Thursday, September 19, 2013

Our Decorations Halloween Layout

Here's a simple layout I whipped up to show off the Halloween decorations my kids made last year.

The patterned papers are from the DCWV stack Midnight Spell.

The black square is 10 and 1/2 inches.

I cut 2 patterned paper purple squares. 1 at 6 inches, and the other at 4 inches.

The title was cut using A Child's Year Cricut Cartridge.  The other die cuts are from the Mini Monsters Cricut cartridge.  I thought they went perfectly with the photos.  I added a ribbon to the top of the spider and some Starry Night Stickles to her hourglass.  I added a bit of green Stickles to the leaf on the pumpkin.

That's it!

Thanks for dropping by :)


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wickedly Witchy Card

Here's a Halloween card I put together.

The cuts were made using my Cricut and the cartridge A Frightful Affair.  I actually don't own this cartridge.  Right now Cricut is letting you cut from it for free in their Craft Room Software - for this week only.  So I took advantage of that.

I waned my witch to have a little pizazz and style so I added polka dots of purple glitter to her hat and boots using Starry Night colored Stickles.  Her cauldron is all blinged up with Black Diamond Stickles.  For her brew I used some metallic sequins from My Craft Spot.

For the creepy creature's arms in the window I used Lime Green Stickles.  Looking at it afterwards I think maybe I went a little too bling crazy - but it is a tiny portion of a cut so it would have been hard to use an embossing folder on it and I wanted some kind of detail because I thought it looked too plain before.

The sticker is from American Greetings.

The paper is from DCWV's Midnight Spell stack.

Thanks so much for visiting!


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simple Chalkboard Card

I found the perfect font for making chalkboard cards!  I'm really excited because I love the Chalkboard trend, but want to be able to spell what I'd like.  It's the Hero Arts set called Sketchbook Letters.  I picked it up at my local Archiver's and I'm in love.  I used the ColorBox chalk ink in Popcorn to do all the stamping.  Then I used that same ink with a sponge and made some soft white marks all around to make it look like a well used board.

For the background I used Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp on some Kraft Cardstock.

I used my Corner Chomper on the 1/4 inch setting on all the corners for this card.

This was simple and quick to put together!  I can't wait to try this font  in black on some white cardstock for the more sketchy effect too :)


Friday, September 13, 2013

Gorjuss Card With a Rabbit

I just love this image.  We have 2 adorable rabbits of our own so it was a must have.  It's from Gorjuss and it's called I Love You Little Rabbit.  I used copics to color it.  For blacks and grays I used: 100, N6, N4, and N2.  For the bunny I used E35 an E33 - the little tail is very fluffy because I used some white Liquid Applique.  Totally cute in person :)  For skin tones I used E00 and E21 with RV42 on the cheeks.  For the purples I used V09 and V17.  For the green I just used YG07.

Her dress features Star Dust Stickles on the dots.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts Mi Casa.

The gems are all Irock.

Then I finished off with some strips of washi tape and some faux stitching done with a Copic Multiliner.

This was a fun one.  I am really, really learning to love making easy to mail cards.  Another bonus is that they fit in my card organizer SO much more easily.

Have a great Friday and a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Deer Card

To be honest I can't decide if I like this or not.  I don't hate it, but I'm not in love with it either.

Here's how I put it together.

The papers are from the Simple Stories Vintage Bliss 6 by 6 pad.  I wanted to use that cool wood design so I made it the main background.  The edges are rounded on a 1/4 inch setting on my Corner Chomper.

The brads are just from my stash.

The crocheted flowers are actually very special.  My Grandmother hand made them.  When she died I got a bunch of her things, and these were among them.

The fancy shape is from the Ashylyns Alphabet Cricut Cartridge.  The edges are inked with Always Artichoke by Stampin' Up.

The deer is from the Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge.  I added Glossy Accents to the feet, eye, and nose for a bit of shine and additional detail.  She's up on a layer of pop dots.

There's my project for the day.  Pretty simple and quick.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Friends Are the Chocolate Chips Card

Here's another nearly flat clean card.  I don't know what's gotten into me lately but I'm enjoying this style more and more.  I still love layers and glitter, but it's nice to do other things and not get stuck in a rut.

Along the top I just have a strip of washi tape.  The button is from Papertrey Ink and it's threaded with some crochet thread.

The cookie comes from Fiskars The Sweet Life.  It's colored with E33, E35, and E47 Copics.  I stamped it first and then masked it off so that it would look like it was sitting in front of the milk bottle.

The milk bottle image comes from W Plus 9 Milk and Cookies.  Seriously this set is SO cute.  I just got it and am in love :)  I stamped it in Bordering Blue from Stampin Up.  I added a touch of shading to the milk with my Copics using N2 dabbed onto 0 to get a subtle bit of shading.

The sentiment is from Jim's Rubber stamps - I purchased it on Ebay.  I stamped it in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.

Simple and fun!  I have always been totally obsessed with cards and layouts that have to do with food.  Not sure why, but I think they are SO cute.

Crafty hugs and best wishes to you all!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Playing With Polymer Clay

Thought I'd share a little something different today.  I've been trying to learn how to sculpt things with polymer clay.  I'm interested in making cute little animals and tiny food.  I've been dabbling and thought I'd share this little turtle I created.  It's FAR from perfect but I still think he's pretty cute.

The biggest problem I'm having is getting small parts like the fins on this turtle attached properly and having them thick enough so they don't break the second I try to handle them.  I'm going to keep practicing, and if I get better I may do a tutorial someday :)  Since right now I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing, that would be pointless.  *LOL*

Happy Friday!  

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend :)  

Personally I can't wait for the weekend.  I'm going to lock myself in my craft room and finish catching up on the last of the photos I have waiting to scrap.  Then I have to sort and print photos from the last 6 months.  I think I may actually be fully caught up soon.  I'd like to get to the point where all photos I take are sorted, printed, and scrapped within 30 days of taking them.  Fingers crossed I'll get there.  It just seems so much less stressful to work on what's current and fresh in my mind, and scrap every photo in order so I don't have to sort my layouts later


Thursday, September 5, 2013


I just LOVE this sweet image from Kraftin' Kimmie.  Her name is Goldilocks.  She's colored with Copics and popped up on a layer of foam tape.

For the background I wanted to create a quilt with paper.  I thought it would go well with the image.  I used the My Mind's Eye Blush 6 by 6 pad and cut 1 inch squares.  I glued them all together and then stamped some stitching with SP & Company's Stitchery Doo set using Hero Arts Chalk Ink in Latte.

I did a little trick to make the kraft border even.  My card is actually 4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/4.  That way I could work with simple 1 inch squares and still have a nice even border.  No one would really notice unless they set it next to a 4 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/2 inch card, and even so - who cares.  It can easily be put in a regular A2 envelope.  Sometimes a simple solution is best.  Just go with what works and don't over-complicate it :)

I can't wait to send this little sweetheart to someone who needs a hug!

Hope you are well dear visitor.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Seize the Cupcake

This is about as clean and simple as I get!  *LOL*

The faux stitching was done with a Copic Multiliner.

The stamp set used was Hero Arts Cupcakes.

I colored the cupcakes with my Copics and didn't bother with any shading at all.  I just left them plain and simple.  Although I did add a subtle bit of glitter and shine with some glitter glue - it didn't photograph well.

The washi tape is from My Mind's Eye and it's their Adorbs collection.

That's it!  Other than a little time spent on simple coloring this was so quick I could see doing it for mass production.

Glad you came to visit :)


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Sky's the Limit Grungy Card

Here's a grungy card I whipped up.  Not my usual style, but I like it.

The background is the Tweed Pattern Stamp from Hero Arts.  I just used some white pigment ink over grey cardstock and it came out beautifully.

I rounded the top left corners of both layers on a 1/2 inch setting with my Corner Chomper.

The little bird is a brad I purchased from Oriental Trading.

The sentiment and large arrow are rub ons from 3 birds I purchased a long time ago and am trying to use up.

The green button is from the $1 section at Michael's.  The blue button is from Stampin' Up and was free during the last Sale-a-bration.  Both of them are threaded with some embroidery floss.

I used some chevron washi along the bottom of the kraft layer.

The little clothespin meant I needed to put the kraft layer up on pop dots, but I like the look of pop dots anyhow so that was no big deal.

I used some mirrored and regular sprarkly gems from Irock.

I used a large white brad from my stash.

I used the Papertrey ink set Grunge me to create some splatter effects on the kraft layer.

I used some Bisque colored liquid pearls as well.

There's so much going on here so I hope I listed anything you may have wondered about.

My daughter went crazy for this, my husband was polite - but I could tell he hated it!  *LOL*  Personally I really like it.  I'm not sure if I'm any good at this type of style or not, but I sure had fun trying.  The worst thing that can happen is a little paper in the trash - so don't be afraid to experiment, you just may like what you come up with :)

Thanks for visiting me :)


Monday, September 2, 2013

Hugs Card

Here's a little card to cheer someone up, or just say hello.

The paper is from Basic Grey's Kioshi 6 by 6 pad.  The banner is a Spellbinders die from their Ribbon Banners set.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper's Simply Sweet Occasions set.  It's stamped with Rich Razzleberry Ink.

The image is from Kraftin' Kimmie and her name is Charlotte.

I used a Rich Razzleberry marker to make dots and dashes around the purple layer.

The bling is just from the $1 spot at Michael's.

I hope everyone's week is off to a great start :)