Monday, December 21, 2009
Welcome to another edition of Stamping on a Budget. Today I'm going to share some ideas with you on shopping. Though you may already know some of these tips, it can be a good reminder from time to time. Enjoy!
Craft Store Coupons
Be wise when using these. Unless you live next door to the store, is it really worth saving a few bucks? Most companies offer coupons just to get you into their stores. Don’t get sucked in! Unless you really need something like adhesive, don’t go! You could end up spending an hour in there, spending hundreds of dollars, and only saving $5 on your one item. The same goes for gift cards. You probably have enough supplies at home to create your project. Review your inventory before you leave the house.
Though some items may not be the quality you’re looking for, they may have some nice punches, papers, stickers, and adhesive available for your projects.
Old books can be used for backgrounds on cards. Pictures in books, or just plain text pages can create an interesting look.
Get it FREE
Save some money before you buy those colourful stamping magazines. Check out Splitcoaststampers online for ideas instead of spending your hard-earned money on a magazine with limited ideas. Splitcoast is filled with ideas for projects, layouts, and techniques and it's all free!
Instead of purchasing a die cut, check out what's online first. You can print out some templates, cut them out and trace them onto an old cereal box back to ensure it can be used again and again. Some die cut templates I've found online are;
Print your own sentiments on the computer using a word processor, or keep an alphabet stamp set on hand to create your own sentiments. You'll get just the sentiment you were looking for without spending extra money on a stamp. Chances are, you would have only used that sentiment a few times anyway.
Google "card sentiment ideas". There are tons of phrases and printable sentiments online. Tons!
Organize a swap
Do you ever tire of the images you have on hand but don’t have money to purchase new stamps? Organize a swap with your stamping friends. It doesn't need to be large, just a couple of stamping friends will do. Check out this link for more details on how to go about organizing one. It can be a lot of fun!
If you’re like me and you’re somewhat impulsive and spontaneous, you probably won’t even think ahead about exactly what you need, what you’ll be using your coupon for, or what your budget is. Think of it like a grocery list and stick to it.
Shops are designed so that there’s always something around to catch your eye. If you plan on only going in to purchase adhesive, save a few bucks and look up. Of course, watch where you’re walking but try to focused more on what’s above the shelves and walls. Typically you’ll see only boring steel beams and those beams will save you lots of moolah.
When shopping online walk away from the computer and come back later to see if you're still interested in purchasing the items you've placed in your cart. I've saved hundreds from doing this.
We can get pretty excited about the idea of finding new treasures when shopping, but it can cost us big bucks. Try and think ahead to how you might feel after shopping. Will you feel shopper’s guilt? Will your purchase be used within a few days, or just sit in the corner in its bag?
Keep asking yourself, “Do I really need it?”
What to buy
Try to stick to only basic coloured inks; brown, red, black, yellow, and blue. These can go a long way and be used on just about all of your projects. Instead of buying different coloured embossing powders, use the different inks you have on hand to stamp an image, and use a clear embossing powder to achieve the same effect. Lastly, choose stamps that can be used on cards for several different occasions.
Hope you enjoyed this weeks edition of Stamping on a Budget. Please leave comments below if you have any cost saving tips to share.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Remember that Kraftin' Kimmie card I showed you the other day? Well here's a card I made with the second stamp I purchased. Her name is Antoinette.
My card is based on this week's sketch (#47) on Inspirational Card Sketches . Supplies used are as follows;
Copic markers; Y21, Y26, E00, E02, W3, C2, R29, B0000, E33, E37, and Copic At You Spica Clear Glitter pen
Paper: SU Whisper White, SU Black, SU So Saffron, SU Real Red, Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird
Stamps: All are Krafin' Kimmie
Buttons: SU So Saffron
After a job interview the other day I just happened to be within a few kilometres of the same store I purchased these stamps at. So what do you think happened? I bought two more of course! They were about $8-$10 each. Don't tell my hubby!!I'll post another card showing off the other two stamps soon. What do you think? Isn't she just so wonderfully whimsical?! I love her!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
I am so excited and this time EVERYONE can join and share their Creative Vision using their favourite Creative Clear Stamps. Be sure to stop by the Design Team members blogs: Jennie, Linda, Shelly, Lisa, Laura, as well as the very creative and talented Olga, Patti, and Theresa.
Laura will also be giving away a new release to one lucky commenter from one of the blog comments, so be sure leave a comment at each stop. You just never know whose blog will be picked! You can look for the announcement of the winner over on the Creative Clear Stamps Blog: A Fairy Creative Place.
I made this card using stamps from my favourite holiday set, Let it Snow. I just love the sentiments that go along with it! I tried to make this card as clean and simply as I could. LOL!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tell me what you think. Do you love her?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We also want YOU to participate by creating a project using YOUR favorite Creative Clear Stamp set. We are all going to link them together over on the Creative Clear Stamps Blog and that is not all..... Each customer that participates using CCS stamps will receive ONE of the brand new releases coming out in January. It is just Creative Clear Stamp's way of saying THANK YOU for helping us grow!
Here's what you should do:
1. Create a brand new project FEATURING ANY stamp from our line of Creative Clear Stamps. This project should not include stamps from any other stamp company.
2. Email Laura email@example.com and let her know you will be joining the hop. Include a link to your main blog. Also include your full name and mailing address - so Laura can send you your FREE new Release in January. All links must be given to Laura no later than December 16th.
3. On the 17th, make sure your CCS Blog Hop project remains in the top position for the day on your blog.
Doing these three things will qualify you to receive ONE Free New Release. Laura, owner of CCS, reserves the right to disqualify any project or blog hop link that does not follow the guidelines of this special offer.
Our customers are the best and we appreciate you. So mark your calendar's for December 17th and hope you can hop along to a free stamp set soon!
A few weeks ago, a very wise man expressed to me that we should be complimenting others by mentioning their kindness and strengths rather than what they look like on the inside (ie. your hair looks great, or I love your blouse!). Comments on the inner self are much more memorable too, don't you think?
Anyway, to remind me of this I've used one of my favourite stamps from CCS, a sentiment reading, "I admire your strength and courage" on a card.
This phrase is great for a few different occassions. It's a great stamp to have on hand. It's a nice sympathy gesture for sure, or it can just be an encouraging word for a close friend. What would you use it for? Do you have someone in mind that could use a message such as this?
Monday, December 14, 2009
Here's a card I made using an older Anya stamp. It's an oldie, but a goodie. ;)
I used flower soft for her jacket trim, scarf, ear muffs, and boots. The following copic markers were used to colour this very sweet Anya image;
Hair: Y21, Y26; Scarf: B12, G28, Y06, R11, R22; Jacket: R11, R22; Boots: R22
What do you think? Hope you had a great weekend!
Hello and welcome to The Paper Bug's third edition of Stamping on a Budget. This week we're looking at ways of saving money as well as the environment. Listed are a few ways of finding materials for stamping around your home. A good place to start is in your blue bin.
You can use the cardboard used to make cereal boxes for all kinds of things. Here are a few;
-stamp on the unprinted side and mount on your card
-use a piece in an envelope to help deter bending when mailing out your cards
-use as a stamping mat
Different sized pieces of scrap paper are great for making;
-quilt pattern cards
-small note cards
-chocolate nugget wrappers
Inquire at your local card shop or pharmacy about what they do with the extra envelopes from their greeting cards. Sometimes if you ask, they’ll place them aside for you, or if you’re really lucky, a card company representative, though our mortal enemy, may have some out of season colours they can give you. My mother used to have a local pharmacy keep a bunch in a box for her. She used them for contest entries. Who cares about the colour or the size? It just makes them a little more unique.
Use Natural Stuff
This can be a lot of fun. Take a look outside. See if you can find twigs, birch bark, feathers, shells, flower petals, or leaves. Only use the items that fall from trees naturally. Oh, and that means birds too. ;)
Other stuff around the house;
Wrapping Paper, old calendars, junk mail and postage stamps can be colourful and themed. It’s easy to keep scraps of wrapping paper for birthday and Christmas cards. Calendars are great for background scenes on your cards, and using punches on some reclaimed stuff around the house might be fun too!
Tune in again next Monday for some more cost saving stamping tips. If you have any clever ideas on stamping on a budget just leave a comment below.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
I just came across a really amazing blog called Friday Sketchers. They have some really awesome card sketches each week to try out. This weeks sketch is by the woman who runs the blog, Beatrix. I love the sketch! I can't wait to go back and check out all the other sketches and play around with some of them. Fun!
For this weeks sketch I made this card:
I used a sweet little stamp from The Greeting Farm. What do you think?
Over at the farm's blog they also have a colour challenge this week. Check out the blog to see what the colours are and what prizes are up for grabs. Hope you play along!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Yeah, that's right, fake it. Today we're looking at ways of getting WAY more mileage out of some of the tools you may already have. I've browsed through tons of cards and projects wishing I had what looks like the amount of tools some people have. I mean, I just can't buy all that stuff, I wish I could, but I just can't keep up. Feel the same way? Yeah, thought so. Here are a few ways to create the same look while saving a few bucks.
Just by cutting your cardstock, then turning the die and cutting again, you can create some really nice looking shapes for your projects. Check out Melanie's blog for all the deets on what you can create and how.
A ton of people own the Big Shot Top Note die. It's perfect for backgrounds on cards. Here's an old card I made using the die.
Did you know that, like the nesties, by turning the die you can create a totally different look? Here's a card I made a while ago with the altered top note die.
See, tons of people will have the die, but not many people think to use it this way. They'll be begging you to tell them where you bought this new die! Hehee.
Tune in next Monday for some more tips on stamping on a budget.
Consider using digital stamps
I know this is stretching your comfort zone if you're a hardcore stamper because there's no rubber or ink involved. It took a lot for me to wrap my mind around the idea, but you know what, there are so many benefits to them. Here are a few;
>Budget Friendly - you can often find digital stamps for as low as a third of the price you'd pay for the same rubberized image.
>Space Saving - save it to your computer and you're done! Just don't forget to back up your files. Oh, I guess I should probably do that myself. ;)
>Instant Gratification - shop from home and often receive the digital files instantly, or within 24 hours. No longer wait a week or two for your stamps to arrive before you can play! No shipping costs either!
>Size Matters - digital stamp files can quickly and easier be altered to suit your projects. Resize them, flip the stamp for a mirror-image look, add, colour, or alter them in other creative ways.
>Freebies - it's a lot easier for stamp companies to offer free stamp images without the cost of shipping. Most companies that carry digital stamps also offer free trial images. If you're not sure and want to try before you buy, there are several out there that offer these.
>Earth-friendly - with digital you never need to worry about packaging and little energy is waster in the delivery.
Here are some of my favourite stamp companies that offer digital stamps;
All That Scraps
Mo's Digital Pencil Shop
The Greeting Farm
Here are some cards I've made with digital stamps;
digital stamp from All That Scraps
digital stamp from The Greeting Farm
digital stamp freebie from Dustin Pike
digital stamp from Dz Doodles
Tune in next Monday for another great cost-saving tip!
I've got some great tips on a new technique today. It's called foil embossing. That's right, like tin foil you find at the grocery store. It's so easy and the results are so cool!
Cuttlebug (or other die cut machine)
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Happy Tuesday! Okay, so there isn't much happy about Tuesday, but at least Monday's over. I have a new technique I'd like to show you. It's called dry embossing. I'll show you what I mean.
I took an ordinary embossing folder and made a really cool backdrop for a sentiment I really liked from Creative Clear Stamps. This background is also really cool when making Holiday cards. It has such an icy cool snowy look when it's blue. How did I achieve this look you might ask? It's SO simple you're not going to believe it!
Plain cardstock (I used Very Vanilla)
Ink pad (I used Bashful Blue)
Die cut machine
A big cup of tea
First, take your ink pad, open the embossing folder and smoosh ink all over the inside of the folder. Only one side is needed.
Next carefully place your paper inside the folder. Close your embossing folder and run it through the die cut machine as you normally would.
Tada! Your finished product should look something like this;
Just sit it out for a few minutes to fully dry, trim, and you're ready to use it on your projects. Pretty cool looking effect, right? You can experiment with so many different types of ink, paper and embossing folders. It's so fun! Here's my finished card.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I'm having a lot of fun with the second wild week on the TGF blog. The challenge is to make a card/project using an animal designed by Marina Neira available at TGF. We're also challenged to use a sketch. Such fun! I tried really hard not to add additional embellishments to this card. I really wanted the bunny to stand out.
What do you think?
Check out some other designs for this challenge in the TGF gallery here.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I thought we could have some fun and think outside the box today. I'd like to share some ideas on how to make your Thanksgiving dinner party a little more unique. That is, if you're lucky enough to host Thanksgiving this year. You think I'm crazy to be saying you'd be lucky, right? Well, actually, the planning can be a lot of fun. I'll show you what I mean.
With the Turkey Day clear rubber stamp set from CCS you can really add some colourful flair to your holiday table. This set is definitely one of my favourites. I just love, love, love the little turkey included with the set. C'mon, he's adorable! If you're like me you don't have a ton of time to think and plan out the details. That's why I love this little turkey. He's about 1.5"x 1.5" round so I grabbed my circle punch and punched that turkey out! Don't worry, no actual turkeys were harmed...
Here's a placecard I made with him using some decorative paper I had on hand. I stuck with fall colours. Placecards are great because they leave a person feeling welcome and special. They're really easy to make too.
Another idea is to make some wine tags. You know, that way Uncle Bob won't get confused when he places his wine down and forgets which is his. Uncle Bob, you know, everyone has an Uncle Bob!
For the wine tags I used the gobble stamp from the same stamp set, punched it with my circle punch again and threaded some straw-like ribbon through it for a fall decor look. Again - a very easy project!
If you have some extra time you could sponge the sides to give it a warmer look or write names on the back of the wine tags to make them more personal. You could also use these punched out images on napkins rings. Don't own napking rings? That's okay! If you have some ribbon handy, simply tie the ribbon around the napkin, and add the stamped image to the ribbon with some glue dots. Remember that the rustic/messy look actually works well for fall.
Thanksgiving's coming soon! I'm so thankful for my good health and family. What are you thankful for?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Check out Club Anya today to see the new releases. There's a "Spa" blog hop going on today until 8pm CST. You can win prizes for leaving comments on the design team's blogs. Check it out!
Have a great day, and good luck!
The challenge is actually a two week contest/guest designer search. They're looking for someone to work specifically with the WONDERFUL animal images by Marina Neira for the month of December. Are you interested? If so, you can read all about it here. Pretty exciting, isn't it?!
Here's my submission. I really enjoyed this sketch. I hope you try it out too.
For this card I used:
SU Not Quite Navy cardstock
SU Always Artichoke cardstock
Cosmo Cricket paper
Nestabilities Circle Embossing Die
SU Oval Punch
SU Scalloped Oval Punch
White Jelly Roll pen for the faux stitching
What do you think?
Friday, November 13, 2009
By scoring some ordinary white cardstock diagonally, and adding a textured background stamp, you're able to make your own background paper. It's quick and easy too! I've added some sponging in the hopes of bringing more attention to the sentiment stamp I was using.For full instructions on how to do this, go here.Have a great day!Rebecca
Thursday, November 12, 2009
It's Thursday and there's frost in the grass outside where I live. The cool air is quite refreshing actually. Our two dogs, Samurai and Abbey, are really enjoying the outdoor weather. They've been spending a great deal of time chasing each other in the backyard. Here are pictures of both of them in case you're an animal lover.
This is Samurai, a five year old golden retriever. We adopted him last February. He's a real sweetie, has the run of the house and sleeps on our bed. He's a real cuddle-bum. He's a lot bigger than this photo portrays him. He's waiting for a cookie.
Here's Abbey. Sort of named after Abbey Road I think. Anywho, she's a german shepherd cross and is about 16 weeks old now. We adopted her in September. She's very sweet as well and really looks up to her dog brother Sam. She's really good at night in regards to potty training and also sleeps in our room. It's a good thing we have a big bed!
We're waiting for her to grow into her huge satellite ears. Sometimes we just call her "Ears".
For this week's challenge on The Greeting Farm's blog: http://www.splendidstamping.blogspot.com/ , we're to make a card with certain images, images of wild animals. I love it! This is what I came up with. I'm sure I'll make more.
I used Cosmo Cricket paper, SU Cardstock (Not Quite Navy & Ruby Red), and added some embellishments with a Sizzix die cut. I love the bright colours on this card. I'm not usually a bright-coloured-card kinda girl. I mostly just stick with earthy colours. Brown and red are used a lot in my craft room. What about you? Do you have favourite colours?
Hope you have a great day!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
I love using this cute little holiday set from Creative Clear Stamps. There are so many different card designs you can make from it and the sentiments make it really easy. If you're going to purchase just one set this year, make it this one!
Hope this helps to inspire your holiday card making. Have a great day!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
I made this card for a challenge given at http://www.splendidstamping.blogspot.com/, and gave it to my son with a healtfelt sentiment inside. Home is definitely wherever my eleven year old son Evan is. He brightens my day.
I used Cosmo Cricket paper, added some detail to the stamped image, such as the zipper on the sweatshirt and two popular logos on the shirt and hat. Just like his favourite clothes!
Both the stamp and sentiment are from The Greeting Farm's set, "My Guy Ian".
I love my son!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Congratulations StampinDi! You've won by simply leaving a comment! Please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Thanks for all that participated in the blog hop. Wasn't it fun?!
As always, stay tuned into www.creativeclearstamps.com for new arrivals and don't forget to check out the opportunity to become a guest designer for CCS. How exciting!
Have a great day!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Visit http://www.creativeclearstamps.blogspot.com/ to particpate in today's blog hop where, if you sign up with each blog you have more of an opportunity to win. That's right! Each blog listed on the blog hop is giving away a sentiment single stamp, each one different. So sign up on each to increase your chances of winning. Wanna see what you can win if you sign up with this blog?
The stamp says, "Whoop De Freakin' Do!" How awesome is that?! I used it here as a birthday card. Inside the card it reads, "It's Your Birthday!". My son made the point of mentioning that this card probably wouldn't be appropriate for a kid. Hehehee.
So sign up today, and good luck!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Digital images are awesome! Have you ever used them before? You receive them the same day, can re-size them, and they take very little space. And we all know how short on space we can be.
For this card I used Cosmo Cricket paper, and Stampin Up' Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Ruby Red paper.
What do you think?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Here's what I came up with. I used the Jingle Jangle set. The stamps in the set are the perfect size for this project!
Where do you find your inspiration?
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- Stamping on a Budget - Week Two: Faking it
- Stamping on a Budget - Week One: Digital
- Foil Embossing Tutorial
- Dry Embossing Tutorial
- Another WILD card...no this isn't Crazy Eights..
- It's all in the details...
- Spa Day!
- Wild Thang!
- Quick & Easy Technique
- November Already!
- I made this card for a challenge ...
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