Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

Well this will be the last of the Halloween projects. I'm sad to see them go ... well until next year.

This is one of may favorite cards. I like how it all came together with the image and the layout.I know just about everyone has one of these jars now. Decor Elements sure does make it easy to do these.
I didn't put the Spooky DE on the jar, I put it on a sheet of acetate so I can change out my jar depending on the season. I also added just a sheet of DSP behind it to make the spider more noticeable. Sorry the pic is a bit blurry I've been having some camera issues.

In the next few days I will be adding a few links to my side bar for two different blogging groups I am in. They are a great groups and have a lot of different ideas and lots of talent. So if you feel inclined check them out.

I thought I would share a story of my son. He goes to Junior High and they have this dress code there. Well this week has been spirit week and they've been able to alter what they wear. On Tuesday if you donated to cans of can goods you got to wear anything you wanted. So he decides he wants to participate it's all good. Keep in mind I have a ton of clothes for each of my children, I have a bit of s hopping addiction too heehee. So he picks out blue jeans (which he wears everyday) and .... a patriotic shirt. What 13 year old picks that out to wear?!?! Every child we drove by or watch go to school that day were wearing hip hop clothes, shorts you know something flashy well for 13 yr olds. I have to say I was pretty proud of him and it showed that I really do have a good kid. Just don't tell him that !! Well Happy Stamping!!

Wagon Tutorial

I finally was able to put together the tutorial for the pumpkin wagon. Some pics were a little blurry .. my camera and I were having a bit of an argument and it refused to take quality pictures n a few shots but it all works out mostly. Please ignore the clutter around the desk it's just there. This tutorial will make a wagon slightly larger than my original as I tweaked the design to be easier to put together.

Start with a base which measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" ( your standard size card front). You will score around all four sides at 1 inch.

On all four corners of the 4 1/4" side up to where the score lines meet. Hopefully you can see the cut lines in the picture to the right.

Crease all of your fold lines and you will start to see how the base will form.

I found the multi adhesive is the best to put the base together. Place glue on the FRONT side of each of the four corners. This is important if you are going to use a DSP.

Fold in each tab to the inside of the base. This will make the inside of the wagon. To make the slats I used the weathered BG with Really Rust ink on a card front. Then cut strips 3/8"wide. You will need 6 strips. Glue 3 together end from end. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of that step.

Next you will start working the slats around the wagon base using dimensionals to create dimension.

Do this for both a bottom and top set of slats.

Next you will be creating the wheels. I needed the wheels to be supportive since I was putting candy on the inside so I did them a bit different. You will need to punch out 6 1" circles and 2 you will cut in to halves.

On the half pieces you will place dimensionals double stacked, do this four all 4 half pieces.

Before placing the two pieces together this would be the time you added the brads if you wanted. Next place the half circle over the full circle so that they line up on the curves.

Glue the top half of the circle to the outside of the wagon with the half circle being underneath the bottom for support.

I hope that you found this tutorial helpful ... Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bitty Boo Book

I liked all those little books made using the badge holders. So of course I made one with a Halloween theme. I actually made this for a gift for a secret sister gift. The intent was for her to use them as tags, use them to make cards or just keep them as inspiration.

Once again I dug in my stash for the different images which are all SU! I also tried to make sure each example had it's own feel and style. My favorite on is the cowboy. He'd be perfect on a scrapbook page. Which one do you like the best? Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Forgot it was tuesday ....

I was planning on having a tutorial ready for today on my little wagon but I completely forgot. So I will finish getting it together and hopefully will have it ready to post on Friday. So keep checking. In the meantime here is another Halloween card:

I dug in my stash for this set ... it's from 2000 and is called Spooks Galore. I like how the image is tall and skinny.

My oldest recently turned 13 and the things he says makes me shake my head. Like this evening we were sitting watching TV together and he looks over and says "I'm lazy." Then he says "I agree with myself." Now if I said he was being lazy he wouldn't agree but he'll agree with himself. ::shaking my head:: what am I going to do with my teenage son??

Monday, October 27, 2008

Frapp Jars Halloween Style

I still on my Halloween kick I should have all the projects shown by Halloween so one more week until next year. I made up some Frapp jars Halloween style. Hopefully it boosted their moral up a bit if not it sure sugared them up!!

I made about 20 of them. I don't drink Frapp's so I've been collecting them from friends who do and I still have some left over for other projects. I did the whole Candy Corn theme. I put all flavors of Candy Corn in the jars, Candy Apple, Caramel, Chocolate, Indian and Regular. The candy apple is almost as good as the regular flavor ... chocolate not so much. They were pretty easy to make especially with using the DSP. You can't really tell in the picture but I put iridescent ice over the Candy Corn image to make it sparkle. Happy Stamping!

Recipe: Stamp Set - Tasty Sweet, Cardstock - Whisper White, Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Accessories - Ghostly Greetings DSP, Iridescent Ice, Silver Cord, Scallop Punch, Old Olive Marker, Only Orange Marker, Black Marker, and Going Gray Marker.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Top Note Treat

I love using the top note from the new Big Shot line we have. I found it to be very versitle and use it all the time. They are especially perfect to make bag toppers with.

Cute huh?!?! Beside being cute it also makes it super easy to. Quick and easy ... my kind of project.

Here is another card I made that's SU mostly all except for the focal image. I did this one using brass template again and clear embossing paste that I added glitter to. It sure makes it sparkle! Happy Stamping!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Another 3x3 Attempt

If you remember a week or so ago I shared with you some 3x3's I was attempting and they were pretty much a mess. I decided I would try it again and this time I got it right.

Much better don't you think? I liked how this came out much better and decide I needed to make a treat holder to match. On the treat holder I used the slot punch on opposite ends so I could slide either pencils or pixie stix through them.

I also wanted to share this cute Frankie card I got from my big sis. I'm a pretty big Frankie fan but haven't made on myself yet. She did a great job on it and now I think I just might have to try my hand at him. Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Howling Good Time

I have about another weeks worth of Halloween Goodies to share and then we will be on new topic.

I made this card for a Halloween Invitation a few years back for my son when he had a Costume Party for this birthday. I did the focal image using the bleach technique. In person the bleaching is more noticeable. Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year but is also that time of year when my oldest baby keeps getting older. This year he will be 13 and I keep wondering where the time has gone. And each year I keep wishing he would get an older. He is a great kid and loath the day he will be old enough to move out. Even though I tell him he needs to move out the day he is 18 which he just rolls his eyes and says that messed. LOL

I like to decorate treats up. Makes them more fun to get!! This is a gum wrapper I made complete with a cute mini tag. Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Halloween Treat Holder

There has been many different versions of this mummy, small to large and lately it's been the large one from Martha Stewart but I still like this one from a Stampin' Up demonstrator from years past. Here is my version I even used a stamp from years past ... you know since I have all the stamps I ever bought still and probably always will.

I think this mummy from Hey Ghoul Friend is one of the cutest. Doesn't he look like he is having a blast! I also thought I would share this card I made. All but the main image is done using SU! I did the image using a brass template and gold embossing paste. I just love these brass template even though they aren't very popular these days.

I know that usually I do a tutorial today but the two that I have ready are more for Christmas so I'm going to wait to share those until next month. I still have several Halloween Projects I want to share first so sorry no tutorial this week. Happy Stamping!

There are only a few spots left if you are interested in my stamp camp so don't forget to get your spot today!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Altered Plastic Cups

Here is another project I did last year but I am making more of these this year. They were quick and easy ... just how I like my projects!

I just love how adorable these things are .. they are even better in person. Basically I took the small clear dixie type cups and wrapped my DSP around it. Since cups are larger at the top then the bottom and because I didn't have a lot of time I didn't cut the paper to be the shape of the cup. Instead I just wrapped a strip of paper around and made pleats out of the extra paper. I attached the handle with another strip of paper using brads. Hope you like it!!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

From card to scrapbook page

Booglie Eyes is such a cute set to work with and since I always keep all the sets I buy I still have it. Here is a Halloween card I made last year ... usually I don't put this many elements on a card well because for me it always looks over done but this one came out perfectly.

I liked this card so much I thought it would look great as a scrapbook page.

I changed up the placement of the elements but everything is still the same design. So what do you think?

Recipe: Stamp Set - Booglie Eyes; Cardsstock - Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Lovely Lilac, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink - Versamark, Pumpkin Pie; Accessories - Black Emboss, Watercolor Pencils, Blender pens, Google Eyes, Dimensionals, Black, Orange, Olive Ribbon

FYI for those who asked I will do a tutorial the last week of October for my pumpkin wagon so keep an eye out.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Toast

Here is a fun card I made for Halloween. I took the Cheers To You stamp set and changed the olives to eyeballs in the Martini drink. It would be a great card to use for a Halloween gathering.

This card reminded me of a picture I was sent the other day .....

A little too much to drink . Someone was pretty creative in designing these pumpkins don't think I have ever quite seen anything like this. Oh and I got this great card from a close friend of mine.

I think it's very creative!! Thanks Pam!! When ever I get a card from Pam I am always careful not to tear into because she is notorious for having confetti in it!! You can see a bit of it on the envelope! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Card Inspiration and class details.

Yesterday I shared one of my favorite cards and here is a picture of the project that inspired me to create that card. Isn't it just darling? I made this pumpkin wagon last year for a swap I was in. To me it was a WOW! project not only because it's soo cute but because it was "wow" I can't believe I got them all done. I had to cut out a ton of those pumpkins and it took forever!! But it was well worth the effort.

Recipe: Stamp Sets - Weathered, Carved and Candlelit; Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Creamy Caramel; Cardstock - Creamy Caramel, Whisper White; Accessories - Dimensionals, Brads.
I will be holding my 5th annual Stamp Camp on November 1st from 10a.m to 2 p.m. We will be making 6 complete projects 4 cards, an ornament, and a 3-d Item. The cost for this stamp camp will be $20.00 and you can register until October 18th. If you would like to attend or need more info please feel free to email me.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fall Pumpkins

This is a card that I had made last year and think it's pretty cute so I thought I would show it here since the whole blogging thing is fairly new. The elements of this card really came together for me and was actually inspired by a 3-d project I had made, I'll post that one tomorrow. It was rather easy even though it doesn't look that way. So what do you think?

Recipe: Stamp Set - Weathered ;Accessories- Small and large Oval Punch, Dimensionals, hemp; Cardstock - Creamy caramel, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Close to Cocoa; Ink - Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Basic Brown

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Technique Tuesday - Decor Elements

Yesterday I showed you my countdown calendar for Halloween so today I thought I would show you how to apply decor elements.
First thing you do is what I call warming up the Decor Elements image. You do this by just rubbing on the back side of the image, this will be the side that looks like contact paper with the grid on it. Rub for about a minute or so, longer if you and a large image.

Peel off the backing, I found if you keep it at a tight angle it peels well. If you find a piece is sticking to the background paper lay it back down and rub on the back again then continue to lift.

Place your DE on the surface where you want it. Once you have it in place just rub over the image.

Pull the second backing away from the image. Remember to pull at a tighter angle. Once you have that all peeled back you are all done.

Using Decor Elements is pretty quick and simple, just my style. This process took maybe all of 5 minutes.

A couple of other tips: the image and second backing are sticky so if you place it wrong you can readjust as long as you do the movements quickly, when readjusting don't hesitate and peel off in a quick and fluid motion or part of the image will stick and then you have a mess. Remember not to touch the actual image it won't stick properly if you do. Do make sure the area you are applying the image to is clean and dry. You can apply to just about any surface, just keep in mind if the area is not smooth it will be more difficult and take a bit more work. People have used them on walls, vehicles, picture frames, vinyl, windows, doors, motorcycles, fabric, wood, containers, refrigerator, mirrors, the possibilities are endless. Lastly have fun!

If you want to see the finished project it is in the post from yesterday. There are many different images now and a second line with lots of added colors. You can check them out on the picture link located on the right hand side of my blog. Happy Stamping!
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