Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Yesterday in preparing for Halloween I tried out my new Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps! I've been dying to try these out since they arrived last week and I just love how they turned out. I made the Sugar cookie recipe that came in the box with them and I added in some food coloring (red and yellow until I got a nice orange color)

Here's how my dough looked:

Then I rolled it into about 1.5" balls and put them on a cookie sheet. I pressed them with the pumpkin stamp-- I found it worked best to dust it in a little flour first so that it didn't stick.

And here are the little guys, fresh out of the oven drying on my little cooling rack:

And they are yummy too! Can't wait to share these with my friends tonight! The cookie stamps come with a snowflake and heart too so I will definitely be making more for the upcoming holidays!

Want to make your own? You can contact me to order the Sweet Pressed Cookie stamps or check them out on my website here.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bleached Halloween

Here is another card using the Bleach Technique I mentioned in the last post. For this card I also stamped the owl in the tree from the House of Haunts Stamp set using bleach on soft suede card stock. Then I framed the image with basic black card stock.

To make the rest of the card I used a concord crush card stock as the base color. The textured piece was created by embossing a strip of crumb cake card stock using the lattice embossing folder and then sponging over it with Chocolate chip ink. Then I accented it with a piece of ruffled ribbon in lucky limeade. I love the lime and grape combo-- it makes the card really pop. Last I added on the happy Halloween, punched out of so saffron card stock with the Decorative Label punch.

stamps: House of Haunts
ink: Bleach, chocolate chip
paper: concord crush, crumb cake, soft suede, black
other: Decorative Label punch, big shot, square lattice embossing folder, 3/8" Ruffled ribbon in Lucky Limeade

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bleached Owl Card

One of the Techniques we did last week in my technique class was bleach stamping. We didn't make this card, we made a holiday one I will show you later but I wanted to show you the card I made using the same technique. The cool thing about bleach stamping is that every color of card stock is effected a little differently. For this card I stamped the owl in the tree from the House of Haunts Stamp set using bleach on soft suede card stock. On this color after the bleach dries then the stamped image has a sort of yellowish hue. I think it looks very cool for Halloween or a fall birthday!

To make the rest of the card I used the woodgrain background stamp on Crumb Cake card stock for the base. The main image is punched out with the 2 1/2" circle punch-- I just love this GIANT circle punch. Then I framed it with a scallop circle cut out using the Perfect Pennants Big Shot die.

Only a few days' til Halloween!!

stamps: House of Haunts, Woodgrain Background Stamp, Happiest Birthday Wishes
ink: Bleach, early espresso
paper: early espresso, crumb cake, soft suede, dusty durango
other: Perfect Pennants big shot die, big shot, bleach, white taffeta ribbon, XL circle punch

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Faux metal spider

Remember the Faux Metal technique I showed yesterday? Here's another card using the same technique. This time I made the embellishment using the spider from the Dark & Dreary stamp set:

To make the rest of the card I started again with a basic gray card and this time I took a piece of vellum and put it through the big shot with the spider web embossing folder. It cracked a little but I think it looks cool for Halloween! Then I punched out a border using the Lace Ribbon border punch on black card stock, attached the spider using some bakers twine and added the sentiment Happy Halloween from the House of Haunts stamp set.

stamps: House of Haunts, Dark & Dreary
ink: basic black
paper: basic gray, basic black, vellum, concord crush, river rock
other: pewter embossing powder, circle punches, bakers twine, lace ribbon border punch, spider web embossing folder, big shot, decorative label punch

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Faux Metal Technique

Today is my Monthly Technique Class and we're going to make the card above! This month one of the techniques is Faux Metal... yep, that is not a real metal embellishment... It looks real though, doesn't it? I used the skeleton image from the set Batty For You to make the faux metal shape. Here's a close-up:

To make the rest of the card, I cut out the white shape using the top Note die (still my favorite die) with the big shot. Then I stamped the Hello Doily stamp on it using pumpkin pie ink. The Happy Halloween on the bottom of the shape is from the set House of Haunts. Then I added some black satin ribbon across the middle of the card. For a finishing touch I also punched out a strip of black using the Lace Ribbon Border punch! I love how this turned out... do you think it's a little vintage looking?

I made another Halloween card using the Faux metal technique last year too. You can check it out here.

stamps:Batty for you, House of Haunts, Hello Doily
ink: pumpkin pie, basic black
paper: basic gray, basic black, whisper white
other: scallop circle punch, circle punch, Top Note Big shot Die, black satin ribbon, Lace Ribbon Border punch, Pewter embossing powder

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Boo Bag!

Here is a cool little treat purse for Halloween! It's small but is the perfect size to hold a mini candy bar! It has a little latch that keeps it closed with Velcro:

Then the whole thing opens up like this to hold a treat inside:

Stamps:tiny tags
paper: frightful sight designer series paper, basic black, whisper white, basic gray
ink: black
other:score tool, velcro dot, oval and scallop oval punches, scallop trim border punch, candy, 1/2" circle punch, brads.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lollies for Halloween!

Ok, I'm not sure what these are really called but I've been calling them "lollies" They're a cool accordian folded circle that you can make using the new Simply Scored tool from Stampin' Up! This tool is really awesome! It is a big plate with grooves in it that you can use the evenly score and is making any project I do with folds in it a breeze!

Here are some more lollies I made for Halloween! Sorry about the flash... these were hard to get a photo of because they were so tall I couldn't take a photo of them where I usually take my pictures.! I made 3 of them in different sizes and put them in a vase with Halloween candy corn! Isn't it cute?

Here's what the Simply Scored tool looks like:
You can view more details and order it on my website!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall Thank you Card

It's getting a little colder here now and feels more like fall so I thought it would be a good day to share this pretty Fall Thank you card I made. I used the Stained Glass technique to make the square of red and yellow leaves. These leaves are from the stamp set Autumn Splendor. Doesn't it just look perfect for fall? I mounted it on a piece of black to really make it pop out. Then I stamped a strip of crumb cake card stock with the Woodgrain background stamp - I love this stamp! I put the whole thing together on a piece of more mustard card stock and added a piece of seam binding ribbon, also crumb cake. The sentiment is from the set Thank you Kindly.

Does this technique look familiar? I made a few other cards using it. If you want to see more cards using this check out the links to the Halloween cards I made here and here.

stamps: Autumn Splendor, Thank you Kindly
ink: daffodil delight, tangerine tango, staz-on black
paper: crumb cake, black, more mustard
other: acetate, re-inkerks, crumb cake seam binding ribbon

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Treats!

Here is a cute little treat holder. I made this using the Simply Scored tool. It's made from a piece of 6x6 Cardstock. You score in at 2" from each side, then make diagonal marks into the four corners. Fold it up and punch holes and thread shut with ribbon. Here's a top view:

Then I decorated the side panels using the stamp set Dark & Dreary.

stamps: Dark & Dreary
ink: basic black
paper:Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, old olive, whisper white, crumb cake
other: circle punches, simply scored

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Card

Here is another card using the Stained Glass technique I showed in this post. I made a few more pieces to try different things with. I love how this one turned out. Instead of gluing it on a white card stock piece, I glued it onto a piece of the cool paper with words on it from the special edition designer series paper.

Here is a close-up- don't you love how some of the words show through?

stamps: House of Haunts
paper: Gray, black, very vanilla, Special Edition Designer Series Paper, Acetate
ink:pumpkin pie, Staz-on Black, Daffodil delight
other: sponge, bakers twine, spiderweb embossing folder, Decorative Label punch

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Owl Card!

Here is a great fall card using the owl from the Halloween set Dark and Dreary. I like how the owl can be used for something other than Halloween like I did on this thanks card. I stamped the owl inside a frame created with the Designer Frames big shot embossing folder. I created a moon behind him by masking a circle and sponging over it.

For the background I created a textured piece for the back ground using the square lattice embossing folder and sponging over it. I also used a strip of the Special Edition patterned paper and a strip punched out with the Lace ribbon border punch!

stamps: Dark and Dreary,
ink:Soft Suede, pumpkin pie
paper: soft suede, pumpkin pie, special edition designer paper
other: Lace Ribbon Border punch, Square lattice and Designer frames embossing folders, sponges, 3/8" taffeta ribbon.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Some Frankensteins!

Here are a couple of Frankenstein treat holders! Both of these are made using the XL Fancy Favor big shot die! The first one I used rich razzleberry cardstock and rolled bats on it using the Bring on the Bats wheel. Then I created a Lolly using the new Simply Scored tool to add on the front. The Frankenstein image is from the stamp set Batty for you! to make the ribbon, I cut a piece of the thick striped grosgrain in half to make it thinner. I like how this also gives it a rough frayed look.

The second one I drew a face on the fancy favor shape using a black marker. The eyes are punched out using the 1/2" circle punch. For the hair, I cut out angled pieces from the edge. The ears are made using the round tab punch.

stamps:Batty for you
paper:lucky limeade, rich razzleberry, whisper white, basic black, basic gray
ink:black, lucky limeade rich razzleberry
other: Fancy favor die, simply scored tool, ribbon

Monday, October 10, 2011

Halloween Treats!

Wow! It's Oct 10th already... I'm behind on bloggin! Guess I've just been too busy creating! Here is a pic of all the cool projects we made at my halloween treats class last week. Aren't they cute?

Here are close-ups of each one:

the first is a candy holder made using the two tags big shot die:

Next, is a stick filled with m&ms... mmmmm... Aren't the mini cello bags from the holiday mini the coolest?

Here I showed a trick to make the candy wrapper die big enough to fit a full size candy bar. This one looks really cool but was the trickiest for most of my stampers that night! I used the First Edition paper and stamped the tree on it to make it look spooky! I love how versatile this paper is!
Here's a close up of the tag:

This bat is made with two milk carton die shapes attached together!

And last, but not least, I showed everyone how to make these fun "lollies" and attached one to the front of the bag cut out using the fancy favor die.

I'm not going to take all the time to write up all the materials but please contact me if you have any questions on what I used to make these!


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