Friday, October 29, 2010

Take a bite if you dare!

I've been holed up the past few nights making hauntingly Hallowe'en stuff in my wicked art room and it has been fun! I'm part of a Stampin' Up! stamp club and I made cards with matching test tubes filled with Halloween themed card making supplies. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures before I gave them away. I also made some treat tins for my co-workers and at this point I think they think I'm a little nuts because I make them something for almost every occasion lol. Here is what I made for the ladies:

I had a bunch of Martha Stewart Hallowe'en paper stacks, among other things, and used some tins I bought from Stampin' Up! to make these tasty treat tins. To decorate the tins, I just used the tin as a template, cut out the shape and used my Xyron machine to stick the paper on. The middle strip was made using a border punch from EK Success and the spider and title stickers are from Martha Stewart as well. I filled the tins with Hershey nugget bars and just used scraps to cover them. Here is the variety of tins I decorated:

Hallowe'en Treat Tins (all supplies Martha Stewart unless otherwise noted)

Paper: Martha Stewart Holidays
Stickers: Spiders & Labels
Punch: EK Success
Other: Nugget Bars

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a spooktacular Hallowe'en!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

PDCC52-Happy Anniversary!

This week was a big week over at the Play Date Cafe as they celebrated their one year anniversary! I haven't been playing that long...perhaps since March I think, but it's been great the weeks that I have played. The inspirational photo is awesome! Check it out:

I think I started and tossed about three different ideas before I finally settled on one that I was semi happy with.  Usually my Tuesdays are free for crafting time, but other things got in the way today so I was crunched for time. I finally settled on an all white card with the orange, pink and yellow as my accent colours. Now that I think of it, the last 3 or 4 cards I've made have used white as the card base. Here is what I came with:

I can honestly say this is only my fifth baby card I've ever I just have to find someone to give it too! lol The buttons are all from Stampin' Up! and they are a mix of this year's buttons and last years Designer series buttons. I had originally stamped the elephants both in So Saffron, but it looked a little too blah, so I covered the mama elephant with Pretty in Pink and cut out a second baby elephant and popped it up off the original one. The embossed background is a baby embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

Congratulations Card (all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Baby Steps
Ink: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink & Chocolate Chip
Buttons: Subtles and Sherbet Collection
Ribbon: So Saffron
Other: (Baby embossing folder) Cuttlebug, corner rounder, pop dots

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Anniversary Play Date Cafe!

Monday, October 25, 2010

PPA65 - Bring on the Bling!

After surfing the internet for a while, I stumbled across this blog called Pals Paper Arts with a great shot of Marilyn Munroe with lots of bling :) I didn't realize that there were challenges going on here, so I decided to play along with the latest challenge. I've been using my "Delightful Decorations" stamp set from Stampin' Up! this week for Christmas cards and was inspired to try a simple style with a little bit of bling! Here is what I came up with:

This was almost a 10 minute card if it wasn't for the embossing. I really like the 10 minute rule for cards because you can get a lot of cards done in a couple of hours. Jessica Witty, one of the PaperCrafts go-to-gals has great cards on her blog that use the 10 minute rule. Anyways, for this card I stamped the ornament with versamark and then embossed with silver detail embossing powder. The "joy" sentiment was coloured in with a Real Red marker from Stampin' Up! A few rhinestones on the ornament, some for the string, a red satin bow to finish it off and voila!...a 12 minute card :)

Here is a close up of the ornament:

Silver Ornament Card (All supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Delightful Decorations
Ink: Real Red
Ribbon: Real Red Satin
Embossing Powder: (Silver Detail) Inkadinkadoo
Rhinestones: Me & My Big Ideas
Other: Pop Dots, Corner Rounder

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

PDCC51 with Sarah Anderson

I did something today that I rarely do...combine 2 challenges. This week over at the Play Date Cafe there's a nice, soft palette of colours to work with based on this photograph.

Aside from the beige, the pale blue and minty green make me think of icy things like snowflakes, so I had to do a wintry card. I also combined this challenge with the Mojo Monday sketch #161 for this week which looks like this:

Here is what I came with.

I purchased the new "Northern Flurry" embossing folder from Stampin' Up! and decided to try it out. After I embossed the snowflakes I sponged Basic Gray ink over them and then sanded the ink off the raised parts (it's kind of hard to tell in the photo). I couldn't find a minty coloured green in my Stampin' Up! stash so I used some Bazzill Basics colours I had kicking around, which I have no clue what the colour names are :) Now I have to switch gears and get started on my Hallowe'en cards!

Mint Snowflake Card
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, (Crumb Cake) Stampin' Up!
Punch: EK Success
Stamps: (Many Merry Messages, French Script) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Basic Gray) Stampin' Up!
Rhinestone Border: Close to My Heart
Snowflake Charm: Making Memories
Ribbon: (Whisper White satin) Stampin' Up!
Embossing Folder: (Northern Flurry) Sizzix

Thanks for stopping by and happy card making!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another PDCC50

Okay, I really liked the colour combo at the Play Date Cafe and I was in a Christmas, I went on to make some mini gift cards. Here is the photograph again just in case you missed my other post.

Again, I went with simple and whipped up these three 3"x3" mini cards in just under 15 minutes.

The Christmas tree trio is a stencil I found kicking around and I basically traced the trees and scribbled them in with ink topping them off with a rhinestone for a star. The snowflake card first turned out to be a mistake. I had originally used a snowflake embossing folder on the whole card front, but found it too busy for the tiny card. In the end I dug out one of my snowflake punches, punched a snowflake from the pattern, inked it with the cameo coral and used it as focal point on a new card. The stitched circle is another stencil I found. The house card is a stamp form the Good Neighbors stamp set from Stampin' Up! It's not very clear in the picture, but I covered a section just below the house and on the roof with crystal glitter to try to make it look like snow.

Thanks for looking again and happy stamping!

Mini Christmas Trio

Cardstock: (Whisper White) Stampin' Up!
Stamps: (Good Neighbors, Merry Messages & Many Merry Messages) Stampin' Up!
Ink: (Garden Green, Cameo Coral & Chocolate Chip) Stampin' Up!
Rhinestones: Me & My Big Ideas
Glitter: (Crystal Fine) Martha Stewart Crafts
Punch: (Snowflake) EK Success
Other: (Snowflakes Embossing Folder) Cuttlebug, stencils

PDCC50 with Julie Ranae

'Tis the season over at the Play Date Cafe this week! There's a scrumptious colour combo with a twist on holiday colours using the photograph below.

I had the perfect stamp set in mind when I saw this colour combo and I've been hunting for a clean and graphic, simple, one layer card for one of my Christmas card designs this year and I think I've found it :) My card was so simple it took me literally 6 minutes to make, at that rate it will only take me half a day instead of a week to finish up my Christmas cards lol.

It was a cloudy day here, so the one thing that didn't show up on the card in the picture was the glitter on both the ornaments. I think I'll try a different glue next time though because it made my green ink bleed a little.

Christmas Ornaments Cards (all supplies Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)

Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Tree Trimmings & Christmas Greetings
Ink: Cameo Coral & Garden Green
Glitter: (fine crystal) Martha Stewart Crafts

Thanks for stopping and happy Christmas card making :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Nursery Decor

Now that my nephew has arrived I can let the cat out of the bag and post what I made for my baby shower gift. I knew what crib set my sister-in-law had purchased and I really wanted to make something for the baby's room that matched. I purchased 3 espresso coloured picture frames and then made paper piecings of the three animals she liked the best on the crib set. Well two of them were, I couldn't make the elephant work in the rectangular frame. It was a loooonggg process, something on the line of 14 hours to cut all the pieces out by hand, shade them etc. etc. but it was worth it! I love them and she loves them and hopefully baby Simon will like them too :)

Happy Birthday baby Simon Day!!

Thanks for looking and have a wonderful World Card Making Day!!
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