Friday, October 31, 2008

Bonus Halloween Project

Happy Halloween!

Here are a couple of fun Halloween projects I did this week.

This card is from our Top Note die that goes with our big shot. It came together really quick. It uses a bunch of punches too, gotta love those punches.

White, Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace and Elegant Eggplant cardstock
Certainly Celery ink pad
Curly label punch, 1 1/4 and 1 in circle punches, paper snips, big shot, top note die and dimensionals

The next project is what my husband will be taking to work today. His office lets their kiddos come trick or treating in the morning so this is what he has to give to the kids who come to his desk.
It's a lollipop graveyard-well actually they're dum dum's so its a graveyard of dum dums-HAAA HAAA! That makes me laugh everytime!

This was super easy, also with punches-the ghosts are made from the scallop circle punch and the 1/4 inch circle punch. They are attached to the dum dums with a dimensional The tombstones are the large oval cut in half. The box is an 8x8 box, score 1 inch all around and assemble turn upside down and stick 'em in. They didn't stand up as well as I thought they would, but then if they were all standing straight up it wouldn't look like they were flying around and haunting us, now would it?

Thanks for looking-now on to Christmas! I have a Christmas card stamp a stack tomorrow so I'll have pictures of that next week!

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

My Chocolate swap

Happy Halloween!
For our demo meeting last night our swap theme was decorated chocolate. Here's what I did. I kept seeing test tube with candy in them, covered and I couldn't find the test tubes anywhere so I improvised. I found these tubes at Hobby Lobby. They are storage tubes for beads and other small things, but they worked just great for this too. For my box it's a piece of cardstock cut 4x11. On the 4 inch side score it 1 1/4 inches from each side. On the 11 inch side score at 5 1/2, 7, 9, and 10 1/2. Once it's scored and folded, it goes together really easily. So cute!

Always stamp set
versa mark
Not quite Navy cardstock, Maine Blueberry DSP
Clear embossing powder, heat tool, scallop circle punch, filigree brads, big shot, basket and blooms die, dimensionals, 1 1/4 circle punch
Check back today at noon I'll have some special Halloween projects posted!
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow! I'll have the other swaps to show you from our meeting last night tomorrow!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Card with our Decor Elements

Our decor elements are so versitle and I just love them. In our brochure our small jingle all the way decor element is the perfect size for cards. I did the bell on watercolor paper, cut it out, added a little silver in the background and covered it with dazzling diamonds glitter, then attached it to the card with dimensionals. All in all the card came together in minutes.

Going grey ink pad
Real Red, Basic Grey, white, and watercolor paper
Basic Grey, taffeta ribbon, Jingle all the way home decor, small in real red, dazzling diamonds, dimensionals, 2 way glue, aqua painter, corner rounder punch
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A Chocolate Book

Yes, that's right a chocolate book-does it get any better? It's a book with not one but two candybars in it and some chocolate fun facts for something to read while you enjoy your chocolate. The book is 7x7 scored at 3 1/4 and 3 3/4. The inside pages are 6 1/2 x 6 3/4. I just wrapped a belly band around and it's done!


Inside cover

Inside pages

Inside of back cover
Here's a close up of the chocolate fun facts!

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday-Faux Metal

Here's a simple and easy way to do faux metal. For this technique you'll need a piece of paper, your stamp, versa mark pad, heat tool and silver or gold embossing powder.

First start by inking up part of your paper with versa mark. Sprinkle your embossing powder on it. I use sheet of cardstock that are longer than what I need, then only ink up half so that I have a 'handle' to use when I'm heating it up.

Melt your embossing powder. Once it's melted you'll sprinkle another layer of embossing powder on top. If you're really fast you can put the embossing powder on while it's still hot and not quite dry. Otherwise just wait a second and use your versamark pad again. You'll need to repeat these steps until you have a total of 5 layer of embossing powder.

When your embossing your last layer, get your stamp ready you'll need to move quickly. Ink it up with versamark, and while your embossing powder is still hot and wet press the stamp into it and let it sit there for a few seconds while the embossing powder cools. When it's cool carefully remove your stamp and you'll have a stamped image in the embossing powder that looks like faux metal.

Add to your card and your done!

Cute and Curly stamp set
Versa Mark ink
Pink Pirouette cardstock, white cardstock and Bella Rose DSP
Pink Pirouette 1 1/4 ribbon, curly label punch, silver embossing power, heat tool, dimensionals
Thanks for looking see you tomorrow!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Book of ABC's

I made three of these books for my nieces for Christmas. They are all at the right age to start writing and learing their letters so this is a super fun book to do that. The book will come with a dry erase marker and they can practice their letters by writing on the page protector then wipe it off and do it all over again. I used the bitty books page protectors. I thought about using the bitty books themselfs but I think these are sturdier and lay flat easier for writing. The cover is made from chipboard then covered with SU Banbury DSP

ABC Images, ABC Alphabet Upper, ABC Alphabet Lower, My ABC's wheel
Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery, White Cardstock, Banbury DSP
Regal Rose ink pad, Staz on, SU markers
1 and 1 1/4 circle punches, Big Shot, Sizzix GoGo boots Alphabet die, crop a dile, jumbo eyelets, chipboard
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow for Tutoarial Tuesday!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cute and Curly Christmas

I really love this Cute and Curly set and it comes with a punch which I also LOVE. This card came together very quickly. It was friday night and I said "Oh no, I have nothing for my blog tomorrow!" Fortunatly I had this set handy and it came out very pretty. I stamped the image twice, once in bashful blue and then again in real red. I cut out the real red center and used a dimensional to pop it up. I used crystal effects on the blue to make it shimmer and give it a little more dimension too.

I plan to spend Sunday stamping so that I don't have another last minute frantic stamping night. We'll see how it goes. I have a LOT of projects half done that have to get finished this week so they may take priority on Sunday, but then I can show you those too.

Cute and Curly stamp set and punch
Textured real red cardstock, old olive, bashful blue, white cardstock
bashful blue and real red ink
white gel pen, old olive ribbon, dimensionals, crystal effects, paper piercer and pad

Thanks for looking see you Monday!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sparking Valentine's Day, wait, what it's October?

Ok, I know it's October but I'm brainstorming ideas for an upcoming Valentines Day swap. I used A Rose is a Rose stamp set with my stamp a ma jig for perfect alignment. Then I covered it with versa mark, heat and stick powder and then dazzling diamonds. Very pretty! Just love it. I tried to do a few pictures so that you can see the sparkle, but for whatever reason I cannot photograph our dazzling diamonds glitter well. So you'll just have to trust me that it's there and looks great!

A Rose is a Rose and Holidays and Wishes stamp sets
Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Versa Mark ink pad
Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, White Cardstock
Apricot Ribbon, Heat and Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Heat tool, dimensionals, Stamp a ma jig
Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ok, I admit it.....I LOVE THE BIG SHOT!

Here is yet another project with the big shot. This project was inspired by by this card from Dawn Olchefske's blog. Instead of a card though I turned it into a little box that holds 3x3 notecards. It only holds 3 note cards, and it's a tight fit with the bulky ribbon, plus I made the box only 1/2 wide so it's an itty bitty box, but super cute and a great gift for a friend!

Cute and Curly and Always stamp sets
Baja Breeze and Pink Pirouette ink pads
Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette cardstock and Holiday Happenings DSP
Big Shot and Top Note die, Filigree brads, Baja Breeze Double stitched ribbon, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, dimensionals.

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Simple Birthday Cards

I make birthday cards every month for my church. It's usually 40-60 cards every month. Here are a couple that I made this month. I keep them really simple, since I have to do so many. The stamp set I'm using is on sale this month, it is 20% off with a $20 purchase. To see more sets that are on sale this month click here. Remember you can shop anytime from my SU website. Just click the 'shop now' link on the top right hand corner.
Party Hearty stamp set
Old Olive, Bashful Blue, White, Not Quite Navy and Maine Blueberry Paper
Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy Ink
Dimensionals, 1 3/4 inch circle punch

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tutorial Tuesday-2 for 1-scallop envelope box with spiders-AHHHHH!

I have a Halloween themed tutorial today. Just a heads up in the supply picture I'm using vellum envelopes-but halfway through the box I didn't like the way they looked so I switched to Pumpkin Pie envelopes.
For the box you'll need 4 scallop envelopes from the big shot, sticky strip and stamps to decorate, I'm using the Sprinkles Background set.
For the spiders you'll need a scallop circle punch, photo corners punch, 1/2 inch circle and 1/4 inch circle punches and some york peppermint patties.
Let's get started!

The first thing that you'll do is to cut your envelopes with your big shot and the scallop envelope die. Before you fold on the score lines stamp your images. For the box you'll fold the scallop part of the envelope the opposite direction as the rest of the box so you'll need to stamp on both sides of your paper. You'll stamp the scallop edge part on one side and the box part on the other side-see above photo.

Next, cut off the tab on the right side on all your envelopes. Put sticky strip on the other tab.

You'll glue the envelopes together. Glue the tab with the sticky strip onto the next envelope on the side you cut the tab off. Once you glue all your envelopes together, you will fold the bottom pieces in and use a little glue to hold them down.

Glue the scallop edge down to the box.

Your box is done.

For the spider, you'll need 2 black scallop circles, 4 black large photo corners, 4 green galore, small photo corners, 2 white 1/2 inch circles, 2 black 1/4 inch circles and 1 real red 1/4 inch circle.

Glue the eyes, and nose on one scallop circle.

Glue the green galore photo corners to the back photo corners for the legs.

Glue 2 legs to the back of the scallop circle with the face on it.

Glue the other 2 legs on the other scallop circle, green side up. Stick a york peppermint patty in the center and top with the other scallop circle.

Spiders in a box! Happy Halloween-early!

Thanks for looking-I hope it wasn't too confusing :)

See you tomorrow!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sparkling Christmas

I had a super busy but successful weekend. I had a stamp a stack in the morning on Saturday and a workshop in the afternoon. So with a little planning lots of careful packing I was able to use most of the same supplies at both events. Though it was a little stressful and I probably won't schedule 2 events on the same day again. My class at the stamp a stack made this card without the glitter, but with brads and they watercolored the image. And my hostess at the workshop wanted to see our heat and stick powder so I modified the card to use heat and stick powder. I really love how it looks with the glitter. It is so sparkly and pretty.

This card is really neat too because it's made from vellum. I used our Holiday Treasure cardstock and glued it on the inside for a softer look of the DSP. It really looks great in person.

A Wish for Peace, Best Yet Stamp Sets
Vellum, White, Ruby Red cardstock and Holiday Treasure DSP
Staz-on pad, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip markers
Dimensionals, heat tool, heat and stick powder, dazzling diamonds glitter

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow for Tutorial Tuesday!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Home Decor Elements

I got some new home decore elements to show you. This one is one of our new ones this month and you can only get it as a level 2 hostess item. I really like it. It's hanging over our fireplace in our house. It was alot bigger than I thought it would be and the letters were a little difficult to put on but all in all it still only took about 40 minutes so it's a complete success.

I have a super busy day today. I have 2 events today, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I'm prepared for both and really excited about them both, so it will be a good day, just busy!

Thanks for looking, see you Monday!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Happy Holidays

Ready for Christmas? Yeah-me either. But I did find this super fun project at hobby lobby. It's a pre-painted sign that I covered with our wonderful designer paper. I used the Holiday Treasure Paper and covered the letters. I can't wait to hang this up in my house. I really like how it turned out.

I used every pattern in the DSP, even those that I wasn't crazy for, but when it's all together it looks great. The picture doesn't do the colors justice.

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bleached Morning Glory

I read on another blog somewhere that this stamp set is so pretty that no matter what you do you cannot make a bad card with it, and I have come to agree to that conclusion. This is one of my all time favorite stamp sets. I just love how this card came out too. The picture doesn't do it justice. In person it is so elegant and it's absolutely stunning.

I embossed the flower in silver on silver cardstock for the background and for the flower I stamp and embossed it in silver on silver cardstock. I used bleach to color it and give it a softer look. I cut it out when it was dry and added it to my card.

Morning Soft, A Little Birthday Cheer Stamp set.
Pink Pirouette, Brushed Silver Cardstock
Versa Mark, Going Grey ink
Silver Embossing Powder, heat tool, Pink Pirouette 1 1/4 ribbon, dimensionals, paper snips

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow!