A new Video and Freebie!

Hi folks! I’m going to keep todays post as short and sweet as possible, I’m not feeling too well today so I am posting then back to bed! I wanted to make sure I told you about the big Lindsay’s stamp Stuff Birthday Party we are having here next week: We will kick it of with a 3 day blog hop where we will give away 19 LSS stamp sets, a 3 day Virtual Crop where there will be a freebie each day {sign up at the MyGrafico Community to play along} and lots of fun. It kicks of right here Tuesday! More details on this post.

Now on to the projects, I use the pincushion from the sew pretty stamp set to make this:

I colored the pincushion on the box with Prisma markers and the one on the card with copics, I love them both! See how I did the background in the video!

I love the bright colors I get when I use markers on white cardstock but then I am left with a white background, see how to “Faux Mask” and colored the background with chalk in this video {My hand is not even in the way!}

Here are some close-ups of the projects:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: K&Co

I used twill tape rather than ribbon in these projects for a vintage feel.

And now for the freebie! Here is a cute teapot that matches the stamps in the Teariffic stamp Set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff. Click the picture to download:

Enjoy a "spot of tea" for free!

Here is the matching set called Teariffic:

9 stamps for only $5

OK enough from me, let’s see what the rest of the LSS DT came up with this week:

Shannon Neparko

Margie Visnick

Lisa Jurecek

Tracey Allen

Melissa Craig

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Cindi Hooks

Micki Harper

Rebekah Doak

Thanks so much for stopping by and be sure to come back on Tuesday for the big blog hop and crop, thill next time happy crafting!

Mmmm, vintagy goodness!

I love anything vintage! That is what inspired one of my newest cards, I used my new Sew Pretty Digital stamp set and until midnight you can get it for 25% off as well as all of my sets at The Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop at MyGrafico!

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp Stuff, Rubber stamps: SU! (sentiment) Inque boutique/Darice (pattern background)

To make the card I took a 5″x7″ cream card base and covered it with a glue stick and I layered bits of paper in a crazy quilt fashion then I drew stitched around the pieces. To make the sewing supplies image I used the spool, tape and thimble PNG stamps from the sew pretty set and overlapped them in my image software and erased the parts I didn’t want. easy peasy! I colored them with my Copics then O used a pon-pom to apply tan chalk to the background then I too a dress pattern rubber stamp and inked it with clear ink and stamped over the whole image. After that I took a pon-pom with brown chalk and rubbed the chalk over the background areas only to make the dress pattern appear, cool huh! I love to print my stamps on Neenah cardstock (thanks Micki!) but I hat that what background staring at me so this solves that problem while letting me have the rich bright marker colors that are achieved by coloring on white!

Here is a look at the set I used, remember the 25% off sale is only until Midnight tonight!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Envelope Please! {and a freebie!}

I have been obsessed with making envelopes lately! I sell my card at local shops and I always scramble to make envelopes at the last-minute, well no more I tell you, now I make them when I make my card while I still have all of the supplies out :) I have wanted to try printing my stamps on envelopes but I can never seem to get a good result printing on a premade envie so I made a 300 dpi template that you can layer your stamps on, print and cut! I printed my template directly on pattern paper along with stamps from the Pretty Princess collection:

I love matching cards and envies!

I colored the princess with my Prismacolor and Copic markers (they play so nice together!) and glued leftover die cut bits from yesterdays project to embellish the card. I rubber-stamped the sentiment.

Digital Stamps: Pretty Princess Collection (Lindsay's stamp Stuff), Rubber Stamps: Inkadinkado, Inque Boutique/Darice, Paper Frances Mayer, Punch: SU!

Here is the Envelope, I printed the stamps and template together on light pink pattern paper. I knew this would be hand delivered so I made a “poistoid” in the corner in Paint Shop Pro. I colored the stamps with colored pencils (because they are opaque and will show up on the pattern paper and because the will not bleed through) then scored and folded the envelope.

The envelope is today’s freebie, it is 300dpi JPG file so that when you layer your stamps on to print they will be nice and clear. Download the free envelope here.

Here is an example on how I laid mine out to print. I colored the envelope pink for to make the template easier to see:

This is the easiest way to print on an envelope!

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff Junior DT has in store for us this week. The are all making pretty envelopes and have great (and frugal too!) tips on how to make and decorate your own! Also I have added 3 new designers to our team, two of whom are posting today, Fun, Fun!

Kristen Hamlin

Karin Martin

Jennifer Bliss

Cassandra Cushman

Tanya Johnson

Cheryl Gorka

Jessica Hammond New!

Rhonda Walker New!

Be sure to check out the new products added this week to the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shop including a new digistamp freebie! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Scrap it already!

Ever take WAAAY to many photos and then feel overwhelmed when you sit down to scrap? I know I’m not alone here, but I found an easy solution to this. Print your photos out as a collage then paste the collage strait on to your patterned paper, add a few embellies and you are done!

Paper: Basic Grey, Stamp: Inque Boutique, Die Cuts Cricut (opposites Attract, Base Camp)

Paper: Basic Grey, Stamp: Inque Boutique, Die Cuts Cricut (opposites Attract, Base Camp)

Paper: Basic Grey, Die Cuts, Bingo Cards, flowers: Lindsay Weirich, Software: SCAL

Paper: Basic Grey, Die Cuts, Bingo Cards, flowers: Lindsay Weirich, Software: SCAL

I used my Cricut and SCAL software to make the die cuts on the layouts. I designed the chick in inkscape and you can cut it with your cricut if you have SCAL software.

Download the chick SVG cutting file here.

The bingo cards are a freebie also, I offered them before but in case you missed them you can download them here.

I have been trying to make crocheted flowers, I used my first attempts on this page, all of the paper is by Basic Grey. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Cheap embossing & last minute teacher gifts!

The countdown is on! 2 more day of school til summer, I’ll miss my 3 hours of “alone” time in the morning but I WILL NOT miss dragging the kids out of bed ;)

Last night I helped my kids make gifts for their teachers. We made decoupaged clothespins, I’ve wanted to try this for quite an while and they are easy enough for my 4 and 6-year-olds to do. I think they turned out adorable:

Stamps: Plaid (ruler), Stampin Up (alpha background wheel), Inque Boutique (boy) paper: Autumn Leaves

Stamps: Plaid (ruler), Stampin Up (alpha background wheel), Inque Boutique (boy) paper: Autumn Leaves

Tip: I used the cellophane bag theat clear stamps come in to package the clothespins! (See, told ya I never through anything away!)

Here are the finshed clothespins (not dry yet) don't worry about blobs of glue, they will flatten out when they dry)

Here are the finshed clothespins (not dry yet) don't worry about blobs of glue, they will flatten out when they dry)

OK, I admit I made the bag topper but the clothespins were all their handiwork! To make them is easy but when crafting with kids have EVERYTHING ready and laid out before you begin. You will need: wood clothespins (a pack of 50 was $1 at target), white glue or decoupage medium, a foam brush for each child, pretty paper scraps trimmed to fit the clothespin (about 3 1/4″x 5/16″), waxed paper to protect the work area and for the clothespins to dry on, and a couple of small containers to pour glue in (plastic lids work great for this). Simply brush a thin coat of glue on the clothespin with the foam brush, place the paper on top and brush a layer of glue over it. Let dry then repeat on the other side. you can glue magnets on them if you like or leave them as is, they are handy for closing chip and produce bags, in fact we have some plain ones holding out chip bags closed, I’ll have to get the kids to spruce them up!

So I told you I had a cheap embossing solution for you. This is so easy and looks so cool I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before.

A close up look at the embossed circle. Read below to see how I did it without an embossing die!

A close up look at the embossed circle. Read below to see how I did it without an embossing die!

This technique will work with any shape you can cut out either by hand or punch or die cutter. First cut the shape the size of the embossed area (mine was 2″) then cut a larger circle (2 3/8″ and I stamped on it) then using my Big shot I placed the spacer, cutting plate, 2 sheets of rubber gasket, my larger stamped circle face down, the smaller circle centered on that and the top cutting plate and I cranked it through. Viola an embossed circle! I inked the edges to make it stand out, can you believe it is that easy? If you don’t get a good impression you can add a sheet or two of cardstock between the rubber pad and the bottom cutting plate. Too much pressure and it will cut/crack the paper rather than emboss. It may take a couple of tries to get the right combo but when you figure it out you can emboss any shape! I’ll post a card tomorrow using a fancy bracket shape that I cut with my cricut and embossed and who knows maybe a freebie too. Until then happy crafting!

Blog Candy & Creative Cuts Blog Hop!

Yes, the time has come! Today you can sign up here to win a flocking kit and tacky tape die cuts from Creative Cuts and More. We are having the blog hop to show off the new wedding products from Creative cuts and More! Many of you are visiting my blog from Lila’s, weren’t her projects Fabulous!  If you missed any of the previous designers on the blog hop you can start at the beginning at the Die Cut Diva blog, that way you can sign up to win ALL of the prizes we are giving away! You can leave a comment to win until Thursday at Midnight, we will announce all of our winners on Friday!

All of the cards and boxes that CC&M carry are pre-scored, not perforated, so you get an easy to assemble, elegant looking project! The best part is that they can be made ahead of time so you aren’t stressing out and rushing close to the big day!

Dress and tux box: creativecutsandmore.com, stamp: Autumn Leaves

Dress and tux box: Accucut available at creativecutsandmore.com, stamp: Autumn Leaves

Card: creativecutsandmore.com, Stamps: Inkadinkado, Inque Boutique

Card: Accucut available at creativecutsandmore.com, Stamps: Inkadinkado, Inque Boutique

Card: Creativecutsandmore.com, Stamps: Inkadinkado, autumn Leaves

Card: Accucut available at Creativecutsandmore.com, Stamps: Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves

For the above examples I used these die cuts:

Dress Box

Tux Box

Scalloped Dress Card

Scalloped Heart Card

Now that you have seen my projects (and signed up to win my blog candy) hop on over to see what Pam has in store for you, more beautiful projects and different blog candy to win! If you missed any of the stops on the blog hop  you can got to the Die Cut Diva blog to start at the beginning, be sure to sign up to win at every blog because we all have something different to give away, oh and if you put a link on your blog mentioning this blog candy and linking to me you will get 2 chances to win…yeah, I’m swell like that!

2Sketches4u and Fabulous Prizes & Freebies!

Have you heard of the 2sketches4u blog yet? Well it’s pretty cool, every week they post 2 card sketches for you to do and then they pick a winner and they get an awesome prize. This week the challenge is sponsored by Creative Cuts and More! The winner will get a $20 gift certificate to the shop and let me tell you $20 goes a long way in die cuts! I don’t often use sketches because I’m afraid that I either following the sketch too close (just copying) or I’m way off with my ‘devil-may-care’ cardmaking style…what is sketch etiquette anyway? But for fun I thought I’d try, It was fun, here are my attempts:

This is my attempt of sketch #1. The girl is from a free font called Pucca club, you can get a link to that and my free Cricut cutting flies below.

This is my attempt of sketch #1. The girl is from a free font called Pucca club, you can get a link to that and my free Cricut cutting flies below.

I did this for the second sketch. Again I used a cute Pucca girl for my focal point and a sentiment from Inque boutique (Perfectly Paisley set), dragonfly is from Cricut

I did this for the second sketch. Again I used a cute Pucca girl for my focal point and a sentiment from Inque boutique (Perfectly Paisley set), dragonfly is from Cricut

Why don’t you try too? It could win you $20 in free die cuts! Speaking of free I have some freebies to share. I made cutting files for the Kimono card:

Get the Kimono card SVG file here (I used this file for my card), you can cut this with your cricut using SCAL software.

Get a Design Studio version made with the George cartridge here, it’s a bit different but the same idea.

Download a printable template here, it’s my first time making a pdf file and I didn’t add any text so when you print it you may want to write “Kimono card template” on it so you will remember what the heck it is!

Do you like the cute little Asian girls on the card? Guess what, it’s not a stamp, it’s a free font called Pucca and you can snag it for free here. Grab the word document I made to print my images here (you must also download the font to view it)

I laid out a 2 sheets of the images in Word and printed on cardstock and colored them with Bic Mark its. Ink Jet Printer ink is water/dye based so I knew that I could use solvent based makers on them and the colors would not run. You could also use Sharpies, Copics or Prismacolor markers to color them but I love the inexpensive Mark Its! To get a Copic-like effect start with light colors first and add slightly darker colors to shade around the edges. Easy Peasy! I trimmed my “girls” with my creative Memories circle cutter.

The real stamps I used on the card are by Personal Stamp Exchange (Asian Images) and Inque Boutique/Darice (sentiment). The PSX stamps were some of the first clear stamp ever made and IMHO some of the best. That company is now out of business but I still use their stamps regularly!

puccax2

I hope you enjoyed the cards and the freebies and I do hope you chek out the 2sketches4u blog and play along too! Till next time happy crafting!

Need a Quick Hostess Gift?

Well look no further! I got this adorable apron pocket die cut from Creative Cuts and More and thought it would be perfect filled with favorite recipes. You can download a printable sheet of recipe cards (blank for stamping) or download my SVG file so that you can cut them with your Cricut Machine if you have SCAL software.

Inque Boutique

Texture plate: Fiskars, Stamps: Inque Boutique

This apron holds recipe cards!

This apron holds recipe cards!

Why not pair this card with a nice cookbook, you could even sew a funky apron, wrap the cookbook in the real apron and place the card ontop for a coordinated gift. I’m not much of a cook but I do love a good apron! And talk about a green project, no wrapping paper to toss afterward.

I have a gripe with Provo Craft: It seems like Provocraft (the makers of my beloved Cricut) is coming out with a new version of Design Studio called Design Studio Pro, it will probably block Sure Cuts a Lot Software (SCAL). That is not what I am mad about, hey they have a business to run and I’m sure they don’t like people cutting anything they want with their Cricuts and them not making anything from it. What does tick me off is that they are going to make their loyal customers who bought design studio in the first place buy it again to use the new features, give me a break! In this economy to squeeze their customers more after what they charge for cartridges! SCAL just keeps looking better and better! Sorry to vent but that just ticks me off, charging an arm and a leg for their font cartridges then charging people again to be able to use them and the fact that you can only use your copy of DS on one computer so if you get a new PC, or it crashes you have to buy it all over again! Scal lets you have it on multiple computers and if it crashes and you lose your activation code the owner will email you a new one personally. Get with the program Provo Craft, I love my cricut but I’m not loving the company who makes it. Give us a break! BTW if you are thinking about getting SCAL software you should download the current free trail of design studio, it will work with whatever cartridge comes with your cricut (George for the personal cuter, Plantain Schoolbook for the Expression) you can use it to design with those carrts in the free trial mode and you need to have this to use SCAL.

OK I’m done venting. I Think I’ll spend what’s left of this rainy morning shopping with a gift card that has been burning a hole in my pocket! Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Crafting!

Thanks a Latte!

I appreciate all of your get well wishes and I am happy to say that I am back to normal (I wish I could say the same for the house!) I took a break from the never-ending pile of laundry and household disinfecting to craft and share this little card. It combines 3 of my favorite things (excepting my family of course) Stamps, Coffee and my Cricut!

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Inside of card

Inside of card

I drew the card in inkscape so that I could cut it with my Cricut using SCAL software. I ran the band through a paper crimper to make it look more realistic and then stamped a little coffee mug from Inque Boutique on a punched circle.

For the SVG file click here.

For a printable template click here.

A note about blade depth and cutting pressure: Many cricut users I have come across keep their blade depth at 6 and their cutting pressure at max. Please don’t do this. You will wear out your mats and blades much sooner than you need to and I suspect that eventually it will wear out your cricut. Only use the blade depth and pressure that you need. For the most part I keep my blade dept set at 3 and I vary the pressure I need to cut with. For instance when I cut vinyl I use pressure 2, pattern paper I use pressure 3 and on Stampin Up! cardstock I use pressure 5 (or MAX). My first cricut, the personal 6″x12″ model that I have used frequently for 2 years I used this way and recently it seems as though I need to have my blade depth at 4 now, 3 doesn’t quite do the job anymore. So if you are using your machine at 6 and max pressure I fear that eventually It will not be able to cut through the thinnest of materials. If your pressure is to high and blade too deep you are just cutting into the mat anyway so give you poor cricut a break and only use the depth and pressure you need to keep that bug chirping for years to come!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Big Thanks!

Wow, what a week! I found out that at least one of my cards will be featured in the February issue of Vamp Stamp News, not sure which one (or ones) and they put one of my cards on the VSN homepage! And I got several projects accepted into Just Cards! magazine. Special thanks go out to my friend Kathy who generously gave me permission submit a card I made with her onesie pattern, and also I want to thank Jen of Jen’s Brain Things blog for letting me use one of her cut files on another accepted project. You girls rock!

And I thought I would share a few thank you cards with you today:

card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

The paper Co.

Stamps: Inque Boutique, Paper: The paper Co.

Tri-Fold Card by Lindsay Weirich

Tri-Fold Card by Lindsay Weirich

Also I want to thank Olena and Heather for blog awards, you are so sweet!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

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