Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! Happy Friday! What better way to celebrate Halloween than to make a Christmas card. LOL! I guess this chilly weather is really getting to me.

As I've said many times before, Peaceful Wishes is one of my favorite stamp sets. I saw this card on Dawn McVey's blog and the thought of cutting out the pine cones and pine needles never occurred to me. I guess I just knew how tedious and time consuming it would be. My card looks really simple, but it took quite a while to cut out all those images. Something you may not be able to see in the picture is that the pine cones are embossed.

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

{Merry Christmas with Peaceful Wishes}

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes (Stampin' Up), Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink), Not Quite Navy (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Close to Cocoa-craft, Mellow Moss, Night of Navy (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: White Pen (Gelly Roll), Paper Piercer, Mat pack (SU), Green Gingham Ribbon (Offray), Clear Embossing Powder (SU)


SC200, Let it Snow!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hey there! Here's a card I made this morning for today's sketch challenge at SCS. The Snowflake Spot is one of my top two favorite stamp sets. I can't believe this one is retired. I'm really into this color combination. It's pretty elegant! This card uses a lot of Whisper White ink. The snowflakes are white, but so are all the edges. If you've used white ink before, you know how tricky it is. It almost never completely dries so smudges are almost inevitable. My fingers are covered with white ink. Thanks so much for stopping by today! You girlies mean so much to me!

{Let it Snow}

Stamps: The Snowflake Spot (SU)
Card Stock: Brocade Blue, Not Quite Navy, Close to Cocoa (SU)
Ink: Whisper White, Night of Navy (SU)
Accessories: Silver Brads, Coluzzle, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Foam Dots, Dimensionals, 1 5/8" Brown Satin Ribbon (Offray)


Halloween Treats!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I was at a total loss thinking about what I was going to make today. So, I decided to make my Halloween treat boxes- finally! I found this take-out treat box idea on this post from Dawn McVey. I kept this idea in the back of my head and when on a random visit to Hobby Lobby, I saw a 10 pack of these small take-out boxes on clearance!! I bought 2 boxes of 10 (all they had left) for $2.15 per box!!!!

Both stamps I used are Michaels $1 stamps. The spider web is embossed. I cut "Halloween" out with pinking sheers. I was able to make all those perfect bows by tying them {get this} upside down. I don't know why, but whenever I tie a bow, the tales are pointing up instead of down. So, I just flipped the box over and they all turned out just perfect. All those "how to tie a perfect bow" instructions always start by making a loop on the right side, and I just can't do it. I tie bows like I tie my shoes. So, I'm very happy with this new discovery.
Not a great picture, but here are the nine boxes I made.

Have wonderful fall day!

{Halloween Take-Out Treat Boxes}

Stamps: Cobweb & Halloween (Michaels $1)
Card Stock: Pre-made white tags, purple paper (unknown), Pumpkin Pie (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Versamark, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Take Out Boxes (Westrim Crafts), Pinking Sheers, Brown Grosgrain Ribbon (Offray), Candy


PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Yay! It's PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop time again! This month the challenge was to use polka dots on your card. I used Polka Dot Parade paper and my Swiss Dots embossing folder for the polka dots. The flowers are by Prima. The sentiment "Birthday Wishes" comes from PaperTrey Ink's Butterfly Kisses stamp set. Here is a close up of the embossed polka dots and you can also see the dimension that the flowers add. The pink paper is from Bazzill Basics.
I hope you all enjoy the hop!



Friday, October 24, 2008

Good afternoon! I just had the best morning. After dropping off the kids, I picked up some McDonald's for breakfast. Definitely not something I do very often. I went home to my empty house, ate my breakfast while checking email. Then I got out all my scrapping stuff and made this card while watching "Ugly Betty" on my laptop. What great way to just chill out.

On to my card. This card was made for today's limited supply challenge at SCS. The challenge was to use a leaf as your main focal point. Pine needles are leaves, right? I hope so or I just blatantly broke all the rules!! As an added twist, you needed to add a little pink to your card for Pink Week at SCS in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The sentiment "Peaceful Wishes" is embossed using gold embossing powder. The middle panel is popped out on foam dots.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I'm going to be spending the rest of my afternoon watching another "Ugly Betty" and working on a card for tomorrow's Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.

{Pine Needle Peace}

Stamps: Peaceful Wishes (SU)
Card Stock: Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa, Naturals Ivory, Pink Pirouette (SU)
Ink: Mellow Moss (SU)
Accessories: Gold Cording, Green Gingham Ribbon (Offray), Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder (SU), Corner Rounder Punch, 1/8" hole punch, Coluzzle, Stamp-a-ma-jig


WT189, Just One Word

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hey Girlies! The challenge today at SCS was to use just one word on your card. Easy peasy! I got the idea for the circles from "Cards" magazine. I wish I could credit the designer, but I don't personally have that magazine, I was looking through my SIL's copy the other night. I made the concentric circles using my Coluzzle. I love this look. So easy but a big impact. For the butterflies, I used Papertrey's Butterfly kisses stamp set. I stamped the butterfly outline stamp on the reverse side of the patterned paper and then cut it out. I actually made this cards hours ago and wasn't able to post it earlier because I had to wait for the glue to dry that I used to adhere the butterfly to the ribbon before I could photograph it.

Have a wonderful day!!!

{Butterfly Love}

Stamps: Butterfly Kisses, Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink)
Card Stock: Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: 6x6 paper pack (Basis Grey) Sultry Series
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: Rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), Pink Ribbon (Dashes, Dots & Checks- Michaels), Coluzzle, Corner Rounder Punch, Scissors, Mono Aqua Liquid Adhesive (Tombow)



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Yay! I made some time this morning to participate in today's sketch challenge at Splitcoast. It was sooo nice to have quiet time to be creative. The base of my card is Ruby Red, it looks a little Coral/Pink in the picture. After I made this card, I curled up on the couch and did the stitching. So relaxing! And it adds such a nice texture! Thanks for stopping by today!

{Pine Cone Wishes}
Stamps: Peaceful Wishes (SU)
Card Stock: Ruby Red, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa (SU)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Rough Stripes Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), DMC Floss, Needle, Paper Piercer, Clear Embossing Powder (SU), Cuttlebug Machine, Corner Rounder Punch


My WorkSpace

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I bet you guys thought I fell off the face of the earth! Well, fall break is over and the kids are back at school. I have friends coming over for dinner tonight and I've been cleaning like a mad woman. I cleaned up my scrapping area in the process and thought I would post some pics (since I don't have anything else to post!)

Here's my entire storage system. I only use one of the three drawers on top. You'll see that I'm a pretty frugal scrapper.

I just started organizing my card stock like this. I mostly use Stampin' Up colors, so I just cut their color chart out of the catalog (Earth Elements, Bold Brights, Rich Regals, Soft Subtles, and Naturals). All those papers sticking out of the back is a gallon sized ziploc that I use to store all my scraps.
This is my ribbon organizer. Most of my ribbons fit in this, but I have a few I keep in my embellishment drawer.
My drawer of punches. This is one of the small top drawers.
This is the right side larger drawer. 12x12 paper packs on the bottom, then a few sheets of SU chipboard, my Coluzzle, and then a few 6x6 paper packs stored in ziplocs with there scraps.
Left side drawer. Catalogs and magazines on the left, paper trimmer on the right. Thickers and stickers under the trimmer.
Bottom left cabinet. Stampin Up stamps and box of various envelopes.
I place this green photo box in front of the envelope box. It is my card organizer (my stash!). I have my cards organized by occasion and by recipient. On the first twelve tabs I have the months of the year, and on each cards month, I have the 1-31. I have everyone's birthdays written here and put their card behind it. I try to work a few months ahead of time.
My pink and brown tote is on the bottom shelf. If I have a set of cards I'm working on, I'll keep all the supplies I need here. Currently it is filled with my in-progress Christmas cards.
Bottom right cabinet. The clear drawer is filled with embellishments and some ribbon. Then my Cuttlebug and all the folders and plates in a gallon sized ziploc on the side. The bottom shelf. The clear drawer holds my ink pads and embossing powders. The blue box holds all my clear acrylic stamps and my Michaels $1 stamps. On top of the clear drawer are a few tins I have stashed to alter.
My kitchen table is in front of this cabinet and that is where all the cards get made. My laptop is usually on the kitchen table too.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little tour and maybe got a storage idea or two. I'll be back tomorrow with a card using tomorrow's card sketch at Splitcoast.
Take care,


Swiss Dots Thank You!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hey everyone! Sorry for the big break in posts. I'm sure you'll understand when you see what I've been up to. The card above was made in about 5 minutes! That's about all the time I had today. The kids are on Fall Break so they needed to be entertained all day. This card is a CASE of this card. I've had this card in my favorites for a while and decided to break in my new Swiss Dots embossing folder. I also used my brand new Stamp-a-ma-jig for precision stamp placement. I used the scorer on my paper trimmer to make the lines above and below the dots.

On Thursday I went with Halle's class to the zoo. I just went through all of the zoo pics and couldn't find one with Halle and an animal. I guess one where Halle is acting like a monkey will have to do.

Friday was the Homecoming Parade and Football Game. Can you guess the team colors?

On Sunday I walked in the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk with my friend Angie and her family. Angie has been cancer-free for almost two years!!! The walk was 5 miles and it seemed to go on forever. But it was really well worth the time.

I hope you had a busy and fun weekend too!

{Swiss Dots Thank You}

Stamps: Noteworthy (SU)
Card Stock: Yo Yo Yellow (SU)
Ink: Green Galore (SU)
Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Scorer on Paper Trimmer, Stamp-a-ma-jig


Happy Birthday Scott!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Today is my husband Scott's birthday! I know this card is not the most masculine card I've made, but I love it! It has so many elements which is a bit "out of the box" for me. I think I was inspired by the "Cards" magazine I looked through at Carrie's. A lot of the cards in there had a LOT of stuff on them. Some had too much if you ask me. But, this card has more stuff on it than I'm used to. Chipboard, felt thicker, two kinds of stamps, embossing, ribbon... I love it! You may see some more of these types of cards from me in the future. Have a good one guys!

{h-appy birthday}

Stamps: birthday (Studio G), Basic Font (Fiskars)
Card Stock: Really Rust, Brocade Blue (SU)
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey "Cupcake" 6x6 paper pad
Ink: Whisper White, Night of Navy (SU), Versamark
Accessories: White Felt Thicker (American Crafts), Clear Embossing Powder (SU), 3/8" Light Blue Grosgrain Ribbon (Offray), Foam Tape, Scissors, Nail File, heat gun


Breast Cancer Ribbon Card

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Hey guys! This weekend I am walking in the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk. I thought I would express my thanks to all those who made a donation to my team by mailing them an actual card instead of the generic email that was provided to us. I'm planning on including a picture of me and my friend Angie (a breast cancer survivor) in the card.

This card shows my first attempt at stitching with DMC floss (thanks Carrie!). I made holes using a paper piercer and used a needle and floss and hand stitched it from there. I find stitching very relaxing. The sentiment "Heartfelt Thanks" is a little darker in real life. It sorta blends in with the background in the picture.

Thanks for stopping by today!

{Breast Cancer Ribbon Card}
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses (PTI)
Card Stock: Stamper's Select White (PTI), Chablis/Pink (Bazzill Basics)
Ink: Pink Passion (SU)
Accessories: Pink Ribbon (Michaels- Dashes, Dots, & Checks), Coluzzle, Pink DMC Floss, Needle


Happy World Card Making Day!

Saturday, October 4, 2008

I actually had a card making night instead of a card making day. I had a craft night with Carrie, Jenny, and Tiffany and we all worked on Christmas cards. Unfortunately none of mine are done yet. Everything is cut though. Only stamping and assembly to go--on 50+ cards!

If you have some time today, make a card! I believe there are going to be give-aways on some of the blog tour sites. ETA: I just saw that SCS is having a bunch of challenges and prizes as well! Check it out! Have fun ladies!!!


WT186 This quotes for you

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I debated and debated about posting this card because I really don't like it. The 'ways to use it challenge' today was to use a quote on your card or project. I have booklet of vellum quotes that I bought a few years back that I have never been able to use, no matter how much I try. I think I initially bought them because I thought they were rub-ons! Well, I pulled out that little book and settled on this quote. I think my biggest problem with this card is that the quote is too big. I really really like the ribbon treatment though. I reworked this card a few times and this was the one that bothered me the least. What do you think?

{This Quote's For You}

Stamps: Paisley BG (SU)
Card Stock: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Brown grosgrain ribbon (Offray), Edge Distresser (Heidi Swapp), Buttons (Walmart), Mono Aqua Liquid Glue (Tombow), Vellum Quote (Generations)


SC196 More Pumpkins!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

You can tell it's starting to feel like Fall around here! I used the same pumpkin I used yesterday for this card. I stamped the center pumpkin and then masked it to stamp the pumpkins on each side. Masking is a wonderful technique that I always forget about. If you don't know how to mask or don't have a clue as to what I'm talking about, click here for a great tutorial by Beate Johns. The layout for this card came from today's sketch challenge at SCS. That's all for me today! Thanks for stopping by!

{Three Little Pumpkins}

Stamps: Pumpkin (Michaels $1), Leaf from Remember (PTI)
Card Stock: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Accessories: White Pen (Gelly Roll), Watercolor Pencils, AquaPainter, Mosaic Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Foam Tape, Dimensionals

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