Feeling Lucky?

You have until tonight at Midnight to Sign up for Creative Cuts and More Blog Hop Blog Candy! You need to sign up on Monday’s post to be eligible. If you missed the hop you can start at the beginning at the Die-Cut Diva blog and see all of the projects the CC&M designers have been working on and sign up to win different prizes at each blog but you’ve gotta do it tonight to win!

A lot of stamps on one small card!

A lot of stamps on one small card!

Keeping with the “lucky” theme here is a quick St. Patrick’s Day card. I used a free vintage image from Vintage Image Craft, Kraft Cardstock from Stampin Up!,  Corner flourish stamps from Magenta, Dollar stamps from Studio G, a frame stamp from Rubber Stampede, shamrock stamps from Inkadinkado and a die cut label from Creative Cuts & More. The cool thing is that all of this stuff was already laying on the craft table leftover from other projects! Love that!

I’ll pick a winner of the blog candy tomorrow good luck and happy crafting!

My Scrapping Hiatus is Over!

Up until last week I hadn’t scrapped in months and I really missed it but the thought of editing and printing 5 months of photos was overwhelming. Then I thought “hey, who says It has to be perfect anyway?” so I opened the software that came with my Canon Camera and just printed my pics! I cropped some but that was it, I hit the “photo fix” button on my HP printer and just let um print! I have to say scrapping the page was easy because I wasn’t worried about massing up a photo I spent an hour editing! here is the result:

Layout by Lindsay Weirich, Stamps: Magenta, Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Die Cut Felt: Accucut, Sofware Sure cut a Lot with the Cricut

Layout by Lindsay Weirich, Stamps: Magenta, Inkadinkado, Autumn Leaves, Paper: Autumn Leaves, Die Cut Felt: Accucut, Sofware Sure cut a Lot with the Cricut

Yes the embossing is sloppy and the handwriting is worse and I didn’t bother to stitch on the buttons (I use my homemade glue dots) but I love the colors and the care free feeling of the page. The shaped paper with the words was the label freebie I gave out on valentines day (cut with SCAL and my cricut enlarged) and I shaped the other paper by hand before I got my expression and you can see how here.

I think some of my favorite pages are the quick, non fussy, imperfect ones that are 100 % fun to make and capture the memory. Isn’t that what scrapbooking is supposed to be about anyway?

Thanks for stopping by and 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

kathyscardbox

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!

My New Shelf!

Check this out:

Holy cow, check out this shelf!

Holy cow, check out this shelf!

My good fried Kathy called me 2 weekends ago from a lady’s basement who was selling her entire stamp collection. I’m thinking “I need more stamps like I need a hole in the head!” and I decided I didn’t “need” to go but she said she was selling her stamp shelves for 5 bucks. So I decided I would swing by on my way to my parents house to see if she had anything left and check out her shelves. Holy coy this woman was stocked with awesome stamps! I grabbed these House Mouse, Stampscapes and Magenta stamps for 1-3 dollars each! And yes I got the shelf.

Some new to me stamps!

Some new to me stamps!

I thought about getting two shelves but decided that might be too much of a strain on my marriage 😉

If you want a shelf like this it is made from 1×4 pine. It is 6′ high by 4′ wide. Hubby secured the shelf to a beam in the celling since it is tall and narrow, otherwise it would probably tip over. The shelves are 4″-6″ apart, perfect for storing stamps! I had so many that I put them in on the diagonal, I put up my favorites, the rest I gifted to my kids who will use and appreciate them more than I did!

Speaking of the kids, 2 out of 3 are sick, hubby too, hence no crafty project today. I have a few things in the works though and as long as I don’t get what they have I have a new craft up tomorrow. Yay for my superior vegan immune system…I’m totally jinxing myself now…Until next time stay healthy and happy crafting!

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