Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fright Night Card


Card stock base is black card stock from Stampin Up. Plaid card stock is Authentique. For the tag I used 110# cream card stock from Mikes. Star printed card stock is from the stash. Spider web was cut out of black Pearls card stock from Joanns.

To cut my tag and tie on piece I used the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Tag and Tie die. Cut out the cream tag and for the tag tie on piece I used scrap orange card stock. Used a star print card stock from the stash and cut a 1" x 4 3/4" strip for the right side of the tag. Using a small star punch from the dollar bin at the craft store I punched out 5 stars from scrap orange card stock. Once all these pieces were cut out I used the ATG and put the stars print on the right side of the tag. Then used scissors to trim off the top of the stars print where the tag is shaped. Used black ink and stamped "October 31" on the lower left corner of the tag front. This is a stamp from the Close To My Heart stamp set Halloween Greetings Holiday. Using black ink I sponged the edges of the tag all around. Set that aside. For the tag tie on piece I stamped a stamp from the Paper Trey Ink stamp set Halloween tags "Happy Fright Night".  I wanted the orange tag tie and 5 stars to not be so bright and orange so I sponged those also with the black ink. Set them all aside.

For the spider web I used the Memory Box Spider Web Border die and cut out a piece using the black Pearls card stock from Joanns. Once that was cut out I laid it onto the tag front and decided the placement and then used scissors to cut off the excess. Using a glue pen I dabbed glue on the back of the web and put this onto the tag at a slight angle. Then used a small bug punch from the dollar bin at the store and punched out three bugs from black flocked card stock from Hobby Lobby.

To assemble all of this -- first the star print goes onto the tag and trim that. Sponge the edges of the tag. Using a glue pen put the spider web onto the tag front. At the top of the tag I put the stamped tag tie on using a large glue dot. For the top of the tag I used black tulle and tied an orange ribbon around that. Using scissors I trimmed the ends.

For the card stock base--cut and score the black card stock. Using a piece of the plaid card stock (cut to 3" x 5 1/4" and sponged black on all edges), I put this on the left front of the card stock base using the ATG. Laid the tag piece at an angle across the plaid card stock and put the tag onto the card front using large glue dots. For the five stars I put two at the right top of the card and one star below the tag. Then put a star by the 31st and again at the top of the tag by the stamped tag tie on piece.

Using the micro glue dots (sold at Hobby Lobby) I put two bugs on the spider web piece and another bug is on the tag tie on piece at the top of the tag. Here is a photo to show the shimmer of the spider web using the pearls card stock and the texture of the flocked card stock for the bugs:


The plaid card stock from Authentique is from a 6" x 6" pad of holiday card stock so you can use one sheet for two card fronts. TFL and YOLO

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Finished Treat Holders photos --

All finished -- for the gals at work for Halloween:







Used a plastic holiday bowl from the dollar store and clear gift bags from Mikes to wrap these up. Tied the bags closed using purple tulle from Joann's and trimmed off the top of the bags with scissors:



The above photos show a couple of the bowls packed and wrapped. Hoping the gals like them and I made us all ghost holiday pins -- now to clean up all the BOO in the craft room and move onto turkeys for Gobble Day. . .  TFL and YOLO

You don't need it . . . until you do . . .


Had seen the Witch Hat made by Janet Baker on Youtube using the Tree Punch from Stampin Up. Cute idea but what else to use this punch for? Checked around and found a few ideas so I ordered my own and made my Witch Hat using black glitter card stock from Hobby Lobby. Made a hat for all the fry boxes I am making the gals at work for BOO Day treat holders. Here is one of the hats I made and I also used the Stampin Up Bow Builder Punch:


In the center of this hat is a mini clothespin and I wanted my clothespin to be black so dug through my Halloween stash and found black clothespins from Mikes I had on hand:


This photo shows the sparkle of the card stock:


Also found "out there" how to use this Tree Punch and make various sized trees using the punch with a Post It note --


Then came across the candy corn holiday tag from Cindee Wilkinson's blog: www.justspongeit.com. She added twine and it is a tie on tag -- for my tag I added small bats using black card stock and an EK Success punch:


Like Cindee I will punch a small hole at the top, add twine, and tie this tag on a treat bag for Halloween. Thanks to all that shared their ideas for this Tree Punch.... TFL and YOLO

Friday, October 23, 2015

Matchbooks Made Easy

This post is for the Matchbook treat holders I just made for gals at work for Halloween. This is an easy and simple pattern, it uses up scraps, and you get four treat holders from one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock. Here are my Matchbook treat holders for Halloween that I quickly put together:


To begin with you need a sheet of card stock 8 1/2" x 11". With the 8 1/2" side of the card stock at the top of the score board you need to score this at: 3/4", 4 1/2", and again at 5". See photo:


Once scored take this to the trimmer, with the 11" edge at the top of your trimmer, cut this piece every 2 3/4" until you have four pieces:


While I was cutting my pieces I also cut the printed front panels (2 1/2" x 3 1/4") for the "Boo to You" holders and also the small piece for the bottom flap (2 1/2" x 1/2") on the holder:


Once all the printed pieces were cut I used the ATG to put them on my Matchbook holder. I made each holder by using a bone folder for the scored lines. Then I put the bottom print on the small flap and then the larger print piece on the front of the holder. Remember if you use a directional printed card stock as I did for these holders to be sure your piece will be right side up on the front of your holder. Once all the printed card stocks were on my holders then I put a Fun Sized Skittles candy bag inside and stapled at in the bottom center of the holder --- remember you need to be able to slip your front cover piece under this small flap to keep your holder closed so put your staple closer to the bottom of your small flap.

With all these holders assembled and filled now I used a stamp from Northwoods Rubber Stamps for the Boo To You and stamped that on scrap white card stock using ColorBox black ink. Cut it out using the SU Bitty Banners die set and set that aside. Using a die I cut out my ghost using glittered white card stock in the Cuttlebug and used an oval punch to punch out a scrap piece of black card stock to go behind the ghost mouth and eyes. Put that black piece on the back of the ghost using a glue pen. Put the ghost and greeting on the holder front using glue dots:


For the "Trick or Treat" holder I used a stamp set from Lil' Inker Desgins and stamped that onto white card stock. Used a square punch to cut that out, sponged the edges with black ink, and put this on a scalloped square orange piece to match the holder. The print on the "Trick or Treat" holders is from the stash and I did not have a full sheet so I do not know who makes that. The black bat on those holders is from Hobby Lobby on holiday clearance for a package of 6. Used glue dots to put him on the holders.

For the small front flaps on those holders I used various washi tapes from the stash for contrast and colour. Here is a better photo of all the holders;


Both the ghost and bats are sparkly so they add sparkle to the holder fronts:


The purple holder holds the Skittles candies so for the orange holders I put a bag of the Fun Sized M&Ms in there. Quick and easy holders to put together and they go together quickly if you should have to be making up a bunch of these. Good use of scraps and washi tapes --- TFL and YOLO


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Almost BOO Day . . .

Here are some of the treat holders I am putting together for the gals at work and I just finished these chocolate nugget holders:




For these I used clear bags sold on the candy making aisle at the craft store. Then used various printed card stocks for the nugget wrappers --- cut those 1" x 3 1/4" and put those around the nugget candies using glue dots. Each bag of nuggets has a "tray" (channel) made from solid card stock and that piece is 2" x 3 3/4" and I scored it with the long side at the top of the score board at 1/2" and again at 3 1/4". Used the bone folder to crease the scored lines and then I put the wrapped nuggets on this tray/channel. Slipped it inside the bag and tied it closed using various ribbons/yarns. Using scissors I cut off the excess plastic bag above where it is tied. 

The scalloped circle and circle pieces are from scraps. For the Halloween sticker in the center of these I used these from Walmart:


The packaging says these are stickers but they are cardboard so thicker than stickers and sturdier. They have adhesive on them but I also put a large glue dot behind them and then put them on my solid circles and then onto the scalloped circles. Once these three pieces were together I put them on the front of the nugget holder bags in the center. So of these holders I added ghosts, bats, or a bug to using glue dots. FYI -- the printed card stocks I used -- the bats, the ghosts, and the spider card stocks are all a directional pattern so if you are using a print with a direction pay attention so your design/print is not sideways or upside down. 

Here are some of the other items I made the gals and still working on some tonight:





Soon BOO Day will be here ... Hoping the gals like their "treats".... TFL and YOLO

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Scarecrow Card


Had seen the "Reclaimed Wood Skinny Scarecrow"card by Monika Davis on her blog: www.monikastamp.wordpress.com so I made one for myself. Cute idea and thanks to Monika for sharing her scarecrow. Here is my version:


As Monika explains on her blog this is a tall/skinny card as it is 3" wide. The hat brim is 4 1/4" so since that is the width of a standard card this card will fit into the envelope with no problems.

To begin with I used SU Soft Suede card stock for my card stock base. Cut my base card stock 3" wide x 11" and scored that in the center. This way your scored line is at the top of your card--the top of the hat for the scarecrow. I used a piece of SU Soft Suede and SU Crumb Cake and stamped them using SU Soft Suede ink and my MISTI and the SU background stamp "Woodgrain". Once these pieces were stamped I cut my strips 2 3/4" x 3/4" as suggested. Using my ATG I put these strips onto the card base:


When you put these strips on the card front be sure your strips are even with the bottom edge of the card. I put one strip on one edge and then another strip on the other edge -- then used the darker strips and put those on as well -- again the strip edges are even with the fold at the top of the card:


Once all four of my edge pieces were on the card front then I put on the middle strips with a little space between them:


First completed the bottom of the card (the scarecrow face) and then completed the top of the card (the scarecrow hat). Don't be concerned if where your light and dark strips meet if they are not perfectly even as the hat brim piece will cover all that.

For my brim I used a piece of Soft Suede card stock and cut that 4 3/4" x 3/4". Put that on a piece of printed card stock 4 3/4" x 1" using the ATG. On the back of this piece I added red sticky tape (only as wide as the card base -- 3" -- then I added brown paper shred from the dollar store for his straw hair. Put a piece of double sided tape across the front of the card base where I wanted the brim of the hat to be. Using three flower punches, and scrap card stocks, I punched out three flowers and put them on the hat brim piece using a brad. I put this onto the card front and pressed it down so the double tape will adhere the brim to the scarecrow. For his eyes I used a 1/2" circle punch and punched out two black circles. I used a 1/4" circle punch and punched out two white circles. Put the eye pieces together using glue dots. Also using glue dots I put the eyes on the face.

For the nose --- candy corn is white at the top, orange in the center, and yellow on the bottom. The orange is bigger than the white and yellow so this is how I made my candy corn nose:. Using a piece of scrap white card stock I put a strip of yellow card stock 3/8" x 4" on the white card stock using the ATG. Then I cut a piece of orange card stock 1/2" x 4". Used the ATG for adhesive and butted the edge of the orange card stock up against the yellow card stock. For the white nose top I used a strip of white card stock 3/8" x 4" and again used the ATG for adhesive and butted this edge up against the orange piece. Using the SU Christmas Tree punch I punched out the nose -- from the bottom of this scarecrow nose to the very top measures 1 1/8". Used a black marker for the edges of the candy cane nose as suggested. Put the nose on the face using pop dots for dimension:


For the mouth I used a fine marker and drew that on. Easy card to do and after you stamp your pieces and then cutting them you will have more pieces so you can make more than one card from your stamped pieces. Cute little card and thanks to Monika for sharing her idea. TFL and YOLO

Friday, October 16, 2015

Road trip to the Scrap Exchange

Have been to the Scrap Exchange before in Durham, NC and we had not gone in awhile so after work today we went. The Scrap Exchange has pretty much everything -- it is a recycling store for magazines, books, yarns, fabrics, bottles/jars, office/desk supplies, old windows, plumbing and electrical parts and tools, ribbons, patterns, rubber stamps, Sizzix dies, etc. Whatever is donated is what they sell. So with each visit you never know what you will find ---

Today I found a treasure trove of craft room stuffs. . . First I found two clear acrylic desktop magazine holders for 50 cents each -- one for my new card making magazines and the other for my CTMH and Stampin Up catalogs. Then I found these items and in advance I apologize about the photos:

Sizzix dies: $5 each:


Three tags and also a jar and top:


Then a Stampin Up scalloped square punch for $3:


Then a Triplits set from Sizzix for $2.00:


With one of the Iris 12 x 12 plastic boxes for $2.00:


Also -- not a photo of -- but one of the larger clear apothecary jars (like from the old candy stores) with a lid which I will use for ribbons on the work counter in the craft room.

DH was happy as he found some plumbing PVC pipes he can use for the house so we left there both happy. So you never know what you will find behind the doors at the Scrap Exchange.... TFL and YOLO

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pilgrim Thanksgiving Card


Having been a stamper for these many years I can say by now I have my favorite companies for designs or products or whatever. Northwoods Rubber Stamps has to be at the top of my list for designs and detail. This company is similar to PSX stamps in that each stamp has a lot of detail and this gives your stamped projects a nice finish.

I went to the stamp show that had come to Raleigh in July and one of the booths was selling Northwoods Rubber Stamps. If you are familiar with Northwoods they do "project" boards featuring new stamps or themes of stamps -- holidays, all flowers, all animals, etc.. All their boards are loaded with great ideas be it colours, images, or finishes. At this booth I had seen the project board featuring this stamp but they had just sold the last stamp for this card I made. The gal let me take a pix of the board with my phone so I could search the internet for this stamp and so I could make my card. Here is the stamp I was able to locate --


Cutest idea for a Thanksgiving stamp -- using the Stitched Rectangle Stax die set from Myfavoritethings.com I cut out my front pieces for my stamped image for my card front. Here is my card:


Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie card stock for the card base, black is from Mikes, green is SU, and the stamped white piece is by GP. Used these coloured pencils from the back to school supply aisle at Walmart to colour my pilgrim pumpkins:


I know from seeing all the Northwoods project boards over the years that the glitters they use have an extra shimmer to them --- checked around and found out they get their glitters from the Art Institute and this place sells special glitter sets just for Northwoods stamps. Here is a photo of their name and address:


I stamped my image using brown ink then coloured it in. Cut it out using the Cuttlebug and the Stitched Rectangle Stax die. Once that was cut out I used a glue pen to add glitter to the buckle on the boy hat and the brim of the girls hat. Here is a photo to show that but the camera did not capture the sparkle well of this glitter:


Although I am not buying wood mounted stamps anymore I love the designs Northwoods Rubber Stamps offer so they are the only wood mounted stamps I do buy. Cute card for Thanksgiving and it was easy to put together. TFL and YOLO

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Flip-Its Cards


Bought the Sizzix/Stephanie Barnard die set Card, Square Flip-Its and made my Fall cards that are all in the mail on their way to wish Fall greetings to others. I bought this flip-its die set at Mikes using a 55% off coupon from AC Moore so it was $12 something with tax.

This die set has 12 die pieces so lots you can use this for. For my cards I was able to use a lot of scraps and busier card stocks that are too busy for a card front but perfect for smaller die cut pieces. Here are photos of some of the cards now in the mail:








Some of the photos are better than others so sorry about that. Some of the scarecrow hats I added a crystal to the center of the flower and others I did not. To make the scarecrow I used the Stampin Up Curly Label punch and for the embossing on his face piece I used the Stampin Up Square Lattice embossing folder. Easy card to put together in assembly line fashion. I tried to use different card stocks for the cards so out of the 15 I made only two that matched.   TFL and YOLO