Craft an Easy Centerpiece!

Well folks, it’s Cub Scout Blue & Gold banquet time and I was asked to come up with 24 centerpieces for the banquet tables.  Since the budget was small (and I did not want to dip into pack funds for a decoration) I raided my recycle bin and put my printer & Cricut to work and made this:

The base is a soup can that I punched decorative holes around the rim with my Crop-a-Dial and then sponged on some brown acrylic paint, then I filled it halfway with sand to make it stable. Then I printed out the Cub Scout Law, Law of the Pack and the Cub Scout Oath using the font LD Neetle (so great for kid projects) as well as some clip art and paper from the Camping Out Collection from Lettering Delights (It’s on sale right now too BTW :) ) on cream cover stock. I covered the center of the can with pattern paper then tore around the printed oath and law, inked the edges then glued them to the can. Here is the front and back (BTW the faux grass is just brown construction paper I ran through the office shredder and crumpled up):

Then I used a 12″x18″  sheet of construction paper and cut it into 2-6″x12″ strips and 2-3″x12″ strips and accordion folded them to make rosettes. I glued the rosettes to skewers and added the printed clipart (punched into circles) over the centers so it would be pretty from either side. I punched the gold layer with my I-top punch but I am pretty sure that same shape is on the Accent essentials Cricut CArt, oh I also cut the Fleur-de-lis from AE as well. I glued that to the skewer holding the star.

For the star cut 2 6″ stars from brown construction paper (honestly you might want to use cardstock because construction paper tends to snag but I am on a budget here and I used plain old construction paper) I used the star from the george cartridge. To make it easy to glue together  I welded a tab to the side of on one of the stars so it would be easier to glue two together. I simply folded the star point to indent, then gathered the point folds up to make a “barn star, then I cut out a strip of paper with the cub scout motto “Do Your Best” and notched the ends, inked the edges and glued one to each side of the star.

I think I “Did My Best” with this project, what do you think?

By the numbers: The cost of this project was small, I am making 24 centerpieces and I used:

1 bag if skewers: $1

24 empty soup bans: free

1 package brown and 1 package blue construction paper: ($2 each) $4

and from my stash: 24 sheets of cream cover stock, ink pad, a dollop of brown acrylic paint and hot glue sticks.

So $5 for a total of 24 centerpieces, not bad eh? The look on the boy’s faces when they get their awards: Priceless!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hey, did you know you can read my blog on your Kindle reading device? Now you can! Get your frugalcrafting on the go, check out ThefrugalCrafter on Amazon.com for details!

Till next time happy crafting!

Hip Cool Aunt!

The coolest thing about being an aunt is that you don’t have to be the fuddy-duddy responsible mom, you can have fun!

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern paper: American Crafts and Autumn Leaves, Stickers: EK Success, ATB

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern paper: American Crafts and Autumn Leaves, Stickers: EK Success, ATB

A friend took this photo of me holding my sister’s baby last week when he was just hours old. Cute!

I wanted a funky look so I used my new Wood Grain Background stamp and printed it on an ink-jet transparency (make sure you print on the rough side!) and I hand wrote my journaling on my Library Card digital stamp for a funky look. I adhered the transparency to my layout with red acrylic paint, I also used the red paint on assorted foam stamps to stamp the word “hip”. I cut the shaped background paper with my cricut and SCAL software.

Download the shaped paper SVG file here.

Download a similar shaped paper .cut file to use with Cricut Design Studio and Accent essentials here.

Have a wonderful Wednesday folks, It is raining here and I have a new audio book to listen too while I craft and baked beans in the crock pot, ahhhhh. Till next time happy crafting ;)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

I just started watching the show “The Lazy Environmentalist” and it got me to thinking…”Can I be even greener in my crafting?” Here is a card I made with some thick plastic packaging:

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: K&Co., Die Cuts: Cricut

Stamps: Stampin Up!, Paper: K&Co., Die Cuts: Cricut

I used the cute Sock Monkey set from Stampin Up, stamped it with SU! basic black on Georgia Pacific Cardstock and water-colored him, with M Graham co. paints. The paper is by K&co (there are the cutest sock monkey patterns in there!) and I cut all the shapes out with my Cricut and accent Essentials cartridge. Now that’s some Chic Trash! Happy Crafting!

Find the Freebie week 2

It’s Thursday again and time to see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff design team has been up to! I grabbed this weeks sketch over at 2Sketches4you as the inspiration for my card:

Stamps and card kit: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cut: Creative Cuts and More

Stamps and card kit: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Die Cut: Creative Cuts and More

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I used the Cool Girl card kit and the brand new Cupcake Tree Digital stamp colored with Bic Mark-its. I cut my stamp out with my cricut (accent essentials cart) and then cut the same shape 1/2″ smaller and used that to emboss it so I would have a “nestabilty” look without the price! See yesterdays post to read how I did it. Here are a few of the new stamps in the shop this week:

Patriotic Patchwork Quilt

Patriotic Patchwork Quilt

Jean Pocket Stamp
Patriotic ElementsPrimative Bird on SunflowerPrimative Flowers

We have a new Guest Designer for June, her name is Cindy Hooks and she is a crafting powerhouse, she has over 600 projects in her Stamp Shack Gallery and I can’t wait to see what she has for us today! And don’t forget that one of our Designers has a freebie for you so be sure to visit all of the designers blogs to find out who and snag a stamp for free!

And now check out the Designers:

Cindy (June Guest DT)

Kim

Tracey

Tamara

Lisa

Margie

Row

Melissa

Janet

Olena

Michelle H.


Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Published again!

Not that I want to toot my own horn (OK I’m Tootin’ here!) I just really love this card and I have waited months to be able to share it with you, see it was in the May issue of Vamp Stamp News as part of their stamp masking challenge and they want to keep their stamp art as fresh as possible for their readers so I waited til now to show you (cuz the June issue is now available and I think it’s OK ;)

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado, Paper: DCWV, Die Cuts: Cricut Accent Essentails cart

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado, Paper: DCWV, Die Cuts: Cricut Accent Essentails cart

I had a ball making this card and can you blame me the stamp is darling, it is by Crafty Secrets. First you stamp the girl/swing on a die cut shape then again on a scrap and cut the scrap out, place the scrap over the girl, ink up a brayer with a blue Kaliadacolor ink pad and roll right on over, then stamp a larger script stamp in black on that. Remove the mask and color with pencils. It’s really quite easy!

If you have never had the pleasure of reading VSN check them out, there is a list of stores that carry it here and it is only $4 an issue! If you subscribe it is less and it is packed with hard core stamping info. You can still order the May issue from the website if you want to learn more about masking, in the June issue it is all about die cutters (and yes, I have a card in there too but you will have to get the magazine to see it ;) It is a good investment if you are considering a die cutter purchase in the future. BTW I have no affiliation with VSN except being lucky enough to be published in there from time to time, it’s just a good magazine I think you should check out.

Have a great weekend, I hope the sun comes out after a week of rain, if not we will just have to stay inside and craft ;) Till next time Happy Crafting!

Cardvarks Challenge!

Have you heard of this fun blog?  I love it! When i have a bit of crafters block I can visit a challenge blog and look at my craft supplies with fresh eyes! The theme at cardvarks was fantasy so I used my Pretty Princess Digistamp collection to make this set:

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: Basic Grey, Cardstock: DCWV, Bag: Creative Cuts & More

Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Pattern Paper: Basic Grey, Cardstock: DCWV, Bag: Creative Cuts & More

The side gussets on this bag need to be folded before assembeling.

The side gussets on this bag need to be folded before assembeling.

The box is by Creative Cuts and More. This is a sturdy tuck and fold bag and it is a good thing I had two because I ripped the first one. Let me tell you how to make this bag without ripping it! As always the bag die cut from CC&M comes pre-scored but with this one you need to crease the gussets on the side inward before you fold the box together or it wont close tight and the closure tab on the front will rip off but as long as you pre-fold it you will be fine. I love it when there is a simple answer! I also folded the tabs on the bottom and side inward to make them fit though the slits then opened them up from the inside of the bag.

I used Caran Diache watercolor crayons and a Stampin Up blender pen for quick coloring!

I used Caran D'ache watercolor crayons and a Stampin Up blender pen for quick coloring!

To color the images I used watercolor crayons and a Stampin Up blender pen, I mention SU! because I have bought crappy blender pens elsewhere and the SU! ones are the only ones that seem to hold up! Since this is a water base medium I recommend heat setting the images before you begin to prevent the printer ink from smearing. I like the watercolor crayons on the smooth cardstock because they have a creamy consistency and don’t pill the paper when you use the blender pen. I used  a clear stamp from Inkadinkado to stamp the “believe” on the banner.

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I used my Cricut and Tags, Bags, Boxes & More to make the shaker bo Accent Essentails for the large scallop and Zoobaloo for the #3. The cupcake and library card stamp are also available in the shop.

Quilled flowers add texture to the page.

Quilled flowers add texture to the page.

I used my cricut quilled flowers on this page, to see my tutorial visit this post. Don’t forget I am still accepting applications for my design team, details here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Feeling Sketchy?

I am! Remember yesterday I was talking about not having the crafting mojo this week? Well, after I posted I was surfing the net and ended up at Becky Fleck’s Page maps site and typically I don’t “do” sketches but there was a contest to use  her sketch and do a layout with the theme “whats on your mind” and the winner get a huge…I think Becky called it “obscene” amount of My Minds Eye products! Well, you know how I love free stuff and I love MME paper so I grabbed some I had on hand and did the sketch, here’s how it turned out:

Layout by Lindsay Weirich, Paper: My Minds Eye, Die Cuts: Cricut, Font: Georgia

Layout by Lindsay Weirich, Paper: My Minds Eye, Die Cuts: Cricut, Font: Georgia

The picture was taken at the family Valentines Day dance and my kids’ school in February (yay, I have a recent pic of myself, how often does that happen moms?) and I love my daughters sweet face in this pic. I used my Cricut and the Accent Essentials cartridge for the die cuts and random letter stickers for the title. Wow, I used stickers and no stamping on a layout! That’s a first! I have some fun craft news to share with you tomorrow so I hope you will check back then, until tomorrow happy crafting!

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