))

Strawberry box 2 scut file (30 leaf tops on a 8.5″x11″ sheet (green))

You need both of the SVG files at the very least to use this, grab the scut files if you want to make a bunch and save yourself some work. I would zip up the files but some people have trouble unzipping files so they are all loosey goosey, sorry.

There is a great tutorial on this ladys blog on how to fold these, I just put in a lollipop before I pulled the ribbon closed but the rest is the same. I did this project with my 4-6 year olds, I recommend this project for age 6 and up if you are gong to make a lot of these. Live and learn right! Have a great Sunday, thanks for stopping by and until 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!

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