Sunday, October 24, 2010

Celebrate Fall

We have had just a long and glorious fall season in Minnesota this year. I love the crisp mornings and the how warm the sun still is when you stand right in it's rays.

To celebrate my favorite season I created this.

The layout is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #89 and the stamp set is Autumn Abundance (Papertrey Ink) as are the buttons. The paper is Memory Box.

I hope you are having a wonderful fall! It's truly a blessing to behold!


Sunday, October 17, 2010

Let it Snow...what?

Seriously. I am NOT ready for snow. But after playing with fallish papers all day I decided it was time to use some of the new Mistletoe (Memory Box) papers I bought while in Chicago for CHA.

One of the sheets is filled with adorable little birds, all dressed up for winter with little hats, scarves and caps. I knew one would fit perfectly on a branch of Pine's Falling Leaves set (Papertrey Ink).

The snowflakes and sentiment are from Snowfall (PTI).

The sketch is the 10/16 SFYTT. Lots of ways to use up papers with this sketch! LOL! The sparkles are a combination of Sparkly Fluff and Crafty Sparkles (Our Craft Lounge).

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

a bouquet of wishes...

I was the lucky winner of some Penny Black stamp sets on the Paper Crafts FB page recently. When they arrived in the mail I was so excited as they are just the most adorable images.

This little girl and her jumbo bouquet was the first image I reached for.

She's colored with Copic markers. Her cheeks are pearlescent chalk (Pebbles Inc) as is the tissue surrounding the flowers. I love the little sparkle that chalk leaves.

The center of each flower is fuzzy (fun flock) and I love the texture it gives.
The flower on the top card is made using PTI flower dies. The yellow layer is PTI felt that I punched little holes around the edge for a doily effect.
The flower on the second card is two Sprites (Prima) held together with a brad covered in fun flock. The peach flower started out life white, but a few spritz of Perfect Peach Glimmer Mist and a smoodge of Rock Candie Stickles and waaaLA! Transformation! :)

I stopped at Archivers last night after getting a haircut and was magically drawn to the new Jillibean Christmas papers. OMG I can't wait to cut into them! (*gasp* I know, I know. It's going to be hard! LOL)

See you soon!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Spooky Treats

Each Halloween I create a little something to put on my team's desks at work for a treat. Nothing too spooky mind you, just a little fun.

This year was easy-peasy (which I need because I make 15 of them!) with the help of Tiny Treats Halloween and the matching Mat Stack 4 die (Papertrey Ink) and a great template from Waltzingmouse. Did you ever see Halloween look so colorful and fun?!?!

I think this one is my favorite - I LOVE the googlie eye!

I'm making a batch of white chocolate popcorn to put in little bags that will go in the treat box, but here's a look at one filled with little candy bars.

To keep the tag on the front stiff, I glued the paper to white cardstock (you could also run it through a Xyron machine, which would be easier, but mine is in a box somewhere. *sigh*), let it dry and then cut the die. The little image is attached to the circle with foam tap, as is the circle attached to the die. The circle is stamped on white cardstock and die cut with a circle Nestability. I masked the strip where "trick or treat" is stamped and then highlighted the rest of it with various inks, and a blending tool (Ranger). This kept the strip white so the words really pop.

Papers were Echo Park, My Minds Eye, and a few misc. scraps left over from past Halloween lines.

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 2, 2010

October = Halloween!

Happy World Card Making Day!
You know, I really celebrate card making every day (every day that I can sit at my table that is) but this day really pushes me into gear for the upcoming holidays.

Today, I am working on Halloween cards and treat boxes. Every year I buy adorable Halloween papers and 'bellies and don't use them up. Then the next year rolls around and companies all have NEW lines that I can't resist, so I don't use up what I didn't use from the year(s) before. *sigh*

This year I am changing that habit!

I bought the Happy Halloween line from Echo Park at Scrapfest and LOVE the colors and patterns. I really like buying the entire line for things like this because everything matches and I don't have to stop the creative process to go dig for something that might work. When I got home with the papers I realized that the new Tiny Treats Halloween set and coordinating Mat Stack 4 die from PTI coordinates perfectly! YEAAA!

So... I'm off and running. Creating Halloween cards - mass producing even! (those who know me know that I don't mass produce. lol)

Here's what I'm working on:

This one uses the little bat sentiment, but I cringed at cutting out all the little bats, so instead I used a Martha Stewart bat punch and the black & white polka dot paper. The bat is two layers and separated by a tiny piece of foam tape.

I just love this little glittery spider! I stamped him once and colored him completely black with a Copic marker. Then stamped him again and colored his face with a black glitter pen and covered his body with Eyeliner Black Sparkly Fluff (Our Craft Lounge). The edge of the circle is covered in Eyeliner Black Crafty Sparkles and is attached to the die cut with foam tape. I *dirtied* up the die cut using Pumice Stone Distress Ink. The glitter ribbon (who doesn't love glittery spider webs!?!?) is from Michael's.

The last in my group uses the same spider and die cut. I changed up the papers, layout and didn't *dirty* it up.

So, there you have it...I have a fun day ahead. I hope you do too!!
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