Thursday, October 30, 2014

B00 Day Bowls

Just finished the B00 Day bowls I put together for the gals at work and I took photos to share what they are getting tomorrow. Did not want to use a bag or the pumpkin shaped pails so I went to the dollar store a few weeks back and bought each gal a bowl for a dollar. Put paper shred, also from the dollar store, in the bowls and then loaded them up. Wrapped each bowl with tulle and tied a ribbon to close it and here is what they look like all together and then a closer photo of two of them:

Each of the bowls have loose candies but they each have a Hatagorie that holds a Tootsie Pop, then a candy holder made with the Envelope Punch board (it has the skeleton paper) and that holds a Fun Size Hershey candy bar, then each bowl has a Matchbook holder that holds a Fun Size bag of plain M&Ms. The sparkly ghost was cut out using the ghost die from Sizzix and I had put them on a wooden craft spoon that I had painted black. Here is what these items look like:

Also here is a better photo of one of the Matchbook treat holders. When I put that together and I used the stapler to attach the bag of Fun Size M&Ms inside I did not like seeing the silver staple on the bottom front of the holder so I used a Sharpie black marker to go over the staple so now it is black and not noticeable:

And of course what holiday is a holiday without new jewelry???????????? So I made everyone a Ghost Pin --

Happy Halloween to you and yours -- B00 to you!   TFL and YOLO

Saturday, October 25, 2014

White Pumpkin Card

Call them Baby Boo, Luminas, Casper, or Cotton Candy seems the white pumpkins are here to stay. Used to be they were very expensive and hard to find but this year they seem to be plentiful both at the pumpkin patch and the farmer's markets --- great for Fall decorating as well.

Wanted to make another pumpkin card using the dies from Paper Trey Ink from their Shape Up Series Pumpkin dies --- this is the first pumpkin I had made using their Pumpkin dies:

But this time I wanted to make a white pumpkin and here it is:

For this pumpkin I used the 110# weight cream card stock from Mikes for the card base. Also used this card stock to cut out all the pumpkin sections. Once the sections were cut out I used seven different embossing folders and embossed the pieces using the Cuttlebug. Once all the pieces were cut and embossed I sponged the edges of each piece. Once I had those all done I used the solid metal pumpkin die piece and cut out a pumpkin, again from the cream card stock, and that is the piece I put all my sections on. Since I had embossed the sections I used a glue pen to put these pieces on my pumpkin shaped base. Once all the pieces were glued on I then used the ATG and put this onto the pumpkin shaped card stock base.

Used the stem from the pumpkin die set from Paper Trey Ink and cut out a stem using Mikes kraft card stock. Put the stem on the card front using a glue dot. Cut out two leaves from the pumpkin die set from Elizabeth Craft. Put the leaves on the pumpkin card front by the stem using glue dots. Made a bow using cream satin ribbon. Trimmed it to the size I wanted and put it over the leaves. Added a pearl to the center of the bow.

For the "Thankful" I used the Words of Gratitude from Penny Black and cut out two of the Thankful word. Used a glue pen to put the two words together -- the Mikes kraft stock is not very thick and the two layers worked better on all the layers of this card. Again I used the glue pen and put the word across the pumpkin card front. Here is a closer photo to show the embossed pumpkin pieces as well as the leaves and ribbon:

Easy card to put together and the Paper Trey Ink dies are really good --- they cut right through the heavier weight card stock from Mikes with no problems -- the pieces fall right out of the die and you do not have to poke them out or anything like that. TFL and YOLO and here is the White Pumpkin Card again:

Layered Pumpkin Card

Card stock base is 110# weight cream card stock from Mikes. Used a light brown for the card front. The pumpkin ribbon is from AC Moore. For the stem I used a pumpkin die set from Paper Trey Ink. The leaf was made using the pumpkin die from Elizabeth Craft and the vine/swirl is from a border punch from EK Success. "Blessings" is a small stamp from Stampin Up. Used the Spellbinders Charmed I'm Sure tag die set to cut the greeting out in the Cuttlebug.

For the pumpkin pieces I used an oval punch from Paper Shapers and punched out five ovals from pumpkin coloured card stock. Using five different background stamps I stamped each oval using a pumpkin ink. Then I sponged the edges of the ovals. Put the pumpkin ovals together ** using glue dots to make my pumpkin.  (** Before I put the front center oval on the pumpkin I tucked my Blessings tag behind the oval piece and then attached it to the front of the oval pumpkin pieces). Cut out the green stem and sponged the edges of that and used a glue dot to attach that to the pumpkin. Used a glue dot to attach the leaf and used a glue pen for the vine/swirl.

Using the ATG I put the brown card stock front onto the cream card stock base. Used red sticky tape across the card front and added my pumpkin print ribbon. Then put the pumpkin/greeting piece on the card front using large glue dots.

For the brown mesh at the top of the pumpkin near the stem I used brown mesh that covered a dog bone that I just bought for the dog -- the bone inside is wrapped in plastic with the brown mesh over that. I cut a piece of the mesh a bit larger than what I wanted and then used a brad to hold that together --- once the brad was on the mesh I then trimmed it to the size I wanted. Used a glue dot to attach the mesh piece to the pumpkin:

Usually when I use ovals to make my pumpkins I use small oval punches and most of my pumpkins are made using only three ovals. But this oval punch is so large I decided to use five ovals to make the pumpkin seem larger.  TFL and YOLO

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Travelin' BOO's

Here are photos of some of the BOO Day (Halloween) cards I am mailing out so onto the next holiday -- Thanksgiving --- Gobble, gobble. . .   TFL and YOLO

Three Wise Women . . .

Used the Nativity Borders die from Taylored Expression for the inside of this card. Here is a photo of that actual die:

For my card I cut my red card stock base 8 1/2" x 4 1/4". Scored this at 5 1/2". For the inside pieces I cut a piece of black card stock 5 1/4" x 4" and the white/GP piece I have the die piece on is 5" x 3 3/4". For the die cut piece I cut that out of black card stock and used scissors to cut off the part of the die cut piece that I did not want to use for the card. Put the die cut piece onto the white/GP using a glue pen.

For the greeting I used here is a closer photo of that stamp and that is from

Used StazOn black ink and stamped it onto white/GP. Cut that out using a rectangle die from Spellbinders and then I used the next larger die and cut out a piece from black card stock. Put these pieces together using the ATG.

Used the ATG and put the white/GP piece with the die piece on it on the inside of the card. Put the rectangle stamped pieces on the card front left flap using the ATG. For the poinsettia I used red card stock and used a poinsettia punch from M Stewart. Spritzed them with Gold Shimmer Mist. Added a gold brad to the center of the two flowers. Used a sprig die from Impression Obession and a sprig punch from M Stewart and gold foil card stock for the sprigs under the poinsettias. Put them on the card front using a large glue dot. Added stars to the front stamped piece using a glue pen. Added a gold star to the die cut piece as well. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Holiday Stars Card

Card is inspired by Papercraft Inpirations Magagzine. Used 110# weight card stock from Mikes for the card stock base. The red is also Mikes with the green dotted and green striped card stocks from Hobby Lobby. Green gross grain ribbon is from the stash. Used a star punch from Marvy for my stars, Wavy Banner dies from MFT,  (My Favorite Things), Washi tapes from the stash.

To begin with I cut and scored the white card stock base. Cut the red card stock for the card front.Set these aside.  Cut the green pieces for the card front and put those together and set them aside. For the stars panel I cut my PTI, (Paper Trey Ink), Kraft card stock to the size I wanted to use. Then cut a piece of white/GP to be behind the Kraft card stock. Using a Marvy star punch I punched out two stars from the Kraft card stock. Used a corner rounder punch at the top of the punched Kraft piece only. Then laid this punched piece over the white/GP piece. Using a pencil I used a light hand to trace the star shapes --- this will help me to put the Washi tape on the stars so I am not covering the whole white/GP piece with the tape and wasting it:

For the Washi tape pieces I used scissors to cut my tape pieces to the width size I wanted. Put the Washi tape pieces next to each other over my penciled star shapes --- being sure my tape edges touched so there are no gaps between the pieces. Once the penciled stars were covered on the white/GP I then put the Kraft punched card stock piece over the white/GP piece using the ATG.

For the greeting "Happy Holidays" I used a stamp from the Stampendouse stamp set Holiday Messages and stamped that at the bottom of the punched Kraft piece using red ink. Used a white gel pen and made lines around the stars and the corners of my Kraft piece.

Using a piece of green ribbon from the stash I tied the ribbon around the bottom of the Kraft piece. Used a longer piece of ribbon to put across the green card front pieces. Using the ATG I put the green pieces onto the red card stock and then put these onto the white card stock base. Using pop dots I put the punched Kraft piece onto the card front.

Punched out a Kraft card stock star for the right front of the card.Used the white gel pen to go around all my stars.  Used scrap white/GP card stock and put two small pieces of the Washi tape on those. Used the MFT Wavy Banner die and cut out two of the Washi tape banners for the card front. Put the banners on the card front using mini glue dots. Put the Kraft card stock star on top of the banners. Then punched out a small star of left over red Washi tape that I had used for the Wavy Banner piece. Put this Washi tape star in the middle of the Kraft star using a mini glue dot. TFL and YOLO  Here is the card again:

Glittered Stocking Tag

Used PTI (PaperTreyInk) Kraft card stock for the tag. Cut out the tag using the Scalloped Tag die from Sizzix in the Cuttlebug. For the glittered stocking I used the stamp/die set from TSOL (The Stamps of Life) "Christmas 2 Build". Using the stocking die I cut out a stocking from glittered craft foam in the Cuttlebug. For the white top cuff on the stocking I cut out a stocking from white flocked card stock. Used scissors to cut off the cuff of the stocking piece and put this white cuff onto the glittered stocking using glue dots.

For the holly/berries piece I used the Holly/Berries die from Taylored Expressions. Used green foil card stock from Hobby Lobby for the holly leaves. Then cut out the berries using the glittered craft foam. Then used a mini glue dot to put the berries onto the holly piece. This photo shows the white flocked card stock cuff on the glittered foam stocking:

For the greeting on the tag "Merry Christmas" I used a stamp from the Stampendous stamp set Holiday Messages and stamped that on the tag using red ink. Put the stocking/holly piece onto the tag using large glue dots. Since the glittered craft foam is thicker than card stock I did not want to use pop dots as it would be too high off the tag.

Added red ribbon and green ribbon from the stash at the top of the tag. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rubber Stamp Tapestry Storage

Rubber Stamp Tapestry used to sell their stamp sets in these small zip top bags with the peg stamps inside with a card stock paper which has the title and stamp design on the front. The problem with this storage is it is hard to get the stamps and stamped image card stock out of the baggie. The baggie also is not free standing so I kept these sets in a box with a lid -- out of sight, out of mind. . . .  but then it dawned on me once I looked through the Stampin Up big catalog. . . .

Stampin Up sells empty plastic stamp storage boxes for all their stamps. They have boxes for the stamp sets and a half case for single stamps. The half cases are sold 4 for $4.95. I bought some of the half cases for my Rubber Stamp Tapestry sets and here is what they look like now:

Some of the Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamp sets have three peg stamps or more -- one of the stamp sets I have has 7 peg stamps and they all fit comfortably in these boxes. The boxes I can stand up on my bookshelf or stack them for storage -- either way the boxes keep all my sets in tack. All I had to do is trim a little of the stamped card stock label sides off to fit in the plastic sleeve on the box and I was all set. Will now decide where on my shelf I will store them and use the label maker to label them all. TFL and YOLO

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Holiday Tags

Saw these tags made by Kittie747 on Splitcoast so I bought the dies she used and made some tags up myself --- the photos show the two die sets from Impression Obsession that were used for the tags. Both the tag die and the holiday charms die set:

Here are my tags:

I keep my thin metal dies in an ArtBin on the magnetic sheets. Since these holiday charm dies are so small -- less than an inch high -- once I cut the charm dies apart I kept them on the magnetic sheet as I was cutting out pieces for my tags just so I would not loose them. For the sprigs on my tags I used the M Stewart sprig punch. Here is a photo to show the little snowman next to a ruler:

I also made reinforced circles for the holes at the tag tops. Cute die set and the tags go together quickly. I used foiled card stock and white/GP card stock as well as red card stock from Mikes. Thanks to Kittie for the inspiration. TFL and YOLO

A little help from my friend . .

First Fabric Pillow wreath I made for Halloween I took to work and I just finished the wreath for my front door and I hung that yesterday with a little help from my friend --- the dog, Luke. To begin with here is a photo of the wreath on the front door ---

Usually I get a few big pumpkins and put them on the steps to the front door and call it a day for decorating for Halloween. But this year I decided to put one of the planters I had at my old house in my garden on the front porch for some Mums and pumpkins. Since I like to sew DH bought this old rusted Singer sewing machine base at a barn sale and I painted it and he built a planter for the top. At my old house this was in the back garden. At this house it was on a side porch and not really in use so I cleaned it up and put it on the front porch. Filled the planter box with dirt and two bricks. Put my Mums on the bricks and then covered them with the straw. Bought a small pumpkin to also put in the planter box:

Then I bought very small pumpkins to scatter in my front floral garden and I put a couple of them on the steps to the porch. . .  I really liked using them as they are small and can fit in planter pots and the like. . . .  but apparently I am not the only one that likes how small they are....

Every time we let Luke, the puppy dog, outside he grabs the little pumpkins by their stems and carries them all over the yard. . .  so clearly I will be re-thinking locations for the little pumpkins. So much for the little help from my friend for Halloween decorating -- ;0)  TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Anniversary Card

Simple anniversary card --- card stock base is 110# weight white card from Mikes. Stamp is from savvystamps. Used the SU Adorning Accents hearts border folder across the white/GP for the front of the card. Red card stock is also from Mikes. Added a red ribbon/bow. The red foil heart was punched out using a punch from M Stewart. Here is a closer photo of the embossed hearts:

Easy to put together. Tried to keep things simple with just two colours used. TFL and YOLO