Mother & Father’s Day Cards!

Hi friends! I get asked a lot “what kind of stamps should I get when just starting out?” I always suggest that you use what you love but if you don’t know what that is yet I suggest nature themed stamps because they can be used for any occasion and they are unlikely to go out of style so your investment will last you.

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I have always loved postage stamps and these State birds and flowers images remind me of the postage stamps that were released in the 1980’s. I actually have a sheet of them and I refer to them when I use this set! These stamps can be used to make cards for any occasion and anyone just buy changing up the papers and embellishments you use. See how in today’s video!


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You can find the entire State Birds and Flowers stamp set here (on sale!)  *This set includes all 50 state bird/flower stamps and 4 bonus images

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Black waterproof ink (Ranger Archival)
  • Distress oxide ink (or your favorite inks in blue, green and brown)
  • Stamps: Minnesota state bird, Swans, (*Both stamps are included in the State birds and flowers set but I linked them by themselves as well) Happy Mother’s Day stamp: (single), ( Set)
  • Water-based markers
  • Wink of stella glitter pen
  • Water-based blender marker
  • White gel pen
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Feather
  • Washi tape
  • buttons
  • Gears
  • glue
  • double stick tape
  • White and cream cardstock

All of the instruction to make these cards including tips and tricks can be found in the video above! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sweet Kraft Paper Pockets with Seeds!

Hi friends! Even though I have a “black thumb” I can’t resist picking up little packets of flower seeds each spring. I love the potential of the flowers than *might* grow as well as the lovely designs on the packets. I also think they make a nice embellishment or gift to include in an invitation or card!

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In today’s video I will show you how to make these cute little cards that would be appropriate for Mother’s Day, Bridal Showers or spring party invitations. It’s quick and easy too!

This is a great project to use up supplies you already have but if you want the specific supplies I used you can find then from our sponsor Papermart!

Supplies:
Kraft Paper
6″ Paper Doilies
Organza Ribbon
Bakers Twine
Fabric Flowers
Tulle
Dry Adhesive (ATG double sided tape)
Rubber stamps (Rubber Stamp Tapestry)
Ink (Kalidacolor)

Directions:
1. Make sleeve/bag from kraft paper.
2. Cover with doily.
3. Wrap with ribbon and twine.
4. Stamp a tag and tie to twine.
5. Insert seed packet and fabric flower.

I hope you are having lovely spring weather this weekend! Happy crafting!

 

Vintage Inspired Card for Mom!

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to make a vintage inspired card for mom. If your mother is not into cooking you could substitute the focal image for something more appropriate. I am using a digital stamp from one of my fellow designers at MyGrafico, it is from the Baking Utensil set from Lemon Elf Studios. There are so many unique designers at MyGrafico that you are sure to find something you like and since they are digital you can get them no matter where you live and they take up no storage space, yay!

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I had wanted to test the cheaper cardstock I got at Target to see if it would blend well, it was not as easy to blend on as Neenah Classic Crest or PTI cardstock but I thought, you know what, people are more likely to have access to office supply store cardstock than expensive blending card so I decided to demonstrate how to deal with cheaper cardstock and still make it work.  Watch the video to see how I colored the image and made the card:

Video!

Tips!

  • Choose papers and embellishments before you color because it is easier to match paper you have then to color first and hunt for matching paper.
  • Use a thumb tack and mouse-pad to make the faux stitching if you do not have a piercing wheel.
  • Layering colored pencils over markers looks great and can fix any blending problems.
  • Use a sliver of cardstock instead of string in a button for a quick, yet realistic, look!

I hope you enjoyed this vintage inspired card. Head on over to MyGrafico to see all of the wonderful printable arts and crafts supplies available, you can even check out my shop while you are there. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Radiant Ruffles from Doilies!

Hello folks! I love to get white crafting products because the options for using them are endless! Look as what I made with white doilies from Papermart:

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All you need is a little ink and some 6″ paper doilies and you are ready to make this craft. In today’s video I will demonstrate the card but the basket is made in the same way, have a look:

Supplies for the card and tag: 6″ paper doilies, cardstock, dry adhesive, unstrung merchandise tags, baker’s twine, hot glue and homemade spray mists for dying the doilies, a Happy Mother’s Day stamp and purple inkpad. Tip! You can get Easter egg dye pellets right now from the dollar store, they make great spray ink or dip dye (just don’t add the vinegar like you would if dying eggs!) I also used a Darice honeycomb embossing folder and a white ink pad on the tag.

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Supplies for the basket: paper cup (for the base), paper doilies, twisted paper cord (handle) ric-rac, fabric flowers, hot glue (I adhered all of the ruffles with hot glue, the project took 15 minutes not counting dying the doilies (I had a bunch left over from the card project.)

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I planned on the basket being a “May Basket” but it is so darn cute, quick and easy you could whip up a bunch of these as Easter favors too! Or change the colors for any occasion! I hope you try these fun projects or adapt the ideas for your own unique creations! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW and other AWESOMENESS!

It’s Wednesday and that means time for WOYWW! Before I show you my mayhem and foolishness that is my work desk(s) this week have a look at this pretty card:

 

Now, my room is a total wreck today because the item sitting on the corner of this work table.

 

Yep,  saved some of my Christmas money and bought a Teresa Collins Stampmaker!!! (totally worth 3 exclamation points BTW) I have been wanting one for about a year!  I got the starter kit on sale at Custom Crops for $100 and I am glad I did because it is $152 now! I made the cameo stamp using the fonts DB cameo and DB cameo busts from Lettering delights, they have such pretty dingbats and fonts, I love their stuff!

 

So, the stampmaker is Totally. Freakin. Awesome!!! I played with it all morning and made a bunch of stamps. I first made a stamp with one of the predesigned negatives that came in the kit and then I printed my own negatives to make my own designs. I have wanted to make this library card into a stamp for the longest time!

All have more on the stampmaker later. I am having a couple of friends over to play with it tomorrow, I want to try making the embossing plates and stencils too. It is so much fun and honestly, I am still amazed that it works! I’ll leave you with one more sweeping vista of my train-wreck of a craft room. I’ll have to clean it up before my crafty friends arrive;) Till next time happy crafting!

Thursday Freebies Folks!

Hi there! I hope you are all having a great day 🙂 With mother’s day right around the corner I thought I would whip up a few cards using my new Old Paper set, my old Fancy Flowers set , my Envelope Bonanza templates and today’s freebie:

Stamps: Old Paper, Fancy Flowers, Envelope Template: Envelope Bonanza all from Lindsay's stamp stuff

Tip of the day: don’t be Lazy, make matching envelopes 🙂 If you have a Cricut and SCAL software you can cut my Envelope Bonanza Templates in Seconds! If you don’t you can make the printable envelopes in a minute or two, no excuses 😉

These cards qualify for the following challenges: Clearly I Stamp, Craft Your PAssion, Creative Card CrewDare you to Digistamp,   One Stitch at a timePaper Cutz, Paper Popsicles and the middle card is for 2 Sketches 4 You.

The paper and stamps were all printed on one sheet of cardstock, I layered the stamps over the paper and filled the center with the paint bucket tool using white at 100% then added the flower stamp over that. I filled in the “torn” pieces with the paintbucket using white at 40% so it would be a bit lighter than the background then I added a drop shadow (very blurry) to give a little more depth, You get a nice 3-D effect that way! Here is how my sheet of cardstock looked:

By arranging this in Paint Shop Pro before printing I get all of the paper and elements for 3 cards on one sheet of cardstock! And I saved it so it is ready next time I need a quick card. I let the flower are white so I could color it with Copics:)

Now you could simply print the torn stamp on pattern paper and color the torn paper bits with a white colored pencil and cut out the center to layer over a stamped image too, it is up to you and how you prefer to craft:) There is no right or wrong way! Here is a closer look at the cards:

Now for the freebie, I made a little set of tickets you can use for cards, I love them because they are easy to color and trim and FREEEEEEE! Click the pic to download!

4 digital stamps: Personal Use Only. Font LD Adornment licensed from http://www.letteringdelights.com

Well, the DT had last week off to spend spring break with their families, now they are ready to wow us with some crafty goodness, check them out:

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Erin Bailey

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper *a wee bit late, please check back 🙂

Rebekah Doak

Special announcement: The Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Junior DT girls that post on Mondays have graduated to the senior DT, they will start posting with us on Thursday next week, I can’t wait! Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Slacker Housewife Card

Here is another card that would be suitable for mother’s day (or anytime you want to give a fellow mom a laugh 😉 I used this weeks sketch from 2sketches4you, a Crafty Secrets stamp and an Erma Bombeck quote for this card. The best part is it only took a couple of minutes to make!

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This is printed on the inside of the card. Font: Cityscape

This is printed on the inside of the card. Font: Cityscape

Whenever I want to make a funny card for a girlfriend I look for a quote by Erma Bombeck, she was a great American humorist right up there with Mark Twain IMHO, If you have never read anything of hers check out “At Wit’s End” You will laugh so hard you might pee your pants! She is that funny and never mean, that is hard to do!

Well, I’m off to do a little birthday shopping for my hubby, Happy Cinco de Mayo (Hey, an excuse to make Margaritas, what’s wrong with that?) and till tomorrow Happy Crafting!

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