Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Class

Come on out and make these sweet table favours with matching napkin holders for your family or friends this Thanksgiving. I designed them to be super easy to make. I made 37 in no time at all! Where: My place (email if you need directions)
When: Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00pm
Who: You and a friend!
Cost: $3 a set (favour & napkin ring)

RSVP by Monday, Oct. 3 to reserve your spot.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fun Night With The Girls (the little ones)

I had the privilege of providing the crafts for a friend's daughter's birthday last night. It's always refreshing to craft with kids. They take creativity to another level and somehow they always see things differently. We made some hodgepodge hardware bookmarks but they weren't dry by the time I left so I couldn't flip them over to take a pic of them. However, I could take pics of the photo frames we made. Here is my original.The mom found these sweet little photo holders and I made frames to match using Concord Crush and Melon Mambo. We used the stamp set Baroque Motifs and Cheerful Treat dsp. Every girl did something totally different. But I have to say the Rhinestones were the biggest hit!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Simple Saturday #22

Welcome to simple Saturday! Today I have a super simple Halloween decoration to share with you. I can't remember where I saw this but knew how easy it would be to replicate that I hadn't bother to save the photo to my computer, hence not having a clue who made this. If' it's yours let me know so I can give you credit. (Sorry for the picture quality. Our windows are dirty on the outside from the house renos. They are clean on the inside but that doesn't seem to matter.) I started by cutting a circle out of a Window Sheet. Next I sent it through the Big Shot using the Spider Web Embossing Folder. The original that I saw had no sparkle to it but I wanted it to look like the morning dew had hit it so I decided to give it some pizazz.
My first try had me putting Crystal Effects on all the raised web parts and then sprinkling it with Dazzling Diamonds however, the Dazzling Diamonds just stuck to the whole thing. One big sparkly mess. When it was finally dry I tried to wipe some of the glitter off but static just kept a tight hold of it and it was useless.
My second attempt told me to be smarter and so I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the web before using Crystal Effects and then Dazzling Diamonds. So yes, the diamonds didn't stick to everything but now my web was kind of smokey, foggy looking. Not sure what was better.
So what to do...well I had a box of new goodies to open so I put the project aside and thought I'd come back to it. As I dug through the things I just ordered from the Holiday Mini, I came across a little bottle. Not remembering what all I ordered I had to read it to remember what it was. Dazzling Details! Glitter in a bottle. The answer to my problem!!! Wow, this project just became too easy and with no mess. The glue comes out of that little bottle with such a nice small tip, perfect for little details. It was perfect! Can't wait to try it out on some more projects soon!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Just Around The Corner

What's just around the corner? Halloween, of course. And it's about time I got some fun things going on around here. This Petal Cone Die is so versatile. There are dozens of ways to use this die. Well here it is as witch's hat filled with yummy treats. I made the hat in Basic Grey and sponged all edges with Basic Black. I cut one extra side, ran it through the Big Shot with the Spider Web Embossing Folder and did some more sponging. I added a strip of Rich Razzleberry dsp and some 1/8" Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon.
The rim of the hat is a 5 3/4" circle that I cut using my Circle Scissor Plus. I cut a smaller circle about 1 1/2" in the middle of the circle for getting your treats in and out later.
I placed the Petal Cone upside down in the middle of the circle and traced two of the sides of the cone. Next I removed the cone and cut the 2 lines using my craft knife. I slipped 2 of the flaps from the petal cone through the slits and adhered my sentiment from Sweet Centers, to one of the flaps.
I've entered this in...
Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge #85 - Impress us!
4 Crafty Chicks #55 - Embossing

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

On A Roll

I am on a roll. I've blogged three days in a row now. We'll see how long I can keep this up. My goal is usually 3 times a week but I had such a productive day yesterday that I have a few things to share still. This card here I made for technique club. I made it with a real harvest/Fall feel.
Wasn't too sure about this dsp, Spice Cake, when I first saw it but I have to say it has really grown on me. I think that lovely colour Pool Party has something to do with it. I definitely like the patterns and now that I have used them, I can't wait to get at them again.
I made the holes in the diorama using the 2 1/2" circle punch for the outside one and the 1 3/4" circle punch for the inside one.I attempted to make them look like pumpkins by giving them a Soft Suede stem that I ran through my crimper. I used the Vanilla background dsp to make the outside pumpkin look like one of those lovely ornamental pumpkins and the More Mustard dsp fro the inside for a more traditional looking pumpkin. In the background I stamped the line of trees from the set Lovely As A Tree on Glossy White paper. Next I sponged the coordinating colours randomly over the trees and then finished it off by filling in the holes with Soft Suede.
I really struggled to decide what sentiment to put on this card and in the end went with something super simple from Tiny Tags stamped directly on a leaf.
I've entered this card in Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge #84 - Fall theme.
So glad you stopped by for a view. See you soon!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Simple Saturday #21

I'm trying to make up for my last 2 weeks of non-existence. But I have to admit. I am not suffering! I just love being in my stamp room. Just wish I had more time in a day. So, welcome to Simple Saturday. I struggled to keep this card simple today so let's just say the idea I want to share with you is simple! Got it?? It only took me about 3 or 4 minutes to do the part that I wanted to share with you. So here it is...
If you know me, you know I LOVE embossing folders. They have to be one of my absolute fave products to use. So today I used my Fifth Avenue Floral EF and then I pulled out that oh-so sharp craft knife and cut out a few of the petals. Watch your fingers with that knife. It is so crazy sharp it takes no effort at all to cut out those petals. Next I slipped in some bits of dsp behind the holes I created. Another great reason to love this technique. You get to use up all those little itty-bitty bits of leftover dsp. I glued them in place and trimmed off the excess from the edges. To finish it off I sponged a little bit of colour over the image to bring it out a bit more.
So here is the card. Like I said, I had a hard time keeping it simple. I used Stampin' 411 Sketch #221. It worked perfectly for my card.
Thanks for stopping by. I sure hope you'll be seeing more of me now that the kids and I are settling into our schedules. Have a great day!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Finally A White Spider Web

Oh wow! Has it really been 2 weeks since I last posted? I felt bad when I thought it was only a week. Imagine how I feel now knowing that it has actually been 2 weeks. Ugh. Well club night is Sunday and it was time to get some work done. I have known since last club night what I wanted to share with my great group of ladies this week. A step card.
We made one of these a few years back but with the steps all on one side. I like this version where it really gives a spotlight to what is in the center panel, in this case my glittery spider web. Last year I used this embossing folder alot but always sponged it in black. Today it dawned on me that spider webs are white. Duh. So I sponged it in white and then to mimic the way it looks with the morning dew on it, I used my Versa Marc on the raised lines, then Heat & Sticked it and then covered it with Dazzling Diamonds. I was going for a bit of an elegant look so I chose this paper in Rich Razzleberry from the Brights Collection DSP Stack. The doubled up ribbons was another attempt to make this card seem like it belongs in some elegant castle. Of course which castle wouldn't have a spider or two hiding away in some corner?

I've entered this card in SUO Challenge #27. They are looking for ribbons and bows.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Simple Saturday #20

What a beautiful Saturday morning it is. Total blue skies and sunshine streaming in my windows. Lots to do today but I wanted to share a quick Simple Saturday idea with you. Stampin' Up has come up with a lot of beautiful border punches lately. And they all have holes big enough to lace some ribbon in them! Here is one example I did today to show you. Here I used the new Ribbon Lace Border Punch. I used a 1/8" Black Taffeta Ribbon to string through the holes but I'd love to see how the 3/8" taffeta ribbon would look. A little scruchier but probably another neat effect.

I used Less Is More Challenge #31 of getting something metallic on your card and inked up my all-time fave, Baroque Motifs, and took some Silver Embossing to it. I also used the silver to emboss my sentiment which is on the Decorative Label Punch. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. I hope the sun is shining down on you too wherever you are. Have a great day!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

All Grown Up Birthday

Crazy how fast time flies. My eldest is turning 8 next week. Yes, only 8 but she is in a hurry to grow up. She has become super responsible this last year by helping me with her younger sisters and doing chores to earn extra money for non-necessities. I can't go clothes shopping for her anymore without her because she has an opinion now! I love making sweet little girl cards for her but lately she is all over my pretty grown up cards. Not that I want to encourage her to grow up any faster then she already is but I thought I would take some time and make her an extra special "big girl" card and box for her birthday!

I used a great colour combo from Colour Q #100 that includes her new "big girl" favourite colour. Gone are the pink days with her. It's all about some form of turquoise blue now. The card was inspired but the sketch from Paper Players #61 this week. The flower uses the Bigz Die Flower Folds and the box is the Pennant Cone Die. The pattern on the flower petals is the rose stamp from Elements of Style. The little flowers in the center of the flower are the Boho Blossoms Punch topped off with a In-Color Designer Printed Brad. That glorious ribbon is Calypso Ruffled Ribbon.
For the sentiment I used the hostess set Tagtastic. I used 2 of the stamps and then layered them. A little bling was needed so I added 2 more Printed Brads. The dsp on the box is Berry Blossoms. I softened all the edges on the box by sponging Early Espresso.The card uses most of the same ideas but instead of the Scallop Circle behind the flower on the box, I now used the Scallop Square Duo. There is also another ribbon on the card, 5/8" Early Espresso Satin Ribbon. Thanks for stopping by. It's been a few weeks since I have made anything and it sure was good getting back in the saddle. See you soon!

Holiday Mini Goes Live Today!

The Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini is now available starting today. So many pretty new things to make great cards and gifts. Click on the photo to check it out.From Autumn to Halloween, from Christmas to Valentines. There are so many ideas. You can place orders directly through me or go to my website and have it delivered to your doorstep. Happy shopping.