Wednesday, October 29, 2008

pixie stix for school

I got this idea from I just love the things she makes on her blog. I saw them and thought they were so cute I just had to do them for Jake and Megan to hand out to their friends at school. I entered them on the Stamp Something challenge which was to make something for Halloween

I tried to take step by step pictures so you can see each stage what I did.

First I stamped the image in color and using a 1 inch punch cut them out.

Then I stamped the image again in Black and punched it out using the 1 3/8 punch.

I then glued the colored image onto the black one.

I punched out scallop circles in the co-ordinating cardstock color and stuck these together also.

I placed white dots around the scallop using a gel pen. The scallop was then attached to the pixie stix using a glue dot. I punched more scallops out and attached one to the back with dimensionals.

The SU stamp set was Batty for You. The cardstock and ink colors used were Only Orange, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Orchid Opulence. The little bucket is from the dollar shelf at Target.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Quick Get Well

Here's a quick card. I used one of my favorite sets from Stampin Up, Loads of Love.

Cardstock is Bravo Burgundy, Garden Green and Night of Navy.

I put the garden green through my cuttlebug with the Spots and Dots embossing folder.

Embellishments include an eyelet, hemp cord and dimensionals.

I used the large tag punch, mounted it on navy card and then cut around it by hand as the small tag punch would not fit the whole saying in it.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Few More Notes For You

I know, I know you are probably fed up of seeing these. But I am finally finished, promise. These here are Wild Wasabi, River Rock and Soft Sky. Personally I think the stronger darker colors compliment these more than the lighter ones. But I wanted to try out all the old in colors to see which I like best. Well my favorite is definitely the green but then that is my favorite color. Which one do you like best? Links to the others are on the previous post.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

I've Been Tagged

By my friend Julie . It has taken a while to post this as I consider myself not to be that interesting. It has taken me this long to think of something to write. but I have given it a go.

Here are the Rules:
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your Blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your Blog...some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their Blogs.
4. Let them know they have been Tagged by leaving a comment on their Blog.

This is actually a tough task as most everything I do gets written up on my family journal blog. Not sure I have anything else up my sleeve to surprise you with.

(1.) I have to wear long sleeve and long legged pyjama's to bed or I wake up with a cold/flu symptoms. Dunno why but if my elbows and/or my knees are not covered that's pretty much what happens.

(2.) I am distantly related to Howard Keel. Very distantly. Who is Howard Keel I here you say. Goodness have you never watched an episode of Dallas.

(3.) I love Gorilla's. You probably had already guessed that one though, right? You have to watch Gorilla's in the Mist. Awesome movie.

(4.) I love cheesecake. It's my all time favorite desert. Followed closely by the chocolate mountain thing they have at chili's.

(5.) I watch WWE wrestling. It's all hubby's fault. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I have a crush on Batista.MMMmmmm.

(6.) I love to watch dancing shows on TV.... So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, etc. (just went to see SYTYCD live in concert - it was awesome) However I can't actually dance a step myself...LOL!

(7.) I have to have a cup of tea every morning to start my day. Just can't function without it.

Not sure who to tag next as everyone I know has already been tagged at some time or another and I don't really like surprising people I don't know with things like this so I guess if you can think of 7 interesting things about yourself consider yourself tagged and link it back to me.

Happy Stamping.



Friday, October 17, 2008

More Nice Notes

I am finally getting around to finishing off my Christmas presents. I needed more of these than I realised so I have been playing with other colors. I plan on working my way through all the last round of in colors. I think so far I have made groovy guava and purely pomegranate which you will find here:

Today I used Blue Bayou and I made some of both sorts. The originals and the fixed mistakes. I think I like the fixed mistakes one the What do you think?

This time around I utilized a wonderful new tool. Well it's new to me lets put it that way. I finally broke down and got myself a Scor-Pal from my friend Joani and my gosh am I a happy bunny. Making the boxes for these are a piece of cake now.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

CC187 - Boys Birthday

I just love these colors. Don't you? I needed a couple of Birthday cards for boys and usually struggle to make masculine cards. The color combo over on Splitcoast stampers this week was just the inspiration I needed.

Cardstock is Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss. DP is Stampin Up and has Tangerine Tango in it. These are all the colors for this weeks color combo challenge. The ribbon is also SU. The image is a stamp I just bought off my friend Renee. I think it's from rubber stampede. Sentiment is from one of my Changito sets. Very simple card. I keep looking at it and thinking it needs something else but can't put my finger on what.

Friday, October 10, 2008

There's Blog Candy About.....

Go check it out Nikki is celebrating the High Hopes Blog Hop and her birthday with awesome high hopes stamps up for grabs.

Karin has made a new challenge blog and is celebrating with some candy, including a Whiff Of Joy stamp. Go check out the candy here: and the new challenge blog here: . I am always in need of birthday and Christmas cards so I will be joining in this one for sure.

Silly Monkey Crafts also has a blog candy going on right now. How about you take a look at the fabulous work of the DT and put your name in for a chance to win.

One more peeps. Natalie has some pretty awesome candy up for grabs also. She is celebrating her 1 year blogoversary. these ladies all make great cards. Please make sure and pop by to just check them out.


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Halloween Cards

I got some Halloween cards made last week. Both for a swap on Joani's MSN group and to send to family. It is not as big a deal in the UK as here it seems so I just made them to send to our parents.

I just love these dancing skeletons from Inkadinkadoo. I wanted to use both of them so I stamped 3 in a row as 2 just didn't look right. My cardstock I used a couple of the new colors from SU, Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss. The DP is from K&Company. The skeletons have been watercolored with kiwi kiss and orchid opulence. The sentiment is from House of Haunts. The photo corners were made using a square punch and cutting them in half. I then scored them with my cutter and my bonefolder. The image is mounted on dimensionals and the card is finished with 2 black metal dots.

Thanks for looking


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Jake's Mushroom Box

Have not been in my craft room much since I finished that big batch of cards the other day. I do have something to show you however. A few months back I showed you a picture of a tissue box that my son and I had turned into Gary the snail from Spongebob for my sons school valentine collection. Well his latest love is MarioKart and he has been collecting characters and making his own little Lego karts. He wanted somewhere to store them and thought we could decorate another tissue box with a theme to what was inside the box. And so the mushroom was born.
The box was covered with red construction paper and the spots punched out of cardstock using a circle punch. The white body part underneath was made using a large empty raisin box covered in white paper with 2 pieces of black card for his eyes. It's a very simple make and Jake loves his new container.
Thanks for looking

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Finally Finished

I had a work friend of my husband ask me if I would make her Christmas cards this year. I was flattered. I showed her pictures of all the Christmas cards I have made to date and she chose 2 that she liked. They are actually ones I made for a blog candy entry on Gabby's blog last year. Gabby you may remember these. she wanted 15 of each design. So needless to say I have been busy on these for a while now.

I used the same sketch and color scheme for both cards. just changed up the cardstock, DP and images.

The first lot of cards used Chocolate chip Cardstock and Ink. The SU sets are Big Celebrations and Holiday sampler. I colored the image in with pencils. My scallop circle and other circle punches got a lot of use. There is a button brad on the word Joy.

For the second lot of cards I used Close to Cocoa cardstock and ink. The SU sets are Cold Play and All Through the Year. I cut the hat out and mounted it on a dimensional and punched 2 small holes either side of the image to thread the snowman's ribbon scarf through. This time I ran the DP through my Cuttlebug.

Once they were all finished I made a simple bag for them using a brown lunch sack and SU sets Snow Swirled and Riveting. I finished them last week and hubby took them into work for her. She was over the moon.

Thanks for looking


Sunday, October 5, 2008

More Material, More Projects

Yes I've been spending more money at the craft store. This time on my Daughter Megan. I found these awesome patterns at Jo-Ann's. She has been pestering me for long sleeved dresses. For the cold weather. Now here in Texas we don't get a lot of cold but we do get the occasional chilly day so when I saw this pattern I got very excited. The other pattern just looked so like Megan I couldn't resist.

Here with the patterns are the two pieces of material I chose for them. They are both corduroy therefore should give Megan the warmth she wants but they are still lightweight that they shouldn't make her too hot in them. Below are close ups of the materials. I am very excited to get to work on these. I have some other projects to work on right now as they are more time sensitive so I will be on here with cards and stuff but I may not be doing the challenges so much unless they fit in with what I am doing at the time.

Thanks for looking


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Bayou Cinderella

Sticking with the princess theme I found these awesome stamps at Target the other day. It's a set of over 30 stamps for only $20. Knowing I had a little princess in the house I just had to have them. I actually broke them out yesterday to make a card for my niece.

I used Katharina's #12 sketch over on Papertake weekly this week. As soon as I saw the sketch I knew it would make a great card with this set.

I used Blue Bayou cardstock, ink and ribbon. I had found a awesome DP from Cloud Nine on clearance at Archivers. It matched perfectly. I watercolored Cinderella's image and circle punched her out. I punched a scallop circle of blue bayou to go behind her and I dyed a flower blue bayou using my ink pad. The sentiment is SU Small Script. To add a little bling and sparkle I finished the card with some Stampendous Sparklers.

Thanks for looking.