Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween Treat Bags

At my son's school, I volunteer weekly with some very nice women. I've made some great friends. Since our kids will be getting so many sweets today, I decided to give little treat bags to the adults. I started this project on Thursday night. I didn't have 20 glassine bags, so I used snack-sized Ziploc bags. I bought a large bag of M&Ms at Costco. I poured 1/3 cup of candy in each bag. I made the toppers from Stampin' Up designer paper and various paper punches. The skull stamp is from Imaginisce.

The guys are outside getting the house decorated for tonight. Have a safe Halloween!

Treat Bag Ingredients
Stamps: sentiment (Teeny Tiny Wishes), skull (Imaginisce)
Paper: Rockabilly Speciality, Ghostly Greetings, & Cast-A-Spell Designer Series Paper (SU!), Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss (all SU!), white paper (Papertrey Ink - love this stuff!)
Ink: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss
Tools: Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Drippy Goo (Martha Stewart), Bat (Martha Stewart), Word Window (SU!), 1" circle punch (SU!), 1 1/16" circle punch (Marvy)
Other: foam tape, rhinestones (Michael's), bags (Ziploc), M&Ms

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Hybrid Halloween

Happy Friday! I had some Halloween K & Company rub-ons from last year that I wanted to use up. I thought the digi-papers from the Autumn Harvest pack by Christy Lyle (Sweet Shoppe Designs) were a perfect opportunity to create a Halloween card.

I used the paper distresser on the layers of this card. I also used my sewing machine. The stitches are sloppy (not by design). My machine was not threaded properly or it's a problem with the tension? Oh, well, it adds to the distressed look. I stamped the sentiment on twill tape and got to use my Drippy Goo punch. I love that tool!

I have to give a shout-out to They have an amazing amount of paper-crafting supplies! Their prices were very reasonable. Now through November, the scrapbooking supplies are 20% off. I bought the We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper from them and a Tim Holtz Paper Distresser. I also bought a small Tonic Guillotine paper trimmer. I love it!

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the treat bags I handed out at school today. Thanks for stopping by.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Soft Suede (SU!), Brochure Paper (HP), Autumn Harvest by Christy Lyle (Sweet Shoppe Designs)
Ink: StazOn black (Tsukineko)
Tools: Drippy Goo punch (Martha Stewart), sewing machine
Other: Rub-ons (K&Company), Putty Twill Tape (Martha Stewart), paper distresser (Tonic), foam tape

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thinking of You

Hola chicas! I made this card for Embellish Magazine's Embellish the Cure Color Challenge With Bling. The colors for the challenge were Fushia, Light Pink, and Gray.
(Oct 30- Edited to Add: Re-photographed the card with natural light.)

I want to make similar "Thinking of You" cards for my Aunt Christine & Aunt Pauline. They have both dealt with breast cancer. My Aunt Pauline is an 8 year survivor and my Aunt Christine is fighting hard against a very rare Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Thanks Ashley, for creating this challenge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I used by QuicKutz Silhouette to cut out the focal point of the card.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink (all SU!)
Ink: Basic Black
Tools: QuicKutz Silhouette, Embossed Curve punch (EK Success)
Other: pink rhinestones (A Stamp in the Hand), gray ribbon (SU!)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Hi my dears! I know I'm several months early for Valentine's Day, but I'm barely on time for Cath's Not Your Regular Ruffles challenge on Moxie Fab World. When I saw the beautiful inspiration she offered us for this challenge, I could only think of a heart shape and my mind went to Valentine's Day.

This card has 2 types of ruffles: the scalloped paper "ribbon" and the ruffles on the heart, which I created with distressed 3/4" circles of Riding Hood Red cardstock.

Today I received my first order from Papertrey Ink. I'm very impressed with this company. Their packaging is impeccable. I had to use Background Basics Text Style II right away and their Fresh Snow ink. I'm in love!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Background Basics Text Style II (PTI), Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)
Paper: White (PTI), Riding Hood Red, Riding Hood Red DSP (SU!)
Ink: Riding Hood Red (SU!), Fresh Snow (PTI)
Tools: Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Scallop Edge Punch (SU!), Word Window punch (SU!), 3/4" circle punch, paper crimper
Other: Tombow mono liquid glue, foam tape, rhinestones (Michael's ), white gel pen (Sakura)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Greetings, Earthling!

Hi everyone! It's Monday again; already? Here are two cards I made over the weekend. The first one is for Kristina's Finally Friday challenge (create a circle card or a holiday card). The second one was for the circle card (& color) challenge for Embellish Magazine. My computer acted up on me when I was trying to upload the card for the challenge, so I didn't make the deadline. Sigh! I hate computers sometimes.

A few months ago, I ordered the Greetings, Earthlings set from Stampin' Up. This is the first time I've used the stamps.

Since I don't have Copic markers, my coloring "tool" of choice on these cards was to use paper pieceing for images such as this cute alien. Both cards are 4.25" in diameter. I used a toothpick as the banner holder on the first card. I like how it looks.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Greetings, Earthling (SU!)
Paper: Pacific Point - textured, Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Green Tea designer paper, Good Morning Sunshine designer paper (All SU!)
Ink: VersaMark, Chesnut Roan chalk ink (ColorBox)
Tools: circle cutter (Martha Stewart), Big Shot w/circles embossing folder, square punch (to cut edge of banner), oval cutter (Coluzzle)
Other: foam tape, Stickles, butter (Making Memories)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Violet

I made this hybrid card for my friend Violet, who celebrates her birthday this weekend.

The card front is a digi page from Fee Jardine called Fallin 4 You Mixed Up Papers from Sweet Shoppe Designs. I added paper from Making Memories and a Hambly Studios sticker on top of the card front.

I again used the digital cutting kit from Jen Allyson called Project Cuts - Cut Out Card to cut the card front and insert using my QuicKutz Silhouette.

The butterfly was created by using a brayer to add color onto glossy paper. I stamped a woodgrain stamp using VersaMark ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!), woodgrain stamp (Hero Arts)

Paper: kraft (SU!), white glossy kromekote, Chloe's Closet (Making Memories), Fallin 4 You Mixed Up Papers (Sweet Shoppe Designs), Kraft Cardstock Sticker (Hambly Studios)

Ink: Chestnut Roan (ColorBox), Kaleidacolor Country, VersaMark

Tools: corner rounder (Fiskars), QuicKutz Silhouette, Big Shot, Butterfly die (SU!), brayer

Other: clear embossing powder, button (Making Memories), twine (SU!), foam tape

Thanks! - Digi Papers By Fee Jardine

Hi everyone! This has been Fee Jardine day on my blog. The card front is digi pager from Fee Jardine called Fallin 4 You Mixed Up Papers from Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Of all the hybrid cards I'm posting today, this is my least favorite. The ribbon and the scalloped edge under the ribbon don't add anything to this card. I added glittered glue (Stickles) to the paper to give a cool detail and make a digi paper seem like embellished paper.

I again used the digital cutting kit from Jen Allyson called Project Cuts - Cut Out Card to cut the card front and insert using my QuicKutz Silhouette.

Thanks for looking!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Many Thanks (SU!-retired)

Paper: chocolate chip (SU!), Fallin 4 You Mixed Up Papers (Sweet Shoppe Designs)

Ink: VersaMark

Tools: corner rounder (Fiskars), QuicKutz Silhouette, scalloped edge punch (SU!)

Other: white embossing powder, twine (Blackbird Studios), foam tape, Riding Hood Red ribbon (SU!), white gel pen (Sakura)

Friend - Digi Papers By Fee Jardine

I've been busy each day at school helping with our Scholastic Book Fair. Very challenging; younger elementary-age kids don't easily get the concept of paying tax on their items. They'll show up at the register with a book for $9.99 and expect that their $10 bill will cover the cost.

I used a kraft cardstock base and digi papers from Fee Jardine called Fallin 4 You Mixed Up Papers from Sweet Shoppe Designs.

I also used the digital cutting kit from Jen Allyson called Project Cuts - Cut Out Card to cut the card front and insert using my QuicKutz Silhouette.

I stamped the friend sentiment and added some bling, ribbon, faux stitching, and some foam tape to give the card some dimension and I was done.

Thanks for looking! I have 2 more cards I'll post this afternoon when I get back from school.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: For a Friend (SU!)

Ink: Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink (ColorBox)
Tools: QuicKutz Silhouette
Other: rhinestone brad (Making Memories), mini rhinestones (Michael's), Kraft ribbon (SU!), foam tape

Get Well Wishes - Digi Papers By Fee Jardine

I never make Get Well cards, so I thought I would try to add some to my inventory. This card is a hybrid card. All the patterned paper is from a digi pack by Fee Jardine called Fallin 4 You Mixed Up Papers from Sweet Shoppe Designs.

Because of my home network (PC upstairs & Mac downstairs), and my printer is hooked up to the Mac and depending on where I print from, the browns in the digi pack became grayish. I didn't mind; I like it. I miniaturized the designs of the digi pack by printing the paper as if each sheet was a wallet-sized photo. Love the versatility of digi papers! I used my 1" square punch to create my mini quilt card. I did some faux stitching to add to the quilted feeling.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)
Paper: Very Vanilla (SU!), all other paper Fallin 4 You Mixed Up Papers (Sweet Shoppe Designs)
Ink: Charcoal Chalk Ink (ColorBox)
Tools: Modern Label Punch (SU!), Word Window Punch (SU!), 1" square punch (Fiskars), Scalloped Scallop punch (EK Success)
Other: white gel pen (Sakura), button from my collection, foam tape, lace (thanks, Char), twine (my friend, Ericka), Charcoal marker (Martha Stewart), Glue Dot

Monday, October 12, 2009

Gracias - A Moxie Fab Challenge

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I have a few cards to post. Tonight, I'll make it quick with this one. The deadline is in a few minutes for Cath's Moxie Fab Gradient is Radient Challenge.

I've had the SU! butterfly die for a while. I "had to have it". Well, I obviously have been neglecting it. My goodness! I've got some stamp sets that I also had to have. I haven't used them. I really want the We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper. I would've used it on this card and the cards I was working on yesterday. That's definitely a need, not a want.

I used some glossy paper and some die inks to brayer on the color for the gradient color look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Palabras Maravillosas (SU! - retired), Distressed Circles (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: white glossy kromekote, Bermuda Bay textured (SU!), patterned paper (Urban Prairie- BasicGrey), Kraft Cardstock Stickers (Hambly Studios)
Ink: Kaleidacolor Caribbean Sea, Chestnut Roan & Creamy Brown chalk ink (ColorBox), VersaMark
Tools: Big Shot, butterfly die (SU!), corner rounder (Fiskars), brayer
Other: wire (Making Memories), clear embossing powder, foam tape

Monday, October 5, 2009

Adoption Wishes

I'm glad I made time to finish a card for Nichole's World Card Making Day challenge #3, which was to create a project inspired by India.

I decided to make an Adoption Wishes card. I love that PTI is so creative with the sentiments in their stamp sets. I don't know of anyone adopting a baby girl, but I thought my sari-inspired card would make a great baby girl card.

I love Indian food and I love the colors of traditional Indian clothing. In the last week, I was just talking about Indian clothing with fellow PTA moms Sonia and Rehka (Hi, girls!). Rehka and I volunteer and the school's library on Tuesday mornings. Sonia and I help in the Parent Volunteer Room.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings (PTI)
Paper: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette (SU!)
Ink: StazOn black, Memories black
Tools: sewing machine, Word Window punch (SU!)
Other: foam tape, chipboard (Targe $ Spot), jeweled trim (Michael's), Stardust Gelly Roll (Sakura)


Hola! I had to participate in Nichole's 2nd World Card Making Day Challenge:
Your challenge is to create a project that is inspired by either the colors, designs or even themes that are prominent in the Mexican culture.
I'm married into a Mexican family and I'm of Hispanic descent myself, so it was easy to be inspired by the colors of Mexico. I wanted to make a card with a sentiment in Spanish, which is a common occurrence on my blog. I would LOVE if Papertrey Ink came out with a set of sentiments in Spanish. Nichole, hint, hint!

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Remember & Polka Dot Basics (PTI), Tarjetas con Bordes Festoneados (SU!)
Paper: Pacific Point & Crush Curry (SU!), patterned paper (BasicGrey)
Ink: Pacific Point, Dusty Durango, VersaMark
Tools: stapler, scallop square punch (SU!)
Other: ribbon (BasicGrey), staples, rhinestones (Michael's), foam tape, clear embossing powder, foam tape

Just For You

Did you recover from World Card Making Day on Saturday? I had fun participating in different challenges in blogland. I landed up winning some awesome paper and brads from Sarah Martina. Thanks, Sarah!

Late in the day, I saw Nichole had a group of challenges on her blog. The first one:
Your challenge is to create a project that is inspired by either the colors, the design or the themes that are prominent in the Japanese culture.

I choose to design a card using Japanese paper from Hanko Designs. I also thought this black felt sticker had a Asian feel to it.

Thanks for stopping by. I have a few more cards to upload today.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Men of Life (PTI)
Paper: periwinkle (CA Paper Goods), Japanese Origami Paper (Hanko Designs)
Ink: VersaMark
Tools: modern label punch (SU!)
Other: black pen (Sharpie), foam tape, felt shape (Anna Griffin)

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hero Arts Wallpaper Flowers

Happy World Card Making Day! I've had some creative time in my little studo today. I finally used my new Wallpaper Flowers stamp I got this Summer from Hero Arts. It was part of the grand prize when I won the QuicKutz Silhouette.

I stamped kraft cardstock with VersaMark ink and embossed the image with white embossing powder. I used my inexpensive Crayola colored pencils to color in the flowers and leaves. I inked the edges of the layers with brown craft ink. And finally, I added some mini pearls and ribbon.

Thanks, Creating Keepsakes for Free Font Friday! Yesteday, I downloaded Ali's Handwriting font. I'm using the font for my watermark.

Thanks for stopping by!

Card Ingredients
Stamps: Best Yet (SU!), Wallpaper Flowers (Hero Arts)
Paper: Kraft & Whisper White (SU!), Periwinkle (CA Paper Goods), Plum (Making Memories)
Ink: VersaMark, Creamy Brown Chalk (ColorBox)
Tools: corner rounder (Fiskars), scalloped scallop punch (EK Sucess)
Other: white embossing powder, white craft seam binding (Martha Stewart), colored pencils (Crayola), foam tape, mini pearls (Michael's)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Happy Birthday, Arriana!

Hi everyone. I love the start of a new weekend. The weather has been perfect. Tomorrow is World Card Making Day.

Do you have any plans for celebrating it? I hope to be in my studio. I have several projects in the works; I just haven't finished much. This card is for my niece, Arriana. She'll be 17 on Sunday. This card will be late, since I have to mail it to New Mexico. I hate when cards are late. Ugh!

On this card, I used my QuicKutz Silhouette to cut out Happy Birthday. I love welded words! I used my Sakura Souffle gel pen to add a dotted design around the card base. I also added streak marks to the sentiment.

Well, thanks for stopping by. Have a good one.

Card Ingredients
Stamps: none
Paper: Chocolate Chip & Melon Mambo (SU!), Rock On Love (Prima)
Ink: none
Tools: QuicKutz Silhouette, Dotted Scallop punch (EK Success)
Other: Rock On Love Chip Plates (Prima), Melon Mambo ribbon (SU!), Pink Souffle pen (Sakura), foam tape, Tombow Mono glue