Another Camera Phone Scrapbook Page!

Another thing I love about my camera phone is that I can hand it off to my kids and not worry about the lens getting smudged or scratched and also people do not run away from someone holding a cell phone like they do if you are holding a honest-to-God camera. Look at the great pic my daughter Maizy got of me, my sister and her husband, my other daughter and my parents…oh yes, and my dog Hazel:

I’m pretty sure Dad would not have smiled at me holding my big DSLR LOL! It just proves my motto: Use it up, wear it out, make do or do without. Don’t fret about missing a moment because you left your ‘good’ camera at home, grab your phone and get scrappin! Til next time happy crafting!

PS In case you are wondering my phone is a cheap Samsung Trac-Phone, nothing fancy and less than $50 (and I think that included a year’s worth of minutes…I don’t talk on the phone much 🙂 )

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!

More Valentine’s Day, Rubber Cafe, Freebies, Templates and Tips Today!

I’m a poet and I didn’t know it LOL! Well I got a box delivered on Tuesday from the Rubber Cafe and it was like Christmas all over again! And since I got an Expression for Christmas I thought it was the perfect chance to try them both out! Here is the first card I designed:

Got SCAL? (or Design Studio) grab the free files below!

Got SCAL? (or Design Studio) grab the free files below!

Prima, Dew Drops, Ribbon

Same Design Different paper: Supplies: Stamps: The Rubber Cafe, Paper: Cosmo Cricket, Flower: Prima, Dew Drops, Ribbon

Here is the Print n cut template, it’s  a small file, just re-size it to print it on a 8 1/2″x11″ sheet or when you go to print select “fit to page” from your printers window. For Sure Cuts A Lot users here is an SVG version of this card, and an SVG version with a heart instead of a triangle for an arrow point. The Design Studio cut file is here, I used a heart for the arrow point because I thought it was cuter! If you want a triangle point just delete the heart and add on a triangle, Just don’t forget to weld! On the following card I simply welded two hearts together, I rotated one so they looked like mirror images then added a heart in the middle one one heart to make the window. Make sure you don’t weld the window or you won’t have one. I stamped “heart strings” on a piece of acetate then painted the back of it with acrylic paint, let dry and attached it behind the opening of the card with double stick tape. All of the supplies on these cards are available at The Rubber Cafe. There are some good sales now too, check out the Halloween stamps for next year and there are some beautiful NIJI pearlessent watercolors too that are a good deal and their shimmers are on sale as well.

Another cute card to cut with your Cricut!

Another cute card to cut with your Cricut!

Get this stuff at The Rubber Cafe!

Get this stuff at The Rubber Cafe!

So you are probably saying “cute card…but how the heck do I mail it?” No fear, I have a cute square petal envelope for you to download in both SVG (for SCAL users) and a cut file for design studio users and of course I made it with the “George” cart so most people can use it. The cool thing about the SVG version is that you can make cute mini petal envelopes too! I love the Expression for cutting envelopes…what, no Expression? No worries, You can make the same envelope with a circle cutter, see my tutorial here.

It's hip to be square...A cute envelope to mail square cards in!

It's hip to be square...A cute envelope to mail square cards in!

TIP: Well, maybe not a tip perse but if you bought (or someone bought it for you as a Christmas gift) the Cricut Expression between October 15th and December 15 2008 you can get two free cartridges from Provo Craft. You need to fill out the rebate form and mail them your receipt and $8. Not bad for 2 free carts, they will send you my community and printing 101, not my top choices but with kids in school they will come in handy!

Thanks for stopping by and reading throught the looooong post! Til next time happy crafting!

Yee-Haw!

I’m loving this cowboy paper from Cosmo Cricket! Here is what I made from some scraps left over from the “giddyup” cards a few days ago:

Cosmo Cricket

stamps: Stampin Up, Paper: Cosmo Cricket

I ordered the “cowboy” stamps from a good friend of mine who is an SU demo a couple of months ago and I’m finally getting around to using them! I guess there haven’t been many boy birthdays lately. I think I will make some more of these baskets around Christmas time and fill them with gourmet coffee beans or candy for my kids teachers and neighbors. What do you think?

Happy Crafting!

Lindsay

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