Monday, October 31, 2016
Happy me that the mailman brought me a card and my stamping friend also gave me a card for Halloween! This first card:
My friend said she used the Close To My Heart Artfully Sent Cricut program for this card. She used light yellow glittered card stock for the windows and the moon she used a darker yellow glittered card stock. The above photo shows the front of the card and this photo shows the card opened:
It is neat how the haunted house is connected to the card stock base of the card and how she stamped her greeting image to fit behind the haunted house. Love the idea of this card and the layout -- happy me to get this! :0)
This next card is from another stamper that arrived in today's mail:
This witch is on a mission for sure .... seriously spooking on her way. The witch has black embossing on her as well as the black cat:
Neat how the witch is round and she is on a yellow circle which mimics the round shape. Love how the broom goes over the edge of the yellow circle onto the orange card stock front of the card.
Two great cards for this big holiday.... Happy me to get them! DH said he will get the door when the kiddies start coming... but I think he offered so he gets first dibs on his favorite candies! BOO to You!!
Friday, October 28, 2016
This all began with me taking in an extra Halloween fabric pillow wreath to work to hang on our door . . . it is similar to this one I made for our front door at home:
A few ladies at work stopped to compliment my wreath for BOO Day. Then one day one of the ladies asked me if I would make her a pillow wreath but for Autumn instead . . . then a second lady also asked for an Autumn pillow wreath. With Halloween being this upcoming week I decided I had better get the two wreaths made before Halloween came and went... As we know after Halloween time passes quickly until we are on New Year's Day.
Neither of these ladies sew so they left it up to me for fabric choices and colours. Here are the two wreaths I made this past week using "fabric stash" I already had on hand in my sewing room:
Both ladies were happy I brought their wreaths to them at work today. Already have orders for the upcoming Christmas season so will have to work sewing into my crafting time... but for now I am trying to finish up my Thanksgiving cards and then onto Christmas.... and so it goes... (or 'sew' it goes -- haha)... TFL
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Card stock base is cream #110 weight card stock from Mikes. Kraft and creamy white card stocks for the card front are also from Mikes.
For this card I used the Fall Tree die set from Paper Smooches that arrived in the mail this morning. For the tree piece I used Mikes kraft card stock -- I wanted that to have dimension so I cut two pieces of the kraft card stock larger than the tree die piece. Used the ATG to put the kraft pieces together. Once they were adhered I cut out the tree die in the Big Shot. Used Stampin Up Crumb Cake to sponge the edges of the tree and branches.
For the leaves I wanted to use the different autumn leaf colours so I took a piece of white/GP and cut that to the size I wanted. Sponged on these Stampin Up inks to cover the white/GP piece:
Once my white/GP piece was inked I used one of the leaf dies from the die set to cut out my leaves:
Moved the leaf die piece around on the inked card stock cutting out leaves. With those cut out I put them onto a piece of coloured copy paper from the printer inked side up:
Used Pearls Shimmer Mist to spritz the leaves to give them some shimmer:
Set the leaves aside to dry. Cut and scored my cream card stock base. Cut a piece of kraft card stock for the card front. Used the ATG and put that onto the card stock base. Cut and adhered the creamy card stock to the card front. For the tree I used sticky tape and a glue pen to put that onto the card front.
For the greeting I used a stamp from the Taylored Expressions Autumn Wreath stamp set. Stamped that using Stampin Up Real Rust ink. Used a scrap piece of green card stock and used the MS grass punch for the grass at the base of the tree. Trimmed that to the size I wanted using the trimmer. Put the grass piece onto the card front using a glue pen.
For all the leaves I put them onto the tree and card front using glue dots. This photo shows the shimmer on the leaves:
Easy card to put together with all the leaves cut out in advance before I began this card. Have enough leaves to make another card as well. TFL
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Have my Stampin Up thinlits/framelits/metal dies in a clear refrigerator bin I bought at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. This bin is for shapes or maybe a die set I did not buy as a bundle -- many of them I bought used from other stampers. For the "Bundles" with the stamp set and matching dies I keep the dies in the stamp cases with that stamp set. This way when I want to use that 'bundle' it is altogether in the stamp case for use. That plastic envelope the die set is sold in then goes in the clear bin with the other SU dies in their envelopes. I have a note on that envelope which stamp set the dies are with if I should want to use them without their stamp set. By keeping that envelope in the SU die bin with my SU dies it is easy for me to check that bin first if I need to know if I own a particular die set or not for a card or project.
Problem being SU sells some of their dies in envelopes with snap closures. Now the envelopes have a slit for the envelope flap to fit into. My die sets with the snap closures were taking up too much room in my bin and soon I would have to figure out new storage which I did not want to do. Remembering a stamper friend of mine had suggested awhile back that stampers were taking the snap closures off their Close To My Heart stamp sets for better storage. I knew the SU envelopes snap matched the snaps on the CTMH stamp set envelopes. Decided to check around online to see how to do this without ruining the plastic envelopes. Found a few suggestions using Exacto knives -- not a good match for me -- and one lady used wire cutters. Hmmmmmmm...
I have a small pair of those cutters that I keep on my tool caddy on the craft table and I use mine to remove the backs of buttons. Tried them on one of the snaps but they were too small. My craft room cutters in hand I went out to the garage and asked DH if he had any larger than mine??? He gave me a pair of his and here is a photo of mine and his to show the size:
Cleaned his off and brought them into the craft room and put them to work. Here is a photo of one of the SU die envelopes I took the snap off next to one of their die sets in a tuck in flap envelope:
With all the snaps off the envelopes there is now room in my bin and everything in there is in order again. Decided next I would try this on some of my Close To My Heart stamp sets:
The above photo shows the back of their stamp set envelope. Used the tool and took off the two snap pieces:
Used a ruler and a pencil and made a light line so I could use scissors to cut a slit across the back of the stamp set to close the envelope:
Once the slit was cut with scissors I used the pencil eraser and erased the light pencil line. Then tucked the envelope flap into the slit to keep the envelope closed.
I keep my Close To My Heart stamp sets in the Close To My Heart large organizer containers. These containers have four compartments. With the snap closures on the stamp set envelopes I could get 12 stamp sets per compartment for storage:
With removing the snaps I can comfortably fit 18 stamp sets per compartment:
So thanks to my stamping friend for suggesting this way back when as it really helps with storage. Esp in my clear bin for the SU dies.
Beware of flying snap parts if you should do this -- what I did when I cut off my snap pieces is I cupped one hand over the snap while snipping it off with the other hand. This protects you and your craft space from snap parts -- TFL
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Finally am posting cards from the Christmas card class I recently took by Bonnie Klass held at her house. Each card is so different -- from pretty to simple, from traditional to rustic . . . Each card has all the details Bonnie uses for her cards. These cards are in no order but after class? I did order the Stampin Up Star of Light bundle.
Had seen holiday cards made using this new holiday bundle but really nothing that would inspire me to "open the purse" and buy it.... until... Bonnie's class --- happy me my bundle arrived, right before Matthew, but was happy it made it here. Hope to "play" with it this next week. For now here are the cards from Bonnie's class:
First is a traditional card featuring a Christmas stocking and colours. But Bonnie has added a few touches so it is not just a "stocking card":
First this card has a brick wall embossed background for the white card stock. Used the "NOEL" die cut piece to hang the stocking from using green twine. Stocking was also embossed using the SU Square Lattice embossing folder. Added the holly/berries piece using markers on the stamp for that. The finishing touch is Wink of Stella on the snowflake on the stocking as well as the berries on the holly/berries piece:
IRL the Wink of Stella catches your eye on the snowflake esp..
This next Christmas card is quite simple and rustic using the Stamp Off method where you ink your stamp one and stamp it twice:
First we stamped the green tree piece with VersaMark and embossed that using white embossing powder. Used the matching die to cut that out. Stamped the trees in the background near the top half of the card. Used red ink for the greeting and put the tree onto the card front using pop dots. Here is a photo showing the white embossing on the die cut tree piece:
Absolutely LOVE this emerald green card stock and ink from Stampin Up. This card we embossed the white background which gives the card front texture:
We stamped a tree onto the white tag using VersaMark and then silver embossing powder for that. Using the Aqua pen we added the emerald green ink to the tree piece. We all did this differently so some trees are lighter than others or maybe parts of the tree are lighter and darker than others. A fun technique for sure -- here is a photo to show this better:
Silver star at the top of the tree with mini red gems added to the tree for additional sparkle and shine. Silver bow brings this altogether. Love that we stamped the greeting at an angle on the lower right corner.
Star of Light Bundle -- Had seen this bundle in the catalog when that first came out and liked it but not enough to buy it thinking I had other products already that were similar.... but once these two cards were made I made an order:
The camera does not capture the sparkle on this card --- the navy background we used an embossing folder on. "peace" is a die that we cut out of white glittered card stock. The open design on the star piece is also a die cut piece of white glittered card stock. Put the glittered die cut star onto the white card stock star using a glue pen. Wrapped silver twine in circles and put the twine behind the star pieces using pop dots. Added clear crystals to the card front:
This next card using the same bundle looks totally different yet it certainly does not lack the holiday sparkle and shine:
The silver glittered card stock IRL is very sparkly and the camera did not capture that. I added two silver sequins to the front where the silver Encore ink was not totally dry when I put the card aside so I have a little spot --- but always reason to embellish! :0) Here is a closer photo of the silver glittered card stock star in the center of the card front:
And a photo of the swirl stamp in this bundle that we used the silver Encore ink on:
For the greeting we embossed that using silver embossing powder so it gives the card front a more formal look. Really nice IRL.
A HUGE thank you to Bonnie for a wonderful card making class (as usual) and for opening her home for us to learn these techniques. Certainly enough inspiration for all the holiday cards ahead! TFL
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Memory Box Happy Halloween Channel die was used for the front of this card. Used a mini scallop die for the purple card stock behind the channel piece.
To make the card I cut and scored a piece of black card stock. Laid the channel die across the lower front of the black card. Ran this through the die cutting machine. Once that was cut I removed the die and using the trimmer I trimmed off about 1/4" on the end the channel die was on. This allows my purple card stock to show below the channel piece.
For the purple piece first I cut the purple card stock both a bit longer and a bit wider than I would need for the card front. Then I cut the one end using the mini scalloped die. Put the purple piece behind the channel die card front to decide how much to trim off the top for the length I wanted it to be. Used the ATG for adhesive on the back side of the channel die cut front and put the purple card stock behind the channel die cut card front. Using the trimmer I trimmed off the purple card stock sides that were too wide for the card.
Used scrap card stock for the pumpkin piece and die cut the pumpkin. Sponged the edges of that. Put this tiny pumpkin on the channel die cut piece using a glue dot:
To store this small pumpkin die that goes with the channel die I used painters tape and taped this tiny die to the channel die for storage:
This way this tiny pumpkin die will not get lost in storage and I will know where it is for the next use of this channel die.
Used scrap white card stock for the ghosts and lightly sponged the edges of those with black ink. Using striped card stock I cut a piece of that for the upper card front. Put that onto the card stock base using the ATG. For the washi tape across the bottom of the card I used washi tape from the dollar store. TFL
Hurricane Matthew.... the weather people here told us that we would have "wind gusts" and "periods of heavy rains".... WRONG --- Saturday afternoon the heaviest of rains began and late afternoon POP we were in the dark.... Did not venture outside with the weather but Sunday morning we drove up the block and DH took this photo of the cause of it all ---
Besides knocking out our power for three days this tree also blocked the road for traffic. Someone eventually came along and cut off part of the tree that was in the road and there it sat. . .
Other than that we have seen no one from the utility company until this morning -- happy to say we heard chain saws humming.... approx 4 hours later??? We now have power back.... ahhhh... Also happy to say as bad as this was we had no serious flooding in our area so that is good. Here is a photo of the lines back up and working again:
Lesson learned -- any hurricane near the area will be taken seriously no matter what the weather guy says... Know there are so many others still without power and still being evacuated so wishing them all well and sunny skies...
But for me it is back to work tomorrow and back to crafting.... Thanks Brenda in IN for the nice comment on my blog --- as bad as this was it was nothing compared to others. TFL
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Had seen this video by Shelly Godby featuring the new Stampin Up bundle "Spooky Fun". I wanted to buy this bundle and when I saw her card featuring it I decided to take the plunge. Here is the link to her video on YouTube:
As she suggested I used the curved die piece from the Stampin Up bundle Floral Phrases to make the stormy clouds on the card front.. I was happy I had bought that set before -- here is the die piece and the heavier black card stock I cut out as she suggests to use for a template for clouds on my card front:
I used a heavier weight card stock for my template so that it is more sturdy and will stand up to multiple projects I am going to use it on. Here is a photo of the stamp set this die piece matches:
Thanks to Shelly for her tip using this die piece for a stormy clouds background and here is a Halloween card I made with the tips she offers in her video:
I used Stampin Up black card stock for the card base. White is GP and the gray is from Mikes. I cut and scored the black card stock base. Then cut the white/GP to the size I wanted for the card front. Set these aside.
For the gray piece I cut that a bit larger than I would need and used my template and sponged gray ink onto the gray card stock for the clouds. I was careful to turn over the template as Shelly suggests while sponging the clouds on so it looked natural and did not make a stripe look or anything. With the stormy clouds done I next cut out the tree die from Stampin Up black card stock:
For the moon, like Shelly suggested, I used a 2" circle punch and sponged the edges of that with a light ink and then sponged Stampin Up Pumpkin Pie over that on one side of the circle to give it dimension. Used the ATG and a glue pen to put the tree piece and the moon onto the gray card piece. Trimmed this gray piece to the size I wanted for the card front. Using the ATG I put the white/GP piece onto the black card stock base. Then put the gray piece onto that also with the ATG.
Stamped the greeting "happy halloween!" with Memento black ink on the lower left side of the card. Using the fence die in that bundle I cut out a piece of Mikes kraft card stock and sponged that with a light brown ink. Cut it to the size I wanted and tucked it under the tree piece using a glue pen. Using a punch from the dollar bin at the craft store I punched out a black cat from scrap card stock and put that on the card front in front of the fence piece:
The tombstones were stamped with black ink and cut them out using the matching die. Did that again for a second piece and I cut that set of three tombstones apart with scissors and put them onto the card front using glue dots.
The small bats are punched out of scrap black card stock using a dollar bin bat punch. Put the bats onto the card front using a glue pen:
Thanks to Shelly for "thinking out of the box" for using the Floral Phrases die set piece to make the stormy clouds on her Halloween card. Her video also shows you how to cut a wider piece for your trees and grassy ground on the card front. BOO to you! TFL
Sunday, October 2, 2016
Picked up a pack of two metal circle treat holders at the dollar store yesterday. Used the Steampunk BOO stamp from Inkadinkado for the top of the tin. Stamped it onto white/GP card stock with VersaMark ink and used black embossing powder to emboss it. Once that was done I sponged the edge of this circle using black ink:
For the top of the tin I used the new-to-me Stampin Up Starburst dies and cut out black SU card stock using one of those dies. Used a circle punch for the purple circle behind the white stamped piece. After I had heat embossed the greeting I used the Stampin Up Circles die set to cut those out. Put these three circles together using the ATG.
Used Tear Tape to put the greeting circles onto the metal lid. Using the EK Success Bats punch I punched out three small bats from black glittered card stock. Put the bats onto the circles using TomBow glue. For the stars I used a star punch from the dollar bin at the craft store and scraps of glittered card stocks. Mini glue dots were used to add the stars to the lids. For the sides of the tin I used double sided red sticky tape and added the ribbon:
Inside each of these is black paper shred from the dollar store and I put in four of the dark chocolate candies from Dove chocolates:
Easy treat holder to put together and each tin cost 50 cents so a good deal for a Halloween treat holder. TFL
I just was notified that I was chosen as the "Featured Stamper of the Week" on Splitcoast Stampers.
Thanks to all the 'blogettes' that have followed me through my card making journey. Hoping my cards and projects inspire you as all your kind comments have inspired me!! Could not have done this without you! :0)
Saturday, October 1, 2016
More of the Witch Hat Clips following the tutorial on SCS from Janet Baker done by Kelly Acheson. Decided to make a white card stock pattern so I could cut out more hat pieces at one time and not waste the glittered black card stock:
Made this hat pattern following the directions on the tutorial and I used a heavier white card stock for this piece. Cut it out with the trimmer and then laid it on the backside of the glittered card stock alternating it to get more pieces from the glittered card stock and used a pencil to trace around the pattern piece:
Using the trimmer I cut out all my triangle hat pieces for stacking them in sets of two for the hats:
Used circle dies to cut out all my hat brims. Using glue dots I put the black clothespins from Mikes onto the triangle pieces and then folded over the hat brims for the hat. Used glue dots to attach the brim to the clothespins. Added bows to each hat that I had punched out using the Stampin Up Bow Builder punch. Added a bug to each bow center with a crystal and the hats are done:
Making all these witch hats at one time went quickly and an easy project for Halloween treat bags and such. Making a triangle pattern piece saved time and also glittered card stock as there was very little waste of that after cutting out all six hats. TFL