Wednesday, November 25, 2009

November PTI blog hop!!

This is my first PTI blog hop!!  I may be a little late but here goes anyway!

This month was to create an inexpensive tag or wrap for a quick grab and go gift!!
Here is my tag!!  Non-traditional but cute!  I didn't have time to add buttons along the Ripe Avocado border as hubby was saying, "Let's go!" 

Thanks for stopping by and happy hopping!

{Merry Christmas tag}  All products PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Turning a New Leaf, Background Basics Diamonds, Signature Christmas
Ink:  Versmark, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
Cardstock:  Kraft, Ripe Avocado
Pattern Paper:  Holiday Cheer
Misc:  Rasp. Fizz Twill, large eyelet

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Trying Copics!

I made this card a while back and just finally sent it off the other day.  Now, I want to say that this is my FIRST attempt at using Copics!  I recently bought some Copics to "try".....OMG, do I love them or what?  I really want to buy some more but they are a little pricey.  This card uses Scarlet Jewel Copics for the flower and Ripe Avocado Copics for the leaves.  I really like how this turned out!  I can see, however, that there is certainly a learning curve when using these. 

I love this stamp set from PTI.....In Bloom.  It works well with coloring in or just stamping on colored cardstock and cut out.  I used versamark for the background flowers on Scarlet Jewel to make my own patterned paper.  This sentiment also comes from the In Bloom set.  Here is a close up of the flower cut out and popped up in different layers.  This flower is so easy to cut out.

Well, that's all for today.  Leave me a comment if you like!!

{In Bloom}  All supplies PTI unless stated
Stamps:  In Bloom
Cardstock:  Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avacodo, Kraft, Misc white
Ink:  True Black, Scarlet Jewel, Versamark
Misc:  rhinestones, pop dots, Copics (Scarlet Jewel and Ripe Avocado), corner rounder (CM)

Monday, November 23, 2009

The rest of Halloween 2009!

Well, I thought I'd better finish posting the rest of my Halloween cards before Thanksgiving!  Now, I need to get busy making my Christmas gifties and cards!!  First up, is this cute little's about a 4X4 size.  This was Payton's Halloween card this year.  I just love how this turned out!  I used True Black cardstock and stamped various Halloween words to make my own pattern!  I just lined up the 3 rows of words on a clear block and stamped in Fresh Snow ink!  This way you don't have to constantly line up the words!  I layered New Leaf and misc. orange cardstock stamped with Polka Dots stamps next.  Then I punched that cute bat border!  Next, a couple of stitched buttons on the border with button twine.

Here is a little closer up photo of the pumpkin image.  I just love how the addition of the glitter around the border gives it just a little sparkle!!  This was done using a glue pen and prisma glitter.  And dont'cha just love that pumpkin? 

Next up, is the "scary" card I made for Brett.  I used a cute little stamp set here that I bought this season.
I started out by stamping the same words across some Summer Sunrise cardstock.  Stamped and cut out the little skeleton and raised with a pop dot.  Next, came the fun part!!  The spider webs/spiders! 

Here is a closer up photo of the spiders and their legs!!  OMG, I just love this stuff on their legs...makes them so creepy!!  I used Sparkly Fluff for his legs....simply use a glue pen where you want the fluff to stick!  And I had to add a googly eye too!! 

Well, off now to go grocery shopping for Thanksgiving dinner! 

{Pumpkin card}  All supplies Papertrey Ink unless stated
Stamps:  Boo to You, Polka Dot Basics
Cardstock:  True Black, New Leaf, and Only Orange (SU)
Ink:  True Black, Fresh Snow, Orangerie
Misc:  True Black and Orange Zest buttons, button twine, Pop dot, Prisma glitter, Bat border punch (EK Success)

{Skeleton card}
Stamps:  Mr. Bones (Bo Bunny), Boo to You
Cardstock:  True Black, New Leaf, Summer Sunrise
Ink:  True Black, Fresh Snow, Summer Sunrise
Misc:  True Black buttons, DMC floss, googly eyes, Sparkly Fluff (Our Craft Lounge), pop dot

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Pumpkin Decor....

How is everyone today?  I need to make this post quick as I need desperately to clean my upstairs because we leave today around 3 to go to The Zac Brown Band Concert and the Eat 'n Greet!  So, here is a little pumpkin decor that I still have out until Thanksgiving.  I made them for some gifts before Halloween.  Let me tell you.....these were soo simple and how cute?!  This idea came from Disney's Family Fun magazine....I love that magazine.  They have such cute kid-friendly craft ideas and so much other stuff.  Anyway, I bought some various shades of orange fabric "quarters" that were on sale at JoAnn's.  I then traced around several different sizes of plates/bowls on the backside of the fabric and cut out.  Then, using dental floss you just simply stitch around the outside of the circle and at the end you cinch it up so that you have a sack to fill.  Now, here's the RECYCLING part of this project (other than using up oodles of free dental floss) simply fill the sack with plastic grocery bags!!  If you are like us, we have tons of them but are going to switch over to the fabric reusable ones here soon.  Ok, just fill them to how "full" you want your pumpkin to be and cinch closed but before you tie it off, place a "stick" for the stem.  There you have it!!  The kids even helped stuff the sacks with the grocery bags and helped find the branches that I could break for stems.  How is that for simple decor?  Here is a close-up of my pumpkins!!  Enjoy!!

Friday, November 13, 2009

2009 Halloween treats!!

Well as promised, here are the Halloween treats that I made for my kids' Halloween parties this year.  First up, is this cute treat box using Boo to You that I made for my son's class.  I bought these little boxes from a dollar store called Deals.  They were 12/box for $1.  I found them in the wedding aisle and you just fold and embellish.  Here I used a small piece of patterned paper by Paper Studio.  The row of stars on the handle is a stamp from Boo to You.  I just curved the stamp to my block and stamped!  It was the perfect length to fit on the handle!!  The addition of a stamped 2009 Halloween tag adds that little extra something.  The tag was colored in with my ancient SU markers and layered onto a punched scallop circle and hung by some twine.  And that ghost?  Again, sooo easy to cut out/pop up!
  Here is a picture of all the treat boxes lined up!! It was fun to make all of these but it was fun to see them all done too!  Now, I wanted to share the treats inside the box.  My good friend, Laurie, mentioned that she was going to try these wrapped candy bars as mummies!  I used the mini Hershey bars, wrapped with crepe paper, and embellished with googly eyes!  (again supplies came from the dollar store)  They turned out so cute!  The other little treat is a Mini Tootsie Roll Pop spider.  I bought a bunch of black pipe cleaners, cut 4 of them in half, held them together, wrapped them around the stick for legs, and bent them to make joints! 
Next up, are the treats I sent with my daughter.  These were a little less "involved" as these were for 3-4 yr. olds.  I again found these cute mini Halloween ziploc treat bags at the dollar store.  I simply filled them up with some spooky candy and put a bag topper on that was made from the SU Top Note die, ghost from Boo to You, and Spooky sentiment from Spooky Sweets.  I just put one staple to attach to the bag and then placed the ghost over the top to cover the staple!

Here are all the little bags lined up!!  Now, I do wonder if anyone noticed the cute little pumpkins decorating my table.  I will post tomorrow about those!!  They were super easy and I RECYCLED! Until next time, Happy Stamping!
{2009 Halloween Treats}
Stamps:   Boo to You (PTI), 2009 Halloween Tags (PTI), Spooky Sweets (PTI)
Ink:  Truc Black (PTI)
Cardstock:  Misc. black and white, Only Orange (SU)
Misc:  Top Note Die (SU), pop dots, twine

Monday, November 9, 2009

Halloween's over???!!

Well, it's been extremely busy in our house the last couple of weeks.  How about 2 birthdays/parties, 2 Halloween parties at school, kiddo being sick, and then throw in Halloween too?  Whew, so hang on I will be posting pics of just what I've been up to these past few weeks in my "studio" and home.  To start today, here are my kids' Halloween costumes!  Brett is really "into" Legos right now and when we couldn't find a "nice" looking gorilla costume we resorted to making our own LEGO!  It really wasn't that hard......a box, plastic food containers, duck tape, and red spray paint.  (oh, and a little measuring along the way!)  I think it turned out so cute and Brett constantly heard, "Hey look!  He's a LEGO!)  :) 
I couldn't convice Payton to let me make her costume this year and was pretty adament about being a black cat.  We found the ear headband at JoAnn's and the kitty costume at a garage sale for $3.  So, I would say Halloween costumes this year probably didn't exceed $20 if that.

Now here are a couple of Halloween cards that I sent out this year.  I also made different cards for my kids and will post those later.  But here is a start!  This card uses PTI's Boo to You stamp set.  This ghost is sooo easy to cut out and you will see this cute little guy on an upcoming post about my 2009 Halloween treat goodies.  I started out with SU Only Orange cardstock layered with a start stamped panel laid next to a True Black panel embossed with the bat image in clear embossing powder.  How about that spider web border by Martha Stewart?  A few buttons stitched on added just the right touch!

Finally, here is a card that I haven't tried before.  It utilizes the Top Note die from SU as the base.  Using the die this way, makes such a cute size card and more than fits in an A2 envelope.  This little cutie was so simple!  Gotta have polka dots.....we so love them don't we Laurie?  Basically this card was made from my large scrap pile.  The orange base is a Bazzill cardstock scrap and the green horizontal panel is New Leaf color by PTI.  Don't you like the polka dotted ghost as well?  This was done using PTI's Chamomile ink.....subtle but nice. 
Here is another view of this card......I also used that same Chamomile ink to slightly darken the edges of this card.  I didn't mention that I used PTI True Black ink for the polka, what good coverage it has.  And it wipes off my stamps sooo easy.  Well, better get some more laundry done around here.  Till next time..Happy stamping!!
{Ghost card}
Stamps:  Boo to You (PTI), misc. set
Ink:  Versamark, True Black (PTI), Fresh Snow (PTI)
Cardstock:  New Leaf (PTI), True Black (PTI), Only Orange (SU)
Misc: clear embossing powder, Orange Zest buttons (PTI), pop dot, Spider Web border punch (MS)

{Ghost card #2} 
Stamps:  Boo to You (PTI), Polka Dot Basics 2 (PTI), 2009 Halloween Tags (PTI)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Cardstock:  orange Bazzill, New Leaf (PTI)
Misc:  Top Note die (SU), pop dot

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