Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Halloween Treats

Halloween is fast approaching and the kids are celebrating all week at school this week. Tomorrow they have their classroom parties so I am finishing up on the teacher treats. Here's a quick pillow box I made today...

I used some Echo Park Halloween papers to cover the clear pillow box then embellished with some Spellbinders and Nestabling. I cut the largest Beaded Square and added the bling then layered up the blinged out Labels Fourteen with dimensional adhesive. The sentiment was stamped from the American Crafts Halloween Acrylic Stamp Set. I finished it off by adding two Spellbinders pumpkins cut from patterned paper. It came together quickly and now all I have to do is stuff it with some candy. :)

I'm off to Kindergarten today to make some pumpkin face bags with the kiddos that they can use to transport their treats home in after tomorrow's party. I hope you have a great afternoon!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Scrap-Mart 2012 Design Team Call

For all of you who may have missed it, the search is on for Scrap-Mart's 2012 Design Team!! You can read all the details and find out how to apply HERE.

If you have any questions regarding the call, please feel free to email me at


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween Box in a Bag

I found this fun tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for a Box in a Bag and thought it would make a fun Halloween Treat Bag.

Today's my day on the Scrap-Mart blog. Hop on over for the details on how I made this bag!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

JustRite Friday Challenge #060: Sketch

Hi everyone! I am about to head out for the Kansas City Creating Keepsakes convention but before I leave I wanted to share my creation for this week's JustRite Friday Challenge. This week's challenge was to create something with this sketch...

And here's my take on it...

This card morphed numerous times before it was actually completed. I knew right away when I saw the sketch that I wanted to work with the new Spellbinders Poinsettia dies and the Flower Pot. After trying a few things, I decided to make my card base clear and I removed the top third of the front so that when you opened the card, some of the poinsettias would remain on the inside of the card. After creating the clear card base, I die cut the second to largest Flower Pot using the die cut on a fold technique. This way, the inside of the clear card front wouldn't show the adhesive from the front. ;) Next I set to work on my poinsettias. First, I cut, embossed and inked each petal layer then used my red Copic Spica Glitter Pen to add some shimmer to the embossed area on each petal. I shaped them with my McGill Paper Blossoms Tool Kit and Mat then assembled each flower. For the poinsettia centers, I used some pearl floral accents from my local craft store, colored them with my Y28 Copic Marker and covered them with Gold Stickles after I adhered them into place. I tied a piece of plain white seam binding to the front of my flower pot, topped it off with a Melissa Frances keyole then added a Poinsettia leaf and the sentiment. The sentimet is from the Happy Everything Tag kit and was cut using a piece from my Scallop Pennants. When opened, the card looks like this...

Two of the poinsettias remain on the inside of the card front along with another leaf. The inside sentiment is from the JustRite 2 3/8" Something Sweet - Christmas set. It was cut using my Circle Nestabilities then layered on a Fancy Tags Two. Both pieces are adorned with the coordinating Nestabling.

Christmas will be here before you know it!! I am planning a card making day with a friend soon. How 'bout you?


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Off again...

Hello friends! Today, I am off to work again! This time I'm headed to York, PA for the Heirloom Stamp Show. The show is open Friday 10/7/11 from 10 am - 5 pm and Saturday 10/8/11 from 11 am to 4 pm. If you're in the area, stop by. There's always great finds at the stamp shows!

I'll be back next week. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Brian!!!

Today is our oldest son's birthday! He is 15. I cannot believe how fast time flies, really. Brian was a teeny little 7 yr old when Rocky and I got together. Now, he is almost as big as his dad. Yikes!!

Brian is a super compasionate young man. He is very considerate of other's feelings. He is an amazing big brother. The teachers tell me all the time that he checks on the kids daily and doesn't turn his nose at them when they see him on campus. I don't know what I'd do without him every day. Seriously. He is smart, athletic and has grown into someone we are so very proud of. Brian is also a BIG time gamer. He LOVES his video games. Can't live without them. So, when I found this digital image at Mo's Digital Pencil, I couldn't resist buying it to make his birthday card. Here it is...

See, it's perfect right?! After resizing and printing my image, I colored it with my Copic markers then cut it out with my Spellbinders Square Nestabilities. The background paper is from the Teresa Collins Extreme Boy collection. It's been in my stash a while. ;) To add a little detail, I cut a small border using the new Spellbinders Classic Ric Rac Edgeabilities and adhered it just under my image. Then I cut a tab from the Spellbinders Donna Salazar Tabs collection and added it to the top of the image. I used some Making Memories tiny alpha stickers to create my multi-part sentiment. Shooterpro96 is B's gamer tag and I wanted to add that personalized detail. Then I thought I'd play on the whole gamer thing a little more and add the level 15 for his age. A few tags and a chipboard shape from the Extreme Boy collection finished it off. We got him some gift cards for would you guess, Game Stop!, and I created a pocket to tuck them in on the inside of the card...

To make the pocket easy, I cut the Lifestyle Crafts French Fry box and cut the back piece off. Then I trimmed the sides and bottom so they'd fold flat. Using my JustRite All Occasion Nested Sentiments I stamped happy birthday then adhered the pocket to the card.

He requested Oreo Dirt Cake for his birthday cake so that's what we're having tonight. Yum! Happy Birthday B! We love you!!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Halloween Frame Calendar

I have this fun Halloween Fram Calendar on the Scrap-Mart blog today...

Hop on over for the details on how it was made.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Christmas wishes...

I hope you all enjoyed World Card Making day! I know I sure did!! I decided to play along with my friend Rae's sketch challenge. Here's her sketch...

I decided since I was working on a card sketch that I should make some Christmas cards to send to Operation Write Home. Here's what I created...

Since I had all my supplies out I decided to make 2 cards. I used papers from the Simple Stories 6x6 25 Days of Christmas paper pad. After adhering my layers to my card base, I cut the scallop using my new Spellbinders Classic Scallop Edgeabilities and layered it with the new Spellbinders Holly Accents border. After embossing the border, I stenciled the holly leaves and added red rhinestones for the berries. I didn't have any red ones so I colored my clear ones with my R39 Copic marker. For my focal image, I used my Circle Nesties to cut out words from my paper pad then hooked them inside the motif from the Holly Accents set. I cut a larger circle then added a Petite Circle Nestabling to it then adhered the motif center with American Crafts dimensional adhesive to the center. To create the sentiment, I stamped Christmas wishes from my Unity Joy & Wonder stamp set then cut it out using the banner from Spellbinders Lacey Pennants. I used my Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap Distress Ink to ink all my edges and stamp my sentiment.

If you aren't familiar with Operation Write Home, they are a non-profit organization that sends handmade cards to our soldiers so they have something nice to send home to their families. If you can't create cards to send, please consider making a donation to help pay for postage to get the donated cards to the units. If you would like to get involved and send in some handmade cards, please visit the GUIDELINES page before you send. I am not affiliated with OWH. I'm just a crafter who is thankful for our armed services and wants to help spread the joy.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day! (RRR33)

Hello friends and happy Saturday! Today is World Card Making Day, a day just for us crafty sorts. There's plenty of fun to be had in the blog and forum community today. Unity Stamps has a challenge thread at Splitcoast Stampers and I decided to play along. Really Reasonable Ribbon also has a challenge going right now to create a Halloween project that must include ribbon/trim.

Here's the list of Unity challenges I combined...

1. Embossing/Distressing

2. Make a Halloween Card

3. Make a card using this sketch...

And here's my card...

I used American Crafts cardstock for my cardbase then layered it up with a little orange. Next, I embossed my purple Core'dinations cardstock with my Tim Holtz spiderweb embossing folder. After stamping my Unity image I cut it out with my Spellbinders Square Nestabilities. The frame was colored with my FYG2 Copic marker. Since I didn't have any orange rhinestones, I colored my clear ones with YR18. I wanted to add a shadow to give the frame a 3D effect so I ran my C1 Copic marker along the inside stamp line. The edges of my square were inked with purple and black Colorbox Chalk ink before I adhered it. I added the Spooky 2x2 Cat to the center of my frame using American Crafts foam adhesive. For the top of the card, I cut a strip of black cardstock and punched the edge with my Martha Stewart Drippy Goo punch and tied some ribbon off on top of it before adhereing it to the card base. For my sentiment, I cut three of the smallest Spellbinders Pennants, inked the edges then added my letters cut using my Oatmeal font. I added some Smooch Ink to the frame and my goo to give it some sparkle.

If you're looking for more fun today, my friend Rae is having a sketch challenge on her blog and she has some fun candy up for grabs. Get the sketch and details HERE.

Operation Write Home has a blog hop going on with TONS of Christmas cards to see! You can go HERE to start the hop.