A Girlfriend Gift!

Well by now the chocolates have been opened (Hubby got me my yearly treat, vegan Belgium Chocolates from Rose City Chocolates, really I didn’t think it was possible for something to taste so good!) I had an extra special valentines yesterday, not only did I have a nice relaxing day with my family but I was asked to join the About Art Accents Design Team! The owners saw the project I did with their stamp (yesterdays Fortunate Valentine) and invited me to join. How cool! OK, OK you don’t read my blog to listen to me blab so here is today’s project.

Queen & Co

Stamp: Magenta, Die Cuts: Cricut, Felt: Queen & Co

I made this for my friend Kathy who had her birthday on Valentines day. I’m not sure If I would like that, kinda of like having your birthday on Christmas, getting the short end of the stick, you know. On the other hand it’s kinda cool too (and hubby would never forget!) Here is the card that I made to go with it. I got a bunch of Crafty Secrets stamps for Christmas that desperately needed to be inked up. I love the vintage style and they are funny too, a real plus!

Kiskars

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Ribbon: American Crafts, Cardstock: The paper Co, Emb plate: Kiskars

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To make the stationary box I used my Cricut Expresssion and the cartridge Tags, bags boxes and more./ I re sized it in Design Studio so it would fit my 5 1/2x 4 1/4 cards, a bit bigger to account for my envelopes.  I ‘ve had TBBM for a year but never used it much until I got the expression. The large paper I used is Strathmore 300 Series Colored Art Paper. I’ve used this for years for pastel painting and it cuts wonderfully in the cricut. It comes in 40 sheet assorted pads and is 12″x18″, larger enough for any box I want to cut and very thick and sturdy. It had a nice texture to it as well but you will want to tape it to the mat with blue painters tape because with the texture It does not stick well. I used pressure (max) and a blade depth of 3 to cut it. I think a pack of the paper is about $10, which is not bad for that many sheets but you can get it for half at Blick Art Supplies or use your coupon at AC Moore or Michel’s, call first to make sure they have it though.

I found another wonderful template sight the other day. Check out Jersgirls Computer Crafts. She has a ton of wonderful paper crafting templates. You could use her Crayon Box to make your own stationary set. You will need some way to size it up though. You could take it to a copy shop and have them make it as big as it will go an an 11×17 sheet for instance or print it at home in a legal size sheet of paper, just keep zooming in on the template when you are in your print dialogue box. Either way you will find her website a treasure!

Thanks for stopping by andtil nex time happy crafting!

A Fortunate Valentine!

OK, I saw the CUTEST hybrid freebie the other day on Celeste Rockwood-Jones’ blog and I had to try it! So I downloaded her beautiful project and realized that I was out of magenta ink in my printer, how ironic to be out of pink ink the day before Valentines! But the idea was so cool I had to try it so I grabbed some pattern paper left over from valentines projects and went to work…

Take out box, coupon book, and cookies by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Take out box, coupon book, and cookies by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Of course you can’t have fortune cookies without a Chinese food take out box so I made one of these too. If you have SCAL software you can cut it with your Cricut Machine! It makes a good size box, I’d say between the size of a quart and a pint. I also made a cutting file for the text on the box to that reads ” I’m fortunate that you’re mine.”  The stamp I used on this project is by About Art Accents, paper is by Cosmo Cricut, K& Co and Die Cuts With a View.

Grab the circle word SVG label for free here.

The take out box template is from my Box Bonanza Kit from Lindsay’s Stamp stuff:

I think I will make the label file 12×12 and use it for a shaped scrapbook page as well!

***EDIT: If you don’t have a cricut you can get a Chinese food takeout box from a restaurant and use it as a template or there is a nice one (very similar) at Mirkwood Designs. She is awesome, bookmark her site because she has TONS of free templates!

"fortunate" word art by Lindsay Weirich 2009

"fortunate" word art by Lindsay Weirich 2009

I also made a coupon book for my honey (he is banned from reading my blog until after Valentine’s day BTW!) I use a dollar stamp from inkadinkado and stamped it on white cardstock and used a scrap of pattern paper to wrap around it matchbook style then secure the coupons to the cover with a brad. You can make the cupons for stuff like “take out dinner my treat” or “Movie night: Your choice”, or whatever else you can think of…

A matchbook style coupon booklet (cover)

A matchbook style coupon booklet (cover)

...but it's what's inside that counts!

...but it's what's inside that counts!

To make the box:

You will need to score it first. I made registration dots on the bottom of the box and notches on the sides to help with scoring but they will be hidden when it is folded. Of course I used my handy-dandy homemade scoring board to do this! Score each dot to the next to make a rectangle bottom, then score the dots to the closest notch, then score each dot to it’s closet flap like this:

This is the way we score the box...

This is the way we score the box...

After folding I secured the box with eyelets using my Crop-A-Dial Big Bite. Pick it up rather than trying to use it on the table, way easier! You could hot glue it too!

To make the cookies cut circles from pattern paper (I like the double sided paper but plain is good too, or you could stamp some cardstock, or just download the prepared project form Celeste’s blog and use that.) I used thick double sided paper so first I folded a 4 1/2″ circle in half (creasing only in the middle, you may not need to do this step if using thin paper) then I opened it up and folded it perpendicular (with the same pattern facing out) but did not crease, then pulled the points together. I secured the cookie with my paper tagger. Look, see:

That's one smart cookie!

That's one smart cookie!

Note: The paper tagger is very sharp, be careful or you will poke yourself, don’t ask me how I know…

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Then I wrote little love note and fortunes on white cardstock and trimmed them into strips and slipped them in the cookies, Pack the cookies and the coupons in the box and you are good to go!

Fill er' up!

Fill er' up!

Not bad for last minute huh?

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Have a great valentines day, and if you hate valentines day, well, at least you won’t have to see anymore valentines projects on my blog for another 11 months! Thanks for stopping by and until 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!

My First Crafty Secrets Challenge and a Freebie too!

I was invited by Darlene to participate in the crafty secrets challenge this week at Split Coast Stampers. I got a slew of these yummy vintage stamps for Christmas and I have been meaning to try the challenge before but this week with the “love” theme I couldn’t resist. Here is what I made.

Heart pocket by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Heart pocket by Lindsay Weirich 2009

I’m sure it will pale in comparison to some of the gorgeous work there but ,oh well, I’m having fun and I like how it came out. Want to make a cute heart pocket too? Well here’s how: Start with a square of paper, I’m using 12×12 since it comes that way and fold it like this:

fold paper in half diagonally

fold paper in half diagonally

open it up and fold it diagonaly (other corners)

open it up and fold it diagonaly (other corners)

now fold it in half like this

now fold it in half like this

now in half the other way

now in half the other way

pull opposite corners together to make a square/diamond

pull opposite corners together to make a square/diamond

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Place the template on top and trace, line ip the point of the heart with the folded paper and the bumps with the open paper.

Place the template on top and trace, line ip the point of the heart with the folded paper and the bumps with the open paper.

cut it out

cut it out

unfold and gather like this

unfold and gather like this

punch a hole through the center layers

punch a hole through the center layers

thread a ribbon through, tie and hang

thread a ribbon through, tie and hang

A hanging heart pocket, that was easy!

A hanging heart pocket, that was easy!

Download the printable template here. It is sized for 8 1/2″ and 12″ paper. There is a folding diagram on it as well. The cool this is that you can recycle this from year to year, just untie the ribbon, fold it up and store it somewhere flat.

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I will make 3 of these and fill them with goodies for my children on Valentines day, I think they will like the “love bugs” stamp too, or maybe a House Mouse stamp, the kids are crazy about House Mouse right now!

No, I did not forget about my SCAL Cricut friends, You can download an adjustable svg file here so you can make these any size you like (although it is just as easy to do it by hand LOL!) Just fold it as shown above.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Make a scoring board for free!

Everyone is raving about the Score-Pal and quite frankly I was feeling a bit left out (but there is no way I am dropping $40 on one, I’d rather spend my $$ on more paper and stamps!) so I decided to make one myself! Here are some cards I made with my faux Score Pal:

I scored the 3 lines on the bottom with my homemade scoring board

I scored the 3 lines on the bottom with my homemade scoring board. Stamps: Inkadinkado, Heidi Grace Designs

I scored the lines on the green panel and bottom of the Kraft card with my homemade scoring board

I scored the lines on the green panel and bottom of the Kraft card with my homemade scoring board. Stamps: Stampin Up!

And it is great for scoring boxes, no ruler required!

I scored this box on my homemade board too!

I scored this box on my homemade board too! Note: Homemade dew drops, cute huh?

Here is what you need: A ruler, a drafting triangle, a bone folder or butter knife, a paneling scrap and a permanent marker.

The paneling scrap I used was free, I simply asked my local hardware store if I could have their discontinued paneling samples. They come 12×16 inches in size and the back is completely smooth (A great painting surface with 3 coats of gesso!) but on the front there is at least on groove that works great for scoring. Better still would be to get a scrap of wainscoting since there are many grooves and they are narrower and would be good for dainty score lines!

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Glue the ruler to the top of the panel at a 90 degree angle to the groove. That way you can square up the paper against the ruler. I tried wet glue but even with weighting it down the glue slipped so I ended up using hot glue (love that stuff) and it worked like a charm. Just be careful not to use so much it oozes out the front or you paper will not butt up against the ruler right. With the triangle make lines on the board at 2 1/8″, 4 1/4″ and 5″ to the right of the scoring groove. That will help you line up your paper for scoring cards. I printed out an accurate ruler from RedCastle.com and glued it to the ruler so the “0″ mark was at the groove for easy reference.

The printed ruler helps placing your score lines.

The printed ruler helps placing your score lines.

Use this board for scoring cards or boxes. You don’t need a ruler! just lay the box over the groove and score with a bone folder or butter knife!

Scoring a box "Look Ma! No Ruler!"

Scoring a box "Look Ma! No Ruler!"

Use the triangle against the ruler to emboss a diamond pattern. It’s not perfect but it was my first try!

Embossed pattern with my homemade scoring board

Embossed pattern with my homemade scoring board

I really love that this takes up so little space. I still can’t believe how well it works, maybe someday I’ll get a Score-Pal but for now I’m lovin this little freebie!

I want to say thanks to my friend Tracy for taking the pic of me using the scoring board, and helping me test out my creation. We spent the morning stamping and gabbing and talking about producing some craft videos for our blogs (as if there wasn’t enough silly nonsense here already!) If you get a chance check out her crafting and photography blogs (this girl can work a camera!)

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting…and scoring too!

Strawberry Lollipop boxes and a free pattern for SCAL!

Good morning! Whew, I was up late last night discovering Facebook and finishing up this valentines project I started with one of my 4 year old girls. It was quite a production, actually, I cut everything with my cricut, I prefolded the strawberries, Maizy glued them, Lila threaded the ribbon through the holes and Jackson wrote the names of the girls classmates on punched out tags! Tip: To make the tags I used Microsoft Word and clicked the “tools” tab and envelopes and labels, I chose Avery standard labels and typed “To a berry Sweeet Valentine from Maizy” in the box and printed it on cardstock then I used my paper shaper tag punch (flipped upside down) to punch out the tags and Jack wrote the recipients name on the back. Easy Peasey. Here they are:

Strawberry lollipop holders, how sweet!

Strawberry lollipop holders, how sweet!

Lollipop holders close up

Lollipop holders close up

The Template is freely shared around the Internet and is by Sherrie Brickey. Please credit her if you use this;-) You can download her printable template here, or get a version to cut with your Cricut using SCAL software:

Strawberry box 1 SVG (this is the red pard, cut at 5″ wide)

Strawberry box 2 SVG (this is the top, cut at 2″ wide)

Here are my SCUT files laid out for the Expression if you want them:

Strawberry box 1 scut file (8 berries on a 12″ sheet (red))

Strawberry box 2 scut file (30 leaf tops on a 8.5″x11″ sheet (green))

You need both of the SVG files at the very least to use this, grab the scut files if you want to make a bunch and save yourself some work. I would zip up the files but some people have trouble unzipping files so they are all loosey goosey, sorry.

There is a great tutorial on this ladys blog on how to fold these, I just put in a lollipop before I pulled the ribbon closed but the rest is the same. I did this project with my 4-6 year olds, I recommend this project for age 6 and up if you are gong to make a lot of these. Live and learn right! Have a great Sunday, thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

More Vintage Valentines! (and a freebie!)

So, I’ve been at it again, valentines, yep I love um! I was playing with the Kewpie heart from yesterdays freebie and came up with this:

Kewpie lollipop holder by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Kewpie lollipop holder by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Then I took the leftover shimmer sprayed doilies, a pin and some buttons and came up with this:

Vintage lillipop holder by Lindsay Weirich 2009

Vintage lillipop holder by Lindsay Weirich 2009

I think they are snazzy and they are so easy to make. Here’s how:

Cut two 3" hearts out of red cardstock. I used the heart on Plantin Schoolbook cart (Cricut)

Cut two 3" hearts out of red cardstock. I used the heart on Plantin Schoolbook cart (Cricut)

Stack the hearts and staple them on each side as shown.

Stack the hearts and staple them on each side as shown.

Add eyelets to the sides (or just staple it), decorate it and insert a lollipop. Easy as pie!

Add eyelets to the sides (or just staple it), decorate it and insert a lollipop. Easy as pie!

I took the liberty to make a sheet of just the Kewpies so you can make bunch of these cuties. I left room around them so you can trim them with deco-edge scissors if you like. You can get my Kewpie heart freebie sheet here.

freebie sheet of printable kewpies!

freebie sheet of printable kewpies!

I think they are just swell!

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Until next time happy crafting!

A vintage valentine bag and a freebie!

I see all of those pretty gift bags in the paper crafting magazines and I always think to myself, WOW, pretty but it would break my heart to see it thrown away after the gift was opened. I also think that these women must have way too much time on their hands to decorate a gift-bag when you can go and buy a lovely one at the dollar store, I’d never bother to do that! Never say never folks! I bought some stamps the other day (big surprise) and it came in a plain little kraft bag with handles, too nice to toss in the recycling but it had printing on the front that I wasn’t in love with so I used some of the Cosmo Cricket paper that I got in my DT package from the Rubber Cafe last month, a doily that I cut up and sprayed with my homemade shimmer spray, my homemade dewdrops, die cuts and my new Rubber Cafe stamps to create this recycled gift bag:

The Rubber Cafe

Gift bag by Lindsay Weirich 2009, Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Stamps: The Rubber Cafe

All of the items I used were just laying around on my craft table leftover from other projects with the exception of the vintage clip art. If you would like to download a sheet of vintage clip art including the card used on my bag click here. The heart stamp used on this project fits in the space on the card perfectly. I sprayed the flourish (Accent Essentials Cartridge: Cricut) with gold and red shimmer spray, dried it with a heat tool then stamped the Love Words stamp on top.

Detail of bag front (Check out my homemade dew drops!)

Detail of bag front (Check out my homemade dew drops!)

The stitching is fake! I used a piercing bee (EK Success)and a ruler to make the holes (place the paper on a foam pad or scrap of corrugated cardboard before piercing) then I lined up the strait edge next to the holes and drew along the line with a fine tip marker. If you learn nothing else from my blog learn that!

Faux Stitiching adds detail to the project

Faux Stitiching adds detail to the project

Glitter glue accents the stamped heart.

Glitter glue accents the stamped heart.

Here is a preview of the vintage valentine freebie. Just download it and print it. Easy Peasy!

Free vintage valentines for you, Happy Valentines!

Free vintage valentines for you, Happy Valentines!

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

A Week of UFOs and Freebies!

Now you’re probably thinking that I have lost my mind, I’m not talking about little green men in spaceships (OK  today’s project does have an alien in a spaceship) but by UFO I mean Unfinished Object. My craft room is filled with UFOs. I often have fabulous ideas for new craft projects, some even get finished but there is a majority that get started and then I lose interest when the next great idea comes along. I am dedicating this week to finishing up all of the UFO’s in the craft-room and getting it neat, tidy and organized so I can have a fresh start next week. I also want to revamp my kids art space. Speaking of kids and crafts here is a valentines craft to do with the kiddos.

Out of this World Valentines!

Rocket lollipop holders by Lindsay Weirich

Rocket lollipop holders by Lindsay Weirich

Each valentine holds a lollipop. They are so easy to make. If you have a Cricut Machine and SCAL software you can download my rocket SVG here. If you have an Expression download this SCUT file that will make 3 valentines on a sheet of 12″ cardstock. If you have the Cricut Personal Cutter (6″x12″) you need these two files rocket1scut and rocket2scut. You will need the font “gearbox” to cut the windows. When you download and install it it will just show up on the mat (scut file)

Or you can download my print and cut pattern here. Instructions are included, feel free to share it with teachers as the rockets would make cut pencil toppers too!

My 6 year old son Jack made these all by himself! Stamps used in this project are by Technique Tuesday and Inque Boutigue. Paper is bu Die Cuts With a View.

A flock of rockets!

A flock of rockets!

My favorites that Jack made!

My favorites that Jack made!

Tips for crafting with kids: Cut out everything before you involve the children. Have all the supplies out and ready so you won’t have to leave them unattended while you hunt for supplies. Be patient and have fun!

Instructions:

Glue two rockets together at the edges leaving the bottom open.

Glue the gear (window) on the front.

Stamp and color a robot or alien on white paper and punch out with a circle hole punch. If you don’t have robot stamps you can print free alien/robot images from Family Fun Magazine. Glue the alien on the window.

Write the recipient’s name on the back and insert the lollipop.

I’ll have more valentines ideas and some free vintage valentines to print tomorrow so be sure to check back. Until next time Happy Crafting!

A Sweet Treat box!

I had some project leftovers on my craft table that were too pretty to put away so instead I made this:

Creativecutsandmore.com

Design by Lindsay Weirich 2009, Die cut: Creativecutsandmore.com

The box is from Creative Cuts and More. It is so sturdy! I love these boxes because they are pre-creased so all you have to do is fold and decorate! A big time (and aggravation) saver especially if you need to make a large quantity of something like for a party or wedding. I think this would be perfect for filling with chocolate and giving to a sweetie on valentines day! I used vintage buttons and a sewing pin with faux pearls strung on for an embellishment.

Think outside the box when you are using your embellishments. The chipboard bookplate was actually from a baby set of embellishments but I think is is just darling on this box!

To see the box I used in this project click here. To see the colors and papers it is available in click here. Please note that I used Bazzil Textured paper but it is also available in other papers such as Bazzil Bling and Bazzil Basics. Just browse around and see what you like! Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

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