Sunday, October 31, 2010

MFT Halloween decorations!

I know Halloween is technically over, but.....  I still wanted to share some pics of what I created for my cousins.  I always like to bring them a treat, as we go over to one of their houses for trick or treating (after we trick or treat the night before in OUR town!)  Two days of trick or treating, OH MY!!!!!  Wait til THAT post!  I'll put pics on THAT tomorrow!  It will take my kids til Christmas to get through all the candy!

Anyway, so, my cousins have very nice homes, and I don't want to junk it up w/ silly stuff that I make, but these were just so cute, I just had to share with them!

I used Bling Bet for the letters and adhered little eyes in all the holes.  The little witch is from MFT's Too Cute To Spook.  The ghost is from Who's That Ghost Flopsey.  And the pumpkin is from Trick or Treat w/ WTG.  The added decorations are from a Martha grouping of ribbons.  The paper is from SU!

This was the first project actually.  I wanted to do something w/ acrylic as well as the new Mini Banner die and alphabet.  This is NOT a good picture, but I was in a hurry to leave, so I just took the pics in the kitchen.  The tree and fence are acrylic!  The headstones are from the Ghoulish Label set.  I die cut the grass using the MFT die, and I cut from Pear Pizzazz as well as black and I shadowed it to give a little depth.  As for the banners, I used a smallish punch that worked PERFECTLY!  It came from SU!, but I think it was in a mini catalog.  Anyway, after I cut one out, I thought it would be cool to make them all eyeballs.  So, I drew some red in each circle after I punched them out.  I sponged some black around to make them look more 3-D. 
A fun little trick w/ the banner!  When you die cut it, take a look at the negative!  If you cut out the negative, and place it behind the actual banner, it makes a PERFECT layer!  Try it!  You'll see!  Jody Morrow (texasjodylynn) is doing a tutorial on it soon!  So, stay tuned!

And that is it folks!  I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!  Enjoy the sweets!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Playing around w/ MFT stamps!

Hi!  I haven't had a chance to really just play around w/ some MFT images in a while, and I have felt like they have been neglected!  So, I took some time this evening to create a card just for the heck of it!  W/ the roses that high, there's no way I can mail this!  Haha!

I used MFT's WTG Well Read.  Since I'm in a book club, I HAD to get this set!  Plus, that's me on that couch when I'm not stamping!  Speaking of, I need to get to the library for some new romance novels!

I used Copics for the couch (YG03, YG17, YG06, & YG11) as well as the girl.  I used Basic Grey's Origins paper stack, some lace, black paper, vanilla paper, black ink, Old Olive paper & ribbon, black brads, and the Framed Greetings die, as well as the Rolled Rose die for the roses.  I sponged black on the back of the flowers because the dp is just one sided!  I didn't want glaring white backgrounds!  Gasp!  The horror!!!!

Hope you like it!  It turned out better than what I had in my mind!  I love when that happens!

Have a great day!  Read a book!!!!

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Hi there!  Or, should I say..... BOO!
Well, let's get into the Halloween spirit w/ this post!  I subscribe to quite a few blogs, and as I was reading my email one day, I found a contest for Clear Scraps using acrylic on a Halloween project.  Well, that got me thinking.....  It took me a few days to come up w/ this idea, but here it is!  I needed a new Halloween decoration anyway, so duel purpose!  Love that!!!  Anyway, so I went to my LSS and purchased 2 sheets of Clear Scraps acrylic, some Tattered Angels spray, and some other things for future projects, and yesterday I got to work!  I decided to spell out the word BOO because that's the least amount of letters, and anything bigger would have just been too much.
I happen to have a whole alphabet of chipboard letters in many fonts and sizes.  So, I took the large B and a small o and out of a coaster traced another o to match.
For the acrylic, I cut a piece of it and ran it through my cuttlebug w/ my spiderweb embossing folder.  Then, I carefully filled in all the webbing "trenches" for lack of a better word w/ crystal effects (SU!) and then sprinkled some glitter on top.  I let that dry a little bit, and then sprayed some Tattered Angels Slate mist on top of that to give it that blue/gray tint.
I also stamped on a piece of acrylic w/ Kitchen Sink Stamps' Owl & Autumn Moon tree.  I just did the first image in Onyx Black.  I cut the tree out, and adhered to the B.  I also used the moon from that KSS set and stamped it in Going Gray.  The clouds are vellum and I sponged the edges.

My spider is pretty cute, I do have to say!  I rolled a piece of paper like you would a rolled flower.  Then, I cut 8 pieces into thin strips and quilled them to make legs.  I dabbed glue on the top of the "flower" as well as the tops of the legs and dipped everything in black sparkle fluff. 

 The bottom part of the B is toile that I sponged black and tore in several places.  Do you like the Frankenstein coming out of the frame?  I drew him myself!  I made a face in my mirror and drew what my face looked like.  So pretty!  LOL!  Anyway, then I drew his hands and put them on top of the frame so it looks like he's trapped in the frame and can't come out!

Well, I hope that this sparks your creativity for Halloween!
Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cottage Ivy card holder

Here is my card holder that I created to fit my set of cards.  The flower is from Tim Holtz flower die, and I used a tutorial from Tammy Tutterow on flowers.  Now, I have to say that I rushed through this tutorial and didn't give it the proper time and expertise that these flowers need to look professional.  With time and trial and error, I will achieve the look that Tammy has perfected!  You have GOT to check her blog out!  Oh my gosh, FANTASTIC!!!!

I used Cottage Wall dsp. (retired) from SU!.  I also used Rich Razzleberry for the base of the holder, and Old Olive as accent color.  I think I took enough pictures of it!  Do you think?! 
Anyway, now on to the next project!  Whatever that would be!

Have a great day!!!

The rest of the pack!

Hi there!  I finally finished this order and photographed them!  They went postal today!  Whew!  Another thing off of my list!

This first card is something different from what I normally do, and I am excited to say that I LOVE how it turned out!  You will probably see more of this type of style from me in future projects!  I'm testing out new styles and techniques, and am so excited to see what awesome things I can come up with!

This card is just really simple, yet somewhat elegant.  I used my new Tim Holtz Flower die.  I LOVE IT!!!!  And then I embossed it w/ my new embossing folder from Tim.  Well, technically from Eclectic Paperie!  Haha!  They are having a special where you can get 16 Tim Holtz Embossing Folders for around $50.00!  You cannot beat that!!!!  I just had to get them!  I was tired of seeing other people using them and feeling jealous!  ;) 

This one did not photograph well.  :(  This is one of my favorites too.  What a bummer I have such a crappy camera.  Anyway, I stamped the middle and masked off the sides, and made some embossed lines w/ the scor-pal on either side.  I LOVE how it turned out!  And those chipboard swirls are my favorite!
 Here's one of Tim's embossing folders!  It's called Rays.  And how about my coloring on that little girl!  Pretty darn good if I say so myself!  Hahaha!  I'm slowly learning how to use my Copics.  It seems like the achieved look is watercolor?  Hmmm, could be wrong!

This is another favorite of mine!  I used my beloved Kitchen Sink Stamps Multi Step Trees on this one.

And that's it!  I'll be back w/ another post on the holder itself that I made last minute to finish the gift off.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A card order! Whoo hoo!!!!

Hi!  I received a card order from a dear friend of mine, and have been working hard to get them done in a short amount of time!  Here are a couple so far....

I can't wait to see what the rest of them look like!  Hahaha!
Enjoy your day!

A Nascar birthday!

Hi!  I made this card for my son's friend who was celebrating his birthday yesterday!  He's very much into Nascar, can you tell?!  LOL! 

I used Ben Paper Dolls from MFT and used the astronaut suit and made it into a Nascar suit!  I have a tire wheel from SU! that I used for the background.  It's kind of crazy, but oh well.  I made the checkered flag and bottom background w/ a ruler and colored in the squares.  The banner HB is from Banner Day Alpha. from MFT, as well as the banner die.  This card came together rather quickly!  I used the internet to copy some of the logos on his suit to make it more realistic...

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A recipe box for the Kindergarten Center

Ok, so my son is in Kindergarten this year, and the PTO is having a silent auction fundraiser during the Open House.  Each classroom has a different theme, and I was so excited to find out that my son's class theme was kitchen!  Perfect!  I can donate a recipe box!  Works for me!  LOL!
So, for World Card Making Day yesterday, I worked on a recipe box!  I figured I could get it done quicker when I had a whole day instead of piece mealing it throughout this week.  Now, I just need to figure out if I should make recipe cards?  Someone give me an opinion because I just don't know what to do!

I used MFT's Banner Day Alpha. and the Banner die to create this banner!  Hmm, wonder how many times I can say BANNER in ONE sentence?!  ;D

I used Vintage Baby Girl background paper by K & Co.  The popcorn is from that stack as well.  The #1 Mom and vegetables are from the Crafty Secrets' Homemade Journal stack.  And I added a piece of cardstock and 3 buttons to make 3 peas in a pod in the right corner.

This is the inside look at one of the tabs.

And this is the top of the box.  I used the Crafty Secrets' Homemade Journal stack for the girls and refrigerator.  Crafty Secrets' Scraps for the little words, and the strips of paper are from the K & Co. Vintage Baby Girl stack.

Ok, I'm done for tonight!  I hope that this is well received at school and lots of people bid on it!  Cross your fingers!  Mine are!!!!!

September cards

While I sit here watching the Steeler game w/ my husband and brother in law, I figured this was a great time for me to update my blog!  Hahaha!  Like I know what's going on anyway!

So, here are some cards I made this month.....

 This card was made for my sister's new Mother in Law for some things that she gave to me to add to my craft room!

                                                          This is the inside...

This card was for one of my sister's friends who recently got another teaching job.

This card was for a friend of mine who has been on bed rest for almost a  month at a local hospital.  Hopefully soon she'll have her baby and get to go home!!!!

This birthday card was sent to Hawaii for a special friend's daughter's birthday!!!!  I'm posting it here so that my friend can see it!

                                                        And this is just the inside.

Back to the game!
Have a great day!
Go Steelers!  ;)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

We'll start off w/ a recipe box!

So, I decided to start off w/ a recipe box that I made for a stamping friend of mine who celebrated her birthday while I was at the beach!  I finally made her her birthday gift!  Took long enough!  We got together today for our monthly stamp gathering, and I was able to give it to her in person!  She LOVED it!  At least, I think she did!  LOL!  I certainly loved it!  So, if she doesn't like it, I'll take it back!  It doesn't matter if it doesn't match my kitchen!  Hahaha!

Anyway, so, here it is!  When I asked what her kitchen looked like, she said French blue, country, chickens, that sort of thing.  Well, I don't own any stamps like that!  That's not my style!  MFT and Crafty Secrets don't make stamps like that!  Hahaha!  So, I had to be a little inventive....

This is the whole box view.

Here's the front view.

Here's a close up of the front, w/ a rooster.  That's the closest thing to a chicken that I have!

This is the top, and the yellow letters spell out 'recipe' if it's too hard to read.

                                                   And this is the inside. A close up one of the labels.

That's it for tonight!  I have more to show sometime tomorrow!
Have a great night!

Friday, October 1, 2010

I'm back!

Hello friends!  Well, I am back from my self imposed exile, and can I just tell you how relaxing my month was?!  I may want to continue this!  Just kidding!  You are all following my blog for a reason!  DUH!  Well, since it's Oct. 1st, I thought I would just sign in here and see what's going on!  I'll be back on Sunday w/ some pics of things I have done in Sept. that I just couldn't put off.  There are just a few things!  I really have enjoyed NOT stamping.  There was no pressure to create, which was one of the reasons that drove me away, and it was nice to just sit on the couch and read and not feel like I HAD to come in here and craft.  I got some yard work done, (one day of it!  LOL!), but it felt good to do something outside. I don't usually like to be outside unless I'm at the beach!  And just being a taxi for my children has kept me away from my desk!  Now that I am back into the routine of things, I can adjust my time for stamping.  I would love to get back into the wake up at 6AM and stamp til 7:30AM frame of mind.  Ah, heaven!  No kids bothering me!  We'll see if that ever happens!  It's a goal!  I did that when I babysat.  I swear I had more time when I was babysitting 2 other kids along w/ my two!  Where did that time go?!  I guess I waste it working out, and taking the kids to and from school.  And the ever so fun trips to the grocery store! 

All right enough rambling!
Good night!  See you back here on Sunday!