Halloween in August {and a freebie!}

***We are having some technical difficulties with the freebie link this week, while I sort it out you can download this weeks freebie here, Please be sure to visit the design team to see what you can make with it 😉 ******

One of my friends took her family camping last weekend and the campground was having Halloween in August, wow what a cool idea I thought, and with my new Halloween stamps I am good to go:

digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), DCWV (orange), Bazzil (purple), Paper co (black), Colored Pencils: Prismacolor, Rubber stamps: Inkadinkado, InqueBotique, Tool: Scor-Pal, Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-dial
digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (white), DCWV (orange), Bazzil (purple), Paper co (black), Colored Pencils: Prismacolor, Rubber stamps: Inkadinkado, InqueBotique, Tool: Scor-Pal, Cricut+SCAL software, Crop-a-dial

On this card I used A Cute Witch and Harry the Spider digital stamps from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. I colored them with colored pencils then blended them with a blender pen that I had filled with goo-gone. Then I used a star background rubber stamp (Inque Boutique) and clear embossing ink to stamp around the witch and used a pom-pom to dab chalk over that to make the purple star design in the background.

I used my cricut and SCAL software to cut the spiderweb edge card (you can download that svg file below) then used spray adhesive to glue it to a 6″x12″ sheet of Bazzil cardstock, then I trimmed around the web. The cardstock backing adds color while making the card more sturdy. I embossed “Trick or Treat” (inkadinkado) with white on a black scrap, mounted it with orange and adhered it to the card and added eyelets for decoration. I cut the stars with my Cricut and SCAL software then gave them a coat of glitter glue.

Download the Spiderweb Edge Card SVG here.

Here is a peek at what is new in the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Shop this week:

Flourished Peacock
Flourished Peacock
Cattails #1
Cattails #1
Cattails #2
Cattails #2

We have another Lindsay’s stamp Stuff Freebie hidden on one of the Design team’s blogs. Check them all out to find your freebie of the week, get ready to be inspired, oh yes and be sure to leave some love;)

Diana Stout (August Guest DT)

Katt

Margie

Lisa

Tamara

Row

Leanne

Janet

Olena

Melissa Craig

Kim

Tracey

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Scallop card and tag freebie!

I love it when I make something that is cute and easy. These cards only take minutes to make and what makes it super easy is that I can cut the cards and tags with my Cricut using Sure cuts a lot software, take a look:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, Other: ribbon, beads, eyepin, vintage buttons
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, Other: ribbon, beads, eyepin, vintage buttons

I used this weeks sketch over at 2sketches4you (Yay, I got it done on a Monday woo-hoo!) and the Bon Appetit stamp set from The Rubber Cafe. I colored the image on the front of the card with water-based brush markers (Tombow, Marvy and Whispers) then I breathed on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamped. This is a great way to make a multi-colored image with a rubber stamp. A word of caution: Don’t use solvent based markers (Copic, Sharpie, Bic Mark its) to color the rubber, they dry too quick and may stain or damage your stamp, also this technique does not work well with most clear stamps, the marker ink wants to bead up. I really like The Rubber Cafe stamps because they are deeply etched and they stamp perfectly every time so you don’t end up wasting a lot of cardstock trying to get a good impression.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe. Downlad the card/tag template below :)
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe. Download the card/tag template below 🙂

I was  inspired to make this svg that you can cut with your cricut if you have SCAL software after seeing a wonderful tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers. I would use their tutorial if you do not have a cricut and simply make a tag with scallop scissors. I cut my cards out  of K&Co double-sided paper, I love how you can see both sides of the lovely paper!

Downlad the SCallop tri-fold card SVG here.

Download the scallop tag svg here.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, tool: Cricut+SCAL software (download the template for free above!)
Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: K&Co, tool: Cricut+SCAL software (download the template for free above!)

Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

Catch a Wave (and some freebies too!)

Wow, we finally have sun up in the northeast!!! I am totally in a beachy mood right now as you can see by my latest card:

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, cutting files (They are freebies! download below!)
Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, cutting files (They are freebies! download below!)

I was inspired by the gals over at Caardvarks to make a window card. I filled a zip-to baggie with hair gel and taped it to back of my window. on the inside there is a gradient blue panel that I made with a kaliedacolor ink pad, brayer and homemade shimmer spray. Here you can see the card closed and open:

Does anyone else have Beach Boys songs stuck in their head?
Does anyone else have Beach Boys songs stuck in their head?
Here you can see the inside of the card, I sealed the baggie with my "Hot Marks" tool and I'm hoping for the best :)
Here you can see the inside of the card, I sealed the baggie with my "Hot Marks" tool and I'm hoping for the best 🙂

I have had the fortune to try out a Wacom pen tablet. My friend Micki lent me her tablet and I can’t stop playing with the darn thing (hey Micki, do you think you could explain to my husband why I haven’t had time to do any laundry this week LOL!) The digital stamp on this card I made by drawing it right on the tablet, what fun! To see more of my designs click here.

I colored the digistamp with Bic Markits, I wish I cut out the inside of the pail's handle though.
I colored the digistamp with Bic Markits, I wish I cut out the inside of the pail's handle though.

I know it is one of my first attempts with the tablet, I am used to drawing by hand and scanning it into the computer, what do you think? I also drew the sun in inkscape and made a svg file that you can cut with your cricut if you have Sure Cuts A Lot software. I have a scut file for the card base too and I did not forget my cricut peeps who only have the free trial of DS you can make this card with Design Studio using the George cartridge (I think there is a sun die cut on the George card as well that you can use in place of my sun svg.)

Freebie download links:

NEW* here is a printable version of the card and sun template!!!

Here is the SVG of the funky sun for scal/cricut users.

Here is the scut for the card base for scal/cricut users.

Here is the cut file for Design Studio/cricut users with the george cartridge.

Here is the beach scene digital stamp for anyone with a printer 😉

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear any comments on the files or tips for using a wacom tablet, or if you just want to say “hello”! Till next time happy crafting!

Free Teacher Card Templates and Cricut Cutting Files!

Happy Weekend! My Hubby got the playhouse finished and it looks like we will have some good weather to be outside and play! The school year is winding down for us, only one week left, so it is time to finish up those last minute teacher cards and gifts. while were at it let’s not forget the person who delivers our children safely to school each day, the wonderful bus driver:

Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Templates: see below, To make the lights "shine apply double stick tape behind the holes on the yellow paper and sprinkle with glitter from the front.
Stamp: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Templates: see below, To make the lights "shine apply double stick tape behind the holes on the yellow paper and sprinkle with glitter from the front.

I made both of these cards using my Cricut machine and Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software. These are scut files rather than SVG files so you will need to have the font I used installed on your computer, its a great font called Inter and you can download it for free here. You will find a lot of useful dingbats on this font with a school and transportation theme.

Free downloads:

Here is the SCUT file for the Bus Card for Cricut/SCAL users.

Here is the SCUT file for the Apple Card for Cricut SCAL users.

Here is a PRINTABLE template for the Bus Card.

Here is a PRINTABLE template for the Apple Card.

Remember when you use a SCUT file in SCAL you open it rather than importing it and it will be all laid out to size, no resizing needed;)

Have a wonderful weekend and till next time happy crafting!

Coffee, Tea or Three?

Happy Monday folks! Nothing softens the blow of a Monday like a freebie. There was a challenge over at Oriental Stamp Art last week to make a tea themed card and this weeks challenge is to include a dragon in your card design so I decided to combine both challenges in one and share the template with you:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: K&Co, Template: Lindsay Weirich (download below)
Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: K&Co, Template: Lindsay Weirich (download below)
Same stamps different paper!
Same stamps different paper!
See, I did use a dragon ;)
See, I did use a dragon 😉

And one more for you retro fans…

Stamps Crafty Secrets, Paper: K&Co
Stamps Crafty Secrets, Paper: K&Co

I added chunky glitter to the sugar cubes to make them look..well, sugary 🙂

You can cut this card with your Cricut Machine if you have SCAL software.

*Note: I just found out that there is a coupon code to save 10% off SCAL! Enter this code during checkout if you buy it: 3847758 it is good through 5/26/2009!

Download the tea cup card SVG file here.

Download a printable template here.

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