Tool Man Card

Howdy friends! Here is a card you can make for Fathers Day or a birthday for a handy man in your life:

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It is fun and easy and will help you get more use out of the supplies you own. Watch the video to see how:

The stamps I used were from Technique Tuesday but you can use any tool stamps or use clip art. I used embossing folders for the backgrounds but feel free to use stamps. Take the ideas and fly with it! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

The Ultimate Card Showdown!!!

I couldn’t resist, I had to enter the 2 sketches 4 you ultimate card showdown (every time I hear that name I think of the monster truck show announcer “This Sunday, Sunday, SUNDAY it the Ultimate Card Showdown! Get your tickets, Kid’s seats are still $5!!!” what, is it only me?)  even though the competition is huge. The grand prize winner gets $500 worth of scrapping/stamping supplies including (what I am really in this for) a beautiful pink Bind it All!!! OK enough Jibber-Jabbering, here is my card:

Cardstock: SU!, PP: Autumn leaves, Basic Grey, Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Technique Tuesday, Rubber Stampede, Font: DB Boho Banner, Felt: Queen & Co, Other: Window screen, washers, ink

Cardstock: SU!, PP: Autumn leaves, Basic Grey, Stamps: Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, Technique Tuesday, Rubber Stampede, Font: DB Boho Banner, Felt: Queen & Co, Other: Window screen, washers, ink

Here in an uncluttered look at the card;)

Here in an uncluttered look at the card;)

The base is one sheet of SU! kraft paper folded in half. I score some decorative lines on the edge and inked it. I stamp the paisley and birthday definition on color gloss lazer paper. Tip: Gloss Lazer paper (from the office supply store, I used Hammermill color lazer gloss)  is great for detail stamping and a lot cheaper than glossy cardstock, you get 300 sheets for less then $10! then I sprinkled green, brown and gold powder on it to give it a patina look. I also stamped bolts down the side to up the “manly” factor and I “borrowed” some washers form hubby’s workshop and altered them with rust embossing powder. I added screw top eyelets to the flowers cut form map paper and the scallop boarder was cut from fiberglass window screening then painted brown and stapled on. I added a bit of die cut felt for texture and I made the transparency banner by printing a banner form the DB boho banner font onto a transparency and typed “happy birthday” on it before printing. Tip: I printed a whole sheet of banners while I was at it so I didn’t waste the transparency sheet, see:

DB boho banners font

DB boho banners font

Well, there you have it, I’ll let you know next week weather I made the top 30 or not;) Thanks for stopping by and till next time happy crafting!

2sketches4you and a bit about chalk ink.

I made a couple of cards tonight using the sketches over at 2Sketches4you and I love the way they came out:

Father and Mother's day cards. Stamps: Fiskars, Technique Tuesday, Anitias, Die cut Cricut

Father and Mother's day cards. Stamps: Fiskars, Technique Tuesday, Anitias, Die cut Cricut

The first one using Laura’s sketch was so fun. It is a mother’s day card for mom (she doesn’t do computers so the secret is safe LOL!) And she has a thing for roosters so all the better. I used a new clear stamp set from Fiskars and charcoal chalk ink. chalk ink is great to use on clear stamps because it doesn’t bead up and it dries really fast. I tend to prefer brighter colors myself but I wanted a rustic look so I did all of my stamping on both cards with the chalk ink.

The Rooster Crows...

The Rooster Crows...

Inside of card:

But the Hen Delivers!

But the Hen Delivers!

I used Ewonne’s sketch for this Fathers Day card for Dad who also does not partake of the Internet. He worked most of his like as a builder and for the past 20 years owned hardware store so it is perfect (IMHO that is!)

Hmmm, this could be a nice many birthday card too...

Hmmm, this could be a nice manly birthday card too...

Remember if you want quick drying ink that will work well with clear stamps try chalk ink, it is not as bright as pigment or dye but it gives a subtle matte look and is very nice for direct to paper inking such as antiquing paper or inking edges. Thanks for stopping by and until next time happy crafting!

A Week of UFOs and Freebies!

Now you’re probably thinking that I have lost my mind, I’m not talking about little green men in spaceships (OK  today’s project does have an alien in a spaceship) but by UFO I mean Unfinished Object. My craft room is filled with UFOs. I often have fabulous ideas for new craft projects, some even get finished but there is a majority that get started and then I lose interest when the next great idea comes along. I am dedicating this week to finishing up all of the UFO’s in the craft-room and getting it neat, tidy and organized so I can have a fresh start next week. I also want to revamp my kids art space. Speaking of kids and crafts here is a valentines craft to do with the kiddos.

Out of this World Valentines!

Rocket lollipop holders by Lindsay Weirich

Rocket lollipop holders by Lindsay Weirich

Each valentine holds a lollipop. They are so easy to make. If you have a Cricut Machine and SCAL software you can download my rocket SVG here. If you have an Expression download this SCUT file that will make 3 valentines on a sheet of 12″ cardstock. If you have the Cricut Personal Cutter (6″x12″) you need these two files rocket1scut and rocket2scut. You will need the font “gearbox” to cut the windows. When you download and install it it will just show up on the mat (scut file)

Or you can download my print and cut pattern here. Instructions are included, feel free to share it with teachers as the rockets would make cut pencil toppers too!

My 6 year old son Jack made these all by himself! Stamps used in this project are by Technique Tuesday and Inque Boutigue. Paper is bu Die Cuts With a View.

A flock of rockets!

A flock of rockets!

My favorites that Jack made!

My favorites that Jack made!

Tips for crafting with kids: Cut out everything before you involve the children. Have all the supplies out and ready so you won’t have to leave them unattended while you hunt for supplies. Be patient and have fun!

Instructions:

Glue two rockets together at the edges leaving the bottom open.

Glue the gear (window) on the front.

Stamp and color a robot or alien on white paper and punch out with a circle hole punch. If you don’t have robot stamps you can print free alien/robot images from Family Fun Magazine. Glue the alien on the window.

Write the recipient’s name on the back and insert the lollipop.

I’ll have more valentines ideas and some free vintage valentines to print tomorrow so be sure to check back. Until next time Happy Crafting!

Rocket Card SVG Freebie!

Someone on the SCAL Yahoo group was looking for a rocket file to cut with her cricut and I wanted to make a rocket card to celebrate Battlestar Galactica season 4 coming out on DVD and that’s how this project came to be:

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I drew the rocket in Inkscape (Thanks Dan for the video tutorial) and saved it as an SVG then in Sure Cuts A lot I imported the file, re-sized it and copy and pasted it then flipped the copy and welded it together at the wing. I used the font “gear box” for the cog window, and “Flamez” for the, well,  flames. Too much information? Don’t worry, I’ve included my scut file too but you need to download the SVG file for the scut to work. I made the scut file with the Expression so you get 2 cards on the mat. Here are the files:

Download the SVG version here

Download the scut version here (you need the svg to use this!)

Here is a printable template:-)

I punched out the holes with my crop a dial and cut a red single rocket and layered it behind. The alien stamps are by Technique Tuesday and the “happy birthday” is from Stampin up. Cardstock is DCWV. I used my faux copictechnique and Bic Mark its to color the alien and robot. Just start with the lightest colors first and work on one section at a time like color the alien head light green, then add darker shadows around the edges then blend them together again with the light. I used cheap smooth Georgia Pacific Cardstock bought by the ream at Sams Club. Works great!

BTW if you make the little paper figures you may want to lamenate them with clear packing tape so they can hold up to being played with!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the file and happy crafting!

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