Isn’t this just cunnin’…

…cute, adorable? YES! the fabulous Denise designed this baby carriage treat box and let me try it out! I love this especially since my sister is pregnant, I don’t know if she is having a boy or a girl yet so I’ll have to hold back on making more for a bit!

Crafted by Lindsay Weirich, Die Cut: http://dscrapbookingroom.blogspot.com/, Paper: Stampin Up!, Georgia Pacific, Stamps: SU!, Inkadinkado, Texture Plate: Fiskars, Ink: Whispers

Crafted by Lindsay Weirich, Die Cut: http://dscrapbookingroom.blogspot.com/, Paper: Stampin Up!, Georgia Pacific, Stamps: SU!, Inkadinkado, Texture Plate: Fiskars, Ink: Whispers

This is a svg file that you can cut with your Cricut if you have Sure Cuts a Lot (SCAL) software. Please visit Denise’s blog for more info on this file.

Card made with my Cricut and SCAL software, Stamp: SU!

Card made with my Cricut and SCAL software, Stamp: SU!

I also used SCAL to make this card, I welded 2 scallop circles together to make the base then ran the cardstock through my Big Shot with a Fiskars texture plate and inked the raised edges. The stamps are from Stampin Up! I scored the pretty ribbon at the Dollar Tree, they have tons of 6 yard rolls of organza, grosgrain and satin ribbon in gorgeous colors for a buck a roll! They look very similar to the SU! ribbon too.

What mom to be wouldn't love this?

What mom to be wouldn't love this?

That’s all for now, I have a few more baby treat box files to try out from Denise I’ll post them as soon as they are done. Til’ next time happy crafting!

Grab those watercolor markers!

“Copic, Copic, Copic!” Remember the episode of the Brady Bunch when the left out Jan whined “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!”? Well, All I seem to hear about these days in the stamp coloring world is Copics,  they give beautiful results but I think we need to show our brush-tip watercolor markers some love too! Dust them off and try this fun technique!

Atamp: About Art Accents, Cardstock: Stampin up, PP: My Minds Eye

Atamp: About Art Accents, Cardstock: Stampin up, PP: My Minds Eye, tool: Scor-Pal

To get the multi colored image just find a solid Image stamp, this one is from the Anita Louise Musette 3 Silhouettes Plate from About Art Accents, and some water-based markers. I’m using, Le Plume, Stampin Up, Whispers and Tombow. If you don’t have any of those raid your kid’s art box for some Mr. Sketchies or Crayola. They may tend to bead up more than the grown up markers but often they work just as well :-) Also this works WAY better on Rubber stamps then clear since the marker ink will tend to bead up on the clear stamps, esp. the cheap ones.

select the stamp and markers you want to use

select the stamp and markers you want to use

Use your markers to color the rubber. I uses light tan on the face, blue on the clothes, brown for the hair and flower pot and green and pinks for the grass and flowers. Before you color put all of the markers on the table that you want to use and pick a few that look nice together. After it is colored breathe on the rubber to  moisten the ink and stamp!

color the rubber with the markers

color the rubber with the markers

Left Image: Rock and Roll, Right Image: Marker Colored and Stamped

Left Image: Rock and Roll, Right Image: Marker Colored and Stamped

I wasn’t sure how I would like this image colored so while I still had the stamp out I inked it up with aqua and rocked the edges in turquoise (rock and roll technique) and I love that look too! The wonderful think about silhouette style stamps is how quickly you can have a finished image! You can spend an hour coloring a line drawing (I enjoy that from time to time) but with this you are done in seconds and look how cute!

Stamp: AAA, Cardstock: SU, PP: MME, Flowers: Dollar Tree

Stamp: AAA, Cardstock: SU, PP: MME, Flowers: Dollar Tree

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday and as always happy crafting!

Creative Cuts & More March Challenge!

Do you like die cuts? Do you like fabulous prizes? Sure you do! Check out the contest over on the Die Cut Diva blog and you can win one of 3 gift certificates over at Creative Cuts and More for submitting your Love and Wedding themed projects! Swing by their blog for all the details. CC&M has more than just die cuts, they have goodies like glitter, flocking and bling to make your projects really shine but don’t wait because the contest ends April 15th!

Give it a try, I can’t wait to see your projects! Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Quick and Easy Birthday Cards for Kids!

Wow, April must be a popular month because my daughters have 4 friends celebrating birthdays in the first week! When you make birthday cards for children they should be fun, bright and quick to make (kids may not appreciate the hard work that goes into a card when there is a gift to open and cake to eat you know.) These are for a set of twins turning 5 and since I have twin girls myself I decided to play it safe and make identical cards, that way there will be no drama over who’s card is the prettiest or who got pink…it’s true, these are REAL issues, with my girls anyway…and milk DOES taste better in a glittery pink princess cup, you know what I mean?

Double Gate-Fold Cards closed and open. Paper: Die Cuts With a View (the glitter stack), Stamps: Inkadinkado, Crafty Secrets

Double Gate-Fold Cards closed and open. Paper: Die Cuts With a View (the glitter stack), Stamps: Inkadinkado, Crafty Secrets

The coolest thing is that these took only minutes to make! I cut a 12″x12″ DCWV glitter cardstock sheet in half then I used my Scor-Pal to make the double gate-fold card but if you don’t have one just fold your card at 2″, 4″, 8″ and 10″. Then I stamped some cupcakes and colored them with markers, punched them out and adhered them to the card (this by the way justifies the new clear stamp impulse buy I made the other day, I’ve used this Inkadinkado set 3x already, I think it is called Sweet Stuff.) I stamped the frame (also by Inka) ans then stamped “Happy Birthday” inside, that stamp is from the Crafty Secrets “girlfriends” set.  I cut the label on the inside of the card with my Cricut (Accent Essentials cart), inked the edges and drew on the stitches and adhered it with double stick tape. Try this next time you need a quick card!

It’s fun to make cards for kids because you can use all the fun unsophisticated stuff you wouldn’t use on a grown up card and colors, the brighter the better! Don’t forget to stamp on the envelope too, especially if you are mailing it, kids get a real kick out of getting mail! I hope I’ve inspired you to make something fun for a kid or just a kid at heart! Thanks for stopping by and until nex time happy crafting!

Share your gift…and a gift for you!

“What is she talking about now?” you are probably thinking, I’m talking about the gift of crafting. Every year I donate a painting, gift card set or some other artsy-fartsy thing to be auctioned off to benefit a local woman’s shelter. The last few years I have made gift bags full of assorted greeting cards. I make extra throughout the year and gather them up when auction time rolls around. While someone may not need a painting everyone need greeting cards so the next time you are making a card make a few to donate, you can send them to out troops overseas or package them up for a charity auction. Here is this years:

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper DCWV, Strathmore, Die Cuts: Cricut, Nestabilities

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper DCWV, Strathmore, Die Cuts: Cricut, Nestabilities

If you don’t even have time to use the supplies you have been hording you can purge some of your “unlikely to use” stash and donate the supplies to the children’s ward of a hospital, a local school or a women’s shelter, they will all welcome the supplies and doesn’t it feel good to share?

Speaking of sharing I have some printable watercolor background paper to share. I made it by Spraying a sheet of cardstock with my homemade shimmer spray then I colored my new rubber cafe stamps with watercolor crayons that I QUICKLY dipped in water first and stamped, then sprayed the stamp then stamped again. I did this until the sheet was full. The collage was so pretty that I decided to scan it in case I wanted to use it again then I asked permission form Melissa, the owner of the Rubber Cafe, if I could share the collage and she said “yes!” Note: Making patter paper with stamps is so much fun, please try it, but if you want to scan and share it make sure you get permission first from the company as most companies forbid any mechanical reproduction.

Watercolor stamped paper freebie!

Watercolor stamped paper freebie!

Download the 8 1/2″ x 11″ 300 dpi pattern paper here.

Here is a list of the stamps used in this project (All by The Rubber Cafe): Together, Large Paisley Dragonfly, Small Paisley Dragonfly, Small paisley Butterfly, Floral Swirl, and a valentine stamp.

Gift bag instructions: I used my score pal and a sheet of 12″x18″ Strathmore art paper but you can just measure and fold or wrap the paper around a book to make the gift bag.

Step 1. Score the paper (short side) at 2″, 8″, 10″, and 16″. turn the paper and score 1″ from the top, and 2″ from the bottom. If you are using the score pal you will need to shift the paper up to score the full line, make sure to keep it against the fence. Snip off one of the 2″ squares on the bottom end:

here is the scored box unfolded

here is the scored box unfolded

here it is folded and glued

here it is folded and glued

Fold ans secure with hot glue. Punch holes and insert ribbon. Decorate as desired. They only take a minute to make and they are so special and inexpensive. Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

Free Printable Spring Bingo Cards!

Heidi-ho frugal fans have I got something cool for you today. Well, I think it’s cool anyway. I am totally in the spring frame of mind (even though it is only 19 degrees out right now) and I thought I would share a card I made with some lovey spring stamps from About Art Accents:

Paper: Basic Grey, Stamps: About Art Accents

Paper: Basic Grey, Stamps: About Art Accents

As soon as I saw the image of the little girl with the bouquet I had to have this set and make a mothers day card. I took a cheap small plastic frame stencil and dry embossed a scrap of white cardstock, then I placed the stencil over the embossed design and used a stipple brush to add color to the lace design and around the oval. Finally I took a needle and pierced around the frame.  I used the rock and roll technique to stamp this. Here is how to do it. Ink your stamp up with a light color then rock the edges of the stamp in a darker shade of the same color and stamp! Try to use a clear block close to the same size as the stamp so you don’t get the block covered in ink. Check out the other stamps in the set:

And this collection is on sale for $12! that’s half price, I don’t know how long it will last (notice I made sure to get a set before I told anyone about it LOL!) It is a rubber plate and when you get it you will need to trim the stamps apart with sharp scissors (very easy) then you can put them on ez mount cling foam or just brush the back with a little Aleens Tack it Over and Over or Re-Position it, let dry and you are ready to stamp!

Did you like the bingo cards? Well, enjoy because you can download them for free!

A Freebie for you, see download links below!

A Freebie for you, see download links below!

Click to download the Spring bingo cards in Black, Pink, Lavender and green. Then just print and trim, easy peasy. To use these in digiscrappping simply open the file and crop the card you want and copy and paste it into your layout, also easy!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

How’s Everything in Your Bowl?

It’s not just for hair styling anymore…Hair gel was used to make the water in this card and my homemade dew drops are the bubbles. This is a cute, fun, quick card you can send to anyone you want to catch up with. The fishbowl card is from Creative Cuts and More.

Die Cut Card: Accucut/creativecutsandmore.com

Die Cut Card: Accucut/creativecutsandmore.com

How to make it: Put a tablespoon of hair gel (clear, I get it at the dollar store) in a Ziploc baggie. Add a drop of blue re-inker or watercolor and beads, glitter, dew drops or whatever. Remember a little goes a long way! For extra protection fold the zippered end over and secure it with tape. Trim a piece of cardstock 1/8 inch smaller than the card front and stamp your scene and attach it to the inside of the card, tape it to the baggie. Then I stamped “How’s everything in your bowl?” on the inside of the card.

Stamp Credits: Fish: Stampin up, Crab: Rubber Soul, Plant: Heidi Grace, Sentiment: Studio G * on the fish and sentiment I used a black marker to ink only the portain of the stamp I wanted.

This was so fun to make, I hope you try a hair gel card! For more inspiration check out this tutorial (It’s where I learned this technique!) Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

PS. I also want to thak Kim Ross for designing the fantastic watermark I used on the photo, you rock Kim!

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