Friday, September 30, 2011

World Card Making Day and Hopping Just for the Fun Of It

I'm so excited! Saturday, October 1st  is World Card Making Day and I am participating in a Blog Hop with a new group called, Hopping Just for the Fun of It. Our theme is Halloween / Fall Happenings . . . so there will be all kinds of ideas for Halloween and Fall.  If you happen to get lost along the way, you can always come back here for the lineup. Anyone is welcome to participate each month on the first Saturday of the month. Be sure to come back tomorrow morning to begin the hop.
00 Start            Hopping Just for the Fun of it
01                        Pretty Inky
02                        My Creative Impressions 

03                        Stamping with Janice
04                        Krafting With Karen
05                        Scrappy Stamps and Ink
06                        My Little Patch of Dirt
07                        Stampin ' At Dawn
08                        inkedx2
09                        Paper Fairy
10                         Stamp With Jane
11                          Life Is...
12                         RaissaStamps
13                         Life with a Wiener Dog
14                         Bluegrass Stamper Studio
15                          InkPaperStamps
16 end                 The Love of Stamping

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps Available Monday

Create beautiful hand-stamped cookies with your kids. The Sweet Pressed Cookie Stamps include a solid wood handle with three interchangeable stamp images and two delicious sugar cookie recipes. Order yours on October 1st at  (Item # 125152 for $16.95).

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Iced Crystal Technique and House of Haunts Sketch Challenge - TSSC193

I was trying to create a layout for this card which uses a couple of fun techniques and I got stuck. Then I came across Techno Stamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge and that did the trick. The first technique I used on this card is called, Iced Crystal using Epsom Salt. This is also Technique Challenge 99 on Stampin Addicts. You can click on the photo for a larger view. Mix 1/4 cup of Epsom Salt with 1/4 cup of boiling water and stir until the salt crystals are dissolved. Use a large paint brush to paint the entire surface of the cardstock and cover it well.  I found it looks "icy-er" if you press down with the paint brush like you are dotting it on. Then just leave it alone to dry. Do not go back and try to add more after it begins to dry-it will ruin it.

I also used the Stained Glass technique. I stamped the haunted house on to a piece of vellum in Basic Black Craft ink and embossed with black embossing powder. I turned it over and did all of the coloring and sponging on the back. Happy Haunting!

Trick or Treat Letterpress Plates - Two Simple Techniques

This first card is done the traditional way. I inked up the Letterpress Plate with Elegant Eggplant Craft Ink. Next, I used Stampin' Up's watercolor paper, placed it on top of the plate and ran it through the Big Shot. I stamped the spider from Pick Your Poison in Basic Black. I punched the edges with the Ticket Corner punch and glued it to my card base. Next, I embossed the entire card front with the Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and punched the holes in the corners with the 1/16" Circle Punch. I added a black glimmer brad to the spider's body. We'll be making this card at October's Stamp Club.
For this card, I placed the watercolor paper on top of the Letterpress Plate without any ink on it and ran it through the Big Shot. Next, I inked up a sponge with Elegant Eggplant Craft Ink and sponged the edges. Then I just lightly dragged the sponge over the image from left to right. I was trying to keep this card simple, but it's screaming for me to add some Shimmer Spray! I used a clear rhinestone brad on this spider. Which one do you like the best? What would you add? I can't decide if I should ink the edges of the first card? I really like how the spider web runs off of the watercolor paper on to the card base.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blog Candy Winner!

Congratulations to Judy Riley! She is the winner of my September blog candy giveaway! She receives a one month of her choice subscription to Craft Project Central. CONGRATULATIONS JUDY! Thank you for your comments :-)

Witch Hat Treat Box and Card from CPC

Look what Heidi created for Craft Project Central this month! This creative gift set includes a three dimensional witch hat treat box, a candy stick, and spooky card. It's a Bonus Project! To get the instructions for Heidi’s project, just subscribe to September and meet the bonus project requirements of subscribing to two or more months in a row, putting the CPC badge/blinkie on your blog, or referring a friend and letting CPC know when they subscribe.  And please leave Heidi a comment and let her know how much you like her project.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Out on a Limb Decor Elements & Blog Candy Giveaway

Let the Fall decorating begin! I almost purchased these Decor Elements vinyl images twice. This is the Out on a Limb, 7 piece set featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog on page 13. I purchased an old window from an antique store. My children made up stories about how it came from a haunted house. Suddenly, the dog started barking at it and we all got freaked out. The vinyl is on the front of the glass. I placed some pieces of Spice Cake Designer Series Paper behind the sign and the owl's eyes and beak. You can click on the photo for a larger image. I wonder who used to look out of that old window? Well, I'm headed to Starbuck's for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Thanks for visiting.

Blog Candy Giveaway
Leave a comment. I'd love to hear about your Halloween or Fall decorating ideas or traditions. Do you have a special item that you just love to get out for the Fall? One winner will be randomly selected on Sunday to receive a free one month subscription to Craft Project Central.

Beautiful Season Cards and Tags Box Set from CPC

Isn't this a beautiful project! It was designed by Kris who is a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Australia. It's designed around the Beautiful Season stamp set, which has a gorgeous vintage look and feel. The box holds four cards, four envelopes, four "Top Note" tags, four 2" folded tags and four "Curly Label" tags. For full color instructions, just subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. (10 projects for $10.)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Pick Your Poison Halloween Ensemble

I had the honor of guest designing for Craft Project Central this month, and I came up with this fun ensemble using 100% Stampin' Up! products.  These Halloween projects make cute gifts for your best friend, a special teacher, or anyone who loves Halloween.  Fill the haunted house treat box with goodies and pair it with this sinister charm bracelet.  The silver spider web luminary doubles as a Fancy Favor container.  Embellish it with a festive gift tag! For full color, step by step instructions just subscribe to Craft Project Central for September.

Pin Cushion and Card Gift Set from CPC

No sewing machine needed!  Make this sweet pin cushion out of a recycled can.  Complete this set with a matching greeting card to make the perfect present for any crafting or sewing friend.  Leave the pin cushion loose on the top of the can to use for buttons or additional pin storage. This elegant set was created for Craft Project Central by Monika. If you would like the full color instructions, just subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. You'll receive 10 projects for $10.  And be sure to visit Monika's blog for more crafty inspiration!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Halloween Luminaria and Candy Containers from CPC

These cute treat containers and luminary were created this month by Laurie for Craft Project Central. Don't you just love the new skinny cellophane bags (Item  #124134)? Those are for sale in the Holiday Mini on page 11. Each measures 1" x 8" and you get 50 of them for just $2.50. For full color instructions just head over the Craft Project Central and subscribe to September. Be sure to visit Laurie's creative blog and let her know how you like her project.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Friends Gift Box and Card from CPC

Here’s a pretty little gift box and matching note card that you can make, fill with something special and give to that special friend. Change up the theme and make the gift box for any special occasion from birthdays, holidays, showers, and more! This project was created for Craft Project Central this month by Deanna. For full color instructions, just subscribe to September (you'll get 10 projects for just $10).

Monday, September 12, 2011

Easy Events Workshop Cards

Here are two cards that we will be making at Stamp Club using the Easy Events stamp set. I learned how to make these at the Stampin' Up! Convention (Workshop in a Bag). The first one is colored with Watercolor Wonder crayons and blender pen, the second one is colored with Stampin' Write Markers. Both of them have a touch of Dazling Details.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Today I was so excited to be featured on Tiffany Bauer's amazing blog, as part of her "My Crafty Picks #33". She does an amazing job each week and features pieces of inspirational art made with Stampin' Up! products.You are sure to be inspired too. 

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Top Note Frankenstein Treat

Here's a little treat we will be making at Stamp Club next Tuesday. I CAS'd the idea from Diana Soling, but I CAS'd the face from my stamping friend, Jamie T. These were the only candy eyes I could find this early in the season. They aren't my favorite, but they worked well enough to make my prototype.
My Frankenstein made with the Top Note Die, Wild Wasbi and Elegant Eggplant.

Jamie's Frankenstein

Here's the source of this cute idea from Diana Soling. I love these candy eyes!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Piece of Poision Trick or Treat Tag

Here are some vintage tags I made for a swap at my local scrapbook store. I stamped the spider and rat from the Piece of Poison stamp set on to a piece of First Edition Designer Series Paper. Then I crinkled a piece of white tissue paper, flattened it back out and glued it over the the DSP with an Anywhere Glue Stick. This is also known as the faux silk technique. I stamped the Trick or Treat onto a piece of Pick Your Poison DSP. I made a rosette and the frame with my Big Shot and a couple of non SU dies. The skeleton is stamped onto a piece of Pick Your Poison DSP and punched out with the 3/4" Circle Punch and matted onto a 1" black circle. I used Stampin' Up's new Dazzling Details around the edge and added a couple of pearl embellishments for the eyes. I also inked all of the edges for a worn vintage look.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More Crafting Projects from CPC

Pentagon Roll-Up Compartment Box and Card created for Craft Project Central by Kim Score.

Lidded Pumpkin Box and Card created for Craft Project Central by Julie B.
Craft Project Central has more great ideas this month. To get the full color instructions for the projects above just subscribe to September for only $10 for 10 projects. Kim's pentagon-shaped box rolls open to reveal five compartments with windows to display the contents within.  Fill with an assortment of candies, trinkets or other surprises for that special someone. Julie's cute little pumpkin box, and it’s coordinating card are perfect for an afternoon of Fall crafting.  With the ribbon "stem" you can either hang the box for a fun decor piece or use it as an easy pull-up handle and hide some special treats inside.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Piece of Poision on Faux Silk

Here's a new card that I created for the Creating Pretty Cards Challenge #3 on Craft Project Central. I love Halloween, so I had to try out my brand new stamp called, Piece of Poison from the NEW Holiday Mini Catalog. This card features the coordinating Designer Series Paper and Quick Accents called, Pick Your Poison (also in the new mini). I just couldn't resist adding a diamond ring to the skeleton hands.

Do you see the Faux Silk Technique? First stamp the skeleton using Basic Black Classic Ink onto the graph piece of DSP from Pick Your Poison. Then stamp the brain in Soft Suede. Next, stamp the Poison sentiment onto a piece of white grift wrap tissue paper. Let the stamped image dry.  Then, gently crinkle it then flatten it back out. Cover the stamped image on your card stock with a glue stick (make sure the stamped image is completely dry or it will smear.) Adhere the tissue paper to the stamped image and trim the excess. I'd love to see your Halloween creations! Leave a comment and link to your blog. It's fun to share ideas!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Mini Milk Carton Hexagon Box & Card from CPC

Happy September! I'll be guest designing for Craft Project Central so I get to give you a preview of what's it's store in this month. I just love this new Spice Cake Designer Series paper, featured in the Holiday Mini Catalog, page 17.

This great hexagon box is created using the Mini Milk Carton die.  It’s so quick and easy.  Fill it with some fun goodies and pair it with the coordinating card and you’ve got a GREAT little gift! The little box would also make a great birthday party, shower, or wedding favor!  This project was designed by the inkredible, Julie Edmonds. To get the full color instructions just subscribe to Craft Project Central for September. Be sure to visit Julie's blog to let her know how much you love her project.

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