Friday, October 30, 2009

Smiling Pumpkins

Happy Halloween!

I have one more Halloween card to share, and just in time. I made this a while ago for Serendipity Stamps and don't think I shared it here.

The image is called Tall Pumpkins (1174H) and is new to Serendipity this fall. I stamped the pumpkins in Rich Cocoa Memento ink and colored them with Distress Inks and an aquapainter. The patterned paper was trimmed with my pinking blade and the strip of cream cardstock was embossed with the Cuttlebug Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder.

This is another reminder about Serendipity's customer challenge for this month. The challenge is to make a Christmas ornament or gift using Serendipity Stamps. Submit your entry and you could win a $20 gift certificate! You can find more information here. We'd love for you to play along.

That's it for me - I am knee-deep in stuff all over my house. I need to get organized! Thanks for stopping by and have a happy and safe Halloween!


Stamps: Tall Pumpkins (1174H) - Serendipity Stamps
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Eire Tartan - Bo Bunny
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento - Tsukineko; assorted Distress Inks - Ranger
Other: Diamond in the Rough embossing folder - ProvoCraft; Pinking blade for rotary paper cutter - Fiskars; sewing machine

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Harvest

Hi everyone! Today's card was made using this week's Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

I used Very Vintage Labels 4 and Peace and Plenty from Waltzingmouse Stamps for the main image. I thought it would be fun to try coloring with Copic markers onto Kraft cardstock.. I've seen this done before but have never tried it myself. I like the softer look to it.

Card base is from the Autumn Abundance paper pack from PTI. I liked how it coordinated with the pretty leaf and acorn image.

Have you been paying attention to the fun happenings over at the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog? Claire is sneak peeking the new release, which includes a super secret new set! (It is super fantastic.. I've played with it!! eee!!)

Have a great night!


Stamps: Very Vintage Labels 4, Peace and Plenty - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Kraft - SU!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Autumn Abundance - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento - Tsukineko; Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip - SU!; Antique Linen, Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Assorted Copic markers; Dotted Scallop edge punch - EK Success; Labels 4 Nestabilities - Spellbinders

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Trick or Tweet

I've got a few more Halloween cards to sneak in before the holiday is over. I made this one months ago for a publication call.

The patterned paper was created using Guide Lines Two. This was before the pre-printed grid Guide Lines paper was introduced, and my grid was stamped in Spring Moss.

The crow silhouette and sentiment are from Birds of a Feather. A length of True Black twill tape and a pinking edge finish it off!

Tonight I hope to sit down and finish something. I have three different projects piled on my desk right now and I think I need to finish something before I start something new!

Hope you have a great night!


Stamps: Guide Lines Two, Birds of a Feather - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Spring Moss, True Black, White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Spring Moss, True Black - Papertrey Ink; Pumpkin Pie - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: True Black Twill - Papertrey Ink; Pinking shears

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Holiday Planner

It is great to see so many of the mini notebooks popping up on blogs as people are receiving their PTI orders. My mom is a teacher and is always looking for little gifty things - and I think these are perfect. I started with a holiday notebook, pulling my colors from a sheet of patterned paper from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly By Golly Collection.

The strip of Vintage Cream cardstock is stamped with Background Basics: Text Style II in Chamomile Tea Dye ink. I added some holly accents (both images from Believe) to the upper corner and the label and colored them with my Copic markers and Spica glitter pens.

Nothing too fancy here, just something classy and functional to make it through the busy holiday season! These were easy and fun. I love creating projects with a unique size, it is a fun change of pace and a great way to jumpstart mojo. There are more of these notebooks in my future!

Have a great night - thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit!


Stamps: Take Note, Background Basics: Text Style II, Believe - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Sage Shadow - SU!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Merry Berry from Jolly By Golly Collection - Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Riding Hood Red - SU!; Rich Cocoa Memento - Tsukineko; Chamomile Tea Dye - Papertrey Ink; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Assorted markers, Spica glitter pen - Copic, circle punches

Monday, October 26, 2009

Red and Cream Holiday

Hi friends! Here it is another week.. I can't believe we're at the end of October already!

I hinted on Friday about wanting to try out a red and cream combination, inspired by Mish's blog post.

When I first read the post, the images from Sewing Box - Christmas came to mind right away. Here's what I whipped up:

I stamped the snowflake onto Pure Poppy and Vintage Cream with Riding Hood Red ink. I cut out all shapes and then layered them, and then added a red rhinestone in the middle. The background was stamped with my plaid stamp (from Off Beat Backgrounds) in Chamomile Tea Dye ink, but it turned out a little pink. That's ok.. still subtle, which is what I was going for. The sentiment was stamped on a strip of Vintage Cream, the one end trimmed with pinking shears. The snowflakes are adhered with foam tape. Love it!

I finally was able to repair my sewing machine, so I am looking forward to breaking that baby out again. I have a craft fair coming up in mid-November, so I'm working on cranking out some stuff for that. I hope you have a great night - thank you for stopping by!


Stamps: Sewing Box - Christmas, Off Beat Backgrounds - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Riding Hood Red - SU!; Chamomile Tea Dye ink - Papertrey Ink
Other: Red rhinestones - Michaels; Pinking shears

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall Birdhouse

Last night I made some little holiday notebooks using the new Take Note set from PTI. I'm dealing with a disappointing camera at the moment so the card I am sharing with you today is one I made a few weeks ago.

The bird house (Bird House Autumn - 1179H) and sentiment (More Things - 027D) are from Serendipity Stamps.

I stamped the bird house in Rich Cocoa Memento Ink and colored it with Copic markers. I added some sparkle with the Spica glitter pens but it isn't showing up well in the photo.

The patterned paper border was punched using the Embossed Curve edge punch from EK Success. The paper is from the Patterns Pack III from SU!. I free-handed the paper pierced flourish in the upper left corner. Just lightly sketch a pencil line to follow and erase afterwards.

Thank you for your visit today, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I am going to try and stay busy, and we'll see if I pop in with something new. I am feeling very inspired after reading Michelle Wooderson's post about using the colors red and cream together!


PS - Don't forget that Serendipity Stamps is having a customer challenge. More details are here.

Stamps: Bird House Autumn (1179H), More Things (027D) - Serendipity Stamps
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, More Mustard - SU!; Vintage Cream - PTI
Patterned Paper: Patterns Pack III - SU!
Ink: Mellow Moss - SU!; Rich Cocoa Memento - Tuskineko; Antique Linen, Vintage Photo Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Embossed Curve Edge Punch - EK Success; Assorted Markers and Spica glitter pens - Copic; Paper piercer

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vintage Ornaments

Hello friends, I hope your day is going well.

Today's card is another challenge combo - Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge and the Embellish the Cure Color Challenge. Mix those two, and here's what I made:

I started with a base of Smokey Shadow and then added a layer of Sweet Blush that had been stamped with the next Background Basics: Text Style II. I trimmed an oval that had been cut with the Petite Oval Nestabilities and then added the ornaments. The plain ornaments and decorative patterns are all from Vintage Ornaments. The long ornament with the frosty glaze is my favorite. I added some rhinestone and glitter for the bling. The Happy Holidays sentiment is from Vintage Ornaments as well.. the font is fun and funky.. the stamp was curved on the block. The finishing touch was some silver elastic cord to hang my ornaments. I hope you like it!


Stamps: Vintage Ornaments, Background Basics: Text Style II - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Sweet Blush, White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow - Papertrey Ink
Other: Tourmaline glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Petite Oval Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Silver elastic cord - SU!; gray rhinestones

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another Trick or Treat

Hello my dear friends! The inspiration for today's card hit me when I was putting out my Halloween decorations this past weekend. I have a grapevine wreath that is covered with tin bats. They are different patterns, and one is orange with black plaid. I had a bit of a lightbulb moment when looking at it.. I always seem to stamp my plaid pattern in colors and thought it was certainly time to try it in black!

I based my card on this week's Crazy 4 Challenges sketch challenge:

And my card:

I am in love... I apologize if you're tired of the plaid designs - at least I am showing you just how versatile it is, huh? The card is pretty straightforward.. my favorite stamps from Halloween Party and Off Beat Backgrounds. The bats are a Martha Stewart punch, punched from black cardstock and then covered with Onyx glitter. I also added glitter to witchy's spell, her cauldron, and the brad.

Before I head off, I want to take a moment to thank you all for your visits, your kind words, and your support. It means so much to me to hear from you all and know you're there! On that thought, I hope your evening is wonderful!


Stamps: Halloween Party, Off Beat Backgrounds - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Dusty Durango - SU!
Ink: True Black - Papertrey Ink; Black Soot Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Classic Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Bat punch, Onyx glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Black brad

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Wishing You Peace

Good morning everyone. I apologize for not blogging yesterday - my life is out of control right now. But I'm getting back on track, and am looking forward to sharing lots with you.

Today's card is for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge 43. I always seem to get these in right under the wire. I think tonight I will go home and work on this Tuesday's sketch right away :)

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

I needed something comfortable, so I headed for my Waltzingmouse Stamps and Off Beat Backgrounds set to make some plaid. The oak leaf and acorn image is from Blessed By You - I stamped it 4 times in my square. The rhinestones were colored with an E08 copic marker to match the cardstock. I added some faux stitching using my quilter's tracing wheel (my sewing machine is out of commission at the moment or it would have been real stitching - I need to get it to my mom for some repair work).

The sentiment is from the Peace and Plenty set - I left off the 'and plenty' from this sentiment to shorten it. I inked the edges of the sentiment block with PTI's Tea Dye Duo ink. I think I may have liked it better without it, but it does help to define the edges.

Thank you for stopping by today - I love to hear from you and I hope you'll take a few minutes to say hello. I will be back with more tomorrow and I hope to see you then!

Take care!


Stamps: Off Beat Backgrounds, Blessed By You, Peace and Plenty - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke - SU!; Rustic Cream - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Dusty Durango, Always Artichoke - SU!; Tea Dye Duo - Papertrey Ink
Other: Clear Adhesive rhinestones - Michaels; E08 marker - Copic; Quilter's tracing wheel

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Serendipity Sale

Hey girlies - just a note to let you know that Serendipity Stamps is having a surprise sale! All of the stamps used by the Design Team on our most recent challenge are 25% off! You can get more information here on the blog and shop here in the store! Hurry - the sale ends Monday! Good stuff!

Saturday Sketch

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Design Team is sharing their creations for our October Sketch Challenge. We would love for you to participate as well! Head on over to the Prickley Pear Blog for details on the challenge and what you're playing for!

Here is the sketch:

And here's my card:

I used an image from the Vintage Girls ATC Transparencies for my focal point. I colored the back side of the image with Copic markers just to give it some soft color. Then I matted it with a piece of Vintage Cream cardstock. I added this image to a piece of Spring Rain and more Vintage Cream. I inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The flowers are from Prima, and the decorative border along the bottom is a Martha Stewart punch.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you will play along with our sketch challenge for a chance at a great prize! Head to the Prickley Pear Blog for more information!


Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Spring Rain - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Vintage Girls ATC Transparencies - Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps; Blue Flowers from the Nursery Tales Collection - Prima; Double Loops border punch - Martha Stewart Crafts; Blue velvet ribbon - Basic Grey; Assorted markers - Copic

Friday, October 16, 2009

Just a

Here is a quick post for today.. I have a to-do list a mile long!

This was made for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. This was made the same way I have made the recipe books, but I used 3" by 5" unlined index cards for the pages.

I used the Flourished Bird, Music Printers Label, Floral Bouquet, and Just a Note stamps from Prickley Pear.

I layered a piece of vellum over my patterned paper on the cover to mute the colors a little (this is a Laurie Schmidlin trick!) I added some vintage buttons and other fun little embellishments then used my Bind-It-All to turn it into a little notebook. I love making these!

Thank you for your visit today - stop back tomorrow for a sketch challenge with the Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps Design Team and a chance to win some goodies!


Stamps: Flourished Bird, Music Printers Label, Floral Bouquet, Just a Note - Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Cardstock: White - Papertrey Ink; Translucent Bright White Vellum - The Paper Company
Patterned Paper: Hillary Green Floral from the {note}worthy collection - Making Memories
Ink: Pixie Dust, Aspen Mist, Wheat VersaMagic Chalk Ink - Tsukineko, Tattered Rose and Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger; Going Gray - SU!
Other: Vintage Keyhole - Melissa Frances; Adhesive pearls - K&Company; Bind-It-All - Zutter; Vintage buttons, Sewing machine

Thursday, October 15, 2009

SS Oct DT Challenge

Today is the 15th of the month, so it is time for another Serendipity Stamps Design Team challenge! Our challenge this month was to create a gift or ornament. Mine is a little of both!

This is a small picture frame ornament (2.5" x 3.5" opening), which can be set up on a table or hung on a tree. I stamped the Chickadees stamp (682E) in Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers. The two Chickadees were stamped a second time and adhered with foam tape for dimension. The sentiment is called And the Song (087D) and was stamped separately on a piece of cardstock, matted with some music-themed patterned paper and adhered on a slight angle (for interest and space :). I added a few little details including glitter, some adhesive pearls, and some faux stitching with a quilter's tracing wheel. Here is a close-up:

I hope you enjoyed my project for this month's challenge! Please make sure to visit the other DT members to see what beauties they've created!


And don't forget that Serendipity also sponsors a Reader Challenge in conjunction with the DT Challenge. Check out the Serendipity Stamps Blog and Gallery for more information - play along with us and you could win a $20 Serendipity gift certificate!

Have a great day!


Stamps: Chickadees (682E), And the Song (087D) - Serendipity Stamps
Cardstock: Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink; patterned paper from Jolly By Golly - Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento - Tsukineko; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Brownstone, Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Assorted markers - Copic; Adhesive pearls - Michaels; Quilter's tracing wheel; Picture frame ornament

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Believe - TESC86

It is a cold one here today! I am all bundled up at my desk, but can't quite get my hands to warm up. I'm looking forward to some homemade vegetable soup for dinner - that'll warm me up!

I made today's card for the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge. You know how I feel about sketch challenges, and this one comes with the opportunity to become a member of Taylor's Sketch Crew! Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

That cute little tree is from the Sewing Box Christmas set. The ornaments were paper pieced. The plaid background paper is (yes, you guessed it) customized using Off Beat Backgrounds. I hated covering it up! I love the homey feel of this card - like a warm flannel blanket :)

And a little horn-tootin' before you go.. Cath chose my Witches and Wizards card as one of the Moxie Fab Gradient is Radiant Challenge winners. Nifty!

Have a great night everyone! I so appreciate you stopping by!


Stamps: Sewing Box Christmas, Off Beat Backgrounds - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard - SU!; Kraft, Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Rube Red, More Mustard - SU!; Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink; Antique Linen, Walnut Stain Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Threading Water border punch - Fiskars

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thankful for Your Support

As promised, here is my second circle card to share with you.

If you're just joining us, this card was made for the current Embellish challenge. I shared another card earlier today.

This card features Blessed by You from the new Waltzingmouse Stamps release. This set has the most thoughtful, sincere sentiments. If you are looking for something that says just a little more, this is the set for you!

I cut the card base and then two smaller circles from Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery cardstock. These became the ground and sky, which I adhered a little off-center for some interest. I stamped the fabulous willow tree image with Jumbo Java VersaMagic chalk ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. *happy sigh* I love this tree. I stamped the sentiment and added some paper piercing. I love the simplicity.



Stamps: Blessed by You - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery - SU!; White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Jumbo Java VersaMagic - Tsukineko
Other: Classic Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Filigree Clear Embossing Powder - Superior; Paper piercer

Circle Card Color Challenge

Hello my dears,

I don't know about you, but I am sort of intimidated by shaped cards. I had honestly never made a circle card, so when Embellish posted their next challenge - to create a circle card - I thought it a great time to try.

Here's the challenge:

And here is the card I created (the first of two!):

Excuse the lousy picture - this was pretty impossible to photograph well! The card base is Aqua Mist - I added some glitter snow drifts and some trees to set the scene. The card front is a piece of acetate which was stamped with snowflakes from Snowfall. Then I stamped and trimmed a snowman (from Made of Snow) and added him to the front. I was thinking snowglobe - get it?

The sentiment - brrr... - is from Snowfall Additions. I stamped it first in Aqua Mist and it didn't really show up. So I stamped it again in Dark Chocolate. That didn't look so great either, so I went over it with a white gel pen. At that point, I gave up so I didn't ruin it further! I think I should have picked something a little easier to read in the first place. Oh well - lesson learned! Here's another shot that might be a bit easier to see.

Stop back later - I'll share the other circle card I made too!


Stamps: Made of Snow, Snowfall, Snowfall Additions - Papertrey Ink
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, White - Papertrey Ink; Acetate
Ink: Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Dark Chocolate - Papertrey Ink; White StazOn - Tsukineko
Other: Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; White gel pen - Signo

Monday, October 12, 2009

Peace and Plenty

Happy Monday friends!

The card I would like to share with you today is a combination of a few weekend challenges and also gave me the opportunity to play some more with the new release from Waltzingmouse Stamps!

I used the sketch from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge and the theme from Crazy 4 Challenges, which is to create a card with a thankful theme.

This set uses Peace and Plenty, which is hands down one of the most beautiful Autumn-themed sets I have seen. The images are large and have clean lines, which makes it easy to color with markers, watercolors, or to paper piece (check out Laurie's fabulous card here).

I decided to switch things up a bit and watercolor my image. I used various colors of Distress Inks and an aqua pen to color the image, which I had stamped with Timber Brown StazOn onto watercolor paper. Following Mercy's sketch, I added a circle element to the left side, stamped with the checkerboard image from Off Beat Backgrounds. The card base was stamped with the two leaf images also from Peace and Plenty. For a finishing touch, I inked everything up with some Distress Ink.

Thank you for stopping by today - you will certainly see more of this set in the future!


Stamps: Peace and Plenty, Off Beat Backgrounds - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Riding Hood Red - SU!; watercolor paper
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Riding Hood Red - SU!; Timber Brown StazOn - Tsukineko; Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick, Dusty Concord, Dried Marigold, Brushed Corduroy, Scattered Straw Distress Inks - Ranger
Other: Classic Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Aqua pen

Friday, October 9, 2009

Which Witch?

One of the things I love about Halloween cards is how silly they can be. You can combine crazy colors or add spider webs to your cards. I'm giving this disclaimer because today's card is a little silly. When I showed it to my husband and told him my little inspiration story, he gave me the 'you're crazy' look. So..

It cracks me up :)

When I saw the fantastic silhouette witch in the Halloween Party set it reminded me of the witch silhouette from Spooky Sweets II and I thought 'Which Witch' and the rest just happened.

Both witches were stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto Vintage Cream cardstock. I crumpled and inked and distressed. The sentiment and witch names were computer generated. The patterned paper is from My Mind's Eye and the card base is True Black. So there's a little silliness for your Friday, ok?

Some of you asked earlier this week for the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookie recipe I talked about. I swear I found this on Melissa Phillips' blog (she posts great recipes in addition to her amazing cards) but can't for the life of me find it again. So here it is from my notes:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup Canned Pumpkin (this is approximately half of a 14 oz. can)
1/2 cup Butter
1 T Grated Orange Peel (I have never added this - they are great without it, so no sweat if you don't have an orange)
1 t Vanilla
1 cup Sugar
2 cups Flour (can be white or whole wheat)
1 t Baking Powder
1 t Baking Soda
1 t Cinnamon
1/4 t Salt
Chocolate chips (add as many as you like - I use about half a regular-sized bag)

Heat oven to 375. Mix wet ingredients together then stir in dry ingredients. Drop on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, give or take. Eat and enjoy! I have found that this recipe makes approximately 2-1/2 dozen two-inch cookies. They are definitely a favorite!

I almost forgot! Jenny Gropp, a guest designer for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is giving away some great PPRS blog candy! Check it here. Hurry, the contest ends this Sunday at 8pm EST! Good luck!

Have a fantastic evening and a wonderful weekend!


Stamps: Halloween Party - Waltzingmouse Stamps; Spooky Sweets II - Papertrey Ink; Wanted - SU!
Cardstock: True Black, Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Haunted Parlor and Witch's Lace from The Spider's Web Collection - My Mind's Eye
Ink: Vintage Photo, Old Paper Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Black adhesive rhinestones - Michaels; Computer-generated sentiment

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Scary Sweets & Spooky Treats

A few weeks ago when I made my Spooky Swag and all the supplies I used were piled on my desk, this card came to life.

Other than the limitations for mailing, why not use fake spider webs to decorate your cards, too? I thought this would be really fun as a place setting. Or a treat for the kids set on their bedside table. Or delivered to a friend in a spooky basket - I think you get the point!

I stamped the stone pattern from Halloween Party repeatedly onto the card and then stamped the circle of text. I used a classic circle nestability to cut the center out of the circle. The inside of the card has a trail of spiders that peek through the hole.

Then I just took some spider webs and wrapped them around the card. You know how the spider webs go.. they are super stretchy and stick to everything, so just a little went a long way. Then I thought I needed some scary sweets and spooky treats to go along with it.

The little pail is from the dollar bin at Target. Now that I have actually used something from the dollar bin for a project, there is no talking myself out of goodies from there. I filled a cellophane bag with Brach's Autumn Mix and tied it shut with twine and ribbon. The tag was created with the same stamps and circle dies. There are two holes (hidden by the spider) that the twine threads through and wraps around the pail. I chose to keep with the spider theme, but there are so many stamps in this set that you could use for the center! I love it! These are perfect gifts - quick and easy. Now if I can just keep the candy away from my husband, we'll be all set...

Hope you have a great night!


Stamps: Halloween Party - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Green Galore - SU!; White - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Going Gray - SU!; True Black - Papertrey Ink
Other: Classic and Pinking Circle Nestabilities - Spellbinders; Linen thread - SU!; True Black Swiss Dot Satin - Papertrey Ink; Dollar bin pail, Fake spider webs - Target

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ghoulish Greetings

Hi blog friends! I hope you're doing well. My week is dragging, and I've had a headache for about a week, but it is fall and the leaves outside my window are beautiful. I have a bag of apples at home that will be made into apple crisp, and that is a good thing. (Trying to think positive here).

Today's card is another spooky one using stamps from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps.

The image is called Haunted House in Graveyard and is available mounted or unmounted.

I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Tuxedo Black ink. The image was colored with my Copics and then highlighted with some Spica pens. I matted the main image with a piece of black that had been trimmed with my pinking blade. The edges were inked with Fresh Snow ink. The patterned paper is from Bo Bunny - isn't it funny? Trees with eyeballs! Very spooky if you ask me. The sentiment is also from Prickley Pear.

Hope your evening is filled with wonderful things!


Stamps: Haunted House in Graveyard, Ghoulish Greetings - Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Cardstock: Vintage Violet, Basic Black - SU!; White - Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Here's Looking At You from the Boo Crew collection - Bo Bunny
Ink: Fresh Snow - Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko
Other: Assorted Copic markers and Spica pens; Pinking blade for Rotary cutter - Fiskars

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Post Card

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great day.

I made today's card for the most recent challenge on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. The challenge was to use stitching anywhere on your card. I can do that!

I used lots of stitching! The stamps are Cheryl's Postcards and Postcard from Serendipity Stamps. I stamped the postcards in Sahara Sand onto white cardstock. I did a little layering to give them some dimension. I inked the edges, used a pink Copic marker to add some highlights, and added some glitter.

The card base is Sweet Blush. The patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Blush collection. I used a 1-1/4 inch square punch to punch out the squares, lined them up and stitched around all sides. Then I added an oval that I had cut out of Sahara Sand cardstock and stitched. The postcards are adhered with foam tape. Some vintage buttons finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by! I love to hear from you!


Stamps: Cheryl's Postcards, Postcard - Serendipity Stamps
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, White - Papertrey Ink; Sahara Sand - SU!
Patterned Paper: Blush - Basic Grey
Ink: Sahara Sand - SU!; Sweet Blush, Chamomile and Chai Tea Dye Duo - Papertrey Ink
Other: Fine Crystal Glitter - Martha Stewart Crafts; Classic Oval Nestabilities - Spellbinders; 1-1/4 inch square punch; R11 Copic marker; Vintage buttons; Sewing machine

Monday, October 5, 2009

Cookie Recipes

Hi everyone! How was your weekend? Did you celebrate WCMD?

Today I would like to share the project that I made for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (just getting it in under the buzzer!)

Here is the sketch:

And here is my project:

This is a little recipe book for your holiday cookies! The outside dimensions are just slightly larger than a standard index card, which is what I used for the inner pages.

The plaid background pattern was made using Off Beat Backgrounds. The stripes were stamped in Riding Hood Red and Close to Cocoa ink. The next layer is customized patterned paper, made using some of the smaller images from the Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy stamp set.

I punched the border and stitched it and the patterned paper right to the cover. I added the sticker alpha and some of the little gingers from the set. These guys are such cuties! I used my Bind-it-All to put it together, and you have an easy, cute place to keep all your holiday treat recipes! The first recipe I am going to put in here is Melissa Philips' recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies. I have made these twice and they are fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by today. I have lots more to share, so I hope you will stop back soon!


Stamps: Off Beat Backgrounds, Oven Fresh Gingerbread Joy - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red - SU!; Vintage Cream - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Close to Cocoa - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Scallop Dot Edge Punch - Martha Stewart Crafts; Fresh Paint Glitter Alpha Red - Marcella K; Bind-It-All - Zutter; Sewing machine; Index cards

Friday, October 2, 2009

Season's Greetings - WCMD!

Happy World Card Making Day! If you are here via the Paper Crafts Magazine Blog Tour, welcome! I'd love for you to take a peek around, bookmark my site, and visit me regularly!

Here is the card I would like to share with you today.

A simple, classy Christmas card using the Very Vintage Christmas stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

The tag image was stamped onto Not Quite Navy cardstock and embossed with silver embossing powder. I also embossed the Season's Greetings sentiment onto a piece of Linen Vellum cardstock. The center of the tag was cut out and I added the piece of vellum. The holly branch was also embossed onto a piece of Mellow Moss cardstock and cut out.

The double stripe stamp is also from the set, and was a great way to add a simple touch and ground the main image. The final addition was a pair of iridescent rhinestones as holly berries. Since both the entire tag image and the center oval are compatible with Nestabilities, this card would be easily mass-produced for the holidays!

What a great day it is today for card makers! I hope you have the opportunity to peruse some of the amazing creations out there and spend some time creating yourself. Glad to see you here and hope you'll come back!

Have a great day!


Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Mellow Moss - SU!; White, Linen Vellum - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Mellow Moss - SU!; Versamark - Tsukineko
Other: Silver embossing powder; Iridescent adhesive rhinestones

Spooky Swag

Woohoo! A Happy Friday to you!

Today I thought I would share a little home decor I put together recently. I was playing around with Very Vintage Christmas from Waltzingmouse Stamps (oh, don't sound so surprised ;P) and I wondered how the tag image would look stamped on orange.. and this spooky thing was born!

You can click on the above image for a larger version. I will also include some close ups at the end of the post.

I stamped the tag image onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock with black ink six times and cut each of them out. I then cut an oval out of regular paper to use as a mask for the center and then stamped some of the images from the Halloween Party set in the center of the tag. You'll be able to see those better in the close ups. I added the sparkly chipboard letters, an antique brass rivet, and some fishing line to hang the tags from.

The swag-gy thing is some twisty dried floral stuff from the craft store. I covered it with spider webs, added some ribbon and berries and a very spooky raven. There are also some sparkly spiders in there, but they didn't show up so well in the picture. I picked up all of those supplies from the Halloween section of a local craft store.

Here are some close ups of a few of my favorite letters:

Isn't it fun? It is a great addition to an old mirror I have hanging in the dining room. Total cost was less than $10. Lots of possibilities!

I'm not usually a weekend blogger, but tomorrow is World Card Making Day!

How could I pass that up? So, stop back tomorrow for more card goodness. If you'd like to participate in the WCMD Blog Tour, go here and add your blog to the list. See you then!


Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas, Halloween Party - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie - SU!
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie - SU!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger
Other: Glitzy Black Chip Chatter Alphabet - Pressed Petals; Antique Brass rivets - SU!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Christmas Wishes

Happy October! I can't believe how time flies.

I think I'll start October off with a Christmas card :)

I love wreaths. There's just something so cozy about them. I used the holly stamps (there are 4 different ones - patterned and plain) from Very Vintage Christmas to create my wreath. The holly was stamped onto Rustic Cream cardstock and then colored with my Copics. I stamped a few extra leaves and then cut them out, filling in any empty spots in the wreath.

There was a perfect space inside the wreath for the sentiment, and I added a few berries. If you've never tried this before - use your Copics to customize your embellishments! These little adhesive pearls are actually gold, and I just colored them in to match my project.

Finishing touches include a little ink around the edges, some stitched ribbon, and a button. The card base is from the Holiday Vintage Prints patterned paper collection.

Hope you like it! Have a great evening!


Stamps: Very Vintage Christmas - Waltzingmouse Stamps
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Holiday Vintage Prints patterned paper - Papertrey Ink
Ink: Old Olive - SU!; Dark Chocolate, Chamomile Vintage Touch Tea Dye - Papertrey Ink
Other: Ripe Avocado Twill, Pure Poppy button - Papertrey Ink; Gold adhesive pearls - Michaels; Copic markers; sewing machine