Ink & Silliness? You’ve Come to the Right Place!

Howdy folks! We are supposed to get a whopper of a storm today, they have even called off school in preparation  Over the weekend the kids and I took to re arranging the basement. We moved the old large (and flippin’ heavy-hubby had to do that part) TV downstairs. rearranged the kids craft area. Put away crap that had been dumped on the pool table, remembered we had a pool table and created more open space for roller skating…yes folks, it’s a madhouse,  a madhouse I tell you. There is still a bit more work to be done but the kids will have the “basement of fun” to play in today until the snow flies and they can play in that. Also this weekend I taught my girls how to play “cat’s cradle” I made a tangle free version out of para-cord and they are getting the hang of it, I’m waiting for the trend to catch on again! So hey, how about some crafting?

DCF 1.0

Rainbow-y eh? I am really enjoying the spray inks and daubers I made the other day. I love how quickly I can dye ribbon, cloth and silk flowers with them, no soaking and waiting, instant gratification baby! I really love dying ribbon because I can get large spools of Twill Tape and Ric-Rac from Papermart and color it whatever color I like. It save space (you only need one spool) and it saves money and you can get whatever color you need for a project!

An then just for kicks and giggles I thought I’d film myself making a card (you really shouldn’t encourage me…) and share some tips along he way.

Here is a better look at the card we made:

DCF 1.0

And here is the inside, I like to decorate the inside of cards now and then, a lot of times I forget that I like to do that but with a dark card you need to so you have a place to write (unless you want to write with an opaque marker…which it totally fine.)

DCF 1.0

I hope you have a great day and if you are being hit with the snow in the northeast I hope you have a cozy at home day and if you have to go out be careful  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Caardvarks 3-D challenge!

I love challenges blogs, it’s so fun to be inspired to create something new and see what others make too! One of my fave challenge blogs is Caardvarks, their DT us uber talented and always inspiring. This week the challenge was to make something 3-D, here is my take:

Stamps: About art Accents, Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More

Stamps: About art Accents, Die Cuts: Creative Cuts and More

Here is a better look at the shimmer...mmmm shiney;)

Here is a better look at the shimmer...mmmm shiny;)

I used a die cut bag from Creative Cuts and More and assembled it with Killer Red tacky Tape then used stamps from About Art Accents to decorate it. After it was all put together I gave it a few blasts of my homemade shimmer spray…yes I sprayed it directly on my project!

Stamping details:

I stamped the fairy on Watercolor paper with black versafine ink, heat set and colored with Prismacolors and blended with goo-gone then applied glue to the wings and glittered them. The butterflies were stamped on trancparencywith black staz-on, flipped over and colored with Bic Mark-its then I put double stick tape over that and cut out and glittered. I attached them with glue dots.

Have a great sunday and happy crafting!

Call it “Artistic Licence”…

I was so happy to have time to do both sketch challenges over at 2 Sketches 4 You today. There are two pretty sketches this week and I used Kazan’s sketch #27 for this one…

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: K&co, Ink: SU! other: twig, yarn, silk flowers, brad, shimmer spray

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: K&co, Ink: SU! other: twig, yarn, silk flowers, brad, shimmer spray

…or, at least it started out that way 😉 As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use one of my new ATC fairy stamps from About Art Accents.  I stamped it with SU! basic black and colored it with Tombow watercolor markers then painted over the image with Prang metallic tempera paint that I got at the dollar store. I stamped “be yourself, everyone else is taken” on a white scrap, painted it with the metallic paint and trimmed it with my oval Creative Memories cutter. I added silk flowers and took some of the leftover leaves and sprayed them with my homemade shimmer spray and hot glued them under the stamped fairy. I grabbed a stick from the back yard, wrapped it with eyelash yarn and hot glued that on to. Finally I used a marker to stamp the butterfly and I glued him to the twig. This card was so fun to make (even if I did use some artistic licence on the sketch!)

Here is an ATC I made with Angela’s bonus sketch:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: SU!, K&co, Sticker K&co, Markers: bic

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: SU!, K&co, Sticker K&co, Markers: bic

Thanks girls for the awesome inspiration!

Frugal tip: Want cheap glossy paper for stamping? Try lazer color gloss paper, I got a 300 sheet ream of color lazer gloss by Hammermill and it is a wonderful surface for stamping and doing the polished stone technique and it is cheap! 300 sheet for less than $10! Note, test both sides first because one side works better!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting

A gift in itself

I love boxes! It’s a sickness, I can not part with a box unless I know it will be loved. My favorite are cigar boxes with their seals and labels, they are perfect to alter because they have so much character to begin with. Here is one I made to wrap a holiday gift in…if I can part with it that is:-)

An altered cigar box by Lindsay Weirich

An altered cigar box by Lindsay Weirich

Tiles, silk flower, homemade shimmer spray (from earlier post)

Supplies: Felt: Quuen & co, Chipboard: Colorbox, Paper MME, Buttons: Wal-Mart, Stick Pin: Jo-Anns, Other: Tiles, silk flower, homemade shimmer spray (from earlier post)

Try altering a box to wrap a gift in this year, it’s a great way to recycle and I can guarantee the box will get reused…especially if you send it to a fellow frugal crafter! Come back tomorrow for a craft to do with the kids! Until than happy crafting!

Shake Shake Shake…

This was the card that almost wasn’t! Ever have one of those days where you question your ability to own, let alone operate, a glue gun…well I did. This was a sticky, beady shimmery mess before it was all done. I’m so glad I didn’t chuck this card when I thought it was past the point of no return.

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

Shaker box detail

Shaker box detail

I used my homemade shimmer spray on the flowers and bracket and I stamped and embossed the Celtic knot frame and frame and sentiment. I glued a scrap of transparency to the embossed frame. To make the shaker trace your frame on a scrap of cardstock and cut a 1/4″ boarder around and make snips in to the line ever 1/4 inch and fold up making a cup to hold your beads. Fold the tips of the snipped tabs in and apply tacky glue all the way around and place the frame on top. Wrap ribbon around if desired.

I think this would be nice for a wedding or St. Patrick’s Day. Til Next tome happy crafting!

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