Smile!

Happy Friday! I have a busy day ahead of me. I’ll be decorating for the Blue & Gold banquet, then teaching a craft project to my daughters class, then taking the family to the banquet tonight. Then this weekend we have parties to attend. I thought I’d pop in quickly before my hectic day starts and share a card that was published in Vamp Stamp News this month:

 

The cute dancers are by Crafty Secrets (did you hear they are no longer making clear stamps!?! so if you want this stamp set you better try to find it, it is called “A Couple of Cuties”) and the bottle cap, tab and sentiment are by inkadinkado. The ribbon actually came off a box of Valentine chocolates last year and I saved it, perfect huh?

BTW my valentine craft class that the library was a whopping success with over 40 people in attendance and I was afraid no-one would come. I have to thank crafty moms who pitched in (Kathy & Robin) and a quick thinking librarian (Miss Audrey) who was Jhonny-on-the-spot with the photocopier when I ran out of sheet music (I had optimisticly planned for 22 people thinking I’d be lucky to get a dozen LOL!) I’m glad I brought plenty of plenty of card making supplies, the kids were so good about working patiently on cards while they waited for me to be done helping others.

Well, I better cut this short, I have breakfast to make and kids to get moving! Til next time happy crafting!

A few “toots” and a CASE & Freebies!

Well, my mailbox has been busy this week! I was asked (along with fellow MyGrafico designers Cheri Wenger and Blackleaf Studios) to design a custom digital stamp for Paper Crafts Magazine’s special publication Stamp It! Cards. You can download all of our designs here. Gotta love free right?

I really enjoyed this issue of Stamp It! Cards, infact I found many ideas I wanted to try. Here is a card I CASE’d (CASE=copy and steal everything), the original card is on page 89 of Stamp It! Cards and it was by Agniesza Malyszek, her’s turned out much prettier than mine but I still like it 😉

 

To make the card I stamped the butterflies in Versafine black and heat embossed them with clear then loosely splashed watercolor over them. Honestly I got a little TOO loose with the watercolor and I’m not sure what I was thinking with the flourescent coral sentiment block but, hey, it was fun!

Tuesday I got the September issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and I just about fell over to see my button cards on the COVER:

 SSA September 2011

BTW you can still get the July Issue of SSA with my marker review spreadsheet. Honestly, it is more than you ever wanted to know about Alcohol & Watercolor markers and extra ways to use them.

 SSA July 2011

Current Issue CoverOh and one more Pub…I have 2 cards in the July issue of Vamp Stamp News.

 

OK I think I just dislocated my shoulder patting myself on the back 😛 til next time happy crafting!

I’m a Cover Girl!!!

No, not the make-up silly, I finally got a card of the cover of Vamp stamp News July 2009 issue! My card is the purple one on the bottom. If you subscribe to VSN you should get the issue in your mailbox within the week or look for it in stores in a week or two! I’m very excited as it was one of my 2009 goals to get work on the front cover of a magazine!

Stamps: About Art Accents

Stamps: About Art Accents

I have a couple of projects to share today. I was cleaning out my OOOLD pattern paper the other day (and believe me I had some doozies in there) when I came upon a lovely print that I just had to use immediately or else I would forget I had it with all of the lovely papers that find their way into my craft room (or lately my hard drive) so I made these Oriental fans:

Stamp: About Art Accents, Tool: Scor-Pal, Paper: unknown

Stamp: About Art Accents, Tool: Scor-Pal, Paper: unknown

For this fan I cut my 12″x12″ sheet in half and used my Scor-Pal to score lines 1/2″ apart and I accordion folded it then used my crop a dial to punch a hole to run gold cord through and I wrapped it around the handle. This is an excellent craft to do with kids because it doesn’t take much time or supplies and they can leave it as is or embellish it. I stamped the Geisha from About Art Accents with Burgundy Versafine pigment ink and colored it with my Prismacolors and blended it with goo gone; you see I’m very sloppy when I color and blending with the goo-gone hides that fact a bit 🙂

Stamps: About Art Accents, Tool: Scor Pal, Paper: Autumn Leaves and other

Stamps: About Art Accents, Tool: Scor Pal, Paper: Autumn Leaves and other

On the round fan I also used stamps from About Art Accents (check out their website because the are running some good specials right now and if you email them before you order they will adjust the shipping on small orders) I just stamped and trimmed the images and used hot glue to attach them to the fan. Here is how to make the fan. Cut 2 3″x12″ strips of paper and accordion fold them every 1/2″ (I used a Scor-Pal to do this) and glue the strips end to end then glue a popsicle stick to each end of the long strip. Join the popsicle sticks together and wrap them with gold cord. The paper should fan out in a circle but will not want to lie flat. When you hot glue the stamped items on it will make it sturdy. I also hot glued a stamped circle to the back for added stability.

I think I will recycle this craft come Independence Day. Make one of these fans today and just try to resist the urge to say “I Declare…” when you fan yourself with it LOL!

Have a great weekend and until ext time happy crafting!

Published again!

Not that I want to toot my own horn (OK I’m Tootin’ here!) I just really love this card and I have waited months to be able to share it with you, see it was in the May issue of Vamp Stamp News as part of their stamp masking challenge and they want to keep their stamp art as fresh as possible for their readers so I waited til now to show you (cuz the June issue is now available and I think it’s OK 😉

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado, Paper: DCWV, Die Cuts: Cricut Accent Essentails cart

Stamps: Crafty Secrets, Inkadinkado, Paper: DCWV, Die Cuts: Cricut Accent Essentails cart

I had a ball making this card and can you blame me the stamp is darling, it is by Crafty Secrets. First you stamp the girl/swing on a die cut shape then again on a scrap and cut the scrap out, place the scrap over the girl, ink up a brayer with a blue Kaliadacolor ink pad and roll right on over, then stamp a larger script stamp in black on that. Remove the mask and color with pencils. It’s really quite easy!

If you have never had the pleasure of reading VSN check them out, there is a list of stores that carry it here and it is only $4 an issue! If you subscribe it is less and it is packed with hard core stamping info. You can still order the May issue from the website if you want to learn more about masking, in the June issue it is all about die cutters (and yes, I have a card in there too but you will have to get the magazine to see it 😉 It is a good investment if you are considering a die cutter purchase in the future. BTW I have no affiliation with VSN except being lucky enough to be published in there from time to time, it’s just a good magazine I think you should check out.

Have a great weekend, I hope the sun comes out after a week of rain, if not we will just have to stay inside and craft 😉 Till next time Happy Crafting!

Big Thanks!

Wow, what a week! I found out that at least one of my cards will be featured in the February issue of Vamp Stamp News, not sure which one (or ones) and they put one of my cards on the VSN homepage! And I got several projects accepted into Just Cards! magazine. Special thanks go out to my friend Kathy who generously gave me permission submit a card I made with her onesie pattern, and also I want to thank Jen of Jen’s Brain Things blog for letting me use one of her cut files on another accepted project. You girls rock!

And I thought I would share a few thank you cards with you today:

card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

card by Lindsay Weirich 2008

The paper Co.

Stamps: Inque Boutique, Paper: The paper Co.

Tri-Fold Card by Lindsay Weirich

Tri-Fold Card by Lindsay Weirich

Also I want to thank Olena and Heather for blog awards, you are so sweet!

Have a great weekend and happy crafting!

Look what I got in the mail today!

The new issue of Vamp Stamp News and in it is a card I made! Yay! I is the first card I have submitted to that magazine and they used it, I’m thrilled!

December 2008 issue of Vam Stamp News

December 2008 issue of Vam Stamp News

3-D Christmas Tree Cards by Lindsay Weirich (yay!)

3-D Christmas Tree Cards by Lindsay Weirich (yay!)

Now take a close look at the cover…see the beautiful Santa card in the corner? Well fellow The Rubber Cafe Design Team Member Lisa Somerville made that one, you go cover girl! I’ll be back later with a free template and card to share, I just couldn’t wait to share my happy mail!

Happy Crafting!

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