Sharing the Inktense bookmark project from the naea show so you can make it Too!

Hi friends! As you know I just got back from the NAEA show in New York City where I worked teaching the Make-and-Takes in the Derwent booth. This is what we made:

We had the template I drew printed on watercolor paper so the people could get right down to playing with the pencils. I decided to share the pattern here as well in case you would rather print it than draw it. You can also follow the video below and draw it freehand. We had about 1000 people through the booth so having it printed really helped!


This project was really fun to do with all of the teachers that came to the NAEA conference. I hope I get invited back next year! Happy crafting!

Stop me if you’ve heard this one…

Phew! What a day (and it is not half over!) we have been to the eye doctor, Christmas shopping, an indoor bounce house and now we are home to take a breather before heading to the mechanic to get an oil change and have snow tires put on. I hear it’s gonna snow tonight, and tomorrow…. With Thanksgiving traveling coming up I need those snow tires on. (Let’s face it, no one wants to go to the vegetarian’s house for Thanksgiving LOL!) ūüėČ So, what does all of that have to do with frugal crafting? Absolutely nothing. But it does explain why all¬†I have time to do today is post a simple card I made a couple of weeks ago…I’m pretty sure¬†I haven’t posted it yet ūüôā

I printed the jars out on cream cardstock (staples) then colored it with really light markers and stamped the hearts (stampin' up!) inside. Stamp twice without re-inking for two shades of red. The cheeky envelope stamp is by Judikins-Love it!

Charming eh? I have been searching high and low for a canning jar stamp and haven’t found one¬†I liked or was large enough (So I think I need to design a set) but in the meantime I found a beautiful freebie vintage clip art at the Graphics Fairy. You can download it free here. Nifty.

In closing please disregard the run-on sentences, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors and look at the pretty card. Til next time happy crafting!

50% off at Lindsay’s, a freebie and new Christmas products!

Howdy folks, I know it is a bit too early to start thinking about Christmas…well, unless, that is, you are selling at craft fairs and in that case you need cute packaging ASAP! And today is the perfect time to grab your needed supplies because it is 50% off today at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff! I was asked by a crafty customer to come up with some printables¬†for her to sell her movie gift kits at craft fairs so I came up with the Holiday Bazzar set. How cute would it be to wrap a few bags of microwaved popcorn, soda bottles and candies and package them in one of those large plastic popcorn boxes from the dollar store, you could¬†throw in a DVD too for a super cute and inexpensive gift!

If you wanted to really spread some holiday cheer you could leave the baskets on a friends doorstep with a note saying “You’ve Been Elfed!”, the 5″x7″ notes in the kit would be perfect for that! You can also used the cards for invitations to a cookie swap and recipe cards!

If you want a cute gag gift for the folks in the office how about some reindeer poop? I found this funny poem online that you can print and slip in the bag:

I woke up with such a scare when I heard Santa call…
“Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!”
I ran to the lawn, and in the snowy white drifts,
those nasty reindeer had left “little gifts”.

I got an old shovel and started to scoop
Neat little piles of “reindeer poop.”
but to throw them away seemed such a waste,
So I saved them, thinking you might like a taste!

As I finished my task, which took quite a while,
Old Santa passed by and he sheepishly smiled.
And I heard him exclaim as he rose to the sky~~~
“Well, they’re not potty trained, but at least they can fly!”


For the kids you might like to send them to school with “Snowman Soup” for their teacher and classmates! I found a poem for this too:

Snowman Soup
Was told you’ve been real good this year.
Always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
You’ll need to warm the spirit.
here’s a little Snowman Soup
Complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It’s sure to do the trick!

Isn’t that cute! Both of the poems I found at The Organized

Here is a look at the new printable kit and some other Christmas products you might enjoy, remember they are 50% off today only and two of the below products are freebies!

Holiday Bazzar Craft KitChristmas Follies Clips & CuttingPretty Packaging SVGFun Favors SVGWinter Wear SVG freebieNifty Gifties SVGGingerbread House SVGHoliday Sweets Party PrintablesVintage Christmas LabelsWee AlbumsHomemade Holidays Paper PackChic Calendar Scrapbook kitBox Bonanza!Envelope Bonanza!Recipe Cards & Folio SVG3-D Advent Calendar and Favor KitChristmas Cookies Freebie

It’s been a while since I had a freebie so here are 2 sheets of tags you can use for your holiday gifts and packaging:

click the preview to download;)

While you are on the topic of holidays Halloween is right around the corner. Check out these spooky sets also 50% off today:

Halloween Odds 'n Ends Digital Stamp FreebieMasquerade Mask SVGHalloween Favors SVGVintage Halloween LabelsStampunk SVG TemplatesBold Black & White PapersHalloween Doodles StampsClassic Fall Clips & Cutting

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team Projects & new STAMPS!

It ¬†has¬†been a treat to open my email this week, so many gorgeous projects from my design team, have a look and you will see what I mean. The ladies really outdid themselves this week using products from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. Two of the sets used are freebies too! ¬†But first I want to show you a brand new set of digital Stamps called Halloween doodles:

It’s been a while since I designed some new stamps, it was fun to get the old sketchpad out!

Design Team Projects!

First up is Tracey with a gorgeous tag made with Sewing Bits SVG, Sew Much Fun stamps and the Shipping tag freebie:

Here is a cheerful card by Cindi using the Fancy Flower set:

I love the funny card from Micki using the Crafty Tools and Puns set…do you feel lucky punk?


Karin’s card this week uses a freebie you can snag on this post that coordinated with the Coffee Talk¬†digistamp set:

Make sure you stop by Karin’s blog because the made the most beautiful party favors, check out this 3-D cake!

Jennifer made a sweet tag using the chickadee digital stamp:

Diane has been busy with the card crafting, she has two cards to share today! This one used the Sewing Bits SVG on this card:

And I LOVE the punch of graphic goodness of this card using Mod Summer Papers and this eye chart freebie also by Diane:

Here is a look at the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff sets the designer’s used today:

Sewing Bits SVGSew Much Fun StampsShipping Tag SVG FreebieFancy Flowers Digital StampsCrafty Tools & Puns StampsCoffee Talk Digital Stamp SetCake Box Favors SVGChickadee Digital StampMod Summer Papers

You can find out more about the projects featured here today by visiting the designers blogs (you might as well make a pot of coffee, relax and plan to spend some time because these girls have brilliant projects all throughout their sites, just to warn you). thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LSS Design Team Wrap Up!

Hello and happy Tuesday! The design team at Lindsay’s stamp Stuff has been busy lately making delightful cards and projects for you, let’s have a look shall we?

Up first we have Tracey with two cute projects:

A beautiful Journal and a lovely gift box using the Pretty primitive digital stamp set! The gift box also uses the Doodle flowers set and there are lots of great photos of the other sides of the box on her blog.

Karin¬†is rockin’ the papers this week with this one using the Mod Summer Paper kit:

And another card using the bold black and white papers:

Jennifer puts her spin on the build-a-blossom kit with this awesome journal page:

And she also found time to make this richly colored chickadee card:

Cassandra¬†has a lovely, cool, layered, steampunky,…well you just need to see it card using the Stempunk Style kit:

And last but not least Diane has two cute teacher classroom ideas, first is a reward chart using Bold Black & White papers and the SVG files from the Cupcake Carrier set:

And check out this cute banner made for her daughter’s classroom made with the Movie party banner kit, I think Diane get’s an A+ on these projects!

Here is a look at the Lindsay’ s Stamp Stuff ¬†products the designers used today:

Doodle Flowers Digital Stamp SetPretty Primative Digital Stamp SetMod Summer PapersBuild A Blossom SVGBold Black & White PapersChickadee Digital StampSteampunk StampsCupcake Carrier SVGMovie Banner & Wrappers!

You can see more photos of the design team’s projects on their personal blogs (ans see all the other crafty stuff they have been up too!) I think all of their projects are so inspiring! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A few “toots” and a CASE & Freebies!

Well, my mailbox has been busy this week! I was asked (along with fellow MyGrafico¬†designers Cheri Wenger and Blackleaf¬†Studios) to design a custom digital stamp for Paper Crafts Magazine’s special publication Stamp It! Cards. You can download all of our designs here. Gotta love free right?

I really enjoyed this issue of Stamp It! Cards, infact I found many ideas I wanted to try. Here is a card I CASE’d¬†(CASE=copy and steal everything), the original card is on page 89 of Stamp It! Cards and it was by Agniesza¬†Malyszek, her’s turned out much prettier than mine but I still like it ūüėČ


To make the card I stamped the butterflies in Versafine black and heat embossed them with clear then loosely splashed watercolor over them. Honestly I got a little TOO loose with the watercolor and I’m not sure what I was thinking with the flourescent coral sentiment block but, hey, it was fun!

Tuesday I got the September issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and I just about fell over to see my button cards on the COVER:

 SSA September 2011

BTW you can still get the July Issue of SSA with my marker review spreadsheet. Honestly, it is more than you ever wanted to know about Alcohol & Watercolor markers and extra ways to use them.

 SSA July 2011

Current Issue CoverOh and one more Pub…I have 2 cards in the July issue of Vamp Stamp News.


OK I think I just dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back ūüėõ¬†til next time happy crafting!

A quick Father’s Day Card and a chance to win ProMarkers!

I hope you are having a lovely Saturday! Guess what? Tomorrow is Father’s Day and when I saw this image for free on the Letraset Blog I knew I needed to make this card:


Letraset is having a coloring contest and all you have to do is download one (or both) of the free images on their blog, color it and email a photo of it to them (or link to it the comment section of the blog) and you are entered to win! The contest goes til the end of the month and the winner gets a 12 set of promarkers and 4 coloring books, I think there is runner up marker prizes too so go ahead and try for some markers! You can read all about it on the Letraset Blog!

BTW I colored my image with the Vivid Promarker blending set with the addition of cool grey4, black and pastel blue;)

This card qualifies for the following challenges: Fashionista Friday, Glitter Geeks¬†, Inspire Me Fridays, Just Add Ink, Mami Doodles, Poodles Parlour¬†, Wags ‘n Whiskers, Craft Us Crazy, Crafty Sentiments, Delightful Challenges, Samuel Taylor’s Challenge, Shelly’s Images, Little Red Wagon, Paper Take Weekly, The Stamping Boutique, Cupcake Craft, Incy Wincy Designs, Ooh La La Creations, Simon Says Stamp and Show…, Squigglefly, Stamp-N-Doodle, Creative Inspirations, Dream Valley Challenges¬†and Sentimental Sundays.¬†

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

5 Photos you should take this Easter!

My favorite holiday to scrapbook is Easter. I love the frilly Easter dresses, brightly colored plastic eggs, fresh flowers popping up out of the ground and pretty pastel candy! this feast of springtime color is perfect to capture in photos. Before you head out (or host) this years Easter Celebration here are some photo tips for you!

Tip 1: Don’t Pose…Compose!

When photographing kids capture them being kids, chasing after eggs, playing and having fun. Check out this photo I tool last Easter of my nephew. My sister set him in frount of her flower garden and let him play and I got a great natural shot!

Don’t forget the candid action shots too:

Of course when you do have the family together and all dressed up it is a great time to…

Tip 2: Get a semi-posed family photo!

Tip 3: Do some still life photography:

Notice the photo of the baskets of eggs only, this after the hunt photo make a perfect embellishment for the page. Also consider taking photos close up in macro mode of jelly beans, easter grass and other candies for nearly free scrapbook embellishments and they will be authentic too!

Tip 4: OK this is a scrapbook tip-try kraft colored paper for your scrapbook pages, it looks great with pastel springtime shades (see above photos) a swipe of pastel paint adds a nice touch too and best of all you keep the focus on the photos!

Tip: 5-Photo the Pre-Easter Events.

This year I bout a Spin-an-Egg (Target/ $5) and we used that to color our eggs, what fun, get a photo of the pretty colored eggs:

Note: If I had to do it over I would have taken¬†the photo outside with no flash ūüėÄ Sometime your photos are not perfect¬†but you should still scrap them, that’s¬†what¬†is important. You kids will not care that the lighting isn’t perfect, they will be glad to have the memories. Here I took a bunch of egg dying shots and used a egg-shaped puzzle¬†template to make this page. Also I saved the egg-dipper and used it as an embellishment!

Here are some of the digital products from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff¬†I used in the above pages and some other springtime goodies:

Basket BonanzaUp, Up & Away PapersUp, Up & AwayPosies & Plant Pics SVGEgg Basket TemplateCute Easter Digital StampsBirds & Branches StampsFancy Flowers Digital Stamps

And some freebies for you!

Basket FreebieVintage Journal FreebieEaster Sentiment Freebie

These projects qualify for the following chhallenges: Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Creative Belli, Creative Card Crew, Creative Craft World & Papercraft Star (recycled egg-dipper on last page), For Fun Challenges, Paper Pretties, Sisterhood of Crafters, and Going Grey With Scrap-Creations¬†(digistamps)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

LSS Weekly Wrap-up {finally!}

What a week, I can’t believe it is Sunday already. We spent the morning at the girl scout cookie booth and then had company in the afternoon. I have been looking forward to sharing the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff design team projects all week (two use free digis!) so without further ado here they are:

First up is Margie with a fashionable scrapbook page using the Sew Much Fun Kit:

Now here’s Tracey with a black and white beauty using the bold black and white papers kit:










And check out Micki’s Cool tile transfer using the strawberries and watermelon set:

Here is Karin with a Funky Flower card using this freebie that coordinates with the Doodle Flowers stamp set:

And Rhonda’s card also uses a freebie, check out her coffee inspired card that coordinates with the Coffee talk kit:


That was some great inspiration, what an awesome team! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!