A stationary set and a freebie!

I made this stationary set for my Mom on her birthday:

I used my Stampin up stuff to make this pretty set for mom!

I used my Stampin up stuff to make this pretty set for mom!

Most of the stamps I used in this project are from Stampin UP! I love the wheels because they add a lot to a project in little time.

This pretty border was done with a wheel!

This pretty border was done with a wheel!

I am having a little catalog SU party. If you know me in real life you can stop by and place an order through my Stampin UP demonstrator (the fabulous fellow twin mom Nicolle.) Nicolle does not have a website so if you are a cyberspace only friend and want to order you can visit my friend Cheri’s website to order from her. The cool thing about ordering now is that for every $50 you spend you get to pick a free stamp set! Yes I’m a sucker for anything free but there are some very cute sets this year. I always order in February and stock up on Cardstock (I used Kraft and Certainly Celery in this project for example), stamp wheels (they are compatible with your Rollagraph handles and presses and SU is the only place I’ve been able to find them lately!) and re-inkers. I use SU ink to reink all of my dye base pads weather they are from SU or not. I make my own pigment ink but I buy the dye kind from SU in basic colors and mix what I need for the other pads. Thrifty huh?

Cardstock, wheel and flower stamp: Stampin UP, Ribbon: Dollar Tree, Sentiments: Inkadinkado

Cardstock, wheel and flower stamp: Stampin UP, Ribbon: Dollar Tree, Sentiments: Inkadinkado

My mom LOVED her stationary! I kept the sentiments unattached so that she could customize the cards as she needed them. To make the set I took 3 sheets of Kraft and 3 sheets of celery and cut them down to 7″x10″ and folded them to make the card bases. Then I used my wheel stamp to stamp some of the leftover strips, punched them and added them to the cards. I stamped the focal tiles on a sheet of pink, cut them with pinking shears and did faux stitching, adhered them and stamped the sentiments (inkadinkado) on the scraps. I used 7 sheets of cardstock total for the cards! A also used 4 yards of pink grosgrain ribbon on this set but since I bought it at the dollar store it kept the price of the project down.

Download a file to cut this box with your cricut, or a printable template for free!

Download a file to cut this box with your cricut, or a printable template for free!

Now for the freebies! I used the Cricut Cartridge Tags, Bags Boxes and More to make my box but then I thought “Hey, I could make a similar box on George or Plantain to share with my cricut pals” so I did! I got rid of the annoying tabs that bugged me in the TBBM version. I designed the boxes with the carts native to that machine so it can be cut with the free trial version of Cricut Design Studio.

Click here for a Baby Bug version using the George Cartridge (6″x12″ mat).

Click here for the Expression version using Plantain Schoolbook (12″x24″ mat)

Click here for the SVG version good for any cricut machine if you have sure cuts a lot software. Scalable to any size!

Click here for a printable version.

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

Cutting Vinyl with your Cricut: Make an inspiration board!

There is a big trend in home decor these days and it is being embraced by companies such as Die cuts With a View, Stampin Up! and other specialty stores. Wall words. I think is some part the trend has grown in popularity is from us cricut users who discovered that we can cut sticky back vinyl in out machines. I decided that my shabby bulletin board needed a makeover so here is what I did:

Lindsay Weirich's Inspiration board

Lindsay Weirich's Inspiration board

I started cutting sign shop vinyl long before cricut started making it in fact all the Vinyl I use comes from local sign shops and is scraps! Yes that’s right as in free! The “scrap” I used for this project was 14″x20″…see, how cool is that, that is their idea of a scrap! Next time you are in a sign shop ask the manager if they will save their scraps too small for their big machines, they’ll probably be happy to rather then see it go to waste!

Here is how to make the lettering with your cricut: Open SCAL or Design Studio and select a mat to use in your machine. I used a 12″x24″ mat in SCAL and the font Staccato 222 BT, I clicked on the weld button and typed my word “Serenity” I like this word because I like how calm I am when I craft but often I am wound up when I enter my craft space and I am reminded or Mr Castanza on Seinfeld yelling “Serenity Now! Serenity Now!” yeah, that more like it! I didn’t want to waste any vinyl so I filled in some empty spots with flourishes. I cut the vinyl with the blade set to 3 and the pressure set to 2, that cut the vinyl but not the backer.

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Then I removed the mat from the machine and peeled up the leftover piece of vinyl from the mat leaving only my design.

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Then I pressed a piece of clear contact paper on to the design. Don’t be afraid to overlap the contact paper or piece a couple of smaller pieces together yo cover your design. Cut apart the words. Note: You can save the contact paper and use it again, just stick it back to the slick backer sheet when you are done!

Rub the contact paper with a bone folder, your fingernail or the back of a spoon to make sure the letters get stuck to it then peel away the backer. Only the vinyl will be stuck to the contact paper. Press the contact paper to the wall, or in my case the piece of foam-core that will be my new bulletin board. Rub your fingernail over the vinyl and peel back the contact paper carefully. There you have it, a vinyl transfer! Use this to spruce up your walls, furniture, lamps even your car!

Here are some more shots of my IB:

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Family photos make me happy :-)

I stitched this pocket to hold oft-used stencils and masks, yes, I made it with the cricut!

I stitched this pocket to hold oft-used stencils and masks, yes, I made it with the cricut!

It is nice to look up and see this when I create!

It is nice to look up and see this when I create!

If you want to try this but you don’t have a cricut you can try stenciling or using large stickers or get get a premade saying from one of the companies listed above.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

Handmade Felt Embellisments

This trend is hot, felt embellishments! You can make your own with rubber stamps, felt, acrylic paint and chalk. It’s quick too!

Autumn Leaves

Felt Embellishments by Lindsay Weirich, Stamps: Autumn Leaves

Choose a bold line drawing stamp like the Mindy’s Zoo Stamps by Autunm Leaves. Use a sponge brush to dab black acrylic paint on the stamp and with as much pressure as you can muster press the stamp onto the felt. Rinse the stamp off and let the felt dry. Color the image with chalk (also called pastels) sticks or pencils. Cut out and add it to your next project! You can also use your old fashioned Die cutting machine, with the thick dies to cut felt as well! Try using paper piecing patterns with the felt too. It is a great way to add touchable texture to your next project. If you want the look (but don’t want to do the work) check out the die cut felt designs available at Creative Cuts and More. You can get the felt shapes for a song and add stitching, color buttons you name it. Try it, you’ll like it! Also if you have a local craft store with a die cut center you can usually buy the felt from them and use the machine for free, just ask! Thanks for stopping by and until next time Happy Crafting!

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!

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