Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Christmas Sock Monkeys

Aren't these just the cutest! I made these over the weekend at a crop at my local scrapbook store. I used the Sock Monkey and Accessories stamp set. I stamped them 3 times using whisper white for his mouth and the rest using the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog. The holly berries are on one side and the other side is the soft suede stripes. I'm making a 3 x 3 Christmas card with him for a swap. I'll post a pic soon.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I love my Sock Monkey!

Don't you just love sock monkeys! Here is a thank you card I made using the Sock Monkey and accessories stamp set from Stampin' Up!. I'm working on a 3 x 3 card swap and I am using the sock monkey with a Santa hat accessory. Will post soon. . .

Friday, September 11, 2009

FALL Watercolor Card

I created this card for a Fall Swap on Stampin' Addicts. The theme was Fall colors. This is a great way to use up your scraps to add color to a card. To make this card you will need:

-- An 8 1/2" x 11" piece of Crushed Curry. Cut in half at 5 1/2". Fold in half for a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" card. Cut 3/4" off of the front edge.

-- Old Olive textured CS 2 3/4" by 4", Kraft 3 1/4" by 5 1/4", and half of a piece of watercolor paper 2 1/2" x 3 3/4"

-- Stamp flowers and jars using the Country Morning stamp set in Soft Suede. Using the in-color re-inkers and an aqua painter, watercolor the image. After the image is dry, place Crystal Effects on the jars for added dimention.

-- Cut out the letters for FALL using the Big Shot Sixxix die, Go Go Boots. Glue the letters to coordinating pieces of cardstock in a 1 1/8" strip. I used Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Dusty Durango and Soft Suede. After the card was assembled I added Crystal Effect to the letter to make them shiny and coordinate with the jars.

-- Emboss the piece of Kraft using the Big Shot Texturz Plate #4 Weave.

-- Use your mat pack and paper piercer punch holes up the side of the watercolor paper and hand stitch with thin linen thread and a needle. Assemble with glue stick and Stampin' Dimentionals.

-- The bow tag is a strip of 1/2" polka dot grosgrain ribbon flipped over to the solid Dusty Durango side.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Halloween Tic Tac Toe Travel Game

Wonder what to do with those all those leftover tins? Make a Halloween Tic Tac Toe Travel Game. My kindergartner helped ink the edges and stamp the bats. We used my favorite little spider and bat from the stamp set, From the Crypt. Add magnets to the back for a magnetic fun game you can play in the car. The criss cross was made with Stampin' Up's double sided sticky tape and purple glitter. Watch Riley demonstrate how easy these little game pieces are to make on You Tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRdJsrdfSNk

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cheery Sunflower Flower Pot Card

I just love these flower pot cards. Don't you just love the sunflowers! I CASE'd this card, but changed it, using Stampin' Up!'s new in-colors - Dusty Durango, Soft Suede and Crushed Curry. I made the sunflowers with the scallop punch and cutting between the scallops before the center. I'm thinking I might need to make a spooky cauldron with ghosts coming out of the top.

Detailed directions for this card can be found on Stephanie Luman’s website:

The ideas for the sunflowers came from Cheryl Wilcox’s blog at lovetostampandscrap.blogspot.com:

Monday, September 7, 2009

Haunting Hill

I made this fun card for a Stampin' Addicts swap to showcase stamp sets from Stampin' Up's new Holiday Mini Catalog. I used the Haunting Hill Jumbo Wheel and highlighted areas of the graveyard scene with Stampin Up's new shimmer paint in frost white. I used my Big Shot to cut out the Pumpkin Pie top note and used my Texturz Plates to add the embossed tiny dots.
Recipe -Stamps: Haunting Hill Jumbo Wheel, Twick or Tweet (little vellum ghosts)
CS: Basic Black, Dusty Durango, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Gable Green Textured CS, Vellum
Ink: Black Staz On, White Craft, Basic Black
Accessories: 1/2 inch Polka dot grosgrain ribbon Dusty Durango, Stampin’ Dimentionals, glue stick, Shimmer Paint Frost White, sponge dauber, paint brush, Big Shot, Top Note Bigz Die, Texturz Plate Backgrounds 1 small dots, modern label punch, scallop edge punch, Mini glue dots

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

It's Spider Week!

It must be spider week. Can't you tell I love this little guy! Here is a card I made for a Stampin' Addicts demo swap this week. I CASE'd this card from a convention swap I received which had no identifying information on it. First, I embossed the Medallion stamp with Dazzling Diamonds embossing powder then ran the Elegant Eggplant CS through the Big Shot using the Texturz Plate #4 Distressed. I think it looks spooky. If you run out of ribbon or can't find the right color, try using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper. I used a strip of the DSP Cast-A-Spell to create a ribbon look with the eyelets on it.
Stamp Sets: From the Crypt, Medallion, House of Haunts
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Versamark
Paper: CS Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White; DSP Cast-a-Spell
Accessories: Big Shot Texturz Plate #4 Distressed, Circle Punches 1-3/8” & 1-1/4”, Scallop Oval Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Big Shot Magnetic Mover and Shaper Scallop Oval, Crop-a-Dile, black eyelets, clear rhinestone brads, Stampin’ Up Glue Stick, Dazzling Diamonds Embossing Powder, & Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Emboss Resist - From the Crypt Apple Cider Holder

And. . .here it is again. But this time it's an apple cider holder, embellished for Halloween using the spooky stamp set called, From the Crypt. By the way, I forgot to mention that I CASE'd this pattern from my talented and creative upline, RhondaG! You need to see her Medallion tea bag holder at http://thestampinbunny.blogspot.com/2009_08_01_archive.html
I used the technique called Emboss Resist. If you don't have a brayer you have come to the right place. I can order one for you. They are so fun to play with.
First, you stamp the skull image with clear Versamark Ink onto whisper white cardstock. Make sure you heat set it long enough so the image won't smear. Let it cool. Next, you ink up your brayer by rolling it over your Classic Stampin' Pad. I used Elegant Eggplant on this project. Roll off some of the ink onto your grid paper. Roll the inked brayer over your embossed image until you get the desired effect. Wipe the ink off of the embossed image with a paper towel. The embossed image will resist the ink - hence the name, "Emboss Resist".
Don't you just love the clear rhinestone brad on the spider! I think he is so cute. I used him on another card which I will post tomorrow.

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