Monthly Archives: July 2009

Cutting The Apron Strings…

Cutting The Apron Strings

This card would be perfect for the whole “college send-off” theme or for a friend that just dropped their child off to school for the first time!

Materials:

  • Odd Bird Planet Hot-air Balloon Stamp
  • Tinkering Ink Becoming Green Butterflies paper
  • Studio Calico Swell paper
  • Stampin Up kiwi paper
  • Papertrey Ink dark chocolate and kraft cardstock
  • Hemp Twine
  • Micron 05 brown pen
  • Fiskars Threading Water punch
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More from the “L”

You can pre-order everything for the “L” at Remember When!!!

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This is all you need if you already have a die-cutting machine (cuttlebug, big shot, etc)

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Same Designer Paper-Same Size-Different Look!

Pinwheel Dreams

This card was pretty fun and easy to make!

Materials:

  • Unity November ’08 KOTM, pinwheel stamp
  • Unity March ’09 KOTM, “dream” stamp
  • Studio Calico Sunday Paper
  • Papertrey Ink Kraft cardstock
  • Offray 7/8″ Grossgrain Lemongreen ribbon
  • Palette Nior Hybrid Ink
  • Copic Marker & Sakura Gelly Roll pens
  • American Crafts Cranberry brads

Lil Sweet Thang

Materials:

  • Studio Calico Sunday paper
  • Close To My Heart Crystal Blue textured cardstock and “sweet charm”
  • Papertrey Ink White Cardstock
  • Fiskars Threaded water border punch
  • A-Muse light blue sheer ribbon.
  • 3 silver seed beads
  • foam tape

GO BUY the July 2009 CARDS ISSUE :)

I am absolutely in love with this month’s CARDS issue! Here are some sneak peeks of my faves!

by Lea Lawson

by Lea Lawson

by Lisa Truesdell

by Lisa Truesdell

by Holly Vandyne

by Holly Vandyne

by Susan Weinroth

by Susan Weinroth

There's Angela and Chris!

There's Angela and Chris!

by Love this color combo!

by Roree Rumph I Love this color combo!

I’ll be posting these screenshots monthly and I looked up copyright infringement in the case of screen shots and all this is legal…. I didn’t want to get in trouble. I’ve given credit to their owners and I’m saying to all of you GO OUT AND BUY CARDS 🙂 I subscribe to the digi version and I LOVE IT!

LETTERPRESS!!!!!

Craft Critique just posted a video demonstration of the latest product to hit the market…The Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress! You must watch that video!!!

Here is a sneaky peeky:

The Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress

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EtsyInspired BOGO Event!

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Join us on Saturday August 1st to play the BOGO Challenge – Bring One (friend), Get One (entry)! All EIC players that “bring a friend” that is new to the challenge will be entered in a drawing to receive a $25 Gift Certificate sponsored by Paper Makeup Stamps!!!! Bring one friend, get one entry; bring two friends, get two entries, and so on!!!! The more friends you “bring” the greater your chances are to win! Additionally, the EIC player and her friend(s) will be eligible for the weekly shop give away, as well!!! You could win TWO great prizes!!!

Here’s how to participate… invite a friend (or friends) that are new to the challenge to play along with you for the 1 August challenge. Have your friend(s) go to Ashley’s Heart Hugs blog, read about the shop for the week, go to the shop, be inspired and CREATE! They should than go back to Ashley’s blog and post their project from the post for EIC 47 post. In the post they should include “referred by” and your name. What YOU need to do as the referrer is post your card from Ashley’s blog, and ensure you include your BOGOs names. You’ll get one entry for the grand prize for each new person referred! The more people you invite to play, the greater your chance is to win!

On Friday 7 August, Noon PST, Random.Brady will choose the week’s challenge winner as usual. For those that referred new players, their names will be put in a “hat” and one lucky winner will be drawn to win a $25 Gift Certificate sponsored by Paper Makeup stamps! Some of you may know Katie and her shop and if you do, you KNOW it will be a GRAND prize! If you don’t go check it out and you’ll see!

Don’t miss out on the fun! Mark your calendars and go get your friends Etsy Inspired!

Happy New Year-BOMBSHELL PCP Challenge

Happy New Year Cityscape

Happy New Year Cityscape

This card was for the BOMBSHELL PCP Challenge!!!! I used items that I thought were “da bomb”!

Materials:

  • A-Muse Cityscape stamp
  • Papertrey Ink white and kraft cardstock
  • Basic Grey Monarch paper
  • Black Bazzil cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink black satin ribbon
  • Making Memories white glitter alpha stickers
  • Palette Nior Hybrid ink

Crafty Synergy

Debbie emailed me about this AWESOME blog she came across, Crafty Synergy!

Patricia, the blog owner, is a graphic designer and creator of home goods! You must check out her store and her “printables” line! She has a book that you can order all about paper craft accessories for the home:

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Here is some eye candy from her blog:

Pottery

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Lucie Summers

Lucie Summers

Reyart

Infusion

La Pomme

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Friendship Card-Tanis’s Artwork :)

Friendship Card

Friendship Card

Here’s a sweet card using the image that Tanis G. designed for Unity Stamp Co.! It is from January ’09 KOTM!

Stamps:

  • Unity Stamp Co. September ’08 Kit of the month quote stamp
  • Unity Stamp Co. January ’09 Kit of the month House w/ trees stamp

Materials:

  • Making Memories DieCut Map Great Escape
  • Papertrey Ink White and Kraft cardstock
  • Bazzil Seabreeze and Chestnut cardstock
  • Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate ribbon and Vintage Wood button
  • Brown/Antique white bakers twine
  • Palette Nior Hybrid Black Ink
  • Copic Markers
  • Sakura Gelly Roll pens
  • Close To My Heart Liquid Glass

Blog ya later 🙂

Stamping on the cheap…

SCSer dot2dot started THIS THREAD on splitcoaststampers dot com and I felt compelled to share!!!! You can read the entire 7 page long thread or read my blurb here!

dot2dot shares,

“I would like to hear what the rest of you do to save money on supplies. Here are some of my ideas:

I save the left over bits of rubber/foam after I cut stamps and use instead of pop dots and for shaker frames.

I make my own ink pads by buying the old SU style blank pads and filling with SU reinkers. (ATRS has pads in their dollar store called Comotion that are identical to the old SU pads for $1 each).

I mix SU mist cleaner 1 part to 5 parts water in my spray bottle (50 cents at Wal-mart in the travel cosmetic area) and it cleans just as good.

I buy paint trimmer pads to use as stamp scrubbers. Added bonus: They don’t shed.

I also buy photo foam mounting tape instead of pop dots.

I buy dry wall tape at Walmart instead of Magic Mesh. You can emboss it, brayer it and it runs about $2.50 for enough to last a lifetime.

I buy cosmetic sponges and cut them up for sponging.

I use Walmart red glue roller tape and Walmart Crystal 3-D effects ($1.50 a bottle).

I made my own wheel guide by using pop dots under a ruler.

I use Walmart Georgia Pacific cardstock. It is fantastic, thick and very white.

I buy Perfect Ink Refresher all the time instead of reinking pads and pens. It will extend the life of your inkpad about 4 times longer instead of reinking all the time.

I buy clear envelopes in bulk from www.clearenvelopes.com

You can buy metal edge tags at Staples in the shipping department for hardly anything.

I use fishing lure round plastic stackable holders for embellishments from Walmart sporting goods dept.

I color my own eyelets and brads by dipping in clear nail polish and then embossing powder and heating.”

Here are some more:

  • Melstampz designs her own designer/background paper! You can do this with your millions of stamps on the cheap!
  • HeartHugsDesigns uses $1 Spot Target paper!
  • Godelieve makes a point to challenge herself by using scraps of paper every Sunday.
  • Laura uses old greeting cards to make new repurposed cards! Try this with your oldies as well!
  • Sarah found a nifty new way to upcycle a brown paper bag!
  • Old cardboard/box can be your best embellishment friend 🙂 Look here too!
  • Reuse those old coffee cup sleeves!
  • Claudine Hellmuth uses scrap fabric to use as collage elements in her projects!
  • Keep your eyes peeled for FREE DIGI STAMPS!!!! LOOKIE HERE TOO!
  • Use transparencies instead of SU window sheets.
  • Use an ATG gun.
  • Don’t skimp on buying a quality paper cutter! The Making Memories trimmer has a self-sharpening feature that will save you (and has saved me) tons of money on replacement blades.
  • Reuse cello bags. You can even reuse the ones that products come in!
  • Use old fake flowers instead of primas.
  • The best detail scissors are those in the medical supply section of a store!
  • Buy your storage items at office supply stores/home improvement stores. They won’t be pink and pretty, but they’ll be the same!
  • Offray ribbon is sold at wal-mart! If you don’t need a bunch of ribbon, try it out!
  • Split shipping with your friends or combine orders for free shipping. Just make sure everyone pays their share 😉
  • Always use coupons at Mike’s and Joann’s! I never want to see you all purchasing something there without a coupon!
  • Cruise the dollar store for a crimper.

If you have more tips for Stamping on the cheap…let me know and I’ll add them!