We go together like….

…painting and stamping!

DCF 1.0

I had this card I painted a couple of weeks ago sitting on my desk, it needed something so I stamped this quote on the front and happy birthday on the inside. Now I am all set for the next birthday! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: more watercoloring

Howdy folks! It is time to take another peek at crafty desks around the globe, that’s right it’s What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday!

DCF 1.0

Here I have the start of a watercolor painting and a few practice studies of dew drops. I’ll share a video on painting the dew drops as well as the finished peony painting in a day or two.  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Grab your watercolor markers!

Hi there! I had some fun yesterday playing with some of the goodies I bought at the stamp convention over the weekend. I learned a new watercolor marker technique, have a look:

 

Wanna, see how I did it? Here is a short (really! under 5 minutes, can you believe it?!?) video to show you how:

The only thing to remember is that you need a stamp that is mostly solid. I used a paper cut bird stamp from About Art Accents. Any silhouette type stamp will work. First I colored the stamp with water based brush markers and then tapped and scribbled darker shades on top nad lastly (this is the part that blew my mind) was that you randomly tap all over the rubber with black! I hardly ever pick up a black marker but I love the look! Also I never tried it on glossy paper, it is pretty on both but see how much brighter it is on glossy:

 

The type of card I made is called a twisted easel. It can be folded flat to mail like this:

 

The inside of the card looks like this. It is a regular card (you can make them ANY size, this is 5″x7″) but you score and fold the front panel from corner to corner. You can see this better in the above video. It was a challenge at OSA this week and it was the first time I tried that too!

 

Here is a side view, it is hard to get a decent pic of a card like this tho 🙂

 

While I was in Springfield the girlfriends and I went to Micheals (we don’t have one around here!) and I grabbed a $6 bag of floral small clear disks-yes I used a coupon LOL! I stuck them to my card and colored them with a permanent marker and viola-instant sparkles!

 

One last thing, the background. I saw an awesome demo from Impression Obsession and they were layering background stamps, that is what I did, I used no pattern paper! How cool is that! I’ll share how to do that later this week as well:)

 

Now I have the boring task of groceries BUT I think I can squeeze in some more stamping before the kids get home! Til next time happy crafting!

Using up some scraps!

I have been sifting through drawers and going through my scrap piles trying to use up some scraps, here is a card I mad with a 8 year old card base, scrap paper and a stamp I colored a month ago from the Birds and Branches digital stamp set from Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff:

Digital Stamps: Lindsay's stamp stuff, Rubber stamps: Inkadinkado, Cardbase: Paper Bliss, markers: Copic, Cardstock: GP

Notice the “dew drops” on the top of the card, they are my famous hot glue dots, there is a how to video on this post.  Here is a look at the Birds and Branches set:

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Crafty Video: Make Pearls and Dew Drops!

Howdy folks! I’m at it again with the videos, I had a couple friends over to craft last night and I was playing with my glue gun trying to make pearl topped brads and it worked, see them on this card:

Stamps: About Art Accents

So I asked Tracy if she would film me making them along with dew drops so without further ado here is the video:

The stamps on this card are from About Art Accents and I’m not sure about the handmade papers but the brads do a great job of holding down the mesh sheet.

making faux pearls is fun and easy!

Tthanks for stopping  by and til next time happy crafting!

Weekend craftiness!

I had a chance test out the new fancy border svg set from Mujka designs this weekend, These are beautiful, very detailed frames so I set me cricut to cut while I made the card and colored my butterfly from the Winged Things set, you can find both of these sets at MyGrafico, gotta love one stop shopping!

Die cut: Mujka Design, Digital Stamp (butterfly) Lindsay's Stamp Stuff, Paper: American crafts, Cardstock: Co'Ordanations, Rubber stamp (sentiment) SU!

Speaking of SCAL you only have 2 days to save 10%  (with coupon code: 9388463) on Sure Cuts a Lot so you can cut these wonderful files out with your cricut machine!

That’s all for today, I’ll be back on Monday with a few new projects and inspiration from the Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff junior  DT, till then Happy Crafting!

Simple “Thanks”

For those times you need a quick card that will fit in a standard business envelope try this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, CVardstock: DCWV, Die Cut: Cricut (accent essentails), ink: Ranger

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: DCWV, Die Cut: Cricut (accent essentials), ink: Ranger

I used sketch #31 over at Oriental Stamp Art (A wonderful Yahoo group devoted to Asian themed stamping) to make this quick card. I use color laser paper and alcohol ink to make the background and punched 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ squares to stamp on and mat. The stamps are from About Art Accents (my favorite place to find everything Asian!) and the cardstock is by Die Cuts with a view.

So the next time you don’t think you have time to make a handmade card give this sketch a whirl, it really couldn’t be simpler 😉 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!

Did you know you can rent Cricut Cartridges?

I was thinking that it be great to be able to rent cartridges for your Cricut machine. You could try it out before you spent $40-$100 on it to see if you really like it, or, if you just need a cart for a particular project like a baby shower you could rent it for as long as you need it. Cool idea right. Why didn’t someone think of that before? Well Someone did, I found this site: crabbycrowcartridgerentals.com. they work like Netflix, you pay a monthly fee to rent 1 or two carts at a time. When you mail the one you have back you get the next one on your list. Cool Huh. I have not used this service because I can do pretty much anything I want with my SCAL software but if you love the Cricut carts you may want to give them a try.

Speaking of Cricut cartridges, see what I made with Wild Card and my new Rubber Cafe stamps. Deal Aleart: free shipping code for The Rubber Cafe: HNY2009

Cards by Lindsay weirich 2009

Cards by LindsayWweirich 2009

I love how the dew drops sparkle! You can buy them at the rubber cafe or if you have a glue gun you can make something similar, read how here.

To make the card I laid all of the parts out in design studio. I kept it all on one mat and cut it out in several different colors so I can mix and match to make different valentines cards, there are candles in the design too that I will use on Birthday cards! I stamped Happy Valentines Day on the inside of the card with brown then stamped Trailing Hearts with clear embossing ink and then dabbed on red and pink Pebbles chalk. I ran the bottom layer of the cupcake through a paper crimper (OK that’s a lie, I didn’t have a paper crimper so I used a tube wringer, a devise used to wring out tubes of paint so you get every drop, there I go saving money again!) then I inked it to show the texture. I tied ribbon around the bottom later before adhered it to the base. TIP: tie your ribbon upside down for a perfect bow every time! Then I added pink dew drops and adhesive pearls for sprinkles. I like them but then again I’m especially fond of cupcakes, vegan ones that it!

If you are using the Wild Card cartridge without Design studio just set the size for the card base and keep the dial set there and all of your layers should come out the right size. Do not use the “real dial size” feature. If you want to try out wild card before you buy check out Crabby Crow! BTW Cricut Carts are on sale for $40 and accessories are 40% 0ff at Jo-Anns January 11th-31st!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and as always, happy crafting!

Make your own Dew Drops!

OK first I need to thank Linda from Vegas for her comment yesterday, she asked if I knew how to make my own dew drops. I thought that you could make something similar with hot glue, a non stick craft sheet and alcohol ink.  I think they came out really well:

Home made "dew Drops" made with hot glue!

Home made “dew Drops” made with hot glue!

Here is how to make faux Dew Drops:

Lay out a non stick craft sheet or hot glue mat. They are made out of silicone and nothing sticks to them! Heat up a glue gun with a clear hot glue stick in it.

Drops of hot glue on a non-stick craft mat

Drops of hot glue on a non-stick craft mat

Squeeze out little drops of glue.To avoid “strings” twirl the glue gun in a small spiral when you lift it off the drop. Don’t worry if you get glue strings, they will pull off easily later.

Color the "dew drops" in a baggie, so neat!

Color the “dew drops” in a baggie, so neat!

You can leave the drops clear or put some in a baggie with 2 or 3 drops of alcohol ink and smoosh them around with your fingers. Dump them out on a scrap of paper to dry. They dry quick!

Ta-Da! Almost as good as the real deal!

Ta-Da! Almost as good as the real deal!

I’m gonna make some more tonight! you can get a hundred form a 10 cent glue stick. How cool (and frugal) is that! If you don’t want to bother with making your own you can buy them at The Rubber Cafe.

Have fun making this, try making other embellishments with hot glue, squeeze out hearts, frames and swirls, you can even make faux wax seals by squirting out a dab of glue and pressing a small rubber stamp in it then painting the cool glue seal with metallic acrylic paint. Just be sure to protect your stamp by covering it with clear ink first and let it cool before you remove the stamp from the glue!

Thanks for stopping by and as always happy crafting!

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