Sentiment Stamps

This week because I played with a sketch by someone else I have not done a template that can be a give away. However I did not want to leave you without a gift for dropping by.

As I have been assessing my current stamps it became apparent that there are not many sentiments. A lot of cutesy type images from about 10-15 years ago and a few new ones purchased just recently. That needs to be remedied!

Then it struck me I could make some digitally. So that is what I did today. Made a digital Sentiment Stamp 🙂

The stamps are shown larger than print size which is small enough to fit on 2.5 – 3 inch base. They come in PDf ready for printing on your choice of background as well as jpeg, png, and a brush set. If you are using the digital files you can of course resize them to suit your needs. They make great word art too!

Something else that happened at the same time was learning how to print on my offcut scrap pieces of cardstock. I really really like the River Linen Paper from Red River Papers and always keep my scraps. Sometimes the small ones are used for little shapes or for stamping on with real stamps.

However I had some bigger pieces and after figuring out the drop down sizes menu on the advanced section of the printer setup screen I was about to “user define” what size cardstock I wanted it printed on.No more wasted scraps!

This piece is about 2.9″ x 5.5 inches. So those odd bits of paper that you like are worth hanging on to if your printer has this capability. You might want to check it out. 🙂

A little inking, a little 3d mounting tape and you have a nice sentiment stamp ready to put on a card.

So would you like it?

Ok – you talked me into it then!

Here is the link.

This one is up indefinitely so if you know anyone who could use it please send them this way. Leave me a comment please of you do download it.



Celebrate Mini Kit

Happy Freedom Day to the USA – and I hope all my American friends enjoy celebrating this momentous occasion in their country’s history.

Without further ado, because I know you all want to go and party :), here is today’s freebie – my Celebrate Mini Kit. Made just for you all by me to commemorate my special friends and heart ties to the USA.

Three gorgeous papers, stapled star, date stamp for July with a separate date marker, string and a celebrate twill ribbon. A bonus file included is the printable cards featured yesterday :). Americana enough to use for the 4th, varied enough to use for any other layouts or papercrafts.

I even scrapped a layout using the mini kit.

The word art, white brush work and Mayors button were made for this layout and are not in the mini kit.

Download here. Leave me some love if you do. Link me up if you use my mini kit to scrap your celebrations, or make something else, so I can come ooh and ahhh!

Have an awesome day!

Hybrid Card Tutorial

If you downloaded my free printable card file earlier today this is the tutorial post showing you how to put it together. If you have not downloaded it yet then what are you waiting for?

Go and grab it now, print it off and let it dry while you read how to assemble it. Only available till the 5th

Cut it all out.

If you are just using the already completed card adhere that to a card stock base and you are right to go. If making the hybrid card then read on.

Now use something to rough up the edges. Here I have a Making Memories distressing tool. This is neat but I had it a long time before I discovered what it was to be used for….do you have tools like that? 🙂

Cool huh. Use a bit of scrap paper to catch the tiny shards if you want to clean up easily. I have been know to use sandpaper, nail files and the odd brick or two to achieve this same effect.

Now distress the edges of your star even more if you like that look. You could do all the edges but this time just the star for the star treatment. Used a blue and rusty looking brown from Versa Colour with a finger dauber for this project. You could use a cotton bud or even paper towel over the end of your finger to get a similar finish.

Then used a brown ink to stamp the word celebrate on some twill. You don’t have to do this if you don’t want – there is a paper ribbon on the printable.

Adhere all the layers as pictured on a dark blue cardstock base (or your choice) using some 3d mounting tape to raise the star levels up. Then either adhere your paper ribbon over the top or hot glue a real one if you go that route.

There you have it. A nice easy hybrid card to make someones day.

And just because I like making your day – check back tomorrow to see what the sneak peak is. 🙂

Happy 4th Of July

Now I am a dinky di Aussie through and through. However I have a lot of friends who are not. Being an expat expands your horizons so much and you get to experience so many other celebrations.

One of these is the 4th of July.  American Independence Day.

Many of my close and dear friends are from the USA and we have had many “freedom celebrations” with them. We have also experienced a 4th of July in the USA.  Is was a wonderful night by the river with a big band, fabulous music and lots of fireworks – not to mention awesome food. My munchkins had a blast.

It is not unlike our Australia day celebrations back in Perth or Sydney really. Sharing with friends and having a good time remembering all that brings us together.

Yesterday we had some of our American friends over for an afternoon of games and fun. I wanted to make them happy so decorated my foyer with a few little Americana items.

My freedom banner from last year was perfect to jazz the place up a little.

Of course I made a hybrid card from this weeks free template. 🙂

They were surprised and touched, liking the banner so much I sent it home with them. Giving is such a fun thing to do.

Which means it must be time to give you something too :). How about that card above in printable form. The jpg comes with two cards – one ready to cut off and attached to a base. Nice and quick.

The other one is ready to cut apart and assemble like mine. Check back later today for a tutorial on how to do that. I have included a paper twill ribbon with the word celebrate on it just in case you don’t want to stamp your own real twill or ribbon.

Download this file – and please leave me a comment if you do! If you want to share it – please send your friends here too. This link is only up till the 5th.

ETA – Link has expired but if you would like the card you can find it along with a Celebrate Mini Kit here

Enjoy your 4th!

Here is a sneak peak of something coming your way tomorrow. I’ll give you a hint – it’s not a card. 🙂

For more free 4th of July or celebration goodies you might like these.

Free Template Thursday

Free Printable Cards