DIY Stencils, 40% Off & Fun with Wax {It’s the Bee’s Knees!}

Well, I did something that I usually don’t do this time of year…visit my studio at night! Usually I am way too comfy reading or watching TV in front of the fire to venture down to the chilly craft-cave but I just wanted to play with the new stencils I made this week!

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Actually I made a set of 10 SVG stencils you can cut with your die-cutter and use with paint or ink. I sprayed the background of my card with homemade shimmer spray then layered stamping college and wax on top. I used scented wax melts (sugar cookie-yum!) and just poured it on my card! I used it to adhere the “bee mine” sentiment and I sprinkled some beads in the melty wax for extra texture…no wonder I was so hungry when I was done…cookies, sprinkles oh my!

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This new set of stencils, as well as all of the goodies at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff are 40% off through the 3rd so go snag them, they are a ball to play with. You can also check out the painting kits, digital stamps, templates and all sorts of crafty goodness!

Stencil Bonanza! SVG

It was so much fun to putter in my craft room tonight, oh and I have another tip for you! I was rummaging in a drawer that I haven’t opened in ages and I came across a hexagon creative memories cutting template (do you have those? I use the ovals and circles all the time!) and I cut the hexagon out of white using the green and blue blades, then I simply matted the smaller on the larger one and it looks like a nestie! You can do this with any temple or die cutter and save yourself some dough! It is a trick I use with my electronic die cutter a lot, cut the shape once normally and again with a slight shadow and it looks fab when you layer them…does that make any sense?

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Well, it is late and I am rambling so if you are in need of anything of the crafty variety please check out the 40% off sale at Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and til next time happy crafting!

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PS before using scented wax on a card make sure that the recipient is not allergic to perfume…I think scented letters are wonderfully romantic though…

Brown Bags & Old Books & WOYWW

I don’t often do a WOYWW {what’s on your workdesk Wednesday} post, either my desk is tidy or I am too ashamed of he slovenly mess I have created 😀 to share. I decided to snap pick halfway through the project (you can see the pic at the end of this post) I am making with he kids at the library this month. The theme is valentines and old books…yeah baby, we are recycling!


I grabbed a .25 cent book from the library book sale table after making sure the librarian would not have a heart attack if I defaced the book in the name of crafting and she was cool with it (in fact she suggested a few other books she wouldn’t mind seeing altered 🙂  so yesterday I tore out a bunch of pages and painted them with watercolors and let them dry overnight. Then I die-cut a bunch of  hearts from the painted pages and set to work!

I love the fringed edges on the circles. I watched an episode of Heidi Swapp’s Create to Remember show on My Craft Channel (lots of great free shows-do not go there unless you have some time to kill LOL!) and she showed us how to make fun things with fringe scissors and I was so inspired I ran down to my craft room and played with my newly painted papers. I love the effect and since I already had the old book pages and fringe scissors it cost me nothing. Of course you can create fringe with regular scissors too, just cut slits ever 1/8 if an inch.

The brown background paper is brown grocery bags. I simply cut a grocery bag into panels (you get a ton from one bag!) to cover a card nd ran it through my BigShot with an embossing folder. I am going to emboss lots of panels with different textures for the kids to use for their cards tomorrow. I know the kids might not dig my vintage projects so I am going to have some stamped Robots and Aliens (You’re out of this World Valentine) and some animals (I’m wild about you, Valentine!) and I will emboss the bags to match. I will have my special “artist” colored pencils for them to use and if they want to highlight the embossed texture of the paper they can rub it with crayons. Oh the possibilities!


OK, now here is my desk, thrilling huh? Actually, I love seeing that pile of watercolor book page hearts!


If you want to see the tutorial on how to make the hanging heart pocket you can see it here. If you want to download my tutorial and sheet music freebie you can here.

 Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Hello Doily!

Howdy folks! I’ve had the idea for a doily SVG set rattling around in my brain for a while but I held off because I did not want to design a set that would be slow, snaggy and frustrating to cut. I use a Cricut machine and SCAL2 software (no longer available) and the Cricut is fickle when it comes to intricate designs so I know that If I can cut this on a cricut with a month old blade and moderately used mat anyone will have success with it! Here is a cute valentine made with one of the SVG files in my Decorative Doilies set:

Card size: 5"x5", SVG die cuts from Decrotive Doilies set (Lindsay's stamp Stuff), rubber stamps by Pink Persimmon

The fabby rubber stamps I use are by Pink Persimmon and can be found here.

Have I mentioned before that I am not a fan of intricate die cuts? Don’t get me wrong, I love the way they look.  In the past I have purchased Cricut cartridges with beautiful lacy designs only to waste paper, time and blades trying to get them to cut properly. I was not going to release a set that would cause others the same frustration so I tested and tweaked each doily file in this set until they cut clean and fairly quickly. Even then I decided to create a tip sheet so you can start cutting with the optimal conditions. There is also photo tutorials on the tip sheet on how to create perfect custom mats and shaped card bases. You can use that tutorial on any SVG file you already have so it makes your cutting file collection much more versatile! Here is a look at the Decorative Doilies kit:

And a couple more pics:

So, let’s say “No!” to frustrating intricate die cuts and say “Yes!” to fabulous, fun-to-cut doilies! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Gotta love convo hearts….

Don’t ya just love those chalky Necco Conversation hearts? Well maybe not eating them but looking at them makes me happy 🙂 That is why I nearly fell over when I saw the cute new Valentine stamps from About Art Accents because there are 4 conversation hearts in the sets! There are 4 plates (sets) of stamps for $10 each but they are running a special: all 4 plates for $19.99! Wow that is 50% off! Best of all they are sugar free! I used this weeks sketch at 2s4u to make this card:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: DCWV
Here is a close up. Notice the dotted background of the hearts, it is a stamp from the About Art Accents Valentine plates and it is the same size as the convo hearts! Brilliant!

I used the marble ATC background on the card, they have some new valentines ATC backgrounds in the new Valentine sets but I chose this subdued one because I was using bright colors already and it would just be too much (yes, I have SOME restraint LOL!)

Well that is all for today, I am teaching a new painting class today, I can’t wait, I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow 🙂  Till then Happy Crafting!