Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Facebook Covers for October


Both were created with My Digital Studio (original version) from Stampin' Up!

I walked around the yard and collected leaves, etc to photograph for the Autumn cover. It was a simple one to make once I took the photo: just type in a text box over the photo.

The Halloween one I had fun playing around with elements in the program to create this cover from scratch.

I don't know why I waste my time, I don't even use facebook  . . . . . .

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Woven Pumpkin Card

The last of the Halloween cards I sent out this year.

I drew what is supposed to be a pumpkin 
onto decorative paper then cut it out.
It makes a pumpkin shaped
"window" to weave the paper strips behind. 

I wove several strips of two colors of orange paper
behind the pumpkin window and adhered the ends in place.

Mounted this to another piece of decorative paper

which was then mounted onto a textured
orange card stock card. 

Free hand cut a leaf and stem as well as  
two thin strips of decorative paper to make the vines.
All papers used on this project are from 
an old Fall Paper Stack, Die Cuts With A View brand.

Thanks for looking =) 

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Simple Carved and Candlelit Card

Totally inspired by a card I saw on the
Operation Write Home 
World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop.
I'd hoped to remember the layout on the
adorable snowman card that was shared, so simple.
Of course when I go back to the blog hop page,
I do't see the exact card to find the artist so I can
giver her credit. It must have been on one of the pages
along the stop that had multiple cards posted. 

Carved and Candlelit and All Holidays stamp sets from Stampin' Up!
Paper scraps from a huge Fall Paper Stack.
Basic black card stock
Versamark ink and some orange no name
 embossing powder (it did not work well at all!) 
to make the sentiment.
Stampin' Up! inks and dimensionals to make the 
pumpkin that I cut out with scissors.   

 Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Boo card

Whisper White card stock run through a spiderweb
Cuttlebug embossing folder .

Orange organdy ribbon stamped with black Stazon ink
and bats stamp from Stampin' Up!

"b" is from Big deal Alphabet, Stampin' Up!
Pumpkin and cat face from Trick or Treat stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Markers for details on them.

Yellow rhinestones for the cat eyes.

Thin strip of Green Galore card stock for the pumpkin vine. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween Hedgies Card

Halloween Hedgehogs stamp set from Stampin' Up!
stamped onto watercolor paper then
die cut with the frames die set from Stampin' Up!

I colored the image with ink from Stampin' Up! classic ink pads 
and an aquapainter. I just can't seem to part with the money-
or come up with the space to store - for Copic markers despite
seeing the gorgeous colored images they make. 

The edges were covered with Crystal Effects then copper
glitter was sprinkled onto them.

Popped up with dimensionals over two strips of decorative paper 
from a Fall Paper Stack that were attached with
orange eyelets at each end. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ghosts Acetate Card

I was pretty pleased with this mail friendly card 
(although I forgot to add string to the ends of the
sign and run it up to the ghosts hands, geesh !
I really was in a "funk" while trying to craft last week)

I hand drew the ghost shapes onto Whisper White card stock,
one slightly larger than the other.

I barely sponged on Going Gray ink onto some of the edges.

Their faces were stamped with Basic Black ink
and the old Fun Faces stamp set from Stampin' Up!

The Trick or Treat came from the set of the same name
(at least I think that was the name of it.............).

The papers are scraps from a huge Fall Paper Stack and 
were punched with various paper punches from Stampin' Up!

I adhered the ghosts to the acetate with double stick tape.
There is another one cut and glued on the inside of the card
to the backside of the ghost from the front to hide the tape.

thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Painted Wood/Grapevine Witch Wreath

I need to do a better job of removing those hot glue strings......
I noticed that I missed painting an outer edge of the witches hat !

Yet another one of those projects that has been in my craft dungeon for years and years................. Not exactly sure why I decided to go ahead and paint it now that I don't really decorate for the holiday any more. Well, I did need to try to work on something to get my mind off of stuff I've been wrestling with the past couple of weeks. It didn't help one bit, but I did get a long neglected project completed. Only well over a thousand more to do, ha ha.

Anyway, because it was Halloween themed and not a card I am entering it into the Anything But A Card Challenge 4, something with a Fall or Halloween theme or simply use fall colors- golds, rust, reds, browns, deep green, etc.
I'm also entering it at the Challenge #4.

A little bit more about the project:

The wreath was pre assembled with cut out printed wood pieces . All I had to do was to paint them, following the guidelines. I decided to sand them to try to lighten the lines, the paint wasn't going to cover them to my liking. Some are still visible though. I really did not like the facial features that were printed on them so I sanded them off as much as was possible then gave the faces a couple of coats of paint. I simply dotted on black eyes and brushed on some blush for the cheeks.

I used some old basic craft acrylic paints to paint with. A toothpick and cotton swap came in handy for tiny dots.

I carefully pried the hand off of the center witch then made a broomstick from a dowel rod and raffia, hot glued it in place then hot glued the hand over it. I also added a little bit of moss at the bottoms of the pumpkins, those little details (and the hair made from colored raffia that I cut and glued on) added to the project.

I still have a box full of these types of items, but all the rest are Christmas themed. I bought them years ago , working on them to donate to the elementary school holiday bazaar. I didn't get them all completed before my kids moved on from that school and I was not involved with the bazaar any longer (I miss those days !).

Thanks for looking =) 

Halloween Card I Received

Isn't this card adorable ? And check out the fringy ribbon ! 
This little cutie has been sitting on my work table 
for the past couple of weeks =) 
She's about the only Halloween decor I have out this year.

A long time email pal made this and sent it to me
I don't know the manufacturers of any of the items used, sorry.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Sorry I'm Late......

I hope your birthday was great !

Colorful, fairly quick card I made recently.
I worked on some card projects 
last week, trying to get out of this "blue"
mood that set in. 
Although I got the card finished in time,
I didn't get it mailed in time !
The others went out in enough time
that they can be displayed for a week or so before
Halloween since they were all
fun cards for the holiday.
I'm not a big fan of the holiday personally,
I hate all things scary, gory and gross.
I do enjoy cute images and decor though.
I'll be sharing the cards I made over the next few days.

All images, papers and inks were from Stampin' Up!
The yellow rhinestones were another of the
dollar bin Halloween "tattoos" that I bought
several years ago and I cut up.
You can easily color clear rhinestones with permanent markers though.

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Have A Ball.....


Quick card I made for a nephew. I used old card stock from Lasting Impressions (I think) that is almost the exact color of Soft Suede from Stampin' Up!  The base has a subtle checkerboard pattern printed on it. I stamped Whisper White card stock with the Suede ink from Stampin' Up! and an old retired alphabet, Alphabet Attitude. I lightly rubbed the edges of the card stock with the ink pad. I stamped footballs from the Have A Ball stamp set from Stampin' Up!, one of them was cut out and popped up on a dimensional. It really was a quick card to make.

I meant to fold up the $20 dollar bill into a "football" and adhere it going over a goal post I drew inside the card - totally didn't do it since I didn't have the money until on the way to the birthday dinner. Then as soon as I got it from the ATM, I put it in the card and sealed the envelope.  I was not thinking at all !!!!!!! I could have done it at their house.......... oh well. Little things like aren't always appreciated by young kids anyway.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

3 Birthday Cards I Recently Sent

All images and supplies used were from Stampin' Up!
(except the purple satin ribbon and skeleton leaf)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I'm an Artist Pick at HSS =)

I'm absolutely tickled "orange" - my Two Cute Bats Halloween Display was chosen as an Artist Pick at hand Stamped Sentiments today !!!!! The challenge was #139 Pumpkins. I wasn't sure if my project was "pumpkin-y" enough, though, but the design team liked it , yippee ! Take a moment to visit their blog and be inspired by all of the fantastic creations that were submitted on top of the gorgeous work the design team does, wow.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Candy Kiss Spinner Card

Tutorial for making a spinner card can be found here

This is a 5" x 7" card I created for a 21st Birthday.

Supplies used:
White card stock
Metallic silver card stock
Blue with silver dots paper, manufacturer unknown
Vellum - has stripes on it, unknown manufacturer
Aluminum foil
Versamark ink
Silver embossing powder
So Very stamp set from Stampin' Up! 
Teeny Tiny Whishes stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Snap Stamps
Sewing machine with white thread
Strip of foam from the hardware store

I drew the 21 and Kiss onto scrap card stock,
cut out with scissors then wrapped
with wrinkled aluminum foil.

The inside said 
"It's time to 
your childhood

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Supplies For Bat Display

Photos of the supplies I used for my 

Styrofoam balls, Decorating Paste, Glossy Paint, Glitter
(dowel rods not pictured)
for the bat bodies

The home made shimmer mist and the black card stock
to make the bat wings (misted) .
Orange Paper Twist and Lumiere paint
to make the paper medallions/rosettes.

Black Stazon ink, organdy ribbon, rubber stamp image
to create my own decorative ribbon.

Circle punches, card stock, marker, metal edge tag,
rhinestones (pre-sticky image of a candy corn I cut apart)
to created the miniature punched pumpkin tag.

Decorative papers, punch, stamp, Versamark ink,
embossing powder and mark for each letter / flag.
White glitter, die cut fun foam ghost, ribbon embellishment.
Two very small circle punches, black and white card stock,
Crystal Effects (clear drying dimensional glue) to create bat eyes.
TIP: transfer your embossing powder to a larger container
 to make it easier when you pour the excess back in. 

Decorative papers, Bird Punch (I used the wing and the branch),
Cropodile and mini brads to make the paper strip pumpkin. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Too Cute Bats Halloween Banner Display

My new Halloween display piece for this year. 
Other than the "cat ears", I think it turned out pretty well =)

Here are some closeup photos and details:

The bats and feet are made from Styrofoam balls.
I have no idea what size they are since they were 
from my stash of loose Styrofoam balls. 
You need two large balls for the bodies 
and two smaller balls for the feet.
Cut the two smaller balls in half to make the feet.

Stick a skewer or dowel rod into each foam ball before
you start to make a handle to hold onto.

I lightly coated the foam balls with a thick decorators paste 
first to try to smooth them out, filling in the little gaps a bit 
before painting. I allowed them to dry 24 hours.

I painted using glossy black acrylic craft paints and a paint brush.

While the paint was still wet, I sprinkled on glitter then let them
set for another 24 hours to make sure they were dry.

I made my own pattern for the wings and ears,
cut them out from Basic Black card stock
then sprayed them with a homemade shimmer mist.
I use rubbing alcohol and a dab of shimmery Lumiere
 metallic paint, mix well in a small mister bottle.
I don't have an exact ratio / recipe, 
I just "eyeball" it but I'm sure you can find
many references online to making your own.

While the wings were still slightly damp from the spray,
 I carefully bent them into shape.

The ears were made the same way.

The mouth was hand painted on with a small paintbrush
and white acrylic craft paint.

The fangs were cut from scraps of the glossy white card stock.
I had to use a toothpick to dab on a tiny bit of Tombow liquid glue
then use tweezers to apply each fang, they are tiny ! 

I have lots of small googlie eyes, but needed larger ones so I made my own.
They were made from Whisper White and Basic Black card stock
punched with small circle punches. I added a dot of silver metallic ink
(white gel pen or white paint would work just as well, I happened to have that marker
 on my work space so I used it) to the black circle, glued it to the top of the 
Whisper White then covered both with Crystal Effects clear dimensional glue/accent.
Once dry, they were glued on with the Tombow liquid glue. 

I created the "happy happy" tag by inking a stamp with a marker.
It is from the "Think Happy Thoughts" stamp set by Stampin' Up!
The stamp says "happy birthday", but by using a water based marker,
I was able to ink only the "happy" and stamp it twice,
twisting the stamp around so the second stamping
lines up with the gap where "birthday" would have been.

I used a Pumpkin Pie marker to ink the image that was stamped on
 glossy white card stock, 
punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch and 
glued on top of a metal edge tag.

The little pumpkin was made with a 1/2" circle punch,
Pumpkin Pie marker and card stock, Close To Cocoa card stock.

I used yellow green rhinestones as accents.

Hot glue the completed tag to the center of the bows. 

 Using the Alphadots stamp set from Stampin' Up!,
 I stamped onto Green Galore card stock with
Versamark ink then heat embossed them with black
embossing powder.

I punched them out with a circle punch 
slightly larger than the embossed area.

A purple metallic permanent marker was used to 
carefully color over the green outer edge.
The metallic shimmer of the ink doesn't show up well.
It would have been easier if I had the correct size punches
to punch around each letter then punch out a slightly larger
circle to mat it onto, but I don't so this is what I came up with.

The rosettes behind the letters were made with orange
Paper Twist. I cut a 1/2" wide strip the width of the twist
( I'm guessing about 5" long?).

Glue the two short ends together to form a circle.

Stand the circle up on end, then carefully smoosh it down flat 
so that it makes a rosette / medallion / lollipop flower .

Low temp hot glue was perfect to glue these into place on the back of the letters
then to glue them onto the flags.

I lightly brushed on the shimmery metallic Lumiere paint
to some of the raised portions of the rosette.

The little flags are cut from two papers that were in an old
Die Cuts With A View Fall stack I have. 
They were 1 1/2" wide by 4" long.

The bottoms were punched with a square punch.
I normally use scissors to make the cuts, but since I had
so many to make and that would be on display next to each other,
 I wanted them to look more uniform.

I folded over the top edge then used my sewing machine
threaded with purple thread to do a zig zag stitch across the tops.

I ran a piece of 1/8" purple satin ribbon through the pockets.

The ghost is a foamie shape that came in a bucket full
of Halloween foam shapes I bought for my kids.
They never used them so once in a while I remember them
and put a piece to use.
I painted it with the Lumiere shimmery metallic paint, 
but it wasn't shiny enough so I sprinkled on white glitter.

It was hot glued to the center of the bow I made.

I made the orange organdy ribbon with black bats
by using rubber stamps and black Stazon ink, oh so easy !
The stamp is from the Halloween Backgrounds stamp set
by Stampin' Up!.

Be sure to stamp the ribbon on scrap paper, the ink may
bleed through and stain whatever is underneath !

Polka dot ribbon from my stash, unknown manufacturer.

This is the first time I've made a pumpkin from paper strips.
Tip: use double sided paper or solid core colored card stock to look 
more finished (note the inside of mine is white).

I decided to use this light weight paper so it would be more flexible to
bend the papers easier to shape my little pumpkin. 
I don't care for the white on the inside.
 Of course after the fact I thought to myself 
"Why didn't I brayer on ink over the white ?!?"

I used the two step Bird punch from Stampin' Up!
to make the leaves.

Two thin strips of decorative paper were wrapped around
a dowel to make the twisty, vine pieces.

I almost forgot, I added a piece of skewer painted black 
to the backs of the wings that the banner ends are glued to.
I didn't even try it without the support skewers, 
knowing that the weight of the banner 
would make the wings droop. 
Insert one end into the foam ball,
hot glue the other to the back of the wing.

This also shows how I attached the wings and ears:
I simply cut slits with my Xacto knife
and carefully inserted them. 

I didn't bother to add any glue since
the pieces fit snugly enough.
I was afraid of making a big mess if I tried anyway.
You would cut and insert the wings and ears after
they are totally dry and the foam balls have been 
painted / glittered / dried. 

inspiration from Crafts 'N Things magazine - 
I should have looked at it a little bit closer and
taken note of the ears. Oh well....... 

I made this up as I went, I did not have any instructions or patterns. 
My original plan was to attach them to a wreath, hanging them upside down. 
The grapevine wreath I had in stock wasn't quite large enough, 
it didn't look right to me. 

I knew that I wanted to have them holding the banner
and they would not stand upright so they were going to need a base.
I dug around and came across the slat of wood I have had for years and years 
(I had intended on possibly wood burning something into it).
It was the perfect size to use as the base that I could hot glue the bats to
(although I should have stained it or added fake grass, 
something because it looks too plain).

I'm entering this project in several challenges:

F4A137 Rosettes  at
WT395 What Are The Odds at

I hope my paper strip pumpkin and miniature punched pumpkin on the tag make my project
"pumpkin-y" enough to fit these two challenges as well ;)

Thanks for looking =) 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

One Sheet Wonder Card Set - part 2

The rest of the seven cards I created from the One Sheet Wonder diagram I made
for the Papercrafts magazine blog tour 
celebrating World Card Making Day.

SUPPLIES used to make the decorative paper, all from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

Card stock: Naturals, Really Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip

Lovely Leaves stamp set

All Year Cheer stamp set

Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set

Inks: Really Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, gold metallic

5 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip 
I cut the triangle out with a pair of scissors,
but you cold use a square punch.

Run the rust colored card stock through the
Square Lattice Embossing folder.
Lightly sponge the edges with Chocolate Chip ink.
Run the More Mustard card stock through the
Designer Frames oval embossing folder.
Lightly rub on Chocolate Chip ink if desired
(maybe I should have used some of the gold ink......)
Tear a piece of chocolate mulberry paper to layer underneath.
Ink up the stamp from Holidays and Wishes stamp set with markers.
Stamp on  naturals card stock and
punch out an XL oval punch.
Use a paper piercer to poke small holes under the sentiment.

three 1 1/2" by 3 1/2" pieces of card stock
Layer onto a piece of More Mustard card stock.
Distress the edges of the mustard card stock.
I used twine to wrap around the card;
you could use linen thread, raffia, ribbon.

The cards above and below are created from a 
5 1/2" piece by 5" piece of card stock that I tore in half.

The scrunched ribbon was made by gathering the ribbon together
and sticking it down on sticky strip tape I had already applied to the card.
I lightly sponged a bit of gold paint around the edges of this card.
Use a cropodile to punch through the ribbon and card stock so you can stick a brad in.

I layered three punches for the tag on the lower card:
Word Window
Modern Label
Designer Label large
The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

Thanks for looking =)