Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy fright night!

batty for you halloweenTou all you ghouls and witches out there, Happy Halloween! This year I won't have a chance to see any little ones knocking on my door for treats since we are living in an apartment. There is always next year! This year my husband and I can eat all the candy ourselves!

This card design had been rolling around in my head for awhile. I really like the classic stripes background stamp, it makes great patterned paper. Oh and the Happy Halloween on the card is embossed in black and punched out with the word window punch. I would have masked it, had I thought of it before I eagerly used the stripes background for the first time!

Enjoy your Halloween! I cannot believe tomorrow is November!!

Stamps: Batty For You, All Holidays, Classic Stripes background
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Grey, Basic Black
Paper: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, word window punch, black embossing powder, sticky strip, stampin' dimensionals, 1-1/4" circle punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, scalloped circle punch
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Anniversary Card

A nice quick card. The punches makes this card come together very easily. And I just had to try out the new Clips Assortment, so one is attached to the very vanilla ribbon.

Stamps: Embrace Life, Sincere Salutations
Ink: Very Vanilla craft ink, Handsome Hunter, Versamark
Paper: Perfect Plum, Handsome Hunter, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Scallop edge punch, scallop circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, Clips assortment, Very Vanilla ribbon, Rough textured jumbo wheel (retired), glue dot, sticky strip, Perfect Plum and Sage Shadow Stampin' write markers
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Christmas Treats

For my aunt's Christmas workshop a few weeks ago I went looking for something I could alter for little treats for each person to take home. At the Dollarama (I love that store!) I found these clear mini take out boxes. Inside each guest found maltesers and an ornament made with punches. The boxes were filled with shredded gold paper and the outside was embossed with white embossing powder. Definitely remember to use the embossing buddy! I wrecked a few boxes because they have lots of static and the powder sticks like crazy!

The ornament was taken from inspiration from a few ladies on splitcoaststampers.com, great ideas over there to inspire even more decorations! I used the following to create the ornaments:

Stamps: Season of Friendship
Ink: Always Artichoke
Paper: Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper (hostess)
Accessories: Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" punch, sticky strip, linen thread
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's getting colder and darker!

pick a petal poinsettaSo this whole dark at 7pm thing is getting old. And we finally had to turn on the heat a few days ago to keep warm. Oh well, enough gripping. On to the card!

This pretty poinsettia is made using the Pick a Petal stamp set and the So Swirly Jumbo wheel. Great little card, but it can be difficult to piece it together properly. You need to stamp and cut 11 red petals and 2 green petals. Arrange 6 red petals on the whisper white card stock, spacing them evenly without going off the side of the white card stock, with the 2 green ones on top. Next arrange the top 5 petals and adjust the bottom petals to get the multi-layered look. Now glue all together, being very careful not to wreck your design.

Stamps: Pick A Petal, So Swirly Jumbo wheel, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Garden Green, Real Red, Whisper White, Summer Sun
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Jumbo wheel handle, small circle punch
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Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving to Canadians!

I hope everyone's day went as well as it could. I am very thankful for fall colours and being able to walk through the woods with my husband and mother, thankful for my father's great Coconut Cream Pie recipe and thankful that the 2 dogs (Hoover and Samuel) got along!

The project today is a Designer Series Paper bag complete with handles, stuffed with cards and matching envelopes! I cannot take credit for coming up with the original idea for this double sided paper card holder bag, I found a great website here by Chiaki Haverstick. There are some wonderful tutorials and ideas on this website! This uses just over 1/2 a sheet of 12x12 paper for the bag and it defintiely needs the double sided paper to be able to create the top accent. For this bag I recommend using a regular hole punch to create holes for the wide grosgrain ribbon to slide through, I tried originally a 1/2" circle and it was too large!

The flower card is stamped using the kissing technique, the whole stamp is inked with a lighter colour and then kissed around the outside of the stamp with a darker colour.

The bird/heart/leaf card is my favourite. It originally wasn't laid out the same way it turned out. That is one of the great things about creating projects, you start out one way and it changes along the way into something better! The background of the card is made using 2 different sized circle punches, 1/2" and 1" punches, and laid out to mimic the background of the Main Blueberry Designer Series Paper.

Stamps: Best Wishes and More
Ink: Night of Navy, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Paper: Maine Blueberry DSP, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Old Olive textured card stock, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Whisper White grosgrain ribbon, sticky strip, 1/2" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Baja Breeze striped ribbon

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

My disappearing act...

pizza box cardsThis was planned for this week's Project Monday. But I'm still trying to discover where time flies to when you aren't looking. I've seen a few mini pizza boxes around on Splitcoaststampers the past while and eventhough I made this on the weekend, it turned out that Mondays' Try A New Technique called for making this!

mini pizza boxThis was super easy to make because I used the Summer Home Simply Scrappin' Kit, the 1/2" circle punch, a little bit of ribbon and some stampin dimensionals. No stamping and it went together in a flash!
Paper: Simply Scrappin' Kit - Summer Home, Whisper White
Accessories: 1/2" circle punch, stampin dimensionals, chocolate chip wide grosgrain ribbon

mini pizza box cards
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