I love cheap dies that work!

Hi friends! I had a bit of a spree last month. On the first day I was called for jury selection I felt like I deserved a treat for doing my civic duty so I decided to fill a cart with some dies I saw on sale at Consumer Crafts. They were $6 a set and since I don’t have many nesting dies (and the Spellbinders I have I’ve used to death) I thought I’d grab a few sets…and since I hate to pay shipping I grabbed a few more to get me up to the free shipping amount. That’s how they get you LOL! But hey, I am an American doing my civic duty so I deserve it gosh darn it!  BTW the trial I was picked for wrapped up today, it was very interesting, the other jurors were very friendly and nice (we all decided to have a good time and make the most if it!) and we came up with a swift and unanimous verdict. It was a civil case thank goodness. It is amazing what people try to sue other people for, really. Anyway, back to the dies, I am so glad I bought so many because they are great! Have a look at the video:

I am not sponsored by or affiliated with Darice or Consumer Crafts but I do like to share a deal and I order from them several times a year. I like the Spellbinders sets but they are $25 at my local stores so the couple I have were bought with coupons. The regular price on the Darice dies are $15 and the price at Consumer Crafts is around $9 normally. Hopefully they get more in because several are sold out. Also, I made an error in the video, I stated that Spellbinders are made in the USA and that is no longer true (so why are they $25 a set?) I hope this review is helpful. If you were wondering about these new dies they are great, I am so glad I scored them for $6 a set! Sometimes that site has 20% off everything deals so that would bring the price down too. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Follow the yellow brick road…

EDIT: I forgot to post the printable sheet of Dolly Parton Quotes, you can download or print it directly here.

Happy Friday Folks! Well, I had plans of making a tofu scramble for dinner tonight but I was overruled 4 to 1 so I grabbed a pizza and we plunked in the living room and watched Once Upon a Time while we enjoyed takeout. They has pizza and I had a veggie Italian (and french fries…I’m a vegetarian, not a saint LOL!) I love how they are bringing OZ into story-line, I also love that it is a show I want to watch with my children and not some show with obnoxious teenagers in it LOL! Anyway, this recent TV show has inspired this card:

DCF 1.0

Wizard of OZ stamps: Lost coast designs, Quote: Dolly Parton

I used the Wizard of OZ stamps from Lost Coast Designs that feature the precious illustrations from the original book. I did not use many supplies for this card and I bet you can make do with what you have too to make something like it! Watch the video for tips and hints on masking, embossing and coloring!

I hope that tutorial inspired you to dig out some of your older supplies and show them some love. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Flip it, Flip it good!

Howdy friends! Have you ever heard of a flip-flop, swing, flip it or swivel card? The idea has been around in the stamping community for ages and I have examples here (with a tutorial to make it with a paper trimmer) and here (to make it with a plastic template) but I got really excited when I saw dies to make them with fancy shaped windows. When I saw that the dies cost $30 a pop I decided that I would try to do it with the thin dies I already have. It is easy really, all you have to do is make a jig for your die-cutter and I will show you how in today’s video:

Can you imaging paying $30 for 1 die that will cut one shape in one size for a very specific kind of card? No way! I can get a set of nesting dies for less than that and 2-3 sets if they are on sale and they can be used for other things too! Now I can make a swing card in any shape and size I have a thin die for, cool huh? In the defense of the $30 Flip-It dies they are thick Movers & Shapers dies and if you were making a ton of cards the same shape and size (think wedding invites or owning a stationary business) it would be a good buy because you could cut several sheets of cardstock at once. But, for the occasional cardmaker or hobbyist I think making your thin dies work a little overtime is just fine. Oh no, I am drinking the thin die Kool-aid…I’ve crossed over to the darkside…will this insanity ever end? LOL! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hippity hoppity….

Easter’s on it’s way! OK, we have a month but these springtime holidays sneak up on me that’s why I was sure to release my new Cute Easter digital stamp set in time for folks to use it! This week I challenged my design team to make cards using buttons and bows. Here are a few cards I whipped up from the kit:

cute easter digital stamp set lindsay's stamp stuff

Digital stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, PP: DCWV, Punch: SU! Markers: Copic

Here is a look at the cards up close, I have been practicing coloring with markers, can you tell?

This was fun and quick to color! I colored the basket light tan than added darker brown shadows. The eggs were colored with the lightest color first then outlined with the darker shade then blended with the firs color. On the bow I colored it dark pink then added purple shadows and blended with the pink and to make the bow look like satin I added highlights with the colorless blender.

I punched the edge of the card for a bit of flair, I used button die cuts from Ellison but regretted it after I glued them on 🙂 If you like the word art around the bonnet it will be available on Thursday as a freebie so be sure to check back!

Isn't the embossed mat on this card pretty, I cut it with my cricut using a template from Penny Duncan Creations then embossed it in my Big Shot.

Penny Duncan created the lovely mat I used on the above card, you can get it on her blog, you get many of the shapes layered in SVG format (she has formats for other cutter too) I cut the layered file with my Cricut and SCAL software (save 10% on scal til the 28th with coupon: 4190114) from thin chipboard then I laid one of the pieces over my digistamped image and traced around the OUTSIDE. I trimmed it then place the chipboard frame on my image and cranked it through my big shot like this:

The red thing is a sheet of rubber gasket you can get at the hardware store (plumbing isle) and I place the between to cutting pads (actually it is my homemade letterpress set up 🙂 I added 2 pieces of cardstock to shim it but try it without first.

I like how it has a look similar to a Nestability die. See how it looks up close without any ink enhancement:

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp stuff, SVG Die Cut Template: Penny Duncan

Pretty slick, huh? Now let’s take a look at the new Cute Easter set from Lindsay’s Stamp stuff

you get 8 Cute Easter Digital Stamps for $5!

Now the DT gals have been busy with buttons and bows this week, let’s see what they have created:

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cheryl Gorka

Anette “Nettie” Robins

Cassandra Cushman

Tanya Johnson

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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