Wednesday, October 29, 2008

spooky nights...

Sorry this photo is a little fuzzy, but I wanted to share this card with you. I can't believe it's halloween in just a few days!!

For this card I used the House of Haunts stamp set to stamp the tree. Then to make the moon, I punched a circle out of a sticky note and laid it on top of the tree to create a circle mask. Then I sponged inside the hole with orange and yellow ink. Pull off the sticky note and...ta dah! You have a circle shape. It's such an easy way to make a moon and it works so great with this set! Then I framed it with some chocolate chip cardstock and a piece of leftover apple cider designer paper (retired). I used the same tree to stamp the background pattern on the left, just repeated it up the side. The sentiment "spooky nights" is from the halloween frights stamp set.

stamps: House of Haunts, Halloween Frights
ink: chocolate chip, more mustard, pumpkin pie
paper: more mustard, really rust, chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, whisper white
other: ribbons(non SU)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Yet another halloween card...

Are you getting sick of them yet? I hope not since it's still another week until Halloween! We finished putting up our Halloween decorations last night and let me tell you, our house is going to be Awesome!! I'm so excited for the trick-or-treaters to see it.

This card uses the cat from the Halloween Frights stamp set from SU. It's a really simple card. I stamped the cat on the white square, rounded the corners and layered it with a scallop square that I made with the nestabilites scallop dies in my cuttlebug. Then I layered it with some Designer paper from SU and black that I used the scallop border punch on. Are you getting sick of scallops yet? Not me. I love them!

stamps: Halloween Frights
ink: Black, White
paper: tangerine tango, kiwi kiss, black, white, river rock (retired), Ghostly Greetings
other:corner rounder, brads, nestablities scallop squares, cuttlebug

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Owl Anniversary

Here is a fun anniversary card I made for an October wedding anniversary. I just thought the way the owls were looking at each other was so cute and sort of comical and romantic at the same I just love owls!! I cut the paper out using the nestabilities square scallop die in my cuttlebug. You send the die through twice, once to make the outside cut and then again with a different amount of pressure to do the embossing on the edge. I really love how these squares look but they are a little laborious to make. I think next time I'm going to make a whole pile of them so I just have them on hand when I want to use some.

Once I had the owls stamped I colored them using markers and aqua painters. Then I stamped Happy Anniversary under them from the Stampin' Up! set Hugs and Wishes. The patterned paper is scrap I had left from last years Apple Cider Designer paper from SU. Boy am I sad that is discontinued. I really loved that paper!!

The base of the card is really rust cardstock and I stamped up the one side using the small flower from the Eastern Blooms set since that set just happened to be on my table! I love how it turned out, so cute and simple!

stamps:owl Buddies (from A Muse stamps), Hugs & Wishes (SU), Eastern Blooms (SU)
ink:Basic Black, Earth Elements Markers
paper:Really Rust, Apple Cider Designer paper (retired), whisper white
other: Taffeta Ribbon, Nestabilities scallop square

Saturday, October 18, 2008

House of Haunts Card

Another Halloween card...are you sick of them yet? This one uses the House of Haunts set from Stampin' Up!. I stamped it with black ink and then sponged around it with yellow and green ink. I stamped the pumpkins with tangerine tango before I cut them out and adhered them. the one is popped out with a pop dot. I like how this card turned out...the house is so spooky!

stamps: house of haunts
ink:black, old olive, tangerine tango,
paper:black, old olive, whisper white, lovely lilac
other:pumpkin grosgrain ribbon

Friday, October 17, 2008

Spooky Owl card

I'm not sure if this is my favorite card I've made but I thought I'd try something simple and a little different. This card uses the Halloween Frights set from Stampin' Up! I inked the owl with really rust ink and then inked the edges with a chocolate chip marker to achieve that two-toned look. I think that adds some charter to the owl. Then I punched him out with the circle punch and thought it might be fun to punch out the words too. I also used my favorite scallop border punch. What do you think? too simple?

stamps:Halloween Frights,
ink: basic black, really rust, chocolate chip, more mustard
paper:basic black, whisper white, kiwi kiss, summer sun, close to cocoa
other: pumpkin pie ribbon, punches

Thursday, October 16, 2008

spooky cat!

Happy Thursday! Here's another Halloween card with the ghouls & goblins set from inkadinkado! I love the little cat hiding under the sheet! so cute!! To make this card I used pumpkin pie card stock for the base, then used the web embossing folder on my cuttle bug to make the web embossed on the black cardstock. I stamped the cat with black ink and framed it with some kiwi kiss cardstock. I also used the scallop border punch and some ribbon from michaels.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

sweet spooky treats!

Happy Monday! It was such a beautiful weekend here, in the 70's and 80's that I didn't even take time to stamp! Can you believe it? We spent some time doing stuff outdoors instead...but here's a few treats I made last week that I haven't shown you yet!

The first one is a treat holder that I made using the sizzix pillow box die. Stampin' Up now sells some of these die-cuts along with the Big Shot die cut machine so I thought I'd better give it a try. But since I'm on a budget and already had a cuttlebug, I had to make it work in that machine instead of buying a new one. It took a few trys and I broke one well-used plate for my cuttlebug but I finally figured it out. I think the little pillow box is super cute! For the tag, I used my ever-popular scallop punch and the owl from the halloween frights set!

The second treat is an idea I found off some other blogs but I just had to copy it because it's so cute! I found the test tubes at Michaels and filled them with reeses pieces (Yum), and stamped a tag for them. For these tags I used the Batty for you set!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Tic Tac Bat!

TGIF, right? I'm so glad it's friday. This has been one long week for me at work and I'm excited for the much needed weekend. Besides, it's supposed to be super warm out this weekend here!

Today I'm sharing one of the halloween treats I recently made. Here's a close-up of the tic tac holder. I just think these are really adorable!! I even found some orange tic tacs to put inside. Basically it's just a book-style wrap around the tic tacs, which I adhered in using sticky strip. Then decorate as you'd like. I used Batty for you and added on some little google eyes!

stamps: batty for you
ink:basic black, pumpkin pie
paper: basic black, pumpkin pie, Ghostly Greetings designer paper
other: google eyes, pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon, scallop and circle punches

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Mummy cute!

Last night my cat, Hobbes, was being silly and running around, as cats sometimes do and he ran into the bathroom where I was brushing my teeth and attacked the toilet paper roll! It was so funny, I've never seen him do that before!

So, today I'm sharing a toilet-paper cat card! This stamp is part of a set from inkadinkado called Ghouls & Goblins. I thought it was so cute and had to buy it because of the funny Halloween kitties!

To make this card, I used pumpkin pie cardstock for the base, then I used black cardstock and the web embossing plate from my cuttlebug to create the black web. the ribbon is from Michaels and the image is stamped on whisper white with black ink. I used the sentiment "halloween frights" from the Halloween Frights set from SU.

stamps: Ghouls & Goblins (inkadinkado), Halloween frights
paper:pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, black
other:orange eyelets, halloween ribbon, cuttlebug

House of Haunts Popcorn slider

Here is one of the projects I designed for my Halloween treats class. I love how these turned out! I bought some mini popcorn packs to make these...they were from world market in the Halloween section and pop up orange!.

For this project I didn't have measurements so I just meastured the height of the popcorn, cut a piece of cardstock slightly longer than that and then wrapped it around the bag to see how long it should be. A lot of times I jsut use trial and error to figture out how to make things!

Here's how I did it--
Black cardstock is 5.5 x 8 inches. I don't know if that is a standard size mini popcorn so you might have to adjust it to fit the ones you buy. Wrap around the bag of popcorn and use sticky strip to adhere on the back (mono adhesive won't be strong enough, it will pop back open). Then take out the popcorn, put a little adhesive on the bottom and crimp up the bottom with a fiskars paper crimper, just a half inch or so.

Put two holes or slits near the top of the pocket. I added eyelets to make mine look nice. Then wrap the ribbon around the popcorn bag the long way, stick it in the pouch and feed the ribbon through the holes. Tie ribbon above bag. Once this is done, you can hold onto the bottom of the pouch with one hand and grab the ribbon with the other hand and pull.....ta da, the popcorn slides, huh?
Here's a pic with the popcorn partially pulled out.

Decorate your pouch as you'd like. I used House of Haunts and the new Halloween designer series paper Ghostly Greetings from Stampin' Up!

Hope you like this project and enjoy making your own. Stay tuned for more Halloween stuff!

stamps:Haunting Halloween
paper:Ghostly Greetings, basic black, pumpkin pie, whisper white
ink:basic black, pumpkin pie, so saffron
other:eyelets, crimper, pumpkin pie grosgrain ribbon

Monday, October 6, 2008

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Sale!

Dates: October 1-31, 2008

Promotion Details: Spend $20 in regular catalog merchandise and qualify to purchase any preselected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20 perent off.

Item # Page # Description Retail Price 20% Off Price
109439 62 Big Bold Birthday $27.95 $22.36
112895 62 CumpleaƱos genial y divertido (Spanish Big Bold Birthday)* $27.95 $22.36
111532 63 Party Hearty* $26.95 $21.56
110994 64 Bitty Birthday $12.95 $10.36
111618 64 Crazy for Cupcakes* $23.95 $19.16
111546 65 Simple Birthday Thanks* $17.95 $14.36
111702 65 Time to Party* $16.95 $13.56
108559 68 Crab & Company $27.95 $22.36

*Stamp sets are die cut.

Contact me today for more details or to place an order!

Embrace Life Birthday card

Wow, is it Monday already? The weekends just fly by, don't they? I spent some quality time Sunday stamping some cool Halloween cards but I haven't taken photos of them yet, so meanwhile I'm sharing this one...

This is another card using the embrace life set and the new in colors. I used the same method as my last post to color the main image on this card (aqua painters and ink pads). Then I layered it over a simple background pattern. I really like how this card turned out. I like how the simplicity of the simple pattern contrasts with the main focal image. This would be a great birthday card or just a best wishes card.

stamps: Embrace Life, Heard from the heart
nk: tangerine tango, basic black, summer sun
paper: tangerine tango, kiwi kiss, summer sun
other: eyelets, aqua painters, scallop border punch


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