Friday, September 4, 2015

Halloween Bear

Hey's still too hot to do anything outside, so I enjoyed some time in my craft room today thinking about Halloween!  Here's a sweet Halloween card that I made using a stamp that my sister gave me for my birthday.  

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The paper underneath the grey piece has glitter bats on it--perfect for Halloween!  I colored the bear using my Copic Markers.  He's very sweet....I added some Stickles to the orange parts and the honey has been coated with Glossy Accents to look like really sticky honey!  The frame shape was a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store.

Have a super afternoon!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Apple Thanks

Hello everyone...I have another apple card to share today.  I'm making a few cards to give to a teacher friend, and this one uses a scrap of really cute apple paper.  

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The paper is a scrap that I had picked up a long time ago at an Archivers Store. I so miss stopping in Archivers to shop while we were out traveling.  *sigh*  Anyway, I had enough to make two cards, so that started as my inspiration.  I cut the banner, scalloped piece and the circles using my Cameo.  The "thanks" is also a Silhouette Store find--isn't it perfect!  I simply adhered everything, then added a couple of shiny brads and had two cards made in no time flat.  I can hardly wait to give my friend a good supply of cards to have on hand.

I hope you are having a fantastic day!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Happy Halloween....using embossing powder!

Hey everyone...I'm doing my best to "will" Fall into arriving in my neck of the woods.  It's a scorching hot week and frankly...I'm over it.  I'm a boots, scarves and anything pumpkin spice kind of girl, so I'm really ready for cooler temperatures. So in that spirit, here's a Halloween card for you today.  Do you remember the first time you either saw or tried to use embossing powder?  I remember when I saw it demonstrated at a Stampin' UP! event and I immediately was thrilled to see the powder change right before my eyes.  I bought quite a few colors, and guessed it, they have become part of my rarely used stash.  But with the layout of the card I made today, using white embossing powder was perfect for the sentiment.  

Check it out:

This card is so simple it is almost scary!

I cut the ghosts using my Silhouette.  I added a black scrap behind their eyes, because I think all ghosts need black eyes.  Haha!  The polka dotted piece was a scrap of MME paper that had hot air balloons on the other side.  The balloons were hideous, but polka dots are priceless in my world, so I kept the scrap.  So glad I did, because it was perfect for this card. Then....the sentiment.  What do you do on black?  I could cut something out, but it would have been rather small.  I didn't want to add any more layers, because I really think the impact of this card is in the clean and simple/graphic type of layout.  So, I found a stamp in my stash of PTI stamps and broke out the Versamark, embossing powders and heat gun to emboss it.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the result.  Yep, love it.  Just what I had in mind. send some cool, Fall breezes my way.  I'm sick of humidity and wearing the same clothes over and over.  Oh, and let me know what old school crafty product you're loving all over again!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Hi everyone...hope your week is off to a good start!  I had some quiet time alone this afternoon while my guys went to see a movie, so I decided to finish up a couple of scrapbook pages that were on my desk and also make a card for an upcoming birthday.  I used some scraps from one of the scrapbook pages to come up with this sweet card:

The stamped image is from "In Love Emma" by SP&Company (no longer in business).  I colored her with my Copics then fussy cut the girl and the package (which I adhered with a pop dot).  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the white background before I adhered her to it.  The papers are scraps by Echo Park and Carta Bella.  I added a bit of twine to fill what seemed to be a blank space at the bottom.  

Quick.  Easy, and oh so cute.  This one will go in the mail this week!

So you might have noticed a huge pause in my posts lately.  I have been doing a lot of reading, some scrapbooking that I'd rather not share with the world, some shopping, some biking and just a bit of other things here and there.  Sometimes you just have to go with the direction life takes you every now and then and I do believe it's "ok" to do that.  I just wasn't feeling all that crafty, so to force myself would have been a huge waste of time.  I am starting to feel it again and I notice if I sit down to read, I feel maybe the tide is turning.  I am wanting to do some Halloween cards, but I am seriously lacking in stamps and paper in that department.  Do you have any product recommendations to share?  Leave me a comment. Thanks in advance!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Perk up, friend

Hey everyone...I have a simple shaped card to share today.  It's a cut file directly from the Silhouette Online Store and is just too cute.  

Check it out:

I love shaped cards...such an effective way to send a simple greeting!  I used PTI white as my card base, so it is nice and sturdy.  The rest of the cardstock pieces are scraps.  The stamped greeting is by SP&Company (no longer selling stamps).  I added a couple of knots of Baker's Twine to add a little bit of visual interest and dimension.  Simple, and ready to mail to a friend who needs a lift!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Are you ready to rock?

Hi Everyone!  And a very happy Tuesday to you!  I spent a little time in my craft room today and there was a stamp set still laying on  my desk from a prior project that just was screaming to be inked up today.  I had this card done in no time flat...check it out:

The stamp set is called Rock On by Pretty Cute Stamps.  I used some shape cuts from the Silhouette Online Store for the bulk of the card.  I did color the drum set with Copics, but for the cymbals I used an old Creative Memories Copper pen. It was the perfect touch for those awesome cymbals.

I'm kind of partial to the sparkly drum sets, so I added some Stickles to this one. 

I think I told you that my son started playing the guitar at the beginning of the summer.  He's having a blast and has learned some great classic rock songs.  He has his momma's taste in music, thank goodness.  I think he's going to start working on Joan Jett's "I Love Rock n Roll" this week.  Each week when I take him to his lesson, we walk through a music store to get to the lesson rooms.  This includes a very long walk through a room of nothing but cymbals.  I have this horrible fear of knocking one of them down, causing a huge chair reaction.  Totally a silly fear, because it's unlikely to happen...but I'm not going to lie...I hold my purse very close to my body when we walk through there.  

I hope you have a super day!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Die cut bird

Hey everyone....I'm hearing rain drops on my windows, so it is a good time to take a break and share a quick card.  I actually made this card a long time ago.  While the outside doesn't have any sort of greeting, the inside stamp I used is a sympathy sentiment.  

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I used my Cameo to cut the bird on a floral branch and added a few pearls.  I'm not 100% crazy about the pearls, but they're on there I'm just going to live with them!  Ha!  The papers are all by MME and are a very soft green.  So very peaceful and pretty.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Hey everyone....yes, I'm still around.  I just got sucked into several good books this week and avoided my scrapbook room.  I read "Little Big Lies" because it finally became available through my Kindle app and my local library's digital loan system.  I really enjoyed it, but today I'm in the mood to do some crafty stuff.  I figured I'd start by sharing a card I made last weekend.  

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I have someone in mind that I plan to send this card to, and the colors were chosen with her in mind.  If I had to re-make this card, I'd have used my Cuttlebug to emboss the robin-egg blue color, but I didn't think of that until after everything was adhered down.  Oh time!   So, I love glitter paper, but I will be honest, I'm not a fan of running it through my electronic die cutters.  I don't care what people say, it ruins blades and is a good way to shorten the life of a mat.  So here's what I did...I cut the scalloped shape out of a scrap, then traced it onto my glitter paper (on the back side).  Then I just got out my scissors and cut it by hand.  I think it looks fantastic and is a great way to add some bling.  The word is a cutfile from the Silhouette Store.  I added some glitter pearls to fill in some space.  I love the layout of the card and will be repeating it, I'm certain....but with some embossing next time.  

Have a super day!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Boo to You!

Hi that my son is back in school, I'm really in the mood for Fall.  I love the clothing that comes with fall...sweaters, boots, scarves and I love the fun holidays!  So I am getting a bit of a jump on my Halloween cards, even though it's still feeling a lot like summer in my neck of the woods!  Check out this fun card:

The background paper is by Fancy Pants Designs.  I sized down a drippy border that I got from the Silhouette Store then added black Stickles to it for a bit of a creepy effect.  The other shapes are also from the Silhouette Store, but I added an extra layer behind them so the face and candle were more prominent.  I used a PTI stamp from the Fall Friendship Jar Fillers set for the greeting.

Have a super day!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Scrappy Sunday

Hey everyone...I'm sharing another scrapbook page today.  This one is from Easter a couple of years ago (I'm so very far behind in my scrapbooking!).  The papers are by Echo Park and are from the We are Family line.  Not necessarily traditional Easter paper, but I liked how the layout came together:

The title is a cut file from the Silhouette Online Store.  I even used two Primas and a brad on this sweet layout!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend.  We have had nothing on our calendar all weekend long, which has been wonderful!