Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wicked Cool Halloween

I hope you're enjoying your Halloween.  I have chicken & and noodles ready on the stove and desserts, too.  Just waiting for family and friends to come and beggars' night to begin.

This is the last halloween card I made.  Yes - that's two square cards I've made recently, and I did buy another sheet of $.64 stamps.  {sigh}

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Wicked Cool.  Card Stock:  old olive, basic black, whisper white, wicked fun designer paper.  Stamp Pads:  black staz-on, sahara sand.  Accessories:  old olive & basic black markers, dimensionals, raven lace trim, white gel pen.  Tools:  scallop square die, big shot, bat punch.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Branch Out

Happy Halloween Weekend!

I made several different Halloween cards this year.  I think I made the most of this one.  This stamp set, Branch Out, is one of the retired sets I just had to keep.  I hadn't thought to use it for Halloween until I saw this card.  It's not a totally traditional Halloween card, but I really like how it turned out!

It doesn't show up in the picture, but I used shimmery white paper.  I punched a 1-3/4" circle from scrap card stock to make a mask;  I then applied crushed curry ink with a sponge inside the circle to make the moon.  It looks cool with the slight shimmer.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Branch Out, Grateful Greetings.  Card Stock:  basic black, basic gray, crushed curry (retired), shimmery white.  Ink:  black staz-on, crushed curry.  Accessories:  dimensionals, black brads, lattice weave embossing folder.  Tools:  big shot, stampin' sponge, picket fence border punch (non SU), 1-3/4" circle punch.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Halloween Post-It Holders

I had seen this type of post-it holder before and had intentions of making them ... some day.  Then I saw these on Jill Hilliard's blog.  She shared that Target had Halloween post-it note pads in their dollar section.  That was all it took.  Plus I love this "Wicked Cool" stamp set.   I bought the mini gel pens at Staples.

Here's Dawn Griffith's video tutorial to make the holder.

Target had several different designs of Halloween post-it notes.  I checked yesterday; they're switching from Halloween to Christmas, but no Christmas post-its yet.

Emma and I made a few sets last weekend for her teachers.  She chose the bright colored gel pens for those.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Wicked Cool.  Card Stock:  basic black, lavender lace (maybe it's lovely lilac - both are retired), old olive, pumpkin pie, whisper white.  Stamp Pad:  black staz-on.  Accessories:  pumpkin pie, old olive & lovely lilac markers, sticky strip, white gel pen.  Punches:  1" circle, 1-1/4" circle, 1-3/4" circle, large scallop circle, bat.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Gift Notecards and Holder

This is the other project we made at my Hostess Club workshop last week.  We cut 2 Scallop Envelopes from a die and put them together for the box.  Then everyone made 2 coordinating gift cards to put it their box. 

 Isn't this Candy Cane Christmas Specialty Paper so cute?  Two of the designs come pre-glittered.  It's from the Holiday Mini Catalog.

 Inspiration from here.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Tags til Christmas.  Card Stock:  real red, whisper white, baja breeze, candy cane Christmas specialty.  Ink:  real red.  Accessories:  blushing bride ribbon, real red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, perfect polka-dots embossing folder, glue dots.  Tools:  big shot, scallop envelope die, small tag punch.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Owl Punch Bookmark

We made this bookmark at a Club Workshop last week.  It was such a fun group of ladies to hang out with, plus I think they liked the bookmarks.  They are already thinking of making some to decorate for Christmas to include with books given as gifts.

I had seen bookmarks awhile ago, but don't remember where.  I intended to store it in my memory bank, but .....  well, I didn't.   Then I had seen this one on the Inking Idaho blog.  It was easy to figure out from there.  I folded a strip of Early Espresso card stock and used the Two Tags Die, placing the folded edge below the cutting line.  To hold the bookmark closed, I used Basic Grey magnetic discs; not trusting the glue dot that comes on them, I attached them with Crystal Effects.  The magnets are strong enough to hold securely through several pages, yet release easily.

Recipe:  Card Stock:  early espresso, more mustard, cajun craze, crumb cake, cajun craze dsp.  Accessories:  basic grey magnetic discs.  Tools:  two tags die, big shot, owl punch, small scallop circle die, 1-3/8" circle die, mat pack, paper piercer.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 2010 Thank You cards

This month has been a little busier than usual for me.  I've had several workshops and was running late mailing receipts and thank you cards.  I needed to make up several quick cards.  I chose this one from Jill Hilliard's blog.  It was exactly what I  needed (seasonal, cute and fast).  I've already received a few compliments.  

Recipe:  Stamp SetsDay of Gratitude, Fine Flourish.  Card Stock:  naturals white.  Ink:  pumpkin pie, cajun craze.  Accessories:  dimensionals.

I had shown you the Candy Corn Treats cards I made a few weeks ago.  I showed them at a couple of workshops and received orders for more (in addition to the dozen I had already made).  Those are finished.

I was also asked to provide cards for the silent auction at our local Community Pregnancy Center fundraiser.  I always put the cards and envelopes in clear envelopes but struggle with how to package them.  I want people to be able to look through them so I can't wrap them in a big pretty cellophane bundle.  I like them to stick out, but they are slippery and I don't want them to spill out.  This time, I selected a faux leather box from IKEA.  It was just the right size and looked good with my bow and business info tag.

I just finished the kits from my October Stamp-A-Stack; that's 112 cards.  I didn't take a photo of those - aren't you glad?!  Plus I made another 20 Halloween cards to send to friends & family.  So, even though I haven't blogged for a few days, I have spent time in my playroom stamping studio.  ☺
  I have more to show you - see you tomorrow.

Friday, October 22, 2010

October 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #4 Monogram

This is the final card from last week's Stamp-A-Stack.  I really liked this card from Chic'n Scratch and changed it to a standard sized card (A2).  I think they would be pretty in any color and make great gifts.

We used a sponge to add frost white shimmer paint after embossing the Baja Breeze card stock.  It adds such a pretty touch.  The was the 2nd use I showed for the shimmer paint at the workshop - I don't think anyone is still afraid of it.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Lovely Letters.  Card Stock:  whisper white, baja breeze.  Ink:  baja breeze.  Accessories:  whisper white taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, frost white shimmer paint.  Tools:  sponge, 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

October 2010 Stamp-A-Stack Just Believe

This is the third card from last week's Stamp-A-Stack.  I know it looks like a burnt orange color, but really it's peach  parfait.  After making this prototype, I added a couple of touches.  We sprayed the top panel; first with the color spritzer tool and peach parfait marker, then with frost white shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. 

CASEd from darhm on SCS here.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Just Believe, Teeny Tiny WishesCard Stock:  peach parfait, very vanilla.  Ink:  peach parfait.  Accessories:  finial press embossing folder, very vanilla 5/8" satin ribbon, linen thread, dimensionals, peach parfait marker, shimmer paint mixture.  Tools:  small oval punch, 1/16"  hole punch, big shot, color spritzer tool.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

October 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #2 - Serene Snowflakes

The day I took all of these pictures, I was getting too much natural light bouncing off the white panels which distorted the other colors.  I actually edited them before posting.   The envelope at the end of the post shows the true Crumb Cake color.

I had first seen this card and liked it as a non-traditional Christmas Card.  It's handy to have Christmas/winter themed cards, other than the family Christmas card, to use as note cards during the holidays and winter.
I think rounding opposite corners adds such a fun twist.  Another detail is the embossing on the white panel.  After stamping it, I embossed it with the Northern Flurries embossing folder.  Just the right amount of "interest".

After deciding this would make a great Stamp-A-Stack, I realized that the Bashful Blue satin ribbon is no longer available.  I didn't want to scrap the idea, so I pulled out my new Color Coach and found this new color combination.  I showed both to my workshops, and everyone liked the new version better.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Serene Snowflakes, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Card Stock:  crumb cake, cherry cobbler, whisper white.  Ink:  whisper white craft, crumb cake, cherry cobbler, marina mist.  Accessories:  marina mist 5/8" satin ribbon, northern flurries embossing folder.  Tools:  corner round, word window punch, modern label punch, big shot.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Monday, October 18, 2010

October 2010 Stamp-A-Stack #1 - Thanksgiving

This past weekend was the October Stamp-A-Stack, where everyone was able to make 8 completed cards.  This is the first card we made.

CASEd from Barb Mann on the SU demonstrator web-site.

Recipe:  Stamp Sets:  Day of Gratitude, Thankful for.  Card Stock:  old olive, whisper white.  Ink:  old olive, cajun craze, pumpkin pie, early espresso.  Accessories:  dimensionals, petals-a-plenty embossing folder.  Tools:  xl oval punch, big shot.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Greenhouse Gala Thank You

Yesterday, I shared a masculine Thank You card I was asked to make.  Here's the more feminine card I made for the ladies on the committee.  I really like the colors!

CASEd from this card.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Watercolor Trio.  Card Stock:  early espresso, marina mist, whisper white, greenhouse gala dsp.  Ink:  early espresso.  Accessories:  pearl, 5/8" old olive satin ribbon, dimensionals, finial press embossing folder.  Tools:  big shot, flower trio punch, large oval punch, scallop oval punch.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Men's Thank You - Day of Gratitude

The other day I was asked if I could provide 8 Thank You cards to be sent to the members of a committee from church.   I didn't have a lot of notice, so I was going to just pull cards from my stash.  But I thought they should all be the same.  When it came down to making them, I changed my mind (yet again) and decided to make a different card for the women as the men. 

Here's the card I made for the men.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Day of Gratitude.  Card Stock:  early espresso, very vanilla, autumn spice specialty.  Ink:  more mustard.  Accessories:  very vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, brown brad.  Punch:  word window.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Christmas Card Workshop

Last night was the third of three Christmas Card Workshops I offered.  Everyone made 2 each of the 3 cards shown, plus one matchbook holder with two 3x3 cards.  The class included the Contempo Christmas stamp set and pack of Jolly Holiday designer paper.  It's nice to have an early start on making Christmas cards plus have samples and some of the supplies.

Supplies Used:  Stamp Set:  Contempo Christmas.  Card Stock:  cherry cobbler, old olive, very vanilla, jolly  holiday dp.  Ink:  white craft, cherry cobbler, old olive.  Accessories:  adhesive rhinestones, old olive 5/8" satin ribbon, old olive 3/8" taffeta ribbon, very vanilla 4/8" taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, white emobossing powder, old olive & cherry cobbler markers.  Tools:  ornament punch, ribbon punch, scallop edge punch, heat tool. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Test Tube Treats

Wow - what a busy weekend!  And this week isn't going to be any less busy.  I hope the weather stays this pretty - the sunshine makes it easier for me to get things done.

I had 2 Christmas Card workshops this weekend.  I have one more tonight, then I can show you the cards tomorrow.  I showed the Halloween Candy Corn cards that I made last week and shared HERE.  They were a big hit.  The ones I had made up all sold and I need to make more for orders.   {Thank you, everyone!} 

One friend wanted treats for her daughter's pee wee football cheerleading squad, so I made up some of these.  I used the same test tubes as the candy corn card and filled them with Skittles.  These are quicker and less expensive to make.  I bet your wheels are turning for other candies and holidays/occasions.

CASEd from Twila Davis on the SU demonstrator web site.

Recipe:  Stamp Set:  Batty for You.  Card Stock:  basic black, whisper white.  Ink:  black staz-on, pumpkin pie, old olive, pacific point.  Accessories:  old olive and pumpkin pie 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, white gel pen.  Tools:  1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, crop-a-dile.
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