Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Last night I pulled out some Halloween papers and quickly made up a batch of small cards (4 1/4 x 2 3/4) to pair with some treat bags that I will give my girlfriends kids.

I love the Halloween papers from My Mind's Eye. They were perfect for putting together cards quickly. Just used SU black for the card base and matted them with a variety of the Halloween papers then added the tags. The spider tags use an old SU hostess set and the Happy Halloween tags use a really old (foam mounted) SU set. The ribbons are from Michael's and are either tied around the card or stapled to the tags.

Halloween is my favorite holiday. No gifts to buy, plenty of candy, lots of fun decorations, wearing costumes. So fun! My husband and I usually host a Halloween costume party but the timing was bad for us this year so I'm hoping to have just a costume party after the holidays. Hhmm . . . maybe a Valentine's costume party! Part of the fun of the party is no one reveals their costumes before the party so it's always fun to see who shows up at the door.

I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Got Snow?

We did yesterday (0.2 inches officially). Thankfully it melted as it hit the ground. In honor of our first snowfall of the year here's a card using the GinaK set "Got Snow."

The card base is red from Paper Source, the patterned paper is from Basic Grey, the blue mat is SU Buckaroo Blue, the image is stamped with Palette Hybrid Black on SU Very Vanilla and colored with Copics. I also added some Stickles as snow on the image. The edges are sponged with some Distress Ink (Vintage Photo, I believe). The green on the tag is a scrap from my table. The Merry Christmas stamp is from Memory Box.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Bucket of Tags

My LSS had the long scalloped nesties and the cuttlebug snowflake in stock the other day so I had to bring them both home with me. For the tag bases I used Kraft and Cool Caribbean cardstock with the long scalloped nestie then for the snowflakes I ran recycled cardboard through my cuttlebug with the new snowflake cuttlebug die, painted them with a Ranger snowcap (white) paint dabber and sprinkled them with glitter. On the pink and brown tag I also ran it through my cuttlebug with the snowflake embossing folder and rubbed some white pigment ink on the embossed snowflakes. The stamps are from a variety of Studio G $1 sets.

  • Stamps - Studio G
  • Ink - White pigment ink, Cool Caribbean, Distress inks (lipstick, vintage photo)
  • Paper - Kraft, Cool Caribbean, White, recycled cardboard
  • Misc - Horizontal Slot Punch, Nesties, Cuttlebug, Daint Dabber, Glitter, Brads, Ribbon

Monday, October 20, 2008

Basic Grey and Papertrey

Before buying more holiday papers I thought I would try to use up my Basic Grey Dasher and Blitzen papers. I paired them with the Papertrey Ink Believe set.

  • Stamps - Believe from Papertrey Ink
  • Ink - Palette Hybrid Noir, Staz-on Brown
  • Paper - Soft sky, Old Olive, Buckaroo blue (?), Recycled craft, Basic Grey Dasher and Blitzen collections
  • Misc - Punches, Pop dots, Nesties, Sewing machine, Ribbon, Eyelets, Copics, White gel pen

Friday, October 10, 2008

More Inkadinkado Halloween

I just have a minute to quickly post a couple more Inkadinkado Halloween cards. For the top card I stamped the cat on the purple paper then paper pieced his ghost costume! The prima flower was colored with a Copic marker to match the striped paper.

For this card I used the distress ink technique with the craft sheet and shipping tag. The tutorial is here. The birds were stamped in black and glitter was added to the moon but it didn't photograph well. The bottom portion of the black mat was run through my cuttlebug with the swiss dot folder for a little texture.

Thanks for stopping! I hope you are have a fabulous weekend.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Another money holder card

Here's another money holder card and matching envelope. You can see the directions for the card on this post and the envelope on this post.

  • Stamps - Hero Arts Playful Animals
  • Ink - Timber brown stazon
  • Paper - White, Chatterbox, Artichoke
  • Misc - Punches, pop dots

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Just a couple of simple cards today using the Inkadinkado Ghouls and Goblins clear set. The card bases are Kraft and the designer papers are from My Mind's Eye. Both images are stamped with Palette Hybrid Noir on Kraft. For the monster puppy I colored him with Prisamolor Pencils and then sponged the edges with distress inks. For the Mummy Kitty I colored the bath tissue with a white prismacolor pencil.

  • Paper - kraft, black, My Mind's Eye
  • Ink - Palette Hybrid Noir, Distress inks
  • Stamps - Inkadinkado Ghouls and Goblins
  • Other - ribbon, sewing machine, gems, prismacolor pencils

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Snappy Birthday Wishes

I decided to try making a gatefold card that folded with a landscape layout instead of a portrait layout. The crab was stamped with Palette Hybrid Noir ink on white then colored with Copics. The claw on the left, the package and the party hat were stamped, colored, cut out and then mounted with pop dots. For the greeting I used the snappy portion of the greeting from the set and then added the birthday wishes sentiment from the Papertrey Ink faux ribbon set. The striped paper is from Making Memories and the card base is Kraft. The green and orange mats are coordinations cardstock.

  • Stamps - SU Crab & Company, Papertrey Ink Faux Ribbon
  • Ink - Palette Hybrid Noir
  • Paper - SU Kraft, Black, Making Memories, Coordinations
  • Other - Copics, Punches, Scor-pal, Pop dots
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my latest creation! I hope you're having a great week!

Monday, October 6, 2008

All Torn Up Challenge

These cards were made for the WT180 challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I found this stamp set at a garage sale and had to have it. Doesn't it make nice retirement cards?
  • Stampin Up Ships Ahoy set (retired)
  • Snap Stamps
  • Cardstock - very vanilla, sahara sand
  • Misc patterned papers
  • Sewing machine
  • Ink - cranberry crisp, basic grey, distress ink

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Happy National Card Making Day!

I am out of town today on a business related trip but I thought I would schedule a post in honor of National Card Making Day!

I finally pulled out my Gina K Way to Go set and made some cards. This set just makes me laugh when I look at it but it's taken me a long time to ink it up. Here's what I came up with when I finally took the plunge.

All of the commodes were stamped with Palette Hybrid Noir ink on white cardstock then colored with Copic markers and cut out. The patterned papers are from a variety of sources but mostly Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye.

For the bottom two cards I also stamped the brushes, colored them with copics, cut them out and then mounted them with pop dots for some dimension.

I hope you're having a wonderful day and find some time for stamping.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Janome and Gina K

I love my Janome Sew Mini and my Gina K stamp sets so when I had a request for a baby card I pulled them both out and got to work.

  • Gina K How Sweet it is! stamp
  • Palette Hybrid Noir ink
  • Copic markers
  • Janome sew mini
  • White cardstock
  • Misc designer papers

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Basic Grey Dinos

I love the Basic Grey Dino stamp set and Archaic papers. Here are a couple of the cards I have made with them.
For this first card I used Kraft cardstock for my base, orange cardstock from Coordinations, a couple of the papers from the Archaic line and some scraps for the bone tag.

For the bone tag I punched out two sizes of circles with my punches and then used my small oval punch to create the tab. I inked all of the edges with some distress ink and then inked up the bone stamp with white acrylic paint and stamped it on the tag. I added an orange brad and some twine to finish the tag them mounted it to the card with pop dots. The dino was stamped in staz-on timber brown, cut out and mounted with pop dots.

For the second card I stamped the dino with green on vanilla and then used a mask to sponge some distress ink on the bottom of the panel to look like ground. I stamped the greeting on some of the Archaic papers, cut them out and mounted them on the card. For piercing around the circle of Archaic paper I used a plastic canvas circle as my guide. For the lines in the green strip, I used my scor-pal.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you're having a fabulous day!

Blog Award

During my absence last month I was sent a blog award from my friend Lynette (My Stamping Addiction). We met last spring while working the Rubbernecker booth at a local Stamp Expo and I'm so glad we did. Not only does she create fabulous cards but she's also a joy to be around. I wished we lived closer to each other.

Thank you so much Lynette for the wonderful recognition.

Here are the rules:
  1. Pick 5 of your favorite blogs.
  2. Winners can put the logo on their blog.
  3. Link the person who gave the award to your blog.
  4. Name the 5 that you are giving the award to with their links.
  5. Leave a message on their blogs so that they know they've won!

So, here we go, five of the wonderful blogs that I visit often – be sure to check them out!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Thanks for the BRAK!

Just a quick post to share a couple of the BRAK's (Birthday Random Act of Kindness) I received last month.

Vicki (luvs2stamp2) sent me this adorable card.

Carole (Pink12) sent me this darling card.

Thank you so much ladies! I love them.

Where did September go?!

Wow, I can't believe it's been over a month since my last post. The month of September is a blur!

Here's a brief re-cap of my September:
  • The family spent labor day weekend at the cabin and closed it up for the season.
  • My daughter started her senior year in High School.
  • I participated each Wednesday in a farmer's market/crafter fair.
  • I turned 40.
  • My daughter turned 18.
What a month. Sorry that the blogging was neglected but something had to give. October should be a little calmer around here so I'm planning to be better with the blog updates.

I'll be back to post some of the BRAK's that I received. I hope some of my readers are still with me.