Friday, September 30, 2011

Christmas Tags 2011: Candy Cane Kisses

Brr.  It is time to break out the hot chocolate, fuzzy slipper socks, and sweaters because my house is cold… and I refuse to turn on the furnace… yet. ;)  So to celebrate the turn in the weather how about a set of Christmas tags?  I’ve been busy in my craft room making oodles of tags but I’ve been neglecting sharing them with you.  Sigh… bad blogger!  Bad! 

Now that I have chastised myself how about I show you the first set!  Here you go:


I used the Candy Cane Kisses a la modes set from MFT for the main image and the sentiment.  The designer paper is an older line from Basic Grey.  I bought a whole 12” x 12” collection of this paper last year and I think it will last me forever. ;)


After I stamped, colored, and cut out the main image I coated the candy cane with Illuminate Glitter Top Coat Smooch.  Makes for a super delicious looking Christmas treat.  Hmm… if it were real it would go perfectly with my cup of hot cocoa! ;)


I stamped the sentiment on Naturals White cardstock and cut out with a small oval punch.  After knotting the burgundy striped ribbon around the panel I tied a length of twine around the knot of the bow.  I then attached the sentiment to the twine with a small jump ring (you can find these in the jewelry section of most craft stores).


So what do you think?  Do you like the first set of tags?  What would you think if I told you that I have another four sets of them to share?  Heh heh… so check back over the next week or so to see the rest of the tags.  Oh, I think some of these tags could use a new home.  Perhaps I might (hint hint) select some random person from the comments on my tag posts to win a set (1 of each of the five designs).  :)

Stamps: a la modes – Candy Cane Kisses (MFT).
Paper: Scarlet (PTI), Naturals White, Blushing Bride (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), designer (Basic Grey).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: Illuminate Glitter Top Coat (Smooch), Small oval punch (SU!), silver brads (American Crafts), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders), twine and burgundy striped ribbon (May Arts), Vintage Seam Binding, jump ring, foam dimensional tape.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

RCC22: Alter It!

Have you ever thought of all the different things you can do with your spooled items? You can scrunch it, sew it, pucker it, fold it, make flowers and embellishments with it! So Jessie wants us to alter your spooled item for this week’s Ribbon Carousel Challenge (RCC22).

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This week we have the super fun Cosmo Cricket as our sponsor!
With their new Glubers, you can make big and small flowers and embellishments in a jiff! Eric and Julie, owners of the immensely popular Cosmo Cricket, were kind enough to send the Carousel Crew Glubers to make their amazing creations this week!


For my project I decorated a metal tin I’ve had a while with one of the 2 1/2” Glubers.  I created a green rolled flower by adding V-Striped Celery Twill Ribbon (I love this line of ribbon – LOVE!).  After adhering the flower to the matted designer paper I added a big grey corduroy brad to the center and tucked some die cut leaves behind it.


The pattern of the ribbon makes for an interesting flower with lots of texture (I told you I loved this ribbon!).


The sentiment and little girl are from the recently released Pure Innocence – Feelin’ Froggy stamp set from My Favorite Things.  For the panels I layered Victoria Gardens designer paper on Black Cardstock and added dots of pink Liquid Pearls along the edges.


Are you loving that flower?  Want a chance to win some Glubers of your own (and some designer paper too)?  All you need to do is play along with this week’s challenge.  Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items, paper crafts,paintings! *** Just be sure to have ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine, lace,thread (basically anything that comes on a spool). *** 

For all the details on the challenge and more design team samples be sure to check out the Ribbon Carousel Blog! :)

Stamps: Pure Innocence – Feelin’ Froggy (MFT).
Paper: Black, Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), Victoria Gardens Designer (Echo Park).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: Celery V Striped ribbon (May Arts), 2 1/2” Gluber (Cosmo Cricket), Tiny Twinkles and Leafy Branch Die (TE), Pink Liquid Pearls (Ranger), foam dimensional tape, Gray Corduroy Brad, tin.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Witch and Her Little Bat Friend

What do you get when you pair a little witch and her bat pal?  A spooky but cute Halloween card!   These fun images are from the recently released Fangtastic stamp set from Taylored Expressions. 

I stamped the girl image in Memento Tuxedo Black on white cardstock, colored and cut out.  I stamped her a second time on green cardstock and also stamped some spooky trees.  I colored the broom stamped on the background with Copic markers and then cut out the scene using a Circle Nesatabilities die.  I stamped the bat from the same set on another piece of white cardstock, colored and cut out.


The cut out images were adhered to the Circle panel using foam dimensionals (but first I lined the edge with Silver Liquid Pearls).  The rest of the card is pretty simple – but if you have questions just let me know! :)


Btw – tying that ribbon took me forever… should have used the Bow Easy. ;)

Stamps: Fangtastic (TE).
Paper: Celery, Black, Naturals White (SU!), Gray (Bazzill), Choice Snow White (TE).
Ink: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Silver Copic Spica pen.
Accessories: Pinking Circle and Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Silver Liquid Pearls (Ranger), foam dimensionals, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, silver brads.

The following supplies are available at Taylored Expressions:

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wish Big Petal Card

Hello!  So, I don’t usually go the technique route on my cards but I saw the most adorable Petal Card tutorial created by Beate for Split Coast Stampers. So cute that I immediately added a petal card to my To Do list!  Of course, I needed the perfect image and thought the Pure Innocence – Believe in Magic would do the trick. :)

And here is my finished project…


I stamped the little girl in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copic markes.  I paper pieced the upper portion of her dance outfit with some designer paper and added glitter to her wings.  Next I cut her out and added a sparkly pink rhinestone to her wand.  Once I finished decorating the belly band that keeps the petal card closed I attached her using foam dimensionals dots.


Here is a shot of what the card looks like without the belly band holding the petals closed.


And finally… the inside of the card!


So much fun and I think I will have to add this to my list of favorite techniques! Have you made a petal card?  I’d love to see your take on this fun project! :)

Stamps: Pure Innocence – Believe in Magic (MFT Stamps).
Paper: Black, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry (SU!), Choice Snow White (TE), designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride (SU!), Copic markers.
Accessories: rhinestone, Black Licorice Baker’s Twine (Divine Twine), Pleated satin ribbon (May Arts), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Lacey Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Silver Liquid Pearls (Ranger), glitter (MS), foam dimensionals.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sparkly Halloween Moon

Wow… this week has been flying by and it is already Wednesday.  Next thing you know Fall will be here and one of my favorite Holidays will arrive: Halloween.  I have to admit that I have a blast using my Halloween stamps and making cute little projects with witches and vampires and little kids all dressed up.  So much fun that I’ve been tempted to add a few new witchy stamps to my collection.  Heh heh.  But before I do that I have to use some of the ones I already have including the cuppie witch from Trick or Sweet that I used on this card:


I recently added a couple of packages of Glubers (by Cosmo Cricket) to my arsenal of adhesives and thought it would be neat to use one of the circles to create a sparkly moon!  I stuck one of the dots to a circle of black cardstock I cut out with a Pinking Circle Die and then covered it with some orange Halloween metallic glitter.  Swoon – I’m loving this! :)


So what do you think?  Are you enjoying the Halloween projects (I may have a few more to share… wink wink)?

Stamps: Trick or Sweet (Taylored Expressions).
Paper: Black, Naturals White (SU!), gray (Bazzill), Choice Snow White (TE), Vampire mat pad (Martha Stewart).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers.
Accessories: metallic glitter (Martha Stewart), Pinking Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Silver Liquid Pearls (Ranger). Black Licorice Baker’s Twine (Divine Twine), foam dimensionals, Spooky Fence Border Die and Spooky Impression Plate (Taylored Expressions).



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

RCC20: Punny Halloween Tags

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This week’s Ribbon Carousel Challenge (RCC20) is brought to us by the talented Savannah O’Gwynn. Sav wants us to get punny! So make a funny, quirky, cute, sassy or punny card and play along with us this week.  Head over to the Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog for all the details on the challenge, some pretty samples from the design team and news on this week’s prize which is sponsored by Lawn Fawn!

image Challenge notes: Your creation can be anything from cards, quilts, sewn items, paper crafts, paintings, anything will work! Just be sure to include ribbon, bakers twine, jute twine or lace (basically anything that comes on a spool).

For my project this week I made a set of punny Halloween tags (they are a bit on the edgy side but I hope you find them funny!):


For my tags I used the vampire from Hauntingly Delightful (There She Goes) and stamped him in black ink and colored with Copic markers.  I then cut him out… but he needed a little something more.  So I coated his hair and teeth with Illuminate Smooch for a slick glittery finish… oh Suave Vampire! ;)


Now for the punny part… I stamped a couple of sentiments from the same stamp set on Kraft cardstock and punched them out with a small oval punch. These little sayings crack me up and I have a few friends that these tags would be perfect for.  Heh heh heh!


I accented the tags with some older Imaginisce designer paper and some yummy May Arts ribbon and twine from the September Ribbon Club Kit. I also added a bit of black fencing cut out with the Spooky Border Die from Taylored Expressions.


Some ribbon links for all you ribbon addicts:

Stamps: Hauntingly Delightful (There She Goes).
Paper: Kraft, Black, Choice Snow White (PTI), designer (Imaginisce).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers).
Accessories: black eyelet (American Crafts), Small Oval Punch (SU!), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Black baker’s twine (Divine Twine), black twine and striped linen ribbon (May Arts), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, Indie Bloom buttons (Basic Grey), tags and Spooky Fence border die (Taylored Expressions), foam dimensionals, Iluminate Smooch (ClearSnap).

Monday, September 12, 2011

Happy Fall

I’m back.  I have a Fall card to share tonight.  I’ve been on a Halloween kick while crafting lately (oh do I have some spooky projects to share!) but I switched gears for a bit to make this sweet card using a Pure Innocence stamp from MFT.  I love these little girls and they are so easy to paper piece! :) 


I paper pieced her dress with some new My Mind’s Eye designer paper and colored the rest of the image with Copic markers.  I added a little rhinestone to the heart on her dress and added dots to her cheeks with a white gel pen.  I then cut her out with scissors and adhered to the main panel with foam dimensionals.  And of course I added Liquid Pearls. ;)


So, are you a fan of Fall?  It is one of my favorite seasons and I just love Halloween… thus all the spooky projects.  Which I’ll be sharing soon – so check back often!

Stamps: Pure Innocence - Lil’ Pumpkin (MFT Stamps).
Paper: Ocean Tides and Choice Snow White (PTI), Naturals Ivory (SU!), designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, white gel pen.
Accessories: Vintage Seam Binding (available at Ribbon Carousel Shop), heavy duty white thread and sewing machine, foam dimensionals, Tiny Twinkles (TE), Bisque Liquid Pearls (Ranger).

Friday, September 9, 2011

Just a Purple Witch

Hello!  How was your week?  Hope it was great!  Mine was busy with work but I did find some crafty time to make a couple of Halloween cards.  I also found time to download the Yahtzee game onto my Kindle… big mistake… it is so very addictive! ;)  I finally tore myself away from the game and I’m here to share the first card. 


The fun witch image is Broomstick Lucy from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps and the sentiment is from a Anna Wight cling set from Whipper Snapper.  I colored the image with Copic markers and accented bits and pieces with Glossy Accents and Copic Spica glitter pens.  I trimmed the image and mounted on a circle cut from Kraft cardstock.  I added Silver Liquid Pearls along the edges.


See that fun black webbing behind the main image?  It is part of the September Ribbon Club Kit from the Ribbon Carousel store!  Nicey Nice!

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Stamps: Broomstick Lucy (Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps), sentiment (Whipper Snapper Designs).
Paper: Kraft, Naturals White (SU!), Gray, Apothecary Emporium designer (Echo Park).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic marker, Copic spica pens.
Accessories: Silver Liquid Pearls and Glossy Accents (Ranger), black brads (American Crafts), seam binding (dyed with Glimmer Mist), webbing (May Arts), foam dimensionals, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Keeping It Simple: No Place Like Home

Hello!  Not only is it Friday but it is the beginning of a Holiday weekend.  Woo hoo!  If that isn’t enough to make me happy I have a Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting all baked and ready for eating. Nom nom nom!  And there are no raisins in it.  Not a single one!  I really don’t like raisins in my baked goods… yick!

But enough about cake and onto something crafty.  Here is another project that I attempted to keep simple.


I die cut a strip of grass and adhered to a blue background.  I then stamped the house image and the clouds.  The houses were stamped a second time on white cardstock, colored and cut out.  I added the colored houses to the scene with foam dimensionals and painted the clouds with Shimmerz glitter paint.  Once dry I rounded the top corners and sponged the edges with Whisper White Craft ink.


A little ribbon and some designer paper finished the card.  Oh and a sentiment… can’t forget that!  Because it was a simpler card I made four of them. :D


Any questions just let me know in the comments below.  Oh… and if you likey what you see let me know that too!  Mmmm… carrot cake is calling me! :)

Stamps: Day or Night (There She Goes).
Papers: Naturals White, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery (SU!), designer (My Mind’s Eye).
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Whisper White (SU!), Copic markers.
Accessories: Angel Wings Shimmerz, Tiny Twinkles (TE), foam dimensionals, organdy ribbon, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Grass Border Die (TE).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TE Release Day: Fall!


TE Release Day!

  • All of the new products are now available for purchase! Check out the Fresh Out of the Oven Department for all the goodies!
  • More projects from the Baker's Dozen to inspire you. Just follow the link list below.
  • FREE Party Favor with every order! Every order placed between Thursday, September 1st at 8 am PST and Monday, September 5th at 10 pm PST will receive a FREE Party Favor ranging in value from $2.50 - $10.00. These are all fun products from the TE Store. We'll chose a favor for you based on the amount of your order. If your order total is over $100 (before shipping and tax) you will also receive the Sweet Party Petite stamp set as our FREE gift to you! The set will NOT appear on your order, but we promise to include it in your shipment!
  • One more chance to win... head on over to our forum on SCS and tell us your favorite stamp set from this release. We'll be choosing one person to win their favorite set FREE! You have until Sunday, September 4th at 6 pm PST to enter to win.

For my card today I used the new Fall a la Carte stamp – the squirrels are just so cute on this one. Fall a la Carte was designed for the Whimsical Wishes line by Nancy McKinney. It is perfect for cards, scrapbooking, seasonal home decor and more! :) I paired the cute image with some delicious new My Mind’s Eye designer paper. Nice!


I stamped the image on Choice Buttercream cardstock in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored with Copic markers.  I coated the leaves with Glossy Accents and glitter.  I cut the image out and popped it up on another piece of buttercream cardstock with foam dimensionals.


Yeah… I actually am looking forward to Fall… it has been a hot summer.  How about you?  In the meantime, while we wait for Fall to arrive, how about checking out more release day samples at the following blogs:

  • Charmaine Ikach
  • Danielle Lounds
  • Jami Sibley
  • Jen Shults
  • Jodi Collins
  • Karen Giron
  • Melissa Sauls
  • Melody Rupple
  • Regina Mangum
  • Sankari Wegman
  • Taylor VanBruggen
  • Tori Wild
  • Wanda Guess
  • Recipe:
    Stamps: Fall a la carte (Taylored Expressions).
    Paper: Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso (SU!), Choice Buttercream (TE), Lost & Found - Rosy designer (My Mind's Eye).
    Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic markers, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger).
    Accessories: ribbon, brown glitter candy dots (Pebbles), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), Glossy Accents (Ranger), Crystal fine glitter, foam dimensionals, heavy duty white thread and sewing machine.