Shower time!

My niece is getting married next moth and today was her bridal shower, she picked the most unusual color scheme for her wedding but it is truly stunning: Orange, green with grey and black, it did not scream wedding to me at first until I played around with the colors, here is the card I made her:

Dress card die cut: Creative Cuts & More, Stamps: Autumn Leaves, Inkadinkado, Stampin Up, Paper: Bazzill, American Crafts

I found this Dress Window die cut card from Creative Cuts & More stashed away with my white paper scraps and had to use it, I added some stamping and decorated the inside so there would be something pretty to see though the dress cutout:

I think I like decorating the inside of the card as much as I like making my homemade envelopes!

The envelope for this card is a SVG freebie (to cut with your Cricut and SCAL software) I designed and you can grab it here, it is adjustable in SCAL2 (square or rectangle), in scal 1 you are stuck with it being a square envelope, but you can still make it whatever size square you want.

Now, my niece is a very talented crafter, she was over the other day using my Cricut and she told me that she was going to buy thank you cards for the wedding instead of making them (Hats off to any bride who sends thank you notes, homemade or store-bought!) so I decided to letterpress her a set of 10 thank you notes, here you can see the detail of the debossed letterpress design:

Letterpress plates and paper: Lifestyle Crafts

If you remember a few months ago I showed you how I made a letterpress bed to fit in my Big Shot diecutter, if you want directions to make one for less than $10 check out this post, as you can see it works as well as the $149 kit from Lifestyle crafts and you can use their plates in it. Here are the cards and matching envies:

Envelope paper: K&Co, Tool: Scor-pal

Also I while back I showed you how to make envelopes with your Scor-pal, if you missed it you can see the video and grab my cheat sheet here.

These projects qualify for the following challenges: Annabelles Stamps (embossing), Clearly I Stamp (thank you cards), Cowgirls Sunday Stamping Challenge, DigiDoodles (anything goes), Creative craft Challenge (bride),  I Did It (buttons & bows), Totally Gorjuss (congrats) and Wee Memories (stamping.)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Fun colors: Jade & Peach

This week at Oriental Stamp Art the theme challenge was “Jade”, in  China the stone Jade is more valuable than gold or diamonds. As for me I just love the color and what better way to make it POP but by adding its compliment (opposite on the color wheel) coraly peach:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Washi Papers (digital): Nicecrane Designs, Pattern paper for envelopes: K&co

I used the Flowered Handled Teapot and the Papercut Carnation stamp from About Art Accents on this set. The washi papers are from the Washi Texture Collage sheet set 1 from Nicecrane Designs. I simply printed the collage sheet and cut up the papers, easy peasy!

I used the scraps from my handmade envelope to accent my card, waste not, want not!

I stamped the teapot  with clear ink then heat-embossed it with sea foam green sparkle embossing powder, then I used emerald green watercolor paint over that. I wiped it with a soft cloth to get the paint off of the embossing.

Tip: make envelopes with pattern paper but use the pattern paper on the inside, the envie will look lined and you can easily write and stamp on the outside. Also you can make a fancy envelope just by using a corner punch on the top flap! Clever, no?

I did a little stamping on the envelope. I love the paper cut carnation stamp, I used my Tombow and Whispers watercolor markers to color directly on the rubber, then I breathed {huffed} on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamped it on my envelope, it is a nice touch I think 🙂 I made the envelope with my Scor-pal, if you ant to see how I have a video here.

This packet is 3"x3.5", perfect for a couple bags of tea!

I used the tea bag template from the TeaRiffic Digital stamp Set at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff to make this tea bag pocket. I stamped the carnation, punched it and layered it on green cs and trimmed with mini scallop scissors. I adhered only the bottom half of the circle so the flap could tuck behind it to close.

Here is a look at the tea packet open. The template comes in a printable and SVG version.

This set qualifies for the following challenges: OSA (Sketch and theme), Creatalicious (Asian), Lucy’s Cards (1 digital element), Pile it On (out of the box), Quixotic (Emboss it), Sisterhood of Scrap (embossing) and  Spoonful of sugar (celebration).

That’s all for today:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

a “Diamond” in the rough!

I tried a diamond fold card for the first time today, I’m not sure if this is something I’ll do again or not, it was easy enough and it is lovely but I’m not so sure it is my cup of tea:)

Stamps: About Art Accents, PP on card: Nicecrane designs, PP on envelope: K&co, Basic Grey, Dies Cuttlebug

I made the envelope with my scor-pal (see yesterdays post for a tutorial) and when you make these envelopes you have strips of paper left over, I scored some at 1/2″ intervals and accordion folded it to make the ruffled flowers next to the envelope in the above pic, you can find a tutorial here.

Pattern paper: Nicecrane Designs, Stamps: About Art Accents

For the beautiful poppy I stamped the image (About Art Accents) twice on white cardstock and colored it with copics (3 coral shades) and trimmed them closely. I crumpled the first one and glued it to the card then I cut slits between the petals on the second flower and gently bent then to add dimension before adhering it over the first poppy with foam tape.

T he beautiful Asian papers on the card is from the Washi Texture collage sheet and the Spring Flowers collage sheets from Nicecrane Designs. These patterns are so pretty and easy to work with, I just print and create!

Thanks for stopping by, til next time happy crafting!

Scor-Pal Envy

That’s what you get if you don’t have a Scor-Pal! {Bu-dum-bump ching} My husband came up with that one:) He saw the video I just made called Scorpal_envie (as in envelopes) after he watched it he asked: “What do you do if you don’t have a Scor-Pal?” then he said “Oh, you get score pal ENVY, I get it!” I used my scor-pal to make this envelope:

Digital Stamps and paper: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, tool: Scor-Pal, Paper for envelope: Keeping Memories Alive, Rubber stamp (resist flourish) Magenta, ink: SU! Kaliedacolor, Pencils: Prismacolor, Solvent: Goo-gone, Other: Crepe paper, pointy q-tip

We will get to the details on the envelopes in a moment but first let’s talk about the card, I saw the Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab blog this week and I had to play with the peach and blue color combo as well as the frills! I box pleated a strip of crepe paper party streamer to add a frill to my card. Over at Gingersnap Creations the spicy supply challenge is to use pencils so I colored the magnolia stamp from the Fancy Flowers stamp set at Lindsay’s Stamp stuff with Prismas then blended them with goo-gone (less stinky that OMS but works just as well!) I layered the magnolia stamp in the grungy digital paper from the School Papers set and used my white paint bucket tool to fill in my flower image before printing, I love the layered look and it is so easy to do!

To get a rich color I colored the flower petals with 3 shades of color and blended with googone (using a q-tip) then while the goo gone was still wet I layered on more color in small circles. It was really quite quick:)

I masked my flower and stamped a large flourish in the corner then heat embossed it in clear and brayered blue rainbow ink over it, the resist lets some of my background paper show through. This card also qualifies for Challenge up your life (resist), Clearly I Stamp (flowers), Dare U 2 Digistamp (anything goes), ECP (spring), as well as Moxie Fab ( Tuesday Trigger)and GSC 54 (pencils).

OK, how bout we learn how to make envelopes with our scor-pal! I was in the craft store the other day and saw the new score board by Martha Stewart and it had a plastic triangle in the corner to use as an envelope guide…hmmm…I have a score pal and a 45 degree drafting triangle, can I use that to make envies? You betcha!

Here is how to set up your scor-pal, triangle and paper. Click on the picture for a larger image to print.

Here is a “cheat sheet” on how big to cut your paper, where to score, and the envie size you will get. There are blank lines to write your favorites on as well. Click the pic for a larger image to print.

Please note: I refer to the "first triangle" on the video as 3 5/8", it is the grove to the right of 3 1/2"

I hope you found this useful, making envelopes with the scor-pal is addictive, be warned!  If you have any questions or want to share your favorite envelope measurements please leave a comment!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Pretty Packaging and a Free Stamp Set!

One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is make gifts. This weekend my kids and I made some chocolate covered pretzels and flavored coffee spoons to give as gifts. I think it is just as much fun packaging these little treasures as it is to make them. Here are some quick and easy packaging ideas using the Card, Tags and Toppers set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff, Remember, all LSS set are buy 2, get one free at MyGrafico! *fine print: purchase 2 stamp sets from the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop and write the free set you want in the customer comments box when you check out.

Quick and Easy gifts AND packaging is the theme for today!

I used the melt and mold chocolate wafers that you can get at the craft stores, Here is a tip for melting the chocolate wafers: The brown (real) chocolate will melt well if you put it in a glass measuring cup in a pan of hot water on the stove, I bring the water to a boil then back it down to medium so you don’t burn the chocolate. The white and colored chocolates are trickier because they burn more easily but if you have Wilton disposable cake decorating bags you can fill it with the wafers, dip it in the hot water for a few seconds, pull it out and squeeze it and repeat until you feel all of the chocolate wafers are melted then snip off the tip and you and squeeze out the chocolate! that is how I did the green drizzle on the spoons and pretzels, best of all no mess to clean after and you never burn the chocolate!

I made these boxes quickly with my scor pal, all supplies: Lindsay's stamp Stuff

I made these little boxes with my Scor-Pal, Here’s how:

Stamps/Papers: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Tool: Scor-Pal

For the tall skinny box lay a sheet of 8.5″x10.5″ cardstock on the scor-pal, score at 1″, 5″, 6″, 10″. turn the paper and score at 1″ (this is the bottom of your box. Score down the middle of the 1″ wide columns to make the gussets so the bag can squeeze closed at the top but be 1″ wide at the bottom.  Fold and assemble with scor-tape (or any strong adhesive) Cut the green topper from the printable sheet of the Card, Tags and Toppers kit, score in half and attach to the top of the box with strong tape. I used scor-tape to attach it to the back side of the box then added two buttons and string as a closure on the front so the box can be reused.

Make this little box with 1/2 a sheet of cardstock, the Card, Tags and Toppes kit and a scor-pal!

For the bitty boxes I laid a sheet of 8.5″x11″ cardstock on my scor-pal and scored at 2″, 5″, 7″, 10″ then turn your paper and score at 1.5″ and 7″. Cut this sheet in half so you have 2- 4.25″x11″ strips, score the gussets  and fold like tou did the tall box. The toppers are also on the printable sheets in the CTT kit you get 2 boxes out of one sheet of cardstock, pretty Frugal! This is the perfect sized box to put a pair of handmade earrings into!

Now, wasn't that easy?

And now for your freebie! I have had a few people asking for religious Christmas stamps and my fabulous Design Team helped me come up with these. You get 6 stamps in both png and jpg format for free, yippee!

Enjoy this free set from me, Merry Christmas! click the picture to download 🙂

Speaking of my Fab DT lets see what lovely packaging ideas they came up with this week:

Joy Stagg

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cheryl Gorka

Anette “Nettie” Robins

Cassandra Cushman

Kristen Hamlin

Remeber the buy 2, get 1 deal on Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff stamp sets until the 23rd at MyGrafico. Buy 2 sets then write the set you want for free in the customer comment box at checkout.

I also have a buy 2, get 1 deal on everything at my ShopHandmade store and as always you get an extra free stamp for ever $5 you spend there. (I will email you to see what you want for your free product after your order has been placed, please do not put free product in your shopping cart as paypal will charge you for it)

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Fleuradidys & Calla Lilies!

Here are a couple more stamps I designed for The Rubber Cafe! I used the Calla Lily Collage and Fleuradidy #1 on this card:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, Cardstock: DCWV, Pencils: Prismacolor

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, Cardstock: DCWV, Pencils: Prismacolor

I am so blessed to be able to design for this company, all of the stamps are on high quality deeply etched red rubber. These designs are on E-Z mount foam and they stick like magic to an acrylic block! I save space by storing mine in page protectors in a 3-ring binder. I used my Score-Pal and Scor-Bug to make the stitching oles around the paper panels on the card then used a ruler and pent to draw the stitches, easy peasy!  If you don’t have a score bug you can use a Cutter Bee piercing bug, it is the same thing, just roll it along a groove on the Scor-Pal. To see another project made with my new “rubber” designs available exclusively at The Rubber Cafe click here.

OK that’s enough shameless promotion for one day 😉 Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Find the freebie and a new way to color!

Hello Folks, well it is Thursday again and time to find the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Hidden Freebie, which DT member will have it today I wonder? If you like free stamp be sure to play along with Tuesday Morning Sketches this week and you could 10 Lindsay Stamp Stuff Stamps! You can see a list of all DT members at the end of this post! Today I wanted to share a fun technique with you using supplies you likely already have on hand, and it is an easy one too: Colored Pencil on colored paper.

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: MME, Cardstock: SU!, The Paper Co., Font: Lettering Delights

Digital Stamp: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, PP: MME, Cardstock: SU!, The Paper Co., Font: Lettering Delights, Tool: Scor-Pal/Scor/bug (for faux stitching)

On this example I used the Cherry Preserve Digital stamp printed on creamy yellow (so saffron: Stampin Up!) and I printed my digital stamps right on the colored paper, before printing I went under layer in pant shop pro and chose properties and reduced the opacity to 60% because I did not want the design to show much after I colored it. Then I put down my white highlights and deep red (black grape) shadows very thickly with colored pencil. Then I added a bit of the black grape lightly to the jar and cherries, I burnished (colored firmly) over the light layer if black grape with crimson red mixing the tow colors together. Then I used light blue to color the gingham fabric with a layer of white on top of that to blend. I used cream, gold, bronze and dark brown pencils to “paint” the gold band on the jar and apple green and dark brown to color the stems. A grey shadow under the objects finishes the design.

This is the way we blend the pencil early in the morning! See how opaque and bright the color is when applied thickly to cardstock! If the color get a dull waxy film ontop (bloom) simple rub it with a tissue or soft cloth to remove it and your colors will be bright and shiny!

This is the way we blend the pencil early in the morning! See how opaque and bright the color is when applied thickly to cardstock! If the color get a dull waxy film ontop (bloom) simple rub it with a tissue or soft cloth to remove it and your colors will be bright and shiny!

Remember I said that I would show you what I was going to do with the crocheted cherries yesterday? Well here they are on a button box.

I used Tacky Glue to adhere the crochet cherries to the box, I place an acrylic stamp mount ontop to hold it flat as it dried.

I used Tacky Glue to adhere the crochet cherries to the box, I place an acrylic stamp mount ontop to hold it flat as it dried.

If you missed the pattern you can snag it here.

Here is the set, I may give it to my MIL for her birthday Sunday, I figure everyone could use a little box to hold stray buttons, paper clips or safety pins ;)

Here is the set, I may give it to my MIL for her birthday Sunday, I figure everyone could use a little box to hold stray buttons, paper clips or safety pins 😉

Be sure to visit all of the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Design Team Members Blogs to see their fabulous work and find the freebie (it’s a sweet one!)

Tamara

Margie

Melissa Craig

Lisa

Row

Katt

Melissa Bove

Janet

Olena

Kim

Tracey

Erin Bailey July Guest DT

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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