Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween Treats!

Happy Halloween!  I was busy making Halloween treats for my students last night.  It was a last minute idea (of course...why would I plan anything ahead of time?).  On my way home from work, I was thinking how I could get crafty and came up with covering Hershey candy bars.  Simple enough especially when I had some great DCWV Halloween paper and my Silhouette to make labels!
I cut the wrappers to 5.5" x 5.5" and wrapped it around the candy bar, securing it with some Scor-tape.  Then I started stamping labels.  These labels are from My Time Made Easy.  They are the Occasional Label cut file and coordinating stamp set.  I also used MTME's A Spooky Surprise stamp set for the sentiment, and Reverse Confetti's Spooky Cuties for the images.

The ghost on this one is from the MTME set and the witch's shoes are from the Reverse Confetti set.

These only took about 1.5 hours to complete 24 of them.  It was hard to not eat one!  I guess the sentiment held me back!  LOL!!

I hope you have a spooky Halloween!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  A Spooky Surprise and Occasional Labels (MTME), Spooky Cuties (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  DCWV Halloween Stack, Neenah white
Ink:  Pumpkin pie (SU), pear tart, sweet plum, dandelion (Memento Luxe)
Accessories:  Occasional Label cut file (MTME), Scor-tape


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween (almost)!  I went down to my craft room for something and decided to make two Halloween cards for my nephews.  This one is a little washed out in the picture.  There is some green in the pattern paper and I added some green to the main image.  That piece was die cut with My Favorite Things Vertical Greetings die.  The stamps are from Reverse Confetti:  Spooky Cuties and Spooky Sentiments.  I ran the black piece through a spider web embossing folder, and adhered a spider button on the web.  Kind of hard to see here in the picture, but you can see it if you look closely.  On this one, I added black enamel glaze to the eyes for some dimension and a Wink of Stella brush for some shimmer on the ghost.

This one was made in the same manner.  I used a copic marker to color in the "31" and added a spider sticker to the stamped web.  There's a spider button on the embossed web as well.
I used this sketch from Clean & Simple sketches.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Spooky Cuties and Spooky Sentiments (Reverse Confetti)
Paper:  Neenah white, black, Eerie (BG)
Ink:  Versafine black, copic marker
Accessories:  Vertical Greetings die (MFT), spider web embossing folder, enamel glaze, Wink of Stella brush, spider buttons, Memory Box jewel spider sticker


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Just Us Girls #212 - Photo Inspiration Challenge

Happy Saturday!  Today the challenge at Just Us Girls is a photo inspiration challenge, and Marisa has chosen a photo of the most beautiful fall table scape.  I just love fall colors!

Here's a closeup of the beautiful photo.

I was pretty literal with this photo.  I used the colors and leaves as my inspiration.  While I was searching my bevy of fall stamps, I found this leaf image in an old set from Gina K designs called Autumn Leaves.  I stamped it on watercolor paper and used Distress Markers and a water brush to color it.  I was really hoping for more orange leaves, but the brown seemed to overpower the oranges and yellows I used.  I added some shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen.

I needed a sympathy card for a neighbor's father, and I just adore this sentiment.  It's from a PTI set called With Sympathy.

I used this sketch from Seize the Sketch challenge blog.

I'm also entering this in the Trigger Tuesday challenge.  Obviously inspired by the leaves!

You can see more inspiration on these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by! 
Stamps:  Autumn Leaves (Gina K Designs), With Sympathy (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Vintage cream, early espresso, more mustard, watercolor paper, Thankful dp (Authentique), Sugar Hill dp (Farm Fresh)
Ink:  Memento rich cocoa, Archival black, Distress Markers
Accessories:  Prima crystals, button, twine, Wink of Stella clear pen, watercolor brush, dimensionals


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Just Us Girls #211 - Color Challenge

Hi everyone!  Just Us Girls has a cool color challenge going on this week.  Nancy chose this very beautiful color combination that I just adore!

 I just got this Joy Photo Card Frame die from My Favorite Things and cut it out twice (using the die-cut inlay technique from last week).  Once from marina mist and again from sahara sand and put them together.  The marina mist piece was run through PTI's woodgrain impression plate and accented with tea dye distress ink.  Then I cut some snowflakes from SU's retired Parisian Breeze paper using MFT's Let It Snowflake dies.  I made them sparkle with distress clear rock candy stickles.  It gave a subtle sparkle.  I added a button and twine bow and mounted everything on soft suede base.  (And now that I'm looking at this color combo on my laptop, I see that there are more grays than browns.  It looked more brown on my iPad than on my laptop.  Oh well!)

I had a couple of snowflakes left over, so I put them together and stamped a sentiment from MFT's free set Cheerful Christmas Greetings in soft suede for the inside of the card.

You can see more inspiration from the JUGs design team at these blogs.
Stamps:  Cheerful Christmas Greetings (MFT)
Paper:  Marina mist, soft suede, sahara sand, Parisian Breeze (SU)
Ink:  Soft suede, tea dye distress ink
Accessories:  Joy Photo Card Frame, Let It Snowflake dies, woodgrain impression plate, button, twine, distress clear rock candy stickles


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Happy 30th Birthday!

My niece had her 30th birthday this weekend (where did the time go?), and I met her for dinner tonight.  I bought her a Pandora bead and needed a bag for it.  I just purchased these small kraft bags from Hobby Lobby and it was the perfect size.  I started by die cutting the numbers from grunge paper, covering them with glossy accents and fired brick distress glitter.  Love that stuff!  So glittery!  I added some washi tap and a flower I had sitting on my table.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Big Birthday Wishes.  

Here's the card I made previously that I gave to her.  Love how they match so nicely!

That's it for me!  Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, October 14, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 - October

Happy Columbus Day to my American friends!  I spent the weekend at our cabin and today I was off so I went shopping!  I was at my LSS and the mall.  I sure did spend a lot of money.  I guess I should work more and not have so much time on my hands!  LOL!!
So while I was at my LSS, I purchased this moon and owl die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix.  I cut them out of grungeboard, applied glossy accents to it, then sprinkled on the distress glitter.  I used mustard seed on the moon and tarnished brass on the owl.  I wish I had the black glitter for this, but that's on its way to me as we speak!  I set them aside to dry and went to work on the tag background.  I applied antique linen, spiced marmalade, mustard seed, and dusty concord distress paints on the craft mat, spritzed it with water and dragged the tag through it.  Love the way it came out.  Then I added some dusty concord and mustard seed distress inks on top and spritzed with water to get the water droplet effect.   I applied dusty concord distress ink through the bubble stencil, then applied clear embossing powder over it.  The owl and moon were adhered with glossy accents and I stamped the images with black archival ink.  I also took some peach seam binding and added some dusty concord ink to it.
I learned this technique at Tim's Chemistry 102 class.  I'm also going to enter this in his 12 Tags of 2013-October blog post and Our Creative Corner It's Halloween Let's Tag It On.
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Botanical Art (Studio 490), Phantom (Pinkpaislee)
Paper:  Manilla tag, grungeboard
Ink:  Antique linen, spiced marmalade, dusty concord, mustard seed distress paints; dusty concord and mustard seed distress inks; black archival ink
Accessories:  Moon and owl dies, mustard seed and tarnished brass distress glitter, bubble stencil, clear embossing powder, seam binding ribbon


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Just Us Girls #210 - Technique Challenge

 Hi all!  Vicki chose a great technique for the Just Us Girls technique challenge this week.  She chose a technique from one of my favorite designers...Jennifer McGuire.  She calls the technique die cut inlay.  You can see the video tutorial here.

I've actually done this technique before.  You can see my card here.  I went in a different direction this time.  I used Mat Stack #3 and Simply Jane dies for this technique along with some Graphic 45 papers.  I wanted to add some blue into the mix, so I created my own panel using Distress Paints.  This is called the Distress Marbeling technique from Tim Holtz.  I put antique linen, broken china and weathered wood distress paints on my mat and misted it with water.  Then I dragged a piece of vintage cream cardstock through it and dried it with a heat tool.  Then I colored the edges with a gold leaf pen.  I used the gold pen around the edges of the mat of the main image and on the pearls too.

I used the Deconstructed Sketch for my layout.

You can see more inspiration for this challenge on these blogs.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Fusion Card Challenge #19 and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge

Hello again!  I'm back with the last card I made for World Card Making Day.  I chose two challenges to play in this time. 
I loved the sketch and colors in the Fusion Card Challenge, so I used both.

I also liked the CAS-ual Fridays challenge of chevrons and sequins, so I used this as well.

I had this little bag on that I found on my table and it had chevrons on it, so it was perfect for this challenge.  I had to trim it down because it was a tad too tall.  I wanted it as my focal point and the Fusion sketch worked perfectly.  I used smoky slate for the base and ran it through the linen impression plate for some texture.  The rest is pretty self-explanatory.  The speech bubble die is from Paper Smooches.  Did I add too many sequins?  I got a little carried away!

Here you can see how a gift card fits in perfectly.

Well, that's it for me this week.  I hope you enjoyed my World Card Making Days cards these last few days.  I had fun making them!  Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps:  Communique Curves Sentiments and Heart-2-Heart #4 (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Neenah white, smoky slate, black, pink (SU)
Ink:  Versafine onyx black, Memento Luxe rose bud
Accessories:  Paper bag, sequins, speech bubble die (Paper Smooches), WPlus9 flag dies, linen impression plate, dimensionals


Monday, October 7, 2013

Cas(e) This Sketch #48

Hi friends!  This is the second card I made on Saturday in honor of World Card Making Day.  I loved this sketch from Cas(e) this Sketch challenge.

I needed a get well card for my husband's uncle and was in my fall mood again, so I used fall colors and maple leaves.  I learned a new technique this summer at a stamp show here in Buffalo, NY.  The company Prickley Pear was demonstrating it and I thought it was pretty cool.  You cover cardstock with Scor-tape and run it through your die cutting machine with a die.  Then pull off the protective paper and cover with Glitter Ritz Cool Highlight glitter.  Stamp the coordinating image onto the glitter with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Then color over the glitter with copic markers.  I used various yellow and orange markers.  It doesn't ruin your marker tips either.  Love the way it turned out.  Great sketch!
I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday challenge.  Simon says we are going dotty, so I did!  I added this pretty dotted patterned paper.
Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll have my last World Card Making Day card posting tomorrow, so stop by again!
Stamps:  Prickley Pear (leaves), Sending You (PTI)
Paper:  Neenah white, dusty Durango, Sugar Hill (Farm House)
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black, copic markers
Accessories:  Prickley Pear leaf die, cool highlight glitter (Glitter Ritz)


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Papercraft Star Challenge #164

The crafting bug has bitten me!  I woke up early and went right to my craft room to make another card.  I was looking at my Feedly account and came across this Papercraft Star Challenge that someone else had entered.  It's new to me and I loved their inspiration photo and ideas.

One of the suggestions Papercraft Star mentioned was a fall door.  I've had these doors in my stash for a long time and never used them.  It is a die cut exclusively available at my local stamp store Buffalo Stamps and Stuff.  They come with the die cut and screen.  There are quite a few in the pack and are very reasonably priced.  (I think you could contact them to purchase some.)  This one was white and I distressed it with some distress inks.  The wreath is from the Sunflower Wreath stamp set by Taylored Expressions.  I used the die to cut it out from watercolor paper so I could use Distress Markers to color it.  I added a bee and more sunflowers as well as stickles to make it shimmer.  The base of the card was run through a woodgrain impression plate for some texture.
I hope you are enjoying your autumn.  It's raining here today, but I don't mind.  It's all part of the experience, right? 
Thanks for stopping by again.  I have another post here which I hope you'll stop by and see.  Enjoy your Sunday!
Stamps:  Sunflower Wreath (Taylored Expressions), Mailbox Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Soft suede, watercolor paper
Ink:  Distress markers, tea dye and wild honey distress inks, black archival ink
Accessories:  Screen door die kit (Buffalo Stamps and Stuff), wreath die (Taylored Expressions), woodgrain impression plate, crystal, star dust and red stickles, dimensionals, scor-tape


Color Q Challenge #209

Hi everyone!  Yesterday was World Card Making Day and I made three cards!  I was on a roll.  Probably because I have 5-week reports to complete, papers to correct, and about 40 essays to read and score!  Procrastination at its best!
Anyway, I looked at a few challenges to play in and found this one from Color Q.  My card isn't this bright, but I did use the colors (except the white, however I did use Picket Fence distress stain!  I guess that counts!)
I love making tags Tim Holtz style!  In his Chemistry 101 class from Online Card Classes, he taught the marbeling technique.  You put Picket Fence distress stain on your mat in the middle, then add other colors around it.  I used Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, and Broken China.  Then I ran the tag through it picking up the colors and dried it with a heat tool.  I then stamped the images using Archival ink.  I also added some Broken China distress and Tea Dye distress inks around the edges of the tag.  Then I spritzed it with Perfect Pearls mist.  I added the red ribbon and yellow and blue crystals to tie into the challenge colors.  I found that the sentiment was put on the block upside down AFTER I stamped it!  Hate when that happens!
Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be posting my other two cards over the next two days, so stop by again!
Stamps:  Rustic Rooster, Country Morning (SU); Chicken wire (Stamp Camp)
Paper:  Ranger manila tag
Ink:  Archival black, broken china and tea dye distress inks; picket fence, squeezed lemonade, broken china, fired brick, and spiced marmalade distress stains; Perfect Pearls mist
Accessories:  Crystals, ribbon, twine


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Just Us Girls #209 - Sketch Challenge

Happy World Card Making Day!  Isn't it great that we card makers have a day?  Love it!  Just Us Girls is celebrating today with a sponsor.  One winner will win a $15 gift certificate to A Walk Down Memory Lane!

This week is our sketch challenge and Maria gave us this cool sketch.
I'm in a fall mood, so I went with these sunflowers from Papertrey Ink and fall colors.  Don't you just love dies?  I remember fussy cutting before dies...ugh!  I stamped the sunflowers in Butter Bar ink and the centers in Latte chalk ink (Hero Arts ink) and the leaves in Old Olive (SU).  The kraft paper was impressed with the woodgrain impression plate and I added a piece of dp from Sugar Hill paper pack by Farm House.  The sentiment was cut from Crushed Curry paper.  I added shimmer to the sentiment and flower centers with a Wink of Stella brush.  Grosgrain ribbon and some crystals finish it off.

You can see more from our JUGs DT (please welcome new DT members Sharyn, Sue, Cheryl, and Sue) at these blogs.
Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!
Stamps:  Simple Sunflowers
Paper:  Neenah white, crushed curry, kraft, Sugar Hill (Farm House)
Ink:  Butter bar, latte chalk ink (Hero Arts); old olive (SU)
Accessories:  Wonderful words: thank you die, simple sunflowers die, woodgrain impression plate, grosgrain ribbon, crystals, Wink of Stella shimmer pen, dimensionals



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