Sunday, September 28, 2008

Halloween Wreath, revisited

Here's a picture of my Halloween wreath that my friends and I made last year. We copied the idea from last year's Paper Crafts mag. It was so cool, we just had to make them!

I went up to our town's cemetary at 8:00 in the morning and it was very foggy, so the background was PERFECT! The pictures turned out SO nice!!!! And a little scary, too!

Thanks for looking!
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Stamp Club swap card

My demonstrator asked me to create a few swap cards to give out at our first annual Creative Juices Stamp Club! I wanted to use a current stamp set, but it seems like everything else is retired. There's just no way I could be a demonstrator! I love to use all of my retired stamps!

Anwyay, so I created this card. It's based on this past week's sketch challenge. I used Choc. Chip, Rose Red, and Sky Blue. I came up w/ this color scheme myself. The stamp set is Wanted. The sentiment is from All Year Cheer. The two other panels are cuttlebugged. The base panel is stamped w/ Paisly background stamp. (retired). The ribbon is brown organdy found in the sewing section of JoAnn's! Go figure!

So, I only have to make 6, so that's what I'm finishing up on today. I worked all afternoon yesterday at my friend's crop that she holds at a local school every couple months or so. The $10.00 fee goes towards our pizza and the rest is going towards a Cricut that will go to the school and we can use it for our crops! Nice little incentive! So, if there's anyone in the SW PA area that would like to come and scrap or stamp w/ us, we'd love for you to join us! Our next crop is Saturday, Nov. 22nd. You can email me at

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My first Christmas card of the year!

My sister emailed me last week and asked if I would make her about 15 Christmas cards and that would be her Christmas gift from my family to her. So, I have been thinking on and off over the past week of how I could make something really nice for her that would not be embarrassing to send out to her friends. Well, I think I came up w/ it! I have been seeing on Splitcoast this leaf type punch by Martha Stewart. I had to get to Michael's this week anyway, so while I was there, I found it and grabbed one! I LOVE THIS PUNCH!!!! Now, I have only used it once so far, but I see HUGE potential in this little baby! I can't wait to try it out again!

Anyway, on to the card! The layout in my head isn't the same as what you're seeing. I didn't have a small enough Christmas greeting to do what I wanted to do. But, I like this as it is, so it worked out in the end! And I'm always one for improvising!

To make this card, I used Real Red, Whisper White, and Wild Wasabi paper. To make the green sparkle, I versamarked a space of Wasabi and then sprinkled, ok, poured Kaleidoscope embossing powder over it and heated. The greeting is from a stamp God knows where I got it. I used my scallop oval nestibilities and oval nest. which you can purchase HERE. I punched the berries w/ Real Red and the smallest circle punch by SU!. I used the snowflake cuttlebug folder, and silver ribbon. Very easy! Well, if you have the tools! But, this card can be changed up and enhanced!

I just love this card! I'm keeping this one for myself! I love it so much! And I don't usually get on soapbox about my stuff. I like everything that I post on here, or else it won't get posted. But, this card is just amazing to me!

Hope you like this as much as I do!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

12 x 12 box of cards!

I made this box for the cards I am sending to hopefully impress a store owner to sell in her store. I am always trying to find ways to make boxes and I just thought of this as a different and unique way to present a set of cards.

I used SU! retired Berry Bliss 12 x 12 paper, 2 sheets. I scored, leaving 5 inches in the front and back for the cards to fit easily into. I went through 4 sheets of paper before I got it right. That darn old sticky strip! It's a total love-hate relationship! But, I prevailed and won the battle!

I used a retired flower punch for the flowers adorning the top lip of the front. I dabbed a dot of Crystal Effects to each of the middles and the middles of the big flowers on the front, and the sprinkled Marth Stewart glitter and let dry. The big flowers on the front are from Delight in Life. I thought they looked similar to the flowers on the dp. (You can see the sides of the box to see the resemblance. I added brown organdy ribbon, which is my new favorite ribbon by the way! And wha la! Complete! Now it's ready to send!!!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Baby Boy sketch card

I just can't put away the Special Delivery Boy kit! The more I use it, the more ideas I get!
So, today's card is based on the sketch challenge on SCS. I changed it up a bit. I didn't need to do any stamping, which is always nice to take a break from. And I love to add little details. I wish I could have added more, but then it would have been over the top. This is fine. I will definitely be using this sketch again! It was very easy to lay out the card. I always love Wednesdays because the sketches are really awesome!

Anyway, I used the same stuff I used in the last two cards! The only difference is that I used both SU! star punches, and some hodgepodge hardware.

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Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Another baby boy card!

So, I couldn't just put everything away after that last card! I had to make another one! This one is for my package to someone who is interested in my cards. This is the last card! Whew! Hopefully she'll like them!

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Baby Boy card

My husband has been on me for quite a while to make a baby card for his fellow coaching buddy who's wife had a baby fairly recently. I always forgot. Until today! I found my Baby Boy pack from the last Stampin' Up! catalog that I had purchased to make some baby cards for a church basket at the beginning of the summer. And all this time, that paper pack was sitting, unused. I love this paper pack! It's awesome! The stickers are perfect, and if you know me well, you know I hate to use stickers on a card! But, these stickers are perfect and go so well w/ the paper!

Anyway, so here's the card that I came up with. Last year on my rainy trip to Archiver's in OH, I found nice long envelopes. I chose to use one today. So, this card is extra long!

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Have a star studded day!
Happy Stamping!!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Decorative Bookmark!

Today's challenge on SCS is to "mark your spot" in your current book, that is! So, we were to make a bookmark, but had to follow instructions to make a certain kind. Ok, well, I think I followed directions. Not sure though!

I decided to use some new paper that my friend Karolyn (garkarlon on SCS) sent to me for being a winner in one of her challenges for a mini VSN. Thank you again, Karolyn!!! The paper and accessories are fantastic!!!!

I folded the paper to make a point and then just kind of added some decorative detail to enhance the beauty of this bookmark! Isn't it beautiful?! I can't wait to get to the library to get more books so I can use this!!!

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Happy Stamping!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fall Swap!

Whenever we have our swap meetings, I always like to give the girls something extra to thank them for participating in my swap. The first time we met, I decorated water bottles. The last time we met, I cheated a little and just bought little clear dollar stamps, a thing of ribbon and put them in a dollar tin all found at Michael's. This time, I wanted to make something special. I wanted to make a 2-5-7-10 box and decorate it for Halloween. Well, I cut my orange paper wrong, so I had to improvise. It doesn't hold the candy as well as the box would, but whatever!

I made the bag itself out of acetate (transparency). I used Martha Stewart Halloween stamps which can be found at Michael's. And they are on sale! Woo hoo! I used a hole punch to get the ribbon through and attached. The ribbon is SU! black grosgrain. I used two different circle punches and a scallop punch on some.

One of the girls in my swap just recently had a baby. She's having a hard time adjusting and getting back into the swing of things, and she just couldn't finish her swap cards. So, I stepped in and made a set in her place. These were very simple and seriously only took me 2 hours for all 12 cards. Very easy! All the details are on my splitcoast gallery post.

Thanks for looking!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Rainy Walk In the Woods

This card was made for the first "Who's That Girl?" challenge in the MFT Forum found HERE! I love My Favorite Things stamps, like so many others.... I just had to participate!

Stamps: My Favorite Things, Lovely As A Tree, Houndstooth b/g
Paper: So Saffron, white, Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Choc. Chip
Ink: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Choc. Chip, Bordering Blue
Accessories: Glossy Glaze, Versamark, paper clip (for the umbrella holder), hemp twine for leash, crystal effects for puddle, dazzling diamonds for glint off the puddle, Martha Stewart scallop punch, sponge, copper brads

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Hope you're not having a rainy day!
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Monday, September 15, 2008


This card was made for the VSN Warm Up! I am participating in the fall VSN over on Click here for all the details! Come and see what it's all about! So much fun! This VSN theme is Cabaret! Now, I have to admit, I had to watch Cabaret clips on YouTube just so I would be a little knowledgeable! I had no idea! Thank God for the internet!

Anyway, the warm up challenge tonight was to make a card based on your favorite songs. Well, I have WAY too many favorites! Just ask my husband who just rearranged all of our cd cases! So, I decided since the theme is anything relating to entertainment, to base my card off of a musical that I watched. I first made a list of a bunch of musicals and plays that I have seen. Then, I tried to match stamp sets to some of the songs in each of the musicals/plays.

Here's my first one. My mom and I went to see Wicked 2 weeks ago, and I absolutely LOVED it! I hope they come out w/ a movie, because I will buy it! Anyway, my favorite song in Wicked is "Popular" when Galinda takes Elphaba and tells her that she can teach her to be popular by showing her how to toss her hair perfectly, have the right shoes, right purse, right accessories and clothes. It's really a cute song! I have it on my blog, so scroll down and click on it and listen!

I made a wheel to go behind the clouds, because I didn't want to show everything that "Galinda" was thinking of for "Elphaba" (I know, she's not green). So, I took pictures of each image that I stamped on the wheel. All of the details for this card can be found here. I am NOT retyping all the colors I used! There's WAY too many!!! And this card isn't even that big! LOL!
Thanks for looking!
Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!!!

Friday, September 12, 2008

More etching.... I can't stop!!!!

So.....I decided to try some more etching and entering in to the Kitchen Sink Stamps monthly challenge. Now, this may be a stretch for this month's theme: Celebration!, but how about if I'm providing the plates and cups for the big celebration?! Does it work???!!!!

I used Kitchen Sink Stamps' 3 step Butterflies, but only used the last step images for stamping on here. It's glass, so it's not like I can do 3-d effects. Unfortunately! Again, I used the Armour Etch and waited a lot longer. And can I just tell you, that it really does make a difference how you apply the Armour Etch. If you splotch it on (is that even a word?!!), then it's not going to be a clear etch. If you go up and down like Lauren (see link in previous post) Meader showed in her tutorial, then it comes out nice and clean! Another thing I learned is that it's SOOO much easier to scrape off the embossed images under lukewarm running water rather than let it dry and THEN try to scrape it off. I learn things the hard way.... And the last thing I learned was that it doesn't matter if you put some reinker into the Armour Etch, the etching doesn't pick up the color. :( I thought that would have been cool!

Anyway, tell me what you think!!!!

Happy Stamping!!!

Etched tea cup

I was checking my email and I regularly get email newsletters and stuff from PaperTrey Ink. I love their stamps and everything else they have come out w/! And I vow, that when I have money, I will buy some of their stuff! And I love reading Nichole Heady's blog. She comes up w/ some really awesome ideas! Anyway, they have something else that they send out via email that has designer tips. So, one of the design team has a special thing on their blog that they have a tutorial for. I went to the blog, today's is from Lauren Meader and she showed how to stamp on glass and then etch the image permanently. I actually had come across this somewhere when I used to teach at Michael's. I bought a bunch of glass ornaments and etching cream called Armour Etch, brought the bag home and then forgot about it! Until today! I went right to the bag, (since my crafting room has recently been reorganized, I knew where it was!) and took out the Armour Etch. I collect snack dishes as a hobby, and with those snack dishes come tea cups. So, I have a TON of teacups that I just don't use. Ever. So, as I was thinking about what I could etch, I suddenly thought about these teacups, and instead of throwing them away, I could stamp on them, etch the design and sell them! So, I grabbed one, cleaned it of fingerprints and dust!, and stamped it w/ the clump of trees from Lovely As A Tree (only since I had it out!) w/ Versamark. Then, I clear embossed it, and then sponged on the Armour Etch. I let it dry for about 15 min. I couldn't wait!!!!
When I washed the residue off, I thought it had all come off! I got so mad! I thought, I should have waited longer!!! Then, I dried it off and realized that there was a film on the glass, and then the image started to appear and I knew it had worked! Now, this is obviously my first time, so the etching is rather faint, but it's there! The next thing Lauren says to do is to scrape off the embossing. So, I did that and washed it again and it's even prettier!!!!

I put a cinnamon stick tealight from PartyLite (since it's a clear tealight) in there and decorated w/ fallish ribbon for a small detail.

What do you think?
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Kitchen Sink roses

I was messing around w/ Kitchen Sink Stamps 3 Step Hearts and Roses and thought a trio of roses would make a nice image on a card. So, I after a couple tries, I got it right!
I wanted to use hardware, and I don't usually choose more than one piece, but when making this card, I thought that if I could connect a bunch of pieces together, I could create a unique little border, or accent. I didn't want the S-clips and circle clip to get lost in the background, so I added a piece of pink taffeta (SU!) to break up that silver on white. The white is embossed w/ Swiss Dots through the cuttlebug. The Pretty in Pink paper behind has been inked along the edges in Versamark and then Pearl-Exed. The roses were done in Pretty in Pink. The leaves were done in Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, and Always Artichoke. I think those colors work well together for leaves when using SU! colors!

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Have a great day!
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Monday, September 8, 2008

Lumiere swirls

Today's card was made for the Monday Technique challenge: Embossed Shimmer.

This is a little bit of a process, but well worth it in the end! And the hardest part is waiting for it to dry!!!! To make your own, read this post.

I used Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery, and Always Artichoke as my reinkers. The ribbon and pearls are from Martha Stewart. The chipboard snowflake and sentiment are from Kelly Panacci's Christmas Collection from Michael's. The paper behind the acetate is Mellow Moss and vanilla.

Thanks for looking!
Christmas is closer than you think! Scary, huh?!
Happy Stamping!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

I love coffee!

The main bag

Here's a closer picture.

And here you can see the vellum steam, kind of!

Today's challenge on SCS was to use coffee and orange together. Well, I kind of cheated and didn't really use orange, but I overcompensated by using A LOT of coffee! A whole bag, in fact! Hahaha! When I saw the challenge, I instantly thought of the bag of coffee that I am giving to my dad, and thought how cool that would be to decorate it! And it just kind of fell into place from there!

To get all the details go to my gallery on SCS. I don't have time right now to write everything down! Off to preschool and work!

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Have a Starbucks cup of coffee today!
Happy Stamping!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Did you know....?

That April 23rd is World Laboratory Animal Day? Just thought you might be interested! I was playing around w/ my new stamps from Kitchen Sink Stamps and I brought out Pretty Tera Drops. This set is kind of like Pick a Petal from Stampin' Up. You have a few petals to choose from, a stem, and some little petals that you can use for other things. So, I took one of the large petals and made a mouse! And what goes better w/ a mouse, than some cheese! Now, do mice really like swiss cheese? Who knows! But, since this is the most popular in regard to mice, I figured I would make swiss cheese out of my cardstock! I used several circle punches and two different eyelet hole makers (is there a proper word for these?) to get the look I wanted. Then, I "sliced" the cheese down to make it more like cheese. I grabbed Celebrate from my All Year Cheer and stamped that on vanilla. Oh, the cheese is Barely Banana. I drew a banner around the celebrate and cut it out. I attached w/ a toothpick!

For the mouse: I took that large petal and ran it across my Sahara Sand ink pad to make it look furry. I don't really know if I achieved that look! Then, I used a small circle stamp to make the eye. And a small petal stamp stamped in Pretty In Pink and cut out. I stamped the same petal and just used the top round part for the nose and mouth I guess. The tail is a small stem.

So, it's something different from this Pretty Tera Drops! Can't wait to find more uses for this set!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have some cheese!
"Cheese" you later!
Happy Stamping!!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My first Halloween card of the year!

Happy Early Halloween!

This card was made for today's Sketch Challenge on SCS. It seems like more stampers are moving on to the next holiday, Halloween! Scary, frightening, fun Halloween! I decided to join the masses!

The paper is from The Fall Stack by DCWV. Buttons are just an assortment of what I have collected over the years. I twisted wire to make stems and leaves to really make the buttons look more like pumpkins! The tree s are from Inkadinkado which I found at Michael's. These trees are scarier than the Lovely As A Tree set of trees! I used two circle punches to make the moon. The sentiment is from All Year Cheer. I put white taffeta ribbon on to separate the two different papers. And I used Prisma Colored Pencils and gamsol spirits to create the evening sky. I really like how it blended in! I'm learning more and more!!!

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Artfully Asian....Finally!

So.... I finally inked my Artfully Asian stamp set that I bought way back in June for my annual Stampin' Up retirement party. I have quite a collection of stamps, so it takes me a while to get to every stamp set that I have! However, for this card that I was thinking about all day, I wanted something w/ clean lines and easy to color. I wanted to stick to two colors, and make simple but look difficult. I don't know if I achieved that, but I tried!

I used Artfully Asian for the main image. The swirl in the background is from Autumn Leaves. The sentiment is from Fancy Flexible Phrases. I did faux stitching, because I vow to never buy a sewing machine and if I want to create that look, this is what I have to do! The ribbon is pink taffeta from Stampin' Up!. The paper is white, Regal Rose and Basic Black. The little rhinestone brads are from Michael's.

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Happy Stamping!!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Elegant Thoughts of You

This card was made for a packet of cards for someone. I wanted to make an elegant card w/ some of the designer paper I have. I found this stack called Old World Stack by Die Cut W/ A View, and I just love the swirly designs! I based my card on the color and swirls. The watermarked (actually stamped off) leaf is from Paper Salon. The sentiment is from 3 step Hearts and Roses from Kitchen Sink Stamps. I stamped it in Memento Black and then stamped it again in Sahara Sand just off kilter a little so it looks like a shadow. Obviously, you can't see that in this picture, but that's what it looks like in real life! Once I put the rectangle on the card, the rest of it just fell into place. I knew that I wanted to use pearls, because I wanted to keep that soft, elegant look. I only wish I had pearls encased in gold! I have seen those on cards, and they are just beauiful! The big pearls are from Martha Stewart, and the smaller ones on my chipboard swirl are from Kaiser Scrapbooks. I bought these from eclecticPaperie. The swirl is from Kelly Panacci Holiday Collection of chipboard. The ribbon is Vanilla taffeta from Stampin' Up.

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Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!!!

Loads of.....Flowers!

I have been wanting to make a card and use my old stamps. I tend to reach for my new Kitchen Sink stamps, and I have to give them a break and use what I have! So, I started out w/ Loads of Love and Living Large. I had several backgrounds in mind, and then I thought about all the designer paper that I "forget" I have, and make scenes instead. Which, there's nothing wrong w/ that, but when will I ever use up all this paper I have!!! So, I looked through a drawer and found a Glitter Mat Stack from who knows when and flipped through it. I really liked the sparkly flowers, so that's what got pulled. I really like this paper because it looks like it's raining flowers! Then, I remembered a layout from a long time ago where someone had a half circle on the folded part of the card and then designed their card around that. So, I wanted to try it out. I love that scalloped look around different shapes, so I thought I would achieve that same look w/ my decorative scissors. Then, I wanted to do something w/ the truck from Loads of Love, so I made it 3-d! I love doing this w/ different things! Look below!

I wanted to do something for the inside, and I had this girl that I had decorated to put on the outside, and ended up running out of room. So, I stuck her here! I like her here actually, because she ties the outside to the inside!

To keep the flap closed on the front of the card, I have a magnet that seems to be doing the job! Woo hoo! I used a metal tag to connect the Wild Wasabi ribbon.

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I'm sending Loads of....Flowers your way!

Happy Stamping!!!