40% off everything at MyGrafico and a flowery thank you!

Hey there, I just wanted to let you know that everything is 40% off today only at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and MyGrafico! OK, now that the business is out-of-the-way check out the thank you easel card I made for my mom using the Paper Flower SVG kit:

Here is a look from the side, you can see how it stands for display, it will also fold flat:

Now for some quick tips!

  • Cut slivers of paper and thread them through your buttons for the look of real string, it is so quick!
  • If you see hot glue strings on your project blast them for a second with your heat gun and they dissappear…opps! I forgot to do that LOL!

 

You can make an easel card any size, simply fold your card in half as usual then fold one end to the middle fold. Then you can attach a panel (the same size as your original card front) to the half folded section. If that is confusing just search “easel card template” and you will find lots of instructions ūüôā

That’s all for today, be sure to check out the 40% off sale at Lindsay’s and Mygrafico. Til next time happy crafting!

 

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Steampunk Thank You Card

Howdy folks, It is a beautiful Monday in Maine, I’m so glad to see the sun (Let’s hope it stays!) Here is a thank you card with a steampunk flair. I like the fact that you could replace the sentiment with “Happy Birthday”, “Congrats” or whatever. I have a hard time with cards for guys so this could fit the bill for many occasions:

 

Stamp¬†Credits: The schematic blueprint stamp is by Technique Tuesday, the 3 men is by Tim Holtz and the “Much Obliged” is by Inkadinkado.

Tip: Ink up the embossing folder before embossing for a letterpress look as I did for the gear panel at the bottom of the card.

Allrightie, I think I need to make something pink and frilly now:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Easy Teacher Cards & Creatopia Tips!

Hi there! I have had many people ask me how I like my new Creatopia machine. Being that I won it (free) I am quite pleased with it, it is a fun new toy. The downside is that since I have been crafting a long time I have other tools in my arsenal that will do the same jobs as the Creatopia. Will I use my Creatopia every day or will I reach for my tried and true tools? I decided to create a card from start to finish with this new machine and video tape it so you can see how easy (or not) the machine is. Here are the cards I made:

The machine is versatile, I made these cards entirely with the machine, from cutting the cardstock and embossing to gluing it all together. Is it simpler that my normal methods? You be the judge.

Well, I don’t know if this machine fit’s my style of creating, it takes getting used to, I imagine I will always cut my paper with my 15-year-old Xacto paper trimmer and reach for my hot glue gun and double stick tape but I’m sure this machine would be just the ticket for a crafter just starting out or downsizing their tool chest. One thing I did not like was the wastefulness of the Stickz and Proctectz cartridges. They are expensive and you have to throw away a big huge chunk of plastic when you change the roll. I’d rather just replace the adhesive or laminating rolls. I did not get a laminating roll so I think when I run out of adhesive I am going to try to retrofit the old cartridge to hold clear contact paper for laminating. I’ll let you know how that goes:) Also I wish that the die-cutter was wider, the machine is 12″ wide so why is the die cutter only 6.5″ wide? I would still need another die cutter if I wanted to cut the large Spelbinders (not that I have any but still.) You can see a list of Creatopia tools and prices on the Xyron website and decide for yourself.

Bottom line, it is a good product but I’m not sure if it is for me. I’m grateful to have won it but I would not have bought it unless there were more embossing options at lower prices and less wasteful and cheaper consumables.¬† Just because it is not the perfect fit for me does not mean it won’t be right for you. I just want to pass along my findings because I have gotten so many emails about my new toy. If you have any questions just leave a comment and I will try to answer them:) Til next time happy crafting!

Easy Gratitude Card

Need a 10 minute thank you card? How about this?

I used a cute little house stamp set I got a few years ago as a Sale-a-bration freebie from Stampin Up! but never used it until I put all of my tiny stamps out in the open (yes I took those wood SU! stamps right out of their package!) and put them in printers trays. This card went together in minutes. I used some homemade seam binding, an embossing folder, die cut and a bit of cardstock, nothing fancy. Did you notice I actually used a stamp wheel? I love having all of my stamps out in the open now because I USE them, you can see my stamp storage re-do on this post.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Quick and easy card set!

Ever wonder what to get for the person who has everything? When I saw the color challenge at the Playdate Cafe¬†I knew I had to make a stationary set with my new Mod Summer Papers. Be sure to play along on this challenge because it is sponsored by one of my favorite stamp companies Pink Persimmon and as a prize they have donated a $40 gift certificate to their shop and let me tell you they have the highest quality clear rubber stamps on the market ūüėČ BTW all the stamp used on this set are from Pink Persimmon!

 

First I printed out the papers from the Mod Summer paper pack on my standard 8.5″x11″ printer, if you don’t know how to print digital paper check out my tutorial here. Then I cut out a card box using my Recipe Folio SVG set, it is made to hold the recipe cards that come in the kit but it works great for holding a set of 4 cards and envelopes too! Then I simply stamped the deer, tree and sentiment from the Oh Dear! Silhouette stamp set from Pink Persimmon, since they are solid image stamps there is no need for coloring, that is a time saver plus it give the set a clean and modern look!

 

Making a set of coordinating cards is as easy as making one because you have all the supplies out and ready to go already and it make such a thoughtful hostess gift too!

BTW I made the brad with a scrap of Mod Summer paper and my I-Top brad maker. Use up all the scraps!

Here is a look at the products I used today:

Mod Summer PapersRecipe Stamps & SVG Special!

Be sure to play along at the Playdate Cafe for your chance to win $40 of Pink Persimmon products and til next time happy crafting!

Off the grid {Bus Driver Thank You)

By now most kids are out of school for the summer and lat’s face it, no one deserves a summer break more than the school bus drivers ūüėÄ

 

actually I made this card in 10 minutes before school on the last day for my kids bus driver, I gor the free bus clip art here.

Happy crafting!

Off the grid {a tag}

Howdy, I am on vacation! Whoop! I decided to prepost¬†a bunch of projects I had made here and there but never got around to posting so for day I have a thanks tag that I made for my son’s teacher:

 

I use stamps from SU! except for the letters which were from a studio G wood mount peg alpha set!

 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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