Thursday, October 31, 2013

3-D Thursday, Tic Tac holder

     Another day with Linda, another fun treat container.  Linda found this idea somewhere out there in the internet.  She had the idea in her head and we did our own thing.  I had never seen the idea so this is what I came up with.  We are a great team, she comes up with the ideas, and punches out the parts, and I do the assembling.

Not sure how well the picture turned out, but the bottom ball of the snowman is punched out so the white Tic Tacs show through.  Whomever thought of this idea was very clever.  Wouldn't this make a great stocking stuffer?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Technique Tuesday, using a block as a stamp

     This is another card from my October Fill Your Card box with Sympathy cards class.  I love how you can use the acrylic blocks as stamps.  We learned for this card to stamp the block on scrap paper before placing it on the card.  Otherwise the ink was almost too bright to ink over.  Notice the envelope liner framelit.  Now, if I don't do something to my envelopes when I make a card I feel as though they are naked.  And you know we can't have that!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday-Halloween Treats

     I had so much fun making up gift boxes for my kids and grandkids for Halloween this year.  First, I made a Halloween banner for each family. 

   Next, I decorated a bag for each grandkid and placed candy that I stamped labels on inside each bag.  The label on each bag had a different Halloween design so there would be no arguments as to whose bag was whose. I made labels for the candy that said

Bite Me
Eat if You Dare
And stamped a skull on a sucker
I attached each label with the Halloween Washi tape.

 Then I added extra candy inside the mailing box for the grown ups. 

   Wish I could be at all the houses to see the reactions when the boxes are opened.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Simple Sunday- Freshly Made Star

     It is Sunday so I must be trying out a new Freshly Made Sketch.  This time I wanted to make a Christmas card, so I looked at a stamp I had not used yet, the single stamp called Christmas star.

     I usually do not do blue Christmas cards, but love the look of the color Coastal Cabana.  I accented the card with some silver glimmer paper and silver ribbon, through the Designer Vintage Faceted button.  The Coastal Cabana design from the Eastern Elegance designer paper seemed perfect for how I wanted the card to look.  The large paper doily had been hard to use when I last used it, but this time I tried layering some waxed paper with the card stock and it worked like a charm.  Now, I have a simple, but elegant Christmas card ready to send to someone special. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Scrappin Saturday-Using up Little pieces

     Here is our latest creation.  Linda comes up with the ideas and I help her put the creations together.  I think we make a great team.  Don't you love how the antlers are the candy canes.  This made the reindeer a little top heavy so we put a tiny kit kat bar on the inside.  Now they stand up.  Other than the body can you see all the scraps we used to make this creature.

     The original sample we were copying had a jack-o-lantern face on the pumpkin, but without the face this could be a great table decoration for Thanksgiving.  Can you guess what is in the inside of this pumpkin?  If you guessed a dum dum sucker then you were correct.

   This has been so much fun we are wondering what holiday we can make things for next.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fix It Friday, Sponging

     Monday was Fill Your Card box with Sympathy cards, cards I hate to have to send, but find I am sending out more and more as time goes by. This card used a sponging technique.

1. Punch a hole in the center of 1/4 piece of card stock the size you want.  I used the 1 3/4 inch punch. This piece of card stock will be your template for sponging.

2. Place the template at the top of the card and sponge the inside of the circle. I used Cajun Craze.

3. Move the circle to different parts of the card front and use a different colored sponge each time.  I used Marina Mist and Old Olive for my other colors.

4. Finish the card with a saying, and another image stamped on top of the sponged area. I stamped one of the leaf images from the stamp set Gently Falling, and the saying So Sorry.

This card was a swap I must have received a while ago because the saying is from a retired set, so I replaced the saying with one from the So Sorry stamp set.

The stamp set Gently Falling is one of the 25 stamps on sale for $25 until October 28th.  It is one of my favorites sets that I use a lot.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

3-D Thursday- More Treat Holders

     I am getting ready to have a table at a couple of vendor events in the next couple of weeks.  So, Linda and I have been making some pretty darn cute treat holders. I just smile when I look at them.

    The very cute but long legs are the StampinUp treat bags.  You get 50 of them for just $2.50.  The hardest part of the whole idea is trying to figure out what the price should be.  Linda is coming over again today.  Can't wait to show you what we work on today.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday Wow-Flat Armadillo

    My niece, Kathy, teaches school in San Antonio. She has her students send out flat Armadillos to people all over.  This is the one that I received. I had such fun taking this Armadillo all over Jacksonville to some of the unique places in our city.  I took pictures at each spot and then created a scrapbook to send back to the anonymous named student( who forgot to sign the letter and the back of the Armadillo) that sent the Armadillo to me. I used some of my non-Stampin'Up! scrapbook paper on the pages since it is an 8 by 8 scrapbook.


     It was fun thinking of places I wanted the student to see in our town, and made me realize how easy it is to make simple scrapbooks that record memories of things and places that are dear to us.  Not every scrapbook page has to be a masterpiece.  This will be mailed off today.  I can't wait to hear the reaction of the student to the trip to Jacksonville.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Template Tuesday- Downline Color Challenge

     At the October meeting of the Super Snails people shared the results of last month's challenge.  The challenge was to use Midnight Muse, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, and one other neutral color in your card.  This is the final results of the card that Nan shared. Can you find her extra neutral color?  It is her black candy dots on 3 corners of her card.

     I love how Cindy used the colors as each petal of her flowers.  That took a lot of time and patience.  Her neutral color was Basic Grey.

     I had fun making this card using the circle thinlits card maker.  My neutral color was Crumb Cake.

     One of my favorite parts of using this thinlit is that you get to design the inside as well as the outside of the card.  I am interested to see what the rest of my downline will do with this challenge.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday-Extra Paper Pumpkin supplies

     I had some extra supplies from some earlier Paper Pumpkin kits and decided to try and find some ideas on how to use them up.  Some of these cards are from the kit that was a mini scrapbook, and some are from the kit that was a birthday banner.

1. I used some of the extra photo frames, sayings and clip from the scrapbook kit.  I added my own DSP since I used all the other to make the scrapbook.

2. For this card I used another photo frame, my DSP, a saying, some washi tape and the stamp for the welcome kit.

3. The basic card for this one is the card and envelope set so a bit smaller than a standard card.  I used the banner from the birthday set, the background stamp and some elements from the scrapbook kit.

4. The last sample uses another frame, two banners and the saying from the welcome kit. 

I still have more leftovers to make more cards.  I keep the extra supplies in one of the red boxes and take them out now and then to make an extra card.

What can you make with leftover Paper Pumpkin supplies?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Simple Sunday- Fall Freshly Made Sketch

     As you can tell I love doing these Freshly Made Sketches.  They are just simple enough they do not threaten me, and give me enough guidelines I feel like I can be creative.  Since I have done a lot of Halloween cards, I decided this week to try my hand at a fall card using my favorite set Truly Grateful.

1. Sweater Weather for the bottom layer-love the colors.

2. Stamped the chevron pattern with Chocolate Chip ink on some Vanilla card stock for the next layer

3.  Used the wide burlap ribbon for the layer that goes across the card.  Added some bronze colored glitter brads as accents

4. Stamped the wheat with Chocolate Chip ink on Crushed Curry card stock and rough cut it out.  Added linen thread to follow the tied element in the stamp.

5. Instead of banners I placed 2 acorns colored with Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake markers.

I tried to interpret the basic design in a little different way and love the results.  This may be my swap for the Jubilant Butterflies meeting November 5th.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Scrappin Saturday-Using up Scraps

     Today is the day that I was hoping to have a new scrapbook layout to share.  But, I don't quite have one ready.  So, I thought scrappin could also mean using little scraps of paper for a project.  So that is what I did.  Linda came over and we made these darling snowmen treat holders.  Can you see all the scraps we used?  Do you wonder what we have inside each little snowman?  Well, we used Kit Kat mini bars, but anything that size would fit in just fine. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Fix it Friday-Paper Pumpkin September kit samples

     Wahoo, You Did It, the last Paper Pumpkin made the way that the directions told me to.  Then, I went online to several different places to see what other ideas were out there.

   I found this great Halloween card idea.  The bullseye did really remind me of a spider web.  Love it.

   The front of the card was but off, and then cut into thirds to make this card.  Clever idea and a great way to get an extra card out of the kit.

    The back of the card but in half used with some of the extra pieces leftover from punching out chevrons. No  waste here.

    Isn't this owl so cute.  His Hoo is made by stamping just the hoo part of the Wahoo stamp.  I think this card is my favorite. I found this card on a really neat website called My Pumpkin Challenge.  Each time a new kit comes out this site poses a challenge for people to enter.  I might try it with the next kit.
Which card do you like the best/

Thursday, October 17, 2013

3-D Thursday, A Halloween Banner

     When I saw a similar banner in the Holiday catalog, I thought it would be fun to make for either a class or my kids.  Well, I waited too long to make up the sample for a class, so I made 3 of these for each one of my kids families.  I knew my son Chris would not want one, but was pretty sure the other 3 would have fun with it.
    I was a little nervous completing the stenciling but it was easy and I had no problems.  The rest was a part of the Halloween Accessory kit.  Can't wait to find out what the kids think of the Halloween surprise I have for them.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday Wow-Halloween Game

     Several years ago I purchased some patterns from Create with Connie and Mary.  I made some really cute items from the patterns and just set the others aside.  I decided to look through the patterns and found this really cute game.  The box is one of our small clear mount stamp cases.  I made the haunted house to place on the top of the case.  I had great fun using a variety of Halloween stamps to decorate the house. 

     Inside the case is a matching game using all the Halloween stamps I thought would be appropriate.  I think the grand kids will have a great time playing this game. Who would you make this for?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Template Tuesday- Bite Me

     The other day I had to get up in the middle of the night and while I was trying to get back to sleep I designed this card in my mind.  I love the spider web in the latest photopolymer set called Bite Me.  I also tried to create this card for the Freshly Made Sketch for the week.  I embossed the web on the designer paper using the pewter embossing powder.  The spider is also embossed and cut out.  So, I had another thought about an even cooler way to make the web.........

     This time I embossed it on vellum, cut it out and attached it to the card using glue dots.  I think the web stands out more with this look.  I have had so much fun making Halloween cards this year.  I have a plan to send most of them out to lots of people.  Which card do you like the best?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Miscellaneous Monday-Another Freshly Made Sketch

     I think I am hooked in trying out the weekly sketches from this website Freshly Made Sketches.  This week, I decided to make a Christmas card with the sketch and if I liked I would make it one of the featured cards for my clubs this month.

     I really liked this card but it did not have the WOW factor I was looking for.  You see I am trying to get my card selected for the week.

     I looked at the card stock that was leftover after I made two snowflakes with the Festive Flurry stamp set and matching framelit for the above card.  I thought to myself,  "That looks like it could be a stencil." So, I used two colors that were in the Winter Frost designer paper and sponged the snowflake background.  Next, I used the Festive Flurry framelit to make an accent snowflake. I finished it off using a Vintage Faceted designer button with a baker's twine bow.  The final touch was the saying from the set More Merry Messages.  I loved the end result.  Which card is your favorite?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Simple Sunday-New Thank You cards

     I like to include a thank you card in each order.  If a customer orders at least $50 then they receive a token with the card for each $50 they order.  Since Halloween is coming I wanted to use the Best of Halloween stamp set again.  I really like this set. 

1. First I stamped the image and of course had to punch it out.
2. Next, I thought that a black circle would look spooky behind the stamp/
3. What  better way to attach the circles than Washi tape.
4. Finally I added the thank you from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set/

I was able to make 17 cards while one episode of Project Runway aired.  It was one that I had missed while we were camping.

I don't know about you , but I love Washi tape and how cute it looks and how easy it is to use.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Scrappin Saturday- Celebrating 50 years

     I found this layout on the internet and loved it because it uses one of my favorite sets, Truly Grateful.  It made me think of old pictures again so I found this picture of my parents on their wedding day.  Of course, I am thankful that they fell in love.

     When I create a layout I often use the same design on each page, just mirror image or flip the design.  Another reason this layout appealed to me was because each page was very different.  I am sorry that I did not write down the name of the designer but will try and do that from now on.  I did change up the original design to make it a 12 by 12 page by adding the black background.


   Now, I had the dilemma of trying to figure out what to put with the wedding picture.  I looked through some family pictures and found the perfect one.  It was taken on a family celebration of Mom and Dan's 50th wedding anniversary.  The gold leaves just made this perfect.

     I am truly grateful for my brother and sisters and my parents for their loving guidance for each of us. I wonder what pictures my scrapbook ladies will choose to place on their layouts.


Friday, October 11, 2013

Fix it Friday, Help for Nan

     My downline challenge for September was to use Midnight Muse, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and one other neutral color to create a card.  This is the card that Nan made.  She thought it needed something extra.  So, I made three other choices.  I need your help by letting me know which one you like the best.  The original we'll call number 1.

   In number 2 I added a knot below the saying.

  In number 3 I took off the know and added a maple seed with a candy dot in the center.

    In the final example I added both the knot and the maple seed.  Which one do you think looks the best?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

3-D Thursday-Halloween Owl treat box

     My friend Linda does a great job of finding cute projects and bringing them to our get together so we can make them.  I love this owl treat holder don't you.

1. Cut card stock 8 1/2 by 2 3/4.  Score halfway and then 1/4 inch each side of the half way mark.  Fold this so that it will create a stand.

2. Using a circle punch create the ears at the top of the owl.

3. Emboss the front of the treat holder with the Fancy Fan embossing folder.  This will look like feathers.  Add punched out images to create the owl look you like.

Use sticky strip to hold the treat holder together.  A small bag of M&M's will fit inside the owl.

I plan to make some to give away to Grandchildren.