Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from me and the Grandsons!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Daycare Teacher's Halloween Treat

 This is one of the gifts that I am sending with Eli to give his Daycare teachers.  Isn't it adorable?  I took a 6" x 6" piece of DSP and folded it into this treat holder.  The supplies that I used for this project were:

STAMP SETS:  Wicked Cool
PAPER: Basic Black, Whisper White, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
INK:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
ACCESSORIES:  1/8 Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread

 What I think is so neat about this holder, is it does not take any adhesive!!  How neat is that?  Quick and easy and just so impressive.  Everyone will love this one.  Especially since it holds 2 pieces of Giardelli chocolate.

 Note:  I will not be posting for the next week because I am going on vacation.  I have not gone on a real vacation in over four fours.  So I intend to take the week off and really enjoy it.  I will be doing as much sightseeing, swimming, and general relaxing.  I will start posting again after November.  Take care until then,   Remember to enjoy the day!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Gift Idea form Pennie's Event

What a cute container idea!  I think anyone would like to receive these "Toxic Treats".  If you look very closely, you will be able to see eyeballs in the jar.  Well actually they are chocolate candy balls wrapped in foil that look like eyeballs.  The glass jar is filled with the spooky treats and decorated with a rosettes that were made form the Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP.  The supplies that were used for this project were:

STAMP SET:  Toxic Treats, Goulish Friends
PAPER:  Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
INK: Versamark, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango
ACCESSORIES: Rosette Bigz Die, Apothecary Framelits, Big Shot, Sponges, Black Embossing Powder, Heating Tool, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Punch, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon, wire (non SU), Eyeball Candies

I just think that this was an adorable way to give a special someone a Halloween treat.  Well another busy day.  I am beginning to pack for our vacation.  Tonight I am returning to the school where I taught for 34 years for the annual PTA sponsored "Pumpkin Painting with Pop" event.  I am one of the 3 guest judges.  It will be nice to see some of my former students and their families.  It is a very nice event that the PTA has ben doing for the families for a number of years and one of the students favorite events.  It should be  a very nice evening.  Enjoy the day!

Friday, October 19, 2012

October Technique Class- Card 3

This is the last card that we made this month.  This card is a great Fall masculine card for that special male in your life.  It can be used for any occasion. As a matter of fact, I am sending this card to a friend who lost his father this week.  I used the "Watercolor Crayon Spritz" technique.  This was very simple to make.  The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET:  Gently Falling, Petite Pairs
PAPER:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
INK:  Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES:  Wonder Crayons ( your choice of Autumn feeling colors), Stampin Spritzer, 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals

I love the Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP.  This card demonstrates that this DSP can be used not only for Halloween but it also has patterns that can be used for masculine cards.  I love DSP that can be used for multiple purposes.  Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October Technique Class- Card 2

When I saw this single stamp, I just knew I had to have it!  I love this stamp.  But sometimes when you see a solid stamp that has a lot of different components together, it is hard to think what to do with it.  But when I saw this card, I knew exactly what I needed to do to get those leaves looking like Autumn leaves.  I used a "Baby Wipe Background " technique to create those multi-colored leaves.  For this card  I used the following supplies:

STAMP SETS:  Day of Gratitude, Tweet Leaves, En Francois
PAPER:  Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Bravo Burgandy, Whisper White
INK:  Early Espresso
ACCESSORIES:  Always Artichoke Seam Binding, Wood Grain Embossing Folder, Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Big Shot, Blender Pen, Chocolate Chip Marker, Pumpkin Pie Marker, and Tangerine Tango Marker, Daffodil Delight Re-Inker, Cherry Cobbler Re-Inker, Pumpkin Pie Re-Inker, Old Olive Re-Inker, Baby Wipes

This card came out better than what I thought it would.  I like how the leaves look as though they are changing colors.  I used markers to make the bird stand out from the leaves. I tried to use a color combination that I had not used for a while.  Sometimes it seems like I get stuck on colors when I make cards.  That is when I have to make a conscious effort to change things up.  I think it worked well on this card.  Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October Technique Class-Card 1

It amazes me how sometimes the simplest idea changes projects from nice into WOW projects.  This is an idea I found online.  When I saw it I thought wow how simple, why didn't I think of that.  I think it was an idea that had been demonstrated at a Regional and she was posting it on her blog.  The idea is "Colored Dazzling Details".  All you need to do to color your Dazzling Details is to add a drop of re-inkers to a small amount of Dazzling Details.  How simple is that!  I used it on this card but it is hard to see.  I mixed the re-inkers with the Dazzling Details to make the colors for the leaves.  In real life the leaves just have this neat shimmer to them.  It really adds to the card.  To apply the colored mixture, I used an Aqua Painter but you can use a brush.  You just need to remember to wash the brush thoroughly with water ( I use a little soap ) or the bristles will harden.  The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS: Hand Penned, Gently Falling
PAPER:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke
INK: Basic Black
ACCESSORIES:  Black Staz-On, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon,  Brushed Bronze Buttons, Dazzling Details, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze Re-Inkers

I love the look of this technique!  I can not believe something so simple can change the look of a card so much.  Well I have to finish getting my supplies out for my Technique Class this morning.  After that I need to finish getting all my Halloween Gathering supplies together for Thursday and finsh getting my Holiday Stamp A Stack supplies together for Saturday.  This is a very busy stamping week. Enjjoy the day!

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Last of the Halloween Gathering Cards

I forgot the Googlie Eyes.  I just realized that I forgot the eyes.  So try to imagine this with the spider and the mummy with  googlie eyes.  I think this is a cute card that I saw and just had to CASE.  I used the "Ghoulish Friends" again.  I think they are so cute and when you add those eyes you just can't resist them.  The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SETS:  Ghoulish Friends
PAPER:  Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
INK:  Basic Black
ACCESSORIES:  1-3/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4: Circle Punch, 1/8, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Black Taffeta Ribbon, Modern Label Punch, Dimensionals, Googlie Eyes

This is the last card that we will be making at the Halloween Gathering.  Yesterday I had a wonderful day.  I got to be with both my 3 week old grandson AND my 3 month old grandson.  I got to rock each of them to sleep yesterday and hold them for a while.  Life as a Grandma is wonderful.  Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A CASE of Spooky

I saw this card on Becky Robert's blog.  I thought it was the cutest card and would be a perfect card for the Halloween Gathering.  I looked at hers and came up with this.  Again I used the "Ghoulish Friends" stamp set again.  This is my favorite Halloween set behind "Wicked Cool".  If you look closely, you can see that I snuck the sentiment in from "Wicked Cool".  
The supplies that I used from this set were:

STAMP SETS: Wicked Cool, Ghoulish Friends
PAPER:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP
INK:  Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
ACCESSORIES:  Googlie Eyes, Chevron Embossing Folder, Scallop Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Oval Punch, Rhinestone Jewels

When my daughter came over to pick up the boys the other day, her eyes went right to this card.  She loved it!  Well I got to get running.  I have a lot of little stuff to do.  Enjoy the day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Another Card from the Halloween Gathering

I saw a cute card last year by Mindy Bing.  This is my interpretation of her card.  I really like the color combination of Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry for Halloween cards.  I also went back to my old favorite Halloween Stamp Set, "Wicked Cool".   This layout is a little out of the box for me but sometimes you have to try different things. The supplies that I used for this card were:

STAMP SET:  Wicked Cool
PAPER:  Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie DSP, Whisper White, Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry
INK: Illuminate
ACCESSORIES:  Spider Web Embossing Folder, Striped Embossing Folder,  2-1/2" Circle Punch, Pumpkin pie, Old Olive, Basic Black, and Rich Razzleberry Markers

Are you wondering what Illuminate is?  It is a NEW Stamp Pad that you can find in the Holiday Catalog.  It is like a Versamark Pad but it has shimmer and shine to it.  Check out the spider web on the card.  I rubbed the Illuminate Pad on the raised surface of the embossed cardstock.  I think it gives a great effect to the card.  If you are interested in attending the Halloween Gathering, please contact me for specifics.  Enjoy the day!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Itsy Bitsy Spider

 I was hesitant about buying this stamp set "Ghoulish Friends" because I was afraid that I would not use it enough.  But I keep using it and using it over and over.  And I keep finding new ways to use it.  I saw this basic layout and paper but can not remember who did it.  I changed the ribbon and image on the oval and finally added the sentiment on the outside.  I then decided to decorate the inside of the card also.  I combined 2 stamp sets to use on this card.  The supplies that I used on the this project were:

STAMP SETS:  Wicked Cool, Ghoulish Friends
PAPER:  Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP Basic Black, Whisper White
INK:  Basic Black
ACCESSORIES:  Googlie Eyes,  Wide Oval Punch, 1/2" Striped Satin Ribbon, Oval Designer Frames Embossing Folder

This is a quick and easy card to make if you need to make a lot of the same card.  This would make a great stamp a stack card!  

This is card that will be offered at the "Halloween Gathering"  which will held at MaryAnn's House.  Contact me for more information if interested in attending.

No babysitting today but I have to do major cleaning to make room for a new computer.  one of my family members is moving and is giving me their desktop computer.  I am so excited!  It will be nice to work on projects and not have to worry if my battery is running low.  Enjoy the day!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A CASE for Owls

Last year I saw this cute box done by Vicki Burdick and I thought it was sooo adorable.  I could not wait until I could make this box this year.  I thought it would take long to make it, but once you figure out the dimensions it went faster than what I thought it would.  The supplies that I used for this project were:

PAPER:  Champagne Glimmer Paper, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Pie Polka Dot Parade DSP
ACCESSORIES:  Basic Glimmer Brads, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Fancy Favor Box Die, Tasteful Trim Die, Big Shot

This project was one of the reasons I broke down and bought the Fancy Favor Box Die.  I kept putting off buying this die because I was afraid I would not get enough use from this die.  But boy was I wrong.  I have used this die so much since I bought it last year.  And I keep seeing more and more projects done using this die. 

I plan to make more of these boxes to place Halloween Treats in for those special neighborhood kids for Trick or Treat night.  Since we will be on vacation then, I am going to give them to those kids next door and across the street before we leave.  I think they will like them.

This box is also one of the projects we will be making at my annual "Halloween Gathering".  Enjoy the day! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

More Ideas From September Event

Note Cards and Nuggets
As I explained to you before, Pennie's event in September was just so inspiring.  It is just a wonderful day when you get a group of talented stampers together and they share their talents. Here are a few more ideas and samples from those women.  These pictures were taken of the projects that were made for the raffle and I could not see or find names on all of them.  If I posted a picture of your project, please let me know and I will give you credit for it.

Fabric Pumpkin

MDS Project Framed

I was in New York yesterday at the Live with Kelly and Michael Show.  It was such a great show.  It was Kelly's Birthday and the Cake Boss came on with cakes and then after the show we all had cake made from the Cake Boss!  It was so good!  A Red Velvet cake with Cream Cheese icing.  Yum!  Although it rained the rest of the day while we were walking around New York, we had a great day!  Enjoy the day!

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Stampin' Up Promotion

It's only October, but Stampin' Claus is giving you a Christmas gift now!  A FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you purchase the Ornament Keepsakes Set (or stamp set/framelit bundle) and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Bundle. 

Christmas Gift Pack
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Set, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132260 (wood mount) $55.85 Retail, $47.90 Special Price
132261 (clear-mount) $44.85 Retail, $36.90 Special Price

Christmas Gift Pack (with framelit bundle)
Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (stamp set and framelits) , Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
132262 (wood-mount) $70.85 Retail, $62.90 Special Price
132263 (clear-mount) $63.85 Retail, $55.90 Special Price
It’s an early Christmas gift from Stampin’ Up!—but act now as this special offer only lasts through October 31!

Contact me or use my On Line Store if you are interested in this great deal!

Enjoy the day!