Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Embellishments

Happy Halloween! Today I wanted to get the last of my Halloween projects out before I bombard you with Christmas and Winter cards. Just a note if you are interested in having me make some hand made holiday cards for you make sure to email me.

Ok moving right along. At the begining of every season I try to sit down and make some embellishments that I hopefully will either use or give-a-way to someone awesome and today's post is of just that, Halloween Embellishments.

The first batch of embellishment where cut out from the Cricut and pieced together. I then went ahead and added some white gel pen accent.

Moving right along, the next embellishments are inspired from a Little Hot Tamale on youtube. I show you the envelops broken down in one of the pictures. I added a little mini book and a tag to some of them and left the other closed.  






I love making and decorating these little accessories. They are so easy and can be added to cards, layouts, and even 3-D items. 


I also tried my hand at some tassels and cut out witch hats.


I hope this post gave you some inspiration or at leastt showed you some new ways to make embellishments. Thanks so much for stopping in today and have a safe and happy Halloween.  

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Tags: Green Duck Meets Chillingsworth

Well for today's post I combined two very awesome things and created three wonderful tags. Here see for yourself. 


I told you they were pretty awesome :) For these tags I decided to combine the Chillingsworth Manor paper from Echo Park with the monthly die cuts that I got from my Green Duck October Club Kit. Armed with these two items (or set of items, I suppose) these tags quickly came together in no time. Here take a closer look at them.

This fun little witch and cauldron came from the Green Duck Die Club kit. I then added that way to perfect "Hocus Pocus" tag which I simply fussy cut from the paper pack. To top off this tag, and pull that awesome green through a little more, I found some matching gems and some organza fabric from my stash and added them to finish it off. 

This next one is my favorite out of the bunch. 


At first I was not sure what I wanted to use that beautiful image for and then it hit me, why not make a tag, hence starting this whole process. The base of the tag is that "Magic" sticker straight from the paper pack peeled off and adhered to a basic black tag. I then decided to add that little lady using some 3-D tape. To top off this tag I added that cute little spider (also from the monthly kit) and some orange Halloween ribbon I picked up from the dollar store. 

Finally for the last tag I decided to focus on the little boy dressed in a spider costume. Of course I couldn't resist adding that adorable pumpkin pail, also from the monthly kit, to promote trick or treating :) The base of this tag is a piece of designer paper, from Chillingsworth Manor, cut in half and flipped over. The best thing about double sided paper is that you don't have to worry about it matching, ever!! I then finished up this tag with some black glitter ribbon (from the dollar store) which I added to the top of the tag and across the middle of the background (to cover the paper seams.) 


Well there you have it. I hope you enjoyed these tags today and that you check out Green Duck's monthly club. 

Happy Crafting!



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Hello Card

Happy Friday and thanks for joining me today. I love making cards that can be used in many different occasions, because hey you never know when and why you are going to need to write someone a few notes.

I designed my card today to be part of a set of cards that are great for any occasion, so if you missed it make sure to head back and check out Wednesday's card, which uses the same paper pack and has a completely different look.


This card was thrown together really easy by using multiple patterned papers from the same pack. I love doing this because it takes a lot of guess work out of the process and you can rest assure that all of your papers are going to match. 

The accessories for this card came out of my stash and came together really easy using a card sketch from a CTMH reference book. I also took some of that paper and decorated the inside with it. 


Again I left the inside blank because I wanted this card to have some freedom as far as theme. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my project and have a great weekend! 


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Creative Knockouts: Holiday Elves

Thanks for stopping in today to check out my newest creation using Digital Stamps. Today, over at Creative Knockouts, we have started a brand new challenge called "Something to Say." This challenge will require you to include a sentiment either on the outside or on the inside of your card. Our sponsor for this challenge is A Day For Daisies and they are offering one lucky winner a $12.00 gift card to their store.


I love playing along with A Day for Daisies and quickly chose to use the Elves at Work stamp to make a fun holiday card. 

I used my alcohol based markers to color in this image. I then matted the image onto some green cardstock and cut it down to size (which I believe is about 2.5" x 3.75" ish). I then took some paper from The Paper Studio's "All Seasons 4" paper pack and layered that onto the base. As for the accessories, the gold trim is from my stash and that lovely holly berry is from a discounted package that I picked up from Tuesday Morning. 


The inside of the card says "Have yourself a Merry little Christmas" which is my creative sentiment this week. 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project and that I see you over at our Creative Knockouts blog. 


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Beautiful Card

I started this week out by taking one of my older paper packs and sitting down and trying to design a set of cards that I could use for an everyday occasion and today I want to start sharing those cards with you starting with this "beautiful" card. 


This card has a very simple layout. I simply took two pieces of paper, from the pack, and cut them 1/2 the size of the card base. I then decided to add some lace washi, a cut out sentiment, and a large brad from my stash. 

Since I left the front very simple I decided to layer some designer paper onto the inside. 


Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed my project and that you will stop back in on Friday to see another card from this set. 


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sunny Days: Everyday Easel Card

Hi! Welcome to Tuesday which brings us another Sunny Day Crafting Anything Goes Challenge! If you have not stopped over to this blog then you are totally missing out on a really talented and eclectic design team. 


For my project I decided to throw together an Easel Card. I have done these cards before and when it comes to fancy folded cards these easels are very simple and so much fun. You can get an easy how to post by clicking here and you can see some of my other Easel cards here and here


Here is the card when it is open and sitting upright. I know the paper is from Jillibean soup but the rest is mismatched from my stash. 


Make sure to come on over to Sunny Day Crafting and check out what the other design members have came up with, there's layouts, 3-D projects, cards, and more. 

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Mini PL

Thanks for stopping by today! I had two different events over the last couple of weeks and each one required me to make a Halloween Mini PL so I am here to show off the first one I made, then you will have to come back to check out the second one later this week :) 

So a lot of the inspiration for this mini PL came from gifts and goodies that my friends have mailed out to me, so thank you if you see anything that is yours. 


So for the front of my PL I decided to start on the background. For the background paper I chose Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor. I then layered my focal image on top of that DSP. For one side I chose an embelllishment that one of my friends made for me. On the other side I decided to stamp a pumpkin image using a stamp from Just For Fun. 

Of course if you know me at all, you know that I am a sucker for the shaker. Here is a close up of some of the goodies that I tucked inside the middle pocket. 


I used some small accessories (provided by another friend) along with some orange sequins and some black stars. I then decided to add that fun green rubber sticker just to top it off. 

Here is the back view of the whole letter. That first spot is blank because that's where I add my letter. I also have added a package of goodies that did not fit into the pockets, as you can see from the pictures below. 


This tag and the base of the bag were both made by a friend. I decided to use that tag to write my letter on. I also went ahead and added a little more to the treat bag, all three of those stickers were also given to me. 


Here's a picture of some of the goodies. I have a whole sheet of G45 Halloween stickers and it turns out they are not really my style at the moment so I cut up some of those and pas




Well I hope you enjoyed my project for today! Make sure to follow along by email to catch the other Halloween PL that I made and in the meantime you can check out my full size Halloween Pocket Letter from last week, here.

Thanks and Happy Crafting.


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Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween Room Divider Card

Hi! Welcome and thanks for coming by today. Since it's my birthday today, I wanted to showcase something wonderful, beautiful, and unique and I hope I do just that. 

Today's card was inspired by a swap that I am taking part in where the liaison is teaching a number of new techniques that we are going to learn, create, and then swap. I know fun, right! If you are interested you can check out that group here


So the shape and fancy fold of this card is called a Room Divider Card. It's a pretty cool fold that stands up like a room divider, hence the name. 

You guessed right, for today's card I used the "Chillingsworth Manor" designer paper from Echo Park. I swear, I am going to make it through the  whole Halloween season using only this one paper pack. 


I also went ahead and used Green Duck's October Die Cut Kit for all of the accessories, except the sentiment which came from Graphic 45 "Eerie Tale." Don't you just love all of those die cuts!! The train was perfect for the middle of this card, and I honestly can't get over that adorable cat on the front. Seriously, this is a great monthly club so if you are interested you can check them out here


I found a single sheet of the Graphic 45 "Once Upon An Eerie Tale"  paper at my local Tuesday Morning, and this is my first G45 paper and so far, so good. You know G45 is like Tim Holtz where they have a very distinct image that can be a little scary, especially for a traditionalist like myself. My best advice for trailing outside your comfort zone is to just go for it and have fun playing around and figuring it out. Seriously, you never know what new and fun design niches you love if you don't try new things. Seriously, just do it! 

So anyway, thanks again for coming by today. I hope that you were encouraged to head a little outside of your comfort zone. :) See you back here soon. Happy Crafting. 

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Just For Fun: Cupcakes & Backgrounds! Oh My!

I have been showing you a lot of really fun ways to use JFF stamps when you are creating Halloween cards and pages and today I am going to take those same rubber Just For Fun stamps and switch things up a little bit.


For this card I used the Birthday Cupcake stamp set found here. I wanted the stamp to stick out, but I am also trying to finish off that very bold and very retired Confetti Wishes paper from CTMH, so I decided to use the stamp as a background stamp. I am hoping that this will let the multiple smaller stamps stand out against the bold DSP.  

In order to get that faint look from the stamp I used clear Versa Mark Ink and heat set the images prior to sponging ink onto the paper. Some tips if you are new to these techniques are to stamp in a triangular pattern. This creates a random, but not so random, pattern and is a small design secret (kind of like the rule of three's.) When stamping in a larger area I always tend to either have not enough or too many and this trick kind of helps out with that. Also when and if you decide to sponge ink a background always start in a circular motion with the sponge off the paper then slowly bring it to the area you wish to cover. 

Here is a closer look at the center of my card. 


To finish off the card I fussy cut out some flag templates and added a vellum sentiment. I love using these little sentiments because I can pick up a whole package really cheap and they work wonderful for quick and easy add-ons. 

I then continued to add to the card in a triangular pattern and added embellishments in two separate spots, the red gems in the corner and the best day ever batch. For the cluster next to the sentiment I just grabbed some "matching" items out of my stash and pieced them together. When I say matching I mean that they resemble the theme of the card and the color combinations, somewhat. 


I hope you enjoyed my project today. Of course I have some links for you guys to check out. If you are interested in seeing more of my projects using the JFF Stamps you can check them out here. I also have some awesome projects using that lovely and very bold Confetti Wishes paper pack and you can view those here. Then of course you can follow us at the JFF blog and come shop with us at the store

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Just For Fun: Stitched Jack-o-Lantern

Today's technique features a couple of new things, like a pieced together background and an amazing pumpkin stamp.

A while ago in my email I received a video from Jennifer McGuire teaching us how to use a inlay type of technique (you can find it here) and I decided that the background she created was beautiful so instead of creating the actual card I kind of went off on my own and came up with this card. 


The background is pieced together using scraps of paper from the Chillingsworth Manor paper pack. I then layered that on top of my black card base.

The Stitched Mouth Jack-o-Lantern image, which is a stamp from Just For Fun Stamps, is heat embossed using a black ink and a clear embossing powder.  Instead of coloring the image I decided to sponge it using Poppy, Ruby, and Fern inks. The "spooky" sentiment is from a friendly swap and is layered on top of a white banner (which I inked with black then faux stitched.)

 I hope you enjoyed my card for today! This card was my creation for this week's Sunny Day Crafting "Anything Goes" Challenge so I hope you come on over and play along with us.

Happy Crafting.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Fun with Stamptangle Gourds

Today I have another Just For Fun Stamp to show off. I am having so much fun with these stamps and today's card focuses on just the stamp and the lovely stamptangle patterns JFF has perfected. 


That beautiful Fall stamp is the Stamptangle Gourds stamp and can be found here. For the subtle fall colors I chose to color the image in using my watercolor pencils. This can be done a number of ways, but I decided to color straight onto the image and then take a wet brush to blend and smooth. For the festive and fun patterned background paper I used the retired Sangria line from CTMH. I then decided to raise and mat the top layer to add some interest. I also decided to wrap a thick gold ribbon around the front as an embellishment. I really wanted to image to stand out on this card so I kept it pretty simple.

Thanks for stopping in today, I hope you enjoyed my project. 

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Exciting News: Howling @ The Moon

Well as the title states, I have some exciting news today that has me "howling at the moon!" This fall has many exciting events and changes (and growth) that you get to experience with me and I couldn't ask for anyone better to be accompanying me. I know I am always so lengthy with my words so now with out further ado I will let you in on the exciting news...

...You are looking at a new designer for The Green Duck Sales team!! I am so excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to get helping and crafting along with this wonderful team. Now my term does not officially start until November, however, I received October's package as a welcome and I could not be more excited to let you guys all in on this.

So for today's card I have my very first GD unofficial project! :)


For this adorable, and very easy project, I used designer paper from the EP paper Chillingsworth Manor (my favorite this year, see here.) The sentiment and the "beware" banner also came from that same paper pack. Now the exciting part, the focal werewolf and wonderful moon/bat combo, yep they came from the Green Duck Monthly kit!! These die cuts are so awesome they come printed with high quality ink and on high quality paper and the scenes and creatures are so much fun!! I love it and cannot wait to show you what I do with the other fabulous die cuts that I received.

Die Cut Club


Now, If you are unfamiliar with Green Duck Sales then have no fear, that's exactly what I am here for. Green Duck, or GD as I love to shorten everything!!, is a monthly die cut crafting club. Now, if you have never signed up for a monthly club, then this is a great one to start on and if you have been part of monthly clubs before then check this easy and affordable one, it's only $10 a month!!

So how does it work?? Well, after you sign up by clicking hereyou simply wait for the first of the month when your box of 10-15 die cuts will be mailed out to you, then join us on the facebook page to play along or feel free to go off on your own and make your own creations. It's easy, flexible, and completely up to you. Seriously, it's a box of happiness every month!

Well thanks so much for checking out my project today. I hope that you also check out GD so we can play along together in the next couple of months. Make sure to follow along to my blog by email (banner to the right) so you can keep up with all my projects and tutorials! 

Happy Crafting! 

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