Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween/Happy Birthday!

It's finally here ... the day my son has been waiting for FOREVER!!    Once the excitement of Halloween is over, he will be pestering us to put up the Christmas decorations and the count down will begin again.    The Christmas wish list was started weeks ago and is based on whatever happens to be in an awesome tv commercial.    Santa is going to have his work cut out for him this year.  

Enough about Christmas ... let's celebrate Halloween.    Creating Halloween projects is one of my favourite crafts so I'm sad this will be my last one this year.    A friend of ours also happens to be the EA in my son's class this year.    She had mentioned to my son earlier this month that she would like a Halloween craft from me.    As the month flew by and I was behind as usual, I didn't get one done for her.   As luck would have it,  her birthday is also on Halloween so I created this Halloween/birthday card for her hoping it would suffice as a Halloween craft:

Happy Birthday Carol!!

I love punch art pumpkins and the sponging makes such a difference.   My little peek-a-boo ghost is punched out with the owl punch and has googly eyes.   The fence is actually cut using the rosette die.   Pretty handy!!


Paper:    basic grey, basic black, whisper white, pumpkin pie, old olive
Ink:   basic black, pumpkin pie
Stamps:   Googly Ghouls
Accessories:   big shot, spider web embossing folder, rosette die, apothecary accents framelits, bird builder punch (leaves), owl punch, circle punch, oval punch, googly eyes, basic rhinestones

I just wanted to mention that due to the Halloween celebrations, our Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop has been postponed until next Thursday, November 8th.    Make sure to stop by to see what the Squad has put together for your hopping pleasure.   

Thank you for stopping by.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Mommy & Me Halloween Class Projects

I love creating projects for Halloween and the Mommy & Me Halloween classes are the most popular of the occasion classes.   This must mean that everyone else likes Halloween crafting too!    Here are the projects we worked on this year:

My favourite project!   This treat box/decoration is made by taking a fancy fold box and placing Franky on one side and .....

Dracula on the other!   The top note die serves as a perfect frame for our scary monster faces.   Circle punches are used for the eyes and nose.   Love it!


Paper:   Frank - basic black, lucky limeade, whisper white; Dracula - basic black, 
elegant eggplant, whisper white
Ink:  lucky limeade, elegant eggplant, real red and basic black markers, white gel pen
Stamps - none
Accessories:   big shot, fancy favour box, top note die, circle punches, pennant punch

 Next we made a card using an unexpected ingredient:

I needed to take this picture without the flash so it wouldn't reflect off of the TIN FOIL!   How awesome is that.   This card was CASED from Anastasia Radloff.    Please check out her blog at    Thank you for the inspiration Anastasia!


Paper:  basic black, whisper white, Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP, tin foil
Ink:  basic black
Stamp:  Googly Ghouls
Accessories:  big shot, spiderweb embossing folder, apothecary accents framelit, 
square punch, gogglies, silver dazzling details

Finally, a couple of projects using the Ghoulish Googlies Designer Kit:

A treat bag and a bookmark using the glassine bags and tags included in the kit.   The glassine bag has been embossed with the houndstooth embossing folder.


Paper:  basic black
Ink:  basic black
Accessories:   big shot, window frames framelits, houndstooth embossing folder, 
ghoulish googlies designer kit, basic rhinestones, pumpkin pie ribbon, jumbo paper clip (non SU)

Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

October Stamp Club Projects

Although it is only October, it is just about time to start thinking about making Christmas cards.   Our club projects this month were two Christmas cards and a birthday card:

I wanted to focus on a card that would demonstrate product offered in the Stampin' Up October promotion.   It is hard to see in the picture but the ornament is paper pierced using the Festive Paper-Piercing Pack that coordinates with the Ornament Keepsakes stamps and framelits.  


Paper:   midnight muse, brushed silver, whisper white
Ink:  midnight muse
Stamps:   Ornament Keepsakes, Mixed Medley (hostess)
Accessories:  big shot, holiday ornaments framelits, holiday frame embossing folder, 
corner rounder and circle punches, midnight muse stitched ribbon, basic rhinestones


Paper:  cherry cobbler, gumball green, very vanilla, Be of Good Cheer DSP
Ink:  gumball green, raspberry ripple
Stamps:   Chock Full of Cheer
Accessories:   scallop edge border punch, circle punches, basic pearls, 
gumball green stitched ribbon


Paper:   crumb cake, early espresso, very vanilla, natural compositions specialty paper
Ink:  versa mark, early espresso, early espresso embossing powder
Stamps:   Lovely as a Tree, Bring on the Cake
Accessories:   big shot, apothecary accents framelits, early espresso 
ribbon (retired), ribbon slides

I hope you enjoyed these projects.   Thank you for stopping by!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Acrylic frame post-it note holders and more

We are getting our first snowfall this morning.    As much as I dread the thought of winter, I must admit it looks very pretty.   The good thing is that we know it will be gone in no time and we are supposed to have warm weather for the weekend again.    Maybe the snow is what I need to get motivated to start working on my Christmas crafts for upcoming craft shows!

Here are some projects I have been working on recently:

I was loving the look of the ribbon rosettes that I was using on the grapevine wreaths.    Paired with some beautiful DSP, they look wonderful on these acrylic frame post-it note holders.    If only I didn't burn myself so much making these beautiful rosettes!!    Someday my hot glue gun and I will come to terms!


Paper:   Comfort Cafe DSP, soft suede
Ink:   none
Stamps:  none
Accessories:   big shot, little leaves sizzlits, crumb cake and daffodil delight 
seam binding ribbon, pool party ruffled ribbon, 7/8" cotton ribbon, basic pearls, 
acrylic frame (non SU)

This is a full size card that I made for our farmers market managers.    They are stepping down as managers and my husband and I will be taking the position.    Last Saturday was our last outdoor market so I had the vendors sign the card so that we can present it to Dave and Linda at our next board meeting.    This ribbon rosette is huge and so easy to adhere using the new adhesive rounds.    Much better than burning myself with hot glue!


Paper:   more mustard, cajun craze, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, Orchard Harvest DSP, 
early espresso core-dinations card stock,
Ink:   early espresso
Stamps:   All Year Cheer III (retired)
Accessories:   big shot, autumn accents bigz die, woodgrain embossing folder, 
jumbo sticky rounds, 7/8" cotton ribbon, more mustard scalloped dotted ribbon, 
large basic pearls


 I often make donations to various fundraisers which are sometimes cards, 3D items, etc.    I am donating a variety of cards to our local United Way Telethon.    I created this box to hold 10 cards with envelopes.   It is tied closed with ribbon and can be used again for gift giving.


Paper:   soft suede, cajun craze, very vanilla, Comfort Cafe DSP
Ink:   soft suede
Stamps:   Elements of Style
Accessories:   big shot, labels collection framelits, scallop circle punch, vintage brads, 
soft suede scallop dots ribbon (retired)

Now I need to prep for Card Club and I will post those projects later in the week.   Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stylin' Stampin' Squad October Blog Hop

Yaaay - it's blog hopping time!! You may have just come from Dawn's blog. Make sure to leave comments so that our blog contributors can feel the love! This month's theme is Halloween and I love Halloween!  And ... this month's challenge is to use non-traditional Halloween colours. Here is my non-traditional Halloween card:

Inside peek-a-boo frame
SUPPLIES: Paper: melon mambo, lucky limeade, basic black, whisper white 
Ink: basic black, lucky limeade, melon mambo 
Stamps: Googly Ghouls, Got Treats 
Accessories: big shot, peek-a-boo frames, stripes embossing folder, glimmer brad, melon mambo scalloped dot ribbon, silver dazzling details, googly eyes, jewelry tag punch 

I'm slacking off this month and only doing two projects. I really wanted to do another card to coordinate with my 3D project but an unexpected trip to the ER to take my Dad sort of took up my time. He's okay, thank you God, and I'm very grateful that my parents recently moved back so that I can be here to help them at times like this. Sooooo, anyway, here is my 3D project:

 It seems that painter trays have been a popular item lately so I came up with something similar. I found the frame at our Dollar store and decorated it up. Can't wait to put this in my entrance way as we have already started decorating for Halloween and this frame will be a perfect addition. My seven year old is just a little bit excited for Halloween this year!

Paper: crumb cake, basic black, pumpkin pie, very vanilla, 
Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP
Ink: basic black, pumpkin pie
Stamps: Googly Ghouls
Accessories: big shot, window frames framelits, oval punch, scallop square punch, small square punch, linen thread, neutrals collection designer buttons, silver dazzling details, basic rhinestones, frame (non SU)

I hope you have enjoyed the hop so far. You can click on the next button below to proceed to the next blog.

Thanks for stopping by!


Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Creative Electica
  2. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  7. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  11. Nancy B of Momma B Stampin'
  12. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge

Monday, October 1, 2012

Sympathy card and gearing up for Halloween

So it's October 1st today.   Definitely starting to look and feel like fall out there.    The fall colours are so beautiful.    I had a Mommy & Me Halloween class yesterday and we all had a great time.     I can't show you any of the projects today as I will be having a second class in a couple of weeks using the same projects.    In addition to decorating for occasion, I also made sugared shortbread cookies stamped with our jack-o-lantern stamp.    Everybody loves those cookies!   I made some decorations using a new stamp set in the holiday catalogue:

Of course the decorations had to have some bling!


Paper - champagne glimmer paper, silver glimmer paper, basic black, whisper white
Ink:  basic black
Stamps:  Googly Ghouls
Accessories:   big shot, window frames framelits, spider web embossing folder, googlies, silver sparkle dazzling details, square punch

Finally, here is a sympathy card that I CASEd from Wanda.   Check out her blog for some awesome projects.  

I used the rectangular frame from the designer frames embossing folder, cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals.


Paper:   pool party, whisper white
Ink:   island indigo, old olive
Stamps:   Love & Sympathy
Accessories:   big shot, designer frames embossing folder, large oval punch, basic pearl, pool party ruffled ribbon

The October Stylin'  Stampin' Squad blog hop will be coming up this week.   Make sure to check back on Thursday to see what the Squad has prepared for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks for stopping by.