Friday, October 31, 2008

RAK from Kelly SBS8

My sweet friend Kelly from our SBS8 Sisterhood sent me this adorable card after I commented on it on her blog here. She stamped all the fun phrases from the SU's Humor in High Heels set and enclosed them also! What a fun set of sayings!!! I'm so fortunate to have found so many nice "sisters" to treasure in life after being shortchanged in that department in real life!!! This way I got wonderful brothers in real life & never had to share my clothes! LOL!!! Now I get the "benefits" of sweet sisters I've found over the years through various avenues including SBS; I'm a lucky girl!!!
Paper: Heidi Grace Designs (I have this paper too!)
Stamps: SU's Humor in High Heels set (current catalog)
Embelllies: Stickles

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Halloween Crafting 2008

I made some Halloween decorations for my kids to use in their respective homes this holiday. The door hanger was for my DD's roommate (couldn't leave her out) and the witchy went to them for their apartment also. I made the cat for my son's GF for her apartment (because she has a cat) & the skeleton for my son. He said he and his roommates had the perfect spot for it & they were just decorating their house when it came. It's made of metal and I found it marked down to $1.49 @ Michaels -- couldn't believe the price! I would normally have made him something too, but knew this was perfect for him! Of course they each received a card from me also, among the many that I'd previously made and posted here! Beware of all the spooks & ghouls out there & have a Happy Halloween everyone!!! ;-)
Papers and Paints: Making Memories
Rubons: K & Company
Ribbons: Martha Stewart

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wise Owl Card for Blog Hop. . .

For my first Papertrey Ink Blog Hop entry I made this simple Wise Owl half-window-fold card using Bazzill's scalloped cardstock and a tutorial I found here. I just love finding unusual folds/shapes for my cards on all the awesome blogs out there. I also incorporated the "innie/outie" nesting idea from Alli Miles' post here for my red circle on the front, but I actually used 3 Nesties. My card didn't turn out exactly as I'd seen it in my head, but I was a bit short on time today. I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with for this month's challenge!
Stamps: PTI's Wise Owl & Wise Owl Bellies
Paper: Bazzill & cream cardstock from stash
Ink: VersaFine's Vintage Sepia
Tools: Scor-It; Crop-a-Dile; Spellbinder's Wizard
Embellies: WeRMemoryKeepers' Large Eyelet; American Craft's Ribbon

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wedding Congratulations Card

My friend announced that she recently got married, so I CASEd this card from Heather Nichols here. I hope she and her new husband have a long and happy life together!!!
The card uses Paper Trey Ink's Guide Lines stamp set with VersaMark Ink embossed with Pearl EP and since her favorite color is purple, I used Bazzill Bling and ribbon in a purple shade.
Paper: Bazzill Bling; white cardstock
Stamps: PTI's Guide Lines; SU (love)
Ink: VersaMark & VersaFine Black Onyx
Tools: Spellbinder's Wizard; Cuttlebug Concentric Heart Die; SU Word Window & Ticket Corner Punch
Embellies: Glitter, pearls, jump ring & ribbon from stash

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Holiday Rubber Stamp Idea

As my dear friend, Gwen, and I are discussing what we're making for a Christmas card on email tonight, my brother coincidentally sends me an email, saying: "Due to increasing age, forgetfulness, and my decreasing ability to send cards on time here is my card to cover every Holiday" with the accompanying photo! Too funny!!! Gwen & I both had the idea it should be posted here! Enjoy!!!
Gwen thinks someone needs to make this into a stamp -- we could spend our time making cards for every occasion BUT a national holiday then & save a lot on postage, huh?!!! I like the frig posting idea too!!! LOL!!! Aren't email and the Internet wonderful -- what did we ever do before we had them?!!!

Spooky Halloween Decoration

I found all the Halloween stuff on sale @ Michael's yesterday, so decided this would be for ME! LOL!!! I got other fun stuff to make & send my kids and I'll post those once I know they've received them, so as to not spoil their surprise!
It was so fun/easy to cover this with various scraps from my stash! I discovered I like using Elmer's Rubber Cement, because if I make a mess, it just rubs off, whereas with Mod Podge I always have a splotch I can't remove on the front of my project! I'll be stocking up on Rubber Cement next trip! Wish I'd have found more than one of these, but sadly this was the last @ the particular Michael's where I shopped! Maybe I'll be lucky & find more before they're gone at another store(?)!!!
Paper: Making Memories, Pebbles, Inc. & K & Company Halloween papers
Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Embellishments: Making Memories brad & sticker

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rest Your Bones

I promised my DD that I'd send her something I made for
Halloween, so this is the little creation I came up with. I based it on the dotted paper that had this shaped design on it from 2007's Making Memories 6" x 6" paper pad. I simply glued it to a piece of cardboard & then added K & Company glitter stickers and MM's Glitter Pebble Sticker on one side. For the other side, I used MM's Spellbound Die-cut Pumpkin paper and my embossing pen & glow-in-the-dark embossing powder inside the pumpkins' faces so they'll glow in the dark. I then used Halloween embossing powder on the chipboard letters, hung them from the bottom point & added a ring and orange chain for hanging.
Papers: Making Memories Halloween Papers (2007 & 2008)
Embellishments: K & Company Glitter Stickers; Making Memories Glitter Pebble Stickers; Chipboard letters; glitter & glow-in-the-dark embossing powders

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Halloween Treat Basket

My friend, Ilene, was visiting today & working on a Christmas Treat Basket, so I decided to do a Halloween basket. Last year I made 2 for Christmas gifts and they can found under my Treat Holders label on the right. Again, the directions for making this treat holder can be found here on Splitcoaststampers awesome site! I liked both sides of this cardstock, so decided to keep it very simple and not add any patterned paper squares. I used a metal ring (actually a very large hoop earring I got for this very purpose at the $1 store last year) and added some chipboard buttons from last year and tied various Halloween ribbons around the ring! Pretty simple & it's ready for trick or treaters. Now I'll have to go hide the candy again or my DH will eat it all long before the 31st!!! Bet parents are glad it's a Friday night this year!
Paper: Making Memories Brocade Orange Spellbound Cardstock
Embellishments: Making Memories Chipboard Buttons (2007); Martha Stewart Ribbons (2007); black eyelets; silver hoop earring
Tools: Crop-a-dile II; Scor-It

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Feeling Owly?!!!

I've been fighting allergy symptoms these past few days, so I'm a bit out of sorts (owly!), but I'm so excited to post my first Wise Owl card, having been fortunate enough to win both PTI's Wise Owl & the add-on set, Wise Owl Bellies, from Designer Alli Miles on WCMD! I'd been hoping to buy this set since it premiered in July, so I was really excited to receive it. This fabulous set allows you to create your owls in many different ways with all the individual owl parts and fun sentiments, and the add-on set includes 12 additional patterned bellies, expanding your options even more! So darn cute!!!
If you're not familiar with Papertrey Ink, go here to check out Nichole Heady's blog & online store -- you will NOT be sorry! She & her design team are fabulous and PTI rolls out several new stamp sets & coordinating inks, papers, ribbons & accessories the 15th of every month! Between their ingenious designs & uniquely creative examples on their blogs, you'll be truly inspired! It's very hard not to "want it all" -- I know I do!!!
Paper: Bazzill cardstocks; SEI's Madera Island DP
Stamps: PTI's Wise Owl & Wise Owl Bellies; Wordsworth (branch/leaves)
Inks: VersaColor's Orange, Bark, Umber & Narcissus; ColorBox Dark Brown Fluid Chalk

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Happy Little Bird Card

Lacking creativity, I went blog hopping to find some inspiration and this card was inspired by one I found here. I used my cuttlebug embossing folder for the right side of the card and (once again) an Inkadinkado stamp from Costco for my little cut-out bird.
Paper: White cardstock; Green Bazzill; Colorbok DP
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Ink: VersaFine Majestic Blue
Embellishments: Colorbok Sticker; small pearls

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hey Turkey!!!

Once again, this darling idea (like my previous post) came from Vicki Hook here! She said: " Go ahead, try it! You know you want to!" She was right -- so I did!!! And I'm so glad I did; with the Nesties, he didn't really take very long to make either! Vicki's site is full of awesome ideas, so I've got to go back & look around some more!!!
He's so cute I've not decided whether to put him on a card or perhaps just make him a decor item for Thanksgiving. Wouldn't these be adorable as placeholders for your holiday dinner?! You could put the person's name on the front of him cut out with a scalloped rectangle - too cute!!! You could even use smaller Nesties for those; I used my largest.
Paper: Basic Grey's Mellow 6 x 6 Paper Pad; Making Memories' 6 x 6 Travel Paper Pad
Embellies: Wiggly Eyes from stash

Get Well Card for Norma

My SBS22 Sister, Norma, received and posted this card on her blog recently, but I wanted to go ahead and post it because this half-window card I found here on Vicki Hook's site was so much fun to make! Vicki has some awesome tutorials there! It was a bit challenging for me, because of the size of my scalloped paper (I wanted them on all edges!), but I really like how it turned out. Unbelievably, the only DP I could find in my stash that really matched the scalloped Bazzill was this tulip DP. Though it's NOT very fall-like, it's bright & cheery, which I think we need when we're not feeling well -- flowers always seem to brighten difficult days!!! The matching chipboard tulip sealed the deal!
Paper: Bazzill Scall0ped cardstock; DCWV DPs
Stamp: Hero Arts
Ink: Versacolor's Opera Pink
Embellishments: DCWV's spring chipboard elements
Tools: Wizard & Round Nesties

Special Day Card with Inkadinkado

Okay, I hope you're not tired of my screaming deal on Inkadinkado stamps from Costco, because I'm having fun inking them up!!! ;-) I need a bunch of special day/birthday cards in the next few months, so I'm keeping it simple (but hopefully classy) here with this little phrase, a Swiss Dots folder strip, velvet flower & a few gems.
Paper: Solar White Classic Columns & black cardstocks from stash
Stamp: Inkadinkado
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Embellishments: Amanda Blu Velvet Chipboard Flower; Hero Arts Gemstones

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Spooky Tree Halloween Card with Inkadinkadoo

My Spooky Tree card was based on the one on Inkadinkadoo's website here. I adjusted mine & added the narrow orange ribbon, as well as the Spica orange glitter on the tree & border leaves since I didn't have the beautiful K&Company papers they used. The glitter is probably impossible to see in my photo, but it is there! Love that little witch flying over the tree!
Paper: Scrap Works Formal Affair DP; black cardstock from stash
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo
Ink: Tsukineko's VersaFine Onyx Black
Ribbon: Martha Stewart
Tools: Spica Pen; Spellbinder's Wizard & Oval Nesties; Fiskars edge punch

Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving Card with Inkadinkado

Ever have one of those times when even the smallest little card is so darn challenging you just want to throw it in the trash & totally forget the whole thing? Well, I'm "persistent" (now I know some might say that's a nice word for "stubborn", but I prefer persistent -- just like I'm sometimes "precise" but never "anal"!) Hee-Hee!!! Anyway, our Costco (YES, Costco!) had 3 sets of Inkadinkado stamps, each containing 128 stamps, an acrylic block & one black ink for $19.89 ! Who could resist?! I actually only got 2 sets, but since I just "blew my wad" at CKC, well . . . . The big problem with Costco's "seasonal" items is that if you don't grab it when you first see it, you'll probably miss out totally. They'll have wonderful scrapbooking items now through the end of the year & then "poof" -- they're mostly gone until next fall. So, after many mishaps & changes in paper choices, etc., here's my little Thanksgiving card!!! ;-)
Paper: Speckled Kraft Cardstock
Stamps: Inkadinkado's Holiday Seasons Clear Stamps
Ink: Tsukineko's Pigments: Bamboo, Paprika & Brown
Tools: Spellbinders' Wizard & Long Rectangle Nesties


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