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 πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜‰ Till next time Happy Crafting!

Pizza Party Invitations!

I made this card as a thank you for a friend who gave us a Pizza Hut gift card for Christmas. Then I thought hey, these would make great pizza party invitations! Think of how much fun kids would have making these:

Cards by Lindsay Weirich 2009, Cardstock: DCWV

I drew my toppings in inkscape and saved them as an svg so you can cut the with Sure Cuts a Lot software and your Cricut machine. Here are the files:

Pepper SVG, Mushroom SVG, Cheese SVG, SCUT file with the crust card base, cheese and sauce, SCUT file with the toppings. Please download all files if you want to make this card. If you don’t have a cricut you can snag my printable template hereπŸ˜‰

here is how to layout your mat 9If using the expression) for the crust and cheese:

layout your paper on the mat like this
layout your paper on the mat like this

Layout your cutting mat this way for the toppings:

layout your paper on the mat like this
layout your paper on the mat like this
cutt all the colors on one mat
cut all the colors on one mat

Or just use the svg files anyway you want. The card base is just two circles welded together, and the sauce is a circle too. If you can manage welding circles you don’t need the scut files but I thought you may find it helpful.

BTW There are enough toppings for 3-4 pizzas there and you could fit more on the paper if you want. Talk about easy invites!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Free Adjustable Pillowbox Template!

Hi all! A blog reader asked if I could help her make a pillow-box that she could cut with her Cricut and the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. (Thanks Pam!) Here is what I came up with:

The Rubber Cafe
Pillow boxes by Lindsay Weirich 2009. Supplies: SCAL/Cricut, Stamps: The Rubber Cafe
The Rubber Cafe
A sweet little tag. Stamps: The Rubber Cafe
I lengthend the svg file to make a larger box
Adjustable pillow box: I lengthend the svg file to make a larger box

I really liked it so I made an SVG version for SCAL users and a printable version as well. They are all adjustable but the svg and printable versions are probably the easiest to adjust. The little boxes can be cut on the 6″x12″ cricut and the larger one can be done by hand or on the expression.

Download the files here:

Pillowbox for Cricut Design Studio Users (plantain Schoolbook) here

SVG Pillowbox for SCAL users here

Printable version for everyone else here!

I also used Accent Essentials (it came with my Expression as well as Plantain Schoolbook and man, I love that little cart! I keep it down in the art room with my little bug) to cut the swirls and scallop tags. The stamp is from The Rubber Cafe, you know I saw the stamp in my DT stuff this month and thought “eh” I wasn’t crazy about it but now that I’ve used it I really think it is sweet, plus it’s the perfect size for a tag! I never would have picked it but I am glad to have it. It’s cute don’t you think.

Enjoy, thanks for stopping by andΒ  happy crafting!

A SVG Freebie for you!

I’ll warn you, this post will be longer than usual so grab a frosty cold beverage and get comfy. As you know I love using my Sure Cuts A lot software (SCAL) with my Cricut. I just learned how to design my own files that I can cut with SCAL and my Cricut using a free program called Inkscape.Β  I love the look of artisan shapes and thought “I’d like to have a cool bracket frame”, well it was super easy to make in SCAL by welding 4 parenthesis brackets together (you could do it in Design Studio as well for that matter) but I also would like to share the file with others so they can resize it however they want so I make one in Inkscape and saved it as a SVG file so you can use it with SCAL and a Cricut and hopefully other die cutting machines. If you are scrappin it old school you can download Inkscape, resize the shape how you want it, print journaling in it if desired, print it on the paper of your choice, cut it out and put it on your card or layout. Easy Peasy! Here is a layout I did using my bracket frame, I glittered the frame and placed it over a pic of me and my daughters and I used the middle of the frame as my journaling block. I stamped some swirls around the edges using the large stamp in Inque Boutique’s Storyboard set. I love how you get 2 shapes from one die cut (3 if you use the negative space around the frame!)

SCALariffic scrapbook page!
SCALariffic scrapbook page!
I went a little overboard with the glitter!
I went a little overboard with the glitter!

Then I decided a shaped card would be pretty so I imported my shape into SCAL and made it fill half the mat (I am using the original 6″x12″ Cricut) and clicked “weld” then I copy and pasted the shape again (to make sure bot halves of my card would be the same size) then I flipped my second shape (to keep the card symmetrical) clicked weld and overlapped the two shapes on the edges. That’s also how I made the scallop card with the glitter in it.

Martha Stewart & Inque Boutique
Bracket Birthday Card, Stamps: Martha Stewart & Inque Boutique
Best Wishes Card with MS and IB stamps.
Best Wishes Card with MS and IB stamps.

Click here for the SVG file. I hope you enjoy it. If you have any trouble please leave me a comment and I’ll try to help you. If you want to download Inkscape click here. If you don’t have SCAL you can get it here, it’s $70 but you can download a 10 free trial to see if you like it. The trial version will cut horozontal lines through your design as a watermark but you can see how well it works before you buy.

I also cut all of the flourishes, swirls and title in SCAL. Fonts used were all freebies: Victorian LET, Designs Galore and KR Swash Buckler.

Thanks for reading through this long post! Have a great weekend!