A Freebie for Easter! {let’s make cards!}

Hi friends! I love looking through stacks of vintage postcards at antique shops. People used to send cards all the time, especially on holidays such as Easter. Today I have a free template (printable PDF and SVG cutting files) for you to create four cute cards that won’t cost a lot to make or send!

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We will also be using washi tape and baker’s twine, two of my favorite supplies, from our sponsor Papermart. Watch the video to see how it’s done:

Supplies:

  • White Cardstock
  • Baker’s Twine
  • Washi Tape
  • Stamps and Ink
  • Sponges or color dusters
  • Embossing folder (I used a Damask pattern from Darice)
  • Foam Tape
  • Scissors
  • Free Template
  • Also a craft knife or die cutter for cutting the templates.

Directions:

  1.  Die cut the SVG template on a full sheet of white cardstock OR print the PDF template. If hand cutting I recommend using a craft knife to cut out the windows on the cards and then cutting the scalloped frame with scissors. You will have 4 scalloped papers with windows.
  2. Emboss the papers with an embossing folder if desired. You can also stamp a sentiment on the paper if you want to keep it flat (unembossed.)
  3. Center the window on a card base and trace the window with a light-colored pencil.
  4. Apply washi tape over the traced image.
  5. Apply foam tape to the back of the window.
  6. Wrap the panel with baker’s twine and adhere to card base.
  7. Stamp an Easter sentiment on a label die cut (not included) and adhere over twine with foam tape.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

An Easter Freebie for You!

Daylight saving time is here, that means that spring is just around the corner and boy howdy am I ready! I thought I would get as jump start on the Easter season by crafting a little chick and basket with my Cricut and SCAL software and of course sharing them with my blog readers. Don’t you love my dainty spring colors?

Paper: MAMBI, Eggs: Accucut, Flowers: Sizzix, Chick and Basket my Design (download below)

Paper: MAMBI, Eggs: Accucut, Flowers: Sizzix, Chick and Basket my Design (download below)

Dainty, Ha! I live in a part of the world that is perpetually grey  (or blindingly white) 5 months out of the year so I crave the COLOR! I’ll have to work on the dainty thing I guess 🙂

I used spray adhesive to cover the chick with yellow fun flock. TIP: Before using your flock shake it in a larger jar to fluff it up a bit then pour it over your glue. Do this over a sheet of paper so you can dump the leftover flock back in it’s original jar. It’s amazing how much flock they pack into a little jar!

This is a 5 1/4" basket!

This is a 5 1/4" basket!

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As you can see you can cut a fairly large basket from a 12″ sheet of paper.

Download links:

Get the Chick SVG here.

Get the basket SVG here.

Get the basket Design Studio .cut file here.

Get a printable basket here, and chick here.

The chick SVG includes 2 wings and 2 legs that are not attached but if you want to attach the legs or delete them you can do so in inkscape, I don’t mind a bit 😉 I also think this would make a cute rubber ducky too!

I made a  smaller basket in Design Studio using the George cart and the 6″x12″ mat. You will need it resize each shape to make a larger box (yes, I know it’s a pain, maybe one day PC will include a select all feature.)

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Do you have a spring project to share? Well if you do you could win $50 worth of clear stamps! Check out the Pink Persimmon blog to see how. Have fun with your spring projects and till next time happy crafting!

A stationary set and a freebie!

I made this stationary set for my Mom on her birthday:

I used my Stampin up stuff to make this pretty set for mom!

I used my Stampin up stuff to make this pretty set for mom!

Most of the stamps I used in this project are from Stampin UP! I love the wheels because they add a lot to a project in little time.

This pretty border was done with a wheel!

This pretty border was done with a wheel!

I am having a little catalog SU party. If you know me in real life you can stop by and place an order through my Stampin UP demonstrator (the fabulous fellow twin mom Nicolle.) Nicolle does not have a website so if you are a cyberspace only friend and want to order you can visit my friend Cheri’s website to order from her. The cool thing about ordering now is that for every $50 you spend you get to pick a free stamp set! Yes I’m a sucker for anything free but there are some very cute sets this year. I always order in February and stock up on Cardstock (I used Kraft and Certainly Celery in this project for example), stamp wheels (they are compatible with your Rollagraph handles and presses and SU is the only place I’ve been able to find them lately!) and re-inkers. I use SU ink to reink all of my dye base pads weather they are from SU or not. I make my own pigment ink but I buy the dye kind from SU in basic colors and mix what I need for the other pads. Thrifty huh?

Cardstock, wheel and flower stamp: Stampin UP, Ribbon: Dollar Tree, Sentiments: Inkadinkado

Cardstock, wheel and flower stamp: Stampin UP, Ribbon: Dollar Tree, Sentiments: Inkadinkado

My mom LOVED her stationary! I kept the sentiments unattached so that she could customize the cards as she needed them. To make the set I took 3 sheets of Kraft and 3 sheets of celery and cut them down to 7″x10″ and folded them to make the card bases. Then I used my wheel stamp to stamp some of the leftover strips, punched them and added them to the cards. I stamped the focal tiles on a sheet of pink, cut them with pinking shears and did faux stitching, adhered them and stamped the sentiments (inkadinkado) on the scraps. I used 7 sheets of cardstock total for the cards! A also used 4 yards of pink grosgrain ribbon on this set but since I bought it at the dollar store it kept the price of the project down.

Download a file to cut this box with your cricut, or a printable template for free!

Download a file to cut this box with your cricut, or a printable template for free!

Now for the freebies! I used the Cricut Cartridge Tags, Bags Boxes and More to make my box but then I thought “Hey, I could make a similar box on George or Plantain to share with my cricut pals” so I did! I got rid of the annoying tabs that bugged me in the TBBM version. I designed the boxes with the carts native to that machine so it can be cut with the free trial version of Cricut Design Studio.

Click here for a Baby Bug version using the George Cartridge (6″x12″ mat).

Click here for the Expression version using Plantain Schoolbook (12″x24″ mat)

Click here for the SVG version good for any cricut machine if you have sure cuts a lot software. Scalable to any size!

Click here for a printable version.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

My First Crafty Secrets Challenge and a Freebie too!

I was invited by Darlene to participate in the crafty secrets challenge this week at Split Coast Stampers. I got a slew of these yummy vintage stamps for Christmas and I have been meaning to try the challenge before but this week with the “love” theme I couldn’t resist. Here is what I made.

Heart pocket by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Heart pocket by Lindsay Weirich 2009

I’m sure it will pale in comparison to some of the gorgeous work there but ,oh well, I’m having fun and I like how it came out. Want to make a cute heart pocket too? Well here’s how: Start with a square of paper, I’m using 12×12 since it comes that way and fold it like this:

fold paper in half diagonally

fold paper in half diagonally

open it up and fold it diagonaly (other corners)

open it up and fold it diagonaly (other corners)

now fold it in half like this

now fold it in half like this

now in half the other way

now in half the other way

pull opposite corners together to make a square/diamond

pull opposite corners together to make a square/diamond

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Place the template on top and trace, line ip the point of the heart with the folded paper and the bumps with the open paper.

Place the template on top and trace, line ip the point of the heart with the folded paper and the bumps with the open paper.

cut it out

cut it out

unfold and gather like this

unfold and gather like this

punch a hole through the center layers

punch a hole through the center layers

thread a ribbon through, tie and hang

thread a ribbon through, tie and hang

A hanging heart pocket, that was easy!

A hanging heart pocket, that was easy!

Download the printable template here. It is sized for 8 1/2″ and 12″ paper. There is a folding diagram on it as well. The cool this is that you can recycle this from year to year, just untie the ribbon, fold it up and store it somewhere flat.

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I will make 3 of these and fill them with goodies for my children on Valentines day, I think they will like the “love bugs” stamp too, or maybe a House Mouse stamp, the kids are crazy about House Mouse right now!

No, I did not forget about my SCAL Cricut friends, You can download an adjustable svg file here so you can make these any size you like (although it is just as easy to do it by hand LOL!) Just fold it as shown above.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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