Thursday, September 27, 2007

Witching you...

...A Haunting Halloween....
This is one of the sets that you can get for 30% off this month with a $30 purchase so of course I had to have it. Priced at only $13.27, how could I resist? If you'd like to know more about the specials, contact me!

I decided that since I hardly ever use purple, this would be a great time to try it. I think purple goes great with Halloween and is a nice break from all the orange and black. I started out with a piece of orchid opulence paper for the card base. The strip of yellow is more mustard stamped with the star stamp from the Haunting Halloween set with more mustard ink and then I went around and added more dots with a white gel pen. For the main image of the card I stamped the cauldron and stars from the same set and then colored them using watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I then mounted the image on wild wasabi card stock and added the ribbons (white and black grosgrain) and attached it to the card. The sentiment "witching you.." is also from this set. Inside the card I stamped the "...a haunting Halloween" sentiment.

Here is another card I did with this set using basically the same formula but with the cat instead of the cauldron and no green:
stamps: Haunting Halloween
ink: Basic Black, More mustard
paper: orchid opulence, more mustard, basic black, whisper white, wild wasabi
other: gingham ribbon, white grosgrain ribbon, dotted ribbon (not SU), watercolor pencils and blender pen

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

fun quiz to take!

I just found this fun quiz to take to find out what scrapbooking item are you. Check it out here.
Here are my results:

What scrapbooking item are you?

You are PAPER!You are an all natural basic person who likes to act as a foundation to others. You are willing to take a backseat in most of your relationships and let others take the spotlight, while you show your support and help them shine! Underneath it all, you are the one who makes it all happen. You are the focus and stability in any group, even if you are not the leader. Others look to you to set the pace and provide ideas for ways to get things done. But Paper Beware - sometimes you get a little edgy with the people who look to you for support and can give them some papercut remarks that can hurt their feelings. Remember to watch what you say, because you are best when leading by example.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

No Spiders for Halloween...

Ok, I know I've said I love Halloween--and I do--but I have to say as cute as some of the Halloween sets with spiders are on them, I hate real spiders. They give me the creeps. I was just entering my stamp room tonight to do some stamping and I see my cat, Newton, on the floor batting something guessed it a spider! I huge spider! I was so totally freaked out. The only thing worse than finding a spider is killing it. I don't know why I'm so afraid of them but this one was big and brown and I was too scared of it to squish it so I carefully captured it with a piece of paper under a piece of tupperware and ran it outside and flung it far away from me into the yard... ewwwww! I still have the shivers just thinking about it!

At least this card doesn't have a spider on it! This card uses the Batty for You stamp set and the polka dots and petals stamp set. I started with a pumpkin pie card base. Next I stamped a strip of white with polka dots and circles in black, pumpkin pie and river rock. I framed this strip with a piece of basic black that I scalloped using the slit punch. The ribbons tied around are pumpkin grosgrain and black gingham. Then I stamped the Frankenstein and the vampire from Batty for you on white and punched them out with circle punches. I framed them with scallop circles punched from river rock card stock ad attached them with dimensionals. I can't seem to make a card without dimensionals lately!

stamps: Batty for You, Polka Dots & Petals
paper: pumpkin pie, river rock, whisper white, basic black
ink: pumpking pie, river rock, basic black
other: pumpkin grosgrain, black gingham, 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch, slit punch, dimensionals

Monday, September 24, 2007

Another Treat Jar...

I just love these treat jars! They're so cute and easy to make. I just filled the inside with Hershey's Kisses and then Stamped the flower from Doodle This twice on whisper white card stock. I colored the flowers with Markers (this one I did red to try to make one "Christmassy") and then punched one of the flowers out with my Marvy Giga punch (you could also use a cozzule or other circle cutter). This is the bottom layer. Then for the second flower, cut close to the edges. It's hard to see in the photo but I did use a glue pen and glitter to add some sparkle to the edges. Then put a rhinestone brad in the center. For my brad I used the Stampin' Up! fire brads. Attach the flower with dimensional dots and your all done. Then all you need is ribbon. I found the ribbon was a little tricky to tie, so I added a little piece of sticky strip on the back side to hold it in place and that helped.

stamps: Doodle This
inks: Real red and Ruby red markers, basic black ink
paper: whisper white
accessories: artichoke grosgrain ribbon, fire brad, dimensionals

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Halloween Treats!

I just love Halloween! I thought these would make the cutest little treats. I started out with a small piece of black card stock and used the corner notch punch on all four corners and a hole punch on each end. I Then attached it to the bucket with orange grosgrain ribbon tied through the holes. For the scallop, I used the SU scallop punch on pumpkin pie cardstock, then the small hole punch to punch holes in all the scallops. I stamped the spiders from Batty for You on white cardstock using black and pumpkin pie markers to ink them. I had to stamp this a bunch of times... the letters on the wording on these stamps are so close together I kept getting too much ink on them and then they would look smooshy, but i finally got results I was happy with. I punched them out with the circle punch and layered them over the scallop. Then I attached that piece to the bucket with a dimensional dot.

For the inside I put candy in small cello bag, tied with pumpkin pie grosgrain and black gingham and used the Halloween stamp from the Party Punch hostess set stamped on white. Then I used the two sizes of tag punches to layer it .

Here are some close-ups of the two designs I did:

stamps: Batty For You, Party Punch
paper: pumpkin pie, whisper white, basic black
inks: pumpkin pie, basic black
other: grosgrain and gingham ribbon, corner notch punch, scallop punch, 1/16" hole punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, tag punches, cello bags, candy


This post isn't stamping related but I just wanted to share a photo of me with Grandpa at his 80th birthday party a few weeks ago

...isn't he sweet?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Stamping Space is being Invaded!

Where am I supposed to stamp? My kitties think that stamping is so much fun, they just love to sit by me and watch... unfortunately, that means much less room for me to spread out! Good thing I have a pretty big table! Actually, It's quite unusual for both of them to come and sit by me at the same time. It's usually just one or the other but last night they were really interested in what I was working on or something!

In case you haven't met them, that's Newton on the left (big orange guy) and Hobbes on the right.

Somewhat Later that evening ...

Guess I wasn't so interesting after all!

too funny!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Birthday Wild Ones

Besides it being my grandpas birthday this week, it was also my little brothers. I made him this card with the Wild About you set. I started with pumpkin pie paper and used the Boho Friend wheel to make a background. Then I stamped my 3 characters on squares of whisper white with blue bayou, pumpkin pie and wild wasabi. I then mounted the three of them on a piece of wild wasabi and did faux stitching on the edges. Last I added the birthday hugs and wishes sentiment. I like how simple and cute it turned out.

stamps: boho wheel, wild about you, hugs and wishes
inks: blue bayou, pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, black
paper: whisper white, pumpkin pie, wild wasabi
accessories: white gel pen, paper piercing tool

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What I've been up to...

It's my Grandpas 80th birthday this week and last weekend they had a big party for him with all his family to celebrate. I wanted to stamp him something useful and after much deliberating I finally decided to make him an album to put all his photos from his party in. I don't know why it took me so long to think of this! I just bought a simple 8x8 album at Archivers and made pages with photo corners already in place so once he has the photos from his party, he can just slide them in!

Here's some photos of the inside pages. I used the Apple Cider Designer paper (love this stuff) with coordinating cardstock and stamps. I also used some chipboard shapes and the cuttlebug to create some accents:

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Since it's September now I've been starting to think about fall and my favorite part of fall is Halloween! I know it's early for some but I couldn't resist using my new Halloween set! For this card I made the base with pumpkin pie paper, then made black scallops with the slit punch. the middle is done with the Polka Dots and Petals set...I love just using the circles and dots from this set, they're so versatile. I then stamped the images from the Batty for You set on white and punched them out with the 1 and 1/4" circle punch and framed them with scallop punch. I thought it turned out so cute!

stamps: Batty for You, Polka Dots & Petals
ink: River Rock, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
paper: pumpkin pie, river rock, whisper white, basic black
accessories: pumpkin grosgrain, gingham ribbon


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