Thursday, December 17, 2009

Printer Problems and Birthday Wishes...

Ok, so I was having MAJOR printer problems yesterday., I was not able to print a Christmas image to make a Christmas card. But, I did have one of the pretty Cosmos images Lindsay designed already printed and die cut with Cindi's Nesties, so I had to make do and use that. I colored it with my bic mark its and added some Stickles to the flower center for a little sparkle. I stamped the sentiment with a studio g stamp and added a ribbon. I had to do a quickie since I had already spent so much time trying to print the Christmas images! (More of that ggggrrrr.) But, YOU can get Lindsay's Christmas images or any of her other original designs by clicking HERE to get to her Shop Handmade site. You can get a FREE set for every 2 sets you buy! What a great gift idea for a crafty friend!

I'm sure the rest of the Design Team has some great Christmas Creations for you this week! Hop on over to their blogs and leave them some love. We all really appreciate your comments- they mean so much. Start with Lindsay's Blog HERE and find the others there! Happy Digi Thursday!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Christmas Sale!

Yes, that's right by 2 stamp sets, get 1 free! Here's how it works: When you order your two stamp sets, Lindsay will email your order to you and at that time she will ask you what stamp set you want for free. Once you let her know, she will send it on to you, AND you will still get a free single stamp for every $5 you spend! Wow! What a deal! She has lots of great holiday sets, and a new calendar set that could also be used for scrapbooking! To go to Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Store, Click HERE.

This week, I chose to use tags and papers from the Winter Printable Papers, Tags and Cupcake Wrappers set. I used the blue snowflake card for my base along with the Happy Holidays tag from this set. I got this snowman tag in a swap I participated in at the Stamp Shack - it was too cute not to use on a card, and goes so well with Lindsay's paper. It is always fun to combine digi stamps with with rubber stamps. I punched the corners from an embossed scrap of coordinations paper - so easy!

Click HERE and check out what Lindsay and the other Design Team Members have created for you this week. I'm sure there's a freebie involved... Happy Holidays, and Happy Digi Stamping, Everyone!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Best Friends

Happy Thursday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have finally awoken from my turkey induced coma and have a project for you using pieces from a couple of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff stamp sets. This week I made a project using a 5x5 canvas from Joanne Fabrics. It had a large dragonfly on it, but I painted over it with gesso, and then two colors of light green acrylic paints. Next, I cut some small pieces of coordinating CK Scrappin' Creations Power Pad and layered them over the painted canvas using matte gel medium. I added more layers of paint, Distress Inks, and paint colored with Alcohol Inks until I had a look that I liked. Actually, I think I got a little too much ink, but that's ok. You still want to be able to see some of the papers through the layers. Oh-and you need to let each layer dry before adding the next. I used my heat tool to speed things up - no patience, you know!
At this point, those of you (who are not me) would get out your graphite paper and trace the fabric flower stamp onto the canvas. If you are me, you cannot find your graphite paper and start to panic until you remember Lindsay's "trick". The trick is to color over the back side of the printed image with a pencil. Then lay the image on the canvas and trace over it with your pencil. This transfers the image, just like graphite paper! At this point (if you are me) you are thinking you may never look for that paper again! This part was too easy!

Once the image has been transferred to the canvas, paint it and let it dry. Add details with your prisma pencils to the leaves and outline the whole image with a charcoal pencil. Add a gemstone brad for the flower center. Print, cut out, and ink up the "If friends were flowers" stem and the heart and star from the "Patriotic Elements" set. Attach them with the gel medium and dry. Stamp "best friends" with Distress Ink, distress the edges and you are done.

You can get the Doodle Flowers Set and the Patriotic Elements set at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff or if you want instant gratification, you can download them at her MyGraficO! shop. Check out the cool projects the Design Team has for you to be inspired by this week! And don't forget - Lindsay always has awesome freebies on her blog, The Frugal Crafter, so start there and check it out! Happy Digi Stamping!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

It's beginning to FEEL a lot like winter!

Brrr....the mornings are sure chilly around here, I decided to make a couple more Christmas cards! And, since it's Thursday, you guessed it, I'm creating cards with digital images from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. This week I've used the penguin from the "Cool Yule" set and a "Christmas Bingo Card" for one card, and a cupcake topper from the "Christmas Cupcake Wrappers" set for the other. I also got a two new Cuttlebug Embossing Folders and thought I'd take one of them for a spin too.
The first card is a 6x6 card using the cool penguin stamp. I colored him with my bic mark its and added some stickles to the hat. I printed out the Jolly bingo card and added a snowflake brad to the center and "hung" it on the card like a calendar with a couple of brads. I punched a border for the top and bottom and used DCWV patterned paper for the background.

The second card is A-2 size, made with a dark green card stock base and a piece of red coordinations paper for the front. I ran the paper through the cuttlebug and sanded off the embossed areas. I added Distress Stickles to the snowflakes and a star brad in the word Joy. I colored the leaves with my bics and filled in the dove with more Distress Stickles.

Since these were both simple cards, I decided to make matching envelopes for both of them. They were made with templates I borrowed from Cindi (thanks, Cindi!) and more DCWV paper.

I'm sure Lindsay will have an awesome project and some freebies on her blog Thefrugalcrafter's Weblog. Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's Blogs to see what they have created this week, and be sure to leave them some love! It is always very much appreciated. Happy Digi Stamping Everyone!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tiny Gift Cards

Happy Monday, Everyone! Just a quick post to give you a few ideas for using up your scraps. I am a terrible pack rat and keep EVERYTHING.
These tiny cards are perfect to tuck into a gift, leave on a friend's desk at work (perhaps with a piece of candy), or if you are like me, you might join lots of swaps - ATCs, cards, kits. I like to enclose a little note of thanks for the hostess and thought these would be fun.
Each card in this post is 3 1/2 inches or smaller! I made the bases with card stock scraps and decorated them with small die cut pieces, paper punched flowers, leftover brads and sticker with a rubber stamp or two, just for fun! Anything goes, really. Hope this gives you some ideas go have some fun!

P.S. I'm not sure why this posted so "funky" but I've tried everything to fix it and can't!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cool Yule! It's Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Thursday!

Yay! It's Thursday again and that means it's time for a digi stamp card or two or three or five...guess I just got a little carried away with this stamp! I just LOVE this new penguin and sentiment set that Lindsay created last week. You can buy it in her Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Store for just $1.50. I started with a sketch from Mojo Monday and then found this fun patterned paper in my DCWV Christmas paper stack, left over from last year. If you look closely, you can see the paper is covered with little ski boots, jackets, hats, get the idea. I thought it would pair up perfectly with Lindsay's "cool" penguin.

I colored the stamp with my bic mark it pens and added Stickles and Distress Stickles to the penguins' hats and hold on to your hats girls - I USED MY CRICUT to cut out the snowflakes! Why don't I use this little treasure more often? I used distress stickles on some, and "regular' stickles on others. Click the photos to make them larger, and I think (hope) you can see the difference. Regular stickles are more sparkly. I used pop dots to adhere the snowflakes for added dimension. To finish a couple of these, I added eyelets and string to the corners for a challenge at The Stamp Shack!

Since this was such a fun and easy sketch, I made some extras so I can use these for Christmas Cards. I used a studio g sentiment stamp on one of the cards, and made a square card with more DCWV patterned paper.

Wow - nothing like killin' THREE birds with one stone (no offense, Mr. Penguin)! Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Team's Blogs to see what they have been up to this week. You can link up to them on The Frugalcrafter's Weblog. See you soon, and happy digi stamping!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tea for You

This card was made for a contest at my Local Scrapbook Store, Judy's Scrappin' and Stampin'. She gave all her customers who wanted to participate a kit that included a piece of patterned paper, a sticker sheet of lace and some punch outs. We had to use at least one of each of the elements on our card and could add other elements as well. This week all of her customers have been voting for their favorite card. The winner will receive a gift certificate for the store. All cards entered in the contest will be donated to a card ministry. This is what I came up with.

I took my sketch inspiration from this week's sketch at Inspirational Card Sketches. I thought this teapot stamp would be perfect for the focal point! It was created by Courtney Ricker for Your Maine Stamper. The sentiment is from The Paper Company Studio. The flowers are by Prima. This was a very quick and easy card to, I think I'll go make a few more! See you next time, and until then, Happy Stamping and Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sketchy Cosmos Cards

Can you believe it is Thursday already? I can't! I made these cards for some friends of mine who I thought could use a little bit of flowery cheer. This is the Sketchy Cosmos stamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. I colored the image with my Bic Mark its and added a bit of Stickles (of course). I embossed the pink paper with a cuttlebug folder (it's a perfect match!) and tied a ribbon around it. I inked around the edges of the image panel with black ink and adhered it to a panel of green cardstock. I added the three brads to the bottom of the panel and adhered that to the pink panel. The pink panel was then attached to a white card base. For the second card I inked around the image with black ink and attached it to a panel of green cardstock. I added brads and a metal tab for embellishments. I stamped the sentiment on a white panel, cut it out and attached it to a green panel and trimmed it to fit the stamp. I adhered both pieces to a yellow panel along with some prima flowers and brad centers. Very quick and easy, but very cheery and elegant, I think. I found this image was easy to color and think it could be used for several occassions, such as birthday, thinking of you, sympathy, get well, anniversary...actually, I can't think of anything it wouldn't be good for! Ok, maybe a guy wouldn't be super psyched about it... but that's another story...
Lindsay has created yet another fun set of stamps this week - it's the Doodle Flower set. It is only $4.50 this week in the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff shop! I am hoping to get to play with that set this weekend. I'm sure if you hop on over to Lindsay's blog Thefrugalcrafter's Weblog, you can link to some beautiful projects the Design Team has made using this fun new set! See you soon, and Happy Digi Stamping!!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Trick or Treat!

Happy Thursday! I decided to make some fun Halloween Cards this week using the Spooky Bingo Cards from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. You can buy the whole sheet for just $1.00! Lindsay has lots of fun Halloween stamps in her shop. Be sure to check them out soon before they vanish! Also be sure to check out the Design Team Blogs. I know they have all been very busy working on their projects this week. If you are interested in being on one of Lindsay's Design Teams, check her blog, Thefrugalcrafter's Weblog for details. My cards are pretty basic this week. The card bases are from bazzill. I cut panels of black paper to mat the skull paper and the spooky bingo cards. I tied ribbon around the panels and added prima flowers and brads. The third card was made using a sketch from 2 Sketches 4 You. I border punched the edge of the orange paper and adhered it to the black base. I cut the Boo 2 U part off the Bingo card and matted it and the piece of patterned paper with black card stock, added a pumpkin brad and a prima flower along with another one of Lindsay's digi stamps and a stapled a piece of ribbon on the matted stamp. I added a paper clip in the corner to finish it. That's it for today. See you soon...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Crazy for Coffee!!!

Happy Thursday! It's Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Day! I made these cards using Lindsay's Coffee Talk stamp set. It is getting chilly here in Maine and there's nothing like a hot cup of coffee to warm you up while you are stamping. So...I made these fun cards while I drank some hot coffee. I printed out the coffee cup images on cream card stock and die cut them (thank you, Cindi) with the scallop nestibilities. The images were colored with Bic Mark Its and sprinkled with Distress Stickles and Distress Ink. I layered the card bases with a panel of patterned paper, more die cuts, and distress inks. They were embellished with prima flowers, brads and eyelets. The sentiment is from Stampabilities. The third card was made with a bazzill card base and a scrap of bo bunny patterned paper. I embossed a piece of rust paper with the swirls cuttlebug embossing folder and finished with a couple of prima flowers and a brad. Lindsay has created some wonderful new stamps this week, especially for the fall season. And you can get one FREE with the purchase of a stamp set!! That's right, with every stamp set you purchase, you receive a free single stamp of your choice. Hop by her blog, Thefrugalcrafter's Weblog to see her freebie of the week, and link to her online stamp store for a peek at her whole line of original digital stamps. While you are there, check to see what the rest of Lindsay's Design Team has created for you this week. Stay warm, and Happy Stamping!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Cold weather is here...

YIKES! I had to turn the heat on!!! Since it's so cold here today, (and some parts of Maine may see snow fall today) I decided to post some Christmas Cards that I have made. I was such a lazy card maker last year, and only made a couple of cards, so this year I decided to get started early. Sherri at the Stamp Shack hosted a challenge to make 5 each month. Although I have not quite kept up with that, I am about 18 cards ahead of last year! These images were all RAK'd to me last year for my birthday. I just love Fluffles!!! He's my kind of cat...The images are all colored with my watercolor pencils, some have stickles added for a little bling. The patterned papers are from a mat stack that I've had for a while too! The flowers are Primas. I have other Christmas cards that are "in the works" and will post them as I finish them. I am off to work on some ATCs for a swap I am in. But first, I think I'll make a cup of hot chocolate...

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Funky Trees and Freebies!!!

Happy Thursday, Everyone! The sun is shining today and that always makes me happy! Just a quick post today, it sure has been a busy week. I made this card using stamps from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. I just love the trees in her new set "Funky Forest". I printed this one out twice, making one tree larger than the other. I colored them with my Prisma Markers and cut them out. I embossed my rust colored card stock in a cuttlebug folder and then embossed a blue-green strip in an embossing border and added stickles to the flower centers. I cut an oval out of my last piece of this bo bunny paper (sniff...Cindi, we need to go get some more) and then glued everything together and tied a ribbon to finish. Quick and easy! Lindsay is giving away a fabulous freebie to go with her new stamp set. Click HERE to go to her blog for the freebie and to find the links to the other Design Team Members' blogs to see what everyone else has created this week. Here's a quick peek at the new set:

I'm off to enjoy the sunshine and the beautiful fall trees with all their bright colors. See you soon!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Moose's Work is Never Done!

Don't you just love Riley? I do!!! I made these fun ATCs for a swap over at The Stamp Shack. I colored the Riley image with my bic mark its and used picket fence distress stickles on the iron. The sentiment is computer generated and the tiny clothes pin (thank you very much, Lindsay) is glued on with white craft glue. That panel was attached to an ATC sized piece of red cardstock, in honor of my red laundry room. Now, if I could just get Riley to come do my ironing...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Couple Cuppas and Fabulous Freebies!

I am still just LOVIN' Lindsay's Coffee Talk stamp set and these papers from bo bunny! I made two cards this week - one for a dear cousin who just had shoulder surgery, and one for a favorite friend who shares my love of coffee! I used this week's Inspirational Card Sketch #36 for my cards. Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is sponsoring this week, so be sure to join the challenge and get a chance to win some fabulous free stamps! Speaking of free, hop on over to Lindsay's blog to see what she has for freebies today, and be sure to check out her special this week - 50% of the Babies and Bows stamp set in celebration of the birth of her nephew, Mason. She has also added some cute BINGO Cards to this set. (Scroll back through her blog to see the bingo cards and super cute pics of Mason. He's a doll!)
My cards were quite simple this week. I printed the images, cut them out with my coluzzle oval template and colored them with my bic mark its. I used a cuttlebug die for the "hello friend" sentiment. I blended antique linen distress ink on one card to give it an aged look, and used picket fence distress stickles to give the second card just a touch of bling. The card bases are made with bazill cardstock. Lindsay has posted links to everyone's blogs so you will see the most current, up-to-date creations by her fabulous design team members. Just go to Thefrugalcrafter's Weblog to check out what's new this week! Until next time, happy stamping!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Creepy Crows ATCs

ATCs are one of my favorite things to create. I just love trading/collecting them - I have a whole notebook full of them. The theme for this swap was "crows". I didn't really have an outstanding crow stamp, so I asked Lindsay at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff to create one for me and I chose to use one of the flourished crow stamps in her "Creepy Crows" stamp set. I started by cutting my cream card stock base to 3 1/4 x 2 1/4. I used antique linen, faded jeans, and spiced marmalade Distress Inks to create the background. Next I ran each piece through my cuttlebug using the swirls embossing folder. I painted the backgrounds with blue and orange pearl paints so the card would sparkle. I printed the crows, colored them with my bic mark its and cut them out. I die cut the branches using a sizzix die and punched the moons from an old Edgar Alan Poe book. I gave the moons a quick gloss of gold pearl paint and adhered all the pieces onto the background. I attached that to a 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 piece of blue bazzill cardstock and stamped the sentiment (Wood Cellar Graphics) on the back. I really like how these turned out!

The "Creepy Crows" and the new "Cute Halloween" sets are both available for just $5.00 each. Check out her blog Thefrugalcrafter's Weblog to see what awesome project she's created today and to find her new freebie! You can also check out the Design Team's blogs for some fabulous inspiration. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Stamping!!!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tim Holtz, Cranberry Muffins, and Stamped Wrappers!

I've recently been obsessed with Tim Holtz and his demos. I've been watching them on my netbook and wanted to try some of his techniques. I picked up on something he said - he said he liked to use tags for his demos. My mind went from tags to Cupcake Wrappers! This morning was a beautiful, crisp fall morning and I decided to make some cranberry muffins and put my idea to work. So, while my muffins were cooling, I went to the computer to print Lindsay's Blank Cupcake Wrappers. There were 3 different distress ink techniques, and well, there were 3 wrappers in the set. It was a sign... I knew I had to do it!
Just a side note - I was afraid it would take a long time to cut out the wrappers and medallions, but being the OCD person I am, I set my timer for just to see how long it would take to cut everything out. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it only took me 11 minutes to cut out all the pieces. A tip I will suggest is when you are cutting both the medallions and the wrappers to turn the paper, not your scissors. You have better control and it goes more quickly. Also a big tip - make sure your wrappers are right-side-up when you decorate them. The long curve is the top and the shorter curve is the bottom. You know why I'm telling you this...I have a set of upside down birds and trucks on my hands!
I made this one for my hubby. It occurred to me recently that I make things for lots of people, and he's usually not one of them! Poor guy! For this one I used distress inks colors Orange Marmalade and Faded Jeans. The stamps are all Tim Holtz. This technique is done by inking your craft mat, adding water and laying your paper on top. Continue with this until you get the desired results. You will need to heat dry after each layer.
The next one I made using only Aged Mahogany ink and Tim Holtz stamps. This one is done by crumpling the paper, inking with a distress pad, and spritzing with water. Next, you iron it flat and start stamping! I think I'm going to give this one to a very special friend. But I'm not saying who it is, in case she reads this before I see her!
The last one is for Halloween. I used Orange Marmalade and Peeled Paint distress inks. This was the technique where you ink up your tool, and start on your craft mat by circling around and on to the paper. More pressure gives you more color. After this one dried, I ran it through my cuttle bug in an embossing folder and added a spooky pumpkin stamp and sentiment to this one. The pumpkin is Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, the sentiment is snag 'em stamps, and the spider is studio g.
Click HERE for the link to the recipe. I made a cream cheese frosting for the top, but cannot find it! So sorry. It's a good one! Click HERE to go to Lindsay's Stamp Stuff and buy these fun wrappers! I think they have endless possiblities! She also makes a birthday set that you can buy and color.
Well, I am off to deliver my goodies. I'll see you all soon. Thanks so much for stopping by...and leave me a comment, it makes my day! Until then, happy stamping everyone!